Nataly

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  1. Actually, it was "standard practice" not too long ago. Some people have very long memories. Given what was done to their ancestors, I'm not entirely sure I blame them. Look at the Armenian genocide in the early 1900s. Wholesale slaughter. Even more recently was Yugoslavia. The different ethnic groups were forcibly mixed together, and made to "play nice" by their Soviet overlords. Once the Soviet Union collapsed, it only took a few years for the animosities to rear up and once more... Wholesale slaughter. Not to split hairs but both examples are countries who are not part of Europe - they have agreements with Europe and the EU... Not the same thing... In the same way that Mexico is part of NORTH America but is NOT American... To answer my own question, I suspect that total freedom of movement would result in overall advances in civilisation (ie: increased understanding of the "other" and better sharing of intelligence/assets/information/technology). Of course it would not be without conflict... Not some fantastic utopia - not even close... But also not the disaster that some people would like to have us think. I do believe that our *instincts* lead us to mistrust what we don't know/understand (ie: racism/sexism/homophobia etc). And that *civilisation* is all about rising above our base instincts and realising that there is something to be gained OVERALL by considering/understanding/including/embracing difference. Not ALL difference... Obviously, civilisation also means moving away from bad customs/ideas/traditions/practices... The idea/goal is to gradually move toward improvement. "There is no problem so bad you can't make it worse." - Chris Hadfield « Sors le martinet et flagelle toi indigne contrôleuse de gestion. » - my boss
  2. What would the world look like if people had total freedom of movement? For the sake of argument, policy-making organisation(s) and law enforcement would have to cooperate on at least some kind of basic agreed-upon set of universal laws... Personally, I don't think chaos would ensue... My only basis for this argument is to look at any country where people do have freedom of movement within that country... Take the US, for example... I think we can all agree that some areas are impoverished and some are far more affluent and yet people who grow up in the "shitty" US neighbourhoods don't ALL flock to the nicer US neighbourhoods and invade/ruin the place despite theoretically being able to just up and move... So if your answer is "chaos" then please follow this with why you think this would be the case. ***DISCLAIMER*** PLEASE TRY TO KEEP THIS OUT OF THE SC... IT SO QUICKLY DEGENERATES THERE "There is no problem so bad you can't make it worse." - Chris Hadfield « Sors le martinet et flagelle toi indigne contrôleuse de gestion. » - my boss
  3. Sure - why not?! "There is no problem so bad you can't make it worse." - Chris Hadfield « Sors le martinet et flagelle toi indigne contrôleuse de gestion. » - my boss
  4. Facebook tells me it's Robert's BIRTHDAY!!! Hope you have a good one, buddy
  5. Nice cue ball? Well, it has certainly given me a few ideas for my next hairstyle... See attached pics for examples "There is no problem so bad you can't make it worse." - Chris Hadfield « Sors le martinet et flagelle toi indigne contrôleuse de gestion. » - my boss
  6. And now back on topic: Friend: "Shame you are not on Instagram - great pictures of our vacation in Spain" Me: "Yeah... Everyone keeps telling me about Instagram... Sadly, other people's fascinating pictures bore the fuck out of me... " No response... Hmm... Odd... "There is no problem so bad you can't make it worse." - Chris Hadfield « Sors le martinet et flagelle toi indigne contrôleuse de gestion. » - my boss
  7. I donated all my hair to a charity that makes wigs for kids with cancer. Feel free to make jokes at my expense, though - I *do* look pretty silly but I'm not all sensitive about it!!! Actually, now it has grown back a bit, I kinda like it
  8. Yep! "There is no problem so bad you can't make it worse." - Chris Hadfield « Sors le martinet et flagelle toi indigne contrôleuse de gestion. » - my boss
  9. Probably this: Future cat lady? Buddy, I am already there!!! "There is no problem so bad you can't make it worse." - Chris Hadfield « Sors le martinet et flagelle toi indigne contrôleuse de gestion. » - my boss
  10. Me to my now ex-boyfriend: "Oh yeah??? Well, I will have my cats longer than I will have YOU...!!!" - Julien: 2 years and 9 months - Leo the Cat: 2 years and 9 months and counting...! Please add your own "things which are true but you probably should not have said it..."
