Happy Christmas, Donald Trump

Wow! I ran into Ella, formerly of this parish, at a SL party (more of which next week) and asked her if she was missing the blog and blogging. ‘Not really’, she said, but the next thing was this post landed in my lap.

Trine

Happy Christmas, Donald Trump, by guest columnist Ella Keng

Throughout 2015 we’ve witnessed scores of images wherein people fleeing the conflict in Syria have arrived in Europe, thereby sparking a humanitarian and political crisis across the continent.

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In this photo released by the Italian Navy on Monday, June 30, 2014, and taken on Sunday, June 29, 2014, a boat overcrowded with migrants is pictured in the Mediterranean Sea. The bodies of some 30 would-be migrants were found in in the hold of a packed smugglers' boat making its way to Italy, the Italian navy said Monday. The boat was carrying nearly 600 people, and the remaining 566 survivors were rescued by the navy frigate Grecale and were headed to the port at Pozzallo, on the southern tip of Sicily. (AP Photo/Italian Navy, ho)

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Italian sailors with the Uraniam Navy Ship rescue 109 African migrants from Gambia, Mali, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Guinea, and Nigeria, from a rubber boat in the sea between Italy and Libya, October 4, 2014. The migrants claimed to have left from Tripoli the evening of October 3rd, and spent the night moving north. The Italian Navy has several navy ships patrolling international and Italian waters at any given time in an attempt to rescue migrants, and transfer them safely to shore in Italy. Since the beginning of 2014, roughly 120,000 refugees have landed in Italy, more than double the total for the entire year of 2013. (Credit: Lynsey Addario for The New York Times) NYTCREDIT: Lynsey Addario for The New York Times NYTCREDIT: Lynsey Addario for The New York Times

Were these people refugees from a war? Or economic migrants looking for an easy way into Europe and a better life? Did Europe (does anywhere?) have the infrastructure to accept numbers of them?

The ‘one Europe’ idea also foundered on the refugee crisis as various countries closed their borders to them, refused to accept them or rushed them through their land towards Germany who said they would accept them. Some were, clearly, chancers. ‘We want to escape war but we’d rather not escape it in Serbia. We want to make Germany (or Sweden, or France, or the UK) our home’. Kosovo already has a majority Muslim population, (about 90%) so surely it makes sense to seek refuge in a country with a similar (religious) culture and moral outlook. Albania? Bosnia & Herzegovina? (B&H is about 40% Muslim, not a majority of its people, but the pre-eminent religion). But no, the need to push north and west is the over-riding attitude of those arriving.

Secular, western Europe regards this with suspicion, warranted or not. And for many reasons, it has tested Europe’s tolerances throughout the year. Of course, Europe (and the west in general) must bear its share of responsibility for creating this humanitarian crisis, one too complex to lay out here. The fact is, it is here, and it’s a problem we collectively face and need to resolve.

Turkey, too, is problematic. It wishes to join the E.C. while its president, Erdogan, diminishes Ataturk’s secular vision with a shallow slide towards it being a Muslim, as opposed to secular, state, and has issues with the Kurds, with there being evidence that it has attacked the Kurdish population in Syria.

All of this is far too complex to explain in a blog posting about Second Life.

The simple fact is that there’s a crisis, with events creating tensions and leading us in a very bad direction. This was made worse by events in Paris a month ago, 130 dead at the hands of radical Islamists.

In turn, this gave French President Hollande the excuse to bomb ISIS in Syria, and for the UK’s parliament to vote in favour of joining in, even if it means UK residents are exposed to greater risk by a theoretical revenge attack.

The internet became alive with ‘proof’ that the refugees were merely fifth columnist jihadists now in our midst.

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The photograph above went viral, showing ‘refugees’ attacking German police with ISIS flags. It was eventually proven that the photograph originated in Bonn, 2012, rather than this year (there’s still no excuse for German-domiciled Muslims waving ISIS flags, though).

