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by MF
Tue Oct 07, 2008 2:19 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Canadian healthcare
Replies: 70
Views: 17073

What are your thoughts on the NAFTA issue that I raised earlier? I don't think the NAFTA issue is a legitmate concern. First of all, what's the tipping point in terms of "fully publicly funded"? In Ontario, the government only provides about 80% of hospital funding on the patient care sid...
by MF
Tue Oct 07, 2008 12:41 am
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Canadian healthcare
Replies: 70
Views: 17073

My apologies upfront for what's going to be another long post... As someone who's worked in and around health care policy at the federal and provincial level for nealry 15 years there are a few subtleties here that should be added. A huge proportion of Canadian health care services are provided by f...
by MF
Tue Sep 16, 2008 12:05 am
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Where the Wild Things Are
Replies: 36
Views: 15173

I saw this photo on-line last year and immediately knew I had to talk my wife into cracking out her sewing machine so our little guy could rock something similar this hallowe'en: http://images.etsy.com/all_images/a/a92/e4b/il_430xN.13081521.jpg He's already got the "Be Still!" part down pa...
by MF
Fri Aug 22, 2008 10:02 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Best Year in Music?
Replies: 25
Views: 3644

I'll vote for 1984 since it's the first really big year in music that I can remember (I was 13): The Replacements, Let it Be The Smiths, Hatful of Hollow The Smiths, the Smiths Minute Men, Double Nickels on the Dime Husker Du, Zen Arcade Lloyd Cole, Rattlesnakes R.E.M., Reckoning Motorhead, No Remor...
by MF
Wed Jul 16, 2008 8:20 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Which of Art Garfunkel's Top 50 have you read?
Replies: 14
Views: 1478

Garfunkel's list of favourites is actually in chronological order, or more precisely, the order in which Art read them. You'd think such a list would be more likely to start with Go Dog Go... As for trying to match-up lists, here's mine. 6. Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights - High school english. Rell...
by MF
Fri Jul 11, 2008 9:54 am
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Every Book Art Garfunkel has ever read
Replies: 33
Views: 2801

I noticed that Artie read "Confederacy of Dunces" but didn't mark it as a favorite. I heard for years how I "simply must read this book" and about how much I'd love it. So I read it, and I gotta say I didn't love it. It was OK, but it was hard to sympathize with any of the chara...
by MF
Wed Jul 09, 2008 4:32 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: TIMEWASTER: Favorite Album From Every Year You've Been Alive
Replies: 29
Views: 4289

This I can't imagine. NO records from '07 or '08? Not a single new release in two years. Normally I would have picked up Sky Blue Sky, but I found it so boring that I passed...I guess age, kids, travel and self-employment do odd things to purchasing patterns. Been mostly picking up old stuff (Dylan...
by MF
Wed Jul 09, 2008 11:30 am
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: TIMEWASTER: Favorite Album From Every Year You've Been Alive
Replies: 29
Views: 4289

This list got progressively harder the further I moved away from 82-89 and the mid-90s. I guess you can tell when my teenage years were. It's also tough in that I didn't buy a single new release in 2007 or 2008. Also, what the hell happened in 1990? How is it I can't turn up a single decent pick fro...
by MF
Wed Jul 09, 2008 1:06 am
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: TIMEWASTER: Favorite Album From Every Year You've Been Alive
Replies: 29
Views: 4289

1971: Just as I am , Bill Withers 1972: Let’s Stay Together , Al Green 1973: Funky Kingstown , Toots and the Maytals 1974: Kiss , Kiss 1975: Blood on the Tracks , Bobby Dylan 1976: The Ramones , The Ramones 1977: Live at the Old Quarter , Townes Van Zandt 1978: Blue Valentines , Tom Waits 1979: Lond...
by MF
Sat Jun 14, 2008 9:29 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Black Monk Time
Replies: 9
Views: 2234

Speaking of Thelonious Monk, David Remnick had a lenghty (and I do mean lengthy) piece in the New Yorker a few weeks ago about Columbia University's radio staion - WKCR - specifically Phil Schaap's jazz program, "Bird Flight" It included this beautiful anecdote: During a Thelonious Monk fe...

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