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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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Fake News and Where its Coming From

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January 12, 2017
Fake News and Where its Coming From

Glenn Greenwald, an investigative journalist and co-founder of The Intercept, an online political newsletter, has provided an excellent analysis of all the nonsense being circulated by the U.S. intelligence community. Here are the last three paragraphs of his latest commentary. “All of the claims about Russia’s interference in U.S. elections and ties to Trump should be fully...
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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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Sandon – A Podcast About a BC Ghost Town

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December 17, 2016
Sandon – A Podcast About a BC Ghost Town

There isn’t much to see when you visit the former mining metropolis of Sandon, BC, just east of New Denver in the Slocan Valley. But you can almost smell the labour history as you stroll through what’s left of BC’s version of Deadwood, the US mining town that was so authentically depicted on TV...
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Resisting Trump and the Climate Change Deniers

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December 13, 2016
Resisting Trump and the Climate Change Deniers

Since November 8, 2016, progressive voices have been coming to terms with the potential damage that could be caused under President Donald Trump. Climate change is now an endangered political species. Trump and his followers do not believe the world’s scientists that it is among the most frightening threats to the planet. Republicans want to...
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Historians Urge Vigilance in Dangerous Times

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December 13, 2016
Historians Urge Vigilance in Dangerous Times

I share the concerns of the 1,600 historians who have signed the following statement and add my name to that list. Collective Statement by Scholars in U.S. History and Related Fields on Civil Rights and Liberties in Dangerous Times December 13, 2016 As scholars of United States history and related fields, we have experienced concern and...
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William Trevor Among the Greats

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December 6, 2016
William Trevor Among the Greats

William Trevor, one of the world’s great short story writers, and among my favourites, died on November 20, 2016, at age 88. Trevor lived in Devonshire, England, for much or his life, but he often visited his native Ireland as well as spending much time in Tuscany. All three settings form part of his...
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The Mass Psychology of Trumpism – A Political Viewpoint

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November 11, 2016
The Mass Psychology of Trumpism – A Political Viewpoint

“On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” – H.L. Mencken, Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920 Following billionaire businessman Donald Trump’s unpredicted victory over Hillary Clinton on November 8, a pall...
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How a Great Shakespeare Festival Helped Destroy a Unique Bookstore

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November 4, 2016
How a Great Shakespeare Festival Helped Destroy a Unique Bookstore

For several years, I have been visiting a little bookstore in Ashland, Oregon, home of the excellent Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Alas, that will longer be possible. The bookstore, Shakespeare Books and Antiques, is or rather was a labour of love for owner Judy Honoré, a septuagenarian bookworm, who has delighted in offering the public...
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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