Intro music: “Ever Felt pt.2” courtesy of, Otis MacDonald/Joe Bagale. www.youtube.com/user/jbfnk78 www.joebagale.com/
Welcome to Episode 9 of My Views, Extended
I am your host Nadia
I just wanted to start off with a few updates, this week
A couple of disclaimers, when it comes to the music
That you hear for my intro and outro
If you hear it and say it has a mute or a bleep, or something, whatever editing
Whatever edit I used, it's because I'm choosing to edit it because in my podcast, I'm going to do my best to, not to curse or use profanity.
So, um, that's just part of how I am
Unless of course I've smashed my toe into the wall for the third time that day.
In regard to music.
If it's the n-word and yes I said the n-word
And I know that bothers some black people but we're all different
I don't use the "er" or the "a" at the ending of the n-word
So if you listen to the music, whether
Not every week is it going to be the same but if you listen to the intro or the outro of the music and you like the track and then go listen to it outside of my podcast
Cause i do always leave links to the artists that I use and ten you hear profanity or curse words, that's on them that's not me.
Obviously I like it enough to use their music, um, but, so just know
In case you're wondering, this is not the same music that heard on the intro or the outro of My Views, Extended
I'd also like to take this time to thank Otis MacDonald/Joe Bagale and ArchDuke for allowing me to use their music for the intros and outros of my podcast across the various platforms
The information of the artists that I always use, will always be available in the show notes.
I've finally finished my first book in several months and it was okay.
But I'm definitely going to look for something in the fiction genre next time
Unless there's an amazing entrepreneurial book or autobiography, memoir, of a really interesting business woman or something like that.
I think I'm going to stick with fiction next time
Like I said it wasn't a bad book, but meh, it wasn't that great.
So, if anybody has any suggestions on, what
What are you reading this week, or this past month or whatever?
Or what books have you read in the past that you think, would be interesting
I think that despite my best efforts, I think I might be getting affected by S.A.D (seasonal affective disorder), I believe is the term?
And I think
I might have to invest in a light unit
But then I also have noticed that, in the last week or so, that it's, you know 2:45 and getting dark.
It's nearly I think, at this point, I noticed that it's been about 4:55-ish before the sun starts setting
So we are getting more light, which is awesome but I think
Despite my positive thinking and despite, you know trying to get enough sleep and exercising
Getting out and getting fresh air
You know just keeping that positive mind set
The lack of sun, even if you take out the sun setting really early
And just, you the constant rain and cloud cover, it is affecting me.
And I am sad.
And I shouldn't be, for the most part
I think if I do invest in one of those light unit thingamajiggers, I don't know what the proper term is
I will let you know if I do invest in one and if it's making any difference
Or if it's even going to make a difference, since the sun is starting to set later and later
On to ridiculous news
I've heard of this before
But it's been interesting that it's making news around the world
China bust 35 Restaurants Using Opium Poppies as Seasoning
And this is from the newyorktimes.com
And I'll just read directly the part of the article.
"Cases of cooks sprinkling ground poppy powder, which contains low amounts of opiates like morphine and codeine, in soup and seafood are not new in China, though it is unclear whether they can hook a customer or deliver a noticeable buzz."
Wow, are things that bad?
Is the restaurant competition so high that they have to try and hook people with opium poppy seeds as seasoning?
Shady but I'm sure that's not the only place in the world and I'm sure it won't be the last.
In some not so good news.
The WHO, world health organization, warns Zika to spread across Americas, spurring vaccine hunt.
And again I will quote
This quote is from yahoonews.com
“The mosquito-borne Zika virus, which has been linked to brain damage in thousands of babies in Brazil, is likely to spread to all countries in the Americas except for Canada and Chile"
I guess that's good for us Canadians unless you travel to those other places where the Zika virus can spread.
"Brazil's Health Ministry said in November that Zika was linked to a fetal deformation known as microcephaly, in which infants are born with smaller-than-usual brains."
