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Breaking Sanity: Lost Russia

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” 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

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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.

We Are Nothing But Puppets…

I was in a meeting at work watching people going at it – arguing, proving, getting mad at each other, playing ” I am so important and you should listen to me” game.  It was entertaining and eye opening. I was sitting there and thinking – how did we ever got so far? How in a world we ended up being so attached to beliefs that are not ours? How in a world we never questions anything? Why do we get sucked into these roles that we play day in day out? And it is not just work, we play all kinds of roles in this life – neighbor, sibling, child, adult, parent, friend, and just a human being.

We have these behavioral templates that we believe in without thinking, without questioning. We use them just because everyone else does that and we never question the validity.

The question I have is – do people even know who they are or they just live their lives based on values and convictions taught to them?

What do I mean?  Well, I am glad you asked!

You start questioning things when you have lived among different cultures. That is when you wonder why you believe in things you believe in? and why things that you take as facts actually turn out to be lies…or, to be more  precise, things are true only if you believe they are true…

Let me give you a few examples:

– North Americans believe that you have to refrigerate meat right after you cook it or you will get sick or will get food poisoning.  However, Latvians leave their meat and cheese out on the table for a day or so. They do not have coolers and they carry their smoked meats or sausages with them in the car or a bag for more than a day if they go camping or on a road trip. And they eat it without getting sick. They also, re-fry that cooked meat if it seems funny and still eat it without getting sick

– Latvians believe that you can’t drink cold water or anything cold for that matter during a very hot day or you will get a strep throat. They believe it so badly that they actually get it.

– Most Latvian women believe that if they do not have sex with a guy for a long time, their vagina will close.

– Latvians also believe that your kidneys will catch a cold if you sit on a concrete before the thunder bangs 3 times in a row.

I know, you think it’s silly as everyone knows you can drink cold water or beer during a hot day but Latvian’s do not know that. So, how many other beliefs do you have that you take as a proven fact that actually are just beliefs that somebody taught you? How do you know that whatever you think to be true actually is?

You have no clue…let’s be honest…we are just puppets who do and believe as we are told to. We believe that we have to get an education to get a good job to have a good life. We believe that we have to have a job, have to have a house, have to have a good salary, have to be a good human being and contribute to the society…we believe…we just keep blindly believing in things we have to do…but the truth is, we have no clue what the truth is as we believe in things others told us are true..

A simple question for you and I hope you have an answer to it? Who are you?

– are you a mother or a father? nope, that is just a role you play
– are you an engineer, a doctor, a pharmacist, a nurse, a teacher, a sanity engineer? nope, that is also role you play
– are you a brother or a sister or a son or a daughter? nope, that is still a role you play

So, who are you? Honestly, I can see your face going pale because you have no answer and you probably have never even thought about that, have you?

You have never thought about the fact that whatever you think you are, it is just a role you play in your life and you do not know what the truth is, you do not know what your beliefs are because you have taken your parent beliefs, you have taken your teachers beliefs, you have taken your countries beliefs , your churches beliefs and made them your own…Somebody told you what to think, how to think and what to believe in…and you are just a puppet who follows the path others have laid out for you…

Oh, did i hurt your feelings and you think that you are a rebel and you do not agree with your parents, you think that you are an individual with your own beliefs?  If so, tell me: Who are you?

Don’t tell me what you believe in or give a list of roles you play. Adjectives will not work either as those are just descriptive words of a personality that you have developed based on same beliefs I was talking about earlier.

So, WHO ARE YOU?

The only disability in life is a bad attitude

Nic Vujicic

Before you get all puffed up and give me a lecture on people with disabilities and call me ignorant, let’s take a look at what the disability is:

“…Disability is an umbrella term, covering impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions…”

Doesn’t that sound interesting?  What this definition means is that there are two kind of people :

– people who have two arms, two legs, vision, hearing, and thinking that allows them to perform duties that somehow benefit the society

– and then there are people who are missing something and can’t do things to make my or somebody else’s life better.

In other words, disability is a term that is invented by egotistical self-centered people who are so absorbed with their own well-being that everybody else who can’t do things and contribute to make this well oiled “life machine” work for everybody equally is considered disabled.

This whole world is built around 80% of society with arms, legs, eyes, ears, ability to count, write papers, cook and clean, and build buildings. In other words, we are all able but not all of us are capable to do all of the jobs but we are still considered “NORMAL”. And then there is this other part of the society that is slower, that maybe can’t  use both hands or legs or can’t do math, or is somehow not functioning like majority and that is called disability.

However, my dear friend, is that really a disability just because they can’t contribute and participate in this conveyor of life? Do we have to look at them with pity and treat them like they are less of something, like they are less of a human being, like they can’t enjoy life like everybody else?

The truth is, they are not disabled, they are differently- abled. They are perfect the way they are, they are unique, they have their own ability, their own uniqueness, their own purpose in this life. Yes, maybe somebody needs to work to give them the ability to live among us, ant colony, just because we are so rigid in our thinking that we do not embrace every aspect of human existence.

If we would build this world not catering to majority but build it for everybody and embrace uniqueness, then there would not be any disabilities, there would be just abilities and walking breathing geniuses.

We make these people feel like they are less, we make them feel like there is something wrong with them. We treat them like a burden, we feel sorry for them because they are not like us. But does that really mean that we are these superior beings to be compared to?

It just really makes me mad when we create labels, judge people, categorize, make them feel different and less able when it actually is us who are narrow-minded, stuck and disabled as we can’t even think for ourselves.

Oscar Pistorius

So, back to my point, there is no disability, there is just a bad attitude. Look at paralympians. Can you do what they do?
Not that they play hockey without legs, play basketball in a wheelchair, run while totally blind, ski down the hill on one leg, and swim without extremities. Who the hell is disabled? I can’t even swim with both arms and legs. I can’t play hockey and God forbid to let me go down the hill on skis. Those people learned to adjust to OUR world that we created egotistically thinking only about the majority of this society and in addition to that we then labeled everyone else – disabled.

I am ashamed of myself and I am ashamed of human beings that I live among.

The Gay Agenda

Don’t you think that it is time to finally talk about THE Gay Agenda? The truth has to be told and should be screamed out laud. It’s time to step up and just spill the beans. So here it goes:

– get up early enough to make to work on time
– to pay bills on time
– not forget people’s birthdays and anniversaries
– do laundry ( you do not want to stink, do you?)
– have a shopping list. You do not want to stand in the middle of the store and look like an idiot because you forgot what you need
– do the chores ( oh man, vacuuming  and dusting can be a bitch)
– record Grey’s Anatomy and Criminal minds
– go on hikes and bring gaiters (the world will drown in sorrow without gaiters)
– talk about Lady Gaga and her crazy outfits ( the puppet thing was awesome but it would not look good on me)
– follow your dreams
– make this world a better place to live in for everybody
– talk or not talk about equality and human rights vs religious freedom

And finally, you should really start paying attention as this is it, this is the proof for world domination and heterosexual marriage destruction you have been looking for:

– Find somebody to love and live happily ever after with kids or without kids and not give a damn what other people choose to do with their lives.
– Find a job that makes your heart skip a beat
– Respect people and their differences
– have all kinds of friends (straight, gay, black, white, yellow, brown, old, young, weird, awesome, religious, atheists, confused, and etc), be proud of every one of them, and cherish their friendship
– Stand up for those who can’t
– do your best to do the right thing

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