A few inflatable boats delivering a handful of protesters to a massive Russian oil rig in the Arctic and, according to Vlad Putin, that’s piracy for which they could be slammed up in some dingy Russian prison for up to 15-years.
In the non-totalitarian world, piracy has always had an element of robbery or violence at its core. But this is the totalitarian world, Vlad Putin’s Russia, and he decides what’s a crime and what’s not.
Apparently handing out information pamphlets is also subterfuge, a crime against the Russian state.
Can someone remind me why we’re taking part in (Read more…)
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Ms.Betty Bowers thoughts on the 2014 Olympics.
Filed under: Ethics, Gender Issues, International Affairs Tagged: bigotry, discrimination, Olympics, Russia
Absolutely! I think it’s disgraceful the way that Russia treats its gay and lesbian citizens. On top of that, I don’t think the Ruskies have any idea how many figure skaters their laws would disqualify, and let’s face it, a … Continue reading →
Wrestling is being scrubbed from the Olympics. Apparently it’s a victim of dwindling popularity. Being considered to replace wrestling are sport climbing, wake boarding, roller sports and – wait for it – wushu. In case you’re wondering, here is Jet Li’s championship wushu performance from 1978.
If the ancient Greeks did it, up on mount Olympus, shouldn’t wrestling be kept on the roster if only for old times sake?
Well the Olympic Games are finally over, and I must say I enjoyed the show, from the stunning beginning to the wild and wonderful end.
I thought the Brits did an amazing job, I was proud of all our athletes, whether they won a medal or not.
And the only thing that almost ruined the games for me was having to watch so many Con TV ads. Read more »
The Olympics produce Gold Medals, exhiliration and heartbreak. Cowichan News Leader’s Don Bodger brings us the heartwarming story of Emily Zurrer, her injuries and the class that she maintained as Canada went on to win a Bronze Medal.
Champions rise to the occasion. Clearly Emily Zurrer is a ‘Cowichan Champion.’
Christine Sinclair, the captain of the bronze-winning Canadian women’s Olympics soccer team, is our choice to carry the flag during the closing ceremony of the London Olympics. That’s the word from Canadians. See the Twitter hashtag #SinclairForFlagBearer. I approve.
By making Sinclair flag-bearer, Canada would honour both our gallant women’s soccer team and her personal achievements at the London Olympics and beyond. Soccer isn’t just about teamwork. It’s also about individuals: the coach, the team captain, and the individual player who brings something special to the team. Soccer is also leadership.
Sinclair captained the team into the history books.
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Clara has just finished her Olympic career with a great performance in London, finishing fifth. She and Cindy Klassen, another Winnipegger, are tied for the most Olympic medals by any Canadian, at six each. Clara is also the only Canadian to have won medals at both the Summer and Winter Olympics, and the only Olympian in the world to have won multiple medals in both the summer and winter games.
So that makes Clara one of the most successful Olympic Athletes EVER.
And it’s time Winnipeg finally recognized one of its most famous daughters.
Luckily for us, there is a (Read more…)
On the injustice of Tiffany Foster’s disqualification from the London 2012 Olympics. This is more than a fight over the treatment of a single athlete. This is more than a struggle for the future of equestrian sport. This is a battle for the values, the honour, and the very soul of our country’s national sporting system
Yup. She just wasn’t chosen. I’m sure that this has nothing to do with her being drunk during the Canada/US match. No siree… nothing at all… (3) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario
You won that match. Hold your heads high. Your country is damned proud. A comment on the cbc.ca site says it all: Great effort ladies. The only thing missing from that game was a trained referee. Yup. I coulda done better. Might have exploded my heart trying to keep up with your pace, but, meh. [...]
Assorted content for your weekend reading.
- Jonathan Chait points out how the gap between the citizens hardest hit by a weak economy and a political class which faces virtually none of its effects explains the lack of urgency in dealing with mass unemployment: The political scientist Larry Bartels has found (and measured) that members of Congress respond much more strongly to the preferences of their affluent constituents than their poor ones. And for affluent people, there is essentially no recession. Unemployment for workers with a bachelors degree is 4 percent — boom times. Unemployment is also unusually low in
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I’m no fan of Coca-Cola. That said, their television ad running throughout the Olympics is quite clever. It features British DJ, producer and musician Mark Ronson, who sampled sounds produced by five Olympics athletes doing their thing. There’s the thud of a taekwondo competitor kicking her opponent, the thwack of a table tennis paddle connecting with the ball, the throaty breath of a track star exhaling.
