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Vaccine-Nation

In April last year, as Donald Trump handed the pandemic over to the states to deal with, and then kept Democratic ones from receiving funding for masks and ventilators and PPE, I feared this was all part of a plot to kill Democratic voters. I didn’t tell anyone this because it was a ridiculous, paranoid […]

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The Surly Bonds

While Donald Trump is untethering from reality, which is a bad thing, you and I are being untethered from tradition, which is a good thing. The fog is barely rising on the pandemic, and already some brave new worlds are staring at us, oddly. One of them is the old idea, entrenched for hundreds of […]

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Back to Abnormal

We’re officially three weekends into freedom and what are you feeling? A bit like that old Ontario tourism campaign – “Friendly, Familiar, Foreign and Near?” Me too. Shaking hands, which I took to be a universal human gesture, feels odd and awkward. Clearing the deck of old habits, unfriendly friends, extra calories and streaming – […]

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Cancelling Controversy

You’d think universities are where controversy could flex its delts. Isn’t controversy a purpose of a university? To test out new ideas by debating them and see which ones survive perpetual trial by enquiry? Not any more. Higher education isn’t in the truth business so much as in the virtue business. The world I want, […]

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Hot Enough for You?

Global warming isn’t always about Heat Advisories in the High Arctic. It’s about our normally placid middle-of-the road weather going bi-polar. It’s about extremes. So while we’re baking this summer, compare that to what’s coming to a climate near you in January – and smile, and live for the day, if not the minute in […]

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An iPhone for the Arts

Last year, the tech giants made almost a trillion dollars in revenues. Put a different way: a thousand billion. It’s little wonder that governments starved by the pandemic are screaming “Share us the money!” Or that news organizations, whose fall is a direct function of social media’s rise, are looking to their captors to be […]

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MEMORY LOSS AND MEMORY LAWS

Denial is a terrible thing. Indeed, the primary symptom of the disease of alcoholism and addiction is the person afflicted with it saying they don’t have the disease. This is not generally true when you’re told you have cancer or diabetes, or pretty much any other malady. Nations, of course, can suffer denial as well, […]

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Saturday Multi-Slacking

Is the whole point of weekdays the weekend? Certainly it is in summer, and most certainly this summer because last summer was cancelled without notice. My advice. Get outside and stay there. At least until it’s dark and you can come inside and read this weekend’s Omnium-Gatherum. Or read it now, in the sun, on […]

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A New Take on Bad Bosses

I wasn’t aware that failure was now a movement, rather than just a lack of success. It grew out of the idea that we learn best not when we do well, but when we fail. As Heinrich Heine said, experience is a good school, but the fees are high. The failure movement is founded on the expansively […]

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Don’t Tax the Rich

A bullshit job is meaningless or unnecessary work which the worker is forced to pretend has a purpose. Millions of people, often HR consultants, communications coordinators and even corporate lawyers have bullshit jobs, though we all, at some point in our careers as heart surgeons or street cleaners, think we have a bullshit job. I’m […]

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