Milk of human kindness
RE Milking Controversy, The Art Star’s Exploits (NOW, April 24-30). I wouldn’t venture to assume the motives of Vanessa Beecroft. There’s no clear-cut way to verify the contents of her soul.
But I will say I find it quite ironic that here we have a white woman eager to breastfeed African babies, when centuries earlier African women were being forced to carry out this same maternal duty for the children of European enslavers.
Today guilt is at an all-time high among well-to-do whites. I have one suggestion, particularly for white female celebrities, Beecroft included.
Instead of seeking to adopt African children, celebrities would do much more for Africans if they petitioned European and U.S. governments to stop shipping military arms into Africa and draining the continent of its natural resources.
Before the first European set foot on African soil, the citizens of Africa were doing just fine.
Black monster, red dragon
RE Sacred Monster (NOW, April 24- 30). Gwynne Dyer wants to know why the West and its media devote so much time and ink to Zimbabwe.
Well, it’s not about democracy; it’s because Mugabe’s regime attacked European settlers and their property.
It’s acceptable in Tibet to attack the Chinese and their property, but in Zimbabwe the same attacks against whites are condemned. This double standard speaks volumes.
Paying Arabs to leave Gaza
RE Temple Tempest (NOW, April 24-30). To their credit, the Jewish Defense League and the wing of Israeli politics it represents are honest about their intentions.
Much less genuine are the politicians of the Israeli centre and the impeccably well-behaved, well-connected Zionists who lobby on their behalf here in North America.
They assure us that there is nothing they desire so strongly as peace, as long as the Arabs don’t raise a fuss about ever-expanding Jewish-only settlements, having to drive on separate roads, standing for hours in checkpoints and being allocated a fraction of the scarce water resources that the settlers receive.
In the final analysis, paying Arabs to leave, or even just forcing them across the Jordan River, seems more humane than making their lives so hellish that they leave of their own volition.
Blame Harris for TTC strike
Okay, a few days of inconvenience on a weekend and Torontonians are ready to physically attack TTC workers?
Where was all this anger when Mike Harris downloaded services like transit to deliberately create a crisis?
Actually, it was the labour movement that protested and warned of long-term impacts of downloading: rising TTC fares, less service and more hostility and assault against TTC workers on the front lines.
The poverty and crisis agenda Harris brought in is a reality. It now pits the non-unionized poverty-wage majority from Wal-Mart and Starbucks against those who drive our buses and subways, simply because union members believe people in Toronto should be able afford to live on one job (rather than three) and not face violence in their workplace.
I hope every minimum-wage worker who was inconvenienced by the TTC strike last weekend denies essential service to every TTC worker! No Tim Hortons for you!
This union is lucky this isn’t the United States, where deliberately causing chaos and confusion could be labelled an act of terrorism.
Nerds worse than narcs
RE Purring at Puff Party (NOW, April 24-30). Worse than the narcs (who are usually so clueless that they stick out like turds in a punch bowl) are the newbies at the annual 4:20 smoke-in.
“Got any pot?” they ask. So desperate to belong to something, anything, they make the whole event a little worse for everyone. They are the ones who usually get on TV.
At least narcs are fun to laugh at. The newbies are just tedious.
Motorists lane game
It was very nice that Susan Cole took the time to tell cyclists about the law (NOW, April 10-16). She exemplifies a problem cyclists face every day – people who judge cyclists by laws they make up themselves.
There is no law forcing cyclists to use bike lanes. If cyclists feel that a bike lane is unsafe, either due to poor design or parked cars, they can use any other lane they are not excluded from.
Some motorists strongly believe that the law permits them to hit cyclists with their car if they find them in violation of these imaginary laws.
Please get it right before you misinform more people.
Alice Klein’s take on the Intelligent Universe, by Richard Tarnas (NOW, April 17-23), neglects the fact that cosmic projection can only deflect from the urgent need for human intervention.
Unfortunately, having “literally written a textbook on the history of Western thought,” Tarnas has overlooked the fact that “the fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars but in ourselves.”
Tim Perlich hits a new low in modern music writing with his review of Portishead’s Third CD (NOW, April 24-30).
He inanely writes, “If you can imagine a sonic aesthetic shift from Lalo Schifrin’s tense crime thriller scores to the pulsating whirr of the Silver Apples’ demented electro thrombipulation, you’ll have an idea of where they’re at.” Thanks, Tim. That just about clears it up for everyone... at Mensa.