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flirting with lady luck: statues of liberty

The rock star personas. The great wealth. The love of publicity. The elitism. The somewhat shoddy intellectual foundation. The almost subservient conformity with regard to the established order, exposes both men to the charge of opportunism and insincerity. Though, to … Continue reading

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sympathy for the unwashed: springtime for voltaire?

Voltaire. The name conjures up many associations. Intelligent, radical, revolutionary. But who really was Voltaire? …. He was not, as has been said,a profound thinker. He taught men to question every legend, every conventional idea transmitted to them by their … Continue reading

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HIS MASTERS VOICE : Fun and Games In A New & Old World

Its a love hate relationship. Our willingness to engage with mass media stories- otherwise known as corporate culture spinning- in a subtle, complicated and often critical manner that refuses to simply open wide and swallow whole. There is a healthy, … Continue reading

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JUST KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR YELLOW SNOW

Canada… the true north…..Wikileaks….It must be something in the water, and Canadians don’t want Americans drinking it or sharing it … “A few acres of snow” – “Quelques arpents de neige”- is a quotation from Voltaire popularly understood to be … Continue reading

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HUCKSTERS & HYPERBOLE

To Europeans intellectuals of the eighteenth century, ¬†America was a battleground of ideas; the war between Nature and civilization.And its proponents did not mince words. ¬†Respected academics like Comte de Buffon reported that domesticated animals imported from Europe as well … Continue reading

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