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An Easter Miracle

Posted April 19, 2019 by Balbulican

Miraculously recovered from the ashes of Notre Dame Cathedral: an actual, physical excerpt from King Henry’s Response to Cardinal Mueller’s Investigation of the murder of Thomas Becket….

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PCPO Budget Is Mild Stuff

Posted April 11, 2019 by bigcitylib

I don’t like the directions taken; cutting healthcare spending below the rate of inflation, and etc.  But this government in this budget is definitely no Mike Harris Mark II.   Mind you, they’ll never meet their deficit reduction targets…

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Doug Ford’s OHIP Changes: A Bummer, or Not?

Posted April 4, 2019 by bigcitylib

I’m especially wondering about his plan to cut back on pain relief for colonoscopies.  I’ve gone through the procedure twice.  First time around they hit me with a General and I still didn’t pass out.  I watched on a B&W TV screen as…

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And You Thought Joe Biden Was Bad?

Posted April 2, 2019 by Balbulican
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Meal Prep Week-Long Power Bowls

Posted March 7, 2019 by Angela (Oh She Glows)

You’ve probably seen the meal prep trend online where dozens and dozens of meals are prepped in containers for the entire week? Holy moly. I can say that will probably never be me. I once tried an over-ambitious meal prep and not only did I end up with way too much food, but it took […]

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Senator Dave Tkachuk (former Principal Secretary to Saskatchewan Premier Grant Devine) Calls For Liberals To Be ‘Killed’

Posted February 21, 2019 by leftdog

There is something VERY wrong with Right Wing thinking in Canada .. it is becoming more extreme, more violent and more intolerant of democracy. Here is Saskatchewan Conservative Senator Tkachuk demanding that protesting truckers “roll over” members / s…

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Life In Scarborough: The Fried Pork Rinds of Scarborough

Posted February 19, 2019 by bigcitylib

Was inside the Jian Hing market at Markham and Lawrence on Family Day, looking for Filipino  Pork Rinds.  They have about 40 different varieties at Jian Hing.  I’m not kidding, there’s a whole aisle devoted to nothing but.  Fil…

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Flying Today

Posted January 29, 2019 by bigcitylib

Horrible behavior but  it wouldn’t have happened 50 yrs ago because everyone would have had enough leg room.  I flew Air Canada Rouge (@AirCanadaRouge) in 2018 and it was  like being crew on a WWI submarine.  Something has to change.

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Toronto The Unready

Posted January 27, 2019 by bigcitylib

WTF happened?  Did the dispatcher pass out just before the storm hit?  Did the plow-guy bust a leg trying to smuggle a hooker into the barracks through a back window?  Or did they stop at VP and say Fuck it its Scarborough lets turn arou…

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Game Night Crispy Potato Bruschetta

Posted January 26, 2019 by Angela (Oh She Glows)

Do you ever feel like you’re on the verge of a breakthrough, but you’re not quite sure how you’ll do it? This has been my mindset lately. I’ve been so inspired in different areas of my life to create meaningful change with things like personal growth, career dreams, family life, etc. You could say that […]

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Gaslighting media

Posted January 22, 2019 by Anonymous

“You are a slow learner, Winston,” said O’Brien gently. “How can I help it?” he blubbered. “How can I help seeing what is in front of my eyes? Two and two are four.” “Sometimes, Winston. Sometimes they are five….

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Bristling

Posted January 17, 2019 by Balbulican

The Gillette corporation recently released one of those warm and fuzzy prosocial lifestyle ads. It was an innocuous little string of inspirational skits, a bit of virtue-signalling whose message, basically, is “Don’t Be A Dick”. It’s a #MeToo update of…

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False flag

Posted January 16, 2019 by Anonymous

It’s an overworked phrase, and too often the stuff of conspiracy theories, but—this one’s real. And once again the Usual Suspects either fell for it—or were part of the unfunny joke. Canadian Islamic Party, eh? If you figured it was…

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Liberal Candidate Karen Wang* Leaves Burnaby South Byelection After Racist Comments Against Jagmeet Singh!

Posted January 16, 2019 by leftdog

There is NEVER room for racist attacks or racial valuations in Canadian politics! It’s appropriate that the Liberal Candidate has withdrawn her candidacy in this key byelection!Press Progress* =typo corrected.

