Things to be thankful for…

There is that thing circulating on Facebook: write 3 positive things each day for 5 days. Well I am gone for the weekend, and will be taking a much needed social media break, so here are all of mine in one post:

1. I am so grateful to have a place I can call home. Not everyone has this luxury which I am reminded about every day. Thank goodness I was fortunate to have parents and brothers and friends who have had my back when rent was hard to make and bills were out on the back burner … Things could have looked different without those supports.

2. I am so happy that for the most part, I am able to purchase the food I want to eat. I no longer have to rely on getting food care package from my parents, or have friends purchase me a lunch/dinner because money was that tight. I never have had to rely on food banks, the generosity of strangers or fight for my share of a second harvest delivery or simply go hungry.

3. I am thankful that I had the privilege to finish high school, and to have a post secondary education. I also feel privileged that I had the opportunity to attend an elementary school that had heat and hydro and proper resources to allow for my learning. Not every child in Canada has this luxury.

4. I am grateful for the long-ish path I took to get where I am career wise. The people I have met along the way have impacted me immensely! They have taught me so much about myself and about love and life and struggle and hurt. Whether or not these people remain apart of my life, I appreciate what they have brought into my life for whatever length of time.

5. I am so incredibly thankful for the immediate family I have. My parents have always had my back. They allowed me the space to fuck up, but held me accountable. They have been unconditional supports for me despite them not always agreeing with my every decision. They love me unconditionally and as adulthood has begun to consume my life, our relationship has continued to grow and develop in such a positive way. My brothers are also my friends. They have helped me out of more than one jam when I could no longer bring myself to ask my parents for assistance, and they support my whimsical behaviour (emotionally, physically and occasionally financially). I’m so excited for what our futures hold!

6. I have the most powerful, inspiring and weird friends in the world. They “get” me, they support me, they ground me, they keep me driven and confident and they never fail to amaze me with their resiliency to life. I am pretty certain I have found some of the most beautiful and positive souls to surround myself with! They are my safe space when I am terrified and/or anxious and/or sad. They help me maintain my sanity and who knows where I would be without them.

7. I am fortunate to have found a job in my sector. But more than anything, I am so lucky to have found what I am passionate about. They said “major in something you love” and implied a job would follow. So I majored in history, and took a lot of human rights classes. I found no job, and I thought - fuck that shit, major in something that’ll get you a job. Those history and human rights classes laid the foundation for my journey is discovering my passions. I am lucky that I was able to turn what I love into a “do what you love” situation.

8. I am inspired and in awe of all the people who are doing their part - large or small to make the world we live in a better place.

9. I am also inspired by those who are open to learning and understanding the world around them. It’s hard self work to do, it’s a constant journey. Thank you to all those who hold me accountable when I fuck up and don’t check myself and my privilege!

10. I am so happy I moved to Toronto and that I have opted to start my “adult” life there. It’s a city with so much to offer people, and the experiences and people that it exposed me too is just fucking great!

11. I love that I have a bike. Biking is great! I love that I have a cheap and reliable mode of transportation to get myself around. I’m also happy that I now know how to use the bus racks for bikes so I don’t have to bike in storms!

12. I am stoked to be getting out of the city and going camping with some of my favourite people from Ingersoll! I cannot wait for Caesars and beer and food over a campfire and silliness!

13. I am so happy with the person I have grown to be / am growing to be. I am amazed by my personal growth and my experiences. I am in awe of my own resiliency and strength. I am finally comfortable in “weakness” and have a new understanding of those feelings and I am so much more comfortable in my own skin than I ever was in my life.

14. I am a little grateful for some sense of stability in my life for the next year. But I am more excited for what my financial state will look like in a year and what possibilities exist with some freedom!!!! Aus here I come? South America? Cross-Canada tour? I have goosebumps!

15. I am so appreciative of all the people in my life that have allowed me the space to grow, and to explore who I am. Outside of my family, my most dearest fiends: Maggie, Court, Sammy bean, Sonya, G, and most recently MG! These bad ass babes have listened to me as I work out and explore my politics, my liberation and empowermen and my sexuality, in a safe and warm space!


And there you have it!

The reason women are turning you down for casual sex seems to be that, for one thing, a lot of you are calling them sluts afterward. Also, a lot of you aren’t bothering to try to be good in bed.

Terri Conley, professor of psychology and women’s studies at the University of Michigan ( link )

Shit.

