9/11 and the Death of Democracy

September 11, 2019

Forty-six years ago, on 9/11 in 1973, the US-financed-and-organised plan to overthrow the legally elected government of Salvador Allende in Chile was put into action.

Crowds in Santiago celebrating the electoral victory of Salvador Allende

During the violent military assault, the President died (assassinated or committed suicide to avoid capture) and over the next few years of the vicious and inhuman dictatorship of US-supported Pinochet, thousands of Chileans were imprisoned, tortured, and killed.

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What happened in New York on this day 28 years later was also vicious and inhuman. However, it is about time for some reconciliation and regret for the extraordinary litany of war crimes the US has committed. If any US network or major media even mentions the Chilean anniversary during what will almost certainly be today’s spasm of Trump-like breast-beating, that would be a tiny start.

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Happy Birthday Sweetheart!

September 9, 2019

Happy birthday to the most wonderful daughter a father could ever wish for, and a fabulous mother to our grand-daughter!


Still Remembering Sacco & Vanzetti

August 23, 2019

This is the 92nd anniversary of the murder by the State of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti for the crime of being anarchists.

 

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“What from the splendid dead
We have inherited –
Furrows sweet to the grain, and the weed subdued –
See now the slug and the mildew plunder.
Evil does not overwhelm
The larkspur and the corn;
We have seen them go under.

Let us sit here, sit still,
Here in the sitting-room until we die;
At the step of Death on the walk, rise and go;
Leaving to our children’s children this beautiful doorway,
And this elm,
And a blighted earth to till
With a broken hoe.”

— Edna St Vincent Millay “Justice Denied in Massachusetts

Lest we forget.


A Great Day To Remember

August 12, 2019

Nineteen years ago today, at sunset, the Everloving and I stood on the dock at Trout Lake and plighted our troth. There were a few friends with us, we sang “Always Look On The Bright Side of Life“, and we had our wedding supper at Wazubbee’s.

Her mother said it wouldn’t last a year. My mother said it wouldn’t last a year. Just goes to show, mothers are not always right.


Remembering Hiroshima

August 6, 2019

Today we need to remember the fate of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and their people, utterly destroyed by atomic bombs this week in 1945.

I spent my early life in Europe during the hottest days of the Cold War, worried every single day that these scenes would be repeated in London and Berlin and Moscow. Those concerns abated with the fall of the Berlin Wall, and for 25 years many of us breathed a lot easier. Today, with a US leader seeming to need a war to save his tottering presidency, I have begun to worry once again even as I sit here in beautiful British Columbia.

Let us continue to remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and do whatever we can to ensure that such events never happen again.


Yes We Did, Yes We Can

August 6, 2019

This coming Friday will be the 45th anniversary of the resignation of Richard Nixon as President of the United States.  Some may scoff, and say that is the kind of anniversary that only an old Boomer would remember. But it is far more important than that.

It is a reminder, such as we need in these troubled times, that we did remove a bad President, and we can do it again.

We need to remember this every time the misogynistic racist currently occupying the White House opens his mouth and debases us all with more of his power-hungry vitriol.

Yes, we did it once. Yes, we can do it again.


Happy Birthday To The Everloving!

July 14, 2019

 

Another year older, another year better!