Go see The Judge.

Just do it.

Because I said so.

Ignore all the bad reviews, if it’s too “yelly” for them then they obviously haven’t had a passionate upbringing. This movie covers all sorts of relationships, mainly estranged, and proves how life can be difficult and terrible but if you try you can find the good in anything.

The best part about this movie is that you think you know…but you don’t….yep that’s cryptic but just see it and you’ll know what I mean.

Til next time,

Sama x

What’s Going On Wednesday? ISIS Beheads Another Innocent

ISIS has released a video of killing another journalist.

The terrorist group savagely beheaded 31 year old Steven Sotloff, an Israeli-American journalist who’s selfless work brought him to war zones like in Syria which was where he was kidnapped by ISIS in August of 2013. 

Sotloff was held captive for over a year until he wad beheaded on the second of September. 

Isis claims they beheaded Foley (the first American Journalist to be beheaded) and then Sotloff  due to air strikes coming from the United States of America. In the video ISIS filmed of Sotloff’s death they go on to say another journalist will be killed if Obama doesn’t stop his air strikes. This journalist is a British man called David Cawthorne Haines. 

In a desperate attempt to stop ISIS from beheading her son, Shirley Sotloff pleaded in a video to the head of ISIS to spare her son’s life. 

ISIS never stops to shock with me with their irrational and barbaric ways. Even more confusing and off putting about the group is that they came out with an apology saying the video was released early. 

This has lead to some speculation on when Sotloff was actually killed, some even doubt it is a real video. 

It is a tough situation because while the USA and England refrain from negotiating with the group, others do not. If ISIS keeps getting more money and weapons then who knows what will happen. 

People are divided on what to do; bomb them or not? 

However some people have taken matters into their own hands by poking fun at the terrorist group. Many people are using hashtags like “AskIslamicState” and “ISISMovies”. I think it’s certainly and inventive way to try break the spirit of a terrorist group, whether or not it is working, I don’t know.

These people are quite literally laughing in the face of danger.

Til next time,

Sama 

 

Conspiracy Theory Thursday: Obama and Mind Control

Once upon a time I was an administrative assistant. I had a lovely but albeit strange boss. I won’t say his name of course to protect him but I will say what he told me once…

“Obama takes mind control pills…it’s like a candy”. 

I was of course dumbfounded by this statement but I wanted to know more and when I asked for more of the juicy details I was told to “Google it”. 

But of course when I Googled “it” there was no information about this mind control candy. Part of me was relieved and part of me was dissappointed that there was no information because I find these kind conspiracy theories just so brilliantly funny. 

Instead of finding information about Obama being mind controlled, I found more about some rather creepy programs. 

A project called MKULTRA, a CIA mind control program, started in the 1950s and, as you can imagine, the experiments conducted were a little – well totally illegal. Many forms of abuse including drugs, sexual and even tortue were used in attempts to control people’s minds. 

Oh and don’t worry – this was supposedly stopped in the 70s. Coincidence that the hippie movement came about during this program? Hmm…I feel another conspiracy theory coming on. 

Surprisingly people actually volunteered as test subjects for MKULTRA’s LSD, hypnosis and electrolysis experiments. Most surprising of all is that famous people put their hands up to well technically have no control over their hands…

Kenneth Elton Kesey, author of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest was one of the many famous volunteers of MKULTRA. Casey volunteered to take part in the psychedelic drugs (LSD and others) part of the program which supposedly lead to him advocating drugs outside of the program. 

So what does this all have to do with Obama? Well he basically has come out with a new project, that depending on your political view, can be viewed as a way of researching mind control. ‘BRAIN Initiative’ is being partly run by DARPA and focusses on unlocking how the brain remembers, thinks and learns. Apparently the program is being developed to learn more about autism, epilepsy and more neuron related things. 

Of course some people may view this as a way for Obama to literally change your views and political stance. 

My verdict on this conspiracy? Uh well it’s kind of believable and creepy but let’s hope it’s for all the right reasons and not for well…mind control. 

Til next time, 

Sama x

P.S tin foil hats are effective and cheap. 

What’s Going On Wednesday?: Remembering Robin Williams

Robin Williams first came onto our television screens in the late 70’s show Mork and Mindy and we all fell in love with the quirky character and with Williams himself. 

Since then Williams played varying roles in comedies and more serious films. His most well known movies are: Aladdin, Night at the museum, Patch Adams, Good Will Hunting, Flubber and Mrs Doubtfire. 

