Islamic penises get erected seeing mannequins » No Country for Women

http://freethoughtblogs.com/taslima/2014/07/25/islamic-penises-get-erected-seeing-mannequins/

You know, I want to laugh when I see such absurdity, but the sad truth is that this insane, idiotic, backwards and completely juvenile mindset rules the lives of so many women in so much of the world.

It fits right in with the ISIS Fatwa insisting all women in the ISIS controlled city of Mosul in Iraq, ages 14 to 46 submit to Female Genital Mutilation (FMG), also called Female Circumcision. to make it sound more “civilized.”

What, pray tell, is civilised, holy or “clean” as I’ve seen it justified a few times on other articles, about chopping off part or all of a girl’s or women’s labia.  Then sewing her together, leaving only a tiny hole to urinate, leading to painful sexual dysfunction, fistulas after giving birth, and other horrible, sometimes fatal, health problems.

While the barbaric practice of FMG did not start with the Islamic religion, extremist Muslims have certainly adopted such practices into their beliefs and worldviews.  As they have expanded their control over the minds and lives of countless other Muslims, this hideous “procedure” is no longer confined to tiny, isolated areas of the world and has made it’s way into Western societies, coming along with immigrant families who are taught this is the right and proper way to raise their daughters.

See, in my personal opinion, all these efforts to keep men from being “tempted” – apparently over something they can’t reasonably be expected to control…their dicks – has nothing to do with protecting the body and honour of girls and women.  It has everything to do with controlling them.  It is the mark of men who, because they are in general, physically stronger than women, and are raised in deeply entrenched patriarchal societies, use religion as just one more weapon in their aresenal to live the perpetual dream of heterosexual pubescent boys everywhere…use anything and everything to satisfy their hormonal urges and feelings of power.

Keep in mind that I feel this way about all of the major, monotheistic religions.  It’s just that right now, at this time in history, radical Islam is the one causing the most waves worldwide.

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8 Things the Anti-Vax Lobby Doesn’t Understand » A Million Gods

This is one of the better blogs I’ve ever seen that effectively blows the anti-vaccine idiots badly misinformed people who tout the benefits of rejecting decades of proven vaccines that have saved countless lives.

http://freethoughtblogs.com/amilliongods/2014/06/25/8-things-the-anti-vax-lobby-doesnt-understand/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook

Sigh. MS sucks!

Yup, I’ve been away for a few days.  Like the post title says, MS sucks.  Big time.

I’ve actually been in the thick of a relapse for a couple of months, but as my GP refuses to treat anything to do with the MS, there isn’t much I could do about it.  My first clue was when my left eye started acting up again a couple of months ago.  Then a couple of weeks ago I woke up one day with horrendous vertigo that just would not go away.

I know I should have long since gone to the ER for help, but I’m so used to being told that’s not an appropriate place to seek treatments for relapses. I should see my GP, they tell me.  Really?  But he says no, call your neuro or go to the ER.

If you’ve ever had to see a specialist, you know it’s not like you can just call them up get an appointment in a few days.  Months, maybe.  Hell, where I’m at, you can’t even do that with your family physician.  (If you’re lucky enough to even have one, that is.  Your insurance or lack thereof, makes zero difference anymore.  There simply aren’t enough of them practicing here, and the ones that do seem to actively avoid anyone with a complicated medical history.)

A couple of weeks ago I woke up with horrendous vertigo that would not go away. Walking was nearly impossible.  So, after a long scheduled test for another MS issue at the hospital this past Thursday, and after coming close to braining myself in the shower that morning, off went down the hall to the ER.

Fortunately, there was a neuro who works with mine on duty, and he soon had me hooked up to what ended up being a three-day course of high dose of IV steroids.  I can walk again.  Yay!

This is the first time anyone has bothered to treat a relapse, so as tiring and frustrating as going back and forth and waiting for hours to get plugged back in, I’m most happy to be walking again.  You know, without falling and bashing into every wall.

Okay, that’s my TMI post of the week!

Cheers. 🙂

Why I Blog…

Or more accurately, why I blog the way I do.

What with all the various reblogs on a wide range of topics that I’ve been checkering my blog with since I started a few months ago, some might wonder if I have an actual purpose in mind.  A voice, so to speak.

To be honest, the only real goal I had when starting this blog, was to have a place that was mine.

A place that where I could speak my mind and not have to worry about what other people are going to say. That’s the beauty of being able to write anonymously, and to also having the power to approve or deny comments.

You see, I am fully aware the very people I don’t want to ever find out about this blog, may eventually do so.

