Stephen Harper and Canadian Politics

I have always been interested in politics and world affairs. Able to hold my own in most conversations on varied topics with others.

Canadian politics being a particular interest, I thought I was fairly well educated - that all changed last week as I started reading Party of One by Michael Harris.

I am only about halfway through the book and I am shocked at the things I had never known about Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party.

Things like how the Conservative party and Harper is tightly tangled up with the Republican Party in the U.S., to the lengths Harper will go to not only remove dissent but truly destroy the lives of those who voice opposition.

I would encourage anyone interested in learning exactly how damaging Harper has been to Canada to pick up a copy.

Be prepared to have your mind blown.

Celtic Tree Calendar

• Apple Tree (Dec 22-Jan 1 / Jun 25-Jul 4) - Tree of love, intelligence, and harmonization.
Someone with this tree sign is quite sensitive and even sentimental. Love and knowledge rule their very being and when they are able to embrace both, they feel sheer bliss and truly live life.

• Fir (Jan 2-11 / Jul 5-14) - Tree of independence, privacy, and contemplation.
When given this tree sign, one is eager, practical, and dedicated to achieving their dreams, yet reasonable and logical when necessary. They give of themselves completely, after much thought.

• Elm (Jan 12-24 / Jul 15-25) - Tree of beauty, god speed, and organization.
A tree sign such as this one, loves all that is bold, beautiful, and harmonious. They also tend to be open, direct, and quite outspoken with their emotions and opinions. They live with passion.

• Cypress (Jan 25-Feb 3 / Jul 26-Aug 4) - Tree of serenity, new life, and adaptation.
Someone with this tree sign prefers to avoid drama, opting for a peaceful, dreamlike state of being as opposed to any form of disagreement or opposition. Life for them is peaceful and magical.

• Poplar (Feb 4-8 / Aug 5-13) - Tree of growth, strength, and visualization.
When given this tree sign, one starts off blissful and carefree, only to encounter a few difficult challenges that often become hot dilemmas. But with a good outlook, they naturally persevere.

• Hackberry (Feb 9-18 / Aug 14-23) - Tree of nobility, pride, and dedication.
A tree sign such as this one will not settle for less than what they obtain to achieve in their lifetime. Their strict dedication and vision is what inevitably makes them feel proud and great.

• Pine (Feb 19-29 / Aug 24-Sep 2) - Tree of health, perseverance, and moderation.
Someone with this tree sign is steady and poised, while moving forward towards progress and success. They often develop a good sense of what is needed physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

• Willow (Mar 1-10 / Sep 3-12) - Tree of fairness, non-judgment, and toleration.
When given this tree sign, one is not so quick to judge a book by its cover. Instead, they tend to allow the story to unfold naturally so they may clearly learn the meaning of what is written.

• Lime (Mar 11-20 / Sep 13-22) - Tree of charm, ease, and infatuation.
A tree sign such as this one might have a tendency to charm or be charmed. They go along with situations peacefully and try to make the most of what can often be somewhat difficult for others.

• Hazel (Mar 22-31 / Sep 24-Oct 3) - Tree of originality, intellect, and adaptation.
Someone with this tree sign firmly believes in individual growth, knowledge, and permeation. They strive to develop their own sense of style and wit, making them solid pioneers in their field.

• Rowan (Apr 1-10 / Oct 4-13) - Tree of ambition, honesty, and communication.
When given this tree sign, one always believes in being true of character and opinion. They never sacrifice their integrity for hidden motives and always obtain goals by way of pure ingenuity.

• Maple (Apr 11-20 / Oct 14-23) - Tree of personality, energy, and imagination.
A tree sign such as this one beholds sheer charisma to go further than most, especially when such journeys encompass creative thought. They never cease to amaze and go beyond. They never stop.

• Walnut (Apr 21-30 / Oct 24-Nov 2) - Tree of fortune, vigor, and determination.
Someone with this tree sign is destined for success and ultimate riches, whether they are in the form of material or supernatural. Their energy is based upon their will and their will is done.

• Jasmine (May 1-14 / Nov 3-11) - Tree of poise, diplomacy, and socialization.
When given this tree sign, one can almost always show an interest in politics or some form of public relations and communications or social interests. They enjoy getting their thoughts across.

