I am wondering if I. indeed we, were more gullible twenty/thirty years ago. Have I always been this mistrusting? Back then the argument from authority was so acceptable. But now I don’t believe anything on first contact, especially the most plausible. I would like to blame the Americans for everything but I know I cant. Their pervasive weapons of hatred must be a shared responsibility. To claim otherwise is to deny the need to correct. Is there any point in dreamers, like me, continuing to bend into the wind and struggling to be heard?
This is just a thought you may wish to peruse don’t take it to heart but why must we only fly the Canadian flag on Canada Day?
When I first came to Canada I used to think that every day in Ottawa was a holiday or something was being celebrated. Why…because of the profusion of flags flying wherever I looked. Where I come from flags are only flown on special occasions or when the Fascists march.
In my home country the closest equivalent we have to Canada day is the last night of the promenade concerts to which thousands attend from all over the world. It is a very patriotic event full of pomp and circumstance but every flag imaginable is being waved by concert goers both in the hall and those outside watching on the jumbo TV screens.
Once I had a conversation with two Americans during which they accused me and my newly adopted countrymen of being disrespectful of our flag. “We always lower our flag at night then raise it again at sunrise” he said with an air of admonishment. Aside from the fact that I hated the idea of getting up early just to raise a flag I saw no reason to treat any flag like a religious icon. Even so I could not let it go. In response I said “We don’t lower the Flag because unlike your flag ours is not afraid of the dark.”
A flag is just a flag, a rallying point or a means of saying “Look here I am celebrating with you!” but in the end, its just a flag.
What about standing up to the alt right, Trump, Nazis, Scheer and people too stupid to think before they open their mouths? Is this a radical notion. Are we going to become the next generations that turned a blind eye to the evils of bigoted arseholes?
Had people thought before voting in 1933 perhaps World War Two would never have happened? Next time you find yourself in a voting booth vote for anything but the right wing mouthpiece that promises a return to older values rooted in fantasy and hidden agendas.
I wish I could express how thankful I am to the men and women that saved the world during world war two. It was a bloody horrific mess that thousands gave their lives so that I might be born in the comfort and safety of relative peace. My heart aches when I see those veterans, old and frail now, with tears in their eyes as memories take over.
I Thank you; and we shall be eternally grateful.
I have decided that there is no room in my life for bullshit; I have consummed enough over the years. What with British Tories then Canadian Fascists and raging lunatics in the Whitehouse it is time I looked to my own needs. So I will become a Poutinist accompanied by the occasional Milk Shake concerto.
Alabama, the quintessential southern state full of bigots, right wing populists and religious freaks, has proved this value beyond a shadow of a doubt. Abortion! there is no legal reason sorry almost no legal reason a woman can get an abortion. Indeed it is almost a certainty that if a woman leaves the state to get an abortion she could be tried and sent to prison. Not for rape nor incest can any woman of any age get an abortion. And, once again a panel of men made these decisions claiming they hope it will be challenged in the supreme court ergo Roe .V. Wade. In the meantime women are made to suffer as well as children. It is no exaggeration that there are children being denied free unfettered access to abortion.
Why do Americans hate their women and children so much? Why is it that all republicans, conservatives and religious fundamentalists indulge this abortion fetish? Why do they constantly harp one about it? What is behind their agenda?
As Samantha Bee once said, No body questions a mans right to a vasectomy.
The one thing most Europeans agree on is their loathing of the USA. The arrogant, spoiled children of the universe… ill informed, bigoted and stupid people. However, the blessed Yank made good movies, from time to time, so we tolerated them. Even so there were two things that continued to irk. 1) The attitude that they won, for us, both World Wars on their own and ignoring the fact that their money played the larger part in this endeavour. Then there is number Two; Constant reference to their president as the leader of the free world. That more than anything rankled the ruff.
I now live in North America and for the longest time that reference continued to bother me as the supreme U.S. arrogance. Logic later suggested to me that this was no idle claim I came to believe this to be true. Well, until 2016 I believed the claim.
If they want to continue with this notion then clearly we all need to have the vote; a say in who straddles the pink podium. I dont really like being governed by someone I have no opportunity to vote for. This I now see as the free world’s opportunity to pay back the U.S. for all their “altruistic” generosity. Obviously they need all the help they can get, 2016 is testament to that fact.
The recently aired episode of Game Of Thrones is totally in keeping with the way twists and turns that have run throughout the entire series.
The bast laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men Gang Aft A-Gley.
All the signs were there that this was how it would go down. If I could see it, and I am the worst at solving shows before the final credits, then everyone else should have seen it too. I am embarrassed that fellow fans would complain and heap derision upon writers and directors. One has to ask how it is that such a fantastically written and directed show could suddenly tank in the last episodes? The answer is “It does not.” negative comments and whining come from supercilious arseholes that think they know better.
Painful though episode 5 was, in its barbarity, I think it was quite true to how often life goes a-Gley. Hollywood endings are fantasy life is cruel because people are cruel.
I would offer kudos to the writers for resisting the urge to wave the stars and stripes over a happy ending; war is never happy even for the victors.
Let me say right at the outset that I do not disapprove of top executives earning a hefty paycheque. Greater responsibility does demand a higher salary of this there is no question. But 16 million for such as Carlos Ghosen is pure greed. Even more so when said Exec is arrested for alleged embezzlement.
I think even a million is too much for anyone but “What the hey” I would not complain. On the other hand perhaps I should, indeed perhaps we all should? Look to our own back yard and discover that even in sane sensible Canada Top Dogs (With additional bonuses) leach away over 80 million dollars. Ghosen’s salary now sounds like chicken feed. All this sounds a lot like the petty whinging of the peasants. If there is no criminal activity; or if prices are not inflated to support the bloodsuckers; why should we care? Go deeper into the pile and discover that, in Canada, an emergency surgeon only earns $314k per year. Now tell me that executives are worth their salaries.
When I was very young we lived in an area of my home town that saw a lot of traffic. Cars bumper to bumper awaiting their turn to take the next turn left of right. I stood not much above the belching fumes of rattling dripping exhaust pipes. It was disgusting and always made me feel nauseous.
I recall, quite plainly, a day when I was out walking with my Grandmother and the fumes were especially strong. I asked Nan where all the exhaust went. She paused a moment then said “Well, up into the sky of course.”
I too paused then added “But Nan; what happens when the sky gets full.”
“Oh dont be silly Kevin that will never happen.”
An adult had called me silly ergo my thoughts were automatically put on hold. I never really thought about it not even during the sixties when people complained about pollution. Perhaps in the back of my mind I was now deeming them as silly as I had once been. Years later we began to speak of Global warming and what it was doing to the planet. I remembered my conversation with Nan and now we have “Climate Change”. The evidence is clear, we are destroying the planet. Yet all the right wing fanatics, on all fronts, still believe their grandmothers. In Canada the simple minded are campaigning for election and promising to undo all liberal green policies.
Dear idiots open your eyes lean how to read and assess evidence “The Sky is” after all “Filling up.”
The following does illustrate how immature the United States and their antiquated gun laws are. New Zealand had a terrible mass shooting and in less than a week their Parliament banned all military style weapons including those that can be converted into such. (This ban does not include the type used by Farmers and Hunters.)
Still the “U fucking S of Asshole” after years of perpetual murders that include young children cling to their guns with a crass stupidity that defies belief.
Also let us not forget those few rich white men that profit from guns.