Random House Canada
311 pp; $29.95
Jun. 10, 2017 Book review: Today I found this article by Jade Colbert in the Globe and Mail:
In Kathry’s telling, the country becomes a promised land – the desire to turn this past into a paradise saying much about present circumstances. Fagan’s old world – the world of these photographs, the past as a whole – is far from this ideal: surprising, jaunty, colourful, but no Elysium. Bloody Tuesday, a spaghetti western told by a white child, is full of comical misunderstanding until the “Sheriff” reveals he’s learned the lesson of cowboy stories: The white boy’s life is worth more than his Native American friend’s. It’s arguably the most horrific moment in this collection about – not history – but the kinds of stories missing from history: a photo album of the personal monologues that make up the old world.
As a mythology, the western has proved incredibly flexible and resonant – this notion of frontier characters forming an improvised morality in the context of an institutional ethical breakdown. It’s no surprise to me that the western is having another moment. In America right now, it definitely feels like we’ve entered a new and unsettling frontier, where we’re trying to figure out what the rules are, who will follow them, and how exactly we can go forward.
"The invisible one": I found this life essay by Vickie Fagan on Aug. 2, 2017 in the Globe and Mail. It was about a job interview.
She mentions that in the middle of the interview that the senior marketing position is about going door-to-door sales. She and the other two interviewees left.
Credit card: I got this offer for the Infinite Visa card. I decided to call about it because it mentions 6% cash back for everything you buy.
It turns out 6% cash back for the 1st 3 months and then it's 1%. It's only for gas and groceries. After the 1st yr, you have to pay $120 annual fee to have the credit card. I don't travel so no point in getting Aeroplans.
I will stick with my 1% cash back.
Aug. 8, 2017 Work: Last week I got called in to work today. I thought I was one of two bussers. Also I thought I was to only work in the morning. Instead I was the only one and I worked all day.
Aug. 7, 2017 A cop stopped a car for speeding — then pointed a gun at a passenger for more than 9 minutes:
A video taken during a traffic stop in California is drawing debate over the officer’s decision to keep his gun pointed at the passenger for more than nine minutes.
The stop took place last Wednesday morning along U.S. Route 101, south of San Jose, after an officer noticed a car pass him going 85 mph, according to the Campbell Police Department.
After stopping the car for speeding, the officer requested the driver’s license and additional paperwork. The driver and passenger spent several minutes looking for the paperwork before the officer walked back to his motorcycle to write a citation, police said.
It was at that point their stories diverged. According to police, the passenger began reaching “under his seat.”
“It is not clear why the passenger chose to reach under the seat since the officer was not requesting any other paperwork,” Campbell police said in a statement. “Unfortunately, the passenger’s unexpected movement towards the bottom of the seat, caused the officer to perceive a threat and draw his handgun.”
However, a man sitting in the vehicle’s passenger seat — the target of the officer’s gun — maintained throughout the incident that he had simply been reaching for some papers on the floor to try to find the vehicle’s license and registration, as requested.
A video that apparently was recorded by a woman in the car begins as the male passenger is expressing incredulity that the officer has pulled a gun.
“Wow,” the passenger says in the video, laughing. “We’re looking for the f—ing paperwork, bro. Oh my God.”
Police said they had reviewed footage from the officer’s body cam, which included the beginning and end of the incident not shown in the Facebook video. The department did not release any footage from the officer’s camera and did not immediately respond to an email Sunday.
“We are thankful that this incident resolved itself with no one getting injured and hope that this additional information provides clarification,” police said.
My opinion: I had to click on it to see if the people in the car were black. I see the driver was a white woman, and the passenger was a black guy. It's good to record this and show for everybody to see it. I only watched a little bit so I can see the race.Then I stopped. I was getting a little too angry at it. When I watch and hear something on TV (like the news), it gets me angry. When I read the news, it doesn't have that much of an effect on me. I can skim and scan it really fast.
Aug. 8, 2017 Mom left daughter in desert:
Ashley Denise Attson, 23, took her 17-month-old child to a secluded spot in Navajo Nation – the United States’ largest American Indian reservation – last September.
She then inexplicably left the toddler alone for four days and nights in a buggy before retrieving her body and burying her in an animal hole, the US Attorney’s Office said.
Attson had only just regained custody of the child two months ago after she was taken away because she was found to have methamphetamine in her system when she was born.
My opinion: If you didn't want to have the kid, give the kid up for adoption or foster care.
Aug. 14, 2017 Rip Curl at West Edmonton Mall is closing down: I was there yesterday and the store sold most of their stuff for 75% off. It's unisex and sells backpacks too. I already put this on my Facebook status update.