Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Fuckin' Perfect to Me





I'm totally in love with Pink. Her music is fun. Her videos are funny. Well most of the time. The video for Fuckin' Perfect (above) is quite serious. I wasn't prepared for it the first time I saw it. I was in tears by the end. I was crying for the me that used to be. The child/young woman who really could have used someone in her life who told her she was perfect as she was.

After spending 12 years with an emotionally/verbally (and finally physically) abusive mother I went to live with my sister's family. That was just a different kind of hell. It didn't help that around the same time I entered puberty, started having migraines and had the first of many (chronic) bouts of depression. It would have been nice to have someone tell me that I was worth something because I spent years feeling worthless.

People who knew me then might be very surprised. In public I was quite different. I was very good at hiding my feelings. It was sheer stubbornness. I refused to give anyone the satisfaction of seeing me cry. I saved the tears for my bedroom. There was a lot of crying behind that door.

I got through it.

Maybe the words to this song will help someone else get through it too.




Made a wrong turn, once or twice.
Dug my way out, blood and fire.
Bad decisions, that's alright.
Welcome to my silly life.
Mistreated, misplaced, misunderstood.
Miss 'No way, it's all good', it didn't slow me down.
Mistaken, always second guessing, underestimated.
Look I'm still around.

Pretty pretty please, don't you ever ever feel.
Like you're less than fuckin' perfect.
Pretty pretty please, if you ever ever feel, like you're nothing.
You're fuckin' perfect to me!

You're so mean, when you talk, about yourself you were wrong.
Change the voices, in your head, make them like you instead.
So complicated, look happy, you'll make it!
Filled with so much hatred, such a tired game.
It's enough! I've done all I can think of.
Chased down all my demons, I've seen you do the same.

Woah ohh, pretty pretty please, don't you ever ever feel.
Like you're less than fuckin' perfect.
Pretty pretty please, if you ever ever feel, like you're nothing.
You're fuckin' perfect to me.

The whole world's scared so I swallow the fear.
The only thing I should be drinking is an ice cold beer.
So cool in line, and we try try try, but we try too hard and it's a waste of my time.
Done looking for the critics, cause they're everywhere.
They dont like my jeans, they don't get my hair.
Exchange ourselves, and we do it all the time.
Why do we do that? Why do I do that?

Why do I do that?

Yeah, oh, oh baby, pretty baby!
Pretty pretty please, don't you ever ever feel.
Like you're less than fuckin' perfect.
Pretty pretty please, if you ever ever feel.
Like you're nothing, you're fuckin' perfect to me yeahhh.
You're perfect, you're perfect!
Ohh pretty pretty please, don't you ever ever feel.
Like you're less than fuckin' perfect.
Pretty please, if you ever ever feel, like you're nothing.
You are perfect to me...



Fuckin' Perfect (Explicit Version)

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Big Ass Fail






I thought I was done with this particular subject but I guess not. Original Song was a very good episode. The songs they sang at regionals were great. The one low point for me was Big Ass Heart. I think the lyrics to that song are way more offensive than those of Fat Bottomed Girls.


My girl went to the doctor cause her heart had palpitations He said cut the carbs, or else she’d end up pushing up carnations She stepped up on the scale and the doctor said ‘Oh Lordy’ If you don’t drop a few girl, you won’t make it past age forty My girl said ‘He lookie, on my fancy x-ray chart’Said the doctor ‘Holy hell that’s one G.D. big ass heart’ I’m telling you my friend, my girl’s got a big ass heart. When she shops for groceries that heart gets its own damn cart That big ass heart can pump two tons of love through her chest. And then sit down and win a lovin’ pie eating contest I love that bis ass heart so much I think it isn’t fair Look how you’re heart won’t pay me back for breaking all my chairs So sick with love I think I’m coming down with rickets When that big ass heart flies coach it had to pay for two plane tickets Oh, that big ass heart Oh, that big ass heart

Take the word “heart” out and you have a song full of swipes at and stereotypes of fat people. Even the way Puck introduced the song - adding “heart” after a pause - shows the song is a fat joke. On top of that, I can't imagine Puck writing these lyrics. I don't think he could be that crafty.

It's not that I don't have a sense of humor. I'm just... disappointed. They went for a laugh at the expense of the fat girl. I thought the show was better than that. I damn well know Mark Salling can write better songs. Maybe they should have let him.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Five-O Implies 60s Trek Was Biased Against Black Men



I'll admit that I'm not a huge fan of the new Hawaii Five-O. I'm old enough to remember the original and I really hate remakes. I only watch the new show online if I'm really bored. Or if James Marsters is a guest star. I was bored last night so I watched Monday's episode which was called Ne Me'e Laua Na Paio.

