Episode 2 of The IT Crowd is now on-line, and as I suspected, it’s light years funnier than the first episode.
The first episode sets up the characters and the situation, and then this episode takes those characters and pulls them out of the usual situation and into new ones. Jen gets new shoes, Roy and Moss go to stress training, and the new corporate Japanese partner stops by for a visit, and then, well, FIRE! Plus, one of my favourite Britons, Danny Wallace puts in an appearance (”30 Second Bit Part” he exclaims on his website). And it all comes together brilliantly. Any hesitation from the pilot episode is now put to rest. Score! It’s brillaint.
First episode remains on-line until Friday.
Episode 2 of The IT Crowd is now on-line, and as I suspected, it’s light years funnier than the first episode.
On the bathroom ceiling at Tequila Bookworm:
“Jesus is always the answer”
to which someone replied
“Dood, 2 + 2 does not = Jesus”
It’s like the dam in my sinuses burst this morning and for around 75 minutes I was blowing my nose continually. Where’s it all come from? That’s what I’d like to know.
oooooh, whatta wookie
On Queen Street West, someone has mounted a tin circle with a picture of a bird on a tree stump.
Since I did the reviews so far in advance of publication I forgot to tell y’all about the comic column last week. Quite simply there are a few of my best reviews ever going on up in there… and well, there’s a lot to choose from. My favourite gets top billing with my Seven Soldiers: Frankenstein vs Doc Frankenstein quantitative analysis. Peter Snejbjerg’s unnecessarily controvercial Marlene is given a prodding, while the greatest Iron Man issue ever comes across my radar. Then there’s the visually stunning Malinky Robot: Bicycle and the hilarious return of X-Statix with Dead Girl. Trade reviews of the new Penny Arcade collection and one of my 2005 favourites The Light Brigade. Rounding all this out are some brief looks at Seven Soldiers: Bulleteer #2, Fantastic Four/Iron Man: Big In Japan #3, and finally, the new Vertigo series, Testament.
But that ain’t all. The ringmaster Sean chips in a solid showing with his Sgt. Rock: The Prophecy review, and shorter glances at Green Lantern #7, Planetary #24, 100 Bullets #68, and The Walking Dead #25
Some sweet books get some critical looks. Have a peek.
The future of Television is now.
The IT Crowd, the new Channel 4 series by Father Ted and Black Books (two of the funniest shows ever) creator Graham Linehan is now available until Friday to watch on-line, for free, from seemingly anywhere in advance of it’s actual airing on BBC.
Not only is this frickin’ awesome for those of us who love British comedy but don’t live in England, and for those of us who don’t get BBC America, or those of us that can’t wait months or years to get our hands on DVDs of those brilliant shows we only ever hear about, but it’s also an amazing experiment in using the web as a tool for stepping outside the normal boundaries of delivering TV programming to its audience.
Alongside shows like Lost or Desperate Housewives being available on iTunes (in the US only for now, sadly), this is a huge step forward in the capabilities of the web. I’ve always thought that the ultimate tv experience would be accessing any episode of any tv show at any time, perhaps for a price. This would give producers of television shows direct access to number of viewers, and it would revolutionize how shows were made. It could even eliminate advertising.
If you were to, say, pay for 50 hours of programming a month (kind of like buying cel phone minutes), perhaps you could get 75 hours for the same price if you allowed advertising. And even further you could specify the kind of advertising you would be interested in. The service provider could then charge the advertiser directly based on viewers and the advertisers would be able to quantify their marketing strategies, and the viewer would see only advertising for things they might be interested in, in exchange for allowing adverts to interrupt or preceed their viewing.
Okay, this is all a little future fantasy, but with TiVo and these on-line distributions of programming, it’s not an illogical premonition.
Anyway, if you’re an IT nerd, or know some IT nerds, you may wish to spread the gospel of The IT Crowd to them.
All that said, I havn’t watched it yet, but Linehan has yet to let me down.
As far as Pilots go, this is fairly typical. It has to set up the situation, the setting and the characters, and it’s a bit too straight, awkward and obvious for the first 15 minutes (the first eps for Black Books and Father Ted are equally shaky) but I can tell by the last 6 or 7 minutes that they are getting to the patentend Linehan oddball goofyness that I should expect, and subsequent episodes should unfold well. If it goes as per usual, Linehan sets up the cliches and then will play with them from here on out. Nice to see Chris Morris there too. The A*Team gag was tops.
d: Wim Wenders
w: Wenders, Richard Reitinger w/ Peter Handke
Recently to a friend I was expressing my affection towards films that utilize Christian imagery in a non-religious sense, using the mythology as a basis for telling a story rather than to preach. Though I see their faults, I have a fond affection for films like Constantine, the Prophecy, Northfork and others. My friend asked me if I had seen Wings of Desire. I hadn’t. She said I should, and that I would like it.
