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And that's the real source of Mr. Martin's grief: not the fickleness of the press gallery, but his own needless, cynical rush to call a spring election. Suppose, instead of signalling to everyone that he intended to drop the writ just as soon as partisan calculation advised, he had given himself a year to set his own stamp upon the government: time enough to devise and set a course for the next several years, to demonstrate his honesty and competence, to lay out his vision, to earn a mandate. Suppose, further, he had declared that was his timetable.
Ultimately, in the face of all this exploitation of my art, whether by fans, criminals or incestuous and lazy institutions like BMI, I do feel gently forced into reliance on what only I can do - that is, to perform live, and to constantly produce new work.Thanks Dana.
If everything I do is immediately used by others for their own collateral will there be an inevitable fall in quality in what I do? By turning out too much, will I fail to honour my audience? I think not. As things stand I am aware I rarely do enough. And, as so many artists have said, radio stations, newspapers and magazines have freely used and abused the reputation, work and images of pop artists for the last 50 years. Artists cannot control over-exposure of their image. They can only run with publicity and hope for the best.
What's my reality? My reality is that because of the certain knowledge (gathered in the main from the internet) that people want to hear my music, I am writing today. I run a web site. I give away some of my music. If it is packaged well I sell it. I was armed with information gathered from the internet when I approached last year's Who touring work. I was certain we would sell out wherever we played, and barring the loss of a ticket here or there, we sold out. (How nice for BMI).
Mallick reveals again her pathological hatred of the US: everything is their fault. The US is the only actor, all others are simply acted upon, and murderous rage is the only justifiable and "rational" response. But Mallick manages to get basic history wrong. "Reagan's disastrous foray" into Lebanon, was done at the request of Lebanese authorities, in order to evacuate the PLO, and was part of a multinational peacekeeping force (the Italians and the French participated); quite how trying to save the PLO enraged Hezbollah sufficiently to prompt the murder of Americans is a bit unclear, but clarity has never been one of Mallick's strengths. Nor is it terribly clear how "making Saddam an ally" fueled the rise of al Qaeda. Nor how it was America's unique responsibility to "help Muslims in Bosnia" (after all, where were the French when this was happening on their front step?), but that the fact that they did help them gets no credit. But, again, whatever: Mallick is looking to make an argument, just to spew bile.Personally, I am utterly unable to read Mallick. My theory is they keep her around the Globe and Mail either because she has pics of a senior editor and a goat or she makes Leah McLaren look smart by comparison. Either way, Bob has at her with great glee. Go read it.
let it bleed
Hong Kong magnate Victor Li pulled out of a C$650 million ($500 million) deal to rescue insolvent Air Canada on Friday, forcing the world's 11th largest airline to seek a new partner and casting doubts about whether it can stay aloft.Fortunately the government thinks it's all cool and does not think it needs to step in.
"Politics have to relate to people," the prime minister said. "You have to use intermediaries," he added as he gestured to the celebrities present.The story goes on,
Kyla Pierson, 13, agreed voting is important. "Everyone should have their say in the government," she said.Delighted as I am that Nelly is both a mum and a potential voter I am not at all sure that the rallying cry "You have to use intermediaries." hits the right youth buttons.
But she admitted she was most interested in seeing the celebrities. "I'm here to see Nelly."
Furtado came to the stage to perform her current single Try, but before she started to sing the 25-year-old, who became a mother last year, made an admission of her own.
"I've never voted in my life," she said, but added she agreed to take part in the forum as a way of participating in the political process.
"I'm just getting started, like everyone else."
El Pais said the fact the same kind of explosives and a similar detonator was found in Friday's bomb and the March 11 Madrid bombs "suggests that in both cases it is the same terrorist organization, supposedly the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group."
