Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Check Back Here After Midnignt SL Time For a Special Party Announcment

Black and White vs, Duotone Conversions

I think I like the black and white conversation above of this portrait of my alt Ryce Skytower's torso. Ryce is rather well defined, and I think that the black and white conributes more drama to the shot.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Ladies in Love by Sherrie Shepherd

Isn't this a great photo? I love the lighting and the erotic quality of these two hot ladies as they get ready to discover true sensuality with each other.

Attention All Aussies: Please sign this online petition to protect your rights and keep SL!

The fight to save access to Second Life in the land down under is on!

I picked up this widget from this web site: http://www.getup.org.au/campaign/SaveTheNet&id=466

If you are an Aussie please sign this and go to the web site to embed this widget on your own blogs!I am not an Aussie but if I was I would like to look like the cover model above.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

New Video From Eddi: Carrah Rossini's Amazing Airships

Carrah Rossini designs wonderful airships in the Virtual World of Second Life. This photo montage was taken by VR Style Magazine Creative Director and Photographer Eddi Haskell, in preparation for a cover story in July 2009 . You can see Eddi throughout the video. The music is from Verdi's Opera La Forza Del Destino, sung by Leontyne Pryce. These airships can be purchased at Carrah's Ananke Technologies Store located on the Dreamfall Sim.

SLURL to Carrah's Store: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Dreamfall/210/118/732

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Michael Jackson is the #1 entertaner in donations and support of charities of all time

I am not sure many people know about this. I take this from the Daily China News, but this information is being published anywhere. No entertainer in history has contributed funds, time, or support to a wide range of charities as has Michael Jackson. He is the king for much more than his musical talent. This is for the period 1984-1999, I don't have the space to run all the informaion.