She was right.
As far as Wim Wenders goes, I’m familiar with him in name only. I’ve not concept of his reputation as a director and have never previously viewed one of his films, but I hear he’s an auter of sorts, and listening to the commentary on the DVD of this film I certainly understand his sensibilities and I understand the film a little bit better. But I’ll get back to that.
d: Yudai Yamaguchi
d: Mike Mitchell
w: Paul Hernandez, Robert Schooley, Mark McCorkle
My intent is not to waste too many words on this film, alas, intentions and end results don’t often align.
When I first heard about Sky High, I was rather excited, especially since the peripheral cast was to include Kurt Russell, Lynda Carter, Bruce Campbell, Dave Foley and Kevin McDonald. Upon seeing the trailer, however, it just looked like another superhero comedy movie made by people who don’t understand superheroes… another “Meteor Man”, “Mystery Men”, “Blankman” or “The Pumaman” (okay, that last wasn’t intended to be a comedy, I don’t think). There were things in the trailer like a kid using his laser vision to zap a girl in the keester, she then turns and freezes them. Oh hohoho. Funny stuff, if you’re seven.
To be fair, it is a Disney movie, so I shouldn’t have expected anything better of them, and after the god awful trailer, I expected the worst. So you can imagine my surprise, even after numerous people told me of its charming qualities, that I actually enjoyed the damn thing. To lay it out flat, it’s a John Hughes-style high school film with superpowers added to the mix.
Feeling better, almost at 100% health now, although I’m still down a few hit points, and my flegm situation is a little worse than normal. I’m heading out to see my family today and maybe sell some old cds beforehand, and beforehand that, get some reviews done.
I really like kids. I enjoy their spirit, their energy and am amazed at their capacity for learning. They’re smart and able to pick up on subtleties that are lost to most adults, and I find their developmental process rather fascinating.
Children are the greatest resource humanity has, and these days we’re squandering it with parental selfishness instead of selflessness. That’s the universal “we” and not you, dear reader, and I… unless you have kids of mine that I don’t know about.
That said, is it wrong of me to want to set some bear traps upstairs for little miss stompsalot?
I’ve been diggin’ on Creme of Wheat a lot lately. It’s definitly one for the comfort food category
d: Jared Hess
w: Jared Hess, Jerusha Hess
When Napoleon Dynamite first hit the theatres, there was an either love it or hate it reaction. Some people just didn’t get it, while others understood it on a personal level, and then others just thought it was so bizarre that it was funny. Having finally witnessed it for myself, I find I’m entrenched between the two camps. It was hilarious, but in an exceptionally painful way.
I recall when Mike Judge moved from the low-brow and obvious Beavis and Butthead to the much more subtle King of the Hill, it was shocking in its disparity to say the least. With King of the Hill, Judge turned to looking at small-town Texas with a loving eye, and refraining from being ironic, vicious, or judgemental (ahem). The characters on that show go through some pretty unusual situations, but nothing that jumps too far beyond reality. Napoleon Dynamite is much the same, only transfer from small-town redneck Texas to Mormon country, where it may be 2004, but the look and feel still screams 1986.
so many thoughts flittering about my cranium, so little time to compile them all in one place. Maybe tomorrow they’ll want to settle down, until tomorrow they just keep moving on.
Silly Things To Do
by me - for yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Replace your eardrums with balloons… I’m not entirely sure how you’ll do it, but fill up your earballoons with whipped cream. Keep going. Keep going until they pop in a tasty ear explosion, spraying earcreamy goodness all about.
Gross made up word from yesterday
This post was brought to you by the letters Fe and PQ (yes, Iron and Quebec), and the number eighty trillion and two, and was inspired by actual emails between the geek and the freak, because we cool like that.
And 1993 Digable Planets references are still hip. Nickle bag of funk, y’all.
Fox Force Four
The Freakgirl also brought inspiration in the form of a waterfall…erm meme (sorry, was channelling a Wonder Twin for a second… I never understood how Zan could only turn into water and yet if he turned into a bucket of water he’d also turn into a bucket…weird)
Four Jobs I’ve Had:
- Advert Delivery Boy (oh I remember the winter storm in which I had hundreds of Consumers Distributing Catalogs to deliver…)
- Pre-inserter, involving stuffing advertising into newspapers… the whole place was young teenage boys and old Italian ladies. Weirdest mix of jackasses and crotchety old people you’ll ever meet, and quite honestly, painful as far as work goes but fun otherwise.
