Why is there a gay couple in every show I’m watching?!

Oh yeah, this will rev up the readers… well, all 4 of them. I know my lack of viewing audience, people aren’t necessarily sharing me and I can’t say I blame them. Never know what’s going to come out of my mouth… sometimes *I* don’t even know!!!

So hubby and I watch 4 different shows every night/week for dinner. It scrolls between Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow (all “super hero/comic” type shows). We watched Legends a while ago, has female to female devotion. Love? Action? It’s not like there’s sex on the screen, just like you’d see any other love seen, kissing, a little grabbing, etc. At the time I thought “Ok, so, catering to the fan boys that will like that I guess?” 2016

Then we started watching Arrow and liked it. Still do. Happened a little later in the series but have one of the characters talk about his husband. That received a little “Huh” from me. 2015

Had a little “sneak preview” while watching Legends to see one of the other series have two lesbians get together after one of the ladies’ sister told her to be honest with her self. Good advice but still… ok.

It was finally on the Flash with the police chief going on about the wedding and lunch plans with his fiance, and him being picky, etc, that I think I finally thought “Why is there a gay couple in each of these shows?”

I had that thought a few more times over the times we’ve watched all of them… months this has been happening. Not really aggravated by it, only mildly “annoyed” in that it would catch my attention for something that was really a side line… and then it hit me. Today as I was watching Arrow, again there was discussion about the “husband” and I thought “Why does this keep coming up? Who cares?.” And yes, that’s when I finally said it to myself.

What wouldn’t three be a gay/lesbian couple? Who cares about any of the relationships? We have A kissing B or B kissing And that’s just waved off as normal. Doesn’t even get noticed by us. But now A is kissing A and brains are thinking “Why are they focusing on this? Goodness, they’re just trying to push into everything!”.

And I’m guilty of it too. This does make me feel ashamed. But it also shows me that it’s not always the act itself (and I know the idea of the act is big for some/a bunch of people), but for us “We don’t care, enjoy” folks… it’s a jar to our normal way of things. Changing the way things are, even if it’s just a matter of including something that shouldn’t be a big deal and that “we” don’t get mad or even annoyed about, is annoying in that it’s changed our viewing of programs. What used to be “simple” is a different kind of “simple”.

So, we’re trying. We’re not being “nasty” when we ask why there are more of the “LGBTQ+” on our TV shows and in our movies. It might not be that we’re annoyed at it happening. It could be we’re just not used to seeing it as “normal every day life”. It’s like getting Kraft Mac and Cheese and the box is now red instead of blue. Same thing, same ingredients, same stuff, but it looks different and it jars us out of our shopping routine.

It’ll get there. It’s just going to take some time. Be patient with us.

More spots in the vacation world

So, once again measles is getting into the lime light. For pop/rock/hollywood/fake stars, who think vaccines should be “banned” this would be a good thing (“good” because it tells them their efforts are working). For a rather easily prevented disease, this isn’t.

An unvaccinated child has arrived in Costa Rica and introduced measles to the country, a country that has been free of the disease for five years:

Costa Rica has not had a domestic case of measles since 2006, and the last imported case occurred in 2014.

And, of course, it’s going around his school, too:

The child’s mother, who was also not vaccinated, consulted a private doctor about his rash and confirmed that other children in his school had contracted measles, the Costa Rica Star reported.

(link to article referenced above: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2019/02/24/unvaccinated-boy-measles-costa-rica-first-case-5-years/2973582002/

Well, isn’t this wonderful. And it’s not just Costa Rica that’s suffering from this:

https://www.euractiv.com/section/health-consumers/news/measles-hit-zagreb-as-social-media-join-fight-against-anti-vaccination/

Then the kids are much smarter than their parents stuff. Quote from the story, and then quote from me talking about said quote (My quote marked by *:

https://www.boredpanda.com/vaccination-without-mothers-consent/?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic

“My mom and dad are not doing this with malicious intent, in fact, it’s quite the opposite, they want the best for me. However, that decision, in my opinion, was not properly researched/informed. The topic then transitions to the question, “Who is responsible?” Are my parents at fault for not thoroughly researching the topic? Or is it the sensationalist websites and media that post for clicks by publishing false and controversial claims? Is the educational infrastructure in the US at fault for not teaching students how to differentiate from false information and facts, for not thoroughly teaching how to conduct research and what sources to trust? Is it the homeopathic industry that is at fault? It makes billions of dollars with extreme profit margins, it has its own lobby organizations and fights its enemies as hard as it can. The belief in homeopathy correlates with skepticism about vaccinations, and in reality, a lot of money is on the line – globally the market is expected to reach over 17 billion by 2024.”

