Dry July OR #DryJuly

Go Dry this July

I have decided, even though, I am really not drinking at the moment. I am going to participate in Dry July this year. I am hoping and asking people (pretty please) who would like to donate. I have to admit that initially I thought Dry July was going towards some sort of alcoholism research program. It’s about Cancer research that relates to alcohol. Also if you chose to donate it does not mean you have to stop drinking, it’s just myself that will not be drinking. I’m not even actually sure that people overseas can donate?

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(If I could get everyone who follows me on here, to donate at least $10…That’d be over $7000! Imagine!)

#WhereAreTheChildren?

American…Something needs to happen! You need to take to the streets! You need to #takeaknee

This is hurting my head and my heart…There should not be a single adult who should be alright with this, or dismiss it.

The Federal Government lost 1,475 Immigrant Children

I want to kick him straight in the face…Straight…Bang…In the face

A card…

I wrote this post because the topic has really just stuck with me and I am not really sure how I feel about it.

In Australia it was Fathers Day on September the 3rd and I did the usual Father/Daughter lunch thing. I actually had to work on the Sunday, so we went to lunch out on the Saturday instead. However, as most of us do I had trouble looking for a card, until I found what I thought was the “perfect card”.

I didn’t even look on the back, how many of us do that?

I didn’t even realise that on the back of the card it had a prostate cancer cause on the back. The type that means that a part of the sale of the card goes toward the Prostate Cancer foundation…It just made me feel uncomfortable and mainly because my Uncle, my Fathers twin, actually had this. I think it’s a good idea especially since a lot of the other cards are all about breast cancer, I think it is good too see another cancer being supported. I just felt this one was too close too home.

Have you ever bought a card and then just not wanted to give it?

Education

Look…I LOVE Australia we are very…very…very lucky, but sometimes people just make me want to cringe.

Over the weekend we had Fathers Day as you might have seen my posts over the weekend…Of course the mere mention of some people wanting to call it “Special Persons’ Day” has some people in a meltdown…Like a literal melt down … and it was a tad embarrassing … You see while they were talking about how they are being discriminated against (How…I don’t know…You’d have to ask them…)

There was something happening in Myanmar 

 

Politics and Celebrity

I think of all the issues this year, this has been one of the biggest ones…People telling American Citizens, that they’re just a celebrity and they should “shut up”…While at the some time voting in a celebrity for President.

So why the big ho-ha?

Whether you are a celebrity or not, if you are ultimately an American citizen, you have just as right to speak as anyone else…

However I am of the opinion that just because you are a celebrity or an entertainer doesn’t mean you HAVE to speak out on political issues either. Most celebrities don’t start out for a career in entertainment to become a politician? Some just naturally veer that way and that’s fine, but some don’t and that’s fine too. Maybe they just genuinely feel like they don’t really understand what’s going on and don’t want to look the fool?

I don’t know when it become a pre-requisite for celebrities to have to speak about political issues? … Or any kind of issue … When did that happen exactly? Unless you have an actual conversation with that person, you don’t really understand where they are coming from. Some I think as well don’t bother as well because like the saying goes ”

“You can’t win the internet”.

I know from reading what other people have said about these celebrities. That even when they have said something or done something “good” or to speak out. They get called fake and not genuine. Let’s be honest here, you are a complete stranger to these celebrities and yet revel in their mistakes. It’s kind of  feels like a sickness. This is what I think of people who complain when a celebrity tries to do the right thing and they just continue to call them “fake” or something along those lines..It’s almost like they don’t want them to change and do the “right thing” by them.

Albert Insanity

I think sometimes people forget, celebrities are human too. I think each of them hope for success without really thinking of the “responsibility” that could possibly happen with the fame. I watch these “feuds” and how people take sides, complete strangers. They take it to such a level that I cannot understand. I remember the days when people just liked the entertainment. I just want to listen to the music again…Not the feud. Sure, people like Gary Glitter and Jimmy Saville should NEVER be played in any house ever again. It’s not up to a celebrity where I stand or what views I think they should take though, or how they should do it either.

Literally every single artist on this planet is not doing something right by some and is “God” to others…It’s almost like we’re all human and nothing is just black and white.

