July 3

My Monday: Dance Mom’s, My Guilty Pleasure!

Hello Underdogs, Welcome to My Monday which is going to a day where I pick whatever I want to write about that is not under another theme day.

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This Monday, I am picking my favorite and most hated television guilty pleasure, “Dance Mom’s.”Image result for Dance Moms

Dance Mom’s is a show that is featured on the channel, Lifetime and has had several seasons. We have seen some of the very young girls featured on this show turn into  teenagers.  The premise of this reality show is to follow The Abbey Lee Miller Dance studio and their dancers. To narrow it down much more, it’s about a small competition team within the studio and the famous Dance Mom’s of these girls. The Mom’s, and daughters are in constant competition to gain the attention of supreme overlord, Abby Miller, who decides the fate of each child who dances. Not only does Abby try to dictate the dance world of these girls, but their home lives and outside activities as well. Abby tried to become a manager to several of these girls to help them with acting, singing, and other artistic endeavors. She even convinced some Mom’s to pull their children out of traditional school, so they could be home schooled so they could concentrate on dance.

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While we all must remember that a reality show is not anywhere near actual real life, there has been some real damage done to  these children.  These kids were not actors and even though many of the people on the set, including Abby, and the Mom’s were acting, the children didn’t necessarily understand the difference. Abby was famously cruel to the children, including yelling, shouting abuses, and telling them that they were always replaceable. While there is some method to this madness, you truly don’t see the other side portrayed on the show. We see the breaking down of the children but never the build up, and we as an audience never know if this happened.

The world of professional artists such as dancers, actors, and singers is very hard and fickle. While I don’t disagree with letting the children know that there is always someone better, and this is temporary, it is not necessary to play mind games, pit one child against the other, and be blatantly racist. It is also hard and emotional to see anyone fight. These children were subjected to seeing their Mom’s fight with each other, Abby, and sometimes the adults fighting with a child. Again, while most of this was for the cameras, these kids did not know the difference and the toll was evident. People slowly left the show because of the mental abuse that these kids were being subjected to.

So why do I watch this show at all when it is so bad? I hate to admit it, but it sucked me in. I saw some very talented children and I saw some who were okay. I believe the first season of Dance Mom’s was probably the truest to life. While you saw a harsh Abby Miller, she was teaching the children, and trying to help them understand that the world is very competitive. After everything that was a bit too harsh, Abby showed the girls that she cared for them. The show slowly morphed into an unrealistic competition show, that was surrounded by mind games and hatefulness. There was so much more than meets the eyes with these competitions, however.

If you ever wondered why the ALDC did so well when clearly their dances weren’t that great?  First, the ALDC were allowed to do their dances over and over again while the crew got the best shot. This was in front of the judges so they either liked what they saw, or they just saw so much of it, their dances stuck out in their minds over others.  Second, Abby had an investment in many of these competitions. This means that she owned part of the completions that the girls would dance at.  I know this for a fact because I worked with a head of one of these dance competition. This person mentioned the investment and even joked that they knew who was going to win even before anyone competed.  Anytime that I saw them on TV competing in this certain competition, I would know that all of Abby’s kids would place the top scores. Without fail, this happened with every single time. If that happened with this one competition, I am sure it was true with others.

One of the biggest controversies to come out of this show outside of the abuse, the cheating, and the unrealistic representation of the dance world, Abby Lee Miller was a criminal. Abby was hiding money from the IRS, while she filed for bankruptcy. While in some people’s eyes, that isn’t a bid deal, it s a crime and it’s fraud. It wasn’t a little bit of money, but hundreds of thousands of dollars. She is going to be jailed for her crimes and will have to pay fines. While many people don’t agree with her having to spend time in jail, I must remind you that she broke the law in real life. While I don’t agree that she needs to be in jail so long for this crime when we already have over crowded jails with hard criminals who serve less time than Abby will, she still needs to be punished.

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It also has come to light that Abby has been stalking her former students, Maddie and Mackinze. Maddie and Mackinze left Dance Mom’s a few seasons ago to go after other interests. Abby held Maddie is such high esteem, it was to the point where it was abusive to the child. She worked her to the bone and made her afraid to say no to any dance, any project, even things that made her uncomfortable because she thought it was provocative. If Maddie fell out of Abby’s favor, she punished her, harshly. Abby kept pitting the girls against Maddie to the point where it was isolating. Dance was such a part of there lives, that Abby convinced their Mom, Melissa, to take both her children out of school and give their lives over to dance and other projects.

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While Maddie got many opportunities because of this show,  she was also being held captive by Abby’s obsession over her.  Her head was filled with an unrealistic view of herself because Abby built Maddie up to believe she was the best dancer ever. When Maddie started competing in the real world, she found that it was her name, and reputation that was winner her the competitions, and not her talent. There were much better dancers out there, and Abby’s idealist view of Maddie did nothing to help her in the real world.  This is very evident in the show when Maddie has breakdowns when she can’t handle other’s being better than her. It was to the point where it was not only childish, but showed how this poor kid had been set up for failure. While Maddie is doing great now, it has nothing to do with dancing. Yes, she was famous for her Sia videos, but now she is known for her acting, and tries to distance herself from the dance world as much as possible. At least the world of competitive dance anyway.

Maddie has been recently accused by Abby that Maddie dropped out of a clothing project. The two of them were supposed to have a deal where they both were working on this company. Maddie’s Mom, Melissa, dropped the project and Maddie went on to start her own clothing company independent of Abby. This while Abby was being investigate and it looked as though she would end up in jail.  Every since this, both Maddie and Mackinze have blocked Abby from all social media and do not interact with her. While Maddie has gone on to have her own clothing line, she should not be held responsible for anything to do with a company when she is a minor.  Plus, Abby has a very bad professional and personal reputation, and many people are disassociating themselves from her as much as possible.

In the last week, Maddie was surprised by Abby at her premier for her first movie called, “Book of Henry.”

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Maddie before Abby arrived.

Abby was not invited, and the terrified look on Maddie’s face says it all. (See link below) There is no picture of the two of them together at this event because Maddie asked to be kept away from Abby. Abby’s unhealthy obsession over this child and her on a lesser scale, her obsession with her little sister, Mackinze is pretty scary.  Abby has apparently been posting almost non-stop on social media about the girls. Yes, one of the post was wishing Mackinze a happy birthday, and it is understandable even though she has been blocked, she still cares for the child. However, the posts have been to the point where people have taken notice and call it unsettling and she’s acting like a stalker.

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Maddie after Abby arrived

 

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It was rumored that Abby had to pay over $1000.00 to come to this event. That’s not a great move since she is going to have to pay lots of fees for her crime.  People are saying that Maddie owes her career to Abby and she should be kind to her.  Maddie should have welcomed Abby with open arms. At the same time, Abby publicly calls Maddie ungrateful, but also in the same breath, begs Maddie for her love and attention. It’s a very strange situation. Maddie never would have been known if it wasn’t for the show “Dance Mom’s.” However, it was her own hard work that got her where she is today. Maddie credits Sia as the reason where she is today, and there is a lot of truth to that. Sia hired Maddie for a video and was the one who mentored her and helped give her a lot of opportunities.

It is a very tricky situation to say if this child owes this adult any credit at all. Like I discussed above, the show is a shame. But these children were not paid to be actors. They were paid to be a reality star, which means there was loose scripts, direction, and editing involved. While it is easier for a professional actor and the adults to understand that this all all make believe, these children were still going to school, practicing, dancing, and going to completions. Their injuries were real. Their time away from friends and loved ones was real. The dancing was real. So could tell the differences between the adults fighting, and Abby being horrible to their children, or did they understand that it was an act. Was Abby’s cruelness an act? At the very least, Abby is unhinged and she has damaged the lives of these children and their families. She has done a lot of questionable things that is making her end up in jail. Abby allowed these children to be mentally abused for the sake of a TV show, and it should come as no surprise that the kid that she obsessed over so much doesn’t want anything to do with Abby any longer.

