Zanjeer – Why You Should NOT Share

It seems that today is incredibly stupid meme day on facebook, since I only viewed the site for a minute and seen no less then 4 stupid ones so far in rapid succession.  Most are not worth dignifying, but this one seems to have a story behind it. And anytime a meme has a story, I always suspect something to be fishy.

2015-05-31 19.32.35Well I didn’t share it, so I guess I have no heart. Well thats nice. Ill take a fully functioning brain any day.

But moving on, this is indeed a true story. But there is a catch. This is from Hoax Slayer :

The photograph is genuine and does depict a funeral service for police dog Zanjeer, who saved many lives by detecting explosives and ammunition during a terrorist attack in Mumbai, India in March 1993. Zanjeer was buried with full police honours after he died of cancer in 2000. However, the person that created this message is misusing Zanjeer’s picture as a means of amassing likes for a particular Facebook Page. These despicable like-whores often use stolen images of sick children or animals as a means of tricking users into liking their pages and promoting their messages. If you receive one of these like-farming messages, do not help the like-whores by liking, sharing or commenting on their material.

So we have a case where the story is true, but there is a hidden agenda. Something that should ideally be apparent to all. But we gotta deal with the world we live in.

The Hoax Slayer piece does not specify an origin group or page for which the image originates, but I suspect that is because there are many. The image that was posted by the person I know was sourced from a page called Trending Post . It is a facebook page for a click bait site.

So no, don’t share as a way of showing respect for Zanjeer. Do not “share” to show any emotion or accomplish any task.

When Did News Become Pop Culture?

I am a man of many gripes, as almost anyone in my inner circle would be able to tell you. Its a funny little habit that I blame on my father. Though my habit is significantly less pronounced then my fathers. I know, because I have to rein myself in all the time.

But one thing that me and my father do (for the most part) agree on, is the state of pop culture at the present time, is abysmal. Though we do have variations in this conclusion. He has written off pretty much all modern pop culture, wherein I enjoy a small amount of it, though its a mere sliver compared to what I write off. When it comes to the pop culture I am mainly referencing here, for my father, it is mainly the music, movies and television shows that permeate the background noise of our culture at large. However I take it a step further, by including most viral videos/meme’s and other digital scraps that make up the other half of the modern pop culture tapestry, the Internet (in particular,  social media).

Being that I am a heavy user of social media, I get to see much of what is popular online. All of those viral videos, memes and other items. But when it comes to the videos, I have learned that its almost always best to NOT click. As most of the times when I do end up caving in and bringing up that awesome video that everyone is talking about, I almost always have the same reaction.

“Uh. Our species is a bunch of easily amused, easily manipulated morons”.

Whether or not my seeming “hatred” of all things popular is based on genuine disgust, or more on a desire of conformity in NON-conformity, is arguably questionable. I admit that even I do not know the true answer to that question lol. I tend to paint the whole picture with the same brush, even unseen.
But even when I do “give it a try”, I usually end up further conforming my previous notions.
Unintentional confirmation bias? Could be.

But this post is not so much about my criticism of pop culture, as much as it is, about a new trend I see happening within the personalized social media side of the pop culture coin.

When I think about pop culture even when I was a kid growing up, and even as few as 4 0r 5 years ago, one can identify a clear line between pop culture and news/information. Both had different television channels and programs, different periodicals, different web pages, and so on. And for the most part, the popular (or infamous) characters on either side of the line, did not cross it.

Today, with personalized social media being increasingly the single (or primary) source of information for many, that is no longer the case. The lines between both sides seem to be increasingly, vanishing.

Take Toronto’s embattled mayor Rob Ford. A year or so ago, he made international headlines after his infamous crack smoking incident. He had his 15 minutes of infamy. Yet, he didn’t. He has become an almost constant in the news media as of late. Two other names that I can think of that also fit this category, are George Zimmerman and Justin Bieber.

