Dreadlock Warfare

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White student assaulted by black university employee for, “Cultural Appropriation.”

The viral video of a black San Francisco State University employee physically and verbally assaulting a white SFSU student with dreadlocks has resulted in some titillating headlines and opened up a national debate on the topic of, “cultural appropriation.”  HMMM

The black woman accuses the white boy of not having the right to wear is hair in dreadlocks.  Newsflash, angry black woman, there is evidence of many cultures, not just those with black skin hailing from the continent of Africa or the Island of Jamaica, wearing dreadlocks. They are worn for many reasons: an expression of deep religious or spiritual convictions, a manifestation of ethnic pride, to make a political statement, or simply as a fashion preference.

  • The Old Testament (you know, from The Bible  Judges 16:13) recounts the tale of Samson and Delilah in which a man’s potency is directly linked to ‘the seven locks on his head’
  • Hair matching the description of dreadlocks is mentioned in the Veda scriptures of India, dated to 1800 BC;
  • Today in India, dreadlocks are spotted among Sadhus (holy men);
  • Historic accounts suggest that Germanic tribes, Celts, Greeks and the Vikings wore dreadlocks;
  • Egyptian King Tut (1332 – 1323 BC) wore dreadlocks.  It is often, wrongly, assumed that Egypt (officially known as The Arab Republic of Egypt) is an African nation.  Egypt is actually the world’s only contiguous Eurafrasian country:  a country whose land mass spans two continents from the northeast corner of Africa to the southwest corner of Asia via a land bridge known as the Sinai Peninsula which divides the Red Sea and Mediterranean Sea.

The woman attacking the boy and accusing him of cultural appropriation doesn’t appear to be Egyptian.  I can only assume that she is claiming it as part of her African heritage.

But no, that wouldn’t work for her argument either, as all of those cultures far pre-date the historically cited 1930’s Ethiopian Rastafarian protest-borne practice of men wearing their hair in dreadlocks until their Emperor, Ras Tafari, was returned to power.

Her argument certainly doesn’t hold any weight if she’s referring to dreadlocks as a right of Jamaican culture.  Real mainstream cultural establishment came when dreadlock sporting, committed Rastafari, Jamaican Bob Marley came into his real fame with the worldwide success of his album, Exodus in 1977.

I’m not sure what culture this woman claims to be part of that this poor student was accused of stealing his look from, but I hope that she is prosecuted and fired for her assault.  I also think she better review her knowledge of history before she continues spouting off at people.  There are always video cameras/smart phones available to document public ignorance.  Hmmm indeed!

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Random Thoughts

Twoosh: What you call a perfect, 140-character tweet. Also how your grandma refers to your behind. It’s the equivalent of a slam dunk on Twitter. #Twoosh there it is.

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This gem is from the Daily Skimm (via theskimm.com).  I’m working to incorporate this into a conversation today!

dyed-easter-eggsHere are some things I wish I’d have thought of before Easter.  These are especially good for those who don’t celebrate the religious aspects of the Christian holiday and definitely would have made it a more exciting holiday than in years passed.

Easter Ideas for Adventurous Adults

  • Egg hunts with a twist: Instead of candy inside those plastic eggs, place sexy little notes, inside jokes or clues to the “Golden Egg” of a private scavenger hunt (YOU!) inside for your significant other to find.
  • Create the ultimate couples Easter basket: 1) Massage oil, scented candles, flavored or sensation creating massage oil; 2) Flavored condoms, edible underwear, whipped cream, chocolate syrup; 3) Naughty toy basket – let your imagination run as wild as your partner is willing to go.
  • Sexy Texts: Every time you get a “Happy Easter Text” it’s on!  Grab your SO and wildly make out or grab a quickie.
  • The Bunny Trail: Make a trail of roses, candy, arrows, or any other enticements  that lead to the bedroom.
  • Do Like Rabbits Do: Celebrate the day and get it on as many times as you can.  Try a new position, location or maybe even a new partner…creativity, frequency and spontaneity are the keys.

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Keep Your “Girls” Perky!

With more than 3/4 of a million views in just 6 hours, this post by Nina Mohan & Alice Mongkongllite via Buzzfeed.com was too good by itself to add any commentary to, except to say HMMM….

