Posts Tagged ‘politics’

The “Non-Partisan” Association, Vancouver’s zombie political party

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014


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This post is for Vancouverites who are either new to the city, or who are urban or civic politics nerds but aren’t acquainted with the early historical roots of the local civic political party that is known—somewhat hilariously—as the Non Partisan Association (NPA). In power for many years, the centre-right NPA was recently all-but eliminated by a new party called Vision Vancouver, which looks like a progressive alternative to the NPA but which is in fact a greenwashed NPA clone, and equally if not more developer-funded.

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“Christy Clark just wants your love”

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

It might be hard to fully appreciate the brilliance of this performance unless you’re familiar with the vocal mannerisms of British Columbia’s Premier Christy Clark. But this mimicry is easily as good as Tiny Fey doing Sarah Palin. I’m almost sorry that Clark  and her unliberal “Liberals” will be skunked out of office in the May election [UPDATE: TRAGICALLY, THAT DID NOT HAPPEN] because I could watch years of Caitlin Dodds doing Christy.

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Design & politics & newspapers who fire cartoonists for mocking pipeline companies

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

Well it’s the last day of 2012, the end of another alarming year in a string of alarming years. These are not times to be proud of in Vancouver, in British Columbia or especially in Canada.

Still, the First Nations-led movement known as Idle No More is a sign of hope that Prime Minister Stephen Harper is in serious trouble.

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Vivienne Westwood: The whole 20th C was a mistake

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Via The Guardian:  “A status symbol is a book… that’s status.” “Punk was just an excuse for people to run around…it was just a fashion that became a marketing opportunity.” “The whole 20th C was a mistake… throwing the baby out with the bathwater.” “Study art and you become a freedom fighter.”

More from Westwood here.

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“Wear a towel instead of a coat, it’s very chic.”

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Am tired of the Shit_____Says meme, but do look at Shit Vivienne Westwood Says anyway. It’s via the green fashion site Ecouterre. A few samples from it are reproduced here.

Westwood’s design work has always been interwoven with politics and philosophy. I mean, this is true of everyone—aesthetics are always the thin end of the wedge of a philosophy that is always present whether admitted or not—but with Westwood it’s conscious and overt.

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The Monkees

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Frank Zappa and Mike Nesmith

Update: Goodbye Davy Jones, 30 December 1945 – 29 February 2012. You were the sweet, lovely heart of the Monkees. Memory of Davy by Peter Tork.

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