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Weekend viewing: “The Unfortunate History of the AMC Pacer”

It’s one of the most reviled cars of all time, but for a couple of years at least, it was a hit.  In fact, that was part of the problem: demand was so high that tiny American Motors ramped up … Continue reading

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The greatest criminal mind Nova Scotia has ever seen

The only way this story could be any better would be if he’d been wearing one of these “FBI: Female Body Inspector” T- shirts: A man in his 70s was observed impersonating a police officer at Aylesford Lake this past … Continue reading

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Fred Pattje: Great Canadian, or GREATEST Canadian?

Someday, statues will be erected and songs will be composed about Nanaimo city counsellor Fred Pattje, who took it upon himself to, um, ban an event to be held on city property because it would feature anti-gay religious rhetoric one of … Continue reading

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Why France can ban the burqa

With the Hobby Lobby outcry sucking all the air out of the room, another major religious-freedom decision isn’t getting much attention: Judges at the European court of human rights (ECHR) have upheld France’s burqa ban, accepting Paris’s argument that it encouraged citizens to “live … Continue reading

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Who’s afraid of Hobby Lobby?

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision exempting closely-held, for-profit corporations from having to pay for health plans that cover certain forms of contraception, should the owners have a religious objection to same. off to protest Hobby Lobby, anyone know … Continue reading

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The greatest movie summer ever

Via @SonnyBunch, check out the box-office chart from this weekend thirty years ago: Yeah, I know, Rhinestone.  And few Star Trek fans would put Search for Spock at the top of their lists.  But any summer with Ghostbusters, Gremlins, Temple of Doom, the original Karate Kid … Continue reading

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The end of the Top 40

Further to my post about Casey Kasem, the Christian Science Monitor notes the difficulty in charting America’s most popular songs in the digital age: …as Mr. Kasem’s time before the microphone dwindled, the format he created to determine pop music popularity became … Continue reading

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Book review: “The Secret World of Oil” by Ken Silverstein

[originally posted at Canadian Lawyer on May 19, 2014] “The good Lord didn’t see fit to put oil and gas only where there are democratic regimes friendly to the United States.” — Dick Cheney You might not be a fan of … Continue reading

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America’s mix tape

After a lengthy illness – and a brutal family feud which included his wife throwing hamburger meat at his children while recurring Bible verses – iconic radio host and voice actor Casey Kasem has died at age 82. Listening to … Continue reading

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Two stories about capital punishment

“Study: 1 in 25 death penalty cases likely innocent” About one in 25 people imprisoned under a death sentence is likely innocent, according to a new statistical study appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. And that … Continue reading

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