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Maura Kelly & Should “Fatties” Get a Room? (Even on TV?)

October 28, 2010 2 comments

The following is a reply I’m posting to all blogs responding to the Maura Kelly blog about fat people- feel free to follow suit if you are as offended as I am at the spineless BS of the media- as IF we don’t have enough problems in this country getting honesty from the press;

“The real shame is when someone responds honestly to a question and instead of being asked to expound, they are instead Pounded into submission by a spineless editorial leadership. Ms. Kelly expressed what everyone feels and was brave enough and honest enough to innocently express it. It’s a crying shame indeed that when this happens a woman is not lauded for her frankness but instead is run asunder by the needing to be politically correct and thus giving misogynists even more reason to say the glass ceiling is there for a reason. Do you all know the damage you have done for sparing the feelings of people whose time has long seen past for this kind of

tough love help? America is overweight. Plain and simple. It’s a problem in part because it’s not addressed honestly, and an environment and market is made wide open for the deception of consumers desperately seeking solutions. Part of the solution is to be honest about what feelings obesity create in the general public. Speaking from experience, when one is made aware, clearly and without compromise the gravity of ones situation, that is when change begins to happen. No watered down apology or endless health news reports will do what the cold hard truth does. I think Marie Claire should reconsider their position and do their job in GUIDING the communication they are generously providing to their consumers rather than cowering and kowtowing to what they fear by mere presumption will be a backlash they cannot come out on top of. Today could have been a day where Marie Claire was heralded albeit controversially, for providing the truth in publishing, drawing more attention and readers than this scared little position they are taking. I feel sorry for women, having this type of representation. My respect goes out to Maura Kelly, and a slap on the wrist, but with understanding still, since we all have to pay the bills and are in the position where we cannot help but do as we are asked at times. The real shame as I’ve said twice already- is that she doesn’t work for editors with more spine- and that there seems to be a swarm of fellow women eager to take bites out of her like a veritable feeding frenz

y instead of rallying to support her, when all of you know you think the same thing- or you would all allow yourselves to get in the shape of those Ms. Kelly justifiably criticized.”

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Disclaimer: marie claire logo is used for reference only,this blog has no affiliation with that entity

Disclaimer: marie claire logo is used for reference only,this blog has no affiliation with that entity

I think it’s a clear example of the low intellect of the American public that the media, be it Marie Claire or all who followed their lead in reporting the story, do it without one hint of the sentiments I’m expressing here. It’s as if the general, and accepted聽consensus is that people are too stupid to think for themselves and recognize that this is simply a blogger being honest. Leaders, as editors and news professionals are- like it or not- take no initiative in guiding communication in the appropriate- and INTELLIGENT direction for fear of being “unpopular”. And if being “popular” means keeping the attention of a majority group- then thats saying “the majority of the general public is stupid, so lets keep them happy”. As much as an obesity problem, America has a Stupidity, or rather, Education problem. This hasn’t been news to me, as I am a victim of it, but its in the news now because as is the case, pathetically, America doesn’t care about an issue until there’s a movie made about it (Waiting for Superman). And this little blip, is a direct result in my opinion- of that lack of education and resulting lack of intelligence in the public.

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For those who have everything- just one more thing…

October 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Inspired by;

Vanity Fair,
Murder Trial of Saudi Prince Reflects Overseas Epidemic of Servant Abuse

It’s a damn shame when those who have it all can’t get it right. I guess having it all, even being royalty isn’t a pass for doing whatever you want and getting away with it. Who ever you are, however much you have in this world, whether inherited or earned, there will always be a need for something more apparently- and in this case, it’s a good Cleaner!

Opportunity Knocks!

How you can murder a servant these days and allow yourself to be caught is beyond me! What the prince obviously needed was someone he could call in such emergencies. Someone who can carefully take the situation in hand, a fixer of sorts, a quicker picker upper- part butcher, part clean freak. Not security, but certainly could be part of it.

