Tuesday, December 22, 2020

๐Ÿ—ป 10 Reasons You Should Consider Seasonal Work in National Parks (#parkielife) ๐Ÿ—ป

 Have you ever wondered what it would be like to just travel and live in the most beautiful places all across America? (and the world for that matter). Well you don’t have to wonder anymore you can actually do that. 


(Photo Taken by Me ๐Ÿ’–-
 Going-To-The-Sun Road, Glacier National Park 2020) 

They’re called Parkies. They’re the (technically homeless) people who live and work in National Parks. 

I feel like not enough people know about Parkie life. You live, work, and explore in some of the most beautiful places on earth. Employer housing is provided (at a small cost usually between $12-$14 a day) by many companies including Xanterra, Delaware North, and Pursuit, to name a few. Couples housing is an option and in some cases you can just bring your own RV or van and just live in that while you work there. At Xanterra, if youre one of the managers you get housing for FREE. 



(Credit: Danor Aharon/Shutterstock) 

The work is generally that of typical resort jobs. Line cook, housekeeper, front desk, night porter… etc. The pay is competitive and honestly you usually make a lot of money while you’re there because you just don’t have a lot of places to spend it. Wifi (in some locations) is kind of spotty so you won’t be doing a lot of online shopping and you’ll probably be spending most of your time outdoors. Hiking, swimming, camping, just overall enjoying the park. You get to LIVE and make MONEY where people vacation. 

(Catalina Island California - 
Photo Cred: discoverlosangeles.com)

The people you meet there are AMAZING and always down to make a new friend or ride with you 2 hours away to the nearest town or go night swimming. Honestly they're just the best type of people. 

(Top of Siyeh Pass ๐ŸŒฒ- Taken by Me ๐Ÿ’–- Glacier National Park 2020)

So without further ado, here are 10 reasons why you should quit your job and become a parkie. 

  1. You get to LIVE where people VACATION.
    • Need I say more? 
  2. You have housing provided for you.
    • Rent, utilities, laundry, its all provided for you so you don't have any bills to deal with.
  3. The People.
    • When you're stuck with the same group of people. All living, working and playing together all the time. You form some pretty deep bonds and the people you meet become friends for life. 
    • ALSO you become bffs with people from completely different generations. Some of my best friends that I met at Glacier were between the ages of 30-62. 
  4. You're disconnected from the world
    • Have you ever just wanted to fuck off into the mountains? 
    • It depends on the location but most of the time you're in pretty remote areas with limited wifi access. You're forced to live in the moment and to appreciate the people and the nature around you. 
  5. You learn to live with what you've got
    • With the nearest town/store 2 hours away, you don't have the luxury of just running to the store whenever you need/want something. You have to learn to live with what you have and learn that that is enough. 
  6. You get closer to nature. 
    • This is kind of obvious, but you really get up and close with nature and you learn how important it is to protect it.  
  7. You have some pretty wild experiences.
    • Do you know how many people I've worked with that has some crazy story about some wild and esoteric thing thats happened to them while in the park? All of them. Every. Single. One. 
  8. You learn about yourself
    • When you're stuck in the middle of nowhere with no wifi or any kind of comforts of home. You really get to know who you are as a person and whats important to you. I won't elaborate. But if you've been there you know. 
  9. You get to Travel.
    • You get to travel all over the US and see places that other people only hear about. 
    • "Travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer"
  10. It changes you. 
    • If you've been stuck feeling completely uninspired by life. Parkie life will change all of that and you're start seeing the world in a completely different way.  


Going-To-The-Sun Road ☀️Taken by Me ๐Ÿ’– - Glacier National Park 2020 


Life is confusing and possibly meaningless so why not GET the fuck out there and enjoy it? It would seem like a waste if you didn't. Anyway this is Katie signing off ✌๐Ÿผ

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Thursday, December 17, 2020

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ The American School System is a Joke ๐Ÿค‘

Public education (in the west) was created in the 1800s for a very specific purpose. We Americans would like to believe it's for our benefit but that's absolutely not true. The French philosopher Louis Althusser explains public education as an ideological state apparatus (ISA). This means that school is not designed to teach you useful information (like critical thinking and problem solving skills). It's designed to perpetuate capitalist values, like: getting to work on time, sitting still, following the rules, respecting authority. We're just training each new generation to accept the status quo rather than interrogate its premises. We're creating a generation of dummies, our education is based on making sheep that will work 9-5 jobs, its not meant to make intelligent people. Its history is rooted in racism and in making profit. One of the founders of the general education board, Rockefeller, even has a famous quote "I don't want a nation of thinkers. I want a nation of workers."  

