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Identification of Canadians and Quebec's Bill 62: Who Are You?
The Province of Quebec recently passed Bill 62, the ban of full-face covering —for anyone giving or receiving public services. The controversial ban is criticized by the 'politically-correct' as being specifically aimed at Muslim women. Wrong. It is not. It is aimed inclusively at all persons in Quebec, any and all individuals, any citizen, foreign, immigrant, visitor, asylum seeker, fake refugee or otherwise—any 'person' receiving or giving services who arrogantly insists upon hiding (his/her/its/gender-neutral, modified, transformed, whatever, your choice) their natural face. You got it, anyone in Quebec who hides their faces and identity from other Canadians is now required to conform to a common-sense law.
Who ARE You? Identification of Canadians... a valid Question of Security
"Who are you?" remains a valid question of security for people world-wide. Around the globe. Identification of Quebeckers, in fact any and all Canadians or others with covered faces in public places —is a security issue.
Don't like it? Get used to it. Join the modern world. France and other countries including Belgium, Austria, the Netherlands have done the same. Worth noting, some Muslim countries also recognize that security is paramount and must come first. Chad, and even Egypt are doing the same. With good reason. Terrorists use deception and hide their faces, gender, and intent. Full-face coverings are NOT an "Islamic" religious requirement contrary to the loudly-expressed opinions of perhaps well-intentioned—but ill-informed protesters.
Identification of Canadians and the Stigma of Hidden Faces
Here in Canada we are an 'open-faced society' and always have been. Hidden faces have traditionally and correctly borne the stigma of suspicion and evil. The indeterminate stranger approaches presenting unknown and potential danger. Lack of trust is invariably created, regardless of what lurks behind masks and other forms of face coverings.
Hidden faces have been and will continue to be associated with persons having something to hide, criminality, untrustworthy, evil intent. Shady individuals, attackers, break and enter artists and car thieves alike do not want their faces revealed before or after being caught. Terrorists with murder on their minds do not wish to be identified. ISIS 'fighters' and extremists of every kind practice secrecy of the worst kind. Hidden intent. Terrorism. The past 20 years has demonstrated an automatic correlation between hidden faces and masks, including "burquas and hijabs". We cannot help that. How unfortunate. But to deny the association between 'hidden faces' of any type and human lack of trust is to be naive, uninformed, and foolish.
Benefits of Open Faces and Identification of Canadians
Yes. Benefits. Open faces offer more than simple visual confirmation of identification. Uncovered faces increase trust between people in daily contact, on passing, standing face-to-face, silently, speaking directly to one another or not. Open faces improve communication via the inherent understanding of natural and unmistakable language of facial expression. Faces signal intent, friendship, status, happiness, sadness, good or evil —although such an interchange may be subtle, missed entirely, understood or not.
Why are there Objections to Reasonable and logical Identification of Canadians? Why is this even an issue?
Open, honest and uncovered faces improve tolerance, inclusion, and acceptance above all. Worth repeating, uncovered faces offer inclusion, acceptance, and even potential friendship to strangers. Open faces reduce concerns for personal safety— by honestly addressing, reducing or completely eliminating suspicion.
Canadians naturally object to covered faces for all of the above reasons. Canadians are, by our very identity, history and nature, friendly, open-faced, inclusive and tolerant of those who dress 'strangely' and those who may be 'different'. We want to know who specifically stands before us for any purpose.
On the Other Hand...
Want to be looked upon with suspicion by all? Try it. Cover your face fully. Hide your face from any and all observers and passers-by. Lurk in public places, courts of law, lineups at bus stops, at the mall, in lineups at the show, ceremonies, events, schools, the supermarket, the welfare office, or your neighbourhood community center. Try entering an airport wearing a balaclava—and see what happens. Expect to be confronted and identified.
While you're at it, protest Canadian social life, Canadian traditions, and whine loudly. Scream racism! Hide your face so nobody can determine who you are, what you are protesting and whining loudly for, or screaming dissent.
How about let's sneak about like it's Hallowe'en. Close enough. Pretend you're practicing "it's a woman's choice' , imagine you are a different gender and supporting "women's issues." Pretend that you're a 'feminist', as certain out-of-touch, ill-informed, confused and incompetent politicians posing as 'leaders' seem to be prone to encourage. Does a full-face covering make your voiced opinion any braver, any more valid? No. In fact, the opposite; the hidden face demonstrates cowardice.
One may use the excuse that a burqua, Lone Ranger mask, niquab, rubber Grinch-face, wooden voodoo mask, head-scarf, extreme-weather face-cover-hoodie, ski-mask, hollowed-out pumpkin-head, rubber duck costume, toque, or northern balaclava — is somehow justified by a "religious requirement" and a 'religion'. It is not. They are not. None of the above face coverings qualify for exemption or eliminate, dismiss, or trump the logical and reasonable quest for security for ALL Canadians.
Walk into a bank or jewelry store or bank—or any other civilized workplace with a full-face covering and try withdrawing money or inciting a nasty public demonstration— and discover why full face covering are a bad idea.
This is Canada. It is time for politicians of all stripes to remind themselves why the essential tradition of open-faced identification of Canadians IS the essence of Canada.
