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55 minutes ago, WolfAmethyst said:

Blue Jay feathers have such pretty colours.

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It’s beautiful! It’s like tiny feathery mosaic tiles. ✨

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On 4/27/2021 at 10:03 PM, WolfAmethyst said:

AAAND he just got himself arrested! 

AAND he just got himself arrested again! 
(for assaulting a cop with a weapon, dangerous driving, uttering death threats against elected officials...)  


One of his "friends" bailed him out and acted as a surety...now they're trying to drive from Toronto, ON to Vancouver, BC for another of his anti-mask COVID conspiracy "rallies" this weekend.  
They're driving across North America as he already got himself on Canada's no-fly list.
 

https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/anti-masker-chris-sky-charged-after-allegedly-threatening-to-shoot-elected-officials-1.5436648

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So a deer goes shopping for vitamins...


(The store is close to a small island that's a popular place for does to give birth, and raise young fawns in safety.  Wolves and other predators can't get to it.  There are plenty of trees for shade and shelter, grasses and edible plants for grazing, and they LOVE fresh apples (from local humans driving taking pictures on a "Canadian Safari")

https://www.tbnewswatch.com/local-news/deer-wanders-into-south-side-store-3842462

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Canadian humour for turbulent times:
When Jimmy Fallon mistakes the Canadian "No Frills" grocery store chain's marketing for an actual band... (video in the twitter link and blog.to.com page below)
https://twitter.com/nofrillsCA/status/1402304704328175616

https://www.blogto.com/music/2021/06/jimmy-fallon-no-frills-grocery-store-album/

https://www.nofrills.cadata:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAPABAP///wAAACH5BAEKAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAICRAEAOw==

 

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1 hour ago, WolfAmethyst said:

Canadian humour for turbulent times:
When Jimmy Fallon mistakes the Canadian "No Frills" grocery store chain's marketing for an actual band... (video in the twitter link and blog.to.com page below)
https://twitter.com/nofrillsCA/status/1402304704328175616

https://www.blogto.com/music/2021/06/jimmy-fallon-no-frills-grocery-store-album/

https://www.nofrills.cadata:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAPABAP///wAAACH5BAEKAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAICRAEAOw==

 

 

I shop there all the time... it's my "go to store". It's just a Canadian grocery store... how could they have mixed this up with music (bad as it was)????? They should've done some research.... like a quick google search. 

 

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Yes, people do seem angrier thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic (article from the Toronto Star)

Chronic anger and cynical distrust darken the soul and inflame the heart, threatening cardiac health

Anger’s link to the loss of agency and perceived incompetence flows through this narrative

Unresolved anger blended with powerlessness cultivates darkness.

One casualty of COVID-19 is the further erosion of faith in institutions


https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?

q=cache:v2S8z_Dt0ooJ:https://www.thestar.com/life/2021/07/05/yes-people-do-seem-angrier-thanks-to-the-covid-19-pandemic.html+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca&client=safari 

 

People seem to be angrier these days. A pandemic with wave after wave of lockdowns can have that effect. 

Anger is one of the most commonly experienced and recognized emotions. That was true before and it will outlast COVID-19. 

 

Anger is not easy to define, even though most of us know it when we feel it or see it. From mild (annoyance) to more intense (rage), all variants feel uncomfortable. 

 

When anger spikes, it increases physiological arousal of the sympathetic nervous system: the “fight or flight” system. And when anger persists, it elevates cardiovascular activity and creates an unceasingly stressed mindset. 

Chronic anger and cynical distrust darken the soul and inflame the heart, threatening cardiac health. “My life is at the mercy of any scoundrel who should put me in a passion,” said the surgeon John Hunter, who — as the oft-quoted anecdote portrays — collapsed and died after an anger-laden boardroom meeting.

 

Anger is a social emotion. Common triggers involve actual or perceived insult, injustice and being the target of another’s aggression. We get angry when someone threatens our identity or public image. For example, on the mild end, a colleague says something condescending; at the extreme, a colleague damages your reputation by spreading malicious claims. 

 

Our interactions in everyday roles — especially work and family — are common triggers of anger. But lately there seems to be more generalized and diffuse anger. A lot of people are pissed off at institutions, especially the government. That ire goes beyond the usual cynical distrust. 