"The US would be NOTHING without the H1-B. Without the H1-B the scientific establishment in this country would collapse. There would be no Google, no Silicon Valley, without the H1-B.  50% of all PhD candidates are foreign-born". Even the moon landing was a German import. Why are they leaving their homes to come to the US? Because the US is so DUMB that its super easy for a foreigner to come in and dominate in their field. We bring intelligent people from all over the world to make the US look better. Its a pretty Machiavellian tactic, we have others do the work, then take credit for their work. 
 

(1900 Horace Mann School Photograph, Clyde Arbuckle Photograph Collection) 

 The US public education was particularly designed to continue oppressing poor people (and later women and POC) so that they don't revolt against the rich. Rich people, go to private schools. So the separation and alienation of rich and poor just becomes more prominent. In Finland it is not permitted to charge fees for mainstream education - and only 2% of its schools are run by non-governmental bodies. This means that the rich people are forced to put their money into the public education system to ensure that their kid gets a good education and thus helping to ensure that the poorer kids also get a good education. Not only that, it exposes rich and poor kids to each other (something that doesn't really happen in the US). When rich and poor are separated at the start, it sets us up to be segregated for life. 

(This is where I will insert my article about Rich Vs. Poor in America whenever I write it lol)

This is why people are so shocked when they get to college and are exposed for the first time to a whole world (and history) that they never knew even existed. This is where the "colleges turn people liberal" thing comes from when actually its the first time people are free from the ISA. 

Isaac Asimov, based on his body of work is generally considered to be one of the most prolific writers of all time, has a now famous quote. "There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding it's way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge." Or more recently "my opinion is just as good as your facts" 

The concept of Democracy has been co opted in that everyone gets a vote so everyones voice matters. And whether my vote comes from a place of ignorance should be JUST as worthy as yours that comes from a place of knowledge. It's how we got the death of expertise, of science, of observable fact, a productive debate. It's saying that "What I read on the internet holds the same weight as your degree in the same subject." Where do we go from there? Its how we got anti-vaxxers and the resurgence of smallpox. It is CLEARLY, not working, an unfortunately the people who are the problem won't listen to this. 

A Clown once said, "I love the uneducated" and the crowd cheered. Its easer to control people who don't understand. According to ancient philosopher Socrates in his opposition of democracy, voting in an election is a skill, not a random intuition. And like any skill, it needs to be taught systematically to people. Your opinion is NOT as good as someones expertise in a subject and it's super dangerous to have people with ZERO knowledge on specific issues vote in elections on issues that they blatantly misinterpret or have zero understanding of. The US's founding fathers KNEW this and detested democracies. To them, democracy equals mob rule. That's why the US is NOT a democracy and rather a representative republic. 

Hard pivot, I think it's also important to talk about how teachers aren't being paid enough and that tenure in the United States is a huge issue. The tenure program ensures that bad teachers get to keep their jobs. Everyone knows what having a bad teacher is like AND the impact it has on your life when you get a good one. American society is changing, and the way you act and what is appropriate around kids is changing. Teachers who have been teaching the same way for 40 years isn't gonna work anymore. (Im looking at you teacher I had back in high school). 

I don't know about yall but I know of two male teachers that taught at schools I attended that got fired for child porn on their work computers. Also Ladies, I'm sure some of you probably had some male teachers that were creepy and a little too touchy because I know I certainly did. Maybe thats a side affect of growing up in the patriarchy where women and girls are viewed as objects but it shouldn't be.

There are a lot of reports from women who have gone to complain about their creepy ass teachers but their complaints were dismissed because "he's been here a long time," etc. Which is even more of a reason to stop this behavior?? This can digress into a whole conversation about how men and women are held to different standards but thats a whole other article and it's comin believe me. But I do wanna talk about how dress codes are inherently sexist. There's this great picture I've seen floating around the internet that really sums it up well, Ill put it here. 



It reads, "When you interrupt a girl's school day to force her to change clothes, or send her home because her bra straps are visible. You are telling her that making sure boys have a "distraction free" learning environment is more important than her education. Instead of shaming girls for their bodies, teach boys that girls are not sexual objects." 

Also just sayin dress codes aren't enforced in college and yet boys can still do homework? How does that work?  



Hard pivot again, in America we treat school like a business rather than as a tool to build up society. It's all, "we gotta get the kids through school, get good grades, do well on standardized tests so we get more funding." And it's not really about the student and their experience, or helping them to grow. Its all about the school getting good numbers so they can get more funding. 

