Michael Daum

Thoreau on the primary process
May 18, 2007, 3:34 pm
Filed under: philosophy, politics

The 2008 presidential primary process is quickly ramping up to full swing. And rising along with it are my old feelings of disenchantment with the miserable state of the process, filled with garbage kabuki-style debates, petty swiping, and tales of obscene amounts of cash raised; all accompanied by the usual hand-wringing. So I thought I’d share a particularly apropos quote from Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience”:

“I hear of a convention to be held at Baltimore, or elsewhere, for the selection of a candidate for the Presidency, made up chiefly of editors, and men who are politicians by profession; but I think, what is it to any independent, intelligent, and respectable man what decision they come to, shall we not have the advantage of his wisdom and honesty, nevertheless? Can we not count upon some independent votes? Are there not many individuals in the country who do not attend conventions? But no: I find that the respectable man, so called, has immediately drifted from his position, and despairs of his country, when his country has more reason to despair of him. He forthwith adopts one of the candidates thus selected as the only available one, thus proving that he is himself available for any purposes of the demagogue.”


Jacob’s Spring Concert
May 17, 2007, 3:18 pm
Filed under: cabbagetown, jacob daum, kids, sophie daum, toronto

Jacob at the Spring Concert

Today was the day of the Spring Concert at Winchester PS, where Jacob goes to Junior Kindergarten!  We were treated to the musical stylings of each class in Jake’s school.  Jake’s class dressed as flowers and performed a spectacular rendition of “I’m a little teapot”.

Sophie was there to cheer her brother on.  She seemed to really enjoy the show and tried her best to play along with the different moves she saw going on onstage!

Sophie at the Spring Concert

Bush changes plan for emergency shadow government
May 10, 2007, 6:48 pm
Filed under: fight the power, politics

I hear people say sometimes that impeachment isn’t important because Bush’s term is so nearly finished. It’s still important. This points to the type of thing which can go on if he’s left in office. Every day he’s left in will make it harder and harder to uproot him when the time comes. Do it now…it’s not just pardons.

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LOLcademia’s Ivory Tower
May 10, 2007, 3:25 pm
Filed under: geek


I loves me my LOLcats, and those who know me know I loves me the austere halls of learning as well. So you can imagine my glee when I discovered that they are being given the serious treatment which they deserve! The envelope is pushed yet again.

Toronto Car vs. Bike
May 9, 2007, 12:28 pm
Filed under: gruntle, toronto

This could have been me…any day of the week. ‘Nuff said.

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Arrrrrrroooooo!!!!!! Cheney paid for it!
May 9, 2007, 8:33 am
Filed under: fight the power, politics

He started an illegal war, stole billions from the government, abused human rights, and shot a man in the face. But finally Dick Cheney has done something which might be counted against him….he paid for sex. Ride on, baby.

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Debt Slavery For Kids
May 8, 2007, 9:58 am
Filed under: gruntle, kids

Every time my bank offers me “cheques” to write against my Visa card I feel my blood pressure start to climb. So you can imagine how much I enjoyed hearing about the new Visa branded version of the game of “Life”. I used to play the original game when I was a kid, and as I recall, it was questionable even then. I suppose it would be impossible to prevent the game from validating certain life decisions and knocking others. But it was at least fun. The new version sounds less fun. In keeping with its backing from Visa, the new version rewards the children for acquiring credit card debt. No, I’m not kidding.