Writing About Writing

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From the Writing about Writing Facebook group.

Birthday weekend is over. It ended up being more chill than I anticipated. Ended up playing DOOM and then watching every Key and Peele sketch I could find on Youtube.

A Harrowing Tale of Addiction via Key and Peele.

Time to go back to the grind of beefing up my writing portfolio before pitching to the big sites.

When going into project, I often don’t really go into them with a specific goal in mind. Following this philosophy, being an idea person more than a “let’s finish this” person has its ups and downs.

I tend to put myself out there and see what kind of opportunities come at me. This inevitably results in needing to scrap some projects or parts of projects, which is difficult, especially for the ideas in which I am emotionally invested.

The great thing about the Internet is you don’t really have to give anything up.

You can just post your reject projects on your own blog!

Someone will read it… eventually.

j/k I actually have pretty good hits for a personal blog. Planning on having a themed blog (moar SEO, moar hits) in the nearish future.

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National Inflation Association Article Comment

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Inflation chart by user Monkeyman (Creative Commons SA 3.0)

Things got heated in my comments section back in 2010-2011 on

Fact Checking The National Inflation Association And its Hyperinflation Fear-Mongering.

I didn’t have the time to address all the bad information. And honestly I didn’t consider it worth my time even if did have it.

But I have some extra good free time lately, some more health care policy wisdom, and the power of hindsight. Why not?

A user named Flagrantbagel left a supportive comment on my NIA article:

The following is an unedited copy of someone’s reply to Flagrantbagel.

Left January 14, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Deepblue

You won’t support someone because they’re supported by Steve Forbes, but you’ll support someone financed and endorsed by George Soros?

I’d suggest you research the “Quantum fund” and find out how the “Man who broke the bank of England” made his money. Note also that this very same man, George Soros, was branded (and convicted) in Thailand as an “economic war criminal” who “sucks the blood from the people” after causing the Asian Debt Crisis in ’97. Soros, the man also behind the collapse of the Russian currency, the ruble, in ’99 and afterward publically boasted that “the former Soviet Empire is now called the Soros Empire.”(Google “Russiagate”). Just look up Soros’ *** latest conviction *** in June of 2006 in France for his attempt to takeover the Societe Generale bank.

Soros is the most notorious derivatives trader in History.. and who are we told created America’s financial crisis by every pundit? Deriviatives traders and speculators. Odd that such a speculator would be the largest financial contributor to the “just happened to inherit it” administration and all it’s various supporting “progressive” organizations, isn’t it? Yet you seem to support this all unabashedly.

Here’s a suggestion. While you’re busy NOT doing your research, you might want to glimpse at Article I, Section 8, Clause 1 of the United States Constitution, also known as the Taxing and Spending Clause… a.k.a. – “The Power of the Purse.”

It declares that it is *** Congress *** and *** NOT *** The President who is in control of all spending. Even More specifically, that this power rests in the House of Representatives, where *** ALL *** spending (“Appropriations”) bills are introduced.

Fact check this. It is a list of Speakers of the House by year:

Carl Albert (D) 92nd – 94th Congress 1/21/71 – 1/03/77
Tip O’Niell (D) 95th – 99th Congress 1/03/77 – 1/03/87
Jim Wright (D) 100th – 101st Congress 1/06/87 – 6/06/89
Tom Foley (D) 102nd – 103rd Congress 6/06/89 – 1/03/95
Newt Gingrich (R) 104th – 105th Congress 1/04/95 – 1/03/99
Dennis Hastert (R) 106th – 109th Congress 1/06/99 – 1/03/07
Nancy Pelosi (D) 110th – 111th Congress 1/04/07 – 1/03/11

Now compare the Federal deficit by who controls the House (spending) on this handy dandy ‘Chart of Federal Debt’ published in the left-wing rag Esquire Magazine.

http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/federal-deficit-graph-071210

You will see that spending increased from the moment Democrats took control of the House in 1955 until they finally lost control of the House in 1995 and note the MASSIVE decrease which caused the “surpluses” IMMEDIATELY coincided with Republican takeover of the House of Representatives, and continued under the Republicans right up until the morning of September 11th, 2001. Wonder what happened then?

But don’t trust me. Go confirm it for yourself. Go straight to the horse’s mouth and hear Clinton tell you WHY *** HE *** shut down the Federal Government to prevent the budget from being balanced by 1997 under the Republican plan – SIX YEARS before he was willing to allow it to be done. Note once again that the President’s *** ONLY *** budgetary power is to VETO appropriations bills.

