Dead Donkey in a Vein

Dead Donkey in a Vein

Having owned a couple of donkeys throughout the years, I know a little bit about their temperament and how loyal and protective they can be when befriended by human or animal. I believe it was in June that a video surfaced showing a donkey pushed to its death at a zoo in China. I did not watch the video, for it showed the donkey being ravaged by tigers. Live food for the predators.

The donkey video caused public uproar, so much so that a donkey statue was erected in its memory at the zoo. How fitting, huh? A tactless appeasement for the public’s benefit.

On July 4, 2017, I read an article about the donkey statue. Quoted in the article:

“The sign reads: ‘I was born in the country on the farm. I should have grown up to have children and enjoy life on earth. This monument is calling for justice. I died in vein and should be remembered.’”

Notice the word ‘vein’ should be ‘vain’. The article’s headline used ‘vain’, so I wondered if the correct word got lost in translation or whether the writer made an error in word usage.

The donkey statue story caused blood-boiling veins and whirling thoughts (like a weather vane in high wind), so vain self had to sporkplode:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDV_TRp1RDo

NOTE: You’ll have to sign in and confirm your age to watch video, since I age-restricted it because concerned young child might try to search for (and find) the donkey video mentioned. I don’t think any young child should see donkey as tiger dinner. Yah, I’m weird. Personally, I think too much “live” death is shown on the Internet. Snuff films for the masses.

Snuffing out in my own way now.

Patricia Spork heads to the fridge….

 

She-Tick Spray to the Rescue (Not Product) – Sporkplode Video

Hey, hey, hey!

Read an interesting article in early July about pest insects and other tiny “critters”. One sentence began with “She”, but most likely should have been ‘The’. Word usage caused a tickling sporkplode. Since a note about that article topped my growing list of blogging material, it’s now the main subject of my first sporkplode video (embedded further below). Oh yah!

Read the article that inspired me.

The video has much to do with ticks. Research tick information.

If the video doesn’t show up through your RSS feed, I may need to change some settings for it to work properly. Too tired now, and will be busy tomorrow, but will check on it within the next few days. If problem with viewing vid in your feed, click here.

Night, folks!

 

Patricia Spork Update – August 1, 2017

Hi!

Sorry for being negligent blogging.

I’ve started a video channel: Patricia Spork “sporkplodes”. New at creating and editing videos, so going through the learning process. Published the first video today, an introduction about the channel and me. If you watch the video, you’ll see I’m an ‘ol country bumpkin and not a presentation speaker.

I’ll embed some “sporkplodes” on this blog, which may turn into a vlog. Those videos will be themed for this blog.

If you have any suggestions for services I can use for creating interview podcasts or videos, leave a comment or contact me using the online form.

If you’d like to be interviewed, let me know.

Check with you again later.

Patricia

 

When Eight Became Either

Opening sentence to a major news story published July 2, 2017:

“A shootout erupted around 10:30pm on Sunday night in Avignon, southern France, when two gunmen opened fire on a crowd outside the Arrahma mosque leaving either people injured…”

During article read, realized “either” should have been numeral ‘eight’.

No correction as of this date (7/16/17).

What happened to self-editing, especially for the “hook”?

If a writer, consider self-editing, several times, prior to publishing. Readers like me appreciate clean and clear type. Really do!

Either write well – with quality in mind – or eight ball the content. Your shot!

 

 

Devastating Derivative

Sometimes when reading news articles I come across a “hidden treasure” of information that, to me, should be a headliner story. Maybe ‘hidden treasure’ is not appropriate terminology, but that’s how I describe a seemingly buried tidbit of a newsworthy topic. Here’s what I consider to be a newsworthy tidbit contained in an article about recent polio cases in Congo:

“Like the Syrian outbreak, the four Congolese cases were caused by circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2, which emerges in areas with only patchy vaccine coverage after being excreted by people who have been vaccinated.”

“Vaccine-derived” caught my attention immediately, as did the mention of “Syrian outbreak”.