Some of my personal faves are: Death to Smoochy, The Birdcage, Being Human and of course Hook (best Peter Pan ever). 

Along with Williams’ legendary roles he had a legendary way of connecting with people. He was known to talk to all the cast and crew whenever he went to an interview and he wanted to know about them. 

He was obviously a caring man as he was also known for his many charitable contributions like fund raising for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He often appeared in commercials for the hospital and did public service announcements. He proved his genuine compassion for the children at the hospital when he started meeting them and spent quality time with them. 

Williams was often described as full of energy but had the ability to switch it off when he needed to be more serious. Which showed that he had a great sense of others and such great interpersonal skills. 

This could be why it’s so hard to fathom the amount of pain he must have gone through during his depression. Along with his depression he had to battle addiction; a man so troubled yet so able to make others happy showed how truly selfless he was. 

I only hope that he will continue to be celebrated for many years to come and he remains an inspiration to generations growing up. He will always be my role model and inspiration and I only hope to make others feel a fraction of how he made me feel. 

With that I leave one of William’s quotes; “I used to think that the worst thing in life was to end up alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel alone.” – that pretty much just sums him up. 

And remember: depression or any other mental illness doesn’t just go away, you should find ways of monitoring and treating your illness much like a sprain or burn. Always ask for help when you need it, having a mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. However I know that in some situations you cannot even begin to get the strength to ask for help so make sure someone knows about it and if you are someone who knows another person with a mental illness I urge you to keep an eye out and just help them along. 

Rest In Peace Robin I only hope that wherever you are you can continue to laugh and make others laugh. 

 

Sama x

 

New Regular Posts

Hey everyone,

Long time no read. I know. Sorry. No reason for being so slack – just sorry. 

I’ve had time to think about what I need to do and I’ve decided on posting 3 days a week. 

My posts are gonna follow themes and always be the same days; What’s Going On Wednesday, Conspiracy Theory Thursday and Fun Friday. 

There you have it. My first post will be tonight, so see you then. 

 

Sama x 

Winter | Look Book | ’14

Hello my lovely readers.

Great to see you here again. I know my posts have been few and far between. Only excuse is I was off house sitting and gained 4 kg – whoops. I’ll be getting back to my work out journals ASAP.

I have something a little more exciting today; a look book. Okay. Okay. It’s really just exciting for me because I got to play dress up.

This time we have a little twist; I’m going to review the clothes.

Go to this video to find out more about the outfits and where I got them:

Review

My favourite outer wear.

The diva pink coat and the grey fluffy jumper

The pink coat is as luxurious as it looks. I wore this out in the rain whilst grabbing a hamburger from the chicken shop and my back was drenched but I felt nothing. It looks best styled with grungier materials like leather (faux) and anything black. The same goes with the grey jumper from target however it goes great with anything girly too.

Favourite splurge

Guess dress and thrifted boots

The super sexy black dress from Guess. It was on sale, so I’m sad to say I doubt there will be any others left. However this style is the perfect mix of edgy and classy. I always feel a million bucks in this dress especially paired with those shoes.

The boots are basically my essential shoes. I wear them almost every day and everywhere – which is really awkward when my chains clunk around in the uni library (sorry!). Even though they were thrifted I did spend about $70 or so on them, so not a bargain – but I know they are worth every cent!

Disappointed Toes

The other pairs of shoes I’m wearing are so pretty! I fell in love when I got them but – okay let’s start with the pair from Betts. They are killer shoes – both in looks and comfort. However, I physically cannot walk in them but it’s all right because I only wear them where there is minimal walking and standing. And the pair from lipstick shoes – they are really cool, but for $50 I’m a little disappointed in the quality. I got them on my Melbourne trip a few months ago and they are already starting to wear down. Oh well at least they look nice?

Favourite pair

Mixing my tartan bralet with the almost see through strappy cami from cotton on is one of my favourite ways to wear them. I find that it is a perfect way to make two pretty revealing pieces to come together and create something so beautiful and casual.

And the rest.

The cardigan from JayJays has been through hell and back – I’ve had it so long, worn it everywhere and it has still held up. Therefore well worth however much it was. The shorts from danger field were around $40, so an absolute bargain in my eyes for that shop. And they fitted great in the beginning but now I get a little too much of a rise in the front – trying not to be crude – so even though they are high waisted with a killer belt detail, I’m not comfortable wearing them the way they should be worn.

My favourite outfit overall.

