Do you plan on participating in the madness that is Black Friday? Rather than hitting the Wal-Mart or Target, show some love for the locally owned vendors. You will put money into the local economy, rather than off shore corporate accounts. A tip of the tin foil hat to The Other 98%, for sharing this graphic.
As the East Coast struggles to recover from Superstorm Sandy, many of us can’t help but think that storms such as this are going to be the new normal. Global warming/climate change is very real, and yet, with only a few days left before the election, neither candidate is willing to address it. Governor Cuomo recognizes this catastrophe for what it is: how many more “superstorms” is the world going to have to recover from, before our “leaders” decide that real change in the way we treat our planet is desperately needed? I’m betting that it will be past the point of no return, and we’ll all be seriously fucked. Hell, it’s probably too late already.
Seismologists have already found the cause of the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that shook the hell out of Washington and the east coast. There is a major fault line that originates near Richmond Virginia, and runs through Washington DC. We liberals proclaim it to be Bush’s Fault
- Earthquake Rattles Washington DC – Obama Goes Biking (gunnyg.wordpress.com)
- 5.9 Earthquake Slams Washington Dc! Breaking (economy4abc.blogspot.com)
- (video) 8/23/11: 5.9 Mag Earthquake Hits Virginia; Felt in Washington D.c., New York, N.c. & Ohio (brittaj17.wordpress.com)
- U.S. Geological Survey warnes: although DC initial quake was brief, it might have been a foreshock, meaning the worst may yet to come. (worldnewsrecord.wordpress.com)
It’s not quite as cool as a leg lamp, but it’s still an awesome acknowledgement! On Tuesday, my good friends at Spread Information awarded me the Versatile Blogger Award. The timing of it was amazing; I was sloughing through what was a pretty crappy day, when I happened to check my e-mail and come across Madeline’s post. The award and kind words helped me manage to turn my day around. Thanks so much Spread Information!
Since I’m still fairly new to Word Press, I wasn’t familiar with the Versatile Blogger Award, so I did a little research. There are three such awards that are passed to bloggers in the Word Press community in a pay it forward type fashion. The three awards are the previously mentioned Versatile Blogger, as well as the Stylish Blogger and the Irresistibly Sweet Blogger awards. Once you receive one of these awards, you’re supposed to do the following:
- Acknowledge and thank the blogger who gave it to you
- Name 7 things about yourself that is not widely known
- Name somewhere between 5 to 15 other blogs (I couldn’t find a definite number in my research) that you would like to share the award with.
- Contact the bloggers you are sharing your award with via e-mail.
Deservedly so, Spread Information won all three awards at once! As for 7 little known things about myself, well, let’s see what I can come with:
- I’m terrified of bees and wasps. If one even gets remotely near me, I will scream like a 14 year old girl at a Justin Bieber concert! I find it morally offensive that Mother Nature would create creatures that can fly, sting, and or bite.
- When it comes to useless information, I’m an idiot savant. Remember Cliff Claven from Cheers? I make him look like a rank amateur when it comes to remembering trivial brick a brack. At least once during the course of the day, I will have to field the question “ How do you know that shit?”
- I’ve lost 100 pounds: Twice. The second time I lost the weight, I’ve managed to keep it off for the last three years
- I can’t read a simple set of directions. I’m more of an auditory learner. When my partner and I tackle a project together, I need her to explain the procedures to me while I work. If I have to read the directions, it will never get done right!
- I’m a transportation manager for a whole sale meat distributor. Yet I hate trucks, and I eat very little meat. I loathe tractor trailers because they are 80,000 pound, carbon emitting, road clogging, lethal missiles. Hopefully, I can get out of this business soon and transition to teaching history once I get my degree.
- I butter my bread on both sides. Both my partner and I are Bisexual, although we like to think of ourselves as queer. The rocking part of this is that we share the same tastes in men and women
- I was a 300 pound lineman before 300 pound linemen were cool. Back in the early eighties when I was playing high school football, I topped out at 305 pounds. Back then there were hardly any 300 pound football players in the NFL, let alone high school. I drew interest from every major college football program in the country, including my dream school, THE Ohio State University. Unfortunately, I blew out my ankle and knee during my senior year, and the interest dried up
So now that you know a little more about me, it’s time to share my Versatile Blogger Award with some of my favorite blogs. And the winners are:
- Kansas Mediocrity. I love what Tracy does with his blog. He contributes relative commentary on politics and current events, as well as providing some really cool information on historical events involving his home state of Kansas. I look forward to finding new posts from him in my inbox on a daily basis.
