They teach us to love nature, but also help us to destroy it.

The richer we get, the less we care about nature. We don’t collectively hold it in reverence any more. We treat it like our bitch, one more thing to use up in the relentless pursuit of profit, to grind underfoot. As we’ve steadily decimated it, shifting baseline syndrome means that…

How an inner script of victimization is used to justify political violence.

In the cycle of abuse, the victimizer commonly apologizes after an assault, using gifts and kind gestures to usher in a honeymoon phase of relative peace which becomes increasingly uneasy as tensions build towards the next inevitable incident. …

Spoiler Alert: it has a different ending!

The circumstances that gave Kyle Rittenhouse household name status frankly don’t exist in black America. Black youth in the US of A simply don’t grow up expecting they can walk down a curfewed street with the preferred weapon of mass shooters openly on their backs and have the cops they…

A simple tool for adding more surprise and creativity to your writing.

Sometimes tapping into the zeitgeist is easy. An event of significance dominates the news cycle and it’s hard to ignore. It makes us feel. Immediately there are a thousand new Medium articles about it. How do you stand out?

Sometimes the vital news item is obscure, passing largely unnoticed, but…

How did Kyle know that his life was in danger? Easy. He carried the danger he needed to be protected from in his own two hands.

An astounding thing took place in the very public trial of Kyle Rittenhouse. The antics of a judge who made absolutely no effort to appear impartial, refused to allow people gunned down in the street to be referred to as victims, and otherwise seemed to forget that he wasn’t the…

Every road connecting Vancouver to the rest of Canada is closed.

There is currently no way to drive from the rest of Canada into the city of Vancouver. If help was coming that way, it wouldn’t be getting there, because every single road into the city has been closed by floods and landslides. As is the railroad, which will make things…

The dice giveth and the dice taketh away.

Perhaps you remember watching Gandalf face the Balrog, Luke Skywalker duel his father, or Daenerys free the Unsullied. Maybe you shared those thrills with family or friends, cracked jokes about them, referenced them later. Fandom reminds us that stories can have incredible cultural impacts.

How much more would those stories…

Michael Nabert

Researching a road map from our imperilled world into one with a livable future with as much good humour as I can muster along the way.

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