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Rob Ford's Toronto

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Re Etienne Brule...I recently had a history of York which I took out of the library, compiled by local high school history teachers and students. It was vague but basically said he pissed off groups he'd previously traded with (Huron?) by dealing with others (Iroquois?) and so they killed him, but by eating his remains were showing honour to him. In any case, it seems he was looking to make cash in either direction and paid the price.
 
I posted this upthread this afternoon. It's pretty cryptic but it sure sounds like something's up:

Jude MacDonald @judemacdonald · 6m 6 minutes ago
LOL, little G knows when I say something is about to drop, it's about to drop, lashes out at the tweetersville to make it all stop. LOL

Jude MacDonald @judemacdonald · 1h 1 hour ago
Get ready for another newspaper rumoured false claimed thingy mcdingy.

LOL

As I posted earlier, maybe the "false claimed thingy mcdingy" might be DoFo's claim of donating his salary. Hope to see more. Unfortunatley, FordNation will accept nothing but the public killing of kittens/puppies/bunnies as a deterrent to voting for them.
 
Cities Ain't Pretty

Not gonna do the spoiler thing, but this quote from Leopold Infeld, who worked with Einstein and taught at U of T stood oot (and aboot):

“it must be good to die in Toronto. The transition between life and death would be continuous, painless and scarcely noticeable.â€

That's better than "New York Run By The Swiss', IMO, so shall take it up in my continued cosmopolitan dismissals of my home town as a loogan backwater lurking just a few centimetres below a shiny global financial centre (Hey, I still consider Van-Groovy a two-fisted. inked-up, balding stevadore 'burg whose residents are permanently stunned by the beauty that surrounds them).

Read the review. It really paints this book's version of the city's history as greedy, racist, exclusionary, self-serving, self-dealing, enforcedly patrician and nakedly ugly. Of those last two. one suspects we shall be temporarily rid of the latter soon and shortly thereafter re-acquainted with the familiar charms of second-latter.

Valpy (the reviewer) tries to end on a positive note with a Jane Jacobs quote. But that in itself is barbed. Valpy doesn't like this book it seems. And I want to read it.

Name me a city that doesn't have a great deal of ugliness in its past. Violence, exploitation, greed, racism, barbarism, and stupidity. Do you think NYC, Chicago, London, Rome, Paris, Berlin, Beijing, Hong Kong etc, etc, have all been beds of roses throughout their respective histories? When Rome was ascendant, Londinium was nothing but a "loogan backwater." When London was the centre of a global empire, NY, Boston and Chicago were all loogan backwaters. Toronto may still be in, or may be emerging from, loogin backwater status. I hope the result of this election will keep us pointed in the right direction.
 
I always thought his name was so ironic that somebody made it up, like Paul Bunyan (Bunion?)

Can you imagine the dinner party?

"Here, have a piece of Steven. It's a little burnt, but it's pretty tasty. By the way, there's crème brulée for dessert."

[video=youtube;8sljSf7KVlQ]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sljSf7KVlQ[/video]
 
You can't buy loyalty... But you can provide the working capital.

That opens up speculation on just about every level - I'm thinking casino's... maybe even Ferris wheels and airports. Night clubs.... Development... Debts to be paid for liquidity access. You know.
 

The only way they are getting that many votes is if they are stuffing ballet boxes. There were reports on twitter of pre-filled-out ballots with the little space filled in for Doug. I haven't heard anything more about that elsewhere, though. [salt to taste] Considering RoFo's repeated illegal polling station visits, the shenanigans on Monday are going to be off the chart. [adjusts tin-foil hat] I hope they don't have a bunch of someones with access to the boxes..
 
Do you think NYC, Chicago, London, Rome, Paris, Berlin, Beijing, Hong Kong etc, etc, have all been beds of roses throughout their respective histories?

Not for a New York Minute. But let's not kid ourselves that we are immune from the basic civic venality that afflicts all growing metropolises. Too many in this 'burg often do.
 
The only way they are getting that many votes is if they are stuffing ballet boxes. There were reports on twitter of pre-filled-out ballots with the little space filled in for Doug. I haven't heard anything more about that elsewhere, though. [salt to taste] Considering RoFo's repeated illegal polling station visits, the shenanigans on Monday are going to be off the chart. [adjusts tin-foil hat] I hope they don't have a bunch of someones with access to the boxes..

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Graeme is a buffoon. I don't know why he keeps getting in twitter battles because he always looks bad. I love that DD monitors him so much. Remember he wrote the article about Graeme calling Chris Caple and John Young communists?

He seems like an amateur
 
+1

That was a really interesting time in Australia, with the constitutional crisis in 1975 that ended the Whitlam government, and the subsequent Fraser administration.

Interesting measure, too, of the decline of something that AFAIK none of Toronto's print papers today even acknowledged Whitlam's passing...
 
Name me a city that doesn't have a great deal of ugliness in its past. Violence, exploitation, greed, racism, barbarism, and stupidity.

“America was never innocent. We popped our cherry on the boat over and looked back with no regrets. You can't ascribe our fall from grace to any single event or set of circumstances. You can't lose what you lacked at conception.”
― James Ellroy
 
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