- A Frank Angle. Frank’s posts are also a daily must read for me. His well written and thought provoking blog covers a gambit of topics ranging from A to Z.
- Tom Huff’s Blog. Tom and I don’t always see eye to eye in the political arena, but we usually find a common ground to agree upon. His daily Snapple Facts are right up my alley.
- Whatever Works. One of the first blogs I started reading when I joined Word Press. Moe does a great job with her blog, and it’s reflected by the amount of interaction on any one of her posts on any given day. She’s witty, intelligent, and I love her Friday Oldies!
- John Wylam’s Blog. John’s blog is what my blog aspires to be. John is an excellent writer with a keen eye for analyzing political and social issues. On any given day you can find posts on John’s blog that can range from an excellent excoriation of Michele Bachmann, to coverage of one of his favorite sports, NASCAR. If you haven’t treated yourself to his blog, please do so soon!
- I Want Ice Water. This blog is a diamond in the rough that I have come across fairly recently. IzaakMak is a virtual picture of versatility; he writes about anything and everything, and is a pleasure to read.
- The Fifth Column. Kay is liberal and outrageously funny. What’s not to love?
- Spinny Liberal. Another blogger after my own heart. Spinny attacks political and social issues with a humor and voracity that makes my blog seem downright droll.
- WriteChic Press. All I can say is wow. Just. Wow. My meager blog bows to her presence.
As a side note, I also want to thank my partner over at Carving Out a Voice. She is my muse, as well as my mentor. Our writing styles may be different, but she provided me with the foundation of writing skills on which to build upon. In addition she patiently listens to me blather on about subjects I’ve written about, as well as subjects I’m thinking of for future posts I love you gorgeous!
So there you have it folks: A little about me, and a little about the blogs that I have come to cherish. Hopefully, I’ve made somebody’s day by sharing the Versatile Blogger Award; my friends at Spread Information sure made my day, possibly my week!
- I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award! Yay! (linhtoomey.wordpress.com)
- Versatile Blogger Award Leads to Startling Revelation About Past Sins (schizophrenicwriter.wordpress.com)
- A Long Overdue Thank You…Day Two Hundred, Five (jodistone.wordpress.com)
- I am an Award Wining Blogger (imaginethespirit.wordpress.com)
- The Versatile Blogger Award Acceptance Speech (laradunning.wordpress.com)
- I am a Versatile Blogger (storytreasury.wordpress.com)
Jamie undertakes a 30 day experiment in which he gives up being gay. He undergoes many therapies and lifestyle changes, and rates their effectiveness from one to ten.
The article is not only hysterically funny, it also proves a point. You can’t change who you are, right down to sexual orientation. The faster you can accept that, the happier you’ll be! If only the Rick Santorums of the world would realize that.
- Duke Nukem Originally Had a Gay Robot Sidekick (escapistmagazine.com)
- You really, really, really don’t want to go to Russian prison (weinterrupt.com)
- Noisey.com Isn’t Sure If It Supports LGBTs Or Not. Does That Make Them Anti-Queer? (queerty.com)
My partner brought this article to my attention. It was written by Chris Hedges at TruthDig.com: Why the United States Is Destroying Its Education System. The article talks about how our system of education continues to be dumbed down by corporate sponsored government interference to the point where test scores are more important than critical thinking and literacy.
Hedges points out that our current system of education encourages conformity through standardized education, and is systematically producing a generation of worker bees who know little else than to serve the hive that is corporate America.
The article is dead on; our school systems are nothing more than diploma mills, churning out consumers and workers. Principals and superintendents have been reduced to CEOs, encouraging their teachers to reward those who have the ability to regurgitate the watered down lessons handed to them. Meanwhile, those students who dare to ask questions and think outside the box are labeled as special needs children, and medicated until they fall in line.
