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Forensics Anthropology student.

FTM!!

You know when you tell someone you’re unique and they just nod and smile because we are ALL unique in our own ways, blah, blah, blahblah?

Thursday started out just brilliantly. The gardener came to take care of the yard, I hid because the dog has discovered digging in the dirt and that generally means she’s up rooted something really pretty and I can’t keep plants alive anyway so…

All completely, well normal I suppose. Hubby had a tummy ache and laid down for a bit, I got bored so I started building a dragon, then took a break from that to play fetch with the dog while listening to music on my tablet.

Once pup got tired and graciously laid down (by this I mean she laid on her back with all her legs in the air very lady like) I laid down for a moment on the floor at the foot of the bed on the pups pillows and cushions. I then decided to play Disney Magic Kingdom (may have mentioned this game before, check it out if you have Disney park love), which was fine, nothing to annoying this time…although Price Phillip still irks me with that stupid smug look of his.

Then at 3 pm almost on the nose while muttering about Mulan my right nostril turned on and dosed the front of my shirt with clear salty liquid. This isn’t a new thing sadly. It’s happened a couple of times in the past, the first time it lasted MONTHS before I found a way to make it stop without visiting the doctor. Also, pun not intended.

It usually is my right nostril that leaks for no reason at all. Like I said it’s a clear liquid and yes, this time it was salty. The leak stops if I look straight and keep my chin up. Since this had been something I have gone through before I didn’t fret it at all. Instead I got up, grabbed a container to catch the fluid in and sat on the bed for a couple of minutes.

I was trying to remember where the medicine that fixes this leak ended up since I hadn’t used it for a long while. When I remembered I got up and walked down the hall.

And this, as they say is when the un-fun started.

You know the feeling when your ears pop because of change in altitude? Or if you grab your nose and blow you can make your ears pop and the interesting noise that can make?

I don’t like my ears popped. The world is way too loud when my ears are popped and I get anxious quickly.

But as air rushed through my right sinus into my ear all I knew was pain. Horrible, severe pain that brought me slowly down to my knees. It was one of those pains that as soon as it happens your eyes focus on some distant thing as you try desperately to figure out WHAT THE FUCK is trying to kill you now? It wasn’t just sharp, it was sharp stabby and then let’s stick around and poke a bit but not really throb type of pain.

I sat on my heels for a minute before trying to get up and instantly regretting it for it seemed that sinus wasn’t completely filled with air just yet and wanted to be, so crackle sound, instant pain this time a lot worst and enough for me to start to hyperventilate trying to get the pain to stop.

They say to breathe through pain as it helps. I know this. I’ve ALWAYS known this. But for some lovely reason, when I’m in the type of pain that I really should BREATHE through I tend to hyperventilate instead. Because brain that’s why.

This is when hubby comes up from behind me and asks what type of pain I was experiencing. I try to describe it, he helps me to slowly get up and get to the couch without any more pain. While just sitting innocently on the couch, my sinus draws another breathe and this time, the neighbors know something is up.

Seriously, I have had many injuries and have gone through many different levels of pain. I’ve given birth to a 7lbs 6oz baby boy without an epidural (it was only a four hour labor which apparently is pretty good for the first kid). I feel like I have a pretty good grasp of how well I can handle pain and usually it’s top notch.

Thursday decided I needed a pain management check up in a bad way. And of course with such severe pain came vomiting. I hate vomiting. I don’t know a single saneish person who likes vomiting.

Pain.

Vomit.

Pain.

Vomit.

Repeat.

Next thing I’m aware of is that we’re heading to see the ear, nose and throat doc who we saw when something (a piece of red wax) was blocking my right ear (Thanks Trouble).

He made me lay down and put some drops in my nose then turn my head to the right and open and close my mouth to get the medicine into my ear canal and lessen the pain. Which worked wonderfully, I sat up, my nose still running that lovely clear fluid but in less pain then I had been in.

Doc goes back to finish up with the patient he is with and a minute or two later, my sinus breathes (for serious lack of a better explanation) and I immediately go to the restroom to puke and try not to scream and scare other people. I don’t care what language you speak, when someone screams in pain the message is clear and can be quite frightening. It’s that normal got to help the person in pain thing that most humans have ingrained into them.

Once I do get in doc checks my ears out and starts talking and asking questions that of course I am in no mind to answer even though it seems like such an easy thing to do. Hubby is translating my responses for the doc. Now the doc speaks English quite well, what hubby is translating is my mushy attempt at vowel sounds as well as hand gestures and shrugs.

Sadly for doc, what takes over at this point is the nausea. He then tells me to keep my eyes open as it will lessen the dizzy feeling and nausea. He also does something with smells that doesn’t last very long as one of them makes me well, vomit.

So the diagnose is that my right ear decided to catch a cold which is causing my most favorite of conditions VERTIGO. But the type where you have to keep your eyes OPEN to not get dizzy and nauseated.

Oh hey, for anyone who has ever suffered from vertigo, ask for a Vontrol shot. Why? Because it is a drug that is used as prevention and control of vertigo: VONTROL is indicated for the prevention and control of peripheral vertigo as the of Ménière’s disease, labyrinthitis, otitis media, the middle and inner ear surgery, trauma to the vestibular apparatus. VONTROL may be useful for control in cases such as central vertigo: basilar-vertebral artery insufficiency, certain strokes and their aftermath and trauma involving the central nervous system.

I had vertigo when we lived in the US. The BEST they could do was give me pills to take to keep from vomiting, that I COULD NOT TAKE BECAUSE I KEPT VOMITING THEM BACK UP.

WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK UNITED STATES???? I AM IN MEXICO WHERE THEY GAVE ME A TINY SHOT THAT IN ABOUT 30 MINUTES OR MORE I NO LONGER WANTED TO VOMIT. Then they gave me pills to take additionally to keep the vertigo/vomiting action down which works well thanks.

I’m starting to understand more and more why people go to other countries for medical care. United States likes to boast that it has the best of everything for their citizens. WHERE WAS MY VONTROL SHOT? HUH? WHERE??? Of course maybe that “everything” part is just for those rich citizens. Even though the shot cost only 200 pesos. That’s $11 USD people. Eleven dollars.

I have a cold. In my ear. My nose isn’t running, I’m not stuffy or coughing or having all those normal “I’ve got a damn cold” symptoms and absolutely NONE of that common cold shit. It’s not an ear infection either as there is no real problems with full blown infection. I am taking naxifelar for anti inflammation but most of the meds I’m taking are for vertigo and allergies.

Afrin Spray nasal infantile -basically the child’s version of Afrin Spray.

Vontrol Ampolletas (ampoules) -the anti vertigo shot every hospital should have cabinets of because vertigo fucking sucks!!

Arlevert -tablets to take to keep the vertigo away.

Plantival -treatment of nervousness, restlessness and insomnia

Serc -more anti-vertigo meds in the tablet variety.

Naxifelar -treatment for infections

Dilarmine -allergy medication

Basically I am unique as not many people can and do get colds in their damn ears. Today is the first day that I’ve actually eaten anything (grilled cheese for the win) and haven’t at all felt nauseous. I drank some coffee put on some shorts and have not cringed in pain from moving my head too much. With the exception of now it feels like my right ear is stuffed up, I’m doing good. But, uhg.

