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About Angel of Anthropology

Forensic Anthropology and archaeology.

There’s a word for that.

There is a name. A phrase. A moniker. I know it and I’m not really bothered by it. I however do find it a little funny. Maybe just the universe looking at me and going “Take that then!”

If you’re familiar with this blog you’ll roll your eyes in the moment and possibly even use one of those phrases, monikers or names if not all of the above.

Despite all things I managed to land myself in a work from home job as a CSA (Customer Service Agent) at least for the holidays.

For Amazon.

Yep. Go ahead and read that again if you wish. It’s not going to change. This doesn’t mean all is forgiven just because they’re giving me money to sit at home in my pjs (or less if you want to imagine that one next time you’re on the like with a csa and are upset at them). But I did figure you would all enjoy this little twisted universal role that is being played out at the moment.

And for anyone who might not be familiar with why this is a thing, read this and then this. And this too I suppose, but it’s not really all that relevant.

Don’t even start thinking I’m going on the inside to fix anything. I’m way too far down the pecking order/totem pole/directory to be able to do anything like that. And currently I’m not even helping out the customers who order things, but rather the drivers who deliver the packages the customer’s order.

Oh, didn’t you know that Amazon has their own drivers now? At least in most areas they do and not just the Flex areas (where you can get groceries, or order of food delivered from a grocery/restaurant) but others as well.

However that being said and all, I still had a HELL of a time getting started with this job. And for once it isn’t really entirely Amazon’s fault.

Appling and getting the job was no problem. Easy actually and I suspect so since they are looking for the extra help for the holidays. I had to go back up to the US in order to do a I9 form (this shows proof I am who I say I am and can work in the US) which with a little shuffling wasn’t too terrible either. I’d go up, do the form, wait for the equipment to arrive then come back home, do training and then work.

Universe is wearing a shit eating grin at all of that nonsense!

Getting to the US wasn’t a problem. I flew straight to El Paso Texas instead of the normal fly to Juarez and walk across the border way we usually go. I’m a little white female. I shouldn’t have to explain to you that going to El Paso would allow me to not spend too much time alone and therefore less likely to get harassed by anyone of any sex, religion, race or ethnicity on the planet. You know. Besides the Immigration officers who are generally awesome people anyway.

I got to take off my shoes for the first time ever when going through security (nope, I don’t go through US security often at all) and I even got to snag an Einstein Bro Bagel and a good cup of Starbucks coffee before hopping my next plane in Houston Texas. Oh, and Hi Houston, you were a wee bit warm!

Didn’t even have a problem getting my bag or meeting up with mom in law. The ride back to her house was uneventful.

In fact, everything that happened up to October 05 was pretty normal and boring. I drove, did the I9, got Starbucks. Normal. Boring.

Then UPS arrives with my equipment for my job and even that went okay for the most part. Obviously as they were sending a laptop and some sensitive materials I had to sign for it which I was expecting and reason I was waiting around for it.

The UPS driver set the small rectangular package on the ground while I signed my name strangely on his electronic device then he picked it up and handed to me and hot footed his ass out of there. Which by the way, is ALWAYS a sign that something is about to go topsy turvy on you. ALWAYS.

With the package in one hand I place my other under the corner and walk into the house and as the fingers of my left hand is playing with that corner they discover a hole. I flip the package over and of course it’s not a small hole. it’s a relatively large hole. I can stick more than one finger in this hole.

This is a hole I have pictures of because I just KNEW I was going to be missing SOMETHING important from that package. And I was. Something that I needed just to sign into the device!

I make calls, send emails, ask on Quora just for an answer. I was suppose to get the equipment a week before I was due to start training. I started training October 9. A week is still 7 days.

First day of training comes and I do not have the tool I need to log into my device but of course I’m calling in to the conference and have already contacted my Team Manager about the situation. Since there was nothing I could do, after roll call I could hang up and do whatever. I wasn’t the only one however who was having problems. Some others too had lost one of the tools in the mail as I did (although I’m starting to wonder if they were even packed to be honest) so I don’t feel too left out I suppose is the appropriate state of mind.

The next day I still hadn’t gotten my tool. In fact I won’t get it until that Friday. My Team Manager has decided that I’ll just start the training with the group after hers but I still get paid for that one Monday as I was there.

Tool comes in. I get to train. Long story short but not short enough, an at most week long trip turned into a month. Hubby ended coming up for the last week as Mominlaw was in the process of moving, which really didn’t effect my training or starting on the phone at all. I did however have a major panic attack when I first started on the phone but took a pill that made me too tired to have a panic attack and I have been fine ever since.

I’ve already gotten my first full pay check (by full I mean working full time for two weeks) and do not mind the job all that much. It can be a bit boring at times as there has been some pauses between calls.  But it’s pretty easy.

Of course I say that before the SEASON kicks in. Before people go crazy with stress and all those silly notions that they’re the only people on the planet that matter. Hopefully they’ll keep me on drivers as I’m going to pretend they’re not going to flip their lids as bad as purchasing customers will. But they have their own set of stresses as well.