Charity Involvement

Updated: 2005-03-17 16:03

January 10, 1984: Michael visits the unit for burn victims at Brotman-Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles.
April 9, 1984: David Smithee, a 14-year-old boy who suffers from cystic fibrosis is invited to Michael's home. It was David's last wish to meet Michael. He dies 7 weeks later.
April 14, 1984: Michael equips a 19-bed-unit at Mount Sinai New York Medical Center. This center is part of the T.J. Martell-Foundation for leukemia and cancer research.
July 5, 1984: During the Jackson's press conference at ‘Tavern On The Green’, Michael announces that his part of the earnings from the Victory Tour will be donated to three charitable organizations: The United Negro College Fund, Camp Good Times, and the T.J. Martell-Foundation.
July 14, 1984: After the first concert of the Victory Tour, Michael meets 8 terminally ill children backstage.
December 13, 1984: Michael visits the Brotman Memorial Hospital, where he had been treated when he was burned very badly during the producing of a Pepsi commercial. He donates all the money he receives from Pepsi, $1.5 million, to the Michael Jackson Burn Center for Children.
January 28, 1985: Michael and 44 other artists meet to record "We Are The World", written by Michael and Lionel Ritchie. The proceeds of this record are donated to the starving people in Africa.
1986: Michael set up the "Michael Jackson UNCF Endowed Scholarship Fund". This $1.5 million fund is aimed towards students majoring in performance art and communications, with money given each year to students attending a UNCF member college or university.
February 28, 1986: After having had a heart-transplant, 14-year-old Donna Ashlock from California gets a call from Michael Jackson. He had heard that she is a big fan of his. Michael invites her to his home as soon as she is feeling better. This visit takes place on March 8th. Donna stays for dinner and watches a movie together with Michael.
September 13, 1987: Michael supports a campaign against racism. He supports efforts of the NAACP, to fight prejudices against black artists.
October 1987: At the end of his Bad Tour, Michael donates some personal items to the UNESCO for a charitable auction. The proceeds will be for the education of children in developing countries.
February 1, 1988: The Song "Man In the Mirror" enters the charts. The proceeds from the sales of this record goes to Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times, a camp for children who suffer from cancer.
March 1, 1988: At a press conference held by his sponsor Pepsi, Michael presents a $600,000 check to the United Negro College Fund.
April 1988: Free tickets are given away for three concerts in Atlanta, Georgia to the Make A Wish Foundation.
May 22, 1988: Michael visits children who suffer from cancer in the Bambini-Gesu Children's Hospital in Rome. He signs autographs and gives away sweets and records to the little patients. He promises a check of 100,000 pounds to the hospital.
July 16, 1988: Before a concert at Wembley Stadium Michael meets the Prince of Wales and his wife Diana. He hands over a check of 150,000 pounds for the Prince's Trust, and a check of 100,000 pounds for the children's hospital at Great Ormond Street.
July 20, 1988: Michael visits terminally ill children at Great Ormond Street Hospital. At a unit for less critical patients he stays a little bit longer and tells a story.
August 29, 1988: At his 30th birthday Michael performs a concert in Leeds, England for the English charity-organization "Give For Life". The goal of this organization is the immunization of children. Michael presents a check for 65,000 pounds.
December 1988: Michael visits 12-year-old David Rothenburg. His father had 5 years earlier burned him very badly in an act of revenge against his former wife.
January 1989: The proceeds of one of Michael's shows in Los Angeles are donated to Childhelp USA, the biggest charity-organization against child-abuse. In appreciation of the contributions of Michael, Childhelp of Southern California is founding the "Michael Jackson International Institute for Research On Child Abuse".
January 10, 1989: The Bad Tour comes to an end. Under-privileged children are donated tickets for each concert and Michael donates money to hospitals, orphanages and charity-organizations.
February 7, 1989: Michael visits the Cleveland Elementary School in Stockton, California. Some weeks earlier a 25-year-old man had fired at the school's playground. 5 children had been killed and 39 had been wounded.
March 5, 1989: Michael invites 200 deprived children of the St. Vincent Institute for handicapped children and of the organization Big Brothers and Big Sisters to the Circus Vargas in Santa Barbara. After this event he invites them to his ranch to introduce his private zoo at his Neverland Ranch to them.
November 13, 1989: The organization "Wishes Granted" helps 4-year-old Darian Pagan, who suffers from leukemia to meet Michael. Michael invites the little boy to a performance of Canadian acrobats.
December 28, 1989: Young Ryan White, who suffers from hemophilia, spends his holidays on Michael's ranch. Ryan had been infected with AIDS by contaminated blood transfusions in 1984. After he was excluded from his school in Kokomo, Ryan fought against the discrimination of AIDS victims.
January 6, 1990: Michael invites 82 abused and neglected children through Childhelp to his Neverland Ranch. There are games, a Barbeque and a movie show provided for them.
July 1990: 45 children from the Project Dream Street, Los Angeles, for children with life-threatening illness are invited to Neverland Valley.
August 18, 1990: Michael invites 130 children of the YMCA summer program of Los Angeles and Santa Barbara to his Neverland Ranch.
May 6, 1991: Michael is invited to the Jane Goodall Charity event. Michael supports her, an advocate of behavioral research concerning chimpanzees in Gombe, Nigeria for more than 30 years.
July 26, 1991: Michael pays a visit to the Youth Sports & Art Foundation in Los Angeles. This Foundation supports families of gang members, and helps dealing with drug-abuse. Michael talks to the kids and presents them with a wide-screen TV set and a financial gift.
December 1991: Michael's office MJJ Productions treats needy families in Los Angeles with more than 200 turkey dinners.
February 1992: Within 11 days Michael covers 30,000 miles in Africa, to visit hospitals, orphanages, schools, churches, and institutions for mentally handicapped children.
February 3, 1992: At a press conference at the New York Radio City Music Hall, Michael announces that he is planning a new world tour, to raise funds for his new "Heal The World" Foundation. This Foundation will support the fight against AIDS, Juvenile Diabetes and will support the Camp Ronald McDonald and the Make A Wish Foundation.
May 6, 1992: Michael defrays the funeral-expenses for Ramon Sanchez, who was killed during the Los Angeles riots.
June 23, 1992: At a press conference in London, Michael makes an announcement about his Heal The World Foundation.
June 26, 1992: Michael presents the Mayor of Munich, Mr. Kronawitter, with a 40,000 DM-check for the needy people of the city.
June 29, 1992: Michael visits the Sophia Children's Hospital in Rotterdam and presents a check for 100,000 pounds.
July 1992: Michael donated L. 821,477,296 to La Partita del Cuore (The Heart Match) in Rome and donated 120,000 DM to children's charities in Estonia and Latvia.
July 25, 1992: On the occasion of a concert in Dublin, Ireland, Michael announces that he will give 400,000 pounds of the tour earnings to various charities.
July 29, 1992: Michael visits the Queen Elizabeth Children's Hospital in London. To the surprise the children, he brings Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse from Euro-Disney to the hospital.
July 31, 1992: On the Eve of his second concert at Wembley Stadium, Michael presents Prince Charles with a check of 200,000 pounds for the Prince's Trust.
August 16, 1992: 6 year old Nicholas Killen, who lost his eyesight caused by a life aiding cancer surgery, meets Michael backstage in Leeds, England.
September 1992: Michael donated 1 million pesetas to charity headed by the Queen of Spain.
September 30, 1992: President Iliescu of Romania inaugurates a playground for 500 orphans which Michael has financed. Michael discusses his Heal The World Foundation.
October 1, 1992: Michael chooses a concert in Bucharest, Romania for worldwide television broadcast. Bucharest is a logical choice due to the numerous orphanages the country is known for.