What's up with that anyway? Is there some secret place where you can find out what the titles mean? Does anybody have a link to a Hawaiian to English translator?

Anyway, back to my rant.

The main crime of this episode is the murder of a man in a superhero costume. Why oh why is Masi Oka playing another comic book nerd? Oops. Back to the story. Turns out “Spectacucon” is in town. Danny and Steve go to look for the victim's girlfriend.

There is no real reason for putting the victim in a superhero costume. No reason they have to go look for the girlfriend at the con. The sole purpose of the scene seems to be so Danny can ogle a girl and make stupid jokes – he says “What up Dog” to a furry in a dog suit. Grrrr.

Then comes the following conversation with a convention goer in a Starfleet uniform (above):

Danny: Ah, Captain Kirk, can we ask you a couple of questions? 
Trekkie: It's Commander Sisko.
Danny: Excuse me? 
Trekkie: I'm Commander Sisko from DS9. Ever see any brothers on the Enterprise? 
Danny: Uhura. 
Trekkie: She was a sister and she answered the phone. I'm a Commander.

I'm sorry but that crack about Uhura pisses me off. She was a black woman who was fourth in command. IN THE 60s. Props to Gene Roddenberry who fought to keep her on the bridge when the studio wanted her gone.

As someone WITH a communications degree, I'm going to say flat out that being head of communications on a ship involves a lot more than “answering the phone.”

And as for no black men on the Enterprise what about Geordie Laforge?

Grrrrr.

I do not believe that and real Trekkie would have make those comments.

I'm tired of TV shows plopping a convention in the middle of an episode for no reason other than to say, “Look at the freaks.” I'm especially tired of them taking shots at things they don't know anything about and getting it wrong.

I have a sense of humor about my fandoms. I love Big Bang Theory. I loved Galaxy Quest. I just think if you're going to disparage something you should disparage it for things that actually happen instead of spouting off the usual stereotypes.

/rant

So what do you think? Are comic book/sci-fi/fantasy fans being misrepresented? Is it funny when they are? Has any show gotten it right?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Cell Phone Price Gouging

The first thing I saw in my inbox this morning was from Open Media about outrageous cell phone bills:

The CBC's Marketplace just released a revealing report called “Canada's Worst Cell Phone Bill” that finds damning evidence that Canadians are being unfairly gouged by big phone and cable companies.  
One person was charged over $15,000 for a data service that experts say cost the provider only $4.
Bell Canada and others are copying this unfair and outrageous billing model, and applying it to Internet use. 
The CBC’s report tells a story that could mobilize Canadians that are fed up with being gouged. 
As a federal election looms, we have a unique moment to send a message to decision makers in Ottawa.
We need to reach half-a-million petition signers to make big telecom price gouging an election issue. We’re almost there and you can help by taking the steps below:
 Step 1. Share the CBC video clip using FacebookTwitter, and/or Email. 
Step 2. Share our petition on FacebookTwitter, and Email. Our Stop the Meter petition is an undeniable symbol of Canadian opposition to the predatory practices of Big Telecom. 
Everyshare helps. 
With your help we’ve had great success: getting all the political parties on our side, forcing the CRTC to review its UBB rules, and even forcing the CRTC to open its closed-door meetings 
But we need to do more to take on the key structural issues that enable phone and cable companies to repeatedly gouge Canadians with impunity. 
Clearly new telecom fees are about padding big telecoms bottom line at the expense of our personal and family budgets. OpenMedia.ca has learned that Bell’s CEO has even admitted that applying usage-based billing is really about the telecom giant “monetizing” the increase in online video usage.
Many of you have dealt with the cold, unaccountable, labyrinth of bureaucracy that is big phone and cable company customer service. Stop The Meter has become a rallying cry against this mistreatment of Canadians. 
This is not just about consumer choice; it’s also about basic human decency and self-determination.
If we don't succeed in making this an election issue, the opportunity could slip through our fingers and we'll be fighting over Internet bills like many do with phone bills now.
Help us get half-a-million Canadians against a metered Internet so we can get public officials on record during the election. You can count on us to be there after the election to hold their feet to the fire.    
Please share the  CBC video clip using FacebookTwitter, and Email.
Let’s keep the pressure on. 
The OpenMedia.ca Tea 
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Here's the full  CBC Marketplace video

