… we’ll have somewhere to go after #Climate Change has f*cked the earth.
Oh wait… space exploration has been ceded to the 1%. So we all know who will get to escape when our land masses are overwhelmed by vast amounts of garbage generated by everyone having to upgrade perfectly functional hardware every few months because of #DRM and oil spills have coated the ever growing number of Mount Trashmores sticky effluvium and our air is unbreathable…
"SOPA votes derailed by politician’s ‘offensive’ tweet"
It stops being democracy when a “majority” can ignore it. Seems that adversarial shenanigans are more important than governments acting in the best interests of their citizens. I thought it was bad here, but you folks need to reform your antiquated political system at least as much as Canada does.
Somebody has to stand up for civil rights. Go Occupy!
That unions and artists are some of those spearheading SOPA and PIPA is at once troubling and sad.
I am appalled that my union, The Screen Actor’s Guild, officially supports SOPA. I doubt it matters, but I am at least one member who is disgusted by the guild’s misguided support for extremely bad legislation that will do NOTHING to actually curb or stop IP theft.
Hey, Wil - don’t just tell us, tell it to your union. Did you authorize SAG to usurp your voice as a citizen and speak for you? Did you give it your power of attorney? Essentially that is what SAG is doing - supporting SOPA in the name of its members… meaning *you*
If you want to change that, you have to take your voice back from SAG.
Seriously. Anyone who says that arguing about language is just ‘nitpicking’ has clearly never actually studied the history of any oppressed person, ever.
Because if you look at the history of any marginalized group, you will find that one of the very,…
» I think Canadian G20 activist Byron Sonne is on trial in Toronto as much as anything because he self-identifies as a “hacker” and the government has bought into the Hollywood appropriation of the word #samesame
Christopher Plummer is an awesome Canadian actor. (He’s still beautiful, too.)
When I was a kid, we didn’t go to the movies very often; it was expensive for a family with a huge mess of kids. Nevertheless, one of the rare films I saw in a theatre was The Sound of Music, with Christopher Plummer playing Captain Von Trapp.
When I was in college, my friend John and I watched Christopher Plummer play a manipulative jerk, over and over again, in the video tape of Somewhere In Time. This was when video was new, and we had to rent the machine and the tape every time we had a depression party.
When my sister Lynda, my brother-in-law Jim and I were the only people in the Georgetown Cineplex theatre for a matinee performance of The Silent Partner, it was like having our own Hollywood screening room. I was blown away by Christopher Plummer’s performance as the baddest sociopath I’d ever seen in the decidedly creepy movie thriller.
A couple of years ago I took my child to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival to see Christopher Plummer play Julius Caesar in George Bernard Shaw’s Caesar and Cleopatra. It cost a lot, but it was a fabulous production, and well worth it.
I would very much have liked to have taken a photograph of Christopher Plummer there, but as a law-abiding rule following mother, I didn’t. If I had broken the rules, I might have a photograph of Mr. Plummer that I would own copyright to so I could legally post it here. The Stratford Shakespeare Festival prohibits the audience from taking photographs at its productions.
But the audience isn’t even allowed to take photographs inside the empty theatre, so I couldn’t even get a picture of my family sitting in our seats. Personally, I would never use a flash and risk ruining the experience for others, although I have to say, there have been camera flashes in the audience for every production I have ever seen there. Still, I could probably have managed a fairly reasonable photo without a flash because my digital camera is pretty good. But I follow the rules. I think that the idea is that we are only allowed to purchase photos and memorabilia from the Festival, and thus financially support this great Canadian venue.
But even if I were to purchase a photograph from the Festival Store, I would not own the copyright on it, and so could not publish it here. This bothers me.
Although I’m a writer, I’m a visual thinker, and I take photographs of everything. This is my life. Since discovering blogging, I frequently share my photographs online. (always with a Creative Commons license…. CC #by-sa here)
But, you see, Canada’s copyright laws are restrictive enough now, even before the government passes Bill C-11, the so called “Copyright Modernization Act” (that will do anything but). But I try very hard to scrupulously adhere to copyright law, since I am both a parent (and modelling is the best way to teach children… after all, they learn by copying) and an advocate for copyright reform that will help, not hinder, culture. [I’ve written about copyright extensively in my Wordpress personal Blog]
Because the Stratford Shakespeare Festival prevents me from taking photographs, I don’t often get to their productions anymore. Which is a little bit sad. But I digress.
