Friday, June 29, 2007

Protestors block highway

Canada's busiest traffic corridor, between Montreal and Toronto, has been blocked by a small band of Mohawk protesters. Highways 401 and the VIA rail line in that corridor have effectively been shut down to "raise public awareness of native concerns such as poverty, health and land claims.". Here's a newsflash for native people across the country: We don't give a shit about your land claims. Period. Fuck off. When Europeans cames to this continent, you as a race had barely progressed beyond the fucking stone age. You weren't even as advanced as the Aztecs or Mayans. You hadn't even invented the fucking wheel yet! You were a race on an absolute decline.

Land isn't sacred. The Mighty Gitchi Manitou doesn't exist. The Spirit of the Bear won't guide you to enlightenment. Poverty in the reservations is YOUR fault, not the government's. Not the rest of Canada's. You have chosen to live in ignorance and stupidity for decades, and now it is biting you on the ass, and you want us to fix it. The mistake past governments made was in establishing reservations in the first place. If you had been forced to live in the read world all those decades ago, you would be better off today.

You lost. The world has long since passed your culture by. You are irrelevant. Assimilate into the rest of Canadian society, or simply fade away as a failed experiment in social engineering. Either way, problem solved.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

July 21, 2007

Mark that date down in your calendars. If I have to explain what it means, shame on you! No, it isn't the fact that it is my birthday. July 21st is my birthday, but that isn't why I think it is important...though I wish it were :)

No, July 21, 2007 is the release date of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Yay.

Here are my predictions:

1. Snape will be a hero...and...based on a comment by Rowling :
JKR: yeah, you will. Erm - it's - errr - yet again kind of the - in - you won't find out ... OK, in book three, you're absolutely right, you find out a lot about Harry's father. Now, the - the important thing about Harry's mother - the really, really significant thing - you're going to find out in two - in two parts. You'll find out a lot more about her in book five, or you'll find out something very significant about her in book five, and you'll find out something incredibly important about her in book seven. But I can't tell you what those things are, so I'm sorry, but they - yes, you will find out more about her, because they're - both of them are very important in what Harry ends up having to do.

("both", in her quote above, refers to Harry's father...but...)...I think Snape is Harry's father :) He has been charmed to look like James Potter. Snape knows, which is why he was particularly upset that Harry saw his memories in the Pensieve (in Order of the Phoenix)...because Lily was defending him (and being nice to him). He didn't want Harry to know, and thus, Voldemort to know.

2. The Dumbledore that died was actually the brother, the real Dumbledore is still out there. I base that on some subtle differences in the way Dumbledore interacts with Harry in the Half-Blood prince.

3. Hermione will die - killed by Voldemort

4. Neville will die fighting, and ultimately destroying, Bellatix Lestrange, who had driven his parents insane when she used the Cruciatus Curse on them.

5. Harry will live, but in destroying the Horcruxes, and the PART of Voldemort's soul that resides within him (Harry), he will lose his magical abilities.

There....if I am right, I will leave this post up...otherwise...boink...

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Television sucks

Not that this comes as a surprise to someone with at least half-a-brain, but as the post title states: Television sucks! I am in the process of participating in one of those viewing surveys...I think it's a one or two week exercise in which I record the times the TV is on, which programs, and who is watching. Something like the Neilsen's in the States but without the cool, geeky hardware.

Anyways, the first week started last Thursday. It went something like this: from 6:00AM to 6:30AM, while getting my kids up, they watched Giselle's Big Backyard on TVOntario - the station is sort of like PBS without all the telethons. Then, the TV was off until that evening, when my daughter put on a DVD of Friends, season 6. She watched that for about an hour before going to bed, then I watched about 15 minutes of South Park. Friday started about the same, but then in the evening, since my kids were at their mother's, was the DVD Kelly's Heroes. On Saturday and Sunday, the TV never even went on.

Let's face it, the Internet is a helluva lot more entertaining than the commercial-filled crap with which they fill up the airwaves. I will occasionally catch an episode of House and The Simpsons, but not much else.

I can't imagine EVER buying digital cable or satellite. I couldn't justify the cost for something so banal and bland.

Television, in it's current format, is finished. Truly. Viewership is steadily declining. The only hope it has is some sort of war or massive natural disaster...since, let's face it, the best ratings CNN ever got were the first Gulf War and 9/11.