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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

For My Homies Who Ain't Here, It's The State of The World

Wow. Didn't see that coming. Then again, I'm not bright.

PM Stephen Harper issued a statement today apologizing to Canadian First Nations for the residential schools policy, an official programme of parliament that saw native children forcibly removed from their homes and sent across to the country to assimilate into nice, proper Christian Canadians.

While some voices of dissent chided the apology as hollow and insufficient, all of the First Nations leaders in attendance cited the moment as a landmark in Canada's history with its aboriginal peoples.

Locally, news that the Mayor's Youth Action Committee is looking to get moving on an Ambassador program with Transit Windsor, in an effort to create a dialogue with this segment of residents. So if we have any younguns reading this, go check out the details and get involved with it. Because while I'll never hate on public transit, and we know they do the best they can in the car capital of Canada, it could be so much better.

Because it's been awhile since I checked in with the craziness constantly swirling around Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, Keith Olbermann provides you with footage of veteran journalist Bill Moyers dismantling one of Bill's ambush producers at the recent National Conference for Media Reform. Olbermann fills you in on the '$20/barrel oil' comments, if you need a rebriefing on the sex scandal mentioned, see here. They call that pwnage, right?

Incidentally, if you have 40 minutes and care about this sort of thing, Moyers' keynote can be found here, and makes for good watching, though America-centric.

Think China's the only place engaging in Internet censorship? Vive le France! And no, this is not an endorsement of terrorism or child pornography. It is a statement that the time and resources might be better spent going after those who disseminate such information, instead of blocking its access. It's tackling the problem from the wrong end. You want to stop the hose from running, you don't jam your finger in the opening, you turn off the tap. Same principle.

Freaky ass freak shit: Man revives after being declared dead for an hour and a half. Oh, and they were starting to harvest his organs when they noticed.

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