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Straightspeak’s purpose is to be a catalyst for conversations that make a difference, conversations that foster and elevate thinking. Conversations that change perspective. "Amid the noise and haste” straightspeak is a colloquium for thoughts and knowledge that stimulate the mind. Enjoy! And share.

This is us …

By |2022-05-06T10:21:55-04:00May 6th, 2022|Categories: business, community, politics, social|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

still trapped in Plato's cave! "The prisoners would mistake the shadows for reality." – Socrates, The Republic, Book VII (20 min) About 2,376 years before Fox News was founded (1996), Plato wrote his renowned Allegory of the Caves (380 BCE), introducing it with Socrates saying, "And now, I said, let me show in an allegory how far our nature Read more...

This is us …

By |2022-04-19T11:03:52-04:00April 14th, 2022|Categories: politics, social|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Are Will Smith, Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump, Derek Chauvin, Ginni Thomas, Irma Grese, Marjorie Taylor Greene, angry truckers and KKK members just high profile primates in the lab of the failing human experiment? [Photo Top row/L-R: Chris Rock/Will Smith; Vladimir Putin; George Floyd/Derek Chauvin; Bottom row/L-R: Trump; Kim Jong-un; Ginni Thomas/Clarence Thomas; KKK; Irma Grese (Senior Nazi SS Officer); Read more...

The contrasts are black and white and stark …

By |2020-11-23T14:54:28-05:00November 23rd, 2020|Categories: business, community, politics, social, trumpwatch|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

in everything from hope and anger to failure, character, leadership and friendship (4 min read) Two men. Two Presidents. Two stories. Two books. Two Americas. Two visions (well, at least one). One rooted in hope and promise. One rooted in anger and self. "So which kind of person do you want to be?" – Ann Dunham (Obama's mother) Must-reads! Read more...

Three of the most dangerous words in history …

By |2020-11-17T14:50:59-05:00November 17th, 2020|Categories: business, politics, social, trumpwatch|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

"Going along with" (4 min read) "We were just going along with ..." has been the shameful, crying confession of millions of good people across a history of war, carnage and tyrannical leaders. And history is repeating itself, right before our eyes. Why do we go along with angry, violent bullies? "Historians have a word for Germans who joined Read more...

When communities and the “Reporters’ Gallery Yonder” wither, the roots of democracy die.

By |2020-11-14T10:34:43-05:00November 14th, 2020|Categories: business, community, politics, social|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Canadian democracy in decline: An essay (7 min read) “All politics is local." – Tip O'Neill I remember the day, November 27, 2017. A Monday morning. The sky was blue, the coffee fresh, my adrenalin flowing. I said to my computer, “Today’s the day.” For two years, I’d been writing a column in the daily newspaper, Northumberland Today––as a volunteer––and Read more...

How does Trump con 72 million voters?

By |2020-11-13T12:16:27-05:00November 13th, 2020|Categories: business, politics, social|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

He gives them 'hope' in a swamp of meaninglessness (3 min read) "Religion began when the first scoundrel met the first fool." – Voltaire Trumpism is a religion, a belief, a cult of hope, no different than any religion (at least the few thousand outside the one we believe). Of course, worldwide, billions of people don't 'buy' the Trump-con Read more...

A must-read – in case you missed it

By |2020-08-18T08:11:29-04:00August 18th, 2020|Categories: business, community, politics, social, trumpwatch|Tags: , , , , |

Canadian anthropologist pens brilliant denouement of America (15 minute read) In Rolling Stone, Wade Davis, who holds the Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk at the University of British Columbia, captures the moment we are living through and observes America from our not-so-secure perch north of the 49th parallel. We wanted this article to be read as Read more...

One picture is worth a 1000 words …

By |2020-06-07T19:41:06-04:00June 7th, 2020|Categories: community, communitywatch, politics, social, trumpwatch|Tags: , , , , , , |

but one psycho-neurotic isn't worth one vote, let alone 60 million (25% of eligible voters)! (3 min read) Bravo to the Toronto Star and cartoonist Michael De Adder for an image that says what hundreds-of-millions of regular, hard working, common sense people all know, and want to shout from the roof tops: "Get this neurotic, unstable idiot out of Read more...

You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear …

By |2020-04-15T07:29:04-04:00April 14th, 2020|Categories: business, politics, social|Tags: , , , , , , |

or resurrect the best of conservative principles by writing historical fiction ... but Conrad Black gave it the good old college, elitist, sycophantic, felon's try (6 min read) I got to page 31 but had to stop. I tried, I really did. But had to avoid hyperemesis (I'm trying to mirror Black's abundant vocabulary). Hyperemesis (noun): unrelenting vomiting. Actually, Read more...

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