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The Real Life "Uncle Tom"

It was the 28th of October, 1830, in the morning,

when my feet first touched the Canada shore.

I threw myself on the ground, rolled in the sand,

seized handfuls of it and kissed them...."

– Rev. Josiah Henson


     England formally abolished slavery across most of its empire in 1833, but British North America, particularly what is now Southwestern Ontario, was already a haven…


Added by Boanerges on February 21, 2019 at 3:02pm — 7 Comments

The Most Canadian Film Clip You'll See This Winter

Let's see:

  • 75-car pile-up on a Montreal-area highway;
  • people with too much time on their hands;
  • icy road conditions.

Only one solution.


Added by Boanerges on January 29, 2019 at 8:18am — No Comments

A Plague Upon Our House

I recently finished Robert Sawyer’s trilogy The Neanderthal Parallax, and it left me thinking. (For those who don’t know me, that’s seldom a good idea.)

The premise of the series is that worlds collide, metaphorically speaking: A universe where Neanderthals survived while Homo Sapiens did not encounters the one we know.  It allows Sawyer a broad sweep in exploring what our species has become, and it isn’t pretty.

But, predictably, it ends on an up-note, as much sci-fi does. A…


Added by Boanerges on January 20, 2019 at 4:09pm — 11 Comments

In Defence of the Alt.Right

I got nuthin'

Added by Boanerges on December 3, 2018 at 2:35pm — 6 Comments

One Man: 'My Best Boy'

A captain when he died, George Dundas's gravemarker in Daours, France, reads:





      At 10:59 a.m., Nov. 11, 1918,…


Added by Boanerges on November 11, 2018 at 6:30am — 8 Comments

Va te faire foutre, Trump

Fun facts:

Top five countries exporting steel to the US

1. Canada 16.7 percent

2. Brazil 13.2 percent

3. South Korea 9.7 percent

4. Mexico 9.4 percent

5. Russia 8.1 percent…


Added by Boanerges on June 1, 2018 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Memorial Day: A Canadian View

     (This is a repost of something I wrote years ago for another website (Hello, Fictionique) and put up here some time later. I think it's still relevant.)

     When  James Chaney Palms showed up at the Essex Scottish Regiment's recruiting office one fine fall day to volunteer for the Second World War, he was wearing his riding boots.

     It might have been expected from an irrepressible young man who was the offspring of a…


Added by Boanerges on May 26, 2018 at 1:25pm — 6 Comments

"Political Satire Became Obsolete": Tom Lehrer in 1973

Maybe you had to be there, but Tom Lehrer is to my mind the funniest song-writer-satirist who ever was.

Also the most cogent.

Despite rumours that circulated 40 years ago that he had died, he's still alive at 90, although he no longer performs publicly. Alas.

The quote in the headline, by the way, is what he said when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. That's when Lehrer tossed in the towel.

I vividly remember him from TW3 -- That Was The Week That…


Added by Boanerges on May 8, 2018 at 1:02pm — 10 Comments

The Cop Who Didn't Shoot

If there is anything good to take away from the appalling tragedy in Toronto on Monday, it's the action -- or rather, non-action -- of one heroic patrol cop.

Const. Ken Lam, siren screaming, pulled his cruiser up near the rental van that had just run over more than 20 people, killing 10, in a mile-long rampage down Yonge Street sidewalks.

A man, later identified as Alek Minassian was standing next to it, shouting and holding something in his hand.

Lam got out of his…


Added by Boanerges on April 25, 2018 at 8:30am — 28 Comments

"They Trust Me -- Dumb Fucks"

According to a recent NY Review article, what US billionaire* once made that remark about customers eager to give up personal information? Was it:








* Donald Trump is not on this list because I question whether he's a billionaire at…


Added by Boanerges on April 23, 2018 at 7:30am — 17 Comments

Sorry World: Canada's Closed Today Due To Deaths In The Family: An Update

A 16th person has died from the accident -- physical trainer Dayna Brons, 24. One surviving player is a paraplegic and two are still in critical condition.

