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Not Breaking, but Interesting News

11 February 2016

    PornHub wants to save the whales. It seems sex and voyeurism aren’t all bad, no matter what anyone tells you at church. So, since you’re going to masturbate anyway (you can’t lie to me), you might as well do it with PornHub’s help. Do something good while you’re doing yourself good. It’s the right thing to do.

  Humble folks to not exist to become cash cows for their city governments just as students should not become cash cows for the banks that provide them with student loans. The longer we let this kind of stuff go on unchallenged, the sooner it reaches you, me and everyone else. The government and the banks are supposed to work for us, not the other way around.

  I’m all for any technology that will make current events more digestible and appealing to the general populous. Stay informed, because far too many people in positions of power are hoping you won’t. They’re counting on your apathy.

  stares in spanish   I can’t tell you how relieved I am that more people didn’t buy into her lies about Planned Parenthood. It would have broken my soul if they had. Valid and well-researched (i.e. correct and true) information is easily accessible nowadays and usually only a few clicks away. If we allow ourselves to be bamboozled in 2016 it is out of pure sloth and stupidity. Also, the fact that they used a GIF from a Mexican telenovela makes this even more awesome, at least for me. Ajua!

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  File this under Creepy As Fuck. Also, can someone check a calendar because I think it might be 1984.

  Awesome. I’m going to print this out, and the next time someone in my family gives me shit for not being a devout Catholic anymore, I’m just going to hand it to them and walk away.

Pinterest Better Not Fail Me Now

At first I didn’t get Pinterest. I thought it was where women went to collect pictures for their dream weddings. I didn’t know how it worked and I couldn’t understand the appeal. I suppose I didn’t think it was the platform for me and so I refused to buy into Pinterest for years. I was a fool. A coworker of mine was the one who finally showed me the light. One day she came into work, looked at me and asked if I was on Pinterest. I told her I wasn’t. I said that since I’d already gotten married and I wasn’t pregnant, I had no use for it. She rightfully scoffed at me and said, “Get on there. You’ll see once you start using it.” She was right.

Once I realized that Pinterest could be used for gawking at fashion, memes and cars, I was hooked. When I realized people used the site for interior design inspiration, it was all over. Interior design is kind of an obsession and hobby for me. I’ve watched more HGTV than any one human should. Architectural Digest is better than any gossip rag could ever hope to be in my world. If it were scientifically possible, I’d probably have OD'd on home décor at least seven times by now.

Every now and again, that former co-worker and current friend who introduced me to Pinterest, will ask for my input when she’s remodeling or redecorating. I live for those moments. I’ve always wanted to design a space, not for myself, but for someone else. I know what I like and I get to execute those ideas in my own house, but it’s exciting to look at what other folks like to surround themselves with and expand upon that visually. OMG, I got excited just typing that out. That’s how much the idea appeals to me. Unfortunately, no one has ever asked me to design a space for them, so I just constantly rearrange the furniture at my house.

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Recently, my friend Isabel asked for some ideas for her backyard. She was looking to do something different with the space. She’d already bought some great furniture, but wasn’t sure where to go from there. I asked her some questions and gave her some feedback. As I was suggesting a new configuration for her furniture, I asked if she would mind letting me design the space so I could write about it. “We could use Pinterest to plan the redesign,” I said excitedly. “Sure. Let’s do it,” she replied. “Seriously?” I asked. “You’re willing to let me design the space? Can I take pictures? OMG can we DIY?!” My enthusiasm clearly amused her and since she’d done some DIY stuff before, she agreed.

Here’s a list of what she wants for her backyard makeover:

• A Moroccan hideaway atmosphere in the space • Color • Outdoor / weatherproof DIY room divider • A space for setting out food and drinks when entertaining • Easy access to all her gardening tools, grilling items and pet supplies, while keeping them out of sight • A feature wall

We have a lot to achieve and a $587 budget with which to get it all done. In addition to that, we’ll be using Pinterest to plan it out. Earlier this week I went over to Isabel’s place to figure out how big we wanted to make the room divider. We also tried out several different furniture arrangements. We moved all of Isabel’s plants--she’s quite the gardener--and reorganized her gardening, grilling and pet supplies. She’s got a great space and enough furniture to create several different conversation areas for entertaining. Furniture placement is key and it’s free. We arranged and rearranged until we were exhausted, but we managed to get the furniture placement just right. Now it’s all a matter of bringing in the warm elements that will evoke that Moroccan feeling. I’ve never been big into DIY projects, but what the hell? I know Pinterest won’t let me down. Plus, Isabel has some experience in this realm, so she’ll be a great resource. Welp, since the rugs we had originally chosen for the space are on backorder, I should probably find replacements. Stay tuned and cross your fingers I don’t pull a Pinterest fail. I'll include pictures of my progress in my next post.

