So in writing the last post, I had to do some basic research into the My Lai Massacre. That proved to be a lot more unsettling than I'd expected. Let me explain... I knew the basics. My Lai was a horrible massacre that took place just after the Tet Offensive during the Vietnam War. Bunch … Continue reading Study the Abyss
In the novel Uprising, Douglas Bland makes it pretty clear that his fictional CDS, Gen Andrew Bishop, does not respect the Prime Minister Jack Hemp. That in and of itself wouldn't be too strange, if it wasn't for the fact that (apparently) no-one else respects the Prime Minister either. During the meeting in Langevin Block … Continue reading Supplemental Reading – A Soldier First
I've been meaning to do this for a bit. In Douglas Bland's Uprising, General Andrew Bishop is named after (and in story he's the descendent of) the real life William Avery "Billy" Bishop, who was a Canada's top Ace pilot during the First World War, and was a General training new pilots within the British … Continue reading Billy Bishop – Let’s have a proper introduction…
Andrew B. Godefroy's history 'In Peace Prepared: Innovation and Adaption in Canada's Cold War Army' traces the history of Canada's post-Second World War military. This was a remarkable decade, where Canada emerged from the War with a huge army and a wealth of experience, demobilized to almost nothing, then rebuilt within the span of a decade. All the … Continue reading Supplemental Reading – In Peace, Prepared
We were born 18 If you think we're strange You ought to see the others So the other night I got surprised. Actually I got totally blindsided, but in a good way. A few weeks back, I was talking about A Tribe Called Red and contrasting their music and their protest with the dreck Douglas … Continue reading Encountering John Trudell
Sometimes you get lucky, and the fates conspire to hand you a gift. So I already (briefly) introduced Member of Parliament Robert Falcon Ouellette, the MP for Winnipeg Centre. He's the real life human being who stands in contrast to the underwhelming Jim Riley whom Bland has representing a similar region in the novel (Winnipeg … Continue reading Supplemental Reading – Robert Falcon Ouellette on the Métis Wars
So in the novel Uprising, we’re told that the Complex at Akwesasne is so secure, that people working in one part are not allowed to wander into other parts lest they see something they shouldn’t. To make sure they don’t wander, guards posted everywhere. The guards can apparently be trusted to see everything. More recently, … Continue reading Supplemental Reading – I am Thursday/Alpharius!
***This post is going to primarily be about the 2011 documentary Wiebo’s War by director/producer David York which can be seen for free at the National Film Board website. It will also draw upon the book ‘Saboteurs: Weibo Ludwig's War against Big Oil' by Andrew Nikiforuk for added information.*** The events of the late 1990s which came to be known as … Continue reading Film Studies – Wiebo’s War
If you’re going to read one book about the First Nations of Canada and the United States, this is it. I’m not saying this because Thomas King wrote the definitive book on the subject, or that he’s the greatest writer of our time (although he is a fantastic, award winning writer). What makes ‘The Inconvenient … Continue reading Supplemental Reading – The Inconvenient Indian
So I've already gone and made a couple of references to Orks (spelled with a ‘k’) which I should probably explain, given that I'm probably going to make a lot more before this deconstruction is done. It also gives me an excuse to talk about some of my favourite pulp science fiction series. Today's Supplemental … Continue reading Supplemental Reading – WAAAGH!!!