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eljanov

47 M Halifax, Nova Scotia, CA

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Last Online
Yesterday – 4:57pm
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
Other
Height
5′ 8″ (1.73m)
Body Type
Full figured
Diet
Smokes
No
Drinks
Not at all
Drugs
Never
Religion
Atheism, and very serious about it
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Education
Graduated from high school
Job
Other
Income
More than $1,000,000
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Offspring
Doesn’t have kids
Pets
Speaks
English (Poorly)

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My self-summary
Throughout my life I have had two main concerns: to change the world for the better and to develop meaningful relationships with other people.

I'm not sure I can claim much success on the first count, but it's not for lack of trying. Amongst other endeavours I took part in the Battle of Seattle and acted as a human rights monitor in Esgenoopetitj when its aboriginal inhabitants came under attack by vigilantes and the state. I have been a delegate to the governing body of the Green Party of Canada and served as president of my Local Union. Over a decade ago I participated in the formation of the Nova Scotia branch of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and within the past year helped create an anarcho-communist organization in Halifax called Stand.

As for relationships -- well, I have some excellent friends, but I would very much like to have the special connection of romance as well. I long for a companera who shares my ideals and who looks at the world in a similar way: a pessimist of the intellect but an optimist of the will.

Politics writ large is of vital importance to me. Questions of social justice and environmental sustainability are my constant preoccupation and inform my thinking on all subjects from the study of science to my appreciation of art, and from grand policy to how people should treat one another in their quotidian relations.

While my convictions are central to the way I live my life I'm flexible about them -- within limits. For instance, I'm an atheist, but if you're a spiritual or religious person we could still get along perfectly well. On the other hand, if you disapprove of feminism, or think capitalism is just dandy, then we almost certainly won't.
What I’m doing with my life
When I'm not sleeping, working, or visiting with friends I spend most of my time reading and cogitating. My studies embrace many fields. For example, in the past couple of years I've learned about the traditional navigational techniques used by Pacific Islanders; considered arguments for and against the Block Universe conception of time; and given attention to the soi-disant "hard problem of consciousness."

Wide-ranging as my investigations may be, socialism -- a term which, for me, takes in both anarchism and communism -- always remains my lodestar.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
* Agents of Repression by Ward Churchill and Jim Vander Wall -- the subtitle says it all: The FBI's Secret Wars Against the American Indian Movement and the Black Panther Party

* Descartes's Error by Antonio Damasio -- a neuroscientist's argument for why we should think of cognition as involving the whole body, not just the brain, and of emotion as being the very substrate of reason

* Gödel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter -- a rumination on how meaning arises in the material world

* The Many-Headed Hydra by Peter Linebaugh and Markus Rediker -- a history of demotic uprisings against oppression on both sides of the Atlantic from the 1640s to the 1780s

* The Mind has no Sex? by Londa Schiebinger -- a history of women's contributions to pre-modern science

* The Roots of Power by Maxine Sheets-Johnstone -- an examination of the idea that while it's not true that "biology is destiny," the sexual dimorphism of our species does have material effects on the way individiuals and societies develop

* anything by Karl Marx

As for fiction, some especial favorites are: Orphan Love by Nadia Bozak; Willa Cather's My Antonia; My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin; Mother by Gorky; Barbara Gowdy's We So Seldom Look on Love; The Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck; Thinking about Magritte by Kate Sterns; The Happy Prince and other tales by Oscar Wilde; Adam Bede; The Brothers Karamazov; Jane Eyre; The Lord of the Rings; Wuthering Heights.

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Punk rock is the nostalgic favorite of my youth but for many years my preferred listening has been twangy folk: Amelia Curran, Iris Dement, Hazel Dickens, Catherine MacLellan and so on. I enjoy many other genres as well, however. During the ten years I was a DJ in campus/community radio I played everything from bhranga to grindcore to Gregorian chant.

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Rodrigue Jean's Yellowknife is the greatest film I've ever seen. Other excellent movies that come readily to mind include:

* Joseph Cedar's Footnote

* Antonia's Line by Marleen Gorris

* Winter's Bone by Debra Granik

* Monster by Patty Jenkins

* John Greyson's Proteus

* Beowulf and Grendel by Sturla Gunnarsson

* Cidade de Deus by Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund

* Microcosmos by Claude Nuridsany and Marie Pérennou

* Sarah Polley's Away from Her

* Let Me In by Matt Reeves
The six things I could never do without
* Worldwide, there are at least 40 million internally displaced persons and refugees

* About 100 million people are homeless;

* More than one billion people live on less than $2 a day

* More than two and a half billion lack access to the most basic sanitation

* More than one billion people lack access to safe drinking water

* Nearly a billion people suffer from malnutrition

...and you want to know which six things I could never do without?
I spend a lot of time thinking about
the necessity of seeing off capitalism and instituting socialism -- and, regrettably, how unlikely it is that this will happen before catastrophe strikes.

When I'm logged on to OK Cupid I also spend a fair bit of time wondering why so many people register an account here and then either don't create a profile or do create a profile but then never log in again. Perhaps even more puzzling are those who set up only the most minimal of profiles but then apparently use the site regularly.
On a typical Friday night I am
working. I'm on the evening shift through the week.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 32–47
  • Near me
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating
You should message me if
social justice and ecology are important to you; you are disposed to reflect on and discuss a multiplicity of ideas; you believe that relations with other people should be predicated on mutual respect and consideration; and, ideally, you like folk and punk rock.

All this assuming, of course, that you feel so inclined. Don't let OKC's use of the imperative mood browbeat you into thinking that you have to do something you don't want to.