Stan Persky I Read the News Today, Oh Boy (Part MMXVIII) by Stan Persky

There are some mornings when I just want to send you the whole front page of the New York Times so that you can also read all the horrible news while I (and Jesus and Mohammed) finish weeping. This morning (Feb. 15, 2018 – 6-something a.m. here in Berlin, just past midnight... [Read more...]

Stan Persky 2017: Last Year’s Reading by Stan Persky

I’ll forego the annual end-of-the-year requisite editorializing about the “decline of reading” in favour of a quick reconnoitre of the cultural battlefield and other book remainder bins. Once we’ve got the mise(ry)-en-scene in focus, I can go on to mention a few books... [Read more...]

Stan Persky Vancouver: I’m Not Proud of This by Stan Persky

When I learned that police-officers-in-uniform had been banned from marching in the 2018 annual gay parade next year by the (LGBT+) Vancouver Pride Society, my immediate response to this seemingly ludicrous diktat was to invoke the ludic. Let’s play it for laughs, I figured. Toronto... [Read more...]

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I Read the News Today, Oh Boy (Part MMXVIII)

Some morning, we sit by the waters of Babylon and scroll down.

Vancouver: I’m Not Proud of This

The Vancouver Pride Society wants to ban uniformed police from the annual Pride parade. Is this something we should take pride in?

Berlin notebook: Antifa, “Fascists,” and the Real Thing in the Streets of Warsaw

Straight from the front lines of Facebook to your ear (and God’s, and the CIA’s).

Letter from Berlin: “Mutti” Merkel in the Middle

German chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term, the Far Right won seats in Parliament for the first time since Hitler. Dooney’s is on-site to read the tea-leaves.

Xenophobic nationalism: Myanmar’s curse

Dan Gawthrop on genocide-in-progress. The Rohingya crisis in Myanmar.

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2017: Last Year’s Reading

Longer than a tweet, faster than a Fox News lie, here are some of the books of the year — read, re-read, and not-so-red in the Age of Trumpty-Dumpty.

The Ins and Outs of the Labyrinth

It’s a flash-mob Greek tragedy. Stan Persky reviews “Adults in the Room,” the political memoir that tells you almost everything you need to know about the EU.

Our Intrepid Reporter

Martha Gellhorn’s journalistic beat covered the globe. Today, there’s more reason than ever to read her dispatches from the front.

Andrew Struthers’ Hippie Calculations

John Harris reviews Andrew Struthers’ new book from New Star Press.

Against Tyranny: an urgent review of Timothy Snyder’s On Tyranny

Why you need to read this book — now.

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National Game: Quebec Bans Hockey Mask Face-Covering

Amid criticism from across Canada over a province of Quebec law that bans

Quebec Justice Minister Stephanie Vallee.

face coverings for giving or receiving public services or  entertainments,  Quebec Justice Minister Stephanie Vallee announced on Thursday that hockey masks for goalies would be banned as part of the “State Religious Neutrality Law.” “Why should goalies be able to hide their faces during the national game?” asked the minister. “Their ability to conceal their goal-tending strategy while a left-winger is taking a slapshot is totally unjust,” Vallee declared.

Hockey mask.

However, in a statement partially walking back her initial decree, Vallee softened the application of the law. “If goalies are taking public transportation to the game,” the minister explained, “they only have to briefly lift their mask for the bus driver to see their face, and can wear the full mask for the remainder of the bus-ride, along with Muslim women, and punks in face-concealing hoodies.”

Person in niqab. Possibly a hockey centre.

Further, Vallee said that hockey centres-in-burkas have to lift their face-coverings only during face-offs. Other “accomodations” will be provided as necessary, the minister promised.

 

Montreal seismological scientists

Jacques Plante, c. 1945.

reported that legendary Canadiens goaltender Jacques Plante (1929-1986) rolled over in his grave, and it registered as a 5.8 quake on the Richter Scale. Plante invented the goaltender mask in the 1959-1960 season when his nose was broken by a shot by  the New York Rangers’ Andy Bathgate. (cf. Wikipedia, “Jacques Plante” for the long history of Plante’s argument with coach Toe Blake, who tried to prevent the goalie from wearing the mask, claiming it would harm the “national game.”) According to the scientists, Plante not only rolled over, but was recorded as saying, “Sacre bleu! Goddamned pure laine bourgeois bosses.”

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— Not The Onion, this is The Paul Bunyan Review: Tall Tales for the Time of Trump.

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