"Brazil has reported 3,893 suspected cases of microcephaly, the WHO said last Friday, over 30 times more than in any year since 2010 and equivalent to 1-2 percent of all newborns in the state of Pernambuco, one of the worst-hit areas."
"We've got no drugs and we've got no vaccines. It's a case of Deja vu because that's exactly what we were saying with Ebola," Trudie Lang, a professor of global health at the University of Oxford, said on Monday."
"It's really important to develop a vaccine as quickly as possible."
Like rubella, which also causes mild symptoms but can lead to birth defects, health experts believe a vaccine is needed to protect girls before they reach child-bearing age.
Evidence about other transmission routes, apart from mosquito bites, is limited.
"Zika has been isolated in human semen, and one case of possible person-to-person sexual transmission has been described. However, more evidence is needed to confirm whether sexual contact is a means of Zika transmission," the WHO said."
And again that is from new.yahoo.com
Unfortunately there has been a school shooting in Canada
And that fortunately does not happen very often
It was in a school
"17 year old male has been charged with 4 counts of first degree murder, seven counts of attempted murder and one count of unauthorized possession of a firearm. Police say the teen can't be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. The investigation is ongoing.”
It's kind of sad that you're not surprised because it's been happening, you know right across, to our neighbours in the US
It's happens on a pretty unfortunately regular basis, whether it's schools or movie theatres, wherever, the malls.
It’s sad, I feel horrific for the people who were present, for the families of the victims
What do we do to make sure that this doesn't happen again?
We have very strict gun laws in Canada, don’t know all the details but I do know that if you
You can have, I think there’re rifles and I think guns like that
Because we do have gun ranges, I think there called
And I know most people who are farmers, hunters, have then to protect, your land
I if you go hunting, obviously, to kill
So we do have them and there are gun registries but
And obviously, you know everybody, not everybody but people have hand guns
I don't know, it's just scary that, it's not necessarily surprising, because we live so close
Scary that it's coming to Canada
I just hope that this is not a copycat crime
Every day we are hearing a little bit more about what happened
I'm sure in the upcoming weeks and months we'll find out about what happened because the male that was charged
The 17 year old, he was apprehended
They didn't kill him, so I hope that he talks and lets the RCMP investigators know what
Was happening, what was going on in his mind.
So we can hopefully use this to prevent these things from occurring in the future
And that's the unfortunate thing to
When they do kill people.
When they do kill the suspects, in these cases
Whether its mass shootings or single shootings
When the police shoot them, we’re never going to know why?
And even if it's not necessarily a vendetta, if it's somebody with a mental health issue, we need to know
Was it a mental health issue?
So that we can fix the system to help these people, to make sure that it doesn't get to the point of taking other people's lives and their own lives.
So, as much as I'm not happy, obviously I'm not happy that he took people's lives but I'm glad that he was taken alive and hopefully that he speaks
Hopefully that he doesn't freeze up and he lets them know what was happening, so we can prevent this in the future
The next story that I read about was.
There's a 14 year old girl testifying against Native American mascots and she said that the crowd shouted
"Get Off the Stage S***w"
I'm not going to say it because I don't use those derogatory terms, even for a story
And will of course link this to, in the show notes.
This is from the http://www.huffingtonpost.com
She was standing up to say that, this isn't right, and why it's not right to use Native Americans as mascots in sports teams
And she just got met with racial insults and slurs
And unfortunately, again I'm not surprised by this
I'm just not surprised by this.
Not to take away from the issue but for a second
If you, we still hear and if you're at the sports events and you see it first hand
But if you hear on the news or in the newspaper and you hear about bananas being thrown on the ice rinks and on soccer fields and you hear from the crowds
Making monkey sounds and as a black hockey player is coming onto the ice
You know, how we can be surprised that it extended to other minorities.
I'm not really surprised, at all
What do you do?
The only thing I can think of right now, is to keep talking
Keep sharing your stories.