- store lackey in various iterations, and I’m never doing retail again
- and then the really painful one…
Four movies I can watch over and over:
I can watch many movies over and over, the ones I like to watch over and over include these four:
- Star Wars (all of em, yes, prequels too)
- Office Space
- High Fidelity (my comfort movie of choice)
- “MANOS” The Hands of Fate (greatest worst movie ever)
Four places I have lived:
- Thunder Bay (3 locations)
- Barrie (2 locations)
- Toronto (3 locations)
- mother’s womb (1 location)
Four television shows I love to watch:
I’m doing only currently aired programming:
- Daily Show
- The Colbert Report
Four places I have been on vacation:
- New York City
- East Coast Canada
- Vancouver (for Expo ‘86!)
- Thunder Bay (yes, I travel much)
Four of my favourite dishes:
Well I have this one plate with these little rabbits on it and then theres this bowl that…oh, you mean meals:
- lasagna, usually my own, but my mothers does nicely too
- chicken curry fried rice from Sue’s Thai Food
- a heaping helping of meat combo platter from DiPamo’s
- Ryan’s mother’s pot roast
Four websites I visit daily:
I don’t think I visit any one website every day but, closest to it are:
(yes, it would seem my priorities in life are comics, tvs, music and movies… I’m so special)
Four places I would rather be right now:
- Paragon City
- New Zealand
- In bed
Felt it coming on Monday (probably as a result of my non-food eating/3-hour journey through gribblies-central Ikea on Sunday) and tried to stave it off with the echinacia and vitamins and copious amounts of tea and water, alas, the bug got me and I took yesterday away. The day was spent chilling out, drinking pots of tea, watching The Flash and Calimari Wrestler on DVD (reviews to come), monitoring the work I was missing for emergency situations, and playing some City of Heroes. I always feel guilty for taking sick days, but today I feel better for it, although I’m still drinking way too much and peeing all the time.
I also got a massive case of the munchies last night, and spent the majority of the hour between 11pm and 12am munching down on cheese (mmm chevre) and crackers. Odd that.
Warren Ellis is a grumpy old man in training, a cantankerous old fart waiting in the wings. He’s also one of the comic mediums best and most prominent writers, and he’s obtained and maintained a huge on-line following through is various web efforts like the old “Warren Ellis Forum” and the current The Engine. He’s also got a plus-sized mailing list of tens of thousands where he writes nuggets of surl like this:
Doesn’t Stephen Harper look like the kind of actor a US or US-but-
produced-in-Canada TV show uses as the bad guy when they can’t afford a British actor?
(Which, when David Warner is still working, is kind of unimaginable. But still.)
You know the kind of guy. Grey hair, so white you can practically see through his skin into his circulatory system, with the kind of unblinking half-glower that let’s you know that no matter what he’s talking about, he’s actually thinking
about shoving pregnant lesbians tits-first into a woodchipper. He’s the white guy in the suit whose last job was sitting behind a big desk condemning Tia Carrere to death in an episode of RELIC HUNTER.
Paul Martin should never have let on that he was desperate. And now he’s in the bin and you’re ruled by the guy who plays Creepy Vice-President in Sci-Fi Channel shows.
He’s crotchity, but I still like him. Go buy his books. “Nextwave” and “Blackgas” both debut on stands today. The first issue of “Book3: Ultimate Extinction” came out last week (both Book1: Ultimate Nightmare, and Book2: Ultimate Secret are out in trade). “Fell” and “Desolation Jones” come out often enough and his Apparat Singles Collection came out two weeks ago. His infamous “Transmetropolitan” is still available in 10 handy collected editions.
The loverly Freakgirl has entered into the realm of multimedia anti-star, as a snippet of her blog was turned into a, erm, blipvert (to steal from Max Headroom and for lack of a better term) on CBC’s Zed TV (enter in “freakgirl” in the search string, click on “watch” and violin! there you are).
The basement is still a mess, no word on when the drywall people are coming in. Colour me frustrated.
This morning as I was walking into work I saw two pigeons standing on a manhole cover drinking from the shallow pool of water it held, their heads slightly touching. It was very cute.
silly things to do
by me - 25.01.06
find a pen, stick it in your ear, but not too far. Just far enough that it stays in.
