Thursday, 19 July 2018

"Liberal Redneck" unloads on Trump with both barrels (video)

"Liberal Redneck" is sort of the US equivalent of Angry Aussie. Here he gives it to Trump over his love affair with Putin :)

Portrait of Diana painted with HIV+ blood, to combat stigma

Artist Coner Collins has created both an amazing piece of art as well of a wonderful description of how HIV stigma affects those with HIV, and the community as a whole with new HIV infections.
Wrote Collins: “The world was shocked when Diana held hands with a patient with HIV. Decades later, HIV stigma is still rife. We should know the facts. You can’t get HIV from kissing. Undetectable means untransmittable. PREP and PEP work. However widespread HIV stigma, homophobia, racism and transphobia only serve to make new HIV infections more likely. The latest data in the UK, reported last year but from 2016, is that 93% of those diagnosed are now undetectable and do not pose a transmission risk to sexual partners.”

 Added Collins: Despite this, people with HIV are twice as likely to commit suicide, particularly in their first year of diagnosis. The shame has to stop. The stigma has to stop. No one should be driven to this. When Princess Diana held the hand of a man dying of AIDS, few would have imagined that today treatment would exist that would see HIV-positive people living full, healthy, loving lives. When diagnosed and treated early, life-expectancy for someone with HIV is unchanged.”

 Concludes Collins: “We all deserve to be loved. We all deserve to be treated with dignity. HIV is a virus. It has no conscience. It is without colour, without creed, without gender or sexuality. It is incapable of judgement. Stigma however is a choice. The HIV epidemic is fuelled by this stigma, shame and ignorance. Science can treat the disease, but it is love, compassion, respect and understanding that will finally stop the epidemic.” Towleroad

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

WTF is going on with my blog views? - Russia vs US :s

For three days now Russia has had more views than the US. This has never happened before in the history of this blog. WTF is going on? Is it some kind of weird metaphor?

"Boy Erased" trailer - with Troye Sivan (video)

Boy Erased is an upcoming movie due for release in November, about a teenage young man in a Bible bashing family who is gay. The family puts him into conversion therapy to try and convert his sexuality to straight.

The movie stars Australian Actress Nicole Kidman as the mother, Russell Crowe as the father (BTW who's a New Zealander by birth). The son is played by a Lucas Hedges, who I don't know anything about. 

However most interesting is the debut appearance of Troye Sivan in his first ever acting role. Good grief is the guy even 20 yet? I dunno. Anyway he plays another person sent to the gay conversion therapy along with the son. It looks like it's going to be a very interesting movie. 

Sivan's music also features in the film.


Drag queens who protested Trump's UK visit (video) plus crop circle protest The Last Leg - and more :)

A short documentary on a group of drag queens who protested against Trump visiting the UK. They give the reasons as support for diversity and Trump's policies against LGBT in the US.

Also, Adam Hills on The Last Leg comedy show shows a crop circle protest The Last Leg did against Trump over his comments about disabled people. 

Adam Hills has only one leg. 

The crop circle was placed where the president's helicopter would fly over, footage confirming the flyover later in the day.

An image of huge proportions 

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

A worrying test ordered - mystery mass in abdomen

It's probably nothing but it was pretty strange how getting a CT scan of my abdomen came about to be ordered. I saw my kidney specialist at the medical centre last month, which was a largely uneventful visit. He looked at the test results for that visit and said for me to come and get checked again in 4 months.

Now a month later he's ordered a CT scan of my lower abdomen, strangely out of the blue with no warning. One of the medical centre staff rang me yesterday asking how would I like the referral to be sent out for the scan.

After reading it in the email, it refers to an ultrasound I had done months ago of my liver and surrounding organs. It picked up some mysterious mass near my spleen. So he wants a CT scan of that to see what it is. 

Probably just being cautious, but it just seems weird that he's order the scan now. The ultrasound results were sent to him months ago and he didn't think anything was worrisome. I have to see my GP at the same medical centre soon so I might ask him about it. I guess it's possible my GP may have followed up the ultrasound results with my kidney specialist.   