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Crunchy Dill Chickpea Pancakes with Lemon-Garlic Aioli

Posted January 15, 2019 by Angela (Oh She Glows)

How is 2019 treating you so far? Scrolling through Instagram would have me believe that we’re all killin’ this New Year thing, but something tells me I’m probably not seeing the less than stellar starts to the year. I know ours was nothing like we expected. Emotionally draining to say the least, and I had […]

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Jagmeet Singh Is Not Ready For Prime Time Politics In Canada ….

Posted January 15, 2019 by leftdog

“During an appearance on the political show CTV Question Period, Singh appeared to be unaware of a news story that made a lot of headlines last week. Singh was asked how he would respond, if elected prime minister, to the recent statement by China’s Canadian ambassador Lu Shaye, that Canada and its Western allies’ calls for the release of two Canadians detained in China is rooted in ‘white supremacy.’

“Sorry, who accused who of white supremacy?” Singh asked his interviewer. He later told the Toronto Star he didn’t hear the initial question. Host Evan Solomon repeated it in full and asked how Singh would have responded if he were prime minister. “I don’t know if there is any evidence of that suggestion,” Singh said, then quickly pivoted to talking about U.S. President Donald Trump. Global News

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On Dr. Jordan Peterson: The True And Real Story

Posted January 14, 2019 by bigcitylib

He’s a con artist.  He’s got a book, he’s got a speaking tour, and when’s he’s not flogging the book he’s flogging his daughter’s all meat diet to get his army of fan-boys Manly for the next battle in the Culture Wars.  Real intellectual…

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Birth of a year

Posted January 7, 2019 by Anonymous

A belated happy and secure New Year everyone. First, an apology. Life has been stressful recently, to put it mildly—family matters—and I seem to have hit a wall of writer’s block. So I have not been assiduous about posting…

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I have to vent this somewhere

Posted December 23, 2018 by Mandos

I always pronounced “Hebrides” as “He-brides” and imagined it as the island headquarters of the Drag Queen International….

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My Home Office Tour

Posted December 13, 2018 by Angela (Oh She Glows)

I love working with food, but one of my other passions is home decor, so I hope you’ll humour me with this post! I’ve caught the decor bug in recent years, and I just love every stage of putting a room together. The only problem is that I don’t have much time for home decor […]

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Instant Pot Creamiest Steel-Cut Oatmeal (with stovetop version!)

Posted November 24, 2018 by Angela (Oh She Glows)

Hellooooo! I’m alive, I’m alive! Did you think after my 10-year blogiversary post that I decided to take a 10-year break? lol. It’s been a busy month with a lot of fun events going down. I just returned from WXN’s Canada’s Most Powerful Women celebrations, and I’m still riding the high of winning an award […]

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L’affaire Acosta and the limits of dialogue

Posted November 8, 2018 by Anonymous

“The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.” ~1984 A few days ago, I lost a Facebook friend who (as it turns out) is rather partial to Donald…

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Vegan Salted Peanut Butter Crunch Torte + 10 Years!

Posted October 30, 2018 by Angela (Oh She Glows)

10 YEARS!!! Can someone please tell me how it’s been a decade since I wrote my very first blog post? We’re celebrating today with this incredible vegan dessert and a week-long OSG Recipe App sale for charity (deets below). When I started my blog on October 31, 2008, Eric and I were newly married and […]

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The bitch is in heat again

Posted October 30, 2018 by Anonymous

If we could learn to look instead of gawking, We’d see the horror in the heart of farce, If only we could act instead of talking, We wouldn’t always end up on our arse. This was the thing that nearly…

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One Bowl Pumpkin Chocolate Muffins (Vegan + Gluten-free)

Posted October 17, 2018 by Angela (Oh She Glows)

One thing that’s been especially hard during my recent health struggles is that I’ve had some negative feelings resurface surrounding food and restriction. Those of you who’ve been reading for years may know that one of the reasons I started blogging back in 2008 was to share my journey to health. I spoke a lot […]

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On Stephen Miller and Glue Eating

Posted October 15, 2018 by bigcitylib

There has been much ridicule directed at Trump adviser Stephen Miller for an alleged childhood habit of drying glue on his arm, and then eating it .  Obviously, I disagree with the guy’s politics but many people don’t realize that glue i…

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Sleepy Morning Blender Matcha

Posted September 26, 2018 by Angela (Oh She Glows)

At long last I’m able to give you a bit of an update on my recent health struggles! If you’re catching up, read this post and this post (and the comments) first. Well, where did we leave off? To start, I’m so thankful to have found a great naturopath after not having an overly helpful […]

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Doug Ford Shits The Bed

Posted September 20, 2018 by bigcitylib
And its not just the nation as a whole that thinks he’s a right douche-bag.  It’s here in Ontario:


Once a star, Doug Ford is now a case.  It happens to all leaders, but as it ever happened as fast??

