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The one basic thing men still don’t seem to understand about women November 23, 2014

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The one basic thing men still don't seem to understand about women.

 

Cover Battle – “Shake it Off” November 21, 2014

 

Oh dear Lord –

 

I LIKE A TAYLOR SWIFT SONG.

 

 

Yeah, let that shite sink in, why don’t you.

 

Shake it Off” is one of those perfect little pop songs that will just not leave you alone. It’s got a really catchy hook, and it actually says something. Swift is basically taking all the crap that people say about her (“I go on too many dates; But I can’t make them stay; At least that’s what people say“) and basically saying “whatev”: that no matter what you do people are gonna say what they want to say (“haters gonna hate hate hate hate“) and I’m just gonna do me. That is such an excellent message for young girls, who are her chief fan base, and for people in general. I like that.

 

And I recently saw her on The Graham Norton Show, with John Cleese and cricketer Kevin Pietersen. She was intelligent, well-spoken and very engaging. She was funny, and she held her own – with John Cleese, for goodness sakes!?! And … and … she named her cat Olivia Benson, after the Law & Order: SVU character played by Mariska Hargitay! How cool is that? She’s probably like a really good best friend. Also a bit of an annoying best friend ‘cuz she’s so sweet and so charming, and so good at stuff and ugh, my god. Okay Taylor – I almost kinda like you. Sort of. Gosh darn it!

 

Kelly Clarkson put a gospel-tinged, bluesy-soul spin on the opening lines of the song. It’s unexpected, but it works. I would have liked to hear her do the whole thing that way, but I’m not sure it would have fit. After that first chorus she brings it back to the original pop sound. There’s a quick section, around the 4:00 mark where she and her backup singer trades licks and really throw down. Over all, it’s a nice fun cover.

 

All About That Bass” singer Megan Trainor sounds very light and sweet in her live radio performance. It’s just her and an accompanist playing guitars in the studio.

 

At first look I wasn’t sure about this parody video, by Youtube user Lisbug: the lyrics sung were so snotty and rude, but then I realized what was going on. She perfectly illustrates the message of the song by using some of the negative comments that she herself has received in the past, but then ‘shakes it off’ with the positive encouraging comments she’s also gotten. It’s a shame that people can’t just dislike something and move on; they have no problem saying ugly disgusting things. I would love it if we could all just be a little more human to each other.

 

Another parody video, from MyLifeSuckers, is pretty cute. It’s basically about mommy guilt from not being perfect and getting everything done. Her vocal skills aren’t all that stellar, but that’s not really the point. Everybody’s having fun, so it’s all good.

 

The last parody video I have (’cause there are quite a few out there) is from morning show Live with Kelly and Michael, featuring Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa. It’s not even a parody, really; it’s pretty much a faithful recreation of Taylor’s official video. Same lyrics, setups and moves. That doesn’t make it any less enjoyable, though.

 

The cut I found from Alex Boye & Changing Lanes is listed as an “African Hipster Version”. It rocks, it swings, and it’s seriously fabulous. It’s even more up-tempo than Taylor’s version. I love this so much.

 

The loveliest and classiest cover is an instrumental violin version from the stylish ladies of Chargaux. They definitely elevate the composition to something more, yet they still keep it relatable and modern.


 

   

   

 

Page 6 of A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA | Rolling Stone November 20, 2014

Page 6 of A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA | Rolling Stone.

 

Wil Wheaton’s Comic Con Advice to Little Girl Bullied as a Nerd : People.com March 31, 2014

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Wil Wheaton's Comic Con Advice to Little Girl Bullied as a Nerd : People.com.

 

A Male Escort’s Perspective: What It’s Really Like Outside an Abortion Clinic – Cosmopolitan January 17, 2014

A Male Escort's Perspective: What It's Really Like Outside an Abortion Clinic – Cosmopolitan.

 

Join in October 17, 2013

   

SPIRIT DAY

   

Annual Spirit Day Aimed At Ending Anti-LGBT Bullying

   

 

Equality is beautiful June 8, 2013

   

   

Kindergarteners Support Gay Rights With Sign Language Performance Of Cyndi Lauper’s ‘True Colors’ (VIDEO)

   

 

Heartbreaking and exquisite and beautiful February 20, 2013

   

   

Official website of Shane Koyczan, poet

   

 

A news anchor responds to a bullying email October 2, 2012

   

   

The Best Thing You’ll See All Day: …

   

 

make it stop January 6, 2012

   


   

Make It Stop
(September’s Children)

   
   


Woah, woah.

Bang, bang go the coffin nails, like a breath exhaled,
Then gone forever.
It seems like just yesterday, how did I miss the red flags raised?

Think back to the days we laughed.
We braved these bitter storms together.
Brought to his knees he cried,
But on his feet he died.

What God would damn a heart?
And what God drove us apart?

What God could make it stop?
Let this end.
Eighteen years pushed to the ledge.
It’s come to this,
A weightless step.
On the way down singing,
Woah, woah.

Bang, bang from the closet walls,
The schoolhouse halls,
The shotgun’s loaded.
Push me and I’ll push back.
I’m done asking, I demand.

From a nation under God,
I feel its love like a cattle prod.
Born free, but still they hate.
Born me, no I can’t change.

It’s always darkest just before the dawn.
So stay awake with me, let’s prove them wrong.

Make it stop.
Let this end,
Eighteen years pushed to the ledge.
It’s come to this,
A weightless step.
On the way down singing,
Woah, woah.

The cold river washed him away,
But how could we forget?
The gatherings hold candles, but not their tongues.

And too much blood has flown from the wrists,
Of the children shamed for those they chose to kiss.
Who will rise to stop the blood?

We’re calling for,
Insisting on, a different beat, yeah.
A brand new song.


Whoa, whoa
Whoa, whoa
Whoa, whoa

Make it stop,
Let this end.
This life chose me, I’m not lost in sin.
But proud I stand of who I am,
I plan to go on living.

Make it stop,
Let this end,
All these years pushed to the ledge,
But proud I stand, of who I am,
I plan to go on living

   
   

   
   

September’s Children

   
   
   

Tyler Clementi, 18

Billy Lucas, 15

Harrison Chase Brown, 15

Cody J. Barker, 17

Seth Walsh, 13

Raymond chase, 19

Felix Sacco, 17

Caleb Nolt, 14

Asher Brown, 13

   
   
   

   

Rise Against

Endgame