Don't stay silent
You have to ignore the sighs that you're going to get
The eye rolls that you're going to get
The here we go again, under the breath, of the person that doesn't want to hear about race issues
If we don't fight for ourselves, no one is else will
And that goes for any group or community that is being put down, because of who they are
Just outside of Pittsburgh in the US a mother was fatally shot after REPORTEDLY Rebuffing a man’s advances
“Mother of two Janese Talton-Jackson, 29, was fatally shot after she refused to talk to a man at a local bar, officials say. The suspect allegedly followed her to her car before shooting and killing her.” "Suspect has been charged with homicide"
Unfortunately this is not the first time that I heard of a woman being killed because she dismissed or refused the advances of a man
The other recent one that I heard of, in recent history was in Detroit, in 2014.
And I'll actually leave the link to both stories in the sow notes
She again was approached by a man and wasn't interested.
I believe she was with her fiancé at the time and she let him know. "I'm with my fiancé"
And he still didn’t accept that and he killed her.
My question is why on earth do men think that we owe them anything?
We do not have to say hello
We do not have to say hello, let alone anything else.
Get over it and get over yourself
I'm in the ground, or in this case, this mother of 2
Janese Talton Jackson, is in the ground because your ego was hurt
I would love to say that this person was mentally ill but unfortunately this entitled behaviour is not only reserved for the mentally ill.
I'm not shady the mentally ill
I have not been shot at myself but men have gotten extremely angry, actually cussed me out because I did not give them the time of day
Cussed me out, called me stuck up
Who do I think I am?
I just kept my head up, ignored them and went about my business
Well, most of the time
In the past, um well I'd like to think I'm not as aggressive as I was in my past
Not to say that I would get into physical altercations but I would certainly let them know and ask them who they think they are.
But I don't do that anymore because it's just not worth it.
I just want to share a little story
I was at a sky train station this summer and there was a girl
A young girl, I would say probably, in her late teens, early twenties?
And she was I'm assuming she was either coming or going to a yoga class
She wasn’t, she was dressed in yoga attire, she had a yoga mat
So obviously she's coming and going to a class and she had headphones on
But that doesn't mean anything
You know that's a trick that we use, females use to have headphones in, that most of the time doesn't have anything in it.
We just use it, so people will leave us alone.
Anyway he went up to her and he was trying to say something
Saying hi and hey,
You going to yoga class?
Hey how are you
Hey, you're looking cute
All this foolishness, nonsense
Anyway, she chose to ignore the guy and he was not happy at all
She didn't make her face funny or turn her face and cut her eye at him or anything
She just chose to ignore him
It went from trying to talk to her, the guy went from trying to talk to her to walking in front of her
And because he was ignored, calling her a bi**h,
Calling her stuckup, continually calling her these things, getting louder
Until the train came and she went on the train
His friend that was with him just shook his head and laughed
I don't know why he was shaking his head and laughing
If he was embarrassed, if he thought she deserved it
If he was laughing at him
I don't know who he was laughing at but he certainly didn't try to alleviate the situation
I don't know if he could have anyway
Maybe this young lady was having a bad day
Maybe she had a boyfriend
Maybe she's into girls
Maybe her parents are super strict and she's not even allowed to be seen talking to guys
Maybe, I know it's hard to believe
Maybe she just didn't find him attractive
Who knows why she chose to ignore him
It really doesn't matter
She owes him nothing
Men, young men, old men
Get it through your thick skulls, we owe you nothing!
Sure it's nice to say hi back to someone that says hi to you
But it's not an obligation
But unfortunately as women we often can sense a Hi, just as a hi to another person
From a hi and let the games begin
There's a difference and if you're out in society you know the difference
Sometimes was women we just want to get from point a to point b in peace
We want to put our heads down or just look out the window, mind our business, peacefully
It's as simple as that
Now this poor woman, in the news, is in the ground, her children don't have a mother, because of an ignorant fool
What do you think about some men, not all men, but some men and their believe that we have to acknowledge their advances
That brings me to unfortunately, and I say unfortunately because I'm sure ranting is not good for my blood pressure but it's probably not good to keep it in
That brings me to this week’s rant
I had originally wanted to talk about the Oscars and at that point what I was actor Michael Cain and his two cents and every other person who just doesn't get it
Yes, everyone has a right to their opinion but you also have the right to the backlash
The big push back that I find with the Oscars is that people are saying that there wasn't any Oscar worthy performances by from black actors or other actors of other, non-white actors
I didn't see the movies and so I have no opinion about those particular movies but no one said anything about voting for someone because of their race
And that's ridiculous
I don't, I think most people who are upset about his are not expecting people to get voted for because for their race.
