snowywolfowl: (Owl face)
Kellie Leitch wants to ensure that all immigrants to Canada are screened to make sure they hold Canadian values. What I'd like to know is how this sort of dog whistle politics protects our citizens, immigrants and other residents who are enjoying the Canadian value of worshipping however they choose to from being shot by white, non-Muslim, native born racist mass murderers.  Considering she wants to be PM and is campaigning on a Trumpist platform its a valid question with an easy answer.

It doesn't. All Trumpism brings is death, lies, and misery.

Oh, and with regards to the alternate facts and fake news claiming that there was a second, Muslim shooter arrested. It is true that a gentleman was arrested outside of the mosque after running away from the police. He was released once they realized he was actually a witness who thought the armed police that responded were gunmen returning to kill more people. Given the situation I think running was a perfectly understandable response. I know I would of.


And now for the final thought. I really, really need something else I can post about because my mental health isn't going to be able to withstand having to constantly post about Trumpist stupidity and violence.
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....but because they were Muslims praying in a mosque do they matter? They do to me.

As per my usual policy I'm going to hold off further commentary until more news is released. Needless to say I am NOT happy about this.
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I just clicked on CNN only to be greeted with the headline that the people of Paris are in the midst of a massive terror attack. As stupidly trite as this will sound as someone who was in Mumbai during the November 2008 attacks I understand some of what the people of France must be feeling during these uncertain hours.

All I have to say is that I definitely stand with France in these dark hours. Stay strong and stay safe.

Vive le France.
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There are people on cbc.ca saying we need to invoke the War Measures Act and suspend civil liberties. To them I would just say that those who would give up their liberty to gain security would gain neither and lose both.

And that's all I have to say for now. I've got to get back to work. If anyone has anything light hearted, fluffy or non-serious that you're afraid to show me because of the serious nature of today, please don't be. In fact, go ahead. I am calling in the airstrike of cuteness on my position.
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Well some good news here. The concern over multiple gunmen stemmed from a report from an incident after the shooting inside the Hall of Honour. If that didn't happen then it looks like the gunman shot the soldier, made his way to the Parliament Buildings, and died there. If that's the case then its possible we may be looking at a lone wolf and maybe this is over.

I hope so but the damn thing about lone wolves is you never know where they are until they come out.

This is going to be a long day for a lot of people. :(
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I've been watching Peter Mansbridge's coverage on cbc.ca and they showed video from the gun battle that happened in the Hall of Honour in the Parliament Building. The video itself didn't show anything owing to the cameraman getting himself behind cover but it sounded like a big shotgun blast followed by a hail of pistol fire. It did not sound like an assault rifle, nor did it sound like anything was being used on full auto.

What does that mean? I don't know but twelve gauge shotguns are not difficult to get in Canada while assault weapons and handguns are. That would seem to indicate that this is possibly homegrown terror instead of something that has received material support from outside Canada. As to the question of what type of ideology this is, I don't know. It could be right wing extremists, ISIL sympathizers, radial environmentalists, or God knows what. All I know is this is shaping up to be a really shitty week in the True North, Strong and Free.

:(
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Hey everyone, just letting you know I'm good. I'm not really up on the situation right now since I literally just found out something is happening in Ottawa, so I'm going to see if I can connect with the family there to make sure they're fine. No doubt I'll have an opinion on it later but that will have to wait until I actually have information.

Take care and stay safe as always. 
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1. IEDs in crowds, Ricin in the mail, Exploding fertilizer factories = holy shit this has been a rough week for those south of the border. It's enough to make me wish all my American friends and family a nice exciting tornado and hurricane season just so you can have some "normal" disasters.

Moving from the half serious to the full serious all I can say is keep calm, carry on, and know you'll be alright. Any nation that has marathon runners running an extra two miles to go give blood immediately after completing a gruelling, glucose sapping race is going to come through in good form, Al Queda/Right Wing Extremists/Lone Wolf whack job nutcases be damned.

