Anarchism & Gentrification in the City of Hamilton

I was tempted to touch this topic last year but decided against it. Anarchists in Hamilton are a relatively small problem. They usually pester the city with graffiti and anti-gentrification stickers but have remained mostly moderate and quiet. This past weekend the group crossed a line and put action to their ideas. On Saturday night upwards to 30 masked individuals marched down Locke Street. They carried a flag with the slogan “We Are The Ungoverned”, shouted and blocked traffic, and then damaged over $100k in vehicles and property. This small group has escalated into a more serious issue for the city. Welcome anarchists, you’ve entered the news cycle and caught our attention. Let’s talk.

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One Year of Meditation & How It Changed My Life

Before my dive into meditation I really did not understand it. To me it was an archaic religious practice. An out dated ritual that had the empty promise of some ethereal spiritual awakening. Skepticism was warranted of course; meditation is often coupled with new age nonsense. Delusional gurus and crackpot charlatans are in no short supply. But how could someone as off the mark as Deepak Chopra at times seems so insightful? Is there any actual value to meditation? Is it just sitting with your eyes closed, or is there more to it?

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When is it Terrorism?

The recent massacre in Las Vegas claimed 58 people and injured hundreds more. A tragedy of this magnitude shocks a nation. Immediately people search for answers, meaning, and security. How we interpret events of this nature is important not only for our collective narrative, but also to better understand and prevent future atrocities. Not every massacre is an act of terrorism. The Las Vegas shooting requires a more nuanced understanding and description.  Continue reading

How To Avoid “Fake News”

Fake News is not a new problem but with the internet its effects are magnified. Fake News as a concept has many different meanings but it boils down to a form of media that is relaying inaccurate information, either accidentally or maliciously. False information can instantly spread on the internet, the best, and sometimes only, method of prevention is education. It is up to us to filter through the nonsense to find credible and honest sources of information. These are a few ways to determine if what you are reading is “Fake News.” Continue reading