Saturday, 7 September 2019

Lynn Brown Rosenberg: My sexual awakening at 70

What happens to a woman who seeks to rediscover her sexuality at 70? Does she visit a sex store? Does she buy toys and porn? Does she push her boundaries to even greater extremes by joining a sex chat website? She does all of this and a whole lot more! Interweaving a repressed and intimidating upbringing with her lively and uncensored search for sexual liberation (complete with writing erotic stories), Rosenberg discovers it’s never too late to find freedom and begin life anew.

How to review this book? I'm sure that upon reading the title, buyers like myself would be attracted by the potential for titillation. However, I found myself frequently disturbed by the author's childhood. Mom and Dad repeatedly demonstrated a self-involvement to the point of ignoring their daughter or finding her an inconvenience in their lives. In fact, at one point, when the author was in her twenties, Dad confessed that if they could do it all over again, they wouldn't have children. I'm sure we all at one point or another have reflected on our lives, the choices we made, the choices we possibly should have made, but to say that to your own daughter? That bowled me over.

Before returning to the book, I have to get this off my chest. A long time ago, I recognised that collectively we allow ourselves to do certain things without supervision and without any testing to prove we're capable of doing such a thing. What things? Sex, marriage, and parenting. I have to take lessons and pass an exam in order to get a driver's license. I have to go to university, do an internship, and pass the medical board's requirements before I'm allowed to perform brain surgery. But nobody's going to check my qualifications before having sex, getting married, or bringing a child into the world. Some people are naturals. Most people are taking a whack at it, learning with on-the-job training. But some do it because they think they're supposed to do it but don't really want to do it and consequently, end up doing it in a half-hearted fashion. There were numerous times throughout Ms. Rosenberg's memoir when she recounted life with her parents, and I cringed. People don't realize they would be doing the world a favor if they did not have children as opposed to their second- or third-rate parenting and the negative effect it has on another human being. Congratulations to the author for having survived and managing to come out the other side.

Back to the sex.

How many of us had no talks about sex from our parents? I mean literally nothing. You're on your own. Figure it out yourself. The author grew up in the fifties and sixties and Mom and Dad reflected back on her the sexuality of that era, that is, good girls never do before marriage. Doing so makes a woman tawdry, a prostitute. Talk about slut-shaming and sex-shaming. Add on top of this how they were cruel and abusive toward their own daughter, and I'm surprised the author had any sex at all.

Ms. Rosenberg eventually meets a man, and they fall in love. He becomes her husband. But as she writes:

"I think there were many reason why Jerry and I didn't click sexually, and my inhibition was one of them. I was trained that I'd be thought of as a prostitute if I was too enthusiastic or creative when it came to sex, let alone if I enjoyed it. I didn't want Jerry to think of me that way, or to think of myself that way. Above all, I needed to be "good," especially with a man who really cared about me."

Elsewhere, I have wondered how much our culture has influenced our behavior and our gender roles to the point of affecting our relationship with our spouse, supposedly the one person in life with whom we should theoretically have the most open and honest rapport. The author is worried that if she expresses herself sexually, her husband will see her as "cheap". How many marriages in the world have been saddled with a mediocre sex life because one or both partners are worried about how they think society wants them to behave? Ms. Rosenberg can't be open with her husband and ends up not being open with herself.

After fifteen years of marriage, her husband dies of cancer. She lives alone, but then has an epiphany.

Joan Price - Aug 12/2019
Let Freedom Ring: The Joy and Novelty of No-Risk, Anonymous Sex by Lynn Brown Rosenberg
I had gone 12 years without sex, and I didn’t want to live that way anymore.

I changed psychological medications and that made a difference right away. But I also realized I had been repressed sexually for decades. That began to crystallize when I told my urologist I hadn’t had an orgasm in many years. She suggested I get some porn and a vibrator. I did exactly that!

Although reluctant at first to discuss my sex life, or the lack thereof, with my therapist, I began to relax after he reassured me, “Don’t worry, I’ve heard it all.” I learned from him about porn you can watch in the Internet.

I watched some pretty interesting stuff and became especially intrigued with one video where the woman talked to the man, telling him what she was going to do to him and asking him if he liked it. She stroked him as she talked, and this was all he needed have an explosive orgasm. This aroused me — it was sexy, safe, and the kind of part-way point I needed to get back to sex.

