My husband, age 76, had to see his cardiologist in another city for his yearly general checkup, which he missed last year due to lockdowns. He had to fly from here to Vancouver, & then on to Kelowna, which are ALL within our home province of British Columbia.

Security absolutely had to unpack his whole carry on bag, test every one of his several medications to be sure they were what the prescription labels said they were, keep him standing around for the 3 hours layover in Vancouver, & he has osteoporosis! He was in so much pain, incredibly angry, & nothing to do about it!

Finally arrives in Kelowna at 9:30 pm, with no place open, due to restrictions, near his motel to get supper, so resorted to a cold sandwich.

Saw his cardiologist for maybe 10-15 minutes & is now on his way home, arriving at about 4 pm. I hope he didn’t have to go through the invasive search again, making him feel as if he was an international smuggler!!!

Stay At Home!

I’m spreading this around…..no idea of the author…


As someone with a Masters in disease control, you can only imagine the sheer hell on earth that this is for me at the moment.
From Chantelle who has impressively made the leap from bath bomb retailer to consultant virologist in a matter of weeks and can tell you exactly why the government and their experts are wrong, to Bob who claims to have secret intel from a secret government group on the secret programme of secret treatment measures that the government are definitely bringing in at 3pm next Thursday, only itโ€™s a secret, but heโ€™s posting it online so he feels like 007, to Steve who thinks itโ€™s all a load of bollocks and if he wants to wander round town he bloody well can and why the f*** is โ€˜spoons shut cos his granddad didnโ€™t fight the nazis for him to be told to stay inside even if pornhub premium is now free for a week.
I tried as hard as I could in my studies and in my work in disease control to avoid viruses like the plague (see what I did there?) because they are absolute bastards. Bacteria are so much easier to control and parasites are positively dreamy. Viruses are utter bastards (did I mention that?) because you can do almost f*** all to them. To deal with viruses you have to deal with the viral vector instead. Thatโ€™s the weak point for a virus. Its vector. Only in this case the vector is humans, bloody stupid, arsehole humans like Chantelle, Bob and Steve. Viral control is about psychology more than itโ€™s about medicine and thatโ€™s whatโ€™s scary about it. Giving everyone a pill is easy, getting everyone to listen and change their behaviour is a f***ing nightmare.
The virus is just chugging along being a virus, itโ€™s living itโ€™s best life #livelaughcough. You canโ€™t ignore it out of existence, scaremonger it away or become magically immune by gargling with vinegar, donning a decorating mask or sticking a live frog up your arse and swanning round town like an immortal dickhead. You have to actually do what youโ€™re being told to do. YOU.
YOU. You can stop it. Do what youโ€™re told. Stay the f*** inside. Stop thinking youโ€™re an expert, stop thinking you know best, stop thinking youโ€™re a rebel, stop trying to be a special little cupcake. Be a sheeple. Do what youโ€™ve been asked to do. This is NOT your time to shine sweet cheeks, this isnโ€™t your opportunity to over throw the system and save mankind. Itโ€™s your opportunity to sit tight, watch Netflix and save mankind.
The virus does not give a shit about you. Youโ€™re just a stepping stone, a host, a nameless, faceless breeding ground and launchpad. All it gives a shit about is reproducing and finding new hosts. Donโ€™t let it. Break the chain. Shut the hell up. Stop spreading fake news, fear and gossip. Let the experts be the experts and do what they tell you because all the googling, all the conspiracy theories, all the spoilt princess routines and all the voodoo bullshit in the world is not going to help you one little bit. This is not about YOUR ego, itโ€™s about OUR survival. So act for the good of us all and do what youโ€™re being asked to do.
Stay inside, protect medical professionals, save lives.

A Lot To Take In

We’ve just found out about 2 great grandchildren we didn’t know about.

Our eldest son & girlfriend had a daughter in 1994, but they split up & there has been no contact since she was 9 years old. We saw her last when she was 6, as they live in Saskatchewan. Son had no contact either.

