Pickers Politics

I don’t spend time on things that don’t matter – to me. If you want to know what I think about what does matter follow any of the links on this page. I maintain these pages because writing requires thinking and committing thoughts to paper on a regular basis is exercise for the intellect.

Music is my chosen task. Maintaining memory and coordination by learning an instrument is an important part of growing older. Audio and video production is another interesting and useful activity. Helping others is an important part of the mastery of any skill. I don’t feel that I understand anything important unless I can explain it to others; so there is always time to help.

At the pickers circle we sing what we please and everyone is welcome to sing what they please. The pickers circle is not a safe space, it is a musical space. Questions and comments are welcome. Agreement is unnecessary. The only way to learn anything of importance is to reflect on your mistakes.

I try to avoid discussion of politics and religion at the dinner table because these discussions disrupt what should be pleasant occasions. I feel the same about musical gatherings – unless you have a song. A good song tells people what you really think and a song is at least as hard to write as an essay. So, for those who are interested, here are my thoughts on topics of the day:

War in Ukraine

I think I remember a CIA sponsored coup in 21014 so you may want to quit reading here if the other side of the story is going to offend you. We’ll start with a discussion by Jordan Peterson and Dr. Frederick W. Kagan. that outlines the Western perspective. This episode was recorded on February 27, 2022. Dr. Frederick W. Kagan is a former professor of history with a PhD in Russian and Soviet military history from Yale. His website is the Institute for the Study of War. A previous study of war by the Institute is here.

The Russian story is well documented by The Vineyard of the Saker. The Saker is a Russian/American who is very supportive of the Russian story line.

So what do I think? Well, “I ain’t marching anymore.” – Phil Ochs, pretty much sums it up. The Ukraine is a long way from Canada and very close to Russia. The first casualty of war is truth. If you carefully read both sides you may figure it out. If you really want to know what is going on read updates every day. If you find an interesting point of view leave a comment.

As of May 14, the war is not going well. For a unique Canadian perspective you can follow the exploits of Wali and Shadow.

From the CBC we have shadows war. https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2030407235837/

Here is short list of current sources:

  • Larry C Johnson is a veteran of the CIA and the State Department’s Office of Counter Terrorism. He is the founder and managing partner of BERG Associates, which was established in 1998. Larry provided training to the US Military’s Special Operations community for 24 years. He has been vilified by the right and the left, which means he must be doing something right.
  • James G. Rickards is an American lawyer, economist, investment banker, speaker, media commentator, and author on matters of finance and precious metals. He is the author of Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crisis and six other books. He lives in New Hampshire. His thoughts are here.
  • Douglas Macgregor, Colonel U.S. Army (Retired), Ph.D. Douglas Macgregor is a decorated combat veteran, the author of five books, a PhD, and a defense and foreign policy consultant. He was commissioned in the Regular Army in 1976 after 1 year at VMI and 4 years at West Point. In 2004, Macgregor retired with the rank of Colonel.  He holds an MA in comparative politics and a PhD in international relations from the University of Virginia. Here is his blog.

As of July 1 I’ve found a well regarded source for daily updates. This is the Military Summary channel.

A battleground map from a Russian source – July 8,2022

And finally a very pro western picture from ISW.


The idiocracy has attacked Dr. Bonnie Henry for remarks about hand washing. Hand washing has a long and respectable track record unlike masks and Dr. Henry has been the voice of reason in British Columbia these past years. While I sometimes think she has gone too far with the restrictions she has the expertise and the responsibility for the public health. I continue to respect and support her efforts.

Many of our local music scenes are now open and unmasked. These include the Brock Music circle, St Clements Church in North Vancouver, and events at the ANZA Club. It is to be hoped that the people who make policy at Music off Main and the VFSS will realize that more and more folks have had enough already. This is a tough job but I think they are up to it.

I have occasionally express wonderment at the reasons the Covid panic. Here is a very detailed analysis of one possible explanation.


Freedom Convoy 2022
Freedom of Speech

Dr. Jordan Peterson — No Safe Space

The Covid 19 Disaster an optimistic analysis

Long form dialogue on the Internet.

Here are some folks who have taken the time to spend an hour or so discussing the issues of our time. Many of them are well known academics. I’ll update this list from time to time as a reference:

When I appear at public functions I respect the rules. If I can’t bear the rules, I leave. I try not to attend events that require masks. It’s hard to breath thru a mask and even more difficult to sing. Zoom will have to do.

Vaccinations appear to have some value for geezers such as me. I have an up to date BC passport. That means I can join the family in a restaurant and the folks from Brock House in their tent.

These are the issues of the day. The are close to home. They affect my life.

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