The Scorpio Alignment, What’s Happening in Canada and a Tribute to Presidential Astrologer Joan Quigley

Posted by Eric Francis

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In tonight’s edition of Planet Waves FM, I recap what has been happening in Canada, and consider the situation with Jian Ghomeshi, the CBC reporter who was fired for alleged sexual misconduct and who has sued his former employer. I consider what seems to be the newly emerging “BD/SM defense,” akin to the “rough sex defense,” and the problems associated with the discussion of sexual boundaries in the context of alleged crimes. In the second half of the program I offer a tribute to the life of Joan Quigley, the astrologer to the Reagans, including reading her chart. My musical guest is Bjork, who also gets a chart reading and a shout-out from one of her most avid fans.

Björk Guðmundsdóttir, known mononymously as Björk, is an Icelandic singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and occasional actress.

Björk Guðmundsdóttir, known mononymously as Björk, is an Icelandic singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and occasional actress. She is also a supreme Scorpio.

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In tonight’s edition of Planet Waves FM, I recap what has been happening in Canada, and consider the situation with Jian Ghomeshi, the CBC reporter who was fired for alleged sexual misconduct and who has sued his former employer. I consider what seems to be the newly emerging “BD/SM defense,” akin to the “rough sex defense,” and the problems associated with the discussion of sexual boundaries in the context of alleged crimes.

In the second half of the program I offer a tribute to the life of Joan Quigley, the astrologer to the Reagans, including reading her chart. My musical guest is Bjork, who also gets a chart reading and a shout-out from one of her most avid fans.

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5 thoughts on “The Scorpio Alignment, What’s Happening in Canada and a Tribute to Presidential Astrologer Joan Quigley

  1. Eric Francis Post author

    http://exclaim.ca/News/owen_pallett_pens_open_letter_declaring_jian_ghomeshi_beats_women

    Status Update
    By Owen Pallett
    I was challenged by a friend to say something about the recent allegations against Jian Ghomeshi.

    Jian is my friend. I have appeared twice on Q. But there is no grey area here. Three women have been beaten by Jian Ghomeshi.

    I have sat with Jian over drinks and discussed our respective anxiety disorders. We have been photographed hugging on camera.

    Just ten days ago, I helped him find musicians for his father’s funeral. Three women have said that Jian beat them without their consent.

    “We will never really know what happened.” Yes we do. Jian beat, at the very least, three women. Three women said so. “They were jilted exes.” Maybe so. They were beaten by Jian.

    “They were freelance writers looking to get ahead.” Three women were beaten by Jian Ghomeshi.

    At no point here will I ever give my friend Jian’s version of the truth more creedence than the version of the truth offered up by three women. Anonymity does not mean these women do not exist.

    “They were engaged in BDSM role-play.” This: this is something I need to talk about.

    The beauty of BDSM relationships is that the power is always in the hands of the sub. BDSM and choke play is a subversion of male violence.

    To hear that anybody has been abusing the BDSM power relationship for the purpose of engaging in non-consensual violence-against-women is horrifying.

    That is not the point of BDSM. BDSM is in fact about the exact opposite thing. It is about repurposing acts of violence into creating a power dynamic of fucking EQUALITY.

    As for the rest. I have seen my Facebook feed littered with comments about how “for years we’ve known Jian to be a shady character.”

    I too have heard endless rumours that he’s been a bad date, and have heard stories of shadiness and strange behaviour.

    I have heard about his ridiculous pick-up lines and have (to my shame) tittered about them with my friends. But I have never heard, until today, that Jian Ghomeshi beats women.

    I am skeptical of arts reporting. I am skeptical of Canadian journalism. I am sensitive toward shaming of people who are so-called sexual deviants.

    But let’s be clear. Whether the court decides that predatory men are punished or exonerated does not silence the voices of the victims. It does not make victims liars.

    Whether our culture continues to celebrate the works of predatory men is another issue. It does not silence the voices of the victims.

    Jian Ghomeshi is my friend, and Jian Ghomeshi beats women. How our friendship will continue remains to be seen.

  2. Len WallickLen Wallick

    Thank you Eric. First of all for posting Owen Pallett’s eloquent and pitch-perfect perspective. Thank you for then following up with the statement “The context is the conversation.”, which is also pitch-perfect. And for so may other things which made this a podcast not to miss, thank you.

  3. Bette

    As a Canadian & CBC listener living far, far from Toronto, I had heard none of the reported rumours about Jian. I knew him only as an engaging & quite brilliant host & interviewer. When news of his dismissal broke, I, like many, said “WHATTTT????”
    Now, I’m mostly feeling sadness. Wherever the truth may be found, things have happened, hurt has happened, & loss. Perhaps the conversation Eric noted can come of it, at least.
    Yes, it has been a strange & difficult week in the Great White North.

  4. Kelly Karalis

    Hyperballad is a beautiful song, by Bjork. She has an endearing childlike quality of innocence to her. Is it about an inability to surrender to a relationship without first throwing away parts of her psyche? She throws little things of the edge like “carparts, bottles and cutlery or whatever I find lying around”. She is destroying her old self, which is the only way she can create room for ‘them’. She is reborn every morning after her morning ritual

  5. heavyevvy

    Some interesting commentary – that you may not have seen – on the Ghomeshi news story here: http://sexgeek.wordpress.com/
    also reprinted here: http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2014/10/28/Kinkster-on-Jian-Ghomeshi/

    However

    The biggest story by far from Canada last month was the fact that somebody shot a soldier dead who was standing on guard at our National War Memorial in our capital city of Ottawa and then walked into the House of Commons – the seat of our democratic government – apparently intent on killing more people. Was he a nut? Was he a terrorist? This is not exactly clear, but what is clear is that our government will use this as an excuse to strip away more of our privacy and liberty in the name of the War against Terrorism. Sound like the 49th parallel is sliding northward? Read more here:
    http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2014/11/03/Ottawa-Shooting-Harper-Responses/?utm_source=mondayheadlines&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=031114

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