Stop Sopa Ireland

Recently there was a law that was possibly going to be passed called the “stop online piracy act” or Sopa for short. There was one called Pippa too. These laws would have major affects on everything online like

Alot of sites went black for a day and Wikipedia would not let you search for anything in protest. Everyone thought that that had stopped the acts from happening as they were being “postponed”. But i read an article saying that
Sopa and Pippa are still there, along with a new act
That could be passed.

I tried to sign the Sopa petitions, but since they were american you had to be living in America to sign it. I did find something to sign but it did take alot of searching.

The minister in The south of Ireland has decided to have irelands own version of Sopa now. There is a very easy petition
That you can sign
To stop this happening. There is even a toolbar you can download if you have a
Blog. I’m not sure if there is one for Blogger yet though.

Digital Darragh
Has written a
Great post
On why this petition should be signed. I don’t even know if people outside of ireland can sign this but i presume they can.

Let’s hope we can stop this too. I reckon the government are probably downloading things too, so i don’t think it’s right they want the likes of even Twitter to stop. That’s just my thoughts though.

Oh PS sorry i haven’t blogged in a while but i don’t think i’ve got anything new at the moment to blog about. I hope to get back into it soon though.

I’m A Bad Sport

Competitor Badge for the Mango Minster Compitition 2012

Hi. In case anyone is new here, my name is Ushi and i’m taking over mums blog. I haven’t been on here in such a long time and heard about this awesome competition that I am allowed to enter. I’ll have to have words with mum as to why i am in the “Bad sports” catagory though.

So anyway as i told you, my name is Ushi. I am a 2 and 3 quarter year old Labrador retriever cross. My birthday is in February so i am nearly 3, but lets not be picky. I am mums guide dog. (Could i be entered into the “working stiffs” category instead?).

I don’t think i’m gonna get changed into “working stiffs” so i may as well explain why i’m a “Bad sport”.

I am quite a stubborn little girl when i want to be. If i don’t want to do something, i’m gonna make sure mum knows. Like for instance when mum first got me i was working fine but then after about a month, i decided to just stop one day. Just came to a total stop. Of course that got mum all worried in case she had done something wrong so she phoned our guide dog association and the instructors who taught us to work together told mum to be more positive. So i played along for a few days until i decided to do it again. She had to get someone else out from the association and again i worked for a few days after that. I was then evil and would hardly let mum take me out of the house. The manager for our team from the association said that i was just getting bored and that she just needed to be more firm with me. I didn’t like that so i was a good girl and didn’t stop…as much. Plus i heard her say that she would give me back and i certainly didn’t want that. If i do stop now there really isn’t much point because mum just tells me to “get on with it” and i don’t get told i’m a good girl.

If mum is getting ready to work me sometimes she just takes far too long so i have to go back to bed. I love my bed quite alot and would love to sleep all day. Mum always makes me work though. I do like working but can a girl not enjoy her beauty sleep too?

I’m really evil and sometimes like to play a game called “find the Ushi”. This is basically where once i’ve came in from my busies in the garden (that’s a ladylike term for going to the toilet, by the way), and mum goes to put my harness on, i’ll walk as quietly on our carpet as possible. She then goes to reach for me, and i’m not there. It’s really funny to do but i eventually get caught. Plus she could grab my tail which just wouldn’t be cool.

I’m not really a fan of water. Mum says i must have forgotten that i’m a lab lol. If it is raining, I will walk about two miles an hour to see if we’ll go home. We never do though unfortunately. One day i even tried to go behind mums legs but that just didn’t work either. But sometimes if i have to busy and it’s pouring, i’ll stiffen up so mum kind of has to push my bum until i move then she closes the door until i’ve gone. She doesn’t push hard in case you all think she is cruel.

Finally there is my whining at certain foods. When i am fed i have to wait until mum blows a whistle three times before i can eat. I wait a little longer though until she puts it away and sits down. If i am given a carrot, Dental stick, kong or dog chew, i have to whine just to make sure they won’t attack me. Once i am satisified i can eat whatever it happens to be, i’ll tuck in. Sometimes i think carrots are toys and just play with them. Oh and i will not touch unpeeled carrots and will run away if you give one to me.

I guess looking at all that i am a bit of a “bad sport”, but don’t let mum know i told you.

This has been my entry for the
Mango Minster 2012 competition
For anyone else wishing to enter,
Here are the rules

Thanks for reading! Ushi x.

Is It Wrong?

I’m not sure if i have mentioned, but i have two older brothers in england. One is 24 and has a baby and the other one is 22. The 22 year old sometimes comes home but has been recently going through a tough time so decided last week to come home and sort himself out.

Yes it’s great that he is coming home but he can be a little chalenging at times. He is quite an independent kind of guy and does what he wants. That’s not to say that he has been braught up that way because he has rules like everyone else, but he just has that very independent personality.

He likes to go out quite alot and gets bored quite easily. Before he went over to england, he used to have turtles but we ended up looking after them. He braught a rabbit home one day for my 8 year old brother, but again he didn’t look after it.

When he was in England he decided to get a staffy type dog. I think it was crossed with something else. The very first owner had been conditioned to fight and was regularly put on a tredmill. The next owner apparently spoiled it and it had no boundaries. Then my brother got her.

