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27 May 2007 @ 10:15 am
 
 
Current Location: Columbus
 
 
retinal_strain
15 May 2007 @ 08:30 pm
I don't really have time to write an article about the last TFC match, so here's a great article by someone else.

Thunder on the LakeshoreCollapse )
 
 
retinal_strain
04 May 2007 @ 04:48 pm
Okay, haven't posted in awhile, I don't really know if I'm going to update this journal much anymore. But I did go to the Toronto FC home opener last week and had an awesome time. Here's some photos and clips to give you some idea of what the atmosphere was like (but really you have to be at the match to really get it).

Photo 1 - Where's Mick?


All we are saying... viewers on the CBC get a taste of TFC supporters singing a modified Jon Lennon tune.



A reminder to all away team players who might score, don't go to the TFC supporters section to celebrate unless you want a free beer-bath




And of course, what is a sporting event without the post-game party?



If anyone want to go to a match let me know as I do have an extra seat that needs to be filled. However, be advised, going to a match in Section 111 means you will be expected to stand, chant, sing, and support Toronto FC. Check out the upcoming schedule and let me know what game you want to go to. Note: for the LA Galaxy AKA "Beckham" game I will be using a lottery system to decide who gets to come with me to heckle that over-paid rockstar.
 
 
retinal_strain
01 April 2007 @ 11:40 pm
Great news, the jinx I had watching Sudbury Wolves games is now officially broken! I just watched the Wolves win 6-3 over the Mississauga Ice Dogs tonight, advancing them to the semi-finals of the OHL playoffs.

It was a pretty intense hockey game, with lots of physical play and a fight that saw Devin Didiomete send a Mississauga player to the dressing room with the "Inglewood Jack".

The best part of the game was when a mere five seconds after conceding a power-play goal against them Justin Donati answered back with a goal for the Wolves and the cheering in the Hershey Centre stopped like a record that's needle jumped off the turntable.

Me and my friend Martin treated ourselves to the platinum seats (which were only $5 more that the other seats) and got to see some great hockey up close with a good number of future NHLers.

Sudbury plays Barrie next in the playoffs, and we have a very tentative plan to make a trip up there and stay at his aunt's place there complete with a hot-tub!

If they make it to the finals I'll have to try and make a home game back in Sudbury.

Go Wolves Go!

In other sporting related news, I picked up my sweet Toronto FC scarves from the guys in the U-sector. Besides being really happy with how great the scarves turned out it was also cool in that I was wearing my Sumoud T-shirt and met a U-Sector guy whose band had played a benefit concert for Al-Awda and got props on it from another guy. So, even if soccer fans are generally going to be a pretty apolitical bunch of guys (and I do mean guys, the U-sector is a total sausage party) it's nice that at least a couple of them are sympathetic to left issues and the rest at least aren't at all hostile.

Self-indulgent photos of me and my new scarf follow.

Rocking it U-sector styleCollapse )
 
 
Current Music: Jon Rae and The River - Disorder
 
 
retinal_strain
09 March 2007 @ 03:04 am
One of the things I found out about yesterday was that the Iranian police busted up an IWD protest. But the real story isn't the heavy hand of the Iranian state, it's the courage of the women who protested in front of the Iranian Revolutionary Court earlier in the week in solidarity with five women on trial for organizing a feminist protest last June. 50 women were arrested, one so violently that her teeth were knocked out when she was thrown against a police van, they then responded with a hunger-strike that won a release from prison for all but three women who still remain in jail.

Today, these women are my Heroines (Click the link for photos of them).
 
 
 
retinal_strain
02 March 2007 @ 05:32 pm
Comment with the words "Top Ten" or "Top Five", and I will reply with a subject for which you will generate a top ten (or top five) list. Post the list and these instructions in your own journal.

sabotabby asked for my top ten riots. Here are the first ten that came to me, in chronological order.

Kinmel Park Riots, 1919

Christie Pits Riot, 1933.