*This is a KID! He should be trying to figure out how to get into whatever popular clique is the good one in school or how to hide his pot stash from his parents or what’s the better game system, XBox or Playstation? (it’s XBox, by the way) Instead, he does this much research, something his mother apparently hasn’t bothered to do… she’s found it easier to just follow around that stupid bint and do whatever she says is better to do for her kids then, oh, I don’t know… the scientists who have changed us from dying at 40 to dying at 80. Astonishing! *

This is VERY dark humor and I love it tremendously. The link after includes this bit that I also heard from a friend with a child on the spectrum

https://www.boredpanda.com/anti-vaxxer-asking-measles-protection-advice/?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic

https://static.boredpanda.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/anti-vaxxer-asking-measles-protection-advice-5c51483e8054e__700.jpg

And it’s everywhere. Understandably this isn’t just a matter of not wanting to vaccine children because of ridiculously stupid ideas: “

Not surprisingly, some of the declines have been in in poor countries with limited access to health care. Economic hardship and political unrest have certainly contributed to the incidence of infectious disease in some places. The breakdown of Venezuela’s health care system, for example, drove a major 2018 outbreak in that country, which has spread to other parts of South America.”

But it’s also happening in countries that shouldn’t be full of stupid (besides the US): But developed countries with strong health care systems have become measles hot spots as well. Last year, France and Italy, had huge measles outbreaks that the World Health Organization says was driven not by lack of access to immunizations, but by a lack in trust in their efficacy. This distrust, called “vaccine hesitancy,” is such a threat to public health that it is on the World Health Organization’s list of top 10 global health concerns for 2019.

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-global-vaccine-hesitancy-20190206-story.html

And then there’s the just plain stupid. Maple syrup? Tasty, but no good for meningitis. (and yes I know there was more to that “treatment”, but it’s hard to tell if they were all individual things or all mixed together):

https://news.yahoo.com/toddler-dies-anti-vaxxer-parents-154300579.html

Thankfully there’s this person that got a clue. Gee, imagine that! I like to think that there are a lot more unreported people who are coming to the same conclusion:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/canada/11530137/Anti-vaxxer-mother-recants-after-her-seven-children-contract-whooping-cough.html

I won’t deny that the drug companies aren’t helping matters very much. “Money” likes to rule the day, and the greedy should just be put in jail. Yes, I said that and yes, I believe that. If they are shown to be doing something that involves only money grubbingness, jail. Attempted murder. Plain and simple.

https://www.statnews.com/2019/02/26/anti-vaccine-movement-pharma-tarnished-reputation/

And then…. Oh good gods… Dog autism. And boy, do I wish I was making that up! (that much further down) Pretty soon we’ll be fighting to keep mosquitoes from being killed so they can still spread their precious baby heartworms):

https://www.krem.com/article/news/local/spokane-county/no-vaccines-do-not-cause-autism-in-pets/293-cab932ea-a05c-4143-9b3e-16abc0a98b42

https://metro.co.uk/2019/02/25/now-anti-vaxxers-refusing-vaccinate-dogs-case-get-dog-autism-8733555/

Weirdly, I lost a “friend” when I shared this idea on my own Facebook page… and I just rolled my eyes. Yes, I already know the idea that parvo was cause by humans. So, if you can understand this mess from a vet friend that I respect highly, go for it. Fried my poor little MS brain:

This is from the Proceedings of the Fourth International Society for Companion Animal Infectious Diseases Symposium: 2016.
Feline panleukopenia virus (FPLV) was first described in 1957 although had probably been around for many years previously. In contrast, canine parvovirus emerged as a pandemic some 20 years later in 1978, with most serological data suggesting it was absent or rare before that date. It subsequently seemed to spread rapidly around the world, becoming endemic in most places studied. This new canine virus was called CPV-2. Initial hypothesis for this emergence was that CPV-2 had evolved from FPLV field virus or vaccine. However, this was discounted because of the relatively large number of nucleotide mutations between the two. In addition, whilst FPLV and CPV-2 were very at home in their own target host species, they had little or no replicative ability in their carnivore cousins, making a direct transmission between domestic cats and dogs unlikely.

