Archive for September, 2006

Robert Mondavi Johannisburg Riesling 2003

Saturday, September 16th, 2006

Probably my favourite sweet wine. A clear, medium lemon-gold appearance; clean, medium intensity grapefruit-pear-vanilla on the nose. Sweet, low acidity, full body. Taste similar to the nose, but almost like honey. Good length. Very good to excellent. $20.

CBC Transmits US Government Propaganda Verbatim

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

I could hardly believe I was reading this when it came through on RSS today: Post-9/11 U.S. is safer but ‘not yet safe’. A White House “report” says that “since the Sept. 11 attacks, America is safer, but we are not yet safe.” In other words, “we are doing a great job, but you should continue to be scared and let us do whatever we think we need to do.” Of course, the U.S. is arguably less safe now than it was five years ago. But there is no counterpoint in the story, no analysis. The White House statement is reproduced without comment or question. What has happened to the CBC? Are news rooms now simply filled with people converting incoming press releases to HTML and scripts for the evening news?