  11. First World Problems!! But seriously... You lack imagination if skydiving is your only release from the drudgery of life!! Maybe find some other (less expensive) hobbies until you can afford to jump again. As people have rightly pointed out: the sky isn't going anywhere "There is no problem so bad you can't make it worse." - Chris Hadfield « Sors le martinet et flagelle toi indigne contrôleuse de gestion. » - my boss
  12. Let me assure you this is how guys treat 90% of other guys as well (except for the hoping just to sleep with you part). Change jobs as a guy and 90% of the time you're as good as a ghost to them. Generally speaking, if somebody doesn't need to be in touch or can't derive a benefit you'll simply lose contact. It's not a guy/girl thing. It's just the way it is with guys and pretty much everybody. Note the parts I bolded in my original post. The field of my experience is military, so we all move to new jobs rather regularly. In one example, I am still friends with one, who asked me to be part of the sword detail for his wedding. The other guys previously from that group (also invited to perform this task) turned out to still all be friends and in regular contact, though all had moved to different billets as well. Mmm... The older I get, the less I believe that men and women can be "just friends." As with all things, there are probably some exceptions. But they are... Exceptional!! Lol! I mean, you can have men in your life that you find nice and they find you nice and you get along and when you happen to run into them you exchange pleasantries and all of that can be totally platonic... But actually confiding in them as you would one of your girlfriends??? Dunno... "There is no problem so bad you can't make it worse." - Chris Hadfield « Sors le martinet et flagelle toi indigne contrôleuse de gestion. » - my boss
  13. Awww!!! That's lovely! Congratulations
  14. When I'm away from home I always seem to want to get a Tim's as soon as I get back, then I remember that it's not good coffee and that I usually go to Starbucks or McDonald's for coffee instead... I spent eight months in Afghanistan and when we got home at the reception there was Tim Hortons coffee and donuts, I was grateful for the coffee to be sure, but it actually made me realize I'd miss the coffee from the little place the locals ran on our camp - it was really good. I mean... It's not something I crave all the time... But every once in a blue moon, the fact that I *cannot* have a honey cruller makes me want one!!! "There is no problem so bad you can't make it worse." - Chris Hadfield « Sors le martinet et flagelle toi indigne contrôleuse de gestion. » - my boss
  15. Careful... First signs of insanity...! "There is no problem so bad you can't make it worse." - Chris Hadfield « Sors le martinet et flagelle toi indigne contrôleuse de gestion. » - my boss
  16. Last year we recruited a new Admin Assistant after our previous assistant left the country (!)... We finally thought we had found the perfect recruit... She learned quickly, and fit in instantly with the team. We were delighted
  17. The driving bit is irrelevant as it is not edible ETA - D'oh! I did not actually specify in my original post that it had to be food-related... My bad! I am therefore obliged to take back this comment... Driving on the CORRECT side of the road is absolutely relevant! "There is no problem so bad you can't make it worse." - Chris Hadfield « Sors le martinet et flagelle toi indigne contrôleuse de gestion. » - my boss
  18. Dunno, but when I was about to leave England, my ex asked me what foods I would miss and I burst out laughing... Because I was leaving England (not generally known for good eating) and moving to France (a cuisine that has been copied/studied the world over!!!). But every now and again, I could really do with a pint of Guinness on tap... Or some really nice, vintage cheddar! You *can* get those here, but they are not quite the same. ETA - ohhhh... And a really good curry! "There is no problem so bad you can't make it worse." - Chris Hadfield « Sors le martinet et flagelle toi indigne contrôleuse de gestion. » - my boss
  19. I have now been away from Canada for almost as long as I lived in it... Strangely, two things get me excited about going back: Tim Horton's and Kraft Diner!!! So what things do you miss when you are not in your homeland?? Or, alternatively, what do you miss from abroad if/when you come back?? PS: No, I am not going to Canuckistan any time soon... Just had a random craving for a doughnut!!! "There is no problem so bad you can't make it worse." - Chris Hadfield « Sors le martinet et flagelle toi indigne contrôleuse de gestion. » - my boss
  20. +1 "There is no problem so bad you can't make it worse." - Chris Hadfield « Sors le martinet et flagelle toi indigne contrôleuse de gestion. » - my boss
  21. Um, uh, tell us more about your naughtiness? Nope! "There is no problem so bad you can't make it worse." - Chris Hadfield « Sors le martinet et flagelle toi indigne contrôleuse de gestion. » - my boss
  22. Since 1996 I have owned: - 4 cars - 4 motorcycles Never bought anything new. "There is no problem so bad you can't make it worse." - Chris Hadfield « Sors le martinet et flagelle toi indigne contrôleuse de gestion. » - my boss
  23. Not after a "decision," but after a completely false statement... "I was given that information. Actually, I’ve seen that information around." "There is no problem so bad you can't make it worse." - Chris Hadfield « Sors le martinet et flagelle toi indigne contrôleuse de gestion. » - my boss
  24. I have nothing to offer you in the way of a solution, but I do feel your pain. Fucking "upgrades" do my head in when you can't go back to what you liked Sending all my good vibes and hoping some geek somewhere will solve your problem
  25. Thanks for taking the time to write that very considerate post