Tuesday, August 28, 2012

How the World Works

Many people often show a lack of regard for others' chosen field of employment. I often hear people who work in Government have a love/hate relationship with those who work in Business. Those who work in business have a love/hate relationship with non-profits and those who work in Labour have a slight attitude towards those that work in Government. I could go on, but you get the point.                              -MC 

I see the world as one big medicine wheel. Each different sector of the world is integral. If you take away one of them, the circle is no longer complete. The balance is not present. We must understand what one another do/are responsible for so we can make a better decision for ourselves where we want to work and focus our own energies for our future employment and where we should be for our ideas to develop in a good way.

With Labour Day coming up, I figured I would share my 2 cents on how I see the world, and why all of these groups, need each other, and must begin to have a better understanding of how these different worlds/industries/fields of employment NEED one another to continue doing their work. But before I can explain that, I want to do a quick summary of what each of these folks do.

These are the law-makers. These people decide how our society is run, and when they say something is going to happen/needs to happen they have the authority to change laws so something actually can go ahead and get done.

These people actually carry out the work that is required. They work in construction and in other physcially demanding work. They build houses, roads, buildings and anything that must be built. Without labour, the government wouldn't have anyone to actually carry out their little plans/ideas/laws.

these are the folks who do work, and expect to be paid for their work. These are entrepreneurs, business owners and folks that at the end of the day like to make money/have a profit. They create tons of employment opportunities but many businesses have a close-minded perspective on where they fit in in the community

CIVIL SOCIETY aka Non-Profits
These are the people that do everything else. Often not expecting to be paid by their clients for the human services they deliver.Many of these groups/organizations have a relationship with government where they are exclusively funded by government dollars.

So Now What?

Now you alter your perspective. Where in this world do you fit? Where are your gifts and interests? Regardless of where you wanna work, its important to know that we cannot pretend to know everything. If i spent my whole life in Government, how could i possibly relate in a good way to those in business/cibil society/labour?? That same question applies to all industries. We have to understand that our world is connected to one another, and what you do in your job affects me. Not only me, but my family, my community and the next generation (of all of our kids). Let's build a better understanding and appreciation for those who work in the places we cannot, or choose not to. Let's celebrate the contributions of others while we refocus ourselves in sharing our gifts in the best way we can.

So this Friday, at the Bell Tower we will be learning about LABOUR day, and why we have it. We will have a few people to share with us their own perspectives and hopefully we can learn a little but more about how we, as a community can become more connected with Labour, work with them in a good way and share the load....remembering that we are not alone in the work we do. We can make changes that benefit all 4 directions.

Key word: TOGETHER!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Crazy Dreams...

I have been having mad dreams lately. There are 2 dreams that are so vivid...and recent. They involve me interacting with challenges, my family, usually some type of modern element. But I am noticing that the animals in these dreams are becoming aggressive, almost violent....and while other people in my dream seem unaffected by these animals, and I am very afraid. Check em out (the full dreams are at BEGUILE - http://beguilingbubble.blogspot.ca)
I dreamed that I was with my niece and we were looking for turtles. We found a little baby one the size of her hands. But when we got to the highway 2 larger turtles. When we got to the trailer with the rest of the family we were attacked by bears. I left the family with another person and we were chased by the bears into the North End. the bears were crashing through fences trying to get us, but then...we got split up.

This time I dreamed I was once more in the woods, but this time had another pair of interactions with animals....all surrounding my family.The first had to do with 3 large male deer that were just watching me....and the second animal was wolves. What does it mean when you kill a wolf in your dream?

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

#RevolutionMusic - A Playlist for the People

 rev·o·lu·tion [rev-uh-loo-shuhn]
noun 1. an overthrow or repudiation and the thorough
replacement of an established government or political system
 by the people governed.
When I look at the above image (in case of revolution break glass) I feel like that is a metaphor, or even a challenge. Are you satisfied with the status quo? Are you willing to take action to ensure that your children have a healthy world to live in? I welcome and invite all of you to challenge yourselves and reach out.  Together we can create a peaceful revolution.

I tried something random the other day; I asked my social media friends to help me build a playlist called Revolution Music. It was triggered when I was listening to and inspired by the above video (One Love by David Guetta feat. Estelle) and felt compelled to create a PLAYLIST FOR THE PEOPLE with other inspiring, motivating songs on it. Of course I can't build a people's playlist without you guys, so please feel free to add your 2 cents and let me know via FB/Twitter/Blogger what other items you would add to something called Revolution Music? At the present time on my YouTube Channel, 'Revolution Music' has over 60 videos on it with more to be added as long as I am receiving suggestions.