2.  Regardless of the fact that Justin Bieber has become an embarrassment to Canada (seriously, a bag of pucks and he's yours*) I'm going to say his comment about hoping Anne Frank would be a "belieber" is ok. I'm not saying its not a self absorbed thing to say, I'm just saying that teenage girls are supposed to be dancing around the house annoying their family with devotion to the teen idol of the day, not dying of typhus in Auschwitz.

3. I thought Justin Trudeau (Leader-Liberal Party of Canada) made some very good points in his interview with Peter Mansbridge  (Canadian Broadcast Corporation) right after the Boston attack.  Since I won't be able to paraphrase it as eloquently you can see it here: http://www.cbc.ca/player/Shows/ID/2380243778/



And that is the week that is right now. Here's hoping it gets better soon.

*Canadian insult. To say you'd trade someone for a bag of pucks means you don't consider that person to have much value.
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I don't know exactly what happened in Boston.  I also don't expect to for a while since these type of incidents tend to generate a lot of information to sort through and much of it will be inaccurate. That being said, everybody, EVERYBODY be careful, ok?



And LJ, my mood is not "flirty". Got that?
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That was Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls' Twitter comment regarding the recent death of Amy Winehouse. Considering all the bad news of the last 24 hours or so it seemed painfully appropriate.

I'm honestly not really surprised Amy Winehouse is dead. Throughout her entire career she battled addiction and clearly seemed to be losing in recent months. Still its a shame that some people seem to only achieve rock immortality by dying. I know people are commenting on the "Curse of 27" that people think of in these cases but I think its just a case of averages. Some musicians with addiction issues survive long enough to beat them. Some don't. Amy Winehouse has unfortunately joined the list of those who didn't.

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Back in my past life many years ago I spent many summers working as a summer camp counsellor and program leader.  It was a great time of my life and I have many wonderful memories. It was really rewarding to be able to help many young people develop their skills and talents, and its also rewarding to realize that many of the kids I led back then went on to become leaders, to go on to college and live productive and fulfilling lives.  I'm not saying it was all me, I'm just saying it was great to be part of the village raising those kids. 

I think that's why I found yesterday's savagery in Norway so horrible is that I get the fear, horror and guilt the adult leaders of that youth camp must be feeling.  I'm sure there are some there who honestly wish they'd died with their charges, and who are blaming themselves for not seeing through the gunman's deception, or for not taking a bullet that killed a youngster.  There are no easy answers here for anyone to find but there was nothing they could have done that would have prevented or stopped this slaughter, and I want that message to get through to them and to all affected.

A youth camp is not armed for a reason. It is a place for youth to come together in a spirit of cooperation and friendship, to learn of each others differences and to celebrate the common threads that bind us together in the great fabric of humanity.  One extremist with a gun cannot, must not dictate to the youth of Norway, Europe, and the World that they must cower in fear as debate is silenced by the sounds of guns and the sunlight covered in gun smoke. 

The spirit of youth is to challenge the world around it, to question, and to grow. As adults we may not always be able to protect them but we can encourage them to press on, both to honour themselves and the friends they have lost.
snowywolfowl: (Phantom)
That was Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls' Twitter comment regarding the recent death of Amy Winehouse. Considering all the bad news of the last 24 hours or so it seemed painfully appropriate.

I'm honestly not really surprised Amy Winehouse is dead. Throughout her entire career she battled addiction and clearly seemed to be losing in recent months. Still its a shame that some people seem to only achieve rock immortality by dying. I know people are commenting on the "Curse of 27" that people think of in these cases but I think its just a case of averages. Some musicians with addiction issues survive long enough to beat them. Some don't. Amy Winehouse has unfortunately joined the list of those who didn't.

******************************************************************************************

Back in my past life many years ago I spent many summers working as a summer camp counsellor and program leader.  It was a great time of my life and I have many wonderful memories. It was really rewarding to be able to help many young people develop their skills and talents, and its also rewarding to realize that many of the kids I led back then went on to become leaders, to go on to college and live productive and fulfilling lives.  I'm not saying it was all me, I'm just saying it was great to be part of the village raising those kids. 