That is what I have been up to for the last month. Travelled back to the US on September 28th then back here on Halloween. I am very glad to have my fur babies (furbies…can’t really call them that as there are some who are all too aware of the toy of the same name but it really fits) around me again, but I discovered that I’m not entirely happy with the house we’re in and so am actively looking for a new place to rent.

It’s amazing what you discover about where you live when you’ve been gone from it for so long.

Until next time, remember that should you have to call into customer service for any reason and any business, the person you get on the phone is no way connected to your problem. They are just learning about it and although they can tell you’re upset or distressed over the issue, you are going to get further by showing some kindness instead of trying to force an issue. Just think of how YOU would react to how you’re acting and adjust your attitude accordingly.

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What is the answer to gun control?

In light of every mass shooting the United States has had in the modern era, I got to wondering what can actually be done about this type of horror we keep seeing.

I know people will never give up their right to own guns. Why should they when a great number of them are gun intelligent? In other words, you give them a gun and they won’t shoot themselves or others on accident.

What’s left to do then?

I’ve come to the conclusion that the answer lies in the lives that we lose.

Upon some poking around and doing some research I discovered that the people who are dying from gun-related incidents are not from mass murders. Don’t get me wrong, 58 dead with more than 500 injured is no small thing.

Neither is the 49 killed and more than 50 injured on June 12, 2016, at Pulse nightclub.

Certainly not the 32 killed with an undetermined number of others injured on April 16, 2007, at Virginia Tech Blacksburg.

The senseless killing of 20 little ones, and 6 adults on December 17, 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The 23 killed on October 16, 1991, at Luby’s Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas.

21 adults and children dead in a San Ysidro California McDonalds on July 18, 1984, because of some old white guy.

16 were killed and 30 others wounded at the University of Texas in Austin Texas on August 1, 1966, where it was later discovered that two more were killed earlier that same day.

San Bernardino: 14 killed on December 2, 2015

Edmond, Oklahoma: 14 postal workers killed on August 20, 1986, with handguns.

Fort Hood: 13 are killed and 32 injured at Fort Hood, Texas military base.

There are five other instances where 13 people lost their lives because someone has been pushed to the edge of tolerance.

Here are some other numbers for you:

33,000* – the approximate number of lives ended by guns in the United States every year.

Two thirds – how many of those gun deaths in the United States that were suicides.

1 in 5 young men (15 to 34) killed in homicides often related to gang loyalties or other street violence.

1,700 – the number of women murdered every year generally as the result of domestic violence (quick note: I am more than aware that domestic violence goes both ways. I feel that the laws against domestic violence need to be enforced onto both sexes. Here the focus is on women deaths due to domestic violence as women are more often killed then men).

333 – the number of people who have lost their lives in mass shootings.

All these numbers are horrifying. But please explain to me how a blanket law for gun control is going to help?

Australia. Yes, they have a nice ban on guns but look at the number of mass shootings they have had. Not enough to actually make the ban show any difference in overall numbers.

In both Britain and Australia, bans have not reduced the number of mass shootings or gun related-crimes. And gun restrictions had an ambiguous effect on other gun-related crimes or deaths.

Now let us look at some of the blanket ideals for gun control:

Assault weapons*: You do not go in and buy an assault weapon. This is a classification that includes any semi-automatic with two or more features. A bayonet mount, rocket-propelled grenade-launcher mount, folding stock or pistol grips. Anyone who is gun intelligent can tell you that these features can easily be added or removed to a gun like Lego sets.

Silencers: Not so silent. Or rather forget movie silencers. An AR-15 with a silencer is about as loud as a jackhammer*. These are more for the shooters then quietly ending lives.

Magazine limits: A bit better, if you ignore the practiced shooters* who can change magazines so fast the limits are quite meaningless.

There has been no proposed restriction that would make it harder for people with guns on hand to actually use them.

A blanket gun control law is not going to help. What possibly will help is narrowly tailored interventions. All the deaths listed above need different protections.

People who think about committing suicide need better access to people who could care for them and get them help. These are usually older men!

Women who are endangered by specific men need police to get off their asses and enforce restraining orders that prohibit these men from buying and owning guns.

Mentors are needed who can help de-escalate conflicts and keep young people at risk of being violent from becoming so.

New Orleans has the right idea with their gang member identification practice*. The numbers are there, but they have to be disarmed one by one, personally.

When we can make the small individual changes then we can see a large scale difference in not only the not often seen numbers but in those publicized mass shootings ones as well. Most of those shootings are caused by someone, usually a white male that has problems that we know how to begin treating that just isn’t given the chance to be treated.

*33,000 gun deaths a year in the United States

Data of Mass Shootings (suicides, gang/street related, domestic violence)

Mass Shooting Analysis

Suicides in the US

Domestic Abuse towards Women

*Assault Weapons

*Loud as a jackhammer

*World’s Fastest Reload

*New Orleans gun control

This was spurred by an article with many of these points laid out, but it’s a Washington Post article and they really limit the amount you can read on their site without a subscription. Here is a 30 day pass for The Washington Post. As a subscriber I do not know if the Washington Post will hassle you into buying a subscription or not. Only you can choose if this is something you wish to do or not. Do not come at me because of anything the Washington Post may do to or for you.

