This week on the podcast, Russell McOrmond stopped by to talk about the recently “deceased” Bill C-32, usage-based billing, election stuff and a little bit of piracy as well.

Among other things, we also encouraged Andrew to reconsider his stance on running as a candidate in the upcoming Canadian Federal election under The Pirate Party banner.

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(Note from Mike:  I normally don’t delve into political discussion of this nature, but I feel that the situation in BC has gotten to the point where it is BEYOND dysfunction.  I’d like to say this type of rant won’t happen again, but it probably will.)

Dear Premier Campbell,

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we, the taxpayers of British Columbia, must cancel the agreement you made with yourself and other MLAs and inform you that your 29% pay increase will no longer be binding.

In these tough economic times where the public is seeing an annual 6% increase in MSP costs, the need to raise taxes via the HST (garnering a nice bonus from the Federal government) and the massive cuts to arts funding, we feel that those who we pay to make these clearly sound decisions also need to contribute.

We plan to put the 29% that was being given to the MLAs into a fund known as “General Revenue.”  Don’t worry – we’re not sure what that means, either.

Sincerely yours,
The Taxpayers of British Columbia

P.S.  The word “sincerely” is defined as “in a genuine way.”  We only mention this because we are certain you don’t know the meaning of the word.

We’ve posted a new poll regarding the truthiness behind the apparent reality of a new Apple tablet.  Skeptics and fan-boys, have fun fighting this one out!

Also, for those of you who want to provide input regarding the Copyright Consultations taking place throughout The Great White North (as I write this it is still quite warm here in Victoria, BC), we urge you to head on over to their website to put your two cents in.

It may be the only online sharing you’ll be able to do in the future if voices aren’t heard now….

It was bound to happen. The election is over, a new year is upon us. And Saturday Night Live has regressed back to its mediocre state.

I had hoped that Neil Patrick Harris would have decent material to work with when the first episode of 2009 aired. Umm, not so much. But…I wasn’t entirely feeling hopeless about it. Maybe it was just a holiday hangover.

I’m currently watching the latest installment with Rosario Dawson as host, and I’m afraid that old habits die hard.

Maybe they should relocate to Canada….at least that way they’d have election material on an ongoing basis.

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The Show Notes

  • Full Dysclosure:  Elections, new MacBooks, Passchendaele and more…
  • Browser Wars
  • The Revival of Piano Rock
  • Wheel Of Pop:  Movies in 1993
  • Websites Of The Week:  Anthony – Newseum; Mike – Very Tasteful (Anth sez:  I also revisit last week’s pick, Mufin.)
  • Musical Artist: Billy Reid

To tie up this fourth episode, Very Tasteful’s own Billy Reid is the featured musical act.  His song, entitled Spring Yields A Goldblum, sums up several of the topics we “dyscussed” on the show.

Billy is a filmmaker, performer, musician and (more recently) an animator, and his stuff is hugely popular on YouTube.  Mike has performed with him on the Victoria improv scene, and you can check out all of his stuff at the link provided in our Websites Of The Week show note.

I learned yesterday that the lawyers representing Michael Moore issued takedown notices to torrent sites hosting his new film “Slacker Uprising” which we talked about on the show last week.

There seemed to be a confused “WTF?”that circulated around the web as to why someone who is releasing a film for free via download would complain if it was being spread via torrent. I know he does plan on eventually selling a DVD that will probably contain 12 hours of Moore leading his revivalist sessions at Tallahassee JUCO and the like, but why the big legal fuss? I think I’ve figured it out.

The currency that Moore is getting from the free web download is an email list. He’s created a product that will draw a certain demographic that he can now reach any time he wants. Most people who “buy” into the marketing platform of a free download are probably fans that will not begrudge such an intrusion, which has become regular since I downloaded the film. This is the reason, however, that torrent sites are problematic: no email address required. I appreciate the effort to galvanize and work the system, but seriously, if you’re going to make something free, then free it is. If you want to tell people that the cost is their email and regular missives from Moore, that’s fine too… lawyers don’t seem too conducive to a “slacker uprising” though.