TheRepresentationProject.org The Representation Project is a…

TheRepresentationProject.org

The Representation Project is a movement that uses film and media content to expose injustices created by gender stereotypes and to shift people’s consciousness towards change. Interactive campaigns, strategic partnerships and education initiatives inspire individuals and communities to challenge the status quo and ultimately transform culture so everyone, regardless of gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation or circumstance can fulfill their potential.

PLEASE Take a moment to watch this video and check out their project. This is SO importantl

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Tilda Swinton Waves Rainbow Flag in Kremlin

Tilda Swinton risked arrest waving a rainbow flag in front of the Kremlin in violation of Russia’s new homosexual propaganda bill. And she wants everyone who can to reblog it in solidarity.

Guys please reblog this, it won’t ruin your blog, this is important
Thank you Tilda

Why Furniture Row Sucks!

Furniture Row Sucks

So, I’ve been thinking about writing this for a while now. It’s time to get this off my chest and hope that anyone searching for information on this company will steer clear.

In August of 2012, we moved to Las Cruces, NM. As part of the move, we got rid of all of our Living Room furniture, some bedroom pieces, computer room furniture and a few other large items.

On September 1, 2012 we went to “Furniture Row” in Las Cruces. There’s not much in the way of selection in this town. Plus, the style of furniture available in almost every store we did find was from about 20 years ago. Big overstuffed, round, cushy furniture that would have been perfect in 1997, but we were looking for a much more “modern” astethic.

Furniture Row is actually made up of several stores combined into one building. They consist of Sofa Mart, Oak Express, Bedroom Expressions and Denver Mattress Company.

While at the store, we got great service, and they had a few pieces that really fit our style. At least more than anything else we had seen so far in Las Cruces.

We made some choices and purchase the items.

This is what we bought:

  • 3 Piece Sofa/Pit group
  • 2 Recliners
  • Entertainment Center
  • 2 Table Lamps
  • Living Room Rug
  • Coffee Table
  • 2 End Tables
  • Sofa Table
  • Dresser
  • 2 Night Stands

We left the store excited to have this completed, and they were to be delivered in the next couple of weeks. At this point, we were completely unaware of the nightmare that was about to follow.

They require you to schedule the deliveries, and expect you to be at the house during the delivery window.

The first delivery, they only brought 4 pieces. Weeks went by, and when you called to check on the status, you would get 3 different stories from 3 different people. They would promise you it was all coming in on the next truck. Then after that deadline passed, they’d tell you that they didn’t send a truck because they didn’t have enough items to fill it, so they skipped Las Cruces that delivery. On several occasions we were told that we were definitely getting everything on the next delivery.

Next delivery, the truck would show up, and they’d only have a few of the pieces. Many times the pieces were damaged. The wrong color, or some other problem.

After several months, we were finally down to the Sofa Table. The 2 lamps they delivered were both scratched and cracked. Plus the color of the lamps was 2 completely different shades of brown. During this time, I spoke to our sales person “Tim”, and he assured me that he’d get this straightened out. Then, I wouldn’t hear anything from him, unless I called him back and hassled him.

I think that was one of the most frustrating things about the experience. Not only was it the perfect example of incompetence and cluelessness, but the fact that no one seemed to give a crap was the worst.

And mind you, they had our money on 9/1/2012. So, it was even more frustrating that we paid for it, but never received it.

So, here’s the kicker. I’m writing this on 1/27/2014 and we STILL don’t have the Sofa Table and we still have the scratched mis-matched lamps. The drawers on the dresser stick so badly, that we can’t even open one of them. If we pull any harder on that drawer, I’m sure we’ll break it.

I kind of gave up calling the store and complaining around April of 2013. I know I should have kept at it, but I just grew tired of the battle.

We got COMPLETELY screwed by these people, and they caused a TON of inconvenience and basically stole money from us. So, NEVER shop there. It’s not worth the risk.

Here are a few photos to add to the detail (NOTE: For the record – These lamps were still wrapped in their original protective coating and setting in the top of the closet. With the expectation that they would be exchanged. I figured it was time to put them out. I did yesterday, and that’s what prompted me to write this post):

This is Lamp #1 – Looks nice from here, huh? It’s much darker than the other lamp.

