PostArctica: 2 Quotes, 1 Motto and a Photograph

I think that the act of reading poetry nowadays is already an archaic, cultural activity. When we read a poem, it is tantamount to going to pioneer village in order to see somebody hammer out a horseshoe. But I would like to imagine that reading a poem would be tantamount to going to an automated ...

PostArctica: 3 Quotes

I like common materials, whatever is at hand, but especially stones. I like the idea that stones are what the world is made of. Richard Long …if the villain – who is of course a coward – takes refuge behind the ropes, claiming his right to do so by a brazen gesture, he is pitilessly ...

The Tory Pirate - Politics & Policy: The NDP "is not planning any changes to our current form of the parliamentary system" 

It is not often I get to talk about issues related to the monarchy on this blog. I mostly keep that on the other blog I writefor. However the Monarchist League of Canada recently surveyed the main federal parties on their views towards theCanadian Monarchy. One of the answers was curious though. The NDP’s reply ...

LeDaro: 10 Great Socrates Quotes

Socrates lived in 5th century as well. Plato was his student. Great quotes indeed

mark a rayner: You tell ’em Kurt

I post this quote for no particular reason. It’s from his collection, Wampeters, Foma, and Granfalloons. Alltop has some insanely fun links.

wmtc: "humility is the foundation of all learning"

My grandmother had always referred to the universe as the Great Mystery. “What does it mean?” I asked her once. “It means all things.” “I don’t understand.” She took my hand and sat me down on a rock at the water’s edge. “We need mystery,” she said, “Creator in her wisdom knew this. Mystery fills ...

PostArctica: The Thing About

The thing about right wing believers they love a good fight good and evil black and white the extremities heroes and villains sinners and saints But when it comes to ordinary people and ordinary stories and all kinds of talk about what’s good and what’s right They get lost in the details the subtle gestures ...

PostArctica: The Thing About

The thing about right wing believers they love a good fight good and evil black and white the extremities heroes and villains sinners and saints But when it comes to ordinary people and ordinary stories and all kinds of talk about what’s good and what’s right They get lost in the details the subtle gestures ...

Alberta Diary: Important fake news: Canada, Alberta to erect huge ‘Mother Oil’ statue near Fort Mac?

Screenshot of the fake news site. Below: Publisher David Climenhaga in his misspent youth, when he still had hair. Painting by Ryn Climenhaga. Alberta Diary is pleased to announce a new website in the vast and growing Alberta Diary online publishing empire:, which can also be found at, appears to be ...

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Food for thought

Work has kept me away from my latest long fiction project for a while, and this quote keeps floating around my head. (That, and some kind of growling sound…) Alltop only growls when it’s happy. That cool background photo is … Continue reading →

wmtc: "in the midst of madness, one soldier has refused to participate": let them stay week, revolutionary thought of the day, and other coincidences

Don’t you love it when everything comes together? It’s Let Them Stay Week 2014, I’m thinking about the US war resisters in Canada, and about war resistance in general. And I’m reading a terrific youth novel, Flight, by Sherman Alexie, both fast-paced and rich with insight and meaning. And I come upon this passage. And if ...

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Writing is fun!

Stabbing them in the neck with a fountain pen works too … Alltop is writing up the funny!

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Kurt Vonnegut’s one rule

Love this quote. (via MonkeyJoys) Alltop is a humor baby.

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The Key of Keys

Egoless divine pride: the most glorious concept I have ever heard – from Tibetan Buddhism. The Uttara Tantra elaborates: There once was a prince, who lost his memory and forgot who he was. Lost in forgetfulness and confusion, he wandered aimlessly, and became a homeless beggar. Years later, a minister to the king came across ...

CuriosityCat: From My Quotes Cupboard – Teddy Roosevelt

Old Joe Cannon, Speaker of the House, has reservations about Roosevelts methods: “Roosevelt’s all right,” Cannon tells a friend, “but he’s got no more use for the Constitution than a tomcat has for a marriage license.” The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, by Edmund Morris, New York: Ballantine 1979.

PostArctica: Duane Michals

“Who gives a fuck about what he had for breakfast? These are stylistic ticks. The digital has changed the paradigms of photography. I had an opening in Boston and this woman had a little camera with her and kept exclaiming, ‘Everything is a photograph!’ That’s the problem. The bar has been lowered so much in ...

wmtc: everything else is either public relations or a misattributed quote

I saw this: and thought: that doesn’t sound like Orwell. I have read almost everything Orwell ever published, and will eventually read everything, including all the published letters. While no one could remember every line from every essay, this just doesn’t sound like our man Eric Blair to me. Orwell wasn’t given to aphorisms or ...

wmtc: rtod

Revolutionary thought of the day: This war is murder, this conquest is robbery… If this war be called patriotism then blessed be treason. Clarence Darrow, 1898, on the Spanish-American war

Calgary Grit: There’s Always Money in the Banana Stand

Stephen Harper has made a huge mistake. I’m not sure if Tom Mulcair has what it takes to be PM, but he’d make a fine Mr. Manager: NDP leader Tom Mulcair was wondering where $3.1 billion in unaccounted anti-terrorism spending went when he uttered this gem: “So the question is, is the money just in ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Where once they stood… #nlpoli

Labour federation boss Lana Payne made an interesting comment on Twitter over the weekend:  “there is never a time for austerity.” Never. Ever. You can hear all those Newfoundland politicians from the 1920s applauding her from the grave.  Those were the same politicians who spent the government into bankruptcy in about a decade. -srbp-

wmtc: rtod

Revolutionary thought of the day: “Mankind. Ready to kill. I wonder how humanity managed to survive.” “We overcame our instinct for violence.” — Mr. Spock and Captain Kirk, “Spectre of the Gun“, Star Trek, original air date December 31, 1969

wmtc: rtod

Revolutionary thought of the day: Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is humanity’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion. Oscar Wildefrom The Soul of Man under Socialism

The Equivocator: Giving the Devil the benefit of the law

A Man for All Seasons (1960) —————————————————————————————————- Roper: So now you’d give the Devil benefit of law! More: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil? Roper: I’d cut down every law in England to do that! More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Go Back To Sleep America, At Your Own Peril

I never reprint other people’s writings, no matter how good – but I will make an exception for this. This article is a true must-read. Please, take the time to read it. Then act. Good morning America. It’s time for a new day. Kudos and warm thanks to Jill Dalton at recoveringarmybrat. I will definitely ...

wmtc: rtod

Revolutionary thought of the day, this one brought to you by one of the world’s more famous revolutionaries. A bayonet is a tool with a worker at both ends. Vladimir Ilyich Lenin