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In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 2: Caution, bad news ahead

Hoo-boy, what a bad news week for Alberta, and Canada. Oil continued its slide, falling to below $30 a barrel. The Canadian dollar continued its slide, falling to below 70 cents US. If it weren’t for the fact that Mexico already has the peso, we’d be calling the loonie the peso of North America. Thanks […] . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 2: Caution, bad news ahead

In This Corner: Stuff Happens, week 51: It was a very bad year

Well, I did it. And I’m sure you’re thrilled. When I started writing this blog, I vowed to write a weekly review of events as I saw them. I did it mostly as a personal challenge, a way to instil a little discipline in my undisciplined life, and to boost my memory of the events […] . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Stuff Happens, week 51: It was a very bad year

Alberta Politics: Annual message to Calgary Stampede: real men don’t hurt animals for entertainment

PHOTOS: Stampede chuckwagon races – exciting for spectators, but deadly and cruel for horses. Real men don’t hurt animals for entertainment. There will be a safety “review” after the death of a fourth horse on Sunday at the 2015 Calgary Stampede, which is now mercifully over. Oh, please! There will be no meaningful review of . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Annual message to Calgary Stampede: real men don’t hurt animals for entertainment

Things Are Good: Violent Video Games can be Good

Violent video games get attacked a lot. Media and news companies are quick to blame the influence video games have on youth to be the reason that youth commit acts of violence. This is not the case though. Every year there is more evidence that it’s not true that violent entertainment leads to real-world violence. . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Violent Video Games can be Good

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Do we value women or don’t we?

I haven’t had much to say since the shootings on Parliament Hill back in October, but today’s news that Jian Ghomeshi is facing three new charges, all from three new women who previously kept silent, is making me ask who we are as a society and why some people are allowed to get away with . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Do we value women or don’t we?

bastard.logic: Questlove Remembers Robin Williams

Man. The smallest gesture can mean the world to you. Robin Williams made such an impact on me and didn’t even know it. He named checked all of us in the elevator during the 2001 Grammys. I know y’all think I do this false modesty/T Swift “gee shucks” thing to the hilt. But yeah . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: Questlove Remembers Robin Williams

Melissa Fong: Electronic music, raves & Toronto’s moral panic on drugs

…they do the work because they want to re-produce the type of city they want to live- the type of city that is worth living in. … …not all entertainment is built the same- some of these very worth while performers and promotors can’t jump through your hoops, or will grow tired doing so. These . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: Electronic music, raves & Toronto’s moral panic on drugs

Melissa Fong: The Pity Party, that is -Dave Foley-

I used to love Dave Foley. Kids in the Hall was one of the most epic variety shows, and Canadian to boot. Then there was News Radio that had awesome […]

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: BL2: Resistance is futile

I tried to resist. I really did. I avoided it for more than a year, skillfully averting my eyes from the store shelves where it sat, ignoring the emails with invitations, sales offers that dangled newly-released DLC packages before me. I looked the other way when ads popped on on websites. I have more serious . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: BL2: Resistance is futile

Blevkog: From the Blevkog Archives – April 21, 2006: Cultural Relativism: An Example

Note to readers: I’m not entirely sure why, but this has always stood out for me as one of my favorite pieces of writing that I’ve done on Blevkog. This particular frivolous item comes from the prior incarnation of the blog. I may have written better entries since then, but I don’t think I’ve ever . . . → Read More: Blevkog: From the Blevkog Archives – April 21, 2006: Cultural Relativism: An Example

Melissa Fong: Zombies are… Black? Family Feud’s Steve Harvey tells White Lady contestant to ‘Shut up’

Zombies are… Black? Family Feud’s Steve Harvey tells contestant to ‘Shut up, Lady’ (you can tell he is REALLY holding it in…). Help me out here… WHAT IS THIS??? Sometimes […]

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Free choice in communications? (Competition Tribunal says no)

To my surprise and dismay, the Competition Tribunal has approved Bell Canada’s takeover of most of Astral Media’s assets. This comes some time after a similar buyout attempt was rejected. Yeah, Bell will have to divest several cable channels — namely Family Channel (Read: Disney Channel Canada), Teletoon (English and French), Teletoon Retro (English and . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Free choice in communications? (Competition Tribunal says no)

Red Tory v.3.0.3: House of Cards – American Style

As an inveterate fan of the original 1989 BBC series “House of Cards” I was highly skeptical that it could be successfully adapted into an American context. It had some pretty big shoes to fill, after all – most notably, the outstanding performance of Ian Richardson as the cunningly ambitious protagonist Francis Urquhart… a small . . . → Read More: Red Tory v.3.0.3: House of Cards – American Style

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Who’s the jack booted thug?

