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November 11 is one of those things that superficially seems the same in Canada and the US but really isn't

In Canada, it's called Remembrance Day, and the focus is about remembering the horrors of war, thinking about peace, and honouring those who have sacrificed their lives as well as our living veterans, although in a very somber way. Honestly, for most of my public school days the focus was 2nd world war because we could invite living veterans to come and talk. (My grandfather, slightly too young for ww2 service but a veteran of the cold war, used to go to local schools too; I presume someone else has taken up that torch.)

In the US, November 11 is Veteran's Day, so it's less about the dead and more about the living in some hard to describe way. It's definitely not about remembering the way it is in Canada. Which means work was trying to break a world record in most number of people doing pushups in an event with a hashtag and a line about "give 'em 20."

Just another small moment of culture shock in the neverending sea of them.

I do wish the US actually celebrated peace, 'cause I miss that part of Canada's pomp and circumstance, and I find the US attitude towards its military very hard to wrap my head around. But I do like work's reminder that veterans are our colleagues and that there's life after military service, even if asking a bunch of nerds to do pushups seems like an odd event choice.
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Sometimes the city of Ottawa just looks like a painting...

(Albuquerque is looking pretty dull after being in Ottawa for the holidays. Processing photos is making me homesick.)
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Well, we'll see how happy we are by the time things are done, but we can hope for positive political change, right? (Canadians: Don't forget to vote today!)

For your election day amusement, even those of you who haven't a clue about Canadian politics, here's a pair of goofy links. The first one tells you about what our current prime minister, Stephen Harper, has done: http://shitharperdid.ca/. Here's a sample item:

There are just some facts about Canadians that Stephen Harper doesn't need to know. For instance, most of them.

The census is how our government determines the state and needs of the country. Harper tried to secretly eliminate the long form census so that he could quite literally make uninformed decisions.

Read about it in The Hill Times...

And the more irreverant but loving take-off on this model is http://shitmaydid.com/ about the leader of our Green Party (which has little official political clout in Canada since they have no seats, but does a shockingly good job of keeping their issues in the public eye).

Elizabeth once made the Billboard 100 for her hit rockabilly anthem: “Less Honk, More Tonk!”

Well, no. But she did make Newsweek’s 2010 list of most influential women in their Women in Leadership series.

Or perhaps you want something more hippie?

Elizabeth rewrote Beowolf, the Illiad, and the 1994 Guinness Book of World Records into the unspoken tongue of the sacred forest.

Sort of… She has actually written seven books, though none have been translated into the unspoken tongue of the sacred forest... yet.

I am amused. Will head out to vote in an hour or two or whenever the rain seems to be letting up a bit. I won't be voting for either of these party leaders, but I thank them for providing some amusement on a dreary election day.
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It turns out that Canadian laws against incitement of hatred were written to protect minorities, and do not include women: Blog inciting hatred against women ruled legal.

Edit: No April Fools joke, sadly. I just forgot to post this yesterday when I heard it on the radio.


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