Until next time, FTM is one I created for myself. It’s a twist on the FML- Fuck My Life. I like my life for the most part, but there are moments to which I do not so the FTM – Fuck This Moment was born. This is how these things are born people. Go out and spread the alphabet soup deliciousness!

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It’s just a book. No harm ever came from reading a book.

Well, I know a few people who may say otherwise. And like with everything else, it depends on the book.

But I don’t really want to talk about books. More like the movie that particular quote comes from.

If you’re unaware, I’m talking about the 1999 movie ‘The Mummy’ staring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah and Arnold Vosloo. I really liked the movie as Ancient Egypt has always been a big interest of mine. Of course they didn’t get EVERYTHING correct in the movie.

  • The codex-style books (pages, covers and binding) were not invented until the Roman Empire. Ancient Egyptians used scrolls. Therefore the Book of the Dead or book of Amun-Ra should not look like modern ‘books’ at all.
  • After being hanged and prior to boarding the boat Rick is explaining to Evie about his troop believing in the city so much they marched across Libya. The movie is based in 1923 and the country was not referred to as Libya until 1934.
  • When they seek Winston’s help, the Victrola is playing at 33 rpm. Victrolas only play at 78 rpm; long-playing (33 rpm) records did not appear until the 1950s.
  • The knife that Rick uses to cut out the scarab from Jonathan’s arm is a Benchmade model 42 butterfly knife, which would not have been available in 1923.
  • The plane Winston is flying is a Stampe et Vertongen SV-4B. These planes went into production in 1930, five years after the film is set.
  • Dr. Bey says that Hamunaptra was a myth told by the “Arabs” to Greek and Roman tourists, but the Arab conquest of Egypt was after the Greek and Roman periods.
  • The ancient Egyptians believed that there was a strong link between death and the compass direction west (where the sun “died” every evening). The fact that the adventurers see the sun rising over Hamunaptra as they approach it suggests that they have been traveling eastwards from the Nile, but if the ancient Egyptians had built a “City of the Dead” they would never have built it on the eastern side of the Nile. [However, the movie never claims otherwise. The fact that the adventurers see the sun rising over Hamunaptra does mean that they approached it from the west, but it doesn’t mean that they have been traveling eastward from the Nile. Apparently they circled around to the western side of Hamunaptra, so that the rising sun could show them the way. This would also explain why both parties approached the lookout point from the opposite directions (they circled the city differently).]
  • In the opening shot of Thebes, pyramids are visible, but there were no pyramids built around Thebes. You can also see a small version of a Sphinx in front of the pyramids, making the whole set look like Giza, in Cairo.
  • The movie refers to “Bedouin Tuareg”. The Bedouin and the Tuareg are two different peoples, the Bedouin being Arab and the Tuareg being Berber. The Tuareg live in the Sahara to the west, not in the vicinity of Egypt.
  • Imhotep fears cats because “cats are the guardians of the Underworld”. In Egyptian mythology, cats were associated with the goddesses Bastet (fertility, motherhood and protection) and Sekhmet (healing) and not the Underworld.
  • Both times, when the Arab horsemen are attacking Hamunaptra, the sound of ululation is heard. In the Middle East, this sound is traditionally made by women, and during times of celebration or grieving. It wouldn’t be made by attacking men on horseback.
  • The hieroglyphs on Ardeth Bay’s forehead are supposed to spell Imhotep. They are, however, incorrect, and are translated as Imhotper, rather than Imhotep.
  • When Dr. Allen Chamberlain is reading the mummy’s curse in hieroglyphs, he is in fact reading them the wrong way. The way the hieroglyphs were facing, they were meant to be read right-to-left. Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs can be read right-to-left, left-to-right, or up-to-down.
  • When Evelyn and Rick climb down into the vault under the statue, Evelyn uses mirrors to illuminate the chamber. You see the light passing from one mirror to the next. The speed of light is way too fast to be tracked like that.
  • There are five canopic jars pictured in the chest. However, only four canopic jars were ever used during mummification. The heart was left in the body, and there for would not have had a corresponding canopic jar.
  • At the beginning of the movie when the horsemen are about to shoot O’Connell, all of the horsemen are holding bolt-action rifles with one hand as they get ready to shoot and you hear all of the rifles being cocked even though it takes two hands to cock a bolt-action rifle.
  • The “Royal Air Corps” has never existed. It was the Royal Flying Corps until 1918 and has been the Royal Air Force ever since.
  • The ancient Egyptians in the movie, i.e., Seti I, Anck-su-Namun, and Imhotep, are actual historical figures. However, that’s where the accuracy ends. A simple look at their lifespans shows that these three characters could never have known each other. Imhotep (2650 BC – 2600 BC) died over 1,000 years before the reign of Seti I (to 1279 BC). Anck-su-Namun (1348 BC -1322 BC) never knew Seti I. She was wife of her half brother Tutankhamun “King Tut” (1332 BC – 1323 BC).

Just to name a few things. And yes, I did get help with these facts as I’m not THAT good with Ancient Egypt!

Fast forward 18 years (oh holy shit, really??) and we have a new The Mummy movie that is coming out this summer June 8. Unlike the 1999 gem this one has the mummy as a princess who has been denied her destiny. Which right there is sort of skewed as destiny means “the events that will necessarily happen to a particular person or thing in the future” so her dying or being killed was actually her destiny. And according to IMDB the new movie IS a remake of the 1999 movie. Here are some other facts IMDB has thrown out for us:

