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4:15 pm
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Thursday, December 29th, 2005
1:18 am - Need to bounce some ideas

I want to bounce ideas off of someone who is open-minded and in favour of the idea of a Youth Based Provincal Party.

I'm talking, people under, let's say 30 who are interested in politics who are interested in stirring up the legislature, and in future, parliament.

Now I'm not looking to form a political party over night, I know it's a long road and a lot of member gathering, this may turn out to be just a kick ass fanclub of Politics and like minded individuals, but I am looking to bounce ideas off of someone who would be in favour of a youth party.

Living in B.C. is an asset
Web design talents also an asset.

Please either e-mail me (outofthedark@gmail.com) or reply to this post

*if this is not cool in this community please let me know or delete it*

x-posted to as many places as possible

current mood: contemplative

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Saturday, April 9th, 2005
2:32 pm

I'm desperate. Last night Slash (from guns n roses and velvet revolver) played the Canadian national anthem at the Blue Jays opener. And I missed it. If anyone knows a way I can track down an mp3 or video of this performance (besides P2P), i'll be grateful.

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Wednesday, January 5th, 2005
7:11 pm - Air Canada and the art of pissing people off.

( follow the fake lj-cut... )

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Wednesday, December 29th, 2004
12:10 pm - American Canadians

I've seen many people lately who seem unable to stop comparing us to the US, and always to our detriment. These people, including a friend of mine, will not admit to *anything* good about Canada, and are constantly putting down our country.

I don't understand this attitude, and I'm so sick of putting up with it.

Yes, we live in a country with a cold climate. We also have one of the highest quality of life ratings in the world.

No, we don't have as many mondocorporations to provide us with everything, and yes, we import these things from the US. At least our country isn't driven by these corporations. At least our environment isn't being totalled at that rate quite yet.

No, we don't have a huge military or international power. But what we do have is money that can go elsewhere, like healthcare. Even if its not the best it can be, at least we don't have millions of people in our country who cannot afford to see a doctor.

But these people continually bitch and whine about how everything from the US is better quality, cheaper, blah blah blah than its Canadian counterpart.

Any good thing about Canada that is pointed out to them must be immediately countered with a half dozen things that are good about the US.

Is it too much to ask to have a little bit of pride for being from one of the greatest countries on earth? Stop looking at our differences in such a negative light. Start looking for the things that make us a better country.

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Monday, December 20th, 2004
1:06 am - The Scene Is Set, The Hero Steps Into View, A Flag Is Clentched In His Fist. (It's NOT Canadian....)

How many times has James Bond
saved the world? How many times
has some joker from America saved
the day? I'm going to keep this
short and to the point.

Am I the only person who thinks
it's high time a Canadian was
the hero?

Where are the Canadian hero's?
Why don't we have a version of
James Bond to call our own?
Some guy from C.S.I.S,
the R.C.M.P....... ANYWHERE.

People can go on about how 'Superman'
was invented by a Canadian, but,
he still fought for "Truth, Justice,
and The American Way.

So..... is it high time?

Just a thought.

Merry Christmas

current mood: Just wondering out loud.......

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Saturday, October 30th, 2004
2:54 pm - This is sickening me.

Every once and awhile, some hoser gets it in their head to start an LJ and impersonate a Canadian politican most rudely. (such examples: jacklayton, svendrobinson, paul_martin, jean_cretien, stephenharper)

Am I the only one who finds this sickening? These LJs aren't funny. They're just insulting those politicians. It's just so low. They're not making the politicans seem stupid, they're just showing off their excessive idiocy. As far as I'm concerned, whoever makes those LJs has got to be extremely stupid to take enjoyment out of that.

I like making fun of Canadian politicians as much as any other Canadian politics geek. Perhaps even more. But there's a great difference between humour and stupidity, and those LJs are just stupidity.

current mood: irritated

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Tuesday, October 12th, 2004
4:07 pm - Long and rambly....

Like so many other aspects of Canadian society, our education system seems in the toilets. Sigh.

Every year, we learn the same things over again and do the same labs and the same field trips (when we can afford them) - the schools never have enough money for new textbooks or new equipment, our teachers are always stressed out, class sizes are huge and the expectations are so so low....

Nowadays, it seems that the expectations for students have plumetted. Teachers seem somehow afraid to give students bad marks. They lower the standards to keep the students and parents (especially the parents) happy. They label students as having "learning disabilities" instead of being honest enough to say that the student is just stupid.

Don't get me wrong here, I understand that there *are* people here who really do have disabilities when it comes to learning, and I have nothing against the real cases. But it seems more and more common for not-quite-so-great students to just complain that they have a "learning disability" as an excuse for their bad grades. Of course there's a disability! We call it stupidity!