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chickgonebad:

#SaveUSPS #StopPostalHeist

chickgonebad:

#SaveUSPS #StopPostalHeist

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nativenews:

Peru Legalizes Murder of Indigenous, Environmental Protestors and Activists
Some of the recent media coverage about the fact that more than 50 people in Peru – the vast majority of them indigenous – are on trial following protests and fatal conflict in the Amazon over five years ago missed a crucial point.
Yes, the hearings are finally going ahead and the charges are widely held to be trumped-up, but what about the government functionaries who apparently gave the riot police the order to attack the protestors, the police themselves, and – following Wikileaks’ revelations of cables in which the US ambassador in Lima criticized the Peruvian government’s ‘reluctance to use force’ and wrote there could be ‘implications for the recently implemented Peru-US FTA’ if the protests continued – the role of the US government?
That law, no. 30151, was promulgated in January this year and is, according to the IDL’s Juan José Quispe, a modification of existing legislation passed by the previous government. The modification consists of replacing three words – “en forma reglamentaria” – with another five – “u otro medio de defensa” – which Quispe says means that any soldier or police officer can now kill or injure a civilian without needing to use his or her weapon ‘according to regulations’, or by using something other than his or her weapon.
“We continue considering this law as one that grants the armed forces as well as the national police a licence to kill,” Quispe told the Guardian. “It permits a high degree of impunity. During the repression of social protests, police officers and soldiers who cause injuries or deaths will now be exempt from criminal responsibility.”

nativenews:

Peru Legalizes Murder of Indigenous, Environmental Protestors and Activists

Some of the recent media coverage about the fact that more than 50 people in Peru – the vast majority of them indigenous – are on trial following protests and fatal conflict in the Amazon over five years ago missed a crucial point.

Yes, the hearings are finally going ahead and the charges are widely held to be trumped-up, but what about the government functionaries who apparently gave the riot police the order to attack the protestors, the police themselves, and – following Wikileaks’ revelations of cables in which the US ambassador in Lima criticized the Peruvian government’s ‘reluctance to use force’ and wrote there could be ‘implications for the recently implemented Peru-US FTA’ if the protests continued – the role of the US government?

That law, no. 30151, was promulgated in January this year and is, according to the IDL’s Juan José Quispe, a modification of existing legislation passed by the previous government. The modification consists of replacing three words – “en forma reglamentaria” – with another five – “u otro medio de defensa” – which Quispe says means that any soldier or police officer can now kill or injure a civilian without needing to use his or her weapon ‘according to regulations’, or by using something other than his or her weapon.

“We continue considering this law as one that grants the armed forces as well as the national police a licence to kill,” Quispe told the Guardian. “It permits a high degree of impunity. During the repression of social protests, police officers and soldiers who cause injuries or deaths will now be exempt from criminal responsibility.

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amroyounes:

8 vegetables that you can regrow again and again.

Scallions

You can regrow scallions by leaving an inch attached to the roots and place them in a small glass with a little water in a well-lit room.

Garlic

When garlic begins to sprout, you can put them in a glass with a little water and grow garlic sprouts. The sprouts have a mild flavor than garlic and can be added to salads, pasta and other dishes.

Bok Choy

Bok choy can be regrown by placing the root end in water in a well-lit area. In 1-2 weeks , you can transplant it to a pot with soil and grow a full new head.

Carrots

Put carrot tops in a dish with a little water. Set the dish in a well-lit room or a window sill.  You’ll have carrot tops to use in salads. 

Basil

Put clippings from basil with 3 to 4-inch stems in a glass of water and place it in direct sunlight. When the roots are about 2 inches long, plant them in pots to and in time it will grow a full basil plant.

Celery

Cut off the base of the celery and place it in a saucer or shallow bowl of warm water in the sun. Leaves will begin to thicken and grow in the middle of the base, then transfer the celery to soil. 

Romaine Lettuce

Put romaine lettuce stumps in a 1/2 inch of water. Re-water to keep water level at 1/2 inch. After a few days, roots and new leaves will appear and you can transplant it into soil.

Cilantro

The stems of cilantro will grown when placed in a glass of water. Once the roots are long enough, plant them in a pot in a well-lit room. You will have a full plant in a few months.

