Ambiguous Birthday Musings

So, today is my birthday. I’m like, really old. At least if “really old” meant “I am not old enough to have seen Walter Cronkite read the news” or, perhaps, “Born after the USSR finally introduced daylight savings time”. Take that Saskatchewan.

But, this is sort of an odd birthday. Happy, to be sure: I’ll be boozing it up on the weekend. But at the same time, this year’s happenings have made today a little bittersweet, and it’s hard not thinking about that today.

Funnily enough, “bittersweet” is also the best kind of chocolate to put in cakes. Just sayin’.

Ambiguous Birthday Musings

So, today is my birthday. I’m like, really old. At least if “really old” meant “I am not old enough to have seen Walter Cronkite read the news” or, perhaps, “Born after the USSR finally introduced daylight savings time”. Take that Saskatchewan.

But, this is sort of an odd birthday. Happy, to be sure: I’ll be boozing it up on the weekend. But at the same time, this year’s happenings have made today a little bittersweet, and it’s hard not thinking about that today.

Incidentally, “bittersweet” is also the best kind of chocolate to put in cakes. Just sayin’.

Market Affecting Leaks, Redux

From Yesterday’s Citizen:

Meanwhile, news of the cuts, which was leaked to one newspaper and posted online an hour or so prior to the announcement, fuelled a rally in federal government bonds.

Mr. Flaherty said the leak of the market-sensitive information was of concern and would be looked into by his department.

Radio Topics, September 26th

As always, we air tomorrow from 7-9am. Those in Ottawa can tune into 93.1fm, all the rest can listen online at www.ckcufm.com.

Shameless Plug

We usually read community announcements in the second hour, but this one bears repeating. The Carleton University Debating Society will be hosting a public debate about poverty issues from 6 to 7pm in room 409 of the Southam Building at Carleton University. It will feature a show debate, including myself and some of the Tuesday Blend’s usual suspects, to be followed by a talk from John Anderson, Senior Researcher at the National Council of Welfare.

Mandatory Funding Drive Plug

Two weeks a year, CKCU switches holds its annual funding drive. It’s coming up again, running from October 20th to November 5th. If you like this show, or even just the station, I’d encourage you to consider helping the station out a little bit. You can pledge online at the link above, and be sure to list "Tuesday Blend- Hour two" in the show you support.

Messy Week in Ottawa
A number of murders and nastiness in the city last week, including this one. As always, its useful to take a step back and talk about the relative safety of the city, but also to look at what ways events such as this might be avoided.

The Jan Wong Affair
No snippy comment needed, really: This was pretty nuts. For the record, I really like Andrew Potter’s take.

Tories Nickle and Dime their way to an extra $1billion in savings
Some good stuff, some bad. Frankly, I was never sure why I had to pay the GST but those visiting the country didn’t. That said, $20 million into medicinal marijuana research probably is useful. But apparently it didn’t "meet the needs of Canadians", except perhaps those with glaucoma.

The Ongoing Leadership Race
No, not that one. This one.

Okay, Maybe That one too.
But we’ll do it shotgun style:

  1. Say it ain’t so, Joe.
  2. Alfonso Gagliano throws his public credibility around.
  3. Fry to Rae. Just so everyone is keeping out, three candidates have left, three have gone to Bob.

US doesn’t have money to fight the war
So says his Army Chief. Read here how Bush ruined the army.

Feminization of Poverty?
She may not have declared her candidacy for the big job yet, but this is a really good issue to focus on.

FDA faulted for drug safety process
That’s not good.

Avast! Radio Topics for September 19th!

As always, we air from 7am to 9am on 93.1fm in Ottawa, and online at CKCUFM.com for everyone else.

In Hour 2, we will talk to a pirate that is upset with the rise in popularity of International Talk Like A Pirate Day.
Madrid Restricts the Super-Skinny from Fashion Week.

Fear of Science Update: “Intelligent Design” goes global.

WHO Authorizes use of DDT against Malaria. The pesticide, not the wrestling move.

The Pope speaks, causes even more controversy

Mexico brings back its strong tradition of electoral problems.

Harper to create “effective” laws in wake of last week’s tragedy.

