the G20 in Toronto...

well, Steve Harper's billion dollar weekend has come and gone. looming large among the amazing accomplishments, it seems governments have agreed that deficits are bad.

meanwhile the city seems to be traumatized by the weekend's activities. ironic, in a way, given the colonial concerns so often expressed in YYZ about being "world class". all "world class" cities have these confrontations between the police and the inhabitants from time to time...

i guess it also speaks to how long it's been since the Toronto Maple Leafs were a serious contender for the Stanley Cup. that always seems to bring out the riotous impulses in some of a city's more sporting people...

 no one stood to gain more from the weekend than Canadians. Governor Harper was seriously over-exposed on the massive spending surrounding this event- most of it on the security involving more than 19,000 police from across the country.

it could have hung on him like a bad shirt through the next election and led just enough voters to express their discontent at the ballot box to deliver us all from the christian colonial conservative policies of Harper and his backers.

but no...

thanks to a few hundred losers in the "Black Bloc", CopFest was a huge success.

their need to act out their masturbatory fantasies - as always - has to come first.

the idea of a revolution that would not be televised is an anethema to the black block. they love to vogue a radical pose- they live for the photo op and youtube clip.

unlike the people in Gaza or Iran, for whom protest and action are life and death issues, these sad brats are risking nothing more than an intoxicating whiff of tear gas, a deodorant failure following a gleeful sprint or an overnight detention.

they reduce decades of honorable anarchist thought and action to petty, pointless prom-night level vandalism while sanctimoniously celebrating themselves in tones and terms Torquemada would find familiar.

self-absorbed to point of sociopathic, dressed up in radical hand-me-downs, the BB gang are a bigger threat to school lunch programs, needle exchanges and other under-funded social programs than they are to any forces of Darkness, here or anywhere. 

the Black Bloc are "radical" in the same way the Brown Shirts were "radical".  they are the best friends bad cops could ever have, and when the Christian Right in this country really needed a friend, the Black Bloc was right there for them.

tribe knows tribe...



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Cats are Evil

I was so relieved to see this cartoon... I've been trying to warn people about this for years! "Look at the ancient Egyptians" I say "what happened to them?"
But do they listen?

It is sad to see people enslaved by cats. I guess it's a good thing that other parasites never grew fur, or learned to purr...



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In Other World Cup Action....

... no one is more surprised than me
to find me giving a damn
about another sporting event. 
nonetheless, the World Cup
has turned up big in my mirror.
i even bet $10 on proline
and lost badly.

it's nice to have a thing outside
the day-to-day with my crazy
old man we can both just swear
at and have a beer to...

it's pretty interesting, really. 

i had no idea there was
so much opera in it.

and when you've grown up
trying to score on a net
that's 4 feet high and six feet wide,
it takes a while to appreciate how someone could miss a net
that's 24 feet wide
and 8 feet high.

it's great to see so many people in Africa, and all over the world, rejoicing every day.

it beats thinking about the fait accompli of the G8/G20 billion dollar weekend too...especially when it's just up the road from here, and just down the road from here...

and the Gusher in the Gulf
BP situation was kind of eating
my brain. and it will still
be happening after
the World Cup.



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the BP oil spill leak in the Gulf

I can't stop thinking about this 
ongoing disaster . It seems like 
every day, the estimates get 
bigger and bigger and bigger 
on just how much oil has been 
gushing into the sea.

I'm not even sure if it's a good 
thing that I can still be surprised 
by the lies, or outraged by 
the stupidity of it.

Part of me is still back at "what do 
you mean there's no "off" switch"? 

How do you spend all that money 
on drilling a hole with out making 
sure you can't turn it off?

How do you justify making all 
that money selling crude oil 
without making sure something 
like this doesn't happen?

It's been two months now. 
All that's clear is that these people 
did not have - and still do not have - 
clue one about how to deal with this. 

I keep hearing John Lennon's voice,
singing "How do you sleep?"

- to be continued -

Gulf oil slick crude BP leak spill disaster


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Blame Canada... again.

... what the hell were they so afraid of?

Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone
has revealed how US banks refused
to co-operate with the making
of his Wall Street sequel Money
Never Sleeps.
Speaking at the Cannes film Festival,
he said: "The big banks were very arrogant, they wouldn't let us in."
He added that it was the Royal Bank
of Canada that stepped in and allowed them to film inside its buildings. 



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Speaking of BP Oil

Here is a perspective on the leak, or the spill, or whatever it's now known as this week by cartoonist Matt Bors....




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BP Oil all over the Gulf

It's been almost two months since crude oil started gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. No one seems to know how much oil is being released every day, or how far it is going to spread.

What has become clear is that BP lied about the potential for disaster, and that they don't really have clue one about how to deal with it...

It's a horrible thing to watch, even from a great distance. Part of the horror is knowing that there are more of these installations off-shore all around the world.  


Were all of the drilling proposals based on half-truths? 

Do any of them have a working "off" switch?

Meanwhile, oil companies are lobbying all the time for right to drill more holes off more coasts...

... and meanwhile, the oil continues to "leak", and the oil continues to "spill", and the oil continues to gush out of the earth, and into the Gulf...

 - to be continued -


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