To fill a quota
Although I do know a lot of people who do vote or hire someone based on their race versus their actual qualifications
Many black Americans that I know voted for Obama because he was black
Versus actually agreeing with his policies and politics
Haven’t the Oscars been around for 88 years and the few roles that we have won are usually in my opinion the worst roles and representations of black people.
In my opinion.
They are the prostitutes, the drug dealers, the crooked cops
But yeah I guess we should just be happy and just the hell up, huh?
I just don't think that many people get that's it’s not about these Oscars
It’s about the larger picture of race and how we are not accepted or acknowledged in general
And I'm not just talking about black people
I'm talking about all non-white people
We are in general not accepted or acknowledged
I'm tired of this conversation but it needs to be had
You either get it or you don't
And by the way
Michael Cain, said be patient
I believe it was him that said be patient
How much more patient can any one group be
Keep waiting and be patient, while our young men are gunned down
Keep being patient while racial slurs are being shouted at a young Aboriginal girl is standing up for her people
We are sick of being patient, because obviously that isn't working
Part of this article is from the http://www.independent.co.uk and I will leave links in the show notes
What I’m Grateful for this week
I think that it's going to be pretty simple
I'm grateful that the sun is setting a little later
Now it's not that bad like in the summertime
It was 10 o'clock and it was still bright as if it was 2 o'clock in the afternoon
But I think it's about 4:45 when the sun is setting
So it's nice to be able to not have to rush home because
You know when you're taking public transportation and you're by yourself
Most of the time I am coming back in the dark and I prefer not to come home on the dark
Not that I live in an unsafe neighbourhood but I don't know the neighbourhood and I just prefer to be back and it kind of sucks that you have to run home by 3 o'clock and finish your errands by 3 o'clock
It probably wouldn’t be a big deal if I had a car but
So yeah, I'm just grateful for that the sun is setting later so I don't have to run home as quickly and I can just enjoy the sunshine
I've noticed that on the west coast, that the sun
The brightness of the sun, and it doesn't really warm up until 3 o'clock anyways
So it was literally warming up, like it would be the warmest part of the day as the sun was setting
Which was so weird
And I think I noticed that in the summer time
Back east by the time it got to 12:30, 1 o'clock in the afternoon, that was the hottest time of the day
So if you kind of went out before that time, or went out, after 3 you were okay in the summertime
You weren't going to roast to death
But here I noticed in the summertime, especially because we had this really odd heat wave, that we're not even supposed to get in this part of the country
So I was doing my errands and waiting until it started to cool down
And I'd be out "like why is it getting hotter and hotter and hotter, as I’m going about my errands?"
So I asked a friend who lives here and that's how it is here
The temperature peaks at around that 3 o'clock time and that's just weird.
It's just going to take some time to get used to all of these different weather changes.
That's what I'm grateful for this past week.
So hopefully I won’t feel as sad as I've been feeling
Maybe I won't need that light after all
What are you grateful for this past week?
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 9 of My Views, Extended. I would love to hear feedback, comments on what you think of this podcast and the topics that I’ve discussed this week.
You can listen to My Views, Extended at nadiadonella.com. YouTube, & Stitcher, I think.
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Till next time.
This is Nadia.
Outro music: "24 Hours ft. Jenee Jones" courtesy of, ArchDuke instagram.com/archdukedostuff/ https://www.facebook.com/archdukedostuff1
Till next time,