I really wish I would be able to post a photograph of Christopher Plummer here, but, as I say, I dare not infringe copyright. (This is known as a “chilling effect.”) Even so, I want to thank Mr. Plummer for the fabulous work he has shared with me over the years.
My name is Patrick Meighan, and I’m a husband, a father, a writer on the Fox animated sitcom “Family Guy”, and a member of the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica.
I was arrested at about 1 a.m. Wednesday morning with 291 other people at Occupy LA. I was sitting in City Hall Park with a pillow, a blanket, and a copy of Thich Nhat Hanh’s “Being Peace” when 1,400 heavily-armed LAPD officers in paramilitary SWAT gear streamed in. I was in a group of about 50 peaceful protestors who sat Indian-style, arms interlocked, around a tent (the symbolic image of the Occupy movement). The LAPD officers encircled us, weapons drawn, while we chanted “We Are Peaceful” and “We Are Nonviolent” and “Join Us.”
As we sat there, encircled, a separate team of LAPD officers used knives to slice open every personal tent in the park. They forcibly removed anyone sleeping inside, and then yanked out and destroyed any personal property inside those tents, scattering the contents across the park. They then did the same with the communal property of the Occupy LA movement. For example, I watched as the LAPD destroyed a pop-up canopy tent that, until that moment, had been serving as Occupy LA’s First Aid and Wellness tent, in which volunteer health professionals gave free medical care to absolutely anyone who requested it. As it happens, my family had personally contributed that exact canopy tent to Occupy LA, at a cost of several hundred of my family’s dollars. As I watched, the LAPD sliced that canopy tent to shreds, broke the telescoping poles into pieces and scattered the detritus across the park. Note that these were the objects described in subsequent mainstream press reports as “30 tons of garbage” that was “abandoned” by Occupy LA: personal property forcibly stolen from us, destroyed in front of our eyes and then left for maintenance workers to dispose of while we were sent to prison.
Apparently Occupy Vancouver’s next target is solidarity with an ongoing port strike in the United States. Why? Not sure. Our port workers negotiate under a totally separate agreement than US ones, and aren’t on strike right now, but Occupy Vancouver is going to take it upon themselves to block off the Canadian port workers’ ability to access port facilities.
I’m actually pretty disgusted by Canadian leftists’ tendency to view social injustice in the US as the real game while Canadian concerns are some kind of local political distraction - or, worse yet, Canadian leftists’ tendency to assume that our concerns are identical to theirs. (For example, every time a friend insists that teachers in BC are getting paid less than $30,000 a year I die a little inside. No they’re not.That’s not true at all in Canada. You’re thinking of a totally different country, actually.)
We have things to protest in Canada too! Put your time and effort into raising awareness about Attawapiskat, or the steady decline in wages, or natural-gas fracking. It might be easier to find out what’s going on in the US, and it might seem more exciting and grand to take on the US government rather than the Canadian one, but blockading the ports has zero positive impact in either the US or Canada. You can do better.
I had to leave my cozy coffee shop and run across to the library to respond to this.
I have to express a rare disagreement with my learned friend.
Unions, General Strikes (and their military equivalent -mutinies) played a key role in social and economic advances in the US, Europe, & Russia at the beginning of the 20th Century.
Seattle, my hometown, was the site of a particularly large and bloody General Strike in 1919. Churchill, with other young Aristos, gleefully organized to attack in print and physically strikers in England. Naval mutinies in England and Russia had huge repurcussions for the social safety net and treatment of people in those countries.
I can’t speak to how it “plays in Canada,” but I don’t believe this is attaching to the US, but rather a global effort for a true West Coast shutdown.
Yes strikes cause hardship, that is inevitable and regrettable, but as Jack’s character in the movie Hoffa says after a bloody attack on his workers: “What has been gained, and what has been lost.”
I believe it’s deliberate that politicians, the media, and schools gloss over the very real horrors for workers in the early 20th Century in industrialized countries. They also neglect to portray the real and significant impact organized labor and strikes had on forcing change.
To me the next steps for the Occupy movement are:
continued organized runs on bank deposits and boycotts of corporations
partnering with labor in a natural coalition for urgent social change.
The electoral system in both Canada and the US has been corrupted by Corporations = People and Money = Speech. Writing your elected representative and reblogging the people you agree with is not enough.
A profound theft of money and resources is going on in all of North America. It is a kleptocracy. Radical action is required to reclaim both of our countries.