Category World Affairs

Money Screams

There’s an election coming. There’s always an election coming – and that means political parties need money. Feel like making a donation? In Canada we have strict limits. I can contribute $1,625 ($1,227 US) to the political party of my choice this year. That’s the maximum, though admittedly I can give that amount to each […]

That Unending War

I am reading a book about the First World War that brought some memories of a trip to Belgium in 2014 and this post from September of that year. A century later, it haunts them still. The last Canadian veteran of the First World War died in 2010, and I would imagine that is pretty […]

Where’s The Logic?

The demonstration will not happen. The authorities say it is unsafe to gather. Somehow that doesn’t make sense to me. I agree there are safety concerns – but it isn’t as if the organizers didn’t know that. There was a mass rally planned for Berlin this Saturday. Now it won’t happen – unless the demonstrators […]

Sad Commentary

  I’ll admit I laughed when I first saw this. Then immediately felt embarrassed for having done so. It is a sad indictment of the state of politics in America that such a concept could be taken seriously, but political divisions seem to have deepened in recent years. Demonizing your opponents appears to be the […]

To Mask Or Not To Mask?

    Free masks are no longer available to Ottawa transit users. In theory passengers have had time to pick up a mask, which is required of those using the system. I have from time to time commented on cultural differences between Canada and Germany. This year the idea of face masks is a prominent […]

The Past Repeats Itself

One of the problems with Donald Trump is that you never can be sure he means what he says or believes his own words. Can his most recent musings be taken seriously/ If you remember 2016, Trump suggested before the vote that if he lost the election it was because the results had been rigged. […]

An Eerie Prophecy

It can be a little freaky when life imitates art. It isn’t supposed to be that way. Everything you need to know about COVID-19 can be found in the 2011 filmĀ Contagion. Somehow I missed it nine years ago, despite an all-star ensemble cast. I guess I’m just not much of a moviegoer. Contagion tells the […]

Instructional Video for the President

I avoid YouTube. It can suck up so much of your time. Some of my friends send me links to YouTube videos on a regular basis. There are political commentaries and music videos and some stuff that is just fun. Usually I don’t watch them. It isn’t that I don’t want to. But there are […]

Fire In The House!

Imagine your neighbor’s house caught fire. How would you respond? You would knock on the door to make sure everyone had gotten out okay, then you would step aside to let the firefighters do their thing. Right? Let the experts put out the fire. If it was a big blaze you’d probably see more than […]

Is It Over?

  I did the unthinkable. I’m a political junkie, but I watched not a minute of Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, Nor have I read any news articles on it, though I have seen the headlines. It seemed like such a pointless procedure that I couldn’t be bothered. Given that the outcome was pre-ordained, I didn’t […]