Tough to take out a motorcycle with a cruise missile.

The events in Afghanistan over the weekend have created a lot of weeping and gnashing of teeth in the West. Assignment of responsibility for the “failure” ranges from the last four US presidents to the Canadian Prime Minister not immediately evacuating the Afghans who assisted the military when they were…


Resistance is futile. You will assimilate…. Star Trek: The Next Generation

In an episode the Borg spokesman, in the temporarily assimilated form of Captain Picard, states that the Borg only want to “raise the quality of life” of the species. That particular episode seemed like an exact match for the…


The latest round of rocket launches and bombing in Gaza is yet another episode of the Israeli Palestinian battle. In watching the coverage each group stuck to their standard lines with no change in the hearts and minds on either side. When confronted with moral dilemmas, we tend to retreat…


I have been accused of conflict avoidance. The accusers suggest that it is driven by cowardice, whereas self-delusion leads me to believe I’m driven by a more noble cause; processes in conflict resolution. …


There was always a mite box in the house when I was growing up and the contents were collected with some regularity. When involved in fundraising efforts for a new church building, we used the widow’s mite parable, and a slogan of “Not equal gifts, but equal sacrifice”. This tugging…


The commonly accepted GOLD standard existed until the Nixon administration concluded that the US$ would no longer be based on the US gold reserves in the early seventies. The global monetary system as it stands today, is based on faith in economies. Exchange rates between different currencies are roughly based…


I turned on CNBC on Wednesday, expecting to see what was happening in the market, and you already know the rest of the story. The good news was the indices didn’t seem to care about the turmoil just a few hundred kilometers away. By nightfall, order was regained in the…


Our Trump, Kenney

Jason Kenney, our Alberta Premier, has adopted the Trump strategy of never admitting fault, rarely backing down, and engaging in the combative politics game. He has surrounded himself with like-minded members of cabinet. Examples are Tyler Shandro, who along with his wife, stood in a street in…


In my autumn years, reflecting on life’s pursuits, I wonder whether these pursuits were justified. One attempts to achieve a certain level of stature in the community, reflected in a nice house, a nice car, a variety of food and beverages, etc. The strangest desires are those for which there…


My Fellow Americans,

Three score years to the day, John Kennedy stood on these steps and said, “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”. As I stand here today, it is not to celebrate the victory of a party, but…

kenbarrie

Ken Barrie lives in Calgary, Alberta. The founder of a small IT company, with an Education in Engineering, Ken has a keen interest in Social Justice issues.

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