Neil Young asking people to vote out the Stephen Harper government in Canada

September 20th, 2015 by LB

“To me it’s a basic matter of integrity on the part of Canada. Canada is trading integrity for money. That’s what’s happening under the current leadership in CAanda, which is a very poor imitation of the George Bush administration in the United States. And it’s lagging behind on the world stage. It’s an embarrassment to many Canadians. So as a Canadian I felt like I had a chance to do …read more

David Cameron is having a hissy fit over Jeremy Corbyn

September 15th, 2015 by LB

Dear @David_Cameron, I’m frightened. Do you think I’ll be safe from the Labour Party in here? — Vikki Stone (@vikkistone) September 13, 2015 David Cameron’s mockery of Jeremy Corbyn always did sound nervous, and now it’s positively hysterical. At first I thought Cameron’s Tweet and Facebook post were hacks of his social media accounts, but apparently not. The official Tory party page posted the same thing, and so did …read more

From Syria to Greece to Corbusier: Hozoviotissa monastery

September 5th, 2015 by LB

Earlier this summer a number of the Syrians fleeing civil war landed on the Greek island of Amorgos. Amorgos is not a common landing point in the exodus—most people are now landing on Kos not far from the Turkish coast. But Amorgos is the easternmost of the Cycladic island group, so I am guessing people coming west from Turkey through the Dodecanese islands reached it first (see map at bottom). …read more

NeverHome – refugees in Canada, & Aylan Kurdi, the child who never made it here

September 3rd, 2015 by LB

“Between 2010 and 2014, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees found that Canada dropped from fifth to fifteenth in the list of refugee-receiving industrialized countries.” This fact about Canada’s failure to take in its share of refugees, and about the way it imprisons refugees in Canada for years on end, with children being born and growing up in jail, comes from the excellent website It is shocking to realize …read more


August 30th, 2015 by LB

The two cones at left are young and old cones from the same pine tree (I forget the variety); same with the ones on the right, but from a blue atlas cedar. Plus an oak leaf from the trees that sway dangerously over the house After months of drought in Vancouver, an almost cartoon storm arrived. First high winds knocked down scores of drought-shocked trees all over the city, along …read more

Young Socialists poster circa late 1960s/early 70s – Larry Nozaki

August 20th, 2015 by LB

A classic old political meeting poster I found while I was cleaning out my grandfather’s house after he died. I miss these posters on their fragile yellow paper. Is this done by mimeograph? Three colours of ink: black, green and red. I’m sure it must have been my uncle Bobby’s, and I’m assuming it’s from the late 60s or early 70s. Anyone want to take a guess? I just it …read more