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Jagmeet Singh Decides It Is Politically Wise To Spit In The Face Of Saskatchewan New Democrats :(

Posted September 14, 2018 by leftdog

Everything that has ever happened in the ranks of the New Democratic Party of Canada before his arrival, seems to be of no interest to Jagmeet Singh. What a sad day for the New Democratic Party of Canada.Every Member of the Federal NDP Caucus who remai…

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NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s Problems Worsen Before Todays Caucus Meeting In BC

Posted September 11, 2018 by leftdog

Many pragmatic, experienced veterans of the New Democratic Party of Canada are preparing for the Party to be nearly obliterated in the upcoming 2019 Election under the leadership of Jagmeet Singh.

The reasons are many, but none more public than Singh’s handling of the Erin Weir and Christine Moore harassment allegations in the Federal Caucus.  Singh has also managed to ignite an outright battle with the governing New Democrats in Alberta over pipelines and a nasty battle with Saskatchewan Federal New Democrats over the excommunication of MP Erin Weir.

It is unfortunate that at their Caucus meeting starting today in BC,  the Members of the Federal NDP Caucus will rally around Singh, attack his critics and venture forward over the next year with grim determination while Canada witnesses the electoral sinking of the Federal NDP. 

Perhaps from the remains of the Federal NDP will arise a social democratic option in Canada for the 21st Century that is not burdened with the current idiotic ‘rebel without a clue’  leadership that is currently suffocating it.

-Globe & Mail -The Star

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Federal NDP Caucus Meets To Figure Out ‘What possibly could have gone wrong here?"

Posted September 10, 2018 by leftdog

JAGMEET SINGH!!! Just resign so that New Democrats can repair the damage your inexperience and stubbornness created before the next Federal Election!!https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-troubled-ndp-faces-its-do-or-die-moment-in-bc-caucus-me…

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Weir and Moore Demonstrate Singh / Federal NDP Stunning Hypocrisy

Posted September 10, 2018 by leftdog

Weir and Moore Demonstrate Singh / NDP Stunning Hypocrisy
September 9th, 2018 

So much for the federal NDP’s pretense of being the party of fairness, equality and even reconciliation.
The differences between leader Jagmeet Singh’s and the federal party’s internal handling of two “inappropriate conduct” cases involving two NDP MPs recently are staggering … and horribly hypocritical.
Saskatchewan MP Erin Weir was elected for the NDP in the 2015 election … but, as reported by Global News “was suspended from the caucus in February after fellow New Democrat Christine Moore sent an email to her caucus colleagues saying she had heard numerous complaints about Weir allegedly harassing staffers.”
NO ONE had directly filed a complaint against Weir, but news reports at the time said he made women in the workplace uncomfortable by standing too close, talked too long to some,  and had, according to Singh  “failed to read non-verbal cues in social situations” that his advances were unwelcome.
Weir was IMMEDIATELY suspended from the NDP caucus while a third-party investigation took place: it supported “one claim of harassment and three claims of sexual harassment”.
“The report states that when he realized that his advances were unwanted, he stopped.” Singh admitted.
 Weir said he never intended to embarrass or harass anyone and underwent counselling,  but Singh would not budge and last week, the MP was EXPELLED from the NDP caucus.
“Singh’s letter to Weir, however, says he still hasn’t taken “responsibility publicly” for “attacking” former caucus colleagues. It also says the president of the NDP’s staff union warned him that Weir’s reinstatement would violate workers’ right to a harassment-free work environment.,” according to The Toronto Star.
Singh and the NDP being VERY TOUGH on sexual harassment or impropriety in the workplace! Bravo! Very principled!
But remember Christine Moore?   She’s the NDP MP who reportedly had first brought Weir’s actions to the attention of Singh.
Well, she also got into hot water with the NDP   … when two months after the Weir situation,  it was revealed a seriously wounded Canadian Afghan War veteran and witness before a Parliamentary committee in 2013,  accused Moore herself of “inappropriate sexual behaviour”.
Retired Corporal Glen Kirkland alleged the NDP MP had invited him back to her office, served him drinks, visited him in his hotel where they had sex, later sent him explicit messages and even showed up unannounced at his home in Manitoba, where he rebuffed her.
 “Moore strongly denied the relationship with Glen Kirkland was anything but fully mutual and consensual” the CBC later reported.
But still ….
An MP getting involved in a sexual relationship with a witness at a Parliamentary committee sure seems WORSE to me … a LOT worse … than standing too close to others at work or “not heeding non-verbal signals”.
But apparently, NOT to Singh and the NDP.
Sure, they again ordered a third-party investigation … but the handling of that one, right from the start, and the outcome was QUITE different from what Weir had faced.
Moore was relieved on her duties, but she was NOT immediately suspended from caucus … as Weir had been … pending the investigation. Why not????
Kirkland later complained he wasn’t even interviewed as part of the investigation; and, in July, the investigation cleared Moore of any harassment and abuse of authority allegations; she was welcomed back to full duties within the NDP caucus.
So it certainly seems that, for the federal NDP, MPs having relationships/sex with witnesses appearing before their Parliamentary committees is quite ok  … or at least forgivable,  but standing close to people while talking and  protesting one’s innocence, even while undergoing behaviour counseling … is not.