Saying that this minor child owes Abby anything is kind of laughable. Abby didn’t teach her how to dance, her teachers did. Abby only spent a class to polish dances, while her other staff members did the real work. They helped the kids learn the moves, they helped these kids learn different techniques. Abby really spent very little time with these children while the real work was being done by other teachers. There was no break for these kids when they had to watch their Mother’s get into physical altercations with Abby that resulted in real lawsuits. So where is the line? Does Elvis owe his career to the abusive and crazy Colonel Parker? Was he the one who made Elvis have an amazing voice and dance moves, or was it Colonel Parker’s connections that got him where he was? Maddie got the chance because of the show, but people saw talent in her that opened doors, even without Abby’s influence.  I think that she should acknowledge the journey, but she doesn’t have to owe thanks to anyone. Especially when she came from such an unrealistic, and abusive situation.

Whatever is next, I will still watch Dance Mom’s, with or without Abby. I wanted to see these talented children. Yes, I did like the drama, but I hated seeing these children hurt, scared, and abused by the situation that they were involved in. That is as much their parent’s fault as the producers and Abby’s. If they could have kept the drama away from the children as much as possible, it would have been a lot better show. It turned into a train wreck that was so bad, we just couldn’t look away. Now, we are waiting for Abby to be ran over.

What do you think? Leave in the comments if you feel that Maddie owes her career to Abby, and if you think Abby is stalking Maddie and her family.

July 3

Try it Tuesday: Simple Peanut Butter Cookies

Hello Underdogs! I hope you are all having a wonderful day!

try-it-tuesday.jpg I am trying something new this Tuesday, and that is making peanut butter cookies. Since this is my first Try it Tuesday, I want to let you know it may not necessarily always be a recipe. Try it Tuesday can be anything from a DIY, to baking, to reviews of food or things that I have never done before. I might go geocatching and see how that works out! I might go to the water park by house and see if I like it. It’s all new, and it’s all fun!!

I normally don’t make a lot of cookies for humans. I do make a lot of dog greats. (Insert shameless plug here: Follow my website The Modern Dog Mom ) Anyway, I was wanting cookies and I decided to try something new, and bake myself some cookies. However, I realized that I didn’t have any eggs and I had no idea what to substitute. I looked online and found a simple, 3 ingredient cookie recipe and I will share with you what worked, and what didn’t.

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The recipe was as follows:

1 cup peanut butter (either creamy or chunky)

1 cup sugar (any kind)

1 1/2 cup of flour (any kind)

Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl until smooth. Roll into small 1 inch balls, and cook at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

I really don’t like all that sugar, and I had an idea to add a piece of chocolate candy on top so I only used about half of the sugar. It was not hard to mix together, and I actually separated the mix in half.  I wanted to do this to see if I could make some improvements from one batch to the next.

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I made tiny balls, but decided to flatten then to make it cook more even. I wasn’t sure what was going to happen without the eggs so I wanted to make sure it cooked evenly. My oven runs a bit hot, so I set my timer for 7 minutes and took out the cookies at 8 minutes.

These cookies have a very different texture and taste than a traditional cookie. They fall apart very easily and are very brittle. The taste of peanut butter is almost overwhelming and it does need to be cut by something. However, I don’t regret not adding the full amount of sugar because I almost think that 1/2 cup could also have been too much. I did some research and found that some egg substitute can be applesauce. I added some to my second batch and cooked those in the same manner as described above. The applesauce was no sugar added, and it was not flavored. I used about 1/2 a cup of applesauce and I had to add a little bit more flour to keep it from being too sticky.

These cookies actually tasted a lot better .If you are thinking about making cookies without eggs, or you find you don’t have eggs, use unsweetened applesauce instead. The texture was much better and the applesauce gave a nice settle difference in taste, and helped cut the overwhelming peanut butter taste. I also added candy on half of the cookies right after taking them out of the oven. That way the candy would become melty and yummy.

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I always like to say when it comes to baking, please keep your health in mind. If you are unsure of any ingredients and are worried about an allergy, don’t make it. I have massive food allergies and even having the food so I know how dangerous that can be for someone.  If you guys decided to try out this recipe, please let me know, and post your comments and pictures down below! I hope you guys enjoyed this first Try it Tuesday, and I hope you do something new today!

 

 

 

 

 

July 3

Way out Wednesday: Did Michael Jackson Fake His Own Death?

Hello Underdogs, I hope that you are doing well. I am really excited to bring you the first Way out Wednesday! This theme day is all about the stranger things in life. It’s all about the things that are so out there, that they may be beyond a” traditional conspiracy theory.” For example, this story is so out there even for me who is a known conspiracy theorist. I fell so far down the rabbit hole on this one that I had to divide it into 2 parts. The second part will be part of Theory Thursday so stay tuned!

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Michael Jackson’s entire life has been filled with mystery, intrigue, and controversy. He was a very talented singer, dancer, and artist who was undoubtedly The King of Pop. While Michael Jackson was a global pop star he was not immune to the darker side of life. I am not going to go into great details here, but we all know about the allegations of child molestation, drug abuse, and behavior that can only be categorized as untreated mental illness.  No matter how you felt about him, you can’t deny the major impact that M.J. had on music, and the world at large. His videos were groundbreaking. His music was heard all over the world. His concerts were events, and his TV performances out did themselves time after time.

Sadly, on June 29th, 2005, Michael Jackson very unexpectedly passed away at the age of 50.

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Fake News?

He was about to embark on a multi-million dollar tour that was either supposed to be a comeback, or a farewell tour. He left behind 3 children, several siblings, his parents, countless fans, and more questions than answers.  The official story is that Michael Jackson went into cardiac arrest after his “doctor” injected him with several drugs. This included propofol, an anesthetic used during surgeries that is not for the consumption for the public at large. In fact, it’s not a street drug, or anything like that because this is used to induce the deep sleep people need for surgical procedures. It does not cause a high, or even restful sleep. It is impossible for a person to inject this themselves because of how quickly it takes affect, and how easy it is to overdose. This means that “a typical drug addict,” would not try to find and use this drug. In 2011, Doctor Conrad Murphy, the man who administered the drug, was officially charged with involuntary manslaughter.

There were many strange things that happened with this whole ordeal, and given that it was Michael Jackson, it comes to no surprise that not even his death was simple. People are convinced that M.J. faked his own death. There are hundreds of hours of video and photos, as well as countless theories that support people’s claim that M.J. is alive.  They are pointing out several strange things that seem to not quite mesh with the official story.  While I do see some of their points,I have a very different theory on what happened to M.J, so please check out my previous blog to see my own theory on what happened to him. The King of Pop Conspiracy #1

First, is that people point out that Dr. Conrad was attempting to do CPR on M.J. but did it incorrectly. This was after he suspected that he had gone into cardiac arrest and 911 had been called. Apparently, he administered CPR on a soft bed, when he should have put M.J. on a hard surface such as the floor. I am certified in CPR, and while CPR should be preformed on a hard surface, it may not be possible. You have to make the choice based on the situation at hand, and it may be dangerous to move the body to a harder surface. If he thought it would do more harm to move him, then he made the correct call. Please realize that it is not like what you see on TV or in the movies. When you give CPR, the person’s chances of living are only about 30% and that’s if you do everything right. I am not talking about mouth to mouth only, but full CPR. When a person is at the point where CPR is needed, it is a very dire situation and the statistics are against them.

The second thing that people point out is just how jolly The Jackson Family was during Michael’s funeral. Several times almost every member of their family, including his children, were laughing. They were on the stage talking, seemingly joking, and having a good old time while they buried their relative.

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Why would they seem that way? Because not only was Michael Jackson alive and well, but he was also in attendance in the audience. I will come back to that in a moment.  People like to point out the the casket was closed and that must mean that there was no real body.  Again, I can see why these things can be alarming, even strange to some people, anyone who has grieved might be able to relate to this “odd behavior,” and the choice to have a closed coffin.

