Thursday, May 15

Only bad news?

Why is it the only news that is ever reported involves dead immigrants, mass graves, SARS,the murder of an innocent girl, and Canada worrying about marijuana?

Also, why are the most popular shows, those which offer some sort of violence, betrayal, or chance of harm? Things like Survivor, Joe Millionaire, and Fear Factor, shows which offer a look at the darker side of humanity, shows based around greed. These are the pop culture icons at the moment. Why not something like Fluffy Factor? A show where instead of jumping from a helicopter into a vat of acid to retrieve a flag, you have to carefully climb down a step ladder suspended over a large pile of feathers? Or instead of lying in a vat of scorpions, it's a vat of kittens?

Maybe Michael Moore is right when he talks about the government trying to rule with fear.

If anyone notices any headlines that aren't full of death, scandal, or some sort of negativity, please forward it to me. I could use a bring me upper in the news.

Wednesday, May 14

Movies!

The Matrix sequel opens today in the great city of Ottawa. The first showing is at 10:00 tonight. Many of the theatres are playing it every fifteen to twenty minutes from 10 until 11:15 or 11:20. I do believe I will attempt to attend tonights premiere of this long anticipated flick.

I don't have too many expectations for this film. I had expectations for X:2 and it completely surpassed them, so I've decided that I am not brave enough to try for two excellent movies in a row. I just hope that this film doesn't suck.

I'm also looking forward to Bruce Almighty. It's always been one of my fantasies, having the powers of God, or a god, for a period of time. Unlike many people who would attempt to do good, I would simply abuse them. I would use the powers of God to create a world in which I would love to live. Namely, a comic book. I'm not sure which comic, but a comic, and I would be the super hero.

A world in which everyone was brightly coloured, and drawn in different styles every few issues, it would also be released bi-monthly. Ha. I'm just kidding. I don't know what I'd do with the powers of God, I just know that I'm not responsible enough, or mature enough to have them. Damn my childish mind!

Tuesday, May 13

More Dick...

Wow, now that I've begun reading Dick Winston's Daily Dick articles, I just can't stop. Today's is a great one. Go read it. It's about various high level conspiracies. You'll love it I'm sure.

Monday, May 12

Cheese...

Here is on of those things that people fwd. to you to try and make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I'm posting it here because I believe it shows how something that appears to be right, can in fact be very wrong.

The Jar of Life

A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When class began, wordlessly, he picked up a large empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks right to the top, rocks about two inches in diameter.
He then asked the students if the jar was full? They agreed it was.
So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks.
The students laughed.
He asked his students again if the jar was full? The agreed that yes, it was.
The professor then picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.
"Now", said the professor, "I want you to recognize that this is your life. The rocks are the important things -your family, your partner, your health, your children - anything that is so important to you, that if it were lost you would be nearly destroyed. The pebbles are the other things in life that matter, but on a smaller scale. The pebbles represent things like your job, house, car. The sand is everything else, the small stuff. If you put the sand or the pebbles into the jar first, there is no room for the rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your energy and time on the small stuff, immaterial things, you will never have room for the things that are truly most important."
Pay attention to the tings that are critical in your life. Take care of the rocks first - the things that really matter. Set your priorities - the rest is just pebbles and sand.

Honestly now, it's easy to make the mistake the first time. All the rocks in there, yeah it's full. But then he hits you with the pebbles and asks again? Come on now! You totally know that he's leading you on, and we all know that there are smaller things than pebbles.

Oh, yeah, the lesson of the story, pretty cool I guess, don't waste your time working hard, you're better off making personal calls at work.
My Question of the Day...

If you believe in re-incarnation please answer this....

When a person with multiple personality disorder dies and is re-incarnated, do all of the personalities get re-incarnated? And if they do, do they all get a separate body, or do they just become another person/creature with MPD?

The Rant Continues...

Thanks again to Dick Winston for an update on Canada's stance regarding Pot Laws. It seems as though the feds will give up on their plan to decriminalize marijuana possession, because of a backlash from the US government.

Normally I would denounce Chretien and his Liberals for bowing to the wants of the US government. Despite the fact that healthy international relations with the US are important to maintain. And although I am in favour of legalization or decriminalization of pot, not because I use it, but because it just seems to make sense, I agree that it may be a bad idea.

The article suggests that because the legislation would lead to an increase in the possession of marijuana in Canada, the result would be more attempts at smuggling pot into the US, thus stricter border patrols. This makes some sense, and I'm sure the US wouldn't hesitate to jump to conclusions or enforce their beliefs in the absence of real evidence, as displayed in the recent Iraqi conflict. I also believe that we need to compromise sometimes for the greater good. It's possible that by scrapping the proposed pot law amendments, me may be able to gain ground in things like Softwood.

Also, decriminalization of marijuana in general, which sounds like a good idea, may not be in the governments best interests. I've always compared marijuana to alcohol and cigarettes. Usually, I find that pot is the lesser of three evils. It's not addictive like nicotine and alcohol, it doesn't usually result in the same kinds of unruly behaviour as alcohol, and various reports have shown it to be less harmful than cigarettes.

But unfortunately it takes a lot more effort and skill to make alcohol and cigarettes, marijuana can be grown anywhere by anyone. It is much harder to regulate, and although it would be a great idea to be able to package, sell, and tax pot, it would be hard to do this.

If our government were to make it legal we would see many more people using marijuana, and because it is harder to tell if someone is stoned, rather than drunk, I'm sure there would be many more people using it on a more regular basis.

I believe the best solution is to make possession a criminal offence, and to enforce the laws we have on the books.

If we make it an offence which doesn't carry anything more than a fine, people will continue to use the drug and on the rare occasions that they are caught, they will pay the fine and never hear anything more about it.

To truly stop this problem, if it is truly a problem, would be to go to the source. Put more money into locating suppliers and dealers. Stop wasting time arresting kids who are smoking joints outside of their high schools, and spend your time finding out how they got the drugs.

Unfortunately marijuana use is prevalent in our culture, many people experiment with it while they're young, and give it up when the mature. But just as many, and sometimes more, don't ever give it up. Maybe the government should be concentrating on educating teens on using drugs and alcohol in a responsible manner.

What do YOU think about all this?