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Critics Misjudge Vietnam War Series – A Film Review

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January 9, 2018
Critics Misjudge Vietnam War Series – A Film Review

The other day a friend at the gym mentioned that he had been watching the Ken Burns/Lynn Novick documentary The Vietnam War. “I was on the wrong side,” he concluded repeating a phrase heard in the film. “We didn’t know what we were fighting for and they had everything to fight for.” Not all...
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Vietnam War Truths vs. Iraq War Propaganda

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January 9, 2018
Vietnam War Truths  vs. Iraq War Propaganda

America is a confusing place to live at the best of times, but in Trump times it gets even more puzzling. Are we really back to Cold War nuclear arms rattling? Are the top generals serious about reviving the notion of a winnable nuclear war? Are we any safer in this Twitter-riddled circus than...
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Making America Hate Again – A Commentary

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April 17, 2017
Making America Hate Again – A Commentary

The other day someone read me an internet post that said eight of the sitting U.S. Supreme Court Justices had rejected President Donald J. Trump’s nominee to fill the position vacated by Antonin Scalia, the long-running conservative on the court. I got excited. Did the judges really put the kibosh on Justice Neil Gorsuch,...
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Farewell, Bob White – An Appreciation

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February 24, 2017
Farewell, Bob White – An Appreciation

Bob White, who died of undisclosed causes on February 19, 2017, was one of my heroes and I’ll miss him, as will many working people all over Canada. I wasn’t close friend, more an admirer from afar. As a communications representative for the Canadian Union of Public Employees CUPE, I was often awed by...
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Tarkovsky – The Poetic Russian Filmmaker

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February 19, 2017
Tarkovsky – The Poetic Russian Filmmaker

Andrei Tarkovsky, one of the great Russian directors (1932-1986), brings a poetic vision to his films that has both entranced and frustrated viewers since his first film Ivan’s Childhood won accolades at the Venice Film Festival in 1962. The maker of Alexei Rubylev (1966), Solaris (1972), The Mirror (1974), Stalker (1979) and Nostalgia (1983)...
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Resisting Trump 2 – Living in America Series

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February 19, 2017
Resisting Trump 2 – Living in America Series

As the Trump administration continues to create a brand new political swamp in Washington, D.C., filled with billionaire alligators, the nation further divides into two camps. There are those who believe the one-month-old president is making America great again and those who watch in disbelief as he spits venomous tweets at the democratic traditions that are seen by...
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Resisting Trump 1 – Living in America Series

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February 4, 2017
Resisting Trump 1 – Living in America Series

Tim Barker, “Terms of Engagement,” Harper’s Magazine, February 2017, 28-29, offers some thoughtful remarks in his contribution to a cover story called  “A Resister’s Guide – Let the Counterattack Begin.” Ten other writers complete the section on how to resist the Trump excesses. The following quote applies to our current celebration of Black History Month:...
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Local Theatre Spoofs Hitchcock

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January 29, 2017
Local Theatre Spoofs Hitchcock

The other night I was reminded of how precious local theatre is when I saw a production of The 39 Steps in Eugene, Oregon. The play is a spoof on filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock’s films using The 39 Steps, his 1935 spy thriller, to provide continuity to a script that alludes to, and even reenacts...
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On Surviving Trump – Living in America Series

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January 26, 2017
On Surviving Trump – Living in America Series

“To abandon facts is to abandon freedom. If nothing is true, then no one can criticize power, because there is no basis upon which to do so. If nothing is true, then all is spectacle. The biggest wallet pays for the most blinding lights.” That’s one of 20 pieces of advice from Timothy Snyder,...
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A Hometown Social Activist Remembered

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December 20, 2016

Life-long social activist Bud Godderis, a friend from my hometown of Castlegar, BC, has died. I did not know Bud well, nor did I share his religious beliefs, but that did not prevent us from agreeing on what was terribly wrong in the world and the need for progressive social change. The statement posted...
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Radical Rag by Ron Verzuh Underground Times by Ron Verzuh Selling Labour Down Under by Ron Verzuh Changing Images by Ron Verzuh Feasting With Love by Ron Verzuh Tea Leaves by Ron Verzuh Remembering Salt by Ron Verzuh