The Man Who Wanted to Die Last — Aging Capriciously

Most men I know when you start talking about death and dying usually say that they hope they die before their partner.  The motive is quite obvious.  Who wants to be alone.  There is almost nothing worse than loneliness for human beings. Now imagine spending forty or fifty years living with someone.  You eat together, […]The [...]

Visiting grandma and grandpa — Robby Robin’s Journey

Like so many other seniors who haven’t seen their kids or grandkids since the pandemic started so long ago, we are living the dream of having visits from our families this summer.  Face to face instead of screen to screen.  For the first time in SOoooo long! Although in our case our loved ones only […]Visiting [...]

Sex from a Seventy Five Year Old Perspective

Sex from a Seventy Five Year Old Perspective 11JUL20212 Comments by Dr. John Persico Jr. in Uncategorized Tags: sex, sexuality, sexual taboos, sex education, sex permissiveness, sexual abstinence Before you read any further, ask yourself this question.  Can a White Elderly American male say anything generic about sex?  To be quite clear, can I say anything relevant for women and men of color?  Can I say [...]

CLIMATE CRISIS The climate crisis: "Yes, we should be scared." What will it take for popular opinion to catch up with the terrifying science? We talk to Canada’s top climate change experts. By John GeddesJuly 11, 2019 From sea to sea to sea, Canadians face destructive and mercurial weather, including storm surges like this one clobbering [...]

Noam Chomsky and the American dream

I thoroughly agree with most of this but think we are heading for a showdown a little earlier, may be even within the next generation? Wealth and inequality is now only a part of the overall picture and I think once climate change ramps up we may see more rapid changes.
Thank you for a very thoughtful article.

Matthew Wright

I watched a documentary by Noam Chomsky the other day – Requiem to the American Dream. It was thought-provoking. I remember him being invoked as a world intellectual back when I was studying anthropology – Chomsky was a linguist – and he has to be one of the most thoughtful people around today. Not everybody agrees with him, but what he says has gravitas and reason: we must, at the very least, consider his wisdom.

The thrust of the documentary was the insidious way that democracy is manipulated by big business: he argued that democracy and capitalism are opposing ideologies. To Chomsky, the ‘neoliberal’ revolution of the 1980s – which essentially led to the current imbalances of wealth and the power of the corporates – was a reaction to the growing strength of democracy during the post-Second World War decades. And he showed the ways in which big business…

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The Brutality of the Second Amendment

The Brutality of the Second Amendment by Dr. John Persico Jr. in Uncategorized Tags: gun control, gun fanatics, gun laws, gun rights, guns, insanity, murder, sane gun laws, second amendment The Second Amendment is the lever for mass genocide in America.  Every day Americans witness another mass killing or wanton murder.  Road rage shootings.  Family violence.  Workplace shootouts.  Shootouts in churches, parking lots, malls, grocery stores, Walmart’s, and on [...]

‘The Story of a National Crime’

A century ago, Dr. Peter Bryce demonstrated that residential schools were designed to kill. Canada’s government ignored him. Adrew Nikiforuk Yesterday | Tyee contributing editor Andrew Nikiforuk is an award-winning journalist whose books and articles focus on epidemics, the energy industry, nature and more Dr. Peter Henderson Bryce was appointed Canada’s first chief officer of medical health [...]

Map Monday: indigenous history around the world, pre- and post-colonization

Thank you for this important piece of History, maybe someone will be changed in a positive manner by reading this.

Robby Robin's Journey

Today is the last day of May, the day before the beginning of June, which is National Indigenous History Month in Canada.  There can be no more chilling reminder of why Canada needs to have a National Indigenous History Month than what transpired in British Columbia this past week, when the remains of at least 215 children were unearthed at the site of a former Residential School.

For those of you who aren’t aware of this shameful history, the Canadian government ran Residential Schools for indigenous children from 1863 to – get this – 1998.  At least 150,000 children were forcibly taken from their homes and sent to schools far away from their families, mostly run by church authorities.  The stated objective was to “take the Indian out of the child” by removing anything related to their homes and culture, including language, instilling the Church into them, and giving…

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75 % Atheist and 25 % Percent Agnostic

I love how eloquently John has stated the turmoil here between beliefs. His thoughts are a mirror for me but he has the ability to put it into words.

Aging Capriciously


I grew up in an Italian Irish family.  What else would I be except a devout Catholic?  The bigger question is how did I go from being a Catholic to an Atheist or at least a 75% percent Atheist?  I now claim I am seventy-five percent Atheist and twenty-five percent Agnostic.  I will explain this formula later.


Well, my journey from one God to no God started many years ago and perhaps mimics the trajectory of many a lapsed Catholic.  Went to a Catholic school.  Lots of Catholic theology.  Bible study each week.  Surrounded by priests and nuns.  Confession on Fridays followed by ten “Our Fathers” and twenty or so “Hail Marys.”  Church and communion on Sunday.  Back to being bad, masturbating and thinking dirty thoughts about the girl in the pew next to me on Mondays.  She kept wearing skirts that hiked up above her knees when she sat…

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The pandemic has made us take a good look at ourselves. We need to look even harder

Anosh Irani’s latest book is Translated from the Gibberish: Seven Stories and One Half Truth. He teaches Creative Writing in the World Languages and Literatures Department at Simon Fraser University. ISTOCK In 1951, the French author Marguerite Yourcenar published her novel Memoirs of Hadrian; it is a book I return to time and again, whenever I need [...]