Governments joined in ‘the fun’, using it all to promote their own agendas, either at national or party political level. ‘The truth’ got lost somewhere along the line and the root of the year end’s problems disappeared behind something else. We’re talking less of refugees, more of ISIS, more of ‘a war’, more of the need to bomb the Middle East back to an even bigger stone age than it already is as a ‘solution’. We forgot being human along the way.

We need to address the issue of why thousands are fleeing Syria. Oh yes, that’s right! ISIS! These (Muslim) Syrian people are fleeing the inhuman excesses of this inhuman (Muslim) group. It’s not about ISIS versus the west. It’s about all of us -Syrian refugees included- fleeing this barbaric cult. (But remember, too, that in recoiling from the horror of ISIS beheadings videos, ‘a medieval death cult’, we number Saudi Arabia amongst our ‘allies’, despite them being another medieval death cult who hold public beheadings. Maybe they’re a superior sort of death cult. Who knows anymore?)

We (the UK) are also very keen to sell armaments to Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia are probably selling arms to ISIS.

Great, isn’t it?

If we stop making guns, or selling guns, then radical jihadists couldn’t attack Paris, or London with the same ferocity. But an arms trade valued at $76bn in 2012 doesn’t want that. And so it goes on.

America has been celebrating Thanksgiving since 1621 and celebrated its most recent Thanksgiving a couple of weeks ago.

It’s a country founded by waves of immigrants, made increasingly great by subsequent waves of immigrants, now raised to ridicule by the son of immigrants (he has German/Scottish ancestry) claiming that America should shut out Muslims. Just how do you do that? Oh yeah…we’re back to the era of big yellow stars and pink triangles. Let’s sew on some crescent moons in….whatever colour you like.

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Some ‘Muslims’ arrive in Second Life in a refugee boat

Just how much leadership material are you, Donald, when Jeb Bush is getting a jump on you in his analysis of your analysis?

Last week we read that 54% of Republicans support Trump’s view on a total ban on Muslims. Perhaps more worryingly, 30% of Republicans said in a poll that they were in favour of bombing Agrabah.

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I don’t think they’re clouds in the sky over Agrabah. Maybe cruise missiles

Houston, you have a problem that Tom Hanks and a roll of gaffer tape isn’t going to fix if one third of Republican voters favour bombing a fictional city from Disney’s ‘Aladdin’. And in doing so, makes Jeb Bush look like an intellectual colossus in his political analysis.

When I started in Second Life there were mosques and Islamic sims a-plenty, something I favour as several had an educational spin on them, so it was interesting to read Muslims (presumably the sim builders) take on their history (the toothbrush, marching bands, the guitar, magnifying glass and spectacles, coffee and hospitals). Islam gave these to the world. Oh, they also gave us algebra, but I’ve not forgiven them for that yet.

Marching bands, guitars, algebra and coffee, eh? Pretty much your average US university morning (oh yeah, the Islamic world invented the university too). And Trump wants to keep them out.

America, as I said, was made great by waves of immigrants, and the warm welcome they received, subsuming themselves into ‘the American way’ and aspiring to ‘the American dream’.

These sims also gave us an insight into their religion, a theme that dominated many Islamic/Muslim sims. Where are these sims now? All but gone. How much briefing, do you think, they endured from people with a similar intellect to those who would wish to bomb Agrabah? I could only find one, Ross Mosque, and the situation is so bad that it’s non-Muslims who’ve taken it on themselves to build it in order to, as they say, because ‘since a number of mosques have disappeared from SL, we thought one of the world’s great religions should be represented in SL.

It’s not just me who has noticed their disappearance, evidently.

The global nature of SL means that we can and do encounter people of other cultures and nations we would otherwise not have the pleasure of meeting. We can learn from them, and them from us, in an atmosphere of mutual understanding. SL can sometimes, in a small, very minor way, do that.

