Sine Qua Non

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  Sine Qua Non
April 01, 2004
  Bush shows true coloursPDF files may take a moment to load

ichard Clarke was a bureaucrat in the White House, heading counter-terrorism efforts under both the Clinton and current Bush administrations and had been a public servant since the Nixon regime. Richard Clarke is now one of the most influential men in American domestic politics.


March 25, 2004
  A second look at proportional representationPDF files may take a moment to load

A recent trend among democratic reformers is a clamour to change the way in which we elect our officials, especially at the federal level.

Right now, our system is a first-past-the post-system. So, in every riding no matter the percentage of the vote, the person in first place wins. Democratic reformers want to switch proportional representation.


March 11, 2004
  Selling drugs or disease?PDF files may take a moment to load

As detailed by Naomi Klein in her book No Logo, the transition between marketing products and marketing a brand was the transition from marketing materials to marketing a lifestyle. Each market has its own preferred idea.

Cleaning products have the most direct correlation with their products, they emphasize cleanliness as the virtue. As the selling points of product become less and less based on utility and more based on taste, the ideas become more separated from the product they are trying to sell.


March 04, 2004
  Anti-Bush not anti-AmericanPDF files may take a moment to load

Rick Mercer, a CBC comedian, gained the most attention for his series of segments and subsequent special, Talking to Americans.

It tapped a secret joy of Canadians, consisting of Mercer illustrating the ignorance of the American public, and sometimes their leaders, by asking questions with misleading preambles. It is questionable whether Canadians would have answered differently to the same questions, but we loved the fact Americans were so clueless when it came to the world outside the USA.


February 26, 2004
  Campus chooses substancePDF files may take a moment to load

Was it the man, the message, or a combination of the two? No, Bryan West, I'm not talking about how you won; instead, there are many people on campus wondering how Phil Barski and his cabinet lost out on so many positions, only managing one executive seat.


January 22, 2004
  Politics are unpredictable and unscientificPDF files may take a moment to load

From the dawn of the 20th century, science has been the "it" word. Soon, anything academic had to be labelled "science," even if it did not approach the definition of science.

It is no surprise, then, that this university, established in the golden age of this etymological disaster, would dole out department names inconsistent with reality. I'm thinking mainly of the Department of Political Science, although the misnomer of Social Science is just as aggravating.


January 15, 2004
  Savoury TVPDF files may take a moment to load

This year has, generally, been an awful year for American television. Only in a horrible year can shows like Whoopi be considered for renewal. I try to be a television watcher, I want to love TV, but I'm finding it harder and harder. Every time I like a show it gets cancelled, so, I'm going to use my considerable powers as Gauntlet columnist to make sure the shows I enjoy currently don't get cancelled.


December 04, 2003
  Motivated by fearPDF files may take a moment to load

During a recent viewing of Michael Moore's Bowling for Columbine, I was struck by the thesis of the film, best presented by Marilyn Manson. The idea was that fear inculcated by the news media is an important contributing factor to the gun violence epidemic in the United States, and the mainstream media has juxtaposed the scary "real world" with advertisements featuring safety and comfort.

What struck me was not so much the thesis itself, but the idea of fear being exploited.


November 27, 2003
  Believe it or not, this is the headlinePDF files may take a moment to load

I cannot help but thinking there is nothing. There, a direct confrontation with nihilism.

Nihilism is a philosophy that believes in nothing, it is an untenable position to hold. If one is reasonable, and holds the position, suicide is a necessary result. If you cannot believe in anything, then your life will hold no value to you. It is an incredibly attractive position from one point of view and an incredibly desperate position from another.



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