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Some articles I get so into, I talk about them (or rather, what I learned) for months after. The Singularity articles were like that, and so were the two conspiracy theories articles. The one below was for the June 2005 issue of Penthouse. I did a similar one for UMM (Urban Male Magazine).
Secret Masters of the World and Other Great Conspiracies That Explain Everything
Dumped by your girlfriend? Lose your job? It’s probably not your fault.
I used to think I controlled the course of my life. I know better now. It’s the Illuminati, stupid. You haven’t heard of the Illuminati? The secret masters of the world, controlling global events through recorded history using the Freemasons, the Jews, and the Trilateral Commission as pawns? Ring a bell?
Between the ever-expanding Da Vinci Code franchise and blockbuster film National Treasure, conspiracy theories are bubbling up into the national consciousness like never before. Does it spring from a human search for meaning behind chaotic world events? Or, in a secular society, has the culture of conspiracy begun to form a modern mythology? Before you read this article and pull back the veil of lies to see reality as it truly is, please put on your aluminum foil helmet. Because if they read your mind, if they know you know, you could be in danger. Now hold my hand, and into the rabbit hole we go. [Read more…]
This article was written about an inspirational Ottawa doctor and the dynamic NGO he had founded, for which I had volunteered in Tanzania. Seven years later, I’m honoured to be working with the Canada Africa Community Health Alliance (CACHA) again, which makes it a nice time to reprint this.
Here is a slice of the CACHA story:
The full article is at the link above, an excerpt is below: [Read more…]
When Nelson Mandela died last week, the world did not mourn, it rejoiced that he had lived. That reaction is itself remarkable, but the breadth of it is more so. Africa, the West, the Arab world, the Subcontinent, the Far East, all cried out their thanks to him with one voice. That any man could be so loved by the world is remarkable. That it could be a revolutionary and political leader seems almost impossible.
There has probably never been a man as admired by such a range of the earth’s people as this. With over 90 heads of state attending his memorial, it will be the largest such gathering in history. (If you have any suggestion of others who have been held in similar regard, please post below).
That this is testament to the man goes without saying. It also says something about us.
In 2008 I got caught up in a Singularity frenzy and wrote several articles on the subject of computers reaching (and immediately surpassing) human-like intelligence. There was one for the Montreal Gazette, one for Urban Male Magazine (believe it or not) and a great one for Radar, which folded as a print mag just before my article. Not my fault!
The full article is above, an excerpt below: [Read more…]