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WRPK in New Albertastan

by on November 13, 2015

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WRPK in New Albertastan

A pair of lovable know-nothing zealots engage in hilarious hijinks as they battle creeping socialism and corporate welfare in the prairie heartland.

Episode 1: A Pair of Ducks

Scene: WRP HQ

Derek: (sitting at a computer station) I hate this.

Brian: (walking by) This what?

Derek: This Twitter thing, these people keep yelling at me.

Brian: (looks over Derek’s shoulder) Wow, that’s a lotta frowny faces.…
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At Cannibal Cafe, It’s The People You Meat

by on August 10, 2015

Junior Gone Wild serve up an SNFU chili bowl at the Cannibal Cafe. Fortunately, Paltry shutterbug Marc Chalifoux was on hand to record the event.

Innocent diners eat a strange form of meat that transforms them, while music lures them to an isolated barn where they face an unknown fate. Edmonton legends Jr.Gone Wild put their own spin on S.N.F.U.’s quirky 1985 classic Cannibal Café.

Enjoy the video, and then, …
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Our Laurence Miall ~ Blind Spot

by on September 26, 2014

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We are delighted to announce that regular Paltry contributor, Laurence Miall has produced his first novel, Blind Spot which came out on Newest Press last month. In Edmonton to launch the book, he stopped by CJSR FM88 for a chat on the Ipso Factory. The interview begins at the 0:05:18 mark but I recommend letting Robbie Fulks’ Night Accident provide the introduction. The song hits the right mood and, …
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Dangerous Blather: Frida Ghitlis at CNN on Ukraine

by on March 20, 2014

Crossposted from my “Russia and the World Blog” at www.mlenoe.wordpress.com

Some of the US mainstream press coverage of the Ukrainian crisis has been relatively good, such as Fareed Zakaria’s commentary.  A lot more is garbage.  Today’s “most ignorant blather” award goes to Frida Ghitis, who has a front page headline on CNN right now.   Ghitis presents the crisis as the beginning of “a new Cold War,” opines that Ukraine should …
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Philosophy, In Other Words

by on February 5, 2014

Go ahead and admit it. It takes a special kind of person (a philosopher?) to enjoy reading philosophical texts. They’re always blabbing about what it means to be and the different ways and kinds of knowing, and lots of times they’re doing it in foreign languages, but even when they are, technically, speaking English, they’re not. Does it have to be this way? You certainly don’t think so. So go …
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Jerry Jerry ~ Mayor of Smart City

by on January 14, 2014

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My ongoing efforts to broaden the Youtubular footprint of Mr. Jerry Jerry have yielded further strange fruit in the form of this video for Smart (I’m Smart) from the stripped-down solo effort The Sound and the Jerry (1997). I had thought to go with the Marx Brothers, or maybe mad scientists (saving the immortal Herbert West for when I tackle Wierd), but for reasons that surpass my own understanding, …
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You Are Here, and Now

by on December 31, 2013

The Orloj Astrolabe

More than just your average timepiece, the Old Town Clock of Prague, or Orloj, can tell you what time it is and what date. It also tells you what the heavens should look like from where it stands. It tells you what time to expect sun rise and set, what lunar phase the moon should appear in, and even which Zodiacal sign is in ascendence. Elsewhere on …
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Woody Guthrie’s New Year’s Resolutions (1942)

by on December 31, 2013

Change socks… Don’t get lonesome… Dream good… Wake up and fight. (Yes, these are his doodles, too)

Originally posted, Dec. 31, 2011…
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Shopping By The Stars: New Year’s Edition

by on December 16, 2013

In this new installment in what future generations will one day refer to as ‘Paltry Wisdom,’ we provide helpful shopping tips for you, the consumer. Many of us will soon be awash in the drunken, regretful spectacle that is New Year’s Eve. Maybe you’ve been invited to attend a New Year’s party. Maybe you’re the kind of conscientious party guest who plans ahead and brings a gift for the host. …
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Shale Gas in New Brunswick: We need your Leadership — An Open Letter to Premier David Alward

by on October 22, 2013

Dear Hon. David Alward,

I have been closely following the protests and blockade near Rexton, NB. It has been heartening to see members of the Elsipogtog First Nation, Acadian, and Anglo communities collaborate over the common goal of protecting the natural resources of our beautiful province. It has been shocking to see the RCMP act violently against the citizens of this province to protect the assets of a foreign company. …
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Asia in the Twenty First Century #14

by on September 25, 2013

More from Mongolia


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Putin Lectures America–Dorian Gray Doesn’t Like Peeks at the Portrait in the Attic

by on September 14, 2013

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Vladimir Putin Mesmerizes a baby bird

America’s various elites (and oh how elite they are getting!) have been fuming that Vladimir Putin, the man in whose eyes George W. Bush saw a man who was “very straight forward and trustworthy,” had the nerve to write an Op-Ed in the New York Times.  Apparently, hearing a lecture by the man who invaded Georgia without UN support, murdered someone with radioactive …
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