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26…Someone you got to meet

I didn’t actually get to meet them, but I was lucky enough to attend a session where they were talking. I still cannot believe to this day, that I was THAT lucky, just to be in the same room as them. I have been lucky enough to be in the same room as BOTH the Dalai Lama AND Stephen Fry. The reason I am writing about both of them instead of one, is because their minds are incredible and the way they view the world, is the same way that I view the world too. Although I am little kinder to religions than Stephen Fry is.

Even saying though, one of the things he mentioned was that he doesn’t HATE religion, but he doesn’t think we need so much anymore and that there is nothing wrong with having a religion, just don’t be an extremist. Religions have caused a lot of problems over the thousands of years, but that is because of way, as human beings, we tend to interpret things. Too make right for own own causes.

Ideal Realist

Is what I call myself, this is a part of who I am…Too me it means I get the realistic side of a situation, but the dreamer in me still wants everything to work out and work out well for everyone involved.

…One of these times of being who I am came into fruition over the past week, regarding, you may have heard about April the Giraffe giving birth and the attention it received when the live feed was suddenly taken down because of people reporting as “sexual” >.< My first thought was honestly “What kind of weirdo finds this sexual AT ALL?” However, along the lines I heard that animal activists wanted the video down in protest of April being in a “Zoo”.

Now the reason I bring up myself being an Ideal Realist. Yes, it would be fantastic to have all these animals running wild and free. It’s just not possible, right now, they’d get shot on site. Some of these Zoo’s are doing some fantastic work when it comes to conservation. For young people and children, this is where their love for these animals first come to life. It gets the children interested, it makes them want to know more.

I am all for shutting down bad Zoos and ones that are just terrible. However, some Zoo’s are doing terrific work.

Zoos South Australia Conservation Program

Fighting Extinction – Zoos Victoria

Australia Zoo – Conservation 

I do actually believe that we will be able to see these animals a bit more free as years go by. As I feel we have a lot more people fighting for them. However, trying to get a video taken for reasons you don’t even mean, just makes the cause look laughable -.- If you want a video taken down, say why you REALLY want it taken down, not some fake one. I swear, not many people even knew about this Giraffe until the video was taken down and people started to find out “Why”. I admire people who want to see these animals free and really wild, like a lot of us do…But it was just going about it the wrong way.

If you really want to help, actually get out there and do something. Not just report a video for being sexual, that isn’t at all. Get out there and do some conservation work, actually volunteer at these Zoo’s so you can see for yourself what they do and THEN make a judgement. A lot of people I’ve seen who complain about Zoo’s actually haven’t been in the Zoo, so how can you know what they’re really doing?

I get worried when people do things like this, they are taking it away from the cause. Making it look like a joke, rather than getting people to look at the cause for what it is.

#WorldLionDay

I did not realise that today was #WorldLionDay! World Lion Day August 10

Lions are probably my most favourite animals and I think that they are just magnificent! I don’t know what it is about Lions, I think it might be because they are one of the few social cats that hang together in Prides and Collations. Yet, they are huge and strong, and you see them play with their cubs, so teeny tiny and how gentle they are…Especially the Lionesses!…Except of course when a Male collation takes over.

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Some teeny tiny paws for you to enjoy ❤

I love all animals…Except for maggots…Eww! NOTHING on this earth will make me love them.

Lions are just a special animal for me. I feel though we owe all these endangered animals our help, from elephants to the black-eyed leaf Frog. We need to do something, it’s not their fault they should not be punished because of our stupidity and cruelty.

Humanity

I just wanted to start off with saying that I actually had another post ready to go today, but there is no way that I can post that post and ignore what’s going on in Dallas and the bad situation over there.

So much is wrong with this whole situation and I would be shocked to find anyone who didn’t see something like this coming. There’s only so much people should have to live with, no one should feel unsafe in their own car, in their own home, in their own neighbourhood.

I am very lucky living in Australia, and here “Down Under” I feel safe and it feels partly wrong to write about another country. In some ways though, I also feel like we all live on this planet together and there are just sometimes where you have to stand shoulder to shoulder with others, even if it’s just metaphorically speaking.

So my thoughts are with Dallas tonight and I HOPE that we all learn from this.

Do you think Charlie Chaplin would have had any clue how poignant his words would still be today? I am crying.