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How do you, those who read my feed, deal with the fact that a rich bully Trump is lauded by so many? That he's seen as a God, a saviour of the people.  I struggle daily trying to come to terms and rationalize it.

I suppose all we can do is cling to the hope of Obama and Trudeau that the wiser, kinder  hearts of Americans will prevail and they'll soundly reject Mr. Trump and all his awful ideas and wishes.
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So proud to be a Canadian and help Syrian refugees feel welcome.  Here's a thank you letter from one Syrian family to all Canadians
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The Fine Bros who are reaction video stars on Youtube are trying to trademark the word "react".  i.e. if any Youtube video has the word react in the title it can, and will be, removed due to trademark infringement. This is outrageous.

Puff piece in Variety how great this is: http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/fine-bros-react-world-youtube-1201688987/

But key sentences are this 

FBE said it is working closely with YouTube on the launch of “React World

i.e. even if the trademark for the word react is denied, they will issue a cease and desist order on any video with the help of Youtube, obviously.

Man, YT is so broken a system. Entirely.
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Here's a comment from said attorney in the linked video on Reddit.

Before anyone continue to defend what the Fine Bros are doing, they are just using PR talk to confuse you and pretend like they are "franchising" their specific brand. No, they are using React World to capture ALL react videos. They are already using their lawyers to bully others who make react videos. Here are some common responses defending the Fine Bros and why they are incorrect:
The Fine Bros are just branding their specific react videos, not all reaction videos
They have already legally trademarked Kids React, Teens React, and Elders React. They have been using their lawyers to threaten other channels who are attempting to make videos of kids react videos for years.
Once React World launches, react videos of any demographic that falls under their media empire are their trademark. You can currently make “engineers react”, or “nurses react”, but once the Fine Bros successfully trademark all of these reaction types, they can use their lawyers to threaten you just like they currently threaten you for making kids react videos.
They feel so entitled to their “format” that they think anything remotely similar to one of their “formats” is infringing on their intellectual property. They even threatened ELLEN for stealing their “format”. Ellen’s video is nothing like anything the Fine Bros do, she’s just showing kids on her show some old technology: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CMS9xnBRkc They made a facebook post calling Ellen thieves and bullies stealing and not respecting the Fine Bros. They’ve deleted that post but their tweet still exists (please screen cap it before they delete this too): https://twitter.com/thefinebros/status/513061415016341504
In summary, the Fine Bros have always felt entitled to their unoriginal and stolen format. They say they won’t go after other content creators but they have been using their lawyers to shut down other content creators for years. They feel so entitled that they even considered that Ellen segment an infringement on their “format”.
This should give you a VERY clear idea of what kind of people and what kind of motive the Fine Bros have.
These guys are just licensing their shows to others, what’s the big deal?
That is their PR talk. Let’s look at their actions. They’ve used their leverage with Youtube to take down channels that were making kids react videos and seniors react videos. They’ve even threatened Ellen on Facebook and tried to use their fans to brigade Ellen for daring to produce this segment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CMS9xnBRkc
They are just talking about their specific format, brand, etc. Not a big deal
They trademark every aspect of their “format” which already overlaps with what other reaction videos are.
Once they use their fans to expand their trademark into every type of react video under the sun, then they can use their legal leverage to push you out.
The Fine Bros’ Strategy to trademark ALL react videos
Make no mistake about it, the Fine Bros fully intend on making ALL react videos theirs. And React World is how they will do it. The Fine Bros already trademarked kids react, teens react, elders react, etc. You cannot make a video of kids reacting to redbull and call it “kids react to Redbull”. Don’t believe me? Here are the Fine Bros’ own words: http://imgur.com/oik8CsA
So how does this lead to them trademarking ALL react videos? Well once React World goes online, and people of all demographics make react videos and put them under Fine Bros’ empire, they will then trademark all of those new react titles the same way they did with Kids React. In other words, you can make “Nurses React” right now because they haven’t trademarked it, but once Nurses React becomes part of their empire through React World, they can then trademark it and stick their lawyers on you threatening you with legal action unless you take your videos down. THIS is how they intend on taking over ALL reaction videos. It’s underhanded, manipulative, and has enough steps in between for them the have hidden this in plain sight.
If you still don’t believe this, then try making a kids react video right now and call it “kids react to _”. YOU CAN’T. The Fine Bros have used their lawyers to threaten people who have done this already and they’ll do it to you. Do not believe them when they say they won’t prevent other people from making other “types” of reaction videos. They will only allow you to make your videos until they trademark your video’s name. They will do that through React World because they don’t need to put in any effort into actually making content anymore.
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Pretty realistic description of my depression, at times.
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Thought this was pretty neat +Matt Giuca 
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Also it's a little off in prominence compared to Protestantism, if C++ is Catholicism. I'd've said maybe C# should go there.
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Very brave of this girl to go public with her tale of violence and abuse at the hands of a very well known former radio broadcaster. Basically someone everyone in Canada knew of or had heard of.
It is excruciating to watch someone you care about testify in a sexual assault trial. That difficulty can only increase when you have an assault in your own past, when you did every “wrong” thing in the aftermath.
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#myhero  Lucy DeCoutere, an actress that came forward to speak up about abuse at the hands of a well known Canadian radio host. She helped turn the tide of public opinion in a very positive way.
"At the time she came forward, Lucy had no reason to expect anything but scorn, doubt and anger from the public. She did it anyway."
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#unsubthefinebros   #finebros  

Why copyright claims are so broken on Youtube and why the Fine Bros need to be shut down with their potential trademark of "react" in any context in any video.
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You Probably Missed It In The Local News
via Matthew Taylor on FB

You probably missed it in the local news, but there was a report that someone in Pakistan had advertised in a newspaper an offer of a reward to anyone who killed a Canadian - any Canadian.

An Australian dentist wrote the following editorial to help define what a Canadian is, so they would know one when they found one.

A Canadian can be English, or French, or Italian, Irish, German, Spanish, Polish, Russian or Greek. A Canadian can be Mexican, African, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Australian, Iranian, Asian, Arab, Pakistani or Afghan. A Canadian may also be a Cree, Metis, Mohawk, Blackfoot, Sioux, or one of the many other tribes known as native Canadians. A Canadian's religious beliefs range from Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu or none. In fact, there are more Muslims in Canada than in Afghanistan .

The key difference is that in Canada they are free to worship as each of them chooses. Whether they have a religion or no religion, each Canadian ultimately answers only to God, not to the government, or to armed thugs claiming to speak for the government and for God.

A Canadian lives in one of the most prosperous lands in the history of the world. The root of that prosperity can be found in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms which recognize the right of each person to the pursuit of happiness.

A Canadian is generous and Canadians have helped out just about every other nation in the world in their time of need, never asking a thing in return. Canadians welcome the best of everything, the best products, the best books, the best music, the best food, the best services and the best minds. But they also welcome the least - the oppressed, the outcast and the rejected.

These are the people who built Canada . You can try to kill a Canadian if you must as other blood-thirsty tyrants in the world have tried but in doing so you could just be killing a relative or a neighbour. This is because Canadians are not a particular people from a particular place. They are the embodiment of the human spirit of freedom. Everyone who holds to that spirit, everywhere, can be a Canadian.

Please keep this going! Pass this around the World. It says it all, for all of us.

via Matthew Taylor dark side: https://goo.gl/bGfhio

New definition added for Canadian on yougowords.com
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Tragic and yet heart-warming as you read his dedication to the greater good of us all.  Working until he can't, on what really matters. Kudos and god speed my hero.
I won’t live to see how civilization gets out of this mess. But I have hope.
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