Spacey music: Led Zeppelin song did it for me

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So, back in the day (i.e. yesterday or the 1960s or any time in-between) . . . what was your favourite song to listen to after you had puffed on pot or had consumed some other mind-stimulating substance (yes, alcohol qualifies)?

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Temptation is . . .

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Temptation is a 2008 red convertible Mustang with only 73,000 kilometres on the odometer. (Photo: Jillian Page)

Temptation is a 2008 red convertible Mustang with only 73,000 kilometres on the odometer. (Photo: Jillian Page)

. . . a red convertible Mustang.

Sigh . . .

Regular readers know I have been dreaming about owning such a muscle car recently.

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Transgender issues: Bill C-279 amendments?

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“The fact of the matter is I believe (Bill C-) 279 will be through the Senate in the next month or month-and-a-half, either defeated, amended or passed.”

Those are the words of Canadian Senator Don Plett in an interview with The Globe and Mail, in which Mr. Plett says he will seek amendments to the transgender rights bill. The bill, which has been before the Senate since March 2013, moves to committee hearings on Thursday, the Globe and Mail reports.

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Interlude: The great miracle

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A perfect spot for meditation. (Photo by M. Robertson of/for Jillian Page)

A perfect spot for meditation. (Photo by M. Robertson of/for Jillian Page)

“When water, land and air meet, there is the place for magic to be wrought.”
– Esoteric teaching from the Rules of Magic, as told to Alice Bailey and reported in A Treatise on White Magic, or The Way of the Disciple

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Journalists as dinner guests: Would you invite us?

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“I don’t associate with journalists. They’re a bad lot. I don’t like them. I don’t trust them.”

Those were the words — more or less — of a gentleman who had been interested in dating me about 8 years ago. We had met on an online dating site and were hitting it off until he found out what sort of work I do for living. And then he made tracks . . .

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UAE female pilot leads bombing raid on ISIS

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Bravo to Major Mariam al-Mansouri, 35, the first female pilot in the United Arab Emirates air force, for leading a squadron of fighter jets in a raid on ISIS.

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Malaysia: Transgender people face ‘systematic repression’ — reports

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Transgender people — as well as gay and lesbian folks — probably should think twice about vacationing in Malaysia. Human Rights Watch, a U.S.-based organization, issued a report this week describing the “systematic repression, harassment and mistreatment” of trans people by authorities in that country, an AFP report on the Al Jazeera site says. A rights group is reportedly urging the government to repeal its anti-trans laws.

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Thank God for the United States

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“No God condones this terror. No grievance justifies these actions. There can be no reasoning — no negotiation — with this brand of evil. The only language understood by killers like this is the language of force. So the United States of America will work with a broad coalition to dismantle this network of death.”
President Barack Obama, on ISIS, in an address to the United Nations today, as reported by The Independent

U.S. FlagI find myself being very patriotic these days to a country I’ve figuratively adopted: the United States of America.

To borrow some lyrics from The Rolling Stones, “for never in my sweet short life have I felt like this before.” (Trivia question: What song do those lyrics come from?)

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HeForShe: Calling all men in support of women

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I’ve just been watching an inspiring video of Emma Watson’s impassioned address to the United Nations on Sept. 20 about the HeForShe campaign. Emma is a UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador.

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Quote of the day: Issa Alghaith

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They are a minority of extremists who have nothing to do with the rest of the world’s Muslims.”
Issa Alghaith, a member of Saudi Arabia’s Shura Council, who among others sees ISIS “as spreading an abhorrent interpretation of Islam and support the fight against it,” according to an article on the New York Times site.

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