This video might be the most clever way to raise money for dogs in need, because all you need to do is watch it.
"Just by watching these puppies, you’re raising money for dogs in need," says the narrator in the video above. "You see, if a video goes viral, YouTube shares the money they made from advertising with whoever made the video, and in this case, every dollar we earn will go toward feeding, treating and finding homes for dogs who haven’t been as lucky as us."
The video comes from The Pedigree Adoption Drive, and ends by imploring viewers to share because the more views received, the more money will be raised.
So share this video. You know, for the dogs.
—We Created Chavez: A People’s History of the Venezuelan Revolution, by George Ciccariello-Maher, page 136
First off, I’m left to ask some questions:
- Why is it an “underdeveloped” country? If a country can be as progressive as this, why do we call it ‘underdeveloped’? It’s such a strange comment.
- Moreover, how much are these women being paid, is also a good question, and do we have (a) proof that this is happening, and (b) any estimation of how many women are, in fact, receiving this pension?
Lastly, I will never understand why a country that removed the mandatory quota of women in public offices (a law that Chavez refused to maintain, by the by) and where a lot of the ongoing police violence seems to focus strongly on female victims, is lauded as some sort of feminist paradise.
Thankfully this sort of stuff has been dealt with enough I can literally c/p an answer to this from earlier instances of “such curious, very feminist, much social experiment, wow” from the internet.
Did you know that in order for a woman to denounce a violent crime committed against her she has to undertake a psychiatric evaluation? Not the male aggressor, but the female victim.
- There was a law back in the 90s that stated that at least 30% of positions democratically elected had to be filled by women to guarantee their participation. This law was annulled in 2000 (that was when Chavez had just got into power, in case you’re oblivious of that too) and then was completely ignored in following reforms of the law. Result: women make up only 17% of the National Assembly; only two have been elected governors (that’s less than 10%) and 24 majors (around 7%). All of those fall under Latin American and International standards. HMMM TASTE ALL OF DAT FEMINISM.
- Have I mentioned that abortion is illegal in Venezuela? Yeah… it’s even punishable by law. Time is anywhere between 6 moths to 2 years in prison… for the woman, up to three years for the doctor.
- Even though there is gender equality in regards to schooling…. women make up between 10 and 20% less money than men with the same education. That is: 0 to 5 years and 6 to 9 years of study (say, primary school and some middle school), women earn 20% less than a man with the same studying experience; 10 to 12 years of study or 13+ years of study (high school - finished or unfinished - and others), women still make 10% less than men. Obviously, the less studies you have the bigger the inequality. With a 25% increase of basic education tuition in the last 13 years, things are not looking good for underprivileged women. And there’s more! (see two points below)
- 14% of Maternal Deaths are of teenagers, and in 2009, out of all the babies born, around 24% were from teenage mothers. Teenagers: 10 to 19 years old. Giving birth. Girls that should be in school are getting pregnant (and dying). Hint: what they do is that they drop out of school. And if they come from a poor family they will stay poor (see previous point). And now remember abortion being illegal? ah yes, all that female empowerment!
- Speaking of staying poor, let’s talk about female poverty. In poor households, women-heads-of-household usually make up 50% less than men-heads-of-household, and they have to rely on other members of the family (usually their children) to make ends meet.
- It’s estimated that only 10% of women who are victims of gender violence report the crimes. In case you didn’t know, over 90% of crimes in Venezuela go unpunished.
- What’s even worse: there are no official statistics of gender violence in the country. But holding on to that 10% that do report the cases, I can give you this: in 2005 around 37.000 crimes against girls and women were reported in the country. Imagine all the ones that were unreported. Yeah, multiply that by 10, in a country with a population right under the 30 million. Educated guess: around 3 million crimes (let’s give some benefit of the doubt and cut it short), with a female population of 15 million. That would be around 20% of the female population being victims of gender violence [but remember, that’s just my guess].
And these are just some facts and numbers. You have no idea what it’s like being a woman in Venezuela.
Some good reading on this regard, too:
Oh, look. My answer was quoted.
In the words of the man himself, writing advice for all writers (particularly of fiction) that I found useful from Chuck Palahniuk.
“In six seconds, you’ll hate me. But in six months, you’ll be a better writer.
From this point forward—at least for the next half year—you…
Amy Pond Meme → One quote
↳ “Hello, old friend. And here we are. You and me, on the last page. By the time you read these words, Rory and I will be long gone. So know that we lived well and were very happy. And above all else, know that we will love you, always. Sometimes I do worry about you, though. I think once we’re gone, you won’t be coming back here for awhile. And you might be alone. Which you should never be. Don’t be alone, Doctor. And do one more thing for me. There’s a little girl waiting in a garden. She’s going to wait a long while, so she’s going to need a lot of hope. Go to her. Tell her a story. Tell her that if she’s patient, the days are coming that she’ll never forget. Tell her she’ll go to sea and fight pirates. She’ll fall in love with a man who’ll wait two thousand years to keep her safe. Tell her she’ll give hope to the greatest painter who ever lived, and save a whale in outer space. Tell her, this is the story of Amelia Pond. And this is how it ends.”
Writing Advice: by Chuck Palahniuk
In six seconds, you’ll hate me.
But in six months, you’ll be a better writer.