Last month, that granddaughter, now 25, found our youngest son on flakebook & contacted him, as well as our daughter. In turn he gave her my email, & we’ve been getting to know each other a little with messages ever since. She looked for us on fakebook too, but we’re not on there.

She is married & has a little girl, 5, & little boy, 3.

Being in our 70’s now, we did wonder if there’d be any contact, or at least finding out something about her.

We have 6 grandkids, 5 of them girls, & 4 are our daughter’s girls, as well as the one boy.

That same week, our eldest married granddaughter announced she is pregnant with her second, so suddenly we have the 4th great grandkid on the way after knowing about only the one, who is just a year old.

A lot to take in, within the same week.

Things I Didn’t Know

Let’s spread this around…

Note To My White Self

Nine years ago, I began to slowly awaken to my racial prejudices and white privilege.ย  It was a rude awakening.ย  During the past three years, Iโ€™ve blogged about that journey from racial ignorance.ย  Recently, someone asked me what have been the biggest surprises along the way.ย  What do I know now that I didnโ€™t know before?ย  What follows is a short list of some of my bigger epiphanies and the posts where I shared these revelations.

I didnโ€™t know that for a short period after the Civil War black people made significant progress in political and economic terms.ย  I didnโ€™t know we had black US Senators and Representatives, that many southern states had black legislatures, that black literacy rates skyrocketed and blacks make significant economic gains.ย  I didnโ€™t know about the reign of terror necessary for whites to end this moment of possibility, murdering thousands of black men, women andโ€ฆ

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Feminism is NOT just for other women.

Feminism is NOT just for other women.
KNOW your HERstory.

When you realize all of this happened in our lifetimes you understand why Feminism should be a “thing” for everyone.
Taken from: [facebook.com]
Karen Caron
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The following list is of NINE things a woman couldnโ€™t do in 1971 โ€“ yes the date is correct, 1971.

In 1971 a woman could not:

Get a Credit Card in her own name โ€“ it wasnโ€™t until 1974 that a law forced credit card companies to issue cards to women without their husbandโ€™s signature.
Be guaranteed that they wouldnโ€™t be unceremoniously fired for the offense of getting pregnant โ€“ that changed with the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978!

Serve on a jury – It varied by state (Utah deemed women fit for jury duty way back in 1879), but the main reason women were kept out of jury pools was that they were considered the center of the home, which was their primary responsibility as caregivers. They were also thought to be too fragile to hear the grisly details of crimes and too sympathetic by nature to be able to remain objective about those accused of offenses. In 1961, the Supreme Court unanimously upheld a Florida law that exempted women from serving on juries. It wasn’t until 1973 that women could serve on juries in all 50 states.

Fight on the front lines โ€“ admitted into military academies in 1976 it wasnโ€™t until 2013 that the military ban on women in combat was lifted. Prior to 1973 women were only allowed in the military as nurses or support staff.

Get an Ivy League education – Yale and Princeton didn’t accept female students until 1969. Harvard didn’t admit women until 1977 (when it merged with the all-female Radcliffe College). Brown (which merged with women’s college Pembroke), Dartmouth and Columbia did not offer admission to women until 1971, 1972 and 1981, respectively.

Other case-specific instances allowed some women to take certain classes at Ivy League institutions (such as Barnard women taking classes at Columbia), but, by and large, women in the ’60s who harbored Ivy League dreams had to put them on hold.

Take legal action against workplace sexual harassment. Indeed the first time a court recognized office sexual harassment as grounds for any legal action was in 1977!

Decide not to have sex if their husband wanted to โ€“ spousal rape wasnโ€™t criminalized in all 50 states until 1993. Read that again…1993.
Obtain health insurance at the same monetary rate as a man. Sex discrimination wasnโ€™t outlawed in health insurance until 2010 and today many, including sitting elected officials at the Federal level, feel women donโ€™t mind paying a little more. Again, that date was 2010.

