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How I (Almost) Totally Blew My TEDTalk

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 4:23 PM

This blog is cross-posted at Hazlitt.

Some years ago, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon was invited to give a reading at an upstate New York college. When he arrived, he discovered that his host had scarpered off on an alcoholic bender and no one else had a...

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Science and Religion: Why You Don't Have to Choose

(107) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 12:00 AM

A friend's kid said to me the other day: "I'm a Darwinist."
"A what?" I asked, bemused.
"I don't believe in God," he explained, "I believe in Science."
All of eleven, he is, and ready to take on the world.

Okay, I thought, hold on...

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Cut The 1812 Commercials. Like, Seriously. Now.

(95) Comments | Posted August 8, 2012 | 7:51 AM

Would the federal government please cut it out with their War of 1812 ads? One minute, I'll be watching some riveting event of sportsmanship at the Olympics, and then suddenly CTV cuts to commercial, and I'm treated to an array of cartoonishly noble characters attired in soldierly red coat and...

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My Holiday in a Nudist Camp

(9) Comments | Posted July 17, 2012 | 1:04 PM

You know that dream you have where you're in a restaurant, or the office, and you suddenly realize that you don't have any pants on?

Well, that happened to me recently -- only it wasn't a dream. I was sitting in a cozy dining room at a private members' club...

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Harper Spin Put Under Third-Party Management

(19) Comments | Posted December 7, 2011 | 11:05 AM

Wondering where all the money goes in Attawapiskat?

Given the Harper government's frequent pronouncements this week about how the Conservatives have "heavily invested" in this tiny, freezing James Bay community over several years in power, I'm sure some of you are feeling puzzled about the exotic third-world conditions.

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Attawapiskat's Abandonment Crisis

(47) Comments | Posted November 29, 2011 | 4:25 PM

If you want to understand what's going on in Attawapiskat, you need to hop on a plane. There's pretty much no other way to grasp why one of Canada's First Nation fly-in communities would be receiving disaster relief from the Red Cross for simply attempting to exist as a town.

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