Gun Training in Canadian Schools?

As a Canadian the customs of the United States sometimes seem to lack perspective. As if everything is slightly skewed in the wrong direction and values are more for money and fame than life and living. Guns are a big deal in Canada, but for most Canadians it is about not having them or using them. Gun control in Canada is fairly welcome while in the US it is still a big issue.

It isn’t that Canadians don’t hunt or protect themselves. However, I have lived in Canada all but a couple of years of my life and have only ever held and then fired a gun once and that was during time spent in the US, not in Canada at all. I have seen the odd gun (outside of TV shows/ movies). I never thought to take a look at any of them. It was only in the US where I was invited to fire a gun and that was not while hunting for anything but during a holiday where guns were fired randomly, for entertainment.
gun training and control
This was posted to Facebook and though it was meant for the US people, it did not specify them solely, so I answered it. Usually I would read it and think of a reply but not post it. I leave the US people to their own thing, especially when it comes to something about guns and other issues which are so different in Canada versus the US. It is better to disagree in silence. Today I left a post, maybe it will give them another angle to think about. Likely not. But, this time I posted anyway.

I went to elementary school in the 1970s. We never had any kind of weapon training or safety training for weapons, not in high school, college or university either. The only time in my life I have ever touched a gun (other than a water pistol) was when I lived in the United States.

Reading Bar Codes

I don’t know if this information is correct, but it was interesting. I do like to read the label and find out where food has originated from.

HOW TO READ BAR CODES… (everyone must know)
ALWAYS READ THE LABELS ON THE FOODS YOU BUY–NO MATTER WHAT THE FRONT OF THE BOX OR PACKAGE SAYS, TURN IT OVER AND READ THE BACK CAREFULLY!
With all the food and pet products now coming from China, it is best to make sure you read label at the supermarket and especially when buying food products. Many products no longer show where they were made, only give where the distributor is located. The whole world is concerned about China-made “black-hearted goods”.
Can you differentiate which one is made in Taiwan or China ? The world is also concerned about GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) foods; steroid fed animals (ex: 45 days old broiler chicken).
It is important to read the bar code to track its origin. How to read Bar Codes….interesting !
If the first 3 digits of the bar code are 690, 691 or 692, the product is MADE IN CHINA.
471 is Made in Taiwan .
If the first 3 digits of the bar code are 00-09 then it’s made or sourced in USA.
This is our right to know, but the government and related departments never educate the public, therefore we have to RESCUE ourselves. Nowadays, Chinese businessmen know that consumers do not prefer products “MADE IN CHINA”, so they don’t show from which country it is made. However, you may now refer to the barcode –
Remember if the first 3 digits are:
890……MADE IN INDIA
690, 691, 692 … then it is MADE IN CHINA
00 – 09 … USA and CANADA
30 – 37 … FRANCE
40 – 44 … GERMANY
471 …….. Taiwan
45 or 49 ……..JAPAN
489………..HONG KONG
50 ………. UK
57 ………DENMARK
64……….FINLAND
76………SWITZERLAND and LIENCHTENSTIEN
471……… is Made in TAIWAN (see sample)
628………SAUDI ARABIA
629………UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
740……….745 – CENTRAL AMERICA
All 480 Codes are Made in the PHILIPPINES. Share it!

Chateau Bellevue – But not the One Demolished

I wanted to find some photos of the Chateau in France which was demolished by mistake. I read it had been a hotel for awhile. I did end up finding an old website for it but the content has been taken down, recently I’m pretty sure. Anyway, this place with the same name (Chateau Bellevue) came up in my search. Nice to see it. But, it’s not the same structure as the one I was looking for.

Photos of Bordeaux Chateau B&B, Plassac
This photo of Bordeaux Chateau B&B is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Photos of Bordeaux Chateau B&B, Plassac
This photo of Bordeaux Chateau B&B is courtesy of TripAdvisor

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I’m Not a Phone Person Either

Sources have caught up with Depp at the premier of his latest film, “The Tourist” where he shared about his apprehensions on owning a mobile phone and explained how he maintains keeping a low profile.

“We have Internet and stuff like that because I think that’s the safest form, well, most interesting form of communication”, He added when asked about reports that he kept his house tech-free. “I just don’t like phones.”

“I just don’t like them… being reachable all the time,” the actor continued.

via Johnny Depp And His Hatred For Phones.

It was nice to read this about Johnny Depp tonight. I feel the same way. I did have a mobile phone, a BlackBerry, for about a week. But I took it back and closed the account. I just don’t want it. Even though I may be falling behind the technologically mobile rat race… I don’t want to be available 24 hours a day and have people expecting I will answer the phone, drop everything, just because I have a phone attached to my body.

Stick to your guns Johnny, you’re not alone!

How Would you Answer?

Has Science Fiction had an impact on your worldview? And if so how? Secondly is there one writer or novel in paticular that has “cranked” your head open?

OR:

What is the strangest thing you believe to be true?

Which question would you pick (and why) and what would your answer be?

I was invited to answer one of these for a sci fi blog group. It was nice to be picked.

I will add my answer when I have sent it to the blog group. Meanwhile… what about you?

My answer to the first question. (I really couldn’t come up with anything concrete for the second one).

Yes, I would say science fiction has given my world view more options. Time travel, utopias, and end of the world scenarios (where people do survive) are my favourite science fiction stories to read or watch.

I see the world as separate from the planet. Our planet is a big ball of dust and gas in space but we are the little alien ants scattered all over it, clinging to the surface and mucking it all up. I don’t see people as a good thing for the planet. If it had a choice it would likely find a scratching post and scrape us off. I don’t see human beings as essential for the planet, we are a nuisance in reality.

Science fiction expands your mind with ideas and other realities. You begin to see past your little existence and need to survive. If you give that up for just a few minutes you get a whole new outlook, where we ourselves are just not that important. Science fiction is the best source of getting that kind of outlook.

Reading science fiction gets you to look at problems and decisions in alternate ways. Rather than seeing the simple and easy solutions you look for something a bit more out there, something less well known or popular and even take things in a totally new direction or turn them upside down. Just because it makes no sense, doesn’t mean it won’t work. I’m not saying everything should be taken that way. You don’t need to cook purple spaghetti with goat innards but you might be open to trying spaghetti squash instead of the usual spaghetti noodles.

I like to read about someone’s utopia, their planned out vision of the world and how it eventually crumbles because nothing (and no one) is really perfect, or complete in itself. Science fiction gives you so many points of view and a chance to take what you think is right and good and play with it till all the flaws (and the good points too) come out. You examine and explore far more than just taking an idea at face value.

I can’t pinpoint any one writer or book. I’ve read so many and I’ve gotten so old that a lot of what I read has become part of the soup in my head. I take a bit of everything and use it to tinker with the masterplan of what I believe and what feels right to me. One writer that haunts my mind is Shirley Jackson but she’s not a traditional science fiction writer.