An Open Letter to Dean Lapierre

http://www.montrealgazette.com/News/12771752/story.html

Created a wee bit of shit storm for yourself, didn’t ya, bud? Remember how your parents and your teachers told you to “Think before you speak”? This, right here, is a fabulous learning moment for you because you seemed to have missed the memos.

Dude, you ABSOLUTELY have the right to your opinion. You absolutely have the right to withhold judgment, common sense and dignity when airing those opinions. You were cognizant of those rights and used them. Well, Dean, little buddy; opinions are like assholes – everybody has one. You are now hearing from the other assholes who walk this earth who also have opinions. I would be one of them.

Ignore the rabid ones – the ones calling for your resignation, vilifying you and wishing all manner of evil befall you, they, frankly, are simply not intelligent enough to see the irony in what they are doing…as an aside, I wonder how many demeaning or exploitive memes, with men as the subject, can be found on the walls of their FB pages or homes…I do admit, I called you a pustule and a noodle dick, I believe. Heat of the moment thing although, in my OPINION, you earned the epithets.

Dean – something I’ve learned while toiling away on this earth – freedom of speech is a heavy, heavy responsibility. Prior to exercising it; it is vital that you consider all sides of an argument. People have fought and died for the right to their opinions, so when we exercise that right, it should be given the respect it deserves. You didn’t do that Dean. You shot your mouth off without examining the issues at hand. Again, you have the right to say something that to me, appears to be unbelievably stupid, narrow minded, not mention the whole ill-thought out and horrible grammar thing.

Let me explain something to you, without name calling. I know you don’t get it – you can’t get it – oh there are those men who think they can soooo fully understand a woman’s plight but frankly, unless you sport a vagina? You can’t..possibly….get it. These women marched in protest to Trump – an obvious misogynist who seems to revel in that fact – who has and will continue to remove, not erode….but remove the right of a woman’s say over her own body. They march in protest over his intent, they march in protest over the interpretation of equally misogynist men that Trump’s election is permission to voice and to act on their distain, their scorn as well as their need to control women. They are marching for their own safety and their health.

I worked in minor hockey for years and years. Your attitude is not unique. I worked in a male dominate industry for years; your actions are not unique.

Dean – you can go out for a brew and your safety will never cross your mind. You go out for that brew and you pay for it with the money you earned. You have a right to that beer. You have the right to sit at the bar and yak to the bartender or watch “THE GAME” on the television. You don’t have any idea how truly fortunate you are to experience that independence. You have no idea how much you have taken this right for granted. You have turned your back on the Canadians who have fought and died for your right to freedom. Dean….they fought for my rights as well. The problem is, men – with the opinions that you hold – stand in the way of my right to go for a beer after work.

Simple act of going for brew, if you are a woman: I would need to go out to my vehicle, look in the back seat, unlock the doors, get into the car and IMMEDIATELY lock those doors. Pull out of the parking lot and head toward the Brasserie (tavern, in Quebec); I can then open my window because I am in motion. I pull into the parking lot and look for the location closest to the door and well lit. No such spot? I leave. Let’s say, there is a spot – I go in. I am made to feel like a piece of steak; okay…at my age, it’s a really tough and aged piece of steak. I will be watched and judged as to whether or not I am mating material. It is a humiliating experience. It is not, as many men feel, complimentary. It is humiliating, period.

I sit at the bar and the judgment continues around me. Nah, its not my imagination – years ago, I worked as a bartender. I have sons, a husband and as mentioned, worked in a male milieu. I know EXACTLY how it is…

Let’s say nature has decided that there is enough beer in my kidneys and it is time to make room for more. I go to the washroom – I stand at the door way and scope out the area. My safety is compromised in the washroom. Looks good – I find a cubicle, do what nature has requested all the while listening for the sound of the door opening and heavier footsteps…without heels. I also listen for any unfamiliar noise.

When you are a woman, you create sound byte files in your brain – familiar and safe sounds, unfamiliar and dangerous sounds and unknown/unclassified sounds. Same goes for visuals…safe environments, dangerous environments, potentially dangerous environments and unknown/unfamiliar – stay on your guard, environments.

I do what needs to be done – open the door – look around again, wash my hands while looking in the mirror at the environment as well as my face. I open the door and mentally prepare to go through the judging once again.

I go back to my place, and I order another drink, even though I have one that is only partially finished. I do this because I have to do this, in order to feel safe. Drugging women’s food/beverages is a very old technique used by predators and is still used. Little girls, teenage girls and women are taught and reminded of this on a constant basis, regardless though – it still happens and girls/women are raped and beaten.

