Eighty-three years after the National Socialist government of Germany passed the Nuremberg Race Laws in 1935, the Zionist government of Israel has decided to follow suit. It wasn’t inevitable, but perhaps predictable. Eighty-three years is a long time to hope history wouldn’t repeat itself, even with some of the same players. And besides, whatever’s happening … Continue reading ISRAEL’S NEW NATION STATE LAW
Living next to the American juggernaut puts Canadians in an ambiguous position. It’s not that we’re worried that the current American drift towards fascism is going to spill over the border. Not all, but I think enough Canadians find the level of political maturity south of the 49th so risible that we’d be too embarrassed … Continue reading A MODEST WORRY AND A MODEST PROPOSAL
I have no problem with your sexual orientation provided you stop calling it that. You say you’re not attracted to women. Well, I’m not attracted to most of them either. And of the ones I am attracted to, the last thing I want is to have sex with them. Kissing, fondling, cuddling, oral, anal … … Continue reading CAN UNSOLICITED POETRY BE SEXUAL ASSAULT?
We all have things we’re better off not knowing. I don’t want to know how my meat gets from field to supermarket. Others don’t want to know just how fair Fair Trade coffee really isn’t. And I’m betting you don’t want to know what I’m about to tell you. So stop reading. Now! No? Okay, … Continue reading THINGS YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW
In real estate it all comes down to location, location, location. In comedy it’s all about timing. Put the two together and that’s all that can be said about one’s own take on the world. From the here and now, from within this moment in history, it looks to me like fill-in-the-blank. Well then, from … Continue reading TRUMP, VOLTAIRE, AND EDMUND BURKE
Three score and eight years ago I landed on this planet, but I think it might have been from another one. I say this because I understand so little of why humans think as they do, and they seem to understand even less of why I think as I do. So that my cognitive apparatus … Continue reading AN ALIEN PERSPECTIVE
There are certain thought experiments that ought not to be performed. Here’s one: Does the visceral reaction we all have about the Shoah – and by ‘all’ I mean we Jews and you Gentiles alike - have a best-before date? I’m thinking it does. And I don’t think it will be any later for Jews … Continue reading THINGS THAT DON’T BEAR THINKING ABOUT
Once upon a time – or outside of it, if we’re to have it Boethius’ way – having nothing else to do, God decided to conjure in His mind all the worlds He could bring into being were He so inclined. (By a ‘world’, at least at this planning stage, is meant that set of … Continue reading THE TRUE HISTORY OF THE WORLD
Given the number of times a politician’s heart goes out to the families of this tragedy or of that, one wonders whether it ever stays home. This kind of patter isn’t as innocent as it might appear. It’s not that anyone’s so Asperger’s that she doesn’t understand the metaphor. Nor is it that anyone’s so … Continue reading THE PERILS OF PATTER
I knew it was bound to happen, but I was floored by the speed with which it did. Even before the last of the boys and their coach emerged safely from the cave – indeed even before the rescue operation got underway – there were already posts about the whole thing being, not unlike Sandy … Continue reading IT WAS ALL FAKE!