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Pinnacle Hotel employees are idiots!

My political science degree is amazing! Not only does it give the ability to write, but it also gives me intellectual strength to protect myself against being bullied. With the knowledge of institutions and how they work, political science has given me knowledge of which avenues to pursue in the event of being wronged. It also gives me options of action when others may not be available, like courts.

Have you ever been threatened by a hotel, whose doors are open to the public, with a charge of trespassing and the threat of police action for the simple act of drinking another company’s coffee on their premises? I buy my coffee from a coffee shop near the Pinnacle in North Vancouver, Canada, and bring it in to either the hotel or a community centre nearby mostly because the hotel and community centre have lounge chairs whereas the coffee shop only has room for stools and high tables. As far as aesthetics, to the hotels guests, I am but another guest. I last sat inside the Pinnacle on Tuesday, 28 February 2017 when a Canadian male of English / European decent came over at my coffee’s end and told me that I was not welcome anymore, that I was trespassing, and that he would call the police.

I used to drink beers at this this hotel, alternating between it and other establishments. I don’t drink outside Buzztime NTN Trivia on Tuesdays because, having but myself and bartenders to rely on for conversation, as I don’t like drinking by myself and tend to get in arguments with the bartenders. On Tuesdays – and other times, but Tuesday is the day of the main game – there is something else to do than talk to others; except after December for four months there are idiots yelling at other screens that are playing hockey; I can’t stand people whose lives are absolutely consumed by watching idiots with sticks chase a rock on ice.

So I have make the choice not to drink alcohol because there is no one to talk to at a bar besides the bartender and/or other staff. Talking to these people especially when you have had a few too many can lead to places that have led me into trouble and I have decided after a few experiences to not drink at a bar. But I bring in a mocha with either soya or almond milk with very little espresso and lots of syrup – either coconut or caramel – or a caramel machiatto, and I doubt very much whether this hotel has these non-dairy milks or has a variety of syrups, much less offer as much as I need to negate the taste of coffee, and I doubt that their restaurant offers a 600 millilitre paper cup. Yet one employee took it upon himself to make an ass out of this entire hotel because they likely have nothing I want to buy.

Yet we as citizens also have power. If you are going to threaten a citizen with a charge of trespass when your doors are open, and threaten to call the police, citizens have the power of organising a boycott of this hotel if legal recourse is unavailable, which I suspect it not to be. The challenge is, if you have been wronged as I have, getting enough people to join you to bring corporations to their knees, or convince enough people that we individuals to boycott that breaks corporate bullies such as this. If you threaten me with a charge of trespassing, I can get millions of people to avoid your hotel, and it starts with telling one person.

Another avenue available in Canada is to talk to your MLA, because of Section 92, Paragraph 11 of the British North America Act. It states that 92 “In each Province the Legislature may exclusively make Laws in relation to Matters coming within the Classes of Subjects next hereinafter enumerated; that is to say,” paragraph 11 “[the] Incorporation of Companies with Provincial Objects.” 

Corporations, and by extension the people who work for them, have to learn that they can’t bully the public around. A person can use one’s agency any way they choose, and if they make the choice to ignore a call for a boycott, that person might just be stuck when it comes time that they are bullied by a corporation. If we don’t stand together, they win. They may have money and lawyers that gives them a false sense of superiority, but they forget that it is people who give them that money in using their services. We, the people, may not have as much money individually and may not be able to get a lawyer or have one retained for as long as they have, but what we do have is: a voice, friends, political representatives; some of us have an army of influence to bring idiots like those employed by an establishment like this hotel back down to Earth and treat us with respect.

Regardless of that globalisation gives corporations have gained power through trade agreements such as the the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), if you make anyone angry enough they will rip your head off if there is no other recourse. We still live in the same world that Hobbes wrote about in 1648 where life is brutal and short, even if, as Rousseau stated, we have long ago given up our right to everything to the state. However it is somewhat problematic today that the state has relinquished our right to freedom to the corporation, thus leaving some wanting to kill others because there is no redress.