You know what's also fucked up? That there's people, who strongly advocated to get rid of collective bargaining for teachers and to reduce funding for education. The current United States Secretary of Education wants to privatize education. There's also other people who don't have kids in school so they don't wanna pay for other peoples kids to go to school. I get that to an extent. The thing is, investing in students is investing in the future of your country. Those are gonna be the doctors who take care of you when you're old. American's inherent selfishness is whats holding us back and the problem is only going to get worse. Other countries are already vastly out performing US students. 30 years ago the United States was ranked 1st in quantity and quality of high school diplomas. Today the US is ranked 36th. 

Teachers are under paid and class sizes keep getting bigger. Not only that, they have to do sooo many standardized tests, so frequently, they barely have time to actually teach. Their role in kids lives has also changed so much. These days they're not only in charge of teaching, they're a counselor, a security guard, a parental figure. They are not trained to be all those things and they certainly aren't paid enough to be expected to do them. So many irresponsible parents use school as a free daycare and don't even care about their kids. Is it the teachers responsibility to make sure that that kid is loved and doesn't feel abandoned? That's kind of what it's turned into unfortunately. School isn't supposed to be a daycare for lazy and inept parents. Yet with educational funding being cut even more year after year along with increased costs, these issues are even further from being solved let alone even managed. 

The US education system needs a massive overhaul. At this point we might as well just start over because it really has gotten that bad. This can start with voting for candidates that place a higher value on education. Eudcationvotes.nea.org is an excellent resource for learning about political candidates views on education and who is running in your state. 

Kids need recess, they need longer lunches, they need free play, family time, meal time. They need less homework, fewer tests and a greater emphasis on social learning. 

I don't really know to end this tbh. Fucking VOTE for politicians who give a fuck about your kids 
education. Read shit, educate them, and educate yourself. That's all I gotta say man, maybe I'll come back and add more to this article when I learn more but here it is. 

If you learned something from this article and wanna learn some more I recommend reading THIS (We have ruined Childhood) article by the NY Times. Its got some good shit. Okay thats all from me ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿผ bye 


Isaac Asimov - Source: biography.com


Side note: Don't even get me STARTED on the GOD AWFUL No Child Left Behind Act and THANK GOD it's no longer in effect. That shit was disastrous. Okay thats all bye ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿผ




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Althusser, L., Jameson, F., & Brewster, B. (2001). Lenin and Philosophy and Other Essays. NYU Press.  from http://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt9qgh9v

Brooks, Kim. (2019) We have ruined childhood. NY Times.  

Campaign for CHSE High School Equity. (2008)  Plan for Success: Communities of Color Define Policy Priorities for High School Reform. Campaign for CHSE High School Equity. https://issuu.com/rockeymoore/docs/planforsuccess-2

Coleman, Megan. (2013) New survey ranks U.S. students 36th in the world - How do we improve? CNYCentral. https://cnycentral.com/news/local/new-survey-ranks-us-students-36th-in-the-world---how-do-we-improve


Jones, Josh. (2016). Michio Kaku on Why Immigrants Are America’s Secret Weapon: They Compensate for Our Mediocre STEM Education & Keep Prosperity Going. openculture.com.



Mann, Horace. (1900) The Ground of the Free School System. Library of Congress. archive.org. 

McElroy, Ken. (2016) A Nation of Workers: How Public Education is Dummying Down Our Labor Force. Jet Set Magazine. https://www.jetsetmag.com/exclusive/business/nation-workers-public-education-dummying-labor-force/

Purcell, Kristen, Alan Heapes, Judy Buchanan, Linda Friedrich,. (2013) How Teachers Are Using Technology at home and in Their Classrooms, Education Superhighway. https://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED559731

Richardson, Randy. (2018) Iowa's Collective Bargaining Law One Year Later, Bleading Heartland.

Sparks, Sarah D. (2011) Study: Third Grade Reading Predicts Later High School Graduation. Education Week. https://www.edweek.org/teaching-learning/study-third-grade-reading-predicts-later-high-school-graduation/2011/04

Students and Educators can't take 4 more years of Betsy DeVos and Donald Trump. Education Votes. https://educationvotes.nea.org/2019/03/22/devos/

Swanson, Christopher B. (2010) U.S.Graduation Rate Continues Decline. Education Week.  http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2010/06/10/34swanson.h29.html. 

