Tuesday, July 28, 2009

MASH UP

Tonight's episode of Mash Up looked at diversity in the workplace.

The host talked to the Sikh manager of a logging company in BC. Then she and one of her contributors talked about the Royal Bank, which has a policy of having diversity in all positions "from tellers to management" as the host put it. However, I sensed that the host and the contributor were trying to portray the Royal Bank as unfriendly to minorities. The contributor said she tried to interview some of the workers about what it was like to work in a workplace with lots of different cultures, but was informed she could not do that. Well, maybe that was because the workers were busy doing their jobs or maybe because the Royal Bank sensed the spin you were trying to put on it.

Next, the host interviewed a Chinese man who works in telicommunications and a Jamaican woman who is a teacher. I sensed she was trying to put a spin on that segment, to, all these white people secretly hate working with all these minorities and that sort of thing.

Well, Gita Natkarni or however you spell it, if you want the truth, here it is. We white Canadians hate dealing with these Indian telemarketers who call our houses and ramble on about their product when you can barely understand half the things they say. We also hate dealing with all these other immigrants in the service industry (waitresses, people in room service or at the front desk in hotels, etc) who also can barely speak English. These people have no business having these jobs.

Then there are the ones who work for the government who not only can't speak English but who are even surlier than white government employees.

People should be hired because they are the best for the job and not because they are a minority. Get rid of all quotas for minorities in companies and let only the best get the job. If most of the people companies hire end up being white, then that will say something about immigrants and indeed other races. If that ends up happening and you are faced with the conclusion such a policy brings, then that's your problem.

REPLY AWL

The June issue of Canadian Geographic was full of great stuff, from articles about wind energy to how the oceans are in danger and lots more. Pick it up today!

The July issue of Chatelaine has an article written by an annonymous woman about an affair she had. She and the editor try to make excuses for it such as she and her husband hadn't had sex for a long time. However, it's still wrong. At least she and the guy broke it off and tried to fix up their families. I'll have to give them that.

Monday, July 27, 2009

THE SUMMIT

Cbc Television, July 19 and 26

A G8 summit is taking place at a resort in Barry, hosted by Canadian Prime Minister Richard Aderley. Two key pieces of legislation are being debated: the Humanitarian Duty, which would see the richest nations of the world each commit billions of dollars to ending poverty in Africa, and the Threat Assessment Council, which would increase the amount of things the government would know about people's private lives. In addition, there're small pox germs loose from an unauthorized medical study. A possibly infected woman is headed to the summit, who also happens to be a former member of a terrorist organization. Throw in a national security adviser who'll stop at nothing to get the Threat Assessment Council passed.

Bruce Greenwood turns in a wonderful performance as Prime Minister Aderley, as does Wendy Crusen who plays his activist daughter Liona. Mea Maestro is OK as Rea Puerto, the potentially infected former terrorist. Christopher Plumber is also a pretty good U.S. President B.J. Saker.

Though the film seems a bit disjointed at times, it is for the most part very good and head and shoulders above what Canadian movies have traditionally been.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

INFAMOUS CANADIANS

Last night on "The Lab" Allison Cook presented the pilot for a show called Infamous Canadians, a show which profiles Canadian criminals.

This episode was about Casie Chadwick, a woman who conned people out of millions of dollars by, among other things pretending to be the illegitimate daughter of Andrew Carnegee.

It sounded like a really interesting show and I hope it gets aproved.

Global is going to have a similar show: Entertainment Tonight Canada Weekend Edition: Whatever Happened To Your Favourite Canadian Serial Killers.

Friday, July 24, 2009

CBC SEEKS NEW TERMS OF LICENSE FOR BOLD

Cbc wants the Crtc to amend the license for Bold TV to remove the clause that says they have to provide programming from a rural perspective.

They're rural? Bold is one of the most urban channels out there. It's aimed at twenty-something hipsters living in their first apartments in Toronto.

All they show are shortlived Cbc shows like This Is Wonderland and Intelligence, current Cbc shows like The Border and Being Erica, live music sessions, and risque shows like Katie Brand and John From Cincinnati. They're also a dumping ground for things like the Calgary stampede when Cbc doesn't have enough time on the main network.