Meanwhile, the GoFundMe campaign for the families and the survivors has topped $11 million. My personal thanks go out to all those in Canada and around the world -- especially those of you in the US -- who contributed.

It's become a truism that Canadians are nice,…


Added by Boanerges on April 8, 2018 at 2:30pm — 12 Comments

Who was the writer? Who was the subject?

"(He) has never been one of my favorite people anyway. For years I’ve regarded his existence as a monument to all the rancid genes and broken chromosomes that corrupt the possibilities of the American Dream; he was a foul caricature of himself, a man with no soul, no inner convictions, with the integrity of a hyena and the style of a poison toad. The (man) I remembered was absolutely humorless; I couldn’t imagine him laughing at anything except maybe a paraplegic who wanted to vote…


Added by Boanerges on April 2, 2018 at 2:51pm — 4 Comments

A Question

Does anyone with an IQ over two digits (which excludes Trumpistas, obviously) think that the Norks aren't playing your president and your country -- especially after Tillerson, bad as he was, got fired?

Added by Boanerges on March 14, 2018 at 2:38pm — 4 Comments

"Our Office Doesn't Make 'Em, We Only Break 'Em"

(Elizebeth Smith Friedman was an unsung heroine of the Second War -- and much more besides.

For International Women's Day, a brief look at her -- until recently -- mostly untold story.

Even now, some of the details remain classified.)

Elizebeth Friedman (Wikipedia photo)



Added by Boanerges on March 8, 2018 at 7:00am — 7 Comments

The Kids Are All Right

"There's a battle outside and it's ragin'

It'll soon shake your windows and rattle your walls

For the times, they are a changin'"

                                   -- Bob Dylan, 1964

"We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave. . . .

So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West,

and with the right kind of eyes…


Added by Boanerges on March 2, 2018 at 2:33pm — 12 Comments

Black History Month: The Real "Uncle Tom"

It was the 28th of October, 1830, in the morning,

when my feet first touched the Canada shore.

I threw myself on the ground, rolled in the sand,

seized handfuls of it and kissed them.

                                                                              – Rev. Josiah Henson



Added by Boanerges on February 24, 2018 at 1:37pm — 6 Comments

The Politics of Stupid

Quick now: What do the following states have in common?

Michigan, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Texas, Missouri, Ohio, Iowa, Indiana, Arizona, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

If you said they all voted for Trump -- based partly on fabricated "issues" like unfair practices perpetrated by foreign countries in trade deals -- well, you'd be…


Added by Boanerges on February 18, 2018 at 4:04pm — 23 Comments

Diary of a Demented Snow Shoveler

I didn't write this, but I wish I had because IT'S BLOODY SNOWING AGAIN here. And the *$#%&# snowplow just went by. AGAIN. Sun Parlour of Canada? Pah.


December 8 6:00 PM


It started to snow. The first snow of the season and the wife and I took our cocktails and sat for hours by the window watching the huge soft flakes  drift down from heaven.


It looked like a Grandma Moses print. So romantic…


Added by Boanerges on February 7, 2018 at 8:30am — 13 Comments

A Hundred-Year-Old 'Thank You'

     Last week, Bostonians gathered on their Commons for the annual lighting of the city's Christmas tree.

     Not unusual, that -- it happens in cities and towns everywhere. But this tree is special. It didn't come from Massachusetts, or anywhere else in New England.

     Instead, it came from a foreign country, an annual "thank you" to the city and people of Boston for their help during a catastrophe 100 years ago today.…


Added by Boanerges on December 6, 2017 at 8:30am — 9 Comments


Jack Fruit Breakthrough

Posted by Robert B. James on May 26, 2019 at 4:40pm 0 Comments

Where To Now?

Posted by Robert B. James on May 25, 2019 at 2:19pm 10 Comments

Thanks, Lorianne

Posted by nerd cred on May 25, 2019 at 12:13pm 2 Comments

Twenty-Three Minutes

Posted by J.P. Hart on May 25, 2019 at 3:57am 12 Comments

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