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Monday, September 24, 2007

The State of the World

While I was Sleeping
So apparently I fell off at some point last week because now the only thing anyone wants to talk about is Mexico, Mexico, Mexico.

Windsor has been bombarded by a recent influx of Mexicans fleeing north to avoid deportation from the United States and seeking refugee status. According to the latest in the Star, the flow of migrants has slowed to a point where local social services can hook them up with temproary lodgings, clearing out of area hotels and the Salvation Army residence.

Of course, the local Consular Agency in Leamington denies any of the claims by the fleeing nationals that Mexico is exceedingly violent or dangerous compared to any other South or Central American country of 100 million people.

Remember the environment?
While the cause seems to have lost a little of its vogue [and who can really keep track of the trendy humanitarian cause du jour, what with Africa, Mad Cow and UWSA transparency] but dammit, Stephen Harper is still focused, arguing at the UN today that the Kyoto Protocol [too rigid] be abandoned in favour of a new pact aimed at slashing greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

At which point, I'll likely be dead. As such, my care factor on this issue gets suspended until such time as I have children.

Cool reception for Iranian President
Also related to the current UN summit, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in New York yesterday greeted by protesters. He's already denied Iran is building a nuclear bomb, or headed to war with the US, and been prevented from laying a wreath at Ground Zero. Busy boy.

For more Ahmadinejad goodness, the Prez was interviewed by Mike Wallace last week in an interview that aired last night on 60 Minutues. You can watch it here.

Briefly
The 'Jena 6' are catching oodles of ink all over. The small town Southern racial clash is being presented as something straight out of Mississippi Burning, but the AP reports the story might not be as simple as we may have thought.

Chivalry v. sexism: where does the line get drawn?

If you've been neglecting global currency conversion to focus on the high flying loonie, you may want to note that as of this morning, one goat = 47 CDs, a bottle of Jag and $375.

Time magazine puts the boots to Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

Later tonight we'll discuss if I managed to meet Common at Muchmusic, and why I don't give a shit about Halo.

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