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Professor Layton and the Unwound Country [Aug. 22nd, 2011|10:44 pm]
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[Current Music |Hit The Road Jack]

So Jack Layton died this morning, leaving behind him a posthumous letter to the effect of 'I regret nothing!'

I can't say I was a fan of Jack Layton's, nor of the NDP under his leadership. I sincerely hope whoever takes over can undo at least some of the damage he did during his 8 years in charge.

I still hold Jack personally responsible for choosing to bring down the Liberals right at the start of the COP 11 climate negotiations and introducing Harper to the PMO in 2005/6 (killing the Kelowna Accord in the process was an added bonus). The NDP's rabid attacks on Dion's carbon-tax proposal in 2008 sounded like they were ripped directly from a Conservative playbook. Granted the Dion Liberals mostly dug their own incompetent grave, but old Laughin' Jack was only too ready to help shove them into it, ensuring that no political party (except the Greens, natch) will dare to propose a national carbon tax in Canada or campaign seriously on the environment for another generation. (It certainly didn't help when the BC NDP merrily followed his lead with a similarly vicious Ax-the-Tax campaign in 2009, which was similarly counterproductive though for quite different reasons.) Layton's performance this spring, where he seemed more intent on sticking a final shiv in the Liberals than actually bringing Harper down, was just par for the course by then, and boy did it work. Now we've got an unbreakable 4-year Harper majority and the end of publicly-financed elections in Canada. Thanks Jack, that's a real legacy to be proud of!

Sure he lead the NDP to an unprecedented finish and a miracle breakthrough in Quebec this time, but at what cost? They have less actual power to do anything now than they did with half as many seats in a minority parliament, a textbook Pyrrhic victory. And we don't know how many of those Quebec seats will even get a second term yet... I wonder what many of those "Orange Surge" voters who were probably basically voting for Jack personally (or thought they were) are thinking now.

Still, good luck to Nycole Turmel. I've heard decent things about her as interim leader, the whole PQ red-herring notwithstanding, and I'm curious of course who's going to ultimately take over. I just truly hope whoever else it is, it isn't Thomas Mulcair, or we'll be looking back on the good old days of Jack.
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"Possibly the most cogent analysis of our election that we've heard so far" [May. 8th, 2011|11:54 am]
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[Current Location |Tofino]
[Current Mood |calmenlightened]
[Current Music |Just A Little Bit of History Repeating - Propellerheads (feat. Shirley Bassey)]

"Someday, people who are terrified, you will laugh about this. And someday, people who are laughing, you will be terrified." -- Lemony Snicket, Senior Correspondent for Politically Unfortunate Events
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Well, that's that then. [May. 3rd, 2011|03:31 am]
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[Current Location |A State of Hope And Fear. Mostly Fear.]
[Current Mood |indescribableindescribable]

Won the battle, lost the war. But oh what a glorious and unforgettable battle it was! Still, when I summed up the possibilities last night, I didn't expect/want them all to happen at once! :P

We'll see what comes next.

More later, maybe.
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One Day More... [May. 1st, 2011|08:33 pm]
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...and the headlines are apparently just trying to blatantly out-do each other now. The possibility of an NDP official opposition, the fear of a possible Conservative majority, the hope of the first Green MP (or maybe even two!) in Canadian history... and with 12 hours to go before voting starts, we're in a total eclipse of Osama.

Apparently Harper will say something after Obama does. I bet almost anything he mentions either the scary 'coalition' that only a majority government can save us from or why we need those F-35's in his speech, and claim bonus points if he does both. (Edit: Ok ok, so apparently he managed to restrain himself for at least the length of a short public statement. Knowing him, I'm sure it was a major struggle for him not to slip a partisan shot or two in there, even so.)

I also still give it at most a week or so before it becomes a Republican talking-point that this was just an Osama body-double/political stunt (edit: does this count?), and probably much sooner than that before somebody refers to this publicly in perfect earnestness as "God's wedding present to Will and Kate".

But all I want for E-Day is my Green MP.
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It's a nice day... [Apr. 29th, 2011|01:56 pm]
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[Current Location |not in bed where I should be right now]
[Current Mood |recumbentrecumbent]
[Current Music |Billy Idol - White Wedding]

If you had asked me at any point yesterday whether I would be watching the Royal Wedding, I would have said "of course not, don't be absurd."

If you had then told me that I would in fact be watching it, live, at 3am, from the hour-long "wedding countdown" through to the first carriage arriving back at the palace, I would have looked at you very strangely and said "...are you out of your friggin' mind?"

...life's just full of surprises sometimes. -.-

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*thud* zzzzzzzzz

(Favorite moment was during "The Lesson" where the assembled mass of the pinnacle of the world's social elite was exhorted to "not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly." We'll see how that goes!)
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What We're Up Against [Apr. 26th, 2011|08:31 am]
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http://twitter.com/#!/CanMedianVoter
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Where I've Been [Apr. 24th, 2011|09:52 pm]
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Working hard to elect the first Green MP in Canadian history. Might actually pull it off. More later.
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Reality rips off The Onion yet again... [Mar. 30th, 2011|03:27 am]
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[Current Music |Radiohead - Karma Police]

From a week ago, not that I heard a single damn thing about it:

"The 15th annual anti-police brutality protest in Montreal which started peacefully, but ended with a brutal crack down by the police"

A more, ahem, 'sanitized' report is over here.

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All of this brought to mind by this lovely basket of cheer direct from London.
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More movies I had to IMDB to believe. [Jan. 22nd, 2011|11:43 pm]
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* "You sunk my studio!!" if there was any justice in the world...

* "Please go directly to video, do not pass theatres, do not collect a few dozen million dollars? Please??"

Man, and they were saying the bottom of the barrel was getting dangerously over-scraped back in 19-friggin-99. Oh what a decade it's been!
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Where the Rubber meets the... Scanners? [Jan. 20th, 2011|05:22 pm]
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[Current Mood |confusedconfused]
[Current Music |Rubber Ducky, You're The One!]

This can NOT be real... but if it is I am SO there.

Embedded video behind cut.Collapse )

Of course it has to have a release-date of April 1st, just to confuse the issue even more.
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