Hypocrites!

Again, from my personal point of view … having spent 38 years covering politicians at local, regional, provincial and even the federal level (including 8 years right there on Parliament Hill) … Moore’s admitted actions are FAR more troubling than Weir’s.
And yet, Singh has rejected Weir’s attempts at rehabilitation and reconciliation … and refused to accept him back in the NDP caucus or let him run for the party in the next federal election.
While Moore is embraced once more , the injured Canadian war vet Cpl. Kirkland ‘s complaint remains unresolved.
Looks to me like a federal NDP double standard: Weir (MP for Regina-Lewvan) is a male, from Saskatchewan (14 seats); Moore (MP for Abitibi-Temiscamingue) is a female, from Quebec   (75 seats).
I think it stinks.
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NDP Survey Asks Supporters To Rate Jagmeet Singh In His First Year As Party Leader

Posted September 7, 2018 by leftdog

I joined the federal New Democrats in November, 1981 and after 37 years of continuous membership, I had my membership in the Federal NDP cancelled in the spring of 2018 specifically because of the horrible performance by new leader, Jagmeet Singh.

So,as a result, I will not receive a copy of the Federal NDP’s survey.

Allow me to once again communicate with the Federal NDP and tell them how Jagmeet Singh is performing as Leader.

#FAIL  🙁

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NDP veterans in Sask. challenge Jagmeet Singh over ban on Weir candidacy!!