I don't see rural people being interested in most of that.

One wonders how long they can survive with their current lineup, let alone an amended one. It doesn't help that Cbc sold the catalog of all their programs from 2000-2004.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

"EVERYTIME I LEAVE THE HOUSE, I HAVE TO BE GOING SIXTY MILES AN HOUR"

Tonight's episode of Cbc's Global Perspectives was a documentary called Traffic Islands: Dividing Lines. It is produced by the American company Soundprint.

First, the documentary talked about traffic islands in New York, which have benches and plants on them.

Next, the host went to Washington DC and followed Jeffrey McNiel, a homeless Vietnam veteran who sells an underground newspaper.

Finally, the host talked to Pastor Barry Mustev. Mustev's son Sean was killed in a car accident in 2004. A memorial was set up, using the tree that Sean crashed into. The tree is on a traffic island at the side of the highway. The memorial was eventually removed by the state over some bull about religious symbols in public places. First they'll remove the crosses, then they'll remove the Christians.

Traffic Islands: Dividing Lines was a very interesting and compelling documentary

SCREW YOU, PROFESSOR TANYA BYRON

In a May 26, 2009 article in the London Times, professor Tanya Byron wrote the following paragraph.

"When I started giving advice almost 20 years ago, it was quite rare to meet a child with toiletting problems. Recently, though, I have been seeing more. It seems that, for some parents, toilet training has become an anxious preoccupation. If started before the child is ready, it can create long term problems and great upset for all. Is nothing about childhood allowed to happen at its own pace any more?"

Well, _professor Tanya Byron (you can call me professor Alex Horton) maybe these parents are anxious when it comes to toilet training because they see all these three-year olds that are still in diapers. They think, "I hope to heck my child doesn't end up like that."

As to starting before the child is ready, toilet training readiness is a myth. Usually when the commercials and the experts like yourself talk about waiting for the child to be ready, it usually means leaving them in diapers till they're three. Think about it! Humans are lazy by nature. Having become accustomed to wetting and soiling themselves for two years, many of them aren't going to have this burning desire to start using the toilet.

As to starting early causing long term problems, there is no evidence to suggest that "early toilet training" harms a child. That is just a myth from years gone by. Besides, do you think letting a child pee and poop herself till she's well into her fourth or fifth year is going to be healthy for her psychologically?

"Is nothing about childhood allowed to happen at its own pace any more?"

It's funny that you claim your seeing more parents who are trying to toilet train their kids early. Most parents I see are perfectly content to let their kids be in diapers until they're three or four, and probably longer except schools don't allow kindergarteners to wear diapers.

For all I know, you just made that up. I really think you're lying.

For actual good advice when it comes to toilet training and the like, click here.http://www.godiaperfree.com

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

REPLY AWL

The June 1 issue of Maclean's has an article about how the Canadian News Hall Of Fame isn't being updated or maintained. It's one of the same reasons newspapers and other mainstream news outlets are dying. There aren't any good journalists in mainstream media anymore.

The same article also has an article about a blind skier. Now, I congratulate this young man on his accomplishments, but he has the attitude of some blind people of being upbeat and cheery all the time. There are sighted people out there that think all blind people are happy, cheery people that smile and joke around all the time. On the contrary, many blind people are bitter, miserable individuals who don't even possess most basic social skills, let alone the ability to talk and joke around with sighted people on a consistent basis.

This issue of Maclean's also has an article about the slow theatre movement. With everything being sped up and instantanious in our culture today, it's nice to see there's a return to entertainment that takes it's time.

The June 15 issue of Maclean's has an article about why certain technologies aren't available in Canada. There are some supplementary itims about retail outlets, restaurants and food that aren't available in Canada. Products you can get in the States that you can't get in Canada! That's one of my favourite topics. Things like Cookie Crisp cereal and Kicks Cereal and Apple Jacks cereal. My uncle used to go racing in upstate New York and bring back Apple Jacks with him.

MASH UP

Last week's episode of Cbc radio's Mash Up looked at different culture's attitudes toward sex and relationships.

