Sunday, September 27, 2009

no history of colonization?

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper addresses a press briefing at the end of the G20 Summit on Sept. 25, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Penn.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper addresses a press briefing at the end of the G20 Summit on Sept. 25, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Penn.

Photograph by: Eric Feferberg, AFP/Getty Images

PITTSBURGH — Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, appearing to forget that his countrymen are generally known for their modesty, declared on Friday that his nation was the envy of the world.

Harper, usually a fairly wooden performer, seized on a routine question at a news conference and used it to deliver an impassioned defense of his 33-million strong nation and how well it has coped with the global economic crisis.

"Canada remains in a very special place in the world. . . . We are the one major developed country that no one thinks has any responsibility for this crisis," he said to laughter.

"In fact, on the contrary, they look at our policies as a solution to the crisis. We're the one country in the room everybody would like to be," he said at the end of the summit of the Group of 20 advanced and developing nations in Pittsburgh.

Canada, which was running a budget surplus before the recession and avoided major banking problems, has been less affected by the crisis than many of its partners.

Harper said the other G20 nations "would like to be an advanced developed economy with all the benefits that conveys to its citizens and at the same time not have been the source, or have any of the domestic problems, that created this crisis".

By this stage of his comments, the initial premise of the question had long since vanished and Harper — who leads the right-leaning Conservative Party — was focusing on several other factors that in his mind make Canada so irresistible.

"We're so self-effacing as Canadians that we sometimes forget the assets we do have that other people see," he said, speaking with a rare passion.

"We are one of the most stable regimes in history. . . . We are unique in that regard," he added, noting Canada had enjoyed more than 150 years of untroubled Parliamentary democracy.

Just in case that was not enough to persuade doubters, Harper threw in some more facts about the geographically second-largest nation in the world.

"We also have no history of colonialism. So we have all of the things that many people admire about the great powers but none of the things that threaten or bother them," he said. (Emphasis by me)

And his final verdict?

"Canada is big enough to make a difference but not big enough to threaten anybody. And that is a huge asset if it's properly used."

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Ottawa sends body bags to Manitoba reserves

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 | 8:28 PM CT

Aboriginal leaders in Manitoba are horrified that some of the reserves hardest hit by swine flu in the spring have received dozens of body bags from Health Canada.

The body bags — which were sent to the remote northern reserves of Wasagamack and God's River First Nation — came in a shipment of hand sanitizers and face masks.

'Don't send us body bags. Help us organize; send us medicine.'—Grand Chief David Harper

Grand Chief David Harper, who represents northern First Nations, says body bags send the wrong message and no one can understand why Ottawa would do such a thing.

"It really makes me wonder if health officials know something we don't," he said. "I have a right to speak for my people. I make a plea to the people of Canada to work with us to ensure the lowest fatalities from this monster virus. Don't send us body bags. Help us organize; send us medicine."

Harper says it's like sending body bags to soldiers in Afghanistan.

Chief Jerry Knott of Wasagamack First Nation said his community's nursing station received about 30 body bags.

"This disturbed our community members and continues to be a major concern. We had asked for funding so we can get organized and to ensure medicines, hand sanitizers and other preventative kits were in place but, instead, we are shocked to receive the body bags," he said. "To me, this is unacceptable and I am demanding an answer.

"Is the body bags a statement from Canada that we as First Nations are on our own?"

Leona Aglukkaq, federal minister of health, said Wednesday she's ordered her deputy minister to do a "thorough and immediate" inquiry into the body bag report.

With files from The Canadian Press
from cbc.
things to remember in love and linguistics:
if aRb and bRc, then ˥ aRc or aRc.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

schooling has ravaged my soul and left me for the vultures. i'll get by with a little help from my friends. in the meantime check out these blogs:

as it turns out, i love linguistics again. let the good times roll.

image: Tom Phillips, A Humument: Page 194, Tetrad Press Edition, 1970[-75].

Monday, September 14, 2009

i feel like i should be posting something about kanye and taylor swift when all i really want to do is talk about mischa barton and her wisdom teeth.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Sunny Feeds

Friday, September 4, 2009

things better than writing field notes:
c/o tray ho - program analyses solidarity

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

lil mama and her backhand comment about being born a man and becoming a woman and living up to stereotypical gender roles that a woman must play. jc insinuating that you can never be what you want but only be in a constant state of transitioning into what you want to become. first, it's completely unnecessary to bring up all this drama when the only thing that matters is the routine! secondly, if they have to bring it up, why not be a good ally and not delegitimize and/or demean someone's gender identity?

the gaga does adult contemporary with michael bolton. was i a fool to think there was a glimmer of hope?
given the time of the month which consequently leads to a hypersensitivity to another's pheromones, i will most likely fall in love with you if you are sweating and standing next to me.

moon time + hypersensitivity to another's pheromones = i think we should be together

if i think that fall is just something that grown ups invented does that mean i won't have to face my academic responsibilities and contract deliverables? the creator is nodding.

Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan detained at US airport

Indian politicians and film stars reacted with outrage on Sunday after Shah Rukh Khan, the Bollywood actor, said he was detained for questioning at a US airport.

Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan stopped at US airport
Shah Rukh Khan said he was detained on Friday by US immigration officials at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey because his name came up on a computer alert list Photo: AP

American immigration officials denied that the actor had been formally held, but Indians condemned what they called "humiliating" treatment given to Khan, a Muslim who is well-loved in a largely Hindu country. One Cabinet minister suggested a "tit-for-tat" policy toward Americans travelling to India.

Angry fans in the northern city of Allahabad shouted anti-US slogans and burned an American flag.

Khan said he was detained on Friday by US immigration officials at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey because his name came up on a computer alert list.

The actor is in the US to promote "My Name is Khan", a new film about racial profiling of Muslims after the Sept 11, 2001, attacks. (emphasis created by mel mat)

read the rest of the article here.

from the telegraph.

Naomi Campbell: ‘People Don’t Dare to Put a Girl of Color in Campaigns’

Naomi Campbell: ‘People Don’t Dare to Put a Girl of Color in Campaigns’

Photo: Getty Images

Naomi Campbell said of the all-black issue of Italian Vogue, "That made some noise but, unfortunately, we are the same as before. People, in the panic of recession, don't dare to put a girl of color in their campaign, full stop." She added, "This year, we have gone back all the way that we had advanced. I don't see any black woman, or of any other race, in big advertising campaigns." [Vogue UK]

from nymag.

what's more interesting are the comments. read here to listen to people trying to legitimize racism by explaining how "pale" fits best for the runway.

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