About the same time frame of reading that article, I came across reportage of a “mystery polio-like illness” attributed to “a rare virus called Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM)”. What struck me as quite odd in the article was a child neurologist’s quoted statement:

‘It actually looks just like polio, but that term really freaks out the public-health people,’ he said.”

Devastating!

I encourage research and leave you to your own opinions or conspiracy theorist conclusions.

 

 

 

 

Inappropriate Thanks

On June 23, 2017 I read an article about Australia taxing banks and noticed, what I believe, to be an inappropriate use of the word “thanks”:

The tax was imposed by South Australia, which is struggling with the country’s highest unemployment rate and thanks the banks should be doing more to pitch in.

I think thanks should be thinks. Do you?

I’m thinking the banks are not thanking Australia. Do ya think?

Me thinks thanks could be thinks by now, but maybe not, since no guarantee editing occurred since read.

Am I skull-banging your thinker? Think so! If so, no thanks needed.

Thinker on….

Varioous the Moose

I’m halfway decent at spelling words, so when reading, some misspelled words ripple my read . A few weeks ago, I saw “varioous”, rather than “various”, used in a sentence. For me, even though mind-rippled, misspelled words fodders creative muse, sometimes causing writer inspiration. The poet in me automatically anchored “varioous” (silent “u”) to “the moose” and compartmentalized it in the ‘ol brain. Later that day, unannounced, the darn compartment opened revealing a rhyme poem entitled Varioous the Moose. I would have preferred a children’s story, but this is all I got:

Varioous the Moose
Ran clumsy and loose
Into Nature’s vine noose
Near nest of wild goose

Blah! Disappointing, to say the least. But, much more could be done with the moose idea. Don’t ya think?

Within day or so after that misspelling noticed, came across “aksi”, rather than “also”. Decided Aksi (acksee) could be a great pet name (picturing Husky dog) or fictional character (stout, lumberman/timberman elf – oooh, apolitical…lumberman/timberman) in fantasy story, so it’s stored in a separate compartment for possible later use. Heck, with all creatives in world, someone may have used Aksi already. Probably so.

Feel free to add to poem or create something new with that moose or Aksi. Share in comments or contribute. Or, keep your creation to yourself and remember who sparked your muse.

I would have shown quoted sentences with the misspells and links to the interesting articles where the misspellings occurred, but by time revisited one, “varioous” had been corrected (congrats to journalist) and the other, well, had so many article pages bookmarked, didn’t want to waste time looking through them, since forgot which article had “aksi”. Working on better way for organizing this type content. Wish me luck!

Toodles,

Patricia

 

Questioning Small Ball Explosions

Say I packed a small plastic ball with cow dung and rigged it to detonate upon non-careful handling, then placed the ball in a shopping bag behind a statue in a public area. A stranger finds the bag, opens it, and gets dung splattered and ball fragment riddled causing an eye injury. Would you say what I did was a “deliberate attack”?

Apparently, this exploding ball incident (possibly student masterminded) is not considered so by one individual.

I think the exploding ball manufacturer was deliberate in personal motivation and had nefarious intentions, unconcerned about consequences resulting to another from ball explosion. So, to me, the injurious incident was a deliberate attack.

I’d like to know more about ball contents, how often the ball explosions occur, and what motivates the students (if they are the culprits) to create these small bombs. Are the explosive incidents occasional pranks or an evolving deadly game?

What is your opinion about exploding balls and their manufacturers?

Questioning Accidental Crossfire

Questioning Accidental Crossfire

On June 10, 2017, read this article and it had me questioning how deaths and wounds resulted from a crossfire “accident”, especially since the gunfire was not from opposing forces.

If you read the article, did a concurring question arise?

I’d like to see further coverage on this incident and the police investigation. Would you?

New Pages and Other Goodies

Hi, All!

I’ve added new pages for legalities, a contact form and contributor information. If you read any of those pages before today, then please read them again…several have been tweaked.

Added social media share buttons and a follow button.

Decided Creative Commons license will not apply to this website.

Hope you’ll let me know if you have any problems using the site, so I can correct anything that’s not functioning properly.

I’m open to any suggestions for improving the site.

Next post should be on site’s theme. Oh yah!

Bye, for now!