Abolish Competitive Eating.

Sep 20

As I write this, it’s late September and the summer of 2013 is drawing to a close. Autumn’s chill is already in the air, the leaves are beginning to turn, and the slow, almost reluctant preparation for the oncoming winter will soon begin. The end of summer usually brings about lament for the passing of the warm weather and theenjoyable activities and...

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On the Passing of A Difficult Boss.

Sep 19

I recently discovered through Facebook a former boss of mine had passed away nearly a year ago from complications arising from a disease. His name, the disease, the complications and his date of death are irrelevant, mainly because I don’t want to risk upsetting his family or friends.  They’ve suffered enough. When I worked for this man, he was, to put...

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From Dietrich to Cyrus.

Sep 18

Entering September 2013, the headlines in North American were not dominated by news of the Syrian government gassing its own people and the possibility of American retaliatory airstrikes, or record radiation leaks from damaged Japanese nuclear plants, or ongoing terrorism in the Middle East, or deadly earthquakes in China, or the Australian elections. The focus...

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Gun Control in America Long Overdue.

Sep 17

I wrote the following on Facebook in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shootings in December 2012. In the wake of the Washington Navy Yard killings, now seems as good a time as any to repost my comments here. Whenever the argument over gun control in the US is mentioned, some defenders of the right to bear arms trot out the argument that cars kill more people than...

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The Scourge That Is Cell Phones.

Sep 16

I am a man who has, what the brilliant comedian Eddie Izzard calls, “techno-joy”. When I joined the military in 1982, my first major purchase was a Sony Walkman to help me while away the tedious hours of shining shoes and cleaning barracks during basic training. Over the years, I was the first in my circle of friends to own a VCR, a Nintendo game system and a...

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