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  1. Drat, Stu's a good Caper and comes from a great family of musicians - small wonder he was playing with Matt. Blake was always great to watch and listen to too, so much energy. Those are some big shoes to fill...
  2. Sadly, there's only 10 episodes per season for GoT, so this Sunday is the finale. Lame, but on the bright side new book in less than a month!
  3. I'd say the permanent solution to that would be to move to Toronto. ;)
  4. I love it but then again I've been a fan of the books for a while now. Love how faithful they've been to them so far and any extra bits they've added are for the benefit of those new to the series. Added scenes tend to flesh out the relationships between certain characters a bit more, which is completely understandable. I'll say the first few episodes might be a touch slow for some folks but it's worth the wait as they do need to set up the world for a while before they can start messing with it in a way that the audience will understand. It might sound like a bit of an investment but at least give it 4-5 episodes before you pass judgement.
  5. Hope everyone remembers to exercise their democratic right today, and remember kids: if you don't vote, the commies win. But seriously get out there and vote, even if it's only for the sake of giving a party some funding.
  6. I agree there's plenty of haters out there, but don't be so sure about going back to the polls. The electorate is going to be sick and tired of election talk and if the government falls again I wouldn't be surprised to see a slight bump up for the Conservatives from whatever they end up with in this campaign. The call for a majority government might sound a little better to those voters who are really sick of voting as often as we have been over the last 7-8 years, as awful as that sounds. They might just give Harper the majority he's asking for - and the Cons have been polling near majority territory at some points throughout this campaign. This last week is going to be very interesting with the surge in NDP support. While it likely won't translate into huge seat gains, it might motivate the NDP to get it's act together and make it realize that it may be a legitimate runner in the next election for Official Opposition, if they can organize themselves properly nation-wide and not just strategically in key ridings. See today's ThreehundredEight post for more, it makes a compelling argument. Can't wait for election night now!
  7. Does any political party think that they're going to retain viewer's attention with attack ads during the playoffs? Silly politicians, it's Cup Season!
  8. Anyone watch the debates this week? I only caught the English one but kinda zoned out halfway through, too long and lackluster. Heard the French version was a bit more lively but I've been trying to study. That and playoffs create a perfect storm of procrastination...
  9. Hold on now - the Bank of Canada has far more influence over the value of our dollar than any other apparatus. It's monetary vs. fiscal policy here and the government can't really influence the value of our dollar, as interest rates are set by the BoC in addition to all other aspects of monetary policy. The government cannot influence this, they only exert control over fiscal policy (taxing and spending). Additionally, we are a oil producing country and that has much more of an effect on our dollar than any other commodity we produce. When oil prices go up, so does the value of our dollar - it's difficult to counteract that. With interest rates as low as they are now, there isn't much else that can be done to try and 'devalue' our currency. Consumer confidence plays into this some as well - since our banking system is still fully intact, that inspires a bit of confidence in our system and can translate into international confidence in the value of our currency. So you can't really blame the Conservatives for that. I agree with the credit side of your argument, as the Liberals would have likely done the exact same thing, albeit without the branding of the entire stimulus program. It still irks me that they've changed the colour scheme of all 'official' government advertising to blue and green. Seriously, WTF? No red? Are they that paranoid of it being associated with the Liberal party? All that being the same, I will not be voting CPC due to other issues. They've handled the recession adequately and as competent as any government could (not saying they're perfect, but what government is?). They've lost my vote on numerous other issues throughout the years, in addition to waiting until after the election was called to start making all these promises. If they're going to go ahead with the loan guarantee for Lower Churchill, why not announce it with the budget? Blatant vote grab in my opinion. Income splitting in 2015 (if that projection is even correct)? It's just an attempt at a majority this time around. To be fair, I'm skeptical of the Liberal education passport and the costs of such a thing. I'm not a fan of lowering the business tax rate to where it's going, but I don't advocate the planned reversal to where it was before the reduction started this year. That's going to wreak havoc on businesses that made plans around this, and it won't result in the amount of savings the Liberals say it will. I like the idea, but there needs to be more coordination among the federal and provincial governments to reduce the burden of tuition fees going forward.
  10. 7 years? Sure, signs of impending doom might have been visible in 2007 but it didn't really come into force until later in their rule and there wasn't much they could do about it. When you rely on the US as your biggest trading partner, anything that happens in there is bound to have an effect on us and there wasn't a whole lot they could have done. Also, c'mon, we're talking politics here. When are they ever efficient? I'll be voting for sure, but I wish that the 40-60% that don't vote would instead come out and spoil their ballots. That would actually send a clear message to the parties for a change.
  11. I'm loving this discourse, it's always great to get a snapshot of how the thought process and reasoning comes into being behind the music, though I'm no musical genius and don't understand all of it. I did my best to stay away from the demos as I listened far too much to Vancouver when it was available on the website and I feel I haven't been able to enjoy it as much as all of Matt's other records. Lesson learned, I couldn't help but listen to the first single and I'll admit I wasn't overwhelmed with it but I was still going to pick up the album regardless. But then Non-Populus... woah. Now I can't wait for the record and am infinitely more happy I stayed away from the demos. I'm much more curious as to how the album fits together in one cohesive piece. Thank you very much Matt for sharing with the community, it's always appreciated and best of luck with the new release!
  12. I agree with the timing aspect - Bev Oda, contempt of Parliament, the X-35 debacle, lack of a strong voice on environmental policy, lack of a security council seat, stimulus spending, etc... but what bothers me is how little this seems to have bothered the public. There's no cry of outrage and the opposition hasn't even really played up these bungles to their full capacity. Harper's had them reacting to his moves for the past few years and making them look and sound largely ineffective. My mildly-realistic hopes are for a severely reduced minority for Harper that will see him resign from party leadership and hopefully the Liberals will make some modest gains, likely at the expense of the Bloc gaining another seat or two in Quebec. I doubt the Greens will actually gain a seat as I see very little traction for them in this campaign - environmental issues seem to be taking a back seat yet again.
  13. The Forum - IT LIVES!!! All jokes aside, looks like we're destined for another federal election ladies and gents. The Bloc, NDP and Liberals have all withdrawn support for the budget and the 'Harper Government' will be falling this Friday on either the budget or a motion of non-confidence in regard to the Conservatives being in contempt of Parliament. Opinions, thoughts, comments, rants? Let's try and keep it civil now... as civil as politics can get anyway.
  14. Looks like the whole site is going to be re-done and should be launched on or before March 21. Lots of work for Matt lately... Also, any M+ members that are reading this and not the website - check out M+ ASAP for an important announcement about site/account migration.
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