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Asking women to respect themselves in order to ‘earn’ the right to be treated like a human being is total horseshit. But suggesting that you have the right to treat her exactly as you please because she didn’t adhere to your archaic views of feminine propriety is misogyny, plain and simple.
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holaafrica:

CHING SHIH
This lady was such a badass, I can’t count the ways, but let’s try.
She got married to an already successful pirate, Zheng Yi, and took over when he died. She was crazy strict to keep an iron fist over her fleet of pirates, and the punishments for stepping out of line were brutal. If you stole or looted from a town that provided assistance or tribute to the pirate fleet, Ching would chop your fucking head off with a battle axe and dump your lifeless body in the ocean.  If you stole from the pirate treasury, or she thought you were stealing from the pirate treasury, Ching would chop your fucking head off dump your lifeless body in the ocean.  Raping any captured female prisoners was punishable by immediate death.  Fuck, if you had consensual sex while on duty you got your head chopped off and the woman was chucked off the boat no matter where they were at.  Ching wasn’t fucking around, and she wanted to make damn sure you weren’t fucking around when you should have been working.
Two years after she took over, she got so notorious for ransacking towns and taking taxes on them that she pissed off the entire Chinese government, and sent out a massive fleet to bring her in line. Most pirates probably would’ve said this was out of their pay grade and taken off to hide out or ransack some other country.
Ching Shih said fuck that.
She not only faced them head on, she wiped the floor with them, killing hundreds and capturing sixty-something ships from the Imperial Fleet. Prisoners were given the choice of joining up or being executed on the spot. The Admiral of the Chinese navy, Kwo Lang, was so afraid of being captured by her or going back to admit he’d been beaten by her that he committed suicide.
For the next two years, Ching Shih not only kept on pirating, she fought off Chinese forces as well as Dutch and British warships that the navy called in to help. Finally the government gave up and offered her amnesty as well as amnesty for her then SEVENTEEN THOUSAND crewman. Ching Shih got to keep all her plunder, so she retired to the countryside where she opened up a brothel and lived until she was 69.

holaafrica:

CHING SHIH

This lady was such a badass, I can’t count the ways, but let’s try.

She got married to an already successful pirate, Zheng Yi, and took over when he died. She was crazy strict to keep an iron fist over her fleet of pirates, and the punishments for stepping out of line were brutal. If you stole or looted from a town that provided assistance or tribute to the pirate fleet, Ching would chop your fucking head off with a battle axe and dump your lifeless body in the ocean.  If you stole from the pirate treasury, or she thought you were stealing from the pirate treasury, Ching would chop your fucking head off dump your lifeless body in the ocean.  Raping any captured female prisoners was punishable by immediate death.  Fuck, if you had consensual sex while on duty you got your head chopped off and the woman was chucked off the boat no matter where they were at.  Ching wasn’t fucking around, and she wanted to make damn sure you weren’t fucking around when you should have been working.

Two years after she took over, she got so notorious for ransacking towns and taking taxes on them that she pissed off the entire Chinese government, and sent out a massive fleet to bring her in line. Most pirates probably would’ve said this was out of their pay grade and taken off to hide out or ransack some other country.

Ching Shih said fuck that.

She not only faced them head on, she wiped the floor with them, killing hundreds and capturing sixty-something ships from the Imperial Fleet. Prisoners were given the choice of joining up or being executed on the spot. The Admiral of the Chinese navy, Kwo Lang, was so afraid of being captured by her or going back to admit he’d been beaten by her that he committed suicide.

For the next two years, Ching Shih not only kept on pirating, she fought off Chinese forces as well as Dutch and British warships that the navy called in to help. Finally the government gave up and offered her amnesty as well as amnesty for her then SEVENTEEN THOUSAND crewman. Ching Shih got to keep all her plunder, so she retired to the countryside where she opened up a brothel and lived until she was 69.

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And how hard is it to land even a minimum-wage job? This year, the Ivy League college admissions acceptance rate was 8.9%. Last year, when Walmart opened its first store in Washington, D.C., there were more than 23,000 applications for 600 jobs, which resulted in an acceptance rate of 2.6%, making the big box store about twice as selective as Harvard and five times as choosy as Cornell. Telling unemployed people to get off their couches (or out of the cars they live in or the shelters where they sleep) and get a job makes as much sense as telling them to go study at Harvard.
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mjwatson:

If you claim to be a feminist and you shame girls for wanting to do traditional things like take their husband’s last name or be a house wife then you are doing it all completely wrong.

Feminism isn’t an elite group who defeats gender norms, it’s a group who accepts ALL women’s choices.

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pipilottirist:

stand-up-comic-gifs:

Morgan Murphy (x)

the most accurate description of male comedians

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A white man is promoted: He does good work, he deserved it.
A white woman is promoted: Whose dick did she suck?
A man of color is promoted: Oh, great, I guess we have to “fill quotas” now.
A woman of color is promoted: j/k. That never happens.
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