CNGPM: Chris Horkins

Here’s another contestant in CBC’s Canada’s Next Great Prime Minister contest responding to the Bonus Video Question: “Will Michael Ignatieff lead the Liberal Party back to power?”

Take it for whatever it’s worth, but I found a number of his comments kind of interesting as a summary of the ambivalent feelings some appear to have about Ignatieff, his past statements, and the process by which he assumed leadership of the Liberals.

Odds are Ignatieff will defeat Stephen Harper eventually as the Canadian electorate moves back towards its comfort zone on the centre-left, however I take care to point out that the unopen and undemocratic process by which Ignatieff assumed the helm of the Liberal party will make this a harder task than if they had opened the decision to their membership, and the Canadian people. In the end, however, to quote Iggy himself: “I’m not losing any sleep over it.”

If nothing else, it highlights Chris Erl’s genius in making his response come in under a minute.

MDL: The Coalition Option

From earlier in the week, Jabba the Hack talks to Tim Powers and Warren Kinsella about the possible future of the coalition and problems that the arrangement poses to the “branding” of the Liberals.

This seems to be the first instance of Powers testing the “Ignatieff as the new Mr. Dithers” meme, but it never seems to get off the ground. Doubtless however, it’s sure to be picked up by the Conservative faithful, along with the other non-too-endearing names for Iggy they’ve managed to come up with so far. Personally, I think that when you start off with a name like “Iggy” such efforts are bound to be pretty ineffective.

I assume the commentary from 99thDimension is meant to be sarcastic — if so it’s hilarious.

The Psychology of Time

What if your attitudes toward time could explain why you are chronically late, why you’re likely to fight for rainforest preservation, or why you might be predisposed to addictions? Stanford University psychologist Philip Zimbardo (he of the notorious 1971 Stanford Prison Experiments) author of The Time Paradox, discusses how personal concepts of time can affect psychological behavior to the point of determining every single one of our thoughts, feelings and actions.

The complete video to the Commonwealth Club of California last month is at FORA TV. Fascinating stuff.

Moral Orel: Pleasure

If it’s Sunday, it’s Meet the Press Moral Orel. In this episonde, Orel tries to eliminate pleasure from his life.

The names of the characters always crack me up: Bloberta Puppington; Clay Puppington; Shapey Puppington; Reverend Putty; Principal Fakey; Coach Stopframe; Doughy Latchkey; Mr. Armature; Nurse Bendy; Walt Gluegun; Ms. Censordoll; Doctor Potterswheel; and Officer Papermouth. They’re delightfully uninspired.

The NationMaster Encyclopedia has humorous descriptions for each of the characters. Here’s one for Link McMissons who is: a once-frozen prehistoric caveman found during a forest scout trip who Orel quickly befriends. However, the caveman violently wrecks a church bake sale with the only possible solution being to educate him with God and Christian values. He later becomes a popular conservative radio talk show host. He derides anti-Christian theories and facts such as dinosaurs and evolution, yet during an interview he is confronted with his own odd past and reverts back to his primal instincts. Causing general havoc for the town, he is cornered and put into a freezer where he is forgotten and becomes frozen yet again. In the future, he will apparently be found to be a young boy named Zorel, who bears a striking resemblance to Orel.