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Warning: politics. That might just go for the whole thread from here on out. Also Content Warning for all the stuff going on in the US right now.

 

Pretty angry about a headline in a garbage newspaper I saw on the subway this morning. It called the protests going on in the last week "tantrums" ... right. The million man march was a tantrum. The suffragette movement was a tantrum. The whole founding of the United States of America was just a tantrum. Why. My life is at stake, as are the lives of my friends. Even without that, I can't stand by and watch bigots tear down and destroy those they don't even try to understand. This is not conjecture. They have said it directly. They support electrocuting gay people until they straight. They want to register Muslims, like the Nazis registered Jews. They want to force women to carry to term when they've been raped, but won't offer any support once the baby has been born. They're fostering an environment of fear and antagonism.

 

I'm angry that people seem to think there are "two sides" to basic human rights. I'm angry that people expect the marginalized to do all the work, but politely. I'm angry that people are more concerned about being inconvenienced by protests and action than they are about the real impacts these policies will have on the lives of millions of their fellow citizens. I'm angry that people could vote for someone who is openly racist, who boasts about sexual assault, who has lied his way into office at levels never before seen. He's supported by the KKK! What more do you need to not vote for a person like that?

 

This is not ok. We are not ok.

 

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— 
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— 
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Martin Niemöller 

 

 

In challenge-related updates: I've been doing ok with stretching and sleeping. Ukulele practice didn't happen last week. I made some art.

 

 

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It's my morning political post, yay.

 

Swastikas, slurs, white power posters, and racists yelling horrible things to people on public transit. It's happening here in Toronto, and in Ottawa, and I'm sure elsewhere. A rabbi's house in Ottawa had a swastika and a slur spray painted on it last night. A man was taped yelling racist things on the streetcar here in Toronto last night. This is not a coincidence. Every time we remain silent, we encourage these people. We need to stand up to it at every turn. We need to protest, and loudly, and show them that the majority disagrees with them. You cannot remain passive or silent at a time like this. Don't put yourself in danger, but recognise where you have privilege that you can use to help others who do not. Use your privilege for good. Stand between the bigots and those they would harm. Don't be a bystander. It's really scary, but it's much worse for the people being targeted.

 

Stretched last night. Didn't get enough sleep, so I slept in. Ukulele tonight.

 

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3 minutes ago, Twilight said:

It's my morning political post, yay.

 

Swastikas, slurs, white power posters, and racists yelling horrible things to people on public transit. It's happening here in Toronto, and in Ottawa, and I'm sure elsewhere. A rabbi's house in Ottawa had a swastika and a slur spray painted on it last night. A man was taped yelling racist things on the streetcar here in Toronto last night. This is not a coincidence. Every time we remain silent, we encourage these people. We need to stand up to it at every turn. We need to protest, and loudly, and show them that the majority disagrees with them. You cannot remain passive or silent at a time like this. Don't put yourself in danger, but recognise where you have privilege that you can use to help others who do not. Use your privilege for good. Stand between the bigots and those they would harm. Don't be a bystander. It's really scary, but it's much worse for the people being targeted.

 

Stretched last night. Didn't get enough sleep, so I slept in. Ukulele tonight.

 

 

That is terrible and is angering me so much. I lived in Toronto, I love that city, it's somewhere I've always seen as safe and open-minded. This is scaring me a lot. 

 

Wishing you a better end of your day. 2016 has brought some really dark times... 

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43 minutes ago, RogueLibrarian said:

I feel like we (USA) owe an apology to all our neighbors and allies.

 

Let me tell you about all the racist things Canada has done and continues to do ... Well that will take a while and I'm already mad. But slavery existed here, residential schools only ended in 1996, we currently have a large number of First Nations communities in Ontario and across the country without access to clean drinking water, racism, Islamophobic sentiment, antisemitism, and all those other things are just as active here. We hide behind "at least we're not as bad as the US!" but that just lets us bury our heads in the sand and refuse to see how bad we are.

 

Re this whole thing: Personal responsibility feels bad, but it gets better the more you do it, and the earlier you do it. It's part of growing up. We are nations of butthurt babies who refuse to accept responsibility for our actions, who refuse to inconvenience ourselves to help others, who are willing to keep hurting others because it makes things easier for ourselves.

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Apologies are useless.

 

I'm with Twilight, we ALL need to take responsibility. The same things are happening in Europe as well as the US and Canada, and extremism is just gathering more and more traction everywhere. This election is only a symptom, not the cause. We would like to think that everything is spiffy, but that's only because we're not listening...

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I am old enough to have spend all of my youth here in South Africa being taught at school and from the pulpits that Apartheid is the only way according to God and the bible. I know a lot of people who still believes it. 

