Author Archives: filistro

About filistro

Filistro is a Canadian writer and prairie dog who maintains burrows on both sides of the 49th parallel. Like all prairie dogs, she is keenly interested in politics and language. (Prairie dogs have been known to build organized towns the size of Maryland, and are the only furry mammal with a documented language.)

Slip The Surly Bonds

Virgin Galactic has announced that it will team with NASA to make commercial space travel possible. From a statement by Sir Richard Branson: Virgin Galactic has shown in the past few years how private sector investment and innovation can lead … Continue reading

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Is Our Children Flunking?

Note: filistro is currently on vacation. This article was written before she left, but in light of the discussion of cutting the education budget, it seems timely. The long awaited OECD/PISA results are finally in, and they’re not stellar. At least, … Continue reading

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The Unkindest Cut

Note: filistro is on vacation. This article was previously written. Q: What’s even worse than being subjected to the pain and indignity of a vasectomy? A: Enduring the pain and indignity of a vasectomy, having it fail, and getting your … Continue reading

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Liberation Therapy

Note: filistro is on vacation. This article was previously written. “Liberation Therapy” sounds like counseling classes for the newly divorced, but in reality it is one of the most stunning (and controversial) breakthroughs in modern medicine, with the potential to … Continue reading

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More Bountiful

Note: filistro is currently on vacation. This article was previously written. I first reported here in late November on the court case regarding Bountiful, British Columbia. This case continues to provide daily drama in a Vancouver courtroom, with women in … Continue reading

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Making Babies

Note: Filistro is currently on vacation. This article was written in advance. Rudy Rupak, chief executive of PlanetHospital, is a Canadian based in Los Angeles whose business interests and contacts stretch around the world. They have to, because Rudy’s business … Continue reading

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Palin Ratin’s

Depending on your politics, Sarah Palin’s Alaska is either an enchanting visit to a beautiful state and a lovable family, or a cloying reality TV show that could also be considered the world’s longest political biomercial. If you haven’t watched, the … Continue reading

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No Surprise

This is another article in the series on conspiracy theories. We all know the bare bones of the Iranian Hostage story. Fifty-two American citizens were seized in November of 1979 when a group of militants and heavily armed students took over the … Continue reading

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First Among Firsts

Michelle Obama occupies a unique position in American history as the country’s first minority First Lady. As a general rule, First Ladies are not all that political and until recent generations have filled a role not much more substantive than … Continue reading

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The Best and the Worst

As we enter a shiny New Year, let us not forget the charms of the one that’s passing. 2010 was a memorable year. Economic depression, massive job losses, riots around the world, scandals, disasters, epic crimes and conspiracies. To top … Continue reading

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