Feb 6, 2013 at 23:13:43
“I am not American, honey. Sorry your stereotypes led you to that conclusion. Canada has women's rights issues as well, among other discrimination issues. I think we all fall short when it comes to discrimination. My countries women's rights far outstrip Canada's, yet we fall drastically short when it comes to issues of race. Sadly, many people on my country are terribly influenced by white supremacy movements.”
HalloNoumen on Feb 7, 2013 at 03:10:36
“Out of curiosity, what country is it that you're from?”
Feb 6, 2013 at 23:00:34
“I don't know anyone from other countries who think you wear the flags for them. I do know that a point of amusement in many European countries is the fact that Canadians always disparage Americans about how patriotic Americans are, including their flag waving, yet these same Canadians continue to wear Canadian flags on their packs. People from my country don't wear flags, and we are never mistaken for Americans or Canadians. How is it the rest of the world travels well without wearing flags? Surely Canadians must realize the disconnect. And we are not immigrating to your country or the US, any more than you are emigrating from Canada to here. In fact, many Canadians immigrate to Europe and Asia. It is a mute point.”
bubbys on Feb 7, 2013 at 14:38:50
“I am plastering my canadian flag on everything I own when I travel, deal with it, fly it high!!”
Feb 6, 2013 at 21:47:16
“I'm not American. Never even been there. But having lived in many countries including Canada, I am always shocked at how Canadians imagine themselves compared to how they are really viewed. There is a myth that Canadians perpetuate, where they think the world loves them. I would say that there are many places where they are liked, but also many places where they are disliked. In other words, they are pretty much normal or even off the radar for most of the world. Like I said, not trying to start something, but open discussion is good!”
Feb 6, 2013 at 14:50:46
“Dunno where you have all been or lived, but contrary to the urban legend that Canadians are liked everywhere, they aren't. And, many people in other countries, including European and Asian countries where Canadians frequently backpack, find it rude how Canadians patriotically plaster their backpacks with their flag. Wake up. You are not much different than Americans in the eyes of many people in the world. I'm not trying to pick a fight, just inform you. Maybe if Canadians start to look at themselves realistically, they will think about some of the things they say and do internationally, and people will begin to love them the way Canadians perceive they are loved.”
HappyCanadianGrl on Feb 7, 2013 at 09:05:05
“Do you realize how all that sounds. Really. Read it again, and again if you need to. You sound like you're dealing with bitterness, jealousy and envy. There is a HUGE difference between people from both countries (except Politicians of course... lol). The way people treat us as soon as we say we're not Americans it's unbelievable, and that is a fact, and then they tell us why we are questionned about our citizenship. You guys get us in trouble.. lol. I don't mean to be rude either, I'm stating a fact, a very sad fact for you guys which benefits us.
Travelling through latinamerica in a Jeep, we were in line at a gas station waiting to fill up, the gas attendant walked all the way to the back of the line and saw our Canadian flag, he waved us ahead of the line - his quote "Only because you're Canadians and not Americans!!".... we all laughed, thanked them immenselly for their generosity, made a few new friends and continued our trip. It's all attitude.
Now don't start trashing Latinamericans because they dislike Americans, sadly that happens in other continents too.
Maybe YOU don't like us and you have all the right to.
Have a great day. :)”
bubbys on Feb 6, 2013 at 18:43:25
“Countries flatter themselves to think we wear the flag for them, only americans wear it anyway.....we could care less what they think, they are immigrating here by the way not the other way around. They like living with rude people? They must they are coming in droves, nerve.”
D J B on Feb 6, 2013 at 16:48:03
“That is actually quite interesting, and good to know that Canadians are viewed negatively elsewhere. Though I don't think that is very different from how tourists are viewed basically... anywhere. I get annoyed by tourists from all over, all the time, and I am sure many other Canadians do too. It is just the human way. Often it is those subtle cultural differences that clash with our own.”
Gio82 on Feb 6, 2013 at 15:42:06
“Actually, I'm Canadian and in may of my travels I always make a point to approach people with the Canadian flag on their back packs, jackets etc. turns out they are usually Americans poising as Canadians to avoid any "trouble." Looks like I can see where Canadians are getting a bad name...”
deebeck7765 on Feb 6, 2013 at 15:30:25
“Actually, honey, we put the Canadian flag on backpacks for a good reason...so we're not mistaken for you. As your post well explains. Now go get an Equal Rights Amendment for the women of America and then we'll chat.”
