The late Frankie Venom’s Teenage Head punk’d by radio on the way to fame.
Media mucks up Dion pitch
I just read Wayne Roberts's excellent piece on the Liberal Green Shift plan (NOW, October 30-November 5). Kudos.
That said, I balked when Roberts said he "could never figure out exactly what the Green Shift was supposed to shift." Yet he uses a number of good down-to-earth, kitchen-table examples of how it would have worked. I guess it turns out the plan really would have been easy to explain to the masses - it just never was.
The media spent so much time talking about how Dion couldn't explain the Shift, they forgot to actually analyze the plan and explain it.
Instead, the media got caught up reporting the partisan spin as fact.
Roberts might be right that Dion lost the election because of his choice of pitch, but the media let that happen by not giving us the elevator ride we needed to evaluate the plan ourselves.
Racism? There's a Shift.
I am not a fan of NOW. I read it because my girlfriend reads it. If there's absolutely nothing else to read, I'll glance through it.
I picked up this week's issue to read Enzo DiMatteo's commentary on the recent federal campaign no one cared to pay mind to (NOW, October 30-November 5).
I ran the Conservative campaign in Toronto Centre against leader-in-waiting Bob Rae. The one thing I kept hearing was not that no one could understand Dion. They couldn't understand the Green Shift.
Canadians are a whole lot smarter than you make them out to be. Maybe we aren't all sheep, we question authority (something your leftist paper seems to encourage weekly) and we rightly asked questions of those wanting the highest job in the land.
You have no right to call Canadians who didn't vote for him "racist." He is a poor leader, and that's why he lost.
In politics, image is all
Dion did not lose the election because of English speakers' intolerance for his perceived lack of fluency in English. He lost the election because he comes across as a complete nerd. His nerdiness is interpreted by the shallow public as a sign of lack of confidence, despite the excellent ideas he presents.
We live in a society where the only thing that matters to most people is how everything looks. The real reason for Dion's loss is the shallowness of the Canadian public.
Library saving trees
Regarding Turning the page on tree-hogging paperbacks (NOW, October 23-29). Just to let your readers know, downloadable audiobooks for MP3 players (sadly, not for Macs yet, but coming soon) and eBooks are available for free from the Toronto Public Library.
All you need is a library card. Click on "Download Books, Music and Videos" on the library's main page (torontopubliclibrary.ca) and follow the instructions. The library's OverDrive service is also easy to use, and lets you burn most audiobook titles to CDs. Also available are constantly updated Safari e-books about computing, I.T. and other high-demand technology.
Director, Collections Management
Toronto Public Library
Frankie goes to heaven
I was most impressed with Tim Perlich's article on the sudden expiration of one of my heroes, Frankie Venom (NOW, October 23-29).
Incredibly sad that resident scumbags of the airwaves, namely Q107, could not give Teenage Head any airplay way back when. Heart seemed to suffice for Canadian content.
People remember where they were when JFK was shot. Humble Canadian boys with Kodiaks and lumber jackets recall Teenage Head in an era when long-haired and spike-haired alike shared beers and reefers, united, dare I say, in a teenaged beer-drinkin' party. May God bless Frankie Venom.
Caffeine rules to liver by
As a serious boozer, I found your Alt Health article Grounds For Caution? (NOW, October 16-22) very interesting. Several years ago, I read a newspaper article that said four cups of coffee a day could protect your liver from the effects of alcohol. As I am also a serious coffee addict, I have found this theory works for me. My liver is in excellent condition (I think).
I was reading your back issues and came across Fool's Gold Standard. I want to thank you for publishing Helen Lenskyj's work highlighting an alternative view of Olympic athletes - a critical analysis of their role. She brings up a fantastic point: Olympic athletes are a unique group of individuals, and using them as motivational speakers warps the perspective of the young. Should more funding be put into supporting our athletes? Or should we spend more money to provide more opportunities for the general public to be physically active?
Ad for apartheid
Why have you printed the ad for American Apparel that features a woman identified as Dutch and sporting clothing from AA's "Afrika" line (NOW, October 16-22)? The campaign is offensive. Maybe you've heard of apartheid? Did you know the South African government did some research into Canadian dealings with "the Indian problem" when it was looking for effective genocidal measures to implement for the terror that became the apartheid era?
This ad is a banner for that commonality. This is an ad for Canada's shame - passive when it serves us, but aggressive as "savages" when it comes to oppressing the marginalized. Would you print an ad with a British woman gloatingly and seductively sporting a generic pan-"native" print from a "Kanata" line? I guess you would.