Explaining the latest act of obstruction, Scott McClellan, the president's spokesman, said on Thursday that some documents were duplicative, unrelated or "highly sensitive." The White House, he said, had given the commission "all the information they need." Mr. Bush's staff should not be making that judgment. The commission's 10 members can be trusted with sensitive material.If the Bushies had particular national security reasons for withholding some of the documents, fine. But this is just dumb. The 9/11 Commission is important. Not because it is going to shnge anything and not because it will expose errors. It is important because people need to know that the Clinton administration and the Bush administration were able to do only so much pre 9/11.
he killers were not mistaken in their target: today's Madrid represents precisely the negation of the radical inhumanity of the obtuse, exclusive tribal spirit of fundamentalism, religious or political, which hates mixture, diversity and tolerance and, above all, liberty. This is the first European battle in a savage war that began exactly two years ago with the destruction of the Twin Towers in New York, and whose inroads will probably fill with blood and horror a good part of this new century. It is a war to the death, of course, and owing to the present fantastic development of the technology of destruction and the fanatic, suicidal zeal that inspires the international movement of terror, it is perhaps a trial even more difficult than those represented by fascism and communism for the culture of liberty.via Andrew Sullivan
It's because too many of Europe's opinion makers are living in a delusional world anyway. They believe that raising taxes and increasing social spending doesn't stifle economic growth, and that labor laws which prevent layoffs increase employment. They think they can catch up to the US economically by 2010. They think all disagreements can be settled through negotiations and that no one needs or should have a military any longer. They think all citizens should rely on the state to protect them from criminals, and any who try to protect themselves should be punished.Watching the French march out and vote socialist, communist and green to promote a "more humane" social policy underscores the level of delusion which infects the chattering classes in Europe. Watching the anti-warriors in England, Spain, France and Canada systematically ignore the viciousness of Saddam in order to pilory Bush and America suggests a nasty streak of malice.
They think they're still important, and they think that the world views them that way. Amidst that great sea of delusion, it's hardly surprising that they also think America is becoming more and more European as it finally grows up, and that deep down we admire them and want to be more like them.
steve den beste
Justice Konrad von Finckenstein ruled Wednesday that the Canadian Recording Industry Association did not prove there was copyright infringement by 29 so-called music uploaders.This is huge! With all of the usual cavets about appeals, this decision makes it practically impossible to prosecute file sharers in Canada.
Without the names, CRIA can't begin filing lawsuits against the alleged high-volume music traders, identified only as John and Jane Does.
It also reaffirms what the Copyright Board of Canada has already ruled -- downloading music in this country is not illegal.
Von Finckenstein said that downloading a song or making files available in shared directories, like those on Kazaa, does not constitute copyright infringement under the current Canadian law.
"No evidence was presented that the alleged infringers either distributed or authorized the reproduction of sound recordings," he wrote in his 28-page ruling. "They merely placed personal copies into their shared directories which were accessible by other computer users via a P2P service."
Martin will be in Vancouver on Thursday where he will announce the political appointments, said the sources who spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday. The Liberal candidates are: business leader David Emerson, forest union president David Haggard, B.C. Liberal Party president Bill Cunningham and Dosanjh.Each of these British Columbians would make an excellent MP and could walk into Cabinet untouched by scandal. They will also be entirely untouched by the legitimacy that winning a nomination in a given constituency confers. They will be Martin's people. Period.
The strongest argument for Kerry is that we have already gained as much as we can for the time being with hard power and war; he won't pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan; he won't be able to duck a serious response to another terror attack; but he might help ease some of the hatred of the United States that this president has - undeservedly, in my view, but still undeniably - ratcheted to unseen levels.To be fair Andrew does point out that Kerry does not take the war against terrorism seriously enough; but I wonder if he's right about having reached the limits of hard power.
Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin will move to the post of interior minister with EU commissioner Michel Barnier to replace him, Chirac's office announced Wednesday.While this is good news for the world at large, the bad news is that his new job puts Villepin in charge of anti-terrorism in France. Were I French this would not fill me with confidence.
Sarkozy was responsible for what little backbone the French had in their dealings with the radical unassimilated elements of their Muslim immigrants. De Villepin is very unlikely to show the same spine; the appeasement is going to get worse. The French ban on Islamic headscarves in school will be the first to fall.
Beyond the usual humbug of diplomatic discourse, there seems to be an anxiety to pretend to Arabs and Muslims that all is well when evidently it is not. It is as if Arabs and Muslims were children who mustn't hear the truth; that assorted Islamists are destabilizing Islamic countries and dragging them by the scruff of the neck into suicidal wars with the neighbors.David Pryce-Jones touches on the implicit racism which the leaders of the Middle East practice with respect to their own people. By pretending that the "Arab Street" cannot be told the truth else it seethes and, perish the thought, explodes virtually no Middle Eastern leader has been willing to actually admit that the Palestinians are doing themselves more harm than good and that the Islamic terrorists are a greater threat to Islamic nations than they will ever be to the West.