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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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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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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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Should I join the NRA?

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October 8, 2013
Should I join the NRA?

What a joy it is to live in a place where freedom is the code word for almost everything. The other day I got a letter from the National Rifle Association of America. This is the NRA that actor Charlton Heston once promoted so vigorously with his line about no one taking away his...
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Beware America’s Radical Right

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September 8, 2013
Beware America’s Radical Right

Ever been accused of a dastardly crime that you didn’t think you had committed? Well, I have. Just recently, in fact, I got a letter and smack dab on the envelope it said I was doing something every day “to support the Radical Right.” Huh? Yes, that’s what I thought. When I read the...
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Five Thieves in Subtraction

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March 31, 2013

This long poem was written after an incident in a Vancouver China Town cafe in the early 1970s. It was during my Simon Fraser University days and four of my fellow students had persuaded me to join them for Chinese food. I had lived in the SFU dorms my first year at SFU and...
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Switching from Credo

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October 6, 2011
Switching from Credo

Ever notice how the System can bite you on the ass even when you think you’ve found a way to beat it…at least temporarily? Recently I thought I had found one sure way and I’ve got the bite marks to prove it. What follows is the sad – and pricey – saga of a...
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Switching to Credo II

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September 14, 2011

Does “America’s only progressive phone company” walk the walk? In a recent blog post, I praised Credo, the mobile phone service that bills itself as “America’s only progressive phone company.” The post subsequently appeared on www.labourstart.org, the global site for progressive labour activists. After a brief appearance on LS, the editors removed the piece and...
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Switching to Credo

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August 23, 2011
Switching to Credo

I just switched cell phone accounts from Verizon, a major American service carrier, to Credo, “America’s only progressive phone company.” Yes, you read correctly, and Credo tries hard to live up to this claim by support progressive causes through online petitions and by offering us a chance to stop supporting the big often anti-union...
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Consumer Humour

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February 13, 2011
Consumer Humour

Starting in April 1966 I began writing a monthly column for Canadian Consumer magazine. The column ran until October 1987. That spring I had been hired as national communications director for the Consumers’ Association of Canada. It was an august title but provided no staff and the salary was modest. The column was...
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