Because all spending comes from Congress, when a President repeatedly VETOES the Appropriations bills, the government runs out of money and must be “shut down.”

Source – Bill Clinton’s radio address 12/16/95 regarding the House’s proposed 96 budget:

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/PresidentialRadioAddress79

According to Clinton, the *** ONLY *** possible way to balance the budget is to follow HIS plan, which is to “balance” the budget by 2003 – 3 YEARS AFTER he has left office. Balancing the budget any sooner, according to Clinton, will:
• Deny Children Health Care
• Deny them Schooling
• Eliminate the School Lunch program
• Deny Children Safe Places to live
• “Deny them Air and Water that is safe to breath and drink”
• Eliminate Head Start
• Cut efforts to keep drugs and violence out of our schools
• Undermine “Our efforts to meet educational standards of excellence”
• End the Americorp program
• Eliminate 350,000 scholarships
• Take away “the Best student loans programs”
• “will raise taxes” – Note, “raising taxes”, in this context is liar speak meaning that because government will not be able pay people’s expenses, they will be forced to pay for things themselves… i.e. Paying for things is a “tax”
• “Children will be exposed to hazardous Waste”
• There will be larger class sizes
• “10 MILLION” people will be “forced to live near toxic waste sites” that “will not be cleaned”
• Fewer children will be immunized
• Millions will be force from Medicaid and onto Medicare adding millions to the Medicare roles
• Millions will be denied adequate medical care
• “1 MILLION people will be forced into poverty”

Listen to it yourself. I entreat you.

…”And THIS is why I William J Clinton will shut down the government by vetoing the REPUBLICAN BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT… because “I will not let them hurt our children” 12/16/1995

Note: the dramatic Medicare cuts which Clinton is attributing to child rape, torture, and murder was claimed, by Democrats, to “Slash” Medicare by *** $38.5 billion a year *** for 7 years.

http://www.nytimes.com/1995/09/16/us/gop-s-plan-to-cut-medicare-faces-a-veto-clinton-promises.html

Funny how a greatly exaggerated $38.5 billion Republican cut caused all of that, but when a Democrat (Barrack Obama) cuts over HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS – a.k.a. over FIVE HUNDRED BILLION – from an already insolvent Medicare system, it will only “add efficiency” and cut “waste”.

Liar. Thy name is Democrat.

First I want to clarify I am article OP, not the comment OP – Flagrantbagel. I personally have no love for nor advanced conceptualizations of George Soros.

I am not tricked into thinking billionaires’ have great content of character just because they own some philanthropic organizations.

> “Fact Check this”

Oh, I will.

Deepblue did a massive information dump, which is a handy trick to sound smarter than you really are in debates. I will address this by order of importance of his claims.

Medicare

Romney’s right: Obamacare cuts Medicare by $716 billion. Here’s how.

Sarah Kliff: “The majority of the cuts, as you can see in this chart below, come from reductions in how much Medicare reimburses hospitals and private health insurance companies.”

If Deepblue wants to come back and argue about health care policy, I am more than willing to do that. I personally believe that top hospital administrators need to get paid less in order to tackle the budget problems of administrative bloat. Cutting Medicare reimbursements is a necessary step towards balancing the entitlements portion of the national budget.

I am not happy with how the think tanks lately have been discussing cutting Medicare reimbursement by 40% for Medicare-for-All. That is too steep, too fast and could potentially disrupt services.

The ACA cuts that Deepblue refers to, however, were no where near that drastic and the Medicare-For-All bill at this point is more symbolic than a hard proposal.

Bill Clinton’s Speech

I took up his offer and listened to this C-span speech he linked. From 1995. Since apparently these “Liar, thy name is Democrat” people can’t let Bill Clinton go years later.

The thing about budgets, a fact that that Deepblue skirts, is that they are mostly planned FOR THE FUTURE. Federal, state, local budgets. They are all decided on in advance and don’t kick in as soon as they are passed, except for the immediate money needed to keep services running.

All those bullet points are indeed possibilities of Republican proposed tax cuts. Both now and in 1995. Children, students, and the chronically impoverished are extremely different affected populations than those affected by Obama’s Medicare reimbursement cuts, which are mostly eaten by the hospitals and insurance companies.

“you might want to glimpse at Article I, Section 8, Clause 1 of the United States Constitution”

I have inside info that Flagrantbagel might actually be lawyer. I’m sure he HAS looked at Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution sometime at school.

You do not want to get into an argument about the case law precedent of presidential powers involving taxation with me or Flagrantbagel, Deepblue.

You will not win.

That is all for today.