I know kids with learning disabilities who try as hard as they can to keep up with the norm, and while they're not top of the class, they do try. I'm unsympathetic to those who just use the disability as an excuse.

Teachers aren't perfect. I recognise this fact. But now it seems that they're just pulling them off the streets. My English teacher does not know what a simile is. My French teacher doesn't even know what a Bescherelle is. O education system, I lament for thee!

Why can't the governments realise that the education system needs a fix-up just as much as the health care system, if not even more? If more people were educated about how to stay healthy, there'd be less people using the health care system - prevention is the key, dammit! - it's just a really good idea, really, eh? And the government just insists on pumping money into doctors or medical equipment instead rather than giving some money to the schools.

Before we know it, there's gonna be an entire generation of idiots in Canada's universities. Or what's left of the universities, anyway; the government hasn't been very nice to them either. I mean... just look at tutition rates today, which merits a seperate rant of its own. Sigh.

Eurgh. I've had enough ranting for now. Sorry for the ramblyness.

current mood: frustrated

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2:10 am - NHL Lockout

I have a feeling (well, actually, it's more of an impending sense of doom) that we are not going to be seeing NHL hockey for quite some time. Both sides are just too damn greedy, as far as I'm concerned.

I mean, realistically, there's not a bloody person on the planet who is worth $10 Million just to play hockey. Not one. That's never going to change, and as long as we continue to buy tickets and merchandise, player salaries are going to go up.

Both sides are blaming each other for the problems in hockey. The players won't agree to a salary cap, and the owners are too secretive with their numbers and their accounting practices. Both sides have completely lost all respect for each other, and that's not surprising. Who needs to worry about respect when there are mansions and Italian sports cars to deal with?

It seems to me that the players are unwilling to capitulate to a salary cap, at least not at the present price of $31 Million (someone want to check my numbers, I could be off by a bit there), and the owners are unwilling to negotiate without a cap system (at least, the basis of a cap system being put into place) being agreed to. They are at a stalemate, and neither side looks to be giving up anything.

And who is to blame for creating the problems in the first place? To me, it's a combination of both the players and the owners. Predominantly the owners, and I say this because if they wanted to, during the NHL Expansion heydays, put a limit on player slaries. They could have said, "Alright, we are not going to pay any player more than $2 Million for a season." The owners could have installed wage controls at the start of the ninties, and all of this could have been avoided. That's not to say the players are infalliable. Paul Kariya is a prime example (and I hate to be ragging on him, he's a good Canuck), where he refused to play unless he was paid the big bucks. Player greed and owner greed have contributed to the current situation, and I doubt there'll be a light at the end of the tunnel for quite some time to come.

current mood: annoyed

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Monday, October 11th, 2004
1:42 pm - The politics that matter? -_-;;;

Well, since nobody else here's posted a rant yet, here's something that's been bugging me lately.

During the Canadian election, there was an acquaintance of mine who was extremely ignorant about Canadian politics and didn't give a **** about what happened to our country. She'd never voted, she'd never bothered to learn about her politics; she was closed minded and kept saying that Canadian politcs didn't matter to her, that it was boring and pointless. This vexed me greatly.

A couple days ago, I happen to hear her raving about the US debates, saying that they were a "must see" and extremely important to us, and entertaining. I have no problems with Canadians keeping up with the US election - they are our neighbours, after all - but for her to have said the opposite things about the Canadian debates... it just vexes me beyond words.

I feel like yelling at her: "You idiot! Canadian politics are important. You live in Canada, not the United States, so please start taking an interest in the bloody politics of your own bloody country. It's what affects you! Our politics may not be the televised entertainment and endlessly long nightmarish campaign, but they're still important. Compared to the US's politics, ours are effing simple. It doesn't take much to understand the basics. Can't you bloody see that you need to keep up with the politics at home before keeping up with the foreign politics that don't even affect you directly?"

If she wants to keep up with the US election, I won't stop her. I just wish she'd stop being so stupid and start keeping up with the politics that actually affect us directly. Sigh.

current mood: vexed

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Sunday, October 10th, 2004
7:15 pm - Welcome to Canada Rants!

Hi all! I just created this community for ranting and the like on issues that pertain to us Canadians. (although non-Canadians are most certainly welcome here :) )

So... feel free to rant away at whatever and stuffs. My mind's a little blank atm, but something will prolly come by... :P

PS: I'm translating the profile page atm, and I seem to have forgotten the French word for "rant"... help please? -_-;;;

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