Censorship, be gone gone gone

Tony Turner singing "Harperman"

I’m a bit late with this, but what the heck – call it election ad overload. Still, you, too, can sing-along on September 17 with the Unitarian church hippies (those were the days).

The story according to Maclean’s: “Newsmaker: Tony Turner, the scientist turned ‘Harperman’ star”

“Turner was working as a scientist with Environment Canada, specializing in GPS mapping…. Environment Canada has suspended Turner while investigating his musical fame, suspecting it could violate the public service’s code of ethics.”

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Valentina will play

valentinaThe true north (according to the official narrative) strong enough (we’d like to think) to bear a dissenting voice, and free enough (we really really hope) to let it be heard. O Canada.

Will Calgary stand?

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Let Valentina play

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Valentina Lisitsa:

Yes, Toronto Symphony is going TO PAY ME NOT TO PLAY because I exercised the right to free speech.
Yes, they will pay my fee but they are going to announce that I will be unable to play and they already found a substitute.
And they even threatened me against saying anything about the cause of the cancellation.

Shostakovich Sonata No. 2 Mov 3 Finale

Update at CTV.

More info at CBC.

World’s Most Charitable

Bill Gates pledged to give away half his fortune and persuaded Warren Buffet to do the same. In 2010,  the duo started The Giving Pledge  to sign up other billionaires to their cause.

In 2010 Gates’s net worth was $54 billion, and Buffet’s $45 billion. In 2015, today, Gates’s net worth is $79.2 billion, and Buffet’s $71.3 billion. Way to go, Bill and Warren. You prove that great generosity garners great rewards.

Original poster sighted in La Bodeguita, Havana, Cuba, 1979

Original poster sighted in La Bodeguita, Havana, Cuba, 1979

Living Wages

Reuters headline yesterday: “Minimum wage fight hits the streets of nearly 200 U.S. cities”

Aug. 17, 1998

I went to work for a day and they paid me $70 an hour for six hours. At $7 an hour that’s 60 hours, or 42 hours at $10 an hour, more than a week’s work, standing on your feet all day, lifting heavy bolts of fabric, opening drawers of dress patterns, bending and heaving, cutting and turning, until you hurt your back, your wrists, your legs. Arthritis, rheumatism, varicose veins, carpal tunnel, you’ve got it all. $10 an hour – that’s a lot of money. That’s a good job. They made you manager of the store.

“What about you? What do you do?”

“Oh, I – I teach. I work on my own. Not all the time. Just when they call me.” I mumble and avoid their eyes.

They look at me, not sure whether to feel sorry or envious. “It’s good to work for yourself. Set your own hours. No one to be your boss.”

“Ahh… well, I have to work when they call. It’s hard not to know when I have to work. A steady job is good.”

They feel sorry for me now. “Yes, a steady job is good. Bring in some money. Pay the bills. It’s not easy, getting a good job.”