November 24, 1992: At Kennedy Airport in New York, Michael supervises the loading of 43 tons of medication, blankets, and winter clothes destined for Sarajevo. The Heal The World Foundation collaborates with AmeriCares to bring resources totaling $2.1 million (47 tons of food, clothing and medical supplies for the children) to Sarajevo. They will be allocated under the supervision of the United Nations. The Heal The World Foundation also partnered with the Gorbachev Foundation, USA to deliver 60,000 doses of children's vaccines to the Republic of Georgia. And twice assisted the U.K. based Operation Christmas Child to airlift supplies and gifts collected by children in the U.K. to give to children in Bosnia.
December 10, 1992: During a press conference at the American Ambassy in Tokyo Michael is presented with a check for $100,000 for the Heal The World Foundation by Tour Sponsor Pepsi.
December 26, 1992: During a broadcast request for donations to the United Negro College Fund, Michael declares: "Black Colleges and Universities are breeding some of the leading personalities of our time. They are on top in business, justice, science and technologies, politics and religion. I am proud, that the Michael Jackson Scholarship Program enabled more than 200 young men and women to get a qualified education."
January 19, 1993: Michael is one of the stars to perform at the Presidential Inauguration of Bill Clinton. Before he sings "Gone Too Soon" he draws the attention to the plights of the victims of AIDS and mentions his friend Ryan White.
January 26, 1993: At a press conference held at Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, Los Angeles, Michael is presented with a $200,000 donation from the National Football League and the Sponsors of the Super Bowl. He gets another $500,000 from the BEST Foundation for his Heal The World Foundation. At this occasion the foundation of "Heal L.A." is officially announced. Heal L.A. in partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School district, California State University, Independent Colleges of Southern California, Learnstar and other local non-profit organizations created the Community School/safe Haven Initiative to provide after-school educational opportunities at two pilot sites where over 300 students per day could have computer instruction, tutoring, homework assistance, math lab, English as a second language and performing arts.
February 1993: In association with Sega, launched an initiative to distribute more than $108,000 of computer games and equipment to children's hospitals, children's homes, and children's charities throughout the U.K.
March 1993: The foundation of an independent film company is announced. They will produce family-oriented movies. A part of the earnings will go to the Heal The World Foundation.
March 27, 1993: At a meeting at Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, Michael gives a 5-minute speech to 1200 teachers and politicians.
April 26, 1993: Within his "Heal LA" tour, Michael visits the Watta Health Foundation, and two schools in Los Angeles South Central.
May 5, 1993: Former President Jimmy Carter and Michael, who are chairmen of the "Heal Our Children/Heal The World" initiative, are in Atlanta to promote their "Atlanta Project Immunization Drive". The Atlanta Project increases the local immunization rate in a single week from the expected 6,000 to more than 17,000 and establishs a follow-up tracking system for family health care.
June 1993: Michael has announced that he will donate $1.25 million for children who have suffered from the riots in Los Angeles.
June 1993: 100 children from the Challengers Boys and Girls Club visit Neverland.
June 10, 1993: Michael promotes the new DARE-program. The purpose of the program is to inform children about the dangers of drug abuse.
June 18, 1993: Michael pays a visit to a hospital in Washington. He spends several hours with the young patients and plays chess with some of them.
August 1993: With Pepsi-Cola Thailand, donated $40,000 to Crown Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn's charity, the Rural School Children and Youth Development Fund, in support of school lunch programs in rural villages in Thailand.
August 1993: In conjunction with Pepsi-Cola International, donated new ambulances to the Contacts One Independent Living Center for Children in Moscow, Russia and the Hospital de Ninos Dr. Ricardo Gutierrez in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
October 1993: Donated $100,000 to the Children's Defense Fund, the Children's Diabetes Foundation, the Atlanta Project, and the Boys and Girl Clubs of Newark, New Jersey.
October 22, 1993: Michael visits a hospital in Santiago.
October 28, 1993: Michael makes it possible for 5000 underprivileged children to visit the Reino Aventura Park, where the whale Keiko ("Free Willy") is living.
November 5, 1993: Michael is guest at a children's party at the Hard Rock Cafe in Mexico City.
December 1993: With the Gorbachev Foundation, airlifted 60,000 doses of children's vaccines to Tblisi, Georgia.
December 16, 1993: The Heal The World Foundation UK supports "Operation Christmas Child" delivering toys, sweets, gifts and food to children in former Yugoslavia.
1994: Michael donates $500,000 to Elizabeth Taylor's AIDS Foundation.
January 7, 1994: On the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, Michael gives a party for more than 100 underprivileged children at his Neverland Ranch.
February 22, 1994: "The Jackson Family Honors" is televised. The earnings of the show are given to their own newly formed charity, "Family Caring for Families".
August 6, 1994: Michael and his wife Lisa Marie are visiting two children's hospitals in Budapest. They distribute toys to the ill children.
1995: Michael wants to free dolphins who have been locked up for years. He believes there should be legal guidelines about the way dolphins have to live in zoos and parks.
March 1995: Little Bela Farkas received a new liver. Michael and Lisa Marie met this 4-year-old boy during their trip to Hungary in 1994. Michael did everything to help Bela, whose only chance to live was getting a new liver. The Heal The World Foundation covered the surgery and the cost for caring.
June 21, 1996: Michael donated a four-times platinum disc of "HIStory" in aid of the Dunblane appeal at the Royal Oak Hotel, Sevenoaks in England.
July 18, 1996: In Soweto, South Africa Michael is laying down a wreath of flowers for youngsters who have been killed during the fights involving Apartheid.
September 1996: The first Sports Festival "Hope" was held for orphans and disadvantaged children. 3000 children and 600 volunteers took part in the Sports Festival and Michael Jackson was a special guest.
September 6, 1996: Michael visits the children's unit of a hospital in Prague.
October 1996: Michael visited a hospital for mentally challenged children in Kaoshiung, Taiwan and offered 2,000 free tickets to the sold out performance in Kaoshiung.
October 1, 1996: Michael donated the proceeds of his Tunisia concert to "The National Solidarity Fund", a charity dedicated to fighting poverty.
October 3, 1996: Michael visits a children's hospital and brings small gifts for the patients during a HIStory tour visit in Amsterdam. A room in the hospital (for parents who want to be with their children) is named after Michael.
November 1, 1996: Michael donates most of the earnings from a HIStory concert in Bombay, India to the poor people of the country.
November 7, 1996: Before his first concert in Auckland, New Zealand, Michael fulfills the wish of little Emely Smith, who is suffering from cancer, who wants to meet Michael.
November 25, 1996: Michael visited the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, delivering toys, signing autographs, and visiting with children.
December 9, 1996: During a HIStory tour visit in Manila, Michael visits a children's hospital. He announces that a part of his concert earnings will be donated to the renovation of the hospital.
January 25, 1997: Michael waved his personal fee for his Bombay appearance and donated $1.1 million to a local charity helping to educate children living in slums.
April 4, 1997: British magazine "OK!" is publishing exclusive photos of Michael's son Prince. The magazine pays about 1 million pounds for the photos. Michael donates the money to charity.
June 18, 1997: Michael signed the "Children in Need" book auctioned by the charity UNESCO.
September 1998: Michael meets 5 year old Aza Woods, who suffers from cancer, at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas. Michael introduces Aza to the attraction "Star Trek: The Experience" and spends the rest of the afternoon with the little boy. Finally Michael invites Aza to spend some time with him at his Neverland Ranch.
November 16, 1998: Michael arrives in Harare, Zimbabwe. He is a member of the American Delegation invited by the Minister of Defense. The delegation thanks the government of Zimbabwe for helping to keep the peace in this area.
September 4, 1999: Michael presented Nelson Mandela with a check for 1,000,000 South African rand for the "Nelson Mandela Children's Fund."

