Dec 2, 2013 at 23:14:32
“I think a big part of what constitutes culture is art. Since music and film are art, then yes even shows like The Friendly Giant are part of Canadian Culture. If you remove CanCon rules would broadcasters stop airing Canadian content? Absolutely they would stop. The problem with some of the cancon rules and regulations is that they don't benefit the Canadian consumer. And those rules need to change. I should never click on a video link in hulu and see a message that says 'you can not watch this video in your country". That is just absurd and not what the internet is about. Don't get me wrong, I am not defending CanCon or the CRTC in todays internet world. They are dinosaurs, just like television broadcasters are dinosaurs. It's a very different world now than it was 30 years ago. Cancon rules and the CRTC had their place back then, I don't think they do now.
As for cartoon productions, the rules and regulations make it very hard to fund productions here in Canada. But don't get me started on the problems in animation production, I could rant about that for days.”
Roomen on Dec 3, 2013 at 11:58:22
“Thanks for your response EZ. I would agree that art is culture and that therefore music, film and tv as well as magazines are cultural. I would say lifestyle is a bigger determinant of culture. What you eat, what you celebrate, language, what you wear, what you do for fun etc. Art would fall into the fun part.”
Dec 1, 2013 at 02:18:47
“What kind of evidence are you looking for? How about all the music videos I grew up listening to in high school? That certainly had an impact on me. So I guess that qualifies as having an impact on culture. Plus there are literally tens of thousands of people that work in the film industry in Canada which is affected by Can Con rules. I work in animation. If we didn't have can con rules and our cartoon channels just acquired American shows instead of having to air Canadian shows, then I would not have worked on the all those Canadian produced cartoons over the course of my career. I don't see how you can deny that can con has had an impact on Canadian culture. Anyone that was brought up in the 80's or before has felt that impact. Whether they were listening to Chalk Circle, Blue Peter, or watching the Hilarious House Of Frightenstein or the The Friendly Giant, or if they work in the film or music industry. The impact is definitely and obviously there. Now... is it outdated in this day and age? Absolutely. I see no reason why Hulu and Netflicks Canada should be any different than it is in the States. Can Con rules, as they currently stand, are irrelevant in today's internet society. But that does not negate the enormous impact Can Con rules had on Canadian culture in 70's and 80's.”
Roomen on Dec 2, 2013 at 09:57:26
“What kind of evidence are you looking for? It's my question as well, what exactly constitutes Canadian culture and how does Cancon impact it good or bad. To follow your examples, how is The Friendly Giant cultural? Is there something particularly Canadian about it or is it a program produced and created in Canada with perhaps little to no cultural impact. Or is Canadian production itself cultural?
There is lots of desire to make Canadian music. There are live bands playing across the country. The most popular ones get signed up by distributors, who are constantly on the look out for new product, and radios begin to broadcast them.
If you removed Cancon rules from radio would radio stations stop broadcasting Canadian content? Would they only play it if US stations played it first? Does Canadian music need Cancon or is the industry mature enough to stand on its own?
How about cartoon production. Does it still require funding or can it stand on its own?”
Nov 28, 2013 at 17:31:17
“While I am no fan of Harper, this has been going on since 1980. Look at any graph, any chart, any stats, and you will see the wage gap increasing for decades, and the cost of living increasing for decades. We have had all kinds of governments in those decades and not one of them have the ability to follow the logical conclusion if this trend continues... a world of have and have nots, of super rich and super poor. And not a single government has the will or vision to change this. Maybe when it is too late, then they will want to do something about it.”
“I agree. It is mind boggling how some Americans lump the entire population of other countries as 'they' and yet do not do the same to their own population. Which 'they' represents America? Liberals? Tea party? Republicans? Libertarians? Progressives? The religious right? The non-religious atheists? The gay population? The southern whites? The latinos?
People should think of that next time they lump people together.”
“There is no scientific or medical evidence to support any negative health impacts of second hand fried chicken smell, or second hand bread baking smell, or second hand chili smell, or second hand beef stew smell, or second hand curry smell, or second hand pork chop smell, burger smell, steak smell, or any other cooking smell.”
“Except the smell of cooking is doesn't cause cancer, second hand smoke does. This isn't an issue of just not liking the smell or look of something, this is an issue that actually affects people's lives. I don't like turtle neck sweaters, tripe, skinny jeans, and meatloaf, but I would never ban those things, because as much I hate them, they have absolutely no affect on my well being... just like the smells from cooking that you don't like.”
“Toronto is a clean, well run city. Unlike Montreal, where I live, Toronto is not in ruins, the streets are not riddles with pot holes, the bridges are not collapsing, the city is not awash with corruption and the influence of the mafia, every third store front is not out of business, and businesses are not harassed because of absurd language/sign laws.
