All posts by Raywat

Looking Glass Logic

“[The 9/11 terrorists] are against, to offer just a brief list, freedom of speech, a multi-party political system, universal adult suffrage, accountable government, Jews, homosexuals, women’s rights, pluralism, secularism, short skirts, dancing, beardlessness, evolution theory, sex.” Salman Rushdie

Interestingly, if you take away the dancing and the beardlessness, you also have the things that fundamentalist Evangelical Christians appear to be against, too.

My latest thing is trying to play the sitar . I’m taking lessons with the Sitar School of Toronto. Here’s a pic taken in class:

While I can barely play the scales yet, our school is nonetheless having a performance in Ottawa on March 5: 610 Cumberland (at Laurier), Perez Building, Frieman Hall, $15 for adults and $10 for students.Here’s an interesting idea: online volunteering.

Rarely have I found myself agreeing with Pat Buchanan on anything, yet we find resonance on Iraq.

Here’s another analysis of the Bushies exporting torture. So when does this regime get prosecuted for war crimes, hmmm? On a similar note, Eric Margolis discusses the new Pentagon spy system here.

And surprise, surprise, US government scienists are now reporting that they have been pressued to suppress data that might suggest a link between industry and environmental degradation. The assault on the intellect continues.

The brilliance of these people is that they are so beyond ridiculous, that no one is surprised anymore by their looking glass logic, hypocrisy or corruption, and so it no longer makes the news.

The Poor Kind of Doctor

Yahoo! Finance has an article on the top 25 careers in the world, based on job growth, salary potential, education level, and room for innovation. Guess what #8 was? Epidemiologist! That’s right, we beat out athletes and actors!

Mind you, the article did make it a point to mention that despite the coolness factor of our jobs, we Epidemiologists make bupkiss. That’s why when people ask me what I do, I sometimes answer, “I’m the poor kind of doctor that can’t save your life.”

Damn Evil Editors

You know every day I get onto this thing fully intending on producing one of the political diatribes so common in last year’s blog. But then I lose the desire and end up talking about TV shows. So why fight it?

Judging from the comments from my last post, a lot of people watched the finale of The Amazing Race 6. People I met on the bus wanted to talk about it. People at work want to talk about it. My chiropractor brought it up while snapping my neck. Concensus: the winners, Freddy and Kendra, are a couple of embarassing racist schmucks, and Jon and Kris should have won. Not surprisingly, Kendra is now claiming that her comments about Africa –that it is “wretched and disgusting… [Africans] just keep breeding and breeding in this poverty. I just can’t take it.”– were taken “out of context” by those evil editors at CBS.

Exactly what context would make those statements not ignorant?

What the Race needs is non-American competitors. Let Canadians and Australians show ignorant they are for a change. Until the start of the show’s 7th installment, my plan is to cancel my cable (I said plan not intent) and only download my favourite shows, especially MGM’s Stargate-SG1 and Stargate: Atlantis. Sure it’s probably illegal, but how’s MGM gonna find out? That is, um, unless they read this blog.