U.S. Department of Education. Fast Facts: Graduation rates. National Center for Education Statistics. http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=40

Vlastos, G. (1983). The Historical Socrates and Athenian Democracy. Political Theory, 11(4), 495-516. http://www.jstor.org/stable/191447







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Sunday, November 15, 2020

⛓The Curious Case of Amanda Knox ⛓

 On November 1st, 2007, United Kingdom exchange student Meredith Kercher was brutally murdered by Rudy Guede. His guilt is absolutely certain but you've probably never heard of him. 

... but chances are you've probably heard the name Amanda Knox. She was accused of the murder, found guilty, and spent years in an Italian prison. Even though there was no physical evidence linking her to the crime. 

This is the Curious Case of Amanda Knox. 

(source: ABC news)

Amanda Knox was born July 9th, 1987 to Edda Mallis and Curt Knox in Seattle, Washington. When she was young her parents got divorced and her mom remarried a man named Chris. Amanda had 3 younger sisters and would describe herself as being "quirky" and "weird." 

She was very extraverted and nerdy. She was super into Harry Potter and really just marched to the beat of her own drum. When she was 15 her and her family took a trip to Italy, where she got to go to Rome, Pisa, and see the ruins of Pompeii. While on that trip she just really fell in love with the country and always knew that she wanted to go back and spend time there. So in 2007 when she was a sophomore in college she decided to do a study abroad in Perugia, Italy. 

She lived in a beautiful Italian flat and had 3 other roommates. Two of them were Italian men studying to be lawyers and the third was an english woman named Meredith Kercher. 

(Source: thesun.co.uk) 

Pretty much as soon as Amanda got to Italy she got a job as a bartender at a club near her home. Her boss was a man named Patrick Lumumba and he said that Amanda was a good employee for him. 

Amanda and Meredith weren't very close. They were actually pretty much polar opposites in terms of personality. Meredith was more straight laced and Amanda was the free spirit type. In late October 2007 Amanda and Meredith decided to go to a classical music concert and there Amanda met Raffaele Sollecito. Raffaele and Amanda instantly clicked and started spending all of their time together. But they only had about a week of this honeymoon phase of their relationship. 


Raffaele Sollecito in 2007
(source: archive.sltrib.com)

The evening of November 1st, 2007, Amanda got a text from her boss, Patrick, saying she didn't have to come in that night. So her and Raffaele spent the evening together cooking dinner and watching movies. Amanda says she woke up the next day around 10am and walked back to her flat. When she got there she saw that the door was wide open but she wasn't too alarmed by this and went inside. It wasn't until she was in the bathroom and notice some blood that she got concerned and went back to Raffaeles and together they went and checked out her flat. They noticed that Meredith's door was locked and they knocked and called her but to no answer. 

Amanda started to get very concerned and Raffaele started to try and kick the door down. While that was happening two police officers happened to show up to the flat because they found a cell phone that belonged to Meredith. The police think that someone had thrown out of a car into someones back yard. Someone called the police about it and the cops were nice enough to bring it back to her. 

So it was kind of weird that they didn't call the police, the police kind of just showed up there. After they were there for a little while and figured out what was going on they called the military police. (Remember we're dealing with the Italian police so things are different over there.) So when the military police got there, they sealed off the house and went in. They busted down Meredith's door they found Meredith's body. She had been brutally murdered. 

While this was all happening Amanda is outside with Raffaele and they are videotaped kissing, and comforting each other. 

(source: express.co.uk)

This got a lot of flack from the media for not looking they're grieving enough. The public really just saw this and viewed Amanda and Raffaele in a very negative light. Suspicion really started when there was a candle light vigil for Meredith and Amanda and Raffaele didn't even show up. Which, you have to admit is weird. Meredith and Amanda weren't close but they were friends and they lived together. Amanda was the one to even come across her body, so it's super weird that she didn't even go to the vigil out of respect. Instead, her and Raffaele were at a friends house having dinner. 

Two days after the murder, police brought Amanda back into the house to see if she could identify if one other their kitchen knives was missing. They were trying to identify a murder weapon. While Amanda was in there she is recorded as acting strangely. The lead investigator, Edgardo Giobbi, says that he had doubts about Amanda from the moment she walked with him through the crime scene. She put on protective booties, swiveled her hips and said, "ta-dah." 

During that walk-through, Amanda, says that it all just hit her and once that her roommate had been brutally murdered in their apartment and she kind of just started losing it. "She started hitting the palms of her hands on her ears. As if there was a the memory of a noise, a sound, a scream. Meredith's scream. Undoubtedly, I started to suspect Amanda."  