Just a few years ago, had all of the above done what they did, I have no doubt that they would have still made international headlines. And I have no doubt they would be the topic of water cooler conversation for a little while. But after awhile, they would have faded back into the background from which they came.
Well, Bieber is questionable in that regard (look at how  Britney Spears and Charlie Sheen were covered). But I doubt that Zimmerman or Ford would have remained in the spotlight.

Yet today, they do remain in the spot light long after their original 15 minutes of infamy.

For me, the answer as to the question of “why?” seems to lie in social media.

Many people do not pick up a newspaper, or even read any source of news outside of their social media platform anymore. And at the same time, all of our various social media feeds are increasingly tailored to us based on both past interests (clicks), and the specks that we give to the web portal.

So if a majority of us clicked on articles relating to Ford, Zimmerman and Bieber, then that shows collective interest, and turns those names into easy traffic magnets. If throwing a name onto an article can almost guarantee thousands of clicks, then why would you not exploit that cash cow? Your giving the beast the food it desires.

Because of this, many of these figures are increasingly finding there way into the conversations of the traditional television based media as well. The internet is abuzz about zimmerman, so why not discuss his autograph signings on live tv? People will watch.

This blurring of the line between news and pop culture is bad enough. But something that concerns me more, is how these individuals tend to become pop culture icons.

This is just personal opinion.

But when I think of the list as it stands today, the big 3, none of them really deserve to be icons, or well known. There actions were either despicable or just flat out stupid. They do not add anything good to our culture, society or humanity in general.

When I think of people that arguably SHOULD be cultural icons, names like Bill Nye and Neil DeGrasse Tyson come to mind. People that actively add to our culture, society or the collective good of humanity in general.

But I suppose that our culture and society has a history of giving the villains more credit then they deserve (even before social media entered the picture). Names like Eric Harris, Dylan Klebold and Jeffry Dahmer would likely not be still household names today, without the fascination of the underground following they have developed.

But social media has only made it worse. Which in my mind, shows an obvious risk to the increasingly  micro-targeted world that we live in.

Do we want our children to be ascribing to be the next George Zimmerman, Rob Ford, Justin Bieber or Phil Robertson?

Out With The Old And In With The New. Happy New Year.

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It is that time again. When this year becomes last year, and last year becomes the present. This night is the night when many celebrate in their own ways, going out on the town and drinking to much, or playing the part of the reclusive introvert like me, choosing a quiet night of movies, shows and sporadic online visits to  celebrate. If one could call it celebrating (who am I kidding. I worked for 8 hours, and am still in a good mood, even after smashing a jar of prego 5 minutes to close. That alone, is worth celebrating!).
And some will just go to bed early tonight, grateful that January 2ed, the day the world returns to its regular pre-holiday self, is less then 24 hours away.

When it comes to this year in review, for me on a personal level, its been an interesting ride. An interesting journey of positive, negative, good, bad, and familiarity.

This year has been good on my personal development. Having found myself better able to relax my guard a bit in the presence of others, has been beneficial, especially in my work environment. I remember writing posts about hating being the “odd one” of my department earlier in the year. Only to realize that, it was likely because most of the asshole vibe was coming off of me, NOT them.

I have become more comfortable with the various mental traits that make me up as a person.
When it comes to one aspect, though I am not yet ready to proudly open up about it to the world, I have come to accept it, and as such, no longer feel any shame or other negativity, because of it.

Other aspects I am more then happy to share.

One aspect (that had begun to bloom back in February of this year, when this blog was born), was my true acceptance that I am opinionated, and enjoy being political and controversial.
Back when this blog first started, I tried to limit my shit stirring mostly to blog entries, posts in hidden Facebook groups, the occasional email or private message, or otherwise places where my words were UN-viewable by those in my inner circle.
But as the year progressed, I at some point decided that if people bring up a subject of controversy anywhere, then I should not be afraid to speak my mind (albeit in an as educated manor as possible). After all, its not like I am forcing the subject onto them, if they initiated the conversation.