The show mostly focused on Indian and Chinese culture with the host interviewing her sister and father. There was also a profile of Zabrena Lah, a young Chinese woman who sells sexual devices.

In both Chinese and Indian culture, people don't really date. They choose a boy or girl, get "engaged" and get married. Sex before marriage is frowned upon, as is shacking up.

It's interesting that when Christians like myself say we don't believe in sex before marriage or shacking up, we're called prudes and other things. Yet, China and India, which comprise one third of the world's population have the same attitudes.

Zabrena Lah tells about having her guy friend Danny over when she was thirteen. They were in her room together. Afterword, she got a talking to from her mother, telling her not to be alone in the house with a boy again. Again, if Christians say they don't allow one of their children to be in the same room with a friend of the opposite sex or don't allow boys in the house with their daughters when they're not there and they're called prudes or crazy.

The show of course also talked about interracial relationships. To me, interracial dating is a bad idea for the most part. I don't necisarily think it's a sin because there were some interracial relationships in the Bible (Moses and Zipporah, I think Rahab also might have gotten married to an Israelite) but in all but a few cases, it's a bad idea.

In most cases, people prefer to date people of the same race.

Second, there are things about a black man, for example that only a black man can understand, and things about a white woman that only a white man can understand.

A lot of people that date people of other races have low self-esteem. When you see a black man and a white woman together, a lot of the time she's fat and pushing a baby carriage with one on the way. If you talked to her, you'd probably find out that she's not the sharpest knife in the drawer or the most confident girl in the world.

Also, interracial dating ruins years of genetic purity.

Also, mixed race children are less healthy than children of a single race. There was a study concerning this done on one hundred fifty thousand mixed race children a sew years ago. You can probably find it at Pub Med or someplace.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

FIRST ANNUAL MANDELLA DAY

Today marks the first annual Mandella Day, the same day as Nelson Mandella's birthday.

If you had told a white South African forty years ago that they'd be celebrating Nelson Mandella's birthday, they would have looked at you as if you were bucking crazy.

Osama Ben Laden day in thirty years anyone?

Friday, July 17, 2009

WALTER CRONKIETE DEAD AT 92

Former Cbs news anchor Walter Cronkite died tonight after a long illness at the age of 92.

Cronkite was a prima donna. He was Walter bucking Cronkite and nobody could disagree with him.

He is known as the newsman who covered several events that didn't take place at all like he covered them.

For instance, there's the moon landing, when Americans walked on the moon, even though there's a huge belt of asteroids between the earth and the moon that would fry any man-powered spacecraft that tried to get through.

There's also the Kennedy assasination, which documents available at
libraryofcongress.gov
prove involved the CIA.

Cronkite was one of the last of a generation of broadcasters that could influence an entire nation, having people trust them implicitly. As those broadcasters die off, I say good ridance.

MT MAKES A STATEMENT

The accused in the murder trial of fourteen-year old Stephanie Rangle made a statement today.

MT said she was sorry and that she had learned a lot of lessons during her ordeal. She also said she promises not to reoffend.

I'd like to help her keep that promise. If she were hung by the neck until dead, she definitely wouldn't reoffend.

30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HAPPY MEAL

This weekend marks the thirtieth anniversary of McDonald's Happy Meal, which started out giving away a stencil and a spinning top.

For cripes sake. For most people in the world, a happy meal is when they get some sorgum with their small bowl of rice and beans.

BLUE POINT INVESTMENTS PURCHASES CKX

Blue Point investments has purchased Ckx-tv Brandon for one dollar.

Is this just a joke like Shaw's purchase?

Thursday, July 16, 2009

"TONIGHT, ON A VERY SPECIAL FAWLTY TOWERS"

I listened to an interview with John Kleese earlier on Q. In the interview, Kleese mentioned that Fawlty Towers couldn't be made today because, for one thing political correctness and the character of Manuel.

I thought of another reason why it wouldn't work. Can you imagine some network executive saying, "Yeah, but where's the episode where Basil has a heart attack and everybody gathers around and tells Basil how much they really love him?"

I started thinking about other shows that wouldn't get aproved these days, particularly a lot of the old-time radio shows.

