What If CSPAN was, like, Reality Goverment Shows?

…yeah! And really, really, REALLY charismatic leaders, like Obama and Putin and Trudeau… they’re the stars!! They’re also in-shape, unlike Ted Kennedy, who only WISHES he had JFK’s (or, heck, even half of Bobby’s) chiseled features.

Where was I? Oh yeah!

We follow candidates around ‘behind the scenes’, with a live feed of the House/ Senate in a PIP on CSPAN 1 and 2 (following, of course, the two main candidates of each of the Two Parties, whom not voting for is ‘throwing your vote away’), which is easily expandable by switching over to CSPAN 3 or 4, which is also available on mobile phone.

…yeah.

The Midnight Wal-Mart Photo Run

Nowadays, everyone has Facebook and smartphones with selfie capabilities… but, back in the mid 2000’s, putting pictures up was a BITCH. I mean, you had to know someone with a website… which we did.

Then, you had to convince that person to let you host your photos there… which happened.

Then, you had to have someone with a digital camera… which we did.

Then, someone had to take the pictures… which happened.

Then, we all had to caption the fucking things back in the day when a page of text took longer than two seconds to load, let alone JPEGs. Thankfully, we had our burned CDs and portable CD players which, if carefully balanced, would do to distract us while Napster-

-I’ve said too much…

Anyway, back in the day, you had to have DEDICATION. You had to have GUTS. You had to be JUST geeky enough to understand basic html, but enough of an exhibitionist to not care that everyone has seen a hippo coming out of my “barn door”.

Yes, Ladies and Gentlemen – for WELL over a decade. How many of you can say THAT in the year 2015? Ha-ha!

Triumph, Middle-School. We’re just young enough not to be Old School, still old enough to teach you bastards some real shit. Keeping it 97%… for real, though, anyone who claims 100 and ain’t, like, Gandhi or some shit, I’m gonna take a pass.

It’s Like Following Someone Around a Store

Gun control.

We already have it in this country (America). People have to take concealed carry classes before they can purchase a handgun. In the state of Iowa, at least, those who have been convicted of a Domestic Assault or a Felony can no longer legally own firearms. If you order certain types of guns online, they must be delivered to a registered gun distributor and picked up following a background check, you can’t just “mail yourself assault weapons” like some people seem to think.

It’s not perfect – nothing is – but a Crime is a Crime. In this country’s legal system, you are (supposed to be) innocent until proven guilty. However, in the wake of so much violence, Australia has made a very clear stance about wanting to pressure the US into reigning their citizen’s rights in even more. Famously, Australia got rid of (allegedly) all their guns. Some people say it was great, other people bemoan lack of personal safety and an increase in burglaries/ muggings – it depends on who you ask. A lot of people who consider themselves “anti-wingnut” are calling for something similar in the US.

Here’s why that is a problem:

Someone walks into a store with deep-pocketed baggy pants on – Tripps, FUBU, pick your poison. The associates immediately notice and make it a point to follow them around. They might steal something, they might purchase all of their items, they might not find what they were looking for and leave without buying or stealing anything, or they might notice they’re being watched when none of the other customers are and be upset enough to cause a scene before they leave.

In this scenario, the person in the Tripps is seen as “guilty until proven innocent” – they are going to be followed until they leave the store, and only then will the associates deem that person someone they didn’t have to bother following. Does this mean every thief who comes into the store will be caught? Hell no… not by a longshot. However, we all know targeting certain individuals – otherwise known as ‘profiling’ – is a gross injustice to those who are profiled.

Yes, there is a reason the profile exists, but, when we’re talking about individual rights, there becomes individual violations of those rights. The right to dress however you want is not protected by the Constitution, as seen by the Tennessee ‘Fashion Police‘ (tl;dr: the women were charged with indecent exposure for wearing booty shorts and not having a change of clothes, a charge usually reserved for people who masturbate in front juveniles or otherwise get some sort of sexual gratification out of exposing their bare genitals to non-consenting parties). However, for the most part, people can choose to wear clothes with as many/ few or as shallow/ deep of pockets as they choose. Not every store they go into is going to treat them like a criminal for it, either.