Having taken a political science degree, I know a bit about institutions and how to get help if being bullied. I also know about public attitudes, and how to rally people for protest action like a boycott. In this era of globalisation, action against the corporation may be difficult but it is possible. The power rests still, ultimately, with the people, because we give money to corporations and we have friends. If we are respected, we can tell our friends and spread the good word; if disrespected, we can do the same. This is merely one of the things that a student of political science learns, and it is pretty powerful.

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ISIS communications

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, aka: ISIS. What do we do about ISIS? The group have now created an Android app to communicate(?) and recruit(?) (http://www.hindustantimes.com/tech/isis-new-weapon-a-new-android-app/story-HBv7a6PSvVXNMcTKAqsq4J.html). Before this battle between Suni and Shia Muslims, the two sects of Christianity, Catholics versus Protestants, were battling it out between each other for supremacy. Maybe the problem is the idea of religion itself.

From a politically scientific standpoint, a future without religion is inconceivable because it has always been part of us. But has it? If we look at any of the so-called “hard sciences, especially those with a large time-span such as Cosmology, there is no room for the Earth to be created in seven days. Even if we take an idea I heard that “It’s impossible to understand (a deity) so how can we understand (its) day; what it (its) day is a billion years long” that still doesn’t satisfy our – the cosmologist’s – curiosity that the universe is far older than than a mere six – eight billion years old. A photo of a bible was making the rounds on Twitter with the caption: “The Bible: because a book written by a bunch of guys who did’t know where the sun went at night must have all the answers”. As a political scientist, I have been inculcated not to take sides but make decisions based on evidence, and the evidence makes a pretty convincing case for being in atheism.

My main point is: Why do people have to kill other people? The political scientist has an easy answer: “life in the state of nature of man is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short”(Hobbes, 1648); but I am a Qigong master (with over 20 years of practice in Wai Tan Gong) too, and this side believes along with the Atheists that it is possible to live in peace. The political scientist goes further to state that “each gives up his right” by nature to everything and anything he finds, including the right to take another life, to the state” (author unknown) which fits sort of with the Qigong master, except that with the speed at which reading minds takes place, little room is left for disagreement – to the point that you need to kill or go to war over said disagreement.

We ought to give Wai Tan Gong to all the Muslims, perhaps they would stop fighting. The reason that the practice of Qigong in general and my form more specifically is not generally known has probably to do with medicine. If everyone were doing the practice over a number of years, the health industry, a multi-billion dollar industry, would go out of business when people cease getting ill. Qigong, with all its benefits, is a detriment to Western medicine – though a boon to acupuncture.

So ISIS has a recruiting app on Android. I choose to carry a BlackBerry 10 device rather than an Android or the iShit phone, and although one can install Android apps on BlackBerry 10, and I could install this app to say more about it, at the present time I really would rather stay with BlackBerry native apps.

Canada, under threat of terrorism?

Since Zehaf-Bibeau attacked Parliament on 2014 October 22, the Canadian Broadcaasting Corporation (CBC) has stated that Canada is under threat of terrorism, as if this stupid public corporation wants to make the citizens fear for our safety and livelihood. Nothing makes this author angrier than to have some idiots broadcasting on what used to be a beloved institution suggesting that a criminal act means that I ought be afraid. Bibeau’s target was Stephen Harper, as he stated on video left on the phone in his car. I too felt that the exclusivity in policies dreamt up by Harper invoked similar feelings, though with the studies at Simon Fraser University I expected that a future election would rid us of his attacks against the Canadian citizenry. I hope that we can collectively remember the divisiveness that the Conservatives bring to the state of Canada that we refrain from the same mistake. Canada has never been nor is likely to be under threat of terrorism and I have quit keeping up on current events via the CBC because of this lie to the public.