In relation to above, I also started living by a new personal rule. The rule is, speak your mind if you feel something needs to be said in a situation, if not doing so will just cause you more personal grief and stress. Meaning basically, if someone runs their mouth, or says something I consider to be wrong, offensive or otherwise irritating, then I will say my piece.
I do use digression when it comes to applying that rule (sometimes the old saying “let sleeping dogs lie” is the best advice), but that is no longer my initial reaction.
If people want to say something or make a claim, they better be ready to back it up. And if anyone wants to start something with me, they better be ready to finish it. I have seen to many be walked on by, and been walked on by, people with attitude problems to many times. That stops now.

It has been a good year, when it comes to getting re-acquainted with old friends. From a midnight phone call from one (leading to a subsequent conversation about the big issue of the time, George Zimmerman), to a sleep over at anothers, to accepting the total and complete change and turn around of yet ANOTHER, its been good.

In late July/early August, I rekindled my relationship with one of my favorite forgotten  sporting activities, which is cycling. Although I regret having started so late in the year, I was glad for the time I did get to cycle around, putting at least 40 KMs on the bike in the next 2 and a half months. I didn’t stick to my 10K a day goal, but I got to explore many areas of my city that were previously unknown.

When it comes to goals written about here previously, one could say I failed. I do not recall having any new years resolutions last year, so that one is simple. However, if the biggest was finding a new job, then that one was an utter failure. As was the “novel” I was working so hard on earlier on in the year, of which I had set the seemingly attainable goal of completion by the years end. Though technically still attainable at this time, I highly doubt I will polish it off in an hour and a half (been to busy with this piece! :P).

Which brings me to my little list of resolutions.

Since a laundry list usually does not result in any progress, I will keep things simple, short and sweet (in a literal sense, in one case). That said, here are my goals for 2014, written in no particular order.

1.) Use stevia in my coffee the majority of the time, and STICK to it.

2.) Find more suitable employment. Not only that gives me the hours I need, but also something that I don’t hate doing daily.

3.) Take my road test, and move on into my full license.

The stevia thing is due to the realization that I drink 2 (sometimes even 3) cups of coffee a day, often with a table spoon of sugar. I will leave myself some wiggle room, in that 2 days out of 7 are optional. And all coffee consumed outside the house, is not counted (I don’t usually drink all that much coffee outside the house. Not to mention, the only available options BESIDES sugar are usually sugar twin or splenda. EWWW) .

I might make a few “optional” goals  later, but for now, thats my list.

For the rest of you, have fun tonight, DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!!!

And may 2014 be good to you.

TMI – Todays Society Is Awash In Information, But Are We Better Off?

Living in modern society today, we often do not think about the astounding amount of information we consume on a daily basis. With desktops/laptops, smart phones, tablets and the like, we are interconnected to a steady stream of texts, tweets, updates, emails and everything else that the Internet to offer. Just the volume of information generated (transmitted and received) by each of us, is huge. In comparison to just a few years back (let alone the birth of the world wide web), some smart phone users today consume more data in the span of a month, then some households with a desktop computer and a broadband Internet connection just a few years ago.

And the average “wired” digital footprint, I would guess  has likely doubled, if not tripled, with the introduction of Netflix, youtube, torrents and other bandwidth-intensive services. The amount of information that is available to us, is absolutely staggering.
Take a person I know, who told me that they had collected  just under a terabyte of anime, in a little over a year (this is not counting other stuff). To me, that was a bit of a holy shit moment (I don’t think I transmit or receive that amount of information IN TOTAL (texts, calls, all web activities) in a year). And there are plenty of iphone users that I know, that have unlimited caps because they regularly blew over their 1gig monthly cap.

The Internet is bursting at the seams , with helpful, useful and otherwise educational data that can keep anyone with any interests and/or hobbies amused. But there is also a glut of useless information, not to mention misinformation.

