dewline: (interrobang)
So this is growing ever more horrific. I say again: we should not have to endure living in a world where Global Evil Conspiracy Theories are actual facts proven/provable by credible journalists.

And there's a Canadian connection, in Victoria, BC. AggregateIQ by corporate name.

The people who try to organize such conspiracies ought to be serving time. Though, for what and under whose jail system...?

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/may/07/the-great-british-brexit-robbery-hijacked-democracy

A further note: I would count the Guardian's people uncovering this info as a good thing. It's now out in the public realm, where we can figure out what useful things can be done about it.
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To the US citizens on my friendlist, and to those US citizens lurking here reading in silence, I ask this:

If you haven't already done so, and are legally clear to do? Please, vote.

Others have made better cases, here and elsewhere across the internet as to why you should. I'll leave off my own preaching.

That said?

Good luck and good night.
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Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] rfmcdpei for reminding me that this is a reality:

http://www.everydaysociologyblog.com/2016/03/social-networks-interlocking-directorates-and-the-power-elite.html

[livejournal.com profile] davidbrin has pointed out such issues more than once on his own weblog, of course, but the reminders are still useful. Especially where a law like the USA's Clayton Act is concerned. And since the USA has a federal election underway, maybe some renewed attention to the Clayton Act's enforcement - or lack of it - is due as part of the debates?
dewline: (Sketching)
The outcome last night wasn't what I was hoping for. (It never is.)

It wasn't what I feared might come to pass yet again, either, though.

Will that be enough?

I don't know yet.

E Day 2015

Oct. 19th, 2015 05:48 am
dewline: (investigation)
As Bugs and Daffy - more recently, Tweety - used to say: This is it.

Fear and hope in my heart at the same time.

There are reasons for that.

Some are more disturbing than others.
dewline: (education)
So this is it. Tomorrow it all changes, or so most of us in Canada hope after the votes are counted.

Whatever the results, of course, the work of us as citizens cannot stop there. Because political process is a continuing thing, no matter what else each of us has on our own plates.

The one thing I am absolutely certain: we must break with Harperism once and for all. I've seen too much on too many aspects of Canadian life to believe otherwise, and I've already voted accordingly at the advance polls.

Whatever you believe, though, if you're Canadian and eligible to vote in this election?

I beg you: vote. Vote for something, vote against something else, whatever you like.

But please. Vote.
dewline: (Sketching)
Okay.

I voted on Friday night.

Then I went to see Paul Gross's new movie Hyena Road, which was - as expected - disorienting. I don't know that it'll compare to the greats of the genre, but I did get a sense of what the latest Afghan War's been like for Canadians serving in the middle of it. Which, aside from making back the money spent on it, was all that Gross really wants out of it. I figured if I didn't see it ASAP - premiere night, as it turned out - I wasn't going to have much chance beyond that. I've mentioned before that Canadian movies tend to get short attention from our movie theatre chains, and fully expect this to be no different, even though it should be.

Hyena Road, people. If you've got violence-trauma triggers, be warned. The fight scenes are bloody. But I do believe it's worth the time and money to see at least the once.

Come to think of it, not being patient was exactly why I voted at the advance poll on Friday after work too. I just didn't want to cope with any more pressure to vote "strategically". One acquaintance has accused me of maintaining "purity", but I can't trust a party that turns its back on several of its best contributions to Canadian life to avoid the inevitable false accusations of terrorist sympathy. And those accusations were trotted out by the incumbents anyway on other excuses.

Anyway. A more positive note...

Today, I listened to Chris Hadfield's Space Sessions: Songs From a Tin Can for the first time, having picked up the album at Compact Music yesterday. As you might expect from Hadfield, there's more of a country/folk vibe off the album. You may consider that either ironic or totally expected given that this was the first ever album with the vocals recorded Up There.

There's a certain exceptionalist satisfaction I get from that. Admitted freely. It took a Canadian to do this. No one from anywhere else thought of it.

And now I'm headed off to see the 6 PM showing of The Martian. I bought, read and enjoyed the book after looking at the first trailer. I figure they've got enough good raw material to work with. If my brains are working properly after getting home again, I'll let you know what I got out of it later tonight.

Later, all!

And for the Canadians reading this? Please vote. I don't need to know for whom, I don't need to be able to approve of your choice(s) before or after the fact. Ever.

Just vote.
dewline: (education)

Now this platform announcement from the Greens looks interesting, even given that I'm not a party member:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-election-2015-green-party-platform-1.3220976

Full platform as voiced by the party's campaign team themselves (French edition also available):

http://www.greenparty.ca/en/platform


dewline: (Sketching)

I want this to be reality...or better than this if we can get it.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/elizabeth-may-speaks-on-pharmacare-in-halifax-1.3210671

More on other stuff after work, if I can brain properly.

dewline: (investigation)

This is the sort of thing that leaves some Canadians who don't want Harper to get a fourth term worried about their available options:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/tom-mulcair-defends-praise-for-margaret-thatcher-s-winds-of-liberty-and-liberalism-1.3196265

UK Labour supporters of a certain vintage may see the concern here. 

dewline: (education)
Quoth Heath Ledger's Joker:

Here.

We.

Go.
dewline: (Sketching)
He keeps it short and on point.

Can't say that I have a problem with the thinking behind it myself. But the current Prime Minister does, it seems.
dewline: (Sketching)
Written up by Linda McQuaig for rabble.ca.

Regardless of which party or candidate you wish to support or what you think of either the author or the site hosting the essay or the organizations behind that site, you may want to give this a read-through, just in case.

UK Politics

May. 8th, 2015 06:10 am
dewline: (empathy-2)
Been looking at the latest on CBC News about the elections.

I'm sorry, for whatever that's worth.
dewline: (Sketching)
Hoping those go well for you, with nothing but good consequences.

Yes, it's an unreasonable hope.
dewline: (Sketching)
For whatever it's worth, I voted today. Not sure how it's helped or made things worse, if either of those at all.

I guess we'll see.
dewline: (bad news)
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] rfmcdpei for this heads-up re: a forced switch of editorial endorsement over at the Globe and Mail!

Perhaps, given their announced target market as of October 2013, though, this should not be quite so much a surprise?

One more reason why I don't subscribe to that paper anymore, I suppose, never mind whether I could afford it or not.
dewline: (Sketching)
This was done in the run-up to the federal election of 2011, but I am firmly convinced that the sentiment at the heart of this Rant is still relevant for the purposes of the Ontario election of 2014.

Therefore...if you're legally entitled to vote on Thursday, have another gander...

dewline: (failure)
This is a Major Problem for me. One of many I have re: this man's platform as stated thus far, but as a transit user, I can't ignore it.

We've spent nearly a decade recovering from the last major delay the federal Conservatives engineered into our rebuilding of Ottawa-the-city's LRT infrastructure. Now this?

http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/0606-elxn-lrt

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