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Can We Move On Now?

True story: It was rainy and overcast in London yesterday and just when everyone was about to sing (in their best Alanis Morissette voice), “It’s like raaaaaaaain on your wedding day,” to Meghan Markle, the clouds cleared, the sky turned blue and then sun came out when Oprah appeared.

Case in point, Meghan and Prince Harry met 90 seconds ago, and finally got married.

Their official royal title is Duke and Duchess of SucksToBeYouWhores Sussex.

Yeah, this a was a big social event that the media talked forever. It was packed with celebrities, and I’m glad is now over.

Serena Williams and her Reddit guy

My favourite couple: Posh & Becks

Oprah

Anyway, the new couple reminds me of this couple… if they did a face swap. 

That said, congrats to these two. 

They are a beautiful husband and wife!

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Planet Or Plastic?

National Geographic magazine has just launched an informative and shockingly revealing campaign called Planet or Plastic? and it is something that we all need to see and learn from.

Many of us are aware that there is far too much plastic in our environment, and feel a bit guilty knowing that we are contributing to a problem that is too vast for us to truly comprehend. But what if we were faced with the horrifying consequences of our plastic addiction?

That is one of the aims of the magazine’s campaign as they seek to change the ways consumers use plastic.

The magazine itself is leading by example, beginning to send out their editions in paper instead of plastic. Because every change, no matter how futile it may seem, helps at some level.

The campaign has identified plastic bags, bottles and straws as problematic products, and urges consumers to take a pledge to dramatically reduce their use of them by making simple conscious choices.

Will you take the pledge?

These powerful and heartbreaking images vividly illustrate the damage that 9 million tonnes of plastic waste each year does to our environment and wildlife, and are the beginning of what will be a multi-year initiative to significantly reduce it.

Scientists and researchers from the magazine hope to fill knowledge gaps about the long-term impacts of plastic, as it dissolves into microscopic particles that eventually enter our food chain. They also aim to gain a better understanding of its journey from the source here on land, all the way down to the deepest depths of remote ocean floors.

“The photographer freed this stork from a plastic bag at a landfill in Spain. One bag can kill more than once: Carcasses decay, but plastic lasts and can choke or trap again” Image credits: John Cancalosi/ National Geographic

“Under a bridge on a branch of the Buriganga River in Bangladesh, a family removes labels from plastic bottles, sorting green from clear ones to sell to a scrap dealer. Waste pickers here average around $100 a month” Image credits: Randy Olson / National Geographic

“Around the world, nearly a million plastic beverage bottles are sold every minute” Image credits: David Higgins/ National Geographic

“Some animals now live in a world of plastics—like these hyenas scavenging at a landfill in Harar, Ethiopia. They listen for garbage trucks and find much of their food in trash” Image credits: Brian Lehmann/ National Geographic

“An old plastic fishing net snares a loggerhead turtle in the Mediterranean off Spain. The turtle could stretch its neck above water to breathe but would have died had the photographer not freed it. “Ghost fishing” by derelict gear is a big threat to sea turtles” Image credits: Jordi Chias/ National Geographic

“To ride currents, seahorses clutch drifting seagrass or other natural debris. In the polluted waters off the Indonesian island of Sumbawa, this seahorse latched onto a plastic cotton swab—“a photo I wish didn’t exist,” says photographer Justin Hofman” Image credits: Justin Hofman/ National Geographic

“By 2050, virtually every seabird species on the planet will be eating plastic” Image credits: Praveen Balasubramanian/National Geographic

Although this is a monumental tragedy, the blame shouldn’t be put only on the consumers but the producers of so many packaging, that many times is simply unnecessary. 

Check out National Geographic’s campaign here, to further educate yourself about this hugely important issue.

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Hairless Mario

The New York Times continued to do groundbreaking work and delivered brand new thoughts when they declared that being skinny and hot is in.

Someone there just saw Call Me By Your Name, because they welcomed us to the age of the twink!

If only The New York Times would’ve declared it the age of the twink in the 90s. It would’ve been my time. But now I’m less of a twink and more of a smashed Ho Ho lying in the gutter that’s been nibbled at by rats.

But if you’re thinking that the age of the twink is laughable bullshit, don’t. It is very real.

Case in point: Hairless Mario. He’s just a few Master Cleanses away from going full twink.

The Twitter page @yourfavisbald2 is devoted to gifting the internet with bald versions of video game and cartoon characters, and their terrifying Mona Lisa is Hairless Mario.

If you’ve ever wondered what it would look like if Mario was struck down with a serious case of alopecia that took his furry crescent moon brows, dog bone-shaped side burns and half cloud moustache, @yourfaceisbald2 has made your nightmares come true.

