“The Kremlin may not have pulled the trigger but it certainly loaded the gun and put it in the murderers’ hands,” Mr. Baird told a news conference in London.

“Canada will be imposing new sanctions against a broad range of people and entities in various Russian sectors.”

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Finally some foreign policy I can stand behind. - Llu

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micdotcom:

7 huge problems left by the World Cup in Brazil

 The long list of controversies before the tournament’s start included mass evictions, violent protests, police brutality and construction worker deaths. But now that the party is over, the buzz about the games is mostly good, and the problems that the media once covered with such concern are slowly being swept under the rug. 

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I love this article so much. 

World reflections, July 16, 2014

I don’t even want to watch the news anymore. It is deeply concerning locally, nationally, and internationally.

I don’t agree with Hamas, but I don’t agree with Israel either, and these issues are nuanced and complicated and have begun to spread to other neighboring countries. I feel for Palestinians, Israelis and others in the region. 

I don’t agree with the fascists, neo-nazis terrorists in Ukraine, and I’m not convinced Putin isn’t involved with encouraging this behaviour, and he is obviously causing further issues with his own extremist groups and therefore I don’t agree or trust his intentions.

I don’t agree with Canada’s stance on these issues, but I sort of get the logic from a UN stance and with regards to terrorism. I also am deeply concerned with other national issues related to Harper.

Locally it seems to me a living breathing Walter White type character was living outside Airdrie on his parents’ acreage and has killed his sister’s Father-in-law, Mother-in-law, as well as their grandson over some sort of business dispute. Given his history as a fraud, chemist, and drug cook, I suspect we’ll never find the bodies and it may be difficult to release him, though I suspect he’ll be killed regardless.

Which makes me concerned about other parts of my life, and a little too close to home.

Overall it is concerning that as a civilization we are struggling to move forward and move beyond terrorism, land disputes, and a desire for revenge and power.

I spent most of my childhood wrestling. What it means to wrestle is a lot more than the competitive side of grappling, and the dumb homophobic or sexual or entertainment related jokes people crack when they learn my background. Some people wonder why I ever mention it any more, I do because wrestling and grappling shaped my person. I can’t change my childhood or who my father was, but I can accept and use the skills I learned as a child. 

Do I approve of the training and disciplinary methods used on me as a youth? Not entirely, I very much have mixed feelings due to the numerous health symptoms and injuries that were ignored by those in charge of my care and coaching.

However, I can tell you one thing, I’m tougher, stronger, fiercer, and hungrier for my goals than most because I was a wrestler. Because even when I was screaming inside from pain, frustration, and anger, I kept going. 

-Llu

I’m such a huge fan of Shari Weber’s work. I worked for her this past week as a local runner/assistant/transport to Shania Twain’s production crew. Shari was brilliant to work for: personable, flexible and organized. I wish I could work for her all the time. She sought to find practical solutions first. I have so much respect for her. Definitely a new role model.