Monthly Archives: June 2010

Does the Inuit Circumpolar Council have a future?

In the organ that I edit, Poul Krarup, the editor of Sermitsiaq, asks, but does not entirely answer, a question that people started asking more than 20 years ago: The ICC has gone from being a protest organization to the … Continue reading

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Confirmation Bias (via You Are Not So Smart)

You have to scroll down a bit to get to the nut of this article, which causes one to wonder if real “debate” is ever actually possible on TV — or any other medium. Is the stern discipline of detachment … Continue reading

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Nunavut: from vision to illusion

For now, though, the current socio-economic plight of Nunavut does not bode well for the future. The vision of a viable Nunavut society by the year 2020, as expressed through the Bathurst Mandate, seems to be, at least for now, … Continue reading

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Political science

Much to my amusement, I read today that the people of Reykjavik, Iceland last month elected a comedian to serve as their next mayor. Jon Gnarr, 43, who contested the election on behalf of new formation called the “Best Party,” … Continue reading

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I love YouTube because…

…you can watch Jack Kerouac give an interview in French: …or go on the Steve Allen Show to read from On the Road:

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The press versus “the media”

Today we say media instead of “the press.” But it’s a mistake. The press has become the ghost of democracy in the media machine, and we need to keep it alive. It’s refreshing to find someone willing to explain the … Continue reading

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