In these tough times, it is good to see that the Brazilians
still know how to have fun
For the last couple of days I have noticed that Canadian coverage
of ‘the war’ has been overlaid more and more with stories depicting the plight of the Afghani population, and the fearful humanitarian disaster
that is about to strike them. This will surely continue, with CBC interviews with UNHCR
, MSF and similar aid agencies continuing to appear on all major news shows. Canada has a solid middle-class core, United Church-leaning-to-Quaker spirituality, social democratic/left liberal in voting, who will never
accept Canada''s participation in a shooting war, and it is this core which is coming to the foreground now after the first few jingoistic knee-jerk days.
has probably felt this pulse and he has already moderated his tone. However, he has the bloodthirsty John Manley
in his Cabinet screaming for blood, and he must also protect himself from the increasingly wild attacks of the increasing desperate Stockwell Day.
Part of this "backing off" mood is stemming directly from Bush's failure
to mention Canada in his address to Congress
. He named places all around the world from which assistance was coming, but forgot little old us! To be honest, I missed this one. I didn't notice the omission and, when it was raised by a local anchor later that night, I dismissed it. But I was wrong. It seems to have been a bad political mistake; the Canadian psyche was aroused and upset
The Washington Post has a couple of good articles on the relationship of the Pentagon and the Press
in times of war and national emergency
. It seems the media in the land of the free is willing to button its lip.
Another example of the fine work coming out of Salon, this time in a profile of the oddly-technophobic Ray Bradbury
The Environemntal New Service has a disturbing report on species loss
down on the farm. Perhaps you could write about this
for the open encyclopeadia
project. Fabulous idea!
We were at our favourite hangout on the Drive yesterday afternoon for an early supper. The weather was warm and we sat on the patio. At the next table to us were four young people, early 20s, three young women and a man. They seemed to be the prototypical urban young adults of 2001. And all four of them smoked
! I am truly astonished whenever I see this. These people who have no possibility of ever saying they didn't know
the consequences are continuing to kill themselves by design. This is much more bizarre than tattoos and piercings. And infinitely sadder.