Posted September 6, 2018 by leftdog

By — Sep 6 2018

OTTAWA — Jagmeet Singh won’t allow scorned MP Erin Weir to run as a New Democrat in the next election — a decision that has caused a rupture between the NDP leader and the party’s long-standing members in Saskatchewan.
In a letter to Weir this week, Singh says he isn’t confident the Saskatchewan MP won’t repeat the harassing behaviour that got him kicked out of the NDP caucus last spring.
Consequently, Singh says he rejects the MP’s request to be readmitted to the NDP caucus and won’t approve his candidacy for the 2019 election.
But 67 former New Democrat MPs and MLAs from Saskatchewan have now written to all NDP members of Parliament, accusing Singh of denying Weir due process and unfairly maligning his character, while flouting the party’s constitutional rules for dealing with harassment complaints.
The letter was signed by “every living former MP” from Saskatchewan, according to former provincial cabinet minister Pat Atkinson, who wrote the letter on behalf of the 67 former legislators.
Among the signatories are former MPs Dennis Gruending, Lorne Nystrom, Bill Knight and Dick Proctor. Knight and Proctor are also former national directors of the party.
Weir was one of three New Democrats elected in Saskatchewan in 2015, ending a 15-year drought for the federal party in the province. Atkinson predicted Singh’s unilateral decision to oust Weir will jeopardize that hard-won comeback.
“I think what it means is that there’ll be less people willing to donate, there’ll be less people willing to step up to door knock. I think it has a very serious impact on the federal party in our province,” she said in an interview.
The former Saskatchewan legislators first wrote to Singh in May when he expelled Weir from caucus following an independent investigation into allegations of harassment. Atkinson said they have tried to work with the leader to remedy the situation, but “there was no listening, no accepting, he just had his mind made up, obviously.”
Since Singh took the helm of the party last fall, there has been grumbling among some long-time New Democrats that the former Ontario MPP was not taking advice from those with experience at the federal level. Atkinson said the Weir decision is a demonstration of that problem.
“Successful leaders listen to people in the field, they listen to former politicians, they listen to party members, they listen. You just can’t have a little enclave of people,” she said.
In the Weir case, she added: “You sure should take into consideration what New Democrats in Saskatchewan are thinking.”
Weir’s supporters have solicited two legal opinions, including one from former Saskatchewan justice minister Eric Cline. They argue Singh does not have the authority to unilaterally expel Weir, which is a violation of disciplinary procedures set out in the party’s constitution and the anti-harassment policy adopted by New Democrats at their last convention.
And they question Singh’s decision to initiate an investigation in February based on hearsay from another MP, Christine Moore, before any actual complainants had come forward with specific allegations.
Weir’s supporters are also upset by what they consider the leader’s exaggerated response to the investigation, which found one claim of harassment and three claims of sexual harassment against Weir were sustained —  all of which were deemed to be “on the less serious end of the spectrum,” involving the MP standing too close or failing to read non-verbal cues in social settings.
It was Weir’s response to the findings — publicly dismissing one complaint as payback for a policy dispute he’d had with a member of former leader Tom Mulcair’s staff — that got him booted out of caucus permanently in May.
In his letter to Weir, Singh said he isn’t satisfied the MP has taken the actions necessary to rectify the damage he did to the NDP’s “work of building a safer workplace and party.”
“I have not seen evidence of a genuine understanding of how your behaviour needs to change or an expression of regret and remorse for describing sustained findings of harassment as ‘trumped up,'” Singh writes.
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Back Writing Again

Posted August 19, 2018 by Polar Bear

I have not written a post for many months as I have been on quite an adventure. I would like to share the details of that adventure with family and friends. Many of my posts will be personal and reveal some secrets. Stay tuned. Just wanted you to know …

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Corbella Column Pulled

Posted August 14, 2018 by bigcitylib

This morning The Calgary Herald published a column by  Licia Corbella, entitled “Family of jailed Saudi blogger angry over Trudeau”.  In it Corbella criticized government’s twitter diplomacy efforts in the Raif Badawi case, directly quoting members of the man’s family.  As you will note by clicking through the link above, that column is now gone.  Mr. Badawi’s wife, in  a series of tweets early this afternoon, called the story “fake news”.  Those tweets are also gone, as is all reference to the story in Ms. Corbella’s twitter feed.  I contacted The Herald and asked if they had yanked the piece, and they responded as below:

The column has been removed at the request of Ensaf Haidar (wife of imprisoned blogger Raif Badawi) due to the sensitive nature of the family’s situation.

— Calgary Herald (@calgaryherald) August 14, 2018

So there appears to have been a severe cock-up on the journalism front by Ms. Corbella, the precise details of which remain obscure.  It wouldn’t be the first time.

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Life In Scarborough: Gulls Before A Storm

Posted May 31, 2018 by bigcitylib

So the wife and I spent our evening  on the balcony of our condo unit drinking a bottle of wine.  We noticed a flock of  gulls in the air, surfing the turbulence in advance of a line of storm clouds.  These were  the same gulls…

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David Cole’s new column at Taki’s…

Posted May 29, 2018 by Kathy Shaidle

A thousand never-forgetters crawled out of the woodwork to wail, “Oy, once you compare humans to animals, once you dehumanize them, you make it easy to kill them.”Bullshit. Once you demonize a people, then you make it easy to kill them.The average human is far more easily moved to murder if he believes he is […]

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Ontario Election Leadership Debate Analysis

Posted May 27, 2018 by bigcitylib

I didn’t watch it.  I was eating wings in my favorite wings place watching a hockey game.  But I was checking my twitter feed occasionally, and this is what I gleaned from it.1) Kathleen Wynne’s opening pitch speech was good.  Something …

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Yes, this blog has been awfully quiet lately…

Posted May 20, 2018 by Kathy Shaidle

Come on: I’ve been at this since 2000 — I get bored with it sometimes…These days, you’re more likely to find me on Facebook. Yeah, I know…But frankly, thanks to browser “share” plug ins, it’s just that much easier for me to share stuff on Facebook and add a few comments there. And I’m busy with […]

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