Mia Dolce Vita

November 30, 2006 at 9:34 am (Uncategorized)

  Every now and then I decide to share a musical discovery, today is one of those days. In the past few days I have been listening to the latest CD by Marco Calliari. It is a CD of traditional Italian classics.

    Marco Calliari is a Montreal based musician of Italian origin who has taken a long side trip to rediscover his Italian roots. For about sixteen years Marco Calliari was in a heavy metal band called Anonymus. The band was quite successful on the Quebec metal scene. They toured extensively throughout the province. It is in 2004 that his career took a turn and this year he left Anonymus to devote himself to his solo career.

   Mr Calliari released his first solo album two years ago. The album was received well by critics and his fans, some who followed him from his metal days. The album was done entirely in Italian  and consisted of original compostions and has a world beat/jazz style to it. I actually saw him in concert supporting the album in the summer of 2005, it was a great outdoor show on a hot Saturday afternon in a park, lots of fun.

  Marco Calliari released his second solo album about a month ago. It is quite well done and has many Italian and Neapolitan classics done a la Calliari. Music is made to be listened to, so I suggest the following two links to get to know the music of Marco Calliari, enjoy.

Marco Calliari’ s main website and his newer web site to check out his new CD.

For the heavy metal fans.

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Ongoing Civil Wars

November 29, 2006 at 12:16 pm (Uncategorized)

  What is going on in Iraq is now being called a civil war but some media outlets. It has been a civil war for some time now. The Bush administration does not like this term it seems. George W can not handle the truth it seems.

  We can no longer call this some sectarian violence, people are getting killed by the hundreds in Iraq some days, it is just outrageous. Obviously this is way more than just some violence here and there. It is calculated.

   I believe that this would not be going on if the US had minded their own business and not invaded Iraq based on false information in the first place. Right now the US is involved in a bloody mess, they should get out of there. Some will argue that the US should send more troops. With more or less troops, this is a civil war and it is not getting better. Whether or not the US is there will not change things at all, the civil war will get worse.

  On another civil war front, Canada has lost  2 more soldiers in Afghanistan this week. I have stated it before and will state it again, we should bring those troops back to Canada. Our soldiers in Afghanistan will not solve the issues that the country needs to resolve, there is lots of tribal and secular violence that needs to worked out there.

      The country is full of war lords and drug lords that are hold outs from the civil war and they are the ones pulling the strings and corrupting  everyone. This problem is an Afghani problem that in the end they hold the solution to, Canada’s involvement there will not change anything.

    In the end our presence will not even be noticed, it will be a footnote in history, like the past wars that Canada has participated in.

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Word Play

November 29, 2006 at 8:53 am (Uncategorized)

  The Canadian parliament  passed a motion on Monday night declaring that Quebec is a nation within a united Canada.  Unbelievably this was a motion put forth by the Conservative party, because they knew that the Bloc Quebecois was going to declare a similar motion within a few days. 

    What does that really mean when they say that Quebec is a nation. Semantically speaking the word  nation can have many varied  interpretations and  implications. Declaring that Quebec is a nation is in effect equal to saying we declare Quebec is green, if we do not explain all that it implies.

  What does it mean then, that the Quebecois are culturally different than the rest of Canada, no kidding we all knew that. Does it mean that Quebec is a province, we are that already. Does having nations within nations make even make sense?
   Personally I think that this is another wrong move by the Harper government. Will this move unite Canada  more, I believe not. If anything this move will just confuse people and cause more political headaches.
  The motion was not clear, does not really state anything I believe. In a legal sense it means does not mean much, it is not a law, just a motion.
   All this semantic declaration in the house does is waste our tax dollars, and nothing more. In essence the Harper government just wants Quebecois votes, and in the process is causing national confusion, in the country, but which country, which nation, now.

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Real Wacky Kramer

November 22, 2006 at 1:00 pm (Uncategorized)

   Seems like Michael Richards pulled a Gibson on the weekend at an LA comedy club. The Gibson refers to going on some wacky meltdown in public. A public that  these days has cellphones equipped with cameras that do photo and video, which makes the meltdown available to all on the internet before you can say upload.

   What got into Mr. Richards I am not sure, but the response to hecklers is not to lash out with racial tirades. All he had to do was get back at them with a quick comeback joke and that would have been it. Instead of that Mr. Richards turned into some crazy racist Mr. Hyde.
   Comedy is a hard business but for Mr Richards it is a business, that he is done with now, I believe. Going on a racist rant like he pulled on the weekend is a career killer. The apology will not cut it, the damage is done.

  I always liked the Kramer character on Seinfeld but now when I catch a rerun I will remember those racial slurs and it will not  be as funny.

