Harlan County, Que.
by Dan
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Today there is a one-day student strike at Concordia University. But no matter where you go to school, even high school (in fact, especially high school), please show your solidarity by not attending classes.

Boom Bip & Dose One - "Birdcatcher's Return (Circle) [Live]"

My friend Jon sent this to me with the message "this is great". Agreed, Jon. Is it hip-hop? No one cares. From what I can tell it's Dose One (or doseone) being backed by cLOUDDEAD (as I believe they do on his whole album) but in a John Peel Session. I guess consider this my contribution to the Peel retrospective thing that's been going on. I read somewhere that one of the most striking things about him was how he could stay so open to new music for so much of his life. I really want to be like that. If you're reading this, and you wrote that, take your credit in the comments. [Buy other doseone]

video games - TMNT Arcade Game Fire!

I'm just writing it down like it appears on my computer. This is a relic from back when I would just search kazaa over and over again for the words 'arcade fire', knowing full well I wasn't going to find anything. But I kept this because, if I remember correctly, this is from the opening level of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II (and then a colon and something like "Arcade Version" or something). The fire comes from the level being set in a burning hotel. Yeah, I had that game.

Also, our gracious music host, [un]known to most of you as "Steve", is no longer able to host the music. But thanks so much to him for all he's done, and all for free! If anyone has any ideas on what to do next, or if you want to thank Steve, email me

Posted by Dan at March 16, 2005 2:16 AM

Why couldn't you mention that Concordia was in Canada, and that the kids are whining b/c the gov't decided to give tax breaks rather than subsidize tuition. Perhaps these jackasses should vote and/or work and stop complaining.
"Needless to say, the Liberals have failed to make good on their promises to massively reinvest in public services. They have, however, pressed forward with their right-wing agenda"
Are Canadian liberals so retarded that their liberals have a right wing agenda? Viva la revalucion. America rules. Don't cry asking for a handout. If you want money from the government, shut the bitch down until they pay, don't just cry in the streets. I hope not a single high school student sacrificed a minute of school for this waste of time.

Posted by Anonymous at March 16, 2005 8:41 AM

I don't necessarily support the government's decision to shift loans to bursaries, but this strike is fucking pointless. In fact, I'm one of the bastards that broke the picket line this morning.
How on earth can 3% of the student population at Concordia at an assembly put 25,000 students on strike??? Democracy in action! 3 percent of 25,000 won't stop me from going to class.

As a student at Concordia, if it comes to a vote on an indefinate strike, the only way I'll respect the picket line is if it's voted on by the entire school population. Otherwise, it's complete bullshit.

Oh, and the word "solidarity" has been thrown around so fucking much that it's lost all meaning. Like "love".
My "solidarity" rests with those who want to finish the semester.

Posted by DJD at March 16, 2005 10:55 AM

I can't bring myself to support the self-styled 'revolutionaries' that dominate Quebec student politics.

But it does seem funny that every news report makes mention of Quebec's low student debt levels like they're an anachronism -- a problem to be solved. Why is 'other people have it worse' the only defence of the policy that the Charest government seems to be able to offer up?

Posted by optimus at March 16, 2005 2:02 PM

so wait. is it clouddead or boom bip. i'm pretty sure they're different things.

Posted by smackm G at March 16, 2005 4:02 PM

wow...lots of hating. personal hits are the best kind. simmmmmmmmmmer.

gotta LOVE the TMNT game... look at that, i through the word love around.

Posted by Jo at March 16, 2005 7:54 PM

dude, i have a final today.

Posted by richard at March 16, 2005 7:55 PM

this is in response to the first comment in this thread, and is theoretical (ie. bears no direct relation to the Concordia events). Canada supposedly operates as a social democracy, which means that "handouts" are very much what we're about.So many peope these days behave as though there's something wrong with giving selflessly- this is a sad attitude, especially in a society as well-off as Canada's. Damn few of the students I've know were independently responsible for providing for themselves- why shouldn't we make necessary provisions so that people of varying backgrounds enjoy the same opportunities? If you really believe that you are the product of your own hard work, there's no reason to feel threatened by the prospect of helping other people get a foothold.

Posted by Anonymous at March 17, 2005 1:31 AM

you couldn't find any arcade fire because you're using the wrong p2p client...www.slsknet.org. the arcade fire is RAMPANT there, along with most all other good current music.

Posted by jay at March 20, 2005 5:55 PM

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