We need to talk about Doug
Good morning gorgeous. It’s lovely to see you squinting into your phone on this UNSEASONABLY cold April morning. *sigh* Canada really wants us to forget what warmth feels like. Today is a short wntta because stomach flus are real and self-care is too, but let’s get cosy and catch up for a moment, shall we? Before we get into the meat and potatoes, I want to chat a bit about baggage.
Women can be like turtles. We hold whole houses, whole families, and whole communities on our backs. We look strong, so people give us more things to hold. We take them and carry them with us. People's pain, their worry, their illness. We offer to hold their problems and darkness for them. It gets so heavy.
So much of this baggage isn’t ours to carry.
Sometimes it’s too much to hold.
We need to put it down.
Today choose something that’s too heavy and ask for help carrying it. Or simply place it down on the floor in the lobby of your life. Doesn't that feel lighter? You don't have to carry it all anymore.
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If your love for me requires that I hide parts of who I am, then you don't love me. Love is never a request for silence.
― DeRay McKesson
The Dame Mourns Notre Dame
The Dame is a wntta guest and resident Don Draper: an elegant hedonist who suffers no fools, The Dame herself, writer Ali Schofield.
Like so many of you dear darlings, I too mourn the destruction of Notre-Dame de Paris, as she is known to her friends. But(!) as Whitney Cummings pointed out on the Tweet Place where the trolls live, the cinders we once knew as Notre-Dame very quickly turned into an opportunity for people to post pictures of long past vacations to Paris. These thinly vailed tribute-brags are not becoming darlings, not cute at all. Now, listen to my story.
It’ll come as no surprise to you that I’ve never been one for piety (or chastity, temperance, or even prudence, really, but I have other virtues, as you well know.) Knowing this, you may or may not be surprised I’ve never stepped through Notre-Dame’s hallowed doors, I’ve only once walked by her glorious stone breadth at two in the morning during a seven-hour layover from Casablanca to Toronto. In the relative darkness I beheld her gorgeous storied façade, a French gothic lady who appeared to me positively formidable. But like any lady, no matter how powerful and thoughtfully constructed, she was still fragile (for that is what happens when your insides are made of wood.)
Don’t you fret, my pets, relics have been saved, stained glass has gone unblemished (because you’re genuinely concerned about that, right?), and many artworks may be salvaged. She may not be the same as when you saw her during your grade 11 March Break trip, but we all need to be rebuilt every now and then. I don’t know about you, but I fully intend, one Dame to another, to support her as best I can.
We need to talk about a bunch of gasbags
On April 1st the Federal government implemented a carbon tax on all of the provinces who didn't get their own shit together, Ontario very obviously included. The carbon tax is being used to, uh, persuade, large companies to curb their carbon use. Getting companies to cut down on killing the planet is a plan everyone living on earth should be down with, because, who really wants to boil alive?
Under the new plan we'll be paying $10 per ton of emitted carbon, and the Ontario PCs want you to know it. The day before the tax went into effect they tweeted photos of themselves pumping gas. Of course, they did that shit. Marketing geniuses, all of them. Also, where is Natalia's car?
Here's the thing, the Liberals have put rebates in place based on income, which will even out the tax for Ontarians, as well as built-in relief for farmers, Indigenous people, and people living in remote areas. For Doug Ford, the No Frills Trump of the North, that is just not good enough. What does an off-brand Trump do when he's steamed? Take 'em to court. Ford is questioning the legality of the tax and asking the Court of Appeals to decide if it's constitutional. The battle is playing out now, grab your popcorn.
BTW: Overall, Canada is not killing it when it comes to Climate Change. We're farther away from hitting our emissions reductions targets set out by the Paris Climate Accord than we were last year. So, maybe we are killing (it)? Ugh.
Something to make you giggle (then get your kids vaccinated)
Rebelling against your parents to make sure you don’t get tetanus, is hot.
Something to make you laugh
Roney Chang thinks we need an Asian President
Jerry Bance, an East Toronto PC candidate was caught urinating in a mug at a customer's house when he was an appliance repairman. "Alexa, can you make sure candidates for political office aren't peeing in my fucking dishes?" Anyway, he is no longer a candidate.
Something damn cool
Katie Bouman helped create the algorithm that allowed scientists to take the first photo of a supermassive black hole. Here is her TED talk on how she did it. Also, men on the internet are being dicks to her. Because of course they are.
Something to get you through
We spend so much time being afraid of failure, afraid of rejection. But regret is the thing we should fear most. Failure is an answer. Rejection is an answer. Regret is an eternal question you will never have the answer to.
― Trevor Noah
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