“Didn't know that you had to be born with diseases. Guess we better tell all those health care professionals to reclassify Cancer, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Lupus, Lou Gehrig's, and so on. Just so you know, addictions can develop into diseases. Funny, heart disease and diabetes are diseases, both of which, like alcoholism, can be mitigated by proper lifestyle choices. Just thought you should know, alcoholism is a disease, regardless of your arguments (see other arguments by laurazz). Doesn't mean you have to like it.”
I Ride My Own Harley on Dec 11, 2012 at 01:51:31
“No one twists one's arm to start drinking. I don't purposely set out to get cancer either. It just happens. Cancer is silent. I can see someone taking a drink.”
“Psy doesn't lip synch, just so y'all know. He's been around since the late 90's and sings live at his concerts. He isn't a one hit wonder, he plays his own instruments. He never aspired to be a global pop star. He's a dad. Just sayin'.”
Soda Sullican on Nov 26, 2012 at 02:40:51
“i agree, i like how, during his AMA performance, he turned the mic away from his head when ever recorded vocals were playing, making it clear what was and was not his live voice.”
“the difference between psy and all those other videos is that psy has never had the ambition of crossing over into a global phenom. Moreover, this video is really built for a Korean only audience. Yeah he is pop, but he is anti-pop at the same time. Ignore all the other videos, but for this one, treat yourself to a guy who was really just having fun, and has - literally through sheer accident - become one of the most famous pop stars on the planet. He never sold out, he just made a great song and video. If you ever decide to come to Korea and learn our culture, you will discover how hilarious this video really is. It is to Koreans what the movie Canadian Bacon is to North Americans - pure cultural humor.”
Soda Sullican on Nov 24, 2012 at 20:02:35
“Great post. Now, explain the whole elevator scene to me.”
“Wait a minute, did you just say that George Carlin wasn't vulgar? Do you know who he is and his history? I get the feeling you haven't seen much comedy, or when you do, you don't laugh much. Funny or not, the situation in the video was pretty comedic.”
Sep 13, 2012 at 21:24:27
“English is a proper noun, with a capital E:) Moreover, English grammar is not homogenous. There are many different types of English grammar, even within the US. I hate Kanye, but his grammar is fine. Grammar, if you didn't know, is a description of language, not a set of rules that must be followed. Hence, as you will know well if you have read literature from any point in history other than the present, you will notice that English grammar is not static nor is it uniform.”
jeanniebastian on Sep 14, 2012 at 00:43:48
“Tell that to the Blue Book, The Little Gold Book, The Chicago Manual or the AP.”
“I get your point, however, perhaps the people who need healing can still use their own savvy and get on down to the local clinic. These guys aren't helping people, and neither are we. The people who need help still need it whether it's us posting crap or them praying. The truth is, unless these guys are forcing people to stay away from the hospital, there is no harm done. All people need to use their minds, including those that are not getting "healed"”
“These days many sites have ways to donate. Nothing new there. I don't agree with what these guys are doing, mainly because even if this stuff was true, then there would be no harm in practicing healing like this in tandem with conventional medicine as opposed to the exclusion of conventional medicine. But really, I don't think all these people are in it for money or trickery. Some people really genuinely believe that God heals. In the end, they, like us, are just people trying to get by in the world. It just so happens that they may truly believe they can help people like this. Who are we to judge when we are doing nothing more than sitting in front of a screen, criticizing them.”
ashton99 on Apr 15, 2012 at 08:50:40
“Indeed, who are we to judge while sitting in front of a computer when we could be out bilking the sick out of money or go forth and mug the homeless.
To repent, I am offering prayer-based nose jobs at a discount for the rest of the day.”
ThirdRAILKink on Apr 15, 2012 at 08:42:54
“We may be doing nothing more than sitting in front of a screen criticizing them, but they may be endangering lives by leading sick people away from real medicine. I'd say we have the high ground.”
“Uh, sheep and humans can't fertilize each other. It's really basic science. Humans have 46 chromosomes and sheep have 54. If an egg were ever fertilized by either, it would just die. Maybe most people who read this article didn't take high school bio.”
“Nice straw man, but it doesn't work that way. In the case of tectonic plates, there is no way of being sure. Moreover, there is little one can do about the movement of tectonic plates. In the case of earthquakes, they are not the fault of the scientists. While science can measure quakes, it cannot yet predict them. Moreover, earthquake science is dealing with probabilities all the time. A size 4.9 earthquake does not signify a future larger earthquake. There are far larger probabilities of compromised safety that people experience everyday (driving).
