Author Archives: Corwin

And Shub-Niggurath For PM

by | March 1, 2016

I’m not, generally speaking, the kind of Canadian who gets too caught up in the three-ring circus of U.S. presidential elections. The marathon campaigns that go on south of the border may be one of the great political shows on this godless green Earth, but they almost always have less impact – especially outside the… Read more »

Dawkins And NECSS: An Update And Some Thoughts

by | February 5, 2016

You can love Richard Dawkins or you can hate him, but you can’t say he’s anything but a gentleman and a scholar. His response to being disinvited as a featured speaker by NECSS (short for Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism, and pronounced ”Nexus”, which I have to grudgingly admit is sort of clever) is… Read more »

When In Rome

by | January 26, 2016

When in Rome, one is supposed to do as the Romans do. Children know this, but the memo appears to have bypassed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani: Mr Rouhani and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi spoke at Rome’s Capitoline Museum after Italian firms signed business deals with Iran.   But several nudes there were hidden to… Read more »

Much Ado About Comments

by | December 12, 2015

If you have something to say regarding news stories about indigenous people, the CBC doesn’t want to hear it until next year. Canada’s public broadcaster has taken what “Acting director of digital news” Brodie Fenlon acknowledges, in a commendably calm, articulate and thoughtful explanatory post, is the “unusual step” of closing comments on indigenous stories.… Read more »

David Suzuki Will Kiss The Pope Anywhere He (The Pope) Wants

by | November 28, 2015

David Suzuki has raised eyebrows, we’re told, by deploying a colourful analogy in the course of a discussion about greenhouse gas emissions. As Maclean’s reports, Suzuki doesn’t have much time for Brad Wall’s view that economic factors such as potential job losses need to be considered when formulating policy in this area: Suzuki dismissed Wall’s… Read more »