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Archive for May, 2003

Memo to self

Saturday, May 31st, 2003

All these fish and forests are getting too heavy. The most beautiful weather is happening every day and the day stays light until 9:45 pm (I’m sunburned, dammit). I recognized Carol Shields in Grafton’s Bookstore today — she’s in one of those final stages of breast cancer, yet she was walking, talking, smiling, selling off […]

Can’t lay off the fish stories

Saturday, May 31st, 2003

Africa’s bushmeat trade, which is forcing several rare species towards extinction, is fuelled by European Union policy, according to John Lawton, the head of the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council. Seems the West is overfishing with huge factory-type trawlers far off-shore, which deplete the fish stocks closer to shore where the artisinal fishers work (i.e., […]

Build it and they will come … unfortunately

Friday, May 30th, 2003

Here’s a story from a local newpaper that illustrates, in my opinion, what’s wrong with the way we’ve managed to set up our lives in society. Since the link will break in a few weeks, I’ll summarize: business people hopefully predict that fear of BSE will spur investment in plants — factory-sized machines — that […]


Thursday, May 29th, 2003

I spent the better part of today’s ruminating time thinking about the current blog entry on Teresa Nielsen Hayden’s Making Light, and in particular about the passionate commentary flying back and forth. I ended up having to write my own 2-cents worth, although I really felt the limitations of the format. Still, at least the […]

Do Chimps use swimming pools?

Wednesday, May 28th, 2003

Yes!, The New York Times — albeit in the food section — has joined the chorus criticising the salmon fish farming industry. One more time, despite the broken links to Vancouver Sun stories, see also my April 14 blog, “What would Flipper do? Fish Stories” for links to Farmed and Dangerous, a great site for […]

Did Dorothy Parker have children?

Tuesday, May 27th, 2003

There are many worthy, important things to point to in a blog right now. Here’s a laundry list, unsorted: Dave Winer‘s pointer this past weekend to William Safire‘s article in the Seattle Post Intelligencer; Stuart Laidlaw‘s article in the Toronto Star that complacency is the real killer in mad cow disease (read Stuart Laidlaw‘s new […]

Judy Feldman on NBC tonight

Monday, May 26th, 2003

The following, from an email from Judy Feldman and the National Coalition to Save Our Mall: WHO:

Collect them all

Sunday, May 25th, 2003

Probably hundreds of people are out and about this weekend taking pictures of a certain coffee shop franchise. My awareness of it started because I found the reference on Dave Gillmor’s blog. Checked out Larry Lessig’s suggestion, saw the pictures on Dave Winer’s blog. Since I’ve blogged about this particular corporation before, I thought at […]

Sympathy for

Saturday, May 24th, 2003

If the Rolling Stones really do give a free concert this summer in Toronto, in a move to rescue the city, the province, and now even the country from the mess we’ve gotten ourselves into due to our sloppy handling of the SARS outbreak in T.O. and the tainted feed scandal in the Alberta BSE […]

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