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Canada’s Kingston-class Jack-of-all-Trades Vessels

Canada’s Kingston-class Jack-of-all-Trades Vessels

June 24, 2020 at 1:06 pm

Canadian naval historian Marc Milner says the need for the ships that became the HMCS Kingston-class vessels was identified in the 1970s — the Navy wanted to re-establish its minesweeping capabilities and provide training to reservists — but the order to build what would become the MCDVs didn’t materialize untilRead More

President Trump at unveiling of Space Force Flag, 15 May 2020. (White House photo)

Super-Duper New-Nuke Troopers

June 3, 2020 at 12:34 pm

“The cloud-capp’d towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve…” Shakespeare, The Tempest   “That’s a dark thinking that I have a hard time understanding…” Marshall Billingslea, President Donald J. Trump’s Special Envoy for Arms Control   On May 15,Read More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

May 29, 2020 at 10:41 am

The Thick of It [I must begin with a warning to the Spectator’s War and Peace columnist Sean Howard: do not read the following story while drinking a beverage of any description or there will be a spit-take in your future.] Earlier this week, I received an invitation from theRead...

P.S. 58 - Carroll & Smith Sts. Bklyn. hold a "take cover" drill practice Here youngsters crawl under their desks, 1962, photo by Walter Albertin

Confronting the Actual Existential Threats

May 6, 2020 at 11:34 am

“The unease and fear are appropriate and can be useful, all the more so as the self is liberated from convoluted efforts at falsification and denial.” — Robert Jay Lifton, The Climate Swerve   On February 8, as COVID-19 fast-approached a slow-moving British government, BBC World News aired a discussionRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

April 30, 2020 at 3:58 pm

NSP Someone (you know who you are) recently got me to thinking about the history of policing in Nova Scotia, which led me to this 1990 article by Greg Marquis (the author, more recently, of a book about the murder of Richard Oland). The piece, entitled “The History of PolicingRead...

Overview of Detroit Industry, North Wall, 1932-33, fresco by Diego Rivera. Detroit Institute of Arts. 
Diego Rivera

“In Seasons Such as These,” A Word on Socialism

April 15, 2020 at 11:04 am

  “Not even the apparently enlightened principle of the ‘greatest good for the greatest number’ can excuse indifference to individual suffering.” — Aneurin Bevan, In Place of Fear   “Poor naked wretches, wheresoe’er, That bide the pelting of this pitiless storm, How shall your houseless heads and unfed sides…defend youRead More

Kentville Sanitorium and area. (Richard McCully Aerial Photograph Collection, NS Archives, 1931)

Self-Isolation Week 3: Remembering TB

April 1, 2020 at 4:00 pm

All the discussion around the recent corona virus pandemic and the fallout from it that’s affected hundreds of thousands in all parts of the world got me thinking about a disease that struck my own family and was treated in a very different manner. That would be tuberculosis, and manyRead More

Miner underground posing with coal digger, 1 December 1987.

Date: 1987

Photographer: Owen Fitzgerald

Credit: Beaton Institute, Cape Breton University

Reference no.:   Beaton Institute, Cape Breton University  Mines & Mining: 88-366-17876 (a)

Letter to Editor: Déjà Vu All Over Again

March 18, 2020 at 1:30 pm

If I get this right, Donkin Mine management, and our provincial Department of Labour, are calling in world-renowned ground control experts to assess the Donkin geology and shine a light on how Kameron Collieries can best proceed after its 12th roof fall. Scott Nauss, senior director of inspection and complianceRead More

Trident II D5 nuclear missile (Photo by Ronald Gutridge/US Navy)

Grasping ‘the Significance of the Weapon’

February 5, 2020 at 1:32 pm

Never one to suffer subtlety gladly, or overpolish the written word, US President Donald J. Trump on January 3 ‘spoke’ to the world by tweet: an American flag, behind which, we soon learned, lay the body of Iranian General Qassam Suleimani (and seven other human beings), assassinated by drone inRead More

John Crosbie and the Promise of Oil

John Crosbie and the Promise of Oil

January 22, 2020 at 1:45 pm

“You have driven my husband wild with your book!” This is how Jane Crosbie welcomed me on my first visit to Government House in Saint John’s, Newfoundland in 2012. When my book The Ocean Ranger: Remaking the Promise of Oil came out, the then-Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador roaredRead More