More resources 
Couple's huge huge bills unexplained by Bell
BCE CEO Cope Says UBB Accounts for Almost All Internet Revenue Gains
Why we fight (for the Internet)
CRTC opens up invitation-only meeting

Monday, March 21, 2011

Help Keith Richards Help Japan

I got this email from Mr. Richards' website:
Help Keith Help Japan 
For decades, Japanese fans have been some of the most passionate supporters of rock and roll. Now they need our help.
Please visit KeithRichards.com now to order a very special limited edition t-shirt Keith is making available. The Japan Relief t-shirt is based on a photo taken by Claude Gassian on the Japanese leg of the Steel Wheels tour in 1990 and is available in both classic and fitted styles.
Keith will be sending all profits from the shirt's sales to the Japan Society's Earthquake Relief Fund. Let's Come together now to get our brothers and sister through this difficult time and help them rebuild as soon as possible.
Visit KeithRichards.com for full details.
One Love

And people wonder why I love this man.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Call to Attend the Agriculture Committee Meeting

Public Notice:  


Tuesday March 22, 11:00-1:00, Room 362, East Block, Parliament Hill, Ottawa


Come on out! Show your support for the motion for a moratorium on GM alfalfa!


Please note: It is fairly certain that this meeting will now happen but to double check on Monday and Tuesday see www.cban.ca/alfalfa for a posted update.


WHAT: Tuesday March 22, 11:00 - 1:00 the House of Commons Agriculture Committee is meeting a second time to discuss the motion for a moratorium on GM alfalfa. The Committee will vote on the motion on Tuesday unless the Conservatives stall the vote again by prolonging "debate". The motion will then go to the House of Commons for a vote.


WHY: A large audience of interested observers at the meeting will help push the moratorium through! It is a small room and an audience of 16 almost filled the gallery on March 10 when the motion was first debated. There is rarely a significant audience at the meetings and so it will be remarked on and show strong public support. Your presence at the Committee hearings will make a lasting impression to these MPs of the public support behind the moratorium. If the motion is passed, this impression will help Conservatives and Liberals to support the motion in the House of Commons.


On March 10, Conservative Agriculture Committee members delayed the vote on a motion but at the same time Conservative Saskatchewan MP Randy Hoback made sure to say that “The concern I have isn’t necessarily with the motion itself…When I go to my farmers in my area – we have a lot of alfalfa production – they’re concerned about Roundup Ready alfalfa…I don’t want to defend it [GM alfalfa].” Pierre Lemieux, Conservative Committee member and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture also said “There’s nothing wrong with this motion.”


TIMING: 11:00 - 1:00  the meeting will open to the public and the motions will be debated.


LOCATION: New Location on Parliament Hill! Room 362, East Block (the building East/Right of Centre Block/Peace Tower), Parliament Hill, Ottawa.


Notice for the meeting is here


PLEASE NOTE:
* Bring photo ID. You will not be permitted entry without your ID.
* Arrive 15 minutes ahead of time so you can go through security and get a pass.
* Please remember that observers to Committee hearings, just as to Question Period, cannot participate in the meeting and are asked to refrain from making loud comments etc. However, a nice round of applause after a good decision is not unprecedented and can be most welcome to Committee members who rarely get this feedback.
* A lunch will be brought in for the MPs to allow the Committee to meet over the lunch period, please note that food and beverages are for the MPs and we are asked to refrain from munching.
* There is a small waiting area outside the Committee room where we can wait - there is often another Committee that meets until 10:45.
* There are translation devices so that you can listen in English or French. Unplug these to unwind the cords. If the Bloc members speak and you do not speak French you will appreciate easy access to your device - Channel 1 should be English.
* CBAN Coordinator, Lucy Sharratt, will be attending and will arrive for 10:45.


Come on out to show your support, make change happen, and witness the results of your actions! Your presence could make a big difference.


Please contact me if you have questions. Best, regards, Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network


Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator
Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN)
Collaborative Campaigning for Food Sovereignty and Environmental Justice
431 Gilmour Street, Second Floor
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K2P 0R5
Phone: 613 241 2267 ext. 25
Fax: 613 241 2506
coordinator@cban.ca
www.cban.ca


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Rock 'n' Roll Metro Map

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I think this is just brilliant. I might even print it out as a poster and hang it on my wall.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Just One Kiss



The other night I watched a Glee episode called Theatricality for the first time. Great GaGa costumes on Kurt and the girls but what really took me back was the guys as Kiss. When I started high school Kiss was still a big deal. A friend of mine was really into them. I wasn't with the exception of one song: Beth. I guess I'm just a soft rock kinda gal sometimes. It's the only Kiss song that is comfortably in my range (alto) which becomes very important to the rest of this story.


