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I'm a Vancouver writer and film-maker.

I have written extensively on political issues, mostly involving American foreign and domestic policy, and also issues in common with Canada such as the ongoing Omar Khadr case. My favorite outlets are OpEd News and ICH, but I have written for other online and print publications over the years, and am proud to have been published alongside such names as Gore Vidal, Ralp Nader, the late Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Noam Chomsky, Presidents Carter, Clinton and Castro, Joe Bageant, and many others. I hope I have been able to contribute a little to the intelligent discourse found here and rare sites elsewhere.

In addition, I have written, produced, and directed humorous short films, and recently produced a filmed stand-up comedy competition at Vancouver's lovely Center for Performing Arts. A documentary will ensue.

For over twenty years I assisted my wife Brenda Carr in the running of 'The Studio' a safe-haven Art Program for Vancouver Street youth. The program provided various art media, but more importantly a safe and non-judgemental temporary refuge from the streets. We provided rudimentary food, clothing, small loans (or gifts), assistance with housing or job searches, addiction counseling, and basically whatever it took. And yes, we gave out our home phone number for use in emergencies only. The courtesy was never abused.

Of the thousands of youth who went through the one-person program (one a heroin addict at age twelve) the vast majority emerged from family and personal difficulties relatively unscathed and 'normal', some to have families of their own. We did lose some to suicide, substance abuse, accident, illness, and one to Robert Pickton, the notorious pig-farmer/serial killer. They are all remembered fondly.

I am currently working with a number of extremely talented actors. I am writing, producing, and directing a sketch comedy pilot for television, and hope to receive funding for our first full season.

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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 10, 2009
Going, Going... Having addressed the the US (and world) financial catastrophe, for better or worse, while ignoring the colossal ethical and moral degeneracy which reaches into and pollutes every sphere of American life is to court final disaster, not only for the American empire, but for the nation as well.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 4, 2009
The Brute Factory Henry Kissinger once referred to American military servicepeople as 'dumb stupid animals' to be used as tools of American foreign policy. The author argues that in contemporary American society, that description applies to the population at large.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Denial & Depravity A description of American malfeasance, denial and depravity.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 26, 2009
School of the Canadas An article about an out-of-control dentist being ersuaded to join an out-of-control RCMP.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 22, 2009
Torture & 9/11 Examines link between the use of torture and reality behind 9/11, and Mr. Obama's reluctance to investigate.
Series: My Poetry (142 Articles, 98975 views), TV Series Reviews (3 Articles, 2654 views)
(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 12, 2009
Thermite There is now incontrovertible proof that the explosive agent Thermite (actually Nano-thermite) was employed to bring down the Twin Towers and Building Seven in controlled demolitions on September eleventh, 2001, also proving that the events were an inside job.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 11, 2009
Gravity Had the Kennedy assassination been properly investigated and dealt with, it is extremely unlikely that 9/11 would have taken place.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 28, 2009
Psycho Sam Even with the election of Mr. Obama, the Israeli-led belligerence toward Iran continues. It's really quite insane, and could kill us all.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 23, 2009
Just Another Travesty Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen and a child soldier under the UN definition adopted by the US was nevertheless tortured by the US and continues to languish at Guantanamo under illegal detention.
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 10, 2009
How To Get Crazy and Stay That Way If President Obama refuses to deal with serious Bush Administration crimes, then America will remain stuck in a mire of moral depravity which will only get worse until a breaking point is reached and society disintegrates.
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(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 11, 2009
Bread, Circuses, and the End of American Empire America has a choice- it can continue its imperial pursuits and ignore a worsening domestic situation and risk bloody dissolution, or it can end wars, close military bases, take care of its population and avoid disaster.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 29, 2008
Bones Why President Obama must investigate and prosecute the crimes of the Bush Administration.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 18, 2008
What Would Lex Luthor Do? A review of the Bush legacy, and some options for the future.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 11, 2008
Hey, Buddy, Can You Spare a Nuke? War with Iran would be a disaster. That's why we can probably expect one.