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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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Monday, July 08, 2002

Just practicing. Just getting those vocal chords ready for the big day:

Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye.
Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye.
Listen to me now
He's never near you to comfort and cheer you
When all those sad tears are fallin' baby from your eyes
He might be thrillin' baby but a-my love (my love, my love)
So dog-gone willin'
So kiss him (I wanna see you kiss him. I wanna see you kiss him)
Go on and kiss him goodbye

Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye.
Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye.

[Thanks to Charles Johnson for the links.]
This is very depressing. This is one of the most depressing articles I have read in a long time. Apparently, today's fruits and vegetables have only a fraction of the vitamins of those of fifty years ago, at least in Canada. Remember how you should eat broccoli because it's a great source of calcium? Not any more. Broccoli has lost almost two-thirds of its calcium. The potato has lost 100% of its vitamin A. And don't think you can escape this via organic foods -- they are no better.

Strangely, the nutritionists and doctors who are quoted in the article are not particularly worried about this. After all, today our breads and cereals are fortified with extra vitamins, and we can always take daily multivitamins. Great...except that I just recently stopped eating most bread and cereal in favor of fruits and vegetables! And as for vitamin pills, another study this week indicates that many vitamin pills are "useless," at least for combatting cardiovascular diseases. Augggh!
Walk like an Egyptian. Normally, I wouldn't make much of someone's nationality. But since Professor Mona Baker of the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology has chosen to attack other academics based solely on their nationality, I believe that hers becomes an issue as well.

Professor Mona Baker of the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology apparently believes that if you talk the talk, you should walk the walk. Having signed the abysmal European academics' petition to boycott Israel, which calls for the cessation of ties with Israeli academics, she has now kicked two Israeli academics off of the journals that she runs:

She said that her actions were "my interpretation of what a boycott of Israel means". Prof Baker added: "Many people in Europe have signed a boycott against Israel. Israel has gone beyond just war crimes.... I deplore the Israeli state. Miriam [Schlesinger, one of the fired academics] knew that was how I felt and that they would have to go because of the current situation."

The Telegraph article about this included one odd line: "Prof Baker, who refused to disclose where she was born...."

Professor Baker is from Egypt, and has lived in Britain for 20 years. Does this matter? You tell me: are there different connotations if the story is "Professor at UK institution sacks two academics for being Israeli" or "Egyptian Professor at UK Institution sacks two academics for being Israeli"?

Anyway, as disgusting as Baker's actions are, and as antithetical as they are to the purported ideals of academe, they certainly are the logical extension of the boycott petition. I wonder if any of those who signed it are having second thoughts after seeing its lamentable words put into action? Probably not -- the Telegraph article notes that no British academics thought Baker's actions worthy of public opposition; fortunately, a groundswell of opposition in the U.S. seems to have belatedly raised the visibility of this travesty in the UK and the rest of that continent over there.

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