9.The birth control pill: Issues like reproductive freedom and a woman’s right to decide when and whether to have children were only just beginning to be openly discussed in the 1960s. In 1957, the FDA approved of the birth control pill but only for “severe menstrual distress.” In 1960, the pill was approved for use as a contraceptive. Even so, the pill was illegal in some states and could be prescribed only to married women for purposes of family planning, and not all pharmacies stocked it. Some of those opposed said oral contraceptives were “immoral, promoted prostitution and were tantamount to abortion.” It wasn’t until several years later that birth control was approved for use by all women, regardless of marital status. In short, birth control meant a woman could complete her education, enter the work force and plan her own life.

Oh, and one more thing, prior to 1880, the age of consent for sex was set at 10 or 12 in more states, with the exception of our neighbor Delaware โ€“ where it was 7 YEARS OLD!

Feminism is NOT just for other women.

KNOW your HERstory.


Hilarious Must Read Letter To The Citizens Of The United States Of America From Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Published by Bhavini


To all the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

In light of your failure in recent years to nominate competent candidates for President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately. (You should look up โ€˜revocationโ€™ in the Oxford English Dictionary.)

Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths, and territories (except North Dakota, which she does not fancy).

Your new Prime Minister, David Cameron, will appoint a Governor for America without the need for further elections.

Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire may be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed.

To aid in the transition to a British Crown dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:


1. The letter โ€˜Uโ€™ will be reinstated in words such as โ€˜colour,โ€™ โ€˜favour,โ€™ โ€˜labourโ€™ and โ€˜neighbour.โ€™ Likewise, you will learn to spell โ€˜doughnutโ€™ without skipping half the letters, and the suffix โ€˜-izeโ€™ will be replaced by the suffix โ€˜-ise.โ€™ Generally, you will be expected to raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels. (look up โ€˜vocabularyโ€™).


2. Using the same twenty-seven words interspersed with filler noises such as โ€likeโ€™ and โ€˜you knowโ€™ is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication. There is no such thing as U.S. English. We will let Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take into account the reinstated letter โ€˜uโ€ and the elimination of โ€˜-ize.โ€™

3. July 4th will no longer be celebrated as a holiday.


4. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers, or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that youโ€™re not quite ready to be independent. Guns should only be used for shooting grouse. If you canโ€™t sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist, then youโ€™re not ready to shoot grouse.


5. Therefore, you will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous than a vegetable peeler. Although a permit will be required if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.


6. All intersections will be replaced with roundabouts, and you will start driving on the left side with immediate effect. At the same time, you will go metric with immediate effect and without the benefit of conversion tables. Both roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the British sense of humour.

7. The former USA will adopt UK prices on petrol (which you have been calling gasoline) of roughly $10/US gallon. Get used to it.
8. You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call French fries are not real chips, and those things you insist on calling potato chips are properly called crisps. Real chips are thick cut, fried in animal fat, and dressed not with catsup but with vinegar.


9. The cold, tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all. Henceforth, only proper British Bitter will be referred to as beer, and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as Lager. South African beer is also acceptable, as they are pound for pound the greatest sporting nation on earth and it can only be due to the beer. They are also part of the British Commonwealth โ€“ see what it did for them. American brands will be referred to as Near-Frozen Gnatโ€™s Urine, so that all can be sold without risk of further confusion.


10. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as good guys. Hollywood will also be required to cast English actors to play English characters. Watching Andie Macdowell attempt English dialect in Four Weddings and a Funeral was an experience akin to having oneโ€™s ears removed with a cheese grater.


11. You will cease playing American football. There is only one kind of proper football; you call it soccer. Those of you brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which has some similarities to American football, but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like a bunch of nancies).


12. Further, you will stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an event called the World Series for a game which is not played outside of America. Since only 2.1% of you are aware there is a world beyond your borders, your error is understandable. You will learn cricket, and we will let you face the South Africans first to take the sting out of their deliveries.


