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Unvailed: The 2014 Hot List

Posted by on Jan 4, 2015 in A Writer's Half-Life, Featured, Parting Shots, Unabashed, Understand, Unrivaled | 0 comments

Unvailed: The 2014 Hot List

With the sound of a great crack, it was suddenly over. No, I’m not talking about Rob Ford’s term as mayor; I’m talking 2014. What a year of change, upheaval, catharsis and assorted outrage. But hey, that’s why they invented social media. 2014 started with frost quakes and an ice storm in Toronto and ended with a bit of a whimper. However, after the past year, it was a welcome winter, indeed. At Unvailed, we had a year of music, theatre, politics, smooching, sexual harassment and the timely death of a truly rotten person. So, it...

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Conspiracy Theorists…Honest Reappraisals or Honestly Exasperating?

Posted by on Jan 9, 2014 in Featured, Parting Shots, Unabashed | 7 comments

Conspiracy Theorists…Honest Reappraisals or Honestly Exasperating?

Rethinkers. Seekers of truth. Holocaust deniers. Dissidents. Truthers. There are many names both claimed as if they were honorifics, and others hurled as insulting slurs. What are they? Who are they? Conspiracy theories are not new, and there have been some cases where they have actually been shown to be correct; Nixon’s shady legacy of Watergate is just one example of this. However many others like the assassination of JFK and the governments cover up of Nevada’s famed Area 51, where aliens have been rumoured to be kept and suppressed as...

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12 Years a Slave…More Than a Movie

Posted by on Oct 30, 2013 in Featured, Parting Shots, Unrivaled | 2 comments

12 Years a Slave…More Than a Movie

Traumatized. Violated. Those are the best words I can think of to sum up how I felt after watching Steve McQueen’s new movie 12 Years a Slave a couple of nights ago. I’ve seen very gritty and in your face realistic portrayals of many past and present injustices and while I’ve empathized, grew upset, and in many cases cried in sympathy and anger, I have never felt quite so “present” as I was for this movie. I felt like I had literally been forced to stand and watch a public lynching of people I knew and liked. Strangely enough it...

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Thanks a Lot!

Posted by on Oct 13, 2013 in Featured, Parting Shots, Unabashed | 6 comments

Thanks a Lot!

In this wonderful country we call Canada, we do indeed have a lot to be thankful for. We celebrate our blessings on a relative daily basis and many cultures, races and societal groups tend to express how much they appreciate this part of the world and how lucky we are to be here. However, all it takes is one particularly bad apple to blast off the rosy coloured glasses and remind us that humans are the solution and the problem at all times and there is no Shangri-La on planet Earth. True peace on earth and happiness has to be fought for and...

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Politics—bullshit baffles brains

Posted by on Nov 8, 2012 in Featured, Parting Shots, Understand | 0 comments

Politics—bullshit baffles brains

I’m going to start off by giving an honest disclaimer. I do not have the answers, I do not understand the economy in many respects and I am giving my opinion as it stands now but I am always willing to be educated and informed differently. This statement alone is unfortunately rare. Opinions are like assholes, everyone has one. It’s an amusing but true jibe at the multitude of essentially arrogant assumptions of knowledge. We see it all the time. People think they know the world better then scientists. Evolution? BAH! We couldn’t have...

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Circumstitions

Posted by on May 31, 2012 in Featured, Parting Shots, Understand | 4 comments

Circumstitions

This is a topic I have very strong feelings about because I happen to be a victim of the cruel and unnecessary procedure called routine infant circumcision. Thankfully it’s not so “routine” anymore and is no longer covered under Canadian health care. I personally feel it should be banned without true medical necessity. I could easily go into this topic with great depth and length, but I’ll try to be concise.  As to its history, It’s enough to say that it primarily arose from religious and/or cultural traditions and eventually...

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The Erosion of Customer Respect

Posted by on Mar 30, 2012 in Featured, Parting Shots, Understand | 0 comments

The Erosion of Customer Respect

Have you noticed customer service has been severely lacking these days, especially in large corporations? In decades past you always had a general meme that the customer was always right and companies did their best to be sure you were satisfied with their service. Now we face a very different attitude. In my opinion the worst invention of all time was the automated answering machine that puts you “push #1 for sales, #2 for technical, #3 for billing, #4 for IT, #5 for cafeteria, #6 for janitor…” ARGH. To add insult to injury, even huge...

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The Danger of Fanaticism

Posted by on Jan 13, 2012 in Featured, Parting Shots, Understand | 0 comments

The Danger of Fanaticism

Is anyone else out there kind of wondering whether the world is just going a little bat-shit crazy lately? It seemed like the trends over the last few decades were one of tolerance and liberalism and this was a good thing. When did these concepts become dirty words? I just read a story about a group of “morality police” who are banding together in groups and terrorizing citizens and businesses by demanding completely innocuous and personal choice issues like being allowed to shave your beard off or not wear a head covering if you’re a...

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The Self-entitlement of Birds

Posted by on Nov 16, 2011 in Featured, Parting Shots, Understand | 0 comments

The Self-entitlement of Birds

Birds. When someone says the word I tend to immediately think of cute little chirping creatures: finches, robins, canaries. Then if I dwell more on it I might think of crows, seagulls and pigeons, all the ones we see most often. But there are a multitude of avian creatures that range from coastal ranges to deep forests. Nocturnal birds like the owl, predatory like the hawk, scavengers like the vulture, opportunistic like the house sparrow, they are everywhere and they manage to coexist with humans quite successfully. There are some people that...

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The Fragility of Life

Posted by on Oct 3, 2011 in Featured, Parting Shots, Unabashed, Understand | 0 comments

The Fragility of Life

It only takes a day or two to demonstrate how vulnerable we all are to cashing in our chips at any time. No I’m not referring to the Casino, I’m talking about when our number is up. A brief brush with mortality leaves you a little more nervous about the time we have left and whether or not we’ll ever be ready to check out gracefully. I knew immediately that I was not OK and had my roommate take me to the hospital A few weeks ago I had just such an experience. After doing a follow up with a Gastroenterologist who during an...

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