About principessa


I arrived here to read but progressed to writing. I love this avenue of self-expression.

I am a blonde but a brainy one. Educated, sophisticated, well read and well travelled. Intelligence, humour, grace and authenticity are important to me. And passion, always passion.

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Art and architecture, travel, reading, movies, politics, good conversation, good food and wine and laughter- especially laughter.
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Old classic Hitchcock: "North by Northwest", "Rear Window", "Vertigo", "Dial M for Murder" , other classic films like "Sunset Boulevard", and film noir, many foreign films, and current movies that are not mindless.
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Anything but hip hop and American country music.


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Topic: The Americans have spoken on gun control !
Posted: 22 May 2018 16:11

The proposals are that volunteer teachers who pass screening and training protocols be allowed to carry on campus.

One can generally assume that people who volunteer to do something in fact want to do that something.

To the best of my knowledge, no one is suggesting that anyone be required to be armed yet I keep seeing people argue against such a plan as you just did.

I'm not sure where that idea is coming from. Is there any chance you could point us to your source for that information?

I understand your point. When I have heard this suggested by various politicians on television, the suggestion was a blanket one, and the ideas of training and volunteering are not usually mentioned. Even with these caveats, I still think it is a bad idea.

Topic: The Americans have spoken on gun control !
Posted: 21 May 2018 19:21

You want my guns ?? Come get them And while you are at it take the bullets first,, Dont be so fast to judge all because of a few,, The media sensationalizing every shooting doesn't help. ..

Are you suggesting that mass shootings should not be covered by the press? They have mostly refrained from mentioning the names of the perpetrators, so the goal of achieving fame is thwarted but surely people should know what has happened. Not paying attention will not bring the dead back and will only serve to trivialize these murders as not worthy of time and attention. Maybe it would also undermine public pressure for gun control, which would please the NRA.

As an aside, unrelated to the above post and comment, why do people keep suggesting that teachers be armed? Has anyone asked them if they want to be armed? Do they not have enough to do teaching their students?

Topic: The Americans have spoken on gun control !
Posted: 20 May 2018 13:47

If you are against sacrificing innocent lives, how can you support allowing all of this to continue? How many are killed by guns owned by ‘responsible’ owners’? You either support the guns or you support the victims. Can’t have it both ways


I don't understand how the well regulated militia mentioned in the Second Amendment morphed into the right for any and everyone to own weapons meant to kill as many people as possible quickly and efficiently. Wake up America. Your children deserve to go to school without thinking about being shot. How many times does this have to happen before things change. What do you value more: your children, families, co-workers and friends or the right to own an arsenal worthy of a criminal in a banana republic?

Someone has to become a profile in courage and champion the disarming of the America.

Topic: Incels: involuntary celibates, is it a real thing?
Posted: 20 May 2018 09:28

There is some irony in having the idea of involuntary celibates emerge at the same time as the #metoo movement. I think that the bottom line in both cases is that women do not owe men anything sexual in any form unless they want it too. The ICs should spend a little more time understanding how to speak to and interact with women rather than approaching them with an entitlement to sex. The difference between them and the Harvey Weinsteins of the world is that those unmasked by the #metoo movement is more often than not the latter were in a position of power over their victims, in a position to insist and threaten that their lives would be impacted negatively if they did not comply. Although these men may be at different ends of the power spectrum, understanding women as human beings rather than prey seems to be the answer to both.

I have worked in male-dominated environments and have my own stories. The men who treated me with respect, talked to me and listened to me, supported my work and expression of opinions (whether they agreed with them or not) are the men who became friends, and in a few cases more than friends. I think that I am like many women in saying that the way to break down some barriers is to make me laugh. That almost always works.

Calling themselves involuntary celibates denies their responsibility for their own behaviour and its consequences. They imagine themselves to be victims of the women who have denied them. Maybe some introspection and perhaps some therapy would help them forge normal relationships. Seething anger against women is not the answer.

Topic: Has Trump increased or decreased the world's opinion of the United States?
Posted: 14 May 2018 13:15

Through the first world western democracies, Trump's tenure has impacted on the view of the US negatively. These countries are the historical allies of the US. Trump has given encouragement for the anti-immigrant nationalist movements in these countries as well as in eastern Europe and some Asian countries particularly those headed by leaders with tendencies toward demagoguery and tyranny. His pronouncements about America first, fake news, and attacks on the free press have given them leave to mimic him. This mirrors the normalizing of crass and ignorant remarks and views both outside and within the US because of Trump's example. Many journalists have been harassed and killed under the umbrella of "fake news" in non-democratic countries.

