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Doug Brinkman
Retired Newspaper Pressman, Artist, Civil Information Activist
Retired Newspaper Pressman, Artist, Civil Information Activist
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Fort McMurray wildfire likely started knowingly by a man who discarded a cigarette on the ground...

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'Conformity is the Manager, the Sergeant-at-Arms, the Security Guard, the Mayor, the City Employee, the Night Foreman, the Union Boss, the Bus Driver, the Salesman, the Doctor, the Rapist, the Murderer, the Common Bully of Freedom and the Enemy of Growth.' - Doug Brinkman, Not a Bystander art project, #MeToo

'Conformity is the jailer of freedom and
the enemy of growth.' - John F. Kennedy

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Millions of people will die in Yemen, in what will be the world's worst famine crisis in decades, unless a Saudi-led military coalition ends a devastating blockade and allows aid into the country, the United Nations has warned.

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The 2017 Not a Bystander art project. What I've learned, what is commonly true and has not changed very much since the beginning of mankind. Those who bully, rape and inflict violence upon another including death rarely are caught or held responsible and punished equal to the crime they commited on others.

Violence and the anger that ignites the violence within us is more or less acceptable in our society because it is part of our nature as to who we are as humans beings. Simple words that are written found in company policy such as zero tolerance to violence and bullying, the law of the land that makes claim to society that violence a crime punishable by law and of course from the Ten Commandments 'Thou shalt not murder' these simple words can never stop what is ingrained in our human make-up that we ALL have the potential to bully, become violent and can rage with anger. They are just simple words with very little effect on societies. We can only hope that they will deter anger, violence and bullying on us, our family and friends...

I took this photo downtown Edmonton during a candlelight vigil for Tina Fontaine age 15 whose body was found wrapped in a plastic bag in the Red River, Winnipeg, Manitoba August 1, 2014.

Raymond Joseph Cormier Tina's alleged killer If convicted, could face at least 25 Years in Prison. He has not gone to trial as of yet but unlike Tina who's life is no more with this world Raymond is allowed to breath life, have 3 square meals a day and go about his business day to day reading books, watching TV in the confines of his cell. Sometime's he'll be able to breath in the fresh air of freedom while exercising outside in the prison yard. If found guilty he will likely be paroled and released early before his maximum sentence is completely served. There are indicators that Ramond may have done his violent deeds before again and again - he was just never caught...

My wife asked after reading this to her this morning 'so what are the solutions to anger, violence and bullying?' There are solutions - lots we can do, I'll save that for later ;)
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