Not all people calling for ‘better gun control’ are calling for something as drastic as an outright ban – I realize this, and those are not the arguments this article is attempting to address. The argument this article means to address is the argument of guns being inherently evil and needing to be burned in a fire or otherwise not allowed for people to keep or practice with as they see fit, so long as they adhere to certain guidelines, or sarcastically calling people “responsible gun owners” when they have been reported to be quite irresponsible. All you ‘pro-life, but not pro-gun-control’ chanters, listen up:

Accusing gun owners of being criminals simply by associating with guns, for being part of a community where gun safety and handling is taught at a young age, or for using the second amendment as a response to backlash at the fact that our gun laws aren’t tight enough because kids dying in the US is a tragedy while hospitals being blown to smithereens and children playing in the street are gunned down by drones are just collateral damage, shows a small-mindedness about the real issue.

Certain people just DGAF about anyone or anything – call them ‘crazy’, ‘desperate’, ‘psychopaths’, whatever you’d like to make yourself feel superior to “them”. Evil is a part of life, and there’s nothing that can be done to legislate it away. If anything, the more laws we have, the more loopholes we have for people to jump through or use to protect serial predators who happen to have places of authority or been born to/ be in the good graces of people who do.

We look at these gunmen as easy targets to vent our frustration on and, since most of them choose to take their own lives instead of waiting for the cops to take them out to Burger King (which Snopes says is false with a big red X, but, when you read through the text, it says “Dylann Roof was apprehended between 10 and 11 AM on 18 June 2015, and the circumstances under which he was provided with food from Burger King prior to his arraignment were not entirely clear
Roof hadn’t eaten in days, and the Shelby PD didn’t have the facilities to house him and provide him with meals while waiting for federal and Charleston authorities to arrive, so they had to dispatch someone to a nearby business to pick up some food for him…” it’s obvious the man had Burger King – it should be a yellow ‘Kind Of True’)
, we have to have some
way to feel in control of something which is essentially only controlled by a perpetrator.

People want answers, and to dismiss their feelings on the issue as irrelevant is wrong. To dismiss the pain and suffering of the victims and their loved ones is cruel and inhumane. However, using those feelings of pain and suffering to push through legislation à la the Patriot Act is just as disrespectful as invalidation, and not something we should ever repeat. At home or abroad, human life should be valued, honored, and revered by people of all walks of life.

Gilbert and Sullivan are Dead: On Cultural Appropriation, Whitewashing, and White Heartbreak

A lot of people don’t understand what the big deal is about performing ‘The Mikado’ in an historically accurate way (read: with white actors in Yellowface). There are two main schools of thought: The Completely Ignorant, and the Academically Ignorant. Now, no one has life lessons beamed straight into their brain – we’re all ignorant about things, at some point in our lives; some people, because of their culture or a personal preference, make it a point to stay ignorant.

For example, tying your shoes. Maybe you just stuck with Velcro all your life, and are starting to get made fun of – maybe you’re Amish or Quaker and only use buckles, because grommeting machines aren’t something you have just lying around (I just made that up). In other words, the amount of pressure to stay ignorant can vary. With that in-mind, let’s carry on.

The Completely Ignorant think ‘Appropriation’ is just a word made up to keep white people from having fun by expressing themselves how they always have before. These people see the condemnation of actions made with either malicious intent or out of learned habit, and think their heritage is being taken away from future generations. No one is injured by a word or a garment, everyone they can see is enjoying themselves – what’s the problem?

When I worked for a literary magazine, there was this really involving piece about a man who was his high school’s racist mascot 30 – 40 years ago. I wish I remembered the name of it, or if it ended up getting in. It was really well written, and it reminded me of the song, “I Sang Dixie“. The story touched on the dissonance felt by people whose worlds, whose prestige (albeit for the better) are being ripped away from them, and the legitimate (albeit less-sympathetic) heartbreak it causes.

Heroes are being rebranded as Perpetuators of Inequality and Injustice, and I believe that’s why we’re seeing so much acting out from these xenophobic ‘old white dudes’ – they’re afraid of being attacked as righteous anger is finally plain to see everywhere, instead of hidden away in private homes and certain parts of town. Now, it’s right on your Facebook feed every day, multiple times a day.

Appropriation is something people do because they have the privilege of pantomiming a culture without having to adopt those values and behaviors to survive. In other words, appropriation is the difference between Native American kids being forced to go to “white” schools and white kids running around the backyard using the hand bobbing over their mouths to make that “wah-wah-wah-wah” racist Indian sound.