During another session, I told my doctor I missed having no one in my life to talk to about my sexual desires. He told me about sex chat websites like and What?! There was no way I was going to talk sex with strangers. And besides, what in the world would I say?

And then I remembered the woman who talked and brought the man to ecstasy. I went back to that video and wrote down word-for-word what she said. Having the words pushed aside my unease. Sure, I was nervous, but willing to give it a try.

Lynn writes erotica
A 70-year-old woman writing explicit sex scenes complete with four-letter words may surprise you, shock you, and titillate you. But I assure you, millions, no tens of millions of people are doing this every day across the globe. Maybe you haven't done it, but it is going on. While my life may be parochial, I'm reminded that there are people out there living extraordinary lives.

Ms. Rosenberg includes several examples of her erotic stories in her book. I would label this "throwaway erotica". This is the type of thing you read when you're horny, or write when you're horny, or possibly share with a partner when you're horny and want to get them horny. This isn't great literature; there will be no Pulitzer Prize. But it does serve the purpose of expressing yourself. Sometimes you want to say, "I love you," and sometimes you want to say, "I lust you." Sexual energy begets sexual energy.

I once knew a couple who were having an affair. She lived on the east coast, and he lived on the west coast. Their relationship was hot, like on fire. Periodically, they got together for a weekend tryst of passion measuring 9.5 on the Richter scale.

But while apart, both of them wrote and independently published erotica. They sold books. Curious, I bought some. Profane, scandalous, and oh so passionate. I realized what they were doing: They were keeping their passion alive by writing each other "lust letters".

Ms. Rosenberg put pen to paper, so to speak, and discovered that the old saying is true: Our biggest sex organ is our brain.

An orgasm is an orgasm is something more
Ms. Rosenberg experiments with porn and sex toys and in the process, discovers something about herself.

I knew something significant was missing from my life. I didn’t realize how significant until, for the first time in my life, I had the good fortune of achieving a really powerful orgasm. Why did that matter? Not only was it unimaginably pleasurable, it was life affirming. I felt authentic, sexy, and extraordinarily present. Partner or not, I was alive.

An orgasm, as an integral part of the human experience, can be life-affirming.

Final Word
Am I happy that Lynn Brown Rosenberg came out of her shell and discovered herself? Yes. Would I want her life? No. While the book deals with a woman eventually triumphing over her up-bringing, I wince, thinking about her childhood. Holy cow! What horrible parents.

I laud Ms. Rosenberg for her take-charge approach at the age of seventy. It is a reminder that it's never too late.

I'd rather regret the things I've done than regret the things I've not done.

But I also see it as a warning to us all to take charge now and not wait. We're all influenced by our parents, our religion, our peer group, and our culture. We live in an environment which is still very much the traditional patriarchy, along with misogyny, the Double Standard, sex-shaming, slut-shaming, women as chattel, virginity valued above all else, sex only in marriage and only for procreation, etc. No matter how much we want to escape it, these influences surround us, even at a subliminal level, and affect us psychologically. This is not peace, love, and understanding. And we may not even be aware this is going on. As I'm fond of saying, "Does a goldfish know it's living in a fishbowl?"

Let's all try to follow Lynn Rosenberg: be honest with others, but more importantly, be honest with ourselves. This is what I like, and this is what I want. But unlike Ms. Rosenberg, let's not do this when we're 70, but when we're 50, 40, or even 30. Not tomorrow, but today. Right now.


official web site: Lynn Brown Rosenberg
Residing in Los Angeles, Lynn was a musician and composer for several years and is now successful writer. An excerpt from her memoir entitled "My Sexual Awakening at 70" has just been published by as well as The Huffington Post. An interview with HuffPost Women is upcoming.

Facebook: Lynn Brown Rosenberg

my blog: Esther Perel: Is this woman on to something? - Mar 12/2013
In long-term relationships, we often expect our beloved to be both best friend and erotic partner. But as Esther Perel argues, good and committed sex draws on two conflicting needs: our need for security and our need for surprise. So how do you sustain desire?

my blog: How old is too old for sex? - Apr 10/2014
A professional photographer captures the mature sexuality of ten 70-year-old women and causes a variety of reactions. Can one be too old for sex? With age, is anything sexual in bad taste? Is being photographed in a suggestive pose empowering for a woman or does it objectify her? And is objectification as in the "object of my desire" always a bad thing?