Evolution of “Egalitarianism,” “Feminism,” and Such Words

Egalitariansim

In 2011, I wrote a post called “On Feminism and Egalitarianism” which was a follow-up to the post “SlutWalk NYC is pissing me off with its DSK protesting.” You can read the comments on all the posts, where I feel like I fairly dealt with the criticism.

Normally I wouldn’t be highlighting a controversial post at a critical time in my writing career. (If I had no backbone, I would simply delete the original post.) But, in the spirit of evolving conversation, I want to leave no stone unturned in documenting my evolving views in the context of societal change.

One aspect I neglected to emphasize, that I probably could have done a better job at in the original post, was the legal aspect.

Due Process is a very important issue to me. I don’t want to make this a “I was a victim, so I can’t be biased” point, but I have personally had my Due Process violated and was told by a private lawyer that they wouldn’t take my case. This discouraged me from even thinking about taking the case higher up to maybe the ACLU.

But I understand why the lawyer didn’t take the case. It would have been an uphill battle against a system in a case with somewhat unprovable evidence and questionable damages.

I’m not saying the alleged victim in the DSK case was lying. I’m not saying there’s no possibility the prosecutor dropped the case because of political pressure. All I was saying is that frivolous charges and lawsuits exist, and that sometimes (albeit rarely) people in power or not in power are falsely accused; I don’t know the specifics of this case other than what the media reported, and unless Slutwalk NYC had a source on the team with more inside information than NYT, they didn’t know the details of the dismissal either.

DSK sounds like a scumbag. I believe, through study data and personal experience, that when there’s multiple allegations about sexual abuse, there’s usually more fire than conspiratorial smoke.

Rhetoric Update

In this 2018 climate, I am no longer comfortable using the word “egalitarianism” casually. I have seen this word hijacked by too many MRAs who are more concerned with their own oppression than by the oppression of others.

And, of course, the power structures in this country have changed. If you’ve read this far, you know what I’m talking about.

I’m not an argumentative person by nature. If a person (usually a man) asks with a loaded tone if I’m a feminist these days, I just say Yes and leave it to them if they want to argue.

Rant rant rant Wordpress.com Custom CSS rant

What the FUCK is with this stupid $30 custom css bullshit where they won’t even let me access the original .css file.

If it wasn’t for wordpress.com’s easy follow system and my lack of PHP knowledge I would switch to self-hosting so fast.

On that angry note, if any CSS developers know how to make it so I can have a fucking site title on iNove theme that doesn’t overlap with the menu bar, I could really use some help with troubleshooting and this stupid “overwrite” thing that doesn’t seem to be working. I feel like some <br> tags could fix this easily, but I can’t get it to work properly.

Business of Fashion: “Cute” is on its Way Out for Chinese Young Women

You know, it does make me look 10 years younger, but I still think I rock the nerd raccoon hoodie.

Form and Function Fashion

As a 24-year-old Chinese American woman, I admit I have mixed feelings about my Nerd Raccoon Hoodie from Forever21:

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BOF outlines changing cultural international fashion trends in Amongst Chinese Girls, Cute Gives Way to Cool:

First, she holds up a big panda-eyes T-shirt and announces: “This was our bestseller last spring.” Then she points to the bunnies that swarm all over the brand’s summer miniskirts, another bestseller. Finally, she presents a whole menagerie of cats, swans, lions and mice that proudly parade on a successful series of tops. In the winter, she said, faux-fur hoodies with small ears have been doing well, helping this writer to understand why chilly Chinese girls sometimes look like bear cubs.

Until recently, these kinds of “childish” products have driven strong results…

While the women born in the 1980s lived in an environment of fast economic growth, combined with rigorous education standards, post-90s…

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How I Learned SEO With No Guide: The Secret to Success!

I blogged a lot. I blogged about different things. I looked at my stats. Then I blogged more and wrote for different sites and in different ways.

This is a cute animal. On a hoodie. On a girl.
This is a cute animal. On a hoodie. On a girl.

My boobs are actually much bigger than that in real life. I’m #asian and a 34C.

You should follow my blog. #boobs #boobs #boobs

Hai look, I’m talking about ASIANS and BOOBS on the INTERNET!

Seriously, what’s up with all these “How to Blog” blogs following me. There’s too many. Find a niche, guys. If you are supposedly SEO geniuses, you should know that already.

  • “How to Write a Porn Blog.” (Be hot.)
  • “How to Be Funny.” (Rip off funny people.)
  • “How to Give Up.” (Join the Army.)
  • “How to Make Money Online.” (Stop learning SEO and learn to code.)


There you go. The secrets to success. Maybe read one or two tutorials. But mostly just try a bunch of shit and then replicate what works.