I think that's why I found yesterday's savagery in Norway so horrible is that I get the fear, horror and guilt the adult leaders of that youth camp must be feeling.  I'm sure there are some there who honestly wish they'd died with their charges, and who are blaming themselves for not seeing through the gunman's deception, or for not taking a bullet that killed a youngster.  There are no easy answers here for anyone to find but there was nothing they could have done that would have prevented or stopped this slaughter, and I want that message to get through to them and to all affected.

A youth camp is not armed for a reason. It is a place for youth to come together in a spirit of cooperation and friendship, to learn of each others differences and to celebrate the common threads that bind us together in the great fabric of humanity.  One extremist with a gun cannot, must not dictate to the youth of Norway, Europe, and the World that they must cower in fear as debate is silenced by the sounds of guns and the sunlight covered in gun smoke. 

The spirit of youth is to challenge the world around it, to question, and to grow. As adults we may not always be able to protect them but we can encourage them to press on, both to honour themselves and the friends they have lost.
snowywolfowl: (Phantom)
That was Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls' Twitter comment regarding the recent death of Amy Winehouse. Considering all the bad news of the last 24 hours or so it seemed painfully appropriate.

I'm honestly not really surprised Amy Winehouse is dead. Throughout her entire career she battled addiction and clearly seemed to be losing in recent months. Still its a shame that some people seem to only achieve rock immortality by dying. I know people are commenting on the "Curse of 27" that people think of in these cases but I think its just a case of averages. Some musicians with addiction issues survive long enough to beat them. Some don't. Amy Winehouse has unfortunately joined the list of those who didn't.

******************************************************************************************

Back in my past life many years ago I spent many summers working as a summer camp counsellor and program leader.  It was a great time of my life and I have many wonderful memories. It was really rewarding to be able to help many young people develop their skills and talents, and its also rewarding to realize that many of the kids I led back then went on to become leaders, to go on to college and live productive and fulfilling lives.  I'm not saying it was all me, I'm just saying it was great to be part of the village raising those kids. 

I think that's why I found yesterday's savagery in Norway so horrible is that I get the fear, horror and guilt the adult leaders of that youth camp must be feeling.  I'm sure there are some there who honestly wish they'd died with their charges, and who are blaming themselves for not seeing through the gunman's deception, or for not taking a bullet that killed a youngster.  There are no easy answers here for anyone to find but there was nothing they could have done that would have prevented or stopped this slaughter, and I want that message to get through to them and to all affected.

A youth camp is not armed for a reason. It is a place for youth to come together in a spirit of cooperation and friendship, to learn of each others differences and to celebrate the common threads that bind us together in the great fabric of humanity.  One extremist with a gun cannot, must not dictate to the youth of Norway, Europe, and the World that they must cower in fear as debate is silenced by the sounds of guns and the sunlight covered in gun smoke. 

The spirit of youth is to challenge the world around it, to question, and to grow. As adults we may not always be able to protect them but we can encourage them to press on, both to honour themselves and the friends they have lost.
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I think I'm going to be sick.
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I think I'm going to be sick.
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I think I'm going to be sick.

Deja vu

Jul. 13th, 2011 11:00 am
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Mumbai had some bomb blasts go off today. I'm waiting for word on casualties and hoping none of my friends there were hurt.

This terrorism shit needs to stop. People have suffered enough.

Deja vu

Jul. 13th, 2011 11:00 am
snowywolfowl: (Default)
Mumbai had some bomb blasts go off today. I'm waiting for word on casualties and hoping none of my friends there were hurt.

This terrorism shit needs to stop. People have suffered enough.

Deja vu

Jul. 13th, 2011 11:00 am
snowywolfowl: (Default)
Mumbai had some bomb blasts go off today. I'm waiting for word on casualties and hoping none of my friends there were hurt.

This terrorism shit needs to stop. People have suffered enough.

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