Monday Mimisms ~ Happy Me

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Shopping happy

I’m happy.
It has occurred to me lately that this is so. 
I don’t share as many personal adventures on this blog as I used to.
That is by design. The world has changed enough in the past several years to make one a bit squeamish about digital over-sharing. It’s forever. You can’t erase what you wrote. Not really.
And besides, relationships are fluid. Thank goodness there is room for change, growth and forgiveness within them, as I’ve been shown this month in surprising ways. But not everything needs to be shared publicly. There is too much wiggle room for speculation and rumor from people who don’t know you well.  So I’ve decided to tweak my penchant for over sharing.

And yet I know I have a circle of very personal friends here encouraging me and holding me up in the middle of a wide wide world of strangers. Thank you for that. 
So in case you’re wondering….
I’d just like to say today that I am….

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 Baby-holding happy

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Got my cast off happy

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Antique lamp shopping happy


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 clothes shopping happy 

 to cut or not to cut happy (that’s not really happy)
aka the endless discussions I have with my extremely opinionated and beauty-magazine schooled mother on the important global subject: Should Mimi cut her hair? I had to hide all the scissors in my mother’s house.

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 **She can’t see me in this mirror** It’s magic.

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 hat-trying-on happy

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wedding-dress-shopping-in-the-Goodwill-store-happy
no, I am not getting married
But that day was fun and there was no divorce involved. All I had to do was take off the dress. See how easy it is to make me happy?

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mischievous happy
Happy
That’s me. 
I hope you are too.


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Hungarian Journalist Kicking Syrian Refugees Rouses Disapproval and Outrage Worldwide

Petra Laszlo, protagonista del deplorable incidente. Imagen de la web RVF con licencia CC BY-NC 4.0

Petra Laszlo, the woman behind this deplorable incident Image from RVF website with CC BY-NC 4.0 license

Hungarian journalist Petra Laszlo has become one of the most hated people on social media, following the release of a video showing her tripping up and kicking several Syrian refugees who were running away from the police in Röszke, Hungary.

The refugee crisis, to put it gently, has taken Europeans by surprise. And, while politicians are lost in never-ending debates without coming to any agreements, citizens are divided. Many citizens support the efforts that are being made to grant asylum to families now fleeing the war and some are even offering their own homes to shelter them. Many others, however, remain suspicious and see this “invasion” as a threat to their societies, their cultures, and their religions. Conservative governments in some European countries have also encouraged various phobias about refugees, including Hungarian President Viktor Orbán, who recently accused Muslim refugees of endangering Christianity in Europe.

Syrian refugees are arriving in Europe from Turkey via the “Balkan route,” which passes through Greece, Macedonia, and Serbia. Upon entering Hungary, they are held in the Röszke refugee camp, which is tightly guarded by the Hungarian police. The majority of refugees hope to reach Germany, not only because it is the country with the most opportunities in Europe, but also because many of them have family or friends there already.

Many on their way to Germany now fear the application of the Dublin Regulation, which forces refugees to ask for asylum in whatever European country they first arrive. Although Germany has agreed to suspend the application of this protocol, the refugees don’t trust the authorities and are trying to reach Germany as quickly as possible, without being identified en route.

Journalist Petra Laszlo found herself filming one of these mass refugee arrivals, when her controversial actions were caught on video. The footage went viral within a few hours of being recorded. In the video, Laszlo can clearly be seen kicking two children who were running with their parent. Later, she trips up a refugee carrying a child in his arms, causing him to drop the child:

Petra Laszlo, who works for the TV N1 news channel, has connections with the far-right and is a supporter of the Hungarian nationalist party, Jobbik. The television network fired Laszlo immediately after the video was released online. Internet users, meanwhile, have supplied many more reactions, expressing their outrage from all over the world:

From Turkey, Eyüp Gökhan Özekin writes:

— Eyüp Gökhan Özekin (@eyupgokhan) September 9, 2015

 #PetraLaszlo What an inhumane, repulsive “woman”(!) you are. I’m saddened to share my planet with you. I hope you pay for what you have done.

In Brussels, Marcel Sel reminds Laszlo of Hungary’s own turbulent history:

Remember, #PetraLaszlo, your parents could have been among these Hungarian refugees. #1956 http://bitly.com/1UPZ8Yd — Marcel Sel (@marcelsel) September 8, 2015

The popular Spanish Twitter user Señorita Puri jokes sarcastically about the other people in the news:

Journalist Petra László fired for attacking Syrian refugees. Donald Trump is signing up Petra László.

— Señorita Puri (@SenoritaPuri) September 8, 2015

Journalist Petra László fired for attacking Syrian refugees. Donald Trump is signing up Petra László.

— Señorita Puri (@SenoritaPuri) September 8, 2015

In Greece, dimbit is emphatic:

I wish you a slow and painful death #PetraLászló

— dimbit (@dimbit) September 8, 2015

The Hungarian journalist Szabolcs Panyi puts a face to the man that dropped his child who was in his arms, thanks to Laszio:

— Szabolcs Panyi (@panyiszabolcs) September 9, 2015

The man kicked by #PetraLaszlo. Turned out he was tortured under Assad & escaped from ISIS. http://bitly.com/1Y0Z4Jy http://pic.twitter.com/10rxonkT0i.

