At a time when most rock & pop musicians have gone into political hiding, can Beyonce fill the void left by the tragic loss of musical/social/cultural giants Prince & David Bowie?

By Henry McRandalladoves
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The first four months of 2016 have dealt a double whammy to rock & pop music and culture enthusiasts of all ages – as not one but two long-time icons who stretched the bounds of musical, cultural, social and political tolerance died – within just 101 days of each other. Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson) and David Bowie not only defied all the standards and accepted “norms” of their era but challenged the entire world to reconsider the societal limitations that most people readily accepted. Sadly, few of today’s successful rock & pop artists seem inclined to even pay tacit tribute to their genres’ revolutionary roots of yesteryear. And at a time when no one else seems to be stepping forward to fill the enormous void that Prince and David Bowie have left, Beyonce has made a couple of bold and beautiful statements of her own.

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On the immoral abandonment of Pakistan

By Henry McRandall WRISEUP.COM In the months since catastrophe first struck beleaguered Pakistan, one thing has become painfully clear: that the U.S.-led western industrial “democracies” are fully prepared to crassly ignore the desperate pleas of the Pakistani people. When disaster struck Haiti at the beginning of this year, every country that could afford to generously…

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Guerrilla gardening grows organically

Rooftop gardens could prove key to urban nutrition.By Henry McRandall
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For years now, inner-city residents in the U.S. – to a lesser extent in Canada – have experience an increasingly hard time finding fresh fruits and vegetables in their local grocery stores.
Even in the tony suburbs, where supermarkets stock abundant quantities of produce, the safety and nutritional value of the offerings has come into question.
Far too many of the products are either GMOs (genetically-modified organisms) or other hazardous hybrids.
More and more, however, inner-city residents and even suburbanites have taken to solving their individual and collective problems through guerrilla gardening.
Guerrilla gardening consists of planting home or community gardens on urban rooftops or on abandoned properties in declining ghettoes using almost exclusively organic seeds..

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The inalienable rights of prostitutes

No one should control anyone else's body -- or mind.
No one should control anyone else's body -- or mind.
By Henry McRandall
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It is often said that prostitution is the oldest profession known to mankind. Whether or not that is true, it is certainly true that sex-trade workers have the longest history of professional persecution – and not just by the law.
Most prostitutes have routinely experienced persecution at the hands of the law,
their “tricks” or “johns” and, perhaps most tragically their pimps or “managers.”
Quite recently, an Ontario court struck down many parts of the federal prostitution-related laws and Ottawa is preparing an appeal.
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One book every Canadian should read

The writings of Linda McQuaig never fail to inspire.
The writings of Linda McQuaig never fail to inspire.
By Henry McRandall
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Toronto author Linda McQuaig – one of the most prolific and pertinent non-fiction writers North America has to offer – has come out with another blockbuster with her current bestseller.
The Trouble with Billionaires explains in very-well-researched detail how little of the private wealth amassed by the super-rich rightly belongs to them and how much of it rightly belongs to society at large.
The book also makes quite evident the fact that no one should ever be allowed to amass a fortune of a billion dollars or more.
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Firefighters watched as house went up in flames

Forgetting to pay a fire-fighting fee cost the man his home.By Henry McRandall
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A Texas homeowner has learned the very hard way not to trifle with his regressive tax burden.
In recent years, federal, provincial or state, and local governments across North America have been on an orgy of tax redistribution as tax cut after tax cut after tax cut for corporations and the very wealthy have been partly offset by a slew of regressive taxes – such as user fees and co-payments for health, education and social programs.
These regressive taxes serve a single purpose – to deny to the very neediest any access
to a wide range of government subsidies generally available to the less needy and the very greedy.

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Will North Americans just accept austerity?

Will North American masses have the courage and solidarity to stand up for themselves?By Henry McRandall
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In recent weeks we have seen a great upsurge in mass protests across much of Europe as its citizens are being asked to accept drastic government “austerity” to pay for the massive bailouts over the last couple of years of global banks, financial institutions and corporations and the billionaires and mega-millionaires who control them.
In effect, middle-class, working-class and poor Europeans are being asked to tighten their belts – several notches – for many years to come and those European masses are beginning to reply with a measure of defiance.
The likely upshot of the public resistance to government austerity will be some sort of compromise that will lighten the burden on the masses.

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There’s a brand-new Frankenfood. Oh yay!

Food-safety officials never tire of foisting garbage on the public.By Henry McRandall
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United States food safety officials have just approved yet another brand-new Frankenfood for marketing to the public without disclosure of its genetic modification: Atlantic salmon.
No doubt Canada will immediately follow suit.
It seems some genetic genius has found a way to modify the genes of Atlantic salmon to make it grow twice as fast as its organic brethren.
It seems that no matter how many times the same mistake is made with genetically-modified foods, that same mistake will still be repeated over and over and over again.
But is not just a mistake – it is a crime against humanity for governments to approve GMO foods for public marketing without proper labelling.

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America says ‘Sorry!’ to Guatemala

Lives were toyed with in the wartime penicillin experiments.
Lives were toyed with in the wartime penicillin experiments.
By Henry McRandall
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The troubled Central American state of Guatemala has just received an abject apology from the highest levels of the U.S. government for America’s recently-exposed 1940s policy of infecting Guatemalans with STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) in order to test the newly-developed drug penicillin.
That the U.S. would only now be apologizing – and only after it was exposed – for a seven-decades-old crime against humanity is in and of itself appalling.
But what is more appalling is that this most-recently-disclosed transgression against mankind is just the tip of the iceberg in what seems to be a policy that transcends the lifetime of the American Republic of perpetually inflicting as much damage upon the human species as possible.
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How and why Toronto Star Editor Michael Cooke got me illegally blacklisted – Part 7

Michael Cooke's questionnable skills made him paranoid of rivals.
Michael Cooke's questionnable skills made him paranoid of rivals.
torontostarlogoBy Henry McRandall
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It quickly became evident after my second illegal firing by the (Montreal) Gazette in late 1981, that neither future Toronto Star Editor Michael Cooke nor Mel Morris nor the Gazette nor Southam Inc. nor the Brit-dominated power clique at the Toronto Star would be satisfied simply with my departure from the Gazette.
Cooke inspired his co-conspirators both with his false allegations about me as a political hazard and with his false tawdry tales about my personal character to help him destroy my professional career and my livelihood.
The day after my second dismissal, I began calling other Canadian newspapers in quest of a new job. And the response I got was astounding.
I had never before had difficulty finding employment in my chosen profession. Now, suddenly, nobody would even talk to me.
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