I can understand why some people may think that laughter is maybe not what is “appropriate,” during a funeral. However it is not unheard of or even unusual. People who are under great stress such as grief, will do all sorts of things including laughing and crying at strange moments.  For instance, I was under a great deal of stress planning my Dad’s funeral, and I would randomly laugh as the day got harder and harder. I couldn’t even really control it. I knew could be deemed as rude or inappropriate, but I couldn’t help what I was doing. I was told by the funeral director that I shouldn’t worry or feel bad because people laugh when they grieve. I also want to point out that the family being jovial, joking around and laughing together is also not unusual. First, this family is not close. They put on a public face, but even the siblings admitted in interviews that they have gone months without speaking, and years without seeing one another. When do families get together most often? The sad answer is during weddings and for funerals. I had some fun with my family during the time of my Dad’s funeral service because I hadn’t seen or spoken to some of them in a very long time. It may be sad, but it is a bonding time, and it might be one of the rare moments you are with members of your family. Sometimes, you take what you can get.

A closed casket does not mean that someone is alive and well. It is people’s preferences. Micheal Jackson and his family were Jehovah’s Witness, which is a religion. I am going to give a very general description, because like every major religion, it is a lot more than what a few sentences can explain. I encourage you to do your own research on the subject if you wish. It is a religion that was 1870, and currently has around 20 million followers world wide. They generally believe that their fulfillment will come in the Kingdom of Heaven and therefore do not take part in many traditional celebrations such as holidays and birthdays.  According to their funeral customs, men wear suits and ties, while women wear dresses and something over their heads. This is why most of the girls had hats on instead of trying to hide their faces as some have suggested.  A closed casket is a tradition in some sects of the religion, so M. J.’s coffin being closed could simply be a matter of religious tradition.

Then why the dark sunglasses? The people who think M. J. is alive point out his family and close friends had sunglasses on during the services. His children did not. People say the reason that they had sunglasses was to hide the fact that they were looking right at the real, living Michael Jackson right before them, therefore, they needed to shield their eyes to people wouldn’t follow their gaze, or see that they were laughing instead of crying. I agree that they were using sunglasses to conceal themselves. Pain is very personal and some people need to have that barrier to deal with their grief. I personally wouldn’t want millions of people watching my face as I had to bury someone that I loved. I get why they would wear sunglasses. It could also be a nod to M.J. who famously wore shades in out in the public.

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Was this Janet looking at her brother?

There are those who say that the sunglasses and hats were not used as a privacy measure but in an attempt to keep them from giving away M. J. In fact, people point out the blonde woman who was front and center, and sitting next to actor Chris Tucker as non other than Michael Jackson in disguise. Micheal Jackson had been known to hire doubles, and had been known to dress up in order to walk around in the public without drawing attention to himself. This did include prosthetic make up, wigs, and different types of clothing.

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While looking at this person, I can’t deny that it could be a man in drag.  I have seen several photos of this person and they are not very clear. There is not one that I have seen that is a good, clear angle that I can honestly give a good personal opinion. I can see where people think that this is a man in drag, because she looks like she has manly features. However, there are many women out there with more manly features and that doesn’t mean anything more than certain biological aspects are more prominent. The most that I could agree with is that this person could be a man in drag based on this one photo, and this one photo alone. Until we get one that is clear, then I don’t think anyone should jump to the conclusion that this is M.J. Even though she was the only one who gave a thumbs up to stage during the standing ovation after the family sang. A thumbs up proves nothing more than approval for the song and performance.

At the same time, other people are saying that this man was actually M.J. and not the blonde female.

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Wait…is this…

This older man was in attendance but sitting a little further back than the blonde woman. I think that anyone who looked even a bit out of place, or a little bit different became Michael Jackson in disguise. This wasn’t just limited to the TV funeral, but all of the other services as well. So many people were said to be M.J. that if they were him, then I am impressed with his level of make-up skills and being in two places at once.

And lastly, from the TV funeral itself, people tend to point out how the children were treated and how everyone was wearing ear pieces. For some reason, people equate ear pieces as proof that there is a conspiracy and someone is feeding them lines to cover the truth. This was a production, and a funeral. The people running the show had their voice in everyone’s ear who needed it. This does not mean that it could be a conspiracy but just part of a production. Or, it could be, and people for some reason are using this method to help keep a lid on it getting out.  I don’t buy that part at all, nor can I find a good reason why this supports the theory that he is still alive. The children, on the other hand, were something that could be questionable. There are many times that you can see that the children are being hidden, pushed behind their aunts and uncles, talked to very closely, almost scolded, and we even saw some moments that looked like anger. There could be very good reasons for this.

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First, they are children and their father has just died. They are being paraded in front of millions of people and expected to speak publicly when their life has been so private. The family acting the way that they did could simply be a way of giving the kids some privacy and shelter. The scolding could be do to them acting up, being angry, or refusal to speak. They were kids who were being expected to act like mature adults during the worst moments of their lives. Of course they are going to have tantrums, act up, and even be angry.  People think that this is proof that M.J. is alive because they are hiding the kids from accidentally giving their father away. If you believe that someone in the audience could be M.J. in disguise, then you could see why the kids were being hidden. They were going to laugh, or they were pissed that they were being forced to pretend that their Dad was dead when he was right there! Why put your children through that kind of torment? To keep them safe? Because these kids are now more exposed and having issues such as attempted suicide. What good has this supposed cover up done for these kids?

This is literally just scratching the surface. There is more than the strange reports to do with his death, and the funeral. While we know for sure that there was something afoot with Michael and what caused his death, we haven’t even gotten to the sightings, the hidden signs in plan sight, and the words of his own family members. We haven’t gotten touched the surface of the Illuminati, or how M.J.’s death was used to distract from a super strain of the flu which was killing so many people. We also haven’t talked about the escape from fame, and the amount of money that it would cost for M.J. to stay alive as opposed to how much was to gain if he died. This goes deep, too  deep for one installment! In the meantime, check out my links down below. Leave me a comment if you think M.J. faked his own death!

 

July 3

Theory Thursday: Did Michael Jackson Fake His Own Death, Part 2

Hello Underdogs, welcome to the second part of the post, “Did Michael Jackson fake his own death.” Please check out yesterday’s post if you haven’t already!

As discussed in the previous post, many people believe that Michael Jackson faked his own death. This is due to many theories not limited to the strange things that happened surrounding his death, his family’s odd behavior at the funeral, and people who looked like they could be M.J. in disguise. This theory goes from something that could be plausible, to border line insanity. I am a conspiracy theorist, and have no problem with people having their own ideas and theories. However, doing research for this was unlike anything I have ever read before. It goes deep, into places that I can’t even comprehend. The amount of work it would take for one of the most famous people on the planet to fake his own death, is outstanding. Especially in the age of instant access and the lack of any personal privacy. Micheal Jackson is not above the power of the internet. I will say, if he did somehow fake his own death, even he will not be able to disappear into the background. He will be found, or it will just be another conspiracy that will remain a mystery. I am going to touch on a few of these theories surrounding his death including why he would fake his death, and why people think he is alive and well. It will just be a few because I could fill up a book of these theories.  Keep an an open mind, but read with a skeptical eye.

1.Michael Jackson: World Traveler?

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Where’s M.J?

What would a person who just faked their own death be up to since they are free to do anything? Why not travel the world? If you have access to lots of money, a security team, and have a heck of a make-up artist, you may be able to roam around freely, and without fear of being recognized. For a dead guy, M.J. seems to get around a lot! In fact, there is a website dedicated to Michael Jackson’s sightings. This is after he “died.” Here is the link if you would like to check it out for yourself. Micheal Jackson Sightings   There are sightings of M.J. all over the world, within days of each other. While this is nearly impossible, people have explanations for the many sightings. Decoys. Their theory states that one of these people truly is M.J. while the others are distractions. Some of these sightings have actually been people seeing a filming of a movie, and an actor portraying M.J. but people were unaware of what was going on. Others will say that these movie sightings were just another decoy to take your attention away from the real Michael Jackson who is busy living his life in private. While I do find this kind of hard to believe, there is a very interesting video on this site from a couple in Paris. They are walking down the street, involved in their vacation, when they happen upon a man who really did look like Michael Jackson. Who knows….it is worth a look.