Sunday, 15 July 2018

The aftermath begins - Trump's visit to the UK (video)

Well what a couple of days it's been. I've spent much of the time that I've been online laughing my head off at the hilarious protests coming out of the UK for Trump's visit. 

If the US didn't know before just how much the public outside of the US despises Trump, they should certainly do now. Much of the reason Trump was elected was because an inward looking population decided the rest of the world no longer mattered. It was all "America first", and fuck the rest of the world with their evil people wanting a better life in the US.

But alas for that view, the US isn't an island able to separate itself from the world with a wall. Especially after spending decades interfering in other countries politics for the sake of their "exceptionalism". Indeed Trump gave new meaning to interfering in British politics with this visit. With an ally like the US currently, who needs enemies?

Trump was a bull in a foreign policy china shop. He smashed his blundering way through the whole visit, even walking in front of the Queen FFS! I don't care less about her but the disrespect was horrendous! Not to mention his insulting of prime minister Theresa May, before bumbling off in his helicopter to escape once again to a golf course. The man is a complete and utter buffoon. Facebook has a lot to answer for. 

Saturday, 14 July 2018

London, we have lift off (video) - thank you London so very much :)

The moment the Trump blimp was launched in London. Complete with a countdown from the crowd.

Good on you London! With Trump possibly coming to Australia later this year I hope us Aussies can come up with something equally glorious :)

Beck remix of U2's "Love is bigger than anything in it's way" (video)

Described as "beautiful and poignant" the Beck remix of "Love is bigger than anything in it's way":

Friday, 13 July 2018

Green Day's "American Idiot" rockets up UK charts for Trump visit (hilarious videos & pics)

Incredibly Trump wanted the UK to block all protests during his visit in a phone call to Theresa May last year. Unlike the protest blimp of Trump in nappies with small hands however, the demand went down like a lead balloon in London.

It appears now that England is stepping up to the plate (to use an American term) and keen on dishing out the sort of criticism of Trump that we all think outside of the US bubble.

Yes folks, Trump is the quintessential American idiot. To think that he was voted in by Americans I guess says a lot about the IQ of the American's responsible for doing so. BTW, we have our own demented Australian's too who vote, so I'm not getting on a high horse here. It must be some kind of western disease that we elect people who are completely stupid and entirely unrepresentative of us :s  I mean FFS, look at our abysmal moronic present Australian gov. *sheesh* But I digress.....

I would have to say though that Trump is far far more stupid and dangerous than even our Australian gov. The so called "leader of the free world" who praises dictators and rants at close allies. Apart from stretching the friendship to the extreme he's made the world look at the US as buffoons, isolating themselves and ignorant of anyone but themselves, living in their bubble of "American Exceptionalism", thinking they're better than anyone else on the planet with "America First". 

So deluded and audacious as to think that the richest country on earth has been hard done by. Thinking that their subversion over many decades of foreign powers to install regimes helpful to the US world chess game, was somehow not their fault. They claim hero status in WW2 as the conquerers of Hitler, but in reality it was late in the war and only after Pearl Harbour that the US entered the war. My New Zealand father was fighting in North Africa against Hitler entirely on the other side of the world long before the US could be bothered to help. Hard done by my ass. We did the donkey work and they walked in at the end and claimed grandier.

And now Trump demands, like a dictator to a close ally, thinking he has the authority to dictate because he's America and America first, to block all protests against him in England - a foreign country from the US. Astonishingly self absorbed and ignorant. Astonishingly bullying. And this is the president that wants to isolate himself and give up on the rest of the world? Whilst dictating to them what he wants, to appease his own ego? OMG the complete stupidity. What a buffoon. 

