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George Arthur

Citizen based in Toronto, ON, Canada. Joined on Dec 31, 2013
Expertise in Technology, Government, Religion, Politics

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Op-Ed: Canadian politics and the idiot problem

The word “idiot” comes from the Greek language, was first coined by Athenians (as idiotis), and was meant to describe a private individual who took no interest in politics.

Op-Ed: If it's not Bernie, choose the worst

The common cliché taken as general wisdom for voters heading to ballot boxes is to “choose the lesser of evils.” But the 2016 race for the Oval Office is a unique beast that brings the supposed axiom to its knees.

Op-Ed: On Character — Consistency, conscience and Thomas Mulcair Special

The NDP leader has consistently stood by his conscience, people and principles. He’s fought for civil rights, environmental protection, and against separatism. This article briefly examines the mental and moral qualities distinctive to Mulcair.

Op-Ed: On character — Scandals, cynicism and Stephen Harper

The following is a brief review of Stephen Harper's tenure as Canada's 22nd prime minister, written with an aim to gauge the character of the man.

Op-Ed: Refugees, Totalitarians and the West

The solution to the migrant crises in Europe is not open borders or donations to refugee camps. Instead, oppressors must be removed and there must be a concerted effort help to create tolerant, pluralist societies.

Op-Ed: Leeching kids, sapped parents & the parable of the financial cave

The latest ‘poll’ feasted upon by Canadian media has to do with young adults who remain partially dependent on their parents after high school and in many cases after post-secondary education.

Op-Ed: Election Day Ontario — The vote for Ontario’s least incompetent

For those in Ontario, Election Day has arrived. Yes, today, Thursday June 12th, voters head to the polls to elect Ontario’s 41st head of provincial government.

Op-Ed: The circular, peculiar state of CSEC oversight Special

Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) is insulated from meaningful oversight. This article explains how the agency avoids scrutiny, and what you can do to encourage change.

Op-Ed: The privacy & anti-bullying bills that ruin privacy and bully us

Two conspicuously named bills that are currently being reviewed in the Senate and House of Commons are quite troublesome — Canadians need to take note.

Op-Ed: Get involved in the debate on net neutrality

On May 15th, 2014 the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to the general public which will outline new guidelines to govern the Internet.

ZeniMax versus the Zuck - Oculus Rift tech rights in dispute

The hardware central to Oculus Rift — the 3D headset — is being claimed as the intellectual property of ZeniMax Media, according to a report published by the Wall Street Journal.

VICE News’ Simon Ostrovsky has been freed in Sloviansk

Journalist, director and producer Simon Ostrovsky of VICE News has been freed from captivity in the eastern Ukraine town of Sloviansk.

VICE News' Simon Ostrovsky remains captive in Ukraine

VICE News reporter Simon Ostrovsky remains in captivity under the order of "People's mayor" Vyacheslav Ponomare in Sloviansk, Eastern Ukraine.

Op-Ed: Quebec, Crimea and Lincoln's First Inaugural Address

I’ve recently spent a lot of time considering the language being used by Parti Québécois members here in Canada, and also thinking about what is happening over in Ukraine; very disconnected issues with very different stakes, to say the least.

Op-Ed: Popcorn Time is awesome; may get you fined or arrested

The launch of the free torrent-streaming service, Popcorn Time, has already made waves throughout the internet — and for good reason, the service is cool.

Op-Ed: Online exchanges in Lehman terms, eBay to the rescue?

2014 has kind of sucked for Bitcoin but that doesn’t mean that the digital currency is dead in the cyber-water. No, Bitcoin is just fine. And thanks to eBay, the most pressing problem with digital currencies may soon be solved.

Op-Ed: Diversifing the tech world

It’s rare that I write about a subject that I have next to no experience in, but here I am writing about encouraging signs which point to the tech world becoming less white-male oriented, and instead more representative of, well, everyone.

Op-Ed: Does CSEC need to kill someone?

This is the question I am left with as I consider what it will take for Canadians to demand answers about the true operations of the spy agency that is set to move into the most expensive governmental building in the nation’s history.

Op-Ed: Today is 'The Day We Fight Back' — Er, If you know about it

Today, February 11th, 2014, is “The Day We Fight Back against Mass Surveillance”, according to a host of organizations including Mozilla, Reddit, Free Press and Demand Progress.

Op-Ed: Bill Gates hosts AMA on Reddit

Beginning at roughly 1 p.m. EST and lasting for about two hours, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Microsoft founder Bill Gates was available via Reddit for an AMA (Ask Me Anything).
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