Unfortunately, when I (and anyone really) look around and see how most people are using the Internet today, its usually not to further their intelligence and knowledge. Most of the time, its to check facebook, twitter, instagram, watch 6 second stupid videos. And those that do any looking, are usually  searching out useless information like pop culture news or sports stats.

Sure, there is nothing wrong with useless information, in moderation. Everyone has hobbies and interests that keep their lives interesting. I do not fault people for that.
But it is when this information, is the sole information that one seeks out, that one finds a problem. Having vast knowledge of pop culture or any other such subject is fine, but not if its at the expense of knowing what is happening in reality, in the real world.

One example of this, I happened to see on a coffee outing with a friend a couple days ago. Like many, he owns an iphone, and uses it to watch countless youtube videos (at times this can be mildly annoying). Especially a couple days ago,  where I sat though an hour and a half (or so) of various conspiracy theory videos, trying to bite my tongue and not say what I REALLY wanted to (I settled for picking apart the ones I could, and doing the best I could with the ones I couldn’t, since no one has any proof).

It ended the way it usually does in those situations.

The person trying to “sell” me the idea, ended up still thinking he knows more about whats happening then me, and that either I am an idiot, or I don’t want to “hear the truth”. And I kept my same stance, that these conspiracy peddlers know how to manipulate people, and I can see though it. Also, what they say is not “truth”, because you need evidence for that (credible evidence, not what they put on their sites/in their videos). There there are the problems presented by the massive scale of most conspiracies (keeping often thousands, tens of thousands, if not more people, quiet). Then there is arguably the most important problem, what can YOU do about it?
Being informed of a perceived “problem” is not much use, if there is nothing one can do about it. Not to mention that it takes attention away from the REAL problems of reality, like climate change. Which brings me to the next part of the story.

Upon talking about the Nuclear accident in Japan, the guy told me he had not heard about it. To give some credit, I keep myself well connected to news and the goings on in the world, so it is without saying, that this would be on my radar. But even the most passive consumer of news that I know, at least knew OF the accident (though by now, their awareness has faded away with the news coverage of it).

It bothered me, to be frank. It was proof, of not just the danger of MISinformation floating around online, but the danger of getting to sucked into the glut of useless information available today.

Most proponents of technology, look at the vast amount of information available at our fingertips virtually anywhere on the planet, as a good thing.

But is it really?

The Facebook “Like” Button – Is It Innapropriate To “Like” Bad News?

Anyone who has been on facebook, has likely used the facebook “Like” button at some point or another. Whether to show that you agree with the information presented, are amused by it, or just to make your presence shown, this little button has developed many uses, depending on the information that it is attached to. And the same goes for the “favorite” button on twitter, and any other similar option that may be available on other popular social media platforms (I am only familiar with facebook and twitter).

But one has to wonder, is it ever not appropriate to use such a button on a post?

I ask the question, after coming across a co-workers status update, where he described his ordeal of having recently lost a beloved pet of many years. Under the status update, many of his friends were leaving nice messages and condolences, nothing wrong with that. But a great many also “liked” the status update itself.

I suppose, it might be another form of giving ones condolences to the person (yet another usage of that little button, brought on by the information its attached to).  But to me, liking such a status seems, at the  very least, a lazy way of showing support (is typing a short message really that strenuous?). And at worst, it could be interpreted as flat out inappropriate.

I understand that one may not have the right words to say, or for that matter, words just may not come to them (it happens. We all find ourselves in situations where you want to help, but are not sure how to go about it). But for me personally, if this happens to me, I would rather leave condolences unsaid, then to use a “like” or “favorite” button, to show it.

Of course, this is just my opinion on the subject, my view of the topic. But I will hand the pen to you now.

Do you agree, or disagree, with the usage of in-bedded positive feedback buttons to show your sympathy to a person who is going though hard times? Leave your thoughts in the comment section.

