Archive for March 2005
Enjoyable time was spent with talktooloose this late afternoon, talking over coffee. As always it was time well spent. Would that I could be as grounded as my recent interlocutor.
It went well, again. There’s something about participating in group creative activity that’s energizing. Even the bar-by-bar dissection of our singing errors was fun, in a twisted sort of way.
I should likely mention, here, how grateful I am that I’ve retained so much from my music courses in school, especially my music-reading ability. It’s really nice to be able to follow along, especially since there will be a major performance in eight weeks. I’m not quite sure how people lacking this ability would get along, since playing by ear has obvious limitations.
Abiola Lapite at Foreign Dispatches reiterates a point worth noting about Zimbabwe: The close attention paid by the Western media to the plight of Zimbabwean whites not only overlooks the sufferings of Zimbabwean blacks (who, incidentally, outnumber white farmers by something like a thousand to one), but gives Mugabe grounds to argue that this coverage bias is proof of the outside world’s racist intentions. Racism isn’t Zimbabwe’s problem; totalitarianism is.
This morning on CBC Radio’s The Current, there was a disturbing documentary about the spread of HIV/AIDS in Canada’s First Nations. Canadian aboriginals make up perhaps 3% of the national population, but according to some alarming estimates account for up to a quarter of new HIV infections. The situation is dire; and unsurprisingly, there is no money to do anything. So, impending catastrophe ahead.
Yesterday I finished rereading Randy Shilts‘ 1987 And The Band Played On, returning my borrowed library copy at the Toronto Reference Library. Shilts’ magisterial (if controversial) survey of the early HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States left with me with the distinct impression, this time just as on the other occasions I’ve read the book, that worst-case scenarios with HIV/AIDS have a funny way of coming true.