Category Archives: Wisdom

FTRW 2017 – Day Two – Piss

FTRW 2017 – Day One – Shit

George Carlin is basically the patron saint of Freedom to Read Week as far as I’m concerned.  I’m technically in Mexico right now but due to the magic of time-delayed posts, I’ll use his “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television” as inspiration for this week’s posts.

The Difference Between Liberals and Conservatives Is Deeper Than You Think

It might not be as simple as people consciously choosing which philosophies they prefer to follow – whether we’re liberal or conservative  might be part of our deeper psychology.   According to the experts who study political leanings, liberals and conservatives do not just see things differently. They are different—in their personalities and even their […]

Forget 1984: These Five Dystopias Better Reflect Trump’s USA

With the almost unbelievable events in the US since Trump was elected, George Orwell’s classic novel, originally released in 1949, which details a dystopian future society where the government spies on, controls and lies to its citizens, has hit the top of the Amazon bestseller list. But there are other books that even better capture the dread and doom […]

Some *Real* (Not “Alternative”) Facts About #muslimban

Fears of Islamic Terrorists are greatly overblown.  Even if this ten-year average accounted for 9/11 deaths, Americans are *still* more likely to be killed getting hit by a bus! Trump’s “Muslim Ban” shows why he’s in a conflicted position as the first non-elected, non-military person to serve as President of the United States… Even *if* […]

Friday Fun Link – Politics By Profession

  This site breaks down the political preferences of different professions. No surprise to see that librarians tend to be very liberal leaning.  (I heard a good line recently – someone observed: “What’s the easiest way to tell if someone’s a liberal or a conservative?  Ask them if they’ve read a book in the past year.” […]

86 Books Barack Obama Recommended During His Presidency

  Another thing I’m going to miss about Obama is that, unlike Cheeto Jesus, Obama was actually a reader. For the record… 1. The Naked and the Dead, Norman Mailer 2. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez 3. The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing 4. The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston 5. Brown Girl Dreaming, […]

The Difference Between Obama and Trump In Two Top Twitter Trends

Obama gives a heartfelt, inspiring, intelligent farewell address. Trump has it leaked that he may have paid Russian hookers to urinate on him.  :-0 (The claim about Trump is unsubstantiated but it comes from a reliable source in the UK intelligence community, the US intelligence community apparently brought these allegations to the President which they don’t […]

What Are The “Best of the Best” Books of 2016?

The end of the year is one of my favourite times of the year for a whole host of reasons – it being Christmas is obviously a big one and the excitement of New Year’s as well. But I also love all the “Best of” lists at the end of the year and especially those […]

Friday Fun Link – A New Tradition? December 23 = Kid’s Christmas Donation Day?

Like a lot of parents, Shea and I struggle with how to make sure that our kids (especially Pace now that he’s getting older) understand that Christmas is not just about getting gifts but also about giving. Other years we’ve done things like put toys in Santa Anonymous Bins or other charitable giving.  But this […]