Economy in for a bumpy ride, says TD

The New Brunswick Tories get the most votes, but get to be opposition.

Chavez, who apparently also thinks geography is a CIA plot, pledges to defend Iran from attack.

For profit Philanthropy?

GoogleNews gets hit with a copyright defeat, pulls beligain links.

Pill worse than the poisin: Acne medication can cause depression

I’m no white wizard…

… but it would be really helpful if we could see some of the margins of error in this survey. Or much more of the raw data. The graphs are nice though.

Sigh.

This Peter McKay-Condi Rice thing is getting to be pretty silly. Some questions:

  1. What the hell is a verbal-PDA?
  2. Belinda split with Mckay (and the tories) something like a year and a half ago, almost as long as they were supposed to have been dating. How is that still recent?
  3. Did they talk about anything important, like passports or softwood?
  4. Shouldn’t we all be profoundly dissapointed that the biggest story coming out of a meeting of our two foreign ministers, remembering that we have the single largest trading relationship in the world, is about a non-romance?
  5. I’m sure that there are also lots of gender bias issues here.

A Fun Game

Let’s play a fun game. There is an issue relevant to a local community to which a candidate for council is raising awareness, partly on her blog. When the press picks up the story, how do you think that they will refer to her?

Local residents have also written to their local MPP, Richard Patten, and 17 met with Barry O’Brien, the LCBO’s director of corporate affairs, over the issue, according to local blogger Vicky (Miss Vicky) Smallman.

Smallman, who is running for city council in the ward of Kitchissippi and says she is an active member of the Hintonburg Community Association, has generated some discussion on her site.

Now, I won’t speak to whether or not the store should open or close, and I had discovered the Miss Vicky Blog some time ago. If you’re interested, and you should be because it is well written, you can check out the relevant post here. But, again, isn’t it a teensy bit more relevant that someone is an active member of the community and running for council then who also happens to have a blog, rather than the other way around?

Activist Parliamentarians?

Most Canadians have probably never heard of the CCP. And it’s budget
is only a little under $3-million a year. Yet no other federal
program or law has done more damage to Canadian democracy. No other
has so fundamentally altered Canadian society without recourse to
Parliament. -Lorne Gunter, National Post, September 8th 2006, page A16

You know, I’d have a lot more sympathy for this sort of position if, even after Parliament passed a law expanding rights to include a previously disenfranchised group, conservatives didn’t then push to reopen that same debate in the hopes that this time the answer might be different.

Apparently Parliamentarians can be just as activist as judges and interest groups can be, if you disagree with them.

Radio Topics, September 12

As always, I am on air from 7-9am on tuesday mornings. Those in the Ottawa area can catch us live on 93.1fm. All the rest can listen live on the internet at www.ckcufm.com.

Tuition, redux!

As promised last week, we’ll spend a bit of time talking a little bit about tuition and the university life in the first hour. Good starts to the discussion would be a look at Statscan’s look at tuition numbers (h/t to JennB). CFS always has something to say, and for different perspective it is always worth skimming what Paul Wells has blogged on the matter. Do your own googling.

9/11, 5 years later.
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\n9/11 and blogs

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Piracy

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\n\nBye-Bye Ralph Klein

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Here’s a bit on the official memorials. Apparently the US now remembers the help Canada gave that day. The re-writing of history is already underway. Has Canada’s thoughts to the US changed? More importantly, are we safer?

9/11 and blogs

The only thing more ubiquitous than the phrase “in the post 9/11 environment” in the post 9/11 environment is blogs. Wired takes the chance to look at their rise.

Piracy

Wired also starts a look at the folks behind The Pirate Bay, a bittorrent site, and their legal struggles.

Bye-Bye Ralph Klein

But, beyond a massive surplus and looming environmental catastrophe, is he also leaving Alberta with a \nlittle less democracy?
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Bye-Bye Tony Blair\n\n

Well, in a few months. They continue their British version of the Chretien-Martin feud, and the \n\nGuardian takes a look.\n\n\n\n

The Pope

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Bye-Bye Tony Blair

Well, in a few months. They continue their British version of the Chretien-Martin feud, and the Guardian takes a look.

The Pope

Apparently has decided to