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Rational Self-Defence

A Legacy Pagun (VANCOUVER ISLAND) My regular readers probably know that I am, to all intents and purposes, a single father of a seven-year-old boy. As such, I spend virtually my entire waking life trying to make sure that my son has a safe and happy … [Continue reading]

Lyin’, and Soundbites, and Memes…Oh My

Attention spans and politics Pagun (VANCOUVER ISLAND) It’s no secret that attention spans are getting shorter. Arguably, that’s the fault of the Internet providing nearly instant response times, and keeping text content small while graphic and video … [Continue reading]

Left is Left and Right is Right…

And never the twain shall meet… Pagun (VANCOUVER ISLAND) Republicans are all upset and feeling betrayed because 92-year-old former president Bush the Elder has made it clear that he cannot support Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. … [Continue reading]

The Psychological Perspective

Cognitive Dissonance Pagun (VANCOUVER ISLAND) It’s an accepted scientific observation, that has been repeated many times and has never been falsified by any reputable study that, in general, people who hold right wing views are considerably less … [Continue reading]

A Free Press…

is a right; reading it critically is a duty… Pagun (VANCOUVER ISLAND) One thing that we have learned from the bizarre 2016 United States presidential elections is that the media is simply no longer equipped to perform its function as an impartial, … [Continue reading]

The Bulletproof Candidate

Why Even Kryptonite Wouldn't Work Pagun (VANCOUVER ISLAND) Rational people everywhere are bewildered by the 2016 presidential election. It’s astonishing that the occupancy of the White House for the next four years is being contested by two people … [Continue reading]

A Moral Choice

It's One or the Other Pagun (VANCOUVER ISLAND) As the US presidential election approaches, and the summer of Trump turns into the autumn of everyone’s discontent, political pundits and our audiences have much to reflect upon. It is widely … [Continue reading]

The World According to Trump

Looking to a Grim Future Pagun (VANCOUVER ISLAND) The 2016 United States presidential election is different from any previous presidential political race. Few of the elements that make this election unique are, in and of themselves, completely new to … [Continue reading]

Licence to Hate

The Rise and Fall and Rebirth of Political Correctness Pagun (VANCOUVER ISLAND) The first time I heard the phrase “political correctness” was some time back in the 70s, and it was used by my then agent to criticise a publisher’s rejection letter. … [Continue reading]

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

Post-democratic Society Pagun (VANCOUVER ISLAND) A somewhat schizophrenic attitude toward the concept and practice of democracy in America is becoming more noticeable in this, the summer of Trump. In the most bizarre presidential election campaign … [Continue reading]