Okay, religion might not poison everything.
Christians attend a gay pride event apologizing for the crummy behaviour of many of their churches.
And the response…
Thanks Buzzfeed for a little pick me up today.
Filed under: Housekeeping Tagged: Christians getting it right, Humanity, It ain’t all bad
Apologies folks, as today is a bit different. There happened to be a paper on the table today, so rather than plunging into blogging, my usual practice, I read newspaper from cover to cover. It was such a nice departure from my usual more directed, news gathering routine. It was a pleasant diversion from the usual scanning of sources online, sorting and selecting interesting topics for the blog, fuming over the stupid things people do. I’m happy with the contrasting experience, however, it does put me behind schedule when it comes to my bloggy responsibilities.
Reblogged from Anti-Porn Feminists:
Inspiring story from India, where a group of women from a slum have grouped together to learn self defense and to challenge, violently when necessary, the epidemic levels of sexual harassment and violence women in their community face every day.
It’s worth making a comparison between this, and two recent popular movements in the West. ‘Slut Walks’ tried to challenge rape culture largely by ‘reclaiming’ the word ‘slut’ and giving young, middle class white women the opportunity to have some…
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Women acting in solidarity are powerful. Taking ‘empowering’ actions like bolstering
Reblogged from reproductiverightscanada:
As of April 1, 2013 abortion and birth control are free and legal in France. Free birth control and free abortion are both very important things to have. They both lower birth rates and provide women with more opportunities. If women have free access than women of all classes can practice their reproductive rights; this removes class restrictions and often race restrictions, because it is often minorities which are in the lower classes.
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Another victory for women!
Reblogged from Dr. Jen Gunter:
This is the e-mail that I received today from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists:
Washington, DC – The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) strongly opposes all three restrictive abortion laws recently enacted in North Dakota. ACOG opposes laws regulating medical care that are unsupported by scientific evidence and that are not necessary to achieve an important public-health objective.
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It is time to for the forced birth advocates to sit down and shut up. The mess they are making of women’s rights in N.Dakota is an atrocious
Oh Spring, you wily devil you, it seemed that you’d taken a pass this year. Recently with temperatures in the -20 (C) degree range and 23 centimetres of snow, it seemed like you had pulled up your tent stakes and, along with the warmer weather, taken refuge in the warmer southern climes.
Ah, lovely Edmonton, 3 days before the arrival of spring.
Now, gentle readers, we have improved. The mercury is valiantly fighting to get to a positively toasty 4 degrees centigrade above zero. Witness!
Note: You can see the pavement, massive improvement.
Thus today I
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Not caring if this is a repeat, it still rocks.
Filed under: Housekeeping Tagged: Pet Adoption, PSA, SPCA
What if Anakin had made the right decision in one of the many poorly scripted moments from the prequels that shall not be mentioned. Less dramatic, but a nice thought none the less. Happy Family Day fellow Alberta dwellers.
Filed under: Housekeeping Tagged: Anakin not being Broody Mcstupid-head, Family Day, Star Wars
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about 220,000 times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 4 years for that many people to see it. Your blog had more visits than a small country in Europe!
Click here to see the complete report.
Filed under: Housekeeping Tagged: DWR Housekeeping
It doesn’t matter who you are. You gave your best, your worst and everything in between. Congratulate yourself for making it to here, prevailing or failing with your challenges. It doesn’t matter who you are. You are a worthy person and deserve to celebrate this one time, this one milestone of a thousand milestones.
Celebrate with me. For jocundity, for exultation, for the sheer epic magnitude of emotion expressed in the music of Beethoven. Prepare happily for Cry, Rinse and Repeat. Feel what unbounded joy is like through his music. Know
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You betcha ladies and gentlemen. 500,000 hits to the blog as of a couple of days ago. Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to share with us here at DWR.
Filed under: Housekeeping Tagged: DWR Housekeeping, The 500k celebration, Woo
Yes, I do live under a rock. I’m guessing not having a TV will do this to you, but it was by chance that I happened by this release of the new BSG series blood and chrome and its awesome! Episode 1 and 2 are already out. Dammit I’m finally going to have to learn [...] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: What the Frakk – No One Tells Me Anything – BSG Blood & Chrome
Need fetus porn and bullshit arguments? Look up your local, if you’re unlucky, pro-life chapter. This video illustrates the basic lie that hovers below the surface of much of pro-life land. Being pro-life is *not* about preserving life it is about removing choice from women, thus in reality anti-choice is a much more appropriate moniker for this particular subset of deluded people.
