Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Starving Man's Diet Book

First day volunteering at "Second Harvest" today. It was just me and two other guys, one who's uncle works there as a trucker, and one older fellow who's been volunteering there a year and a half named Jim. Jim used to be homeless. He said that when he was, he visited the food bank and waited for all the women and children to go first. In the end, he would only get rice pretty much. He's a really sweet and quirky old fellow.

Anyway, this gave me an idea to create a sort of "Starving Man's" cook book. I want to take the "food bank" diet and make a recipe book out of that. I also want to look at the kind of food available in developing and less developed countries and create some recopies out of those. Lastly, perhaps a look at the native population in Canada, what kind of food they eat, maybe a "survivor man" diet of sorts. Any other ideas? I was thinking making it a "Weight Loss" book, but I think that is a little too politically incorrect...

During volunteering today, I spent an hour or so packing about 600 snack packs of pudding into boxes. I never want to see pudding ever again.

Monday, September 27, 2010

My World View


My name is Maus.
I am currently cuddling my pet rat being excited to dream.
I try to be as neutral as possible... I can be a very good mediator. I could be a professional referee, as long as it's not in sports. I try to be aware of my own bias, and have a lot of anti-oppression training and experience.
I'm an ok person, I guess. You know more about me than I do.


I'm not sure where I sit on the political spectrum. Sometimes, I feel extremely, amazingly, completely radically left- you know, the whole "FUCK THE SYSTEM" (or unfuck the system, it should be), and let's start fresh in a new society. Other times I appreciate the Liberal more central position and understand points from the right. I do not agree that tradition has any standing in decision making- if there is something better, that makes more sense, then let's do it. I suppose I am really 'logical' in my view points and try to think of what's fair and what also makes sense at the same time.


How should the problems of the world be resolved? Wow, what a big question. Well, it really depends on the issue. I think the idea of the "United Nations" is a very important one- we need a way to communicate wit each other and figure out how to share our vast wealth in North America with the rest of the world. Unfortunately un-learning how to be greedy is very hard indeed. Together there is enough in the world that if we all work together, we can do it. It is hard with 7+ billion (BILLION!) people to all help together, though!


I think one of the biggest world issues that bothers me is treatment of women and homosexuals. I know, I know. It is stereotypical and old news- but only here. People are so stuck in living only by old, outdated religious-oriented political systems that things have become 'right' and 'wrong' that are no business of the government.
As Trudeau said, "The State Does Not Belong in the Bedrooms of the Nation," which pretty much covers it. People should not be beaten for their sex or sexual orientation or gender identification- and they should have all the rights of those who are hetero-normative.

Time to sleep.