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Steven Harper “Only Five Questions”

Stephen Harper has infuriated me before, but, I think he’s taken the cake now. Stephen Harper has announced that he will only answer five questions each day as he travels across the country for his campaign. That’s four from national reporters and one from local reporters. Not each, in total. Five questions for a man who wants to be Prime Minister per day. This is like if you went to a job interview and told the interviewer that you were only willing to answer their first five questions. You know what would happen if you did? They wouldn’t hire you, because you’re starting to show signs that you’re controlling, and maybe a little full of yourself. And if the job you’re applying for is the Prime Minister of a democratic nation, those are traits not really suited to the role.

Way Smarter Than You'd Think

However, it’s also brilliant. Five questions is only enough to gain information on a superficial level. You’ll get the whos, whats, wheres and maybe, if Harper is in a good mood, whys, but fat chance you’ll get a how.  And that’s only if the journalists understand English and French, because the questions are supposed to be split evenly between languages. Not to mention that there’s only one question from local reporters. That’s not enough for any kind of depth. This is great for Harper because journalists, if they’re not careful, can waste questions on something frivolous or be unable to ask a question that popped to mind a little later. And so he can’t be grilled as well and his ideas can’t be dissected as well because we’re lacking information. So the news we get will be limited and superficial, and say things that Harper did and wants to do, and then it’ll be done. People will read it and go ‘hey, this guy has got ideas and there doesn’t seem to be any problem.’

That’s if Harper actually anwsers your question in the first place. He’s been known to reject any question on ethics and social impact on the count that it isn’t relevant. It is, but that’s a discussion for a different place. The problem is that you can waste a question with one he doesn’t want to answer and then all of a sudden you have nothing beyond his (probably riveting) speech. This is a continuation of a problem we’ve had in Parliament. Harper was found to be in contempt of Parliament because he had issues divulging information to the public.

Seriously, is this the guy we want back in Parliament? The guy who hides information and refuses to address his own problems with ethics? It’s fine if a politician hates the media, they can loathe it, and hunt it in the night with a finely worded letter and scowls. However, it’s audacious to treat it like a threat and then cut off its legs like Harper has. It’s not like Paul Martin liked the media, and I bet Ignatiaf wants to stab them right now. (Layton on the other hand seems pretty chummy for a guy who needs a crutch to walk. If he got in he’d be like Canada’s FDR.)

When it comes down to basics, here’s the issue I’m having: it’s working. Tories are gaining in the polls and the Grits are starting to shrink. It’s not surprising, the Conservatives have the momentum and the attack ads has been ripping the liberals apart. Harper is the most competent leader around right now, which is frightening, considering what he’s doing and wants to do. But, don’t despair quite yet. The local newspapers despise Harper for this, and are more passive-agressively fighting this. Honestly, I want to give an award for the best use of the term Harper Government. In today’s news it was used solely in an article that starts “The Harper Government has eroded Canada’s reputation as a human rights champion.” It goes on to explain that the Conservatives weren’t particularly implicated but hell, you have to use the government’s ‘official’ title, right? To do otherwise would be wrong.

So here’s my homework for like the six people who read this. Look at Harper and ask questions. He can do whatever he wants with the media, that will come back to haunt him later, but if he ignores the people he’s supposed to be representing, then he’s not representing you. Also, vote. Do what the politicians don’t expect. Honestly, if you don’t vote you deserve whatever leader we get, even if it is Harper.

(The other benefit is that if more students do vote or ask questions, we’ll get to see the Harper ‘oh shit’ face again, and I’ve been dying to see it again since Stephane Dion announced the coalition back in 08)

 

He looked like a kicked puppy!

G.A.M uPDATE 5

Okay, so here’s another one of these nightmares. I’ve been screamed at for a month to put this up to the point where I no longer even remember what it is about. So based solely on memory here’s what it is apparently about:

  • Bleach movie in Canada October 20
  • Appleseed Anime series on permanent hold
  • Production IG to make computer animated film with Fuji TV
  • Hellsing ends, Hirano is coming up with something new for next year
  • Something about Evangellion
  • Manga/Anime Releases for the month
  • Funimation Juice?

Reviews: There will be more later in the week. This one was already getting too long.

So for the approximately four people who listen to these podcasts, I apologize for the extreme delay, but I have school and I don’t want to spend valuable sleeping time on the INTER-WEBZ. Also it will probably get down to twice a month at most.

G.A.M Netcast 1

Uhh, I was too busy to make my own post this week. Anyways it’s late but it’s not like anyone listens to it. Here’s the first proper G.A.M. uPDATE for this week.

He got his mic so it should sound better than last week’s frightening  turn out.

Topics Include:

  • Morbito on Adult Swim
  • Fansubs vs Industry Panel
  • Tomari no 801-chan
  • Kevin being a Death Note
  • Live action Death Note movie comes to Canada
  • Compatible Rock Band and Guitar Hero Controllers

Reviewed

  • Gurren Lagenn Vol. 1
  • Naruto Shippuden: Narutimate Hero Accel 2
  • Shakugan no Shana Vol. 3

They seem to be better considering that last week was 30 minutes long and sucked. Regardless, Have fun.

The Canadian iPhone

Alright so early Wednesday morning Rogers, that magical media conglomerate, finally gave into the demands of the people and let up on the 3G iPhone data plan.  So behold the 6GB data plan! It’s 30 dollars on whatever plan you already have and then you get what is usually considered the unlimited deal in the US. While this does nothing to alleviate the fact that you only get 150 minutes at $60, a price which AT&T offers 450 minutes plus caller ID and 2,500 sent text messages at a two year contract instead of the Rogers three year package.  At least it shows that Rogers is willing to compromise somewhat.

However somehow I believe it has less to do with compromise and more to do with the fact that there was so much bad publicity surrounding them. It almost got to the point where it would be an embarrassment to enter a Rogers facility.  Not to mention a rumour about Rogers losing Apple’s support, who planned on shooting them in the leg by leaving them with only 10-20 units per store.

Although this is in effect a small victory in comparison of the other issues in the Rogers plan, it still shows that thousands of people ranting over the Internet are able to make even a monopolistic monolith second guess their decisions. So it wasn’t the deal changer that people were hoping for, but at least you can get the unlimited data.

What it really shows is how much the cell industry has to change in Canada. It shouldn’t get to the state where we are clamouring for a change. Rogers has gotten too big and has way too much control over this stuff. Worst of all wherever they go they kill everything that they deem to be useless or unpopular and replace it with their own standards. Everyone knew that the iPhone was going to be expensive in Canada, all our cell phone plans are pretty high in comparison to the states; however that does not give you an excuse to jack up the price further.  They tried to take advantage of the people thinking that everyone would just pay whatever price for an iPhone. They thought we were stupid, that we would just bark like dogs and pay up. What they didn’t expect was the extreme negativity. I mean this has spawned things like Rogers boycotts and petitions. Or maybe they expected this, and this is all part of their sinister plan to control the Canadian economy. Somewhere along the line, I doubt that.