13.. You must tell us who killed JFK. Itโ€™s been driving us mad.


14. An internal revenue agent (i.e. tax collector) from Her Majestyโ€™s Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all monies due (backdated to 1776).

15. Daily Tea Time begins promptly at 4 p.m. with proper cups, with saucers, and never mugs, with high quality biscuits (cookies) and cakes; plus strawberries (with cream) when in season.

PS: Only share this with friends who have a good sense of humour (NOT humor)!

Canada is Not a Loud Nation

Canada is a proud nation but not a loud nation.
British newspaper salutes Canada . . . this is a good read. It is funny how it took someone in England to put it into words……
Salute to a brave and modest nation – Kevin Myers , ‘The Sunday Telegraph’ LONDON :
Until the deaths of Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan , probably almost no one outside their home country had been aware that Canadian troops are deployed in the region.
And as always, Canada will bury its dead, just as the rest of the world, as always will forget its sacrifice, just as it always forgets nearly everything Canada ever does.. It seems that Canada’s historic mission is to come to the selfless aid both of its friends and of complete strangers, and then, once the crisis is over, to be well and truly ignored.
Canada is the perpetual wallflower that stands on the edge of the hall, waiting for someone to come and ask her for a dance. A fire breaks out, she risks life and limb to rescue her fellow dance-goers, and suffers serious injuries. But when the hall is repaired and the dancing resumes, there is Canada, the wallflower still, while those she once helped glamorously cavort across the floor, blithely neglecting her yet again.
That is the price Canada pays for sharing the North American continent with the United States , and for being a selfless friend of Britain in two global conflicts.
For much of the 20th century, Canada was torn in two different directions: It seemed to be a part of the old world, yet had an address in the new one, and that divided identity ensured that it never fully got the gratitude it deserved.
Yet it’s purely voluntary contribution to the cause of freedom in two world wars was perhaps the greatest of any democracy. Almost 10% of Canada ‘s entire population of seven million people served in the armed forces during the First World War, and nearly 60,000 died. The great Allied victories of 1918 were spearheaded by Canadian troops, perhaps the most capable soldiers in the entire British order of battle.
Canada was repaid for its enormous sacrifice by downright neglect, it’s unique contribution to victory being absorbed into the popular memory as somehow or other the work of the ‘British.’
The Second World War provided a re-run. The Canadian navy began the war with a half dozen vessels, and ended up policing nearly half of the Atlantic against U-boat attack. More than 120 Canadian warships participated in the Normandy landings, during which 15,000 Canadian soldiers went ashore on D-Day alone.
Canada finished the war with the third-largest navy and the fourth largest air force in the world. The world thanked Canada with the same sublime indifference as it had the previous time.
Canadian participation in the war was acknowledged in film only if it was necessary to give an American actor a part in a campaign in which the United States had clearly not participated – a touching scrupulousness which, of course, Hollywood has since abandoned, as it has any notion of a separate Canadian identity.
So it is a general rule that actors and filmmakers arriving in Hollywood keep their nationality – unless, that is, they are Canadian. Thus Mary Pickford, Walter Huston, Donald Sutherland, Michael J. Fox, William Shatner, Norman Jewison, David Cronenberg, Alex Trebek, Art Linkletter, Mike Weir and Dan Aykroyd have in the popular perception become American, and Christopher Plummer, British.
It is as if, in the very act of becoming famous, a Canadian ceases to be Canadian, unless she is Margaret Atwood, who is as unshakably Canadian as a moose, or Celine Dion, for whom Canada has proved quite unable to find any takers.
Moreover, Canada is every bit as querulously alert to the achievements of its sons and daughters as the rest of the world is completely unaware of them. The Canadians proudly say of themselves – and are unheard by anyone else – that 1% of the world’s population has provided 10% of the world’s peacekeeping forces.
Canadian soldiers in the past half century have been the greatest peacekeepers on Earth – in 39 missions on UN mandates, and six on non-UN peacekeeping duties, from Vietnam to East Timor, from Sinai to Bosnia.
Yet the only foreign engagement that has entered the popular non-Canadian imagination was the sorry affair in Somalia , in which out-of-control paratroopers murdered two Somali infiltrators. Their regiment was then disbanded in disgrace – a uniquely Canadian act of self-abasement for which, naturally, the Canadians received no international credit.
So who today in the United States knows about the stoic and selfless friendship its northern neighbor has given it in Afghanistan ?
Rather like Cyrano de Bergerac , Canada repeatedly does honourable things for honorable motives, but instead of being thanked for it, it remains something of a figure of fun. It is the Canadian way, for which Canadians should be proud, yet such honour comes at a high cost. This past year more grieving Canadian families knew that cost all too tragically well.