He said that the dog didn’t know how to play and would have bitten rather than played. When Ushi plays if she gets excited you’ll sometimes feel her teeth but she gets told no and she would never actually hold on. It’s more like the edge of her teeth hits your finger but she will usually stop playing and go to her bed even before she is corrected so she knows she isn’t supposed to do it. But apparently my brothers dog didn’t just get excited and did bite.

he said he “was going to take her to classes” but the person who ran the class was related to his ex girlfriend or something. (There are other classes are there not?). Anyway the dog had to be rehomed because the new flat he was living in didn’t allow pets.

Tonight he was telling us all this and said “i’d really like a bulldog”. Was it wrong that my heart sank a little? Yes i’m going to get flack because it’s not the dog who is bad it’s the owner, but anything i’ve read about bulldogs (mainly Pitbulls i must admit) is that they are bread for fighting. I found out
Some more information
And while they are quite affectionate apparently they can have that agressive instinct towards other dogs.

Maybe i’m just thinking that my brother won’t look after the dog, but i’m not willing to have ushi’s work potentially effected. We already have ushi and ash so would it be fair to have another dog in the house?

He seems to be respecting the rules so far with regards to Ushi but would he look after a dog full time? If he did get a pitbull, for instance, he would
Have to go to court
Under the new Northern ireland dog law to apply for a licence and meet certain conditions. Is it wrong that i am hoping this puts him off? I’m not saying that no one can get a dog because i have Ushi, but i think Ushi takes priority.

I’m just hoping that he has some common sense and doesn’t go through with it.

Here’s hoping that he thinks before he gets it and just doesn’t bring it home one day.

Why Should It Matter?

There was an article posted on twitter on Thursday and i just had to post it. I’ll post it first, then i’ll comment. It was posted on
This Website

Dear Customer who stuck up for his little brother,

you thought I didn’t really notice. But I did. I wanted to high-five you.
Yesterday I had a pair of brothers in my store. One was maybe between 15-17. He was a wrestler at the local high school. Kind of tall, stocky and handsome.
He had a younger brother, who was maybe about 10-12 years old. The only way to describe him was scrawny, neat, and very clean for a boy his age. They were
talking about finding a game for the younger one, and he was absolutely insisting it be one with a female character. I don’t know how many of y’all play
games, but that isn’t exactly easy. Eventually, I helped the brothers pick a game called Mirror’s Edge. The youngest was pretty excited about the game,
and then he specifically asked me.. “Do you have any girl color controllers?” I directed him to the only colored controllers we have which includes pink
and purple ones. He grabbed the purple one, and informed me purple was his FAVORITE.

The boys had been taking awhile, so their father eventually comes in. He see’s the game, and the controller, and starts in on the youngest about how he
needs to pick something different. Something more manly. Something with guns and fighting, and certainly not a purple controller. He tries to convince
him to get the new Zombie game “Dead Island.” and the little boy just stands there repeating “Dad, this is what I want, ok?” Eventually it turns into a
full blown argument complete with Dad threatening to whoop his son if he doesn’t choose different items.

That’s when big brother stepped in. He said to his Dad “It’s my money, it’s my gift to him, if it’s what he wants I’m getting it for him, and if your going
to hit anyone for it, it’s going to be me.” Dad just gives his oldest son a strong stern stare down, and then leaves the store. Little brother is crying
quietly, I walk over and ruffle his hair (yes this happened all in front of me.) I say “I’m a girl, and I like the color blue, and I like shooting games.
There’s nothing wrong with what you like. Even if it’s different than what people think you should.” I smile, he smiles back (my heart melts!) Big brother
then leans down, kisses little brother on the head, and says “Don’t worry dude.” They check out and leave, and all I can think is how awesome big brother
is, how sweet little brother is, and how Dad ought to be ashamed for trying to make his son any other way.

First of all what do you think of the article? I’ll say what i think.

First of all why should it matter if you don’t like certain colours that you are “meant to like”? Is it really that much of a big deal if a boy likes getting make up on/his nails done/his hair done a certain way/wants to dress in womens clothes/do “girlie” things? Should it matter if a boy wants to choose “Girlie” games?

My uncle is in fact gay, and got extremely drunk before telling my mum because he was worried in case he couldn’t see us. (We were quite young). Of course mum didn’t mind at all and we are still in contact with him. I am not bothered at all. He is a nice person and that is what i go on. I don’t think “He is gay. I can’t hang out with him.”. I don’t think that he is disgusting or anything. I don’t see anything wrong with it at all. Being gay is part of him.

A few years ago my then friend sent me a message on facebook saying she was Bisexual. I sent her a message back saying that we could still be friends and that it didn’t affect that. She wrote back saying that she was totally shocked and that she thought our friendship would end. (Unfortunately it did end but not because of that).

I’m probably offending someone but if you’re hung up on the fact that a person is gay, then you can just stop reading. Why the hell should it matter?

When i first read the article i thought that one of the brothers was autistic or something the way he was saying about what colours he liked. He wasn’t.

I recently watched a series called
“My transexual Summer”
Which followed the struggles 7 trans people felt living in a normal society. It was quite sad to see how unconfident some of them were. Even some of the reactions from employers and such.

I always smile when the media covers things like this. How would you feel in that persons shoes? I’m sure many people wouldn’t like some of the comments that can be made against them.

It really doesn’t and shouldn’t matter what you are. It’s the person inside and you can’t “catch” anything by being around someone who is gay/trans/bisexual/black/white/etc.

Sorry this sounds more like a rant, but i just felt like i needed to write whenever i read that article. I know this isn’t my usual writing. I really do hope nobody is offended.

What do you all think?