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Friday, 6 September 2019

Turia Pitt

Somebody on Facebook posted the following picture.

I had to investigate this story.

Wikipedia: Turia Pitt
Turia Pitt (born 24 July 1987) is an Australian mining engineer, humanitarian, athlete, motivational speaker and author.

In September 2011, Pitt was competing in an ultramarathon through Western Australia's Kimberley region, when she was caught in a grass fire. During a subsequent inquiry, she stated there was "nowhere else to go" when the competitors tried to outrun an out-of-control blaze that swept up Selena Gorge, just outside Kununurra. Pitt suffered burns to 65 percent of her body. It was several hours before medical help arrived and she was air-lifted out. Doctors did not expect her to survive her injuries.
Medical problems
Prior to the ultramarathon incident, Pitt was a healthy, fit athlete. As a result of her injuries in the fire, she was placed in a medically-induced coma for a month. All the fingers of her right hand, and two fingers on her left, had to be amputated. She endured six months in hospital, underwent over 200 operations and spent two years in recovery. During that time, she was required to wear a full-body compression suit and mask, and only allowed to remove for an hour a day. The mask was required to help smooth out the scars on her face and body. She removed it for the first time on the 60 Minutes program revealing her face to the world.

She is an Ambassador for ReSurge International, and has raised money for the organisation by leading trekking adventures. In that capacity, she walked the Great Wall of China in 2014, the Inca Trail in 2015, and the Kokoda Track in 2016. Through this work, along with her support for other ReSurge International fundraising initiatives, she has directly and indirectly contributed to more than $1 million being raised to support the organisation's work.

Wikipedia: ReSurge International
ReSurge International, formerly known as Interplast, is the first international humanitarian organization to provide free reconstructive surgery in developing countries, primarily to children with cleft lip and palate and burn scar contractures.

Woman's Day - May 16/2019
In pictures: Turia Pitt and Michael Hoskin's love story by Chloe Lal
Turia Pitt and fiancé Michael Hoskin's love story is one for the ages... Their relationship is an integral part of Turia's inspiring story of survival. She often cites Michael's love as what kept her going during her horrific ordeal, revealing he makes her feel like "the luckiest girl in the world."

Published on Oct 21, 2014 by TED Talks
YouTube: Unmask your potential | Turia Pitt | TEDxMacquarieUniversity
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences.

Turia Pitt was named Cosmopolitan’s ‘Woman of the Year’ for 2013, short-listed for this year’s ‘Young Australian of the Year’ and the winner of the recent NSW ‘Woman of the Year’ Awards. She is a burns survivor, motivational speaker, engineer and published author. She has a double degree in Mining Engineering and Science and graduated with first class honours. Her memoir ‘Everything to Live For’ was published late in 2013.

Final Word
I've had a tough day. I'm frustrated, even angry. Things aren't going right, and it's upsetting. Then I see this. I'm stunned. I'm amazed. Even ashamed. I have no idea of the problems, the challenges faced by some other people. In comparison, I'm living the dream. I'm humbled, and quite rightly, I should be humbled. I have no idea of their struggles.


official web site: Turia Pitt

my blog: Poor Me - Jun 21/2010
Jacqueline Saburido, born in 1978 in Venezuela, went to the United States in 1999 to study English. On September 19, 1999, she went to a birthday party and after two or three hours, she and her four friends decided to go home. During the drive, their vehicle was hit by an SUV driven by a man, Reginald Stephey, 17 years old, who was drunk. Two passengers were killed immediately; the other two were only slightly injured. Jacqueline was trapped in the car, one foot stuck underneath his seat. The car caught fire and Jacqueline suffered burns over 60% of her body. The consequence of this tragic accident, Jacqueline lost all the fingers of both hands, hair, ears, nose, lips, eyelid of the left eye and most of her sight. Since the accident she has had more than 50 surgeries and supposedly, others will follow.

my blog: Nick Vujicic: What can I complain about? - Jul 20/2011
Tetra-amelia is a word made up of two Greek words: "tetra" meaning four and "amelia" referring to the failure of an arm or leg to develop before birth. This rare disorder is characterized by an absence of all four limbs.

Nicholas James Vujicic, born 4 December 1982, was born with Tetra-amelia; he has no arms and no legs. "Nick", as he is called, was the eldest son of a Croatian family living in Brisbane, Australia. He was born limbless although has two feet, both toeless except for two toes on one foot. Other than this disability, he was born perfectly healthy.


