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"Five axiomatic propositions of Canadian Nationalism vis-a-vis the Americans:

1. Boy, we hate Americans.

2. We really do.

3. Really.

4. I'm not kidding. We really hate them.

5. So how come they never pay us any attention?"

--Will Ferguson, Why I Hate Canadians, Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1997, p.105.





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Thursday, April 25, 2002

Atkins diet author home after heart attack. Yes, I know Robert Atkins is 71. I know that many who avoid red meat have heart attacks at far younger ages. I know it's wrong to link his heart attack to his adherence to a diet that essentially states: "eat as much red meat as you can, and run from all green vegetables." But still, place your own "poetic justice" joke here. The good news is, he seems to be doing fine now.

Canadian politics, day 2. MP Keith Martin has formally apologized for his quasi-revolutionary act of "touching the ceremonial mace" in Parliament, for which he had been censured and suspended from that august body.
My big question: does this apply to "only children" too? More exciting health news for first-born children: a higher rate of heart disease.
Ah, those free Saudi elections. In one of its daily diatribes against Israel, the ArabNews reports that:

Prince Saud believes that Sharon’s policies are an obstacle to peace. Yasser Arafat is the elected leader of the Palestinian people and as such is the person to negotiate with other parties.

Leaving aside the voter intimidation that took place during the PA election in 1994, and leaving aside the fact that the Oslo Accords stipulated that the winner of that election would hold a term of no more than five years, after which another election wold be held, what the hell is this biological heir to a throne in a non-democratic country talking about? Can we expect to see elections in Saudi Arabia soon, since -- at least in this one case -- elections are precisely the device that confers legitimacy on a leader? I wonder how the other 2,500 members of the Saudi royal family feel about this.

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