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Unnecessary sadness

So I’ve been having a heart attack since about 1030 last night. I went to log in to my blog and found that it was deactivated. I just about died right there on the spot.

I know no one really gives a rat butt about my blog- except for you, reading this right now, and my faithful followers, whom I am extremely grateful for and thankful to have, you guys rock for not only caring about but enjoying the Mad things I write about- but to me, my blog is my whole world (well, maybe not my WHOLE world, but a large portion of it).

So to find it was deactivated (that word still makes me shudder) for no apparent reason made me burst into tears and cry. And cry. And cry. And call my boyfriend and cry. And cry some more. Then go to bed and wake up this morning with puffy eyes (attractive).

To add to my misery, I woke up this morning to some generic email from WordPress saying (and I quote) “Your site was flagged by our automated anti-spam controls. I have reviewed your site and have removed the suspension notice. We are very sorry for that happening and the inconvenience it caused you.”

Inconvenience? How about you made me cry. I thought my life was literally over and the world was coming to an end (okay, maybe I wasn’t that melodramatic about it, but I still cried).

I hope this never happens to any of you. And I swear to god, if it ever happens to me again, I will go through the computer screen and strangle the automated anti-spam controls for being so retarded. You ruined my night, prevented me from enjoying a peaceful and fulfilling night’s sleep and caused me to look like poop today. More than anything, you took away something I love very dearly for no reason (did I mention there was no reason for this?).


In the end, my blog is back up and the world is at peace again (at least in my head). So now I can go back to my delusions that my blog is the coolest thing ever, you can go back to reading (or not reading) it, and the world can continue doing whatever it was doing before all this, because really, other than my boyfriend, who had to listen to me cry on the phone and did a good job of trying to calm me down and reassure me that it would be okay (you’re the best, Dan), no one else had a clue I was suffering such heartbreak.

So I hope this never happens to any of you. Because it sucks.

But if it does, please feel free to contact me. I will share in your misery and remind you that, more than likely, your blog will rise to the challenge, overcome those awful anti-spam bots and rise to be the magical blog it was destined to be.

Either that, or you’re screwed and your blog is kaput.


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With the way our government’s headed, how hard could it be to start my own country?

I’m so sick of politics. It’s just a bunch of the same rubbish over and over, and no matter how many new politicians or new debates or new ways to spin an issue present themselves, it’s all the same lies. Sometimes I dream about how much better off we’d be without the government and all the tug-of-war that goes with it.

So I’ve come up with a solution.

I have a sense of humor & I can fit inside a backhoe claw- who wouldn't want this as their governing body?

I’d like to buy my own private island and start my own country. Anyone like to join? I know I have visions of grandeur, with hopes of a utopian society where none of the bullshit matters and everyone is able to live happy & stress-free lives, the way living was meant to be, and I know that sounds impossible. And you can sit there and debate me all you want, but if we had a society where everyone cooperated and worked together- heaven forbid anyone do anything for anyone else- it would be such an easier world.

But we’ll never have that. Because too many people- see: politicians- are too power-hungry, are too dead-set on being at the top of the totem pole, looking down upon everyone else and dictating how we should live our lives. As long as you’re not causing physical harm to others, or threatening their state of well-being, whose right is it to determine how anyone else should live? If you’re a guy and you want to marry a guy, how is it anyone’s business or right  to say no, that’s not normal, that’s not right, therefore you can’t do it, you can’t have happiness. If a woman finds herself pregnant, for whatever reason, and she determines the livelihood of not only herself, but of her unborn child, would be better off if the pregnancy was aborted, how is it anyone’s business but the woman’s whether that is the right choice or not?

Sure, I follow politics as much as the next guy. I don’t follow every debate or fall asleep to CSPAN, but I’ve got a fairly good idea about what is being talked about and what the biggest issues are for the next election. But I’m so sick of the bullshit. If I wanted to listen to garbage over and over, I’d just go hang out at the local dump (it would actually be a more productive use of my time than listening to the crap on TV). Elections should be less about telling me what you’re going to do and more about showing me. You have enough campaign money to prove to me you are truly in it for the good of the people, and not just your own ego boost, so why can’t that be a stipulation?

