It's a way to charge people for using CB radio and walkie talkies.
I'm not suggesting throwing money at the problem.
The point is that Canada is being put to a very awkward choice: Allow our culture to be overwhelmed and abosorbed into the United States, or limit the free speech rights of corporations that throw scads of US content at Canadians for profit.
You don't get it... Canadian meda can be twice as innovative, interesting, diverse, and popular than USA media, but because of the population difference, it would still drown in a sea of mediocre USA programming without some sort of protection in place. This has nothing to do with quality, Canadians can kick ass at that, it's a simple numbers game. For every Canadian doing something awesome, there's at least 10 people in the USA doing something at least as good.
You are incorrect on the Internet, so I must correct you.
Hits these days aren't discovered so much as made. CanCon must makes sure that some of the people making the hits are Canadian. It's just business, and Canadians have at least a 10/1 disadvantage, with the added pitfall that if these Canadian businesses fail, our culture gets completely swallowed up by USA megacorps. The truth is that USA can and will buy and sell Canada 10 times over without anyone south of the border even noticing. We as a country need to stand up and say that our culture is not for sale, or it will be gone.
Said the perpatrator of every genocide, ever.
Stoutlimb (a Canadian) says the goodness of every culture should be cherished, and those at risk of being unfairly erased due to circumstance need protecting. Part of Canadian culture is to protect our own against impossible odds. Our nation was founded on the premise of joint defence against encroachment from the south, and here we are 147 years later, still facing 10 to 1 odds. With your attitude, you won't remain Canadian for long.
Because of population differences, Canadian content producers would have to be 10x more productive and competitive just to even the playing field. Anything less, and a deregulated culture would look no different than USA culture. This is just facts, and most Canadians want their own unique culture to remain strong, and this is the only way to do it. We're not another state in the union, we're our own unique culture. Of course people in the USA wouldn't find this worth fighting for.
If I may make an analogy that will surely be torn apart, this is like installing soundproofing and turning up the volume on the TV because the neighbour is a bar with concerts going on 24/7. It's our right.
Microsoft got spread so well in the early days partially because it was so easy to copy.
Cyborgs are just kinds of humans, so yes. Unless you count cyborg cats, which would be a more interesting question which would have to depend on the cognitive abilities of said cyborg cat.
Incorrect. It is west of the geographic centre of Europe.
He'll probably get jail time if he admits he chokes his chicken too...
In Russia, the billionaires were not jailed in the interest of the people, they were jailed in the interest of other billionaires. Russia is a dog-eat-dog world with no holds barred. Lasseiz-faire capitalism plus lawlessness gone to the extreme. It's a mafia state.
If you think the war Russia is waging on Ukraine won't eventually affect the USA you are dangerously mistaken. This the zombie form of the USSR coming back to life and unless contained, will be just as dangerous, if not worse. They are already looking hungrily towards Alaska. Their propaganda machine is already working hard trying to convince their own people and the rest of the world that it should be given back, or taken by force. (Keep in mind, recent invasions of Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, and Chechnya all started with stupid propaganda exactly like this.)
It's absolutely in USA's interest to stop Russia WAY before it gets close enough to do anything serious to USA. Here's some Russian propaganda aimed directly at the USA, enjoy looking up the nastier stuff on your own.
"Russia has ANY natural resources one can think of. They will always be able to substitute imports with internal production."
They can, but it won't save them if they're isolated. Their entire economy is run like an organized crime scam, where the strong constantly rob the weak, and the only thing keeping it going is the cash coming into Russia from abroad from energy sales. If that were taken away, they would quickly devour each other and rot away in their own filth. This is the economic reason why the USSR collapsed even though they had those same natural resources. Their society is structured in such a way as to constantly move towards collapse unless they are either expanding millitarily or have a constant flow of money coming in from abroad.
Speaking as a Ukrainian, you're completely mistaken. Russia has been agressive towards Ukraine for centuries. Besides many millitary invasions, an occupation that lasted generations, there was also the genocide planned in Moscow that in the 1930's killed 11 million Ukrainians. Russia has historically been hungriest for Ukrainian blood above all else, and it doesn't look like things will change any time soon.
A few months ago, the Russian government was trying to woo Ukraine into an "economic union" with Russia. Cue street protests, a president that flees, and new democratic elections for a president that the people actually want. Now, Russia is shooting rockets and artillery into Ukraine. That has to be the worst case of sore-loserism and poor sportsmanship I've ever seen. All Russian behaviour does is prove to Ukrainians that they made the right choice in steering their country away from a madman. Friends and an "economic union" with Russia was in fact a trap, and Ukrainians knew this very well. Today's news proves every worst fear Ukrainians had about Russia.
The point is, Ukrainians aren't chosing to be USA's puppet, or the EU's puppet, or whatever. Ukrainians are choosing to live a normal life that's not influenced by complete psychopaths. The worst and ugliest EU or USA can do to Ukraine doesn't compare to what Russia has already done. So from the Ukrainian point of view, talking about US or EU "puppet strings" is a complete joke. You should try talking about something serious.