What? Did you think this was going to be a diatribe on morality and the effects of excess on human beings? Please. What good would that be? In the article above, it’s already mentioned how no one really talks about stuff like this. And of course they don’t, because if you did, the powers that be would call a Cleaner on you- if you’re lucky. If they’re exceptionally cruel, they would simply destroy your life and leave you breathing in a more pathetic state than you already live in. One likely so much less elegant than they can afford. And if you are one of them, you need each other- so of course you still wouldn’t talk about it. Except to maybe exchange a discreet story here and there about the last time you beat a servant to death, and of course, the contact number for the Cleaner.

Why this prince didn’t make use of his number is still a mystery- because for certain, the service must exist. You don’t have old money without simple solutions to problems like this popping up at some time in history. Governments use services such as these, and where do you think they learned it from?

Do you actually believe this is the first servant to be murdered by a super wealthy person?

You’d be an idiot to believe that.

It’s not, but maybe this prince went too far and a problem that money can easily fix, as money does, perhaps was allowed to be discovered by the authorities. Allowed, as money will do, when authorities serve a purpose.

It’s the same as when the middle class American Mom and Dad say “let them keep him overnight to teach him a lesson” of the local police when their kid is picked up doing something stupid.

Except Mom & Dad’s world is a tiny one, and a royal family’s world is larger, so a murder trial might serve their purposes better than the local precinct, and a sentence of “up to twenty years (read the fine print on that one)” would do more to scare the royal prince straight than a laughable overnight stay in a jail he could buy with his allowance money.

I promise you, as with Osama Bin Laden- when they want the prince to roam free, he will. For the record he may appear to serve the time- but don’t be surprised if he’s released in twenty years with a Saint Tropez tan and is greeted by his wives, none of them married to him more than 19 years, and his children, all under the age of 18.

Or… we just don’t hear about this little blurb in the media again, and as true Americans, we forget.

So again- if you can, look a little deeper, and you might be truly fascinated at the soap opera-ish tale surrounding the facts of the actual story most of us will never know and live to tell. Because the truth is, the super wealthy, as all of the Saudi royal families are- can do whatever they fucking want to do, and killing a servant- is the least of it.

Right Princess Diana?

You know what I think?

October 26, 2010 Leave a comment

Neither do I. I have no distinct opinion that registers right now. There is election madness going on, so what? Nothing is going to change because it’s the system thats fucked.

The hiccup girl is up for murder- adn well, I can’t help but notice the company she was keeping, and hearing the hypocritical echo’s of a certain face crying about “injustice” and the misuse of the N-word… Can we agree there is a correct use if you confirm there is a mis use? It’s her own fault, who cares?

The poor innocent blonde who’s husband was killed by Mexican “pirates”… In this day and age if someone I love is killed by Pirates, do you think I am going on TV to bring attention to it? It’s just embarrassing. Shiver mi timbers matey.

Then to hear her clearly say how they knew there was violence and crime in the area… but they went anyway??? Smacks of white entitlement not working out the way you hoped. Is anyone going to cry for me if I go somewhere near crime and violence and my wife ends up getting killed as a result? They cant find the body of this guy, if they could’t find my wife’s body, I’d be a suspect, not a blonde little pariah looking all sad and woe-is-me on TV. Again, it’s their own fault, may he rest in peace but buddy, you asked for it. Mexico has problems, and until it becomes a problem where the American government can’t profit in some way- it’s Mexico’s problem. You’re an idiot if you go and get in the way.

As the story began I could smell the word “god” coming, and yes, I should have put money on it because she sure as hell said it. But honey, if god had anything to do with it so much else would have happened other than what did. Oh but yeah, god is awesome in that way isn’t he? The fools errand, I mean act of faith is, believing, despite the acts of cruel indifference.

Am I wrong? To who? Someone who prefers a watered down denial ridden version of the truth? Yeah, I bet I am.

What else?

Taylor Swift… Can we find a sex tape with a black athlete already please?

It started out innocently, but they had to call out the edu-proletariate terrorist in me…

October 20, 2010 1 comment

In a suggestion to Shillington School of Design…

Daniel Damian Mendez
1. allow comments and moderate- this could have easily been a comment and not a discussion topic- but there’s no other way to get the word to whoever runs this for Shill

2. I got an e mail for the open house and I have Gmail, so it’s easy enough to click the “add to calendar” option there- I think Facebook has a similar “Event” option? Look into it, I would have liked to do it here since I dont have Gmail open all day like I do facebook.

