War or Peace: It Makes No Difference

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MANDEL NGAN VIA GETTY IMAGES –  Trump congratulates Bannon during the swearing-in of senior staff in the East Room of the White House. Jan. 22.

Steve Bannon, adviser to President Donald Trump, is a prominent proponent of Strauss–Howe generational theory. To understand a person’s underlying philosophy is to understand how they think and the predominant path they will choose to walk upon.

Steve Bannon does not care if the US goes through revolution and war. I fact, he would welcome it…

#NoFear

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A New Political Order?

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The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse

What happens when the entire world enters into an intractable recession? The planet goes to war. Can you hear the rumbling of hoofs and the clashing of sabres? I can…

“What we are witnessing now is the birth of a new political order, and the more frantic a handful of media elites become, the more powerful that new political order becomes itself.” Steve Bannon, senior advisor to US President Trump and National Security Council member.

If one understands history, especially the history that led us to two world wars, statements like this from Bannon are frightening. The underlying philosophy of people such as Steve Bannon, and his unique position to influence the decisions in the White House, leads me to believe that the US may be heading for war, perhaps on a global scale. The recent immigration ban and the clearing of “undesirables” in the US right now, may be a sign that the US is securing its borders, from within and without, in preparation for war. To make matters worse, North Korea is provoking the Trump administration through their recent missile testing(s).

No one person knows the future, but we can gain understanding of the present through the lens of history. The obvious question remains – are we ready for revolution and war on a scale unprecedented in human history? God, I hope that day never comes…

#NoFear

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This Ugly is Double Deadly

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Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II “Warthog”.  Photo courtesy gearpatrol.com

The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II is still one of the most feared and revered aircraft in the world. The “Warthog” has a legendary reputation as the best close air support system in the world.

#NoFear?

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End of an Era: Fuel for Nuclear Energy

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Cameco’s Rabbit Lake Uranium Mine. Photo courtesy Saskatoon Star Phoenix.

The Rabbit Lake uranium mine in northern Saskatchewan was shut down in 2016, leaving approximately 500 employees out of work. Rabbit Lake is the second largest uranium milling facility in the western world, and is the longest operating uranium production facility in Saskatchewan.  As Cameco is the primary employer in the north of our province, this is devastating for the many aboriginals that were employed there.

The uranium prices fell worldwide due to an oversupply. The uranium market has been depressed since the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi disaster resulted in the shutdown of more than 50 Japanese reactors.

This story caught my attention simply because I have known a few people who have worked at the mine, even from my latter days in high school. The high wages and benefits of working at a northern mine were very attractive to young people just out of high school. For some, a university education made no economic sense, in light of the mining opportunities in the late 1970’s in our province.

I am not going to get into the circular debate of the pros and cons of nuclear energy, but it is sufficient to say that many nations around the world depend on it as either a primary or secondary source of energy. At the same time, there is an enormous cost to society and our environment when things go sideways like the Three Mile Island,  Chernobyl and Fukushima disasters.

The world-wide economy is just as dependant on nuclear energy as it is on other fossil fuels. This will not change in the foreseeable future until some form of alternative energy is found that is cheap and sustainable in the long term.

#ThinkSmart
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Cemetery Overlooking the Sea: Peace at Last

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Overlooking the historic cemetery from the wall of the old fortress. San Juan, Puerto Rico. ©2017 EclecticChoices. All rights reserved.

The various hues of blue and the other pastel colours within the scene make even a cemetery look almost inviting. The blue skies, the lush green lawn, the abundant warmth of the sunshine, and the roaring blue sea, create an almost surreal sense of peace in a place that has had a 300 year history of violence and war.

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Like Father…love Daughter

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Keeping warm on a cool morning. ©2017 EclecticChoices. All rights reserved.

As the proud father of three beautiful girls (now young adults), I can see a little bit of myself in them. However, their natural beauty, wisdom, and joy comes from their mother.

Our middle child is now a beautiful and intelligent young woman that has a heart of gold. Like her dad, she is sensitive to her surroundings – her love for nature and her love for animals has no bounds. We are both considered creative, yet she has greatly exceeded her father in academics, music composition and performance, writing, poetry, short stories – her list of accomplishments is almost without limits.

I can say this, can’t I? What father on this great blue marble would not celebrate the life of his daughter(s)? I love her with all my heart and am very protective of her, as I am with her other two sisters.

Sometimes we worry about her, and rightfully so. Often the middle child in a family has a hard time finding her place and sense of identity in her immediate family. After all, the competition for love with an older sister and a younger sister can be fierce. Yet, I am happy to say that each daughter is finding their way in this life. Their sense of purpose is strong, even if they do not always realize it. I am a proud father and so grateful to God for giving me such a beautiful family. If I had possessed even a sliver of the wisdom I have today,  I could have avoided so many mistakes I made in raising these precious jewels. Alas, yesterday has gone – behold, new things come!

#LoveYourFamily

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