However, all this has very little to do with the Mayor and more to do with the fact that all the systems and infrastructure is all already in place to keep the city running smoothly no matter who the mayor is. I work in animation, once a production is set up and you have a system in place, it doesn't matter if you change the producer, the director, or any one else, the production still would run smoothly because the wheels of the system are already in motion. Same with running a city. This is why Rob Ford is popular. The people of Toronto have a city that runs smoothly, so what do they care who the mayor is... as long as he doesn't screw that up.”
Nov 17, 2013 at 13:06:36
“Well I can definitely say you are wrong about "everyone of those people drive to Wal-Mart in there cheap Korean car and buy cheap products made in China and Bangladesh." I certainly do not. I never shop at Walmart. I feel, when it comes to things like gas and other natural commodities, that they should all be owned by the government, not private companies. And it should be used to benefit all Canadians with very cheap gas or lumber products, and only the surplus should be sold as exports. Take care of our own population's needs, rather than have profits for oil and gas CEOs be the only priority, because that benefits no one except the super rich.”
“"Now we have a contractor employee, not a government employee, who has access to information which is, when revealed, most damaging to the standing prestige of the United States and our relations with some of our best friends."
Clearly that 'prestige' is based entirely on lies, deception, manipulation; rather than honesty and straight forwardness. Otherwise the USA would have nothing to worry about if any info was leaked.
If any of my friends found out anything about me that they don't already know, it wouldn't make a bit of difference or effect our friendship in any way. Because I have nothing to hide, nothing I did wrong to them, and done nothing behind their backs. If the government wasn't so shady it would not have to worry about leaks either.”
Nov 3, 2013 at 14:06:18
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“I met Michael Jackson in 2003. I work in animation, and at that time he and his kids were fans of some of the shows I worked on, so he came to the studio to check out how cartoons get made. As someone who works in an industry where we never grow up and stay kids forever, I totally understand how a grown man could have a childlike view of things, like MJ did. Unfortunately he just wasn't smart by letting kids in the bed, that is just something you don't do because it looks weird and has the potential for people to make allegations like they did, especially if you are a rich celebrity.”
Oct 31, 2013 at 21:24:52
“The fact that interns are unpaid is not the biggest problem regarding this issue. The big problem is that companies are hiring interns rather than hiring workers they need to pay. I work in animation, I've seen studios bring in interns and let go of experienced animators they would have to pay, or not hire animators they would have to pay and use interns instead. To sit there and say "It's a free country." is very juvenile and doesn't address the issue or the problem whatsoever. Got anything else you want to add to this conversation? Maybe something of substance?”
HarleyOpenRoad on Oct 31, 2013 at 22:12:38
“Well, you should get the govt to make the practice illegal, then. BigGovt loves to regulate.
Seems like a fairly innocuous problem to me, if it's actually a problem, at all.”
Oct 31, 2013 at 10:10:22
“There are a lot of problems in the job market; unions ain't one of them. How about unpaid internships? Many companies are abusing that to get free labor. How about pay to work? That has actually happened in my industry, companies get you to pay to work under the guise of ,"you pay for an intensive course to learn the software". Meanwhile you are actually doing work as you are learning. How about companies that pay far less than minimum wage? That is happening quite often.
These are more important issues. Unions, not so much.”
hp blogger Sunny Freeman on Oct 31, 2013 at 10:33:54
“Ted Cruz has easily the most dishonest face I have ever seen. He always looks like he is selling some BS and thinks everyone is stupid enough to buy it. I find his facial expressions very condescending. Just an observation. Cheers.”
jlsst on Oct 27, 2013 at 10:35:33
“well - if he refused to associate with anyone who did not have an Ivy League degree....
you can just imagine how he feels about the 'common folk'”
“Someone help me out here. The republicans complain that Obamacare isn't working. If I give them the benefit of the doubt for a minute here; what is it exactly that they are proposing instead of the Affordable Health Care Act? A Public Option like in Canada? I don't think they want that because that is 'socialism' according to them. Do they want to go back to the way it was before Obamacare, when people were being denied coverage and losing their homes when they got ill? That doesn't solve any problems. I just don't know what it is that they want exactly. Well, actually I do; they want to make sure this President does not pass health care legislation that will benefit the American people, because if it turns out to be a good thing, the people will have no reason to vote for the GOP in the future.”