Privilege

Originally posted Friday, 21, August 2015, when added to “Privilege sucks”

At nearly this time at the Grandville Waterfront Station I was on my way to the Seabus when witnessing a white woman in her early 20s shoo away a poor black woman in her 50s after the latter, I assume, asked the former for some spare change. After seeing this, I walked up to the former and demanded that she check her privilege before chasing down the black woman to give her two dollars. After this act I turned to a second woman who witnessed my giving change who really liked what she saw to mention about the first white-woman’s response, my response to her, and we parted. I cursed and was very pissed off at white-privilege and the image of first woman during my trek to the Seabus.

Life is tough enough on people; why do people have to be so blatantly ignorant to treat those with less as bothersome? Why is it that we can’t each be kind enough to give but a quarter each time we’re asked by the less fortunate for spare change? And if we can’t, how much does it really cost to treat those with less with the respect and dignity that we give to others, like bosses or police officers?

Privilege sucks!

I want to touch on white male privilege as in the fantasy hope I have that those who have it will take a compassionate stance to those who don’t. The catalyst for this is in part the words said to City reporter Shauna Hunt posted to YouTube on 12 May 2015, and part a brother I divorced for like thoughts. A white male myself, I have chosen and continuously choose a path of empathy for those without this privilege.

I used to get riled and ridiculed by constantly by women who thought of me as someone less than perhaps because I wasn’t after them like everyone else was, and they thought something was wrong with me. I discovered that I wanted a woman with the same birth sign because I have one brother with the same who is really cool, and one with a different sign mentioned below. Wanting a date with the saame sign meant acting completely different than the average men these women were used to. They were used to those showing privilege.

The ability called compassion is to view the world through the eyes of others. Those without privilege know that it is easy to do even drunk out of our minds if we practice it daily. On too many occasions white males can let our obnoxious behaviour and comments fly as free as a bird because nobody cares, or that’s what we are led to believe.

The CBC stated that one of the men was dismissed from a six figure salary position for the vulgar comments made. Far too often we get away with like comments and behaviour. Not much happens to a man, or group of men whistling at, making cat-calls to, or using derogatory language or having such thoughts to a woman, a person of colour, or other. We get away with it because we do it in the shadows. She brought this creep from the shadows – where no one could see – and made it a focal issue. It’s a great day for public shaming, shining a light in the dark spaces

The family member that I spoke of at the top also ridiculed me constantly until I had enough. I was as sick and tired of the brush he was painting me with that I took the political power I had and merely told him ‘good bye’. This was 2007 and currently continues.

I can’t stand privilege! I may have written a week or so ago that I started boycotting the IGA because a white female cashier gave me privilege over a First Nations man. Living in a neighbourhood next to a reserve, I have known the man far longer than this grocer has been around. I was quite content in letting this man ahead of me in the line. In my stupidity, said cashier ushered me ahead of him, putting him in a mild fit of rage – all he wanted was to pay for what he had and leave.

Privilege sucks because it places an incredible hardship on those who don’t have it, who it is almost used against. It lurks, and probably thrives, in the shadows. Perhaps if we shine a bright light on it, it will disappear. Regardless, if it does, I will never forget the game my brother played with me and his use of privilege. We ought to realise that we have it, and compassionately offer it to those without it.

The video is linked here:

Friday, 21 August 2015

At nearly this time at the Grandville Waterfront Station I was on my way to the Seabus when witnessing a white woman in her early 20s shoo away a poor black woman in her 50s after the latter, I assume, asked the former for some spare change. After seeing this, I walked up to the former and demanded that she check her privilege before chasing down the black woman to give her two dollars. After this act I turned to a second woman who witnessed my giving change who really liked what she saw to mention about the first white-woman’s response, my response to her, and we parted. I cursed and was very pissed off at white-privilege and the image of first woman during my trek to the Seabus.

Life is tough enough on people; why do people have to be so blatantly ignorant to treat those with less as bothersome? Why is it that we can’t each be kind enough to give but a quarter each time we’re asked by the less fortunate for spare change? And if we can’t, how much does it really cost to treat those with less with the respect and dignity that we give to others, like bosses or police officers?