Part of me wants to stop caring about it so much. Because it’s never going to change. Part of me just wants to pick the lesser of the evils and call it a day. And part of me wants to throw my shoe through the TV anytime Michelle or Barack comes on in one of their many (fake) ads supporting the next big cause. But more than anything I just want to find a way to make any sort of difference. I won’t go out onto the streets with the Occupy Wall Street protestors (I have a job and a life, thank you), because how is it helping? Who is doing anything within the government or corporate world to make any amends? No one, that’s who. And it’s not going to start changing anytime soon.

I’m going to be in politics one day. Maybe I won’t run for president, maybe I’ll stay on a local or state level- although I’d probably kick ass as Mrs. President (because, let’s face it, that’s what they’d have to call me)- but no matter where I end up, I’m going to actually take the five minutes and listen. Listen to the people. Listen to what the real issues are. And not only listen and pretend I’m going to help. I’m going to actually do something about it.

You just wait. It’s going to be a shit-storm when I hit the White House.

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Restoration of Stevenson Creek to resume

CLEARWATER, Fla., Oct. 18 — T.J. Thompson is eager for work to resume.

Thompson has lived on the north bank of Stevenson Creek since 2000 and is hopeful a project to remove muck from the water could help reduce the smell of the polluted water body.

The local water treatment plant responsible for the contamination.

But the contamination hasn’t kept him from taking his boat out on the water, even if the tides sometimes do.

“We have a small window when we can get out,” Thompson said.

Soon though, Thompson and others who live near the creek, could enjoy fishing, boating and watching wildlife. After a prolonged standstill, the Stevenson Creek Aquatic Restoration is scheduled to resume work this month.

The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded the contract to remove 105,000 cubic yards of muck and sediment to Paul Howard Construction Company after firing the initial contractor earlier in the year.

“The goal is to dredge the lower reaches of Stevenson Creek,” said Amanda Ellison a spokeswoman for the Army Corps of Engineers. “Some sandy dredged materials will be returned to the creek to create shoreline mangrove areas, and [the] dredged muck will be trucked to an offsite disposal area.”

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Ferngully: more than just family entertainment

The world could learn a thing or two from Ferngully: The Last Rainforest.

Crysta tries to heal a wounded tree

Unable to sleep, I popped the 1992 animated film into my DVD player at 430 this morning, eager for a comforting classic to lull me back to la-la-land. But the familiar tale of one curious fairy’s quest to explore the vast rainforest did more than just ease my chatty mind.

The themes of the family flick, pollution and deforestation, hold more true now, in the 21st century, than they did when the movie was released in the early 90s. The experience of these man-made catastrophes are portrayed from a fictional point of view (at least I’m told fairies are fictional; I’m not entirely convinced), but the devastating effects are terrifyingly real.

When Crysta, the young, magi-in-training, ventures beyond the reaches of her rainforest home, Ferngully, she discovers that the world is not innocent the way she believed. When she meets Zak, a human, she allows him a glimpse at forest life. But what she doesn’t realize is that Zak is part of a logging team, who are there solely to cut down the trees to manufacture lumber. The team has also accidentally released Hexxus, who represents the pollution such actions cause. But once Zak sees the pain and destruction his crew is causing, not only to the fairies, but to the rest of the forest animals, he teams up with Crysta to bring an end to the demolition. Together, they are able to shut down the logging company, trap Hexxus and save Ferngully, all while reminding me of the simple joy of make-believe.

But sadly, the idea of forever shutting down the logging industry is  make-believe.

The after-math of the logging industry

There may not be such things as fairies, but the message Ferngully gets across is very real. Logging and deforestation have always been dangerous issues, but it won’t be much longer until these forests are no longer endangered: they will just be gone completely. The rate of deforestation far surpasses that of new tree growth; some forests may never grow back. Even through forest management and recovery, there’s still no guarantee the forests we willingly and intentionally destroy will ever recover. And these forests are crucial parts of innumerable ecosystems. Not only are we destroying plant life, we are forcing animal life out of their natural habitats, causing many to become endangered and extinct. And if, and when, it gets bad enough, the repercussions will not just affect isolated plant and animal life.

If we don’t do something soon, we’ll soon be facing global consequences.


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