Sometimes these rapes and beatings are filmed and shared for all men to enjoy. Think about it – your sister, maybe your daughter or your mom – raped, beaten and then having to endure her total and complete destruction by having the event filmed and uploaded. Think about it, Dean – never mind how sick and enraged it may make you – think about your sister, your daughter, your wife and your mother…think about them raped, brutalized and then think about some piece of shit fapping to their pain, their tears, their screams.

I’ve had my 2 drinks and pack up to leave. I make a mental note of who is where, in case I need witnesses. I walk through the door, making sure that no one is behind me and if there is? I pretend to rifle in my purse until that person is far enough away as to no longer be a threat. I go to my car, in the well-lit area – look around me, look in my back seat. Open the door, jump in and lock, immediately.

This is everything a woman must do, just to exercise her right to have a brew, after work, paid for with the money she earned at her job. That’s just a simple beer, Dean. Our lives are made up of similar scenarios, on a constant basis. And then, some tin pot dictator decides what we may and may not do with our own bodies. Yeah. No. There will be protests.

Someone speaking as Donald Trump speaks, behaving as Donald Trump behaves classifies him as a danger. Someone who cannot understand why women choose solidarity via protests, across manmade borders is a potential danger and Dean? That would be you. Women are multidimensionally thinkers, a good number of men are the same; they can care, deeply, about more than one cause at a time. They can protest Trump and his ignorance, they can also protest Wynn and her subjugation of the Ontario family, they can protest racism, bigotry and misogyny. I am sure, if you give it a shot, Dean – you can as well.

Don’t blame women for your current predicament. You took a right of freedom, you took that right for granted. In my opinion, you abused that right. For every action, Dean – there is a reaction and you are now experiencing Newton’s Law right out your old ying-yang. I’m sorry you didn’t pay attention to the Golden Rule of opinions. Good luck.

P.S. Dean?  Here’s one more for you – another reason women are standing together…https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/apr/27/oral-sex-rape-ruling-tulsa-oklahoma-alcohol-consent

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Because We Are Beyond Help

sheldonTo answer the question, why am I not blogging, there is writers’ block and then there is what I have been experiencing – a tsunami of thought and ideas, all requiring research of one sort or another.

I get up with the intention of writing a topical blog. I find my way down the stairs, usually without gravity’s aid but not always…grab a cup of coffee in my favourite mug, currently one with a Minions design, sit down at my desk, in my Nerd Cave and see what the headlines has offered up to me.

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Since early fall? It has been controversy, stupidity and ignorance overload. Not just one area but virtually all areas of life.

In my own country – starting at the top, our Prime Minister; the Selfie King – that’s his accomplishment over the past 15 months since his election, selfies.

In my province, Quebec – we have the Health Minister who sees nothing wrong with the old, infirm and vulnerable left to shameful healthcare. Shipped from one inadequate facility to another; nothing illustrates his disregard more than his claim that one bath a week is sufficient for the sick, for the incontinent and for the dying.

Ah, then we have overwhelming debacle of democracy with the election of Donald “I wouldn’t know the truth if it were one of my wives” Trump. For those blockheaded Americans who believe that his election is none of the world’s business? You’re an idiot and no amount of explanation will help. You simply do not have the capacity for rational thought.

Then there are those stalwart competitors for the Darwin Award; the anti-science bunch, you know them as, “anti-vax”, “anti-GMO”, “anti-Pharma”… there are just too many topics.

It is disheartening, it is so very sad and so very depressing.

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Ivy’s Pit Bulls – Alberta


http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/justin-iverson-pit-bull-charged-1.3933158

http://globalnews.ca/news/3177611/edmonton-man-charged-with-animal-cruelty-faces-more-charges-after-pit-bulls-found-in-distress/

Justin Lawrence Iverson, 30, has been charged under the Criminal Code with five counts of cruelty to animals, five counts of causing injury to animals and 10 counts of failing to comply with recognizance.

In December, Iverson was charged with eight counts of animal cruelty under the Animal Protection Act in relation to an Edmonton breeding operation.

Iverson and Christine Archambault were charged after animal protection officers found dogs living in what they called “some of the worst conditions ever seen at a breeding operation.”

Iverson was also charged under the Criminal Code with two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

More on Justin Lawrence Iverson.

https://gossip.thedirty.com/edmonton/e-towns-resident-douchebag/

Where can you find Ivy’s Pitbulls according to the ad?


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Former millionaire, 92, says own children took his life savings

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/senior-claims-financial-elder-abuse-1.3876776

So it appears, his daughter –  Anne Filippone and his elder son, Sam Stoopnikoff scavenged and stole off their own father.  Filippone is an “accountant” – I don’t think I would want her handling my financial affairs.

This abuse is starting to show up more and more as the self-entitled Baby Boomer segment of society decide that what constitutes their parents’ possessions also belongs to them but with none of the responsibilities.

