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daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: How Young Voters are accessing information about elections, from the National Youth Voter Survey

“Young people don’t vote,” is a common refrain heard in Canadian politics and until recently, low voter turnout by younger voters supported that claim. The recently released National Youth Voter Survey conducted by Elections Canada following th… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: How Young Voters are accessing information about elections, from the National Youth Voter Survey

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Will Ferrell does a mock music video of gangster rap – and it’s a scathingly hilarious critique of the genre

A musical commentary, followed by social and political analysis, followed by hilarious spoof rap videos, and more This is scathingly funny. Will Ferrell does a mock music video of macho gangster rap. Man, how I despise that music. As Rage Against the Machine said, “So-called rap’s a fraud.” Worse, most of it is disgustingly offensive, . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Will Ferrell does a mock music video of gangster rap – and it’s a scathingly hilarious critique of the genre

OpenMedia.ca: Should Rogers be allowed to block us from watching Hockey Night online?

Big Telecom is running scared of cord-cutters – and is doing what it takes to block them from watching their favourite shows online. It looks like Rogers is even planning to block Canadians from watching Hockey Night online. They want to trap Canadians in expensive and outdated service plans – and they’re . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Should Rogers be allowed to block us from watching Hockey Night online?

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Why Does Canada Participate in the Olympics Anyway

I took this screenshot (CBC website) of the standings yesterday showing Germany in first place with 8 medals, Canada second with 10 medals and Norway in third place with 12 medals. Yes, that’s right, because only being the very best in the world (we… . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Why Does Canada Participate in the Olympics Anyway

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Why Does Canada Participate in the Olympics Anyway

I took this screenshot (CBC website) of the standings yesterday showing Germany in first place with 8 medals, Canada second with 10 medals and Norway in third place with 12 medals.

Yes, that’s right, because only being the very best in the world (well best at that particular place at that particular time) counts, the . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Why Does Canada Participate in the Olympics Anyway

Melissa Fong: Lena Dunham: My body’s nobody’s body but mine! You run your own body, let me run mine!

“My body’s nobody’s body but mine! You run your own body, let me run mine!” -Old song that used be in the elementary sex-ed program in the Canadian Curriculum Here […]

Melissa Fong: SNL and Black female comedians

Kerry Washington hosted SNL tonight and she was good. They poked fun about this scandal- that SNL didn’t hire any black women. That was a funny enough sketch. But what I found MOST refreshing was that we got to see a black woman just act and not have to be a caricature of how a . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: SNL and Black female comedians

Art Threat: Game of Thrones and Racist Fantasy

Aamer Rahman has recently caused quite a stir among Game of Thrones fandom with his Tumblr post about the shows very problematic representation of race, most notably that hideous last episode of season three. Rahman’s original Tumblr post and his response to the massive backlash from fans has been reposted below, with Rahman’s permission. Spoilers . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Game of Thrones and Racist Fantasy

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 . . . → Read More: The Equivocator: Stop reading this and go watch Borgen.

Finding Clarity: A Great Ad. For the Liberal party?

Warren Kinsella called attention to this ad on his blog. Thanks Warren.

This is a fantastic ad, glorifying the triumph of hard work, persistence in the face of adversity and progress. Damned if this is not an ad for the Liberal Party of Canada. Or it should be. And if it is not, then why . . . → Read More: Finding Clarity: A Great Ad. For the Liberal party?

Art Threat: Life in Gaza is no day at the beach – Beach by video artist Guli Silberstein

In this 2006 work by Israeli-born, London-based video artist Guli Silberstein, painful footage from the infamous Israeli shelling of a beach in Gaza is juxtaposed with scenes of a happy family relaxing on the sand in Tel Aviv. According to the artist, “the video work refers to the thin line between tranquillity and chaos, and […] . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Life in Gaza is no day at the beach – Beach by video artist Guli Silberstein

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: U.S. election 2012: Rachel Maddow unloads on delusional Republicans

Rachel Maddow is my favorite American television host, political commentator and progressive. She’s the best. In this video, she unloads on Republicans and conservatives for their delusional reaction to the re-election of Barack Obama as the pre… . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: U.S. election 2012: Rachel Maddow unloads on delusional Republicans

Canadian Progressive: CBC Television Consumer Watchdog Show “Marketplace” Alive And Well

Canada’s long-running consumer watchdog show survived the recent brutal CBC budget cuts, after all. “Marketplace” returns on September 14. With seasoned reporters Tom Harrington and Erica Johnson at the helm as co-hosts, the show is in excellent hands. Once again, another season of investigative journalism at its best.