  • The movie introduces Russell Crowe as Dr Jekyll which will set up the character for a standalone film in Universals monster universe.
  • The film’s tagline, “Welcome to a new world of gods and monsters”, is a quote from Bride of Frankenstein (1935), which was also produced by Universal.
  • It is intended to be the first installment in a possible Universal Monsters shared universe
  • Ironically, while casting the male lead in The Mummy (1999), Tom Cruise was considered before director Stephen Sommers eventually selected Brendan Fraser. Eighteen years later, Cruise plays the lead in this remake.
  • Sofia Boutella’s character is named Princess Ahmanet, which is similar (but not related) to Amunet, a primordial Ancient Egyptian goddess that was the consort of the deity Amun.
  • The Mummy’s design and gender were altered due to Apocalypse’s look during the post-credit scene in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).
  • The film marks the first collaboration between Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe.
  • The zero gravity scene took 64 takes and was shot for 2 days in a falling plane. Reportedly, a lot of the crew got nauseous during the scene and vomited, except for the main stars Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis, who were really proud of the stunt.
  • Len Wiseman was originally set to direct, but he dropped out before production began. Wiseman was then replaced by Andrés Muschietti, but he also later dropped out due to creative differences.
  • This will be the first movie in The Mummy franchise where the mummy is female.
  • Javier Bardem, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, and Eddie Redmayne were all considered to play Dr. Henry Jekyll before Russell Crowe was cast in the role.
  • This remake of “The Mummy” will be released 85 years after the 1932 original version, 18 years after the 1999 remake, and 16 years after “The Mummy Returns”.
  • This film’s tagline, “A new world of gods and monsters,” is taken from a line in Bride of Frankenstein (1935), which featured the original Mummy, Boris Karloff. This line also inspired the title of the film Gods and Monsters (1998), which starred Brendan Fraser, star of the 1999 film The Mummy (1999).
  • Princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella) is not the first female mummy in the Universal Monsters franchise. Before her are:
    –The Mummy (1932), Imhotep (Boris Karloff) searched across millennia for his mummified lover, Princess Ankh-es-en-Amon (Zita Johann), who had been reincarnated as Helen Grosvenor.
  • The Mummy’s Hand (1940), Kharis (Tom Tyler) had hoped to resurrect his beloved, the mummified Princess Ananka (Zita Johann, archive footage). Before he could, however, he was caught, and for his unholy transgression Kharis was cursed to be an undead mummy forever.
  • The Mummy’s Tomb (1942), although Ananka was absent in this film she did appear in The Mummy’s Ghost (1944), reincarnated as Amina Monsouri (Ramsay Ames). When Kharis (Lon Chaney Jr.) eventually captured Amina, she transformed into the 3,000 year old mummy of Princess Ananka.
  • The Mummy’s Curse (1944), Princess Ananka’s mummy (Virginia Christine) clawed her way out of a muddy grave before being transformed once again into a beautiful woman.
  • The film was partially filmed in London, England, with shooting taking place in July 2016.
  • The Mummy is written by Christopher McQuarrie who has previously directed Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher (2012) and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015).
  • The plane crash sequence was partially shot with Tom Cruise on the ‘vomit comet’ zero-g airplane.
  • The character played by Tom Cruise was originally named Tyler Colt, but this was ultimately changed to Nick Morton.
  • The film will feature 2 Oscar Nominated Actors – Tom Cruise & Russell Crowe who are collaborating for the first time.
  • The release of this film and American Made (2017) mark the first time Tom Cruise has appeared in more than one film per year since 2012. In 2012, he starred in both Rock of Ages (2012) and Jack Reacher (2012).
  • The first live action Mummy film to be released since The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008).
  • Universal was once the reigning studio of horror films. Starting with Dracula (1931) and all through the decades was known as such to the present.
  • Dr. Henry Jekyll is a character in Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”. He struggles with good and the bad attitudes in his life, thus creating the two different personalities, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde whose first name is Edward.
  • This will be the fourth Mummy film to receive a PG-13 rating.
  • This is not Tom Cruise’s first foray into the horror genre. He played a vampire in the film “Interview with the Vampire” (1994).
  • Baltasar Kormákur was offered the opportunity to direct, but turned it down.
  • Alex Kurtzman’s 2nd directorial after People Like Us (2008).
  • Composer Brian Tyler will be giving music to The Fate of the Furious too, another Universal studio produced movie.
  • As of May 22 2017, Universal Studios is officially calling their new monster universe the Dark Universe. This was also hinted at in the 3rd trailer.

While it may be a remake of the 1999 movie it does not seem to be a remake of the 1932 movie.

Judging by the trailers and the description, it seems not [to be a remake]. The 1932 picture concerned a male mummy which had come to life and was searching for his reincarnated lover. This movie appears to concern a magically powerful, power hungry female ruler of Egypt whose resting place is disturbed, resulting in her trying to reassert her power over the world. So it looks more like a remake of the 1980 film “The Awakening”, which was in itself a remake of the Hammer Horror film “Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb” (1971), which was in turn a working of the Bram Stoker novel “Jewel of the Seven Stars”. Interestingly, there is also a mockbuster version of this ‘evil queen mummy’ idea which was released in 1998 to steal the thunder of the Brendan Fraser movie. It was titled “Bram Stoker’s Legend of the Mummy”.

I don’t understand how it is not a remake of the 1932 film but be a remake of the 1999 film since that one was in fact a remake of the 1932 film. And even IMDB says it is a remake of the 1932 film in the 1999 movie FAQ page (which there are spoilers if you have not seen the movie–really? Why the bloody hell not???).

The Mummy is a loose remake of The Mummy (1932), which was based on a script by American playwright John Balderston, who also contributed to Dracula (1931) and Frankenstein (1931) and covered the opening of Tutankhamen’s tomb for New York World when he was a journalist. Balderston’s script was rewritten for this film by screenwriters Lloyd Fonvielle and Stephen Sommers (who also directed The Mummy (1999)). Two sequels followed: The Mummy Returns (2001) and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008). A novelization, also titled The Mummy and written by American writer Max Allan Collins, was released concurrently with the movie.

Of course keep in mind that IMDB is in fact made up of paid subscribers and they don’t know everything if anything.

What I’m getting to is that I am not entirely sure this remake is going to do any of the previous movies any good. And could very well be quite the horrific start to Universal Studios’ new monster universe.

We’ve all seen it. Studios try to kick off a grouping of movies but falling flat on their faces. More so after Marvel Studios had such a whirl wind of cash with their brilliant collection of movies starting with my personal favorite of Iron Man back in 2008.

What other studios don’t seem to grasp, and I really cannot believe that not a one of the people in their employ hasn’t said anything–or if they have they haven’t been listened to (dumbasses) is that the only way to have the type of success Marvel Studios is finally  having is to set everything up as they did.

Did anyone imagine what was being planned out in 2008 watching Iron Man? I didn’t. Also as I have said many times, I’m not a comic book reader and certainly wasn’t clued in to a lot of the hidden clues about what was going on. I’m sure the fan base realized slowly, perhaps after Thor hit theaters in 2011.

It sort of took many by surprise. Especially since Marvel Studios hasn’t always had the best of luck. The Incredible Hulk comes to mind. Thankfully they finally hit gold with Mark Ruffalo (no offense Edward Norton) and I can understand why they haven’t thought about doing another Hulk movie.

By the time The Avengers started showing trailers, everyone was hooked. I was beyond excited as I had indeed seen all the movies up to that point so I had a good grasp of what had been happening and I am an avid staying through the credits type of girl. Even when I didn’t understand what was going on when they were hinting at what was coming (the exception was Mjöllnir in New Mexico at the end of Iron Man 2. At that time I was living in New Mexico so YAY!) I would get excited (had nothing to do with Robert Downey Jr *wink*).

As strange as some may find it, I am glad I haven’t read the comics. One thing I have always hated is knowing what is suppose to happen and seeing something else happen or it not happen at all. I have seen many movies based on books I have read (and I have read a few books based on movies or seen a movie THEN read the book) and although I enjoyed the books sometimes I don’t like the movies.

Also it is so much more fun not to know what’s next.  Well at least when it comes to books and movies…..

Until next time, I decide to check out the evolution of Marvel Studios’ success. And in case you ever get in the mood to do a Marvel marathon here’s the line up (including some movies not tied to the Avenger timeline in an obvious way):

2008- Iron Man
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2008- The Incredible Hulk
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2008- Punisher: War Zone
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2010- Iron Man 2
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2011- Thor
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2011- Captain America: The First Avenger
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2012- The Avengers
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2013- Iron Man 3
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2013- Thor: The Dark World
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2014- Captain America: The Winter Soldier
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2014- Guardians of the Galaxy
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2015- Avengers: Age of Ultron
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2015- Ant-Man
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2016- Captain America: Civil War
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2016- Doctor Strange
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2017- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
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2017- Thor: Ragnarok
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2018- Black Panther
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2018- Avengers: Infinity War
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2018- Ant-Man and the Wasp
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2019- Captain Marvel
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2019- Untitled Avengers film
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Who knew?

