Humberto DaSilva

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Humberto da Silva was born and lives in Toronto. An early desire to conquer the English language resulted in literary pretensions and numerous short story publications. The inclusion of "Compassion Fatigue" in the Oberon Press "Best Canadian Stories 92" anthology was a high point in his existence. He proudly labours at a day job as a Union representative. Currently he is a videographer, a citizen journalist, and a radical commentator for rabble.ca as "Not Rex" Murphy.

Not Rex: Orlando shootings product of homegrown hate and gun culture

Orlando is red with the blood from people who aren't even allowed to legally give blood.

We need to look at how the homegrown hate and out-of-control gun culture in America is fuelling these crimes and do something more than just declaring these attacks tragedies.

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Not Rex: Elegy for Fort Mac (and humanity)

Fort Mac Town is burning down.

Did a hot spring and a dry winter create this? Or perhaps a spark of dry lightening? Or was it the winds of climate change? Or is it too soon to ask any of these questions.

Humberto "Not Rex" DaSilva decides it is time to ask the big questions.

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Not Rex: Panama Papers outrage can make fair taxes possible

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Inequality is so top-heavy it's teetering. Public debt levels are at the tipping point. And, the planet itself is unstable.

The world's richest continue to evade taxes by stashing millions in off-shore accounts. Will the revelations from the Panama Papers finally make the rich pay?

Let's hope it's the final pinch of outrage needed to flambé this upside-down cake.

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Not Rex: Trudeau needs to start moving on electoral reform promise

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During his election campaign and at his Throne Speech, Justin Trudeau promised to make every vote count. However, lately on the news of electoral reform it has been crickets.

So what did Trudeau mean when he said "make every vote count": proportional representation, mixed-member proportional representation or ranked ballots?

The Liberals seem to love the last option, which could be a recipe for disaster.

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Not Rex: On the Flint Michigan water crisis

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After taking office in 2011, Governor Rick Snyder decreed tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy and cuts pensions and "other efficiencies" to pay for them.

One of these efficiencies was to force residents to drink out of the Flint river instead of Lake Huron. Ever since, Flint's tap water has been loaded with lead.

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Not Rex: Journalists lose their jobs while the bosses get millions

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Ninety journalists at Postmedia papers lost their jobs. The bosses got a million in bonuses.

Oh Well! Creative destruction was kind of a poetic ending for capitalist hacks.

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Not Rex: On Canada's hypocritical relationship with Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia, our Middle Eastern allies, just killed 47 people deemed "terrorists" in a single day. But, Canada has "no intention" of cancelling $15 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia.

If Prime Minister Justin Trudeau really wanted "real change" perhaps he should consider nixing this arms deal.

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Not Rex: Paris calling

At the Paris Climate Conference world leaders figured out it will take a lot of money to make the world sustainably green. Not Rex looks at the faint hope from Paris.

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Not Rex: On the road map to the Third World War

Anybody else get the feeling like you want to duck and cover? Humberto "Not Rex" DaSilva tells us why.

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Not Rex: On praying for Paris... sort of.

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The Paris atrocities have unleashed the worst in our nature and become an excuse to deny refugees access to safer lives and to let Islamophobia run rampant.

Don't pray for Paris, and passively march behind the drum beat of war. If you really want to help Paris, dig deep for your humanity.

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