This new commercial from Wayne LaPierre of the NRA sets an all-time low. You can be absolutely sure that this ad would not have been made if Obama and his kids were white. I’m showing it here to demonstrate just how low the level of debate has gotten in Washington — and how willing LaPierre . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Who’s the jack booted thug?

Blast Furnace Canada Blog: "Free to Be" — 40 years on

For what I think will be my last post of the year, I wanted to reflect on something I heard about a couple of weeks ago — the 40th anniversary of Free to Be… You and Me and the impact it had on a generation of kids. Including me, who was born the year the . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: "Free to Be" — 40 years on

knitnut.net: Astronaut Love Triangle thrills audiences!

Astronaut Love Triangle was brilliant and superb and I love them more each time I see them. They’ve added a couple more pieces to their repertoire (I especially liked the Roller Derby Girls) and they’ve modified at least one piece to reflect changes in the composition of the band (the lovely, irreplaceable Aggie has . . . → Read More: knitnut.net: Astronaut Love Triangle thrills audiences!

Dead Wild Roses: Post The Dark Knight Rises – It is Alfred rises…

Loved the movie, but I breathlessly await the sequel.

Filed under: Humour Tagged: Alfred, entertainment, Humour, sequel, The Dark Knight Rises

The Progressive Right: Dystopia Decision Tree

Via Blastr, we have a decision tree to help determine if your sci-fi society is a dystopia. Interestingly enough, I think it’s useful for determine if your current society is dystopian. Cough … Harper Conservatives … cough.

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Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Romney and the "M" word

CNN’s religion section notes today that W. Mitt Romney (W for Willard) still has a major hurdle to overcome on the road to the White House. His religion, Mormonism.

Now personally I can’t understand why it should be such a big deal — who should honestly care what one’s belief system (or lack thereof) is . . . → Read More: Blast Furnace Canada Blog: Romney and the "M" word

Dear Chad Kruger: Why we the people hate Nickelback

Dear Chad Kruger, I write to you today to explain the hate that is constantly thrown your way regarding your band, Nickelback. Now, it’s not actually because we think your music is the worst sounding noise similar to nails down a chalk board (well for many it might be). The truth is Chad, your attitude . . . → Read More: Dear Chad Kruger: Why we the people hate Nickelback

Celebrity Twitter Trend: And the winner is….

Michael Cole. Yes, Michael Cole, a commentator and personality from World Wrestling Entertainment was the only celebrity to be trending in multiple countries on Twitter: Canada, USA, and the United Kingdom. This man who probably most of you reading this have no clue who he is, was the talk of twitterdom. I guess this goes . . . → Read More: Celebrity Twitter Trend: And the winner is….

cultural sn:afu: Maybe it’s time to kill the May Show

The May Show of today is a pale imitation of the May Show that was so successful through the 1980′s and the first half of the 90′s, so maybe it’s time to stop pretending and just let it die. The … Continue reading →

Best and Worst Celebrity I’m Following on Facebook

Everyone follows some sort of celebrity on Facebook or Twitter. If you say you don’t, you’re a bloody stinking liar. I have decided to write about two celebrities in particular that I follow. One I absolutely love. His posts make me giggle and bring joy to my day, especially when I’m having crappy days. The[continue . . . → Read More: Best and Worst Celebrity I’m Following on Facebook

Clooney hosts wicked fundraiser and shoots some hoops with Obama

At least Obama has the backing of some serious Hollywood heavyweights when it comes to funding, something that the Romney campaign can only dream of. With George Clooney raising over $15 million for Obama’s re-election campaign and the Democratic party itself, the President is sure to put these new funds to good use. There were . . . → Read More: Clooney hosts wicked fundraiser and shoots some hoops with Obama

People focus: Ricky Martin – Out and Happy

After the death of Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch, I have decided to create a new article where I focus every so often on a person who has not only done something amazing socially and politically but also someone’s whose personal life can be seen as a great example. Meaning, I want to focus on those . . . → Read More: People focus: Ricky Martin – Out and Happy