The outsider is a very private, reclusive individual. He will admit to being a man in his mid-fifties; a retired business executive who, when not traveling, lives on an island on the West Coast somewhere north of the 49th parallel. He will also admit to being happily married, but terribly bored by retirement. He likes … Continue reading Who is The Outsider?
I was just watching Senators questioning the heads of U.S. Intelligence agencies on worldwide threats, and had to turn off my television in disgust. Why? Because the joint intelligence report identified deaths from opioid addiction and suicide as first and second respectively on the list of causes of death in the United States. In response, … Continue reading American social policy creates Opioid Crisis. Senators blame Mexico for meeting demand.
I find that many epic questions tend to bubble up from my subconscious during my daily beach walks here in Puerto Penasco, Mexico. Perhaps it's the inspirational setting; the vast expanse of sand and ocean and sky that gives one the sense of being a very small and humble part of a vast, inter-connected whole. … Continue reading Do Birds Have Ears?
Not a great start to the day. President Trump's approval rating (fivethirtyeight.com) has risen yet another tenth of a percentage point to 40.9 per cent--a slow but steady increase I've observed since his State of the Union speech. This is spite of the resignation of two of his staffers for domestic abuse, and questions over … Continue reading The Needle Keeps Rising
Last night, I read a fascinating Washington Post article entitled, Republicans want to turn the entire country into Oklahoma. The article had such strong echoes of a Richard K Morgan novel I read years ago that I felt compelled to write this post. If you're a Netflix junkie, you'll recognize Morgan's work from the mini-series … Continue reading On the Road to ‘Jesusland’
Canadians of a certain age are between a rock and a hard place if they're looking for an affordable place to escape the harsh Canadian winter for a month or two. In this case, the rock is the weak Canadian dollar; the hard place, VRBO--another insidious American company (like Apple) I could cheerfully cast to … Continue reading Why I Hate VRBO
Years ago, one of the most popular courses offered by the History Department at my University was entitled Conspiracy and Dissent in American History. The lecturer was a visiting Professor from California who looked exactly the way we Canadian students thought a Californian should look: tall and tanned, with a full head of 'silver fox' hair. … Continue reading A New Civil War?