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Good night and good luck.
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Some articles that you might want to look at.

First, the redoubt-building going on here in Canada (buried in a long profile on Murdoch's sons...and why would any sane Canadian government want this family setting up a doomsday retreat here?

Then two items from NPR that speak to motive:
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Devyn Barrie for asks: When it comes to police (in Ottawa), whose jurisdiction is it anyway? And it took a beaver on a freeway to get them asking.

From CBC's Sunday Edition: Michael Enright on the Gumpians vs. the Trumpians.
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1. Humanity really does not need Marine Le Pen running le gouvernement de France. Ever. Whether my admitting to recognizing that truth matters worth a damn or a blessing...? We'll know by tonight, I suppose.

2. Two Fridays ago, a friend and I went to the Great Canadian Theatre Company to see 1979, a play by Michael Healey. Call it an educational and satirical tragicomedy with a side dish of horror using Joe Clark's last night as Prime Minister of Canada as a framing device.

The side of horror comes in the last half-hour with a debate between Clark and Stephen Harper...whom Healey's script places in the Centre Block when, in historical fact, Clark would still have been working in Imperial Oil's Calgary mail room. But Healey must have needed that debate badly; his computer-assisted slide show accompanying the actors' performance asked the rhetorical question: "What the hell?"

The horror comes from that debate, a debate over the soul of Conservative political ethics, over the future of Canada. Marion Day's performance as Harper - yes, a woman played Harper, deal with it - hit the right combination of youthful enthusiasm, "don't mind me" false humility, nerdiness and creepy ambition.

3. I went to the Science March in Ottawa-Gatineau on Parliament Hill yesterday. Hoping to get photos uploaded to my Flickr account later in the day, house chores permitting.

4. More as I think of it. Possibly in separate entries here On the DEWLine later on...
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D'you suppose we could get at least twenty people interested in a Canadian Music community?

Neil Young, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Kashtin, Tanya Tagaq, Metric, Bruce Cockburn, New Pornographers, Arcade Fire, Rush, Stars, Coeur de Pirate, the list goes on...

Putting the question out there.
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It's been fun, it's been busy and yet it's been quiet.

I'm okay with that.
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Worrying. Ottawa's about to dispense with paper bus passes in a couple of months, whether we like the idea or not...and I just e-mailed my city councillor about it.

Update 15 April 2017: My councillor just got back to me about it, and they're checking with people at OC Transpo about IT security measures and suchlike. More as it develops.
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I was listening to Q the other day whilst doing the work at the day-job, and they had host Tom Power interviewing this big-name opera singer, Michael Fabiano. As they do. I'd strongly recommend listening to the interview, whether you care about opera one way or the other.

One of the things Mr. Fabiano mentioned in passing was how a lot of people in the audience got up to all manner of hijinks back in the 19th century, up to and including "fornicating". Naturally, this got me thinking of opera as being the 19th Century equivalent of the drive-in movie theatres of the 20th. Because some things - like human behaviours - only change venues over the centuries.

Which led to me thinking of some of the stuff [profile] diane_duane included as a sidebar plot in her Star Trek novel Dark Mirror, involving Will Riker and wo'rIv puqloD mogh (AKA Worf, son of Mogh) exploring violence in opera...up to and including riots that occasionally brought down governments.

And then Mr. Fabiano also went on to invoke Hans Zimmer in passing as part of a way of linking certain genres modern cinema to their operatic forbears. Not a bad choice. I'd add John Williams - the composer, not my father - and Bear McCreary...particularly the latter's work on Battlestar Galactica. Orchestrations that threw in everything from taiko drums to bagpipes, sometimes in the same anthem, and made them work together. Both in support of the drama on the screen and as stand-alone music.

And I'm not sure where I'm going with all of this.
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As a sidebar to some of the recent confusion centred around several continuing stories in the news services: There's a "developing story" blurb that NPR tacks onto fast-moving stuff from time to time to caution readers/viewers/listeners with that I like for situations just like this one. Might be that it ought to become part of journalistic "best practice"...?
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Am I really the first Dreamwidth user to list Treknology as an interest?
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I stuck pretty close to home because day-job work this morning, but I generally tend to forget that anniversary of spaceflight until it's right on top of us all anyway.

But the rest of you?
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So, I've added a few more people to my circles here. This is good, friendly company being a happy consequence of rebuilding and renovating the internet presence of late. Thanks to you all for dropping by, and that includes the ones who quietly watch.

I should work up a good self-reintroduction, and probably will over the next day or two. Just...not tonight, okay?
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Happier birthdays to you in the years to come, friend!


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