Edgardo Giobbi has been quoted saying,"we were able to establish guilt, by closely observing the suspect's psychological and behavioral reaction during the interrogation. We don't need to rely on other kinds of investigation." 

(source: dailymail.co.uk)

When Meredith's friends met up with Amanda and Raffaele at the police station her friends immediately ran up and hugged Amanda. Instead of hugging her back Amanda stiffened , holding her arms down by her sides and said nothing. Meredith's friend says that "there was no emotion on Amanda's face." When Raffaele walked up, the couple just stood there staring at each other. At the police station she sat with her feet on his lap, they caressed and kissed each other. Sometimes even laugh. Meredith's friends were all in tears or looked completely devastated. But Amanda and Raffaele would be kissing each other loudly. 

One of Meredith's friends Natalie said, "Let's hope she didn't suffer." Which Amanda replied, "What do you think? They cut her throat, Natalie. She fucking bled to death!" This really disturbed Natalie. 

This type of situation calls for a sympathetic response, Knox was loud and angry. This doesn't read like grief. But Amanda's only "crime" in this whole case, is not acting the way we think people are supposed to act after their roommate is murdered. 

Everyone's reaction to something horrible is different. Why can't someone be angry in response to a murder, rather than sad? The world didn't know who Amanda Knox really was. They saw her as cold and calculating rather than just a weird, sheltered girl from Seattle. The media really had no tolerance at all for her differentness. With strangers, we're intolerant of emotional responses that fall outside expectations. So in the media, Amanda was really starting to be painted as guilty. 

(source: buggedspace.com)

She was also reported to be stretching and doing cartwheels while waiting to be interviewed by police. But Amanda says that this was really blown out of proportion and that she was just stretching. 

The police in this case really treated her unfairly. If you're familiar with true crime you might know of the phenomena when people give false confessions. Theres a great documentary on Netflix called "The Confession Tapes," that really explains this phenomena well. But basically, the police can lie to you, abuse you, and use unethical tactics on you. There is a widely documented phenomena of people just losing their minds a little bit after being interrogated for hours and hours. They can be kept from using the bathroom or having a break at all. People are tricked and yelled at for hours. This happens all the time. The thing with police though, is that they're job is find someone who could be guilty, and it's up to the justice system to determine if they are or not. So they're not as worried about truth as much as people think they are. Their job is just to find someone, and its surprising easy to convince someone that they committed a crime. 

While Raffaele was being questioned he says that he started "losing his sense of reality" and changed his whole story. He said that Amanda hadn't gotten to his place until around 1am. Amanda says that she can't even really remember being interrogated that much because it was just so stressful and traumatic. Which is also a really common occurrence for people in high stress situations. (Keep in mind Amanda couldn't speak Italian so it adds another layer of confusion for her.) Amanda says that a police officer even hit her during the interrogation and said that "she better remember." Amanda was there for hours and at around 2 in the morning she said that she just kind of lost her mind, became delusional and changed her whole story. 

Amanda told police that Patrick did it, her boss. And she says that for some reason during the interrogation she thought that Patrick really did do it. He was arrested but it was proven that he had a air tight alibi and was released. 

So now things really didn't look good for Amanda. She was put in jail and the media really went wild with the whole case. Unfortunately the only pictures that the media had of Amanda and Raffaele, was one where Amanda was holding a machine gun while laughing, and Raffaele dressed as a mummy holding a giant knife. 

(Source: metro.co.uk)

While in jail Amanda was treated very poorly by police. They told her that she had AIDS. Amanda was understandably really upset about this and wrote in her journal about how she had always wanted kids, how her whole life would be different now. She also wrote down a list of her sexual partners to see who could have given it to her and the police took her journal and the list and leaked it to the media. The media went wild with this and really slut shamed her. The gag of it all, was the she didn't even really have AIDs the police lied to her. After this the whole world starting calling her "Foxy Knoxy" and this was even used against her in the case. Prosecuters claimed that Amanda was into dangerous sex games and that the murder was a result of a sex and drugs. 

Could you imagine being in Amanda's shoes? She was in jail for a crime she didn't do, the police are abusing her, the media's coming after her. Her private sexual history was released to the world, she was across the world in a foreign country with a language she couldn't speak and she was only 20 at the time. 

Meanwhile there was no physical evidence linking her to the crime and no plausible explanation why Amanda - a sheltered, middle-class girl from Seattle - would be interested in engaging in murderous sex games. 

