Night Music: If I Had Any Pride Left At All

May 14, 2020

Wise Words

May 14, 2020


Grandview 14th May 1920

May 14, 2020

Sun, 19200514, p.12


In the Directories, Byrnell was Thomas A. rather than G.A.   In 1919, he opened a real estate business at 1825 Commercial in partnership with G.R. Simpson. By 1920, he was operating under his own name. From 1923 to 1925, he operated as Byrnell & Mackenzie at 1522 Commercial.

Byrnell resided at 1818 Grant Street from 1909 to 1926 with his wife Lillian, sons Roy and Gordon, and daughters Frances & Viola.


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The Land of the Free?

May 14, 2020

The so-called Land of the Free just got a little bit less free.  The US Senate approved amendments to the Patriot Act that allows law enforcement agencies to search your internet browsing history without a warrant.

“The power grab was led by Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell as part of a reauthorization of the Patriot Act, which gives federal agencies broad domestic surveillance powers …

Dayton Young, director of product at Fight For the Future, told Motherboard. “Any lawmaker who votes to reauthorize the PATRIOT Act is voting against our constitutionally-protected freedoms, and there’s nothing patriotic about that.”

Moves like this are just the tip of the iceberg. Fascist-leaning dictators and institutions around the world have used the covid-19 pandemic as a cover to vastly increase their powers over ordinary citizens. While this movement is overt in such countries as Hungary, Turkey, and Brazil, it is no less prevalent in the US, the UK, and Canada where subtle (or not so subtle) shifts in the dynamics of power tend to happen without a lot of fanfare.

We are on a slippery slope to totalitarianism.