Detroit riots, 1967

Attica Prison riot, 1971

Soweto Uprising, 1976

Brixton riot, 1981

Intifada, 1987

Poll Tax riot, 1990

Los Angeles Rebellion, 1992

Youth riots across France, 2005
 
 
retinal_strain
So last night I went to the Art auction for OCAP.

I had a couple of beers and bought 3 peices.


"The Factory" Print by Gain Mura


"Bring Your Own Bombs" I currently forget the artist.


"Daybreak in Dawson" by Henry Haskins
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retinal_strain
20 February 2007 @ 10:01 pm
- Birthday Party. Was good, friends came, got drunk, got a present, Leafs won, made other plans with people who couldn't make it.

- Work. Sucks, as usual, I want to make more $ in a less crazy environment.

- Music. Going to Viletones/ Fucked Up OCAP gig on the 28th. Red Sparrowes on March 10th. Considering Cuff the Duke this weekend. Probably going to get a wristband for CMW again.

- Sports. Celtic FC and AC Milan tied 0-0 today in Champions League Football (Soccer). I support both teams so this is a good outcome. Ronaldo was on fire during the exciting 4-3 AC Milan victory over Siena.

Also, for the next three weekends the Sudbury Wolves are playing the the GTA. ('Suaga, Brampton, and Toronto). Let me know if you want to catch a game with me.


- Politics. Shamaltics.

 
 
Current Mood: lazylazy
Current Music: Beirut - The Gulag
 
 
retinal_strain
Circulated on behalf of amandarant

***pour une version francaise contactez amanda@resist.ca***

I am writing an article about the ways in which we need to develop a more compassionate and cohesive strategy for dealing with what is commonly termed "mental health issues" in our communities. The original proposal for the article is below. Right now, I am looking for people to respond to a questionnaire over email about your experiences. Please read further for more information or write to me at amanda@resist.ca with questions or to participate.


==> THE SURVEY
There are 2 parts, the first would be closed-ended questions about what you experience/how you situate yourself within a mental health discourse and the second would be more open-ended questions relating to what you have needed or been able to provide for people struggling with mental health and in/sanity and what you think could be or needs to be done to build a more sustainable supportive community or network.

I am asking people to respond to either part or both, and you could opt out of any questions you wanted to.

==>SECURITY
Nothing on email is 100% secure but to the best of my ability i will keep your participation and responses completely confidential. Any responses in French will need to be translated but will be done without your name or contact info associated with it, by someone who will also commit to absolute confidentiality. Anonymous responses are welcome. I will under no circumstances disclose the names or contacts of anyone who participated, or any identifying facts or features, without explicit consent from the person/people involved. I will transfer responses to a file that doesn’t associate directly to your name, email or contact info. The survey will ask permission to maintain a system for reassociating your contact info with your questionnaire in the event that i want to ask permission to follow up with you specifically. If you decline permission, I will remove any way of associating your contact info with your answers.

==>METHODOLOGY
This is not rigorous research and not supervised by anyone else; i have no formal training in research methods and do not have any criteria for participation other than self-selection.

At the moment, i want to use these responses as indications of the
realities of people in left-libertarian scenes in an article i am writing
for perspectives. i hope to do public talks and more writing in the
future.

==> THE ARTICLE
Contact me for a copy of the article proposal

Thanks very much for your time. I can be contacted at amanda@resist.ca
 
 
retinal_strain
02 February 2007 @ 01:43 am
1. Grab the nearest book. (N.B. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.)
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog along with these instructions.
5. Tag 5 people.


"The Country must be conquered, for out of the country a new military force may be formed.

"But even when both these things are done, still the War, that is, the hostile feeling and action of hostile agencies, cannot be considered as at an end as long as the will of the enemy is not subdued also; that is, its Government and its Allies must be forced into signing a peace, or the people into submission; for whilst we are in full occupation of the country, the War may break out afresh, either in the interior or through assistance given by Allies. No doubt, this may also take place after a peace, but that shows nothing more than that every War does not carry in itself the elements for a complete decision and final settlement."

I just tagged: sabotabby threeisbetter quining kellista and frandroid - You're it!