If you didn’t earn it; if you didn’t work for it?  It isn’t yours.  Take it because of some mistaken believe that DNA gives you title?  You are a thief, nothing more.

More examples of Baby Boomers and the abuse of their parents;   https://wickedemerald.wordpress.com/2016/06/12/family-leaves-grandmother-in-er-for-a-week/

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Barrette is a Sociopath

How can a Health Minister possibly utter this terrifying nonsense? He needs to be tossed out of cabinet – on his ear. I won’t vote Liberal if he is still a part of the party. Such lack of compassion has no place in the Ministry of Health.

http://montrealgazette.com/news/quebec/patients-would-rather-sleep-than-have-clean-diapers-health-minister

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The Strain, is a strain or confession of a binge watcher

the-strainI am the nightmare viewer of television producers everywhere. I am a binge watcher, worse than that – I am a binge watcher who streams with a box. It is the only way I can watch television; I don’t have the time nor do I have the patience to wade through absurd commercials with dancing housewives and talking appliances.

This weekend my binge was “The Strain”, looked promising; it was co-created by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, filmed in my country. Granted it was Toronto, the “New-York-Wannabe“, of the north; my guess is that Montreal and Vancouver were probably booked.

Back to The Strain – it wanted to be an interesting mix of Walking Dead/30 Days of Night/28 Days Later, so I queued it up, settled into my side of the couch and began my binge.

First season was as expected – the premise was being established, actors were looking for their groove and the writers were exploring the recesses of their minds, trying to find their most horrific of muses, (made slightly easier by the filming location). Sentient parasitic worm, sent out by, what we are led to believe is, a vampire of Eastern European origin. The victims, don’t actually “die” in the accepted “worm-farm”state of non-being; they undergo a sort of metamorphosis, poorly described using the very old and very tired caterpillar analogy, early on.

The script starts off with acceptable moments but then begins to take frequent nosedives into shoddy writing.

Whining by cast member and employee of the CDC, Dr. Nora makes you wish she would be the next victim and then the inexplicable, totally unnecessary appearance of her chain-smoking mother with dementia; after about 10 minutes of the mother’s confused mental state and nicotine fits, you can’t help but sit there and ask yourself, “W.T actual F does this have to do with anything??”

Dr. Nora is supposed to be of Argentinian origin and speaks of the “Disappeared”….the problem? The Dirty War in Argentina would have been before she was born and has absolutely no bearing on the story or situation at hand.

These are the small details in a script that can cause viewers to lose interest. Yes, the premise asks us to suspend reality for an hour but small bumps like this have a way of turning into a show cancelling tumor.

Dr. Goodweather or “Eph”, one of the protagonists and the writers don’t seem to be sure if he is key or not, is a monumental pain in the ass. We are shown that he’s an ex-alcoholic, his marriage broken, perhaps beyond repair….or perhaps not but due to the lack of actual character development – you just don’t give a rat’s ass.

His kid, Zach? Needs a firm butt kick and by the end of season one, you are wishing that he becomes one of the infected and shuts, the hell, up. We should be sympathizing with the kid but we can’t…because? The writers turned him into an obnoxious little jerk.

There are other characters making up the merry band of humanity’s saviours…Vasiliy, Jim, Gus, Dutch and of course, Professor Setrakian (the show’s Van Helsing) but they, really, don’t matter and you really don’t care one way or another if they bite it. There will never be a “If Vasiliy Dies, We Riot” t-shirt. There is no emotional investment for the viewer. The writing, the plot, once again, falls flat.

It is, painfully, obvious that del Toro and Hogan were trying to create the same viewing experience as what occurred with “The Walking Dead”.

The Walking Dead had subtle but brilliant character development; each show had a stunning plot, the music, the settings – everything was melded together to offer the viewer a totally enveloping entertainment experience. The Strain? Completely missed the goal, in fact, “The Strain” should have been scrapped after Season 2.

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Grieving For ‘Murica

grief-for-muricaThis is going to make ‘Murica’ great again?  This low life?  This racist, misogynistic, piece of crap?  A man who can’t even adhere to a marital vow is to be trusted with a Presidential pledge???  Look at him.  That isn’t a president.  He looks exactly what he is – a son of inherited white privilege.  A lout who got his leg up from Daddy.  While American sons died in Vietnam, he was a bought and paid for, 4F.  Duyah may never have seen combat but at least he joined the Forces.  This scumbag sat back and enjoyed the fruits of his daddy’s labour while kids his age had their limbs blown off.   Or died from torture, starvation at the hands of the enemy.

