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Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Sex, violence and TV shows

We just finished watching the third season of Game of Thrones on DVD this past weekend. Before that, we watched The White Queen, another DVD series (one season only, although it deserved more). As we watched both, I found myself wondering why directors and producers felt the need to insert gratuitous – but apparently obligatory […]

The Canadian Progressive: Occupy Movement Gets Its Own TV Station

The Occupy movement has partnered with FilmOn Networks to create a free 24/7 Online “TV for the 99″ television outlet for news, evidence, and commentary.

The post Occupy Movement Gets Its Own TV Station appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Robin Williams is Dead

I blame Canada.

The world lost a really genuine person who tried at least as hard as Jim Carey and Steve Carell, to make everyone laugh.

Aww shucks, Williams was priceless.

Let’s try to use this time to give hope to those with depression, and turn this problem around for countless people.

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: The Hollow Crown

I’ve watched three of the four productions in the 2012 TV series, The Hollow Crown, this past week, and am greatly impressed by the productions and the acting. Wonderful, rich stuff. The series consists of the second Shakespeare tetralogy, the Henriad: Richard II; Henry IV parts 1 and 2, and Henry V, each roughly two hours […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The Statistically Fair Climate Change Debate

John Oliver has it right. Who “gives a shit” if 1 in 4 Americans are wrong about a fact? The “news” should stop polling to find out what proportion of Americans are wrong, unless they want the rest of the world to laugh harder at them.

Do owls exist? Are there hats?

Leave your answer in the comments.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Canada PetroState vs. United States of America

Americans hear this on their news last night. “Feds Issue Tighter Regulations For Trains Hauling Highly-Flammable Crude”

Canadians are told this of their explosive oil in unsafe train cars. “B.C. municipality chaffs at railways’ requirement for secrecy about dangerous cargos traveling through town”

You have to wonder if the Harper Conservatives really don’t give a shit if they vapourize a few more Quebecers. Will your town be next?

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Colbert At Google. Replacing Letterman

OpenMedia.ca: 24 hours left to let decision-makers know where you stand

Time and time again, we’ve seen Canada’s pro-Internet community band together to demand that decision-makers move us toward open and affordable Internet access in Canada – not toward more control for Big Telecom. And today we find ourselves at another crucial juncture in this ongoing fight.

We cannot let the CRTC get away with their lopsided consultation about the future of digital services. We need policies that help fix our dysfunctional telecom market instead of giving even more control to the big telecom conglomerates who already dominate 90% of it.

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OpenMedia.ca: An Internet User’s Guide to the CRTC’s "Choicebook"

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Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Reading: A Canadian tragedy… or not?

The map above might show the making of a serious tragedy for Western and especially Canadian culture. It indicates in colour which nations read the most. Yellow is the second lowest group. Canada is coloured yellow. In this survey, Canada ranks 10th – from the bottom! Twenty countries above us have populations which, on the […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Happy Valentine’s Day

Roxie’s song is called “Hey Valentine”. I met her at Access 7 while I was there to appear on TV too, for Regina Car Share Co-op. Our interviews are on Access Talk of the Town today at 2pm and 5pm.

@roxielenton

http://www.facebook.com/roxielentonmusic

(iTunes)

http://cdbaby.com/cd/roxielenton (The song is also available on CD Baby)

Cheers, Roxie Lenton

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Earworm Alert: I Dream of Bewitched

I’m really not sure why this just occurred to me, but it’s weird how similar these theme songs are. Alltop is a magic humor aggregator.

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Anti-Intellectualism: The New Elitism

There’s a growing – and disturbing – trend in modern culture: anti-intellectual elitism. The dismissal of art, science, culture, philosophy, of rhetoric and debate, of literature and poetry, and their replacement by entertainment, spectacle, self-righteous self ignorance, and deliberate gullibility. These are usually followed by vituperative ridicule and angry caterwauling when anyone challenges the populist […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: To Vote, Or To Resolve Change

I noticed maybe a month ago that this Brand guy had a brain, and it’s a good one.

Paxman: “You’re not going to solve world problems by facetiousness.” Brand: “We’re not going to solve them with the current system! At least facetiousness is funny.”

– To detract from Brand’s point, there is still value in democratic elections, and voting. Where it’s lost value, is in races where consent to power by the majority is not really granted by anything other than their staggering ignorance of the issues and the candidates’ stances on them.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Rogers Is So Bad…

It ruins credit scores for people who aren’t even their customers!

