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friday favourites 08.02.13

image of the week
it's not often canadians get to look at winter in other places and think "man, that sucks". but this is one of those days. damn, hang tight, boston, we feel sorry for you and wish you the best. of course, there's always the chance that the power gets knocked out, in which case those in the path of the storm would only being seeing this much later... welcome back! you made it!

this week has not been one to write home about [although it was stressful enough that i called my mum just to hear a friendly voice]. there are times when your stress level gets high enough that you can't concentrate on anything other than your own stress, including getting through the mountain of things you have to do, which is the main reason you're feeling stressed to begin with. it's nice that our brains are biologically programmed to shut down like that. sort of makes you wonder how me managed to evolve this far. 

it's certainly one of those weeks when i needed...

good news :: stuff i can't make up from around the internet

remember how republicans said it was just an anomaly that one of their candidates used the phrase "legitimate rape"? the guy they put up for vice president thinks that rapists should be able to sue their victims if those victims seek to have an abortion. because jesus.

just because you're ten feet tall and green doesn't mean you don't have a woman's needs, according to marvel

are you a better writer than a second grader? if you're in the nfl, it seems unlikely

still trying to shed those extra holiday ounces? lose fat that natural way through moosing! [via me-fi]

what's more comforting in winter than a grilled cheese on toast? a grilled cheese on cheese, my friend. [this might require a moose cleanse afterward.]

quote of the week
"Now is the winter of our discontent"- shakespeare, richard iii

although the phrase actually means "now is the time when we are least miserable", which is a really emo kind of sentiment for the sixteenth century, it does seem appropriate to have a quote of the week that features both the words "winter" and "discontent", since i think there are a lot of people discontented with winter at the moment. plus, of course, the historical richard iii turned up under a car park this week. in another five hundred years or so, they'll find jimmy hoffa. 

musical notes

a very powerful piece that dominic did...


follow-up and shameless self-promotion

after my unpleasant run-in with an stm bus driver on monday, i did send a polite, firm letter to them indicating that i didn't think that it was cool to give their drivers free reign to scream at injured customers. i haven't received any kind of official response [and since i didn't request any specific action or ask a question, i may not get one], but i did speak to the transit worker to whom i tried to complain just after the incident. he says that he spoke to the driver and that the screaming was because he [the driver] thought someone- not me- had tried to bang on the door of the bus and it startled him. case closed. unless you consider that the guy specifically yelled at me about running, not at anyone else and not about banging on the door. 

i realise that lives aren't going to be lost or saved because of this, but i find it funny that there is clearly an attempt to convince me that screaming at customers is a completely acceptable way of doing business. on the other hand, perhaps i should take that as a cue that i can behave the same way... 

i still have a scraped up hand and a sore knee, which serve as a reminder that running is always a bad idea and i shouldn't attempt to do it under any circumstances. 

today, this same bus driver got impatient with the vehicle in front of him and started frantically sounding the horn. i'm sure we've all felt that kind of frustration, but most of us don't go batshit with the honking when the vehicle in front of us is a snow plough in the process of clearing the road. someone needs to switch to decaf.

something i forgot to mention when i posted our play lists from the caustic lounge yesterday was that the next lounge will be on march 6th and it's our second anniversary party! please consider coming along to usher us into the terrible twos!

kitteh of the week

simon, drilling for cuddles...


that's all for this week, folks! stay warm, dry and safe and remember it's never a bad idea to cuddle your cats! unless the cat is a tiger. then it's possible that it could be a bad idea, but you'll never know until you try it. 

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don't speak

you might think that it sounds dramatic, but linguistic genocide is something that happens. people in power will go to great lengths to eradicate certain languages, not just for the sheer joy of making the world a lesser place, but as a way of beating down the culture that's associated with it. language has a unique reciprocal bond with culture, and every group that has attempted to break down another has recognised that forbidding a cultural group from communicating in their own language is an extremely effective way to tear apart their culture.

there are lots [and lots and lots and lots] of examples of this sort of thing, some successful, some not, but far too many to cover in one blog post. however, i thought it was worth looking at some languages that have been the subjects of active repression, and what the political consequences of that have been.

devastation :: the native north american languages :: it should come as no surprise that the largest genocide in history [by a ma…

losers?

just a short time ago, i waxed prosaic about trump supporters who felt betrayed by their candidate pursuing in office the exact things that he said he would. short version: i have no sympathy.

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long division

after the united states election last year, there were the usual calls for the country to unite behind the new president. that never happens anymore, because, since george w. bush scored a victory in 2004, having launched the country into a war in iraq for no reason, the people on the losing side of a presidential election have been pretty bloody angry about it. democrats hated bush 43. republicans really hated obama. democrats really hate trump.

it didn't help that trump didn't make the typical conciliatory gestures like including a couple of members of the opposite party in his cabinet, or encouraging his party to proceed slowly with contentious legislation. barack obama arguably wasted at least two and as many as six years of his tenure as president trying to play peacemaker before he felt sufficiently safe to just say "screw you guys" and start governing around the ridiculous congress he was forced to deal with. not-giving-a-shit obama was the best president in …