Until next time, we as a nation need to look closely to laws that help the ones that need it the most. There has never been a successful blanket solution that works for all.

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The most famous adult day care center in the US.

Corker made headlines last week when he starkly suggested that the national security team provides the president with badly needed adult supervision.

And of course, you are aware of the tweet storm the dotard did this lovely Sunday morning (October 8, 2017) raging against the Senator when Corker decided not to run in 2018. When I saw the headline “Corker calls White House ‘an adult day care center’ in response to Trump’s latest Twitter tirade” I knew this was going to be an article I just HAD to read.

Although I cannot find where Corker suggested that the national security team provide the president with badly needed adult supervision. It’s probably buried in an article or tweet somewhere. But not in any of Corker’s tweets it appears.

I with millions of Americans (not just in the US) agree with the Senator on this topic greatly. The dotard has made it his “signature” to tweet storm like an angst-filled teenager about anything or person who dares stand in his way or suggest he is anything but awesome.

As if the tweet storms themselves were not bad enough, his spelling and usage of American English are appalling. He has no grasp on how to use simple things as quotation marks; which he displayed prominently in his latest tweets this morning.

If nothing else what his tweet storms actually do is provide great fodder for comedians and people worldwide to mock and ridicule him. And he also uses them to distract the public from certain agendas and missteps his administration are continuously making.

I suppose these storms wouldn’t be as bad if they were thoughtfully and inspiringly done. Hell, Kim Jong-un brought back an old English word that had been long forgotten in these modern times and made it popular again. If that wasn’t enough, it’s a word whose definition speaks the truth on how many US citizens (here and abroad) and the rest of the world think of and feel for the adult toddler in the White House. Who knew such a word existed that fully in all totality conveyed how we think of him?

What other forgotten words are missing from our vocabularies that should be brought back? We could have a whole lexicon of wonderful words that people are clueless about, almost as if we’re speaking a whole new (old?) language! Should there be classes on this old forgotten language, and what words should we bring back.

Perhaps most importantly who is going to unearth those ancient dictionaries, brush the dust from their covers and read those fragile pages that hold a wealth of information and possible verbal ammunition?

Where do these tombs hide I wonder, besides long forgotten places known as libraries?

The dotard has successfully embarrassed an entire nation of her citizens and made the other nations push us to the side as if we’re that annoying relative that has lost most of their minds and only on rare occasions actually brings something useful to the table.

We went from an awesome nation who was proud of their first African-American president to almost making another first but failing with such brilliance as to leave many absolutely baffled at the turn of events.

It’s understandably ironic to think that we went from 8 years of having an African-American President whose racist oppositionist’s voices were smothered by all those who had open minds to a White Supremacist whose close-minded supporters gleefully and violently stomp on all those whose beliefs differ in any way from theirs.

Because darlings, the type of person we choose to sit at the head of the table greatly influences the type people our nation becomes. While the beliefs of the people may never change, the voices that are heard above all others does.

Until next time, it may actually do us all some good to expand our vocabularies and minds. Find yourself an old dictionary and get to reading!

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Game of Thrones Spoilers Ahead!!!

If you haven’t seen the finale then please don’t keep reading. Instead GO WATCH THE FINALE!!! NOW!

All the rest of you…………..follow the dragons

Follow the dragonsLets FlyDragons fly over fleetDrogon ProtectDrogon teethSome people are going to bew sorry

If you’ve come this far, whatever happens now, you’re responsible for it. I warned you.

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Rhaegar and Lyanna. And Season 8 Spoilers.

If you do not wish to learn anything about Rhaegar and Lyanna that has been gathered from the books and around the web, skip this. There is no real spoilers as it just clarifies what you should probably already know or have figured out on your own.

The stuff about Season 8 is hidden by a read more tag so you can read this without spoiling yourself. Although this too is put together by things we’ve seen already and just what the natural way of things usually go, but this is George R.R. Martin we’re talking about here and the whole thing is more speculation than outright knowledge.

Let’s begin with a history lesson that could be quite important:

Rhaegar Targaryen was the eldest son of the Mad King Aerys and Queen Rhaella Targaryen. Known as the Prince of Dragonstone, he was the older brother of Viserys and Daenerys Stormborn. Rhaegar was married to Elia Martell of Dorne, and together they had two children: Rhaenys and Aegon. This is Rhaegar’s immediate family tree as recognized across Westeros, but as we’ll soon learn, there is more to Rhaegar’s past than meets the eye.

At the conclusion of Robert’s Rebellion, the war which ended the Targaryen dynasty roughly two decades before the first season of Game of Thrones, Jaime Lannister slew the Mad King. Elia Martell and Rhaegar’s two children were in King’s Landing when Tywin Lannister’s forces sacked the city; Gregor Clegane AKA The Mountain murdered Rhaenys and Aegon before raping and killing Elia. Meanwhile, a pregnant Queen Rhaella and Viserys were safely on Dragonstone. After Rhaella died giving birth to Daenerys, loyalists to the Targaryens then brought Viserys and the infant Daenerys across the Narrow Sea to Essos to live in exile lest they be killed by the new regime usurping the Iron Throne.