10 hours ago

Shillington Good idea Daniel
I will look into it creating it as an event. We used to do so when this page was a group – it’s just all a bit new.

Still unsure about the comments section as the majority of the comments ended up being questions that were on are on the FAQs section of the websites. It gets pretty time consuming answering the same things again and again as Jools and I are usually pretty flat out with our roles (I’m the Studio Manager in Australia and Julian is the Studio Manager in the UK). We don’t want this to take over from the websites or from people contacting Shillington directly and the discussions section does work as I’ve seen this and have responded!!

Cheers

Jen

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Shillington There we go! You should have received notification of the event now. It’s not quite the same as setting it up as an individual/group as it doesn’t allow you to invite people but it should still work and you should be able to ‘attend’.
We’ll ensure this is done for all future Open House / Open Night Presentations.

Cheers Daniel!

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Daniel Damian Mendez
Quick response! Cheers right back at ya! I see the point about not taking away from the actual site- perhaps a simple link to the site would do.
Since I know you’re actually listening- I had an afterthought I figure why not throw it out there now…

I’m in New York as you might be able to see- Personally I love what Shillington is offering, and I would love to go, but am financially unable to. I’m sure I’m not the only one in NY who has thought to themselves how unfortunate it is Shillington does not offer the Financial Aid a College might. The “Payment Plan” that is offered, though appreciated, isn’t a feasible option for a “working” artist such as myself, again, I know I’m not alone in that respect.

So what I thought was, seeing how for example, Parsons School of Design, here in NY (which I plan on applying to- but would gladly pre-empt with Shillington if I could) requires a project be submitted with one’s application- and seeing how also here in the states the recession is still major news- why doesn’t Shillington have a contest for a scholarship of sorts, either awarding a full scholarship and/or levels of reduced tuition for those who are financially constrained and who would, as you advertise to, like to change career paths to a creative field.

Applicants can submit their financial information and again, you can have one winner who qualifies for a full scholarship and two or three runners up who qualify for reduced tuition based on their financial situation.

It would serve both as great marketing for Shillington in the U.S., as a philanthropic effort of sorts, and as a great investment- since you can require someone who does take a scholarship to enter into a contract to work for Shillington ( I happened to see some advertisements for open teaching positions at NY’s Shillington) for a period of time before going on to pursue their career in design. Say a year?

It would also look great for Shillington to show they won’t only train you to succeed in design, but will jump at the chance to hold on to one of their own graduates. It shows confidence in your own training.

Am I an idea man or what?

I should get tuition deferment for this alone – wink wink.

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Jennifer ‘Boogaloo Joe’ Long
Hey Daniel,
(Replying in my ‘true form’ here)

Being an ex-student myself from quite a few years ago I know that it’s not always easy to come up with the funds for the course so I do empathize (see, I’m even doing the US spelling just for you). However, as a private institution we soley rely on the tuition fees to enable us to run the courses and offering scholarships just isn’t a feasible option, at this stage anyway.

With regards to teachers at Shillington, we do require lecturers/designers who have industry experience and can’t just take on ex-students straight out of the course. Obviously if they’ve done a number of years in the industry and then come back and work with us that’s another matter.

I can only suggest that if you do have limited funds you should look at doing the course part-time as that does allow you to work and also spreads the payments over a longer period of time.

Cheers for the ideas / suggestions. You are an ideas man indeed 馃檪

Jen

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Daniel Damian Mendez
I understand and thanks again for the prompt response, despite the cold hard cash in hand sense of it.
I can only suggest, I cant make an organization see the cost/benefit ratio of one to three students on scholarship a year. Hardly an amount that would break the bank.

Understandable about the experience required for lecturers, but paid internship and assistants I’m sure exist as well, and you could apply some imagination to my suggestion instead of cutting it down completely.

If I may before I move on entirely…

For every one student on scholarship, you would have several, if not hundreds of entrants generating free publicity, free marketing, and immeasurable interest in your school. Soon enough you will have to expand to accommodate the interest.