Find another pen… well, what do you know, you have another ear. Two more pens will fit nicely up each nostril too. Now take great care not to trip or fall onto anything or else you’ll wind up hurting yourself. For the coup de gras, shower yourself with eraser shavings (you may have to make your own eraser shavings, and it’s simple… find an eraser, and start erasing until the eraser is all gone or else your fingers are cramped and bleeding). Science is fun.
Whether you like your candidates or not, go out and vote today. Spoil your ballot if you must but at least show youself.
The Animated The Tick is coming to DVD, finally… at some point.
My Dad sent me some digital pics from Christmas, and I saw some family memebers I havn’t seen for years. My uncle has gotten very grey, and his resemblance to my Grandmother is starting to show, which is unexpected. Also in the corner of the picture is my cousin, whom at 16 is unrecognizable from whenever I last saw her (which at this point might’ve been the late ’90s). Strange how the years pass by.
SILLY THINGS TO DO
by me - 23.01.06
Go to the butcher. Buy their finest steak. Take home. Get bowl. Get an egg. Crack the egg into the bowl. Beat the egg with a fork until frothy. Toss in the steak. Coat both sides. Remove steak. Coat with oregano. Let sit. Prep the barbecue. Once warm take the oregano steak outside. Toss the steak onto the roof of your house. Go back inside. Get the bowl with the egg. Take outside. Pour egg directly onto the grill. Turn grill off. Let cool. Go back inside. Order pizza. Turn off all lights. Wait. When the doorbell rings, don’t answer the door. When the phone rings, don’t pick up. Pass out on the floor in front of the door. Wake up in the middle of the night, hungry.
“Hands” The Manos of Fate
There’s a very thorough recap of The Movie over at Agony Booth
. It’s so thorough that it takes about as long to read the recap as it does to watch the film.
Via the Agony Booth, I also found this interview with a cast member and a crew member talking about their experience and the origin of “Manos”.
And there’s also the follow-up, Growing up Manos, which interviews little Debbie from the moview, all growed up now. Apparently her father played The Master and the director/writer/Mike played her father. Wonky.
Oh, and I registered Manos: The Hands of Fate as an official supergroup in City of Villains yesterday. My character, Bride of Manos, is joined by The Will Of Manos, The Fury of Manos, The Rage of Manos, and Wrath of Manos. Although I think I got the name wrong as we’re supposed to be, I believe “The Hands of Manos”, with “Manos” traslating to “Hands” thus us being “The Hands of Hands”. I confused.
. It’s so thorough that it takes about as long to read the recap as it does to watch the film.
d, w: Noah Baumbach
A few years back I worked for this woman who could do no wrong. Everything she touched had to turn to gold, and if it didn’t, well it was someone else’s fault. She was a hyper-intellectual, the kind of person who thought herself superior to those around her, including her husband, her employees, and her colleagues (mercifully, I’d say, she had no children). The only people she respected were her contemporaries as witnessed by a tremendous amount of ass kissing in public, which was always accompanied by some backstabbing derision otherwise. She was a horrible person to work with, and an intolerable person to be around. I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to actually be her family.
Noah Baumbach’s “The Squid and the Whale” gives me the opportunity to witness first hand what it would be like to grow up around someone like that. In this case, the character is represented by Bernard Berkman (Jeff Daniels), a college writing professor and an out-of-work novelist. Bernard is the type of man who likes to dominate. It’s not that he has to be in control, it’s just that he has to be superior. When his son Frank (Owen Klein) starts to look up to his Tennis instructor (William Baldwin), Bernard challenges him and is thoroughly defeated.
d: George Clooney
w: Clooney and Grant Heslov
If someone were to tell me in 1994 that hunky repairman George from “The Facts of Life” or hunky “sexiest man alive” doctor from “ER” would become not only one of Hollywood’s most interesting actors, but also one of its more visionary directors, well I’d have called you an idiot and stopped being your friend. I have to admit now, that theoretical me from 1994 was a jerk, and I’m sorry.
Clooney has, since putting his “ER” days behind him, spent a lot of time hanging out with a lot of the right people, most notably Stephen Soderbergh (but also the Coen Brothers, David O. Russell, and Robert Rodriguez), sharing a very Mifune-Kirasawa-like relationship. Soderbergh’s varied sensibilities were evident in Clooney’s debut film “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind”, but with “Good Night and Good Luck” Clooney comes into his own, also co-scripting and performing (but not starring).