2.  Micheal Jackson faked his death to get out of debt.

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Money: The solution and cause to all life’s problems.

It was reported that Micheal Jackson faked his death due to the strangle hold that his touring company had on him.  While there are conflicting reports both on his health, his mental state, and his ability to tour, there is no question what would happen if M.J. backed out of the contract. If he decided that he no longer wanted to tour, he would owe millions of dollars. Why would that be a big deal for someone who was worth so much money? Well, he didn’t actually have the kind of money that one would believe. M.J. was famous for his outlandish and even crazed spending. He was in financial trouble when he bought The Beatles catalog and made money by selling the rights to those songs. The sales from Michael Jackson’s records declined and he never got back to the status of the days of “Bad,” and “Thriller.” His spending and his bills supposedly outweighed the money he actually had coming through the door. Everyone knows that when a celebrity dies, their net-worth goes up and up! The money that would come from his death would bring enough to pay off any outstanding debt, and still have money left over to start a new life away from the public eye.  There would not only be record sales for his music, but the other projects that movies, stage shows, book deals and on and on could also go towards making the estate more money. Why not fake his death so he could escape the money problems?

3. Danger and Privacy:

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Being a celebrity does not come without a price. That could be your freedom, your privacy, your sanity, or even your very own life. Even though you have lots of money and adoring fans, that may not be enough to make you happy, or even keep you safe. As most people know, some fans can obsessive to the point of stalking or even murdering their favorite star. There have been several celebrity death’s at the hands of a “true fan,” such as John Lennon who was killed by Mark David Chapman. M.J. was very aware of this and famously kept his children’s faces covered for years. I’m sure why he changed that, but it is a little strange that these kid’s faces are now all over when their father tried so hard to shield them from the public. Although, this type of privacy has to be agreed upon by all. Meaning that a kid that is tired of having things on their face is very real. I’m guessing there was some fights when it came to covering the kid’s faces all of the time. The thing is, as big of celebrity that Michael Jackson was, he could never have a safe or private life. His whereabouts were always being recorded and reported on. He only had the privacy that he was allowed to have, which could be said about anyone. However, on such a large scale, it is more apparent that privacy is an illusion. Danger is around every corner. Why keep living your life like this when you can fake your own death and enjoy the rest of your days in safety and privacy?

4. The Illuminati:

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This is where it gets muddy. According to some, M.J. was deep into the Illuminati. If you are not familiar with the Illuminati, neither is anyone else. This was an organization that did existed at one point in history. However, it reportedly stopped and faded away from reality. Others say that it is an alive and thriving organization and it is to blame for…well, everything.  They have been blamed for trying to take over the world, of spreading their message of the New World Order, and are the reasons that anyone is famous. Not a little bit famous, but Beyonce level hysteria famous. The legend goes that these people sell their souls to the Illuminati in exchange for fame and fortune. It can cost more than your soul since they now own you. These celebrities must spread the message of the devil, or New World Order, or their favorite cookie recipe or else! They own the celebrities’ lives and they decide how well they will do in he world of fame, as long as they obey. The theory about M.J. is he was just many who sold their souls for fame. It was time for him to cash in with the upcoming concert. Meaning that he had to spread the will of the Illuminati and even recruit his fans. When they found he wasn’t well enough to do the tour, they agreed to fake his death in order to collect on the money train that would be pouring in!  His messages of the Illuminati would live on through his music, videos, and appearances. His grief stricken fans would gladly follow into the ways of the Illuminati just to keep the memory of M.J. alive.

5. It’s all a stunt:

Gather around and see a trick you won’t believe!

 

Just like a magic show, everything that has happened with Michael Jackson and his death has been nothing but an elaborate stunt. It’s all an illusion and like a magic show, you will see a person disappear and reappear before your eyes! M.J. was famously into tricks, illusions, and magic. Some think that this is all a set up to one of the greatest performances in history. What is a better joke, or trick than to fake your own death and have a successful comeback? Andy Koffman couldn’t achieve it, so why can’t someone with greater resources pull off the biggest trick in history? It has been said over and over again that some of these very famous celebrities who have passed are just pulling a prank. However, how long does the punchline go on for? How long must the public at large wait to see that curtain pulled back and find their long lost celebrity laughing in the wings? When does it stop being an illusion and just plain cruel? There is no doubt that M.J. had the money, the time, and the know-how to pull off a stunt of this size. Isn’t a trick more than picking up the hat to pull the rabbit out of it, but instead of pulling out the rabbit, you just wait? The trick has the element of surprise, but you have to have more than the first step, there needs to be some pay off. If this is an elaborate stunt, then it’s more than cruel, it’s illegal.

6. It was a distraction:

If you look on YouTube under ConspireTruth, you will see several clips on the day of M.J’s death. The CNN clips with the scroll of news going across the screen as people are being interviewed are very important. In my opinion, the scrolls are a very strange thing because normally, they actually have the biggest news stories rather than what is happening on the screen itself. If you look at the scrolls while they speak about M.J’s death you will see something very interesting. First, there was a report of a super strain of flu that will killing hundreds of Americans. No vaccine would touch it and they were afraid to could turn into a pandemic. Also, there are reports the the terrorism alert was on high that day. What would be a better distraction from this very scary news than a celebrity death. Not just anyone, but one of the biggest stars out there. This level of celebrity would be enough to distract the general public from the very real threats going on while they were upset at the news of his death.

My Final Thoughts:

Be kind to yourself, and to each other.

This has been strange to say the least, and I don’t believe that Michael Jackson is alive and well. If he is, then he is in a world of trouble. What his fans are failing to see is that there are several crimes that are committed in the process of faking one’s death. While the act of faking death itself is not illegal, everything that comes with it is. For example, if there is any insurance at all is collected, that is considered fraud. If any debt or anything else was paid off via the funds paid out through insurance, those companies can sue. If there was any police time involved that investigated any crime, it is fraud. The city, and state can bring charges against you for defrauding the police and wasting their resources. If the person faking their death got a new identity that they are using, that is fraud. This can be a federal crime. If you have traveled outside of the country, it can be considered an international crime. The list is endless, but it all adds up to a lot of trouble, and a lot of jail time. I can’t see that anyone in M.J’s camp would assist in anything like this. If they did, I would make damn sure he was never seen in public. Not only would M.J. be on the hook, but so would anyone involved or had any knowledge of the crime, including his children.

It is very hard to think that M.J. would do anything to cause this much harm to his children for any reason. He may not have been close with the rest of his family, but his kids were his life. The damage of putting your children through this, even if they knew about Dad faking his death, is unimaginable. That means that they have to pretend the rest of their lives that their Dad is dead, yet he alive. Do they have access to him? Do they get to call him and see him whenever they wish? They must get really good at being liars, and they have to be very careful who they bring into their lives. What must this mentally do to a person? This is a cruel torture that no one should be subjected to. It is not a joke, and there is real fear trying to keep such a vast secret. It would be life consuming. It would be mentally exhausting. Not to mention the fall out if the truth were to come out. Anyone who knew about the plot could be subjected to time in jail. Would his youngest son be in trouble? Probably not, but his oldest two were old enough to be held legally accountable for their actions. What person would put their loved ones through something so horrific?

The fact that the people see so many clues in things that prove that M.J. is alive such as hidden signs and symbols. For example, apparently the words ALIVE are seen in Michael Jackson’s lips.

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Alive, or dry lips?

This is seemingly proof that his alive. There are also countless things “hidden” in pictures such as the words “alive,” and “believe” everywhere. These are supposed to mean that M.J. is alive and well, and believe and he will come back. This guy ain’t Jesus so there is no coming back from the dead. If you look for things, you will find them. You can connect any dots, but it doesn’t mean that they form any sort of logical story. Yes, as a conspiracy theorist, I understand that sometimes things take a leap of faith. There is a point when it is too far fetched, however, you need to start chipping away at the sensational story and see if you are actually left with anything concrete.