It will take some time to repair the damage done internationally. The Europeans and others such as Aussies and Canadians are learning to work around him. The US can no longer claim to lead in the world or be the example of leadership that embodies the values in the Constitution. The lights have gone out in what Reagan called the shining city on the hill. The idea of American exceptionalism has sometimes overstepped in the past in seeming to say that Americans were better than the rest of the world, but as an ideal of democracy and a free society, it no longer reaches the mark.

Topic: Is slavery a choice?
Posted: 06 May 2018 16:51

Do you agree with Kanye West that slavery is a choice? Maybe you don’t agree with what he said exactly, but do you find any merit to the idea that slaves could have done more to better their lot in life during slavery?

Anyone taking Kanye West's views seriously needs to give their head a shake. This remark is the ultimate example of blaming the victim. I suppose he has views on other weighty subjects. I suggest that people read reputable writers of history rather than his twitter feed. Maybe this is another instance of the dumbing down of America.

Topic: #onetoronto Vehicle plows through pedestrians in Toronto yesterday.
Posted: 26 Apr 2018 08:21

Ten people are dead. The injured are still in the ICU in hospital. Families are shattered. A seven-year-old boy is now an orphan because his mother was killed. Bystanders and first responders will never forget what they saw. The rest of us in Toronto are trying to be extra kind and thoughtful to others as the antidote to the hatred of this individual and what he did in this wonderful place.

Can we please keep the gun arguments in another more appropriate thread. There was no gun used here, not even by the police officer who made the arrest.

Thank you for thinking before posting.

Topic: #onetoronto Vehicle plows through pedestrians in Toronto yesterday.
Posted: 25 Apr 2018 11:06

I suppose the gun did it and the NRA is to blame for the van running into folks.....im really surprised someone's not on the wagon to ban vans....

NOLAHotGal already made said this about banning vans in another thread. I told her what I am about to tell you: it is a tasteless remark given that ten have died and fifteen or sixteen injured.

The NRA had nothing to do with it because this is Canada and we are not a clone of the US. The accused did not have a gun as they are more difficult to buy and own in Canada. The carnage might have been much worse if he had been armed. The police officer who arrested him managed to defuse the situation without firing a shot, another difference from what often happens in the US.

I posted this thread to inform people of what had happened and for their memories of Toronto if they had any, and generally for messages of support after a tragedy. I was not expecting cheap political shots so soon in the aftermath. Perhaps I was naive.

Topic: #onetoronto Vehicle plows through pedestrians in Toronto yesterday.
Posted: 24 Apr 2018 19:47

It's sad for the families and the whole world. Ten people dead because one idiot wanted to prove some kind of point?

He was angry because he was not successful with women. Here is what the NYTimes reported about this:

A posting that Sergeant Gibson said the suspect had made minutes before the rampage praised Elliot Rodger, who killed six people in a May 2014 rampage in Isla Vista, Calif., before shooting himself.

Mr. Rodger had posted a YouTube video describing his rage that women had rejected him and that he was a virgin at age 22.

The Facebook posting by Mr. Minassian praised “incels,” or involuntary celibates, a term used in a Reddit group where men vented frustrations that tipped into misogyny.

“The Incel Rebellion has already begun!” the posting stated. “We will overthrow all the Chads and Stacys! All hail Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger!”

Mr. Rodger had referred to men who are successful with women as “Chads” and to the unattainable women who rejected him as “Stacys.” Mr. Rodger had also called himself an “incel.”

Last November, Reddit banned a community dedicated to “incels,” which had 40,000 members, and had included posts lauding the rape of women. Some posts were titled “all women are sluts” and “reasons why women are the embodiment of evil.”

Topic: #onetoronto Vehicle plows through pedestrians in Toronto yesterday.
Posted: 24 Apr 2018 08:13

Canadian news is often not on the front page in other countries in the world. I thought you should all know what has happened here yesterday.

It was a horrible day here. Toronto is now the newest member of a club no one wants to join. Someone with a van mowed down pedestrians walking on the street on a beautiful spring day. Just like what happened in Nice, France, in London, in New York, and elsewhere.

Kudos to the police, fire, EMTs and others who responded quickly to help. The perpetrator was apprehended without a shot fired despite his taunting the PO. Typical Canadian reserve and understatement. The latest number of deaths is ten, and I believe at least sixteen people were injured.

This is a wonderful city: beautiful, diverse, open, and peaceful. People are kind and generous. We will survive this and tend to those impacted by it. The hate that was the genesis of this attack will not root here.


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