The film is a metaphorical essay on the state of America today, utilizing the words of legendary broadcaster Edward R. Murrow and events of the 1950’s communist witchhunt as led by Senator Joseph McCarthy. While focussing on Murrow, the film eases away from being a biography of the man. Instead “Good Night” takes on the role of backstage pass to the production of Murrow’s CBS news program “See It Now”, which embodies much of the spirit of Ken Finkleman’s “The Newsroom”, Garry Shandling’s “The Larry Sanders Show” or the short-lived “Sports Night”. It’ has that sensibility to it, but with more of an heir or reality and less that of satire.
My poor basement… sigh.
SILLY THINGS TO DO
by me, 17.01.06
Pull all the tightly packed junk out into the open to disinfect and antibacterialize all the nooks and crannies of your basement. Then, instead of throwing all the junk away, put it all back.
via Robot Johnny
4,055 songs, 11.5 days, 21.67 GB
Sort by song title:
First: “Cieco, Cieco” Barbier by Les Triplettes Du Belleville (the quotes throw it off)
Last: Zero Point by The Rogers Sisters
Sort by time:
Shortest: What I Liked About Lord Of The Rings by Atomic 7 (00:00:05)
Longest: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Presents America: The Book (A Citizen’s Guide To Democracy Inaction part 1 of 2) (2:40:00)
Sort by artist:
First: Take Ecstacy With Me by !!!
Last: Baby It’s Cold Outside by Zooey Deschanel and Leon Redbone
Sort by album:
First: “Oh, So NOW You Fuckers Wanna Dance?!?!” split ep by Cex/Kid 606 (again the quotes throw it off)
Last: Young Adults Against Suicide by Ninja High School
Top 5 most played songs: (very skewed because I listen to my iPod and rarely iTunes and a reshuffling of iTunes mid-year and lots of listening to determine song order for year-end ‘05 comp)
1) End Points by the Diskettes
2) The Hypothesist by Novillero
3) Egosonic War Drums feat. Peace by Blackalicious
4) Grounds For Divorce by Wolf Parade (S/T ep version)
5) Who’d Stop The Rain by Dressy Bessy
First song that plays on shuffle:
Up From DaBassment by Kid 606
Songs with “x” in the title:
d,w: Stephen Gaghan
There is a machination at work in the world that most of us don’t really see, not on a daily basis. We go about our lives having showers, cooking breakfast, driving to work and trudging through our day drinking from plastic coffee mugs, eating from disposable containers, and living a life, in proportion, few others are living.
We are what’s known as the Western World, and there are people in this Western World who believe that they are in control of it. And, of those sections of the world they can’t control, they influence, manipulate, buy, barter and steal so they at least have the appearance or sensation of control.
“Syriana” is a movie that tracks the high cost of oil, from the everyman just trying to scrape by in the Middle East, to the highest executives of the multinational corporations that buy, sell and trade oil with money and lives. Nothing is simple in this world, and the movie reflects that. It makes you work, watching this film, putting your mind at rest is not an option.
d: Andrew Adamson
w: Adamson, Ann Peacock, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
I have the vaguest of notions that I was a fan of the Chronicles of Narnia when I was a lad. I seem to remember checking out the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe often from the school library and watching the BBC programs when they aired in the early years of YTV. Alas, I couldn’t recall any of its events to save my life. Aside from the title of the first book and the masthead, I don’t think I retained any knowledge of the story or the series.
So I went into Disney’s adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ work with the slight anticipation of recapturing some lost childhood memories. It didn’t happen. In fact, none of it seemed familiar, and at the same time, none of it felt very fresh either. Juvenile fantasy is hot in recent years with the successful adaptations of Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and even the readapting of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but for all there successes, this one just falls flat. It doesn’t fail, but it also doesn’t succeed anywhere near as well.
We have an election next week. Far be it for me to tell you who to vote for, all I know is that I don’t like Stephen Harper’s cold demeanour, I don’t really trust Paul Martin’s used car salesman smile, and Jack Layton is a handsome, handsome man.
To get in deeper into my perceptions, the Conservative agenda is 4/5 counterproductive to how I’d like to see this country move forward.
I don’t like the American way the Conservatives are running their ad campaign (focusing more on attacking the Liberals than really saying what they’re going to do in power, then again, in fairness, the Libs and NDP ads aren’t much better) (oh sod it, they’re all doing it), and Harper is just too high on his horse to really understand a lot of the ground level issues (his thoughts on gun violence miss the point completely). The Conservatives still promote a money-earnin-Mt. Vernon sensibility, interested more in what’s going to keep the working class jobs, and what will help the elite stay cushy, rather than explore new frontiers of hemp farming, alternate sources of energy and other innovative avenues which Canada could be forerunners in. Plus, Harper wants to be Bush’s pal, and that just don’t sit right.
