Thursday, August 07, 2008

Can you say "shameless pandering," boys and girls? I knew you could.


Money for this. But not for this. Which of those two situations represents possible votes in an upcoming election?

No, no, take your time. It'll come to you.

6 comments:

DoubleDeckerBusGuy said...

Get ready to hate me... both should get funds... with the school being (very obviously) at the top of the agenda.

Granted, I've had the sadness of hearing stories first hand from a colleague who volunteers one month a year to help in Northern Aboriginal settlements... and trust me, I'm not generally a legit weeper (whiner, sure... purple-prose writer, absolutely... teary, not really...) but dear God...

http://doubledeckerbuses.org/blog/index.php/2007/08/14

That said, as much as people ROTFL at those zany tinfoiled hat Ufologists, Shag Harbour was a rather important case for those in the study... I'd put it on par with Rosswell as far as interest goes, but not being in the USofA, it isn't as well known...

Now, why would one WANT to court the whacko Ufologists... you know, those weirdos that accepted the hypothesis of panspermia long ago and had everyone laughing and pointing at them... the ones that dared suggest that Mars might have supported life (albeit, only Warner Bros. said they'd be wearing a brush on their helmets, but hey, who am I to talk?) and put forward the argument LONG ago that we may not be alone in the universe when quite obviously anyone with a scientific brain KNEW we were... Heck! Even today, any good scientist knows that everything IS know so chuck out any new hypothesis! Skip right to "conclusion" and work backwards in the NEW scientific method! Just ask the global warming deniers!

...oh, and tourist dollars? Well, we ALL know that the entire country is awash with that! I mean, Toronto is LOUSY with tourists this year! No need to promote our "Unlimited" city, so indeed, why promote a sleepy town in Nova Scotia???

How about this... scratch ONE CF-18 re-fit... and do both the school and the fest?

Oh wait, that's different budgets, isn't it?

Oh wait...

Dude... normally I'm with ya on stuff... but you're comparing apples to Buicks on this one.

If I'm wrong... so be it... but I don't think I am... but if I need to say "Whoops!", unlike many, I will.

900 ft Jesus said...

excellent. Even before I clicked on the second link, the school was what came to mind.

Sickening vote buying.

PeterC said...

Both have a place I think. Supporting small touristy items in small communities is a great idea. Smallish towns need some lovin too!

Even better is honouring our promises, our debts, and our Canadian beliefs, but then I find that just obvious....

Beijing York said...

Denying the Appawapiskat community a new school is a travesty.

As for the UFO Festival getting funds, it seems like pandering to me and makes me wonder how diluted arts and culture festival program funding criteria has become. Even if it does have positive tourism impact, support should becoming from public tourism funding programs and not arts and culture program funding. Professional dance, theatre, music, film and other performance art groups have a hard enough time competing for the few government funds available in support of the arts.

Monster car rallies, sidewalk sales and UFO conventions may have some tourism value and possibly constitute popular culture but they are also commercial enough to garner local support and full audiences (not to mention sponsorship funds). Bet you a LGBT film festival was passed up in exchange for releasing funds to this UFO event.

DoubleDeckerBusGuy said...

As for the UFO Festival getting funds, it seems like pandering to me and makes me wonder how diluted arts and culture festival program funding criteria has become.

Look up a bit about Shag Harbour and ask again if it's not a touch worthy.

Even if it does have positive tourism impact, support should becoming from public tourism funding programs and not arts and culture program funding.

I'd agree on that... but it still doesn't lessen the help that Shag Harbour as a town gets from the fest.

Monster car rallies, sidewalk sales and UFO conventions may have some tourism value and possibly constitute popular culture but they are also commercial enough to garner local support and full audiences (not to mention sponsorship funds).

Really? How many Ufology conventions have you put together?

Bet you a LGBT film festival was passed up in exchange for releasing funds to this UFO event.

So, it's less worthy in your eyes. Gotcha.

I disagree, and it's nothing against LGBT films... it's all about a festival and study who's impact on Shag Harbour has even given it a unique post mark... look it up... but I suppose that heritage isn't worthy... oh well.

DoubleDeckerBusGuy said...

...and then, the research finishes...

http://news.gc.ca/web/view/en/index.jsp?articleid=413249&categoryid=1&category=News+Releases&page=1

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"Funding of $2,000 will help the Society organize the Shag Harbour Incident Festival, which will commemorate the famous Shag Harbour Incident, a historical and well documented sighting of an unidentified flying object in the skies above Shag Harbour which later crashed in nearby waters. Since the sighting in 1967, the area has attracted numerous visitors and researchers."

{--Snippy, Snippy--}

""We are very pleased to receive support from Canadian Heritage," said Cindy Nickerson, Chair of the Shag Harbour Incident Society. "This funding will help us present a festival to be enjoyed by all attending."

The Government of Canada has provided this funding through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program, announced in September 2007, provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage."

-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Not exactly a princely sum...

...and it IS about heritage... how about that?

Granted, it's not like that whacky Ufology has much to do with Shag Harbours heritage, right?

http://www.cbc.ca/news/story/2001/03/27/ns_shagppost010327.html

Whoops.

Again, I'm just sayin'!