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Saturday, 10 August 2019

America is at a Reckoning

For some time now, I've been suspicious that something happened in 2016. Yes, Russia meddled, and that affected the outcome. Yes, people voted for the third-party candidates like Jill Stein, and that affected the outcome. But we all expected Hillary to win by a landslide. This wasn't supposed to be a contest; it wasn't even supposed to be close. Donald Trump was a joke and didn't have a snowball's chance.

What the dickens happened? This is so surreal; I have difficulty wrapping my head around it.

I put together the following pie chart based on numbers from U.S. Election Atlas. You can see that the real winner of the 2016 Election was "Did Not Vote". Now, that sounds funny, doesn't it? The biggest block of voters did not cast a ballot. Donald J. Trump is president based on merely 26% of all eligible voters. That's pretty far from a majority. That's not a ringing endorsement by a long shot.

The media, pundits, election experts and statisticians have all been focused on issues like Russia's involvement, how the electoral college system is antiquated and ignores the popular vote, how a vote for an independent client was a vote for Trump, gerrymandering, voter suppression, etc. All of those issues are important and deserve consideration. But look at the above pie chart. I repeat Hillary was supposed to win by a landslide.

In the film Fahrenheit 11/9, Michael Moore points out that the Democrats have won the popular vote in seven out of the last eight presidential elections. Based on that statistic, he concludes the majority of America is liberal, not conservative. Is it true: Is the silent majority just that, silent?

Last year, I put together the following image. With all the debate surrounding guns in the United States after a number of high-profile mass shootings, I got curious about the numbers. There were reports about the majority of Americans favoring some form of gun control, and yet there were little or no controls. The NRA wields an unprecedented amount of lobbying power in Washington and yet, they have only five million members, a mere 1.54% of the total population. What happened to the will of the people?

According to a June 20, 2019 poll conducted by Monmouth University, less than four in ten say Trump should be re-elected. If "Did Not Vote" cast their ballot, we should have a landslide. And yet, the fear of Trump winning in 2020 is great. Some prognosticators are predicting Trump will serve a second term. How could that be possible? Then again, just about everybody was wrong about Trump's first term.

This has been a long time coming
There are issues America has never dealt with: sexism, racism, homophobia, and xenophobia. Despite the best efforts of the founding fathers, the country has, at times, shown a brutal, parochial worldview.

Slavery. The United States of America, the largest economy in the world, the greatest military power, the "shining city on a hill", had institutionalized slavery. The subjugation of other races is in the blood of the nation.

Charlottesville. Like many people, I watched video clips of the protests. "Very fine people on both sides." I watched the parade of mostly men carrying torches and chanting, "Jews will not replace us." I saw the subsequent Internet meme: "You can't be a Nazi and an American. We had a war over this. The entire world was involved."

#MeToo. I read about Harvey Weinstein who I suppose can be inadvertently credited with having started the movement. Did he never look in the mirror and ask himself what he was doing? I'm a man. I can understand being horny and pushing the envelope, of being persistent to the point of being annoying. But Harvey, come on! You stepped over the line, drew a new line, and then stepped over that. Holy cow! And the subsequent list of big-name men who fallen from grace? I will now shake my head in surprise and disbelief, realizing my disbelief proves how well ingrained and hidden this has been in our culture. Boys will be boys. Grab 'em by the... well, you get my point.

Income inequality continually goes up. The national debt continually goes up. Heck, the deficit always goes up! Ronald Reagan, possibly America's first celebrity president, has the distinction of starting what has been a trend for Republicans and the country in general: an economy which is steadfastly growing out of control. In the Wikipedia article Reaganomics, it's pointed out that at the beginning of the Reagan presidency, the United States was the largest creditor nation in the world. At the end of Reagan's presidency, just eight years later, America had become the largest debtor nation in the world. That position has not changed but only gotten worse.

Ignorance is bliss
Jimmy Kimmel has an amusing bit where he sends a camera crew out on Hollywood Boulevard to interview people. In one segment, "Can You Name a Country?" (July 12/2018, YouTube 3:44) the interviewer gives the person a pointer and asks them to point out a country, any country, on a world map. Now, I'm sure they've edited the clip to show only the funniest, but it was nevertheless startling to see a general level of knowledge which can only be labelled as abysmal. I looked at the map and knew I couldn't name all the "-stans" of the former Soviet Republic, but people couldn't identify a single country, not even the United States!

