I’m never 100% certain about anything and I don’t trust anyone who is.
Sure, I accept basic truths; at the end of a life comes death. If I punch a wall, it’s gonna hurt. Too much poutine is a bad thing. Ross and Rachel were on a break.
I accept these things because thus far I’ve been offered no evidence to the contrary, but I’m always open to the idea that some day — perhaps by happenstance —I may be proven wrong. Who really knows how the universe works? I certainly don’t. …
“You have a responsibility to speak recklessly.” — Dave Chappelle
I was recently informed that something I posted on social media that I thought was funny was, in reality, not funny at all.
This perplexed me ‘cause, as I said, I thought it was pretty funny.
I’ve always been a fan of South Park’s approach to comedy, where everything must be funny or nothing gets to be.
“You can’t make a distinction between what is ok to poke fun at and what isn’t. Either it is all ok, or none of it is.” …
It’s been a hell of a year.
In my personal life I’ve had a minor operation, started and ended a relationship, and fully overhauled my career, all within a span of 12 months. That’s a lot of upheaval considering much of it was done from my home in my sweatpants.
I’m obviously not alone. Everyone has had their lives altered in some pretty significant ways recently. And we’ve all had ample time to sit in front of social media and watch it happen to each other. It truly has been a team-building exercise on a level hitherto undreamt of. …
I used to be like you; confused about finances, concerned about the future, terrified by capitalism.
That all changed last week when I made the monumental decision to download Wealthsimple and dump $100 into the stock market, totally unrelated to the meme stock craze. I don’t even know what that is, honestly. Reddit? Probably not, but I may have seen the movie.
So far my portfolio has made gains of about $10, plus an additional $10 in tradable cash which was awarded to me by Wealthsimple because I signed up using a link provided to me by a friend, who…
This is it.
This is the big one.
The story that launched what’s likely in the millions of independent investigations — if you count all the self-proclaimed “internet sleuths,” which I totally do — that in turn provided thousands of theoretical answers to the question of who really killed Seth Rich (most of them batshit crazy).
A promising young political staffer murdered in cold blood in the dark of the early morning in the nation’s capitol, a who’s who of powerful political players with possible connections, a web of possibilities that extends to infinity and beyond; it’s a classic whodunnit…
I used to be one of those people who didn’t really know what to say when someone asked me what my religion was, or what my political leanings were, or even what my general belief system, so I would always give a non-answer.
What do I believe in?
But, you know, also everything. Maybe.
Like, I’m supposed to label my “belief” that I have no idea if it was aliens that put us here, a big explosion, or a magic bearded man with a tablet?
Atheist? Agnostic? Hedonist? Antagonist? Periodontist?
I just want to throw this out there:
I’m not a fan of the current administration in Quebec or how they’ve handled the pandemic overall.
I’m not alone. Although government approval ratings in Canada have generally gone up since the pandemic began, people have been understandably weary of the specific Covid guidelines and how inconsistent they often seem to be.
It’s all totally fair, but I’m also humble enough to recognize the no-win situation it creates.
If a government picks a set of Covid rules and sticks to it, the people say they’re acting like dictators. If they keep on…
I’m drawn to conspiracy-minded people because those people tend to be very creative. To be a good storyteller in any medium, you have to be able to suspend your disbelief and embrace the impossible.
In the past when I was presented with 9/11 conspiracy theories, I tended to embrace them with mild curiosity. Not being a scientist or a mathematician myself, I thought, “sure, the U.S. government wants oil, why wouldn’t they orchestrate something like this to get it?”
Then, you know, the last five years and stuff.
Which brings us to right effing now when I learned that part…
I spent a good chunk of 2020 (and most of 2021 so far) complaining about things and arguing with people on social media.
But I know I’m not alone, so I’d like to take a moment to recognize those other warriors who have fought alongside me (and in many cases against me), raised their voices in defiance (and ignorance), and kept me (and I suspect many others) from succumbing to the void of boredom and paranoia that comes with being stuck alone in your apartment for extended periods of time.
When the news just wasn’t exciting enough, you…
“It’s not wrong to call out nuts when shit is nuts.” — Bill Maher
I find myself being pretty vocal these days.
A lot of that probably has to do with the fact that I’m stuck at home most of the time. I live in a virus red zone which, now that I see it in print, is absolutely something out of a sci-fi movie. And not a good one. Even the villain is a relic from the ‘80s.
But I’m an introvert by nature, and therefore used to staying home for long stretches. …
Humorous social commentary given with the best intentions.