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Nativity 2019

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Never forget that for this administration and its supporters, the cruelty is the point.

In case you need context:

Thanks to Chris Laco for the find.

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The Okayest Boomer

Here’s the full text of the question:

I very much enjoy your column, and you are much kinder than I am. It may be my age, but my parents weren’t expected to pay for college when I came of age. I am, yes, a baby boomer. From reading your column it seems like lots of people of varying ages seem to believe that they have rights to an inheritance, often by virtue of being a DNA relative and, sometimes, by virtue of a marriage.

I disagree with this assumption. Please educate me. Are my somewhat scornful reactions a reflection of my own age or ignorance? Or can I or anyone else write a will leaving their estate to whomever they like — say a charity, or the kid next door, or their nurse — instead of their kids and spouse? What is the law and etiquette regarding wills and inheritance?

Wow. This isn’t the only surprising question that people ask The Moneyist. A sampling:

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December 6th: National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Thirty years ago today — December 6th, 1989 — some asshole went into École Polytechnique de Montréal (“Polytechnic School of Montreal” in English, an engineering school) and fatally shot 14 young women who were studying to be engineers. The asshole, who himself had failed to gain admission to the university, shouted, “You’re all a bunch of feminists and I hate feminists!”

I was an engineering student at Queen’s University at the time of the tragedy, and I remember the day — and the debates — that happened then. As a techie who grew up in Canada, I’m making it a point to remember the names of the women who lost their lives that day — all because they simply wanted to be engineers:

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  • Geneviève Bergeron (1968–1989), civil engineering student
  • Hélène Colgan (1966–1989), mechanical engineering student
  • Nathalie Croteau (1966–1989), mechanical engineering student
  • Barbara Daigneault (1967–1989), mechanical engineering student
  • Anne-Marie Edward (1968–1989), chemical engineering student
  • Maud Haviernick (1960–1989), materials engineering student
  • Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz (1958–1989), nursing student
  • Maryse Laganière (1964–1989), budget clerk at the school’s finance department
  • Maryse Leclair (1966–1989), materials engineering student
  • Anne-Marie Lemay (1967–1989), mechanical engineering student
  • Sonia Pelletier (1961–1989), mechanical engineering student
  • Michèle Richard (1968–1989), materials engineering student
  • Annie St-Arneault (1966–1989), mechanical engineering student
  • Annie Turcotte (1969–1989), materials engineering student

In memory of this event, Canada’s parliament declared December 6th the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in 1991. Let’s not forget what happened then, and let’s remember that even today, thirty years later, will still have to contend with people who hold women in the same low regard as the asshole who opened fire on that classroom.

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Recommended reading

Why I don’t refer to the shooter by name, but just as “some asshole”

I wish it was my idea, but it came from Justin Pierce’s webcomic Wonderella:

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Editorial cartoon of the day: He’ll always be there for you, Donald.

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Here’s some context, just in case you missed the news or are reading this years later, when Orange Julius Caesar is a distant memory and object lesson in what not to do.

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“The microbrew of hummus”

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With the slogan “The microbrew of hummus”, they’re probably trying to say “It’s really, really good”, or “It’s made with care and natural ingredients in small batches,” or even “Cooler than your average hummus”.

But it could also be interpreted as:

  • “Made by skinny white guys with really huge beards who ride unicycles who listen to too much Bon Iver.”
  • “You’re supposed to put this in a preciously tiny bowl as part of a hummus flight.”
  • “We took a strong-tasting ingredient that normally goes into it, and then used too much.” For microbrew, it’s hops — what would it be for hummus? Garlic?
  • “We added something that normally doesn’t go into hummus.” I really can’t complain about that. I enjoyed 7venth Sun’s peanut-mole stout the other night, and there’s some pretty nice dessert hummus on the market these days.
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Remember, women have always been a part of geek/nerd culture

In case you want to find out more about the women mentioned in the comic above, these links are good starting points:

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Sign of the day

The best part is that each sewing kit storage unit comes with free Danish butter cookies!