I couldn’t let the day end without posting this image. From Lauren Marek.
Archive for May 4th, 2012
In October 1970 members of the Front de libération du Québec (FLQ) abducted two government officials in Montreal.
The circumstances ultimately culminated in the only peacetime use of the War Measures Act in Canada’s history, overseen by Governor General Roland Michener through the direction of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, having been requested by the Premier of Quebec, Robert Bourassa, and the Mayor of Montreal, Jean Drapeau.
The result was widespread deployment of Canadian Forces in Quebec, symbolically enacting martial law. The police arrested and detained, without bail, 497 individuals, all but 62 of whom were later released without charges. Police officials had abused their powers and detained, without cause, prominent artists and intellectuals associated with the sovereignty movement.
The events increased support against violence in the efforts for Quebec independence and highlighted the movement towards greater autonomy from the rest of Canada.
Many at the time supported Trudeau’s implementation of The War Measure’s Act, but some believed that the actions were excessive and set a dangerous precedent by suspending civil liberties.
It was an uncertain time for Canada as it struggled to find its identity. Above is an interview Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau gave to the CBC defending his actions. Although controversial, he strengthened Canada for years to come.
And then Stephen Harper was elected…
One scene in the film Downfall, in which Hitler launches into a furious tirade upon finally realizing that the war is truly lost, has become an Internet staple. In these videos, the original audio of actor Bruno Ganz’s voice is retained, but new subtitles are added so that he now seems to be reacting instead to some setback in present-day politics, sports, popular culture, or more recently, Glenn Close not winning an Oscar. Other scenes from various portions of the film have been parodied in the same manner.
But few people have viewed the actual scene with the proper English subtitles, and it’s chilling. Perhaps that’s why people have parodied it so much, the intensity warrants levity. The actor does a superb job, and I’m sorry I have yet to watch this movie, but I’ll rectify that soon. Anyway, I’ve added the appropriate clip for your viewing pleasure, if you dare.
Keith Haring would have been 54-years-old today. He died of an AIDS-related illness at the height of the HIV epidemic on Feb. 16, 1990. He was known for his pop-art drawings and illustrations, influenced by Andy Warhol.
Born in Reading, Penn. and raised in nearby Kutztown, Haring began drawing at an early age and learned basic cartooning skills from his father. After graduating high school he studied art in Pittsburg and New York, taking an interest in performance art, video installation and collage.
Haring had his first solo exhibition in New York in 1981. He gained international recognition and participated in numerous exhibitions between 1980 and 1989.
He championed public art producing over 50 murals in the 1980s. He began the Keith Haring foundation the year before his death and a year after he was diagnosed with HIV. The foundation, still in operation, focuses on AIDS-related and children’s charities.
Happy birthday Keith. We miss you.
Hi everyone! I got a few messages from people last night regarding Maude. She’s fine, in fact I just got in from taking her on a long walk. She had two mild seizures last night, and as usual, I had a panic attack. It’s a terrible and traumatic thing to watch, but I’m comforted by the knowledge that she’s unaware that anything is happening to her. She recovered relatively quickly and fell asleep for most of the night. They usually take a lot out of her and she spends days recuperating. The doctor has provided valium, in case she has three or more within a short time period, and we’re to administer it rectally to knock her out.
I guess it sounds silly that I say things like I love my dog more than life itself; it’s difficult for people to understand how that could be true, but not for me. I’ve always loved animals, and my pets are special to me. Dogs are the most loyal and loving creatures on the planet, and they deserve the same treatment. The mere mention of Maude brings a smile to my face, as wide as the eye can see! The way I look at it, she’s only on this earth for a maximum of 10 years and it’s my job to ensure she has the best 10 years of any dog. Ever. The joy she provides me makes her all the more worth it.
Anyway, I’m happy to report that she’s well. Thanks for the concern.