Make The Mikado a Valley Girl Story, and it’s no longer appropriation, it’s an adaptation. If the story being about strict morals is SO important, then make it a 1950s conservative Catskills McCarthy-Era Blacklisting story – I digress, I’m no Dramaturge. But, seriously, WHY is doing an opera from 1885 so freaking important?

One commenter on the American Theatre Magazine Facebook post of the article ‘Keep Your Hands Off Of My Kimono, White People‘, brought up the importance of not whitewashing our history. Without relics like these being performed at least semi-regularly (and, of course, only in the hands of confirmed Gilbert and Sullivan Scholars), the Academically Ignorant insist the impact of racism towards people of color in Western Society will never resonate with white people. They can’t see it anymore, so it must not have existed in the first place, or at least not as bad as people make it out to seem.

I can’t completely disagree with this point; after all, having uncensored film of this travesty is important, for keeping the memory of our cultural trespasses alive. Until I was assigned August Wilson in theatre history, the word “Buck” meant nothing to me, in a racial context. The fact of these minstrel caricatures still being used in movies today (Hello, “White Girls”, “Big Momma’s House”…) without being recognized is definitely a legitimate fear – and that’s just one subgroup of POC.

If a clip is shown in an educational setting for the purposes of eliciting the shock and disgust of the students, in order to make them more aware, that’s good, because it is being used to expand social justice and awareness. If a Theatre Company chooses ‘The Mikado’ to fill their lineup, it’s completely insensitive and inappropriate, and no amount of hemming and hawing about production costs and ticket refunds is going to make it justifiable as a choice.

There is plenty of other material to perform in the public domain, not to mention the fact people workshop plays all the time – I just saw a children’s theatre production based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe last night, actually. If the kids can do it, you grown-ass motherfuckers can do it.

If there are white people who want to comment on historical white privilege, a good commentary on racism with an all-white cast (in my opinion) is the “1940’s Radio Hour” – it’s also a Musical, as well as a Christmas show. The casual racism in the advertising bits of the show speaks volumes about how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go.

See It in the Theatre (West Side Story Spoiler Alert – Trigger: Racism; not what you might be thinking)

I think there were three of them. Latino, had no idea what specific ethnicity.

“But our friends are in this,” as my boyfriend and I, late, white, purchase our tickets.

“I’m sorry,” as if we don’t exist, “it’s policy – we don’t sell tickets after the play starts.”

“Then why is the window still open?” Legit.

We make eye contact. I know it’s fucked up. I say nothing.

I get to see my favorite play – and a silly little thing like “a person who actually worked at this getting to have a support system” isn’t going to risk me losing my tickets.

After all, I might never get another chance to see it live.

If you ever do ‘West Side Story’, see it in the Theatre.

You see, the movie makes the white guys look better.

In reality, Riff never dies – he’s the one telling everyone to play it cool.

Consuela gets raped while grieving Bernardo and shoving down her racism to facilitate her gentle, naïve friend’s happiness – she knows better, and she gets sucked up into this fantasy, before cursing them whole lot, like Benvolio and the Nurse rolled into one.

I refuse to be complicit in a racist system. Hoorah. Namas-fucking-te.

Thank you for reading. Please – if you see bullshit, say it’s bullshit. It’s not worth whatever little trinket you think it is, in the long run. After it’s all said and done, all you have is your own soul. For Eternity.

…if you believe in that sort of thing.

“Why Does White Pride = Racist?” A White Woman Answers

Simply put, being “white” changes – the Irish didn’t used to be “white”; being “white” is being privileged. It is withheld or given to people for seemingly arbitrary reasons.

Being “White” isn’t about skin color – you know how pasty Irish people are stereotyped to get – it’s about ‘passing’. It’s about participating in a system which gives privileges which the privileged see as rights, and making it easier than it should be to disenfranchise others.

I’ve been one of two white people (out of 1,500 – 3,000 students) in an institutional scholarship orientation program for a week straight; not as tourist, in my home county. Some white people in America never experience anything like it; walking into the “wrong bar” once or twice and walking right back out again doesn’t count.