As for Rhaegar himself, he met Robert Baratheon in the decisive battle at the Trident. Robert bashed in Rhaegar’s chest with his war hammer and killed him. With the heir to the Iron Throne slain, Robert Baratheon became King. And, because history is written by the victors, the version of events established by the triumphant Baratheons and Starks is the history that took hold across the Seven Kingdoms. However, the accepted story about what Rhaegar Targaryen did to spark Robert’s Rebellion was manufactured to hide the truth, which is known to very few in Westeros who are still alive.

The official story oft-repeated about the ill-fated affair between Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, the sister of Ned Stark, is that Rhaegar abducted Lyanna, raped her and killed her. Thus Robert Baratheon, whom Lyanna was betrothed to, started a war to save her that ultimately brought down the Targaryen dynasty. This version of events is widely believed, including by Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), who repeated the tale to Lord Petyr Baelish (Aiden Gillen) when they were at the Stark family crypt beneath Winterfell in season five.

Littlefinger in turn told Sansa a different story involving Rhaegar and Lyanna, which he personally witnessed. Years ago, there was a tournament at Harrenhal which was attended by all of the noblest highborn families, including the Mad King. Rhaegar won the tournament and in victory, he rode past his own wife Elia Martell and crowned Lyanna Stark the Queen of Love and Beauty. As Littlefinger tells the tale, all the smiles that day vanished and the crowd fell into silence.

Why would Rhaegar do such a thing by very publicly insulting his own wife and giving this accolade to a woman he barely knew? Robert Baratheon’s vision of Rhaegar as an evil man who kidnapped, raped and killed Lyanna is the accepted explanation, tarnishing his hated rival’s reputation for a generation. Yet, when Ser Barristan Selmy was Kingsguard to Daenerys Targaryen in season 5, he told her a story of how her brother Rhaegar loved to walk among the people of King’s Landing and sing songs for them with his harp, even trying to see how much money he could earn by donations. Rhaegar was apparently a beloved man of the people who disliked fighting and killing, in contrast to his increasingly insane father the Mad King and to Rhaegar’s reputation manufactured after his death. These two opposing versions of Rhaegar Targaryen don’t add up, but Rhaegar’s apparently lovely singing voice is one of the keys to unlocking the mystery of Rhaegar and Lyanna.

A few incidents at the legendary Harrenhal tournament that are mentioned in George R.R. Martin’s novels, which have not been established in the television show, are still worth noting. The first was Lyanna Stark saving her father’s bannerman, Howland Reed, the father of Jojen and Meera Reed, from a beating by three squires. Lyanna brought Howland to meet her older brothers Brandon, Ned, and Benjen at the great feast for the tournament, where Rhaegar decided to serenade all of the attendees with a song. Rhaegar’s voice was said to have brought Lyanna Stark to tears.
There is also the mystery of the Knight of the Laughing Tree, an unidentified knight of smallish stature clad in mismatched armor who unseated three knights in the tournament, not coincidentally, knights from the same houses the squires who attacked Howland Reed belonged to. The Mad King charged Rhaegar to find the Knight of the Laughing Tree; after a time, Rhaegar returned with only the knight’s shield, claiming he was unable to find the knight himself. Some theories suggest the mystery Knight of the Laughing Tree was secretly Lyanna Stark, who was known for her skill riding a horse, and that Rhaegar did find her, but none of this was witnessed by anyone living and cannot be confirmed (unless Bran Stark as the Three Eyed Raven can confirm it on the show in a flashback).

In “Eastwatch,” Gilly finds a record at the Citadel that Prince Rhaegar married Lyanna Stark in a secret ceremony in Dorne. High Septon Maynard recorded the annulment of Rhaegar’s marriage to Elia Martell. We also recall that Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal), Elia’s brother, told Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) in season four that he despised Rhaegar for leaving his sister for another woman. This completely contradicts the story that Lyanna was abducted, raped, and murdered by Rhaegar, and the Citadel kept legal proof.

Following the Tourney of Harrenhal, the besotted couple ran off with one another and made a covert home for themselves in the Tower of Joy in Dorne. As Gilly recently discovered at The Citadel, this elopement happened after Rhaegar lawfully annulled his first marriage to Elia Martell, with whom he had two children, Rhaenys and Aegon, his first son. After ending his first marriage, Rhaegar and Lyanna were married in a forest setting not unlike the secret wedding of Robb Stark and Talisa Maegyr. Their marriage was presided over by the Maester of the Citadel in Dorne. As Robert’s Rebellion raged on, the couple absconded to the Tower of Joy, where Lyanna would receive protection from Arthur Dayne and his loyal Kingsguard. Though Rhaegar was killed by Robert Baratheon during the Battle of the Trident, his lineage lived on through the birth of his second son, Aegon Targaryen.

This does however raise several questions about Rhaegar’s sense of ethics. He not only abandoned his first wife and their two children, but he stole another man’s betrothed bride-to-be, impregnated her, then gave his second son the same name he and his first wife gave their first son? That’s questionable at best, but with a little background on Rhaegar’s obsession with prophecy, it makes a bit more sense.