Art Threat: That’s a wrap? – Killing Saskatchewan’s film tax credit is economic nonsense

The cast from InSecurity. The TV show will no longer be produced in Saskatchewan.

With the announcement of the axing of the Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit, we are effectively telling the rest of the film-producing world that Saskatchewan is closed for business. It’s a commonly known fact that film productions will . . . → Read More: Art Threat: That’s a wrap? – Killing Saskatchewan’s film tax credit is economic nonsense

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Olbermann: A $10 Million Chandelier

Appearing on Dave Letterman’s show last night, Keith Olbermann talked about being fired by Current TV the other week. “I screwed up really big on this,” he said. “It’s my fault that it didn’t succeed, in the sense that I didn’t think the whole thing through.”

“I didn’t say, ‘You know, if you buy . . . → Read More: Red Tory v.3.0.3: Olbermann: A $10 Million Chandelier

Canadian Progressive World: Willie Nelson & Our Beautiful Sustainable New World

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Art Threat: Groucho Marx: What this country needs

This is an excerpt from Groucho Marx and Other Short Stories and Tall Tales: Selected Writings of Groucho Marx, edited by Robert S. Bader.

During the 1940s Groucho would often write about topics related to World War II while remaining, for the most part, non-political. At home, however, most discussions with his friends . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Groucho Marx: What this country needs

THE FIFTH COLUMN: The Stages of Human Communication Technology

Language (pre-history)

Written Language (circa 3200 BC)

The Printing Press (circa 1440 ) (Johannes Gutenberg)

Telephone (1861/1875)

Radio Broadcasting (circa 1910)

Television Broadcasting (1928/1936)

The Internet (1969) (ARPANET)

Smart Phones (1992) (RIM BlackBerry 1999)

Art Threat: Why is CBC running sexist Volkswagen ads?

A sexist Volkswagen ad speaks to the dangers of North America’s corporate car culture. (Illustration by Coco Riot.)

Over recent weeks, viewing news updates at CBC online has become increasingly frustrating, due to a high-rotation, pre-roll spot given to an intensely sexist Volkswagen Canada ad for the 2012 Passat, which appears regularly . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Why is CBC running sexist Volkswagen ads?

DeSmogBlog: Climate Change Spin A Growing Problem For Fox News

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When it comes to climate change denial, a new study shows that the folks at Fox News are leading the pack. Through politically-charged news segments and commentary, Fox News personalities are helping spread misinformation about climate change while convincing their viewers that scientists are torn on the issue.

. . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Climate Change Spin A Growing Problem For Fox News

A BCer in Toronto: It’s Jersey Shore meets The West Wing…

In another of those coming of the Apocalypse signs, the people that brought you (not me, as I don’t watch it) The Jersey Shore are casting for a political reality show:Doron Ofir Casting, the epic star making company behind Jersey Shore, Nashville Star… . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: It’s Jersey Shore meets The West Wing…

Crazy Bitches R Us: New TV show – for "bloggers, tweebs and political junkies"

I’ve been watching tweets go around this week for a new show that says it’s for "bloggers, tweebs and political junkies." Apparently, starting viewers do an vote online to decide which politicians get interviewed on the show, and they interview the politician later using questions viewers send in. Not sure if they will be interviewing Senators or just MPs, but you know who we’d vote for at Crazy . . . → Read More: Crazy Bitches R Us: New TV show – for "bloggers, tweebs and political junkies"

Crazy Bitches R Us: New TV show – for "bloggers, tweebs and political junkies"

I’ve been watching tweets go around this week for a new show that says it’s for “bloggers, tweebs and political junkies.” Apparently, starting viewers do an vote online to decide which politicians get interviewed on the show, and they interview the politician later using questions viewers send in. Not sure if they will be interviewing . . . → Read More: Crazy Bitches R Us: New TV show – for "bloggers, tweebs and political junkies"

The Wandering Joe: Repost: Destiny and Choice, and Battlestar Galactica

Ok, excuse me for a moment while I get something geeky off my chest.

Battlestar Galactica recently wrapped up after a tumultuous four-year run. Much to my surprise, the finale, which I considered some of the best made television I’ve ever seen, has been met by widespread frustration. For those who haven’t seen it, you’re . . . → Read More: The Wandering Joe: Repost: Destiny and Choice, and Battlestar Galactica

THE FIFTH COLUMN: For The Bible Tells Me So