i don't appreciate that now, a free and accessible magazine to everyone, chooses to print a front-page photo of a naked woman sitting on the crotch of a naked man, and an insert with images of naked adults having sex (NOW, February 6-12). One shows a man's face close to a women's vagina.
These images have no place in a community news and entertainment magazine put out for the masses.
It's offensive that you have no regard for the adults, parents or children in our society who find these images inappropriate in the subway, coffee shops, workplaces, park benches and where I found it -- at a public school! What gives you the right to take hold of my child's mind and force me to have a conversation about threesomes, lesbians and strap-on dildos years before I would have chosen to do so?
I just got through explaining that their genitals are private, if you don't mind! Please tell me what gives you the right to print these images in a public magazine? Clearly, from reading the results of your sex survey, your respondents are conservative. So who the hell is driving NOW's obsession with sex? I want a response to my letter and questions.
Name withheld by request
Easy with the tongue
great article in your sex guide
on how to get laid! I am one of the unchosen myself, and your helpful hints just confirmed what I already knew. Gotta smell good! Sooo many men get the tongue in too fast. A big turn-off, n'est pas? Men need to know that a gentle, hesitant brush with the lips will get them in faster than a mouth full of tongue without preamble!
how apropos. power line shocker
and the Love & Sex Guide in the same issue (NOW, February 6-12).
I wonder how many people have made the link between electromagnetic fields and sex toys. For those who haven't, my electric vibrator puts out 600 milliGauss. That's four times stronger than Magda Havas's chromosomal aberrations level (150mG). No wonder those vibrator orgasms are so intense.
Media missing real war
regarding out for revenge (now,
February 6-12), NOW Magazine is to be congratulated for its courage in printing this article and allowing humanitarian concern to take the place of anti-Islam Archie Bunker reactionary bigotry.
The media are denying the world the truth about the West's war on the Islamic faith, and more articles exposing these will go a long way toward promoting peace instead of the genocidal brutality of war. Let's have more of these stories that tell the other side of the mad crusade of George W. Bush and his allies.
No sympathy for the devil
so the u.s.-backed northern alli-
ance allegedly executed 3,000 Taliban POWs while U.S. troops watched. A shame indeed.
Using the left's 9/11 logic, shouldn't our focus be on the "root causes" of the Alliance's hatred of the Taliban? It's a lot easier to find fault in those women-stoning, infidel-slaying morons than in some 90th-floor office workers.
While I don't condone war crimes, I'm having a hard time summoning much sympathy for the Taliban.
We're the Hitlers
in response to brendan webber's
letter (NOW, January 23-29), I'm sure Matthew Behrens appreciates the Canadian peacekeeping missions in which Webber participated. In fact, like most "holier than thou" types, I think Behrens would agree to actions that, oh, I don't know prevent the loss of human life on a vast scale.
As a member of the military, I'm sure Webber can recognize the difference between a peacekeeping mission and starting a potentially bloody war in the name of Mideast lebensraum. Get it? In this analogy, we're the Hitlers. So tell us again how you're fighting for our freedom.
Justice for all?
re hush money (now, january 30-
February 5). What a sham that the Crown decided not to charge cop union head Craig Bromell and the others involved in the Thomas Kerr beating.
And judges and Crown attorneys are telling the media and public that we have to trust and have confidence in the administration of justice, lest the system fall into disrepute?
Sell bad apples on eBay
toronto police flogging "found
and seized merchandise" on eBay (NOW, February 6-12)? Didn't bits of Columbia wind up there? Perhaps the police, if they follow your suggestion and give the proceeds to charity or city coffers, could donate the leftovers to early retirement packages for the few "rotten apples" on the force.
those who say we need an integ-
rity commissioner at City Hall have it only half right. What we need is an electorate with the balls to throw out the current council so we can start afresh.
I recently contacted my local councillor about two issues and was told he would forward them to the appropiate departments. He then went on to tell me that they would only address them if they felt they should!
There is an election this year. Let's vote for people who count and who are dedicated to change. The "backroom boys for Mel" have no place in my city.
Answer blowin' in the wind
ontario power generation, the
same people who bring us nukes, coal, obscene cost overruns and near meltdowns, want to build a natural gas plant in south Riverdale (NOW, February 6-12).
I'm suspicious. Toronto energy efficiency expert Greg Allen describes it as the "crack cocaine" that keeps us addicted to fossil fuels. Compared to wind and solar, natural gas is just another filthy pollutant.
The mining, extraction, refining, transport and burning of fossil fuels are a taxpayer-subsidized death sentence for the planet.
Wind power and energy efficiency aren't mythological creatures of the future. Large-scale wind farms have been standard fixtures in Europe for several years.
We have waterfront brownfields and an offshore breeze -- habitat that begs for dozens of windturbines.
City slicker, indeed
glenn wheeler's reference to
New Brunswick NDP leader Elizabeth Weir's failed bid for party president (NOW, January 30-February 5) suggests that his knowledge of Canadian geography goes no further east than Scarborough.
Wheeler says Weir "hoped to be a rural check to the city slickers from T.O." In fact, Weir represents the very urban riding of Saint John Harbour. Urban issues like housing and air pollution have been an integral part of her platform since she was first elected in 1991, a time when Jack Layton was still busy losing mayoral campaigns. City slickers, indeed.
All wrong on Supergarage
for the record, sarah liss got
it all wrong on Supergarage's Elvis Was Bigger Than The Beatles (NOW, February 6-12). I'm sure the pumped crowd at the sold-out Horseshoe show last night could attest to this. They kicked my ass 10 times over with their no-bullshit rock 'n' roll.
The new album is stellar. It's sad that NOW's music writers need to be told by New York and London which bands to praise! And one wonders why Canadian talent goes elsewhere?
Personals lose their charge
i get a charge from reading now
personals, whether or not I'm actually looking for love/adventure myself. It's a neat snapshot of who's got a hankering for what here in Toronto. However, over the past few weeks I've had a different vibe from the personals -- it now feels like an outsourced company is handling them. They could be from anywhere. What's up?
No one styles in winter
why would a publication run a
weekly street fashion piece like My Style in the middle of winter? Doesn't it make sense to perhaps put this on hiatus until the parkas and big boots come off? It's ridiculous!
Strummer would be proud
this letter is directed to the
promoters of the Crooked Beat Revue: A Tribute To Joe Strummer. You boneheads hired a posterer who covered posters announcing the upcoming February 15 anti-war rally.
It was my pleasure to tear them down. I did it as a real tribute to Joe Strummer.