And then

Who would have ever guessed that being sick is just bad for your overall health?

Many things have been happening as I am sure you are well aware. You don’t need me to tell you the news that’s more in likely blasted across your telly, inboxes and news feed. I’ve limited the amount of PTBP (Pretending to be president) news I take in because it was having an adverse effect on my mental health.

In it’s place I’ve taken up the old habit of reading a good book. I figured if I wasn’t going to be adulting for a few days, I might as well catch up on my reading. Sadly, I have a lot of catching up to do!

I have always been a physical book person. I love the smell, the feel and the overall aspect of a physical book, but it’s in digital that I find most of the new books I could be interested in. And yes, I find them for free as the prices of ebooks is almost as high as a paperback and sometimes even hardbacks. If it’s a new series or author I have never read before I don’t want to be paying high prices to see if I like it or not.

I have ALWAYS been this way about books. Before ebooks however, I’d check the book out from the library (which of course was always free unless you keep a book longer then you were meant to or loose it.) and if I ended up liking the author I’d look for more titles and more in likely end up buying a few as well.

I’m not sure many people get this however. Hubby has always wondered why if I can find the digital book for free, I had to have a physical copy as well. I have quite the library of physical books. I have almost all of the books Stephen King has written. I have quite a few Anne Rice’s as well. Including her new Vampire Chronicles one: Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis. Although I’m struggling through this one.

I remember when people were in a state of panic thinking the physical book was on it’s death bed and perhaps for awhile it was. But it seems now that the ebook craze is leveling out and people are getting use to the new technology the death of the physical book isn’t so imminent although not without some sacrifices (RIP Boarders). The ebook phenom has come to a lull as the ebook readers have become, well….dated. Gone is the need or desire to have a electronic that caters JUST to ebooks. Kindle? Naw, who cares? I never had a Kindle. I did have a Sony eReader, in fact I had a few of them. But then, someone made an app that allowed you to read any book on any android device.

Then Amazon, the great innovator of products that they are, decided that just would not do so they locked down their version of books so that the only way you could read them is with their eReader or app. They still have that lock and people are still cracking them. Most of my library comes from unlocked Amazon Kindle books.

And now books on tape are making a big jump, of course it’s now known as Audible. I’ve never been a big fan of listening to books. Even when I had vertigo and couldn’t even open my eyes I wasn’t too much of a fan (even less so when my phone decided to assign different parts of a book as my ringtones and notifications), although I did recently enjoy Stephen King’s 6.22.63 read by Craig Wasson. 30 hours of someone reading to me isn’t usually my cup of anything, but I did actually enjoy it. I’ve read the book myself and watched the mini series but Craig did a wonderful job of reading the story. He used different voices and really brought it to life, which I didn’t expect.

I guess I expected the audio books to be boring. No idea why that would be in my head but yeah.

No longer do people want a electronic that does only a single thing. Not in the age of smartphones doing everything but wipe our asses for us (careful, there may soon be an app for that)! I have a couple of tablets in addition to my now dated Samsung Galaxy S4 phone. One is a windows tablet (Nextbook Flexx 11.6) and the other is an android based tablet (RCA Voyager). I use the nextbook to play games like Disney Magic Kingdom, Talking Tom Gold Run, Dragon Mania Legends as well as browsing online, checking mail…small stuff like that. I rarely use my RCA but I do have FBReader on it that I of course use to read my ebooks. I also have Jarvis and a few little games (Panda Pop, Suicide Squad, Star Wars Puzzle Droids). Not to mention Tony Stark. Got to love Tony Stark (and of course Robert Downey Jr)! There are a few other odds and ends on the RCA, but it ended up mainly being a ebook reader with a few added entertainment should I get tired of reading. It’s also small, 7″ screen that can easily fit in a bag. Nextbook is 11″ and has the removable keyboard and is much like the coveted Microsoft Surface without the heart stopping price tag. Picked the Nextbook up from Walmart for a whopping $56. The RCA was $35.

It would seem that physical books are making a comeback! Although not entirely for why a normal person may think. Apparently they can now be considered art. Works of beauty and that’s before you read them, if you are even allowed to do so that is. Some of the newer physical books have in lost their magical beginnings. The quality of paper, glued pages instead of sewn, hard backs having lackluster covers outside of their removable covers. Although apparently all that is coming back.

Books are now supermodels? Animals are reading them, they are featured in landscapes, posed with food, flowers, gravestones, just about anything you’d like to imagine. They have become objects to color match your outfits with or if you’re so inclined color clash.

I get buying books because you like books. I do this often, but I also like to read them. They’re not just shelf space fillers when I don’t have enough Star Wars, dragons or Harley Quinn to fill the space (which I totally do, but I actually make room for books as they are awesome). I don’t want or need sexy looking books. I mean WTF? I have books I have enjoyed reading on my shelves. They are there because I want them to be, because people can ask me about them and I can tell them what I thought and offer to let them borrow it. They can be quite an effective ice breaker. There is not much you can say about a book that’s only there to be pretty.

“What is that book about? It looks like it could be interesting.”

“That? Oh I have no idea. I only put it there because it’s pretty.”

Is it just me? Am I perhaps missing something here by being born before eReaders became a thing? Do shop owners really have to resort to something so technical in order to get people in the shop to look at books as having electronic poem readings on National Poetry Day where they can be heard only if customers wish to listen?

Does that even make sense?

I know authors still go around promoting their books at bookstores and have signings, readings and what have you. I have a couple of them as friends on Facebook. The last couple of Anne Rice books I’ve bought are signed, but sadly not because I went to the bookstore and met with her. Barnes and Noble gave me the ability to get this without even leaving my house. Which also makes a signed book less valuable.

I can live with or without ebooks. As long as I have physical books it doesn’t matter to me. I am a little miffed that people are now using them as decoration only pieces. Oh sure, some might get read, but it’s a little depressing when the reason something is coming back is less about it’s original usage and more about aesthetics. The ebook is loosing popularity because you can’t take a selfie with an eReader? PATHETIC!

And if you’re interested where this came from, you can read all about it on your own.

And then there is this.

Until next time, curl up with a damn good book. I don’t care if it’s an ebook or a physical one, if you’ve read it a million times before or are going through it for the first time. Hell it doesn’t even matter if you’re reading it or listening to it as long as you are enjoying a story that is more than two pages long and brings you joy. More people need to read books. Hollywood for a start. A great way to pass the time not adulting when you’re sick. Or because you want to.

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It’s been far too long….

Today it dawned on me that I haven’t done a solid post on anything anthropological or biomedical for a very long time. I also came across an old list I have tucked into one of my biology books. There’s no author on it nor where it came from so I can’t give anyone credit for putting it all together. There is a list of where the author got all these facts and I did include those links at the end. Just know I didn’t come up with any of these. Anything in [brackets] is the first thought that came in my head after I read the fact.

Amazing and Awesome Facts About the Human Body.

-Humans shed about 600,000 particles of skin every hour. In fact, most of the dust underneath your bed is probably your own dead skin. [I shed more then all my pets combined?]