There have to be a large number of Muslims playing SL. When I ran this blog I could see where players came from (just the name of the country) and I can tell you that most of the Middle East and Asia tuned into Second Life, and SLN, in decent numbers. Let’s not treat our fellow SL players from the Muslim world feel as if they’re arriving by boat, almost like refugees in an online game. Let’s make sure that SL and its community get the message across that they’re welcome here in SL and we encourage them to make their presence, as proud Muslims, known. Let them know that refugees from war-torn lands are welcome in Europe, in America. Let them know that we all think Trump is an idiot.

Please, if there are any prospective sim builders from the Muslim world out there, get building! We want to see your religion represented in SL. We want to wander a great mosque and learn about Islam.

Apologies. This has been a long, meandering and possibly rambling post (I’m out of practice 🙂 )

We enter a week of peace and good will to all men (from a Christian perspective). Let’s make it known that the peace and good will extends to everyone, Christian, Muslim, Jew, Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh and those of no religion.

Happy Christmas. May 2016 bring us a more peaceful world and anyone other than Trump in the White House.

Ella

 

Trine adds… ‘Shortly after publishing Ella’s post I found this on my Facebook feed.

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HISpose ‘Draped’ series.

HISpose is poses made for males, by a male, and they have a Marketplace presence.

I spotted a ‘draped towel’ pose set (L$100) and thought that it might just as readily be used by a female 😉

Here’s a screen capture of the photograph, as modelled by a male, on the Marketplace

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Cute, eh ladies? 😉

It works just as well on a female 🙂 I had to adjust the towel in one pose to fit over my boobs, but it didn’t affect the hand hold too much.

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If you’re looking for a cute towel set that works for him or her, these come recommended for bath, shower or indeed (nude) beach use. They’re definitely poses that are going into the ‘Naturist Accessory’ folder.

Trine

 

J’ai teste pour vous

Naturisme TV is a wonderful website in which French naturists beaches and campsites are reviewed, guests and staff interviewed and any other nu activities reported upon. There’s a ‘magazine’ edition each month, and also a monthly feature called ‘J’ai teste pour vous’ (I tested for you) in which an individual naturist campsite is featured. Ella did a blog post on it in September last year, which I’ve only got to follow up on and have spent a couple of hours watching their monthly reports and whetting my appetite to get back to some of those places featured and which I have previously visited with my family. This month’s ‘testing’ comes from La Jenny in the Gironde region of France. La Jenny also has its own website.

In a sense, SL Naturist is similar in its ongoing ‘magazine’ format to Naturisme-TV’s monthly format, specifically for French naturism (how cool to have similar widely available internet magazines from other countries might it be?)

We don’t have a ‘J’ai teste pour vous’ type of format, though. I know Ella did some single-site online publications via Issuu.  and I’m going to develop this ‘library’ further in 2016, and do those publications with a single-site naturist sim explored and reviewed. There are already some Issuu publications relating to Eden Naturopolis, Lupe’s and Su Casa. Despite this, I’m planning to revisit them and review them through my eyes. I’d like to think we could produce a bi-monthly Issuu magazine in a ‘J’ai teste pour vous’ format.

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I’m also hoping to explore naturist sims not previously shown in SL Naturist’s ‘Issuu’ series, so work begins on that during this week. I know where we’re headed, but it will remain secret for a while yet!

Trine

 

 

Sexy Santa in Second Life (and some sibilant alliteration for you)

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Right now, the Second Life grid is awash with ‘Sexy Santa’ or ‘Sexy Elf’ costumes, many free as Xmas gifts at numerous stores. I have to say that I’m not averse to these and have been wearing some of them (complete, or in part) myself when out and about on the grid.

The internet is also awash with ‘software’ yep of photos with a Christmas theme. There’s few that feature genuine amateurs, but we’ve found a few (above) where Santa hats and little else is the order of the day. There’s also plenty of modelled shots that are of a ‘glamour’ variety (see below)

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These might well be the templates for the outfits available in Second Life.

