Saturday, April 28, 2007
I mean, a former US Vice-President tours Canada to promote his film and uses our government's new environmental policy to get free publicity for it as well as his political agenda.
Now I'm hardly against raising awareness of and finding solutions for global warming. What I am against is hypocrisy... whether it's by grandstanding hypocrites who whip up public hysteria for their own personal gain, or self-serving politicians (and their myopic followers) who have absolutely no interest in changing the status quo.
Solutions to global warming (and all our other social problems) would materialize a lot quicker if politicians, ex-politicians, self-important celebrities, and the rest of us would actually do the unglamorous work of cleaning up their/our own backyards, and never mind about lecturing everyone else ... and interfering in the affairs of sovereign neighbouring countries.
It seems that idea was first floated about 2000 years ago but went over like a lead balloon. Obviously, it's about as popular today.
Little wonder there are swing voters like me around!
Friday, April 27, 2007
1. "Affinia Group Begins Manufacturing in The
2. "Flip-flops? Gym shoes? Never in the
3. "Ukrainian-Americans ... believe Duranty was a shill for Stalin and turned a blind eye to a horrific famine that Stalin inflicted on the
In which case ... hopefully someone will send these poor ignorant souls to sites like this and this and this where they can get used to seeing "Ukraine" without a "the" in front of it.
Maybe if they see it often enough, they will start to feel confident enough to boldly write about Ukraine without clinging to that article like a security blanket?
The class schedule has not been finalized yet, but classes are expected to commence in early to mid May.
Because details are still being worked out, the Ukrainian class info isn't up on their website yet. You can check back later, or call 604-291-5184 or email for information.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Ukraine's political crisis may have some international ramifications, but it is purely domestic in origin.
Ukraine's crisis is not ... part of a wider struggle between Moscow and Washington or Brussels, but a matter of domestic politics for the Ukrainians themselves to resolve democratically. Ukraine,[like] many other post-Soviet states, suffers from the weakness, incompetence and venality of its political class. Yushchenko has made many serious miscalculations over the past two years, but his credentials as a democrat are not in dispute. The same cannot be said for Yanukovich, who tried to rig the 2004 presidential elections.Full article here.
... at Russia’s largest independent radio news network the new policy is that at least 50% of reports about Russia must be “positive.”
... opposition leaders can not be mentioned on the air and the United States is to be portrayed as an enemy.
[J]ournalists ... were told of the new policy by the new managers, who are allies of the Kremlin.
How very Orwellian (read: Soviet) to spin the blanket demonization of another country as a "positive" ...
Full article here.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Prime Minister Stephen Harper celebrated the historic ties between Canada and Ukraine at a tribute dinner for the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, hosted by the Ukrainian Embassy and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Among other things, the video also explains what those icons littering websites mean!
These days, more and more websites are being created (or upgraded, as I hope mine soon will be) with blogging software. The neat thing is that most blogging platforms have RSS feeds built in, so you don't have to worry about html code and all that geeky stuff.
It's important to understand that most traditional websites (those created before RSS was!) generally don't have RSS feeds, whereas blogs do. The other important thing to note is that those sites without RSS feeds will soon be dropping to the bottom of the search engine lists (they are already, actually).
The video is here. Well worth the few minutes spent watching it.
[A CBS Radio station in New York] has suspended two hosts ... for making a prank phone call to a Chinese restaurant that was peppered with ethnic and sexual slurs.
... the Organization of Chinese Americans demanded an apology from the show’s two hosts and from CBS Radio, and called for the firing of the hosts and their producer.
You can read the entire article here.
Well, about all there is to say is that Ukrainian and other ethnic radio producers have a lot more class. It's a shame advertisers and ad agencies still choose quantity over quality.
Monday, April 23, 2007
Friday, April 20, 2007
The film, called Manufacturing Dissent, is about the "controversial" Michael Moore who, it turns out, was rather short on integrity when he created his "documentaries" supposedly exposing the "right wing agenda."
Moore, as I myself had discovered long before Manufacturing Dissent was released, has done much to discredit documentary filmaking. He has used the genre as a political soapbox and foisted soviet-style agit prop on trusting audiences. As a result, his films have only served to polarize society, pulling politics into the emotional realm, where there is little room for logic and intellectual analysis.
Hats off to Debbie Melnyk and Rick Caine for their courage in debunking this political and cultural "sacred cow" ... and for standing up for honesty in their industry.
More details here. Trailer here. TV interview with the filmmakers here.
But, as this article illustrates, paying lip-service can backfire.
The federal Conservatives have expressed their regret for participating in a Sikh parade that celebrated an Indo-Canadian viewed by many in Canada as a terrorist and murderer.