A reality show rivaling the popularity of Project Runway, Top Design or CMYK: America’s Next Top Graphic Designer ensues… which we all know, is as lucrative as it gets.

You dismiss the idea very politely, but I wonder, do you see that by offering a much needed gift like this, here, in a city that needs it as much as NY does, you increase demand for your product, and can, and should, by all business models, incrementally increase the price of tuition per applicant- and end up with a larger profit margin far from the perceived loss you attributed to the idea initially.

I’ll say no more. Run it by a professional, I’m confident they agree with the positive effect it would have across the board.

Thanks for reading and should you reconsider, I’d be flattered and of course, glad to help.

In closing, from a personal perspective, I appreciate the vote of confidence in your payment plan when applied to your part time schedule- but thats the one I was referring to being rather out of reach – unless one comes from money. If I recall quite clearly, my enthusiasm dieing rather quickly after receiving the brochure in the mail and I saw the figures… $5,000 by day 1, and $200 per week after the second or third week of attendance? I’m a NYC employee, one of MANY, and the larger percentage of the population in NY makes under a livable wage… I make under 40k a year- do you really know what you’re asking a person to live on, and pay rent on, when you suggest that so casually? I mean no offense, but I don’t think you really do.

But it’s nice to know those born with trust funds, those who were lucky enough to have parents who put them through school and have misused their degrees in their better paying jobs, can make a small sacrifice and take advantage of your school’s benefits, better their lives and further the divide between the working poor who couldnt, and the wealthy-er in America. The impression that education is supposed to help to improve the lives of those who need it sort of dies a little when reading your very polite response I must say.

So without mincing words, as it is, I hope you are aware, it seems as if your school only offers itself to the wealthy and very financially comfortable in a city where the majority of talent goes wasted because of exclusion such as that. I say these things, not so much for myself, as I am an adult who is used to this kind of thing in a city, and a country like mine, and long since prepared to swim against the tide and do what I can on my own to try and get to where others get to easily- but more so for the kids who are coming up, born to working-poor, not-formally-educated, and divorced immigrant parents like mine were, who wont have the opportunity to get ahead because… well because of the answer you provided, without compromise.

Again, apologies, but I’m sure you understand, I have to let you have an ear full. I know it’s not your problem.

May you continue to do well. Hopefully at some “stage” as you put it, you’ll see fit to show some consideration to the community surrounding the one you choose to put your school in and make a real difference, rather than just make money from those who have it. I hope that one day I do have the opportunity to attend your school, but more so I hope I can implement my own initiative Maybe one like Graffitti Park- link available on my FB page) to fill in the gap you are ignoring- without the need of it.

Thank you, if for nothing else, the motivation to change things.

Daniel DM921

>>> I’ll comment more on this tomorrow

There is nothing on my mind except…

October 13, 2010 Leave a comment

That politics is and are, ridiculous.

American society has become ridiculous. If we’re not too fat, we’re too stupid. We’re definitely too complacent. We like to complain and complain but we don’t get up and do somehting about it. And those that do, like the Tea Party, bad example perhaps, but the only one available- are ridiculed for the beleifs they stand up for. Yes, they’re racist cheap white Amercians with nothing but more complaints and no soplutions, being used by a darker power hiding in the wings… but they are actually at least standing up for something and making some noise.

It’s all just perverse. I read abotu it all the time, all day, every day- a n opinion on politics is like the old sayiong about an opinion on anything- it’s like an asshole, everyone’s got one, and no matter what all it produces is shit.

MyfriendAngelo Rodriguez,may he rest in peace, used to say- “ok, stop talking shit, what are you gonna do about it?” after hearing you out intently and quietly. He left us too soon, and he was right.

The Establishment, is broken. Humanity is perverse, greedy, corrupt, self serving. Too self serving to ever expect that whatever group in power will serve all of the people. Humanity can’t help itself- it will always divide and ostracize. Humanity is insecure, so it has to single out “the other ones” and put them down to maintain its own self esteem. Use god, use money, use skin color, use sexuality- use whatever you like- there will always be something to use and there will always be a human being ready and willing to use it.