Your last few sentences insinuating that scientists don't have feelings or concerns is just outright wrong.”
Surfinby on Oct 24, 2012 at 13:43:44
“Or you could look at it another way. It wasn't their decision to make. They were supposed to provide the information to the decision makers. They didn't. Do you honestly believe a court would try and convict people for not predicting an earthquake? Or could it be within the realm of possibility they neglected to do what they were paid to do, dithering about and forgetting their reason for being there: to report what was happening to those supposed to make decisions?”
Oct 15, 2012 at 15:49:26
Canada British Columbia
“But in order to understand bullying, we need to consult all factors that play a role in the development of bully culture. These factors include teen social and physical development. These factors include cultural and developmental awareness by adults. There is good research out there on bullying, and the body of research is growing everyday. We need to use the research and step beyond emotional statements and blame. I think we can all agree that: Youth are the future. We need to afford them the respect; responsibility and opportunities that future leaders need to develop in a positive way. To do this, bullying needs to stop on all levels. Bullies come in all ages, occupations, genders, sexes, races, etc., and the forms bullying occupies include emotional, social, and physical types of abuse. Since bullying is a product of multiple factors (we know this because it has been around for a long time), we need to address all the factors, not just one or two.”
Oct 15, 2012 at 15:48:08
Canada British Columbia
“My point is that we cannot lay all the blame on teens (as your original post implies). Bullies are not new in our cultural landscape. Nor are they only teenagers. Bullies are everywhere, in all ages, sizes, races, and political affiliations. Adults need to start living up to the standards we expect our children to live up to. We need to model the behaviour that we want our children adhere to. That includes understanding that these issues are far bigger than "teen" issues. I teach children everyday, and I see as much emotional bullying in politics, the work place, the media, and other venues as I see on the playground and in my class. Blaming teens is not the issue. Solving the problem is. I think we can agree on that. The sole purpose of my previous comment was to note that teen actions are influenced by more than themselves. As you state, exposure to media plays a role, but parents also play a role in training. There is no excuse for bullying. None.”
Oct 14, 2012 at 23:08:43
Canada British Columbia
“Teenagers are no worse than adults on any level. Moreover, the teenage brain, specifically the areas related to emotions and decision making are not fully mature until the early 20s for most people. My point is this. The bullying is wrong. But the children doing it are not solely a product of media culture. They are a product of culture in general, especially parenting. Moreover they are not yet fully developed to make appropriate decisions. Therefore, teens have some excuse. However, crime stats clearly show that majority of deviant behavior comes from adults, not teens (check your news about who is involved in radical cultures worldwide). Adults are posting on the site too, and their comments are just as malicious. Adults have a completely developed brain, capable of fully cognizant decision making skills (this is research based - look it up on-line under psych development). We as adults have no excuses at all. Do not dump all blame on the teens. Remember that you were one too. And your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, etc will be too (or were). If we want change we must be proactive, not pointing fingers. More bullying and blaming does not lead to illuminating discourse on the subject.”
novabird on Oct 15, 2012 at 14:37:30
“Steven we had the absolute luxury of being raised without the thousands upon thousands of violent mind programming that teens and children get these days via violent video games and violent TV, movies and other media. While there is some truth in what you say, the one major difference between "then" and "now" is the relentless violent mind programming the young are now exposed to.
Why do you think multi national corporations would spend billions of dollars for advertising if they didn't think it affected human behavior? Put on your thinking cap and turn OFF your children's violent video games my friend.”
musomesa on Oct 15, 2012 at 11:22:18
“I was a teenager once and i assure you I would *never* post such tripe on a dead girls memorial page. Teenagers might not be as good at decision making as adults but they don't have distilled water for brains as we are wont to believe.”
spinnerator on Oct 15, 2012 at 07:27:28
“Really? How many 'adults' went to her and assaulted and bullied her in person?
Two wrongs don't make a right, so stop making excuses and diverting the blame.
All, ALL, school bullying is conducted by fellow students, ie; teenagers.”
Apr 21, 2012 at 04:13:01
“Maybe (not all of us in Alberta are that bad), but it looks like Canada in general is moving in a very US direction. We used identify ourselves as multicultural, peacekeepers, and environmental, but with Harper, the culture is certainly changing across the country.”
SayBlade on Apr 21, 2012 at 09:48:30
“Remember Margaret Attwood's "The Handmaid's Tale"?