When I was 14 I had a babysitting job in a hotel room. The child was 9 months old. The parents expected her to sleep through my time there. Unfortunately the child woke up, threw up and then proceeded to cry at the top of her lungs. I tossed the soiled bedding into the bathtub and tried to get her to calm down. I ended up walking around the room singing any song that came to mind. Nothing worked until I hit Beth.


The child calmed down and I was greatly relieved. I moved on to my next number, like you do, but she was having none of it. I tried a couple of other songs but the crying started up again with even more intensity. I'm no dummy so it didn't take me long to figure out that Beth was the only song she would quiet down for. I sang that song, sitting on the bed with the baby in my arms, for the next 90 minutes.







90 minutes. Beth. Over and Over. There just aren't that many lyrics by the time her parents came home I never wanted to hear it again. Why couldn't the kid have liked American Pie? Lots of lyrics and a story bonus. It had to be Beth. Damn you Peter Criss!

Here's some trivia for ya: The original title for Beth was Beck after Chelsea guitarist Mike Brand's wife Becky:
...written, almost word for word, from Mike Brand's responses to his wife's constant calls that interrupted our rehearsals. It got to the point where I wrote down his remarks over a period of 3 or 4 days in what I called my 'wizard book.' It was merely a small notebook I carried to jot down silly sayings, sketch in, to save ideas. If you look at the lyrics and view them as a hen-pecked hubby's remarks to his nagging wife you'll see what I mean. Just pause after every sentence and pretend there's a bitch at the other end of the line. You'll catch it - I'm sure. Source


I think I'll end this little trip down memory lane with my favorite rendition of Beth from Kiss Unplugged:







MP3s



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Friday, March 18, 2011

Don't Panic!



OK. I know these are crazy days. The tragedy in Japan has got a lot of people on edge. Yes, the threat of radiation leaking from the nuclear reactor is worrying. But I have in on good authority that said radiation will evaporate into the atmosphere long before it reaches the BC coast.


SO... STOP hoarding potassium iodide. YOU DON'T NEED IT.

...provincial government, health officials and pharmacists themselves are encouraging people to stand down from stockpiling potassium iodide, saying no health risks exist. - source
According to Google Maps (above), it is 11,160 km between where I am sitting and Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan which is one of the closest towns to the reactor. I would like to point out step #18 on the map: Kayak across the Pacific Ocean (4,436 km). FOUR THOUSAND, FOUR HUNDRED AND THIRTY-SIX. That is not an after dinner walk.


There are enough things in this world to panic about. Don't go begging for more trouble. I'm sorry BC but this horror story isn't about YOU. You are not even a bit player. You're not even the annoying woman who does nothing but scream. Get over yourselves.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Best Dad Ever


I am so jealous of Kurt Hummel. He has the best dad. Watching him have THE TALK with Kurt this week was fabulous. I don't know a lot of parents with straight kids who did that well when their time came.

We all know Burt Hummel (played marvelously by Mike O'Malley) is a great dad. He was totally cool when Kurt told him he was gay. On top of that, he kicked Finn out when he used the word “faggy” even though he knew it might jeopardize his relationship with Finn's mother. Kurt can be himself and he knows that his dad has got his back.

Every child deserves a parent like Burt Hummel. Too bad most of us don't get one.

Both of my parents went to their graves without knowing a thing about my sexuality. Or anything else really. My father left when I was four. My mother tried to kill me when I was 12. After that I went to live with my sister and her family. I only saw her when I was forced to and I tried not to talk to her at all.

I never got The Talk. I had to do my own research (insert pervy joke here). For most of it I had to rely on the guys whose only goal was getting into my pants. You know how well that usually turns out.


I do remember one dinner table conversation when my brother and his wife were over. Some how we got talking about the meaning of earrings on men. Supposedly if it was in the left he was gay and in the right ear it meant he was straight. I think. I'm not really sure I'm remembering it correctly. Any way I had one hole in my left ear and two in my right.

My brother asked me what that meant I was. At that time I was deflecting questions about my sexuality with a standard response: “Does it matter? It seems that the only reason it would matter was if you wanted to have sex with me.”