Since he was a child, Rhaegar was fascinated by the legendary call for “The Prince That Was Promised,” and he seemed to believe that the Azor Ahai savior (the one who would return to save Westeros) must be named Aegon Targaryen. When Daenerys had her visions in the House of the Undying, she saw Rhaegar tell Elia Martell:

“Aegon. What better name for a king? He is the prince that was promised, and his is the song of ice and fire. There must be one more. The dragon has three heads.”

Rhaegar is actually the pioneer of the phrase, “the song of ice and fire.” That’s the first time George R. R. Martin’s book title had ever been directly referenced in the story. Rhaegar was equally driven to fulfil the “dragon has three heads” prophecy, and by fathering Rhaenys and Aegon with Elia Martell, he believed he had achieved two-thirds of the order. At the end of Daenerys’ vision in the House of the Undying, however, Rhaegar seemed to look directly at her and say, “there must be one more…the dragon has three heads.

Why, then, did he give both of his sons the name of Aegon? There are several possible reasons for Rhaegar’s curious approach to child-rearing. On the one hand, his decision to dole out the same name twice may have been a failsafe if the first Aegon died prematurely or didn’t grow up to be a King-worthy man. On the other hand, given his love for Lyanna and his decision to annul his first marriage to Elia Martell, Rhaegar had effectively turned his first two children into bastards. Because the original Aegon Targaryen lost his surname in the annulment, Rhaegar needed a new, legitimate Aegon to take his place.

Either way, Rhaegar was safe to hedge his bets before Rhaenys and Aegon were both murdered by Gregor Clegane (i.e. The Mountain). As part of Tywin Lannister’s coup d’état at King’s Landing, every Targaryen was indiscriminately slaughtered, and Elia Martell and her infant children bore the brunt of the kill order. While this eliminated Rhaegar’s progress towards fulfilling his precious prophecies, he and Lyanna were able to keep hope alive via their newborn baby.

Lyanna and Rhaegar were in fact legally married; their romance began at that fateful tournament at Harrenhal and blossomed since. Rhaegar even left his wife Elia for his new bride, who in turn willingly ended her betrothal to Robert Baratheon, which Robert blamed entirely on Rhaegar as her ‘abductor,’ likely unable to face the thought that Lyanna didn’t reciprocate his feelings towards her, despite being promised to each other. Meanwhile, having more than one wife isn’t unusual behavior for a Targaryen. The Targaryen family have a history of polygamy dating back to Aegon the Conqueror, who was married to both his sisters simultaneously. But that isn’t the case with Rhaegar. He left Elia – a marriage arranged by the Mad King – for Lyanna, whom he fell in love with and she apparently reciprocated that love.

We also know from Bran’s flashback to the Tower of Joy in season six that at the end of Robert’s Rebellion, his father Ned, Howland Reed, and four Stark knights went to Dorne to search for Lyanna and found Ser Arthur Dayne AKA The Sword of the Morning, Ser Oswell Whent, and Ser Gerald Hightower, who was Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. Ned even questioned why three of the most famous knights of this era were mysteriously guarding Lyanna Stark in the Tower instead of fighting alongside their prince Rhaegar at the Trident. But they weren’t merely guarding Rhaegar’s wife. Ned and Howland were the only survivors of the fight.

In the Tower, Ned found his sister Lyanna dying from childbirth and her baby boy – Rhaegar’s son – whom Ned would promise to adopt and raise as his own son, Jon Snow. Ned’s cover story that Jon was Ned’s bastard from a tavern wench is one that Ned would maintain to his grave. Not even his wife Catelyn, and especially not his best friend Robert, who would kill Jon if he knew Jon was really Rhaegar and Lyanna’s son, would ever know the truth.

Skipping ahead to the world of Westeros as fans know it, as opposed to what Rhaegar might have believed, Jon Snow did turn out to be a head of the dragon, as is his aunt, Daenerys (Rhaegar’s sister). Should Jon and Daenerys (miraculously) have children in season 8, their eventual offspring could even become the third head of the dragon (though several fan theories point to other characters who might fit that role, most notably: Tyrion Lannister). Of course, given that season 7 ended with Jon and Daenerys in the throes of passion, it remains to be seen how the Mother of Dragons will react to the news that Jon is actually the rightful heir to what she perceives to be her throne.

Gilly’s discovery of a marriage record that proves Rhaegar and Lyanna were legally married, rather than Lyanna being his prisoner, means Jon Snow is not a bastard at all – he’s actually a trueborn Targaryen! As the only survivor of Rhaegar’s Targaryen line, Jon Snow has no claim to being King in the North (which by rights should now go to Sansa as the eldest Stark, since Bran abdicated the responsibility), but Jon does have legal claim to the Iron Throne! Jon may even have more claim to the throne than his aunt Daenerys, and certainly more than Cersei Lannister does. How any of this holds up legally, and whether one claim has more merit than another’s is anyone’s guess. War and bloodshed tend to be the primary way to settle such disputes in Westeros.