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25 January 2015

    If science is not your thing--and believing that a blizzard in the winter disproves global warming is a clear indicator of that--you should really think about keeping your trap shut about environmental issues. It's real, here's more proof. Don't worry; even scientists mess up every now and again.

  Do social media however you want. Post food pictures, get offended, send prayers, whatever blows your hair back. It’s your digital world and Bill is not your friend. Bill is an asshole. Bill should die in a f i r e.

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  I get that sharing inhalers could possibly have adverse effects since prescriptions vary, but making an example out of a student that just wanted to help out a classmate in distress seems like a slap in the face. If your kid was the one that couldn’t breathe, what would you have wanted that teacher to do, wait for the nurse to email back?

  Image Source: Image Source IZQuotes   I started a new workout / dance routine three weeks ago. I also started cooking all my meals alongside my husband in the evenings. I thought I would hate it because I hate cooking. I was wrong. I feel better than being bloated after going out and eating entirely too much food. Full Hermit Mode engaged.

  I used to always need a large circle of friends to feel normal. When I was a kid, I thought that was the only way to properly function in society. As I grew up, I learned what Facebook is now teaching the youth: lots and lots of “friends” aren’t really friends. These people are just dead weight. Cut them loose. Unfriend the bitter ones and mute the useless ones if you’re too scared to unfriend, yet still want to clean up your newsfeed. Trust me. They’ll get over it quickly since they were never really your friends to begin with.

 

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22 January 2015

    This is great and everything, but how long do you think it will be before Wal-Mart goes back to retaliating? It will come subtly, slowly and covertly, but the retaliation will return. It’s not enough to know your rights, you better know a good lawyer too.

  Every one of these stories makes it that much harder for me to eat meat. I hate being a sensitive sucker. Now to figure out how to convince myself that steak isn’t delicious.

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  My only question now is when and where can I get a case of this stuff? Actually never mind, I bet if this drug were developed and widely available, we'd just end up finding out it eats your brain.

  Image Source: collectivelearning.com   I would get a camera for the front door. People get way too angry when they think their phones have been stolen; cell phones are the new babies. I hope this couple stays safe.

  You know what doesn’t eat your brain? Weed.

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  I never thought the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences would respond to this diversity issue so swiftly. Maybe they just want to wash their hands of the whole damn thing and point the finger at the real culprit—the lack of diversity in the film industry (not awards shows). Alternatively, this could actually be a genuine move toward diversity in film. I don’t know, but either way it’s a good move and it makes me happy.

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08 January 2016

    VR Porn has arrived and we’re never getting rid of it, just like reality TV.

  Flip that switch, unless you’re just watching VR porn.

  This is a horrifying read that made me question one of the few sports I truly enjoy following. Then I remembered that those were people who failed Magomed Abdusalamov.

  Image Source: Fusion   Earlier today, President Enrique Peña Nieto announced that Mexican authorities had recaptured El Chapo Guzman. In a moment of unity, solidarity and educated skepticism, a large portion of the Internet responded with “pix or it didn’t happen.” It was beautiful. I got emotional. I love you guys.

  But fuck me and my annoying political & feminist rants, right? Yep.

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  And finally, because it’s Friday and cats are cute…

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Not Breaking, but Interesting News

06 January 2016

    If this whole Trump fiasco feels familiar, that’s because it is. Trump's impact is serious business because he doesn't want to make America great, he simply wants to own it.

  It was a literal joke that two generations took entirely too seriously. It’s time to let it go, people. Remember, money does not trickle down, it folds up.

  WTF, Mexican government? A stay of deportation? You really like helping out criminals don’t you? Which reminds me, has anyone found El Chapo yet?

  aliens   Excellent. I bet those alien abduction nightmares I used to have weren’t even nightmares. This would explain that time I woke up with a weird and perfectly circular piece of skin missing from the side of my knee.

  I’m actually terrified of what will come after email because instant communication sounds like it'll be the answer. I bet it will swiftly become even more difficult to evade than the dreaded after-hours office emails. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go find my cane, so I can shake it angrily at all this new technology.

  Good. I hope he goes to prison after all is said and done. How much do you want to bet he won’t, though?

All People Meet

If you’ve ever read anything I’ve posted, you already know I have no problem calling out racism when I see it. Hell, I was told to go back to my “ancestral country” just last month, after commenting on the underrepresentation of minorities in American cinema. It was uncalled for, but it happens. It happens a lot, actually. I’ve been told to learn English and go back to my country time and again, and it’s always infuriating on countless levels. First, I studied languages in college. I speak four. English was my first, and I work pretty hard to improve upon my use of this particular language, since it’s the one I write in most often. Second, I’m American. This is my country, even if my parents were both born in Mexican towns no one has ever heard of or had a margarita in. Here’s the kicker, my parents and I are American as apple pie. Interestingly enough, that last part usually pisses people off.

