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Comment Archives: stories: Love the way we bitch

Re: “Stop butchering the word butcher

Back to the original Bitch... I think we need to treat one another fundamentally with respect, and butchering in other places aside from North America is an actual craft. Like, in Germany, you have to go to school. Like 2 years of study. I was once told by someone from Germany that they would be arrested back home if they did what we do here to meat.

That's messed up.

Facts are facts, though, and the lifestyle of meat-eating is different from the choice to eat/not eat meat. We need to re-naturalize our typical lifestyle. That doesn't happen in a decade, that doesn't even happen in a generation.

I get what the posters are for and all, though it's ironically unsustainable. Your children's children aren't going to see those posters, however they WILL inherit the recipes you create, the culture you build around the dinner table.

The real work is shutting up about it and just doing it quietly because you know it's right. So if eating meat is right for you, fine, and if going vegan is right, then fine. Just please stop dehumanizing each other, because the animals... in my humble opinion... don't need us to save them. They belong to the continuum, they don't have goals or expectations, they just go with it-- not without obvious changes in behavior due to stress and trauma, yet humans have the much more complex issue, typically these days and in this part of the world anyhow-- of having a damaged continuum. If our continuum weren't damaged, we would already know exactly what to eat and how much and when.

I've known plenty of vegans with eating disorders. Just fill your cup before trying to help, folks.

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Posted by Frost Keplar on 01/17/2019 at 7:11 PM

Re: “Fired because of my mental health

Speaking as somebody who's had this exact scenario happen to them... honestly, take that shit in stride. they aren't the type of people you want to work for anyways. karmas a bitch. the employer who did that to me, is now importing workers from out of province. and i can assure you in my feild of work there are people looking for a job. just not with them.

It took me two years to get about 50% of my banked pay back and the headaches werent worth it.

Pick your battles

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Posted by adudewithadog on 01/17/2019 at 11:02 AM

Re: “The last straw

First off, sorry for your loss. I've lived in both cities (as a 30 something professional) and can say without a doubt in my mind Halifax is a fantastic city with lots to offer. I prefer Halifax over Vancouver for many reasons listed below:
1) The People Are Friendlier
Friendly conversations are easy to have with Haligonians. They are way more approachable. One thing I noticed is that people run into each other all the time. It's a small city so I see this happening all the time and it's about 3 degrees of separation.
2) Cost of Living is Lower
Despite what the first commenter said, rent, gas, auto insurance IS more affordable. Do your research but Downtown Dartmouth is a Gem in terms of a location especially if you don't have a family. HST is 13 percent but you don't notice the difference coming from Van
3) The beer scene is on point
Shout out to Battery Park.
4) Outdoor amenities at your doorstep. (similar experience to Westcoast)
5) Shopping. Anything that Vancouver has, Halifax has it (with exception of top end luxury brands)
6) You actually have a Canadian winter unlike Vancouver. I see this as a pro!

Top Cons
1) Though the food scene is good, Vancouver has Halifax beat.
2) Public transportation is worse. Buy a car.
3) Work can be difficult to find, although if you have a marketable skill it could be easier.
4) Construction everywhere

LIFE IS GOOD in Halifax. If looking to rebuild, I would seriously consider taking the plunge.

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Posted by Tony Insua on 01/17/2019 at 6:58 AM

Re: “Fired because of my mental health

I agree with Agra Phol. Get yourself a lawyer.

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Posted by Lobster Claw on 01/17/2019 at 6:39 AM

Re: “Love? Nothing like it

Live and learn, kid. Dissing the ex is pretty pointless at this junction. That was then, this is now.

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Posted by Lobster Claw on 01/17/2019 at 6:38 AM

Re: “Dogs and apartments don't mix

Depends on the size of the dog. A small lap dog in an apartment is one thing but keeping a dog the size of a Labrador Retriever in an apartment all day on its own is downright cruel.

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Posted by Lobster Claw on 01/17/2019 at 6:35 AM

Re: “The last straw

What a relief to read this person's post and know that I am not alone in both my own experiences and feelings, western Canada is home to some of the nastiest, shallow, superficial, selfish and dysfunctional people anywhere, I myself am only living for the day when I can finally leave Calgary and Alberta once and for all and return to Nova Scotia...

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Posted by QE2Guy01 on 01/15/2019 at 9:44 PM

Re: “Poor proofreaders!?

People can advertise however the hell they want. Grow up. First-world problems, much?

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Posted by Jeff Jeff on 01/15/2019 at 9:27 PM

Re: “Stop butchering the word butcher

@Jeff Rockwell And where exactly are you getting this from? Actually, a lot of the things going to feed livestock, especially chickens, are grain (not seed so much), fillers and... other chickens. I'm not kidding, it's cheaper for factory farms. But I digress. It's not just about soy, which already appears in numerous products, it's that vegans are really no better than meat eaters yet continue to talk down to people as if they're ignorant. There's nothing wrong with sustainably eating meat, and I'd gladly eat that high horse you're riding on, too. I'm more in support of sustainable local farming for meat/vegetables than this constant trendy hype about banning meat and "cows are our equals!" and all that rhetoric. iPhones are a horrible source of pollution. Many consumer electronics are. Shipped overseas and dumped so heavy metals can ruin the water, kill fish, hurt people, and nobody here ever cares - they can feel for a cow being slaughtered but not a kid across the world is being contaminated with our e-waste and garbage. I've yet to see a vegan who didn't go run out any buy the latest cell phone or electronic gizmo even if their old ones worked perfectly fine. I've yet to see a vegan give up their sweatshop-sewn jeans or their cruise vacations or their Apple laptops - like the best of us, they're human like everybody else. The only difference is they go out of their way to make other people feel bad about that. A real pot calling the kettle black situation. I got no beef with vegans (pardon the pun) who just live that lifestyle and don't try to push it onto anybody else, that's cool, no problem there. It's the pushy vegans who are shooting their own movement in the foot, always guilt-tripping and looking for every opportunity to make a ridiculous scene over nothing.

