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AIDS Walk  
03:55pm 15/09/2010
Hey all,

I'm walking in the AIDS walk on the 25th. I'm currently looking for pledges which can be given both in person and online through the AIDS walk website. Any pledge would be appreciated.
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08:56am 08/04/2010
Instead of the depressing posts I normally use LJ for, I'm going to write a few gratitudes:

1. My Catholic Grandmother stating she would pay for me to go to KG again this year.
2. My Professor giving me an extension on my paper (despite me not asking for one) in light of my Uncle's death.
3. My new landvaettir shine seen hereCollapse )
4. The privelege to live in a country where even as low-income I can afford a computer and internet.
5. My cat Serena for always giving me love seen hereCollapse )
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What being a Vegetarian Means to Me...  
05:34am 06/02/2010
Just my own personal beliefs and reflections.

What being a Vegetarian Means to Me..

It means I am healthier... A lot of major illnesses in Western society are the direct cause of eating animal products in extremely large quantities pumped full of growth hormones, antibiotics and other things most people don't want to know about. I orginally went vegetarian because, I had gotten really sick eating animal products. Vegetarians are at a much lower risk now for many things including heart disease, stroke, cancer, high bad colesterol and full blown diabetes. Also the idea that Vegetarians can't get enough protein, iron etc is a myth. Western society eats way too much protein that it actually causes health problems. (Now if I could only quit smoking too).

It means that I made a moral decision... I do not believe that eating animal products in our society is moral. Most meat comes from factory farms where the animals are harmed or tortured before being finally killed. Certain meats like veal (baby chained up beaten cow) and lamb (baby sheep) are unconciounable in all cultures. Eating meat can only be moral in small amounts in primarily indigenous socities who live close to the land, have a relationship with the animals, let them live free, and as the Kluane people of the Yukon recognize animals as 'other then human persons.'

It means that I am an environmentalist... The meat industry is one of the largest producers (and some have argued the largest) producer of climate change. Between the destruction of forests for cattle grazing, the use of oil in factories and transportation, the shear amount of food it takes to feed animals, the polluting of the hydrosphere, the methane that the animals produce and the amount of land it takes to feed one person using meat in comparison to feeding them using plants the meat industry is by far one of the most destructive on this planet.

It means that I am privileged... To be able to live in a society where options for vegetarian foods are plentiful and being able to buy those foods is a privilege of location and class. Rarely (except in certain cases like parts of India) has before modern times have people been able to survive as vegetarians and in many parts of the world today due to poverty and inaccess to certain foods considered common here people would not be able to survive as vegetarian.

It means that I am attacked and deraded for my beliefs and choices... Despite many omnivores claiming that they cannot stand pushy vegetarians who espouse their beliefs, many more attacks come the other way. I am regulairly verbally attacked and deraded for being a vegetarian. I have regulairly been put in situations where people have to prove to me how much they love meat when I have never commented on their choices. I have had many people who consider themselves my friends make offensive jokes about vegetarians in my presence. Yet, I believe peoples prejudice is their own to conquer and that many of these issues stem from omnivores (and yes you are omnivores not carnivores or 'meatatarians', though human beings can survive as purely herbavores they cannot survive as carnivores), not being comfortable enough in their own choices when someone who has made a different choice is nearby.

It means that I love animals... I have a deep respect for all other animals on this earth on a intrinsic level. Though I will kill something such as bugs if they are a danger to my health or life, I try to avoid doing so. If I were ever to kill an animal for food it would be done with respect for that animal and reverance for the life it gave for me to live.

Written after one too many verbal attacks about me being vegetarian
mood: accomplishedaccomplished
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Spark of Freedom Update  
09:44am 12/05/2009
April 29th, 2009
( Canada: Rebelles a new Young Feminist Movement )

April 30th, 2009
( Video: IWD )

May 6th, 2009
( Opinion: Enough with Swine Flu )

May 10th, 2009
( History: Mother's Peace Day )

May 12th, 2009
( Opinion: Power Over, Power Within, Power With )
mood: accomplishedaccomplished
music: Rage Against the Machine - Killing in the Name
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Pagan Serenity Prayer  
10:43pm 04/05/2009
God & Goddess grant me:

The Power of Water, to accept with ease and grace what I cannot change.

The Power of Fire, for the energy and courage to change the things I can.

The Power of Air, for the ability to know the difference.

And the Power of Earth, for the strength to continue my path.

So Mote in Be!
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Spark of Freedom Update  
01:40pm 28/04/2009
April 11th, 2009
( Site: Best Feminist Political Blog )

April 12th, 2009
( Video: The World According to Monsanto )

April 13th, 2009
( Book Review: Webs of Power by Starhawk )

April 14th, 2009
( Mexico: Trotsky's Remains Stolen? )

April 27th, 2009
( Video: Earth Spirit Action )

April 28th, 2009
( Ottawa: Navigating the Ins and Outs: GLBT Partner Assault )
mood: busybusy
music: Cities of the Underworld - Hitler's Last Secret
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Oh Chaos Mage  
10:20pm 26/04/2009
Best quote of the day after a talk about how corrupting Christian girls is fun due to the fact that once they pop they really pop:

James: "I love being evil! Its the best job in the world!"
mood: amusedamused
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Best Canadian Feminist Political Blog  
11:17am 11/04/2009
My blog Spark of Freedom which has been on hiatus due to school mostly, has been nominated in the 2009 Canadian F-Word Blog Awards for the Best Feminist Political Blog.

This was from the administrator of the awards:

"What does being nominated for an F-word Award mean, besides glamour, prestige, and a pretty badge to display on your blog? In the big scheme of things, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! More acutely though, it means that someone who is aware of the awards likes your blog enough to nominate it in our anti-sexist snark festival. It means someone thinks you kick ass! AND YOU DO! W00t!"
mood: amusedamused
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02:38pm 10/04/2009
music: Mediaeval Baebes - Miracle
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Roommate Search  
10:43pm 07/04/2009
So, the friend who was supposed to move in with me, has decided not to move in despite her supposed to be moving in sunday. This is obviously a strain and I am in need of someone for May 1st or earlier.

So as a reiteration:

I'm looking for a roommate for May 1st or earlier in a two bedroom apartment for $550 all inclusive.

Included in the Rent is:
Heat, Hydro, Water, Phone and, Internet

There is also a washer and dryer in the basement though they are coin operated and therefore not part of the rent though accessible.

The apartment is fairly spacious and whoever moves in would be getting the Master bedroom 10'4" X 15'6".

It is walking distance from:
College Square
Algonquin College
Baseline Station (including 95 route)
118 Route
A Public Library
and, right beside our building is the rental office and a Mac's

Current Roommate (ie me):
Has one female cat
Fairly clean
and is currently a Social Work student at Carleton

I'm looking to set up plans for a new roommate as soon as I can. Please let me know if you or someone you know is interested.

Contact me by commenting, emailing aurora.jade.pichette@gmail.com or, phoning 613.422.1253

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