Separate wheat from chaff
RE Slaves to the sheaf (NOW, March 13-19). What happened to Wayne Roberts, who is well informed about current food price developments but assumes a primary cause of global demand is wheat “addiction”?
What about the ongoing oil addiction that drives Big Oil to plunder the earth of what grows above the ground after having depleted what is below the ground?
Odd that the burning of food, required for ethanol biofuel production, is highly praised, government- subsidized and sanctioned as a technological fix.
Consider this another case of “knowingly acting against one’s own best interest” in the perennial March Of Folly (Barbara Tuchman). Will we ever learn?
Human rights for Israelis
RE A bloody soap and see no evil (NOW, March 13-19). Gwynne Dyer writes of the Israel-Palestine question: “Both sides hate the phrase ‘cycle of violence’ because it implies that both sides are responsible for it.”
In See No Evil, Jesse Rosenfeld writes about the findings by B’Tselem, the Israeli human rights group, of torture and ill-treatment of Palestinian detainees.
There is at least an Israeli human rights group. Is there an equivalent Palestinian human rights group for the Israelis?
No nuke insurance policy
RE Why we can’t do candu (NOW, March 13-19). Producing electricity by heating water via the the splitting of atoms is neither cheap nor safe.
It is so dangerous that the insurance industry refuses to insure these power plants.
Every time I look at my electricty bill, that debt retirement charge makes my stomach churn.
I am tired of paying for overruns and the refurbishing and building of these silly plants that will pollute my grandchildren’s world for centuries.
Conservation and renewables (solar, wind and hydro) are the future.
Straight goods on Thin Air
I greatly appreciate the wonderful review of my installation Thin Air at the Koffler Gallery (NOW, March 13-19). However, I must offer a correction.
Hannah Senesh was not executed by the Gestapo. It is absolutely true that the notorious Nazi police interrogated and mercilessly tortured her during nearly six months in a Budapest prison.
However, the several accounts I have read of her death all claim that while Budapest was under siege by advancing Russian troops, Senesh was taken to the prison courtyard and shot on November 7, 1944 by order of the Hungarian state prosecutor.
This after she was put on trial for treason by the Hungarian government.
I’m no tree hugger, but...
I thought Mike Smith’s article on homelessness (NOW, March 13-19) was literally one of the best I’ve read, on any topic, in years.
And I’m not one of these nuts who loves every tree-hugging article NOW writes.
Keep up the good work.
RE Give a little bit...more (NOW, March 6-12). In his defence of a $5 music tax on our ISP bill, Andrew Cash quotes former Chilliwack vocalist, and current vice-president of the Songwriters Association of Canada as stating: “This is about the common good. After all, we have bachelors paying school taxes even though they don’t use the system.”
Interesting logic. In other words, it’s quite acceptable to compound one injustice with another.
Further proof that when money is involved, even the left allows morals to slide way in silence.
Among Canadian rock bands, Chilliwack was a potent force, but it’s time to step away from the microphone; the sound appears to be fuzzy.
Itching for Rae
Glenn Wheeler’s article on Bob Rae (NOW, March 6-12) only got it half right.
Sure, their former leader’s return to politics as a Liberal MP bruises the NDP ego. Rae is a leading member of a party that helped Stephen Harper extend the mission in Afghanistan and the much-condemned security certificates. [The Liberals voted with Harper to] permit scabs in federal workplaces.
These things, more than any ego-bruising, irk lefties more than an itchy fair trade Mayan sweater.
Jorge V. Hurtado
RE Black and blue (NOW March 6-12). It’s a shame that NOW gloats over the imprisonment of Conrad Black. His punishment is hugely disproportionate to the minor offence he committed. Black’s real mistake has always been his idolization of America.
Keeping T.O. grounded
Letter writer Jon Norman believes that NOW’s patently ridiculous comparison of scorched Queen Street West to Ground Zero “cements Toronto’s position as a subpar city on the international stage” (NOW, March 6-12). Really? If anything, it’s people like Norman who bear most of the guilt for this fretting about Toronto’s international status, who worry that our World Classitude has been besmirched by a blatant yet ultimately dismissible journalistic gaffe, and who propagate these insecurities by putting them in print for all to see.
Your recent review of Cadence Weapon’s Afterparty Babies (NOW, February 28-March 5) is a surefire example of a magazine lost in the weeds of some dated hipster religion.
How dare you simultaneously throw out accolades to the RZA (NOW, March 6-12) as if you understood even half the crap that the Wu – or hiphop, for that matter – had to go through for musical respect.
If it ain’t the New York or the UK media spoon-feeding you with the so-called “next shit,” your dated magazine ain’t hearing it.
I am boycotting your piece-of-shit magazine over this forever. Tell Tim Perlich he does not know a damn thing about music. I can see him sipping that Pabst Blue Ribbon beer and wearing his distressed jeans, still copping those dated breakbeats from Kanye West records.
You people are a pathetic bunch of emo geeks. Please go find yourself a ditzy chick who looks like Britney Spears and get laid already.