Oh! Canada!

Think yer so smart and polite, eh?

Actually, wee muricans couldn’t keep track of that many systems of measurement, so maybe you are smarter than us? Definitely more polite, per the Axios afternoon email thingie:

Another Trump legacy: The days of major broadcasters fearing FCC fines for obscene language seem long gone.

Why it matters: It’s no longer uncommon to hear cable anchors use foul language or for TV or radio personalities to make indecent remarks on air, Axios’ Sara Fischer and Margaret Harding McGill report.

  • Beginning with Trump’s campaign in 2015, networks had to consider how to cover obscenities in politics.
  • The “Access Hollywood” tape forced networks to grapple with how to report newsworthy Trump remarks that weren’t acceptable for broadcast TV.

This year’s barrage of unusual behavior and events also pushed networks to throw previously held standards out the window.

  • Following the nightmarish first presidential debate, CNN’s Dana Bash told millions of viewers: “That was a sh-t show.”
  • CNN reportedon a secret recording of First Lady Melania Trump in which she used profanity.

Between the lines: The FCC’s last major enforcement was during the Obama administration. The agency proposed a $325,000 fine against a Roanoke, Virginia, TV station for including a sexually explicit clip in a story about an adult film star volunteering for the local rescue squad.

What we’re watching: Consumers increasingly get their programming from streaming — where FCC rules don’t apply, anyway.

But there’s this:

So I gotta say I love the Canadians.

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10 Responses to Oh! Canada!

  1. moeman says:

    You should see how we measure of friends value to us.

    TG and The Scissorheads™ (cool band name too) are worth their weight in gold.

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  2. E.A. Blair says:

    Consider that the US is the principal member of the World Alliance of Countries Avoiding Metric Opting for Lengths English (WACAMOLE), or the “Axis of Inches” (the other two members are Liberia and Myanmar), and that the fundamental unit of measurement in the US isn’t the meter, inch, foot, yard or mile, but the football field, thins here are even more screwed up.

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  3. spotthedog says:

    Canada has always seemed like America’s cool cousin; smart, good looking, never gets into trouble, everybody likes them. And I look forward to the border reopening, I have a grown child living in Toronto who I would really like to see. Long live SCTV!

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  4. MDavis says:

    I was kinda expecting that “Is it your weight?” to work out to “Stone” as the measurement.

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  5. Ahem: Marmots, French Marmots, in that video.

    Y’all know Beavers have big, flat tails, doncha?

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    • Dennis Cole says:

      BDR –
      I believe that’s the small group of Rebel Marmots who had to flee their native country to seek asylum in the North Woods. Fortunately for both them and the Canadians, it was granted, and so they went on to fame & fortune in Olympic Curling.

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  6. vincelamb says:

    I dated an American immigrant to Canada for 10 years and that flow chart of how to decide between metric and Imperial units matches how she switched back and forth between them. She had already been in the Great White North for 10 years before I met her, so she had adjusted. The year after we broke up, she moved back to California. That was 12 years ago. I wonder if she has returned to doing things entirely in Imperial units and stopped saying “eh” and “We don’t need to clean that much, the Queen isn’t coming to visit” in the intervening dozen years.

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  7. Lsamsa says:

    Oh indeed, just between the living room (the weather report on tv) and the hallway (the thermostat) I can switch quite rapidly from celcius to fahrenheit…no second thought.
    Chatting with my friend in Indiana however, about the weather…quick conversions are not that ‘quick’.

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    • Dennis Cole says:

      Lsama – which leads to this: How do they bring a vaccine that’s stored at -70C to body temp, in order to inject it, and how long does it remain stable and useable? They must have to use the entire vial pretty much immediately, I would think.


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