Putin got what he wanted; an American idiot for president. 
The charge list against Mr Trump is long, unignorable and impossible to tolerate. Morally, it is headed by the racism of the immigration policies he was so proud of in Brussels on Thursday, the cruelty of their enforcement, especially in the separation of children from their parents, the racism to which he gives encouragement at home, and the taunting and visceral threat to the rights and dignities of women, people of colour, and LGBT people, who are all now directly threatened by his latest supreme court nomination. He has ignorantly spurned the threat from climate change, has sucked up to tyrants, has conducted an unprecedented campaign against the free press, launched a trade war, insulted America’s allies, praised America’s enemies and made dangerous mischief in the domestic and regional politics of countless parts of the world. Only this week, heading for Europe, he insulted Germany and said meeting Vladimir Putin would be easy work compared with his meetings in Brussels and Britain. The Guardian

In anticipation for Donald Trump’s presidential visit to British prime minister Theresa May in the United Kingdom this week, a social media campaign in the U.K. is aiming to make the popular 2004 song “American Idiot” by Green Day a hit again.

 This is compounded by the fact that Trump reportedly requested to block all protests in the U.K. during his upcoming visit. In one alleged phone conversation during 2017, Trump complained to May over the criticism he’d been getting in British newspapers.

 In the secure bunker underneath the prime minister’s office, May’s advisers listened in to the call in astonishment at Trump’s demand.

 Amid warnings that Trump would face protests in the streets when he arrived, he told the prime minister he would not be coming to the U.K. until she could promise him a warm welcome.

 For the past couple of weeks, the social media campaign has sought to make the song “American Idiot” the Number 1 tune in the U.K., in time for Trump’s arrival on Friday.

 The campaign asked people to download “American Idiot” between Friday, July 6, and Friday, July 13, to push the 14-year-old single to the top of the Official U.K. Charts.

 Its inspired slogan, of course, is: Make American Idiot Great Again. Citizen Truth

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

A tractor assault reminds of childhood one by oldest brother NZ (video) - *trigger warning sexual assault*

A man has been charged with serious offences involving chasing his neighbour with a tractor over some neighbour dispute. This happened in the US but it bought back memories of when it happened to me as a child in New Zealand; my oldest brother driving the tractor at me.
Morris, 72, was booked into the St. Johns County jail on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, a third-degree felony.He was released the next day after posting $2,500 bond, records show.

 Scott Lynch, 53, told deputies a dispute escalated when Morris climbed onto his tractor, drove onto Lynch’s property and chased him down his driveway, yelling, “Run, fat [expletive]!”

 Lynch said he ran for his life, fearing Morris would have run him over if he stopped.

 The chase came to an end when Lynch took refuge inside his garage and shut the door.
At 72 I doubt the tractor neighbour would have given a flying fuck about the charge. At that age I reckon you'd just stop giving a flying fuck about anything really. I'm only 56 and looking forward to that day when I can just do whatever the hell I want and blame it on my age. Alas this hasn't worked for this particular 72 year old :s

All very funny yes, but the person in the US has been charged for somewhat of a lesser crime that my oldest brother did to me as a child. On an isolated farm in Taranaki on the North Island of New Zealand, with no neighbours having any visibility of it. My oldest brother John was of course way younger than 72.

Can't remember how old I was as a kid but John couldn't have been more than 20. He was from the previous marriage of Dad's first wife who died a while after his younger brother Kevin was born. Dad's first wife had cancer in remission but the pregnancy of Kevin took a lot out of her and after that the cancer returned and she eventually died. 

Dad married my mum after that and I was born along with my younger brother bla. The 4 kids of dad's first wife ranged from being pretty annoyed at my and Gary's arrival to positively despising us. John in hindsight hated us. In hindsight so did Kevin - John's younger brother. Their two sisters were pretty neutral I think but however did take pleasure in their brother's torment of Gary and I on occasion. 

I think John was the leader of all that; I remember him pushing my mother one time in the hallway just outside Kevin's, Gary's, and I's bedroom door over some dispute about us. Dad was right beside my mum and didn't do a thing. Mum said something like "Oh stop it John" playing it down. John had no repercussions for that by Dad. So even from a young age I got that John hated me (and Gary) and got away with it.

