Save the CBC!

Calling all Canadians! Please read the following (from Stop the CBC Smackdown):

“On May 3rd, just one day after the Conservative Party won a majority government, Heritage Minister James Moore said:

We believe in the national public broadcaster. We have said that we will maintain or increase support for the CBC. That is our platform and we have said that before and will commit to that.

Minister Moore’s remarks echoed the words of dozens of Conservative MPs who made the same pledge to local voters before and during the election. Yet, just a few months later, Moore changed his tune. During an appearance on the CBC Radio program Q, Moore lowered the boom on the CBC:

The CBC has to do its part. The idea that the CBC can’t find five per cent efficiencies . . . to give back to the broader economic framework is silly. Of course the CBC will be part of this overall process.

Since that statement, it has been reported that the government will target the CBC for a 10% budget cut. And if the government cancels an annual “program top-up” of $60 million, the total cut could amount to more than $160 million. A cut of this magnitude would have devastating consequences, further dumbing down of CBC News, cancelling plans for new regional services and even forcing the CBC to close stations.

CBC is not part of the government’s deficit problem. In fact, the CBC’s budget has declined steadily over the years.

Almost every day,Conservative MPs rise in the House of Commons calling for the de-funding of our national public broadcaster. Some are sponsoring petitions and trumped up “polls” on their websites to attack the CBC. Currently, Rob Anders, the Conservative MP for Calgary West, is circulating an online petition to the House of Commons calling on the Conservative government to “end public funding of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation“.

And, the fundraising wing of the Conservative Party has also launched a loaded survey which asks financial supporters “In recent years, CBC funding has exceeded a billion dollars per year. Do you think taxpayers receive good value or bad value from the CBC?” The fundraising pitch goes on to say that “This survey is very, very important to our legislative planning“.

Conservative MPs have not stopped there. With the head of SUN Media cheering from the sidelines, the Conservatives have also launched offensives against the CBC at two Parliamentary Committees.

When it comes to the CBC, the latest opinion research shows the Conservative government is off side with the Canadian public who hold our public broadcaster in high regard, believe that the CBC is doing an excellent job, and value highly the important role it plays.”

 

If you too believe that the CBC is an important part of Canadian culture, and/or if you are just fed up with our a$$ of a Prime Minister stealing from the poor to give to the rich, please click on the link below and sign the petition!

I♥CBC

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Have you met Oskar?

Earlier this year I was sent a link to a video on YouTube of Oskar, the blind kitten. Since that time, his owners have posted a few more videos of Oskar as he grows and interacts with their older cat, Klaus. Oskar is a sweet little guy, who manages extremely well, despite his disability. Oskar was born without fully formed eyeballs.

His owners  adopted both of their pets from a shelter. I think that anyone who adopts shelter pets rocks (both of my furry kids were adopted through shelter programs), but I am especially impressed that these loving folks didn’t let Oskar’s health problems deter them. In a world where perfection is praised, hats off to people who can see past imperfections and see the personality inside.

And after all, how could you not love this little guy!?

My favorite video:

Oskar’s story has been gaining followers and fans around the world, and he was even featured in a segment on Good Morning America. You can find the links and all things Oskar (including merchandise!) on his official Facebook page.

Lead Bass-ics

For anyone who may be wondering what it means to play lead bass in a band…it does not mean that there is more than one bass player. The easiest way to explain it is to give an example: Cliff Burton. Burton was known for his lead bass approach, in which the bass played a melodic and soloist role, in addition to holding down the harmonic and rhythmic foundation of the band.

Behold, one of my favorite Metallica songs, Orion. The following is just the bass and drums. There are NO guitars playing.

Still pretty melodic, eh? You can easily tell what song is being played.

Full studio version: