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YES PLEASE: There is another Taiwanese animation of the Rob Ford crack scandal

It is official, the hyped insanity around the latest developments in the Rob Ford crack scandal has gone international. We know this is the real deal not because of the countless talented journalists internationally who have picked up their pens and microphones to give press to our fair city and our troubled politicians, because there is a Taiwanese animation of the scandal going on here and it is priceless.

The animation company NMA World Edition regularly makes videos depicting celebrity and news scandals that, while fudging the facts a little bit, are often hilarious depictions of what is going on in the headlines.

NMA had previously made a Rob Ford video when news of the crack tape first broke back in May.

Check out the original video below and the new video above.

 

Let us know what you think: hilarious or tasteless?

 

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Craziest quotes from Rob Ford’s surprise radio interview today

Rob Ford, the man at the centre of the biggest scandal to hit Toronto politics in recent memory, made a surprise appearance on the John Oakley Show on AM640 this morning to set the record, erm, somewhat more straight in the light of the recent bombshell that the police have a copy of the video that shows the mayor smoking an illicit substance, widely reported to be crack cocaine.

The show was troubling, not only to those who long ago gave up on the troubled mayor, but to those who have steadfastly supported him throughout his personal troubles. He admits flatly that he drinks, making a liar out of his and his brother’s previous statements to the contrary. He also admits to being “inebriated” in public, again making lies out of his previous denials.

Here are some of the choice quotes from the radio interview.

 

“What else can I do Johnny? I’m only human. There are a lot of perfect people out there, I’m not one of them.”

“All I can do is apologise and move on.”

“Show the people, show everyone the video.”

“[Laughing] I am not an alcoholic, I am not a drug addict.”

“I don’t use drugs. I drink, don’t get me wrong, I’m the first one to enjoy a few cocktails.”

“I shouldn’t have went down to the [Taste of the] Danforth inebriated. I shouldn’t have had a pretty wild St. Patrick’s Day party in my office. I shouldn’t have done that.”

“If I’m an addict then I would not be able to show up for work every single day, and you know I do not miss work.”

— “Have I drank a little to much at times? You’re absolutely right”
— “A little too much?
— “A lot too much.”

“I like to relax like everyone else and I’m only human.”

“I can’t push a button right now and say ‘make this all disappear.'”

“I’m not here to make excuses.”

“I’m not commenting on anything to do with what’s before the courts.”

“With all due respect to you John, the media, and the papers, I don’t listen to you.”

“Doug will be provincial, he will be premier one day.”

“Any member of my executive committee, if you want to go, go. I’ll be running the ship, even if it’s by myself.”

Caller: “I think I would be a drunk too if I had to deal with the left wing council you have every day.”

“I knew John, there was cars behind me, cars here and they were hiding and so I called them and said I think I have people following me and they said ‘no, no one is following you.'”

“There’s gonna always be haters, Johnny.”

 

Listen to the clip below:

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Honest TTC riders leave fares even with no attendant

This past week a photo began circulating online on social media showing that, even in the absence of a TTC employee or a coin box, many Torontonians will still pay their fare to ride the subway.

Take a look at the photo below.

honest ttc

 

 

Let us know:

Do you pay your fare even when there is no attendant on duty?

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Rob Ford might have used a fake voice on a radio call in show to defend Rob Ford

Welcome to Rob Ford’s la-la-land. He’s been caught on tape smoking crack and for half a year now he’s been slowly losing it with ass grabbing scandals, alcoholism scandals, gang associations, an ominous murder, extortion, and drugs.

So it obviously makes sense that RoFo wouldn’t think twice about calling in to a radio show in defense of himself while pretending to be some schlub from the hood. I mean, his office has done something almost exactly like that before, and it must be difficult to see yourself and political career (not to mention personal life) imploding like the Hindenburg — and the dude was in serious need of a scrap of good press before taking the kids out trick-or-treating, right?

The #TOpoli twitterati are somewhat inclined to think it is the other brother in the Ford clan, Randy, who would still be lying about his identity, but the caller’s behaviour is very much in line with someone caught with their hand in a cookie jar after he is called out as Mayor Ford by the host.

Listen below and let us know what you think. Is this Rob Ford calling into a radio show with a fake name?

Do you think this is Rob Ford?

 

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Why do you think it is okay to bully children like Rebecca Black or Alison Gold?

It must make you feel pretty big to verbally abuse a child.

Hey everyone, it’s been a while since millions of adults have mercilessly bullied a child and thought it was okay. Jeez, that must be a couple years gone since the entire world jumped on the bandwagon and taunted, teased, berated, dehumanised, and despised little Rebecca Black.

So we’re about due for that again, right? Why don’t we all get together online and lay a litany of horrible things to a little girl who is trying her best to start a music career. Why don’t we all show our ugliest sides and spew vile, hurtful things at a little girl who is singing about something sweet and innocent and make her feel really bad about herself.

A couple of days ago BuzzFeed took the reigns on this one and tore apart a music video by a little girl named Alison Gold singing about how much she loves Chinese food and the rest of the internet followed. The song shares a producer with Rebecca Black’s YouTube video that everyone interpreted as a giant ‘Kick Me” sign.

What they did — and you probably did to Alison Gold or Rebecca Black — is wrong.

There is actually a name for all of that, all of those horrible things said; all the taunting, teasing, berating, dehumanising, despising, insulting; all of the horrible things directed at these little girls. It is called bullying and it is wrong.

The strangest thing happens when the internet gets involved here. All of the people who would be the first to denounce the bullying that caused the the suicide deaths of Amanda Todd and Rehtaeh Parsons become different people. These same folks have no issue when it comes to piling on the abuse towards these other little girls.

This is why we even have a special designation for bullying that uses technology: cyber-bullying. When it is a computer or cell phone screen that is between the bully and the person they are hurting, for whatever reason, a lot of people’s consciences magically allow them to be cruel. They don’t have the same empathy and hesitation because they don’t have to see the person they are hurting when they hurt them, but the impact the words have doesn’t degrade once it goes through a modem.

If we can all agree that what happened to Amanda Todd and Rehtaeh Parsons was wrong why on earth would we think that it okay when the magnitude of the abuse expands to include millions of people?

It is a miracle that these internet punching bags like Rebecca Black or Alison Gold haven’t been driven to their breaking point — but just because the collective abuse of the internet doesn’t have a body count doesn’t mean it is okay by any stretch of the imagination.

The only answer you can think of as to why bullying Rebecca Black is more okay than bullying Amanda Todd or Rehtaeh Parsons is that you didn’t take part in bullying those two little girls who killed themselves.

This is a real little girl, and the song actually isn’t that bad. She likes Chinese food. She likes dancing around and being silly. She doesn’t know that geishas are from Japan, not China. Oh my god, she’s a tween-age girl!

So, you who thinks it is okay to bully a child, why don’t you pause for a second before you hit send on that abusive comment? How about you get over yourself. What exactly are you doing that makes you so much better than this little girl? Why are you rushing for a chance to get your kicks in?

Is it because BuzzFeed told you this song isn’t cool and you can’t make up your own mind? Is it because you are some kind of musical prodigy who can only express their knowledge by calling a twelve year old a bitch? Or is it because it makes you feel just a little bit cooler and better about yourself to dismiss something and you never stopped to think that there is a real, actual, living and breathing human being who might be hurt by the comments of a stranger?

Bullying is bullying and you can’t expect kids to stop doing it in hallways if it is considered completely acceptable towards people like Rebecca Black or Alison Gold.

Grow the hell up.

 

 

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FIERCE DUO: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to host Golden Globes for the next two years

While watching awards shows can be a bit of a chore (although we do it every season anyway because, c’mon, the red carpet dresses of celebrities aren’t going to critique themselves) Amy Poehler and Tina Fey made last year’s Golden Globes an absolute delight to watch, which is why we are so excited that The Hollywood Reporter has announced the duo will be coming back not just this year, but for the next two years!

These fiercely funny ladies — who we can thank for Mean Girls, Baby Mama, Weekend Update, and upcoming appearances in Anchorman 2 — had us looking forward to the space between awards last year with their nonstop jokes at the expense of the celebrities in attendance (including an irked Taylor Swift) and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organisation that puts on the Golden Globes every year. Luckily the HFPA seem to be good sports since they’ve invited the girls back!

Are you excited for the pair to return to the Golden Globes stage on January 13 of next year?

 

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10 worst sexy Halloween costumes for men

Halloween is just around the corner, what better way to celebrate the season than to dress up in a few scraps of clothing and call it a sexy outfit? Girls have it pretty easy here — as we learned from Mean Girls, all it takes for a girl’s sexy costume is lingerie and animal ears.

The boys unfortunately have a tougher time, as evidenced by the monstrosities below.

Familiarize yourself with the nearest eyewash station to run to after you’ve had your fill off of this list.

1. Why do I get the impression that anyone who would wear this costume is the exact opposite of what is implied here?

2. Somewhere in a warehouse full of lesbian sex-toys they realised they had too many strap-ons and began marketing them as this.

3. You could go shirtless, or you could wear a shirt with a grainy pixelated photo of a chest you could never achieve.

4. All three of my wishes are for you to get away from me.

5. Probably not the best idea to symbolise your penis with a slithering poisonous creature everyone is afraid of.

6. Yeah, we get it, and we also know that the truth is nowhere near that big.

7. Just stop with the penis jokes, please.

8. Well this one wouldn’t be so bad if the movie wasn’t 20 years old.

9. “This year I dressed up as the only things I think women are good for.”

10. Probably not a great costume to wear when answering your door for trick-or-treaters.

 

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WATCH: Trailer for new documentary about honour killings

Honour killings, long a problem in the developing world, have recently come to light as an issue in Canada, with such chilling examples as the Shafia family murders where three daughters and a maternal figure were killed in the Rideau canal.

In order to fight this epidemic of violence being waged against women, girls, and LGBT individuals, we have to first have an understanding of what exactly honour killings are, the place they have in conservative Islamic and eastern culture, and the damage they cause from one generation to the next.

The new documentary Honor Diaries aims to get to the bottom of this issue by presenting both the cold hard facts and personal testimony from women’s rights activists and victims of this cultural blight.

The documentary gathers these strong women to tell their stories — and the stories of those who are no longer alive to tell theirs.

Among the group is Canada’s own Nazanin Afshin-Jam, a truly amazing modern day renaissance woman known not only for her modeling, beauty pageants, and singing career, but also her scholarly writing, work with NGOs, and tireless human rights activism. Afshin-Jam is also married to Canadian politician Peter MacKay.

Watch the trailer above and let us know what you think. Do Canadians have a real understanding of the culture around honour killings? What can we do to help preserve the lives of the girls, women, gay people, and trans people caught within this culture?

 

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10 best examples of the Hipster Merkel meme

When it comes to the powers of the internet it seems that nobody is safe: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been memed.

As we saw with our own dear Prime Minister Stephen Harper getting memed, all it takes is one sassy photo to get the gears moving on Reddit, Tumblr, Twitter, and 4chan. The same is true with Merkel, whose glamour portrait looking directly at the camera in front of a field has ignited a flood of hipsterized Merkel edits.

Here are our ten favourite shots at the Hipster Merkel meme as collected from the Hipster Merkel Tumblr.

 

 

 

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“Most degrading things I could ever do” — Miley’s little person backup dancer comes forward about VMA performance

“I will be the first one to tell you that standing on that stage, in that costume was one of the most degrading things I felt like I could ever do.”

One of the bear-costumed backup dancers from Miley Cyrus’ now infamous VMA performance has come forward to answer questions about the performance. Hollis Jane, the 24 year old actress who is also a little person was one of the dancers in bear costumes surrounding Miley on stage while she performed at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards in Brooklyn.

The actress posted her feelings first on her blog before taking to Reddit to answer questions from users.

She explained that she felt degraded from her experience and that she had been laughed at for being a little person overall slamming Miley Cyrus and the planners of the performance for mocking little people as nothing more than freaks, an experience that left her in tears.

Most of the time, getting a job purely because you’re a little person (in my opinion) is not a good thing. It is further fulfilling society’s idea that we are something to laugh at; that our value is simply to shock. We can all agree that right now all Miley Cyrus wants to do is make society’s jaw drop. So what’s more “weird” or “freaky” than having little people parading around in your show?

I was a bear in Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance and it was my first time doing anything like that — anything where I was being used because of my height, not because of my talent. And I will be the first one to tell you that standing on that stage, in that costume was one of the most degrading things I felt like I could ever do. I realize not everyone shares my opinion and I might just be young and naive, but I feel like the acceptance of this kind of treatment has got to stop.

… I had never been in a performance where I was purely meant to be gawked or laughed at. I will never forget that performance because it is what forced me to draw my personal line in the sand. After our first dress rehearsal in the costumes with the crew, publicists, performers etc watching us, I walked out of the Barclay Center shaking and crying. Thankfully, my best friends, Kelly and Kerri, happened to be NYC to visit me. They were waiting for me and I walked up to them and broke down. I love being the center of attention, but that was something different. I was being stared and laughed at for all of the wrong reasons. I was being looked at as a prop …as something less than human.

She answered some of the basics from Reddit users about the experience.

Was the money worth it? [link]

No.

How has being part of this performance impacted your life? [link]

It’s forced me to learn where my line is drawn when it comes to what I will do for money. It taught me that no amount of money is worth my self-worth. (And I got to meet 2Chainz so…not all that bad).

Did the other LP performers share your views (i.e. did they regret agreeing to a performance where their height was being used as some kind of joke)? [link]

If any from Miley’s performance did, they haven’t mentioned it to me. The girls who are on tour with her now are really upset by what I have to say. But frankly, it’s just my opinion. If that’s what they want to do and they feel comfortable doing it, that’s their own business. I just feel that it’s not doing society’s idea of little people any justice.

Why would they be upset? Don’t they feel like they are being publicly ridiculed? [link]

They feel like I am bashing their line of work and “hating” on them. They basically attacked me on Facebook and seemed to refuse to understand that I was stating my personal opinion. I’m not trying to get an angry mob after anyone by any means. Just trying to bring an issue to light.

What do you think of Miley in general? [link]

I think she is a 20 year old kid who has been given a lot of money and freedom. To be fair, I don’t think anyone is super proud of how they act/behave in their 20’s, she just happens to have a platform to demonstrate immaturity. That being said, I think the girl can SING.

 

 

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