BC Per-Vote Subsidy

  • Sep. 21st, 2017 at 8:19 AM
penlessej: (The Good Fight)
I wrote more about it here on Parliament.Blog. The fact is that I do not think that casting a vote should be tied to donating any amount of money to a political party. The fact is that contributing financially to a political party is a specific form of expression that is part of the civil democratic process. By linking my vote (which has nothing to do with a desire to financially support a political party), the government is removing an aspect of my freedom of expression. As I said in the editorial, I doubt a lot of people who voted NDP or Liberal in the last BC election would translate that vote into giving $2.50 to the party. Heck the same was true in the last federal election here in Canada and I would wager for the United States during their previous Presidential Election.

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A lot of people are bumbling over this about the taxation. It is estimated to cost $27-million by the end of 2022 when the per-vote subsidy would be down to $1.75/vote and the whole programme will be reviewed. I do not think that taxation piece is really the big issue here however. Premier Horgan is saying that the parties needs the measure to weather the changes in the interim, but I find that to be a weak argument especially because it means he is essentially saying that the fundraising reality in BC is that a political party can either depend in unethical big money or government handouts with no middle ground; but there is a middle ground, it is called grassroots engagement. A political party that cannot build a base to support itself financially (or otherwise) should not exist in a democracy.

Highlander Exchange

  • Sep. 19th, 2017 at 10:15 AM
muccamukk: Joe in front of Notre Dame Cathedral (HL: Joe in Paris)
Anyone know if this is running this year, and if it'll be on LJ? And if it is on LJ if people who deleted their LJs can participate?

ETA: [community profile] hlh_shortcuts. And it will be run entirely on DW. Last year sign ups started end of September. I really rec this fest as it's extremely welcoming and the mod is great.

Meme Answers

  • Sep. 18th, 2017 at 10:12 PM
muccamukk: Matt, arms spread wide, wearing a red shirt that says "I'm Not Dare Devil" with a candy-strpe cane with mistletoe on end (Marvel: Not Daredevil)
Character List
1. Amanda (Highlander)
2. Boromir (The Lord of the Rings)
3. Colleen Wing (Daughters of the Dragon)
4. Doc Holliday (Wynonna Earp)
5. Éowyn (The Lord of the Rings)
6. Jefferson Jackson (Legends of Tomorrow)
7. Joe Dawson (Highlander)
8. Kaulder (The Last Witch Hunter)
9. Misty Knight (Daughters of the Dragon)
10. Murderbot (All Systems Red)
11. Nala (Sinbad 2012)
12. Sara Lance (Legends of Tomorrow)
13. Sinbad (Sinbad 2012)
14. Wynonna Earp (Wynonna Earp)
15. Xavier Dolls (Wynonna Earp)

The questions: )

Personal Motto

  • Sep. 18th, 2017 at 10:42 AM
penlessej: (James Crest)
...do you have one? What is it? What is the meaning behind it for you?

I have two:

(1) Keep Calm and Carry On: pretty much sums up my approach to life. People call me cold and calculated. But they do not know me, they just know the façade that I build up for their own safety and my own. Deep down I am a very emotional and very passionate person. I have learned to control my emotions (for the most part) and to apply reason and logic to my life. The phrase "Keep Calm and Carry On" is cliché and has earned a new sense of modern popularity after the WWII posters (that were never actually released through London) were discovered in a small bookstore a couple decades ago. For me, the phrase embodies my entire approach to controlling my passion and my emotion and apply logic. In face of being bombed, it would be a normal reaction for a passionate person to become emotional, but it is not reasonable, the reasonable person carries on and gets to safety.

(2) Per ardua - Through difficulties: this is the motto of Clan MacIntrye, the Scottish side of my family which falls along the linage of my grandmother. This is the family where the kidney disease follows, so the motto is chillingly fitting. The MacIntryres were proud people who served as hereditary pipers for the MacDonalds of Clanranald and paid regular and proper tribute to the Menzies' until rents became too unbearable in the middle of the 1800s. I have internalized this motto and I feel it is an accurate motto for the family that brings the genetic nightmare upon my family.

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A Real Post is Coming

  • Sep. 18th, 2017 at 7:58 AM
penlessej: (Greenman)
...I swear. And to keep you people fed in the meantime, I will admit that I very nearly almost posted the template for the 2017revival group here as a meme post. Yep, that almost just happened. But it didn't, so how much fun can you make of me really?

In other news:

- went to a Whitecaps FC game in Vancouver on Saturday all by myself. I was suppose to go with a friend I went to school with who lives in Vancouver now (and stay at her place on her couch) but she ended up getting food poisoning on Friday night and was in no shape for a game on Saturday. At first I pouted around the house and then I decided to go alone. I ate shit though, had to take the car on the ferry (both ways $72.50 a pop) and as much as I tried on Facebook, Reddit and even walking up to people who were scooping out scalpers I could not get rid of my second ticket. Oh well, more room during the game I suppose. Actually, it worked out well from my nice guy side, two young women were only able to get seats apart in the row and my spare seat was a gap between me and one of her friends, so I offered the extra seat to them.