And despite the fact that I have not yet, nor have intentions of ever doing so, slamming them in any way – or returning the “favour” of saying about them all the nasty things they have said, and in some cases, continue to say, about me – I cannot bring myself to stoop to their level.  Though it is, make no mistake, bloody tempting at times!

I wanted a place where I could tell my story, and be heard, but not judged.  In the short time I’ve been here, I’ve been welcomed and encouraged by so many wonderful people.

I hope I can be as supportive of them, as they have been to me.  And I hope to support and encourage other new bloggers.  Eventually, I hope I can gain the courage to tell my story.  I’m not seeking sympathy, just compassion. And connection to other people.

I do have some wonderful “offline” friends. They don’t judge me or my multitude of health problems, and their unwavering support – especially in the last few years as my life has been more or less imploding around me, has meant the world to me – but they all have busy lives.

It’s hard to stay positive when your own family betrays you, cuts you out the minute you are no longer useful.  It’s hard to stay positive when others – who you are powerless to completely cut out of your life – spend so much time calling you filthy names, gossiping about you and in general, do their level best to break up your marriage.

It’s hard to stay positive when you are in pain 24/7, year after year.  Especially when despite have excellent medical coverage, you still can’t get the medical profession to care enough to help you.

As to the question of why I’ve been reblogging so many posts from other blogs, the answer is simple.  I reblog posts that I feel need to be shared as widely as possibly.

Oh shit.  Please pardon my French, but I’m having yet another on of “those” moments right bloody now.  I’m going to do something I don’t normally do and actually hit the Publish button, rather that leave this the Drafts pile with all the others I’ve written, but never actually posted.

 

Mental Health Awareness Week: Why is awareness so important?

I came across this blog post earlier today. It struck a chord in me. Perhaps I’m too sensitive, or cynical, or both. It’s been my personal experience that those who really and truly need to “get it,” are the ones least likely to ever open their minds.

I struggle with depression. I don’t know – or care – what came first, my physical or mental health issues. What I do know, is that despite living in the Information Age, people are often willfully ignorant. Look, I don’t want or expect people to know the minutiae of the challenges I face each and every moment of every day. What I do want – and wish I could expect – is for others to stop expecting that it’s okay to dump their beliefs and expectations on me.

If I do share with you that I’m having issues when outside my home, it’s generally just a courtesy on my part. It means I’m sharing in the hope of less judgement than I normally face. I don’t want people to think I’m intoxicated when my balance goes or my words start to slur, so if I’m out with folks I don’t know that well and I notice something is about to go wonky, I state then and there that I have MS. It is not – let me be very clear – an invitation or cue, for anyone to proceed peppering me with questions, sharing the so-called medical wisdom, or to pass judgement. It is not a case of my pulling the sympathy card. I just want the people around me to know that I’m not plastered or high.

If my depression gets the better of me while out in public and you don’t live the expression on my face – or in my case, lack thereof – it does not give you, family, friend or stranger, the right to go off on me. Period. You don’t like the look in my face?  Here’s a tip, don’t look!

p.s.  And please, stop comparing me or my case to other people.  Believe it or not, I am fully aware that literally billions of people have a much, much harder life than I do.  And I know that many of them still manage to put on a happy face and be an inspiration.  Guess what?  I am doing the best I can.  If that’s not good enough for you, then it’s your problem. Not mine.

#BlackDogRunner

I’m not sure if you’re aware, but this week is Mental Health Awareness Week. For those who spend much time around me, this must sound rather exhausting. Barely a week goes by where I don’t moan about my symptoms, complain about stigma, or behave in a generally ‘mental’ way. Rather than another week of raising awareness, I suspect many of my friends would prefer a Mental Health Ignorance Week. Where I’d be induced into a state of quiet normalness, and the rest of the world could continue… Well… pretty much as normal.

"Ignorance is bliss" “Ignorance is bliss” (This is one of my favourite pictures on the internet – I don’t know the original source)

And – if I’m fair – I’d have sympathy. For a start, I know how boring I can get when I feel motivated to speak. It’s like a terrible episode of Question Time, where the most annoying…

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This is what you call “not helping your case”

This is UNACCEPTABLE! A garbage diagnosis? Gee, where have I heard that before? Oh, wait I know… When my doctor said the same thing about my MS diagnosis. I have heard variations of the same kind of misogynistic bullshit from more than a few “doctors” before. F**k you, Dr. Drew. How DARE you immediately jump to such absurd conclusions based on a three minute phone call with the patient’s fiance? That’s ethically and morally wrong.

