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Provincial Elections / Ontario Election October 6, 2011
« on: February 02, 2011, 02:39:58 PM »
Rocco Rossi, former Toronto mayoral candidate and Liberal party guy is running for the Ontario PCs?

He was the one that had those Il Duce styled "Bocce Ball" ads which tanked his campaign. 

Seriously, Bob Rae was premier a generation ago and is a Liberal MP these days.  I don't get why he has has a shot at being the next leader of the federal Liberal party but the NDP can never ever ever again form government at Queen's Park.

Bob Rae sucked, but why does the Ontario NDP have to pay penance in perpetuity?  Mike Harris and David Peterson sucked too.

Politics / All the Courts are a Stage....
« on: October 30, 2010, 07:30:03 PM »
lately it seems...

There's the Tabitha Speers thing. 

Even Christie Blatchford! is concerned re:  the Russell Williams case:

I was an unofficial early victim-rights advocate, back in the day where they were ignored and ill-considered in the proceedings.
But   that changed years ago, and now the victims of crime, or their   surviving relatives, are not only accorded the respect they properly   deserve, but also are treated with exquisite delicacy and empowered.
Probably   I can live with the delicacy – the court-appointed pit bulls who   accompany a victim’s every move, Kleenex at the ready; the reserved   front-row seats – but the empowerment is alarming.
And what to make of the rather theatrical performance of Justice Ramez Khawly:
In   a cliff-hanger ruling that mixed references to film noir  and pulp   fiction, Justice Ramez Khawly of the Ontario Court of  Justice took two   hours yesterday, in a court packed with 100 people,  to get to his   decision: David Chen, the vigilante grocer, is not  guilty on all   charges.
I don't know if this is an unnatural outshoot of the death of Princess Diana aftermath?  There seems to be a need for collective grieving undertaken by all voyeurs which allows opportunistic zoom-in-on-me types to spout off.  Not saying that Mrs. Speers hasn't suffered a loss, but in judicial terms she doesn't have standing.  Then there's wingnut Dr. Welner....
Show (trial) business...

Work, Employment, Money / Blackberry Overtime
« on: April 30, 2008, 04:21:55 PM »
This is interesting.

"These are gadgets and the expectation is, if you have one, you are available 24/7," said Ed Cashman, PSAC's regional executive vice-president for the national capital region. "Most jobs don't need that degree of availability. If you want that degree of availability, you have to pay people for it."

 :applause:  PSAC.  If workers are going to be working during their so-called down time, then most certainly they should be paid for their labour.

However, I do question the whole cell-phone/blackberry culture.  Most people are not employed in life-and-death fields.  Nobody in corporatopia is going to die if a piece of paper doesn't get shuffled from point A to point B until the next morning.  In the article, the Carleton professor makes a good point:

"These people are interrupting their lives ... I wouldn't want to legitimize it by (having employers) say, 'we are entitled to send them messages because they are being compensated for it'," she said.

People are stunned when I tell then I am not available after hours via cell phone.  The pressure is great to cave, but no way.  People deserve quiet time to recharge, for balance.

Chef's Corner / Tagine Dreams?
« on: December 19, 2007, 10:20:11 PM »
Inspired by bits and pieces written here at B&R, have decided that one of my festive season goals this year is to explore the magic of tagines.

Any tried and true recipes/links to interesting tagine dishes to share?

Much appreciated...

never worried about it until now:

Dove's Campaign to Insure Softer Armpits in Only Five Days!

Dove's "Real Beauty" campaign, now that they've marketed that it's okay to deviate from the TV norm in terms of body shape, etc. wants women to feel insecure about the texture of their underarms.  Sheltered life and all, but is there a generally accepted celebrity goddess of armpit perfection that we are all supposed to worship and emulate?  How does one gauge the smoothness, or lack thereof?  Ask a lover?  Is there a device, a pit-o-meter, that can be purchased to get an accurate reading in the privacy of one's own home?  Is there a discreet way to ask a stranger if you can feel her underarm, do a comparison?

Good to know that the good people at Dove are coming to the rescue :?

Weather / Seize Yer August
« on: August 01, 2007, 07:01:44 AM »
It's going to be a hot one to kick off August.  Must go pick some (what else) blackberries.  Breakfast, lunch & din din...

Feminist News / Flight Attendants Instructed to Control Their Growth
« on: June 01, 2007, 11:04:14 AM »
An Indian court has ruled against a group of female flight attendants who were grounded from the national airline for being overweight.
The court said that state-owned Indian Airlines had the right to take the step in the interest of flight safety and in the face of growing competition.

"I do not understand how it is any way unfair, unreasonable and insulting to their womanhood if they are asked to control their growth."

Adventures / Hippies
« on: April 04, 2007, 04:10:25 PM »
In praise of hippies.  Yeah, most of them these days are "respectable" enough 'tho there are still a few authentic ones still kicking about.  Many of my all-time favourite people are hippies.  

Hippies may be cosmic and warped but the ones I know aren't gullible.  They feel connected to the earth and disconnected from politicians and suits.  Yet, they will demonstrate and they will phone the powers that be to lobby against injustice.  Hippies give and take, without keeping score.  

