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Is the Shutdown Paying for Trump’s Wall?

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January 14, 2019
Is the Shutdown Paying for Trump’s Wall?

What Trump and the GOP gain from holding 800,000 government employees hostage The longest government shutdown in United States history has a silver lining for Donald Trump and the current crop of conservative Republican Senators. The longer it goes on, the more the government can bank bundles of cash to pay for their wall...
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Old People’s Socialist League

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January 6, 2019

Socialism with hope . . . and good humor, too. Those who recall chuckling their way through John’s Sayles’s 1979 story The Anarchists’ Convention will enjoy reading about the OPSL.
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Memories of the West Coast Canadian Counterculture – A Book Review

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November 29, 2018
Memories of the West Coast Canadian Counterculture – A Book Review

Two Books Reflect on Hip Communities in late 1960s and early 1970s Vancouver Ian Ridgway, Jim Brown, and Pat Ridgway, A Carpenter’s Tale: A Life (Elphinstone, B.C.: Deluxe Gypsy Books, 2017), 232 pages, large-format paperback, photographs, $30. Orders: patridge201@gmail.com. Jean Walton, Mudflat Dreaming: Waterfront Battles in 1970s Vancouver and the Squatters Who Fought Them...
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Mid-Term Blues – A Canadian Perspective

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November 12, 2018
Mid-Term Blues – A Canadian Perspective

Living in America Series A week after the mid-term elections, theUnited States electorate seems as divided as ever. The Democrats can rightly claim several victories: control of the House of Representatives with 117 women elected, more governors (glory be that Wisconsin’s anti-union governor ScottWalker is gone), and more Democrats in state legislatures. Sadly Beto...
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Balkan Roots – A Travel Essay

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August 16, 2018
Balkan Roots – A Travel Essay

It is pouring a hard, unforgiving Balkan rain that threatens to scupper my plans to visit Lukovdol, a small village in Croatia where I hope to find the ancestral home of my grandfather Francisus Verzuh. We are in the mountainous region of Gorski Kotar, a county near the Slovenian border. Wikipedia dubs it Croatia’s...
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Reds Under Beds – A Spy Story

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August 1, 2018
Reds Under Beds – A Spy Story

RCMP secret agents were still looking for Reds under every bed during British Columbia’s 1983 “Solidarity Coalition” protests against the austerity budget of the right-wing Social Credit government of Bill Bennett. Maybe I shouldn’t be shocked that taxpayers’ money could once again be spent wastefully searching for a miniscule group of people who might...
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Signs of Bad Times – Living in America Series

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July 9, 2018
Signs of Bad Times – Living in America Series

A scan of New York Times headlines for July 8, 2018, reveals several signs of deteriorating times. So much for mother’s milk  The United States delegation to the World Health Organization opposed the promotion of mother’s milk as healthiest for children, thus “embracing the interests of infant formula manufacturers,” reports the Times. “The Americans were...
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How the West Was Really Won – A Book Review

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July 5, 2018
How the West Was Really Won – A Book Review

Richard White, The Republic for Which It Stands(New York: Oxford, 2017). Western historian Richard White has long provided us with insights into why the United States are the way they are. In Railroaded, he described the role of the railway barons in bettering and worsening the western United States. In The Organic Machine, he...
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Mad Man of B.C. Advertising – A Book Review

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July 4, 2018
Mad Man of B.C. Advertising – A Book Review

Robin Brunet, Let’s Get Frank: Canada’s Mad Man of Advertising(Madeira Park, B.C.: Douglas & McIntyre, 2018), 232 pages, $29.95. Anyone who watched the award-winning TV series Mad Menwill be equally discomfited with the advertising industry as depicted in Let’s Get Frank, a biography of Vancouver advertising tycoon Frank Palmer. Perhaps tycoon is too strong...
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Marching for Immigrant Family Rights – A Photo Essay

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July 1, 2018
Marching for Immigrant Family Rights – A Photo Essay

We marched to the courthouse on June 30 to protest Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy regarding immigrants, but many also spoke against other aspects of his increasingly corrupt Administration. Billed as the Families Belong Together rally, the organizers provided little direction about what we were to do. Steering a march through town to display our...
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Books

Venice Observed - A Travel Booklet with Photos by Ron Verzuh 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