Starting in the 2016 campaign through these two years of the Trump presidency, I've heard politicians, Fox News contributors, and Trump supporters voice opinions with such conviction and surprising ignorance. One of my favourites is, "I don't believe in global warming, but I'm not a scientist." First off, belief is not the equivalent of knowing. Second, admitting you're not a scientist is what? Some sort of Get-out-of-jail-free card in case you're wrong?

The above two Internet memes are funny but let me point out that they're funny because they're true. There's a false equivalency: an opinion is not equal to a fact. And one can't ignore facts and science just because they refuse to change their opinion. Someone may believe that two plus two equals five but repeating it over and over again isn't going to change anything. But I would point out that if somebody persists in saying the answer is five, sooner or later, reality is going to catch up with them. (FYI: For an interesting discussion of 2+2=5, look at the link below about George Orwell's book 1984.)

Fake News, Alternative Facts, and 2+2=5
Back in 1637, Réné Descartes figured out that the only thing he could be sure of was that he was thinking: "I think, there I am.". Everything else could very well be The Matrix. Admittedly, these philosophical exercises can be akin to mental masturbation, but in these days of Trump, when absolutely everything has been put on the table, we can all review our own belief system. Debating is a skill we should all develop. It's insufficient to say, "This is what I think." Prove it.

However, I've come to appreciate over these past few years just how much of our worldview, our belief system, comes from those around us: family, friends, peer group, leaders. While I can sit with somebody at a table at Starbucks and use two packets of sugar and two packets of sweetener to prove that two plus two equals four, there are a great number of things I can't prove myself. I must rely on others, but my choice of expertise says something about me.
  • The tobacco industry has marketed themselves to suppress data about the use of their product linked to cancer.
  • The fossil fuel industry has suppressed for decades research linking the burning of fossil fuels to global warming.
  • The sugar industry suppressed data linking their product to heart disease and set up a marketing campaign to suggest the problem was fat, not sugar.
It's interesting to consider that in the quest for profit, the above industries are killing their consumers. Now I don't think these industries sat down for a board meeting, took a vote, and all decided to literally kill people. I think they collectively demonstrate the human psychological condition of diminishing the importance of things we don't fully understand. Yes, cigarettes cause cancer, but I don't have cancer. Yes, fossil fuels cause global warming but what exactly is warm and how does that affect anything? Yes, I use sugar but I'm healthy, so what's the problem?

Final Word
Today, the lights are still on. But tomorrow? Of course, philosophers and therapists say we should all live in the present so let's let tomorrow take care of itself. That's much easier that trying to figure out what effect what we're doing today will have on tomorrow.

Dear children: Good luck. You're on your own.


Wikipedia: 2 + 2 = 5
The phrase "two plus two equals five" ("2 + 2 = 5") is a slogan used in propaganda, literature or other media, most notably the 1949 dystopian novel 1984 by George Orwell. In the novel, it is used as an example of an obviously false dogma that one may be required to believe, similar to other obviously false slogans promoted by the Party in the novel.

Psychology Today - Dec 27/2018
A Complete Psychological Analysis of Trump's Support by Bobby Azarian Ph.D.
Whether we want to or not, we must try to understand the Donald Trump phenomenon, as it has completely swept the nation and also fiercely divided it. What is most baffling about it all is Trump’s apparent political invincibility. As he himself said even before he won the presidential election, “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.” Unfortunately for the American people, this wild-sounding claim appears to be truer than not. It should also motivate us to explore the science underlying such peculiar human behavior, so we can learn from it, and potentially inoculate against it.


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Tuesday, 30 July 2019

The Secret Life Of Brian: Documentary on the Monty Python film

Published on Jul 15, 2015 by Monty Python the Flying Circus
YouTube: The Secret Life of Brian (48:04)
Documentary shown on Channel 4 in 2007 showing the controversy that was around during and after the filming of "Monty Python Life of Brian".

Some idle thoughts
"So funny, it was banned in Norway!" I remember seeing the film when it first came out and was amused, but I had no idea of the backstory. As with anything religious, there's controversy, and it would seem the stalwarts of Christianity took exception — Even umbrage! — to mocking our Lord. Then again, were they locking our Lord Himself or were they mocking our attempts to worship the Lord?

