Whiskey Shots: Unapologetic Daily Thoughts (May 30-2021)
Someone paid $12,000 Canadian dollars last night during a global pandemic to sit and watch the Toronto Maple Leafs do what they’ve been doing best for the better part of the last 53 years: not winning meaningful games. Game six was a snorefest of epic proportions for those of us that value high-calibre, fundamentally sound hockey which doesn’t end up being replaced by a soft, largely uninspired exhibition of manchild action which would make cottonelle blush. Don’t act surprised that the buds are heading to a deciding game seven in the opening round; worry more about the emotional health of an insufferably agonized fanbase should they fail to close out a vastly inferior opponent that consists of a legendary goaltender thrown together with an endearingly lunch-bucket, patchwork crew of defensively disciplined players adored as true underdogs by their faithful. This isn’t David versus Goliath, it’s Bonhomme versus the ghost of Larry Murphy.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are unbelievable.
— Sid Seixeiro (@Sid_Seixeiro) May 30, 2021
Amazon officially owns James Bond and MGM’s portfolio of Hollywood studio creations for a reported $8.45 billion dollars. In doing so, Jeff Bezos has successfully made his heralded transition from a real-life capitalist who is feverishly anti-union and also happens to be the wealthiest man in the world..to a multi-industry hoarding, culturally shape-shifting paradigmatic villain who wants to own everything under the sun. Seriously, everything. He bought Whole Foods a few years back for over twice the amount and don’t be surprised if Bezos tries to take over Mars while starting his own political party. The USA never ceases to amaze me when it comes to just how greedy and gargantuanly consumptive their billionaire oligarchs have become. They just keep eating and eating and eating away at any basic notion of fair competition or a desire to protect cherished things like the security and privacy of their customers. But at least you’ll have plenty of half-baked, third-rate, historically revised melodramatic streaming content to choose from.
Now it wants to buy a film & TV studio — threatening competition in the media ecosystem from content production to #streaming distribution to app aggregation. With the #WarnerMedia & Discovery merger announced last week, we are seeing consolidation beget more consolidation. (2/3)
— Writers Guild of America West // #PROAct (@WGAWest) May 26, 2021
Remember the concept of “Pandemic Hazard Pay” or “Coronavirus Wage Bonuses” or “NHL Concussion Protocols” – yeah, me neither. Because the average CEO in North America now makes 320 times the amount of a typical employee, and that also explains why most of the western world remains horribly dysfunctional when it comes to addressing the most profound issues of financial inequality and chronic homelessness. Compassion, empathy and justice were already in short supply before this virulent plague hit; it’s a bloody shame that for most employers who were quick to flash their coronavirus altruism and a supposed celestial concern for our mental and physical well-being are now chilling like profiteering villains.
They rebranded service workers from "essential heroes" to "ungrateful lazy freeloaders" in record time.
— Dan Price (@DanPriceSeattle) May 26, 2021
Journalists across Australia who are calling out international media networks for their supposedly unfair coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian seem to have it right; John Oliver’s recent summation of Middle East politics was poignantly accurate for all the right reasons. Irrespective of where one’s loyalties may rest on the issue, you simply cannot deny the profound imbalance between combatants in a cultural quarrel that’s become as one-sided as it has predictable. My heart was broken the day Yitzhak Rabin was executed by an ultranationalist from his own country because I knew (deep down inside) that generational peace and a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine died with him. But now it’s simply become a recurring nightmare of proto-religious, cyclically corrosive generational violence with no signs of abatement that’s playing out in the court of public opinion/ social media alongside a war of ideologically-charged words that’s redefining how we interpret and digest the news. Dangerous stuff.