-A human baby has 99 more bones than an adult. A baby’s skeleton is mostly made up of cartilage. As a person grows up, most of this cartilage turns into bone in a process called ossification, and the ossification process results in the joining of certain bones. Consequently, new born babies have around 305 bones, while an adult has just 206 bones. [How else would they painfully squeeze their way out of a woman’s body?]

-There are 100,000 miles of blood vessels in an adult human body. The largest blood vessel is the aorta, which is just over an inch in diameter. [I do not suggest measuring your blood vessels or aorta…..then again, if you cannot vanquish this urge, measure away!]

-In a lifetime, an average person produces about 25,000 quarts of saliva, enough to fill two swimming pools. We also produce about a litre of mucus per day. [Does raspberries make this count rise?]

-Your body has enough iron in it to forge a 3-inches-long nail. You also have enough sulfur to kill all fleas on an average dog, enough carbon to make 900 pencils, enough potassium to fire a toy cannon, enough fat to make 7 bars of soap, enough phosphorous to make 2,200 match heads, and enough water to fill a ten-gallon tank. [Now figure out how much all those things are worth and you’ve got the worth of a human being. Financially at least, human individuals sometimes aren’t worth a penny and they probably would have been worth the amount of a good condom.]

-We all have tiny mites living in our eyelashes. These little mites actually aren’t too choosey; they’ll live anywhere as long as they have access hair follicles. They’re found on other parts of the body and on a host of other mammals. [Strangely this doesn’t bother me]

-Pound for pound, the strongest muscle in the human body is the masseter (jaw muscle). It can clamp your chompers shut with 55 pounds of force on the incisors and 200 pounds of force on the molars. [Guess you need to stop telling people to bite you 80’s babies!]

-Sweat itself is odorless. It’s the bacteria on the skin that mingles with it and produces body odor. Bacteria that are naturally present on our skin thrive in sweaty regions. [Damn bacteria! Why must you always be victorious?]

-Your ears and nose will never stop growing until the day you die. In fact, your earlobes will also elongate from gravity. [Lie to me, tell me the truth….]

-Similar to fingerprints, everyone also has a unique tongue print. It may be some time before your local police station starts taking tongue prints, but research on the required 3-D imaging technology is already being developed and tested. [Good thing you don’t have to lick stamps any longer…]

-Ounce for ounce, human bones are stronger than steel. A cubic inch of bone can bear a load of 19,000 lbs.—roughly the weight of five pickup trucks. [Just don’t have five pickup trucks run you over…no guarantee you’ll be fine.]

-People with blue eyes have a higher alcohol tolerance. Interestingly, they also have higher rates of alcohol abuse and dependency. [I did have a high alcohol tolerance. But I stopped drinking when I turned 21.]

-If the human eye was a digital camera it would have 576 megapixels. Currently, the most expensive digital camera in the world has 200 megapixels. [I have lamented many a time how something I am looking at cannot be captured by a camera with the same brilliant look I can see. For example the damn moon.]

-All of the bacteria in our body collectively weighs about 4 pounds. That’s enough to fill a big soup can. In fact, there are more bacteria in your mouth than there are people in the world. [Four pounds of bacteria. FOUR POUNDS I NEED TO LOOSE!]

-In some cardiovascular units, slow and quiet music is used to relax the patients and lower their blood pressure and heart rate. [This is why people are calmer with slow quiet music and it’s most often found in mental health clinics and floors. The opposite is also true. Loud, quick music makes us energetic.]

-Your brain accounts for only 2% of your body weight, yet it uses 20% of the total oxygen and blood in your body. [What an o2 hog!]

-If uncoiled, the DNA in all of your body’s cells would stretch 10 billion miles, which is long enough to reach from here to Pluto and back. [You’d also die]

-Within three days of death, the enzymes that once digested your dinner begin to eat you. Ruptured cells will become food for the bacteria in your gut, which will release enough noxious gas to bloat your body and force your eyes to bulge outward. [Body Farm anyone?]

-In a lifetime, your brain’s long-term memory can hold up to 1 quadrillion (1 million billion) bits of information. [But apparently we don’t always have access to any of it when we could really use it]

-Your heart will pump about 1.5 million barrels of blood during your lifetime. That’s enough to fill 200 train tank cars. [Best not to try this at home]

-As long as it has an oxygen supply, your heart can keep beating even if it’s separated from the body because it has its own electrical impulse. [In case you ever thought that scene in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom couldn’t happen]

-Your brain keeps developing until your late 40s. [Learn, learn and learn some more!]

-Human fingers can feel objects as small as 13 nanometers. This means that if your finger was the size of the Earth, you would feel the difference between houses and cars. [Brings a whole new level to ‘Your momma’ jokes..]

-The highest recorded body temperature in a human being was a fever of 115.7°F. A fever over 107.5°F is enough to damage the brain and, if untreated, cause death. [♪♫ You give me fever♬♩♫]

-The human heart is not on the left-hand side of the body. It’s in middle of your chest, in between your right and left lung. It is, however, tilted very slightly to the left. [In 6th grade we were taught that it was on the left side. And that blood is blue until it hit oxygen then it turns red. ‘(◣_◢)’ ]

-Half of your genes describe the complex design of your brain, with the other half describing the organization of the other 98% of your body. [This must mean that some people have only 10% of their genes describing the complex design of their brain and 90% describing the organization of the other 98% of the body.]

-Your taste buds are replaced every 10 days. Conversely, the average age of a human fat cell is 10 years. [I wish 80% of them would die already].

-There is no scientific evidence that shaving or waxing will make your hair come back thicker. There are believed to be two reasons that the myth continues to flourish. First, humans just aren’t the best observers. Second, hair often does grow back thicker when people first start to shave, but this isn’t caused by shaving. When an adolescent boy shaves his mustache for the first time, it’s likely to grow back thicker. This isn’t because shaving caused this; it’s because the hormonal changes in his body (which occur regardless of shaving) are encouraging new and thicker facial hair growth.

-1 in 10,000 people has their internal organs reversed or “mirrored” from their normal positions. The condition is called situs inversus. [I have a rare one in a million skin thing that pops up every so often that I was diagnosed with in middle school of whose name I can’t remember as I haven’t had problems with it until possibly recently. Also, would a doctor think about this condition when they can’t find a patient’s organ or freak the hell out?]

-Without your pinky finger, you would lose about 50% of your hand strength. While the index and middle fingers function with the thumb in pinching and grabbing, it’s the pinkie that teams up with the ring finger to provide grip power. [Pinkie Power! ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ]

-Men’s Testicles hang between the legs to keep cool because sperm dies at body temperature. Keeping those baby-makers cool is a top priority, so make sure to keep your laptop off those bad boys! [And depending on some factors you may want to keep that laptop and other hot things ON those bad boys]

-1 person out of every 200 people has an extra rib. [And women actually do have the same number of ribs as men. The myth that says men have more is from a work of fiction]

-Your mouth is made of the same skin cells as a vagina. Flattened epithelial cells are well suited to areas in the body subject to constant abrasion, as layers can be sloughed off and replaced quickly. [How do you think some women get Angelina Jolie lips??]