On Facebook, the tone wasn’t any less aggressive. Numerous posts published about the incident by news websites on social network pages received thousands of angry comments:

Belle Lindsay
Me alegro de que ya no tenga trabajo. Ahora debería quedarse sin casa, entonces quizás conocería la vida a la que se enfrentan muchas de esas personas

I’m pleased she is now unemployed, she needs to be homeless as well. Then maybe she may know the life that many of these people are facing.

Maxine Millner
No puedo creer que una mujer haga daño intencionadamente a la gente de esa forma… una persona enferma y perturbada sin empatía, humanidad ni compasión. ¡Podemos pasar sin gente como ella en el mundo!

I can’t believe a woman would intentionally hurt young people like that…a sick disturbed individual with no empathy, sympathy or compassion. We could do without people like her in the world!

Rafael Eduardo Rodriguez
Que inhumana esa mujer periodista, deja mucho que desear como periodista y como persona…. Quisiera verla en la posición de esos pobres sirios y que alguien le hiciera lo mismo a ella.

What an inhumane woman and journalist. She leaves a lot to be desired as a journalist and as a person …. I would like to see her in the same position as these poor Syrians and see someone do the same to her”

Angeles Alvarez Menendez 
Menos mal….ahora mandenla a Siria…a ver que le parece vivir bajo los bombardeos, o que le corten la cabeza porque es cristiana!

Thank heavens … now send her to Syria to see if she likes living under attacks or to see them cut off her head because she is Christian!

Amidst such voices criticizing this woman, there are also those who defend her, albeit with poorly documented comments:

Tito Nochez
Si la personas estas sufren y todo pero ¿alguien se a dado cuenta de los destrozos que están haciendo en cada lugar que llegan? ¿Y el comportamiento tan basura que demuestran ellos ante la ayuda que la EU les ofrece? Sinceramente estas “personas” no son dignas de la ayuda que se les esta dando hasta cierto punto

Yes, people are suffering and all, but does nobody realise the damage that they are causing to the places in which they are arriving? And what about the terrible behaviour they are showing towards the help that the EU is offering them? Frankly, to a certain extent these “people” don’t deserve the help that they are being given.”

This incident has also made more visible Europe suspicions about the new wave of refugees. One read of the online French newspaper 20minutes.fr left this comment:

Il va falloir que l’UE explique sérieusement à ces pays de l’ex bloc de l’est que nous avons des valeurs en occident. Je pense à la Hongrie et à la Pologne, par exemple qui n’acceptent aucun réfugiés par contre ils acceptent tout à fait les subventions européennes. A partir d’aujourd’hui ce devrait être réfugiés et subventions ou pas de réfugiés et pas de subventions.

The EU will seriously have to explain to these countries of the old Eastern bloc that in the West we have values. I think that in Hungary and Poland, for example, they don’t accept any refugees, but they gladly accept European subsidies. From today onwards, it should be refugees as well as subsidies or no refugees no subsidies.

Laszlo has apologized in an open letter.

Written by Lourdes SadaTranslated by Laura Dunne · · View original post [es] · comments (0)
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“It’s looking like my dad isn’t going to make it. So I’m…

“It’s looking like my dad isn’t going to make it. So I’m sitting here trying to figure out what life is going to be like without him. He was my North Star. Everything I know about being a man was because of him. This morning I went on a long run, and I began to feel tired. Suddenly I remember being thirteen years old, jogging alongside my father, and having him say to me: ‘As long as you can take one more step, take it.’” (1/3)

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Lifehack: Wear Super Tight Skinny Jeans To Thwart Pickpockets

Lifehack: Wear Super Tight Skinny Jeans To Thwart Pickpockets It doesn’t matter if you’re ultra-vigilant or half-asleep—pickpockets are going to get you if they want to. Pickpockets are such a normal part of living in NYC, I (along with other men I know) have given up on carrying wallets altogether, resigning ourselves instead to stuffing a few crumpled up bills and ID in our front pocket. But it seems there is one way to thwart thieves entirely: wear ultra-constricting skinny jeans. If you can’t feel your thighs, then they can’t get in there to feel them either! [ more › ]

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Reports: Germany to reinstate border controls at Austria frontier | News | DW.COM | 13.09.2015

German media are reporting that Berlin is planning to reinstate border controls to monitor the flow of refugees trying to enter the country from Austria. The interior minister is to deliver a statement.

{If these were Volga Germans or formerly German Poles seeking to enter Germany by the thousands, would the border be open or closed?} Germany is planning to temporarily reintroduce border controls, beginning with the border to Austria, in view of the massive influx of refugees, the German newspaper “Bild” said on Sunday.
A spokeswoman for Austria’s rail service, OeBB, said independently that it was suspending its trains to Germany at the request of Germany’s railway company, Deutsche Bahn.
The government of the southern German state of Bavaria had called for help from federal police to cope with the task of monitoring people trying to enter Germany, the “Bild” report said, citing security authorities.

Source: Reports: Germany to reinstate border controls at Austria frontier | News | DW.COM | 13.09.2015