Fight the new drug

I’m sure like many people out there, you can’t help but love Ashton Kutcher.

He’s one of those people that no matter what they do, you won’t be able to stay mad at them for long.

This week, my respect for him, not as an actor, but as a humanitarian rose dramatically.

Clearly deeply affected by his testimonies and sheer passion for the cause, he delivered a powerful speech to the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee about child sex trafficking/slavery.

Not only was it emotional, but highly forward thinking as he spoke about his organisation, Thorn, and the impact his software has already had on rescuing boys and girls from being trafficked.

Opening with a powerful story about a two year old girl being raped by an american tourist, all the while thinking “she was engaging in play“, left me absolutely devastated. How does this exist? How are children being shared amongst people and not being stopped?! HOW?!

Worldwide Issue

Unfortunately, many people think that child trafficking/slavery only exists in poorer countries. This is not true.

This issue is a global one, and one that is perpetuated even more so by pornography. In the video, Ashton recalls a significant moment where he was asked to identify the location of a child who had been raped for about 3 years and people online were watching and there was nothing he could do at that moment.

Unfortunately, this is very common. Children are often forced to engage in sexual activity in front of a camera which is then either live streamed or taped and then put online. Porn users then watch these videos, unaware (most of the time) as to where and who was filmed. I know – disgusting.

With 35% of all internet downloads related to pornography, there is no sign of slowing down for the porn industry and the dire effects it is having on our society. This means – logically speaking – that if there is an increase in demand, people are going to want to supply, therefore there will be more kids who end up being raped in front of a camera.

Educate yo’self

Porn is intrinsically linked to child sex trafficking/slavery. There is not separating the two. As it is an underground business, creators and producers make it their priority to make it seem that what you’re watching is real and enjoyed by those making it. I can’t imagine any child enjoying forced sex, can you?

As an educated society it is up to us to combat this new drug. Fight the new drug is a secular organisation that is trying to educate as many people as possible about the detrimental effects of porn not only on children, but on yourself.

I know it’s hard and quite confronting to talk about or even address this issue – but whether you’re a user or not, you deserve the chance to make an informed decision.

While we may not be able to create super cool software like Mr. Kutcher, we can help spread the word about the link between Children and porn. Child trafficking should really be in our history books. It breaks my heart that it isn’t.

But I don’t need you to care about my heart. I need you to care about their heart – they need you to care about their heart.


Photos via unsplash

Melbourne’s top year

Far out! Another year practically done and dusted – how did that happen?

I’m finding myself ask the same question over and over again – why has this year gone so fast!

I can only assume that this poignant question will make a reappearance this time next year. #imgettingsoold

Yet even though this year has again come to a hurtling end, I thought it’d be nice to take a look back at all the amazing things that happened and pick the top things that made it so incredible, here we go:

Bar/Club
Melbourne is notorious for it’s nightlife which means that like everything else (as you will soon find out) it was difficult to choose a place. The place I chose was not new, but I had not been there before (not sure why really) and I loved it. It had food, cheap drinks and r’n’b all night long. Mr scruffs on Smith street, was definitely the best this year.

Book
I love books. They allow you to enter a world that is designed by you and nothing is impossible. I love them. And this year there were no shortages of incredible stories and personal bios which made this decision sooooooooooooo damn hard. In the end i couldn’t look past Girl on the Train. I love everything that incorporates mystery and suspense which I definitely found here.

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Song
Ok so my choices (as you are probably already finding out) stray 100% from the mainstream. Yes, it does say Melbourne’s top year, but since i’m in Melbourne and I had a top year these things will reflect my amazing year in Melbourne 🙂 Despite Spotify telling me that Cheap thrills by Sia was my fave song this year, I’m going to have to say that Otra Vez by Zion & Lennox (feat. JBalvin) was by far the best. Obviously it will never overtake Viva la vida, but for 2016, it did pretty well.

Movie
AAAHHHHH this is so difficult, probably more so than choosing a song. This year provided highs and lows with movies, yet the one that impacted me the most and caused me to think about my life in a much deeper way was Cowspiracy. While it’s not your average “movie”, it’s a documentary about how the agriculture sector is the leading cause of Global Warming and why no-one seems to want to stand up to the big meat bosses. Believe me, even you don’t change your eating habits it’ll open your eyes to much injustice occurring throughout the world.

TV Show
Ok so for this one I couldn’t decide between 2. This is us and Designated Surivor were 100% the best shows I came across this year and I can’t wait for the new seasons to start!

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1. Linda Xu via Unsplash

Mac or PC ?

My fourth day and my Mac decides to test my patience, making me consider whether the choice I had made 4 years ago had been the right one…

Mac or PC?

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Granted I had heard every possible pro and con concerning Macs, but I assumed those who hated it were those who were afraid of change or against ‘conformity’. Macs were great! or so i thought.

They seemed simple to use and for someone like me who is terrible with anything technological or digital (getting better though) that was the most important thing.

However, about september last year, my airport began to act up. It wouldn’t let me connect to the internet, it wouldn’t respond when I clicked on network i wanted to connect with, nothing!!! so i did the usual turn on/off and it worked… for about 3 months. Once I hit November, things got worse. The airport icon would turn off, and there would be no way to turn it back on. So I left it. I left my laptop for a few months and when I turned it back on it worked!!!

Great! I thought, it just needed a little rest. hmph it showed me.

This problem continued with the airport eventually turning back after a hard reset or pressing CTRL+SHIFT+ALT and a bunch of other buttons that didn’t do the trick and brought me closer to smashing it on the floor.

I know, I know, why didn’t I just take it to an apple store and get it fixed?

Easy.

I couldn’t be bothered. Especially since it wasn’t a permanent thing – it would always turn back on!

That laziness came to bite me on the ass.

My airport failed and there was no way of turning back on. I even called apple tech support for a lengthy time and even though it seemed to have worked, it died. My airport died. There was no way of getting it back.

So my fellow bloggers, what will it be? The Mac or PC?

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1 My Practice