Some interesting screengrabs of Tweets from Drew Pinsky, his wife Susan, and the ditch they are digging themselves into more and more today with terrible handling of Pinsky’s misguided (at best) comments about endometriosis and IC during the Loveline show on Thursday night.

Apparently the situation at hand may be discussed on his show on Monday, April 28. We shall see. Even if it is, Susan Pinsky makes it sound like we’re in for another shit sandwich.

To follow what’s going on, you don’t even need to have a Twitter account. Mine is twitter.com/endosucks (or @endosucks if you do have an account). Drew Pinsky is @drdrew, @loveline and @drdrewHLN (yes, he’s on CNN too), though he does also have others (like for the podcast). Susan Pinsky is @firstladyoflove.

If you want to respond, tweet at these accounts, and/or use the trending term #educatedrdrew.

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Spam Followers

Spam Followers, they are truly a major pet peeve of mine.  In a word, I HATE them.

As of a couple days ago, I have two.  Neither has commented on anything I’ve posted or re-blogged.

Side Note: To be clear, I re-blog only posts that I personally think deserve to be as widely shared as possible.  They can be about causes I feel strongly about, or just find interesting and/or funny.  (Though there are also many other posts I would love to re-blog, but if I’m don’t restrain myself this would soon cease to even be my blog!) Also, I always do my best to obtain permission from the original poster, as well as add my own comments to ensure it is very clear that every piece I re-blog is NOT my work.

Now, back to my pet peeve about Spam Followers.  After the first one “joined” my list of Followers just a few weeks after I started this blog, I followed his link back to the source and discover he is part of a Pyramid scheme selling a “miracle health drink.”  Now in my country, Canada, this is illegal, so imagine my surprise after searching the  Support Pages for WordPress to find out that I can do NOTHING to get rid of this modern day snake oil salesman.

As he hasn’t even bothered to post a single word on my blog, or respond to my personal request that he stop following me, I can’t even find a way to mark him as Spam.  The truly sad part with this young fellow – IF what his lengthy bio states is true – is that he’s managed to rake in a good number of followers actually thanking him for following their blogs.  I actually read a few dozen of the replies, which made me both angry and sad.

Angry because he obviously used some kind of keywords spamming software to seek out and target bloggers like me.  Bloggers with serious, debilitating and life long diseases and other medical conditions, so he could prey on them.  I researched his so-called miracle product and in minutes was able to find plenty of medical articles proving the claims his site makes are sheer bogus.

Spammers like this don’t even bother to make the effort of seeking their prey and potential victims themselves.  No, they use spam bot software that targets the vulnerable.  When you are always sick and there is no known cure for whatever ails you, there are low times when you are feeling so low, desperate and discouraged, that it is all too easy to latch onto to anyone or anything, that promises to help.

And that’s what makes me sad.  Sad for those that in a moment of naiveté or vulnerability, they actually believe the people behind such spam actually cared enough to make a human connection.  Sad that said people are so focussed on making money, they don’t stop to think of those they might be hurting.

It’s offensive, hurtful and in a very real sense, abusive, to target people who are sick and vulnerable with false hopes all so you can make some money.  And here’s a newsflash, being chronically ill is bloody expensive!  Yet these types of spammers don’t give a damn if they manage to take money from one the already poorest demographics there is.  (Generally speaking.)

My most recent Spam Follower seems to have use the same route as the first did – Spam Bot Seeking Keywords software.  In his case, it appears he’s pushing his fitness routine.  I haven’t made any attempt to contact this one, but will say that on his site he actually appears to talk to people.  Whether that’s his customers only or not, I couldn’t say.

So, if they can Follow my blog with impunity, I see no reason I can’t can’t name them in my post and expose them for the cowards they truly are!

The first one, whom I call the Modern Day Snake Oil Salesman, is qkuafman and his blog is a WordPress one.  I find his to be the more offensive of the two simply because of all the posts on his “About” page from so many people thanking him for following their blog and not a single reply from him.

The second one is called fitnesfreak.  I had to Google this one as if he does have a WordPress blog, I can’t find it.  I will say his business appears to be legit.  To be honest, I didn’t look too deeply into his.

And that, folks, is one of my personal Pet Peeves!

Dear friend: Words have meanings.

If you are against full access to safe, legal abortion, then you need to read this.
If you are pro-choice and believe in true equality for everyone, and I hope you are, then here is an excellent article you can use to help (hopefully) drag the uniformed or just plain wrong thinking, people you know into the 21st century.

