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April 1st, 2011

A few years ago, the gov. of my province started showing theses awareness advertisements for road safety. What set them apart from previous awareness campaigns was the shock value of these TV ads; They showed car crashes (with graphic injuries showed in slow motion) to try and shock people in the hopes that perhaps the message would be taken more seriously. (or just downright scare them to death. Speed kills, people!)

Though I found them a bit too shocking, I though; "Well, if it's what it takes for people to learn" etc etc.

...These days, I'm not so sure. You see, now my province's gov. has started a new awareness campaign: Sexual abuse. Last year they had a TV ad that showed a woman, talking to the camera and addressing her abuser "Twenty years later and it still hurts," the woman said, close to tears. It was really the kind of ad that made you pause and think.

But last night, I was watching TV, unaware that I was going to be shown their new "shocking" awareness ad. A closeup on someone's mid-section (it could be a girl, a guy, or even a teenage boy: you can't really tell) and suddenly big hands come up and try to unzip the pants... The hands are chased away with a slap - But then they come back and pretty soon it's a pretty violent struggle (A very realistic one, too) There's a cut, and then they show the victim's trembling hands zipping their pants back up.

As soon as the ad ended, I started to cry, I thought I was going to be sick. Now, I have never been the victim of such abuse but my first thought was "What if someone who's been abused sees this ad?" That thought made me cry some more and feel even more sick. I think that this particular ad pushed the envelope WAY too far.

So my question is this: Does shock-publicity really work? Is there a line that should never be crossed?

March 14th, 2011

O Canada

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I recently had a rant on someone's lj about things I thought should be changed in america when they posted something about The Westboro Baptist Church. It made me think a lot about the differences between Canada and the states and this morning I found a really great article (reposted on tumblr) from a 2003 Pittsburgh Post Gazette editorial:

An American’s View of Canada

It’s not just the weather that’s cooler in Canada: You live next door to a clean-cut, quiet guy. He never plays loud music or throws raucous parties. He doesn’t gossip over the fence, just smiles politely and offers you some tomatoes. His lawn is cared-for, his house is neat as a pin and you get the feeling he doesn’t always lock his front door. He wears Dockers. You hardly know he’s there. And then one day you discover that he has pot in his basement, spends his weekends at peace marches and that guy you’ve seen mowing the yard is his spouse.

Allow me to introduce Canada. The Canadians are so quiet that you may have forgotten they’re up there, but they’ve been busy doing some surprising things. It’s like discovering that the mice you are dimly aware of in your attic have been building an espresso machine.

Did you realize, for example, that our reliable little tag-along brother never joined the Coalition of the Willing? Canada wasn’t willing, as it turns out, to join the fun in Iraq. I can only assume American diner menus weren’t angrily changed to include “freedom bacon,” because nobody here eats the stuff anyway.

And then there’s the wild drug situation: Canadian doctors are authorized to dispense medical marijuana. Parliament is considering legislation that would not exactly legalize marijuana possession, as you may have heard, but would reduce the penalty for possession of under 15 grams to a fine, like a speeding ticket. This is to allow law enforcement to concentrate resources on traffickers; if your garden is full of wasps, it’s smarter to go for the nest rather than trying to swat every individual bug. Or, in the United States, bong.

Now, here’s the part that I, as an American, can’t understand. These poor benighted pinkos are doing everything wrong. They have a drug problem: Marijuana offenses have doubled since 1991. And Canada has strict gun control laws, which means that the criminals must all be heavily armed, the law-abiding civilians helpless and the government on the verge of a massive confiscation campaign. (The laws have been in place since the ’70s, but I’m sure the government will get around to the confiscation eventually.) They don’t even have a death penalty!

And yet … nationally, overall crime in Canada has been declining since 1991. Violent crimes fell 13 percent in 2002. Of course, there are still crimes committed with guns - brought in from the United States, which has become the major illegal weapons supplier for all of North America - but my theory is that the surge in pot-smoking has rendered most criminals too relaxed to commit violent crimes. They’re probably more focused on shoplifting boxes of Ho-Hos from convenience stores.