This sets about a hunt for intermediate viruses that could bridge the evolutionary gap between FPLV and CPV-2. These were initially discovered in wildlife species like the fox8 and more recently the raccoon,1 leading to the intriguing possibility that wildlife species may have provided the evolutionary pathway for CPV-2 into dogs. Detailed phylogenetic analysis of VP2 sequences from a wide range of carnivore parvoviruses reinforces the major division between the FPV-like and CPV-like viruses. However, viruses sampled from individual species fall in diverse locations across the phylogeny, indicative of multiple introduction events, particularly in the raccoon.1,2 Studies of natural VP-2 variation and in vitro mutation show that VP2 position 300 is one of the most variable residues in the parvovirus capsid in nature, suggesting that it is a critical determinant in the cross-species transfer of viruses between different carnivores due to its interactions with the transferrin receptor.3,4 Relatively low levels of mutation can now lead to species jumps, and this seems to happen quite regularly especially within the CPV-like viruses.

So it sounds like there may have been several different “jumps” from cat to dog, most facilitated by raccoons. “

Yeah, there’s that. Enjoy.

And finally… it’s false. All of it. Every single idiot going against facts.

https://antiantivax.flurf.net/ (information about debunking all the antivaxx assholes)

So, this is my brain on nothing…

Thought y’all might get a kick out of how my brain works sometimes. This was my complete train of though, sitting on the porch in fresh air, listening to swing/jazz and drinking water:

I haven’t seen MJ on the Xbox playing Destiny at all.

Well, he has the baby now, so he’s a little busy. He does love that baby so much, I’m glad they were able to have him.

I wonder if he was in the room when they implanted the baby embryo thing. That had to be weird.

If he was, he’s likely one of the few men actually with his wife when she actually got pregnant. I mean, it’s not instant. It can take a while. I think I heard/read that sperm live up to 24 hours in the body, so she could have been in the store, at work, driving to get her hair cut, or even going to the bathroom when it happens.

Hmmm…

I wonder if someone would pay $45-$50 for a plant hanger like this…

Yes, really. I wish I was kidding but not, that’s how it works.

NIMBY (Not in my backyard)

So, Cher has decided she agrees with the conservative/Rebublican party. Well, not quite, but man, she sure is sounding like it.

President Trump (ok, 2 1/2 years in and I STILL can’t say/think that without both snickering and just thinking “I can’t believe he’s president!!”) mentioned sending illegals to “sanctuary cities”.

Given Trump’s delight in pissing people off via Twitter, I’m guessing this was a jab at Democrats… and to me a very funny one at that. Not only would this endeavor not pass legality issues, the logistics in doing so would be insane. It would not and could not happen.

It’s still a seriously funny idea to me, though.

Not a very funny idea to the very anti-Trump “Goddess of Pop”, Cher (who gave her that title? “Goddess of Pop”? Really? Cripes.) She was not impressed and was quick to suffer from foot-in-mouth disease on Twitter.

Oh really? Is LA the only one with homeless they can’t take care of? Oh wait… No, it’s not. It’s one of the big complaints from those saying we need to not take care of illegals. But I guess only LA or other California cities are allowed to complain about that.

Amusingly, she’s gotten comments on this Tweet explaining that the Republican party has been saying this same thing forever. Clueless.

And it gets funnier. She again makes another point for not letting illegals in.

Haven’t been vetted. Wait, hasn’t that also been something brought up by those wanting to deal with the illegal problem? What’s vetting? Oh wait… could that be coming here legally? Wow. If only someone would make that a possibility. Oh, wait….

So, Cher doesn’t want her city to have to deal with unvetted, dependent on the government structure illegal immigrants.

Well, Cher, either do we. Welcome to the Republican party.

Oh, “random celebrity”, you’re so brave!!

We’re going to start this post a little differently than usual because I want to make a few bits of terminology clear. Because this is about celebrities some things need to be kind of fleshed out first:

  • When I say “our” I mean the people that “pay their salary” by buying their movies/buy the products sponsoring their TV shows/buy the products their endorsing
  • “Fault” means them having something that all the rest of us have always had to deal with but when it because a “fad” to admit it, then it’s a “fault”
  • “Brave” means admitting they can actually get what we all have, and how brave depends on what admitting it will get them.
  • “Inspiration” is what they are when they have the exact same thing your neighbor/friend/family member/person walking down the street that you’re annoyed by because they’re also showing the “fault” but is in your way.