There is no governemnt on the face of the erth that seems to have gotten it right. That is, if “right:” means the prosperity of ALL of the people.

If “right” means squashing the less fortunate, and is a perception set forth by those more fortunate, those on聽the top, the rich, the equivalent of what monarchies were… then sure, it’s working fine. Exceptionally well in fact, since we have no revolutions anymore, since people don’t stand up together and force change anymore- when things are as wrong as they have ever been.

Since people, are easily fooled into thinking what doesnt work, like the present system, is somehow going to work, once the billionth band aid is tacked on.

Fuck Politics.

And I, will be no different than you, in respect of doing nothing about it- other than to do this nothing, honestly, and not pretend I don’t see what’s going on.

Until someone, or some group, stands up and begins the clean up, from the top to the bottom-andisbackedupbyan unyeilding force, loyal to no one and no thing more than the commitment to the cause- I’m going to keep this “opinion” and pont of view- what I think, is an honest one. And pray, in my own non-religious way, every day- that that if it allcant just come crashing down and level the playing field for the have – not’s, and a better society can be put together from the ashes, then that I should get my shot at whatever type of freedom I can attain to live the rest of my life like a big Fuck You to the system, and assure that any proginy I mistakenly and selfishly bring into this unfair society gets the opportunity only to do the same.

Have a Nice Day!

e.b. white’s new york (via explore. dream. discover.)

October 7, 2010 Leave a comment

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Education. Teachers. Parents.

October 3, 2010 Leave a comment

If you want teachers to be held responsible for the education your American children are currently NOT getting…

Then let’s institutionalize schools and have you send your kids away months at a time.

There, problem solved.

So when your kids end up in a mediocre life because of a lack of education, you can clearly blame the educators.

But as long as those seeds of yours that you arrogantly brought into this world come home to you every afternoon and you play the role of “parent”… It’s up to you to show your kids that they have a either;

A shitty system because that’s all you can afford, the public option, and that is a result of you settling for the push your parents didn’t give you- and that shitty system isn’t going to get better unless larger forces begin moving, so it’s up to you and them to make the most of it with hard work and focus…

Or they have a better system at their fingertips than others because you did bust your ass to be able to afford that for them, and they still have to bust their ass and focus to make the most of that system.

So you see the constant is you, the parent. Not the teacher.

The home base. Not the school.

Guidance. What every new life needs to acclimate to this crazy system, this crazy world.

Without that you breed an unprepared, and likely unsuccessful human being.

Either that or move to Japan where there is already a culture in place, where a teacher making around 60k a year, still too little in my opinion, just naturally, as a work ethic, as a personal responsibility, take ont he role of parent when it comes to the success of the children under their charge, not only in the sense of education, but in a moral sense as well.

And I’ll be honest, I don”t put it out there as some ludicrous option, because frankly, unless I want my kids (the one’s I haven’t been arrogant enough to have yet) to be better human beings than I (which isn’t saying much- I mean, I have fun but I’m no humanitarian- how could you be an ‘-arian” of any kind when you don’t really hold the root part of the word, ‘human‘, in high regard to begin with), then I owuld probably do this myself, not only for the fact that hey, Japan is fucking cool, especially for an artist mentality like my own, but really, they can probably cultivate a better human being than I can when it comes to raising one and setting them out into the world.

All I can do is create an act of vengeance on mankind for it’s ridiculous holier than thou concept of itself on this planet.

So, would I want to do this to the world, or the child, knowing the world I’m bringing them into, should they acclimate to my view of it- stands against them, for a lifetime?

Or would I want to do it to myself if despite my self proclaimed realistic outlook of the world and society somehow doesn’t stick, and they grow up to somehow get more out of it in respect to being “happy”, than I have?

Thats right. I said it. And I would love to see the honest answer to that question if posed to parents…

“If you knew your child would grow up to contradict your beliefs, and in essence contradict you- and live a life more fulfilling as a result “in-yo-face!”… would you make the choice have them?

But that’s a bigger and much more fun question than education.

Isn’t it?

That’s my Occasional Opinion.