And then there’s the most reckless move of all: Just last month, Canada decided to allow and recognize same-sex marriages. Merciful moose, what can they be thinking? Will there be married Mounties (they always get their man!)? Dudley Do-Right was sweet on Nell, not Mel! We must be the only ones who really care about families. Not enough to make sure they all have health insurance, of course, but more than those libertines up north.

This sort of behavior is a clear and present danger to all our stereotypes about Canada. It’s supposed to be a cold, wholesome country of polite, beer-drinking hockey players, not founded by freedom-fighters in a bloody revolution but quietly assembled by loyalists and royalists more interested in order and good government than liberty and independence. But if we are the rugged individualists, why do we spend so much of our time trying to get everyone to march in lockstep? And if Canadians are so reserved and moderate, why are they so progressive about letting people do what they want to?

Canadians are, as a nation, less religious than we are, according to polls. As a result, Canada’s government isn’t influenced by large, well-organized religious groups and thus has more in common with those of Scandinavia than those of the United States, or, say, Iran.

Canada signed the Kyoto global warming treaty, lets 19-year-olds drink, has more of its population living in urban areas and accepts more immigrants per capita than the United States. These are all things we’ve been told will wreck our society. But I guess Canadians are different, because theirs seems oddly sound.

Like teenagers, we fiercely idolize individual freedom but really demand that everyone be the same. But the Canadians seem more adult - more secure. They aren’t afraid of foreigners. They aren’t afraid of homosexuality. Most of all, they’re not afraid of each other.

I wonder if America will ever be that cool.

My points of interest:

-Gun control laws
-No Death penalty
-Legalization of gay marriage
-Absence of large organized religious groups influencing laws and government.


CANADA, FUCK YEAH!

April 16th, 2010

I started watching this show about a month ago (I downloaded seasons 1-4 in a week, thank you setos_puppy, me love you long time) and got hooked instantly. It's got everything; It can be scary, strange, funny, angsty, filled with not-so-subtle innuendo moments and of course sexy men (I'm looking at you, Dean!)

cut for fangirling and a requestCollapse )

TLDR; I'm new to the Supernatural Fandom! I need Dean/Cas fic recs, gen fic recs, links to Dean/Cas comms and fic coms. Help please?

September 15th, 2007

Clarifications

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(Those who are concerned by this post will know who they are. Others please ignore this.)

I recently made this journal f-locked. There are 2 reasons I did this; the first is because of the shit that's been happening around lj during the summer. And the second is that, as stated on my 'friending' post, "This lj is for sharing my art, doujinshi and personal life randomness with my friends. If I wanted to show my thoughts and my art to the general public I would do it elsewhere."

Which I do, at places like Y!Gallery and on the communities I choose to share my books in.

This is my personal journal and not some eye-candy community.

As I said to someone yesterday, "although I have nothing against having more people on my flist I do however, mind that some would just lurk on my journal, leech on my doujins and art and not talk to me at all."

When I friend someone it's because we've exchanged a few comments in some community or another, and I find that person interesting and share specific interests with them. When someone friends me I will usually friend back, but lately I've been having lots of people asking to see my journal.(and some who just friend me without talking to me at all first)

If some of you are un-friended, don't take it personally. I'm very conscious about my art and post it here knowing that I'm showing it to friends, not some random person I never even heard about.

I'll repeat what I said above, because I really don't mind having more lj friends. In fact I think it's great. But I don't want to show my stuff to just about anyone, and I DO NOT want lurkers and leechers (and people who friended me because they wanted free doujinshi) to see my journal.

I'm gonna make this post public for a few days just to be sure everyone gets it. If you still think you should be on my flist then for God's sake, talk to me and try to get to know me.

December 26th, 2005

Attention Everyone!

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I don't expect everyone to reply to all my entries but please leave a comment once in a while! This lj is for sharing my art, doujinshi and personal life randomness with my friends. If I wanted to show my thoughts and my art to the general public I would do it elsewhere. So don't be a stranger, ne?


Also, please refrain from re-posting my art and doujinshi scans ANYWHERE. Not on 4chan, not on aarinfantasy or any other forums. Thanks.


One final note: People with empty journals and people who comment with things like "I want to see your doujins can u add me pls?" will most likely be ignored.
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