So, here’s the thing. I get that celebrities generally live under different circumstances than we do. They have to look their best constantly (yeah, that’s our fault though, isn’t it?). They have to show off their prestige (that’s also our fault). They can’t show faults unless it makes them feel brave for having said faults (huh, our fault too, I believe).

But it seems that nowadays, “faults” are all the rage. And while I do understand that coming out and admitting you suffer from a mental illness IS very big and unusual (and could likely lessen your roles in Hollywood), it has gotten more and more… and I’m ok with that for the most part (there will always be attention getting folks that “pretend”, but if they’re doing that they do have some kind of mental illness anyway, even if it’s not the one they’re claiming they have).

I also understand some ailments could limit roles/availability of roles. But… Ok, yes, this is going to get personal. Some actress apparently “came out” last year that she has MS. Is it bad? Apparently. And, of course, the little blip that I saw likely isn’t the only “news story” out there about it. But she’s all decked out, with her “custom cane”, made up (which I do get), and walking with the interviewer wearing her fancy clothes (after talking about financial hardship to the woman) and her high heels… wait, heels? I have problems walking in tennis shoes on my best day…

Do I think she’s faking it? No. I see NO reason for someone to do so. But she does really seem like she’s putting on a “show”. I guess that’s what we’ll get from an actress. And then the discussion on how she’ll be going back to the doctor in a year and seeing how things are going: “I want to see… I want to see for other people and I want to see for me, see where I am..”

For other people? Not even sure what that means. Maybe she wants to see if she’s gotten enough people’s attention enough? Hopefully it’s because she wants to bring awareness. Who knows. But I really think it’s time we stopped giving celebrities kudos for things we wouldn’t give the person down the street who doesn’t come out much, or the cashier at the store having problems, or the person in front of us moving a little slower in line, or any other number of people who have problems of any magnitude, whether it’s MS, lupus, anxiety, chronic pain, bipolar, fibromyalgia, HAE, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohns, … and there are lots more.

Please, yay for celebrities that are actually bringing awareness to light. But if it seems like attention hunting, than maybe it is.

Or I could just be sensitive.

Adding a little spice to my life

I have an herb garden. Have I mentioned the herb garden? I got the herb garden as a Valentine’s Day present (never mind we haven’t done presents for years. I think Jon just thought I’d like the herb garden and used this as an excuse. lol) and found really nice planters to go in it. Of course while I measured and picked the planters carefully, they don’t all fit in there. But that’s ok, they look nice. Yes, I did put the letters on there using my wonderful Cricut. First time I’ve done the sticky vinyl! Used removable so I can change it easily if I get different herbs.

Anyway, the whole point of this (yes, there is a point!) is I’ve got little sprouts!! Yay!!

It’s amazing how quickly these little buggers grow. The first pictures were taken Saturday evening (2/23), and the second pictures were taken on Sunday evening (2/24). They should be 4 ft tall by the end of the week! (yeah, I know, not really… but that would be funny, wouldn’t it?)

So, new little plants to take care of. Now, if I can actually juggle keeping everything alive (I also have three potted lilac bushes, one potted gardenia spring that was in the garden under the gardenias, the gardenias themselves, a few phlox that I hope come back up, the daffodils that are doing just fine, and a lavender that I didn’t expect to still be there!), I’ll be shocked! (and I’ll get pictures of everyone once mother nature stops being bipolar out there and figures out what season she’s going to give us!!)

And we’re here!

Looks like everything is up and working. Well, at least the auto post to Facebook. I’ve been working on the comments thing, but there are like/share buttons on the website. Of course, you can share the link on Facebook itself as well.

Looking forward to getting this all set!

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Plants and gardening!

Went through all my plants in a little check. Looks like I’m going to lose one rose out of 6, so that isn’t bad (at least it’ll give me a pot to put the sixth one in that I shouldn’t have bought. :P). I’m starting to “wake them up”. They’ll go out on the front porch maybe in March?

Also looks like I’m going to lose my funky looking portulaca that’s in a pot. If it goes, I’ll either find another or put regular portulacas in it. All my other regular hanging plants look good. Really need to get hangers on two of them. I even have the rings for them, just haven’t done it.