From this point forward—at least for the next half year—you may not use “thought” verbs. These include: Thinks, Knows, Understands, Realizes, Believes, Wants, Remembers, Imagines, Desires, and a hundred others you love to use.
The list should also include: Loves and Hates.
And it should include: Is and Has, but we’ll get to those later.
Until some time around Christmas, you can’t write: Kenny wondered if Monica didn’t like him going out at night…”
Instead, you’ll have to Un-pack that to something like: “The
mornings after Kenny had stayed out, beyond the last bus, until he’d had to bum a ride or pay for a cab and got home to find Monica faking sleep, faking because she never slept that quiet, those mornings, she’d only put her own cup of coffee in the microwave. Never his.”
Instead of characters knowing anything, you must now present the details that allow the reader to know them. Instead of a character wanting something, you must now describe the thing so that the reader wants it.
Instead of saying: “Adam knew Gwen liked him.” You’ll have to say: “Between classes, Gwen had always leaned on his locker when he’d go to open it. She’s roll her eyes and shove off with one foot, leaving a black-heel mark on the painted metal, but she also left the smell of her perfume. The combination lock would still be warm from her butt. And the next break, Gwen would be leaned there, again.”
In short, no more short-cuts. Only specific sensory detail: action, smell, taste, sound, and feeling.
Typically, writers use these “thought” verbs at the beginning of a paragraph (In this form, you can call them “Thesis Statements” and I’ll rail against those, later). In a way, they state the intention of the paragraph. And what follows, illustrates them.
“Brenda knew she’d never make the deadline. was backed up from the bridge, past the first eight or nine exits. Her cell phone battery was dead. At home, the dogs would need to go out, or there would be a mess to clean up. Plus, she’d promised to water the plants for her neighbor…”
Do you see how the opening “thesis statement” steals the thunder of what follows? Don’t do it.
If nothing else, cut the opening sentence and place it after all the others. Better yet, transplant it and change it to: Brenda would never make the deadline.
Thinking is abstract. Knowing and believing are intangible. Your story will always be stronger if you just show the physical actions and details of your characters and allow your reader to do the thinking and knowing. And loving and hating.
Don’t tell your reader: “Lisa hated Tom.”
Instead, make your case like a lawyer in court, detail by detail.
Present each piece of evidence. For example: “During roll call, in the breath after the teacher said Tom’s name, in that moment before he could answer, right then, Lisa would whisper-shout ‘Butt Wipe,’ just as Tom was saying, ‘Here’.”
One of the most-common mistakes that beginning writers make is leaving their characters alone. Writing, you may be alone. Reading, your audience may be alone. But your character should spend very, very little time alone. Because a solitary character starts thinking or worrying or wondering.
For example: Waiting for the bus, Mark started to worry about how long the trip would take…”
A better break-down might be: “The schedule said the bus would come by at noon, but Mark’s watch said it was already 11:57. You could see all the way down the road, as far as the Mall, and not see a bus. No doubt, the driver was parked at the turn-around, the far end of the line, taking a nap. The driver was kicked back, asleep, and Mark was going to be late. Or worse, the driver was drinking, and he’d pull up drunk and charge Mark seventy-five cents for death in a fiery traffic accident…”
A character alone must lapse into fantasy or memory, but even then you can’t use “thought” verbs or any of their abstract relatives.
Oh, and you can just forget about using the verbs forget and remember.
No more transitions such as: “Wanda remembered how Nelson used to brush her hair.”
Instead: “Back in their sophomore year, Nelson used to brush her hair with smooth, long strokes of his hand.”
Again, Un-pack. Don’t take short-cuts.
Better yet, get your character with another character, fast.
Get them together and get the action started. Let their actions and words show their thoughts. You—stay out of their heads.
And while you’re avoiding “thought” verbs, be very wary about using the bland verbs “is” and “have.”
“Ann’s eyes are blue.”
“Ann has blue eyes.”
“Ann coughed and waved one hand past her face, clearing the cigarette smoke from her eyes, blue eyes, before she smiled…”
Instead of bland “is” and “has” statements, try burying your details of what a character has or is, in actions or gestures. At its most basic, this is showing your story instead of telling it.
And forever after, once you’ve learned to Un-pack your characters, you’ll hate the lazy writer who settles for: “Jim sat beside the telephone, wondering why Amanda didn’t call.”
Please. For now, hate me all you want, but don’t use thought verbs. After Christmas, go crazy, but I’d bet money you won’t.
For this month’s homework, pick through your writing and circle every “thought” verb. Then, find some way to eliminate it. Kill it by Un-packing it.
Then, pick through some published fiction and do the same thing. Be ruthless.
“Marty imagined fish, jumping in the moonlight…”
“Nancy recalled the way the wine tasted…”
“Larry knew he was a dead man…”
Find them. After that, find a way to re-write them. Make them stronger.”
This is going to boost my word-count so fucking much you have no idea
That sounds awesome!! I am going to try this!!
if you follow the paintbrush with your eyes while not moving your head, it forces you to use emdr which is a therapeutic technique to calm anxiety/panic. watching fish swim causes the same effect.
I don’t have a favorite post on Tumblr, I don’t have things that I ‘always’ reblog.
But this is one thing I love seeing on my dash, I love having it on my blog, it really helps to calm me down and its amazing.