Sunday, May 23, 2010

Podunkian Brunch, Sunday May 23, 2010

As former Rupertites renew acquaintances with their once home town, and perhaps recover from Saturday nights big celebration of homecoming, we pour the tomato juice and look back at some of the items we found of interest over the week.

While Nervous investors watch the stock markets bounce up and down (mostly down the last week or so) and wonder what's next, the financial abyss for some may be closer than others. Greece which seems to have been the kindling for the current financial conflagration is trying to right its financial house with cash inflows from the European Union, all designed to try and bring some stability to a rather unstable situation. If anybody was to ask (and no one seems to be inclined) Argentina offers up some advice, all apparently is lost for Greece and perhaps a few other countries in the short term. True Slant offers up the Argentinian advice.

Friday's Daily News provided a fairly positive spin on the Tourism industry in BC and Prince Rupert in particular, with Prince Rupert Port Authority’s Cruise Director Phil Westoby, painting a fairly positive picture of the industry and its impact on the North Coast. The Tyee examines the other side of the cruising industry, with a report from the Vancouver Observer which profiles the industry's impact on the environment and local economies, as well as touching on employment conditions on the ships and the relationships between the cruise industry and the communities that they call on.

The American Cable News wars have taken another prisoner, as Campbell Brown host of the CNN's prime time news program that bears her name announced that she was leaving the program. In a rare bout of honesty from the media, Brown described her reason for departure as this: "The simple fact is that not enough people want to watch my program," she writes in her statement, "and I owe it to myself and to CNN to get out of the way so that CNN can try something else.". Her candor and class in leaving her own show has spurred on a number of thoughts as to what her next move might be, with even the thought that she might make a step into politics, though considering her ability for clear thinking and honesty, we somehow doubt that the political life would be one that would make her happy.

Technology seems to change by the hour these days and nowhere more than through the internet and how we utilize it for video and audio streaming purposes. Google announced yet another new twist in the Information highway this week, a move towards music streaming that may make your iPod the next big thing to gather dust in a forgotten corner of a bookshelf (remember books and bookshelves?) Slate offers up the review of the Google options and how they will change much of what we do today.

It wasn't so long ago that the British Media was making much merriment with our Olympic experience, picking apart pretty well every aspect of the Vancouver Games and suggesting that we had unleashed one of the worst games ever on the world. Well as time would eventually show that wasn't quite a particularly lucid nor correct view of the Vancouver Games and by the time we extinguished the flame most had pretty well dismissed the British view as not much of merit, nor credibility. However, those that throw stones must always  remember that sometimes they bounce back and break your own windows, a helpful reminder for old Blighty as England unveiled the official mascots to the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games and the reaction has been less than favourable from many quarters. With the British media's ugly side still ringing in their ears, the National Post weighed in on the British mascots with some venom that would make a Fleet Streeter proud.

Speaking of strange animals, residents of Northern Ontario are wondering what in the hell has washed up on the lake shore of Big Trout Lake. Local First Nations Elders call the critter the ugly one. Suggesting that it's arrival is an omen of bad news. It's the kind of story that is the main trade of radio shows like Coast to coast with George Noory, and with it's discovery comes no shortage of theories as to what it once was, though the mysterious nature of its appearance and the discussion it's bringing forward should make for yet another northern Canadian legend.

Our Podcast selection of the week comes from American Public Radio, where KCRW in California offers up some interesting examination of the issues of the day with Left, Right and Centre

And we wrap up this edition of the Brunch with a Happy Birthday to Robert Allen Zimmerman, better known to us all as  Bob Dylan, who will turn 69 on May 24th. Born in 1941, Dylan would change folk and rock music through the sixties and became the face of the sixties and all the social upheaval that the decade brought .  The Syndicated radio show Little Steven's Underground Garage is featuring Dylan this weekend with two hours of his music and those he influenced, you can get the online audio affiliates here, for now we take you back to the day he moved the folk era into the electric guitar era with Like a Rolling Stone.

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