Meanwhile, Rudy Guede's DNA was matched to unknown male DNA found on Meredith's body. He already had a criminal history of breaking and entering and admitted to being at Meredith's house the night of the murder. He could only give the most implausible reasons for why the crime scene was covered in his DNA and after her body was discovered, he fled the country to Germany.  

Rudy's trial took place in early 2008 and was quickly found guilty, but the media gave almost no attention to this at all. There's a lot of people out there today who still don't know that this case was solved and that there is a person in prison serving time for it. 

Amanda's trail started in 2009 and was found guilty on the flimsiest of evidence and sentence to 26 years in prison. Amanda and her family were completely shocked by this. They truly thought that there was no way she could be found guilty and people in America were really angry about this. But in Italy, people were celebrating her sentence and even partied outside the courthouse. 

Her family unfortunately had to leave Italy without her and as soon as they got back they started working on an appeal. In 2010, Amanda's retrial started and because this case was so drawn out, there was a new judge and a new prosector. At this point, Amanda had been in jail for 3 years. Her defense was basically that there was already someone guilty of the crime - Rudy Guede, and that there was no physically evidence linking her to the crime. If she was going to do weird sex things with Meredith and then brutally murder her, there would have been a lot more evidence. 

On October 3rd of 2011 a new verdict was announced. 

(source: cbsnews.com)

She had been acquitted of the murder and could finally go home to Washington. 

(source: cbsnews.com)

When she got back she started to try and rebuild her life. She started taking classes at the University of Washington majoring in creative writing. 

However this time was rather hard for her. People recognized her but many people didn't know the full story so there was a lot of whispering and rumors going on. But she was doing her best to get on with her life. 

This didn't last too long though because on March 26th of 2013 the Italian court overturned her acquittal. They used the flimsiest, circumstantial evidence to claim that she was still guilty. They had found the smallest, tiniest piece of Amanda's DNA on a knife and the whole thing was honestly bullshit. It seems like they weren't really trying to get justice for Meredith, but try to prove them selves right. 

Amanda was horrified and refused to go back to Italy. She appealed this verdict and the court took place without her present. In January 2014, the Italian court found her guilty again. She appealed this again, and this time everything was on the line. This was the last appeal that Amanda could do, so whatever the verdict was, would stand. 

(source: cnn.com)

In March 2014, the Italian court overturned her conviction and Amanda could finally be done with the whole thing. The supreme court said that they acquitted them because there were so many flaws in the investigation and the fact that the media was so intense that it made people very bias. The police were under a lot of pressure to find someone that the investigation was rushed and messy. They said that there was just not enough evidence of them at the crime scene. 

So Amanda is officially a free woman! She graduated college in 2014 and has gone on to become an advocate for people who have wrongful convictions. She has her own show called The Scarlet Letter, she wrote a book Waiting to be Heard and is really passionate about holding journalism accountable. 

Amanda pictured in 2020 with her husband. 
(source: telegraph.co.uk)

Italy really did Amanda dirty and it's truly sad that people don't know her full story but we do have to remember who lost their life in this situation. 

(source: telegraph.co.uk)

Meredith was sadly murdered in her youth and her family had to deal with her case being drawn out for years with Meredith not even being the main focus. Meredith was calm, sweet and shy. She was studying European politics to make a difference in the world. While Amanda's story was unfair and horrendous, it's important to remember who actually lost their life.  

May Meredith's memory be a blessing. 

(source: thetimes.co.uk)

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

✌๐ŸผUpdate ๐Ÿš + Future Article Topics ๐Ÿ‘ป

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Just so there's a bit more transparency on what can be expected from this blog I wanna do a quick little update. 



The plan for this blog is to do 1-2 big comprehensive posts a month. 

Back in the day (like April and May) I was just pumping out articles like I gave a fuck, but looking back at a lot of them. They're kind of total crap and were super rushed. 


I don't wanna create crappy, rushed bullshit. I do genuinely have a huge interest in all things metaphysical, weird, and occult. All that shit, and I wanna do a good job of writing about it. 

I have a lot of cool ideas and things to explore, its just the thing with that is, it takes time to put out quality comprehensive articles obviously. 

PLUS I was gone for a couple months cuz I just decided to fuck off into the mountains and it's been weird getting back into the swing of things. 

It's also not lockdown anymore and I have a job again so my free time to write this stuff is a bit restricted. 

BUT let it be known that really good shit is coming and its gonna be actually quality stuff and not just rushed bullshit. 