In case you forgot (because your brain is temporarily paralyzed with fear over that above pic), here’s what Mario normally looks like:

I’m calling the police!!

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This Embarrassment …

US Troll Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley praised Israel on Tuesday for showing restraint as Palestinian militant group Hamas “has been inciting violence for years, long before the United States decided to move our embassy” to Jerusalem.

Addressing a UN Security Council meeting on recent deadly violence in Gaza, Haley said: “No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has.”

Yeah… How dare the Palestinians be upset that they’re being starved, brutalised, murdered, kept prisoners behind walls & having their homeland stolen!

Gaza is a concentration camp, and what’s going on over there is pretty much a mass murder by Israel. Period. 

It’s interesting how you can quote the Bible and be a cold-blooded bitch at the same time…

That so-called human being, Nikki Haley, is nothing but an embarrassment to diplomacy and a symbol of disdain, corruption, denial, ignorance and cruelty. 

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Google Celebrates Maria Reiche

Fly high over the Peruvian desert and you will see giant drawings on the ground. Some of them are straight lines, some are spirals and rectangles and trapezoids, and some are animals: whales, ducks, hummingbirds.

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 115th birthday of Maria Reiche, a German mathematician who became known as the “Lady of the Lines,” the scientist known for studying the Nazca Lines.

In 1941, she worked with historian Paul Kosok and was first introduced to the ancient figures that stretch across the pampa. She dedicated herself to the mysterious white shapes. She measured close to 100 lines and investigated their astronomical orientation.

In her discovery, she found that many lines functioned as markers for the summer solstice. Along with Peruvian Air Force, she mapped the area and discovered the figures represent 18 different kinds of animals and birds, in addition to hundreds of geometric shapes.

And she dedicated her life to protect them.

With a household broom, she shielded the figures from people and vehicles simultaneously raising funds for overall preservation.

For her broom work, she was called, the “woman who swept the desert” but soon gained worldwide recognition as “Lady of the Lines.” Her dedication made her a Peruvian hero.

We still don’t fully understand the Nazca lines or know for sure what they mean, but today they are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Reiche became a Peruvian citizen in 1992, and died in 1998.

Today Google is honouring her, with its Doodle designed by Guille Comin and depicts “Lady of the Lines” in her element on what would have been her 115th birthday.

A well-deserved homage for this legendary archaeologist. 

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Happy Mommy’s Day

The first thing I did today was calling my mom and my sister. Then I texted my cousins, aunts and some of my exes to wish their moms a happy day.

My ex’s moms always considered me part of their family and I’m very appreciative of that. Also, they are ladies I admire in their role of moms.

Over the years, I’ve seen how supportive and cool they were about my ex’s sexuality and it was impossible not to love them.

Although my mother love me, I never got that support from her when I was young. Unlike the mothers of my exes, my mom just turned her back pretending I was not different… She didn’t protect me whenever I felt discriminated, or encouraged me to be myself.

However, my mom is from another generation (and country,) she’s now 70 and back when I was a kid, society was different (closed-minded and full of prejudices,) parents didn’t have the information we have today and even them were raised with taboos.

Meeting Bunny’s (one of my exes) mom years ago was a revelation for me. She was so ultra open-minded and supportive of him that in my eyes she was heroic. 

From then, I got used to the rest of cool other moms.

Every time I heard Bunny, or David, or Xavier, talking to their moms over the phone (even about sex) I felt incredulous and also fascinated thinking how lucky they are.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my mom and she raised me the best she could.

After all, I built a strong personality thanks to her lack of protection. I don’t need any one around during hard times because, in that regard, I’ve always been alone.

That said, Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful moms out there.

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Net Neutrality In The USA

Seems like our American neighbours are having more issues than before, in all areas, since Trump is their President.

The latest in the news is that Net Neutrality is done for in the US as of early next month.

The Federal Communication Commission’s rules protecting consumers from discriminatory behavior by ISPs are officially scheduled to come off the books on June 11th.

What’s Net Neutrality?

Net Neutrality is, essentially, a set of regulations that prohibit internet service providers from treating traffic to different sites or apps in a discriminatory manner. 

All traffic is treated equally, no destinations are given preferential treatment, nor are they unfairly handicapped. But without the regulations that enforce Net Neutrality, ISPs would be able to offer easier, quicker access to certain sites and apps willing to pay for the privilege, and slow down or hobble access to sites not willing to pay additional fees to ISPs.

In other words…

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This chart might help simplify this a bit more:

And here’s a video too:

In other words: Faster Fox News. Slower Real News.

Americans are slowly loosing their freedom, and it’s a great tragedy.

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