I’m not usually one to get excited about this sort of stuff, but living as I do at pretty-much the epicentre of the coming Olympics in Vancouver 2010 issues of security, terrorism, and other such hysteria have got my spider-senses tingling.Â I’m fairly convinced that, given Canada’s very active participation in NATO’s Afghan adventure and […]Read more "You Fucking Morons"
If you read this year’s Remembrance Day posts [1,2] you will be familiar with the passage that I read on air for CBC’s On the Coast on November 11th.Â My Great Grandfather survived Vimy Ridge largely unscathed, until he went back there in the 1980s and broke his ribs tumbling along old trenchlines, but the […]Read more "Ian Bell on the CBC reading William Markle Pecover"
When I was a child growing up in the suburbs of Vancouver, we conducted regular drills to rehearse for what we believed was the inevitability of a nuclear assault at the hands of an evil Communist empire half a world away.Â This was the height of the cold war, and as our air raid siren’s […]Read more "MSFT vs GOOG: The New Cold War?"
I must admit that this took a while to get to me since I tend to pay attention to actual news and not racist, homophobic, xenophobic, marginalist neo-con right-wing propaganda, but Greg Gutfeld last week took time out of his busy broadcast schedule to offend Canadians and trivialize the deaths of more than 116 of […]Read more "Faux News Offends Canada Again"
This a follow up on this incident… My earlier article regarding a string of C-17 mishaps and runway overshoots at Bagram has drawn quite a bit of traffic lately, and no small number of comments criticizing my attempt at analysis.Â While looking around for a status update on the misadventures of Bagram and its armada […]Read more "More photos, little information from C-17 crash at Bagram"
Last week a US Air Force C-17 transport plane (tail #96-0002) made a dazzling nighttime “wheels up” belly landing at Bagram Air Base in Aghanistan sending sparks and flames higher than the tailplane (which on the C-17 is five stories high).Â The crash led to a three-day closure of the airfield for fixed-wing operations, as […]Read more "Another C-17 incident at Bagram"
If I had a category on my blog called “cautionary tales for bachelors”, this would be the headliner story. It informs the wisdom of an increasingly common practise, whereby when you meet some reasonably attractive yet complex member of the opposite sex, you’re tempted to Google her name and/or look her up in Wikipedia. According […]Read more "Rachel Marsden: On the warpath again!"
Anyone who was on my old FOIB list knows that I was an outspoken opponent of America’s two excursions in Iraq. Bill Moyers recently produced a documentary called “Buying the War” which should be mandatory viewing for hawks and doves alike. In it, Moyers exposes a complicity in the American Press that vectors into boosterism. […]Read more "Buying The War.."
As the Stanley Cup playoffs rage on, a select crew of Canadian players whose teams are out of the running are over in Moscow defending Canada’s great cultural hockey tradition at the IIHF Hockey World Championships. The 2007 team, which was given a pass this year by past, current, and future greats like Sidney Crosby, […]Read more "Despicable"
*http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/04/25/60minutes/main551091.shtml Halliburton: All In The Family* April 27, 2003 After dropping more than 28,000 bombs on Iraq, the United States has now begun the business of rebuilding the country. And it promises to be quite a business. With at least $60 billion to be spent over the next three years, the Iraqi people won’t be […]Read more "Going To War With Halliburton.."