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Apr. 28, 2017 7:19 am
The Troubles at their height, my inchoate depression incubating, resting in my asthmatic chest, resting in my growing brain. British soldiers with frightened, boyish eyes, ripe for the slaughter. Crossing the border was only the start, crossing the Rubicon, into an early adulthood. The scars are still visible; they never fully or adequately heal. But then we're all damaged in one way...  Read More
Apr. 28, 2017 7:11 am
Those pub blue hazes, the all-encompassing stench of those wee cancer sticks. Utterly addictive, so much so that they're actually dubbed thus; 'nicotine delivery systems'  Read More
Apr. 28, 2017 7:07 am
The eyes; deadened, abused, PTSD liquid green. The long nights avoiding contact with anything approaching the real. It's a precipice to crawl along, Entailing much inward gazing, in and out of consciousness, in and out of the daily grinding. The context has drifted beyond the experience. Fossilised, the forgotten man left behind. Battle takes many forms; PTSD is not just for soldiers. ...  Read More
Apr. 27, 2017 2:31 pm
On Wednesday, the Trump Administration released a one-page, bulleted teaser for its promised tax reform plan. It was very short on specifics, as you might expect when it fit on one page. But it probably stayed within the confines of President Trump’s attention span — he may even have read the whole thing — and it was unveiled during Trump’s first 100 days (day 100 is Saturday, April 29.) The...  Read More
Apr. 27, 2017 8:21 am
Hard times, poor rhymes, telling oneself it's all an illusion; someone else's bad meme. Maybe it is  Read More
Apr. 27, 2017 8:13 am
Racks of jeans I'll never buy, tempting lagers I'll never try, and the dull ache of stasis, of entropy, of me and not-me.  Read More
Apr. 27, 2017 8:06 am
It's the slow-boil, that one never feels, until it's too late, far too late. I refuse to give into self doubt, though am riding the waves of panic, elections looming, mired in pessimism. I'm not alone.  Read More
Apr. 27, 2017 4:17 am
This week is World Immunisation week (Learn all about it here ). Has anyone explained what this means to the spoiled orange baby (SOB) that the people of America elected to run their country? Because he believes the debunked myth, and spreads it widely, that vaccines cause autism. (see his official tweets on the topic here ) #DonaldTrumpHahaha #TheresaMayHahaha SILLY...  Read More
Apr. 25, 2017 4:30 pm
Despite his dramatically different tone, it looks like President Donald Trump's policy on immigration at the end of the day will be similar to President Barack Obama's.  Read More
Apr. 25, 2017 2:50 pm
Since Donald Trump was elected president, many people have come up to me and said they were afraid this president would get us into a war. After striking the Shayrat air base near Homs in Syria earlier this month, Trump basked in bipartisan praise. He enjoyed the flexing of military muscle so much that he dropped the huge “mother of all bombs” on an Islamic State target in Afghanistan about a...  Read More
Apr. 25, 2017 12:36 pm
Mention a minority, a slight against the other, as fixers buy elections, and it's hard not to lose sight of what humanity is anymore. Mention immigrants, those people fleeing oppression or simply building your nation and silly wee points are scored, paranoia stoked, votes garnered from the dispossessed. Hypnotised, those barroom TV screens feeding sport and bad new, half truths, ...  Read More
Apr. 25, 2017 9:17 am
Beer. Black beer. The blue smoke-filled boozers of County Donegal. Teenage fumbling and foundering into an uncertain adulthood. Always the glow of optimism, tempered with the dead hand of reality. Back to the grey skies and economic exile. And then the fitful sleeps that began the summers that never really happened. Paper margin summers. Solstices of relative doom, as I drifted further from who I...  Read More
Apr. 25, 2017 6:15 am
Where's the magic in easy drone carnage? wage cuts, no national health service? Where's the magic? I want my wand back.  Read More
Apr. 25, 2017 6:08 am
You never turn away from the screen as you mumble instructions; part machine/part supervisor. What in fact are you? The pub is playing a siren song, and I will respond, and sink a few during the working day. Self medication for the terminally unambitious. And thankfully all-too human.  Read More
Apr. 25, 2017 2:00 am
During the campaign, Donald Trump promised to hit the ground running and get quick results on a list of things that drew cheers from his base. In many of his speeches he made it sound like meeting these goals would be simple — a breeze. Saturday, April 29 will mark 100 days of the Trump Administration. So how’s he doing? In a word, badly. But now Trump and his surrogates call the 100-day metric...  Read More
Apr. 24, 2017 10:08 am
Penny-bright of eye and wise of tongue, Sean Sexton of the parish of Walthamstow, my friend, historian and street satirist. Often we alight on a tangent, sink pints with abandon, wondering where we went wrong, at least I do. There has been many a quip, 'tween lip and cup, made in the time that we've known each other. And as the madness reverberates around us, The Goose offers brief...  Read More