- Sunday was moving day. I am now all moved into what is being called the cottage between me and Meganne. It was a rough day overall. Meganne was an emotional mess and became very sentimental near the end of the day. I was sad, very sad, but I had a job to do so I focused on getting it done. I also figured that my role in this emotional nightmare is to be somewhat of the anchor, so I plugged ahead and tried to make it as painless for Meganne as possible. Sleeping in new places sucks and I am finding night lights in the oddest places. It used to be an AirBnB, so that might be part of the reason why, but still, odd.

...more to come, with details and photos. I swear.
muccamukk: General Organa looking up. (SW: The General)
Title: A Pause Between Bullet Points
Fandom: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 600
Notes: Written for [community profile] ladiesbingo square: Character Death (referring here to Han).
Summary: Leia is busy; Rey needs advice.

Totally not written for another fest before I realised it hit a couple big DNWs, nope.

Meme

  • Sep. 17th, 2017 at 12:24 PM
muccamukk: Vala lying listlessly in the middle of a ruin. Text: "Bored Now." (SG-1: Bored Now)
Still can't work out the bandwidth leak. I thought it was just my computer, but Nenya's is doing it when I use it. Could it somehow be firefox? *HANDS*


Meme from Selena K:
1) Make a list of fifteen characters first, and keep it to yourself for the moment.

2) Ask your f-list to post questions in the comments. For example: "One, nine, and fifteen are chosen by a prophecy to save the world from four. Do they succeed?", "Under what circumstances might five and fourteen fall in love?", "Which character on the list would you most want on your side in a zombie invasion?"

3) After your f-list has stopped asking questions, round them up and answer them using the fifteen characters you selected beforehand, then post them.



I can't believe it's my first year back to yuletide since 2013, and I got sucked into wank. Twice. Anyway. Whatever.

Checking In

  • Sep. 15th, 2017 at 9:00 AM
penlessej: (Default)
I am still here, trust me I am still here. The round of four days of 12 hour shifts on the battle watch for the BC fires over the weekend and into Monday and Tuesday really sucked the life out of me. I also hit somewhat of a brick wall mentally this week which prompted me to reach out for support from the mental health guys here at my work.

So that is where I am right now.

This weekend I'll be heading to Vancouver for a MLS soccer game and then moving day is Sunday.

I will get more out shortly. Sorry to those friends who have I have been absent with these past few days, I just need to check out for awhile (and now I am checking in, so we're good).

???

  • Sep. 14th, 2017 at 7:29 PM
muccamukk: Martha looking exasperated. Text: "sigh". (DW: -sighs-)
Something in our system is haemorrhaging bandwidth, and since we have a fixed amount a day which cuts us off for a day if we run over it, we may not be online much until we figure out what the fuck is going on.

I'm gong to pull the plug before my last 76MB vanish for no reason.

Dear Trick or Treater: (2017)

  • Sep. 12th, 2017 at 5:36 PM
muccamukk: Gregory Peck looks up prayerfully. (Christian: Say a little prayer)
Thank you so much for making me a gift! I'm really looking forward to seeing what you do with these my favourite characters (They can totally all be my favourite at the same time!) So uh, long letter is long, please feel free to mix and match prompts, or pick something off my like list and ignore the rest, or throw it away and go with your own idea for these characters (did I mention they're my favourites?)

Likes and DNWs: )

The Almighty Johnsons )

DC's Legends of Tomorrow (TV) )

The Guns of Navarone (1961) )

The Murderbot Diaries - Martha Wells )

The Reckoning (2003) )

Sinbad )

Twelve O'Clock High (1949) )

Wynonna Earp (TV) )

Whew! You made it to the end! Please remember that these are just suggestions, and what I'm interested in most is what you want to make. Also, there are more prompts for a lot of these characters in my letters tag or over at fandom giftbox.

Help!

  • Sep. 11th, 2017 at 11:42 AM
muccamukk: Girl sitting on a forest floor, reading a book and surrounded by towers of more books. (Books: So Many Books)
I am, for reasons that don't need exploring at this juncture, looking for the most depressing thing written in England in the 1860s-1890s.

I'm talking about like a grim dark novel on the devastation of industrialism, a report on the conditions of life in Whitechaple, Published letters about the status of women in Ireland, Top Five Things Wrong With Empire: A Pamphlet. It can be condemning bad things happening, or from the point of view of the people doing the bad things who don't care. Either way, Something that one would read and feel like hiding under a blanket with tea was really the only thing to be done against the overwhelming horror of life.

Under 200 pages would be ideal, since I'm going to have to read this in a hurry.