When some folks hear me say I also consider myself Mexican, their indignation becomes instantly apparent. I can almost see the rage spark deep within their pupils once my words register. “Either you’re American or you’re Mexican; you can’t have it both ways,” they inform me. What they don’t know is that I can have it both ways because I am, in fact, both.

Sometimes when people look at me, they see an outsider, a toilet scrubber, a servant, cheap labor, the enemy. Those people don’t see an American. Oftentimes, I haven’t even gotten a word out before those same people start making some serious judgment calls about things like my character or ability to understand multisyllabic words. I live proudly with that reality. I say “proudly” because I take great pride in my Mexican heritage and dealing with those kinds of assumptions is a part of being a Mexican-American. It's annoying, insulting and hurtful, but my heritage means a lot to me. In fact, I find it odd to refer to my aunts, uncles, cousins and friends living in Mexico as part of some far-away heritage. They are part of my now--my reality. My family didn’t get on some Mayflower hundreds of years ago in search of the promise land because we didn't need to. We were already here. We're not outsiders and we've been "Americans" far longer than you.

Old Mexico Lives On – The Economist via Business Insider

Racism is awful stuff. In case you hadn’t noticed, it just made me fly into full Internet Rant Mode while attempting to compile the Monday news links for you. So, instead giving you your first News Links post of 2016, I give you just one news link, an infographic and this rant. I’m sorry.

Where White People Meet

Hopefully, we can at least agree that racism is bullshit, because that’s the easy part. Deciding what actually constitutes racism appears to be much more involved. To be clear, creating  a dating site designed for white folks to meet and hook up with other white folks, is not racist.

Founder of White People Meet: Don’t call me racist, ‘I dated a black woman once’ – The Washington Post

JDate, the dating website for Jewish singles isn’t racist and never was, right? Latinos have Amigos.com, Indians have DesiCrush.com and Black people have BlackCupid.com yet none of those are considered racist. If it’s not racist for us, then it’s not racist for them. WhitePeopleMeet.com may sound like the place to go if you need directions to the Aryan Nation, but in reality it’s just another map to pound town.

Christmas is Over

Image Source: Portlandia Tumblr Despite the fact that we still have one more holiday to go before “the holidays” officially come to a close. I think it’s safe to say that Christmas is most certainly over. People might still have their trees and twinkle lights up (Guilty!), but the most wonderful time of the year has ended. If you require confirmation of that sad reality, look no further.

Today, a grand jury decided not to bring charges against the cop who gunned down a twelve year old kid. For the record, Tamir Rice didn’t get his grand jury. What he got was a speedy trial and an execution by a skiddish cop with an itchy trigger finger. Remember that, because whatever argument you just formulated in your head, about the myriad ways I’m wrong, doesn’t matter. That kid’s dead, and the guy who killed him won’t even have to go on trial to prove what he did was a mistake.

A grand jury stopping just short of accountability isn’t an oversight, it’s obscene. Timothy J. McGinty, Cuyahoga County prosecutor, called the events that lead to Tamir’s death “a perfect storm of human error.” To Mr. McGinty I say, no sir. Those events were a tragedy, and this most recent development is a blatant example of police impunity and disregard for human life.

The person who called the cops on Tamir Rice specifically mentioned that he appeared to be a juvenile and indicated that they thought the gun was probably fake. Even though the 911 operator who took that call neglected to pass this information on to the cops, it should be noted. If that caller could see that Tamir Rice was just a kid, likely waving around a toy gun, then the police--who are trained at spotting and handling crimes--should have been able to discern that as well.

Image Source: Family Photo of Tamir Rice via the New York Times

What it comes down to is this: If you scare easily and you’ve got an itchy trigger finger, you should not be a police officer. You are not doing your job well when you kill innocent children. Finally, any system (i.e. grand jury) which lets cops like these off the hook, without so much as an indictment, is just as culpable as the cops themselves.

Cleveland Officer Will Not Face Charges in Tamir Rice Shooting Death – nytimes.com

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16 December 2015

    Yeah, Republicans. I too am waiting for you guys to address right-wing terrorism. It's not just a failure for CNN, it's a failure for that entire political party.

  Tell me again why we don’t need feminism? Go ahead, I’ll try to refrain from bursting into laughter while you respond. I promise. I’m drinking my coffee right now and I wouldn’t want to accentually cover you in coffee spittle.