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Posted by Jeff Jeff on 01/15/2019 at 9:23 PM

Re: “Stop butchering the word butcher

Someone disliked my comment...but they sure have nothing to say!

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Posted by Jeff Rockwell on 01/15/2019 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Just some basic questions

My sister's biological mother refuses to speak with her; she gave her up for adoption 45 years ago. She has a moral responsibility to provide my sister with that information. I curse her.

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Posted by Agra Phol on 01/15/2019 at 3:10 PM

Re: “The last straw

Halifax is a great city! Certainly one of my favorites.
Just like any city in Canada, it is tough to make a go of it if you're relying on a minimum wage job. But if you have a trade, or profession and some work experience, there or loads of jobs. Just like other cities in Canada.
Halifax is just big enough to offer great experiences in live entertainment, theater, great places to dine, wonderful, warm pubs, great history, fantastic outdoor activities, good shopping; all without a two hour commute. And within a 20 minute drive form downtown, you can be on a beach on the Atlantic ocean or hiking coastal trails with incredible views and World War II history you can touch.
Halifax airport, a half hour away from the downtown core, provides quick access to the world; you can fly to LHR faster than to YVR from YHZ!
There is no other city in Canada where I could afford to have a waterfront apartment, over looking the yacht club where my sailboat is moored within a 15 minute commute to work.
No city is perfect but Halifax is close!

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Posted by The Other Safety Guy on 01/15/2019 at 7:58 AM

Re: “Dogs and apartments don't mix

You're kidding, right?
It seems like there are more 'apartment' buildings that prohibit dogs than permit them; at least that was my experience when shopping for an 'apartment'. You likely should have done some research before moving into the building you have. Getting pissy at your neighbors because you didn't do your research is a great example of half the problems in this world.

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Posted by The Other Safety Guy on 01/15/2019 at 7:47 AM

Re: “The last straw

Be VERY CAREFUL picking Halifax as a destination for your brave new world. Jobs are scarce (unless Tim Hortons or similar will do), rents are sky high unless you want to live in a dump (and Tim Hortons still won't do), the Health Care System is in crisis (meaning your chances of getting decent healthcare here are nill...you won't even be able to find a family doctor), the public transportation system is in tatters (it would almost be funny if it weren't so sad and ridiculous), the entire city is being demolished and re-developed...this place is an absolute mess right now.

Check us out in another 10 years...but may I recommend Montreal instead? Or even Moncton might be a better choice.

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Posted by Try_The_Truth on 01/15/2019 at 12:27 AM

Re: “Stop butchering the word butcher

@Jeff Jeff Do you know where over 95% of soy goes? To feed livestock...if you eat animal products you consume more soy...entire habitats are destroyed because of the growing need for space because of the growing need for animal products...60% of all land is used for livestock or livestock feed...it takes anywhere from 15-28 times the land for animal products vs eating plants directly...the very definition of veganism includes the words 'avoiding animal products as far as reasonably possible and practicable...' that is nobody claimed it was without the use of any...and certainly some products considered vegan are non sustainable...the community continues to learn and grow...if everyone on Earth sat around drinking soy lattes in Lululemons on iPhones the environment would be far better off however...

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Posted by Jeff Rockwell on 01/15/2019 at 12:19 AM

Re: “Poor proofreaders!?

It's on purpose. the world don't revolve around you or OCD
&
You can probably easily read it upside down.. no need to "turn it upside down to read it"

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Posted by WesLee on 01/14/2019 at 11:34 PM

Re: “Just some basic questions

I'm not entirely sure what's going on with your family but I'm sorry. It sounds like a lot to deal with and I hope you are able to overcome this and get the answers you are seeking.

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Posted by Jeff Jeff on 01/14/2019 at 9:32 PM

Re: “Fired because of my mental health

If you can prove your employer fired you for this reason, Agra Phol is absolutely right, seek legal advice and file suit if possible. Most employers are understanding and wouldn't fire somebody for a thing like that. It helps nobody.

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Posted by Jeff Jeff on 01/14/2019 at 9:28 PM

Re: “Dogs and apartments don't mix

It's no different than those people who let their dog run free down the street off a leash, never considering broken glass bottles, vehicles on the road or any other hazard their dog may face. Because it's all about what they want, never mind the poor dog or anybody else's feelings. Some (note not all) pet owners don't see their pet as a living thing, but as a security blanket which offers "unconditional love" and cannot run away, so they keep it in a cramped living space and treat it like a toy. Poor things.

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Posted by Jeff Jeff on 01/14/2019 at 9:26 PM

Re: “Love? Nothing like it

Is it SHE who has those regrets or is it you? Cuz it kind of sounds like you...

If she's happy and you're her friend oh, why are you not happy for her?

Hurl all the unfounded slurs that you wish but bitching here isn't helping.

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Posted by Agra Phol on 01/14/2019 at 4:46 PM

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