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SHARK FIN CAMPAIGN, VANCOUVER ANIMAL DEFENSE LEAGUE. This year, a tireless and thorough effort was made by VADL to eradicate shark fin products by getting it banned at the municipal level, all throughout the lower mainland. So much noise and fervour was made by animal rights CHAMPION Marley Daviduk and the VADL that it only served to Make Richmond MP Alice Wong look super ridiculous when she decided to eat shark fin soup at a chinese media-only public event organized secretly by her staff in Richmond, that addressed only chinese constituents. At the beginning of December, VADL upped the ante when tests of Shark Fin from a restaurant that serves it locally were found to be endangered or protected species in over three quarters of the samples. Aside from the obvious implications of this, the cruelty that these animals are subjected to is horrifying. Live-caught sharks have their dorsal fins sliced off, and are dumped dying back into the sea to succumb slowly on the ocean floor. In 2013, Richmond will still have to address their municipality and vote on a ban of this brutal “delicacy.” This article is just a tiny tidbit of the MASSIVE MOUNTAIN OF PRESS that the VADL got on this issue. The article is filled with other links so you can get every dimension of the story.
- I’m going to call the Kony 2012 video a hit, because it perfectly and tragically sums up how an internet “sensation” can be so intense and so damaging, all at once. The creator of the campaign used video to a highly effective (but not all together true) degree and created a HUGE sensation. However, creating something that big and intense invited an equal amount of scrutiny. Sadly, Jason Russell suffered a mental health break and the movement abruptly halted under leaderless direction, and the realization that simply posting a video doesn’t have the weight and gravity of grassroots protest with physical acts of defiance and civil disobedience. Is Kony actually even alive? What was this video for? Is it a scam to generate money? The “HIT” part of this is actually the clear demonstration of the internet’s power and it’s even greater weakness: being unable to consistently transmute sentiment into action.
- Milos Roanic. This Canadian rising tennis star pushed Roger Federer to three sets at the Indian Wells Classic before losing a close one, and continues to win at the professional level against fearsome and tricky opponents. He’s also a canadian tennis star who doesn’t immediately defect to another country. His play is sometimes inconsistent and spotty, but his serve and his double grip backhand return are fearsome. Watch what he does in 2013.
- Christine Sinclair: her gutsy, record breaking performance on the field and her pointed but composed remarks at the London Summer Olympic Games was inspiring to women and men alike. When a STUPID call in the semi finals essentially cost the women’s team the game, she responded honestly and correctly that the game had been taken from them, and the the call was a disappointment. This resulted in her being penalized with a 4 game suspension from the world body that has awarded her athlete of the year honours SIX TIMES for speaking the TRUTH about the referee that decided her and team Canada’s fate. Christine Sinclair is a HUGE HIT for speaking the truth, accepting the suspension, and refusing to take back her comments for the sake of appeasing the catankerous world body. More: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/soccer/fifa-hands-soccer-captain-christine-sinclair-four-game-suspension/article4609745/
- THIS MOMENT FROM THE U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: http://www.romneytaxplan.com/ a brilliant use of media for satire and getting a point across. Sadly, the ENTIRE rest of the election proceedings will find its way into the “SHIT” list later on.
AND ALL OF THESE ASSORTED HITS: Stephen Colbert’s SuperPac series, Fox news having Bill CLinton hand them their ass with a big ol’ smile on his face, The Purple Squirrel/Halloween Goblin Squirrel, Felix Baumgartner’s leap from the edge of space, Season to Attack’s Fibres EP (sorry, I know) Take the Earth Beneath Us, Nice Guys of OKCupid, Worldwide decrease of duck face, Jersey Shore cancellation, Breaking Amish, Dwell Magazine, NewScientist, Drive (the movie) Tattoo Union (Jeremy Riley fixed my fingers and is a damn talented fellow. In the Lee Building at Main and Broadway.) 3G Veggie Restaurant, Vegan Pizza House, Chau Noodle House, Fairy Cakes, Edible Flours.Huge shout out to Axum Ethiopian Restaurant for BEING SO GAWD DAMN DELICIOUS.
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WINNERS, and others, “FAUX” FUR: In 2012 the VADL also brought to light that again Winners was selling “faux” fur that was still actually made from a REAL animal, most likely the Raccoon Dog, even though they claimed they weren’t. Some of these pieces were also labelled “raccoon,” which is almost certainly not true. Fur trim is often harvested from LIVE animals. These sad creatures are kept in filth, treated poorly, and serves to highlight one of the many repugnant practices that dot the landscape of fashion with immorality and cruelty. If you MUST wear something that resembles fur, it must say “synthetic” or “man made polyester/acrylic trim.” Personally, it is even better in my opinion to not even glorify the look of fur and refuse to wear anything at all that bears a resemblance. When in doubt, do without. I’m also officially calling out Gaga and her fans to let animals be themselves (alive) since they were BORN THAT WAY. Lady Gaga wears tons of cruelty. Beyonce- you too. Want to see what Fur and Fur Trim is really about? Go here and decide if you’d ever like to wear it. I know I am on about animals a fair amount, but seriously…why is this okay with so many?
Miscellaneous SHITS: The Entire US Prez Election for it’s attack on each and every thing EVER. Ben Mulroney’s accent when anything even vaguely french is needing to be said. Ok, I get it, you’re bilingual. Snookie procreating. Kim and Kanye procreating.
Joe Simpson gay scandal. Not because he’s gay, but because of how it all unfolded. Shame. Treat your family better. American Idol. The Summer Olympics in London still obviously catering to the wealthy, the sponsors hawking unhealthy garbage that undermines the integrity and discipline to compete , empty seats, and stupid mascots all on the backs of the poor and passionate amateur athlete who ends up with no choice but to endure this assault on their efforts. Stephen Harper’s stance on First Nation rights, Environmental practices, and the wealthy white echelon.
Enbridge BC Pipeline and its continuous insult to our collective intelligence.
PETA’s 94% and higher kill practice at its own shelters. Help animals. Drop the sensationalism and radical “mercy killing” practices. You aren’t my voice. I wish to see animals alive and free, no matter what their previous circumstances are. If you preach that we don’t have a right to end animal life and enslave them, then neither should you.
Creed, Limp Bizkit and Puddle of Mudd attempting comebacks. The new record.
3 Jewels restaurant- I reluctantly add for serving milk powder to vegans even though we’ve all repeatedly asked to not have it. I will return at some point, but it really angered me. Don’t say your restaurant is vegan. It’s misleading.
Paanz Restaurant for their small portions, poor service, and refusal to address or even acknowledge a respectfully worded customer complaint.
Daily newspapers like Metro and 24 that generate waste and are never edited properly for spelling, grammar or even journalistic ethics. Rihanna. You are a successful and beautiful woman. By refusing to denounce Chris Brown and the terror he inflicted on you and subsequently taking him back, you presented a hypocritical view of what you seem to stand for. Every woman who endures anything like this- kick that stupid ass from your life, and never allow him or her power over you again. Rihanna, I hope it doesn’t have to get worse for you to get better.
Well, that’s it for now. I may post some of the stuff that didn’t quite make it later on. What was you worst and best moments in media, practice, or experience in 2012? What did I miss? What do you agree or disagree with? Did you read all the way to here? You need a hobby. Unless your hobby is reading what I write, in which case, weird, but do it up!
To my family, friends, bandmates, and loved ones who helped make my year accomplished and exciting, I thank you so much. To those that made it more challenging, I thank you very much as well, since I once again didn’t die from it and will become stronger!
Closing the book on 2012,