Lady in Red During Ramadan

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Ask any girl and she would tell you that she would happily trade in these monthly mood swing-inducing, gut-wrenching, nauseous days of bloating for dropping an anvil on her toes. They are not enjoyable for us but happen to be very much a necessary part of the existence of the human race.

There are many euphemisms that we women use to share our plight when that time of the month arrives. These names, shrouded in secrecy are nothing short of covert military operations code names. My most recent discovery was Shark week-aptly termed given the torture, pain and the bloody gory mess involved in being a victim of a shark attack.

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My latest news article on the unique and innovative education model in Canada.

My latest news article on the unique and innovative education model in Canada.

A look at a unique high school education model in British Columbia, Canada. How this new educational model is helping students pursuing religious education, students with special needs, as well as students who wish for more flexibility and achieve more out of their high school education.

 

iLearnDL: the new age of education

 

Saima Naz is the Principal of iLearn Distributed LearningiLearn DL is a learning method that provides a vast selection of elective credits at the British Columbia (BC) schools in Canada. iLearn DL system allows students to blend online and traditional classes to personalize their education.

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Coke Commercial-Are all bigots really Conservatives?

I shared the Coke ad on my facebook profile like many others. A friend of mine who enjoyed the ad and its message, but couldn’t understand why everyone who responded with bigotry was branded as being a Conservative. She tried to Google the tweets that followed after the infamous coke commercial and found that there were comments filled with hatred towards Conservatives without any proof that all those bigots were really actually Conservative. Now, this friend of mine is a lovely woman, and I understand that we as humans could differ in our political inclinations and as part of my ideological framework, I have to accept and respect that difference of opinion without being reductive by terming everyone who is a Conservative=racist/bigot/white. I personally detest being   pigeonholed into one term or another. I hate the idea that if you are White, then you must also be Conservative, and if you are non-White, then you cannot possibly be Conservative. Or if you are making bigoted comments, you must therefore be a Conservative. These are not mutually exclusive. So I understand my friend’s frustration at the rapid hatred fired at the bigoted comments following the Coke Commercial on Super Bowl night that it MUST be…it HAS to be all Conservatives.

I also have to accept that although Conservatives attract majority White votes but that is not to deny that there is no Ethnic make up for Conservatives. I know for a fact at least in Canada that there are definitely many Ethnic supporters and Ethnic elected officials who are right-leaning.  I mean how else could we explain the Conservatives winning a landslide in Canada? (oh Right Mass rigging, but that’s a total aside). We can see that the voter bank of the Conservatives in the US is Primarily Non-Hispanic White (check link here again). What this chart proves is that there is just enough colour in the Conservative mix to be termed racially diverse, but it just isn’t enough to really affect decision making, policy shift to challenge the status quo of the White Conservative mandate. I also won’t deny that many policies and bills passed by Conservatives are generally racist and anti-multiculturalism. That happens because there are some deep seeded attitudes and beliefs that are part of the ideological framework, and because of a thing called White-privilege that makes you blind/unaware/not in tune with the struggles of minorities.

At some level there is some truth that your political alliances/preferences do define your ideologies and your framework, but the political process/affiliations are a lot more complex than simply ideologies and policies.  In fact, prior to 2002, most Muslims voted Republican in the US for many reasons, economics being one of them. Having worked in enough election campaigns in BC, Canada myself, I know first hand that in Ethnic heavy constituencies/ridings, Conservatives run Ethnic candidates to split the ethnic vote. It optically looks great, but it also beats having a White Candidate lose to a Non-white Candidate from any of the other parties. The game is to gain the most seats in the House and sometimes that gamble works. Unfortunately, sometimes the skin of your colour is enough to determine your voting alliance over actual policies.

My friend’s frustration posed a challenge to me when she said that her Google search showed more tweets about the reaction to the racist/bigoted comments and not the original tweets of bigotry. I, for one  enjoy a challenge, especially one that doesn’t require much by way of actual physical labour. So I took to the twitterverse and tried to find the bigots cited in all the publicshaming articles. My research showed that some of those users were now either sending protected tweets or had retroactively deleted their old tweets. So, I took my search a bit further. I looked for #cocacola #fail and lo and behold in all its glory I was shown the ugly face of racism rear its head.

I have compiled for your pleasure print shots of the comments hurled in the name of American homogeneity and preserving the purity of the American Race (yeah sounds oddly familiar to the infamous words uttered not too long ago in Europe). But, I do take my friend’s words seriously, I am truly curious whether all those tweeting their hatred for the true depiction of a colurful and multi-ethnic America were really Conservatives? Perhaps, what might be truer is that these people really have no political affiliation, rather an affiliation to ignorance and racism.

