June 2010

Seasons Have Changed Again

21 June, 2010 // 0 Comments

Summer officially begins today in the United States, it being the longest day of the year. This always seems a little bit unfair to me, like the solstice should be hitting at the height of summer, rather than marking the start, because it’s ...

Environmental Issues: Drugs in the Water

20 June, 2010 // 0 Comments

I recently finished a course of liquid antibiotics and I was about to rinse out the medication container and drop it in the recycling when I realised that doing so would contribute to a serious environmental problem: Medical waste in the water, air, ...

On Cure Evangelism

18 June, 2010 // 0 Comments

Cure evangelism is a scourge which seems unlikely to vanish any time soon, so we may as well address it and have a little chat about what it is, why it is problematic, and what you, personally, can do about it. This is not just a problem which ...

Social Justice Matters: Justice On Parole

17 June, 2010 // 0 Comments

Parole is a concept with which many people are undoubtedly familiar. In the justice system in this country, people sent to prison are often eligible for parole after fulfilling at least a percentage of their sentences. Under parole, prisoners are ...

Bootstrapping Priorities

16 June, 2010 // 0 Comments

One of the most pervasive and bizarre myths in the United States is that of pulling oneself up by one’s bootstraps. The origins of this term lie in the idea that pulling on your own bootstraps to lift yourself up would actually be extremely ...

White Feathers and (In)Visibility

14 June, 2010 // 0 Comments

I was recently reading Robertson Davies again, as I do, and I was struck by the narrative of a character who was handed a white feather in the First World War. For those unfamiliar with the Order of the White Feather and their work, they spearheaded ...

Salvage (Logging) Is As Salvage (Logging) Does

13 June, 2010 // 0 Comments

One of the most depressing things in this world to look at is a forest that has been damaged by natural disaster. Fire, insect infestation, flooding, earthquake, mudslide, hurricane…the result is a pile of broken matchsticks and woeful looking ...

Finally, I Have Watched True Blood Season Two

12 June, 2010 // 0 Comments

Just in time for season three to come out! And just in time to assiduously avoid spoilers all summer, since HBO is apparently not interested in exploring alternative methods of release for people who are not HBO subscribers. I’d be willing to ...
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