1 RE-ERECTING THE BAMBOO CURTAIN Come October, Japan’s new copyright law will make YouTube watching illegal.
2 COGNIATIVE DISSONANCE Apparently, Saskatchewan voters like Brad Wall: they just don’t like what his government is doing.
3 YES, THIS IS GOING TO GO WELL When Microsoft unveiled the Surface tablet for Windows 8, the host booted up Internet Explorer – which promptly crashed.
4 CANADIAN BROADCAST STANDARDS COUNCIL GIVES SUN NEWS NETWORK A FREE PASS Then again, it’s about the only way SNN gets any attention, judging from its ratings.
5 MAYBE BIRKENSTOCKS AREN’T SO BAD AFTER ALL Last March Nike hurriedly pulled a shoe that was supposed to come out on St. Patrick’s Day: the ‘Black and Tan.’ (Anyone with a smattering of knowledge of Irish history would have been stunned by this: the ‘Black and Tans’ were an auxiliary police force the British government recruited from First World War veterans to ‘police’ pre-independence Ireland the way soccer hooligans ‘police’ the supporters’ section) Not to be outdone, Adidas has halted delivery of sneakers that had something looking like shackles that would attach to people’s ankles, in the same way they used to chain slaves.
6 BRINGING THE WAR HOME In the first 155 days of 2012, 154 American soldiers and ex-soldiers have committed suicide, says the Pentagon.
YOUR MUSICAL MOMENT OF ZEN Ian Hunter with an acoustic version of Irene Wilde, one of the prettiest songs you will ever hear.