Selfishness – The Biggest Problem With Humanity Today?

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In my travels in the world of twitter, I came across this tweet from the Wall Street Journal, asking a simple question of their followers (and presumably, readers). A look down the list of peoples reply tweets, shows most people answering the question honestly, using both options listed.

But when I read this, it struck me that there is a 3ed option that seems to have been missed by all of the above, and an option that seems quite important.

Basically, your being asked if you base your college choices around your passion, or your monetary goals. Which both are centered around the individual. Option #3, is a path  that benefits the species (humanity) as a whole.

Though its hardly surprising that most people would not realize this, it seems important that they do. The reason that people in modern society’s can for the most part, pick and choose their careers based on their personal passions and characteristics, is because all the variables of personal survival were largely removed by the advent of agriculture. When you do not have to worry about where your next meal is coming from, how your going to heat your house etc, then you can concentrate your energy in other areas. Which has been great for science, the arts (of all kinds), and any number of other subjects.

But in todays world, it is becoming more and more apparent, that the world that we have thrived in right from past generations to today, is changing. Whether you see it as a natural event, or a mankind driven event, is irrelevent to the fact that, the change is happening. Though climate change is the first to come to mind (and arguably one of the most dangerous), it is certainly not the only factor.
The various resources that blanket and make our modern world possible, are drying up. These are resources that most now are heavily reliant on for survival, and also resources that have no known replacements. Oil is the one that comes to mind first, in this case.
A large part of the conundrum lies with figureheads from decades past putting all their eggs in the basket of petroleum. Even though literally every other aspect of life was changing, the combustion engine was not to be one of those things. The same could be said for almost anything associated with the fossil fuel industry. Why would you want to change, at the expense of your profits?

And so, you have the world we live in today.

The greed of the petrol industry has largely squashed research into sources of post-petroleum energy, leaving us nearly at the bottom of the tank, 25,000 miles from the nearest station. The affects of the combustion of all those fossil fuels, becomes more and more evident with each passing week, assuming you choose to see it for what it is. And on top of that, we keep on chugging along with our rampant resource consumption, even though those are also drying up.

Some people see the iceberg, but choose to deny it, or to look away. Some see it, and think “Fuck it. Whats done is done” (me, I admit).

But the vast majority, are blissfully unaware. Their parents, and the society around them, has taught them that self preservation and fulfillment trumps all else, and so they go about their daily lives as such. Since the resources keep flowing into the cities, its easy to see why someone can become so immersed in the life. A holographic life, if I use a term once used by a respected online friend of mine. Though mother nature gives those city folk a kick in the ass and makes the changes come to life every so often, for the most part, the delusion is unbroken. I see it in the media, online, even in my own family (dwellers in Manitoba‘s capital).

Which is a scary thought. When one considers that the only thing that may break the delusion, is the whole system gradually unraveling before all our eyes. Which is a day late and a dollar short, or put in simpler terms, to late.

Though the problems that face us all (whether you agree or acknowledge them or not does not change there status  as facts) are seemingly gargantuan, all problem resolution begins with small steps. The first being with the collective attitude of humanity. Though personal growth and fulfillment was possible in past years and decades, it is no longer so.

Its time to become less of a city full of individuals, and more of a community. The first step is looking out for one another. Then you can work on ways of being self sufficient, and on building networks of communities to purchase/trade/barter for items that can not be procured in your area.

Selfishness is not good for anyone. And collectively crashing and burning, is certainly not going to do anyone any good. So why not start now?

The change is on the way, whether you like it or not.

Procrastination – Most Big Problems Start Small

There is something that I have learned going though life, and I am sure we all know about it. One could almost say, its common sense. But its something that it seems, the vast majority of people either subconsciously or willfully, ignore. What I am speaking of, is the risks (sometimes even dangers) of procrastination.