• Chestnut (May 15-24 / Nov 12-21) - Tree of justice, ethics, and observation.
A tree sign such as this one goes, but grows no further until they have left a trace of their thought pattern with them. They observe to a certain degree before making sound and fair judgment.

• Ash (May 25-Jun 3 / Nov 22-Dec 1) - Tree of insight, intuition, and aspiration.
Someone with this tree sign is bright enough and willing to take a step further into deeper, darker, less traveled territory, to see a bigger picture, often resulting in a greater masterpiece.

• Ironwood (Jun 4-13 / Dec 2-11) - Tree of discipline, order, and admiration.
When given this tree sign, one can be referred to as having a steady and sturdy enough foundation for further growth and development, both in themselves as well as enabling the same in others.

• Fig (Jun 14-23 / Dec 12-20) - Tree of balance, expression, and diversification.
A tree sign such as this one loves to explore yet always has a sense of their solid roots. They can discover much more than what their world offers while still maintaining their native spirit.

• Oak (Mar 21 Spring Equinox) - Tree of boldness, stability, and individualization.
Someone with this tree sign will more than likely become bolder, brighter, and better than their peers. This can be successfully done as they never lose sight of their own sense of self-worth.

• Birch (Jun 24 - 3 days after the Summer Solstice which is Jun 21) - Tree of creativity, action, and illumination.
When given this tree sign, one always creates the love, life, and laughter that they desire in their universe. They are not afraid to embrace their own power and they do so with pure progress.

Olive (Sep 23 Autumn Equinox) - Tree of logic, reason, and rationalization.
A tree sign such as this one prefers to know the truth as well as the mystery. In doing so, they make good sense out of what often makes absolutely none whatsoever, to discover greater wisdom.

Beech (Dec 21 Winter Solstice) - Tree of skill, resourcefulness, and preservation.
Someone with this tree sign is highly gifted in matters of discovering and carefully preserving. They make use of what others often deem useless, to show a greater knowledge and understanding.

From the OBOD website >>(TreeCalendar)<<

~M.G.~ The Basil Druid

The Proper Response to #blacklivesmatter

Black lives, like all lives, matter. The issue with the statement “black lives matter” isn’t that it alienates other minority groups or majority groups. The issue is that the actions of blacklivesmatter members demonstrate a clear disrespect for the value of black lives. 

If blacklivesmatter truly believed that black lives matter, then they wouldn’t advocate for socialistic policies that will lower the quality of life of blacks in America. 

if blacklivesmatter truly believed that black lives matter, then they would defend the actions of Oathkeepers to protect black business owners in Ferguson from black rioters. 

If blacklivesmatter truly believed that black lives matter, then they would stand behind a guy like Sheriff David Clarke, not include individuals that support cop killing. 

If blacklivesmatter truly believed that black lives matter, then they would stand for racial harmony between blacks, whites, latinos, asians, and native americans, rather than pushing a racial agenda that separates Americans. 

but she’s seriously so great she’s a lesbian and a really great English teacher and she rlly helped me during my senior year w mental health stuff and now we get 2 garden together this Saturday. truly living the dream imo

Happy Friday everyone✨✨ getting my morning cycle in before school as I type this💦👊 // feeling some amazing things are happening lately, and excited for everything that’s about to change, as well as grateful for everyone I will share my experiences with💖 // “Be the change you wish to see in the world” - a quote by Gandhi which I mentioned in a speech at school yesterday, and which I truly try to live my life by. Something to think about💭 also, for anyone who’s interested in seeing some more #vegan recipes, be sure to check out mine and @kat_violet’s Facebook page “Earth Fusion” - we will be trying to upload easy and healthy recipes for you all as much as possible☺️🌿🌿

nicki’s drag on miley was so strong and powerful i felt it on the east coast. my heartbeat is racing and my adrenaline is pumping i feel like i could lift a car or run a marathon or eat three chipotle burritos in one sitting i am truly living in this moment

I want to live. I don’t just mean breathe or continue on with my life. I mean truly live. I want to go on nighttime car rides in the summer blasting my music. I want to see parts of the world that I never knew existed. I want to go places that I’ll talk about for decades. I want to live. I want to really live. I want to feel alive. Like I have truly lived.
—  T.G. // Excerpt from a book I’ll never write #203