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Breaking Sanity: Lost Russia


” Travesty” Medvedev and Putin

Don’t you sometimes wonder how in a world certain people become presidents or prime ministers? People who have no idea how to do the right thing and lead their countries?

I was born behind the Iron Curtain and I grew up seeing and learning how you can re-write history books to suit your needs. I was never raised with hate towards a country I lived in or people I lived amongst. Quite the opposite, my parents raised me to put my head down and let other people tell me what to do, how to think, and never question neither government nor rules.

But times change, people change and our world should be becoming a better place to live in. I understand that there will always be people who thrive for power, people who want to be recognized, who want to be adored, loved, looked at and inspired by. However, we are talking about the government. Elected people who are chosen to make important decisions on behalf of others.

Russia claims to be a democratic country. I would beg to differ. I do not see any difference between the USSR and current Russia. People are still not free to be who they are. People are still fed lies about everything and everybody. Those who disagree are silenced, disappear or get killed. Government passes laws that are not protecting citizens. They pass laws that reflect their own beliefs.

What kind of government preaches freedom of speech but invents the law that limits what can be said and when and against whom.
What kind of government sends in cops in the middle of the night to confiscate art because the president doesn’t like what’s been portrayed?
What kind of government passes laws that separates families, destroys lives and makes their own citizens flee the country because they are afraid for their lives and their children?
What kind of country preaches hate and limits human rights, and still insists that it is Democracy?

In the middle of the night on August 26 Russian police seized a painting that portrayed Vladimir Putin in woman’s night-gown combing Dimitry  Medvedev’s hair. The painting, named “Travesty,” was made by artist Konstantin Altunin and it was  displayed at the Museum of Authorities in St.  Petersburg. Several other paintings were taken to be checked.

Altuin might be facing jail time up to a year as per Russian laws. Yes, there is a law in Russia that can be interpreted as you wish. It states that you can’t make fun of or talk bad about highly ranked officials.

That is not a democratic country. That is called totalitarian dictatorship.

I must say that Russia makes it really hard to like them or respect them.

Freak-Out of The Day…

Courtesy of Google images

Courtesy of Google images

You want it or not – it will get you one way or another.  As they say, you can run but you can’t hide. You can live in denial and you can avoid reading about it, hearing about it or even thinking about it but one day, trust me, it will catch up. It is better if you luck out and somehow come face to face with it just in your thoughts while reading or watching something.

What am I talking about? Genetically modified food or Monsanto.

You might think that it doesn’t impact you or that it is just a silly talk but once you start reading about it and start learning what it means – genetically modified food, your hair will stand up.  But the best part is yet to come.  So many products out there that you consider healthy and good for you actually consume genetically modified seeds, vegetables, and fruits.

“..GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals…” says Monsanto Facts website.

Yes, not everything that is written online is true and that is why you should go and read about it yourself. You should educate yourself on the food you consume, drinks you drink, and medicine you are prescribed. If you trust in the System, it will fail you and it will betray you most of the time. The system is run by the people who like power. Some of them are honest and fight for what’s right but most of them just want to feel like they are the center of the world.

I don’t know about you but I do not want to eat tomatoes that are modified with frog’s genes. I do not want to eat corn that is injected with bacteria or chemicals that require respirators to apply.  And I definitely do not want to eat rice with Human genes engineered into them. ( Natural News)

I was speechless to find out that some companies that I choose in the store thinking that they are healthy and are made from good ingredients are actually using genetically modified ones. Healthy Choice, Natures Valley, V8, and Lipton is also on the list.

Take a look, you might find a few of your favorite ones: Shift Frequency

Honestly, it scares BGSUS out of me . It might not be freak-out of the day, it could be freak-out for life…

Word Of the Day – Hands


When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures,  have chosen rather to share our pain
and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.
 Henri Nouwen

LGBT senior housing – Curse or Blessing?

LGBT-senior-housingPoliticians and activists broke ground for a LGBT friendly senior housing community in Philadelphia, reports Gay Star News.

I have meant to write about this for a while but I was not sure what to say. I had mixed feelings about this and I needed to think. First thoughts that ran through my head were: “Are you serious? Now you are going to gather all of them together, shove them in one place and isolate them from the world?”

However, as more I thought about it and as more I tried to imagine myself at that golden age as more I started to understand. It is not about isolation and it is not about gathering people, and labeling them.