-Muscle comes from the Latin “musculus.” Musculus means “little mouse,” and this was used to describe muscles because biceps were thought to look like mice. [*flexes bicep* Mine looks like, well, not a cute mouse that’s for sure!]

-When telling a lie, people blink less frequently than normal. After the lie is told, they speed up to around eight times faster than usual. [Now knowing this is going to make you quite self aware for a bit whether you are lying or not]

-More than 3% of people are born with phonagnosia: they can’t recognize the voices of familiar people. People suffering from phonagnosia do not suffer from aphasia (an inability to comprehend and formulate language), which suggests that separate areas of the brain govern linguistic comprehension and voice recognition. [I once thought I heard my husband’s voice at a gas station when he was in Germany. For a moment I thought he had come home early. So disappointed.]

-A scientist cracked his knuckles on one hand for over 50 years to prove it did not cause Arthritis. After 50 years, he concluded that there was no arthritis in either hand, and no apparent differences between the two hands. This is, of course, a rather small data set, but it’s interesting none the less! [I used to crack them, but I got bored with it so stopped for the most part.]

-You can burn 20% more fat by exercising in the morning on an empty stomach. Sex burns 3.6 calories a minute, so fifteen minutes of morning sex should burn off 130 calories. [Take THAT to the bedroom!]

-Humans have no more genes than worms. We have less genes than a tomato. How could this be, given that the all-powerful homo sapiens are clearly a more complex species? We’re not sure, but scientist have noted that the number of genes in the genome may be less linked to complexity than we thought. [Gives new meaning to being as smart as a tomato.]

-A strong cough forces air out of the airways at speeds up to 620 mph, which is almost as fast as the speed of sound. [Never mind the pain in the ribs at repeated coughs]

-Hearing is the fastest human sense. Your brain can recognize a sound 10 times faster than the blink of an eye, in as little as 0.05 seconds. [I was told I have better hearing than most people. This isn’t always a good thing as I am annoyed by more sounds then normal people. And it’s usually the normal people that are making those sounds.]

-Bras make breasts sag. Bras also do not reduce back pain. A leading study found that women who never wore bras had nipples an average of seven millimeters higher each year than regular bra users. Before you go throwing away your bras, note that the benefits of not wearing a bra will only be seen in younger women who are not obese, according to those managing the study. [I feel sadness for the millions of women who moan and complain about their bras hurting them. Bras shouldn’t hurt. Stop buying them from Walmart! Get your tits to a lingerie store and get fitted for a bra that isn’t going to hurt you, you won’t even feel it’s there and you may just forget to take it off! It’s what I did and although I paid a higher price for the bras, they also lasted longer and made my girls happy. Always get more than two good fitting bras and rotate them daily, hand wash them, let them dry on a flat surface (NEVER hang them to dry, stretches them out) and store them in a familiar fashion instead of inverting one cup into the other. Happy breasts are sexy breasts ( o ) ( o ) ]

-After child birth, a woman’s vaginal muscles can take up to 6 months to get back to their normal shape and size. [Probably takes that long for her to want to open her legs up again]

-We can’t digest grass because our bodies don’t have what it takes to break down the cellulose found in the plant. Grass also contains a lot of silica, an abrasive that quickly wears down teeth, so your dentist wouldn’t be thrilled about a grass diet. Grazing animals have teeth that continually grow to replace worn tooth surfaces. [Can this be used against vegetarian (or as I like to call them ‘bad hunter’) diets?]

-Your big toe carries more weight than any other toe, bearing about 40% of your body weight. To enlist in the United States army, you need to have all ten toes intact. [New meaning to going toe to toe?]

-One prevailing theory as to why butt hair exists is that there’s simply no significant evolutionary pressure against butt hair. I.e. it doesn’t affect our ability to mate, so the random mutations that caused butt hair persisted.

Other theories take a smellier view of things, suggesting that butt hair helps scent communication. We have body hair in the same areas where we produce odors. The hair is there to hold onto oily secretions that have their own smell and are consumed by bacteria that produces even more smells. Early human ancestors used their personal smell to actually help them with everything from broadcasting territorial rights to attracting mates. [Wait, I have butt hair!!! (__(__)]

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Until next time, amaze your friends and family with facts about their own body they didn’t know!

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Mother turns away from child and when she turns back and you won’t believe what she finds!

……her kids are all grown up because she spent all her time clicking on headlines just like this one. Clickbait, stop falling for it! And no, you didn’t earn me a dime. Although you can just donate some to me. 🙂

Until next time, ignore those clickbait links as all the stories are always stupid and not as amazing as the headlines promise. And yes, I am about to do a full multiword post.

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Believe in the ‘Friend Zone’? Women don’t want to be friends with you.

**I am sorry to everyone who may have thought the post was going to be about Anubis our puppy. I was NOT going to Google ‘friend zone’ again. Ever. Instead I give you something to smile about before ripping your heart out.**

Go ahead. Cry. Get it out. The truth hurts.

Now that you’re done being a baby cry (kudos to the guys and perhaps women who didn’t cry) let me tell you why this is.

Women are not interested in being friends with such men who believe in the friend zone, because these self-interested creeps are not friends—they’re controlling abusers who feel entitled to a woman’s time, affections, and bodies, but are worthy of none.

This past Tuesday an article popped up and has been floating around social media. Perhaps you’ve seen and read it? It’s called ‘Why Men and Women Can Never Be Just Friends.‘ Yes, if you haven’t figured it out this is utter trash. And apparently this pathetic zone men have created to inflate their precious fragile egos (she doesn’t want to fuck me, it’s because I’m in the friend zone) is the reason for the United State’s declining birth rate. To be honest I didn’t know there was a decline, it’s a good thing there is a decline as there are too many people on this planet anyway and there are way too many fucking idiots here already. It’s full.

In case you’re not in the mood to read the article (and I do not blame you) let me break it down and give you the Cliff Notes Version:

Hans Fiene who wrote this trash argues that we women must once and for all give up the fantasy that we have any male friends. I imagine he means straight males. The male friends we do have would much rather be friends with other guys then us. Why? Because women don’t like football (American or otherwise), we don’t belch, fart or get dirty and we certainly don’t feel the need to sit in our own filth all damn day. Um, who really wants to do that last one anyway??

Ummm, okay? WTF? Apparently all guys ever want from women is to fuck us. Nothing else. Friends with benefits does not count either I suppose as we can’t be friends. This reject goes on to say that we must relinquish men from our seductive wiles if we have no plans of marring them. And our first priority once we find the man we wish to repopulate the world with is to in fact marry him and have kids asap.

I guess if you are thinking in a post apocalyptic world there may have to be some repopulation and where the idiot in the white house is taking us this could very well be a foreseeable future.

“Being caught in the Friend Zone is an inarguable drag on fertility rates, as a man who spends several years pledging his heart to a woman who will never have his children is also a man who most likely won’t procreate with anyone else during that time of incarceration,” Fiene dramatically writes. “Quite simply, for the sake of our future, the Friend Zone must be destroyed. For the Friend Zone to be destroyed, women must accept the following truths: you don’t have any guy friends and, in fact, you can’t have any guy friends.“

Hell hath no fury like a man driven to prove that the “Friend Zone” exists, and that it’s sending our planet on a path of miserable, baby-free extinction.

