Saturday, Sept. 10, 2005 - 8:47 p.m.
Cost of the War in Iraq
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Learning about les Acadiens
Gee, there should be a major disaster here there and everywhere to focus on every once in awhile... since the New Orleans/ Katrina disaster, we have been getting so much cultural stuff from there, celebrating the people, the culture, the place.
Right now there is a special on the radio on New Orleans music (on Randy Bachman's Vinyl Tap program... can't find a link). I never really thought about it before, sort of assuming that the French in New Orleans came from France, but apparently Cajun is just a bastardization of the word "Acadian" which definitely is pronounced usually a-cajun. Excuse my ignorance, but it is fascinating to me... L'Acadie is definitely an integral part of French Canadian culture, and here I am living in Quebec and had no clue.
Here is a history of the Acadian/Cajuns in Louisiana. Apparently the English tried to wipe out the Acadians in Canada (no it wasn't yet Canada, but you know what I mean), by rounding them up, shipping them off, imprisoning them etc and the Spanish in Louisiana welcomed them (to shore up the population against the encroaching English down there)... circa 1755. Fascinating.
The musical history is amazing too. The cajun music, zydeco, jazz etc. Makes for great listening.
Oops, now they are playing "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" by the Neville Brothers and we are supposed to think about the tragedy down there, and donate money or time or whatever to helping out. Well, I called in a large (for me and my current budget) Visa pledge to the Red Cross last night when they had a different New Orleans fundraising concert on the radio: Shelter in the Storm. So, the $ thing is done, but I don't know that I want to think of those down there, those helping out, the devastation and the work to be done. It is just too estomachant and overwhelming. I may puke and cry at the same time. I think about it all the time. Like when my doggy smelled bad in the mud and rain and I thought what that mud will smell like down there when the water is drained out. Unbelievable.
It is kind of a relief that the CBC is broadcasting these concerts since I am getting really tired of their labour dispute programming. Very very very very dull. Thank god for stuff that wasn't prerecorded five years ago.
OK, back to work.
I'm googling the Shelter from the Storm concert for a link for y'all, and found this: they are putting it on 30 second delay to be able to take out obscenities... and apparently have already used this feature to delete opinions and accusations of Bush. Boggling. I am SOOO glad that America has freedom. Free speech uhhuh. Free political speech. uhhuh. If "Bush doesn't like black people" is offensive, what is the bodies of dead black people floating in water due to the inaction of Bush? Not offensive? I've been hearing about things offensive to me in the media for days. Cripey. All due to Janet Jackson's living black tit. That's not acceptable but inaction in a disaster emergency is.
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