4/20, Armadillos Metaphor, T-shirt, Fuckit, Smoke Weed
4/20, Armadillos Metaphor, T-shirt, Fuckit, Smoke Weed

Trust me, I have big boobs.

“Aggressive Following” and my Dissatisfaction with Twitter

I tried to start a new media account for viral promotion purposes. On Twitter. Because I thought that’s what the Twitter was for.

I believe, as a semi-professional blogger, that I know how NOT to spam and I also believe that I know how interact with new people online in meaningful and interesting ways. I followed 160 accounts over the course of 2 days. I was suspended almost immediately even though I had 34 posts, most of them being interactions with those people I followed.

To avoid any potential backlash (making me paranoid, Twitter and reddit, with all this banning) I have blurred the username:

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Holy shit, does this piss me off.

It was just an annoyance until I tried to go through the whole unsuspension proess and it turns out the Captcha thing isn’t even working properly. [You actually need a space between the two words, a detail they should specify. I  actually tried the space the first but I got a straight up Fail Whale technical error the first time.]

I’m glad Automattic and WordPress have never given me any problems. ❤ flexible and reasonable websites.

Share if you feel the same way or have had the same problem with being unfairly suspended from somewhere. Buttons on the bottom. Share my rage; it can be our Twitter rage together.

Fashion and Beauty Bloggers Wanted!

Scandalousmuffin here again with some more cross-blog promotion.

Dis mah blawh! I do wut I want!

Fashion, Beauty, Make-up, and Style Writers Wanted for Original Content Production!

Form and Function Fashion Blog

Network with a talented team. Build your writing portfolio. Write about stuff and things that you like!

(Open to all styles of women and men! Good writing  and communication skills a must. Compensation possible in the future.)

I’m also looking for business partners and sponsors. No specific criteria yet, aside from fashion-themed, but let me know if you or anyone you know is interested. Also, graphic designers; F&F can haz logo?

E-mail short cover letter and resume to the address in the About page in the linkety link!

New Projects: F&F Fashion Blog and The Flairist

I have a new side-project blog that is finally live: Form and Function Fashion Blog

I’ve posted a couple times about fashion and beauty on Clantily Scad and those posts got positive feedback. Since this blog was getting so all-over-the place with the politics and culture commentary, I decided, why not just make my own fashion blog?

I might buy a domain name for it eventually, and I definitely want to make a better layout. My graphic design skills are alright, but if anyone wants to make me a sexy logo for F&F for free, please let me know. 😛

I’m currently looking for contributing writers for Form and Function Fashion for different areas: Hair, make-up, skin care, body-type expert, etc. I already have a “Nail Art Expert” lined up. So if you’re interested in fashion and/or beauty blogging, comment with your contact info. I do have high standards for writing, just so you know, and it will also be unpaid for now unless I decide it’s getting enough traffic to monetize. (And then I’d probably split any profits proportional to writers’ post views. ) If you know anyone who is interested, send them my way to the blog or this post.

Other exciting news in Scandalousmuffin Land:

I’ve signed on as a contributing writer, probably with a health & wellness focus, to a site called The Flairist.

They are up-and-coming online magazine with a focus on career advice for young women. Give them a shout-on on Facebook, if you like them. I will have more details about exactly what I’m writing for them soon.

The Internet is really an amazing place and I feel really lucky to live in a time where I can so easily connect and talk with such interesting, talented people.  Never under-appreciate your friends, on the internet and otherwise. Things are really amazing right now.

Live, write, and love always.

The Cult of Cutco Tries Desperately to Knock Me Off Google

Vector Marketing Scam

My most popular post currently, in terms of per-day page hits, is my old exposé on Vector Marketing:

The Cult of Cutco: How Vector Marketing Mass-Hires Students into Dubious Contract Labor

Vector Marketing caught on and, realizing they could lose a bunch of money on a Google Search, bought a bunch of shitty domain names to bump down all the talk about how everyone hates Vector Marketing.

They even bought vectormarketingscam.com with links to… personal testimonies! *gasp* Read a real story by a real 18-year-old kid!

I understand SEO, Vector Marketing, I see it.

Anyway, if you are a pissed off former Vector employee, go the original Cult of Cutco article and share it. If you want to blog about Vector also and link me, please copy paste the entire post title or use the phrase “Vector Marketing Scam,” because I think those are the two easiest way to help bump my Google rankings back up.

There are easy share buttons at the bottom of the article too. I think the one that gets the most exposure these days is Reddit.

So, thanks, guys. Rock on spreading the information.