Nevermind that we get hit on and pursued by men who we wouldn’t even be friends with. Apparently it’s just ALL. OUR. FAULT. LADIES!

“Do your ‘friend’ a solid and let him go. Call him up and tell him, ‘…It was my fault that I got your hopes up by putting you in the Friend Zone. As restitution, please accept the phone numbers of five girls I know who find you attractive. Stop wasting your time with me and go hang out with a girl who might one day bear your children.’”

Mansplaining fantasy garbage much??

As  so eloquently put it: “He has instead only watched beer commercials from the ’80s and read Tucker Max books and thinks men love to fart Taco Bell into in other men’s faces and call people “turd blossoms.” Men like blowing things up with fireworks, Fiene writes. They definitely aren’t complex humans who can experience platonic friendship, no way.”

Yes, we have all heard this exhausted, played out argument. We ladies have heard these nauseating mantras almost daily:

  • Don’t lead a man on, because that would make you a slut.
  • Don’t waste your prime baby birthing years, because that is the only way to lead a fulfilled life.
  • Find a man to settle down with, because being alone is sad and lonely.
  • Have children.
  • Be a good wife.
  • Be a good mother.
  • Stop being so selfish and think about others for once!

I’m sorry but I am not going to take responsibility for anyone but me. There is never a time where I have ever said or implied that any man can trade his friendship with me for sex. Not once. Yet it would seem this is a universal truth, that it is an unwritten but well known rule and should we not abide by these truths/rules we will face the very real danger of getting straight up murdered. Which, unsurprisingly, is probably our fault, too.

There is literally nothing tethering you to being someone’s friend, and women owe you absolutely nothing in exchange for any time you wish to spend being their friend. There is no friend zone stopping you from telling someone how you feel, and there is no affection, sex, or other reward to be reaped for being a decent person to someone else.

Perhaps if you find yourself pining away for a person who doesn’t return your affections you may want to walk away from them and take a look around for a person who will return your affections and be more than happy to spend the rest of their lives with you. This also applies to anyone in a one way relationship. Walk away, find someone who loves you for you and for Oden’s sake don’t be an ass and decide that just because we don’t want to open our legs to you we’re bitches who have stuck you in some zone in our lives.  If you honestly cannot be friends with me without trying to fuck me, then I don’t want to be friends with you at all. In any shape or form on any level. Not on social media and defiantly not in real life.

The friend zone is a pathetic attempt to make women feel bad about having male friends to begin with. I suppose it’s our fault if your buddies want to fuck us even though we’re with you and are loyal. I mean, that’s all any guy wants to do right?

*dramatic but deserved eyeroll*

Wont fuck em

Until next time, friendships are fantastic things not to be shat upon by worthless human beings who thinks the world much less a certain gender owes them something. Those are toxic people who do not under any circumstances deserve to be in your life.

 

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I’m just going to leave this here.

Women steal from men

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Investigative Reporting Is So Important!

Some people would agree because they have been told this repeatedly, but do they –or anyone– really understand why? When you dive into a subject and get your hands dirty you are looking at ever aspect of the subject and pointing out the awesome as well as the skeletons. There is none of that skim on the top shit. No tip of the iceberg but diving deeper to see the whole thing. The entire story.

In this time of alternative facts and bullshit, investigative reporting is so very important. It helps weed out the frauds among us and puts a spotlight on them in a way that makes us all (hopefully) say we’re not going to put up with this shit.

And in one case it has kept the Pittsburg Community Schools from allowing a new hire for the position as principal for the Pittsburg High School in southeastern Kansas.

If you haven’t already heard the story, the staff of the PHS Booster Redux, who always writes articles on new hires to the school, started looking into their newly hired principal Dr. Amy Robertson. What they found out was that Robertson did not in fact hold the masters and doctorate degrees she claimed she did as it turned out that they were from a known diploma mill called Corllins University. Robertson claimed that the school was accredited when she attended even going as far as to claim she sometimes went to the campus in Stockton California.

The students found out that Corllins was never accredited, had no known address much less one in Stockton, and the BBB didn’t have them as accredited either.

After the article was published, the Kansas City Star stepped up and asked Robertson about her degrees where she said all three of her degrees “have been authenticated by the U.S. government.” She declined to comment directly on students’ questions about her credentials, “because their concerns are not based on facts,” she said.

The article was published on Friday March 31, 2017 in the school newspaper and Robertson resigned on Tuesday April 4, 2017.

How in the HELL did all the adults behind hiring this woman missed all these very important, very easily discovered facts?? The Booster Redux article, a team of six students — five juniors and one senior — revealed these facts and the students (and probably parents) were amazed that they could easily see the discrepancies while the authority figures in charge of such things had yet to pick up on them.

Once Robertson resigned the students and their story were thrust into local, state and national news, with professional journalists nationwide applauding the students for asking tough questions and prompting change in their administration. The superintendent personally met with them to thank them for their hard and persistent work. Yes, thank you Gina Mathew, Maddie Baden, Kali Poenitske, Connor Balthazor, and Patrick Sullivan. Sadly there is no staff listing for the paper.

Read more and detailed information on these amazing students over at The Washington Post.

On a personal note, a school that has a Dragon as the mascot is destined to produce brilliant and wonderful students. Go Dragons!

AngelPDragon

Until next time, please do not be afraid to ask the tough questions, question authority and look into things for yourself. I have supported research of information for years but many Facebook News Feed proves that the practice is a skill that many do not have.

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Does Being Surrounded By Idiots Lower Your IQ?

I really need to know. I mean not only when you meet idiots in your day to day life, but from the internet as well.

I honestly feel like every time I open my browser and just skim some of the headlines I am loosing freaking brain cells. So bad that I almost did an s instead of a c for cells. WTF!

Meanwhile, I guess because my brain isn’t working I thought I’d just compile the other posts into this one as I think there is good stuff in there somewhere. Sorry there may or may not be links.

The Friend Zone (I know many are very opinionated on this subject, especially the ones who have been so called ‘friend zoned’ but as you can see, I think it’s bullshit).

The “friend zone”: a nice catch-all that evokes the picture of a sweet, sensitive, ginger-haired lad looking forlornly out to sea whilst you, the lady he loves, gallivants around town with another. All he wants to do is make you mix tapes of his favorite indie bands and show you his rare collection of first-edition Dylan Thomas hardcovers, but NO. You just want to be “friends” (you bitch). You just want to enjoy his company without also wanting his dick.

The term “friend zone” has become so entrenched in our culture that it’s almost never questioned. A quick search for self-help articles aimed toward men shows that the “friend zone” is a regular focus: how to avoid the friend zone; how to know you’re in the friend zone; what to do if you’re in the friend zone. It’s almost as if no one is stopping to think what this term is saying to women, or how it affects us. It’s almost as if women aren’t the problem. Also, type ‘friend zone’ into google then check the images.

When men use the term “friend zone,” they are explicitly attempting to shame women for hurting their feelings. “Friend zone” shames women for exercising their right to say no, just as “slut” shames women for exercising their right to say yes (and “bitch” attacks women for their right to call you out on your horseshit).

