Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Unpredictability Of The Monster.....

Often when I go back and read my own blog, I see a disparity of tone.  I have had feedback by people that sometimes my "delivery" could be more polished.  It's very true.  Reading past posts, I can see that I am writing in one of three tones from what I see.... Angry ..... Bitter ..... Playful.....

When looked at objectively, these are the three primary moods of The Monster.

Once, I wouldn't write when I was either or both of the first two.  I would post a pic of a hottie - make sure it was a big size - (the pic, not necessarily the hottie) - and be content that I was giving the readers what they wanted.  But it was also a reflection of how I often conducted my real life.   Put the smile on - sound neutral at worst, peppy at best - and let it hang out when I got home and I could sink into a couch.  Day over.  No drama.

But at the same time, it wasn't right and it wasn't me.  So I started writing even on my bad days.  On my 'bad day posts' the comments are absent and the clicks on the comments section are less.

But why?

Most of the people who come to my blog know about my mental illness.  They know that it means a certain level of "colour".    My mental illness means I do not always have a filter or a pause button.  It means that I will often write without polish and just say what I am thinking.  See the "Tired of Conversations About Race".  That was written on a day where I had been reading about issues of race and was completely frustrated about the lack of honest dialogue without finger pointing or reaching into history, but just talking about race today.  After all, if you look at the gay apps like Scruff, Grindr, Jack'd etc... the Gay community is some of the most racist people out there.

Not right.

It is also not right if I only write under a happy face. 

If you don't like what I write on a 'bad' day, then read it and walk away from it.  That's ok.  If you can constructively challenge me on it, then go ahead.  I won't take it personally.  If The Monster is in the driving seat that day, it means my hands are free to get into with you :) - in a constructive way of course.  If I go too far with you, then slap me down.  Certainly, from what I know of many of you - that isn't a hard ask :) - Who knows, we could even get to a better understanding of each other.

Today is not a good day.  I am coming out of a four day episode, and my partner is in the middle of a protracted episode.   I am physically tired and emotionally exhausted.  I don't seek pity when I write this by the way.  I am just writing down how it is.  This I assume you want to know.  This is also what *I* want you to know.  This is probably the motivation for this post.  I am feeling a little emotional so want to share....something.

Funny thing is.......... I am told my "off blog" persona is a little more relaxed and more engaging.  (Damn - I hope I am not THAT boring on here at times). 

Again - a post with rambling but I don't know if it has a lot of point to it.

All of you be good.  You never know when you may need someone to be good to you or for you.



Monday, 21 April 2014

Man Monday ... Zac Efron .....

No longer a boy anymore ...... definitely a man now ....

The Other Side Of PETA ...

 I came across this article whilst reading something else.

I present this with NO opinion for or against - but interested to hear your views.


10 Facts About PETA

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) was formed in 1980 by Ingrid Newkirk and Alex Pacheco. While hardly the first animal rights organization, PETA is one of the most extreme, known for staging wild publicity stunts, including comparing the activities of serial killers to the butchering of livestock and hosting nude protests. Like many extremist factions, many of PETA’s philosophies are noble; unfortunately these are often overshadowed by the ridiculous things to which they take offense. Below are ten of the more bizarre aspects of the world’s most controversial animal welfare groups.

10 -Milk 
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It should come as no surprise that PETA, which endorses a vegan lifestyle, is strictly anti-dairy. They’ve gone as far as to claim milk is a “racist drink”, because certain minorities show a greater propensity for lactose intolerance. Perusing the PETA website, they claim that not only is it a terrible cruelty to relieve cows of their milk, but the beverage itself is practically poison to the human system, causing a litany of health problems from asthma to osteoporosis. Hoping to draw publicity to their cause, the group even urged ice cream giant Ben & Jerry’s to replace cow’s milk with human milk in their recipes. Not surprisingly, the idea fell flat.

9 - Euthenasia

For a desperate pet owner with nowhere else to turn, it would seem that there would be no safer place to bring their animal than a shelter run by PETA. After all, an organization so dedicated to the well-being of all creatures great and small would do anything in their power to make sure Fluffy had the opportunity to find a loving home. Unfortunately, PETA feels it is a “kindness” to euthanize homeless pets, and they do so at a staggering rate. Their shelters kill vastly more cats and dogs than do those run by the ASPCA. PETA shelters have been known to euthanize over 90% of the animals that are rendered into their care, adopting out only a small handful. According to Daphna Nachminovitch, PETA’s vice president of cruelty investigations, “Our euthanasia program has never been a secret. This is one of many, many things that we do to alleviate the suffering of animals.”