9 Steps You Can Take to Avoid Boob Sag

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  1. Tie balloons to your nipples: It may seem ridiculous at first, but there is literally nothing worse than a boob that hangs in a natural way.
  2. Do Push Ups, “Boob Push Ups”: We all know boobs sag because they’re not fit! So use them to push yourself off the floor and you’ll finally get the lift you deserve.
  3. Hire someone to walk behind you and hold your boobs up at all times: Make sure they lotion their hands so your boobs absorb some of that sweet moisture.
  4. Invest in a boob shelf.  Not a bra, a literal shelf: A nice slab of wood will help keep those boobs looking perky as ever!
  5. Don’t sleep on your front, side or back. In fact, don’t sleep at all: Your boobs probably flop around when you’re unconscious, so avoid sleeping at all costs.
  6. Wear a bra at all times, even in the shower:  Letting your boobs hang free is like telling the world you want them to touch the floor!
  7. Avoid bouncy exercises that can damage ligaments, like jumping rope, trampolines, jumping jacks, running, walking, moving, or doing anything:  Just stand very still. Your boobs will thank you later.
  8. Walk around with your arms up at all times to make your boobs appear higher: This is a great arm workout in addition to eliminating the sag!
  9. Massage your breasts with the feathers of a bird’s wing to promote lift:  Make sure it’s a bird that actually flies! Chicken feathers will make your boobs drop a foot.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA

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You Can’t Make This Crap Up!

funnynewsEvery once in a while I search “Bizarre Headlines” to see what wacky stories are being told around the world.

Today there were some real doozies!

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Chipotle Giving Away 9M Burritos

chipotlelogoWatch your mail for your free meal coupon from Chipotle!

Because of the bad publicity generated by the 2015 food borne illness outbreaks that sickened at least 60 customers (specifically E. coli and Norovirus) in California, Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Boston, and 7 other states, customers have largely stayed away and Chipotle closed 43 stores in Washington and Oregon.  YouGov Brand Index said customer perceptions about Chipotle sank to their lowest level since 2007 in October, before additional cases popped up in seven more states, which likely pushed them even lower.

As a result of the severe drop in business at it’s 1,500 locations worldwide, the company has seen their stock price drop 39% since November and saw a 44% drop in earnings in the 4th quarter alone, when news of more outbreaks hit the news. Today it was announced that CMG (parent company for Chipotle) is expecting to report a loss in the 1st quarter, for the first time ever as a public company.

To bring people back, following the February 8, 2016 Food Safety Town Hall, Chipotle dispatched about 50,000 employees to go to more than 400 locations, such as movie theaters and hotel conference rooms to spread the word that the investigations were over,  stores were given a “clean bill of health” by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and that the company was asking the public to come back by offering free food.  The public was asked to text and request a coupon and 5.3 Million requests were received!  67% (appx 3.5 Million) of those coupons were redeemed, at an average cost of $7.10, for an estimated expenditure of $25.2  Million by the company.

To try and regain the public’s trust and repair their damaged reputation, they have added food safety information to their website, boosted their advertising, plan future Buy-1-Get-1 Free offers delivered via mobile devices, and they’ll kick it all off by sending 21 million households coupons for a free meal via U.S. Mail.  In all, their efforts are likely to cost the company in excess of $62 Million.

I was a big fan of Chipotle before so many people started getting ill after eating there.  A few  years back, my husband and I were both hit with E. coli from a local sandwich shop and it’s not an experience that I want to repeat.  I’m leaning toward giving Chipotle a second chance.  They are so publicly scrutinized, because they are a publicly held company, that I’m sure they are being ultra vigilant with their food safety procedures. My husband however, insists he’ll never go back.  One time is one too many, and Chipotle had 60 reported cases.  How many went unreported because the symptoms were so mild?  A big Hmmm indeed!

Are you still eating at Chipotle?

Will you be swayed to return by the coupon for a free burrito?

If not, what would entice you to go back?

Things that this girl will definitely be pondering as I wait to see evidence (i.e. my coupon) that the company is serious about showing the public they are sincere in their desire to put public health and safety above corporate profits.

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