I found the documentary fascinating. While films of fiction can be entertaining, a documentary can be eye-catching since we're talking about real life.

In hearing about the controversy generated by the religious, I have to ask how many fought to have the movie banned but had not actually seen the film? If you can't take criticism, you can't laugh at yourself and your own beliefs, there's something wrong.


Rotten Tomatoes: Monty Python's Life of Brian: 95%
Critics Consensus: One of the more cutting-edge films of the 1970s, this religious farce from the classic comedy troupe is as poignant as it is funny and satirical.

Wikipedia: Monty Python's Life of Brian
Monty Python's Life of Brian, also known as Life of Brian, is a 1979 British comedy film starring and written by the comedy group Monty Python (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin). It was also directed by Jones. The film tells the story of Brian Cohen (played by Chapman), a young Jewish man who is born on the same day as—and next door to—Jesus Christ, and is subsequently mistaken for the Messiah.

Following the withdrawal of funding by EMI Films just days before production was scheduled to begin, long-time Monty Python fan and former member of the Beatles, George Harrison, arranged financing for Life of Brian through the formation of his company HandMade Films.

The film contains themes of religious satire that were controversial at the time of its release, drawing accusations of blasphemy, and protests from some religious groups. Thirty-nine local authorities in the United Kingdom either imposed an outright ban, or imposed an X (18 years) certificate, effectively preventing the film from being shown, since the distributors said it could not be shown unless it was unedited and carried the original AA (14) certificate. Some countries, including Ireland and Norway, banned its showing, with a few of these bans lasting decades. The filmmakers used such notoriety to benefit their marketing campaign, with posters in Sweden reading, "So funny, it was banned in Norway!"

The film was a box office success, the fourth-highest-grossing film in the United Kingdom in 1979, and highest grossing of any British film in the United States that year. It has remained popular, receiving positive reviews. The film was named "greatest comedy film of all time" by several magazines and television networks, and it would later receive a 97% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes with the consensus, "One of the more cutting-edge films of the 1970s, this religious farce from the classic comedy troupe is as poignant as it is funny and satirical." In a 2006 Channel 4 poll, Life of Brian was ranked first on their list of the 50 Greatest Comedy Films.

Wikipedia: Monty Python
Monty Python (also collectively known as the Pythons) are a British surreal comedy group who created the sketch comedy television show Monty Python's Flying Circus, which first aired on the BBC in 1969. Forty-five episodes were made over four series. The Python phenomenon developed from the television series into something larger in scope and impact, including touring stage shows, films, numerous albums, several books, and musicals. The Pythons' influence on comedy has been compared to the Beatles' influence on music. Regarded as enduring icons of 1970s pop culture, their sketch show has been referred to as being “an important moment in the evolution of television comedy".

my blog: Monty Python: The Cheese Shop - July 26/2014
This sketch from the television show was included in the 1973 album, Matching Tie and Handkerchief.

my blog: Monty Python: Always Look on the Bright Side of Life - Feb 11/2012
"Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" is a comedy song written by Eric Idle that was originally featured in the 1979 film Monty Python's Life of Brian and has gone on to become a common singalong at public events such as football matches as well as funerals."


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Thursday, 11 July 2019

John Prine and Iris Dement: In Spite of Ourselves

Published on Apr 30, 2017 by John Prine
YouTube: John Prine and Iris Dement - In Spite of Ourselves Official Video

She don't like her eggs all runny
She thinks crossin' her legs is funny
She looks down her nose at money
She gets it on like the Easter Bunny
She's my baby I'm her honey
I'm never gonna let her go

He ain't got laid in a month of Sundays
I caught him once and he was sniffin' my undies
He ain't too sharp but he gets things done
Drinks his beer like it's oxygen
He's my baby
And I'm his honey
Never gonna let him go

In spite of ourselves
We'll end up a'sittin' on a rainbow
Against all odds
Honey, we're the big door prize
We're gonna spite our noses
Right off of our faces
There won't be nothin' but big old hearts
Dancin' in our eyes.

She thinks all my jokes are corny
Convict movies make her horny
She likes ketchup on her scrambled eggs
Swears like a sailor when shaves her legs
She takes a lickin'
And keeps on tickin'
I'm never gonna let her go.