8 - Human Testing

It is generally accepted that the idea of laboratory testing on animals can be somewhat cruel, but often a necessary evil in developing products, specifically medications, which benefit humans. PETA roundly rejects such testing, and while sensibly advocating methods such as computer programs, they have also suggested that humans are better suited to endure treatment than animals. According to their website “There are some medical problems that can probably only be cured by testing on unwilling people, but we don’t do it because we recognize that it would be wrong.”

7 -Gordon Ramsay (One could say that targeting Ramsay is like shooting dead fish in a barrell)

Celebrity superchef Gordon Ramsay has continually found himself in the crosshairs of PETA. In 2007, when he cooked horse meat on his tv show “The F-Word”, he brought down the thunder. PETA representatives responded by dumping a ton of manure outside Claridge’s, his London restaurant. More recently, PETA released an undercover video filmed at Hudson Valley Foie Gras factory in Sullivan County, New York, which supplies a restaurant in Manhattan that operates under Ramsay’s name. The ducks are shown suffering under deplorable conditions, being fed grain by tubes down their throats, meant to fatten their livers. 

6 - Company Stock

Although it might seem PETA relies solely on ludicrous publicity stunts to get their point across, the organization is actually far more cunning. Indeed, they have parlayed a great deal of their revenue into buying stock in the very companies they despise, including fast food chains and meat packing plants, where they can use their clout to change policies from the inside out. One such hot button issue was battled out with McDonald’s; PETA protested the way the fast food giant killed chickens. While some companies used gas to slaughter their birds, McDonald’s was known to dip them into an electrically charged bath.

5 - Fur

While campaigns against the drinking of milk are likely judged by most as absurd, many people seem to believe that the fur trade is probably an unnecessary cruelty. With the exception of those few people who make their livelihood from raising, trapping, and selling fur, eliminating the trade entirely would not likely have any huge impact on society. While fur protesters in the past went to such drastic measures as throwing red paint on people wearing minks, even extremists like PETA have recently taken a different tack. They have begun donating fur to the homeless, a double edged sword which serves not only to benefit the disenfranchised, but also to dilute the elitist appeal of the garments. While the pro-fur community largely keeps its own counsel, PETA has attracted one huge celebrity to the fray—Lady Gaga, whose unfortunate wardrobe constitutes entire menageries of the animals.

4 -Ingrid Newkirk

Ingrid Newkirk is the co-founder of PETA and the mastermind of some of their more off-the-wall schemes. One such tactic was releasing a public will, wherein she suggested that her body be “used” like an animals’. She asked that her flesh be cooked in a human barbecue, her skin made into leather products, her feet made into umbrella stands, and one of her eyes delivered to the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Other parts of her body were to be severed, preserved, and sent around the world to draw attention to various causes, including circuses and mink farms.

3 - Porn
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PETA has long used images of nude celebrities in awareness raising ads, and in 2009, NBC pulled the plug on a PETA Superbowl ad which featured scantily clad women making erotic intimations with vegetables. In 2012, they unveiled a porn website, which, while containing some provocative content, is largely just a ploy to attract unsuspecting viewers to its website. Disturbing videos of animal abuse far outweigh anything the lascivious might enjoy.

2 - Pokemon

Helmed by the adorable yellow mouse Pikachu, Pokemon is about as innocuous a source of entertainment as could be imagined; a children’s franchise about imaginary creatures who do battle. However, PETA has asserted that Pokemon glamorizes violence against animals, much in the way of dog fighting. When Pokemon released a video game featuring their characters called “Black & White”, PETA released a parody version called “Black & Blue”, in which the player attempts to rescue animals from their cruel trainers.
PETA has a long history of protesting the video game industry, which tends to produce games that feature extravagant violence (though rarely against animals). One of their more ridiculous and public rows was against the Super Mario franchise, particularly Mario’s raccoon dog “Tanooki” suit, an item you can acquire that allows Mario to fly.

1 - Pets
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Although mankind has kept pets since before recorded history (and indeed many historians would assert that civilization itself would have been impossible without domesticating animals), PETA is committed to a future in which people would not be able to own pets, claiming on their website “The selfish desire to possess animals and receive love from them causes immeasurable suffering,” Their vision includes a future in such our dogs and cats would be successively neutered into extinction.  Even more bizarre, PETA makes the claim that dogs and cats should be relegated to a vegetarian diet. Cats in particular are obligate carnivores, and must have a diet primarily composed of meat, with heavy doses of protein, fat, and taurine. While they might be able to live some time on supplements and the like, their health will eventually falter.