Here's a quick look into some future articles. 
  1. The Case of Amanda Knox
  2. The Christian Andracchio case 
  3. 9/11 was an inside job 
  4. The OJ Simpson Murder 
  5. Ed Gein  
  6. The Warren Files 
  7. RH- blood 
  8. Mythical creatures 
  9. Biorhythms 
  10. Book of Enoch 
  11. Emerald Tablets 
  12. Quantum Etanglement 
  13. Bilocation/astral projection 
  14. Mayans, Inca, Aztecs 
  15. 7 Hermetic laws 
  16. Organ Donor Stories 
  17. 111hz does sound heal? 
  18. The Vatican
  19. The Akashic Records
  20. The Annunaki
  21. Adrenochrome
  22. Do Plants Have Thoughts?
  23. John Titor
  24. Life on Mars
  25. Tesla was an Alien from Venus
  26. Shakespear Conspiracies
  27. Star Seeds
  28. Dr. Mengele's Twin Experiments
  29. Unexplained Medical Mysteries
  30. Time Isn't Real
There's actually a lot more where that came from but I didn't wanna put a list of like 100 things so here's just 30 :) 

I also have another blog called My Morning Playlist  thats a travel/lifestyle blog that's a lot more low-key and a casual read that y'all can read too js ๐Ÿ˜


Thanks for reading yall and get ready for some dope ass quality articles ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜˜


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Saturday, October 24, 2020

✨7 Ways to Manifest Anything and Everything ✨

What is Manifesting?

Essentially manifesting is attracting anything you desire to you. Through thoughts, belief and actions.  What you think you become, and your thoughts truly to create your reality. The most important aspect of manifesting is that you truly believe that whatever you are trying to attract to you is actually possible. Once you remove those blocks in your mind that hold you back from achieving and attracting the dream life you've always wanted. You can manifest anything into your life. 

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Manifestation isn't really all about just getting things that you want. 

Its about becoming the version of yourself that will attract it to you. 

There are many ways to manifest and Im only gonna touch on a few that I believe work the best for me but I encourage you all to look more into this and really figure out what works best for you. What works for some people may not work for others. Pinterest is a good resource for short form manifestation tips and there are countless youtube videos on this topic. Also WitchTok - the Witchcraft side of TikTok is honestly a great place to learn all kinds of Witchy tips. With the internet at your disposal, finding any information you want is up to you!

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A few WitchTokkers I like:

  1. astral.angel.ashley    
  2. unicoleunicron
  3. witchsandwich
  4. arielwillow7 (my personal favorite) 
There are SO SO many more great WitchTokkers out there, once the algorithm picks up what you're into you'll be suggested so many good ones trust me. 

A few good Pinterest Boards: 
A couple of good youtube channels: 
  1. Hearthfire Fox 
  2. Keelin Moncreiff - This is one isn't just witchcraft youtuber but she makes some good witchy content in a fun way


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 So here are ✨7 Ways to Manifest Anything and Everything ✨

  1. The Full Moon Written Paper Method
    • Determine what you want to manifest
    • Be very clear on want you want to manifest 
    • Remove all distractions and devote yourself with total concentration - you will accomplish a lot in a short period of time
    • Write down on a piece of paper what you would like to manifest BUT write it like you already have it (i.e. I am thankful for...) This works best during a full moon. 
    • Write the date at the top of the piece of paper and sign at the bottom when you are done writing all that you would like to manifest
    • Meditate and light a white candle - Go through your list and express how thankful you are to the universe for everything (act like you already have it, - thank you so much for ...) Truly feel grateful for it. This is a key step. 
    • When you are done going through the list and feel strongly connected, burn the paper in the candle. 
    • Continue to feel grateful and thankful to the universe.
    • This is how I manifested paying off all my $45,000 worth of student loans ๐Ÿ’–
    • NOTE: It may take months for something you want to manifest. Trust in divine timing and that everything will happen when its the right time. If you continue to believe and always express your gratitude you will manifest all your desires. 
  2. The Glass of Water Method
    • Wake up in the morning giving/saying how thankful you are to the universe for what you have (or what you would like to have but act like you already have it) don't make this one super long, just one or two things you would really like to manifest
    • Write it down and tape it onto a glass of water while meditating with intention. 
    • Drink the water with strong intentions and gratitude of what you desire. 
    • You can accomplish a lot in a short period of time. 
  3. Journaling and Affirmations 
    • What has always worked best for me is writing down exactly what I would like to manifest. On countless occasions I have come across an old notebook or journal where I had written what I would like to manifest and realized that it has all come true. 
    • Write a journal entry as if you already have everything that you would like to manifest. Like a day in your perfect life. Keep doing this until it becomes your reality. 
    • Your thoughts create your reality so a good way to manifest is by writing down and affirming out loud everything you wish to have and things that you already have. (i.e. I am financially abundant. I am loved. I am strong. etc.) This is a very powerful manifestation technique. 
  4. Create a Vision Board
    • This ones pretty self explanatory, just make a vision board!
    • Your vision board is a visual representation of your goals and desires. 
    • Grab some old magazines, some glue and some paper and put on there anything you would like to have or how you would like your life to look.
    • Put it up somewhere where you will see it everyday. 
  5. Visualize 
    • Visualize exactly what you would like to have or how you would like your life to look
    • Some people recommend doing this right before you fall asleep but I feel like its really whatever you're feeling
    • When you visualize be very specific and try to be as clear as possible. Don't forgot to include yourself in this vision! 
  6. A Manifestation Box
    • Use an old box or container and paint it/decorate it to your desires
    • Place in the box anything you would like to attract and do so with strong intention and gratitude. 
    • Give thanks and affirm your wishes - either mentally or verbally out loud whatever you feel would be best for you
  7. The Full Moon
    • The full moon is the best time to try and manifest anything. Make sure to thank the moon and talk to her as an old friend (and the stars, they are listening) 
    • Probably one the least labor intensive ways to manifest is talking to/asking the moon for al that you desire during a full moon. The moon and the universe loves you and wants to give you everything you desire. Talk to them. 