But other political parties continue to remain silent on their participation in the event they say was a celebration of Sikh culture. ...
Full article here.
To avoid this sort of controversy, politicians (and their handlers) might consider taking a more genuine interest in ethnic communities.
But they don't really need to. It will blow over soon, as these things always do.
Opposition politicians don't need to issue an apology, which is seemly for the governing party (being more "accountable"). But even for the latter, it's no major concern. There will be opportunities to appease the outraged. In the meantime, all the politicians involved will have reaped the benefits of a great photo-op in a sizable and identifiable voter demographic.
I like to think I am above that sort of thing. I believe in equal opportunity and don't play favourites. That is why I am a swing voter.
And do Ukrainian radio! ;-)
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Don't tell them, but Ukrainian radio programs across Canada and the U.S. beat them to it long ago.
It's just so sad that it took a tragedy to make someone in the FM radio world to see the light. Sadder still, that the one station that did is such a novelty that it made the news. Well, we can only hope it will have created a tipping point and more will soon follow suit.
Full article here.
Monday, April 16, 2007
For programming exclusively in Ukrainian, check out Chetverta Khvylia (4th Wave) with host Pavlo Manugevych.
On Nash Holos, Sylvia has an easy recipe for homemade sauerkraut. Myrna has an invitation to two local festivals. Fr. Bruce shares his thoughts on faith and doubting Thomas. CD of the Week is 4 Trees in Winter by Stephen Zurakowsky.
You can also get Fr. Bruce on his own podcast here.
Friday, April 13, 2007
Very cute. Adorable, actually. It gave me a good chuckle.
Unfortunately, I lost it after I fixed the link, and couldn't find it on a search in YouTube.
Looks like the author is too shy to go public with it. A shame such a clever character chooses to hide his or her light under a bushel like that ...
But thanks for bringing back fun memories! There was a time when the tune was on the radio ... and made Tiny Tim a lot of money.
... CBS Radio, Citadel Broadcasting, Clear Channel Communications and Entercom Communications [have] agreed to pay a combined $12.5 million to close the investigations into each broadcaster’s possible violations of the Commission’s sponsorship identification rules.
Specifically, the Consent Decrees resolve allegations that the broadcasters may have accepted cash or other valuable consideration from record labels in exchange for airplay of artists from those labels, without disclosing those arrangements.
In addition to the $12.5 million in voluntary contributions, the broadcasters agree to implement certain business reforms and compliance measures. ...
Read the full article here.
No decent human being could possibly defend what he said. But what gets my goat is that he was essentially fired for doing his job well ... and for which he and other shock jocks are paid very well to do. After all, the terminology he used is straight from the lexicon of mainstream pop culture, which is shaped in no small part by the "music" heard on public radio airwaves.
So, I agree wholeheartedly with columnist and blogger Michelle Malkin on the utter hypocrisy of the public outcry and outrage, which appears to be inspired more by self-righteousness and self-interest than an altruistic sense of human decency. This excerpt basically sums up my take on it:
One dumb radio/television shock jock's insult is a drop in the ocean of barbaric filth and anti-female hatred on the radio.
Imus gets a two-week suspension. What kind of relief do we get from this deadening, coarsening, dehumanizing barrage from young, black rappers and their music industry enablers who have helped turn America into Tourette's Nation?
Read the full article here. Warning: she quotes rap "lyrics" so the language is coarse and filthy.
Thankfully, they're off-set in bold type so you can skim through or past them. (I didn't need to read them all to get the point!) But it's good she put them out there. I imagine she was hoping to get a point across to Mammon's minions. Unfortunately, as the end of her article illustrates, it seems they are hopelessly obtuse.
All I can say is it makes me glad I do Ukrainian radio in Canada! We have a long-established broadcasting tradition of dignity and decorum. Given how the mainstream generally jeers at our traditions, though, it's very tempting to gloat over the circumstances that forced its current (if disingenuous) mea culpa.
But being it's the Easter season, I'll stay on high ground and resist that temptation. Besides, all that's happened, really, is that the industry has merely sacrificed one of its own on Mammon's altar.
Hat tip to Cyber Cossack... which gives an excellent perspective on this sorry "hoedown."
If you've jumped onto The Secret bandwagon and are looking for programming that is positive and uplifting, check out some of the great Ukrainian radio programs listed here. You don't even need to understand Ukrainian ... the language of music is universal! And some programs, like Nash Holos, are bilingual.
So join us, and enjoy!
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Sylvia talks about eggs (appropriately enough!) and shares another great recipe, Myrna talks about the tourist destination of Cherkassy, and Fr. Bruce gives a thundering delivery of St. John Chrysostom's Resurrection Homily.
