What if the US remembered that Canadians burned down the White House in the War of 1812? Would they tear down the 14 Tim Horton's location in NYC in the same way they're opposed to a mosque?
Note: all regular content of me ranting in this podcast is Creative Commons, but I took the unusual step of adding a song at the end. I cannot attest to their views on the issue or inclusion in my rants... deliberations.
If you like the song (it's called The War of 1812 (The White House Burned) by Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie) find somewhere to buy it online... I couldn't find a link or I would have provided it here. Here's their website store regardless.
Some snarky observations upon comparing the Top Ten Book lists between Amazon Canada and Amazon US.
Top Ten Books at amazon.ca
Top Ten Books at amazon.com
As with all dystopian stories, the video clip gives an alternate future of Canada if Bill C-61 had been passed by our previous Conservative government. Much like the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Bill C-61 threatened to send Canada down the path of lawsuits and lobbyist scare tactics. For those of you reading from the US, check out a cynical perspective on our version of DMCA. You know, us top-of-the-list international pirates.
While I know that many readers south of the 49th parallel will have no idea what the CRTC is, and probably many Canadians won't either, I've had it with their ridiculous protectionist practices when it comes to primetime television.
I'm an avid television watcher. Some might call me an addict though I can't hear them because I'm watching Big Bang Theory. While many of you in the US are used to having local affiliates broadcast network shows and take advantage of being able to sell and show local ads to garner their revenue, the permissions of the affiliates only extend to their own channel.
The Canadian Radio and Telecommunications Commission employs methodologies that have been prompted by the lobbying efforts of local Canadian stations and cross the line from logical to manipulative and destructive to the medium. In essence, the CRTC mandates that where a Canadian station is showing the same show as a US station that can also be seen by a viewer, the Canadian channel will "take over" the US channel for the entirety of the broadcast.
For example, I cannot watch Lost on WKBW from Buffalo (Cable 9) because at 9pm my local CTV affiliate is showing the same episode and Cable 9 becomes Cable 16 for the entire hour. Essentially, the cable providers have been ordered to redirect feeds to accommodate this protectionist regulation. Why shouldn't I have the right to watch to the show through a US feed if I want to? What harm does it do to CTV but for the chance their advertising will go down... and there's the rub.
Some of you might be thinking "what difference does it make if they're showing the same episode on both channels?" There are a few problems that are not clearly evident unless you are subject to it, but I'll try to illuminate:
When I emailed the CRTC with this complaint earlier this year, they claimed Canadians wanted it this way and it was the law. First, if Canadians wanted to watch Canadian feeds, they could still do so. Second, laws evolve and are prone to change when people realize how wrong they are.
The CRTC has a place. The CRTC has a purpose. Its place should not be on a US channel that I pay for. Its purpose should be to offer me choice, not restrict it. If you're Canadian, go to the CRTC website, register a complaint and see how little they're willing to even discuss remedy. If you're American, be happy we don't spend billions of dollars each year on television programming, because if you wanted to watch our stuff, your government would probably be lobbied to do the same thing.
Okay, first off, "Badges? We don't need no steenking badges!"
Seriously, congrats to the boy/man who's 18 now, but that's not the point. One might as well be dedicated to something. I never was a scout or a cadet or anything that required formations. If I could get a merit badge for blogging, maybe I'd also stitch it to a sash. My concerns lie more in some of the 121 subjects that these badges are based on.
Like I said, I applaud the young man for enduring what must have been some torturous endeavors to attain all 121 badges. I'm curious as to whether, under the multiple Citizenship badges, Scouts are required to learn tolerance for sexual orientation as well considering the leadership fought like hell to remove Scoutmasters for being gay in 2000.
Then again the Scout Oath calls for all Scouts to be "morally straight".