Stonewall riots reported by the New York Daily News in 1969: HOMO NEST RAIDED - QUEEN BEES ARE STINGING MAD

I take this colunn (I don't use bad words in mine) from Joe's blog. He has a lively discussion going on if you want to comment over there.

I was gonna post another riot picture but this Mexican hottie under the gay flag rights was too hot not to post.
As Reported in the blog http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2009/06/40-years-ago.html
Saturday, June 27, 2009
The Foot Wore A Spiked Heel

The day that the fags, dykes, and queens of New York City finally said "Enough!" For some historical perspective, I'm posting the story that the New York Daily News ran that week about the Stonewall Riots. Note how the story drips with condescension and ridicule. We've come a long, long way in 40 years and we've still got some distance to cover, but today we should all offer up a shout, a snap, and a silent prayer of thanks to the people who started us down this road.


-by Jerry Lisker, New York Daily News, July 6th 1969

She sat there with her legs crossed, the lashes of her mascara-coated eyes beating like the wings of a hummingbird. She was angry. She was so upset she hadn't bothered to shave. A day old stubble was beginning to push through the pancake makeup. She was a he. A queen of Christopher Street.

Last weekend the queens had turned commandos and stood bra strap to bra strap against an invasion of the helmeted Tactical Patrol Force. The elite police squad had shut down one of their private gay clubs, the Stonewall Inn at 57 Christopher St., in the heart of a three-block homosexual community in Greenwich Village. Queen Power reared its bleached blonde head in revolt. New York City experienced its first homosexual riot. "We may have lost the battle, sweets, but the war is far from over," lisped an unofficial lady-in-waiting from the court of the Queens.

"We've had all we can take from the Gestapo," the spokesman, or spokeswoman, continued. "We're putting our foot down once and for all." The foot wore a spiked heel. According to reports, the Stonewall Inn, a two-story structure with a sand painted brick and opaque glass facade, was a mecca for the homosexual element in the village who wanted nothing but a private little place where they could congregate, drink, dance and do whatever little girls do when they get together.

The thick glass shut out the outside world of the street. Inside, the Stonewall bathed in wild, bright psychedelic lights, while the patrons writhed to the sounds of a juke box on a square dance floor surrounded by booths and tables. The bar did a good business and the waiters, or waitresses, were always kept busy, as they snaked their way around the dancing customers to the booths and tables. For nearly two years, peace and tranquility reigned supreme for the Alice in Wonderland clientele.

The Raid Last Friday

Last Friday the privacy of the Stonewall was invaded by police from the First Division. It was a raid. They had a warrant. After two years, police said they had been informed that liquor was being served on the premises. Since the Stonewall was without a license, the place was being closed. It was the law.

All hell broke loose when the police entered the Stonewall. The girls instinctively reached for each other. Others stood frozen, locked in an embrace of fear.

Only a handful of police were on hand for the initial landing in the homosexual beachhead. They ushered the patrons out onto Christopher Street, just off Sheridan Square. A crowd had formed in front of the Stonewall and the customers were greeted with cheers of encouragement from the gallery.

The whole proceeding took on the aura of a homosexual Academy Awards Night. The Queens pranced out to the street blowing kisses and waving to the crowd. A beauty of a specimen named Stella wailed uncontrollably while being led to the sidewalk in front of the Stonewall by a cop. She later confessed that she didn't protest the manhandling by the officer, it was just that her hair was in curlers and she was afraid her new beau might be in the crowd and spot her. She didn't want him to see her this way, she wept.

Queen Power

The crowd began to get out of hand, eye witnesses said. Then, without warning, Queen Power exploded with all the fury of a gay atomic bomb. Queens, princesses and ladies-in-waiting began hurling anything they could get their polished, manicured fingernails on. Bobby pins, compacts, curlers, lipstick tubes and other femme fatale missiles were flying in the direction of the cops. The war was on. The lilies of the valley had become carnivorous jungle plants.

Urged on by cries of "C'mon girls, lets go get'em," the defenders of Stonewall launched an attack. The cops called for assistance. To the rescue came the Tactical Patrol Force.

Flushed with the excitement of battle, a fellow called Gloria pranced around like Wonder Woman, while several Florence Nightingales administered first aid to the fallen warriors. There were some assorted scratches and bruises, but nothing serious was suffered by the honeys turned Madwoman of Chaillot.

Official reports listed four injured policemen with 13 arrests. The War of the Roses lasted about 2 hours from about midnight to 2 a.m. There was a return bout Wednesday night.

Two veterans recently recalled the battle and issued a warning to the cops. "If they close up all the gay joints in this area, there is going to be all out war."

Bruce and Nan

Both said they were refugees from Indiana and had come to New York where they could live together happily ever after. They were in their early 20's. They preferred to be called by their married names, Bruce and Nan.

"I don't like your paper," Nan lisped matter-of-factly. "It's anti-fag and pro-cop."

"I'll bet you didn't see what they did to the Stonewall. Did the pigs tell you that they smashed everything in sight? Did you ask them why they stole money out of the cash register and then smashed it with a sledge hammer? Did you ask them why it took them two years to discover that the Stonewall didn't have a liquor license."

Bruce nodded in agreement and reached over for Nan's trembling hands.

"Calm down, doll," he said. "Your face is getting all flushed."

Nan wiped her face with a tissue.

"This would have to happen right before the wedding. The reception was going to be held at the Stonewall, too," Nan said, tossing her ashen-tinted hair over her shoulder.

"What wedding?," the bystander asked.

Nan frowned with a how-could-anybody-be-so-stupid look. "Eric and Jack's wedding, of course. They're finally tying the knot. I thought they'd never get together."

Meet Shirley

"We'll have to find another place, that's all there is to it," Bruce sighed. "But every time we start a place, the cops break it up sooner or later."

"They let us operate just as long as the payoff is regular," Nan said bitterly. "I believe they closed up the Stonewall because there was some trouble with the payoff to the cops. I think that's the real reason. It's a shame. It was such a lovely place. We never bothered anybody. Why couldn't they leave us alone?"

Shirley Evans, a neighbor with two children, agrees that the Stonewall was not a rowdy place and the persons who frequented the club were never troublesome. She lives at 45 Christopher St.

"Up until the night of the police raid there was never any trouble there," she said. "The homosexuals minded their own business and never bothered a soul. There were never any fights or hollering, or anything like that. They just wanted to be left alone. I don't know what they did inside, but that's their business. I was never in there myself. It was just awful when the police came. It was like a swarm of hornets attacking a bunch of butterflies."

A reporter visited the now closed Stonewall and it indeed looked like a cyclone had struck the premises.

Police said there were over 200 people in the Stonewall when they entered with a warrant. The crowd outside was estimated at 500 to 1,000. According to police, the Stonewall had been under observation for some time. Being a private club, plain clothesmen were refused entrance to the inside when they periodically tried to check the place. "They had the tightest security in the Village," a First Division officer said, "We could never get near the place without a warrant."