Please remember if you wish to Reblog this, to follow the original article back to its source at the perry street palace blog.  Reblog it directly from her site and don’t forget to credit her if wherever you are reposting it doesn’t make it really obvious! 🙂

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[TRIGGER WARNING:images of embryos, f-bombs.]

In the space of less than five minutes, things turned very ugly. Maybe you won’t even read this, and that’s fine: you owe me absolutely nothing. Nor I you.

I am still angry and deeply hurt, but less so as the days pass. It’s good to know where I really stand with you: that my happiness and my life (to say nothing of the lives and happiness of billions of other people) mean less to you than this does:

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FIG 1. Human embryo at 9 weeks clinical gestation. (Optical Topography)
Actual size = approx. 2.3 cm.
Three quarters of all U.S. abortions are performed by 9 weeks.
(9 weeks is also the cutoff for a medication abortion via mifepristone.)

Our mutual friend said that I took your words beyond their face value to mean something you never intended. Well, that is because your…

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Other Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Resources

The Reality of Life with MSThis post is aimed at anyone who has life and family has been affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS).  Like Cancer, MS is one of those diseases that affects the entire family and social circle of anyone afflicted with it – if, that isthe family and social circle choose to stick around.

However, unlike having cancer, there is no chance of a cure at this time.  That is not to say that I am in any way comparing MS to cancer.

Unfortunately, I’ve found through my own experience and through speaking with dozens of other MSers (as we call ourselves), that spouses, life partners, family and friends, turn away and drift out of the life of those who find themselves afflicted with this disease as soon it progresses to the point when they can no longer carry on as though they are not sick.  As in when they can’t fake it anymore.  The same is sadly true for people suffering with any number of other chronic illnesses, diseases, and disorders with mostly invisible symptoms.

Happily, while I have “lost” family and so-called friends over the years – both before and after finally being diagnosed in late 2012 – I have also been more fortunate than many in that my husband did not run away. Not even after it became apparent that despite how “good” I look, I truly could no longer do much of anything. And many other true friends have rallied behind me, accepting me as I am with no judgements or offensive “interrogations” about my mostly invisible symptoms.

Sadly though, my experience seems to be the exception, not the norm. At least not from the many, many other MSers I encountered or read about online.

There are a number of places online where you can go to seek information, assistance and support if you or a loved one has Multiple Sclerorsis.  I personally recommend that anyone affected by this incurable, progressive and often debilitating, neurological disease – be it the person with MS, or the spouse, child, sibling, parent, friend or any other person who loves someone afflicted with it – researches this monster of a disease extensively.

In terms of getting a diagnosis, do not take the word of any one doctor, seek second or third opinions whenever possible. And get those opinions from neurologists who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of MS.  Do not rely on a family physician or general neurologists.  I am not in any way attempting to slam such highly trained and skilled individuals, but MS is best identified, understood and treated by those who specialize in it.  Remember there are a number of other diseases and conditions that can closely mimic MS, so it’s important to have the right tests and see the right doctors.

Another thing I cannot emphasize enough is that if you have MS, or the spouse/caregiver of someone with MS, is that you NEED to find support with others who truly understand exactly what you are going through.  If you can access support groups in your community through your local MS Society, local hospital or wherever, that’s great, go for it!  However, even if such groups are available, they generally meet at most, once a week, and there will be times you will have questions and/or need support, when no meeting is handy.

That’s where the wonderful world of the internet comes in.  I am a member of a number of online MS Communities and highly recommend all of them.  I have listed just a few of them below (as clickable links) and am a member of all of them.  If you wish to contact me at any of these communities, please feel free to and note that I use the same Username on all of them as I do on this blog – Wordsgood.

MS World Organization

An international MS site where you can find information, conversation and support. This site is great for not just people with MS, but also the partners, family and friends of anyone with MS.  (I’m a member.)

MultipleSclerosis.net – A Health Union Community

This site that includes general information and resources, as well as a discussion board and some personal MS Specific Blogs hosted right one the site.  The one I follow closely is by Ashley Ringstaff.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

This is the main Canadian website for MS, it contains information, resource links and a good, but sadly does not have a very active chat forum.

My MS Team

A social media place for people with MS to meet, chat and share info with each other.  While you can find great information and links to other resources at this site, it truly is a social media site targeted specifically to be an online peer support.  This the perfect place to go when you need to say whatever is on your mind, good, bad or ugly, and get the support you need, without having to worry about politely being told to suck it up (basically).  And in return, you can offer that same kind of support to others on their off days.

These are just a few of the many online sites where you can find MS information, other resources and support.