These and other sporty sounds are weaved into a percussive dance beat, some vocals are tossed into the mix, and the end result is Coca-Cola’s “anthem” for this year’s Olympics games. While the (Read more…)
Share this: I love the Olympics, but not for the reasons you might think. It can be truly inspiring to watch the best athletes in the world – and the best Canada has to offer – compete against one another at the highest levels of sport. And I’m proud when Canadians do well. I was elated [...]
That is a ridiculous question! I come from another planet, deep in another galaxy, on which the dominant lifeforms have evolved along a completely different track from you humans. What are the odds that we would have a celebration of … Continue reading →
So as of the blogpost, Canada has got 1 medal so far in the London 2012 Games. We’re ahead of the pace in Beijing, where it took until Day 8 to get our first medal. I’ve been watching stuff here and there over the weekend, and I’ve actually not minded the TSN/CTV/Sportsnet coverage; they’ve done well to show events live, as well as not over play their “I Believe” theme song they regurgitated after Vancouver 2010. (I didnt see it being played at all when Canada won their first medals on Sunday, and that’s a good thing).
Compare that to
Bansky posted a couple new pieces to his site that comment on the Olympics. It also gives me a great excuse to share my favourite quote of his with you:
“The thing I hate the most about advertising is that it attracts all the bright, creative and ambitious young people, leaving us mainly with the slow and self-obsessed to become our artists. Modern art is a disaster area. Never in the field of human history has so much been used by so many to say so little.” -Banksy
But it got the men in the arena all heated up. Barcelona 2012.
Michelle Jenneke’s pre-race warm up dance has gained the 19-year-old track star instant fame, heightened career visibility and a slew of marriage proposals — but will ‘the world’s sexiest hurdler’ make it to the Olympics? CBC.
This and that for your Tuesday reading.
- Dave Coles writes that the Harper Cons are using their power to protect the privacy of international arms dealers, while at the same time demanding stringent reporting requirements for labour unions and their members: Labour unions are among the few institutions that can and do provide a counterbalance to the power of corporations. Yet the Conservatives are not requiring companies that bargain with trade unions to file detailed reports to the Canada Revenue Agency on their salary, political or lobbying spending. Additionally, they are not requiring other professional associations that collect fees
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Nairobi graffiti by artists Uhuru B, Swift, Smokilah and Bankslave
Kenyan graffiti artists are painting the walls of Nairobi with reminders of government corruption. Executions are up in the Middle East – in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq and Yemen – as governments there continue their efforts to quell political turmoil. Malaysia is introducing a minimum wage for the first time, and experts warn that the fight against antibiotic resistant strains of tuberculosis has been lost.
Thousands of indigenous farmers marched in Guatemala City demanding land reform. Cambodian filmmaker Thet Sambath is being harassed and intimidated for claims made in his
. . . → Read More: Art Threat: News Remix: Mar 23 – April1, 2012 – A bricolage of (some of) last weeks news stories
Stephen Harper is visiting China for trade talks, and many believe that as the heads of the two countries meet, human rights issues must be addressed.
Warning: These stories may be disturbing.
- A vocal opponent of the government and an advocate for human rights, is routinely questioned. They also target his associates and friends warning them that the man is an anarchist, despite the fact that he is merely a vocal opponent of the government . (1)
- A popular U.S. journalist is stopped at the border and held for 90 minutes as officials search her papers and computer then demand
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All horsemen know the proverb that for every rider there is one horse, and for every horse there is one rider. The death of Hickstead, the Canadian Equestrian Team’s Olympic gold medallist stallion, has cast a pall not only over our team’s prospects at the 2012 games, but more importantly still, left a void in his rider’s life.
Everyone else has said it, but the government’s Olympic holiday was shown to be a total sham (like everyone knew it was) with today’s throne speech. We need to change the anthem? Ooooooh, that took three months to figure out. In three months we could have let someone rewrite the whole thing, make it more like this: