I’m kinda furious about this:
When first watching the trailer, I tried to remind myself that it was just a movie.
But it’s never just a movie, is it?
Given enough time, I’m sure I could list hundreds of films that changed my perspective on the world. The Hours was the first time I felt challenged on my once very black-and-white perspective on LGBT rights. Hotel Rwanda, despite being called “revisionist junk” by then UN peacekeeper/now senator Romeo Dallaire, was the first movie to open my eyes to the role of politics in preventing, or allowing, genocide and devastation. There are just so many movies that moved me to reconsider my stance or opinion by challenging me to see the world through someone else’s eyes. Movies do affect us, often more than we’d like to admit. Heck, that’s exactly why we talk so much about representation in movies here on the blog.
So I am a movie fan who believes that movies impact their viewers. That’s why I’m furious that there is about to be a major blockbuster that will hero-wash “the worst oil spill in U.S. History” a spill that polluted the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days and leaked approximately 3.19 million barrels of oil. Continue reading
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Legalizing recreational marijuana was part of Justin Trudeau’s election campaign platform, but it wasn’t something many people took seriously. What with the common mistrust of politicians and the opposition of the very powerful Hell’s Angels gang, who stand to lose a lot of revenue if pot becomes legal, it was hard to take Trudeau’s proposition seriously.
That’s why I was surprised to hear that the Federal Health Minister had announced plans to legalize marijuana by 2017. CBC’s recent episode of Cross Country Checkup gave Canadians an opportunity to respond with a few of their thoughts on the new legislation. Many of the callers brought some great points to my attention, some of which I’ve touched on below. However, it was apparent that some callers were still buying into weed propaganda, from exaggerated health benefits to exaggerated threats. For this post I decided to pull together a few of the best arguments I’ve heard from both camps and try to find at least a little research to support their claims.
Pros of Legalization
1. Legalization could reduce an unnecessary drain on police resources
Cannabis related offences are the most common type of drug offence in Canada, especially here in British Columbia.
Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, Aggregate Uniform Crime Reporting Survey.
According to Stats Canada, “in 2012, 43% of Canadians reported that they had used marijuana at some time in their lives, and 12% reported using it in the past year”. That means half of all Canadians could have been charged with possession at one time or another. Although in some places police will turn a blind eye to mere pot possession, there are still a significant number of cases reported by police. CBC explains that
there were 57,314 marijuana possession-related “incidents” reported by police nationwide, according to Statistics Canada. More than 24,540 people were charged as a result. The year before that, 25,819 Canadians faced charges.
What’s disconcerting about this grey area of crime is that police can often use their discretion when it comes to actually prosecuting an offence. According to a recent CBC News analysis, where you live can affect if you will be charged. They report that “you’re almost 23 times more likely to face a possession charge in Kelowna, B.C., than in St. John’s.”
Marijuana use is so widespread that it is taking a massive amount of police resources to even pursue pot users. According to a report last year, “police report a pot possession incident every 9 minutes in Canada”. Inevitably, chasing down the almost endless amount of pot users and dealers takes police away from pursuing other criminal activity. Continue reading
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A while ago (and with great reluctance from Evan), I posted a defense of piracy.
Understanding how much Evan and I differ on the subject, I wouldn’t have written anything more about it- had the BBC not just put forth an article kinda vindicating my entire position.
Oh, you better believe I’m gonna be cocky about this…
Posted in Canada, film, internet, money, music, news
Tagged art, artist, box office, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, HBO, mainstream sources, money, music, musician, netflix, piracy, pirate, prevention of access, profit, quality speed, Reed Hastings, SOPA, television, Time Warner, vince gilligan, YouTube
Last week, Evan and I discussed the recent move by the Cameron administration in the UK to block pornography from British internet servers by default (it can be accessed through request). As Evan is currently on tour in the Mexican state of Sinaloa as his luchador alter-ego, “El Astronauta Más Sexy Y Famoso,” he’s asked me to write today’s post, and I’ve decided to pick up on last week’s talk.
We had blasted a few arguments back and forth (with me arguing that the ban did far more harm than good) but one line of reasoning that I didn’t get a chance to use was this:
There’s a lot worse stuff out there than porn. Continue reading
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Ahhh Monsanto. The distributors of Agent Orange. Surely they aren’t still around wreaking havoc… right?
Alas, they are still very much around, and have been busy building themselves into food industry giants.
Posted in business, food, Shame Day
Tagged Africa, Agent Orange, Bill HR 933, blog news, Federal Government, food, GMO, Haiti, Hungary, India, money, Monsanto, Obama, patent, Policy, profit, seeds, society, United States of America, Vandana Shiva
Everyone likes comedy.
You like comedy. I like comedy. Even the most dour, lifeless people on the planet (Wesleyans) like comedy.
Why then, is it so hard to find a good comedy?
Let me rephrase that- “why is it so hard to find a good comedy movie?” Continue reading
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Tagged action, adventure, aristophanes, Benchwarmers, budget, c-level actor, Clerks, Comedians, comedy, comedy section, Die Hard, entertainment, film, flick, For Da Love of Money, horror, Hot Rod, John McClane, minstrel show, movies, Mr Woodcock, napoleon dynamite, netflix, Pixar, pothead, profit, racism, racist, sci-fi, SNL, stoner, stoners, story arc, Strange Wilderness, superbad, The Love Guru, The Other Guys, the trotsky, Tucker & Dale Vs Evil, wesleyans, zombieland