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Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month in Canada. I don’t know if this gets widespread acknowledgement much less appreciation among the public and in the schools, but it should. Poetry is an important part of our cultural lives, although it seems to me our collective passion for it has waned over the past few decades. I […]

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: 47 Ronin Reviewed

This week, after watching the 2013 film, 47 Ronin, starring Keanu Reeves, I had to wonder why Hollywood felt it necessary to take a powerful story, a great historical drama, and mess with it. And, of course, why they would put Keanu Reeves into a film about 18th century Japanese samurai. Or, for that matter, […]

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Falling Skies: Aliens as Metaphor

We watched the last of Season Two of the Falling Skies series last night. After a bit of research this morning, I learned I have two more seasons to watch and a fifth season has been scheduled. Something to look forward to. I wasn’t sure about how it would turn out, but the series has […]

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: The Theology of The Fly

While watching the 1958 film of The Fly last night, I was struck by its similarities to Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel, Frankenstein. And in the similarity of the underpinning morality of both. I recently picked up the DVD collection with all three movies (The Fly, Return of The Fly and Curse of the Fly, plus a […]

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Timothy Leary Was Right. Maybe.

This is your brain on drugs. Or rather, the right-hand image is your brain on psilocybin. The other side is your brain on a non-psychedelic drug. Researchers recently discovered some amazing facts about how our brains work on some chemicals. And some psychedelic drugs prove to have pretty amazing effects. But don’t try this at […]

Dead Wild Roses: Feminist Quote of the Day – My Least Favorite Movie Trope

Many thanks to Elizabeth Bear for today’s comment on our culture.

“My Least Favorite Trope (and this post will include spoilers for The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Matrix, Western Civilization, and—cod help me—Bulletproof Monk*.) is the thing where there’s an awesome, smart, wonderful, powerful female character who by all rights ought to be the Chosen One and the hero of the movie, who is tasked with taking care of some generally ineffectual male character who is, for reasons of wish fulfillment, actually the person the film focuses on. She mentors him, she (Read more…)

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: The Habs and the Have-Nots: Why Subban Should Leave Canada

There was a time when Montrealers could overlook superficial and linguistic differences to rally around a groundbreaking sporting prodigy. Despite being Black, Anglophone and a foreigner, Jackie Robinson was, by all accounts, welcomed in Canada’s then-largest city in 1946. Robinson played a single season with the Brooklyn Dodgers‘ farm team in La Métropole. He led The Montreal Royals to the Little World Series. More importantly, Robinson proved that there could be a willing white audience for a racially integrated baseball team. It was a stepping stone towards the MLB, where Robinson would break the colour line. The first African-American (Read more…)

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: The Home of the Habs: For Whites Only?

The Hobby Lobby case rules that Corporations can impose their restrictive values on others. What if the corporation is racist?

As a Verdun resident, Fred Christie follows the Habs, as do a legion of other Quebeckers. The Montrealer is even a proud season-ticket holder.

Accompanied by two friends, Mr. Christie enters the tavern at the Canadiens‘ hockey area, plunks down some cash and orders a few beers. The bartender refuses to serve him. The assistant manager then explains to his would-be customers that the establishment extends no courtesy to Negroes.

It is 1936. July 11th 1936.

The protagonist (Read more…)

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Fifty Years Ago

In mid-August, 1964, a modest-budget, British black-and-white comedy movie hit the theatres. And instantly exploded to being the most popular film of the year. It was the Richard Lester flick, A Hard Day’s Night, starring the young Beatles in their debut on the silver screen. It was a paradigm changer in so many ways. It […]

Law is Cool: A Lawyer’s Work, Life & Work-Life

By: Jason E Lau

 

It is no mystery that the typical day of work for a lawyer is laden with long hours, sleepless nights, and unrelenting amounts of stress. Although lawyer’s work often consumes his or her life, overshadowing both personal and family time, there needs to be a balance between the work and life to create a work-life.

The successful convergence of a lawyer’s work-life comes from two sources: an individual lawyer’s introspective and philosophy and from the externals environment of the firm.

 

The Lawyer’s Work-Life

 

Jatrine Bentsi-Enchill, founder and director of Esq. Development Institution, points (Read more…)

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: The Three Stooges

I bought a DVD set called The Ultimate Three Stooges this weekend.* I was rather surprised that even 20 DVDs could not contain all of the film work the trio (more on that, below) put together in their long career. But it does contain the core – and the very best – of their work, […]

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Les Plumes des Peau-Rouges de Nepean attérissent sur le Rouge-et-Noir d’Ottawa

La région de l’Outaouais va bientôt accueillir un nouveau club de football. Ce sera la 3e fois que l’équipe renait de ces cendres : les Ottawa Rough Riders ont fait faillite en 1996, et encore en 2006, sous le nom «Renegades». À l’époque, les partisans Franco-Ontariens (et Gatinois) s’attendaient à ce qu’une équipe en difficulté financière fasse des efforts pour rejoindre le maximum de disciples, incluant les 250 000 francophones de la région. Ils sont restés sur leur faim. Les Renegades avaient même omis d’offrir leur site web en français.  (Read more…)

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Ottawa’s RedBlacks, Redskins and Blackface

The National Capital Region will soon welcome a new CFL football club. This will be the third time the team rises from its ashes: the Ottawa Rough Riders went bankrupt in 1996, and again in 2006 under the Renegades moniker. At the time, Franco-Ontarian football fans (and those in nearby Gatineau, QC) expected a club in financial trouble would make efforts to reach as many supporters as possible, including 250,000 Francophones in the region. Fat chance. The Renegades even failed include French on their official website.