For each of us, the word means different things, depending on your life situation. If your in school, it could mean putting off cleaning your room or working on that big assignment (I was bad for that lol). In any situation, its normally a task that one must do, but does not at all feel inclined to do, and thus, it gets pushed aside, with a mental note to do it later. There is nothing wrong with this really, assuming you can actually get the task done in a timely fashion (meet a deadline).

But problems occur, when one either forgets, or keeps pushing the task aside until the VERY last minute. When it comes to big tasks with deadlines fairly far off in the future (say, a school assignment that is supposed to be completed over a semester), I tended to be like this. Or even, booking time off of work for whatever reason (usually holidays). I can’t “see” how close that the date is coming, even if its months in advance. And so one day I have an “Oh FUCK!” moment, in which case its often times to late (others booked the days off that you needed already, you have NO time to fully complete the assignment ect).

Then there are the long term projects one might have, such as fixing a problem with a vehicle or a house (say a leaky roof or a rotted deck). Often these tasks are pushed aside for one reason or another (financial or time constraints, laziness). And if most people are like me (or my father lol), these things will just stay the way they are, be put on the back burner. Until one lousy day, the problematic car that had 2 issues in the beginning, dies as a result of the 5th problem, your roof falls in on you as you make breakfast on a rainy morning, or you walk out the door and end up falling though your rotted deck.

The labor and cost to resolving the problems in question, once they reach this point, will instantly skyrocket.

Though we all know the risks and problems that come with procrastination, its interesting that we all do it, both personally and collectively as a society.

I have a few personal examples for myself. There was the school and the work thing. There is my habit of sticking to jobs for long periods of time that I absolutely DESPISE (often times to the point of wishing I would be fired), even though handing in resumes was the answer. It took me years to finish my high school education (though I still find the diploma rather pointless in this day and age), and it also took years for me to finally get out and get a learners permit (and thus start the process to a full license, and the freedom and opportunity it provides). And there is my dislike of doctor visits, even though there have been a few things periodically happening with my body that give me a slight pang of fear.

Procrastination often has a BIG hand, in everything that goes wrong with the various workplaces I have been employed at.

Like not fixing equipment as it breaks, and leaving it to the point where the business is almost strangled by the failure (usually just simple wear and tear) of so much of its equipment. Updating the decor of said business, in order to be on a more even playing field to compete with pretty much ALL its main competitors (who have all updated there look, and are reaping the benefits). To simple day to day cleaning tasks that are small and minor, but become a MAJOR job if not done on a fairly regular basis.

This one is key, when it comes to 2 different employers I have worked for.

For my job in a fast food restaurant, nightly cleaning of the dinning area (and various pieces of the kitchen equipment) was could be somewhat time consuming, but it became twice as bad when not done regularly (daily). Various stains on say a seat, may be a bitch to remove after sitting a couple of days. A public washroom becomes disgusting after very little (or NO) cleaning after a day or 2 (all past examples of stuff I have personally had to clean up). Then there is the kitchen cooking equipment, such as the deep fryers and the broiler. If done on a daily basis, though scrubbing IS involved, its usually not all that bad. But if the person before you did either a crappy job (if they did it at all), then the task becomes more difficult. Its a REAL pain in the ass to scrub off a day or 2 of build up in a hot fryer vat, or a day or more of greasy caked on charcoal-like buildup on hot broiler pieces.

At another job, its cleaning shelves up and expiration dates (though this may not be as much a matter if procrastination as it is just lack of time).

In my days of work, I often times find that many shelves are dirty, both from day to day buildup of dirt and dust and from spills. But I usually have no time in which to do anything about it, even if its a small mess. And so years of this, has made some of the shelves, pretty grimy and sticky. And the same applies to expired products. I am often times the discoverer (and disposer) of dead (expired) product of all kinds. Sometimes as close as a day or two past, some as far back as 6 months OR MORE.

