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You will meet a tall dark stranger -Woody (aka Wooden) Allen’s New movie

published: October, 15, 2010 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Movies

My shortest movie review ever! "You will meet a tall dark stranger" trailer included.

When did Woody Allen stop being funny and become just plain maudlin ? This new film is so bad that I saw it this afternoon and have forgotten it already. Which is what you should do, forget it. ,,,,,,Dame Velveeta Peron

If you're HIV positive and smoke- Part 2 of 3

published: October, 13, 2010 Categories // Health, Smoking Cessation

“Men who have sex with men are disproportionately more likely to smoke cigarettes than their heterosexual counterparts. The rate is an estimated 55.9 percent higher among MSM”( The Body.com). Smoking in LGBT communities has always been higher then hetero

“Smoking aggravates health issues, making dental problems, gum disease and mouth cancer more common. In addition, people with HIV who smoke get lung cancer, emphysema, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), pneumonia and other lung infections more often than smokers who do not have HIV. Finally, smoking weakens your immune system, undermining the effects of your HIV medications.” (The Body.com). “Men who have sex with men are disproportionately more likely to smoke cigarettes than

The (Anti)Social Network Review

published: October, 10, 2010 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Movies

True confessions: I am not on facebook, Linkedin , MSN messenger, or whatever.

I do use e-mail and the internet but mainly for work and very short messages. Okay, okay, I do have my name on the dating site in case my prince charming comes along. So, the Social Network was an interesting film about a social and historical phenomenon that, g for me,  might as well be about the creation of the printing press . It was fascinating though  learning about how it works and the way it was created. I found the acting superb, especially the Zukerberg character. Even Just

Canada’s Access to Medicines Regime Rally, Ottawa

published: October, 06, 2010 Categories // Community Events, Activism, Events

For the second time in less than two years, I hit Parliament Hill to help rally attention around the fact that Canada’s Access to Medicines Regime (CAMR) is flawed

It fails to get medicines to people in developing countries that need them. Despite 80% of Canadians being in favor of Bill C-393 being adapted to streamline CAMR and make the process more effective, brand name pharmaceutical companies are using their considerable wealth to lead their own campaign of misinformation to derail the bill, and protect their own self interests, at the cost of human lives. Do you want to get involved and support Bill C-393 getting passed? Visit http://www.aidslaw.c

Trigger- Good Canadian Movie, Or Now I Have to eat my words

published: October, 03, 2010 Categories // Arts and Entertainment

I went to see Trigger last night, the new Bruce McDonald offering. Already, my friends reading this are aghast, since they never ask me to go to Canadian movies.

My stock answer is “Good” “Canadian” and “movies” in the same sentence is an oxymoron. Yes, including Egoyan and Cronenberg. Trigger was good. It was a quiet, thoughtful story of two people, in this case women friends, who had been through hell together, parted, and reunited ten years later. Molly Parker, of unknown sexual orientation in the film, and the late Tracey Wright of the lesbian persuasion,(she could have persuaded me ), are pitch perfect. There is no female hysteria, “

Relentlessly Speaking About Music.....with DJ Relentless

published: September, 30, 2010 Categories // DJ Relentless, Arts and Entertainment, Music

Thank you, God for allowing change in my life. Thank you for always keeping me on the creative path and music in my heart. And speaking of music.....here’s a few tracks that I recently listened to

Rating System: No * means horrible * means you better get used to it** means there is something to like about it *** means I like it alot**** means I love it Okay...I’m not sure what I have done to the universe that has made my computer problems its main source of enjoyment, but I apologize. I wish to live in harmony and at one with all living things. I just got back from New York City where I had a couple of gigs and did some shopping. On that trip and every trip that I take to the cit

Ben Affleck Really Goes to Town

published: September, 29, 2010 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Movies

In “The Town”Ben Affleck has written a modern mix of “On the Waterfront” and a down scale “ Thomas Crown Affair.”.There is so much to like about this movie.

Well, like Ben Affleck, for instance. He is a real cutie patutie and he can act. He is so comfortable on home turf, down and out Boston, and he does effortlessly. The story is realistic even if the love story is a bit of a stretch. We really want to go with it so let’s not quibble about small details. The acting is believable; the story never lags. You won’t learn the meaning of life while watching this (the answer is great sex, good food, laughing with friends, shoes and cats) but you wi

Smoking Out a Deadly Threat- Part 1 of 3

published: September, 27, 2010 Categories // Health, Smoking Cessation

It is know for its carcinogenic effect. Yet countless million indulge in it , every minutes, on the hour, daily, at break time, upon waking, before bedtime, before, after and in-between sex, and with every breath.