Apr. 24, 2017 6:28 am
And so I suffer yet another rebuff, from a junior thinker, an ingenue. It's par for the course, being patronised by a younger, less empathetic sort. It's long been a nightmare, now it's made flesh. Where do we go from here? Only down, I would wager, Only down.  Read More
Apr. 23, 2017 9:54 am
Yesterday was April 22nd 2017. On that day scientists marched for science. They marched to protest about the interference of politics in science. They marched, according to some of the leaders of the March for Science movement ( here ): " ... to uphold the common good and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence based policies in the public interest." Undoubtedly some did...  Read More
Apr. 23, 2017 5:01 am
“Oh my God, Emily…you are such a liar !” This was the opening sequence of a night no one in The Smith household had foreseen coming, but things have now descended to the point where her father had nearly called me up and asked if I was married yet. Precluding him from the Facebook crowd he doubtless was too pious to descend and mingle with, he would not know that yes, I am (married). He would...  Read More
Apr. 23, 2017 4:47 am
If one good turn truly deserves another (as the timeless axiom goes), then it’s no small feat that Washington D.C. manages to accomplish anything at all. The plot has thickened and twisted and turned over the past year-plus (before the 30 April, 2016 official launch of ModState ) in a mind-numbing array of shocks that often are no longer considered as much. Case in point? While I follow this...  Read More
Apr. 23, 2017 4:09 am
Yesterday, April 22, 2017 scientists marched for science. At rallies in capital cities across the world they took to the streets to support evidence-based policy and reject policy-based evidence. And it was a remarkable event. Because this kind of thing does not happen in science. From time to time, individual scientists - Linus Pauling, Albert Einstein, Carl Sagan - have...  Read More
Apr. 22, 2017 11:50 am
My son, Brian Shoaf, has written and directed his first feature-length film, AARDVARK, which is premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival this week and next. He is participating in interviews about his film-- & -- and you can find information also at I am very,...  Read More
Apr. 21, 2017 9:54 am
Overheard, said in harsh rasping cockney tones, truth as hard as flint, just as hard to digest. A throwaway remark couched in racism, homophobia and plain old hatred. He had those dead codling eyes, and a half-whispered threat, at the bar footrail. It was half-time and his team were losing. Business as usual in the boozer, at lunchtime. Prelude to violence, either domestic or...  Read More
Apr. 21, 2017 8:46 am
Some say it's a panacea, some say it's a curse; that love of alcohol. In all of its guises, deftly advertised, a lifestyle no less, in its bottle, keg or draught, easily obtained, taxed by the exchequer, it's the acceptable face of self-medication and addiction. Government drugs for the masses. may as well sup up while Rome is dismantled. the 8th of June looms, like a link in an...  Read More
Apr. 21, 2017 8:39 am
It's a grim occupation; presiding over the demise of nature, in its beauty and majesty, but you seem to manage it with no real problem. In the gilded towers of your living spaces, you are light years from the real. Why worry?  Read More
Apr. 21, 2017 8:00 am
Another false dawn; Blair, blurring, blurring the boundaries of politics and spin, that sociopath Campbell waiting in the wings, in the grip of more big visions. The night New Labour drove socialism off the literal cliff; the TV feed of partying now-celebrity MPs, the stench of betrayal of all the core values, the ushering in of a far-from Golden Age. And now? A sclerotic party running...  Read More
Apr. 20, 2017 6:00 pm
Paying The Trust Tax I am a big believer in Stephen MR Covey’s definition of trust dividends and trust taxes . I believe along with a number of other organizational development professionals and behavioral scientists that trust forms the foundation of all high functioning relationships, whether personal or professional. I also believe that trust is not an entitlement. Our old leadership...  Read More
Apr. 20, 2017 11:00 am
The realisation that there were 3,000,000 people on the dole; it hit hard and heavy. No feasible future, Industrial wasteland abonding, fear in all its forms setting in. It seems wholly prescient of the current age; an age of uncertainty and doubt. Nothing much changes.  Read More
Apr. 19, 2017 8:08 am
easy to implement, like boiling a frog. Easy. Adverts. Easy. Credit. Easy. Celebrity endorsement. Easy. Spoon-fed lies and cant. Easy. Kicking-down to the lowest. Easy. And then curfews are called. blacklists drafted, military co-opted, freedom's a very fragile and relative term. We've been at the brink many times, and are again, almost daily. It's become a form of...  Read More
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