Images: Echo Density

August 21, 2017

Breakfast Today #6

August 21, 2017

Poem: Canada

August 21, 2017


Big in size

but with a squeaky little voice,

Canada is like

an effeminate linebacker

facing the south-of-49ers

across the goal line of an undefended border.

We have steroids without strength

mass without muscle.

We are

a huge collapsable shell of a country.

We survive

because the Americans cannot be bothered

to deal with the

PR flak

that would inevitably follow

the easy pushover.

Could Celine Dion save us?

Or Bryan Adams or Margaret Atwood?

Or even Douglas Coupland, Tony Onley and the Bare Naked Ladies linking arms?


Not even the whole mess

of Canadian culture

— bilingual and multicultural —

could save us

if the Americans put their minds to it.

The manifest destiny

of globalization

ensures that it will happen

one day, some day.

And then many of us will become

marginalized Americans

like Idahoans or Puerto Ricans.

Maybe we’ll qualify for grants

and affirmative action

as the third largest minority


blacks and hispanics.

Maybe we’d alter American politics

for ever

with our semi-socialists

and our semi-fascists

and our quaint idea that government can occasionally

be a good thing.

More likely, we’ll become

a minor market for Wal Mart

an inconvenience for weather forecasters

and a fiscal drain

on southwestern startups

and other entrepreneurs.

If there’s a futures market for snow, native land

claims and Gallic intransigence,

Maybe they could sell us

to Norway

where benefits are better.

Aubrey Beardsley

August 21, 2017

Today we celebrate the genius of Aubrey Beardsley on what would have been his 145th birthday.  Hard to imagine what he would have accomplished had he grown older.

Night Music: Sing, Sing, Sing (With A Swing)

August 20, 2017

Vancouver Against Racism and Fascism

August 19, 2017

I am so sad that I was not fit enough to attend the rally at Vancouver City Hall today.  But I am sure proud of the many thousands who did show up.

And I am proud that our Provincial government and municipal government encouraged this fine turn out.

How To Deal With Racism

August 19, 2017

A great commercial from Portugal.