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  Apparently cops in the LAPD are perfect examples of what police officers should be. If you need me, I’ll be over here calling bullshit.

  Image Source: endgadget.com   Mexicans aren’t taking your jobs. They’re too busy getting fired within their borders for striking and demanding a 0.35-cent raise from their American employers. Ahhhh capitalism.

  No. No. No. A thousand times no.

  Yup. It’s time to clear the record, Sean King. If everything’s being handled as it should be, what is the problem?

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14 December 2015

    I get that it’s cool to hate on millennials and anyone who gets offended by anything, but it’s still important to listen. Their perspectives might possibly serve to enhance yours. Fresh and diverse perspectives aren’t the problem, even when they get annoying.

  One of these days we're going to find the one, guys. Hopefully it happens before we completely choke the life out of this planet.

  Hands up if you’re shocked this story didn’t come out of the U.S. I can’t be the only one.

  Image Source: wenn.com   If any of these women are intentionally misleading the public and the justice system, they too should have to pay for that. However, I certainly hope this does not overshadow the fact that 50+ women have accused Cosby of drugging and/or raping them. The scariest part of their stories is how similar they are. Actually, no, that’s not true. The fact that so many of these women recounted Cosby insinuating or plainly telling them that no one would ever believe their stories of his wrongdoing, is the scariest part of all this.

  It is positively terrifying what we let persist after so much has changed.

  I like the idea. We all sit entirely too much and are way more lazy than we like to admit. The less we move, the worse our quality of life will be until we die. Certified medical professionals should remind us all of that fact, to our faces at our appointments. Maybe that’ll have an impact, because shaming only serves to exacerbate the problem.

What Ever Happened to that War on Terror?

Last Friday (November 27th) Robert Lewis Dear terrorized a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic. He killed one police officer and two civilians. He was taken into custody alive and unhurt. That last part still blows my mind considering that people like Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice and Eric Garner all ended up dead without so much as laying a hand on a cop. Robert L. Dear Jr., in a court appearance via video on Monday at the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center in Colorado Springs. Credit Pool photo by Daniel Owen

I wasn’t sure what to say about the Planned Parenthood shooting because it’s become part of our American routine. Folks shoot up public places, we’re distraught for a day or maybe even a week and then we forget. It happens on a regular basis and much commentary is spewed and debated in the wake of these crimes. What's left to say that hasn’t been said before? I had nothing until I saw the clip below.

As Larry Wilmore so eloquently put it, Robert Lewis Dear isn’t the only one with blood on his hands. Wilmore is absolutely correct when he insinuates that intentionally misleading news outlets should share in the blood spatter. I couldn’t agree more and if you’re doubting me, watch this clip and formulate your argument.

Those of us that get our news from various sources and who like to verify what we’ve heard, knew from the start that Planned Parenthood was never dealing in black market baby parts. The educated among us understand that Planned Parenthood is an organization that provides women’s health care to the underserved. Planned Parenthood isn’t Abortion, Inc.

I went to Planned Parenthood, but it wasn't for an abortion - sheknows.com

What Robert Lewis Dear did was attack our freedom. Dear terrorized many, killed three and left nine others injured in his wake. Dear is a domestic terrorist and should be treated as such. Anything less would be an insult to the American way, much like every word that comes out of Donald Trump’s mouth.

Before I go, I have some questions for Dear and for the other domestic terrorists that take lives and wreak havoc on innocent people:

Why do white dudes feel compelled to shoot up public places so often? What is wrong with y’all? I don’t know what’s going on with your kind, but it is officially time to ask for help. You guys have a problem. You can’t stop. Admit it. Look at the news; it’s almost always people that look just like you. Why do you hate freedom? Why must you terrorize your fellow Americans? It’s contrary to everything this great nation stands for and you should know that better than anyone because you benefit most from the American system.

Adam Lanza – biography.com

Dylann Roof – thedailybeast.com

James Holmes – biography.com

Jared Lee Loughner – biography

If that last paragraph up there sounds polarizing and somewhat offensive that’s because it is. It’s pretty shitty to have to bear the burden of your entire ethnicity's bad reputation, isn’t it? Think about that the next time you expect all Muslims to repent for the “sins” of a few or when you treat a Latino like a servant because you’re assuming his accent makes him an “illegal.”

There’s nothing left to say. There are no comforting words to pass on because this will happen again. That’s not pessimism, that’s reality. I thought a classroom full of dead kindergarteners would make a difference, but it didn’t--the shootings just kept coming. I’ve got nothing for you now but this mirror I’m holding up, which I refuse to put down.

Author lists on Twitter all the ‘acts of terrorism’ she lived through as a Planned Parenthood worker – rawstory.com