Things I value:
- rigorous thinking
- independent analysis
- fair play
- open-minded curiosity
- courtesy and respect
Things I abhor:
- intellectual laziness
The Delinquent Teenager Who Was Mistaken for the World's Top Climate Expert is a book about a United Nations body that doesn't deserve your trust. Amazon.com (other purchase options)
Into the Dustbin: Rajendra Pachauri, the Climate Report & the Nobel Peace Prize provides a closeup view of the IPCC's train wreck of a chairman. I wouldn't buy a used car from this man.
Generally speaking, I'm not a joiner. I've never belonged to a political party. In my experience, Left-wing and Right-wing politics are pretty much mirror images of each other. I've seen folks on both sides of the spectrum twist facts to make them fit their world view. In the the blogosphere, I'm repelled by the narrow-minded vitriol on all sides of too many debates.
I'm an intellectual free spirit. I make up my mind on issues based on their individual merits. I'm pro-choice, support gay marriage, believe illicit drugs and prostitution should be decriminalized, and oppose the death penalty. I hold a degree in women's studies and consider myself a feminist. I also support the rights of divorced fathers and have criticized the mismanagement of women's shelters.
Separation of church and state is, in my view, imperative. I'm respectful toward people of faith, but am personally an atheist. I'm skeptical of global warming theory and am the founder of NOconsensus.org, a website examining this issue. I think capitalism, globalization, and biotechnology are the best way to cure widespread poverty on this planet.
Between 1993 and 2001 I was a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, serving as a Vice President from 1998-2001. I believe most of all in freedom of expression - and the right of individuals to make their own choices.
Prior to 2002, I wrote news features, weekly columns, and daily editorials for the National Post, Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, Chatelaine, Toronto Life and other publications.
As a journalist, I had little interest in covering a story that had already been told a hundred times. I sought out stories that had yet to receive widespread attention, that revealed something new about the world. As a columnist, I attempted to challenge readers' assumptions, rather than reinforce their preconceptions.
As a result, I often found myself championing unpopular causes. After Guy Paul Morin was wrongly convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison in 1992, most journalists forgot about him. I used my weekly freelance op-ed column in the Toronto Star to expose the flawed forensic science that led to his conviction. (He was exonerated via DNA testing in 1995 and eventually financially compensated.)
My undergraduate degree in Women's Studies trained me to see the world through a gender lens. Eventually, though, this led me to ask questions such as: If it's a man's world, why do four times as many young men commit suicide as young women?
In early 1996, my book, The Princess at the Window: A New Gender Morality, was published by Penguin Canada. The person who wrote that book has continued to evolve. There are, no doubt, numerous passages I'd write differently today. Nevertheless, I stand by the book's main argument: that the North American women's movement of the 1980s and 1990s had become "extremist, self-obsessed, arrogant and intolerant."
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