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friday favourites 24.05.13

image of the week
the internet is amazing. every week, there's something that i say [write] in public, something that becomes part of the eternal record of the internet that i could never have imagined myself saying. this week it was "can you pay for the penis cages and nazi coins in monster money?" i could try explaining, but really, the important thing is that that quote is now in some way associated with my name.

i can't wait to mention that in a press release. or on the back cover of a book, where most people put the quotes praising their writing.

but aside from monster money [which is a thing], it's been a hell of a week...

good news :: stuff i can't make up from around the internet

since we've been talking about colour analysis by seasons lately on more like space, why don't you have a gander at what the seasons look like when you take them in their totality.

in case you hadn't heard, montreal, the second largest french metropolis in the world, was under orders to boil water before consumption for a day and a half. it's like something out of another century. and apparently, so are our comedians.

we're all mad here...

an analysis of the case for saying canadian prime minister stephen harper is conducting a war against science. read it now while it's still legal to use your brain for something other than toil.

musical notes

compactor "multiple fractures", video by dom... perfect music to listen to when you need something to drown out the rage in your brain.



quote of the week

It is most unfortunate, very unfortunate, that colleagues and the great people of this city have been exposed to the fact that I have been judged by the media without any evidence.-toronto mayor rob ford, making a much-anticipated statement to the press
follow-up and shameless self-promotion

well i guess that quote [which makes less sense every time i read it] is kind of a spoiler: rob ford [finally] made a statement today to say that he doesn't use cocaine and he's still as serious as ever about keeping suburbanite taxes and taxpayer expectations low. there was a lot of pressure on him to make a statement, but now that he has, it's kind of anti-climactic. did anyone seriously expect ford, who was- sorta- removed from office by the courts for using taxpayer dollars to pay public servants to work for him as chauffeurs and gardeners- to just cop to smoking crack because someone says there's a video of him doing it?

gawker have done what any media of the digital age would have done: initiated a kickstarter project to raise $200k to buy the damn videotape. although there have been some complications, the project is zooming ahead and i encourage you to donate, because even if the owner of the tape doesn't resurface and the money goes to charity, there are a lot of people in toronto who need help because not-currently-crack-addicted rob ford has cut the services that they could have turned to.

i also wanted to thank those of you who responded to my "i am better than rob ford" declaration by buying my book, which saw a nice little rise in sales. if you enjoyed it, i have good news:

another is coming.

i can't commit to exact dates at the moment, but i can tell you a few things about it:

1. it is a short novel, not a collection of stories.

2. the overall tone is lighter than the stories in "interference", but also a bit more perverse.

3. it's called "tricky".

and apparently last week's image of the week has competition:


kitteh of the week

since we've had so many close-ups of eyes this week... here's julia!


thank you to all who have read this... your support, your interest and your feedback [public and private] mean more to me than i can possibly express.

here's the source for this week's image of the week, which is a picture of the moon, venus and jupiter. kind of incredible.

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don't speak

you might think that it sounds dramatic, but linguistic genocide is something that happens. people in power will go to great lengths to eradicate certain languages, not just for the sheer joy of making the world a lesser place, but as a way of beating down the culture that's associated with it. language has a unique reciprocal bond with culture, and every group that has attempted to break down another has recognised that forbidding a cultural group from communicating in their own language is an extremely effective way to tear apart their culture.

there are lots [and lots and lots and lots] of examples of this sort of thing, some successful, some not, but far too many to cover in one blog post. however, i thought it was worth looking at some languages that have been the subjects of active repression, and what the political consequences of that have been.

devastation :: the native north american languages :: it should come as no surprise that the largest genocide in history [by a ma…

losers?

just a short time ago, i waxed prosaic about trump supporters who felt betrayed by their candidate pursuing in office the exact things that he said he would. short version: i have no sympathy.

today is a bit different. in the wake of america's bombing of a syrian air strip, in response to a chemical weapons attack by the syrian government, my facebook and twitter feeds were peppered with plaintive shades of "we believed you". these are the people who heard trump say that he wanted the united states to step back and focus on defending its own. indeed, trump did say such things, over and over; america cannot be the policeman of the world. even arch-liberal cynics like me had to admit that this was a refreshing argument to hear from someone outside the paul family, and, could easily have been turned into trump's greatest argument against hillary clinton. [he chose to go another way, which also worked.]

trump also said, repeatedly, that america needed to invest heavily …

long division

after the united states election last year, there were the usual calls for the country to unite behind the new president. that never happens anymore, because, since george w. bush scored a victory in 2004, having launched the country into a war in iraq for no reason, the people on the losing side of a presidential election have been pretty bloody angry about it. democrats hated bush 43. republicans really hated obama. democrats really hate trump.

it didn't help that trump didn't make the typical conciliatory gestures like including a couple of members of the opposite party in his cabinet, or encouraging his party to proceed slowly with contentious legislation. barack obama arguably wasted at least two and as many as six years of his tenure as president trying to play peacemaker before he felt sufficiently safe to just say "screw you guys" and start governing around the ridiculous congress he was forced to deal with. not-giving-a-shit obama was the best president in …