By using “the friend zone,” men are telling women that we owe them something. It tells us we don’t have autonomy over our own lives, and that that should be decided for us. We owe them sex or a romantic relationship because we should be grateful that a dude—any dude—is being nice to us. Even though being nice is literally the bare minimum. You don’t get a cookie for passing the lowest possible bar of humanity. That’s great that you loudly proclaim you’re not sexist or racist or shallow or self-involved or abusive, but there’s no gold star for listing a bunch of faults you don’t have, or for doing what you’re fucking supposed to do.

“I’m a nice guy, I don’t do that,” you might say. OK, but do you stand up against men who do? Or do you sit there and watch while you think about how nice you are?

Women are constantly told that our instincts and feelings aren’t as important as those of men. Don’t like being hit on at work? But how is he supposed to meet romantic partners? Don’t like it when strange, greasy guys at the club say you have fuckable titties? Maybe you should learn to take a compliment! It’s funny how often “You need to learn how to take a compliment” is said by fully-grown men who still have not learned how to take rejection. If a woman tells you she fears for her safety because of street harassment, and your main concern is that you now can’t hit on strangers on the street, then I would reconsider your fucking priorities. If you think women are crazy for not accepting your compliments, you’ve never had the unique experience of being hit on by a man, then the same man threatening to kill you in the time it takes you to say, “no thanks.”

Often, the love-stricken friend in this non-existent “zone” launches into a volley of romantic gestures: he sends you little hello texts every morning, he comes to all your house parties, he likes everything you post on Facebook and he tells all his friends about you. Sweet. Charming. Harmless. Because he just *knows* you’re meant to be together, and if society has taught men anything, it’s that persistence pays off! Of course when women perform the same sweeping romantic gestures to men who clearly say they’re not interested, it’s seen universally as desperate and sad. Stage 5 Clinger! Stalker. Bitches be cray.

But if a woman tells you she’s not interested, she’s not speaking in code. When she says, “I’m fine,” what she really means is: She’s fine. Just like when she says “no,” it’s not a yes in disguise. Or a “yes if you pursue me.” Stop believing that women don’t know how to accurately express themselves. And stop believing that you can claim a woman because you saw her first, or because you’re positive you are exactly what she needs.

The argument that men can also “friend zone” women has been put out there, but it ignores one universal truth: women don’t see men as binary options like fuckable or friend. Of course there are the few out there who do and I’d be lying if I have never looked at a good looking man and thought he’s fuckable. Women have complex, nuanced, confusing, fulfilling, tumultuous relationships with women, men and non-gender-binary persons. Naturally, men can as well, but the type of man who claims he’s been put in the “friend zone” is explicitly telling you he is categorizing your worth on whether or not he wants to stick his dick in you.

“Friend zoned” men need to grow the fuck up and handle rejection like adults. Because the “friend zone” isn’t actually a thing.

Original content by Christine Estima. Some few things added by me.

The Four Horsemen (didn’t get very far on this one)

Ended up watching the documentary “Four Horsemen” and found it quite interesting. It’s not about the biblical myth, but the one more modern day.

The modern day Four Horsemen continue to ride roughshod over the people who can least afford it. Crises are converging when governments, religion and mainstream economists have stalled. 23 international thinkers come together and break their silence about how the world really works and why there is still hope in re-establishing a moral and just society. Four Horsemen is free from mainstream media propaganda, doesn’t bash bankers, criticize politicians or get involved in conspiracy theories. The film ignites the debate about how we usher a new economic paradigm into the world which, globally, would dramatically improve the quality of life for billions.

It’s from 2012.

Male Power Advocates (There was a rant building in this one, but warning, I never really get there. Don’t you hate that ladies? *wink*)

Gos is a womanLadies, did you have a pleasant International Woman’s Day? I for one did absolutely nothing. I did wear red, but since I didn’t leave the house, no one saw it. And I’m in Mexico so I wouldn’t even know if anyone would have made connection. But anyways. I did mean to make a post but I just couldn’t find the energy.

I have skipped reading a lot of my Facebook newsfeed because it’s almost all politics and trump this, that and I just do not want to read about the shit. Each thing just reminds me how fucked up the United States is and how much of a joke the country has become. I am seriously SERIOUSLY hoping that there is a big announcement on April 1.

In the spirit of women are awesome and apparently many people have forgotten this nifty little fact, I decided that there is always two sides of every situation. On the one hand we have women who since the dawn of time have been treated differently, it’s really hard for anyone but the dumb to deny this, and yet there are of course men who deny it loudly and are terribly upset that women have been allowed the few precious rights and “privileges” given no matter how small. And they’ll be damned if women are going to get any more of them.

These men who actually call themselves Men’s Rights Activists or MRA for short like to pretend that all of this is the worst thing that has ever happened in the history of man. Worst. Thing. Ever. #ManTears

James Fell described these so called men perfectly: “Imagine a kid who got a cone with three scoops of ice cream in it. Good flavors, too. Like peanut-butter chocolate, plus a scoop of cookie dough. In a waffle cone. And then this child whines about the lack of chocolate sprinkles on top.”

Personally I think it’s a bit insulting to children everywhere to suggest these males are like a bratty child. Even the brattiest of brats are better then these guys! Why? Because even at some moment, no matter how small, the brat will be happy. These men will never be happy. Even if trump was able to ‘Make America Great Again’ by sending us all back to the 50’s, at least in the gender equality area as there is no way we’ll ever get the country back to the way it was in any other area.

You already got the puppy one. At least the gist of it. Puppy. New. Awesome.

Until next time, find a way to keep that brain healthy, and active. Don’t ask me for advice on that one as it would seem I need to Google that shit myself. I need a cat nap.

Cat Nap

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The Words Just Disappear.

I have six drafts in my drafts folder (or whatever it is called) and I can’t seem to find the words I had to finish them. They were of course all going to be great posts; there was one about the so called men’s rights movements, one about the new puppy we’ve adopted recently, one on the mythological Friend Zone, and something about the Four Horsemen which was a documentary I saw awhile ago. All good, but once I started them I felt like people would only berate me for restating what others have said about the topics recently and I didn’t want to do that. The exception of course being the puppy.

She’s two months old, has beagle in her and is quite smart. She already knows how to sit, can pack walk relatively well, plays fetch like a champion and is house broken with barely any accidents. I’ve only had her for two weeks now. Talk about an ego boost on my part since I have felt like I’m not as animal smart as I believed myself to be. It could of course be all her.

She thinks she’s a lap dog, and since she’s about the same size as hubby’s size 16 shoe, at the moment she is. But if she gets as big as a beagle, she will have some difficultly crawling into my lap in the future. She’ll grab a toy or chew and crawl into my lap to chew on it. Or to fall asleep. When we play fetch and I’m sitting on the ground she’ll crawl into my lap after running full speed at me with the object thrown and play tug of war with me.

The cats are still adjusting. I’m afraid she will/does think she’s a cat. She plays with the cat toys, sleeps under the scratching tree, and curls up in BK’s little cave. I am having some difficulty getting her to stop chasing them. That’s the biggest rub they have at the moment. Of, and she likes poofy tails; which of course three of the cat’s have. Hopefully this will get under control soon.

Until next time, spay and neuter your pets. There already is enough animals in this world going unloved. Adopt don’t shop!

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