 

It has taken the internet and a lot of effort on my part to broaden my horizons, and I am still aware of how little I am know of what is going on outside my little bubble of white male privilege. 

 

One of the reasons I love following you so much.

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53 minutes ago, Jakkals said:

I am old enough to have spend all of my youth here in South Africa being taught at school and from the pulpits that Apartheid is the only way according to God and the bible. I know a lot of people who still believes it. 

 

It has taken the internet and a lot of effort on my part to broaden my horizons, and I am still aware of how little I am know of what is going on outside my little bubble of white male privilege. 

 

One of the reasons I love following you so much.

 

Thank you, that means a lot to me. I had a frustrating morning on Twitter because I tried to engage with someone about a difficult topic. He blocked me. :-p

 

Apparently South Africa's apartheid was inspired by Canada's Indian Act. Our residential school system and its associated acts have been called Canada's Apartheid.

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/anne-theriault-/canadas-apartheid_b_4468449.html 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Act

http://www.ictinc.ca/blog/21-things-you-may-not-have-known-about-the-indian-act-

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Ukulele didn't happen, but I did spend good time with my loved ones last night. I'm really tired today because I didn't get enough sleep again. I have a massage scheduled for Friday, and I really need it.

 

I'm going to create a calendar view of all the things I want to do, to remind myself and show myself just how much stuff it is. It's actually impossible to do all those things. It's not because I'm lazy that I can't do all of them.

 

Birthday party for kid #2 on Saturday. My baby is turning eight.

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5 hours ago, Twilight said:

I'm going to create a calendar view of all the things I want to do, to remind myself and show myself just how much stuff it is. It's actually impossible to do all those things. It's not because I'm lazy that I can't do all of them.

 

 

You're not lazy in the slightest. And even though you might not be able to do it all, I think you've got your priorities right, especially spending a lot of time with loved ones.

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I'm hoping the registering Muslims is fake, or I may be the first lesbian Muslim to register...may be because I know a lot of other people saying the same...

 

I honestly never thought this could happen here...guess that's what happens when you think everyone believes people should be equal...some uneducated, white men obviously do not...sadly I include one of my sons in that...cannot honestly say the people elected him because at last count it's well over a Million more voted for Hillary.

RES...and I want to live days worth dying for

Current: RES: CRUSTED is the only acronym I can come up with for this

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Took it easy-ish this week, and I'm glad. My massage was good. The new RMT is nice and I felt comfortable with her. I've started doing my physio exercises for my knee again because it's been pretty bad. I got a lacrosse ball from the RMT to help me with rolling things out. I did get more than seven hours of sleep last night, but that made it really hard to get out of bed. I need a sleep vacation.

 

Current playlist: http://8tracks.com/giselle_carrasqueiras/lost-in-time-new-wave

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It's the Trans Day of Remembrance. 271 people are being memorialized this year, and there are definitely more. https://tdor.info/

 

Listening to this right now, doing some work because I didn't get it finished on Friday and it needs to be done before Monday: http://8tracks.com/westsidegoth/these-remains

 

Stretched last night. Did some of my physio stuff for my knee. Hula hooped on Saturday at my younger kid's super fun mini rave birthday party.

 

It's snowing here today.

 

8 hours ago, Mad Hatter said:

That does sound delicious. Is there any way you could make it happen? Like go away for a weekend to someplace natury for example? 

 

Sorry about the knee, hope it clears up soon!

 

I'd need at least a week for that! :)

 

Thanks. Just gotta do the work. :-p

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November 13 - 19

        S M T W T F S
Sleep   N N N N Y Y Y  3/5
Stretch Y Y Y Y N N N  4/5
Ukulele             Y  1/2

Not doing well on my sleep goal. Doing better on my stretch goal and ukulele goal.

 

Forgot to add that I did some headstands on Saturday. We'd rearranged the playroom so that there was room for the kid's birthday party, and so I felt as though I had enough room again. It's become too cramped in there.

 

Winter arrived yesterday. I didn't think it was going to stick, but we woke up to a winter wonderland. It's probably going to melt, but it'll be back. Three days ago it was warm and sunny. Canada!

 

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24 minutes ago, Twilight said:

Winter arrived yesterday. I didn't think it was going to stick, but we woke up to a winter wonderland. It's probably going to melt, but it'll be back. Three days ago it was warm and sunny. Canada!

 

You would laugh heartily at our definition of "cold" here, but it's been the same -- Friday it was in the upper 70s F, and Saturday it was 20 degrees colder. I had to wear my hat and gloves this morning.

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