 

With the help of the Angus Reid Forum, we surveyed 6,000 Canadians in February and March of 2021 to understand mental health during the pandemic. Several patterns linked to anger emerged. The first involves the perception of personal autonomy being taken away by powerful others. 

 

“Government has far too much power,” said a 60-year-old case worker in a homeless shelter. “Let the vulnerable have people take care of them without shutting down businesses. Get rid of the damn masks already. I will take care of myself. I work out, I do not eat ANY sugar, we must take back our freedoms, this is beyond ridiculous.” A 51-year-old mortgage broker added, “I loath being told what I can or cannot do by politicians.” 

 

Anger’s link to the loss of agency and perceived incompetence flows through this narrative. “I have learned that our governments have way too much control over matters they have a complete lack of knowledge of; they also have a complete disdain of the people they are supposed to be serving,” said a 59-year-old office administrator. 

 

“I didn’t know I could get so angry,” admitted a 58-year-old executive director of a non-profit. “I’m normally calm and resolute. I stayed strong emotionally during the first 10 months of the pandemic. I worked, volunteered and supported others. But I’m crumbling now that the feds have screwed up vaccine procurement so badly.” 

 

Some see another institution — the media — as complicit. “When you turn off the lies and negativity,” said a 34-year-old farmer, “it makes a person not live in fear or control of the government.” 

 

Intense and prolonged frustration bleeds into other emotions that shape mental health. “I am frustrated more so now than ever,” said a 51-year-old realtor. “I noticed that the lockdowns are affecting my mental health. I want to travel outside of Canada but can’t. I am feeling alone. I am tired of wearing masks and seeing other people wear masks. I want normalcy. I find I am feeling anxious, depressed, things are getting dark.” 

 

Unresolved anger blended with powerlessness cultivates darkness. “I have become extremely misanthropic,” said a 32-year-old software engineer. “I cannot tolerate most people I used to like.” And from this darkness, animosity arises. A 60-year-old power distribution worker proclaimed: “I have come to hate authoritarianism displayed by my government and the way they have illegally taken away our Charter freedoms.” 

 

Sometimes resentment gets turned up a notch. “I really hate working,” vented a 32-year-old audio editor. “I hate having a s--t job in a dying industry where I’m underpaid and have zero job security. The pandemic has really highlighted the cracks in this s--t-bag neo-liberal capital-worshipping hell planet.” 

 

And you know someone is livid when all-caps are deployed: “I HATE PEOPLE ALL PEOPLE,” shouted a 74-year-old writer. “POLITICIANS AND DOCTORS ARE ALL LIARS. I AM FED UP WITH COVID HYPOCRISY FROM THE WELL OFF, EMPLOYED, HIGH-SALARY SNAKES.”

 

One casualty of COVID-19 is the further erosion of faith in institutions. A 40-year-old teacher said, “There is no optimism when the government restricts ability to move and earn income.” However, as cases recede and restrictions are lifted, let’s hope this anger dissipates.

 

But — heaven forbid — if the Delta variant takes hold and causes a fourth wave … we fear that the “caps lock” button might become all the rage.

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4 hours ago, WolfAmethyst said:

“Government has far too much power,” said a 60-year-old case worker in a homeless shelter. “Let the vulnerable have people take care of them without shutting down businesses. Get rid of the damn masks already. I will take care of myself. I work out, I do not eat ANY sugar, we must take back our freedoms, this is beyond ridiculous.” A 51-year-old mortgage broker added, “I loath being told what I can or cannot do by politicians.” 

 

4 hours ago, WolfAmethyst said:

Unresolved anger blended with powerlessness cultivates darkness. “I have become extremely misanthropic,” said a 32-year-old software engineer. “I cannot tolerate most people I used to like.” And from this darkness, animosity arises. A 60-year-old power distribution worker proclaimed: “I have come to hate authoritarianism displayed by my government and the way they have illegally taken away our Charter freedoms.” 

