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We Have Moved!

14 Sep

Same site, new location! CultureFreakLA.com.

Magical Marijuana Map

1 Sep

Super interesting map shows you where pot is the cheapest (dark green) and where you will be fined or jailed for low-level possession. Shocker, LA is cheap and the fine is low. Oh and jail time? Yeah, you won’t go there for low-level marijuana possession in LA. So smoke on, my stoner friends.

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Culture Freak Photo of the Week: Still Motion

31 Aug


Be Kind; Everyone You Meet is Fighting a Hard Battle

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Feminist IS NOT a Dirty Word

30 Aug

FEMINISM DEFINED: “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes”  <—- Does this sound scary???

 

When I was growing up, I was always drawn to strong female role models. I grew up in a relatively small mid-west town. My family was very liberal, and smart – I felt empowered. I also felt like the odd-one-out all the time. I saw and heard things on a daily basis that just didn’t sit well with me. I was constantly walking a fine line:  make my life easier by fitting in, or speak up and act on the things I didn’t agree with.

I definitely am a feminist. In fact, most of my friends are too. But why don’t we use that word more often? Why is it weird to tell a guy, or a group of people that you are a feminist? Because it’s not sexy? Well fuck you 🙂 I’m a feminist. And I think we need to all start using this word more. I am an informed, empowered young lady.  It doesn’t mean I always lead with that foot, or act like a “bitch”. I am not looking for an argument. In fact, I am looking to be exceedingly happy!! It simply means I have respect for myself and consider men and women equals…not so scary right?

So dudes, you really need to calm down and well, “relax”.  Just because I am a feminist, doesn’t mean I am going to bite your head off over something silly. We all make mistakes and say stupid things. (Like I always say “that’s retarded”….I KNOW I MUST STOP!) If you are well-intentioned and show me a decent level of respect, I am going to let you get away with a few things…maybe a lot of things if I find you funny too. Just don’t hate on feminists, because if you do, it probably means you have a small penis.

ASL – “Fuck You” Cee Lo Green

27 Aug

I took ASL (American Sign Language) for 4 years in college. I miss it! Especially when I see stuff like this:

10 Really Cool Facts on SLEEP

24 Aug

1. Within 5 minutes of waking up, 50% of your dream is forgotten – 10 minutes = 90%
2. People over the age of 65 only need an average of 6 hrs of sleep
3. Men dream about other men 70% of the time and women typically dream about both sexes equally
4. We can can only dream of faces we have seen in real life, whether you remember them or not
5. 12% of people dream in black and white, but since the colored TV came out that number is slowly decreasing
6. Dreaming is normal, people who don’t dream typically have personality disorders
7. British soldiers were the first to develop a method to stay up for 36 hrs, they put on a visor that mimicked the sunrise to wake themselves up
8. It takes you 2 weeks to starve, but 10 days without sleep will kill you
9. Giraffes only sleep for 2 hrs a day
10. People who were born blind still dream in – emotion, sound, smell and touch

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Karma

22 Aug

What IS karma?

  • (Hinduism and Buddhism) the effects of a person’s actions that determine his destiny in his next incarnation
  • Karma (कर्म ; kamma) in Indian religions is the concept of “action” or “deed”, understood as that which causes the entire cycle of cause and effect (i.e., the cycle called saṃsāra) originating in ancient India and treated in Hindu, Jain, Buddhist and Sikh philosophies.

Quotes on Karma:

“You are important enough to ask and you are blessed enough to receive back.” – Wayne Dyer

“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.” – Wayne Dyer

“To go from mortal to Buddha, you have to put an end to karma, nurture your awareness, and accept what life brings.”

“Realize that everything connects to everything else.” – Leonardo DaVinci

“I’m a true believer in karma. You get what you give, whether it’s bad or good.” – Sandra Bullock

Karma is the idea that your actions come back on you. So putting out good vibes/deeds will bring positivity into your life (or after-life depending on what you believe). I definitely believe that doing good things for others, makes you happy. So in a sense, that’s karma. Do I also see examples of very kind people who have stumbled into some horrible tragedy or disease – yes. So the verdict is out on karma for me, what do you think?

5 Religious Cults to Avoid

20 Aug

What is a religious cult? It is defined as: a relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or sinister…muahahah. Below is a list of a few crazy & destructive, religious cults:

1. The Manson Family

Charles Manson had his following believe that the Beatles were sending encrypted spiritual messages to them in order to avoid impending disaster. They were the chosen ones. Members were coerced into prostitution and murder. The most famous murder, being that of Sharon Tate.

2. Aum Shinrikyo

A Japanese religious group that began in a yoga studio. The religion ties in some popular Japanese anime and manga themes and it called, by some, a religion for the elite. This org is responsible for secretly manufacturing the nerve agent sarin and later VX gas. Aum tested their sarin on sheep at a remote ranch in Western Australia, killing 29 sheep. Both sarin and VX were then used in several assassinations (and attempts) over 1994-1995. Most notably on the night of 27th June 1994, the cult carried out the world’s first use of chemical weapons in a terrorist attack against civilians when they released sarin in the central Japanese city of Matsumoto. This Matsumoto incident killed seven and harmed 200 more.

3. Heaven’s Gate

Heaven’s Gate is a destructive, doomsday cult centered in California. 21 women and 18 men voluntarily committed suicide in three groups on three successive days starting on March 23, 1997. Most were in their 40′s; the rest covered an age range of 26 to 72. Two months later, two additional members, Charles Humphrey and Wayne Cooke attempted suicide in a hotel room a few miles from the Rancho Santa Fe mansion; Cooke succeeded. They followed a syncretistic religion, combining elements of Christianity with unusual beliefs about the nature of UFOs.

4. Scientology

I have personally done quite a bit of research on Scientology. What I don’t like about the organization is their extreme harassment of opposition and the lack of information and transparency. The web information you will find is very black and white – and I am sure that there is a lot of grey out there I won’t have the opportunity to learn about and this is because the organization chooses to be mysterious with it’s teachings and selective with it’s members. There are some pretty crazy accusations against this organization out there, including murder of it’s own members. Many people believe that Scientology is a very large, modern day, cult. There is a group of web hackers/geniuses called anonymous, that is on a mission to out their mis-truths. It’s a rather interesting little battle!

5. Jamestown

On 18 November 1978, more than 900 people died in the largest mass murder/suicide in American history. Most of the deaths occurred in a jungle encampment in Guyana, South America, where members of a group called Peoples Temple lived in a utopian community and agricultural project known as Jonestown. Most died after drinking a fruit punch laced with cyanide and tranquilizers. Jonestown serves as a lesson in how a combination of media, government, and citizens can create a climate of persecution and fear. It also provides an example of how uncritical acceptance of the status quo and social and geographic isolation can lead to violence and even death.

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OMG a Sex Toy for Dogs

19 Aug

The photos are pretty self-explanatory. They are called “Hot Doll for Dog”. This is just gross! They even sell replacement ‘cone’ inserts for the back end of the doll..Lolz. At 150 euro a pop, I wondering how they are selling?

Jellyfish Lake

18 Aug

 

Jellyfish Lake is a lake located on an island in  Palau. Everyday, the golden jellyfish migrate across the lake, following the sun. There are no other predators in the lake, so they don’t sting. Because of their isolation, they have evolved differently than any other jellyfish, it’s own little rad species. Pretty cool huh?