Harper Finally Starts to Annoy Me

Harper talkingWell, Harper’s done the first thing as PM to really annoy me. Turns out the media will not be allowed to photograph the coffins of dead soldiers coming back from Afghanistan. Not only that, but the flags on parliament hill will not fly at half mast.
These are just little things, I know, but they set a bad precedent. See, one of the reasons the US lost Vietnam was because the public freaked out and forced the government to end the very unpopular war. The images of the coffins coming back on TV really hit people hard. When Bush saw that his Iraq war was becoming unpopular he banned the media from showing pictures of American coffins coming back from that conflict. Now, to compare the Canadian peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan with the war in Iraq is frankly silly. The Americans have lost a few thousand soldiers in Iraq while in Canada we’ve lost maybe a dozen or so (and most to friendly fire). Still, that Harper has decided that it’s better to hide the images of Canadian coffins from the public instead of defending his position on why the mission in Afghanistan is necessary (and it is necessary, indeed), is disturbing.
The thing is, this action almost makes me think that Harper is now expecting a huge jump in casualties soon, and this is not good at all.

lo.key – Recomposing Revolution

My friend Brian tweaked me onto a friend of his who DJs for CKCU FM Radio Ottawa under the name lo.key. On lo.key’s blog you can download some remastered and massaged mixes of his radio show Stochastic, which features extremely complex layered mixes. Of course Ableton Live is involved.
If you like experimental DJ mixes I’d recommend you check out lo.key’s stuff.

This Week in Evolution

I don’t really want to get overtly anti-religious or anything, but this whole Intelligent Design Creationism thing really gets my goat. Luckily it’s been a good week on the evolution front. First, you know those Darwin fish you see on cars? The ones with the fish with feet? Turns out they’re real! Meet Tiktaalik roseae:

Tiktaalik roseae

This little guy, unearthed in the barren snowy land of Nunavut, Canada, is essentially half fish and half crocodile. He has gills and nostrils. He has flippers with a crocodile-like bone structure inside. Not only that, Tiktaalik was a predicted form. Evolutionary scientists predicted that this creature must exist and all they had to do was find it. And then they did. Yay!
In other, somewhat unrelated, news Bill Nye (The Science Guy) is against biblical literalism and managed to freak out a few biblical literalists at a recent talk.

We Need Kittens

My blog is lacking images. We must rectify this.
Kitten terrorizes house
There’s lots more where that came from on soda’s site.