Police Talk

The men of the First Division were unable to find any humor in the situation, despite the comical overtones of the raid.

"They were throwing more than lace hankies," one inspector said. "I was almost decapitated by a slab of thick glass. It was thrown like a discus and just missed my throat by inches. The beer can didn't miss, though, "it hit me right above the temple."

Police also believe the club was operated by Mafia connected owners. The police did confiscate the Stonewall's cash register as proceeds from an illegal operation. The receipts were counted and are on file at the division headquarters. The warrant was served and the establishment closed on the grounds it was an illegal membership club with no license, and no license to serve liquor.

The police are sure of one thing. They haven't heard the last from the Girls of Christopher Street.

They sure fucking haven't.

Celebrate Gay Rights Day. It's the 40th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots!

Today is the 40th anniversary of the single most significant event in the Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Rights Movement, Stonewall Day, which honors those who first stood up for Gay Rights today in Greenwich Village, New York, in 1969. For the first time, large numbers of LGBT individuals stood up to police brutality during the Stonewall Riots, and fought back as hard as they could. Many were injured and arrested. We celebrate their bravery and gumption as Gay Rights day today.

The Stonewall Riots actually started at 1:20 AM early in the morning on June 28. The Stonewall was a Mafia run dive in Greenwich Village that was selling beer illegally, and would have been raided by the police anyway. However, the police were brutal to the gay, lesbian, and transgender patrons and arrested them simply for socializing in public.

What most people do not know is that gay Icon Judy Garland's funeral occured earlier that evening on June 27, -- leaving the crowd in a bad mood. They simply were not going to take police harassment anymore. Although this might be apocryphal, I think it makes sense.

According to legend, some drunk drag queen who was mourning Judy got sick of feeling called a fagot among other insults as he was being arrested, and feeling a police baton (or the cop's other stick in his back) as he was being herded into a police wagon. He then threw a fist (or a beer bottle) in the cops face. The cops then threw him to the ground and almost killed him by kicking him in the head.

Other accounts say that a butch lesbian threw the first punch.

The crowd then quickly grew in number to over 1000 and started fighting back.

The cops who raided the Stonewall had to lock themselves inside the bar to protect themselves. Some people then tried burning the bar down with the cops inside with lighter fluid. Other people were so angry at the abusive treatment that the cops were inflicting on the trannies that they took parking meters out of the ground and tried to hammer the Stonewall doors open in an effort to get at the cops. We are talking a violent riot here. People were simply not going to take this anymore. Although I am not one who condones violence, sometimes it is necessary.

Not soon after, a big crowd drove the police out of the West Village by doing things like turning over police cars and throwing punches back at the police. The rioting did not stop and lasted a few days. The cops were so frightened they learned to back off. Things have never been the same since.

This movie clip gives us a feel of what happened that night.

Now, there were riots in other parts of United States in other cities when Police harassed gays. And, gay rights were more accepted in parts of Western Europe before that time. But, the Stonewall Riots was a big event, achieved media recognition, and served as an incubator for other protests. It has been marked every anniversary since with parades and other events.

One year later, the first gay rights parade commemorating the Stonewall riots was held in New York. Over 15,000 people turned out. Never before have that many LGBT individuals turned out for a public event. As someone famously said, the closet door was ripped open that day and never came back on. This is an actual filmage from that first parade.

We for granted the fact that we can go to gay establishments, purchase gay publications, publish things like this blog, and in much of the world, have increasing degrees of legal rights. In fact, we can now get legally married with full rights in countries such as Canada, Spain, Sweden, and several U.S. States.

But lets go back 40 years. I am taking this from Wikipedia:

Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and police departments kept lists of known homosexuals, their favored establishments, and friends; the U.S. Postal Service kept track of addresses where material pertaining to homosexuality was mailed. State and local governments followed suit: bars catering to homosexuals were shut down, and their customers were arrested and exposed in newspapers. Cities performed "sweeps" to rid neighborhoods, parks, bars, and beaches of gays. They outlawed the wearing of opposite gender clothes, and universities expelled instructors suspected of being homosexual. Thousands of gay men and lesbians were jailed, fired, or institutionalized in mental hospitals. Many lived double lives, keeping their private lives secret from their professional ones.

The situation was better in some parts of the world, most notably Western Europe. The UK decriminalized homosexuality in 1967. But we would be shocked today to go back in time and see how dangerous it was to be out of the closet.

Many people today hate "labels". They realize that many people, perhaps a majority, are "bi" to some degree and may thing that those interested in gay rights are a rather old fashioned political minority who need to "get a life" and stop thinking about the past.

But this is not the point.

The point is we need to celebrate the actions that our predecessors - and probably some SL Residents - took at the time, which gave many (but not all of us, we can still be murdered for being gay in countries like Iran) the freedom that we today. So go out and party, and think about what things could have been like if some drag queen did not tell some obnoxious cop to fuc_ off because Judy had just died!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

I Don't Think SL Will Be Banned in Australia.

Reports today emerged that Second Life will be blocked in Australia, along with any web "game" that has adult content.

This is decision is supposedly being made under a progressive Labor party government.

As you can imagine, this news has caused me to worry a bit. A certain Mr. Jago Constantine who is at the center of my Second Life just so happens to be an Aussie. Although Jago and I would be able to work around this if it were to happen, it would make things a lot less convenient.

I don't believe it will happen for the following reasons. Its simple.

Although I have no great understanding of Australian politics, I do know that the progressive Labor Party is in power.

I know that the prior party in power in Australia under John Howard was not Internet friendly. Assuming that most Second Life users there vote labor (a fair assumption), that means that the 30,000 or so hard core users of Second Life in Australia who are on several hours a week (my estimate and this is a low one) will be hitting the proverbial ceiling when they see this. This will work out to be a very powerful - and very annoyed - interest group, with connections to the party in power. I do know that Aussies do not like being pushed around, and have a way of speaking up if they need to (an understatement).