 

I get how they feel, I do, but I'm fed up with "them" for not seeing the bigger picture. We're all exhausted and in need of a break from the stress and the tension and feeling powerless. Hell, I'm angry AT THE PEOPLE LIKE THIS who are angry at "the government". They remind me of children who have no fucking idea of what goes into keeping them safe, keeping all of us safe, and just react to the perceived (and real) authority. (Could be lots of incomplete or remnants of 3rd IMs going on here). Someone has to be in charge. We're not living in a state of anarchy... of no government. There has to, and had to be, grownups in the room, in the world, to make the hard decisions/choices for everyone's safety. We're lucky we live in a country (Canada) where most Canadians appreciate what's gone into ALL OF US being safe. This is not authoritarianism -- this is what a caring Mature Soul government looks like. We give a shit about everyone. I'm not saying some things couldn't have been handled better but even here in Ontario, where I can't stand Premier Ford and his policies, he handled things as well as he could. This is one of those times in history where, like it or not, we are all in this together. Let's keep the boat moving ahead, even with all of our different values and disagreements, instead of rocking it so hard more people will fall into the water and die.

@Bobby shared this yesterday. It's an eye-opener from someone he follows on FB. 

 

OUR COVID NEWS:

 

Hello Friends.

 

Two weeks ago, we took a family trip.

 

Three-quarters of us had been fully vaccinated, with the exception being our 11-year old. We'd been super diligent for a year and half and were hopeful we could finally begin doing some normal things, and left for our first family vacation since lockdown began. We were being as careful as we could, but as vaccinated adults it's easy to let your guard down and to generally be less attentive than you had been regarding masks and sanitizing and distancing.

 

A few days into the trip our daughter started complaining about headaches, which we attributed to the heat. The next day, she began to get congestion and said her throat was sore. We took her to the local clinic and received her positive results. We immediately began lockdown.

 

A couple of days later, my wife started feeling sick and we were stunned to get a positive test for her, as she's been vaccinated since April.

 

I had two negative tests earlier in the week but began feeling much worse over the weekend, and today both me and our son tested positive. Thankfully, he is asymptomatic so far.

 

So, amazingly we are four for four with COVID here in the Pavlovitz house, with three fully vaccinated people testing positive for the virus... insane.

 

The doctor who gave me my results said that this Delta variant is frightening and unpredictable. She has been alarmed by how quickly it has spread, and also by how many people are still avoiding the vaccine.

 

I'm hopefully in the worst of it now: congestion, headache, body aches, cough, fatigue, etc. Lost my sense of taste and smell, but overall it feels like a bad case of bronchitis. I shudder to think how bad it might have been had we not been vaccinated.

 

Friends, please get vaccinated if you haven't. It's the only way we're going to get the edge on these dangerous variants and it will keep you from the worst symptoms and very likely save your life.

 

And please consider still masking after getting your vaccine. We're simply not out of this yet, and we need to take care of ourselves and one another.

 

I'll be down for a few days, so feel free to read some old blog posts or order something from the shop. I'll write and post here as I feel well enough.

 

Thanks everyone!

 

You are loved.

 

John

 

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When Wile E Coyote and Bambi hang out together at a cemetery (now THAT'S a cartoon I'd like to see!)

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Forest fire smoke in central Canada.

Nobody can remember it ever getting this bad so close to Lake Superior.  

The lake breezes usually keep the air clean and clear during "fire season".
You can still breathe outside, but I did flush my eyes with water afterwards (a first in this part of the world).

 

Thank-goodness for the vaccines!  Several small communities have had to evacuate ahead of the fires and most severe smoke conditions.  I don't know what would have been possible re urgent flights and hotel rooms / emergency shelter setups for thousands of people without them!

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On 7/19/2021 at 9:21 PM, WolfAmethyst said:

Forest fire smoke in central Canada.

Nobody can remember it ever getting this bad so close to Lake Superior.  

The lake breezes usually keep the air clean and clear during "fire season".
You can still breathe outside, but I did flush my eyes with water afterwards (a first in this part of the world).

 

Thank-goodness for the vaccines!  Several small communities have had to evacuate ahead of the fires and most severe smoke conditions.  I don't know what would have been possible re urgent flights and hotel rooms / emergency shelter setups for thousands of people without them!

mt mckay smoke.jpg

Sun masked by smoke.jpg

Such a beautiful part of the world. it breaks my heart.

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