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April 30, 2006

John Kenneth Galbraith dies at 97

The renowned liberal economist John Kenneth Galbraith died Saturday at the age of 97. [BBC]

I read "The New Industrial State" around the time I started my former life in advertising. The whole enterprise came into focus for me when I read Galbraith's characterization of the advertising industry as "the apparatus of persuasion and exhortation."

April 29, 2006

Lester Pearson, Illuminati Tool

Via belledamme222 of Fetch me my axe, what may be one of the greatest crackpot conspiracy theories of all time:

Lester Pearson, Illuminati Tool

April 05, 2006

Hornby Island eagle cam

On March 29, Steven Colbert announced on The Colbert Report that he was about to become a father:

Stephen Colbert announced with pride on "The Colbert Report'' on Tuesday night that the San Francisco Zoo had offered to name a baby eagle after him. Colbert devoted much time to discussing this, to the delight of the zoo administration. A film crew arrives here Wednesday for official ceremonies. The new-born eagle to be chosen for this honor will be one hatched from 10 or so eggs that look like they'll be ready to go at that time.

The offer letter came from an enterprising volunteer who e-mailed Colbert's Webmaster. The outcome  --  so much jolly publicity  --  has been terrific, so congratulations to her. But, ummm, did she really have the right to make the offer Colbert couldn't refuse? "We had a little internal discussion about that,'' said the zoo's Alexander Winslow. "Bless her heart. Her heart was in the right place.'' [SFGate]

Inspired by this segment, I asked Thad if I could have a baby eagle. We really need one to deal with the pigeons. Thad said he would give me an eagle if he had one. I said I felt he wasn't making eagle procurement enough of a priority in our relationship. He said maybe I could ask the blog if they had any spare eagles.

Miraculously, Dave The Galloping Beaver sent me a link to the Hornby Island Eagle Cam.

The Cam-meister is David Carrick, a retired accountant who lives on Hornby. He's negotiating with a corporate sponsor to install a smaller cam that will enable viewers to see inside the nest.

Click to watch the birdies.

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April 04, 2006

Canadian PM caves to US pressure on pot

Prime Minister Stephen Harper caved to US pressure and scrapped draft legislation to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.

The move was not unexpected, because his Conservative Party had opposed the measure. But it was symbolically important coming on the first day that the new Parliament convened and only days after Mr. Harper's first meeting as prime minister with President Bush, at a summit meeting in Mexico.
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Several American officials had warned that the legislation would force the United States to increase its inspections at the border and thereby risk creating more delays for trade and tourists. It was also viewed by American officials as a harmful symbol when the Canadian marijuana industry, which is estimated to generate as much as $8.5 billion annually, is spreading across the country and exporting widely in the United States. [NYT]

Harper has a real flair for self-abasement. Most PMs would have too much pride or not enough chutzpah to make a big show of scrapping 3-year-old draft legislation that will never become law as long as their party is in power. What glorious preemptive upsucking. GW will love Harper. 

January 06, 2006

Faking Death: Canadian Art Photography

New York readers interested in art photography might want to check out this event at the Jack Shaiman Gallery:

Faking Death: Canadian Art Photography. The exhibit is curated by Penny Cousineau-Levine who is also the editor of a a book based on the same source material.

January 6 - February 4
Jack Shainman Gallery
513 W. 20th Street (between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues)
(212) 645-1701
Web: www.jackshainman.com

The exhibit spans 50 years of Canadian fine art photography. Featured contemporary artists include Jin-me Yoon and Edward Burtynsky.

December 29, 2005

BCCLA "Hotties and Naughties"

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We do things a little differently here in Vancouver… This particular item from CKNW is so many kinds of weird, I don't even know how to snark at it.

"The 2005 list of "hotties and naughties" for the BC Civil Liberties Association has been released and the Vancouver Police are making an appearance on both sides of the list.

The list recognizes people the association believes have helped and hindered civil liberties.

This year the Vancouver Police Department is being applauded for posting their policy manual on the V-P-D website.

But Police Chief Constable Jamie Graham made the "naughty" list for suggesting new Mayor Sam Sullivan be investigated after admitting he allowed a drug user to smoke crack in the back of his van years ago.

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The list has been around for years...formerly called brickbats and bouquets."

December 23, 2005

Holiday slowdown

I'm on vacation in Vancouver, so posting may be a little irregular over the next few days.

Happy Holidays (as we subversive, secular, progressive, Jews like to say)!

December 15, 2005

Shame Canada

Josh Marshall spots a disturbing story:

Yesterday in a speech to the Canadian Club in Ottawa, US Ambassador David Wilkins warned Canadians to tone down their criticism of the United States in their current national political campaigns. Canadian elections are scheduled for January 23rd.

"It may be smart election-year politics to thump your chest and constantly criticize your friend and your No. 1 trading partner. But it is a slippery slope, and all of us should hope that it doesn't have a long-term impact on our relationship," said Ambassador Wilkins. "It shouldn't be lost on any of us that some of your politicians use my country to score political points."

Wilkins is right, it is a slippery slope. I know. I'm a Canadian who started criticizing the US during an election campaign. It was fun at first. Then I felt like I needed to do it more and more. Pretty soon I was criticizing the US every day. Eventually I found myself in a small apartment in a major American city doing it for money...

August 27, 2005

Interview with the Arcade Fire

Decent interview with the Arcade Fire in the Guardian.

August 19, 2005

Schlepping zombie coffins, soon, guns

My mom, Suzi, just started a new job as a set dresser. Here's the latest dispatch from Zombie Central:

Dear Lindsay,
I am about to start day 3.  So far it has been mostly hard work.  Carrying zombie coffins, and furniture & props or setting things up or unloading trucks...  I spent one 1/2 day on the truck picking up orders at the various dealers.  That was great.  Now I know where they are located and what kinds of stuff they rent to the industry.

I have to take fire arms safety on the weekend in Deep Cove.  I feel like a zombie from my movie but if I can keep this pace up, I will never need exercise in my leisure time...  I will check in on the weekend.

xoxo

Mom