An Anguished Question

An anguished question from a Trump supporter: “Why do liberals think Trump supporters are stupid?”
The serious answer: Hereโ€™s what we really think about Trump supporters – the rich, the poor, the malignant and the innocently well-meaning, the ones who think and the ones who don’t…
That when you saw a man who had owned a fraudulent University, intent on scamming poor people, you thought “Fine.”
That when you saw a man who had made it his business practice to stiff his creditors, you said, “Okay.”
That when you heard him proudly brag about his own history of sexual abuse, you said, “No problem.”
That when he made up stories about seeing muslim-Americans in the thousands cheering the destruction of the World Trade Center, you said, “Not an issue.”
That when you saw him brag that he could shoot a man on Fifth Avenue and you wouldn’t care, you chirped, “He sure knows me.”
That when you heard him illustrate his own character by telling that cute story about the elderly guest bleeding on the floor at his country club, the story about how he turned his back and how it was all an imposition on him, you said, “That’s cool!”
That when you saw him mock the disabled, you thought it was the funniest thing you ever saw.
That when you heard him brag that he doesn’t read books, you said, “Well, who has time?”
That when the Central Park Five were compensated as innocent men convicted of a crime they didn’t commit, and he angrily said that they should still be in prison, you said, “That makes sense.”
That when you heard him tell his supporters to beat up protesters and that he would hire attorneys, you thought, “Yes!”
That when you heard him tell one rally to confiscate a man’s coat before throwing him out into the freezing cold, you said, “What a great guy!”
That you have watched the parade of neo-Nazis and white supremacists with whom he curries favor, while refusing to condemn outright Nazis, and you have said, “Thumbs up!”
That you hear him unable to talk to foreign dignitaries without insulting their countries and demanding that they praise his electoral win, you said, “That’s the way I want my President to be.”
That you have watched him remove expertise from all layers of government in favor of people who make money off of eliminating protections in the industries they’re supposed to be regulating and you have said, “What a genius!”
That you have heard him continue to profit from his businesses, in part by leveraging his position as President, to the point of overcharging the Secret Service for space in the properties he owns, and you have said, “That’s smart!”
That you have heard him say that it was difficult to help Puerto Rico because it was the middle of water and you have said, “That makes sense.”
That you have seen him start fights with every country from Canada to New Zealand while praising Russia and quote, “falling in love” with the dictator of North Korea, and you have said, “That’s statesmanship!”
That Trump separated children from their families and put them in cages, managed to lose track of 1500 kids. has opened a tent city incarceration camp in the desert in Texas – he explains that theyโ€™re just โ€œanimalsโ€ – and you say, โ€œwell, ok then.โ€
That you have witnessed all the thousand and one other manifestations of corruption and low moral character and outright animalistic rudeness and contempt for you, the working American voter, and you still show up grinning and wearing your MAGA hats and threatening to beat up anybody who says otherwise.
What you don’t get, Trump supporters in 2018, is that succumbing to frustration and thinking of you as stupid may be wrong and unhelpful, but it’s also…hear me…charitable.
Because if you’re NOT stupid, we must turn to other explanations, and most of them are less flattering.
Original post by Adam-Troy Castro.