  1. David Guetta – One Love (feat. Estelle)
  2. Lupe Fiasco – The Show Goes
  3. Flobots – Rise 
  4. Aerosmith – Come Together [Beatles Cover]
  5. Hopsin – Nocturnal Rainbows
  6. Playing For Change   – Stand By Me (Song Around the World)
  7. Blue King Brown - Stand Up
  8. Michael Franti and Spearhead - Yell Fire
  9. K'naan - Take A Minute
  10. Lauryn Hill - Everything is Everything
  11. John Legend & The Roots - I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free
  12. John Legend & The Roots - Our Generation (The Hope of the World)
  13. Black Eyed Peas - Where Is The Love?
  14. The Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)
  15. John Cougar Mellencamp - Authority Song
  16. Wolfmother - Joker and the Thief
  17. Rage Against The Machine - Renegades Of Funk
  18. Rage Against The Machine - Wake up
  19. Ani Difranco - Coming Up
  20. The Raging Grannies - Halliburton & BP, You Suck! (BP Oil Spill Protest Anthem)
  21. Tracy Chapman - Talkin Bout A Revolution
  22. Nas & Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley - Patience
  23. Dead Prez - Hip Hop
  24. Blu - Rise up
  25. 4 Non Blondes - What's Up
  26. Gil Scott Heron - The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
  27. Twisted Sister - We're Not Gonna Take It
  28. Bodeans - Closer To Free
  29. K'naan - Wavin' Flag
  30. Jet - Stand Up (Garage Sessions)
  31. The Beatles – Revolution
  32. the Five Man Electrical Band - Signs
  33. The Impressions - Keep on Pushing
  34. Nas - I Can 
  35. Bob Dylan - Subterranean Homesick Blues
  36. Stevie Wonder - Blowin' in the Wind [Bob Dylan Cover]
  37. Leon Russell - A Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall
  38. Bob Dylan - Times They are a-Changin
  39. Asian Dub Foundation - Colour Line
  40. Thievery Corporation - The Richest Man In Babylon
  41. Rage Against the Machine - Calm like a Bomb
  42. Black Flag - Rise Above
  43. Minutemen - King Of The Hill
  44. Donny Hathaway - Little Ghetto Boy
  45. Immortal Technique - Point of No Return
  46. The Coup - Ride The Fence
  47. Tiken Jah Fakoly - Quitte le Pouvoir
  48. Rage Against The Machine - No Shelter
  49. Muse - Uprising
  50. Will.i.am - S.O.S (Mother Nature)
  51. Folk Song - One Tin Soldier
  52. Digging Roots – Spring To Come
  53. Floyd Red Crow Westerman - B.I.A
  54. Bob Marley - Get Up Stand Up 
  55. Arcade Fire - Abraham's Daughter (Hunger Games Soundtrack)
  56. Keewatin Otchichak Drum Group– As long as the Rivers Flow
  57. Nina Simone - I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free 
  58.  Lyrical Militant - Never Give Up (feat. Dele-O)
  59. Stan Rogers - The Mary Ellen Carter
  60. Dead Prez - Police State [Banned in Germany]
  61. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s - I Have a Dream
  62. Wab Kinew - Heroes

Peaceful Revolution

While many revolutions are accompanied by violence, I must ask this of my fellow revolutionaries that we refrain from violence in the physical, mental, verbal and spiritual way. It is going to be a challenge, as many of us, myself included, make mistakes and are sometimes even violent towards ourselves or loved ones. We must remember the mistakes made by ourselves, others in the past, and especially to put our egos aside so we can acknowledge the responsibility that is today upon us. With Respect. With Love. With Humility. And with fun!


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Canadian History Lesson from Jason Kenny (on Twitter)

I had a very interesting experience on Twitter the other day with one of our current Members of Parliament and Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney. First of all, kudos to the Minister for actually responding, most times when I have contacted conservative candidates on social media (espcecially locally) they do not respond ever. The conversation is regarding a comment he made on Twiitter about the 200th Anniversary of the Canadian Victory at the Battle of Detroit.

I will let the conversation speak for itself.

Jason Kenney is Blue. MC is Yellow. Other Twitter folks are pink.

A great way to mark the bicentenary of the Canadian victory at the Battle of Detroit: http://goo.gl/Xf0IY 

@kenneyjason Canada wasn't even around 200 years ago dude #HistoryFAIL #quitglorifyingwar #cdnpoli(this tweet was RT'd by a few folks)

"@kenneyjason : @northendmc OMG how clueless is this @kenneyjason we pay BIG BUCKS to know, as part of his JOB, about Canadian history?#cdnpoli @MPJulian"
"@kenneyjason : @northendmc wow... Seriously? What were u doing in school while they were teaching Canadian history in school?"

@ElliottRoss6 @northendmc Most of those defending what were called "the Canadas" in 1812 called themselves "Canadians" (or "canadiens").

@kenneyjason @ElliottRoss6 @northendmc $28MM to celebrate the nominally Canadian vs: veterans care, refugee health, experimental lakes....

@ElliottRoss6 @northendmc Thanks to their sacrifice, we live in Canada, not the USA. That's why we should remember:http://bit.ly/PpMD8S 

@kenneyjason @ElliottRoss6 @northendmc ... statscan, first nations statistics, parks canada... lot of places to put $28MM
@kenneyjason @ElliottRoss6 @northendmc reframing Canada's birth around war instead of peaceful act of parliament is more important #cndnpoli

@ElliottRoss6 @northendmc 200 yrs ago this week, Canadian militiaman composed "The Bold Canadian" after fall of Detroithttp://bit.ly/Oy537v 

@kenneyjason @ElliottRoss6 @northendmc Why is it $28MM important to try to 'rebrand' Canada as being built out of war?#cdnpoli

@GlynnP75 @kenneyjason @ElliottRoss6 @northendmc divert and deflect #cdnpoli

@Beari8it @kenneyjason @ElliottRoss6 @northendmc an incredibly visible investment and a strange one in times of austerity. Why so important?

At the time of posting this thread (which  is about 18 hours after) we have not yet had an answer from the Minister. 


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Hair Cut Day

It has been about 2 months since my last hair cut...this is what happens to me, I fro out!!

The Before Pic

The After Pic 

Hahaha, I feel like my head has lost 10 pounds. It totally feels like I have a shrunken head....but on the plus side, it doesn't feel like I'm wearing a toque in the summer time! (shout out to Skeeter's on Selkirk Ave for the awesome haircut!)

Good times.



North End MC

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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Representin the North End of Winnipeg since 1987. I will share my journey tryna set an example and live a proud Cree life. I'll include my challenges and feelings and progress in terms of AYO! Aboriginal Youth Opportunities. You(th) are the reason.