What is in a puff of smoke? It is know for its carcinogenic effect. Yet countless million indulge in it , every minutes, on the hour, daily, at break time, upon waking, before bedtime, before, after and in-between sex, and with every breath. Younger women and men in developing countries have taken up the indulgence.  It after effects impacts others in close proximity and yet we are no closer to minimizing its spread.  Its addiction is said to be as potent as other narcotics includi

The Clockmaker really ticks – Time well spent

published: September, 24, 2010 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Theatre

I went to my first play of my season’s tickets at Tarragon Theatre last night. What a great start. The clockmaker was so well acted and written that the 90 minutes, no intermission, went by in a minute( excuse the pun)

I went to my first play of my season’s tickets at Tarragon Theatre last night. What a great start. The clockmaker was so well acted and written that the 90 minutes, no intermission, went by in a minute( excuse the pun). I was riveted to see what was going to happen next. This is not a simple linear story but is a surreal series of vignettes that build not so much a story but a sense about the complexity of human relations and our relationship to the time and space around us. I understood th

THE RELENT-LIST 9-21-10 - Top Ten Dance Remixes

published: September, 22, 2010 Categories // DJ Relentless, Arts and Entertainment, Music

Here is my Top Ten Songs for this week’s MILK at Crews & Tangos

  1) Vanity (DJ Fierce Tease Cocky Mix)-Christina Aguilera 2) Fuck You (Emynd Baltimore Club Edit)-Cee-Lo Green 3) I Heard Um Say (New Single)-Jermaine Dupri 4) Your Love is My Drug (Bimbo Jones Club Mix)-Kesha 5) Misery (Diplo Put Me Out Of My Misery Mix)-Maroon 5 6) All The Lovers (Michael Woods Remix)-Kylie Minogue 7) You Lost Me (Hex Hector & Mac Quayle Club Mix)-Christina Aguilera 8) Find Your Love (Vice & Riddler Remix)-Drake 9) DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love Again (Serafin Remix)-

GRATITUDE: People who say they happy to be HIV+ Am I?

published: September, 17, 2010 Categories // Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

The subject of gratitude for this edition of my musings on Poz Prevention sparked a lively conversation with regard to those that will state that they are happy that they are HIV+

They are glad that HIV came into their lives.  At first glance you may think there is a typo; but no.  There are those that say that being diagnosed HIV+ changed their lives for the better. My own diagnosis came on the heels of my partners’ diagnosis and also the diagnosis of our children.  To embrace HIV as a positive thing in my life at that time one would think ludicrous. I loathe the fact that my partners and one son succumbed to AIDS.  I abhor the stigma that still

HIV and Arthritis

published: September, 21, 2010 Categories // Aging, General Health, Health

A while back in late summer of this year, I attended a public forum on HIV and Arthritis. As I get older and having hit the 50 year mark, I wonder...

..if the aches and pains in my bones and joints are of an organic process or what else is brewing below the skin level in the joints, bones and muscles.   I was having a peculiar pain in my knees and wrist and I wondered was this arthritis or  living with HIV or just getting older, or long-term effects of HIV drugs or all of the above! I do realise that every year for the last 3 years as we approach the fall season, my bones get a wake up call. Interesting every September and O

Why criminalization of HIV is bad public policy: what can you do about it?

published: September, 20, 2010 Categories // Legal

10 Reasons Why the Criminalization of HIV Is Bad Public Health Policy and 5 Things You Can Do About It!

10 reasons’ to oppose HIV criminalization (Paraphrased and/or taken from Ten Reasons to Oppose the Criminalization of HIV Exposure or Transmission, co-produced by the Open Society Institute) 1. Applying criminal law to HIV exposure or transmission does not reduce the spread of HIV. 2. Criminalization of HIV dilutes public health messages that practicing safer sex is everyone’s responsibility. 3. Criminalization of HIV creates distrust between HIV-positive people and their health care provi

Tenofovir and kidney function

published: September, 16, 2010 Categories // Health, Treatment

We all know HIV drugs affect various organs – but one anti HIV drug in particular is processed by the kidneys.

That drug is tenofovir (Viread). It is also in the combination pill called Truvada and in Atripla. Tenofovir has been in the news off and on.  Does it have an adverse impact on kidney function or not?  The clinical impact is said to be minimal and it is considered a safe drug.  But it has been implicated in the loss of bone mineral density, increases the risk of fractures and/or may affect calcium absorption. A recent systematic review and meta-analysis conducted by an internati

Here Are The Fifteen Albums That Changed My Life

published: September, 13, 2010 Categories // DJ Relentless, Arts and Entertainment, Music

1) "Lady In Satin" by Billie Holiday (This was her last album and even though her voice is about gone at this point, the raw emotions in each song still make me want to cry. And when they re-issued the CD with outtakes, I was in heaven!) 2) "Live & More" by Donna Summer (This was the first album that I saved my allowance to buy. Donna never sounded so good. And the MacArthur Park Suite made me want to learn how to mix.) 3) "Private Life: The Collection" by Grace Jones (This is one of my

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