And it eventuated some time later that I and John were in the paddock immediately next to the house on one occasion that I'll remember for the rest of my days. I was a child, John must have been 20 or more I dunno. He was on a tractor for some reason. He decided to chase me with the tractor.

I remember it had some sort of fork thing at the front that he lowered and aimed directly at me, flooring the accelerator on the tractor. It was going faster than I could run, making me terrified and running to the point of hysteria to get away from him. On the tractor he was laughing his head off. He wasn't obviously going to do me in but he was getting great pleasure out of my complete horror.

I eventually made it to a small gate of the house and got inside, John pulling up the tractor in satisfaction. I remember all this as it was so traumatic for me at the time. I ran the short concrete path to the house, entering it screaming in terror and screaming through tears at what just had happened. 

A small household uproar followed, mostly by mum. John however came in very shorty after laughing and saying it was all just joking and kidding around sort of thing. BS!; I remember to this day the look on his face as he terrorised me on top of the tractor. He was getting off on it. Mum had a bit of a go at him about seeing my complete panic and distress, but Dad didn't back her up on that.

Good grief, this was just going to be a brief bloody post :s  Well I've started now....... Putting some perspective on this in hindsight after decades.......


John was a sexual abuser I found out recently, off Kevin. John fucked Kevin for years when Kevin was between about 6-7 to 12-13yrs old. 

I know this because Kevin himself told me when he came here with his thug son that night and wanted to have sex with David (it was confirmed by my older sister). Everything was on the down low back then and neighbours didn't intervene, even though they may have known what was going on.

When Kevin's son (Phillip) bashed David whilst Kevin looked on. Before which I assume Kevin could mess with my head another time just like he did my whole childhood, evin have his power over me, and have sex with my partner. Little did he know that I wasn't the scared little kid that he bullied growing up with me, but that's another story :)

Sometimes I think about all this and I wonder how the "family" I grew up in was so incredibly fucked up. I wonder where John learned to fuck Kevin? Dad fought in WW2 in north Africa and Europe speaking very little about it. But one time he said "Italy was a filthy country". So what happened to him in Italy in WW2? Was he projecting?

I really have to try to stop trying to figure it all out when I get to about this point. I have learned over my lifetime that Dad wasn't a nice person at all (especially in my teens when I of course hated him, ha ha :). 

Ironically when I had no idea about this post I was about to bla out of the blue, I remember being out in the batch at the back of the town property when I was 15-16 or so and Dad banged on the batch door one morning (I'd put an inside lock on the thing). I was standing there in pajama top and pants when I opened the door, the pants without undies as that's what I was starting to do at the time in my teens.

Will never forget the way he looked at my crotch. It was only a second or two but it was something one will never forget.

Oh fuck.........I'm raving again............. Enough said...........

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Twitter notifications invaded by RWNJ's - a glimpse into One Nation's distopia

Far out. These people are nuts. If all One Notion's followers are this stupid then that must be a reflection on Hanson's level of intelligence. 

I'm torn between laughing at it or being jaw droppingly dumbfounded at how someone in Australia could end up thinking this absurd way. All based on complete lies. 

It starts at the bottom with the last notification at the top. I don't even know WTF she's replying to in most of it. And yes, all three are blocked.

Monday, 9 July 2018

Trump baby blimp will fly over London when Trump visits (video)

What an incredible insult to the visit of a sitting US president to England. What a slap in the face for him. So pompous and in love with himself, to be depicted as a big baby with small hands must surely be a crushing blow to the man's overused ego. I hope the mainstream media gets lots of shots of it when it's up, and with Trump in the picture. That would be just surreal :)

BTW it sort of reminds me way back in the 1980's when Pink Floyd was getting ready for their Sydney concert (in the Entertainment Centre back then). They had a flying pig, but somehow it got lose from it's tether and drifted off. A message came over the local rock station Triple M asking people to watch out for a flying pig and let them know where it was. Seriously. I heard the announcement myself on the radio at work.