Thinkster on Oct 26, 2013 at 12:36:05
“The GOP/TP doesn't have anything to offer - just more of the same. They are happy with the health care mess we have now because they and their wealthy constituents are getting fabulously wealthy from the status quo. The GOP/TP also knows, as you point out, that President Obama's ACA plan might well be ultra-popular - people need health care, and they need to be able to afford it - and the rest of us want everyone to be part of the insurance pool so WE don't have to pay for their hospital visits with even higher premiums and health care costs.
No, it's not perfect - but it will get better and better over time, and no matter what, we have to start somewhere. The GOP/TP doesn't want America to get started down this path, they bet on discord and darkness, and the ACA represents a light at the end of this horrendous health care tunnel we've all been living in for so long.”
Bufford P Tusser on Oct 26, 2013 at 12:15:09
“the angry and desperate aren't really in favor of anything.
they live and breath to snivel and complain.”
LeftRightFight on Oct 26, 2013 at 12:09:52
“They're allegedly working on something NOW. After all this time. It should be a real doozy, too.”
Atwill on Oct 26, 2013 at 12:07:50
“I say lets go back ot the health care 150 years ago. when the Dr made house calls and got paid what you can afford , a pig, a few baby chickes, an apple pie.”
“I don't understand how a person could have a relationship with Jesus. A relationship is a two way street, there has to be someone on the other end of the relationship that can reciprocate. You ever read about those crazy celebrity stalkers? They see the actress in a movie or on tv and "think they have a relationship" with them, but the actress has no idea the person even exists until they break into her house. That is not a relationship because it is not reciprocal.
If you could explain to me how exactly a person 'has a relationship' with God... great, I'm all ears.
Anyway, like I said, I know so many people that are not religion, do not believe in God or Jesus and are genuinely very good people. I don't agree with the notion that a person left to their own conscience can not be good unless they have the big eye in the sky watching over their every move.”
“I don't think a person needs religion to be a good person. Most people I know are not religious and are very kind, generous, caring people. Bad people come in both types, religious and non-religious. The worse human being I personally know is my Aunt, and she is religious, she goes to church every Sunday. I was raised Catholic, but have abandoned my faith a long time ago. I am one of the nicest people a person could meet.
I always thought it was ridiculous to swear on the bible in court. If a person is going to lie, swearing on the bible is not going to change that. It's childish and makes no sense.”
tossytosser on Oct 19, 2013 at 14:44:11
Most of the murderous atrocities in the world are done in the name of some god figure or another - by religiously warped headcases .”
Marisa Citro-Dunn on Oct 19, 2013 at 14:41:15
“I always think it is sad when the leaders of a church don't lead the people into the truth....If you read John 3:5 Jesus tells us 'One must be born again', and this is repeated in some of the books in the New Testament. We are to come into a relationship with Christ not into a relationship with religion. This can be done by asking Jesus to come into our lives and finding a Born again, Bible based church....God is relationship not religion....”
“That's cool. I'm 44 years old, and don't drink. I only drank alcohol one time in my life. I was 18, I had 3 beers at a bowling banquette. I tried it, didn't like it, and never drank again. That's it, 3 beers one night, a long time ago. I have no problem with people that like to drink a glass of wine after a meal, or chill out with a beer while watching sports. But I do have a big problem with people that get drunk, so drunk they can't walk or talk properly. That is just stupidity.”
JAS03 on Oct 13, 2013 at 22:50:04
“My family is filled with disgusting drunks so I rarely drink.”
“You keep telling yourself that... I'm sure you even believe it. But it is not true. Republicans were against Obama from day 1 in office, so clearly it has nothing to do with debt. The debt ceiling has been raised 18 times under Ronald Regan, 8 times under Clinton and George Bush, and 78 times since 1960.
At the beginning of the Bush presidency, the United States debt limit was $5.95 trillion. Bush increased the debt to $9.815 trillion by the end of his term.
So this has absolutely nothing to do with "crushing the debt" as you put it. The GOP are just playing political games, as they have from day 1, to derail Obama at every opportunity. Boehner, Eric Cantor, Mitch McConnell, Jon Kyl viewed increasing the debt limit as vital to keeping America’s economy running during the Bush years, but with Obama in the White House, suddenly they are against it.
Do you honestly believe that if it was a Republican President in office, they would not increase the debt limit? Of course they would, as they have every single other time in the past.”
“Are these people living in a Bizarro universe? If anyone is acting like a spoiled brat, it is the GOP. They are the ones that shutdown the government, took their ball and went home, and acting like child that doesn`t get his way. It`s like they live in an opposite reality. Weird.”
boxdin77 on Oct 12, 2013 at 23:42:12
“Its actually about crushing debt about to destroy the US, but I'm sure its more fun to call guys like west names.”
theocrat on Oct 12, 2013 at 23:08:06
“To answer the question in the first sentence - YES.”