Vancity Hush Buzz is Awesome Gazette: Why I love Yaletown: On being fancy/poor and other important things. This is either the most brilliant piece of satire I’ve ever read – really just light years above anything The Beaverton, Hard Times or The Onion has ever done – or, and this is much more likely, this “writer” is 100% serious:
So let’s just get to the point. At the risk of sounding like a cheesy realtor, Yaletown is so much more than just a place to live. And while you may deem my preferences as superficial, there’s something cool about saying what you really think.
You know that song by Jay-Z called Empire State of Mind? You’ve probably heard these lyrics, based on Frank Sinatra’s song called New York, New York: “Since I made it here, I can make it anywhere.”
Ok, so Yaletown is a little different than New York – but it elicits the same vibe. Work hard and play hard – it’s a lifestyle. Because of Yaletown, I’ve grown as a person and it just wouldn’t be the same if I had lived anywhere else.
Why, yes…your preferences are superficial. Going ‘Man hunting’ and describing Yaletown as ‘a hub for creative minds’ is one thing (two things, actually), but your assertion that the neighbourhood makes you feel “poor in a good way” is not only insulting to people who are – you know – poor in a bad way, it also highlights our city’s Stockholm Syndrome-like obsession with material wealth (or the appearance thereof). So does characterizing the cost of Yaletown as “reinforcement for getting your act together”. There is a perverted Randian thought process at work here, and it just keeps going. Did you know that Yaletown “makes you want to be a better person so you’ll always have a wad of cash in your bag”? Yeah, because cash makes you a better person. Ugh.
Besides, everyone knows East Van is the best neighbourhood:
A #ProudBoy was violently attacked last night at a Meetup. The LEFTIST COWARDS waited until most of our members had left and attacked our brother while he was alone at a urinal. Four men entered the bathroom and attacked him with baseball bats. pic.twitter.com/vRd1HGFvxo
— The Proud Boys (@ProudBoysUSA) November 12, 2017
The Proud Boys are self-described “Western Chauvinists”. It means they are proud of systemic racial dominance and refuse to apologize for it. It means they are proud of male dominance and refuse to apologize for it. Unpack that. It means – and I think that this is where the left has trouble articulating itself – they are terrified. A bunch of scared white boys who refuse to be accountable.
I’m proud. I’m proud that I recognize that systemic inequality exists. I’m proud that – even though my Irish ancestors weren’t even considered white – I have been imbued with an awareness of social justice. I’m proud to attach the cis- prefix to my gender to recognize those who constantly have to define themselves. I’m proud that my women friends came out en masse to join the #metoo movement. I’m more proud than the so-called Proud Boys, who took their name from an Aladdin song.
I’m relieved we still live in a culture where an artist’s association with the alt-right provokes disgust and disavowal, but I am also genuinely confused by the surprise. Death From Above’s brand has been hipster men’s rights activists (MRAs) from the start.
John A. Macdonald statue vandalized in Montreal. Fuck yeah. Now let’s tear down that Roger Neilson statue at Rogers Arena!
I’m Andrew Scheer. Oh hey, Andrew! You look so golly-darned down to earth and genuinely approachable! Not at all like a pro-life bigot! Charles Demers:
Conservative political rhetoric is such a bizarre & fascinating type of kitsch. Everything that appears hilariously accidental about this video is on purpose: the fact that he’s wearing a garbage-ugly shirt, the fact that it’s untucked & wrinkly, the fact that he seems uncomfortable on camera. It all speaks to the ressentiment of people who feel preemptively defensive about being excluded — either actually or in their minds — from the rich, good-looking world of Justin Trudeau. It’s a weak sauce version of actual working class politics, but in the absence of the latter, people will take it.
Call it the Campbell school of how to be conservative without looking like you are a austerity-loving, social-program gutting, poor-hating, corporate shill: Academics assess Gordon Campbell’s run as B.C. premier in new book.
Don’t forget the boondoggles. So many boondoggles! Provincial finances are worse than they look as politicians hide their megaproject boondoggles.
Worse still, a chunk of BC Hydro’s debt has been issued solely to pay provincially mandated dividends to the tune of billions of dollars. While the province tells the public it’s balancing its books, it’s doing so partly by loading its utility up with debt.
BC Government accepting written submissions to the Fair Wage Commission. “What is a reasonable timeframe or schedule of increases in the minimum wage to reach $15-an-hour”? Right fucking now. “Once the $15-an-hour minimum wage is achieved, how and when should this be increased in the future”? Tie it to inflation. “What are your experiences or thoughts about the liquor server minimum wage”? It’s terrible. Turf it.
Worst drivers on the planet: Vancouver police ticket driver with iPhone, tablet fastened to steering wheel. I am so smart. S-M-R-T.