Indeed, Jon has had a claim to power since the moment he was born, but he spent every day of his life viewing himself as a second-class citizen. Even Tyrion, no stranger to public scorn, empowered him to accept his station in life and convert it into a source of strength. Against all odds, the designated ruler is also the humblest leader in all the land. He has made it abundantly clear: he doesn’t like his job, and he doesn’t want to lead. Feelings be damned, it’s his fate to do so. He is Aegon Targaryen. He is the Prince That Was Promised.

He is the song of ice and fire.

Now onto Season 8.

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When everyone has an opinion.

It is extremely hard to know which advice to follow and which advice to toss out the nearest window. Especially on the internet where suddenly everyone becomes ‘experts’ in whatever topic you have asked about.

It’s daunting and frustrating. And when the advice starts to clash with each other your head starts spinning and you’re getting one hell of a headache and just want to throw up your hands and say “FORGET IT!”

I’ve been having a problem with my Anubis and her eliminating in our bedroom. She is crated (I call it her den) at night, although she’s not to happy about it at first. She does well once she reluctantly walks into her ‘den’. It’s more of a “But I still wanna play despite the fact I have flopped over on the floor because we’ve been playing for awhile now.” type of reluctance to her den.

She used to be really good at going outside, but she isn’t a talker, which I think is at least some of the problem.

She learned early on that we won’t pay attention to her if she whines or barks, especially if she’s in her den. This is something I was very firm on as I know from experience that once you pay attention to them when they do a certain something, they’ll keep doing the something to get you to pay attention to them. She only barks if I’m playing with her or she sees the fat squirrel. Sometimes if she sees someone she doesn’t know and isn’t sure about. Generally she’s a person lover so I have no hopes of using her as a guard dog. Although once when hubby came home from travel in the early hours of the morning she sounded like she would rip him limb from limb and she was barely three months old at the time. It’s what woke me up.

Anubis will stay where ever she is until you come and get her. Every morning I feed the cats meat and I let Anubis lick the can (it has no sharp edges as it’s specially made) once I’ve dished it up. I’ve got it to where she will wait (impatiently I may add) at the kitchen door until I have placed the cat’s bowls on the ground and then walk to her. We go into the unused bathroom and I put the can down and shut the door. I know if I let her be, she’d sneak into the kitchen for a better taste. Problem is, she never says a peep. She once was in their for an hour as hubby had no idea she was in there and I didn’t get a chance to tell him before getting caught up in work. The only reason I knew she was still in there is that the bathroom we do use is right across the hall and I heard her move the empty can while I was using the bathroom.

Before anyone freaks she has water in there that isn’t the toilet bowl. There’s no water in that toilet anyway.

She does the same thing when she’s outside. She’ll relax in her chair or on her ottoman until one of us opens the door. She doesn’t bark to be let in, she will sometimes sit by the door (we have glass doors with floor to ceiling windows and her chair/ottoman is by one of these windows) and we’ll let her in when we see that. Otherwise she sits outside until the door opens.

She’s a very quiet dog, which I like and appreciate and I am more than sure our neighbors appreciate it as well. Even that one who has a yippy little dog that has on occasion barked through the entire night. Those nights we sleep with the windows shut and the fan a little louder.

I decided to Bing (microsoft’s google) “My dog won’t go potty outside” (I have to jump in here for a moment as when I typed ‘my dog’ into the search, Bing gave me suggestions. Every single one of them was “my dog is as smelly as dirty socks; just what mama needs…” and then some different words. WTF? Yes, I will be seeing what the devil that actually is later). Of course I got pages of sites that will offer me some insights to the information I am looking for. Some were actual articles found on various pet training websites, some on pet owner forums, wiki how (which is always so useful….nope) and a few on Yahoo (which I always ignore because most of the answers found there are absolute rubbish anyway).

The trick now is to sort through the rubbish and find the gems. And there is A LOT of rubbish. It also seems many people have problems getting their dogs to go out in the rain to go potty. I’ll assume you don’t need me to utter ‘duh’ to this as none of us are really inclined to go outside in the rain to take a piss or shit. Not that most of us do this when it’s not raining….but who knows, maybe you do. I’m not going to judge.

Sadly it’s not easy to tell from the search page right off if the advice contained on the link is rubbish until we click on it and start reading it. And even then sometimes one has to read through quite a bit before getting to anything remotely what you were searching about and it’s annoying to find that the advice means shit.

Now I understand we all have our own opinions on what needs to be done. Like with humans, some of the stuff will work with some dogs but not all.

What grinds my nerves more than anything are the people who insist that their way is the right way and then try to guilt you into believing their way and ignore what you already feel. There is ALWAYS more than one way to do any thing.

The first thing that pops into my head is an article I found on Today.com that was linked from a site I rather like. The article has no author listed, it is also listed under news. It’s old, 2006. It starts off alright. Talking about walking your dog and the best training methods.

After a couple of paragraphs the mysterious author tells us that we shouldn’t use choke chains or prong collars, that doing so is hurting the animal and perhaps you shouldn’t have one.

It’s called training because that is what it is. Yes, I use a choke chain as it has taught Anubis that pulling and trying to get in front of me just isn’t going to happen. Yes, she pulled hard and choked herself and sometimes still does, but I’m not a horrible person to allow her to do this until she passes out nor is she stupid enough to do such a thing to herself.