It was handled to poorly that the English media is begging the new football (Read more…)

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The new epidemic: Death cults and the culture of despair

An article in The Atlantic speaks to the growing death-fetish that is gripping more and more youth. It is a bad omen for the state of modern industrial civilization as a whole, I would contend, and it indicates a broader trend toward anxiety, hopeless and despair, which must be confronted and overcome – if, that […]

The Canadian Progressive: NOT Offended By Brad Paisley and LL Cool J’s “Accidental Racist” Lyrics

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Last week “Accidental Racist”, the new duet by country singer Brad Paisley and rapper LL Cool J made a lot of people uncomfortable. Angry even. It caused an online backlash. A pop music critic with the Toronto Star said: ‘Accidental Racist’ makes Brad Paisley and LL Cool [...]

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The Equivocator: Stop reading this and go watch Borgen.

Seriously. Click here to purchase the first 2 seasons.

Need more convincing? Here is why I enjoy”Borgen” so thoroughly:

I am a political nerd. Like most political nerds I am able to quote (and subconsciously merge with reality) all 7 seasons of “The West Wing.” For a few months one of my colleagues at work made a point of recommending the Danish political drama Borgen to me a number of times corresponding with my referencing of Aaron Sorkin’s 2nd best television series.* I finally decided to obtain a copy of the first 2 seasons (with subtitles because that forces me

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Law is Cool: Chess Master, You May Approach the Bench

Ever want to take on an opponent in court from the comfort of your living room? This legal themed chess set might provide an outlet.

“Approach the Bench” was designed by a lawyer’s son as a gift to his dad. After realizing there aren’t many legal-themed chess sets out there, the man behind the idea decided to make his own.

From the website:

The chessboard is uniquely “stepped” to resemble a jury-box and a bench… handcrafted from cold cast bronze and Italian stone tile.

You can also see Lady Justice as the Queen, a bailiffs as knights, attorneys as bishops, (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Lisa Lampanelli Goes “My Nigga” and “Beyotch” About Lena Dunham

This is how Lisa Lampanelli, the self-anointed Queen of Mean, described the following photo of herself with Lena Dunham, the creator of GIRLS: “Me with my nigga @LenaDunham of @HBOGirls – I love this beyotch!!” Your take? Racist? Sexist? The Canadian Progressive recommends: RCMP’s Misogynistic Response to Galliford Sexual Harassment Claim This Global Violence Against Women READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: CBS bans breasts, buttocks, genitals, this Pink stuff at Grammy Awards

By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 9, 2013: Nearly ten years after Janet Jackson’s famous wardrobe malfunction, the CBS is on high alert concerning nudity. A “Wardrobe Advisory” email the network’s Standards & Practices department sent out to representatives of stars scheduled to perform at Sunday’s 55th Annual Grammy Awards is warning performers to adequately cover their breasts, READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Idle No More: An audio essay by the CBC Radio’s Jian Ghomeshi

Jian Ghomeshi, the host of “Q”, a national daily cultural affairs talk program on the CBC’s Radio One, weighs in on the Idle No More grassroots movement for First Nations rights in Canada. Ghomeshi tackles the slogan, the hashtag, and the movement. RELATED: Canada’s First Nations leaders confront Harper Gvt on Parliament Hill Canadian Labour READ MORE

The Equivocator: Uranowski’s First Law of Involuntary Suspension of Disbelief

Uranowski’s First Law of Involuntary Suspension of Disbelief

Even if you didn’t know that the 1999 masterpiece “Deep Blue Sea” was about super-intelligent sharks before hand, Saffron Burrows’s character (Dr. Susan McCallister) interacts with a 3D computer model 14 minutes into the movie showing us all that the sharks mentioned in the previous expository scene have gigantic brains.

The plot of the film involves a scientific testing facility located on a re-purposed oil derrick where a pharmaceutical company is expanding the size of shark’s brains in hope of developing a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. The main crew of the facility is (Read more…)

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Top Twenty Things Harper Can Do with Money Saved from Cancelled F-35 Purchase

Looks like Christmas came early : the news leaked that the much-criticized F-35 military jet purchase, first estimated at $16Billion or  $25Billion or $30B or $40B, has been cancelled.

Did Harper finally come to his senses about a jet which was rumoured not to function in nordic climates, have radar issues, and ever-growing costs.

Halleluiah!

I’d love for Canada to use the money to buy back its once-pristine international reputation, but even $40B won’t suffice.

Let us contemplate how Canada could spend the cash! Bring Nordiques back to Québec City! Bribe a corrupt Canadian mayor to change their (Read more…)

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Teaser from The Fridgularity: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

The Fridgularity is a satire of Internet culture, so that means it’s rife with pop-culture references, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas is one of them. I can’t tell you any more, as that would be a spoiler. But I … Continue reading … . . . → Read More: mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Teaser from The Fridgularity: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Law is Cool: Law Student Booted Off the Bachelor

Gabrielle Dipersico is a 1L who just got booted off the television sitcom, The Bachelor. Her lesson from the ordeal?

Maybe next time I won’t be as direct with people, I guess.

Let’s see how that works out for you in practice.

Paulitical Satire: Justin Trudeau Excites People – And That’s a Good Thing!

So, I’ve been following the recent chatter about Justin Trudeau (or JT as some people have come to call him, both ironically and not) with interest and a bit of a laugh. I thought that my writing about this was done with my previous post on the topic. However, I’ve now come to realize that I’ll likely be writing about this a lot in the coming months, especially now that he has officially joined the leadership race. Sorry in advance to those that don’t care.Except, that I think most people in fact do care…at least a little. Love . . . → Read More: Paulitical Satire: Justin Trudeau Excites People – And That’s a Good Thing!