June 30, 2004

Ken Dryden, MP

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June 29, 2004

Paul Martin for Dogcatcher

I happened to be in Toronto for the last 3 days of that vicious, vicious election campaign. The tension was palpable and I chose to leave before the inevitable rioting and sectarian violence of election day.

That was a joke, of course. Liberal Paul Martin won on a rousing platform of reduced waiting lists for doctor's appointments. Americans will be excused for thinking I'm kidding here. Of all the questions of terror and security, peace and war, justice and freedom, wealth and poverty that could have been debated, Martin chose to stand on how long people should wait to have their hangnails treated.

Actually, the nasty subtext of the campaign was the panicky belief that Conservatives should be kept from power by any means necessary. I guess, although they never explicitly said so, the Tories were envisioned as wanting people to wait longer to see their doctors. No doubt they were promoting a kind of survival of the fittest as so many would die of impacted toenails before their appointments—a culling of the herd, so to speak.

Stupid white man Michael Moore even managed to stick his snout in, telling Canadians that they shouldn't vote Conservative. It's remarkable how the people who complain loudest that Americans should stay out of other country's business can't resist the temptation to dictate precisely how other people should behave in their own borders. But then Michael Moore is a notorious fascist who goes out of his way to be the essence of Ugly American.

The meddling of Moore and that other political paragon Ralph Nader* points out the real problem for Canada. As I said, the nasty subtext was that somehow the Conservatives were a sort of "George Bush Light" that would mean the end of civilization as Canadians know it. The result was that many stampeded back to the Liberal party.

In this way, many otherwise intelligent Canadians were behaving like those of my fellow Democrats down here who support John Kerry, as if there is some nobility in not standing for anything and just being the "not" candidate.

The sad part is that Canadians have so climbed up their own asses with their "not-American" vision of their society that they don't even allow themselves to have their own politics anymore. They can only think in terms of positioning themselves vis-a-vis what is happening to the South. No wonder they no longer function adequately on the world stage, they don't even run an election for a position greater than Northern Dogcatcher.

*Fair Disclosures: I had a personal run-in with Nader 30 years ago and told him he was a toad (in different words). Time has not altered my opinion a bit. When living in Canada I only voted once federally, for the social democratic NDP while my riding—Outremont—voted Liberal, as it still does, apparently.

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June 17, 2004

Lazy Quote of the Month

In the spirit of yesterday:

I suppose I now have the reputation of being an inscrutable dipsomaniac. One woman here originated the rumour that I am extremely lazy and will never do or finish anything.
—James Joyce

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June 16, 2004

June 16, 1904

Happy Bloomsday!

And not just any Bloomsday—this is the centenary. Toast a glass of Burgundy, eat a Gorgonzola sandwich or munch "with relish the inner organs of beasts and fowls".

If you're in my neighborhood, you can see Ulysses read at Symphony Space by such luminaries as Frank and Malachy McCourt (the latter replendent in red dress and boa).

Listen to the festivities starting at 7pm, on WBAI.

Read the whole book online.

Dublin is going all out:

Molly says it best:

and I thought well as well him as another and then I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes.

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June 08, 2004

Adobe Disses the Welsh

Oddest tech item this week, from Adobe support document 330145:

Some Adobe applications can't start in Mac OS X v.10.3 if the time zone is set to Cardiff. Setting the time zone to a setting other than Cardiff resolves this conflict.

Or you could try setting the time zone to Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyllllantysiliogogogoch

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