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I hate earthquakes [Dec. 30th, 2015|12:16 am]
valkyrie17
…and we just had one (4.8 and only a few kilometres away), as I was getting ready to go to bed. So much for getting a good night's sleep, as I will be fretting all night, waiting for the next one.
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The other day I wrote this in frustration: [Oct. 19th, 2015|11:13 pm]
valkyrie17
I am a swing voter. I have voted Progressive Conservative (duh- I was born in Alberta), NDP, Green, Independent and even Liberal. In the past, I have always voted for the person I felt was best suited to represent my riding. This election changed that. This election, I voted strategically. Not something I wanted to do, but something I felt was necessary. We need to try our best to get rid of Harper. He has done too much damage to this country while keeping his promise of making it unrecognizable.
His latest ads try to convince us that the economy is the most important issue in this election. Maybe it is for him, since he "balanced the budget" (by stealing from EI and the contingency fund) and now has a "surplus" (achieved by not paying for programs). Considering all the deficits (7 consecutive ones) he has run, I don't think he is a great steward of the economy. But though I worry about the future of the economy, THIS election there are more important things to worry about!
Civil rights- Bill C51 stomped all over our rights and freedoms. It is the Canadian version of the egregious US "Patriot Act", and is equally vile and disgusting. It is the jackboot. That is why the Bar Association and former politicians spoke out against it. People protested against it. People signed petitions to stop it. Every one with a functional brain was against it- which was why Harper rammed it through. The TPP will make it even worse.
It's great for corporations (not Canadian ones, btw), but it is terrible for taxpayers.
Sovereignty- FIPA gave up our sovereignty to China for 31 years without debate, without common sense and without good reason. TPP only worsens the damage.
Democracy- Harper has no respect for democracy, as shown by his habit of proroguing Parliament whenever he feels threatened. Bill C38 completely undermined democracy in this country, by changing and/or repealing over 70 disparate pieces of legislation without allowing debate. It stripped environmental protections, reduced food safety, screwed over EI claimants, withdrew us from Kyoto, attacked environmental groups, violated First Nations agreements and endangered our waters.
Science- I happen to be fond of science. Science has made a great many things possible. I don't like having a government that hates and muzzles scientists. I definitely do not approve of a government that closes science libraries and destroys years of research for NO VALID reason. There is something wrong with a government that denies the existence of climate change in the teeth of the evidence.
Racism- I don't like seeing the use of the politics of fear to make us try to see some "terrorist threat" and turn us against every Muslim. There are whackadoodle Muslim fundamentalists, and yes, like every other fundamentalist, they are a menace. However, a woman wearing a niquab, who has shown her face to a female judge before the citizenship ceremony is NOT the problem. The problem lies in Harper's proposed new "barbaric cultural practices hotline". Encouraging people to spy on their neighbours is a typical fascist tactic.
She was thrown to the hounds by Harper, and people promptly condemned the woman and ignored all of Harper's crimes against this country. They forgot about C51, C38, the so-called "Fair Elections Act", the Duffy trial, the fact that Harper will never answer questions, the fact that he has wasted about 750 MILLION taxpayer dollars on feel-good ads to promote his government, cut 36 BILLION from healthcare, raised the age at which one can collect OAS from 65 to 67, C10 (the pointless prison act which exacerbated problems which were almost non-existent and was roundly condemned by the Bar Association), giving away the Canadian Wheat Board, ruining the CBC, trying to ruin Canada Post, cancelling the long-form census, changing laws retroactively, fought against disabled vets, fought against new mothers on EI, changed the laws so that we can ship prohibited weapons to Kuwait and Israel, his terrible economic record over 10 years, ignoring the problem of missing and murdered aboriginal women, his downright fascist tendencies (look up the 14 signs of fascism and tell me what, if any, are missing), adding 200 BILLION to the National Debt, robocalls…and that is just the tip of the iceberg.


Tonight…I am celebrating. Harper is out and PM elect Justin Trudeau gave a wonderful speech about inclusiveness and hope and change. I am hopeful:)
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Answer for question 4358. [May. 10th, 2015|04:42 am]
valkyrie17
How do you feel about e-readers? Would you rather read an actual, physical book? Why do you prefer one over the other?
Love them both. I have thousands of physical books, and I have two ereaders. I like to have an ereader in my purse so that I always have a lot of books on hand, but I like to have an actual book in there for backup in case the ereader dies.
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(no subject) [Oct. 16th, 2014|06:44 pm]
valkyrie17
Coming home to a house without a cat in it, is vastly different to one WITH a cat in it.

For 22 years, when I have come home after a holiday, I have been greeted at the door by Tigger or (the last six years) Coco.

It makes you feel loved when someone is THAT happy to see you. When they follow you around the house, waiting for you to sit down or lay down so that they can get in your lap and cuddle with you. When they butt against your hand like a very tiny goat, demanding some patting and stroking. When they wash you, and lie on your chest and purr.

Coming home this time was so depressing. No cat racing to see me. No cat following me all over the house. No cat desperate to get into my lap and hold me down. Just a big empty hole in my heart.
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RIP Coco [Oct. 7th, 2014|11:13 am]
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Goodbye little one [Oct. 7th, 2014|11:12 am]
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I was at work this morning when my MIL phoned to ask if I could come home. She said my cat, Coco was on lying on the stairs making a terrible sound. I rushed home, but she passed before I got there. We think she was chasing a fly, fell and broke her neck. She was never a graceful cat...always a tad clumsy. That said, she was wonderfully affectionate and cuddly. I think she may have been part rag doll. And now she is gone, and there is a big hole in my life.


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(no subject) [Jun. 13th, 2014|07:20 pm]
valkyrie17
The World Cup is underway. Games are played at a decent time…a little TOO decent, as they are on whilst I am at work. On the plus side, I can catch a bit of the action when I am on my breaks:)
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Gold! [Feb. 23rd, 2014|05:56 pm]
valkyrie17
The Canada/Sweden gold medal game started at 4 am. I am not insane, so I set the PVR and went to bed…unlike my brother, my cousins, my friends and my daughter- all of whom got up in the middle of the night to watch. Then I had to avoid the internet and my phone until I had watched the game. It was excellent. Looks like all of our players left their egos at the door and followed the plan laid out for them by the coaching team. Obviously a good plan, since they didn't lose a game:)

I'm glad Toews, Crosby and Kunitz all scored, since they seem to have been getting some stick for not scoring, though I would argue that they have played very well indeed. Goals are not the be-all and end-all. For true team players, winning the game is what matters…not who gets the glory.
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Good times. [Feb. 21st, 2014|10:48 pm]
valkyrie17
Yesterday, Canadian women won the gold medal in hockey:)

Today, the men played the USA and won…so are headed for a gold medal game against Sweden. We will either get a gold or a silver, so it's looking rather sweet.
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This made me happy! [Nov. 30th, 2013|08:36 am]
valkyrie17
http://www.theguardian.com/media/2013/nov/29/bbc-sherlock-series-three-new-years-day

I love Sherlock, and I think that's a very innovative way to give us the new air date:)
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