Status update

Someone wandering around with a cold shared that sucker with me. I’ve been home for four days now. Hoping it doesn’t move into bronchitis which I’ve managed to avoid for about four years. I don’t share colds, others should do the same.

Jun 27

Changes and Shifts

I’m working on making some changes in my life. What my final direction will be, who knows. I’m just taking this a step at a time. In the past, I’ve used this blog to focus on writing opinions on news that interests me. A lot of that is political, it interests me. I used another blog for writing about more personal items.

I’ve decided to transition that blog into another interest area, food and cooking. So, this blog is going to transition back to the mix of opinion and personal material it started out as.

It’s my space, I make zero apology for doing with it what I want. I’m inviting you to come and visit. For the time being, the commenting feature will be disabled while I sort out how to have the feature without all the spam that comes along with it.

For me, it is a good time to make that shift. We’re approaching an election here in Canada. That always gets my interest. Hopefully it gets yours.

Mar 01

Trudeau Lacks Substance

http://www.thestar.com/content/dam/thestar/opinion/editorials/2013/04/06/justin_trudeau_is_best_bet_to_renew_federal_liberals_editorial/justin_trudeau.jpg I absolutely do not want to support Harper in the next election scheduled for October of this year. Anyone who knows me, knows that has been a very consistent stance for me.

I also don’t feel inclined towards the NDP and Mulcair. While I tend to lean towards social justice issues, I also know that no social justice can be achieved without hard economic choices building the economy. I also know that the problems of the world can’t be resolved through peacekeeping or not participating when the tough choices have to be made by countries.

So, logically, that would mean I support the Liberals and Trudeau, right? That would be a, ‘not at this time’ response.

Paul Wells writes in Macleans this week on “Why Justin Trudeau is suddenly the underdog“. He points out that Trudeau has been steadily losing the edge he enjoyed in the polls and for the last two months has been first neck and neck with the Conservatives and now, slightly behind them. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 27

Cheezy North Korean Dictator

Kim-Jong-unI’ve been sort of watching the whole “The Interview” episode with a level of amusement.

So, Sony Pictures Entertainment creates a comedy-action movie that boils down to a fantasy about an attempted assassination of the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Un. It received mixed reviews from critics and likely would have died a quiet death along with all the other mediocre movies released every year. Enter the cheezy dictator who is used to controlling everything that happens in his little country.

In June, North Korea aka the cheezy dictator threatens merciless actions should Columbia Pictures go ahead with the release of this otherwise unremarkable movie. So, let’s see, either Kim Jong Un has the maturity of a two year old or he really liked the movie and wanted to rescue it from the fate it was likely heading for.

Not to miss a chance at boosting interest in a release, Columbia Pictures delayed the release from October to December and said they had edited it to make it nicer for the cheezy dictator. Apparently not good enough.

In November, a hacking group, The Guardians of Peace, with alleged ties to North Korea took the computer systems of Sony down. They released sensitive material and then in mid-December threatened terrorist attacks if they showed the movie which the same group deemed to be “the movie of terrorism”. Read the rest of this entry »

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