The same goes with the prong collars although I like them less, the training is still the same. Once the dog realizes that it’s much more fun to walk beside you they’re not choking themselves or making the prongs dig into their skin. Until they forget themselves of course.

I also use the pack walk method of walking. All this means is that Anubis NEVER leads. She is either by my side or a little behind me. NEVER EVER IN FRONT. I also do not allow her to go through doors or gates before me. Why? BECAUSE I AND NOT HER IS THE ALPHA. I choose where we walk. I decide when we stop. I choose how fast or slow we go. I am her pack leader and she must know this or you’ve already lost the dog.

Watch a pack of wolves sometime. Probably on a nature channel if there is any left on air. You can tell who is the alpha, beta and who is the lowest ranked member of any pack. Anubis is neither alpha or beta. That spot is for me and hubby, and yes he and I argue about who is which (I’m so totally the alpha).

Keeping this in mind, the author goes on to say that one shouldn’t use retractable leashes..at least not at first. Save them until they have learned to walk beside you. How the devil does that make ANY sense?? If they have learned to walk beside you, why the hell would you need a retractable leash??

Keep the same length of leash at all times. To keep your dog from pulling on his leash, you must teach him that he only has a certain length of leash available and that you’re in control of it. It’s a mistake to use a retractable leash in the teaching phase, giving him a longer leash anytime he wants it. Save the retractable leash for the everyday phase of walking, once he has learned how to walk correctly by your side and not pull you down the street.

When you hold the leash with your hand, it’s easy for your dog to pull away by forcing you to extend your arm. It’s also important that both your hands are free, assisting you in planting your body when he’s pulling. So wear a sturdy belt, slip the loop end of the leash around it, and fasten it snugly around your waist.

You don’t want the dog to pull you down the street, but by having the leash on your belt, how are you to control your dog???? You need your FEET to plant yourself, not your hands. Unless you’re pulled off your feet because your dog got excited and you were stupid enough to put the leash on your belt.

They of course go on to contradict themselves and making me shake my head to rid it of the crap.

How did I go from looking for advice about potty training to leash walking? Uh. I get distracted of course.

Even though I spent years as a certified veterinary technician there is always new things to discover and learn. Even if it’s the wrong thing to do. Most of the time however you have to try different things to find the magic one that works for you, and in my case Anubis. So far, taking her out every two hours (I’ve got a timer going) as well as keeping an eye on her and rewarding her with treats when she does piddle or poop seems to be working. Just need to keep this up until I don’t have to worry about keeping an eye on her all the time.

My dog is as smelly as dirty socks; just what mamma needs.

Until next time, animal parenting is a lot human parenting when it comes to people wanting to give you advice. It’s not a bad thing as long as you can freely decide whether or not to use the advice given. The problem comes when someone insists this is how it is done and there is literally no other way to do it. That’s when you are allowed to cry bullshit and laugh in their face.

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Twitter Diarrhea.

I’m sure many have heard of verbal diarrhea or diarrhea of the mouth; both meaning someone who either:

A) hogs the conversation and just won’t shut up, babbles on forever taking over the conversation and really has nothing important or interesting to say (rather like a filibuster).

B) Someone who talks continuously while having no point to the conversation.

And lastly

C) Just someone who talks to damn much.

That last one apparently is often pared with the phrase “and intellectual constipation” Oh man do I love that one. Intellectual constipation. Sadly a quick search through Google didn’t give much in the way of intellectual constipation that was in anyway satisfying. I really hate how that happens.

Anyway, despite finding a new way to describe trump supporters– and I am ALWAYS looking for ways to insult them while it goes soaring above their brainless heads, which isn’t hard to do at all– I was just wondering if anyone else who was born in the US (or even those who weren’t) has started to get a sickening feeling anytime they see a newscast or wander over to the Washington Post or New York Times or just about any form of intellectual news presentation? And not because you know you will see some heartbreaking story about people shooting others for whatever stupid reason they desire, or how weather has ravaged some remote place on the map you weren’t even aware existed, or the fact some channels still play that damn Sarah McLaughlin commercial with all those sad looking dogs and cats. *sniffle*

*tear*

Ahem. I mean because you are more often than not going to see what sort of unintelligent bullshit the Pretender in Charge has tweeted the day, night before or that very damn morning. And it’s not that what he says is just stupid and horrible, it’s the fact that he’s a damn fucking idiot.

“You know what uranium is, right? It’s this thing called nuclear weapons, and other things, like lots of things are done with uranium, including bad things.”

Excuse me as I go and find a proper meme/image/gif…..

WTAFAlso, as a side note real quick, I really should know better than to type “What the Actual Fuck” into google then click on images.

And we all know this is just one of many things he has tweeted or even said that is mind boggling bewilderment causing things. THAT EVERYONE ON THE PLANET CAN SEE, READ OR HEAR. I have never been more embarrassed then to hear or read what load of twitter diarrhea trump has churned out.