Fibber Magee And Molly:

"OK, Jerry, there's this couple, maybe they're in their forties, maybe they're in their seventies. It isn't clear. It is never mentioned what, if anything the husband, who by the way will never be referred to by his first name, does for a living. The plots will involve the couple doing things like reapolstering the couch or the husband building a model airplane. But what will be the main thrust of the episodes is that a number of social callers will show up throughout the show to talk about things totally unrelated to what the couple is doing."

Or what about things like The Jack Benny Show:

"OK, Jerry, we've got a guy like Dane Cook or Jerry Seinfeld or Brian Reagan lined up to do his own show. One week the show will be like a regular sitcom, with fictionalized scenerios of the comedian's personal life. The next week, it might be a show set in front of the audience with songs, sketches and chats with celebrities. The next week, the whole show might just be a sketch. One week, it might start out as a live show and then become a sitcom halfway through."

Or how about the half hour drama:

"OK, Jerry, it's a cop show, but it's a half hour long and the cops only work on one crime throughout the show, as opposed to having six subplots."

Or how about the anthology series:

"Your kidding, John. What, have a show where you present a different story every week based on novels, movies and plays? How the buck do you do David Copperfield or Titanic in an hour?"

The fifteen-minute children's serial probably wouldn't get aproved ither since it would be so foreign to network executives.

Monty Python probably wouldn't even get aproved.

"We like the show, but could you have that cheese shop guy and that silly walks guy and those Bruce guys come back every week and do the exact same thing?"

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

REPLY AWL

"American Odyssey" is an article from the February 17, 2008 McClatchy Newspapers. It is written by travel writer Marjie Lambert. In the article, Lambert talks about the thirty years worth of travel she has done across the United States. One paragraph in particular jumped out at me.

"Over those 36 years of wandering America, I've seen a softening of our differences. Regional accents are less pronounced. I can order jambalaya or green chili stew or Maryland crab cakes in just about any city. Local stores and restaurants are being replaced by The Gap and Barnes & Noble and TGI Fridays."

She's right about regional accents softening. I was listening to Pastor Butch Pau a couple weeks ago. A caller phoned in and said that he had been to Georgia recently. He said people who were born there talk without any accent at all.

This is what the new world order wants. They want to get rid of any cultural differences and homogenize the world.

They want to get rid of all the small businesses and replace them with major corporations. This is called corporate fascism, where the government along with corporations owns and controls everything. We've seen this already with the financial and auto bail-outs.

It's like in Star Trek and all those other science fiction stories, where the mass of humanity is one non-thinking entity which has surrendered it's will to the state.

Friday, July 10, 2009

TORRENS ON TOUR

Tonight on the second episode of "The Lab", Sarah Tate presented the pilot for a show called "Torrens On Tour." It features host Jonathan Torrens going around the country talking to people and making friends.

All I can say is make sure this show is on the schedule this fall. I've been following Jonathan Torrens from Street Cents to Jonovision to his most recent role as swing host on Cbc. In "Torrens On Tour" he was his usual charming, funny self.

First, he went to the farmers market in Halifax and asked a guy named Tom for a lift to a friend's place. Then Torrens talked with him about life in general, including Tom's son and memorable trips Tom had taken. Next, Torrens went to the home of Mrs. Croft, a woman whom he'd bought an organ from a few months earlier. They talked about how Mrs. Croft met her now late husband and Torrens got local musician Jen Grant to play "Yesterday" for her.

My only complaint is that Torrens tried to be cool at a couple points in the show, but my earlier remark still stands: I want to hear this on Cbc this fall.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

LATEST PLANS FOR CHWI, CKNX AND CKX

Chwi will not be going off the air after all. CTV will dip into the new hidden tax (the Local Programming Improvement Fund.) Hopefully they turn it into a really local station with unique programming and lots of emphasis on the community.

CTV will apply to the Crtc to make Cknx a full rebroadcaster of Cfpl London. I hope the Crtc denies the application. Cknx relaying Cfpl! What use is that. Ither localise the heck out of it or take it off the air. I'm sure the cable companies in the Wingham area could replace the Cknx signal with the Cfpl signal if they don't carry it already.

