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Tuesday, June 29th, 2004

Electioneering

You can’t imagine the sigh of relief I breathed last night when the CBC declared the Liberals winning a minority government in this year’s Federal election. Although my local candidate lost, this is precisely the scenario I was hoping for, as the Liberals will have to work with the NDP to get anything done and the Conservative party will have to sit in opposition. It was just a couple weeks ago that Conservative leader Stephen Harper was floating the idea of a majority government for themselves, and had the polling numbers to back it up. The notion of a Conservative government was quite a scary one and I’m truly thankful for the future of our nation that it won’t come to pass, at least not this year. I guess folks actually thought about it in the voting booths and decided to not vote against their ideology just to send a message. So now we go from being on the cusp of electing one of the most socially regressive governments in recent history to potentially one of the most progressive – and just in time for Canada Day. Ain’t politics funny?

And yeah, kind of a drab photo to accompany today’s post, but it was either that or a pic of Paul Martin and no one needs to see that. Just cause I’m glad he won doesn’t mean I think he’s pretty.

Information Leafblower has a nice interview with Greg Zinman of current Chromewaves darlings Sea Ray. Choice quote on bloggers and how they’ve helped the Ray’s career: “Well, you guys are actually a lot like musicians — totally self-absorbed navel-gazers who eagerly devour their own press. Really, though, the bloggers have been very, very kind to us, and it seems to be helping so far.” Whoo!

Free Magnetic Fields track! Amazon will let you download their version of “If I Was A Rich Man” from the Fiddler On The Roof tribute album, free of charge – all you have to do is log in. That’s it.

Salon presents a history of Wilco in the context of a review of Learning How To Die. You need to watch a commercial to get a day pass but Salon is always worth it. From Largehearted Boy. And for the locals, I’m hearing very quiet rumblings about a Toronto date sooner rather than later. I will let you know more when I know more.

Alright – got my Lollapalooza ticket refund and I didn’t have to do anything, applied right back to my Visa card. Every penny. Ticketmaster actually does something right!

Professional contrarian Christopher Hitchens sets his sights on Fahrenheit 9/11. An interesting read. I’m beginning to think I don’t even want to see this film. I already know everything that it wants to say, and it’s just going to manipulate me into getting angry and I don’t need that. Okay, I probably will see it, but I’m certainly not in any rush. Link from Five Seventeen. On the same topic, Salon has both pro-F911 and anti-F911 pieces for your inspection.

np – Velvet Crush / Stereo Blues

By : Frank Yang at 9:08 am
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  1. Five Seventeen says:

    Hey Frank,

    I don’t think it will get you angry if you are already filled in. There are a few things you won’t have seen and it’s probably his least manipulative film. Everyone knows who he is now, so he can’t get away with as much.

  2. Ieinz says:

    Hmmm…can’t seem to get that Magnetic Fields song from Amazon…

  3. sam says:

    F911 won’t make you angry. and even though you might know everything that’s in it, the film itself is worth seeing. i was a bit underwhelmed by it (mostly because i knew 95% of the info Michael Moore gave) but i just keep going back to it. a lot. and, as a film, it’s definitely got it’s high moments. definitely your measly $8.

    btw, cool observation about our new Liberal/NDP government :) hadn’t thought of it that way. very, very cool.