I’m currently working toward my BA in History: My goal one day is to become an educator. However, I will not waste my time, or my students’ time, conforming to some corporation’s ideals of what a proper education should be. Learning is about more than just taking tests; it’s about understanding what something means, and successfully applying that understanding to solve problems, or come up with new and creative ideas. It’s about expanding a student’s ability to critically think for his or her self. An education should expand one’s mind; it should encourage our young to have the confidence to ask questions, and form their own conclusions based on the answers they find. Our schools do not do this.
I often speak in my blog of how America is becoming a closed society; our standardized, underfunded and understaffed system of education is both a symptom of and a contributor to that closed society. If you don’t believe me look at some closed societies from our not so distant past. Both Nazi Germany and Communist Russia discouraged critical thinkers; individualists were punished by death or imprisonment, not rewarded. Their school age children were brainwashed to be loyal servants of their regimes. How is our system any different from those regimes anymore? I’m finding it more difficult by the day to discern any difference at all.
- Corporatism is about the cult of the self by Chris Hedges (dandelionsalad.wordpress.com)
- Chris Hedge on Our Educational System (seattleducation2010.wordpress.com)
- Why the United States Is Destroying Its Education System (promoteliberty.wordpress.com)
- Chris Hedges: It’s Over, They Won (dandelionsalad.wordpress.com)
- Our Public Schools Are Churning Out Drones for the Corporate State (alternet.org)
- The disconnect between education and employees (cloudave.com)
To date, TEPCO has dumped 11,500 tons of radioactive waste water into the ocean. TEPCO, as most of you may know, is the Japanese company that is responsible for building and operating the numerous power plants in Japan, including Fukushima. In fact, there are probably more nuclear power plants in Japan then there are Wal-Greens in the U.S.
While there are many debates as to whether or not this practice is safe, or even a violation of international law. A bigger question remains in my mind; when will Godzilla appear? While there is scientific debate on how all this radiation is going to affect our environment, as well as the health risks to our population (trust me, radiation is baaaad!), there is going to unquestionably be genetic mutations in the plant and animal life living in the ocean around the dumping site. This brings me back to the Godzilla question.
We all remember the Godzilla movies and the bad ass lizard’s history: The premise was that a Hydrogen explosion in Japan’s waters created the mutant reptile, and he came ashore to wreak havoc on Japan. Later in the sequels, he became BFF with the people of Japan, and robustly defended the nation from such baddies as Mothra, The Thing, and Monster Zero. Much later he became pissed off again and went after New York City, as well as Matthew Broderick.
So when is it going to happen? When is the giant thunder lizard going to return and show his displeasure? If TEPCO keeps dumping radioactive waste water into the ocean unfettered, I’m betting we see him sooner than later. You think Glenn Beck brings the crazy? Wait until you get a load of GODZILLA!
- Japan: TEPCO To DUMP 11,500 Tons of Nuclear Radioactive Water Into Pacific Ocean (tipggita32.wordpress.com)
- TEPCO Knew Radiation In Seawater Is 7.5 Million Above Normal Before It Started Dumping Radioactivity In Sea On Monday | zero hedge (tomhuff.wordpress.com)
- “Radioactivity Found in Fish as Tepco Purges Nuclear Plant” and related posts (theyeshivaworld.com)
- “S. Korea expresses concern at TEPCO’s release of radioactive water” and related posts (newsonjapan.com)
- Tepco Explores a New Low as Troubles Mount (blogs.wsj.com)
- Japan dumps Nuclear Toxic Water into Sea-Health Effects,Video. (ramanan50.wordpress.com)
It’s going to be a busy day for my partner and I. We’re heading back to Columbus to march in the protest against the proposed de-funding of Planned Parenthood, and then we will be joining the protesters against SB5. I’ll be taking the trusty camcorder to get some pictures and footage of both rallies. Hopefully I’ll get more shots of the action and less shots of my feet. I really need to take a photography class!
- House Votes To Defund Planned Parenthood (kaiserhealthnews.org)
- Mike Pence lies about his bill to defund Planned Parenthood (dailykos.com)
Colbert is dead on with this. You have to check this out!