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Free Speech

November 22, 2006 at 8:13 am (Uncategorized)

   I was reading an article yesterday about a new movie whose subject is freedom of expression. It dealt with what is happening to free speech in the country to the south of us and it could happen here as well.
   The movie is about the Dixie Chicks, it is not a country music road movie, it is called Shut Up and Sing. It is about what occurred after the lead singer of the Dixie Chicks expressed that she was ashamed to be from the same state as George W. Bush at the beginning of the anti-war movement against the fake war in Iraq. The hunt for the elusive weapons of mass destruction.
    The conservative right in the good old USA tried to railroad their career and basically get them off the airwaves.  The Dixie Chicks got punished by the conservative media and the American public for voicing their opinions. What happened to freedom of speech ? Is it not one of the first amendments in the Bill Of Rights ?  What is sad is that for a period of the time the right almost succeeded.
  I do not believe that the movie is out here yet, but the link has some trailers that are very good and there is a related blog site.

  Also see the Dixie Chicks website, I am not a big country fan, but some of their music is alright.

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Fox Not So Crazy

November 21, 2006 at 8:03 am (Uncategorized)

    It seems like the people at News Corp the parent company of FOX TV and Harper Collins Books came to their senses. They will not go through with that " If I did it " book and TV show by O.J. Simpson. The public was in an uproar about it and News Corp decided to cancel it all.
   Just the idea of giving this guy a public forum to speculate on the murders that he probably committed was a bit outrageous. The senior management must have come to the conclusion that they would be laughing stocks I assume. Enough people laugh at Fox and Fox News(for being a Republican mouthpiece) that they decided it would be best not to be associated with O.J.

See link for my previous post on this subject.

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Cold November Rain

November 16, 2006 at 11:33 am (Uncategorized)

   Like most people in Montreal I am fed up of the rain. Not just the November rain, but the rain that has been going on for about a month now. The last really good weather we had was in early October. Montreal is becoming the new London it seems.

    Our climate is definitely messed up somewhat I believe. There is definitely something not right with it. The last two months are setting some new records for rain.

     Is all this rain due to global warming, my guess is yes. The rain is better than snow, so I assume that is a positive, but I still would like a sunny day.

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Crazy Like A Fox

November 16, 2006 at 10:12 am (Uncategorized)

   It is just unbelievable that after more than ten years of hunting  "the real killers" , O.J. Simpson will be bringing out a book and doing a TV show called , "If I did do it, Here’s how it happened". Both the book and TV show are getting done by Fox. You have to love that media convergence.

  I have always believed that Mr.Simpson got away with murder, due to a possible botched case and his manipulative legal dream team. His legal team was composed of a half dozen high priced lawyers who were capable of all kinds of court room antics. Who can ever forget his lawyer Johnnie Cochran and the "if it does not fit you must acquit" speech. His lawyers also managed to turn it into a huge racial issue as well and the prosecution basically messed up on the issue.

  Fox Television and its publishing subsidiary should be ashamed of themselves for turning murder into a trivial issue, aimed to sell books and get TV ratings. Where is the outrage in all this ? Since when did murder become such a non-issue ? It is sad what people will do to get attention this days. Both O.J. and Fox have lost their minds I think.


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Ambrose Ambush

November 16, 2006 at 8:32 am (Uncategorized)

    It seems that Ms.Rona Ambrose like the rest of the Harper government is good at playing the blame game. It is just unbelievable that she goes to an international conference on climate change and acts like she is at the house of commons, and makes a speech condemning the past government.

  Why does she not accept that it is her goverment that has slashed billions from environmental programs and that they are not living up to Kyoto, not by a long shot. It is so like the Conservatives to blame the others while they do nothing on the matter.

   Sure they proposed a Clean Air Act but it is far from the goals that the Kyoto Protocol was supposed to achieve. It is an act that is just not good enough and an excuse to say look at us, we are doing something. I suspect that the real reason that the Conservatives do not want to commit to Kyoto is that it would cost too much money to Harper’s oil buddies in Alberta.

Check out this link for real environmental information.

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Power Shift

November 10, 2006 at 9:40 am (Uncategorized)

  A power shift has happened in the US, it is a good thing. One of the first signs that is a good thing, the war architect Donald Rumsfeld resigned. The democrats have taken control of the house after a twelve year absence. Let us all hope that good things come out of this.

     For real changes to happen it will require a lot of bipartisan politics, something that I am not sure George W is very good at, but he definitely needs to learn. For the last six years of his mandate all has been rubberstamped by his buddies in the congress and senate, so all these concessions will be tough.

  The democrats need to find a way to somehow declare victory in Iraq and get the hell out of Iraq before more lives and money gets wasted. I think that this should be their primary concern, as this is one of the main reasons they got elected, because Americans are fed up of this war/conflict.

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