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You are a child of the universe! You are special and Divine and deserve to live a beautiful and wonderful life! A witches power comes from within themselves thats why it's so important to practice self love and self care. Take care of yourself. 

Also please feel free to change these up or add your own little twist on any of these manifestation techniques. It's really whatever works for you. I have manifested my student loans being paid off, a new Lexus and the perfect job using these techniques. Lemme know what works for you :) 

๐Ÿ’–Katie


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✨Roadtrip✨ Glacier National Park ๐ŸŒฒand Going To The Sun Road ☀️

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Saturday, October 17, 2020

๐ŸŒฒParkies ✌๐Ÿผ

  Hi my name is Katie and I live and work in National Parks. 




As you can imagine, when you live and work with the same group of people in the middle of the woods cut off from civilization for several months. Shit goes down. 

... and you learn a lot about your fellow Parkies. 

Thats the unofficial word for people like us. People who live and work in National Parks. We're roamers, dreamers, adventurers... 

When I sit and think about it, we're kind of hard to classify. A bunch of high-key weirdos and low-key outcasts might be a good way to put it. Or maybe it would be better the other way around. I dunno. See what I mean? Hard to classify. 

 We're all a  little lonely and just out there in the middle of nowhere trying to figure it all out. The good part is, we're all doing it together. And the bonds you make with these people? Unlike any other. Its like being in a platonic rom-com. You hopelessly fall in love with so so many people. (Platonically, - but also in some cases romantically but don't hold your breath for that just sayin). 

And the STORIES these people tell? Oh. My. God. I have heard the craziest shit man let me tell ya. I've also done the craziest shit with these people and I really wanna write it all down. This shit has GOT to be remembered ya feel me. 

Lets start off with the one and only time I saw a bear while in Glacier. 

Me and my buddy were planning to hike Highline that day because it was finally open. (It had been closed for a while because of too many bear sightings. Fun fact, a lot of the people who come to the park bring their dogs on the trails even though they are clearly marked (many times) that dogs are not allowed. Why? Because bears freakin love to attack doggos and they get super aggressive with them. So when a bunch of assholes bring their dogs on the trails guess what? A ton of bears show up and NPS (National Park Service) shuts it down so now nobody can hike it. Don't be an asshole please and don't bring your dogs on the trails Jesus.)

Anyway, that was a fun anecdote.  

So me and my buddy were on Going-To-The-Sun-Road near avalanche when all of a sudden a little yearling black bear comes sprinting out of the woods and goes directly in front of the car in front of us. 

The little thing was sprinting SO fast we didn't even see her until she was already in the middle of the road. The lady in front of us honestly probably didn't even see her either until she was directly in front of her car and they tried to stop but it was to late and the little yearling just got nailed right in the back thigh and went flying head over heels into the ditch. 

She did a couple flips and landed on her back with her hands up in the air. She honestly had a very human-looking surprised look on her face and it was kind of funny even considering the circumstances. But she didn't waste any time and she just go right up and sprinted off up the mountain seemingly unharmed. 

and that was the one and only time I saw a bear while in Glacier.

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- Katie 


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