I do not want to downplay anyone’s feelings towards Michael Jackson. His loss has left a huge hole in the hearts of many. All of your feelings, sadness, and grief are understandable. He brought a lot of joy to people and touched their hearts in a way that is very personal. I felt that way when David Bowie died. I was so distraught about his death, that I had a dream that my dead Dad told me it was going to be okay. It hurt, a lot and I hoped it was all a mistake. We don’t know what happens to people when they die, which makes their passing a whole lot harder, and a whole lot crueler to those who are left to pick up the pieces and try to move forward. Some people get by on their faith, while become depressed, or find motivation they never knew that they had. Everyone mourns in a different way and you need to do what is best for  you to get through it. That includes allowing yourself to be sad and cry, even if it has been years. Could Michael Jackson still be alive? Anything is possible Truth is stranger than fiction. I don’t want people to feel that their hope should be dashed. This particular theory, if true, is just so cruel and horrible to his family and his fans. It has been years since he has passed and the longer time goes by, the less likely that this theory could even possibly be true.

What do you think? Leave a comment below and let me know if you think M.J. could still be alive. Maybe I will be proven wrong……Keep an open mind, but read with a skeptical eye!

 

July 3

Fan Friday: My Best Friend

Hello Underdogs, and welcome to Fan Friday. Normally, this would be a blog where I talk about things that I am a great fan of in movies, TV, comics, music, and pop culture. Instead of that, I am going to tell you why I am my best friend, Amy’s biggest fan.  Amy has been battling cancer for 3 years now. In the last 3 years, Amy’s cancer has come back 3 different times. Her cancer is not only aggressive, but so medically unusually that she has a case study, and a team of doctors who meet every single Monday to discuss her case. Fighting cancer is always hard, but this particular fight seems like if they tell us it’s statistically impossible, that means that it will happen to Amy.

Amy was diagnosed with Endometrial Cancer, better known as uterine 3 years ago. Even though uterine cancer is the third leading cause of death of women in the United States, it is very rare for someone in their 30’s to get this type of cancer. In the last year, however, I have personally met so many very young women and girls suffering from uterine cancer, so it is becoming more common. Amy’s first diagnosis was stage 1, grade 1, which meant they would do surgery to remove the cancer and decided if chemo or radiation would be the next steps. What was supposed to be a 3 hour surgery turned into almost 12, and all of us in the waiting room were left in silence and great fear. We finally heard some news and it was devastating.  In a few months time, the cancer had moved from stage 1 to stage 3. It had spread outside of the uterus, and went into her tubes, and both ovaries. The surgery had become an emergency situation to save her life.Image result for uterine cancer awareness

Amy started chemo that lasted over 100 days. It was very harsh chemo, and she was also going through the early on set menopause due to the life saving hysterectomy that she had to have.  and the side effects were awful. She was hospitalized more often than not. After chemo was over, and she got the news that she was going into remission, the real work began. She had many complications from the chemo, and the surgery including permanent leg damage, lymphedema, and more. She had many surgeries including having a drain pump put into her side, months of intense physical therapy.  Amy had to have her legs constantly wrapped, and was constantly sick. She also was battling a severe depression due to all of the horrible things that happened to her, and dealing with all the personal loss of having a full hysterectomy as a young woman.

A short time into this remission, Amy started feeling more pain in her side. She did tell her doctors, but they told her it was probably scar tissue. Amy pushed for a CT, and we found out that her cancer had come back again. She was told on a Tuesday, and had emergency surgery on the same week on Thursday to remove the tumor. Amy then had over  months of radiation treatments every single day. Amy just had her last radiation, when she started having intense pain in her side, yet again. A trip to the ER revealed that 4 new tumors had popped up. Surgery was not an option at this point, so Amy started chemo yet again.

Today marks her last day of the planned chemo, but her pain has come back in the last few weeks. She will have a CT in the next few weeks to see if the cancer has come back, but nothing is surprising us any longer. While the news has been bleak, we have to take the good news when we can. I want to celebrate and acknowledge the fact she has made it this far, and has made it through more chemo than she has ever had before. At 9 rounds, she is at approximately  189 days of treatment.  This is so much on the human body, and it has been awful. However, Amy fights on. She fights with more dignity, grace, and class than I have ever seen. Her strength is inspirational. Giving up is not an option and she lives each day with this mantra.

You see, I am her caregiver, so I see it all. I see the very worst, and the very best. I have seen her be so sick that she could hardly stand, yet give her time to help someone else who was afraid, or needed the help. Amy found that her passion in life is helping, and she is going to be taking steps towards helping cancer patients deal with living with this disease and the aftermath. There are many reasons that Amy is an inspiration, but her level of commitment to fighting, and to helping others even at her weakest makes her truly remarkable. There a million reasons that she is my hero, and one day, I hope to have a percentage of her love, compassion, and fight. So today, let’s all take a moment to celebrate this victory of being able to say that she has completed this planned 9 rounds of chemo. We don’t know what the next steps will be, but for now, we are happy to say that she has got through this part of the fight. It is a huge accomplishment, and we all are very proud of her. Here is to Amy, my best friend, and my hero, the fighter, the warrior, the person who looks at the impossible and figures the way around it! You are amazing! You are strong. You are#Burchstrong.

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For more information about Amy, please visit her website here: Burchstrong Website

If you would like to contribute to her Go Fund Me Account please follow this link: Go Fund Me

To purchase the book: “What to Expect When Your Loved One Has Cancer,” Please follow the link: What to Expect When your Loved one has Cancer: A Caregiver’s Guide

If you would like to purchase anything from my Thirty One Website, a portion of each sale goes to #Burchstrong to help with the medical costs. If you want to purchase this customized bag, please reach out to me to help you with your order! Lisa’s Thirty One Page

July 3

My Monday: Jungle Jim Adventure!

Hello Underdogs, I hope that you had a great weekend! Today, I am going to tell you about a ginormous grocery store called, Jungle Jim’s International Market.Image result for jungle jim's international marketWhen I say it was an adventure, I am not kidding in the least. This isn’t just a store, it’s an experience! My biggest draw to this place was the international area, but the great specials and the lure of lots of free samples was also a reason! I went on a road trip adventure with 3 friends and we made a day of it. You see, you we were in the store for over 7 hours, and we still didn’t see everything! Yes, there was about an half hour break worth of enjoying some coffee, and potty breaks, but for the most part, it was looking around!

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Jungle Jim’s International Market is located at: 4450 Eastgate South Drive, Cincinnati OH, 45245. There is a second location at: 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, OH, 45014. It was a road trip for us, so we made sure to have coolers in the car. We did learn that if you plan to take your time shopping and exploring this store, bring your cooler in with you. Purchase a bag of ice right away. They will mark the bag as sold with a red sticker, so you don’t have to worry about anyone asking questions if you have paid for the ice or not. The ice is located by all check-outs. One of our group member is disabled and requires a wheelchair or electric cart. I am happy to say that they had plenty of both, so if that is a concern for you, know that they are well equipped. The isles are pretty wide as well, so it is easier to navigate around with a wheelchair, wheel cart, or the traditional shopping cart.

The size of the store is outstanding! It is like an entire mall that is one grocery store! There are several places to eat inside of the store and there is a Starbucks. You can enter from the outside of the building, or order from a walk up window while you are shopping. They will hand you a map when you walk in the door, but unless you have something that you are looking for, I suggest to study it enough to find the bathrooms, and where you want to go, and put it down. There are only 2 bathroom locations in this store, which is the biggest complaint that I heard from everyone, including the employees. For a place that size, there should be bathrooms readily available, but there are only the two locations. If you are not close, you have a lot of walking to do in order to get to a bathroom, and if it’s an emergency, you better be able to run. That is literally the only complaint that I have about the place at all.Image result for Jungle Jim's International Market Restrooms However, that is something I strongly believe that they need to correct. I do encourage you to check out the bathrooms, however, because they have an award winning design for a reason. They aren’t really out houses! It was confusing to lots of people, including myself, to understand that these were just the doors to a world full of regular potties.

