Current Events, News

Famous people who died in 2011

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An annual TevyTown tradition (mostly because these posts bring me the most hits), we now bring to you a list of famous people who died in 2011. There were an insane amount of people who left us this year, and who knows – I may even have to update this list once more before the year ends (thanks Kim Jong-Il).

Nevertheless, here’s the list – which includes the name, age of death and a little ditty about who they were/what they’re most known for. The list begins with with the most recent passings:
When you see this * it means I put in my own little commentary.

And of course ‘famous’ is a subjective term. There are many well-known people who left us this year, and this list is my own subjective opinion who I wanted to include on this post. The ones left out are neither greater, nor lesser than those I’ve decided to include on this list.

Continue reading “Famous people who died in 2011”

common sense, Current Events, NCSY, News, Opinion, Politics, Thornhill

Classic Dalton McGuinty Fail: Telling a terminally ill cancer patient, “That’s Not True…”

Amidst the non-stop advertizing in lieu of this Thursday’s Ontario Provincial election, I was reminded of this classic Dalton McGuinty video of him giving the cold shoulder to a man telling him that he’s dying of cancer and that McGuinty isn’t doing anything to help. Continue reading “Classic Dalton McGuinty Fail: Telling a terminally ill cancer patient, “That’s Not True…””

Current Events, media, USA

Imagine if smart phones, Twitter & Facebook were around when 9/11 happened…

So I was listening to the radio this morning and like everyone else, the DJ’s were talking about the upcoming tenth anniversary of 9/11. Not that talking about 9/11 is nothing special to talk about (that would just be insensitive), but it’s pretty much the hot topic in the news right now. And that obviously means that every question, sound bite and memory gets regurgitated and repeated to the enth degree and just becomes boring. It’s pretty much things any media-based dude can just skim over and look or wait for the goods that make a piece unique.

That unique piece was heard this morning when one of the DJ’s randomly threw out the question of what would’ve it been like had the technologies and innovations of smart phones, Twitter and Facebook were around when 9/11 was going on? Continue reading “Imagine if smart phones, Twitter & Facebook were around when 9/11 happened…”

Current Events, News, Politics, Sports, Toronto

My favourite Jack Layton & Wade Belak moments

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Over the past two weeks, two well-known Canadians passed away. One was a politician, the other a hockey player. And even though their professions were very much different (besides the aspect of immense competition involved), they both shared in common something more important – they were stand-up & exceptional human beings.

Continue reading “My favourite Jack Layton & Wade Belak moments”

Current Events, Frum Judaism, Loser List, media

Loser List #18: Hasidic newspaper cuts out Hillary Clinton & Audrey Tomason from “Situation Room” picture

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So I know there’s a thing called “modesty,” but this is just ridiculous. Sure it may be a standard practice as noted in the report below (which is something for the sake of modesty I am totally in favour of), but no one in their right mind can believe that there’s any rational reason under the guise of modesty necessary to completely remove the two women from the photo. Continue reading “Loser List #18: Hasidic newspaper cuts out Hillary Clinton & Audrey Tomason from “Situation Room” picture”

common sense, Current Events, life, Thoughts about Life, Uncategorized

3 Things You Never Say To Someone With Depression

Yesterday marked the beginning of a new initiative by Bell Canada, entitled ‘Let’s Talk’, which aspires to spread awareness, information, but most importantly mass discussion and communication about mental health.

The first day of the campaign, February 9,  was pronounced “Let’s Talk Day, ” where Bell donated 5 cents for every text or long distance call made by its customers to support mental health related programs in Canada.

In addition to the donations, many celebrities, including Canadian Olympian Clara Hughes took part in the campaign.

And while the day has passed, the talking has only begun (hence why it’s called an initiative). And as an individual who has personally dealt with depression (having been diagnosed with it last year), it is only fit that I do my best to play a role in publicizing the message of the campaign. Continue reading “3 Things You Never Say To Someone With Depression”

Current Events, music

The White Stripes breakup and popular music discovers it has cancer

The White StripesHearing the news that one of your favourite sources of artistic and cultural entertainment will cease to exist is a tough pill to swallow, regardless of how much time and effort you put into appreciating the product being put out there. Though nothing compares to the death of an actual person, the death of an artistic & cultural entity can have a great impact one’s life – particularly in the way that one spends their time & money.

But for me personally, of all the arts  and culture that can come and go, nothing seems to inspire the types of emotions like the way a musical group or band does.  And while the finale of a certain television show, a movie series, the end of a series of novels, or even the destruction of famous landmark can bring out a plethora of emotions within a person – it’s music that does it for me, above all others.

So when I found out that The White Stripes were breaking up (as was announced on their website on February 2, 2010), needless to say I was crushed. Continue reading “The White Stripes breakup and popular music discovers it has cancer”

common sense, Current Events, Israel

Way To Overreact: The Bay is NOT boycotting AHAVA products

So I had this marvelous idea for a blog post where in addition to featuring The Hudson’s Bay Company (the oldest company in North America) in the Loser List for boycotting products made by Israeli cosmetics company AHAVA, I was gonna mock the decision by posting a video of myself ruining my HBC Canadian Olympic mittens with none other than some AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream (yeah, that’s odd…)

But not so fast…

At 4:37 this afternoon, HBC CEO Bonnie Brooks and Moshe Ronen, National Chair, Canada-Israel Committee released a press release denying the claim that AHAVA products were to be boycotted. In fact, boycott seems to be the completely wrong word to use in this case:

Whether or not you believe the press release (I do… for now at least), something has to be said about the quick the reaction from both sides in response to this news – The pro-Israel community with the backlash & The Bay in response to backlash. While I’ve always admired the pro-Israel community’s ability to unite in quick response to threats, it is important to actually be accurate on the claims being brought against you.

In fact even the JTA’s initial bulletin about the “boycott” has either been removed or has magically disappeared:

http://www.jta.org/news/article/2011/01/13/2742547/boycott-campaign-targets-israeli-goods-in-canada

Another blog – Excruciating Minutiae – also reported this story, and delivered some interesting points for us to learn regarding this whole mess. It’s a good read, so check out the link above.

Rule #1 in journalism folks: Be right before being first – or in this case before jumping on the bandwagon.

Unless you’re like me and laziness kind of kicks in before legitimately responding to the events at hand…

 

antisemitism, Awesome, blog stuff, common sense, Current Events, Frum Judaism, Funny, holidays, Israel, Judaism, life, Loser List, media, News, Opinion, Random, rants, Thoughts about Life

10 Posts From 2010 Worth Remembering

When I look back on 2010, dear G-d I hope I can find some kind of solace and strength from a year I honestly want to forget and move on from… But if I can’t, I can always look back on some of these ditties that came about via this blog. Here are some of my top/favourite posts from this past calendar year: Continue reading “10 Posts From 2010 Worth Remembering”

Current Events, News

Famous people who died in 2010

"What you talkin' about Willis?"

So I did something like this last year based on the observation that a lot of famous folk died this year, and that was really freaky (and therefore I just had to share my thoughts with everyone).

It ended being one my most viewed posts, aka a great source of blog views 🙂 And I really enjoyed making it

So I’m doing it again… and here’s hoping the hits keep coming (not that I like benefiting off the deaths of others… c’mon people… you know me better…

I’ll shut up now and here’s the list: Continue reading “Famous people who died in 2010”