When you realize what it’s like to walk out of your door and KNOW you might see ONE other white person when you step into the Professional World, when you realize this is a recent reality for minorities trying for Upward Mobility (thankfully, less now, from my limited white perspective, but still quite real in smaller towns), this is the part where you white people go, “Oh. Shit. I didn’t realize. Yeah, that IS fucked up.”

Why is it fucked up? White people are freaking out about the playing field being leveled – they don’t understand white people aren’t being oppressed, they are experiencing equality for the first time. They think their free speech is being attacked because the free speech of others isn’t being suppressed by Fear of Death or Dismemberment… I mean, there are terrorist attacks on multiple black churches because killing devout Christians and leveling Christian Houses of Worship is the Christian thing to do!

Blow Me.

If you’re proud to not be discriminated against and bitch when white feelings aren’t the only ones being catered to (while accusing everyone else of whining – don’t get me started on white people’s “Angry Black Person” problems), get out of America and go somewhere a little more homogenous. Please – we’re multi-cultural here. We celebrate ALL of America, here, not just the ones who have the biggest guns and the most vindication from their imaginary sky friend (who appears differently to different people at different times and says lots of things we choose not to think about because yoga pants on hot girls is a God-given right).

When someone says “That’s offensive,” instead of asking, “Why do you hate free speech? Why don’t you move to Canada?” ask, “What makes it offensive? What’s wrong with it?” You might both be on the same side, and just don’t know it yet. Reinforcing stereotypes (yes, I call out the bullshit on the Redneck Racist bashing memes, too – I’m equal-opportunity enlightenment) makes us less free, as a nation; taking away someone’s dignity is wrong, period, and those who are trying to make the world a better placed have been tasked with pointing out your part in oppressing your fellow Americans.

You were brainwashed as a child; I know it’s nothing personal to you that you’re racist. Or, maybe it is – maybe one of your few experiences with a not-white person was violent or violating; maybe that person was racist and targeting you based on bigotry; if that person/s was/were white, would you feel that way about all white people?

“That’s a stupid question,” you say? “It’s not the same.”

That’s the whole point of this article.

Boom.

Update – an ingenious comment made in response to the comment I had on the initial meme this sparked a blog about:

“Irish pride = ok, French pride, Viking pride, Slavic pride. All are ok. White pride is about white supremacy, not about being an equal in society.”

They Don’t Give a F*CK About Anyone’s Kids

They conducted the following air strikes/naval attacks:

  • The CIA released a whooping cough virus on Tampa Bay using boats, and so caused a whooping cough epidemic. 12 people died.
  • The Navy sprayed San Francisco with bacterial pathogens and in consequence many citizens developed pneumonia.
  • Upon Savannah, GA and Avon Park, FL, the army released millions of mosquitoes in the hopes they would spread yellow fever and dengue fever. The swarm left Americans struggling with fevers, typhoid, respiratory problems, and the worst, stillborn children.

Even worse was that after the swarm, the Army came in disguised as public health workers. Their secret intention the entire time they were giving aid to the victims was to study and chart-out the long term effects of all the illnesses the public was suffering.

–‘The 13 Most Evil U.S. Government Experiments on Humans‘, Robert Wabash

Now, logic is HUGE thing for me, so let’s take a trip through my thought process on this one.

We first started hearing pushes for mandatory vaccines when the Whooping Cough came back. We were told even ONE un-vaccinated person puts hundreds, if not thousands, of people at risk for catching the virus. Now, however, it sounds like it might have been (in addition to the above-mentioned event, which was not dated) the vaccines themselves helping spread it among the population.

Doctors began vaccinating people against pertussis in the 1940s with a type of vaccine called a whole-cell vaccine, which was made of dead bacteria. This type of vaccine “can raise an immune response, but cannot cause the disease,” said the study’s lead researcher, Manoj Gambhir, an associate professor of epidemiology at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia…

But the whole-cell vaccine sometimes caused side effects, such as fevers, and in some severe cases, people developed fever-induced convulsions, Gambhir said.

In 1991, researchers developed a new, “acellular” vaccine that does not contain dead bacterial cells. This vaccine “contains far fewer components of the bacteria and, therefore, far fewer possible biochemical triggers for the adverse events,” Gambhir told Live Science.

