Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Due to my inability to control my temper and complacently accept continued silliness with not-quite-as-reliable-as-it-ought-to-be Blogger/Blogspot, your beloved Possumblog will now waddle across the Information Dirt Road and park its prehensile tail at http://possumblog.mu.nu.

This site will remain in place as a backup in case Munuvia gets hit by a bus or something, but I don't think they have as much trouble with this as some places do. ::cough::blogspot::cough:: So click here and adjust your links. I apologize for the inconvenience, but it's one of those things.

Wednesday, January 07, 2004

First they came for our snowballs, then they came for our hockey sticks... Pupils Told to Cool It on Snowball Fights
TORONTO (Reuters) - A snowball fight is almost a rite of passage for students in Canada but Toronto schools are moving to strengthen a ban on the practice they say is violent and dangerous.

As the first big snowfall greeted Canada's most populous city this week, schools encouraged students to engage in kinder, gentler activities, such as building snow forts or riding sleds.

"We don't encourage people to throw things at other people - rocks, sticks or snow," Maureen Kaukinen, system superintendent for the Toronto District School Board, told Reuters on Tuesday.

While snowball fights are expected to continue to rage off the schoolyard, Kaukinen said schools cannot condone acts of violence. [...]
SNOW FORTS!? What are these people trying to do to these children!? Don't they know that building "forts" only reinforces the society's unhealthy fascination with guaranteeing its security based upon the exclusion of outsiders? And aren't forts in and of themselves manifestations of the Eurocentric colonial imperialism that destroyed the native peoples of Canada? SLEDS?! Sleds...built from wood hacked from the virgin forests of British Columbia; steel runners made from iron ore ripped from gentle Newfoundland--all to provide temporary enjoyment to those who would use Mother Earth as some sort of PLAYGROUND? How would YOU like it if someone sliced into you with razor sharp runners, laughing and acting as though it were nothing more than just a fun time for all!?

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