To begin, it’s important to acknowledge that the concerns are real and well placed. While a short term shutdown of the government likely will have a minor impact on the economy, as it has in the past, no one can accurately forecast the consequences of a default on our debt. As a good example of the impossibility of knowing the answer to that one, in hindsight is safe to assume that the Federal Reserve would not have allowed Lehman Brothers to fail in the way it did in 2008.
The premise: recently discovered footage of a 1939 test group reacting to the Judy Garland classic. The Christopher Guest Players including Guest, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Fred Willard, Jennifer Coolidge and Bob Balaban (aka the wonderfully ridiculous crew from films like Best in Show and For Your Consideration) gave the Oscars a refreshing dash of absurdist humour with their bizarre observations, from disliking the annoying Dorothy character and “that Rainbow song” to the fervent enthusiasm for flying monkeys. I’m going to watch it again!Of course, you may have enjoyed other moments.
SubscriptionsGo to the Subscriptions Centre to manage your:My ProfileOttawa police arrested five Greenpeace protesters who climbed an entrance to the Parliament Buildings on Monday, as about a dozen other activists lowered a banner from the roof of the West Block.The five protesters had scaled a wall and scrambled onto an overhang over the Senate entrance of the Centre Block and hung a banner before police erected a ladder to take down the signs and pull the protesters away.In Copenhagen, Denmark, close to where nearly 20,000 people are expected to attend the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change a British sculptor carving a polar bear out of ice, with a bronze skeleton inside, hopes to make a powerful environmental message when the Arctic animal art piece melts.Mark Coreth started creating the ice polar bear on Friday in Kongens Nytorv Square.Observers will be encouraged to be interactive with the sculpture, he added, saying that anyone who touches it will help change the shape and “represent the human aspect of warming the planet.”We hope that this creative act will bring home to each person how humanity has the power to affect the delicate balance of nature,” he said.Full storyClimate protests: Do you believe that public stunts are effective in swaying public opinion? Take our poll.Internet freedom: Should government have the ability to shut down the internet?The Egyptian government shut down access to the internet and the country’s cellphone data network early Friday, according to media reports. Internet and cellphone data service was unavailable throughout the country, making it impossible for news of the protests. Continue reading this postAccess to information: Does Canada need to be more open with data?TTC bus driver: Do you often see your local drivers texting?The Toronto Sun on Thursday published a picture sent by a reader of a TTC bus driver driving while texting on a mobile device.