Find the oxymoron: NDP strategy, admiting fault, newsmaker of the year

  1. This article provides a glimpse into the complex and sweeping grand strategy Jack Layton has both masterminded and only begun to reveal. Yes, folks, Jack killed a minority Liberal Government so that he could form a strategic partnership with… the conservatives? We will monitor this, and the NDP’s seat count, closely.
  2. A few weeks ago I wrote about the centralizing of the internet using the disappearance of this Rooster tooth clip as an example. Always pleased to be proved wrong, my man Mike B. has found a copy of the clip on Myspace. Apparently, someone cached and reposted it. Mike also shared some poweruser tips on how to capture videos off webpages, thus helping us all better earn our status as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year (groan).
  3. Speaking of Time’s Person of the Year… I won’t hop on the band wagon and lambaste their choice (no need, enough has been said). However, I will point out that Time has only itself to blame. Specifically, Time mis-set expectations by allowing “Person of the Year” to cease being a title and allowing it to become an award. As my friend Salimah noted, gone are the days when Bin Laden or Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad could grace the front page as person of the year. In contrast, Time Canada (and I also can’t believe I’m about to say this) gets it right. Its title, earned this year by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is the much more neutral “Newsmaker of the Year.” Alas the subtle difference was lost on the ears of the Prime Minister’s Office which was apparently thrilled on discovering their man’s new status. Someone should remind them that being the year’s top newsmaker simply means you made a lot of the news, for better or for worse…

Update: Dr. Kissinger overseeing a rock contest? Friends, just finished watching possible the best Colbert Report to date – clearly they saved the best for the end of the year. Those unable to watch or bitorrent it can read a description here. What a cast!

[tags]canadian politics, public policy[/tags]

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