He's got more balls than a big brass monkey
He's a whacked out weirdo and a lovebug junkie
Sly as a fox and crazy as a loon
Payday comes and he's howlin' at the moon
He's my baby I don't mean maybe
Never gonna let him go

In spite of ourselves
We'll end up a sittin' on a rainbow
Against all odds
Honey, we're the big door prize
We're gonna spite our noses
Right off of our faces
There won't be nothin' but big old hearts
Dancin' in our eyes.
There won't be nothin' but big old hearts
Dancin' in our eyes.

In spite of ourselves


Wikipedia: In Spite of Ourselves
In Spite of Ourselves is the 13th studio album of John Prine, featuring duets with various well-known female folk and alt-country vocalists, released in 1999.

The album was Prine’s first release since successfully battling throat cancer. The female duet partners include Iris DeMent, Connie Smith, Lucinda Williams, Trisha Yearwood, Melba Montgomery, Emmylou Harris, Dolores Keane, Patty Loveless, and his wife, Fiona Prine.

Wikipedia: John Prine
John Prine (born October 10, 1946) is an American country folk singer-songwriter. He has been active as a composer, recording artist, and live performer since the early 1970s, and is known for an often humorous style of country music that has elements of protest and social commentary.


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Friday, 5 July 2019

This is America

Donald Trump is not America. This is America.

The Republican Party is not America. This is America.

The Right is not right; they're wrong. This is America.

Election 2020. Vote like your life depended on it.

Published on Jul 4, 2016 by WWE
YouTube: John Cena Love Has No Labels "We Are America" (3:37)
John Cena teams with Love Has No Labels this Independence Day for their #WeAreAmerica campaign.


Wikipedia: Ad Council
The Advertising Council, commonly known as the Ad Council, is an American nonprofit organization that produces, distributes, and promotes public service announcements on behalf of various sponsors, including nonprofit organizations, non-governmental organizations and agencies of the United States government.

Famous Campaigns
* Love Has No Labels (2015–present) focused on diversity and inclusion, the campaign's video was among the 10 most watched videos on YouTube in 2015. The commercial for the campaign won the award for Best Commercial during at the 2016 Emmy Awards.

Wikipedia: John Cena
John Felix Anthony Cena Jr. (b 1977) is an American professional wrestler, actor, rapper, and TV personality. As a wrestler, he is currently signed to WWE. As a TV personality, he is currently the host of Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? on Nickelodeon.

my blog: Love Has No Labels - Mar 5/2015 - re: Implicit Bias
Ad Council: While the vast majority of Americans consider themselves unprejudiced, many of us unintentionally make snap judgments about people based on what we see—whether it’s race, age, gender, religion, sexuality, or disability. This may be a significant reason many people in the U.S. report they feel discriminated against. Subconscious prejudice—called “implicit bias”—has profound implications for how we view and interact with others who are different from us. It can hinder a person’s ability to find a job, secure a loan, rent an apartment, or get a fair trial, perpetuating disparities in American society. The Love Has No Labels campaign challenges us to open our eyes to our bias and prejudice and work to stop it in ourselves, our friends, our families, and our colleagues.

Published on Mar 3, 2015 by Ad Council
YouTube: Love Has No Labels | Diversity & Inclusion | Ad Council (3:19)


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Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Random Humor 2019-06-19

What woman doesn't want to get a flower? I will now look around innocently and whistle.

Pinterest: Retro Humor

Published on Oct 10, 2011 by MovieClips
YouTube: Last night you were ... unhinged.

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Saturday, 15 June 2019

The Enemy Is Us

In 1813 from U.S. Navy Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry to Army General William Henry Harrison after his victory in the Battle of Lake Erie, stating, "We have met the enemy, and they are ours." The cartoonist Walt Kelly first parodied the line in 1953, although the panel we see below was done in 1971. When I first saw it, I recognised the ironic truth to the changed words: We are our own worst enemy.

Yes, at the end of the day, the cause of all our problems is ourselves. Pick any issue - global warming, abortion, elections, the environment, health care, etc. - and the trouble stems from our worldview or lack thereof. We are so ignorant; we are so unqualified for dealing with any of these issues.

I think of modern society with its cell phones, computers, and Internet looking down on ancient cultures who worshiped, for instance, the sun as a god, making sacrifices for a good harvest. We all know that there is no such thing as a sun god: Those ancient cultures were so backward, so primitive.

