Monthly Archives: January 2014

Monkey business

I wonder whether many plantations tend to lose a noteworthy percentage of their crop to monkeys, or whether losses to monkeys are more of a downstream affair. Not willing to fight over a banana, I was taxed for one of … Continue reading

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Edward Snowden nominated for peace prize

From the very beginning, I wondered how long it would take for Snowden to be recognized as the hero he is. I now admit that this may not necessarily come to pass in the USA itself, given that the land … Continue reading

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Classic questions

What exactly is this reality we find ourselves in? What role do we play in it? Are we solely reactive (and/or unresponsive) to our environment according to our nature or do we have some inherent or learned ability to be … Continue reading

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Two or three related points with a little bit (lot of) rehash

Too often, it seems that closed door lobbying (where companies or religious groups work with lobbyists to try to set economic, political or moral agendas) is perceived as OK. Yet, a certain share of people who endorse or have no … Continue reading

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Is Netanyahu suggestion likely to affect the peace process?

As reported by The Toronto Star,¬†Netanyahu suggests that a prospective Palestinian state should not be ethnically cleansed of Jews, partly in recognition that deep ideological commitment leads some settlers to be very committed to staying and partly in recognition that … Continue reading

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Chinese herbal treatment in combination with second antimalarial may lead to eradicatoin of malaria

As reported by The Economist, a researcher at the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine has found that¬†a Chinese herbal treatment also known as artemisinin, in combination with a second antimalarial known as piperaquine, may be able to interrupt the life … Continue reading

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Use of psychological diagnosis to sideline individuals is both anti-democratic and illegal

In an article entitled “A comparison of mental health legislation from diverse Commonwealth jurisdictions”, Fistein et al. (2009) presents a classification of international standards regarding diagnosis. Notable exclusions to diagnosis include the following, which are not to be used as … Continue reading

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An opinion, largely founded in reality

The Canadian prime minister has on occasion dabbled too far in forms of extremism with proclivities towards intimidation and divisive populism and rarely demonstrates any interest in engaging in informed dialogue or true leadership on behalf of or in representation … Continue reading

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Judge people based on their actions, not their religion

As reported by the Globe and Mail, the Canadian PM recently gave a speech to the Knesset, where he one-upped himself on previous unquestioning commitment to any and all things Israeli, and even went so far as to say that … Continue reading

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A page out of a book from the Soviets

From Wikipedia: “The process of psychiatric incarceration was instigated by attempts to emigrate; distribution or possession of prohibited documents or books; participation in civil rights actions and demonstrations, and involvement in forbidden religious activity.[4] The religious faith of prisoners, including … Continue reading

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