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Hi all. Good news and bad news. First of all, I will be posting a special friday edition of megalomedia tomorrow, so tune in for that. The bad news is that I'm in a really foul mood this morning and I have a feeling today's post will be less coherent and more curse-ridden than normal. Consider yourself warned. Sudan update None. Still nobody. We're sending 31 troops and nobody cares. But people are betting on who the next Pope will be, so that's important. Conflict of whatnow? There's a Senate committee looking at media ownership policy in Canada. Has been for awhile. About 200 people have appeared before it. But yesterday, the president of CanWest appeared, so, of course, CanWest reported on it. National Post A8, a news report on what the guy who runs the company that runs the paper had to say about how papers should be run. What the fuck is this about? How can they even pretend to be able to report on his comments objectively? It would be one thing if they had been covering this thing from day one, but they haven't. His testimony was frustrating enough, you should all read what he had to say, but seriously, reporting on it in the Post? (oh, and the Gazette). I know a lot of you reading this are probably not at all surprised, I sure as hell wasn't, but why aren't we engraged? Why do we chuckle then move on? Half the people reading this are fucking journalists, who'll shake their heads at the story then go back to sending clipping packages to CanWest papers in the hopes of getting a job. Fuck it, it's a disgrace. This is the sort of shit that drove me from journalism in the first place, nobody even cares about trying to be objective anymnre. Hait. . . oh man Joe, shut up about Haiti Allan Rock, our man at the UN, is in Haiti with a whole UN posse checking up on how the peacekeepers are doing. I'm gonna assume the answer is "not particularly well," what with all the illegal U.S.-supplied guns everywhere. This story was in the Gazette and Toronto Sun only, it'll be interesting to see which papers report on his findings. Where for art though, logic? The great Dallaire debate has been raging in the letters section of the Post ever since they printed that absured, offensive waste-of-space of a column on Dallaire in Rwanda earlier this week. Letters against Dallaire take one of two forms: a) Dallaire was a bad general because he followed direct orders and b) Dallaire was a bad general because the Canadian Forces put priority on language above talent. Look, Dallaire was a good general because he followed orders, that's what good generals do. His failing as a general was that he felt bad about the piles of dead black people and decided rather than continue drinking and trying to kill himself, he'd tell the fucking story and try to shake the Western world out of its selfish bubble of intolerance. If he'd never spoken up, he'd have been the perfect general, just doing what he was told. Watch Downfall to see more generals who followed orders and stayed quiet about it. As for the French thing, I have no idea. If the Forces do have a French quota that must be filled before merit, that's stupid. But Dallaire is well-liked by his troops and colleagues, and RWANDA IS A FORMER BELGIAN COLONY. BELGIANS SPEAK FRENCH. For fuck's sake, his French was an asset in dealing with some of the lingering vestiges of colonial authority that caused the fucking problem in the first place. Last but not least, check out the airline security story on the front page of the Financial Post section. The U.S. wants to start screening all passengers who fly through U.S. air space, even if they don't land in the U.S. So, if you hop on a flight to Vancouver from Ottawa, you'll be vetted by the U.S. if this passes. Unreal.