An estimated 40 million abortions will take place in the developing world in 2012. Most of these procedures will be clandestine and unsafe, taking a terrible toll on women’s lives. Reducing the number of unsafe abortions
. . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Abortion Worldwide – What the Anti-Choicers deny and don’t want you to know.
My Morning Dog Time
That would be my damn dog looking at me quizzically while I snap yet another phone-photo of her cuteness.
Filed under: Housekeeping Tagged: dog love, shadow
Ah yes, the dog that is not allowed up on the furniture. I return early to my room and find this –
I’m napping here human, what gives?
Not much you can do with a super cute dog now is there?
Filed under: Housekeeping Tagged: Busted!, Cute, dog, sleep in
Oh? Upgrades at DWR?
I’ve been mulling over how to format the comments on the blog and have recently decided to try the unnested comment format, so when you reply to a comment, you will have to quote who you are talking to or simply use a @username to be clear as to whom you’re replying to. Handy html for additional comment clarity is use of the [blockquote,/blockquote] tag.
We’ll see how it goes, and of course, if nesting comments really made the blog for you let me know, I may put one level back in, but no
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I apologize for the video heavy week we are having. This past weekend was filled with not a lot of sleep and as a result feeling quite grey and fuzzy when it was my usual blogging prime-time.
I really want to see this documentary its fascinating/creepy all at the same time.
Filed under: Housekeeping Tagged: The Mechanical Bride, Things I do not necessarily want to understand
Finally a great picture of my dog. Shadow says “Hi” and is happy to meet all of you.
Filed under: Housekeeping Tagged: Anecdata, Shadow the Shetland Sheepdog, Unabashed Dog Love
After running like the good hamster I was on the Diablo 2 treadmill I said to myself, “I’m done with action RPG’s, they are nothing more than beautifully constructed Variable Reinforcement Schedules that soak up my free time.
I quit. I really did. I was Diablo free for about 10 years. Then,
Greasing up the treadmill, preparing for the odd late night. Off I go…damn you D3, damn you to hell…
Filed under: Gaming, Housekeeping Tagged: Co-Op Gaming, Diablo 3, Gaming, Loss of Sleep, Love and Hate, Time Sink, Treadmills, VR Schedules
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The move is over. Let the unpacking begin. Thank you, my committed readership, for staying with us here at DWR during the transition to our new home. It has been a wild and hectic couple of weeks. I should be able to commit a little more time to blogging and finding the information I find interesting and sharing it with you. With that in mind I’d like to share and and comment on the recent furor about Tom Mulcair’s comments about the “Dutch Disease” in Canada.
The noise generated by his comments are out of
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What do you get when you cross moving to a new house, getting a new dog and still working fulltime? Yes, sadly you guessed it a light blogging week. Please accept my apologies, but unpacking is eating up all of my time thus the posts this week barring any works from the DWR stable of writers, are going to be short and sweet. This fine Victoria day, please sit back and enjoy some humour at the expense of our beloved conservative government.
Filed under: Housekeeping Tagged: Anecdata, Housekeeping, No Time for Love Dr.Jones!
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Oh, I’ve just been full of anecdata as of late, but important events are important events. Intransigentia and I have qualified to adopt a senior Shetland Sheepdog. Shadow will be joining us on Sunday May 19th. Let the dog-awesomeness begin. Find your local humane services or Shares and donate some $$ or food to their cause, they are creating happy unions for people and pets across Alberta.
A poor quality picture is all we have right now, but rest assured gentle readers hi-res justice will be uploaded very soon.
Filed under: Housekeeping Tagged: Anecdata,
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Hey folks, I’m getting older. The grand experience has been going on for 38 glorious years. I’m not melancholy today, just sorta reflective. This song by Mike and the Mechanics has stuck with me through the years, it has wisdom and a story to learn from. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Take care everyone
Filed under: Housekeeping Tagged: Damn Old Treekeepers, Mike and the Mechanics, The Living Years
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I have a great many weaknesses, but one of the more prominent lies in the area of cooperative gaming.
Oh, how I miss the blocky good times.
I remember, back in the day, that occasionally Blades of Steel (hockey) on the 8-bit NES, a glitch would occur and somehow you and your friend could both control players on the same team. It was chaos as the controls mirrored each other so the defence guy had to be careful not to interfere once he passed the puck out his area of responsibility. It was often traumatically funny, with our
. . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: War in the North – Happily Beating Down Orcs – For the Love of Co-op Gaming (Part 1)