So I was looking for a neat way to roll this next post into the deconstruction, but I never could find an opportunity so I'm just going to present it here. It's basically an idea (or the faint outlines of an idea) that's been percolating in the back of my mind for a while now, … Continue reading Uniform Thinking
A note before I begin. A lot of the ideas I'm building on here were first raised by Canadian YouTuber Dan Olson, at Folding Ideas. Early on in the pandemic he posted this video, which planted the seeds of time frames and human perception. If you find this article interesting, give his video a watch: … Continue reading Eyes Front! – Some further thoughts about this pandemic
Dammit! It's been too nice for too long! Time for another briefing! Colonel Dobson gathered his notes and reviewed the briefing he was about to present to the CDS and the defence minister. Operational briefings were now scheduled for every twelve hours in the Ops Centre, with extra situational briefings whenever significant events and the … Continue reading 57-The modern HQ briefing can also serve…as an ambush!
[Counts remaining pages in Chapter]...fuck. So a personal note before we begin. This chapter has been one of the longest ones in Uprising, and not just in terms of sheer page count. I mentioned in the last post that I would have expected some kind of scene like this in a novel like this? Under … Continue reading 56-Jack & Al Have a Meeting(6): Let’s end with some gaslighting!
Wow. Okay. Took a while to get this blog back on track. Okay, so where were we? Oh yes! First Nations Federation Grand Chief Al Onanole is having a sit down meeting with Prime Minister Jack Hemp of the Progressive Party of Canada. Their goal is to avert a Canadian civil war between the government … Continue reading 56-Jack & Al have a meeting(5): “We’ve tried nothing and we’re all out of ideas!”
So this Post was originally supposed to be about Sinclair Lewis's 'It can't happen here.' I've been meaning to write about this classic novel for over a year now, but for a long time I couldn't really decide how to approach it. How to tie it in with this blog and its themes. Then some … Continue reading Supplemental Reading: It can’t happen here
Wow! After a long hiatus, we're back to the deconstruction! When we last left our two heroes...uh... ...huh... I'm not even sure how to describe Prime Minister Jack Hemp and Grand Chief Al Onanole. They're not protagonists, even though they're both central to the story and the targets of the villainous Movement's designs. They're not … Continue reading 56-Jack & Al have a meeting(4): Reject the past
Bear with me for a bit. I'm going somewhere here. In Plato's allegory of The Cave, a group of prisoners have been chained up in a cave for all of their lives. They can communicate with each other, but their only contact with the outside world comes in the form of a tiny window high … Continue reading Solidarity: Some thoughts on COVID-19 and Insignificance
As the Russians are fond of saying: "Man plans, God laughs." Right about the time that I was laying out my plans for upcoming blog posts, some people further up the Canadian Forces' food chain were making some decisions. Shortly after that, I got the word that I was up for a position in what … Continue reading COVID-19: Reserves Call-Up
So now we get to the part in the meeting between where Grand Chief Al Onanole and PM Jack Hemp cease to exist. They go from being poorly defined, two dimensional cardboard cutouts to becoming full-on straw men. A literary straw man is basically a character who is essentially little more than a political or … Continue reading 56-Jack & Al have a meeting(3): Strawmen Collide!