But are we any better? I've heard it said that the human race has made no progress over the past two thousand years. We're just as dumb as before, only now we have high-speed broadband. We proudly assert the progress made with science and technology but overlook the philosophical, the spiritual, and the moral. For the most part, we remain greedy, self-centered individuals with a disregard for the bigger picture.

Admittedly, I'm painting a depressing portrait of the world. However, let me add that while there is bad in the world, there is a lot of good. I'm hopeful. Of course, what other choice do any of us have? We have to remain hopeful for the alternative is unthinkable.

Some of the issues we're dumb about
  • Make something illegal and it will go away
    Case in point: abortion, drugs, sex work. Legislating something as a crime doesn't stop it. If human beings want it, they'll go after it, even under penalty of jail time. I contend that if we as a society truly wanted to deal with an issue, we wouldn't just use the law. After all, you can never stop a river. You can divert its flow, but you can never stop it. Don't believe me? Let's all go back Prohibition. How did that work out? (Prohibition in the United States lasted from 1920 to 1993. Wikipedia)
  • Hide the truth to make a profit
    How many people have died from smoking? The tobacco industry hide the facts as much as possible because they were making a fortune. The fossil fuel industry knew decades ago about climate change but hide the scientific analysis so they could continue making a profit at the pump. The sugar industry hide the science and diverted public attention to fat. We know now it's sugar not fat that is the bigger culprit in heart disease. Healthcare should be the right of all citizens and should be funded and overseen by the government. Unfortunately, in the United States, it's a for-profit industry which has little taste for seeing any changes which would erode their profits.
  • Religion
    What can I say in a few words about such a topic? While I agree that faith is beneficial, I find that man's interpretation of God and His Will to be the source of much evil in the world. As for the Bible — probably applicable to all religious texts, regardless the religion — pick your stance: pro-war, anti-war, pro-abortion, anti-abortion, pro-slavery, anti-slavery. The Bible will furnish you with a passage to support anything and everything. Years ago (Sorry, I've hunted on the Net, but I can't find this.), I read about a sect in the States (West Virginia?) which had banned all music based on an obscure passage in Timothy. Yes, banned all music. Whenever I hear somebody use a biblical passage to explain or justify their position, I know they have first formulated their position, then gone to the Bible to find whatever will support said position. In other words, they have not carefully weighed the pros and cons, examined other options, etc. They've started with their conclusion and then backed up to find supporting arguments.

Final Word
We may start with the best intentions, but we sometimes screw up royally. We can blame other people, faulty ingredients, bad supplies, or even the weather including sunspots, but we did it so we're to blame. During prohibition, bootleggers turned to denatured (poisonous) alcohol as a source of product. Attempts to renature (make non-poisonous) were not always successful. It's reported that upwards of ten thousand people died from drinking bad alcohol. Oops. The enemy is us.


Wikipedia: Pogo (comic strip)
Pogo is the title and central character of a long-running daily American comic strip, created by cartoonist Walt Kelly (1913–1973) and distributed by the Post-Hall Syndicate. Set in the Okefenokee Swamp of the southeastern United States, the strip often engaged in social and political satire through the adventures of its anthropomorphic funny animal characters.

Wikipedia: Walt Kelly
Walter Crawford Kelly, Jr. (1913–1973), commonly known as Walt Kelly, was an American animator and cartoonist, best known for the comic strip Pogo. He began his animation career in 1936 at Walt Disney Studios, contributing to Pinocchio, Fantasia, and Dumbo. In 1941, at the age of 28, Kelly transferred to work at Dell Comics, where he created Pogo, which eventually became his platform for political and philosophical commentary.

Snopes: Did the U.S. Government Purposely Poison 10,000 Americans During Prohibition? - May 12/2017

Wikipedia: Prohibition in the United States

Erin Brockovich
In this 2000 biographical film, the heroine has discovered that PG&E has contaminated the groundwater of Hinkley, California, leading to sickness and death among the townsfolk. The corporation attempts to solve their problem by throwing money at it: out of sight, out of mind. In this two-minute clip, the magnitude of the issue is brought home to PG&E: It's not a problem if it's not my problem. I don't care about the faceless individuals who may be inadvertently affected by my business practices.

Published on Jun 1, 2011 by MovieClips
YouTube: A Lame-Ass Offer - Erin Brockovich (6/10) Movie CLIP (2000) HD (2:00)


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