Omar Khadr

There’s something seriously wrong with a leader’s mental state, the leader of a global state, Canada, when that leadership leaves one of his own citizens who was still a child, a 15 year old teenager, in a torture cell set up by the United States, in yet another state, Cuba. It has been 13 years since Khadr was thrown in prison in Guantanimo Bay, and there has been many times that parliament has met that they could have repatriated one who lived in a cell absent any legal protections as he would have had, had he been imprisoned within Canada(1).

Edney used the term “bigot” (2) in referring to a man holding office who could easily repatriate the now 28 year old, but chose not to. Stephen Harper seems to have an image complex and rather than doing the nasty, dirty, filthy things that leaders need to do to make sure the citizens are safe and secure, he does things that protect his image.

We have a prime minister who seems to neglect his citizens as pee-ons right after winning an election and treats us like Royalty leading up to on – because he needs us at that point (3). Case in point: he fired all of the government scientists in 2008 after trying to muzzle them in 2006(4), and “cancelled the Court Challenges Program” in 2008(5). Now, with C-51 passing on 6 May 2015, many people will be imprisoned and prosecuted for peaceful protest. On this last one, I wonder if, since protesters are going to get arrested and prosecuted anyway, they just might turn every protest violent? I am in no way even inciting violence, and if you do protest violently, I am not the one that started it because I did not say you could – everything one does should always regard keeping peace, but I am saying that the idiots that have this majority should really think about the Nazi dictatorship that the Conservative leadership is developing Canada to be, where it is almost against the law to go against what they say.

References:

1. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/omar-khadr-free-on-bail-vows-to-prove-he-is-a-good-person-1.3065692

2. http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2015/05/07/what-omar-khadrs-lawyer-said-mr-harper-is-a-bigot.html

3. 2011 election run-up

4. http://www.academicmatters.ca/2013/05/harpers-attack-on-science-no-science-no-evidence-no-truth-no-democracy/

5. http://voices-voix.ca/en/facts/profile/court-challenges-program

6. http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/bill-c-51-passes-in-house-of-commons-1.3064235

Russia and the Ukraine

The first argument I would like to make is that in Russia, Putin may well be on the right side of history. I remember at the time around annexing Crimea, the president that the West replaced with its own ally was in favour of uniting with its larger neighbour.

The Ukraine has a long history as part of the Soviet Union, longer than its history as an independent state. If I recall correctly, citizens of the Ukraine want to rejoin Russia for a number of reasons, the top including health care. As I recall, the article gave a very positive view of the health care system. As the reader is aware, if you are healthy, this is around 90 percent of the battle. When healthy, one can do almost anything.

I’m not writing as to whether the Ukrainians should join Russia. As a Canadian, what happens in this part of the globe is not my concern. The Russians appear to be for the reunification as do the Ukrainians. The deposed leadership for the unification was suddenly replaced with a pro-Western Petro Poroshenko, and suddenly the Canadians, who assist globally but ignore and disgrace their native populations, and their poor, point fingers at Vladimir Putin for Russian action? Give me a break, Stevie! We Canadians haven’t had a right to intervene in global affairs since our prime minister started taking sides in battles – like Israel-Palestine. Some Canadians take the opposite side that Harper takes and don’t take kindly to the bovine excrement that emanates out of the PM’s mouth.

We have our own problems with a separatist Quebec, who could possibly gain power. Because he hasn’t had to listen to the province – because they voted a national party in to power – Harper thinks that he has the privilege of yelling at other states. The Conservatives can’t even treat us as citizens. They treat us like little, pesky, pee-ons between elections, only to buy our vote before an election. They inherited a $15-30 Billion surplus, wasted it and took us into debt, and have never been able to bring Canada back into a proper surplus. Free from the issues of a separatist province,the Conservative Party has felt free to blow passed and ignore Opposition questions because there is no threat the break up of the Federation, while shoveling abuse to other states.

Our perceived troubles of Russia and the Ukraine are not concerns to Canadians, unless the citizen is from the region; and if a Canadian citizen, they are among many other Canadians who don’t have enough information to make a judgement, We need to stay out of an internal fight, much as the international community has veered away from our issue with Quebec.