Bested your word per second time yet?

Is it our sole purpose in life to increase the delivery speed of spoken language?

What’s your word per second rate? Don’t know. Well, well time to get with the times, er …

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#NotMe may take over #MeToo

100 prominent French women, including Catherine Deneuve, signed an open letter to Le Monde denouncing puritanical wave of #MeToo.

“Insistent or awkward come-ons aren’t a crime,” the letter said. “This fever for sending ‘pigs’ to the abattoir, far from helping empower women, in reality serves the interests of the enemies of sexual liberation.”


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Me, me, me …

My oh my, the Me ego is going into overdrive.

Me doesn’t take a scintilla of responsibility for the circumstances Me finds itself in.

Me has never contributed to, or propped up, the system behind the circumstances Me finds itself in.

Me knows a circumstance is suspect, but enters anyway.

Me doesn’t stop and think if Me has other choices.

Me will use a person for its gain without regard for that person’s interests.

Me sees zero alternatives to the circumstances Me finds itself in.

Me comes first when it talks about a group Me is part of.

Me speaks truth to power when its opportune for Me.

Me, me, me …


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Happy Yellow Belly New Year

As we start 2018, the nanny state is alive and well with the cancellation of many outdoor New Year celebrations.  Before Canada’s half baked switch from imperial to metric, people didn’t think twice about venturing out in subzero weather—truly cold temperatures.

Over the course of the holiday cold snap did you notice people with open coats, no gloves or mits, no hat, no boots of their choosing?

Guess what?  It’s NOT cold!

Come on people, we’re Canadians, embrace the winter and dress for it.


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Why do you exclude a woman by calling her a GUY?

Here we are six weeks after International Day of the Girl and how many times has a girl or a woman been called a GUY?

How many platitudes did you hear, particularly in the newstainment media, on 11 October about how we must:

  • empower girls
  • empower women
  • empower organizations that empower girls
  • empower organizations that empower women

Then, many of these platitude providers went on to call girls and women GUYS, some in the same breath of graveling about empowerment.  The hypocrisy is stunning.  If we simply respected girls and women with proper words and actions, this incessant empowerment talk would not be necessary.  Neither would we need the International Day of the Girl.

The deer-in-the-headlights harassment allegations against Mr. Harvey Weinstein and others provide a timely background to this.  The newstainment industry finds itself having to delivery the hollow tsk-tsks knowing full well they rely on, given the reach of corporate tentacles, these entertainment/sport industry golden boys for their existence.

Mr. Michael Jascz of the Huffington Post says:

“Using ‘guys’ is part of a larger structure of exclusion that women face. In many fields of work, there is still a long ways to go in terms of equitable gender distribution (Tech, Science, Sports coverage, etc.). It’s like death by 1000 cuts. As a female software engineer described her experience in the Tech industry, “even the tiniest little things add up to something big – sometimes it’s really death by 1000 paper cuts.

‘Guys’ is one tiny cut but sliced over and over again and combined with the axe of unnatural beauty ideals, the blade of the wage gap, and the guillotine of domestic violence. It is a paper cut that eventually turns into a scar.”


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