No. He is NOT going to make ‘Murica’ great again…  Because…’Murica’ was never great, unless you were a rich, white dude – in which case, yeah – ‘Murica’ was and is nirvana.

I thought Americans knew this but, apparently, I had given them far too much credit.  The snake oil salesmen are alive and well in the US – in fact, one was just voted in as president..

Someone said to me (an American, by the way),

“Surely you aren’t surprised..this is the country that gives the world ‘Honey Boo Boo’ and the Kardashians. This is the same country that brought the world the Watts riots, the Rodney King riots, Oklahoma and Sandy Hook. The same country that made the Memorial Wall necessary. I’m surprised that you are surprised.”

He’s right. I was using my Canadian experience as a frame of reference. I forgot the appalling education system, the nationalism at the expense of the truth. I was unaware of the virulent level of the racism and ignorance.  Twinkies, Big Mac and two servings of xenophobia.

Yes, yes…Canada has its racists as well but at least, for the most part, we make an active effort to curb it and to shame its advocates. We acknowledge that we are all immigrants, every last damn one of us. None of us simply popped out of the Prairie ground or rose from the primordial ooze of a Tundra bog.

What I see, living north of the border, looking at the States, is a sad country, longing for a past that never existed. Longing for greatness but unwilling to accept the responsibility and the level of dedication, as well as hard work, that would be required.  Too many Americans are willing to let immigrants lay the foundations while they reap the profit of being “Massa” – then act surprised when immigrants tell them to shove it where the amber fields of grain are expelled.

None of that is even relevant anymore; there will shortly be no United States – oxymoron or no.

I also see, from my perspective and in my opinion, that Putin has taken the United States without so much as a shot across the bow. He simply bought it. He picked the most corrupt, the most easily manipulated and least moral American he could find, showed him the money and Putin became the shadow President of the United States. Stalin must be ecstatic, wherever he rots. Putin is an evil, evil man but you can’t slam his brilliance. A simple solution – buy the president.

United States – an oxymoron; not since the civil war has the country been so divided. Or perhaps it has always been an oxymoron at worst…a pipe dream, at best.  Either way…it may be wise to learn the words to the potential future national anthem of New Russia.

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Bye Bye America

Can’t believe what happened.  Some mistakes can’t be fixed.  Life is not a reality show and when Putin is happy with your elected choice?  You are in deep shit.

Соединенные Штаты; Новая победа Путина.

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From Gears of War 4 to Tomb Raider: The best and worst of microtransactions

I don’t want to be that grumpy old gamer who chases the kids off his lawn and yells at them about how things were back in his day, but… well, brace yourselves. The cane and rocking chair are comin’ out.

Source: From Gears of War 4 to Tomb Raider: The best and worst of microtransactions

Good piece but on the other hand?  This has been going on for years.  Should the “Mo’ Money” types be able to crank up their juice without earning the status?    To each his own, Mr. Tilley – to each his own.   These are the same idiots who think a Man Bun gives them style cred or a beard makes ’em a hipster.  Nah – posers all.

I am the old gamer but I won’t waste my gaming time being grumpy; I’m having too much fun playing.  Team with stand up gamers, Steve-O.  If you have gamed for a while, you know how to  pick off the fanboys and girls.

Game design is business; they aren’t in it for us – they are in it to make money.  Let them rake in cash from the boneheads who don’t quite get it; no skin off your nose.

Go on, have fun; craft/transmorph the cane into a Staff of Reckoning and your rocking chair to a Griffin.  You’ll be fine.

 

 

 

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Man Up!

I’ve seen the same meme on Facebook; a stupid meme, a pointless meme, a meme that perpetuates stereotypes and disallows for the acceptance of progress. And makes me mad enough to spit nails.

boys2 Here it is…in all its ignorance. I’m tired of all of the woes of the world, of all the woes of women, being blamed on men. The woes are the result of the behaviours of people – what is in their under-drawers doesn’t determine their character for good or for ill.

Don’t let anyone fool you – this is not a harmless little meme about raising good boys. This is yet another anti-male piece of propaganda.

I know slimy people and the one thing that does not determine their level in the gutter, is their gender.

I know women who use their looks, use their boobs, ass and legs to get what they want and then are shocked when they are not treated with respect. I know guys who have used the fact that they are physically intimidating to get what they want and then are shocked when they are not treated with respect.

I know women who manipulate their men through behaviours – through tears, through the withholding of sex. I know men who manipulate their women through withholding affection and money. Both are primordial ooze in my opinion.

Women – if you want respect…here’s a thought – earn it through your behaviour as an ethical, moral and intelligent being.

Men – if you want respect…here’s a thought – earn it through your behaviour as an ethical, moral and intelligent being.

Instead of sharing the ridiculous meme above? How about this one instead?

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