Serum 114

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  Serum 114
November 30, 2000
  Change don't come with redneck rulePDF files may take a moment to load

The more things change the more they stay the same. Another Liberal majority buoyed by Ontario and Quebec has taught us all a very good lesson. Regardless of small-town rhetoric, an agenda of gun-toting, tax-cutting, exclusionary intolerant clamoring won't win hearts or minds outside the wild, wild West.


November 09, 2000
  Intellectuals will rise upPDF files may take a moment to load

As pessimistic as I am about the current state of affairs in Ottawa and about where we'll be in five years, this pessimism is not absolute. You see, our best and brightest will not, as Socrates suggested, gravitate towards power--unless they have a good reason, that is. Absolute incompetence at the head of every political party is one of few exceptions that will allow this to happen.


November 02, 2000
  The least of all evilsPDF files may take a moment to load

Although I am a strong supporter of democracy and see it as the most just means of forfeiting control of one's daily life to a greater power, there are certain basic conditions that must be met. One of these conditions is the presence of capable, intelligent and respectable leadership. Therein lies the problem of Nov. 27.


October 19, 2000
  Join the fight for real alePDF files may take a moment to load

It seems that everyone and their dog has a special interest or lobby group that from time to time makes it to page 13 of the local paper. Usually these are articles those not affiliated with such groups pass over (and for good reason). I am pleading with all of you--make an exception just this once.


October 12, 2000
  War is not the answerPDF files may take a moment to load

Nothing seems to provoke a bully more than when his would-be opponent refuses to fight.

In the world's largest playground, the western hemisphere's favourite bully is at it again. There is a battle currently taking place between heavily armed, well trained Israeli soldiers and stone wielding Palestinian residents. Not surprisingly, the latter party is losing. As of Sunday, the vast majority of the 83 people killed were Palestinians.


October 05, 2000
  Master of language captivated countryPDF files may take a moment to load

Pierre Elliot Trudeau was a shrewd politician, a mediocre prime minister, a charming ambassador and the most brilliant public figure that Canada has ever seen.

He was arrogant. He was stubborn. He was an intellectual academic who had no business in politics. What brought him to our attention and to our helm was not ambition but fate. He was a man too big to be held within a city, a province or even a nation.


September 28, 2000
  Flag fails to promote adventurePDF files may take a moment to load

There are clumps of noisy red and white amoebic formations moving about Europe in cargo shorts and "Canada Kicks Ass" T-shirts. They have large shells on their backs, adorned with tattoos of a red leaf that lets everyone know they're not American. To some locals they're a nuisance, to others a curiosity but to the majority they're a joke--and they're growing.


September 21, 2000
  Make up your own mindPDF files may take a moment to load

There is a base element in our education system, in our media and in our socio-political communication that is inhibiting freedom of thought and undermining the political mindset of the general public. The political spectrum is one of the most dangerous and destructive anti-academic forces at work today.



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