 

 

Right outside of this bathroom is the alcohol section! I was able to pay 25 cents for samples, and you can buy a glass of wine or other assorted drinks and food to either drink in their bar area, or walk around the store with. You can find almost any kind of alcohol that you can think of, from every area of the world. It is also a lot cheaper than most liqueur and grocery stores. There are also a huge assortment of samples around the store, so you won’t go hungry! I am not sure if they do samples every day of the week, but we were there on a Saturday. They are open everyday of the week, so it is possible they sample all of the time. I had the following samples: two different types of alcohol, cheeses, salami, chips, crackers, fries, many different kinds of bread, chocolate, apples chips, and more. There were lots of samples!!! Almost every single section had some sort of sample. There are many of the counters that you can ask to try a sample of what they are selling such as potato salad.

What I loved about this place, besides all the fun samples, very cheap alcohol, and sale items, is the very cheap produce. Jungle Jim’s started off as a produce food truck, and they sold local produce for very cheap. They carry on this tradition in their stores. Their produces in local (as well as other things like meat) and is very cheap. They actually have a discount area for fruits and veggies that are not perfect looking, or will expire in a few days time. If you are able to make these items work with something you are going to cook in the next day or so, this would be an excellent and cheap alternative to pick up one of these items.  I love seeing this, because there is such a huge food waste in the Untied States and it is not necessary. Stores are famous for throwing out items that don’t look pretty, or may be close to expiring. If stores stopped this waste, or sold them for cheap, or even donated them to shelters, we could help eliminate hunger.

Jungle Jim’s has it’s own style, and it is fun, and friendly. There are lots of art all over the place, and some there surprises around every corner.

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If you have ever lived, traveled, or are curious about cultural foods, this is the place to go! Almost any country and culture that you can think of is represented in this store. There are sections, and even entire rooms dedicated to several areas of the world. You could try something new every single day for a year,and never get the same item twice. I’m sure you could try a new item every day for 5 years! Because I have spent the most time in my life in London, Mexico, and France, I spent most of my time in these areas picking up things that brought me back. I also love Japanese soda and candy making kits, so I was there for a long time as well. I picked up a lot of teas from London, and some crips as well. I didn’t get anything from the Mexico section because by the time I got there, I was pretty tired.

 

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Here is what I picked up from the international sections.

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I will be trying some of these for review on my Try it Tuesdays, so stayed tuned for those exciting adventures! So, what was so good about this grocery store besides the free samples? The adventure, and the culture! I think you find out a lot about the world and it’s traditions through food. It is one of the easiest ways to get an education and open your mind a little bit about the world around you. I think it would be very easy to expose yourself, and your loved ones to some different cultures by sharing some of these wonderful items with one another. Why not make a dish specific to a certain region of the world, and then learn about their lives? Food can make the world a bit smaller, and give us more of an understanding. I think that is very important. When I think of my time in London and Mexico, I think of what I learned while gathered around a table. That’s how I got to know some many amazing people. 20170620_110215

 

 

 

 

If you are able to go to Jungle Jim’s International, I highly suggested that you make a trip. Plan for a full day, because there is so much to see. We didn’t even see all of it even though we spent a full day shopping. There are ads online, and even classes that you can take advantage of. Some you will have to sign up to attend in advance, and some you can just show up to. We tried to pick up things that we could only get there, unless we saw one heck of a sale! For example, I got 5 pounds of strawberries for $3.00, and Lays Sour Cream and Onion chips for $1.00. Those deals, I could not pass up, but everything else that I bought that day was something that I could not get at my local grocery stores.  This was a fun experience and I am looking forward to going back soon! With the exception of one person, the employees were very kind, and helpful. Now that I know it is a full days worth of shopping, I understand that having a cooler is important. You can map out your trip if you like, because everything is online. Jungle Jim’s Store Link I suggest getting “lost” and finding whatever you come across, because it could be an unexpected gem.

 

July 3

Try it Tuesday: DIY Summer Dog Treats

Hello Underdogs, I hope that you are having a wonderful Tuesday. I am doing another food based item for Try it Tuesday since I had such huge response last week. This week will be a little bit different because this is for a dog treat. I do have another blog about dogs, so if you would like to follow it, please go to the link here: The Modern Dog Mom  While you can check out more on my other blog, I wanted to share this very simple recipe for the summer.

You will need the following ingredients: 

1 1/2 cup of peanut butter (smooth or chunky)

1-2 cup oatmeal (any kind)

1 – 2 tablespoons of honey

Spoon

Mixing Bowl

Measuring Cups

Container with Lid and Foil

 

First, mix together the honey, peanut butter, and 1 cup of the oatmeal all together until it’s pretty easy to pick up and roll in your hands. Make sure you set aside at least half a cup of the oatmeal in a separate bowl. You might have to add more of these ingredients depending on how much you want to make. If you need more, only add a little little bit at a time.

Place some foil on the counter, and roll the mixture into small, balls that are about and inch. You should be able to get around 12 from this mixture. Take the other half of the oatmeal, and gently roll the ball around, coating the outside of the ball with the oatmeal like you would for a truffle. Place the ball onto the foil. and repeat the steps until you have used all the mixture. When you are done, put the foil with the cookies into a container with a lid, such as  Rubbermaid, and place into the freezer for at least one hour. After they are frozen, these treats are ready to go! Both older and younger dogs can eat these treats. You may play with the size depending on your dogs. For example, if you have a big dog, you might want to make them a bigger size.

These treats, if well-sealed, can last up to two weeks.  They are a simple, easy treat to give your dog to cool off during the hot summer days. Of course, I always like to say, if you are unsure that your dog can have any of these ingredients, then please don’t make these treats. Consult your vet before trying out anything new. Your dog’s health and well-being is more important than any treat, and it is always better to be safe than sorry. These treats are safe for human consumption as well, if you are able to have these ingredients. They are a nice little ball of protein and energy to help boost you through the day.

If you try out these treats, please let me know in the comment section how they turned out for you! Thanks for reading, and enjoy these yummy dog treats!

 

July 3

The Dragon has Three Head

*Updated: The Dragon Has Three Heads

 

Hello Underdogs! We’ve made half way through the week! Yeah! That means that it is one day closer until Game of Thrones starts back up on HBO. (Please see the end of the post on how you can get a free month trial of HBO) I actually love Game of Throne theories just as much as I love Doctor Who theories. There is so much material to work with, that it is a full-time job doing the research. I am not that awesome, but I do have a few thoughts. This one has to do with my favorite part of GOT, which are the dragons!

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Look at these cute little babies

How can you not love Dragons? They are mythical creatures who fly around, and breath fire. The one’s who are specifically in this story are called, Drogon, which is the one that Dany rides, Rhaegal, and Viserion. These Dragons were born out of an impossible situation. Their birth was so rare and unusual that Dany will forever be known as The Mother of Dragons. Dany named these Dragons after her late husband, and her late brothers. They started off as tiny, and now they are they sizes of jets. There is a deep bond between a Dragon and their Mother, but even more so between a Dragon and their rider. According to the GOT lore, a Dragon will only have one ride. If their rider dies, the Dragon can bond with another, but as long as they live, they will not share with another person. Their bond is very strong. In fact, they are part of one another. A Dragon can sense when their rider is in trouble and needs their help.

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I’m here to save my Mommy!

While Drogon is very much Dany’s favorite Dragon, she does love her other children. In the books, Dany was told a prophecy while she was at The House of the Undying. Her brother, Rhagar looked right at her and stated that “The Dragon has Three Heads.” What does that mean? No one really knows for sure, but we do know that Dany has 3 Dragons, and the shield of the Targaryen family is a Dragon with 3 heads. It isn’t a big leap to see that this could either be a very big clue, or just something in Dany’s subconscious that stuck out to her during this very strange moment. To put it simply, she was tripping balls at this moment so it could all be just something in Dany’s mind.

The most popular theory is that there will be 3 Dragon riders that must be part of the great war. More importantly, people believe that these Dragons are essential to the Prince that was Promised. It may or may not have anything to do with these things, but the Dragons will be needed for Dany taking the Iron Throne.