Bell isn’t much better. They sought unowed money from my parents, after my parents regularly paid their bills to Bell, and had credit card statements to prove it, but Bell’s accounting department was in such a mess, it had multiple places to send money to, and didn’t communicate balances across their offices apparently.

The comment section of the CBC story about Rogers is littered with other people who’ve had similar disasters with national wireless companies. Yet the Con’s ‘thrown’ speech they are tossing at Canadians is said to make (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: We Have The Technology to Stop Air Pollution

Listen to a scientist say very clearly that we have the science and technology to create 100% renewable power in the United States within my lifetime (2050).

We’re only held back by politicians who fail to implement an urgent plan to save us, as they were required to when implementing policy during WWII from another clear threat to the American way of life.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Fukushima Keeps Staying The Worst

It’s always been /worse/. And it just keeps staying tragically the same. It’s remained a global crisis with hemispheric deadly consequences. Japan could still wind up largely uninhabitable (if it isn’t already). Canada could suffer directly a great deal.

Steam and non-water vapour has been off-gassed since the beginning.

The supporters of nuclear power have always been wrong about the extent of the damage to our environment. We have hundreds of tons of highly dangerous waste water piling up by the day at Fukushima, with no way to stop it. Can research and a better plan come soon enough to (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Turkey Arrests CBC Journalist Sasa Petricic

Saša Petricic has been arrested in the midst of covering the Occupy Gezi protest in Istanbul. This is an outrage which the Turkish government will not be able to defend themselves from.

.@evakatrina @DFAIT_MAECI Turkey must #FreeSasa! @sasapetricic— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) June 12, 2013

Short hours before his arrest, this was the scene:

Many protestors’ barriers remain around #Taksim. Police cleared only one end of square #OccupyGezi http://t.co/wS3yMJdzkm— Saša Petricic (@sasapetricic) June 12, 2013

#Taksim right now. Fewer tents after rough night of teargas & rain but still hundreds of people staying #OccupyGezi http://t. (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Harper Did The Dion Duffy Do-Over

Mike Duffy once mocked Stephane Dion for asking for restarts to questions for a TV interview. Journalists typically grant these requests, as was explained at the time by less biased journalists. Future Conservative Senator Duffy, mocked Dion on his program.

The Duffy laughing part is loud and annoying, but otherwise it’s a funny video with lots of irony built in.

This blog post isn’t intended to make fun of the Prime Minister for needing to restart after getting tongue tied (that’s only human), it’s to point out the hypocrisy displayed by Duffy (and the scripted, fake nature of Stephen Harper (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Peter Kent Didn’t Age Well

Kent looks the same… but his mind has left him.

Amazing CBC coverage of climate change from the early 1980s. Bob McDonald, Peter Kent, and others make appearances: Attention Washington: Peter Kent explains Climate Change (the briefing you won’t see).

“The natural preoccupation with the weather tomorrow, the next day, or even Thursday, has distracted public attention from the longer term implications of the Greenhouse Effect.” – Peter Kent, 1984 on CBC

“The Greenhouse Effect must be considered as the world’s most serious environmental concern.” Now he’s the nation’s Environment Minister, and he acts like a POS. What

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The Canadian Progressive: The Keystone XL Tar Sands Climate Threat (VIDEO)

New information shows that dirty oil from the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would create even more dangerous carbon emissions and add to the threat of climate change. Come to the Forward on Climate Rally to stop the Keystone XL pipeline Feb. 17, 2013, in Washington, DC. The Canadian Progressive recommends: Canada’s tar sands cannot enhance READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: In Canada’s House of Commons, A Profound Fear Of “Zombies” (VIDEO)

By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 14, 2013: Those of us who live in Ottawa are quite used to the talk and sightings of Zombies on Parliament Hill. Today was different. It all started with the NDP‘s outspoken Winnipeg MP, Pat Martin, asking Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird if he’s “working with his American counterparts to develop READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Oh Canada – Our Bought And Sold Out Land (VIDEO)

Via YouTube: Dan Mathews has done us all a favor, with his educational documentary, as he reveals common misconception in how we deal with banks. Watch and laugh as Dan catches our politicians off guard with some simple questions. These questions are simple, but you’d be surprised who actually has trouble answering. In the end READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Freedom of Press Under Attack in Montreal (VIDEO)

During the Quebec student protests against the tuition hikes, members of the press came under attack by the SPVM (Montreal Police). This video aims to raise the issue of press freedom in face of suppressive and brutal tactics by the SPVM to deny access of coverage to members of the media. The Canadian Progressive recommends: 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