Have you ever seen four adults choke and spray food at the same time? It was awesome. My family never questioned me about anything personal after that. It made a lot of things easier. Still it would have been nice to have someone to turn to.

I couldn't turn to anyone in my Catholic school. I was already in trouble for reading The Satanic Bible in the back of ethics class. What? I was curious. Turns out that book was really funny. The head of the ethics department called me his problem child because more than one teacher came to him with “concerns” about me.

That's without any of them knowing I was bisexual.

It's no wonder my inner teenager really wants Mr. Hummel to adopt her.

Images: Screencaps from Preggers and Theatricality.




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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Woman & Girls AIDS Awareness

Every time I think I know about AIDS I get blown away by some new statistic. Take this from Rock the Red Pump:
...women still represent 27% of all new AIDS diagnoses, with African-American women accounting for 66% of that group. This year focuses on this statistic, “Every 35 minutes, a woman tests positive for HIV in the United States.
This is the 3rd Millennium people! Aren't we all supposed to enlightened and groovy by now? Why don't woman think that their bodies and their health are worth protecting? When protection comes at the price of a box of condoms, it seems like a no brainer.

I won't even get into why men don't respect and cherish the women the have sex with enough to put a coat on. Forget the men. Women have to show men that they love and care for themselves. They have to insist on using protection each and every time.

I was young and stupid when AIDS first appeared in the 80s. In 1989 I had my first AIDS test. It was a horrible experience. I had to go to an STD clinic because it was a special test and doctors couldn't order it. I got lucky. I know it. Some of my friends weren't so lucky.  They're dead now.

I found this video and I think it does a good job at explaining why protected sex is the only sex you should be having:




Remember the motto: No Glove, No Love.

Let's be safe out there kids.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

International Women's Day



I read an interesting article about the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day this morning. It was very nice. Most women in the West know that they have what they have because some uppity women made some noise way back when. They might not know any more than that.

In the 21 century, uppity women are focusing on women in "developing" countries. There are some great programs that are helping girls in these countries get an education and/or run a business to help themselves out of poverty. I read about all these great programs but they don't do anything for about the root of the problem. The way males in these countries see females is going to have to change drastically before anyone can really help these women.

This view of women is sometimes cultural and sometimes religious. Changing a religious belief is slow work. Even in the West there are still religions in which women are not equal. My definition of religious equality is when women can hold the same positions in the church as men.  That means a female Pope and a female Dalai Lama. The Catholic church is not going to be lead by a women in my lifetime if ever. Recently, the current Dalai Lama said he might come back as a woman. That would be great. I'm not holding my breath.

We're Not So Perfect 





It's not just men we have to worry about. Women can be downright nasty to other women. Every time a woman looks at another woman and thinks, "Thank God I'm not like her," all women lose. Every time a female criticizes another female's appearance, lifestyle or career choices all females lose.

I could post hundreds of examples of how women cut down other women without hesitation. I'm not going to because you all know what I'm talking about. You've probably been on the receiving end of such comments. Not all women are like this just like not all men are misogynists. Women who hate other women (secretly or openly) are the biggest problem. Just one such woman in a room can do a lot of damage. Men are a secondary problem.

Here's my question: Why should men treat us as equals when we don't treat each other as equals?

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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Kissing Puck and Other Games

I am bowing to the inevitable. I will post Glee related things each Saturday until my current infatuation with the show ends. Since it keeps bringing up things in my past I don't expect that will be any time soon. Maybe the show will get canceled.






I'm just a bit weirded out by a new game called Kissing Noah "Puck" Puckerman. Puck and unidentified girlfriend are at Niagara Falls (why we don't know) where they're taking lots of pictures. They're also trying to kiss without being seen. The lady on the left in the screenshot above is "staring" so you can't make the couple kiss (by clicking on them) or you'll lose points or something.


I totally sucked at this game. Truth be told I suck at most video games. On my very first date I was taken to a video arcade. After a few minutes of watching "Kurt" show off I had a video game induced seizure. He must have really liked me because that wasn't our last date. 


There are only two video games I'm absolutely sure will not cause a seizure: Space Invaders (Atari) and Time Crisis. For some strange reason I'm actually pretty good at Time Crisis. Or I was. I haven't played in years. The last time I played was at an office party (in an arcade) and I beat everyone I played against. It freaked some people out because I'm not the most coordinated person in the world. I'm also the last person you'd imagine holding a gun.


I guess there is a game for everyone out there somewhere. 


Seems like they're making a game out of everything these days. Do you play any online/video/arcade games? Do you consider yourself a gamer?






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