I have always thought that it is silly to separate people by their sexuality. We fall in love with the same sex but we still function and live the same way as everybody else. We make friends based on their personalities, values, and morals, and not whom they sleep with.

This project is important because of Acceptance, as opposed to Tolerance. Most of the seniors over 60 have been raised in the era that wasn’t extremely tolerant. I can only imagine that bullying is not just an issue in schools, and being amongst people that accept you and understand is important. It gives you peace of mind, comfort and emotional fulfillment, and most of all – it gives you feeling of belonging.

This project is about giving our seniors a safe place to call home.

An Open Letter To Ann Coulter

I just have to reblog this.

The World of Special Olympics

The following is a guest post in the form of an open letter from Special Olympics athlete and global messenger John Franklin Stephens to Ann Coulter after this tweet during last night’s Presidential debate.

Dear Ann Coulter,

Come on Ms. Coulter, you aren’t dumb and you aren’t shallow.  So why are you continually using a word like the R-word as an insult?

I’m a 30 year old man with Down syndrome who has struggled with the public’s perception that an intellectual disability means that I am dumb and shallow.  I am not either of those things, but I do process information more slowly than the rest of you.  In fact it has taken me all day to figure out how to respond to your use of the R-word last night.

I thought first of asking whether you meant to describe the President as someone who was bullied as a child…

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It takes more than a sperm and an egg to become a parent.

I was surfing the web in quest to find something interesting to keep my mind busy and maybe get inspired by people’s stories. Instead, for some odd reason, I just kept finding right winged articles about same-sex parenthood and why it should be banned. I was not exactly interested but I was getting quite upset and insulted not because I am adopted or know somebody adopted or because I am in a same-sex relationship and might want to adopt a child but because of the way these claims were made and what they were implying.

Professor Nick Tonti-Phillipini at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family published in the Sydney Morning Herald:

“A child’s relationship to both mother and father is inherent to marriage. Children conceived by other means may find themselves with people in parental roles who are in a same-sex relationship, but such relationships are not the origin of the child. It is likely for children to be loved and nurtured in such a household, but however good that nurturing, it will not provide the biological link and security of identity and relationship that marriage naturally demands and confirms.”

This statement insults not just same-sex couples who wish to adopt but also heterosexual couples and adopted children themselves.

No matter how you read this, it makes a loud statement that an adopted child will have an inferior, less loving upbringing just because he or she is not biologically linked to his / her parents.  They are saying that only a married couple can bring a child to this world and raise it to become a good person.

How about the fact, that those parents that wait for years to have a baby? Aren’t they going to love this child, care for it, give everything they have to this child more than somebody who is bringing children into this world to get a welfare check?

Adopted parents are the ones who will attend every hockey game, they will go to every soccer game rain or shine, they will wipe your tears after your first heart break, they will teach you the difference between right and wrong, they will do their best to teach you values to live your life and make a difference.

They will love you no matter what and they will stand by you no matter what you chose to do with your life.

It takes more than a sperm and an egg to become a parent, and so called  biological bond doesn’t make you a better or a worse parent

Calgary Pride 2012 – Needed or Not Needed

For years I have been struggling with the dilemma – Are Pride parades doing us good or messing things up?  Are we sending a positive message or we are just making things worse?

Every day we live our lives trying to show the straight world that our lives are not much different. We go to work, we pay taxes, we go to college, we donate money, we take care of our children, and we love our families. We are trying so hard to show that our lives are normal and that being gay is not an alternative lifestyle.

And then once a year – flags are flown, crazy outfits are worn, naked bums are shown, all sorts of different comes out and it even scares me.  It scares me because I know that the straight community also sees what I see and will not hesitate to use this craziness as ammunition to discriminate against the gay community.

On the other hand, I celebrate diversity. I celebrate the fact that we are so different and we are everywhere, and we are not afraid to laugh, to have fun, to be proud, and to be visible.  Being different just means – seeing the world from a different perspective, seeing what others do not see, offering creative solutions, and making this world so much better.

I might not be very comfortable with some outfits, crazy hair styles and some naked body parts but I never forget the reason there is pride parade. It is there to remind us about those who need to know that they are not alone in this world. Bullied kids, bullied adults, abused women and children – these people are the reason we are out there and by “WE” I mean people from all walks of life, all ages, different genders, no gender, bears, skinny, fat, tall, short, disabled….We are there to stand up for our rights to be treated equality.

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