I don’t really have much of a problem with the Liberals, generally, but they represent staus quo. The Liberal party is too concerned about keeping things politics-as-usual, and most Liberal politicians (same with Conservatives) want to stay professional politicians. This means they’re out to play the game, monitor polls and approval ratings, and do whatever it takes to keep themselves and their buddies employed. They’re all into Bureaucracy and inefficiency for the sake of “thoroughness”, and as a result they’re unwilling to take chances. They’re too guarded and protected to affect any real change. They have, though, come in with a balanced/surplussed budget for the past chunk of years, and Canada’s had some of the lowest unemployment rates during that time.
The NDP are always the most in alignment with my sensibilities. My only hesitation is that they push too much for social programs, and I’m not sure that the numbers have been accurately crunched to balance it all out. Taxes are moderate, and probably at their peak at the moment. They could be a little lower but it would be unfair and unappealing to have them any higher. If we want to get the most out of our social structure we need to have tighter control but less bureaucracy in the process of getting the money to where it’s needed. Maximizing dollars seems to be the NDP’s plan.
Now, I’m fully aware that the NDP isn’t going to win this election, but they have a shot at being a very strong position player. Strategically voting Liberal to stop a Conservative government sort of bastardizes the purpose of having a multi-party system. As much as I don’t like Harper and his gang of money grubbers, I don’t think that four years of them would do as much damage as people are expecting. I think if the NDP and the Liberals put in a strong showing they’ll have enough to keep the Cons in check. Plus it’ll give the people a chance to see what kind of damage the Cons would actually like to do, in case they’ve forgotten the Mulroney years.
But really, voting the Canadian way isn’t supposed to be about who’s leading the country or what party is in power, but rather, who you want to represent you and your community in Ottawa. But, the problem is we’ve gotten away from being a community-centered society (I’ve talked about this before in a different context) and I’m not sure that having community representation still holds the same way as it did when first introduced.
In my riding, which is the same as Accordion Guy’s (and he’s been very helpful in taking notes from the all-candidates forums), we have a strong NDP and a strong Liberal contender, with a moderate Conservative throwing a monkey wrench into the works (Green, Marijuana, and Marxist/Leninists are also represented). The High Park/Parkdale riding has an interesting issue presented to it which has, as Joey’s been covering, a scope well beyond the community they’re representing. Our current MP, Sarmite Bulte (or “Sam” as she’s known on her posters…) is taking campaign money from big business to help usher through American-style copyright legislation that would severly restrict what could be legally uploaded and downloaded in the country. Joey covers the topic in depth, and the subject has reached the bloggerati-at-large, making my riding one of the most visible in the country… depending on your audience.
Barring the fact that I associate Bulte with a yeast spread which I find repulsive (Sarmite = Marmite), the fact that she’s taken contributions that have put her on a crusade I’m sure she could otherwise really care less about is politics at its worst. If there was one thing I’d like to see across the globe, it’s the removal of politicians’ hands out of big businesses pockets, getting back to the idea of Governing for the people, not governing for business or self.
Politics depress and anger me, which I why I generally avoid it.
Sam Bulte on proportional representation (as per the Accordion Guy)
* It was part of our February 2004 Democratic Reform Action Plan!
* We had cross-country roundtables
* The provinces are looking into it
* There’s academic research into the issue
* We’re talking to people about it
* Proportional representation [in and of itself] is not always the answer — you need political will
Oh, look! “Action plans”, “roundtables”, “looking into it”, “research”, “talking”, hyperbole.
This is what I call “playing it safe while cutting a cheque to your buddies for a couple hundred grand to conduct a pointless survey”
This is exemplifies what I was saying about the Liberals. Yes, there’s checking with the populace to see if what you’re doing is warranted, but we put you in power to make decisions, not to spend hundreds of thousands/millions of dollars to make horrendously long documents that are invariably ignored. More action, less talk. If it’s unpopular, we’ll vote someone in in the future to reverse it. Yes, that will mean you lose your seat, but being an MP isn’t a career, it’s a temporary position. You sign a four or five year contract with the people and when it’s up we decide if we want to renew.
I’m starting to Hulk out.
I’ll leave this now.