Here is an example of a rather recent trump’s full tweetstorm:

“The Democrats have become nothing but OBSTRUCTIONISTS, they have no policies or ideas. All they do is delay and complain.They own ObamaCare! The reason that President Obama did NOTHING about Russia after being notified by the CIA of meddling is that he expected Clinton would win and did not want to ‘rock the boat.’ He didn’t ‘choke,’ he colluded or obstructed, and it did the Dems and Crooked Hillary no good. The real story is that President Obama did NOTHING after being informed in August about Russian meddling. With 4 months looking at Russia under a magnifying glass, they have zero ‘tapes’ of T people colluding. There is no collusion & no obstruction. I should be given apology!”

I am deeply sorry that anyone voted for you trump. Truly.

And if it’s not twitter it’s somewhere else. Last week Obama said the Senate health care bill “will do you harm.”, adding that there is a “fundamental meanness” to the Republican health care bill. In a Fox and Friends interview, Trump took credit. “Well he actually used my term, ‘mean.’ That was my term,” he said. “Because I want to see – and I speak from the heart – that’s what I want to see, I want to see a bill with heart.”

“That was my term.” How bleeding toddlerific is that shit?? And yes, we know Republicans what to see a bill with fundamental meanness. After all, it is what trump wants to see…before interrupting his self and saying a bill with heart.

And if it’s not him, it’s someone he’s put in office. He has shown that every decision he has made is so horrifically wrong that I am saddened that the people of the US is allowing this creature to remain in power! He has put unqualified people in positions of power that they do not deserve or even are educated to properly to perform.

And still, the people of the US seem to do nothing.

I am quite aware that some people, some where are trying to do something about this, but we really do need bigger people who have the power to make things happen take these things up.

Ivanka Trump, senior adviser to the president: “I try to stay out of politics,” gives him “an A, of course” for his performance. She’s met with senators to discuss paid family leave, delivered the keynote at the Republican National Convention, and has met with world leaders. She added that her father has “phenomenal” political instincts.

Let’s ignore the fact that trump has “phenomenal” political instincts and focus on the fact that Ivanka has absolutely no business being a senior adviser much less to the pretender. What the hell is she going to advise him on? When to get out of the tanning booth? We can all see how well she has handled that…

Now we can focus on those phenomenal political instincts. I like all of the US and the world are waiting to see these phenomenal political instincts she speaks of. I have this little feeling that we shouldn’t hold our breath to see these instincts and should probably move on.

How inept is this man? He proposed a bill THAT ALREADY EXISTS and has since 1996. CNN has a video of Trump breaking the cardinal rule of golfing: Don’t drive on the green. And apparently always does. Granted I couldn’t give two shits to the game (sorry golfers!) but to disregard a game’s rules? That’s quite telling of a person’s personality and who they are.

And if that doesn’t mean a thing to you, how about Trump at Iowa rally: “All we do is win, win, win.” He then blamed Democrats for his problems, boasted about his “amazing progress,” and called the Russia investigation a “phony witch hunt” at his campaign-style rally in Cedar Rapids on June 21. During the 70-minute speech, Trump promised to lay out the next steps in “our incredible movement to make America great again,” but continually veered off on tangents, reflected on the past, and contradicted himself. He knocked trade deals the Iowa economy relies on, dismissed wind energy in a state filled with thousands of turbines, and denounced the war in the Middle East despite reauthorizing troops in Afghanistan. Trump also revealed his plan for putting solar panels on his proposed border wall “so it creates energy and pays for itself.”

And this is the creature allowed to sit in the US’s most powerful office.

Queen Elizabeth didn’t mention Trump’s planned visit to the UK during her speech at the opening of Parliament. Trump’s visit was already in doubt after he insisted on a gold‑plated welcome in the Queen’s royal carriage and started a feud with London’s mayor on Twitter after the terrorist attack. The London mayor previously said Trump should be denied a state visit because of his “cruel” policies on immigration. The Queen’s speech is used to set the government’s legislative agenda for the next two years and announce planned state visits.

The Queen also uses the speech to set out her official plans for the year. She said she looked forward to welcoming King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain for their state visit in July, and hosting the Commonwealth summit in April next year. But there was no word about Mr Trump’s state visit. October had been suggested as a possible date.

Something tells me Britain isn’t exactly jumping at the possibility of a trump visit. Can’t say I blame them.

Side note: Pentagon did what now? 

I am utterly baffled how he has been allowed to stay as the US president. He is clearly a very uneducated man who was voted in office by likewise uneducated US citizens. Which clearly states just how many more uneducated people are in the US than the educated or intelligent. Which probably should put a big old shining light on the US education system. But instead we get an equally uneducated person in charge of the future’s education, or rather the lack of it.

We are creating better idiots then nature can eliminate.

Until next time (as I really cannot stand writing about this pathetic embarrassment any longer today and I have better things to do….like play Sims 4 or something on my Xbox One), we all have that one embarrassing member of the family that no matter what we try to do, ALWAYS embarrasses us at the worse possible time. And now we have a pretender in charge that does that for us all on a daily basis. Wouldn’t be so bad if we weren’t fully aware that the ENTIRE WORLD IS WATCHING.

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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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