I am not sure though. My nationalities (I have two) are American and British. In the United States, this form of censorship would not be allowed to happen. People would literally be going nuts and calling their congresspeople and senators immediately. Plus, the United States has very strict laws in place enforcing the freedom of expression through the Bill of Rights enshrined in the Constitution. In the U.K., censorship is more easily done by the government in charge. I hope Australia is more similar to the United States in this regard.

Again, I think I have a good gut instinct for this things -- and I am not going to worry.


Michael Jackson was an enormous talent and made hundreds of millions around the world happy through his music. I do think that he was misunderstood; and, to a large degree, the victim of zealous law enforcement entrapment. It was not easy growing up both (gay? transgendered?) as a 50 year old person of color in the United States. I love his music, feel that he did enormous good for charities he supported, and think that the world is a better place because of him. Michael, here's to you!

The Best of Eddi Haskell's Second Life: Discovering My Family Roots

I am still on vacation and not logging into Second Life until the end of the month. I do not have any new photography to show, so I am going to run some of my favorite posts from 2009 since so many readers are new. This post ran on June 25, 2009.

As Americans get ready for Independence Day next week, many of us will be thinking about our ancestors who came here in search of freedom and economic opportunity. My great grandparents came over to the United States from what is now Lithuania in the years 1905 - 1915, through Ellis Island, that great entry port in New York. Over 120 million Americans actually have at least once direct ancestor who arrived this way around 100 years ago.

I am very fortunate in that I have found this picture in the Ellis Island records of my great-grandmother Ida Haskellski arriving with my one of my great uncles, little Yankel Haskellski in 1914 straight off the boat from Eastern Europe. The name Haskellski was of course shortened to Haskell. I am actually named after Ida, the name was changed to Eddi in its masculine form. They were very poor, and made little Yankel cross the ocean dressed as a young girl since that was the only outfit they could afford to buy at the time.

Little Yankel was a fast learner by the way and invented the first junk bond and leveraged buyout in 1928 after leaving Harvard Business School, graduating Summa Cum Laude at the age of 16. I, unfortuntaley, picked up none of the family financial acumen.

Isn't the family resemblance amazing? I was shocked to see how much I resembled them!

Michael Jackson In Memorium

Michael Jackson, The King of Pop. August 29, 1958–June 25, 2009

Note: Farah Fawcett died this morning at the age of 62.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Link to Jordyn Carnell's Exclusive Club Listings at Midcourt

Jordyn Carnell's weekend club listing information. I love JC, he lets me concentrate on my photography here by posting this information!

That's us doing the flamenco by the way!

Midcourt: Here's to busy weekends..

Stephen Boyd on What's My Line

Irish actor Stephen Boyd is on What's My Line, the 1950's - 60's guest celebrity show that I show here occasionally. He is best remembered for playing the Roman officer who seemed to have the hots for Charleton Heston in the camp epic classic Ben Hur. I think he is charming in this episode, I am not sure of the airing date. The famous director Otto Preminger is one of the panelists.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Yard Sale Now Until June 29- Check out the home designs and value pack next door.

Our next door neighbors at Liberation sim have purchased our land (we are moving to Zindra) and are letting us keep the yard sale until June 29.

They also make really gorgeous houses and skyboxes and decided to offer a pack box for 2000 linden. You can tour the models which are next foor to us.

We still have:

Small Yachts

Vampire and Italian Tuscan Skyboxes

Expensive Funiture

Indoor plants


and other things to sell, so make sure to check it out. It will be over in six days- and you can hold me to that!

SLURL to Yard Sale: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Liberation/198/55/22

Second Life Turns SIX.- Listing of Events

Below this is link to Midcourt's coverage of Second Life's Sixth Anniversary celeberation, including an events calendar.

Midcourt: Second Life Turns SIX..

Happy Rez Day Jago!

The most amazing person in Second Life is one year old today!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Jordynn Carnell is throwing a huge party on June 26!

Midcourt: June 26th is THIS Friday!!!

Could Expo Shanghai Online be the Virtual World Killer App?

The next officially sanctioned worlds fair is set for Shanghai China in 2010.

The Chinese, making good on many years of investments in Virtual World technologies are producing an online version of the fair.

Could this be the Virtual World killer application that will introduce millions to advanced VR technology? Note that IBM is already experimenting with portable avatars between different worlds, imagine if your Second Life identity could actually tour a fair like this. If Linden is reading this, you should invest in an experiment.

Several governments have already lined up to build virtual pavilions. The Czech Republic always does good ones (above).

The Chinese are very well equipped to do this. What most North Americans do not realize is that they are in danger of becoming legacy since broadband is so restricted in their continent. Parts of East Asia blow the United States away in multimedia broadband technology.

Here is a promotional video I found on You Tube for this event.

Happy 60th Birthday Maryl Streep!

Great actress Meryl Streep turns 60 today. She holds the record for all-time academy award nominations. I take this from Wikipedia:

This is a list of
awards and nominations for Meryl Streep, whose acting career in motion pictures, television, and on stage spans over 30 years. As of 2009, Streep holds the record for the most acting Academy Award nominations received by any actor with 15; she has won twice (Best Supporting Actress for Kramer vs. Kramer in 1979 and Best Actress for Sophie's Choice in 1982). She also holds the record for the most Golden Globe Award nominations with 23, and along with Angela Lansbury and Jack Nicholson, she holds the record for the most Golden Globe wins with six.

In order to show you what a great actress she is, I am showing this montage from HBO miniseries Angels in America She plays four roles in this convincingly.