Doctors began using the acellular vaccine in the U.S. during the 1990s, but it turned out to be less effective than the original vaccine: It prevents 80 percent of cases, compared with the 90 percent of cases that the whole-cell vaccine prevented, Gambhir said. This means that, of the people exposed to the disease, about 20 percent who received the acellular vaccine may still get sick, compared with just 10 percent of those who received the whole-cell vaccine.

–‘Whooping cough outbreaks traced to change in vaccine‘, Laura Geggel

Isn’t that unsettling? This came out in April 2015 – never heard about it? Why not? Isn’t this relevant information, especially if your child got a whopping cough vaccine, which you were told was the right thing to do?

I think it is. Informed Consent became a HUGE tenant of Medical Science, after the “Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male“, as it was Orwellianly-named. This is the incident which gave rise to a new interest in making the Hippocratic Oath a serious, mandatory tenant of the Medical Community.

To this day, recruits are given vaccines, the contents or reasons for which they are not allowed to know – which, as a soldier, I’ve had veterans tell me that’s what you sign up for. That same veteran in particular underwent a chisel-and-hammer procedure we later found out, on TV’s ‘Dr. Oz’, funnily enough, was barbaric – lasers had been the industry standard for the last five years, at least. I digress.

A whole generation of Psychologists are rebelling against the establishment’s guidelines and educational accreditation programs (built by pharmaceutical companies, funnily enough), which they say are not in the best interests of their patients.

Replies were received from 679 psychologists, for a return rate of 51%. Fourteen respondents reported that they were retired and 3 reported that they were not working as psychologists. There were 134 respondents who indicated that they had not encountered ethically troubling incidents in the past year or two, as the following examples illustrate.

–‘Ethical Dilemmas Encountered by Members of the American Psychological Association: A National Survey’; Kenneth S. Pope, Valerie A. Vetter [Emphasis added]

While most of these incidents are about confidentiality, you can add up all of the systemic problems for yourself (8% are school and training-related alone).

In addition, some even more troubling statistics are starting to pop up:

In the past several weeks, a number of controversial natural health doctors have died under mysterious circumstances. Some of them have even had recent encounters with federal agents and bureaucracies.

Two weeks ago, the string of mysterious deaths began when Dr. Jeff Bradstreet MD was found in a river with a gunshot wound to his chest…

Another death came on Fathers Day, June 21, when Dr. Bruce Hedendal DC Ph.D., of the Miami area, was found dead in his car with no explanation as to how it happened. As of right now, there are even fewer details about the circumstances surrounding Hedenal’s death as there are about the death of Bradstreet.

To make matters even more suspicious, both doctors have had run-ins with the feds due to their unconventional treatments, which had been known to help people…

Dr. Teresa Sievers, another natural health doctor from Florida, also died under mysterious circumstances earlier this week. According to Sievers’ website, she also specialized in holistic health treatments. She was allegedly murdered by an unknown attacker in an upscale neighborhood that experiences very little crime.

Each of these doctors were described as very healthy people with no major health problems, and no real reason for anyone to target them for murder, nor did they show any signs of depression.

–‘3 Alternative Health Doctors Found Dead In the Last 2 Weeks After Run-Ins With The Feds’; 

Bottom line is, this is not a “Whackjobs vs. Science” problem (no pun intended), this is a “Corruption in Power vs. Citizens’ Rights” issue. Who profits from all those vaccine sales?

Not the dead doctor who lead a class-action lawsuit against these people… which was paid out by the National Vaccine Injury Fund (now known as the “National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program”). Who pays for this fund protecting Private Business Interests

We do.

The Trust Fund is funded by a $0.75 excise tax on vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for routine administration to children. The excise tax is imposed on each dose (disease that is prevented) of a vaccine. Trivalent influenza vaccine for example, is taxed $0.75 because it prevents one disease;  measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, which prevents three diseases, is taxed $2.25.

–‘National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program‘, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration

…and you wonder why they want MMR to be mandatory – it pays triple, after all!!

Things are getting serious now; so, why am I not freaking out about it?

If THEY are freaking out about it, that must be because we’re figuring it out. They’re trying to silence the scientists, dismissing them as heretics while paying talking heads and scientifically-minded magazines to keep affirming (or at least insinuating) what more and more studies are disproving, and more and more journalists are finding discrediting.

What should you do?

Compare both sides, call your Senator in the morning.