Everything else looks good though! Yay! Daffodils that I separated when I found the big bulb while gardening is coming up and a few actually have flower buds already! Hope we don’t get a bad freeze/frost that might kill them. Lavender is still there and I’m hoping it gets big during the summer (it should get part to full sun where it is. Gardenias are, of course, fine. I’ll give them a good trim also after risk of frost (probably late March maybe?). They really need it. Might see if I can make them balls. 😀 Also will massively trim back the stupid boxwood in the front of the house.

Lilacs in their pots (three of them) are looking very good, and 2 already have leaf buds that are green! The other has leaf buds but not open as well as the others. Will likely pull them in if frost, but I’ll see. Might not. Would love to get rid of the boxwood and just put a lilac there instead. (the others might go with us when we eventually move, but they also might be too big by then.).

So, yeah. If anyone is interested in my plant abilities it’s been a big yay this year!!

Accusation imbalance?

I’m hoping this is received in the manner it is meant. I’m a little skeptical that there is only a few women guilty of sexual harassment (and one is against another woman). I’ve seen and heard about all these accusations, the instant downfall of people who are accused (before their day in court). and yet there’s a complete lack of women being accused. Most of the “Hollywood Elite” are self important and entitled, and think they can do anything. And there aren’t women who have done the same as their male counterparts?

List of all Hollywood men accused of sexual assault and harassment

And then this one, that lists one female (and it was an accusation by another female):

Another list of Hollywood and music sexual harassment allegations

And now this one (this post was written a few weeks ago, I’ve just been a little hesitant to post it until now). A congresswoman, part of the “#MeToo” thing, is now being accused:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/california-assemblywoman-cristina-garcia-accused-of-groping-daniel-fierro/

I’ll say this about the accusations. Will we ever learn if any of these are false, if they’re just accusations to “get something”. And before people jump all over me, saying that’s wrong thinking, I want you to know this: I was accused of sexual harassment when I was a manager at Petsmart. Yes. I was accused by an employee, female, who said I was inappropriate with her. Would you like the story, or just assume she was right?

You’re getting the story. I and this woman (we’ll call her Bianca) were talking while stocking or something. She was complaining that her boyfriend never wanted sex, and she always did. I laughed and said that we should swap since my husband at the time always wanted to and I didn’t.

I don’t know how long after that she went to the director, but I’m betting it was pretty quick.

Now why did she do that? Well, she was mad that she wasn’t getting full time status. And yes, after the dust settled (thankfully there wasn’t much dust since that director, despite being a dick, knew it wasn’t how she tried to describe it), she told one of the other women in the department that she hoped they’d finally give her full time to “make it up to her”. She even laughed about being taken seriously. Was she let go? Nope. She made the accusation, and was happy to grin at me every time we interacted.

I could have lost my job, and in this climate I likely would have…. all for commenting along with her. (she was not shy about anything she said, by the way. Did it with everyone).

So, yeah… I’m having a problem believing all of these are true, and that there are almost no women guilty. Have I been “harassed”? Probably, if you follow the general comments of everyone. Have I been assaulted? Yes, I have. A former boyfriend pushed and didn’t stop the first, oh, 10 times I told him to. And I was also the object of “asleep touching” (woke up to being ogled and “touched” while assumed to be asleep. And it happened a few times (of course, I got out of that relationship, and am better for it. Took a while, mostly because I had wanted to try to “stick it out”. But then I realized that was stupid, and it really wasn’t a big stigma anymore). What have I felt since? I’m stronger. I’m more determined to never let it happen again.

No, I’m not stupid enough to think that none of these are true, that this isn’t happening in Hollywood, in the music industry, and in every day life for women. I’m also not stupid enough to think that it’s an easy thing to get past. We DO need to treat assault accusations seriously. But we also have to get a handle on the “harassment” definition. It’s broad. I could have brought harassment charges against that dick director for his comments of “getting your panties in a wad”. Was it harassment? No, it wasn’t. Men are afraid to tell women they look good for fear of being accused (and don’t even try to argue that it hasn’t happened). Why aren’t women afraid? Why isn’t harassment against men treated the same? Why is it considered not masculine? That’s another thing we need to change.

I think we, as women, need to be the ones to start this conversation, to help make this change. Why is it a “female strength” thing? Are more women harassed? Yes, I won’t deny that. But why can’t we be “human’s against harassment”? Why are we constantly dividing ourselves in every way. We’re one race, we’re one people. When this stops being a “women’s issue”, we will have more strength… because we’ll have strength in numbers.

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