1. The Ice at the Bottom of the World (2010) (in production) (rumored) .... Louise Doodlum
2. Untitled Nancy Meyers Project (2009) (filming) .... Jane
3. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) (post-production) (voice) .... Mrs. Fox
4. Julie & Julia (2009) (completed) .... Julia Child
5. Doubt (2008/I) .... Sister Aloysius Beauvier
6. Mamma Mia! (2008) .... Donna Sheridan
7. Lions for Lambs (2007) .... Janine Roth
8. Rendition (2007) .... Corrine Whitman
9. Evening (2007) .... Lila Ross
10. Dark Matter (2007) .... Joanna Silver
11. The Ant Bully (2006) (voice) .... Queen
12. The Devil Wears Prada (2006) .... Miranda Priestly
13. The Music of Regret (2006) .... The Woman
14. A Prairie Home Companion (2006) .... Yolanda Johnson
15. Prime (2005) .... Lisa Metzger
16. Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) .... Aunt Josephine
... aka Lemony Snicket - Rätselhafte Ereignisse (Germany)
17. The Manchurian Candidate (2004) .... Eleanor Shaw
18. "Angels in America" .... 2003
19. "Freedom: A History of Us" .... Abigail Adams / ... (4 episodes, 2003)
- Democracy and Struggles (2003) TV episode .... Margaret Chase Smith
- Independence (2003) TV episode .... Abigail Adams
- Liberty for All (2003) TV episode .... Mary Easty
- Yearning to Breathe Free (2003) TV episode .... Mother Jones
20. The Hours (2002) .... Clarissa Vaughan
21. Adaptation. (2002) .... Susan Orlean
22. Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001) (voice) .... Blue Mecha
23. "King of the Hill" .... Aunt Esme Dauterive (1 episode, 1999)
- A Beer Can Named Desire (1999) TV episode (voice) .... Aunt Esme Dauterive
24. Music of the Heart (1999) .... Roberta Guaspari
25. Chrysanthemum (1999) (voice) .... Narrator
26. One True Thing (1998) .... Kate Gulden
27. Dancing at Lughnasa (1998) .... Kate 'Kit' Mundy
28. ...First Do No Harm (1997) (TV) .... Lori Reimuller
29. Marvin's Room (1996) .... Lee
30. Before and After (1996) .... Dr. Carolyn Ryan
31. The Bridges of Madison County (1995) .... Francesca Johnson
32. "The Simpsons" .... Jessica Lovejoy (1 episode, 1994)
- Bart's Girlfriend (1994) TV episode (voice) .... Jessica Lovejoy
33. The River Wild (1994) .... Gail Hartman
34. The House of the Spirits (1993) .... Clara del Valle Trueba
... aka Åndernes hus (Denmark)
... aka A Casa dos Espíritos (Portugal)
... aka Das Geisterhaus (Germany)
35. Death Becomes Her (1992) .... Madeline Ashton
36. Defending Your Life (1991) .... Julia
37. Postcards from the Edge (1990) .... Suzanne Vale
38. She-Devil (1989) .... Mary Fisher
39. Rabbit Ears: The Fisherman and His Wife (1989) (V) .... Storyteller
40. Evil Angels (1988) .... Lindy Chamberlain
... aka A Cry in the Dark (Australia) (International: English title)
41. The Tailor of Gloucester (1988) (V) .... Narrator
42. Ironweed (1987) .... Helen Archer
43. Rabbit Ears: The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1987) (V) (voice) .... Storyteller
44. Rabbit Ears: The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher (1987) (V) (voice) .... Storyteller
45. Heartburn (1986) .... Rachel Samstat
46. Out of Africa (1985) .... Karen Blixen
47. Plenty (1985) .... Susan Traherne
48. Falling in Love (1984) .... Molly Gilmore
49. Little Ears: The Velveteen Rabbit (1984) (V) .... Storyteller
50. Silkwood (1983) .... Karen Silkwood
51. Sophie's Choice (1982) .... Sophie Zawistowski
52. Still of the Night (1982) .... Brooke Reynolds
53. Alice at the Palace (1982) (TV) .... Alice
54. The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981) .... Sarah / Anna
55. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) .... Joanna Kramer
56. The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979) .... Karen Traynor
57. Uncommon Women... and Others (1979) (TV) .... Leilah
58. Manhattan (1979) .... Jill Davis
59. The Deer Hunter (1978) .... Linda
60. "Holocaust" .... Inga Helms Weiss (2 episodes)
61. Julia (1977) .... Anne Marie
62. The Deadliest Season (1977) (TV) .... Sharon Miller
63. Secret Service (1977) (TV) .... Edith Varney

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Photo of the Day: Dancing at the New Babbage Illuminations Ball

Jago and I went to the Illuminations Steampunk Ball in New Babbage, a benefit for for Life last night and I thought I would share these photos with you.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Link to Weekend Listings over at JC Carnell's Midcourt Blog

Once again, here are JC's Posts for this weekend's events on the gay club scene:

Midcourt: The W.W.J.C.D. Calendar..

Swashbucker Errol Flynn Born 100 Years Ago Today

Errol Leslie Flynn, the ultimate swashbuckler actor was born 100 years ago today in Tasmania, Australia. He is controversial; allegations of affairs with underage girls and Nazi sympathies have been raised- but have not damaged his reputation to any great extent . He was a good friend of Fidel Castro's. He probably was bisexual; he even suggested this phrase for his tombstone (jokingly of course): If it moved, Flynn fu**ed it. The phrase "in like flynn" was once used to describe someone who could easily make a sexual conquest.

Here is the trailer for one of his most famous flicks, 1938's The Adventures of Robin Hood. He certainly does look nifty in those little tights, don't you think?


Istanbul (1957)
The Warriors (1955)
The King's Rhapsody (1955)
The Master of Ballantrae (1953)
Against All Flags (1952)
Adventures of Captain Fabian (1951)
Kim (1941)
That Forsythe Woman (1950)
Adventures of Don Juan (1949)
It's a Great Feeling (1949)
Silver River (1948)
Escape Me Never (1947)
Cry Wolf (1947)
Never Say Goodbye (1946)
Objective, Burma! (1945)
San Antonio (1945)
Edge of Darkness (1943)
Northern Pursuit (1943)
Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943)
Desperate Journey (1942)
Gentleman Jim (1942)
Dive Bomber (1941)
They Died with Their Boots On (1941)
Footsteps in the Dark (1941)
Santa Fe Trail (1940)
The Sea Hawk (1940)
Virginia City (1940)
Dodge City (1939)
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
The Dawn Patrol (1938)
The Sisters (1938)
The Prince and the Pauper (1937)
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)
Captain Blood (1935)

Friday, June 19, 2009

Can The Westboro Baptist Church be this Stupid?

