Thursday, July 21, 2011

as I shake my head...

Every day I read the news online.  Sometimes I read nice stories (the Nadeshiko winning the Women's World Cup) yet these days it's mostly crap.  I don't even know where to begin!

In case you haven't heard, there's a massive phone hacking scandal across the pond.  Somebody thought it would be a good idea to hack into dead people's cell phones to glean information for a story.  Not only was the newspaper involved, the fuzz and a few MPs were in on it as well.  Unless you are the girl with the dragon tattoo this shouldn't even be happening.  Yet again we have another instance where the media only cares about selling papers at the cost of people's lives.  Yes, Newsweek, I'm referring to you.

The madness doesn't stop there! The Beckhams welcomed their baby daughter into the world last week.  She is indeed beautiful despite her unique name.  Now that we know Harper Seven was named after the author Harper Lee, sales of her book To Kill a Mockingbird have skyrocketed.  When Chris Martin & Gwyneth Paltrow named their daughter Apple, was there a sudden demand for this delicious fruit around the planet?  Are people flocking to Kingston, Ontario or Kingston, Jamaica in honour of Gwen Stefani's son?  Why, people?  Why??

Now for the one thing that's really burning my cookies - IQT.  This call centre company woke up one morning and decided to axe 1000+ jobs out of this great country of ours in order to move them to Nashville because they'll get a grant from the city; to the tune of 1.8 million bones over 5 years plus 5 bills for every job created in Nashville.  In a surprise twist, (read: karma) Nashville has decided not to give IQT the grant for the way they treated their employees here.  The mayor of Nashville had no idea that IQT management were up to no good.  You see?  Don't mess with karma.  If you were an employee of IQT, I wanna hear from you.  Congrats on becoming part of the Broke Folks revolution!

I couldn't believe this bit of news - Canada's immigration rates have dropped 25% from this time last year.  Way to go Stevie H on shutting Canada's doors.  As a first-generation Canadian, I know for fact people come here seeking a better life.  Never mind the ongoing Arab Spring, the famine in the Horn of Africa or people dying in conflicts around the world; what better way of lending a hand than allowing them to come to Canada?  It's not like we don't have any room.  Canada has a little over 34 million people living in a land mass 24 times the size of Japan.  Still not convinced?  Try mashing 125 million people in an area the size of Newfoundland & Labrador. Squishy.  Immigrants are not people who take our jobs and sit on government handouts like people think.  They come here to escape war, famine, torture or death.  For Canada to close its doors like some posh nightclub is preposterous.  Multiculturalism is what makes Canada known the world over.  With the Tories in power, it won't be long before minorities are sitting at the back of the bus.