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You knew I love the public right? Well, here's a Monday choc full of public libraries, public health, public festivals, public funds, public polls, and... a lot of snow. Goddamn Canadian socialist.*
If subways and buses all looked like this, I would spend less time on them reading blogs and emailing people.
However, I like reading blogs en route, especially when the sun has yet to show itself, so I am fortunate for Mckenzie, who gives us pictures that look like they were taken by fairies coupled with devastatingly charming prose. Save one for every morning and you will arrive anywhere happy.
Ouch. Hahahaha. Ouch. Ughhhh. But they're so right.... awkward. Poignant, uncomfortable, a little too close to home, spot on, and makes you giggle awkwardly. The Onion at its best.
And now, for the funniest headline of the day award... (This is not all of Canada.)
So wait, who's censoring who?
Hey Erin, no sorries. We're grateful for your pretty pictures!
Frequently, I fall in to the North American mindset of what is progressive, who is progressive, and a bunch of other awkward unfortunate cultural stereotypes. I am silly, go Nepal! However, it does raise a lot of questions for me, like aren't censuses (censi? Ha!) for gathering information for health care and such? So has the rest of the census been adapted to better accommodate what having a third gender really means in terms of services and actions? Is it more of a diplomatic thing, to make people feel better? It makes me think of the value of the census and what happened regarding the long form census here. So, who's progressive now, Canada?
Lesley Myrick starts the new year's right with a name change (congrats!) and new resolutions that look not only not depressing, but downright charming & exciting!
Jezebel is definitely a woman's best friend this week with a not fear mongering explanation of what an abortion is like.
Okay, maybe this is only a liberal girl's best friend but really even though I hope never to have one, it is nice to see it in plain speak.
Belle inspires me to write about picking the correct university with her charming and slightly sob inducing (yep, once you are there, you react like this sometimes) list of what school can be like.
"On Nov. 24, 1994, a teenage anorexic girl named Charlene Hsu Chi-Ying collapsed and died on a busy downtown street in Hong Kong. The death caught the attention of the media and was featured prominently in local papers. “Anorexia Made Her All Skin and Bones: Schoolgirl Falls on Ground Dead,” read one headline in a Chinese-language newspaper. “Thinner Than a Yellow Flower, Weight-Loss Book Found in School Bag, Schoolgirl Falls Dead on Street,” reported another Chinese-language paper.
In trying to explain what happened to Charlene, local reporters often simply copied out of American diagnostic manuals. The mental-health experts quoted in the Hong Kong papers and magazines confidently reported that anorexia in Hong Kong was the same disorder that appeared in the United States and Europe. In the wake of Charlene’s death, the transfer of knowledge about the nature of anorexia (including how and why it was manifested and who was at risk) went only one way: from West to East. "
Interesting, mind opening, scary, and fascinating all at once.
"My wife makes really great cake..."
Watch it til the end. Too funny.
When we finished, L (who makes fun of my Criterion Collection/"snob films" passion) turned to me with eyes wide open and said, "That was really scary... and amazing." A week and a half later, he still brings it up. (The start can drag a bit, but it picks up quickly.) [image]
I got a book of Moorish poems out of the library. Aside from it being one of the most soul wrenching things possessing the most acute and heaviest beauty I have every read, it got me thinking, "Wait, what is Moorish exactly? Is that not kind of a bad term now?"
So I found out more... good idea, right?
Ou! I just encouraged you all to do a literary purge (only in the physical sense!) but uh... is this not the funnest thing to look around?
This is my city, better than I can capture it.
Your super intense call to action that will make you get up and go and want to kick something and help out and be a better person all at once (holy! a lot of 'ands'!) is... Life for Mothers. I'm going to try to donate 5$ somewhere every Monday, please feel free to join me!