Though all the food is indeed, money thrown into the landfill, its a problem that could be at least slowed by a regular checking of dates. It would ensure that no products ever sit in the back of shelves 5 years after there expiration date, and increase the chance of sale of close to date products (albeit with a price reduction).

Though the above I admit was a bit off topic, it still has pretty much the same affects as procrastination (many little things coming together to form a HUGE thing).

And as a society, we also tend to be collectively procrastinators. One quite recent example out of the US congress, were the massive budget cuts implemented by after they waited to long to bother even TRYING to do anything about the many problems at hand. So, of course, the american people en-mass suffer the consequences of the Sequester cuts. Then there is New Orleans. The levy system was known to be ineffective against all but a tiny storm for DECADES, but to which no one did a thing about. Until an INDIRECT hit broke the thing in multiple areas, and started a chain of events that plagues the city to this day (though the “money” (aka white and tourist) areas are largely rebuilt and repaired to there former glory, large parts of the poorer areas still remain abandoned). The bridge in Minneapolis that fell into the river (taking many motorists with it) is another example (the repairs would cause a traffic NIGHTMARE! Because apparently, leaving it till it falls was SO much better of an option, then temporary but necessary inconvenience).

And as a species, we are procrastinating on a number of BIG issues, to our peril.

One of the big ones (if not the biggest) is climate change.

Even after you get past the climate deniers and other oil industry educated or funded morons, you run into the procrastination factor. No one wants to spend the time or money, or otherwise take the risk, of moving OFF of fossil fuels and shifting to greener (more sustainable, and limitless) energy sources. Though the status quo is the best move economically in the present (and for companies that profit in the fossil fuel industry), its extremely shortsighted thinking. The money made in the extraction and sale of these products is temporary, but the damage resulting from the industry is permanent. Sure, nature can heal all wounds, and certainly can handle anything we pesky humans do to it.

But the earth, works on large geologic time scales, where as we do not. The one or 2 hundred years required to repair the damage from say, the Exxon Valdex or the Deepwater Horizen disasters, is but a blink of an eye in geologic terms. But its more then my lifetime. I will never see a clean Prince William Sound or Gulf of Mexico, nor will I see a NON-radioactive Pacific Ocean (that story is still developing. At this point, who knows just how far it will go).

And there are the problems of upcoming shortages of such important materials such as oil and water (which will affect the food supply. Our current food system is HUGELY invested and dependent on petroleum).

When we will start to see the full affects of all of the above problems, is debatable. But the asteroid is on the way.

So will we stand by, and just let it slam into us? Or will we smarten up, and bolster our defenses, and try to reverse the fate were predetermining for ourselves?

Collective procrastination starts with one.

Waitress Gives Mom Free Pizza For Breastfeeding

Waitress Gives Mom Free Pizza For Breastfeeding

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According to KCCI 8 News in Des Moines, waitress Bodi Kinney is the woman behind the note on Johnson-Smith’s bill. “We need to come together and support each other when it comes to nursing our children,” Kinney told the news station in an interview.

Clearly, others agree. As of Thursday morning, the receipt had been shared over 2,000 times on Facebook. This comes on the heels of Hollie McNish’s incredible defense of breastfeeding in public that went mega-viral. Yes, folks, it looks like we might finally be getting used to this.

This is a very nice gesture from the server.

I fully agree with the subject, I have no problem with breast feeding in public. When I do not agree with something I see, I do the simple thing, and ignore it. Look away, change the channel, scroll on over the post onto the next one. With freedom of speech and freedom of expression, nothing irks me more then people that try to censer there surroundings judging only on what offends THEM.

Freedom is a 2 ways street, though many people seem to forget that.

Breast feeding does not really fall into free speech OR expression, but it is still the same in a sense. It is a harmless activity, but it could be considered “offensive” to some. So the message to those people is the same as my message to anyone who gets offended by my (or others) posts, actions or other media . . . . . . . . . . . LOOK AWAY!