One of the worst things about the current debacle south of the border is how much time – how incredibly much time – is being wasted on this vile man when there are so many problems to solve. Every day, endless essays about him, articles, YouTube films, songs, cartoons, not to mention the constant, noisy parade of commentary on TV and radio. But this, by the NYT’s David Brook, is one of the best articles I’ve read about the whole sad affair. A new perspective on a human being.
I watched a very good doc the other night – Citizenfour, about the crusade of Edward Snowden. What it makes clear is how idealistic he was – perhaps a bit misguided, my right-wing friend insists his release of classified documents put many secret agents at risk of their lives. Not sure about that, but I do respect his desperate quest to show us what governments are doing illegally, without our knowledge – and what it reveals does tarnish Obama’s halo. After watching, I went to Google to read about Snowden now; he’s still stuck in Russia, not sure where he can and will land permanently as he has been refused entry by nearly every country on earth. A martyr, in a sense, to his ideals – though making a very good living as a speaker, via Skype. Thanks, at least in part, to American ingenuity.
I was happy to read that Canada is apparently limiting American access to our information. About time.
Just an update, for those of you long-term followers of this blog: you remember that I’ve been battling Bell and Rogers to get the huge tangle of cable wires that cross my backyard taken down. After a year – a full year – of back and forth and men in orange arriving to do this and that and dealing with neighbours who were not happy with one aspect or another – after all that, I was told that today, the guys would be arriving, at last, to take down the wires.