(BTW, while I store segments from the past two programs, you can find all the archived files (yes, from day 1!) at Fr. Bruce's new stand-alone podcast here).
Plenty of beautiful Easter and spring music and as usual, another Proverb of the Week and items of interest to the Ukrainian community in the Vancouver area... and beyond! Chetverta Khyvylia (4th Wave) also uploaded.
Thanks again to William Szuch for the UkeTube video (now on the NH home page)!
Monday, April 09, 2007
William Szuch recently created a video clip of the Nash Holos web site and posted it on YouTube. You can see it here.
You can't hear it yet, as Bill created it on the fly as a surprise for me, and didn't have any audio files. Hopefully, sound will soon follow.
BTW, Bill is the genius behind uketube, which he tells me is the #26 YouTube site ... phenomenal! (But hardly surprising, eh?)
He also created Strilka, a wonderful Ukie singles site that is a real class act.
Make sure to check them out, if you haven't yet!
Many thanks, Bill! (for everything...)
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
I've been archiving them on the features page but only have enough room on my server to store the previous 2 weeks.
Now, however, they're archived in their entirety at his own blog, B.C. Byzantine. Podcasting this way means there is a comments section for each segment, so that you can share your opinion or ask a question about the topic of the week.
Many thanks to Fr. Bruce for taking the time to share the gift of the Byzantine rite, which was almost lost due to the attempts of the communists to wipe it out in the Soviet union and the tendency in the diaspora to blend into the Roman rite.
I am in the process of uploading over half a year's worth of segments, but hope to have them all up soon. Then it will just be a matter of uploading a new one every week, as I do already at the Nash Holos website.
In either case, all you have to do now is add the RSS feed(s) to your feed reader and away you go!
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
EMI Group has agreed to take the digital locks off songs it sells through the Apple iTunes store ... But there will be a premium price for songs sold without copying restrictions...
Songs with digital rights management (DRM) software that prevents copying from one player to another will continue to sell for 99 cents, while those without the DRM software will cost $1.29.
DRM software prevents songs downloaded from the iTunes store being transferred to digital players ... Consumer rights groups have opposed DRM software on downloaded songs because consumers have traditionally had the right to copy songs they have paid for once. ...
Some analysts suggest that lifting the software restrictions could boost sales of online music, which currently account for about 10 per cent of global music sales.
A few thousand people, waving the blue flags of Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich's Party of Regions, plus a few thousand more waving red Communist and Socialist banners, showed up on Kiev's Independence Square - the very site of the Orange Revolution in 2004. They're protesting President Viktor Yushchenko's controversial decision to dissolve parliament and call fresh elections .. They're pitching tents and promising to stay indefinitely.
... but so far it's a lifeless demo.... One woman told me she was there because she'd been paid 50 hrivnya (about $10 US) to stand on the square and wave a blue flag.
But the news services are reporting that thousands more Yanukovich supporters are headed for the capital from his power base in the Russified east of the country. ...
Full story here.
What a great blog! Bookmark it or, better still, subscribe to the RSS feed (as I've done).
I've always respected Mark as a reporter with integrity and insight. His writing is eminently readable as well as highly informative, and is utterly devoid of any propaganda or personal political bias.
He's just written a book called The New Cold War. It's available at his blog, and I'm sure will be a great read.
Check it out here.
Monday, April 02, 2007
Some good analysis of the situation by Pumpernickel here .
For first-hand account by Vasyl in Kyiv, check here.
Download the podcast feed for Nash Holos, BC's longest-running and only bilingual Ukrainian radio program.
On the Nash Holos features page, find Ukrainian recipes and cooking tips, Travel Tips to Ukraine & Eastern Europe, and A Spiritual Moment with Fr. Bruce Power. Check out the recent interviews with Dr. Natalie Kononenko, Kule Chair of Ukrainian Ethnography at the University of Alberta who was in town to talk about Ukrainian minstrels on World Storytelling Day. Full program archives on Playlist page.
On Chetverta Khvylia, Vancouver's newest Ukrainian radio program, hear the latest in music, news and views, exclusively in Ukrainian, with host Pavlo Manugevych.
Yushchenko, who acted after more than seven hours of talks with parliamentary leaders failed, accused the parliamentary majority led by Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych of seeking to expand its power base in violation of the constitution, and of making decisions that violated the law.
... As Yushchenko spoke, Parliament met in an extraordinary session. Yanukovych and top government officials sat in the hall looking glum ... It was not immediately clear if the 450-seat legislative body would try to ignore the ruling.
Full article (English) here.