Rocker Chic. 100 %. I tend to wear this outfit a lot. Like too much. But I can’t help it, it’s so comfortable and beautiful. Well worth the money.

What was your favourite?

Sama x

Another Insect? Great.

duvalius-abyssimus-wp

If you know me in person and you know me well. You know I hate insects but I love animals. Not very fair is it?

While I’m disgusted by insects I find this new critter to be very interesting. Very interesting indeed.

In Krubera Cave, Georgia, a team of Spanish and Portuguese scientists found the beetle dwelling in the worlds deepest cave.

Vicente M. Ortuño, from the University of Alcalá, wrote about the discovery in the journal of Zootaxa.

Of the beetle Ortuño said “The new species of cave beetle is called Duvalius abyssimus” and “We only have two specimens, a male and a female. Although they were captured in the world’s deepest cave, they were not found at the deepest point.”

Doesn’t that sound like there may be more creatures lurking down at the depths of Krubera Cave?

Follow where I got my information to keep up to date for other iconic discoveries at: Entomology Today and Science World Report.

Til next time,

Sama x

Are You Spornosexual?

Picture a pokemon like evolution of a metro sexual into a stronger, sportier non fashion or knowledge driven individual and you have the new class of men; Spornosexuals.

Yes, the name coined by Mark Simpson, sounds like a STI found in the back seat of a beat up Ute but no; it’s a name to categorise a man.

Some sportsmen who have been attributed this new neologism are Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham and (my own opinion) Dan from Geordie Shore and Ex on the beach.

Do you know of any spornosexuals in your life? Or can you think of any other famous spornos?

Til next time,

Sama x

Feminism | #Yestoallwomen |Elliot Rodger |

Hey everyone,

So this week, feminism and misogyny have been talked about a lot.

I can’t remember the last time this topic was talked about so much.

While I’m happy that important issues like misogyny and feminism are getting some limelight – I’m also a little confused. Does it have to take someone like Elliot Rodger to really bring this sort of stuff up in the media?

It seems some people think feminism is about hating all men – and some women are making reasons for others to believe that. It saddens me, because feminism was such a powerful movement to create equal opportunities and we have come such a long way from the sister suffragette days. However there are obviously people who still think women and men aren’t equal and never will be. Which is something I want to see change.

I stumbled across some ad campaigns for Free The Nipple and UN Women where you type in “women should” in Google search bar and you get the following:

women should

 

This made my heart sink. I felt like crying and thought of all that women fought for and thought about my mother, sisters, cousins and every woman in my family and the world. It really diminished all that women have worked so hard for.

With a heavy heart I decided to compare this to “men should”.

men should

Sooo nothing apparently – which is awesome. Men apparently have nothing they should or shouldn’t do according to average searches on Google. We all know this isn’t true though; there are stereotypes around men. For example; men shouldn’t cry, men should open the door for women and so on and so forth. However it seems that this isn’t as of high importance to stereotypes surrounding women.

I thought why stop there? I decided to search more and compare more. I got these searches:

women are

 

men are

 

It’s apparent there are more negative things surrounding women still. It’s also fascinating that both sexes are focussed on being better than the other.

women can

 

men can

 

So both searches for women result in negative auto-fills whereas the men search has wonderfully  positive outcome. The auto-fill for ‘men can stop rape’made me smile I must admit.

And the final searches

women

men

 

These searches had very similar outcomes. They are both to do with work.

Basically what I take from these searches is that things are progressing whilst at the same time diminishing and that people are still so focussed on competition between genders.

Everything is confusing basically.

In a world developing to allow people to be proud of who they are no matter what (e.g. trans gender, gay, asexual etc. ) I’m surprised people are still so focussed on pinning women and men against each other.

Yes I think it is healthy for a little comparison (as you can see from my little research) but in order for people to truly develop we need to focus more on becoming a world that doesn’t discriminate based on gender and a world that judges purely on skill and character.

However there is still a lot to be done to squash sexism (towards men as well as women) and like my very intelligent tutor said: we can only change things if it’s right in front of our faces. People won’t want to change anything they aren’t forced to see. That’s why it’s good to have media circulating around topics like sexism and misogyny. My only hope is that one day we will have developed enough that compassion and understanding is a part of every day life and ignorance is unheard of.

Oh to live in a perfect world.

What do you think? Is feminism about empowering women? Is there still a lot to do to stop misogyny? Leave a comment and of course, if you like what you see follow me on social media – it’ll help out a lot.

Sama x