I follow one political blog here -http://joemygod.blogspot.com/

By the way - if the author of this blog sees this, I don't see why you have to piss off many middle of the road people with the name of your blog who simply don't want to see one of the ten commandments broken. If you don't know what I am talking about best to forget about it.

I copy this from his blog. It seems that the very anti-gay and anti-Jewish Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas (I read their web site and they don' like Catholics much either) will be killing two birds with one stone and picketing a gay New York City Synagogue on Sunday. BTW if you happen to be in New York please make sure show up at the counter demonstration. I think signs that say "Avatars Pack Fudge for the Lord" and "Eddi Haskell Ministries says Westboro Baptist Members will Burn in Hell" would be appropriate.

But here is the gist- don't these subhumans realize that the Jewish Sabbath is Saturday and not Sunday? Their goal is to harass worshipers. Granted, the average Westboro church member probably has an IQ of under 90, snorts crystal meth for fun when they are not out torturing little animals after trying to have sex with their underage first cousins, but can the possible be this stupid? Maybe they had too many snake bites!

As you can tell I am in a mood today!

Westboro To Picket Gay NYC Synagogue

Westboro Baptist Church claims that it will picket NYC gay synagogue Congregation Beth Simchat Torah this Sunday at its Bethune Street location. The synagogue responds:
CBST will be holding a non-violent prayer vigil and service during the time of their protest. We cannot allow this group to go unchallenged as they engage in hateful speech at our synagogue. The most powerful response to such hatred is our demonstration of what makes us strong and powerful in the face of bigotry. We will not engage in any confrontational action or shouting matches. They would love it if we were to lose our composure. We will present who we are in a strong and meaningful way.

If you have a tallit, please bring it. If you would like to make colorful signs, please consider using:

"We are all created in God's image"
"God loves all of us"
"God made me gay"
and similar messages

8:45 AM on Sunday, June 21st at our Bethune location

Contest: Which Famous Actor Was Born 100 Years Ago Today?

The first person who can leave a comment with their avatar name in it will win two photographs from my Venice series worth 1000 linden.

Your avatar name must be included in your comment.

Question: Which famous actor was born on June 20, 1909?

Hint: Look above.

Contest expires midnight tonight, SL time, June 19.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Hear My BBC Radio Interview In This You Tube Video!

As many of you know, I was interviewed on BBC Radio 5 this past Tuesday.

I've made it easy for you to hear my interview from the Blogs and Pods program that was broadcast around the world on Tuesday, July 16.

I made this five minute video containing my interview and showing scenes from Second Life weddings.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Photos of the Day

The central building in Kama City Center, on the newly opened mature continent of Zindra.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Another Blue Mars Demo Movie

This new virtual world due to be released at some point still looks sterile to me. But it is a work of art!

Please go to Natalie Niven's publication SL Inworld Today for another Blue Mars video, additional information, and an ongoing discussion.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Reverend Eddi Interviewed on BBC Radio 5

Yes, its true readers! Reverend Eddi Haskell, or "Rev Eddi" to my friends, will be interviewed on the British Broadcasting System's Radio 5 Pods and Blogs programme. The broadcast date is Tuesday, June 16. Rev Eddi will be giving the world his deeply spiritual take on weddings and marriage in Second Life.


Wagner James, publisher of New World Notes, and yours truly were interviewed by Reporter Jamillah Knowles as part of this week's radio show and podcast. You can hear this interview in the Second Half of this podcast:

link to podcast: http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/fivelive/pods/pods_20090616-0201a.mp3

They heard about my expertise as a leading Second life religious and moral figure because they saw my article on "The Perfect Second Life Wedding" in this month's VR Style magazine. Here is the link.

link to June VR Style: http://vrstyle.blogspot.com/

Check Out Jago's New Flag Shirt Store!

Jago has a nifty new flag shirt store on the red queen sim! Make sure to check it out!

That's myself wearing a Canada shirt, Jago wearing an Australia shirt, and Jaho Yalin wearing a Poland shirt. I am not Canadian, and Jaho is not Polish, but we liked the shirts.

We especially would like to thank Ricky and Quagmire for featuring Jago's shirts at their club Tiger's Eye today in honor of Flag Day in the United States! We love their club and thing it is a great place to hang out!

They are only 50 Linden each so make sure to buy everything he has!


Sunday, June 14, 2009

Who is the Hottest Guy in Second Life?

Find out here: http://avatarhunks.blogspot.com/

Jago's Spacey Sci Fi Group!

Jago holds a weekly Sci Fi literature discussion group on Saturdays at 2:00 PM SL time. We met one our holodeck space island this week. This photo I think sums up the "spaciness" of the event. IM Jago Constantine for information on where the next group will meet.

Other than that your's truly is visiting Chattanooga Tennessee this week. I am still trying to figure out if the cabdriver was winding me up talking about a whole Buffalo being slaughtered for a barbecue on Raccoon Hill cause Willie Nelson was in town. When I asked him if the Clampetts were attending he said "they be live round here".

The Clampetts from the Beverly Hillbillies- Grannie, Ellie Mae, Jethro, and Jed

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Royal Yard Sale Ends June 20!

Huge Yard Sale Through June 20 Only

In honor of the Queen's Official Birthday our yard sale is now a Royal Yard sale. Make sure to check it out before we move to the new adult continent, Zindra

Rather then tell you what is there you can see for yourself!

Here is the SLURL: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Liberation/195/69/22

Queen's Birthday - Trooping the Color

Although Queen Elizabeth's real 83 birthday was in April, the official celebration of her birthday in the United Kingdom is today. The trooping of the color, and other events including the annual Royal Family balcony scene, will occur in London. This is the closest the UK comes to having a "national holiday" every year.

Being the monarchist and loyal British subject that I am, I had to post this wonderful version of God Save The Queen! Jessye Norman, the great American Soprano, who went to my college The University of Michigan, sings this version with the Queen in attendance in 1986.