Have had several hippy visitors today.  One brought me a mounted memorabilia poster featuring a collage of hippy music moments (beatles, jimi, etc.)  Hippies keep me grounded not to worship the almighty dollar so I don't feel the need to go out and get a bigger home to actually hang all this stuff.

Hippies are funny.  A couple of quotes from today:

"the way to get male plants is to abuse/neglect them when they're small/young"

"those new yuppie scum townhouses are so skinny man, if you lived there you'd have to have sex on the diagonal"

I'm overgeneralizing and not trying to gloss over the day to day struggles all people, including hippies, face.  I like people of all ages but have a special affinity for the people of that era and the stories they can tell.

Health / Diaphragms-Redesign
« on: March 01, 2007, 11:17:43 AM »
.Read about this at feministing:

Not only could it offer American women yet another contraceptive option, but it could prove a powerful tool in reducing HIV infection rates both at home and abroad. In a large-scale clinical trial that's the first of its kind, researchers are currently testing the impact that diaphragm use has on HIV infection rates in Africa -- where methods of protection that women can initiate without requiring their partners' consent are badly needed.

I am curious though.  Has anybody here ever actually used a diaphragm?  Although I've always been aware of their existence, I have never actually seen one in captivity or known anyone who used one.  Not an option for me (default major league klutz) and some of the comments imply that a certain level of skill is required to avoid technical problems.

At the risk of telling you more than you want to know, that was always my problem with the diaphragm. I always ended up having to try and get it in my office bathroom in the morning, and it was very, very difficult. Maybe it's for women with longer fingers than I have.

I remember finding my friend's mom's diaphragm with my friend. We had no idea what it was, but it sure was big and scary.

I have only had one lover who used a diaphragm, but I remember being dazzled by how enormous it was. I think it had to do with the unusual angle and placement of her cervix.

News / 12 Year Old Soccer Player Kicked Off Field For Wearing Hijab
« on: February 26, 2007, 09:54:06 AM »
Good on the coach for pulling the team.  Pretty lame excuse that they have to ban the wearing of the hijab because it is a "strangling" hazard.  

Five young teams from across Canada walked out of a Quebec soccer tournament Sunday because a young Muslim girl was ejected for wearing a hijab.

Calling the rule banning the headscarf worn by Muslim women racist, four other teams followed Asmahan Mansour's team, the Nepean Selects from Ottawa, after she was thrown out for running afoul of a Quebec Soccer Association rule. ... occer.html

Weather / Feb-R-U-Airy?
« on: February 01, 2007, 12:08:53 AM »
If not airy, at least cold & windy...

We have a thread titled "Jan 15th-Winter Has Arrived".  Not even 3 weeks later it seems as if winter has been endless and harsh...

On the bright side, February is the shortest month...

Feminist News / Uterus Transplant Operation
« on: January 18, 2007, 03:11:36 PM »
I heard this discussed a couple of days ago on the radio.  This is not a procedure without risks or with a track record.  I guess I am so totally biased against surgery that requires general anaesthetic unless medically necessary I can't look at this objectively.  My mind thinks-look-there's a dead female body with a viable uterus-let's harvest it!

I guess it should be reassuring to know that, at least for now, "the wombs would come from *dead* donors..." :roll:

A New York hospital is taking steps to offer the nation’s first uterus transplant, a radical experiment that might allow women whose wombs were removed or are defective to bear children.
The wombs would come from dead donors, just as most other organs do, and would be removed after the recipient gives birth so she would not need anti-rejection drugs her whole life.

Besides surgical complications that can prove fatal, the main risk in such operations is the need for lifelong immune-suppressing drugs to prevent organ rejection. ... 8/70115037

Politics / USA Forces Montreal Workers Off Contract
« on: January 13, 2007, 09:20:38 AM »
Just in case anyone was confused... the USA is dictating employment discrimination in Canada.

The workers were taken off the lucrative U.S. military project because they were born in countries that the Americans consider a security risk. Security measures outlined in the U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations do not allow citizens from 25 countries to work on strategic military weapons.

Creatures great and small / Virtual Dog
« on: January 02, 2007, 07:09:35 AM »
This is fun:

Will do the following tricks (possibly more): roll, dance, kiss, play dead, fetch, high five or shake, beg, speak, up, down, sit, twirl, jump...

Life from a feminist view / Backlash
« on: December 18, 2006, 01:18:17 PM »
OK.  fern suggested the topic so let's do it.  I've only read one chapter but a couple of key points that jump out are:
1. "the point of feminism, which is to win women a wider range of experience".  (not just for corporate achiever types)
2. "The feminist ethc of economic independence has become the golden apple of buying power..."
3.  The self improvement industry is stupid.

I've never bought a self improvement book and why anyone would take fitness/food advice from someone like Oprah Winfrey (the wealthy poster woman for yo-yo dieting) is beyond me.  Still, a good swath of the population bought into this and possibly when they realized they couldn't (or didn't want to) compete with other women they threw in the towel and blamed "feminism" (the marketed version). Women need to live their experiences, not second guess every move and keep score with other (mythical) women.

Women need to find their own path.  Critical thinking is key.  Mainstream culture is pervasive and you can't avoid the hype but you don't have to believe it either.

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