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American Election: The Bell Tolls for Democracy
Americans are visiting the polls on Tuesday. That is, if they haven't already voted early. A bell tolling, you ask? Is democracy at work? We have witnessed the most surprising, dirtiest, most impolite and loco race for the White House in history. Revelations of racism, misogyny, sexual predatory behaviour and assault, vows to refuse the results, accusations of rigging, disbelief in the system, hate, off-script visceral reactions and certainly troubling, local, state, national and global fear mongering. The Liberty Bell tolls for democracy—for democracy, in the USA, like the old bell, is cracked. Badly.
Accusations: Unmitigated gall and finger-pointing...
Nerves jangle. According to the juicy rhetoric, the victor of this
sleazy race will be either brash, dangerous, unstable, nasty, and thin-skinned in the persona of 'a one-time reality star 'you're fired' billionaire Republican Donald Trump or the Teflon®-coated, 'crooked Hillary' corrupted and corrupt, reportedly careless, unstable, a negligent private-server-using emailing security risk. That would be none other than the tired, worn-out, evil ex- lawyer, corporate-funded Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton, the 'First Lady' of the past. We must not forget, along with Hillary will come an added bonus in the form of disrespected boy toy -adviser, "First Man' Play-Bill, her hubby , Monica's playschool friend, and ex-President. Yes, that Bill.
Wow. Some choice. Uber rich, both with coloured past, the spoiled candidates are both unpopular, considered unfit, or pretty close to it, depending on—what? What exactly is the measuring stick? The past, morality, questionable dealings, failures in security? And which playbooks and lip service, foundation records are consulted, which tax disclosures. Don't forget Clinton Foundation games.
Well okay, let's add a little truth? Some truth and bare-bones honesty from the candidates themselves might be nice at this late date.
Yet— it never dawns on the public. It never ceases to amaze thinking observers that these unbelievably unsuitable, brash individuals are deemed the best, the
only candidates possible, chosen magically and inexplicably from 300,000,000 people. Unbelievable. Notice that 'best of the worst' is not relevant. It simply does not apply. Consequently...
The Liberty Bell Tolls for Humanity
To hear Hillary tell it, the Donald might stub his toe, fall down or suffer a few bruises —and instantly, in a rage, push the nuke button , destroying humanity itself in a Trump-apocalypse. Subsequently, in that model, if Vladimir isn't his friend any more out in the old sandbox, if China floats a fishing-boat in the China sea, North Korea winks, or Melania, God forbid, sends the old boy out in the White doghouse for diddlings of the past, Trump might get a headache, suddenly hate more Mexicans, say bad words like you're fired! and build higher fences at all borders. And chase out immigrants, just in case, to revive isolationism. Most likely all of that won't matter, anyway, since Hillary insists the world can first expect a resounding tantrum and unprecedented button-pushing in the old sandbox.
"Trump is thin-skinned" —according to one who screeches about unwashed deplorables, (Trump supporters) the dumb voter, the foolish uninformed, who (coincidentally) may not be persuaded to choose her hidden corporate agenda. Of course there is more screeching about the undecided Republican or Democrat, who's who, —who happen to rightly voice displeasure with Trump locker-room talk and escapades past and present—but secretly love his less-than-stellar 'let's make America great' oratorical skills. And the Hillary-bashing part. Nevertheless, what remains is a genuinely rich, Trump-hating rant...from an equally-unsuitable, exhausted gender-chosen 'candidate' .... to make history yet. Go figure.
Clearly, as we consult the latest FBI machinations and revelations, the runes, tea leaves, waving peasant-sticks and broken Trump signs, the Liberty Bell tolls for humanity itself. After the election, everyone may wish to take that under advisement. And go for coffee.
The Liberty Bell Tolls for the United States of America
Most notably, it has become increasingly apparent the political system used by the United States of America is badly broken. Think about it. Millions of people somehow, somehow voting for the worst candidates in history BUT 80% or more Americans do not like either candidate. Following that heady deception, that supposedly
rigged honest voting process, the Electoral College is free to ignore the popular vote and decide for themselves who's going to destroy lead the country, blow it to smithereens, or manipulate it with a deceptive, some suggest 'corporate fascist-minded police-state bureaucracy'.
Bad choices, people, result in bad outcomes.
Given that the founding fathers of 1776 clearly did not have any faith in '(We )the (ordinary) People' and the subsequent choices made by ordinary American voters, a reality check is sorely needed. The Liberty Bell tolls for the minds, core values, and perhaps the very existence of the United States of America. The unimaginable is always possible; in observation, if the USSR can fragment with political differences, so can the USA.
Is a revolution in the making? You decide. On Tuesday. That is, if you've decided to vote at all in the biggest political circus in history. Vote or not, you'll hear bickering, name-calling and the acidic results of lies, half-truths, mandatory head-examinations and media spin.
Unbelievably, a Boeing 747, U.S. Air Force One may be seen, dutifully trundling President Barack Obama in partisan high fashion, happily coaching voters, stumping for the 'stellar' Hillary —all the way across America to Hillary-rallies everywhere— at a cost to taxpayers of $200,000 per hour. How about that? That's the President, " Ensuring democracy" ...er... when he should be at the White House hard at work. We must wonder who should be paying the bill for that one...
As for we Canadians—this is just another 'beyond belief' American reality show. It may be X-rated entertainment but it is entertainment that concerns. Perhaps it is comic relief from the cold realization that the performance of our own collection of 'politicians' breaking political promises, practicing the Peter Principle, taking ga-ga selfies, and leading parades while selling out Canadian interests— is equally disastrous.
...Let us laugh. Perhaps a prayer or two for the old Liberty Bell might be in order. Coffee time before the big show...
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