CTV is exploring it's options where Ckx Brandon is concerned. Ckx presents a bit of a unique problem. It was a Cbc afiliate, but the Cbc isn't going to be buying time on it anymore. Thus, CTV has a whole twenty-four hours worth of time to fill each day. They should program it with stuff most Canadians can't get.

Check this blog tomorrow to hear the latest, totally different plans CTV has announced for these three stations.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

MY CBC SUMMER SCHEDULE

Monday
11:30 whatever that program's called
1:00 The Next Chapter

Tuesday
9:30 Crossing Boundaries
1:00 In The Field
7:30 Mash Up

Wednesday
7:30 Global Perspectives

Thursday
2:00 Rewind

Friday
2:00 Canada Live
7:30 The Lab

Friday, July 3, 2009

DEAF AND PROUD

This was the first episode in Cbc's "Crossing Boundaries" series.

Deaf And Proud is an Abc (Australian) documentary which talks about deaf people. I found there were some interesting paralels with the blind community, such as the condescension, people having a "poor thing" attitude.

Another interesting paralel was how the deaf teenagers interviewed for the documentary didn't want to get cochlear implants, similar to how some blind people don't want to get guide dogs.

DEAD AIR

This is the first episode in Cbc's summer series, "The Lab." The Lab is a series of programs featuring pilates for new Cbc shows.

Tonight's episode was a pilate for a show called "Dead Air", a program about death and the dying. The program talked about how funerals had changed in the last forty years from the hymns and almost everyone getting buried as opposed to cremated.

It could be good. It could be to the subject of death what The Age Of Persuasion is to advertising. I hope they don't run out of ideas, though. They should do what The Age Of Persuasion does and focus on one very specific topic per episode.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

ACROSS THE WATER

This summer, I will be reviewing summer shows that air on Cbc radio.

Across The Water is the first documentary in this summer’s Global Perspectives series. It is a Bbc documentary which talks about Fair Island, the northernmost Scottish island. It features Tom and Liz, an American couple who moved to Fair Island three years ago.

The island was looking for new residents to bolster it’s small population, so they ran an ad in Shetland Today, which became a feature story on Npr. Liz heard the ad while stuck in traffic, and she, Tom and their son applied to live there.

The people in charge of increasing the population of Fair Island didn’t want people coming with the idea that, “It would be so romantic to live on a remote Scottish isle.” The island is subject to gail-force winds a lot of the time, which makes transportation difficult at times. Life on Fair Island requires strength and self-suficiency.

Tom and Liz enjoy life on Fair Island. They say there is a real sense of community. Everyone knows and helps one another. You can’t have fights with or bare grudges against people because, with a population of only 68, everyone literally needs everyone else.

Tom and Liz also appreciate how safe Fair Island is. Tom says there are hardly any cars, and you can see them coming from a fair distance. Instead of running out to make sure his son isn’t in the car’s path, and instead of being worried about who’s in the car, Tom says his son comes up to the car and asks the driver if he’s seen any birds.

I think Cbc should do a ten-week series of documentaries, maybe on that new “In The Field” thing about “last best places”, places like Fair Island. Places where people help one another and where you don’t have your yuppy neighbours threatening to sue you all the time. Places where people are free to lead their lives and not have the government jumping down their throat all the time.

Lord, I pray that Fair Island would not become a materialistic, homogenized cesspool like most other places. In Jesus name, Amen.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

HAPPY CANADA DAY

Just wanted to wish everyone a happy Canada Day (because you never would have guessed that from the title of the post.)

Despite Stephen Harper turning our country into a dictatorship and the continual errosion of our freedoms, there are still a lot of things to celebrate about being Canadian today. Canadian musicians, particularly Canadian alternative musicians, are gaining prominence on the world stage. We're actually starting to make some movies people want to watch, as well as popular TV shows like The Border and Being Erica.

In a recent adddition to this list, Tim Horton's is now going to be Canadian-owned once again.

So, raise a Lebats, Molson, Canadian Club, or Mike's Hard Lemonade to your country. Don't wait till this evening, do it now.