Six Tidbits

Cheech & Chong have reunited for a US and Canada tour this fall. They’ll be in Ottawa Sept. 5th – tickets are $50+++.  Okay, so I’m as in love with the 1970s as the next guy and watching people pretending to smoke big fat joints was really hilarious then for some reason. But, seriously? Cheech & Chong? I mean, look at these guys.

 

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Beijing’s Spiritual Civilization Construction Commission has been working hard to improve the manners and deportment of its citizens over the last couple of years. Etiquette handbooks were distributed to the unwashed masses instructing them on such things as: not wearing more than 3 colors at any one time; women with fats legs must wear dark stockings and women with thin legs, light stockings; things you must never bring up in conversation with westerners (age, income, marital status, address, past experience, personal life, or religious or political beliefs); and that when standing people should keep their feet slightly apart in a V shape. Great! This will certainly fool us all into believing Beijing is a hip, cool, non-human-rights-violating place.

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PETA, who in their own eye-rollingly crazy way, have done a lot of good for animal rights, has posted an ad on its blog comparing the killing and beheading of 22-year-old Tim McLean to the slaughter of animals for human consumption. I get that they’re trying to hook into the shock and upset everyone is feeling about this incident, but I’m pretty sure this one is going to backfire.

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It’s August and all this talk about the possibility of someone calling an early fall election just makes me shake my head in awe and wonder at how different our federal electoral process is from that of our American neighbours. And yet we both wind up with strikingly similar bobble-heads.

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H&M in Vancouver is in big doo-doo for hustling breast-feeding mom, Manuela Valle, off the shop floor and literally pushing her into a dressing room in the back. They told her it was store policy and that other customers were offended. Mom felt humiliated, like she was being treated like a shoplifter or something.  Mom is going to the BC human rights tribunal. H&M is furiously backpedalling now saying they have no such policy and that staff in the Vancouver store was just trying to find a more comfortable place for the mother to nurse her baby (sort of against her will and even though she was perfectly comfortable already).  In Vancouver of all places! 

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France is pondering the possibility of a junk-food tax in an attempt to discourage the consumption of greasy, sugary, over-salted, processed foods. France has always been particularly disturbed by the influx of American fast food and has done its best to keep it out and limit its visibility.  It was only last year that McDonalds was able to break into the French market. Will they be able to pull off a junk food tax increase of almost 15%? The extra tax money would go into the health care system. WIn-win, right??????