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Dragon Baby Pictures

I do think that the part of the Dragon’s purpose is for the Great War, but it is also very strange that these animals came back now. They have been gone for years. In fact, Dany’s dragons were wedding gifts that were stone. They were considered dead, but through some strange magic and Dany herself, the Dragons were born again. Dragons used to rule the world, but as the Targaryen blood line died, so did the Dragons. There were other Targaryen’s alive during the time that Dany hatched the eggs, but they were not, “The Blood of the Dragon,” as Dany herself. This is a statement made by people who believe that they are directly related to Dragons, and share a heritage as well as blood.

So, would these Dragons be called to life by not only Dany, but the other two riders who are, “The Blood of the Dragons?” It is possible. The Dire Wolves showed up right before the fall of the Stark family. They came when the family was a pack, and strong together. One by one, they died, and their humans died as well, for the most part. The Dire Wolves’ fate directly revolves around the fate of the Stark family, just like the Dragon’s fate directly revolves around the Targaryens. The bond between animal and human is strong, and they can even say it is part of their blood. Did the Dragons feel the blood of their riders too, and that helped them come into this world? It is very clear that the best case for the second Dragon rider will be Jon Snow.  Jon is Dany’s nephew, although they don’t know this at the moment.

The Dragon, Rhaegal was named after Jon’s father, Rhargar.  We know from the behind the scene footage and even an educated guess by watching the trailer, Jon meets the Dragons. The newest trailer is kind of confusing when it comes to which Dragon is which. We clearly see Dragons, and we can also clearly see a rider. It’s not clear which Dragon, and who is riding them. To me, it seems like Jon could be riding Rheagel and we aren’t just seeing Dany ride Drogon. We are seeing both. The scene outside of the wall looks like it is going to be very exciting. We can clearly see one shot of Jon standing with a wall of fire around him. Could it be a fire that was caused by the battle? Yes, but wouldn’t it be more amazing if it was due to a Dragon? What if Jon bonded with Rhaegal while he was with Dany? Did the Dragon recognize the blood of his blood? Dany and Jon have many parallels so wouldn’t this be an amazing other side of the coin like when Dany was attacked by The Sons of the Harpy? She called Drogon to her without knowing it. He felt that she was in trouble, and he saved her life. Would Jon be able to call his own Dragon to him? We will find out in a

few short weeks, but I would love to see that happen.

What about the third Dragon, Viserion? Who would be his rider? There are two possible theories that may pan out. First, is one that I don’t like at all, and I hope we don’t see this happen. What if the third Dragon, who doesn’t seem to be destined to bond with anyone, will die without a rider? What if he dies in the presences of the Night King, and he will become an Ice Dragon?Image result for ice dragon from game of thrones I can see why this would be exciting because you have one Dragon who is dead, fighting against two that are living. It is just one more part of this very vicious war. This Ice Dragon would be Fire directly against Ice, such as the theme of the whole series. I don’t know what is more important, fire and ice, or the Dragon has 3 heads. The Ice Dragon would be a great way to even up both teams, and have another aspect of the battle. However, I can’t stand the thought of a Dragon being killed, just as I couldn’t stand when the Dire Wolves died.

The better theory, in my opinion, is that the third Dragon rider will be Tyrion. Tyrion was able be with the Dragons without them hurting him. According to his own study, Dragons are very intelligent and they not oImage result for tyrion lannister with the dragonsnly know their blood, but they know who is their friend verses who is their enemy.  The Dragons let Tyrion come near them, and remove their chains. While he was afraid, he was able to speak to them, and the listened to him. Tyrion also speaks about when he was a child, how he dreamed of Dragons. He wanted one so much, that he asked for one for this name day. He was laughed at and told that he would never see one alive. Tyrion would study the Dragon bones that he came across, and read all he could about them. When he met them, he was afraid, but he brave enough to bond with them, and help free them. Tyrion seems like he is a strange candidate for a Dragon rider given his size, but he did design a way for Bran to ride a horse. Why couldn’t a man as intelligent as he, be able to design a way for him to ride a Dragon?

We don’t know what will happen, or if the saying, “The Dragon has Three Heads,” means anything at all. It might be a mantra that the family is meant to say, or keep in mind. Each house has their words, so what if this is just another version of, “Fire and Blood?” It might be a prophecy, telling Dany to get ready because you need to other people to help you through what is to come. I can’t stand the thought of an Ice Dragon, but I can see how that would be an another difficult layer of war. This entire story is a protest of war, and beliefs. We might not get to see what we want to, because author George R.R. Martin wrote this book to be bitter sweet. He isn’t afraid to kill anyone in his story, no matter how big the character is to the story. All men must die, but do dragons have to? You might kill a person, or an animal, but you will never be able to kill a legend.

 

July 3

Skater Girl or Zombie Girl?

Hello Underdogs, Happy Thursday! I am doing a requested post today for a fan who requested more information on the Avril Lavigne’s Dead theory.  Here is the link to that original post. Dig It

For the pasImage result for avril lavignet several years people have had a theory that singer Avril Lavigne is dead. This theory gains speed every few months, and right now we seem to be in the upswing of this again. According to some, Avril Lavigne passed away from suicide after her Grandfather died. Instead of letting the girl rest, they kept her legacy going with a backup singer and dancer, who had also been A.L’s body double. This new Avril is supposedly named Melissa Vandella. As I stated in the last blog, this is a hoax that was created by a man in Brazil as a way to show how far social media rumors can go. Here is an article by Rolling Stone that addresses this, and shows how fans won’t believe that this could just be a joke that has gone way too far. I don’t think the guy who started this hoax truly thought that it would reach this level. Avril Lavigne: The Theory That Won’t Die: Rolling Stone

Even though this has been outed as a hoax, created by someone across the world, people will not let it go. The fans of this theory have actually stated that this is true, and have evidence to support their thoughts. They have said that yes, this started off as a story from a man in Brazil, but he was telling the truth, and now he is backtracking and saying it was hoax to cover his tracks. What this man has actually stumbled upon is a massive cover up by the record companies, and now, his life could be in danger because of what he knows. Now, he has to pass everything off a story which he created. Avril is dead and Melissa lives on!

Why do people actually think that Avril is dead? First off, people seem to think that there is photo evidence that she is not the same person. Take a look at this photo and see all the settle differences in moles that are pointed out. People are saying that moles on Avril’s skin has just magically went away. While it isn’t clear what they want you to see in this photo, I believe they are trying to say her moles are not in the same spot, they are faded, or they are gone. There is such a thing is getting your moles removed, especially when you get older. There are skin issues that require you to get rid of skin growths, and the simplest explanation could be that her moles are different because of health reasons.

She also could look different than she did when she was a teenager because she is human. People change and grow. I am roughly the same age as Avril, and I can tell you that I don’t look the same as I did when I was a teen, nor when I was in my twenties. Image result for avril lavigne death hoaxAvril also suffers from Lyme disease which has many side effects. When you are ill, you normally take medication to treat what is ailing you. You can have many changes such as weight gain, or loss, skin rashes, and even changes in skin tone and texture. It is not unusual for someone on medication to have dark circles under their eyes, seem puffy or swollen, and be very pale or blotchy. Avril is also richer than the average person, so she can afford the very best in make-up, and the very best in plastic surgery if she decides that is something that she wants to do. Logically, there are many explanations for the reasons she looks slightly different than she did when she was a teenager.

People are also quick to point out the differences in her voice. This is where I can say there might actually be something going on. First, her style of music is not the same as it used to be. While she was younger, her vocal range was prominent, and now it is very auto tuned like almost every female singer who is popular at the moment. Their is voice manipulation going on, but that is nothing new in the world of music. While I do think that her new choice of music style is strange, and awful, it is what is selling records. It isn’t out of ordinary for artists to do what will sell. I also guess according to some that Avril’s handwriting has change. Again, a simple explanation for this is age and medication. I looked at my handwriting a few years ago verses today and you know what, it is different. Your hand writing can change with age. It can also change with medicine and illness. Handwriting analysis is something that people are trained on for years. A single snapshot of a few examples of writing is not enough evidence to prove anything.

