May 2nd, 2011 | by Laurence Tenenbaum
Why must there be so many evil, vile people out to ruin other innocent people's hard work and the fruits of their labour? People who rob and then stab their victims, even though they've already stolen what they wanted? Or for that matter, those creepy, anti-social type people who sit in basements crafting computer viruses and malware, for the sole purpose of causing other people harm
April 18th, 2011 | by Laurence Tenenbaum
I was shocked and appalled last week when the skyrocketing price of gasoline topped $1.40 per litre. This is a 40% increase in less than two years! I had already complained bitterly I had already complained bitterly about rising gasoline prices and the underhandedness with which gas companies treat their consumers less than two years ago when the price hit $1.06! The rate of inflation is set at roughly..
April 4th, 2011 | by Laurence Tenenbaum
Stephen Harper even sent in a form letter that was signed by a machine to tell her just that! Harper might not be the best choice for Prime Minister, but out of the current candidates he seems to be the only candidate with any real experience as an incumbent Prime Minister of Canada.
Of course, Harper hasn't exactly done any better of a job at being Prime Minister than any of his predecessors. In fact, many of his predecessors did a far better job
March 14th, 2011 | by Laurence Tenenbaum
Good evening everybody. I hope all is well. It's March 14, and a good thaw to you all. My thaw so far has been one of frustrations, particularly where my car is concerned. The other day, I hit a pothole that was hidden by a speed-bump, and was filled with water. My car stalled out on me the next day. After around half an hour, the car started again without a problem
March 7th, 2011 | by Laurence Tenenbaum
It seems that the Harper government is now expecting to be called the "Harper Government" officially. They seem to want to try to alter the general hegemony in this country in order to keep control. Still, when I hear the term "Harper Government" it's usually in a negative sense, and the few times I hear anything positive about the government
March 3rd, 2011 | by Tania Fox
Moving to Montreal was a life changing experience for the better. I have discovered so many things here that I might not have, had I stayed in NYC and I have fallen in love with them. The terraces, the fresh bread, biking, the cheese curds (!?!) are all things that, while they may have been available in NY, I never took advantage of
February 28th, 2011 | by Laurence Tenenbaum
A few months ago I was laid off from my job as a printer. I have since been collecting employment insurance, a system which I paid into and am now living from
February 23rd, 2011 | by Mike Gwilliam
One of my biggest issues with society comes in the form of the word â€˜racist'. It has always been my understanding that racism came in the form of having hatred or contempt for a group of people based on
February 21st, 2011 | by Laurence Tenenbaum
This is an experiment in automatic writing, as it's four o clock in the morning and I'm pretty much writing this in my sleep. The conspiracy theorist in me is thinking that the chemical trails left in the sky by various military and corporate interests are hurting everyone under the earth's atmosphere and are partially responsible for all the acid rain and global climactic changes and economic disasters we're currently experiencing. After all, we know that the chemical trails are left there to block out the alien flying saucers...
February 14th, 2011 | by Laurence Tenenbaum
It's Monday. It's February 14. There is an arrow aimed at some people and machine guns aimed others. I haven't had a real relationship with anyone in G-d only knows how long, but I know it's more than a decade. So Valentine's day
February 7th, 2011 | by Laurence Tenenbaum
My name is Laurence, and I'm the uptight, right-wing SOB who complains about everything. I like to hang around with a group that I affectionately, and up until now secretly, referred to as my â€˜gang of idiots.' I'm no leader, but I fancy myself one. I'm told that my intelligence quotient slightly above average, hovering at 120 or so, so naturally I consider myself just as stupid as most of my friends, if not stupider. I have one friend who seems better-adjusted than most. He has a stable, well paying job, lives in a nice house, and his IQ is only around 90. Conclusion: Stupidity is prized in today's society
January 31st, 2011 | by Laurence Tenenbaum
Good morning everyone, I hope this cold Monday finds you in good spirits. There is spirited rioting going on in a few dictatorships in the Arab world, where it seems that many of the residents have been trying to subvert and topple the governments due to being exhausted by the tyranny thereof. As a result, they have blocked the internet and cell-phone communications in Egypt, leading to a fiery, bloody protest and a battle against the people by their own dictatorial government
January 24th, 2011 | by Laurence Tenenbaum
I live in a city which bustles along at a furious pace. Nobody really cares for anyone else when they're in a hurry. I was walking down the sidewalk the other day, minding my own business, when out of nowhere a runner comes up from behind me and BANG! Kicks me hard in the ankle, almost knocking me down, resulting in a whole weekend of excruciating pain for me
January 10th, 2011 | by Laurence Tenenbaum
So far in 2011, I've had only one major meltdown at the sheer audacity and lack of respect offered by my fellow man in this town. That's the whole problem. While I could attempt to analyze the scenario and go over the events and details with a fine toothed comb which would probably be tedious, extremely boring, and only serve me to suffer through the pain and hypertension all over again. Dull read, and it's not worth the heart attack
January 6th, 2011 | by Jason C. McLean
Is it over already? Twelve months down and we're (officially) into the second decade of the 21st century. With just four more years to go until we get those flying cars we were promised (holding you to this one, Mr. Zemeckis), it's probably a good time to sit back and nurse that hangover (if you've still got one three days later, that is) and reflect on the year that was. While we can't tell you how 2010 was for you, we can say that for us here at FTB it was a helluva year. Think about it, a year ago we had just started out with a handful of regular writers, some political and arts coverage and big ambitions. Now, we have over 500 posts and eleven regular columns covering everything from sex to the environment to things Laurence doesn't like. We've also started covering a good portion of the independent music and arts scenes in Montreal and recently Brooklyn, New York, including artists you might not have heard of and festivals you probably have.
December 27th, 2010 | by Laurence Tenenbaum
It's been a heck of a year. A lot has happened. Let me see.
In January I turned 34. I saw a pretty good metal show on my birthday. I began the year with high hopes and then ranted about ageing and cold medications. I was forced to get a credit card again. My human nature made me run up a larger bill then I should've allowed myself. I also got robbed and was frauded on my credit card for somebody's kitchen renovations