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The Matrix–a Canadian Writes

A reader in Ottawa, on the Matrix: “John, you’ve alienated yourself from

the rest of movie-going society by arduously bashing Reloaded, the sequel to

The Matrix. Here are the top five reasons why you and other doubtfuls at

the NRO Crew should seriously consider watching it, and providing some

feedback: (5) You and the hard-working NRO staff need a break…outside the

corner. (4) It increases the chances of Bush being re-elected (there is a

fraction of a second clip of the President…nothing like a bit of

campaigning in the theatres). (3) It’ll help the economy in a patriotic

and concrete fashion…enough said (not to mention it will entice you into

buying a brand new Cadillac while you’re at it-courtesy of the car chase)!

(2) There are numerous ‘Hollywood-style’ attempts at applying the Newtonian

and scientific-based Determinist philosophy to Neo’s dilemma in the movie

(Its an affront upon free will…you’d think the libertarians would at least

care to rebut such a rampant ideology). (1) There is a pompously arrogant

Frenchmen (accent and IQ included…or the lack thereof) who makes a

complete fool of himself (which includes cheating on his wife…ahhh, the

morality of ‘Old Europe’).”

Here’s another reason to watch Bride of Matrix, or whatever the darn thing

is called. I was talking with my accountant the other day. He told me that

tax preparation is starting to be outsourced to places like India. “Why pay

50K for a U.S. accounting graduate when you can get one in India for 5K?”

This joins the long list of jobs I keep hearing about that are being

outsourced (I did a Diary note about it a couple of months ago). Pretty

soon there will be no middle-class jobs left in the US. The only thing

propping up our economy will be showbiz, which nobody else seems to be able

to do as well as us. So–support your local movie studio!

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