So, if those things can be explained, then what about Melissa? She has been Avril’s backup singer for years! Even Avril has said she was real to her fans by writing her name across her fingers during a photo shoot.

I’m a real girl!

Even though Avril said she did this for a young fan who was battling cancer, it was actually to show the world that Melissa was indeed Avril. If you do any searching about Melissa you will see that she is in fact, not real. She was a fiction created by the same man in Brazil to be part of his story. All of her social media pages were created after the scandal, and not before. The photos of this woman are so much like Avril, that you have to stop in wonder how much money in plastic surgery did this girls spend in order to get this look so perfect? There is no evidence that this girl was ever real. In fact, I don’t think she was anything more than fabrication. I don’t understand how people can tell the difference between the “Melissa” photos and the Avril photos.

Why do I have a hard time believing this theory, when I think that Doris Day was replaced? First, this is 2017, not 1942. Technology will not allow people to hide. There is no privacy, and if Avril Lavigne had died, there would be no escaping the story. Has she hired body doubles to do interviews for her? That is possible, because many stars take part in the practice. I wouldn’t put it past her, or her record company to hire someone to take do publicity for her to an extent. Second, she is worth more dead than alive. If Avril was really dead, she would have stayed dead. She would have brought in more money than her current album sales. While I can almost see people trying to keep a suicide out of the media as a cause of death, that is more for public safety than a hoax. Too many people could copycat a suicide, and I can see if a celebrity dies by their own hand, their camps will spin it in a different way such as an accident. So is it wrong to hire a double to do promotional events for you? It can be considered morally wrong, or kind of rude, but it’s not illegal. It doesn’t mean that you are dead and you have been replaced either.

At the end of the day, you are going to think whatever you like. But please don’t be one of those people who harass and bully Avril’s social media accounts. While doing research, I have seen the horrible harassing things that people have posted on her Twitter account. There is no excuse for that at all! I truly can’t understand why someone would do something like that to someone. What do they expect, that their words and actions will be what gets her to admit the truth. Or will it be the one thing that sends a real person over the edge. Think before you ink….by ink, I mean before you put things out on social media.

With every conspiracy, there is a bit of truth. I believe the truth in this one is that Avril does have someone who does some social appearances for her, and she sings with an auto tuner. Her change in looks and style are easily explained. I don’t see a conspiracy here, and that says a lot! I am a big fan of conspiracy theories and this one seems too weak to make any good arguments. Money makes the world go round, and if she was truly dead, everyone would cash in. Why would they keep going with this girl’s career when she was at her height years ago? Face it, Avril isn’t cutting it like she used to, and this theory keeps her name in the news, and makes you look into things like her music. Then again, Avril did marry the guy from Nickleback, so anything is possible.

 

What do you think? Has Avril been replaced by a look alike, or is she alive and well?

July 3

Fan Friday: Has Sherlock Lost it’s Mojo?

Happy Friday, Underdogs! We are getting ready for a holiday weekend here in the States, but today, I am going to talk to you about the international favorite, “Sherlock.” Image result for sherlock Specifically, the BBC version which has been on air since 2010 for 4 series, with one short and one Christmas special. We have no idea if this show will come back for a 5th season or not because this is a very nontraditional television show. If you have never seen it before, the episodes are short movies which range from 90 to 110 minutes. There are only 3 episodes per series and there has been years worth of gaps between each one. That is hard to swallow because if you like the show, you really like the show. I went so far to find a way to watch series 2-4 when it aired in London. This past year was the first time that the BBC and PBS arranged an agreement to have the shows air on the same day. With the time difference, I didn’t want anyone to ruin my show, so I watched when London did!

While the first two series of the show were very well received, the third and forth were not. People didn’t like the third series much, while I really loved it. In fact, it is my favorite. However, I can agree that series 4 was not as good as the other’s.  What makes my opinions a bit different (not better) than the average fan of the BBC Sherlock, is the fact that I have been reading Sherlock since I was a small child. I read anything that I could get my hands on! If you have followed any of the original stories, and the spin-offs, you will see that the third series is just a natural progression of the story line just as the first 2 series. John does get married. Sherlock does get engaged to a woman to gain entry into a building. Sherlock does tangle with Magnason and he is killed. However, in the books, it is a little cloudy who actually did the killing. It might have been John.  Mary is very much loved by Sherlock and is a huge supporter of their friendship and their work. I like how they made her more modern, and more dangerous. Her story line was fantastic.

Series 4, however, seemed outlandish even for me. The stories seemed to lack a certain type of heart that the others have in the past. This could be due to the fact that partners Martin Freeman and Amanda Abbington who play John and Mary, split in real life. It was pretty apparent on screen that some very real tension existed. Mary does die in the story, but it wasn’t until she was in her late 40’s or even into her 50’s. John does move back into 221 B Baker street after Mary passes, and they go back to doing detective work. The story of Sherlock follows these men from their twenties up until when they were senior citizens. Not everything used for inspiration for the Sherlock series came from the original stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This is why creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatis were able to get away with so much, but still be able to stay within the world of modern Sherlock.

The story of Eros was strange to say the least. While I do like that they changed the gender of the sibling from a brother to a sister, it was a wild story. The whole last episode was very, very hard to watch. It was a mind game, like they were in a Saw movie or something. It was very emotional and very violent. I cried a few times because of how much love there was between Sherlock, John, and Mycroft. The heartache with Molly was almost too much for me to take as well. While this story really bothered me, I realize that this meant it was well-written or it would not have gotten under my skin. I loved getting to see Moriarty again, but I knew as soon as we did, it would only be a tease.

The main complaint that I heard about this series, outside of the lack of connection, was the lack of detective work. The heart of Sherlock is a very smart man who is 100 steps ahead of everyone. While we see some of this, what he misses is amazing, such as the lack of glass on his sister’s cell. While this makes a lot of people angry, I have an explanation for all of this. Sherlock was a well-known drug addict. His drug of choice in the stories were heroin and cocaine. He was drugged out more times than he was clean, so why couldn’t this entire series be Sherlock coming down, or even hitting bottom? He lost his best friend when he got married, being around Molly was painful for her, and his other best friend, Mary dies. Sherlock went through a downward spiral of depression and drug use that severely damaged his skills of deduction. We don’t see the pretty Sherlock, we see the tortured soul who is too smart for the world, and has no clue how to function outside of the world he created for himself. Image result for sherlock

Sherlock evolved because his character had to. He was getting older and the world around him was changing, so he had to adapt. That may mean that his adaption skills, like many people in real life, were not good or even healthy. The Sherlock in the stories could be a bit kind, or a bit harsher. It shouldn’t be a surprise that the TV Sherlock had moments of heart, and moments of being a bastard. He could be so detached from reality that he literally had to have John explain things to him. Maybe this is why this particular series was so hard to watch. It was because Sherlock needed the care, and John was fed up with taking care of his friend. This is not unusual, especially when you have been friends with someone for a very long time.Sherlock  It was hard to watch John not only hate Sherlock, but ignore his own child. In real life, grief does strange things for people. Again, maybe this was why this series was so hard to watch. It was because this show was very vulnerable, and exposed. The hardships of life caught up with both of these men, and neither one of them dealt with it in a good way. There was lots of pain.

The future of Sherlock is unknown, and many people who were not a fan of the 4th series are calling for it to end. I think it is actually just the beginning of something that could be great. Just because one series isn’t the best, or very popular does not mean that it is time for that show to end. I love Doctor Who, but did I love all the new series? Of course not. However, that doesn’t mean that I think the show needs to end, and it’s damaged beyond repair. It changes, just like any other show. I would welcome a new Sherlock, but there is such a poor taste in people’s mouths that I don’t think they can do one for a few years. It will be welcome once it comes back. While the series fans can be very rabid, they can be just as fickle. I am a fan of Sherlock no matter what, and the story is such a part of our daily culture. It is so huge in London, that I can’t see the rest of the world dictating what happens with the next series for the BBC. I say, keep going because there is a lot more stories to tell. Maybe in a few years, this series is something that we can appreciate and we can see the vision the creators had.

 

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