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*****Spanish meetings.

From: Kichiji
Sent on: Wednesday, July 29, 2009 2:51 PM
Hello, everyone,

Please read as far as the seventh line.

In this message:
-I need a cat home care worker.
-Meeting dates and venues.
-Topic of conversation.

I will be out of town for six days from August 5th to August 10th.

I need someone to come in to the apartment once or twice to give them food and change their kitty litter.

I live in the northwest near McMahon Stadium and the university.

Please call me or email me or talk to me at the meetings if you can do this for me.

There are four meetings in the near future. The first will take place TOMORROW, Thursday, July 30th, at 7:30pm, at Belfry Gastro House, 630 8th Av SW. The second will take place on
Tuesday, August 4th, at 7:30pm, at Second Cup,[masked]th St NW (in Kensington). The third will take place on
Tuesday, August 18th, at 7:30pm, at Steeps Urban Teahouse,[masked]th Av SW. The fourth will take place on
Sunday, August 23rd, at 1:00pm, at Second Cup, 1323 Centre Street North.

These are 1, 6, 20, and 25 days from now.

Be careful with the chain shops. One of the Second Cups is in he North, and the other is in Kensington.

Please go now, and RSVP for these.

In the past, I have suggested a topic of conversation for the month. The purpose of this was to give us, especially the beginners, a chance to prepare vocabulary. However, almost without exception, we have completely ignored me and talked about whatever the heck we want, which is not a bad thing.

It is the exceptions that are amusing. In the summer, we often do talk about my suggested topics. That is because for the last few years we have had the new tradition of talking about sex, politics and religion.

In contrast to other topics, we enthusiastically participate in these topics, resulting in much laughter and occasional near misses at fisticuffs.

Our first topic will be politics. I usually just leave it at that, but I will start us off with a few paragraphs.

Whenever the subject of a carbon tax comes up is that people mention the fact that it will make some things more expensive, and that it affects some people inequally.

In order for this type of tax to work for the purpose for which it is created, it must make some things more expensive, and affect some people inequally. Thus, this is like criticising butterflies because they are brightly coloured and taste bitter.

People in communities that are dependent on coal for electricity felt that they were getting an unfair hit that they could not avoid, that is, inequality without choice.

Therefore, a potential fix is to put the money back into the communities from which it collected, and use it to develop alternatives to electricity from coal.

Cap and trade systems are less efficient and more costly to administer than a carbon tax and they share a problem with regulation, that is
that the players pollute as much as they are allowed.

The so-called Islamic Revolution in Iran was not originally purely an Islamic Revolution. It was an anti-Shah revolution.

Some call Iran a theocracy, and but it is more accurate to say that it is a weird hybrid oligarchy with limited democracy.

Presidential candidates must be approved by the Council of Guardians prior to running. The Council of Guardians may veto Parliament and may disqualify parliamentary candidates. In the end, voters are given a choice between extremely right-wing candidates and canidates that are merely very right-wing.

Whether it's true or not, hundreds of thousands of Iranians believe that the election was rigged.

Considering the above, it's possible to understand the outrage as being against the loss of that little Democracy left to them.

Note that I may or may not entirely believe everything I've written above. I may be trying to set you off. Nothing would please me better than for you to get worked up and give me a piece of your mind. Come to meetings and do so, IN SPANISH.

I am looking forward to seeing us at the meetings!

--Kichiji.

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