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Well found two who are definitely Conservatives

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I also found this article: which is by a Republican.. http://allenbwest.com/2014/02/coca-cola-ad-super-bowl-americans-brand-hm/ but he is NOT White, proving my point about enough ethnic support within the conservative folds.

The thing about the internet is that it is addictive. I have now expanded my search from #CocaCola #Fail to looking up the names of the trolls mentioned in the public shaming articles and I keep coming across some serious racist gems. My head is about to explode.

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I honestly can no longer be searching for each and every bigot out there and wasting more of my precious time. If anyone is further interested check out the following links: http://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/coca-colas-multi-lingual-super-bowl-ad-inspired-a-racist-mel

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/02/02/Why-Coca-Cola-America-The-Beautiful-Ad-Was-Offensive

I have not yet confirmed whether all these bigots are conservatives, but all I know is that all of them are RACIST, IGNORANT, FULL OF THEMSELVES, GOOD FOR NOTHING FOOLS.

This hashtag that proves that they are IGNORANT!

#SpeakAmerican (Wow, REALLY?)

Some links to cheer you up

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https://twitter.com/Nice_Jewish_Boy/status/430509324251983872/photo/1

http://www.coca-colacompany.com/our-company/board-of-directors-muhtar-kent

some more proof of Conservatives supporting #boycottcoke

http://aattp.org/republican-ok-state-rep-joins-bigots-flipping-out-over-superbowl-coke-ad-promoting-multiculturalism/

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http://www.indystar.com/story/opinion/2014/02/03/controversy-over-cokes-america-the-beautiful-ad-is-silly/5187173/?sf22405342=%5B%271%27%5D

I think I am done for today!

Life is a passing memorial!

Today, on my walk in my neighbourhood, I stumbled upon a memorial of Liam. I don’t know who Liam is, but this was a beautiful memorial with the words: “You’ll never walk alone” written in flowers, with pictures and messages from friends and family around the fence or tied to it. I couldn’t help but stop and take a closer look, read and try to find out who Liam was. Ironically, I probably would have never even paid a second look to Liam if he was just passing me by on the street, probably never would have bothered to smile at him or get to know him because he was a mere stranger-but in his death-this stranger’s memorial pulled me closer. There were clues; he seemed to have something to do with Liverpool and football (soccer). He enjoyed life and was loved by many. Other than that, I didn’t know who he was, or how he died. I couldn’t help but be roped in to spend more time at the memorial and try to find out more about him. A young lad, a life lost too soon. One of the pictures had a heart-breaking message on it-which read: “Liam, you are now in heaven with your bro Dan”. This broke my heart because I imagined that Liam had also lost a brother-implying that his parents now had two dead children. I could feel my heart shudder upon reading that. How cruel life is!

 

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This memorial was a somber reminder of the fickleness of life, and how it is fleeting us by. The memorial reminded me that once we go, we are nothing more than a collection of a few pictures, memorabilia, artifacts, words and memories strewn together by those around us. That is all that remains-a shadow of the living person. No one knows the real you-your inner demons remain unbeknownst to the world. The fight that takes place within you between good and evil; none know of it. All they remember or choose to remember once we are gone are a few special memories. As if the bad we did, erased from memories-it just doesn’t exist. The image we get of a person at a memorial or on their funeral is one who is always loved, one who was a perfect being. But, seldom is that the truth.

Human beings are complex creatures; we aren’t just black and white. There are so many shades of grey that define us. We spend majority of our lives CHOOSING to hate, CHOOSING to make enemies, CHOOSING to judge and CHOOSING to assume the worst in each other. When one of us is taken from amongst us-we are shook to our core-awakened! We realize how stupid we were to let tiny grievances get in the way. We realize how pathetic we sound for judging someone-for hating/disliking them. So, when we remember the individual who passed away, for those few moments, we aren’t even honest with ourselves-We IGNORE the hatred, dislike and reasons we judged them! We ignore everything and only remember the good in them. We forget the time they back-stabbed us, hurt us, fought with us, broke our hearts-hardly anyone ever upon hearing of someone’s death says: “Good they finally got what they deserved”.

This is the irony of life-the person when alive-the living, breathing creature, walking amongst us wasn’t worthy of a second chance, wasn’t worthy of being forgiven, but in death, when the last breath has been knocked out of them-we forgive– we forget!!! All that remains are the artifacts, the photos, and words of people to describe who we were-our sins, our good deeds tucked away with us as our remains.  Sow what you want to reap-enjoy the relations in this life now, cherish and love them. Leave a legacy and a lasting impression! Make the effort to know the human beings around you, rather than judge them by the sum of their parts because ultimately we will be left to the words of those same strangers to describe who were.

To Him we belong, to Him shall we return