You’ve heard of grindhouse, blaxploitation and kung fu flicks, but Canada has its own unique B-movie tradition — Canuxploitation — and new directors are catching on. Is the U.S. Tea Party movement seeping into Tim Horton’s territory, Canada? (and more and more on politics and populism) Author unloads on those who "ruined" it for everyone else: Two of Canada's sacred cows are being turned into hamburger, thanks to a forthcoming book that calls out 101 people, places and things said to have "screwed things up for the rest of us." The Brazilians have lately been looking north for opportunities — for our own good, we ought to return the favour. The Toronto International Film Festival’s vaulting ambition to create a world-class centre for film. Getting Past “Yes” or “No”: Our debate over multiculturalism needs more nuance. For years, Joel Theriault has waged a losing battle against pesticide spraying in Northern Ontario forests — what keeps him going? A review of Transnational Canadas: Anglo-Canadian Literature and Globalization by Kit Dobson. Sex tourism destroys the lives of millions of children every year, but activists are getting better at stopping Canadian predators in their tracks. With a different personality online, Toronto Life may be risking some credibility, but it’s paying off in hits. Critics of Al Jazeera English call the broadcaster garish and offensive — supporters say it's just what Canada needs. A review of Hooked on Canadian Books: The Good, the Better and the Best Canadian Novels since 1984 by T.F. Rigelhof. The Incredible True Story of Mr. Markarian: One man’s battle against CIBC exposes the billion-dollar scams behind our country’s “stable” financial sector.

From Bookforum's Paper Trail blog, an interview with Jessica Duffin Wolfe, editor of the forthcoming Toronto Review of Books.


From the Mises Institute, Kel Kelly on patriotism as a threat to capitalism; and Toban Wiebe on evolutionary psychology and the antimarket bias. A look at the animal kingdom's top 10 strange hunting strategies. A year-old, anti-Muslim email has resurfaced and is curculating once again, riding the latest wave of U.S. anti-Muslim bigotry. Fertility Rites: Chimp sperm may unlock one of the riddles of human conception — but first you have to collect it. A review of Dancing with Iris: The Philosophy of Iris Marion Young. A new study of factors that contribute to a film’s popularity suggests the sex appeal of stars outweighs identification with the lead character. A review of The Road from Mont Pelerin: The Making of the Neoliberal Thought Collective. An interview with Carmen Callil on books on the other France. A look at 6 things you won't believe are more legal than marijuana. Human enhancement: John Harris on an idea which is rapidly coming to life. Muslim Grrrls: After successfully employing Islamic law in the U.S. court system, Rafia Zakaria realizes that Sharia and feminism aren’t always mutually exclusive. Hampton Stevens on an intellectual's defense of football. Associated with a bygone age of child labour and smoke-filled skies, chimney sweeps are reporting a mini-revival. Boxing lessons: The unmindful attitude towards the body so prevalent in the West blinkers us to profound truths that the skin, muscles and breath can deliver like a punch.


Four hundred years ago, Galileo turned his telescope toward Saturn for the first time, but instead of rings, he saw something quite different. An interview with Ann Finkbeiner, author of A Grand and Bold Thing: An Extraordinary New Map of the Universe Ushering In A New Era of Discovery (and more). Cosmology enters a golden age: Physicists and astronomers are on the verge of cracking some of science's most enduring questions. Andy Lloyd's startling hypothesis, if proved true, could turn Planet X from a conspiracy-tinged myth into a scientific reality. What's the "anti-universe" and can scientists find it? From Scientific American, who should get credit for the Higgs particle? A storm is brewing round the scientists in line to win the Nobel prize for predicting the elusive particle. The rage of reason: World-changing theories and big breakthroughs are what every scientist yearns for — but the pressure to get results and glory means that feuds come thick and fast. Is science becoming authoritarian? Some very telling results of a Lexis/Nexus search. Wishful thinking does not make the Earth flat, nor will climate change just go away — and the people who think it might are risking the legitimacy of scientific endeavour. From Intelligent Life, plenty of today’s scientific theories will one day be discredited — so should we be sceptical of science itself? How many realise that the scientific age is but a brief, transitory phase in the evolution and development of humankind? One day it will all come to an end.


From Mother Jones, what happens when profit margins drive clinical research? Two-thirds of clinical trials are now privately run — a primer on the contract research organizations (CROs) that run them. A review of The Thief of Time: Philosophical Essays on Procrastination. Did somebody say "fringe"? With the help of his dad and a legion of devoted Tea Partiers, chances are good Ron Paul will soon be the most radical member of the U.S. Senate. School for Hackers: The do-it-yourself movement revives learning by doing. The C.L.R. James Library in London is being renamed; Scott McLemee wants to halt the vandalism. Financial regulation goes international: Basel III is a tough new international regime; it is a rare sign of optimism in the battle with the banks. From Inside Catholic, this is where Steve Skojec begins to wax theological about coffee; and what is it about us that makes us willing to stand in line for an eternity at a coffee shop just to get a cup? Here are two stories about Obama’s Wars by Bob Woodward (and more). The Bravery Trap: What does the Medal of Honor tell us about the nature of bravery? Waaaaah Street: Max Abelson on executives, emotion, and outbursts of Obama rage. The Guardian's Jonathan Franklin documents a day in the subterranean life of the 33 miners trapped 700 metres below the Chilean desert. An eXiled eXclusive: An advance copy of Martin Amis's eulogy for (the nearly-departed) Christopher Hitchens.


From The Nation, one year later, the blockbuster Game Change can be read as much for how little election narratives explain about history as for the story of the 2008 campaign. From The Atlantic Monthly, Joe Biden really, truly did not want to be vice president, but almost two years in, he’s found his stride, and his unique life trajectory — by turns tragic, comic, and triumphant — may have made him the perfect man for a highly imperfect job. From FDL, a book salon on The Empire’s New Clothes: Barack Obama in the Real World of Power by Paul Street. Obama’s Chief Issue: If Rahm Emanuel departs and the Dems lose the House, who should run the White House? James Surowiecki on the political failure of Obama’s stimulus package. Obama's big problem is with liberals and the left wing. Progressivism is not as amorphous as the current state of affairs indicates — this is no time to despair or retreat; it is a time to reengage and reassert progressive positions in more compelling ways. America is a joke: The worst of times for politics and media has been the best of times for The Daily Show’s John Stewart — and unfortunately things are getting even funnier. As much as Jon Stewart can make you laugh, there is something about all this Middle as Magically Absent of Ideology claim that just isn’t very funny. Laurie Essig thinks the Middle is just as ideological a stance as the Tea Party movement. The Forever Culture War: Even as we make progress on specific issues, the broader culture war seems to get uglier and uglier. We are no longer Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives — now we are utopians or not.

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