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Howie’s friend Barbara has already modelled the full set from Hudson’s Clothing in a previous post, but I thought I’d just wear certain elements of one of a number of free Christmas themed gifts at Hudson’s Clothing to give a more familiar ‘sexy Santa’ look. Is this incompatible with naturism? I don’t think that outfits like this are incompatible with naturism, from personal experience of a naturist club where the ladies were encouraged to wear ‘Mrs Claus’ outfits, and the gents elements of a Santa Claus outfit. Naturists do love to dress up, after all. Be it for evenings out after a day in the sun, or all manner of ‘fancy dress’ competitions at clubs, we’re as ready to put some kind of outfit on as we are to take our clothes off. It’s all just a bit of fun.

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If you’re adept with Photoshop or Gimp, you can also set a Second Life photo into a Christmas card with a transparent section in order to create something that you might like to upload to Second Life and then send to SL friends. Of course, if you aren’t inclined towards naturism, you could wear clothes (but if you aren’t naturist (a) why are you reading SL Naturist and (b) isn’t it something you might like to put on your Nude Year Resolutions list for 2016? 😉

Abigail

 

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We briefly had a tumblr account, but I’ve decided to delete it as it’s something I wasn’t likely to use. It was merely another distraction from the main blogging board.

I’ve not deleted our Flickr account, but we haven’t posted to it as it was mothballed for reasons explained by Howie on that site before I took over as SL Naturist’s editor.

I do have access to that Flickr account and I like to check on what others are doing in a Second Life nude context. I don’t propose to use it at any point in the near future, though.

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Our needs can be well enough served within the wordpress site itself. In 2016 I’ll be reorganising the tabs/pages on the site to reflect how all our needs can be served right here.

Trine

 

 

Feliz Navidad (from Canada)

Christmas movies. They can be cloying and mawkish (hello Disney and Pixar) or they can be affecting and, in the case of Walk off the Earth‘s Christmas movie, maybe just a little bit ‘arch’.

Who are Walk off the Earth? A Canadian band, and Canada has always done things a little differently. That’s why they’ve produced some unique talents like Neil Young and Joni  Mitchell, although their government has apologised for Justin Bieber. Walk off the Earth’s ‘gimmick’ is that the five of them assemble around a single guitar to produce a unique take on songs, such as Jose Feliciano’s ‘Feliz Navidad’ (see above). I’d never heard of them (Canada’s diamonds are usually buried in the mud and slime of their neighbour’s bigger budgeted dross) until I clicked on their video in my Facebook feed last week and was hooked, since when I’ve been watching their youtube videos and their lovely, gentle, doesn’t-overstay-its-welcome Christmas movie ‘It’s a wonderful mic’ (see link below).

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Federation of Canadian Naturists

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Bare Oaks Naturist Park

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Wreck Beach, Vancouver

I don’t think SL Naturist has covered much in the way of Canadian naturism before, so I thought I would provide some links for people who may be interested in discovering more. In the New Year, as the snow and ice recede in Canada and its naturists begin to emerge from their underground shopping malls, I hope we can return there -virtually speaking- and provide some insight into Canadian naturism which will probably have it’s own quiet, unique, understated style of its own.

Trine

Christmas posting

I see that several SL bloggers are beginning to ‘sign off’ for the holidays now, with no more postings planned until Christmas has been and gone (New Year in some instances). It’s my expectation that SL Naturist will continue to blog throughout the Christmas period. Abigail and I don’t foresee either of us stepping back from blogging over the festive period and there may actually be a bit of a stepping-up of midweek blogging.

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As you’ll have gathered now, our ‘routine’ seems to be to largely research our posts and then blog at weekends, whereas Ella & Pookes seemed to have no set pattern and an almost daily posting routine. Abi finished work on Friday for 10 days, and I finish on Wednesday for a week, so I think both of us will endeavour to bring you the best in Second Life naturism over the Christmas period.

 

Trine