Mike Devlin is an aspiring novelist. He will continue to drink chocolate milk, no matter what anybody says.


Saturday, 19 April 2014

Who Did It Better ..... Gimme A Man After Midnight .....

No Abba - why?............. how could you POSSIBLY put someone up against the original?


We have the movie ensemble from Mamma Mia & the A*Teens.............

Both have their own appeal.... Both are decently arranged ....... Now you get to choose & vote!

Mamma Mia


Friday, 18 April 2014

Furry Friday...

WTF?! - Jews Ordered To Register In Ukraine.....


Leaflets Order Jews to Register in Russian-Controlled Ukraine

Leaflets Order Jews to Register in Russian-Controlled Ukraine

Jews over 16 in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk are being told to pay a special tax and register their identities with the pro-Russian militants who have taken over the town, according to multiple reports.  As a temporary government stands up in Kiev and all hell breaks loose with pro-Russian protesters in Crimea, the news is sounding grimmer and grimmer.
Early in the Euromaidan revolution that swept Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, a Russian ally, from power in Kiev, pro-Russian media had sought to portray Euromaidan as an anti-semitic, fascist-led movement that would wreak havoc on the Ukraine's Jews. But if the Donetsk orders are to believed, it's Russian forces and their proxies that now threaten Jews' safety and freedom of movement.

The orders were distributed on flyers throughout the city, according to the wire service JTA and USA TODAY. Those flyers bear the name and signature of Denis Pushilin, leader of the Russian-sympathetic separatist rebels who wrested control of Donetsk from Ukraine earlier in the month. Pushilin's forces have since patrolled the streets in black ski masks, AK47s slung over their shoulders.
Pushilin confirmed to one source that the flyers belonged to his group, which is calling itself "Donetsk's temporary government," although elsewhere he distanced himself from the flyers' content.
The leaflets, which accuse Ukraine's Jews of supporting nationalist, pro-Nazi leaders instead of "pro-Slavic" forces in World War II, were distributed on streets and around synagogues by masked men, according to JTA:
The flyers in Donetsk said all Jews who are 16 years old and above should register at the government building, which separatist protesters are occupying, and pay a registration fee of $50 by May 3.
"Jews supported the nationalistic gang of [Stepan] Bandera in Kiev," the authors wrote in reference to the Ukrainian Nationalist leader who in the 1940s fought with Nazi Germany against Soviet troops before he and his men took up arms against the German occupation.
The flyers also said Jews were hostile to the Donetsk Republic.
They were required to report any real estate and automobiles, the flyers also said.
Should Ukrainians of "Jewish nationality" fail to comply, they will lose their citizenship and "be forced outside the country with a confiscation of property," the flyers state.

Update: The New Republic's excellent reporter and Eurasia expert Julia Ioffe reports that Ukrainian Jewish leaders believe the flyers may have been a provocation by pro-Ukrainian elements to paint the Donetsk separatists as anti-semitic. "The Jews of Donetsk and eastern Ukraine may have been asked by a leaflet to register, but it has not been enforced nor are any Ukrainian Jews registering themselves," she writes.
Meanwhile, Secretary of State Kerry cited the flyers as "grotesque" evidence of anti-semitic jockeying in the Ukraine crisis, and the Anti-Defamation League issued a condemnation of the flyer, regardless of its origins. "We are skeptical about the flier's authenticity, but the instructions clearly recall the Nazi era and have the effect of intimidating the local Jewish community," ADL director Abraham H. Foxman said in a press statement:
"We have seen a series of cynical and politically manipulative uses and accusations of anti-Semitism in Ukraine over the past year. The perpetrators and their targets are opposing politicians and political movements, but the true victims are the Jewish communities."
[Donetsk rebel photo via AP; Photo of the flyer below via antisemitism.org.il]
Leaflets Order Jews to Register in Russian-Controlled Ukraine

Whatever the fuck reason these things were sent out for... this is OUTRAGEOUS!!

NATO - UN - UK - UE - USA need to get their arses into gear and fix this shit  - no Holocaust 2....



Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Wow Wednesday ... Please Be Upstanding.....

I love acapella and the Gaither Vocal Band is an amazing group of men, each who posses a true set of awesome pipes .......