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Close up of the Scratch that came on the lamp when delivered.
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This is an attempt to show how dark the finish on the lamp base is.

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This is Lamp #2 – Also ok from a distance, but it came with even worse damage.

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Even Worse damage on the cracked corner. These lamps are made of a ceramic material, and this is a full on crack.2014-01-26 10.25.52

This is an attempt to show how much lighter in color the lamp is from the other one. It’s hard to show in photos, but it’s VERY obvious when looking at the lamps.

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This is our “temporary” Sofa Table that we use in the entry hall.2014-01-26 10.26.12

This is the style of one of the end tables. The Sofa Table is supposed to match this. I guess we’ll never know…
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I’m including a screen shot of a portion of our receipt to show that we DID actually buy these things.

Furniture Row Receipt Redacted

 

Utah’s Gay Marriage Ban Is Ruled Unconstitutional

Gay Family Values

I LOVE this amazing family, and since we just got legal marriage equality in New Mexico & a federal judge over-turned Utah’s ban on marriage equality, I thought I’d share this video that they just posted. Go show them some LOVE, because they’re awesome!

Utah's Gay Marriage Ban Is Ruled Unconstitutional – YouTube.

Debunking the AIDS Denialist Movie House of Numbers

myles power wrong

I’ve been a big fan of Myles Power for a very long time now. He makes really excellent videos that range from using Zombie humor to explain science to debunking quacks that are TRULY endangering society

These 2 videos (waiting for the 3rd…) are debunking the HIV denialist movie “House of Numbers”. It’s well made and is a must see.

Find out more about Myles here: http://www.mylespower.co.uk/


Part 1 – Vital Information Missing

Part 2 – Time Travel & HIV Tests

Part 3

Coming Soon…

Myles YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/powerm1985

Do Vitamins Really Improve Health?

Assortment of vitamin pills

Do Vitamins Really Improve Health?

I’ve known for a long time that Vitamins are pointless. Plenty of medical experts and studies have been stating this for years, but the marketing is hard to fight. Watch this video for more info and follow up on the links that they shared below.

Vitamin supplements are everywhere, touting that a normal food diet doesn’t provide the entire nutrition we need. Supplementing with vitamins will make us healthier and will prolong our lives. But is this actually true? And could we be doing more harm than good by swallowing all these extracts each day?

via Do Vitamins Really Improve Health? – YouTube.

Info from the Video

Vitamin supplements: good or bad?

http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/dietandnutrition/feature/vitamins.htm

"Almost one in three people in the UK take a vitamin supplement every day, according to the Food Standards Authority, while 15 per cent of us turn to high-dose supplements for a quick fix."

The Vitamin Myth: Why We Think We Need Supplements

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/07/the-vitamin-myth-why-we-think-we-need-supplements/277947/

"Nutrition experts contend that all we need is what's typically found in a routine diet."

Vitamin and Mineral Supplements: Do We Really Need Them?

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3309636/

In the United States, 40 – 50% of the men and women 50 years of age or older regularly use multivitamin/mineral (MVM) supplements, making the annual sales of these supplements over $11 billion.

Antioxidant supplements for prevention of gastrointestinal cancers: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15464182

"Oxidative stress can cause cancer. Our aim was to establish whether antioxidant supplements reduce the incidence of gastrointestinal cancer and mortality."

The Effect of Vitamin E and Beta Carotene on the Incidence of Lung Cancer and Other Cancers in Male Smokers

http://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJM199404143301501

"Epidemiologic evidence indicates that diets high in carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables, as well as high serum levels of vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) and beta carotene, are associated with a reduced risk of lung cancer."

Multivitamin use and risk of prostate cancer in the National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health Study.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17505071

"Multivitamin supplements are used by millions of Americans because of their potential health benefits, but the relationship between multivitamin use and prostate cancer is unclear."

Hold the supplements

http://www1.umn.edu/news/features/2011/UR_CONTENT_363761.html

"Dietary supplements fail to prove of any benefit."