Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Pat Mesiti - For God's Sake, Skip Ad.

Sometimes Facebook posts become a little too long to be Facebook posts. That's when you need Bigmouthery.

My (skip) ad feed on YouTube the last day or so has been almost exclusively a sales pitch from evangelical preacher Pat Mesiti, touting the 'law of attraction' method of life success. Like you, I generally 'skip ad' as soon as I can. Especially a few months after nearly losing my mind hearing Arnie say 'the best defence is defence!' Besides, it's critical I see Peter Serafinowicz's Sassy Trump or listen to Louis CK's diarrhea song...again.

The difference this time? I know who Mesiti is. I was once a Christian and during the short post-Catholic & pre-agnostic/mostly atheistic/trying to be post-theistic/who-the-fuck-knows-period, Pat Mesiti was a highly considered pastor among my happy clappy peers. So after being hit with a wall of Mesiti ads, I decided to hear him out.

He was standing in front of a big swimming pool at what looked liked a seaside resort, enthusiastically extolling the 'law of attraction' as part of a seminar sales pitch. Unlimited potential, limited seats, y'know how it goes...

As I understand the scientific term, the supposed laws of attraction has to do with bodies' attraction/repulsion in relationship to each other. Let's call this A.

By contrast, human 'laws' of attraction such as those propounded in books like 'The Secret' suggest that your desires and wishes will be made manifest by stating said desires and wishes, which the universe will then grant you. Let's call this B. The sceptics' formula for the combination of the two is as follows:

A + B = C (Commerce)

I am expert neither in quantum physics nor sales pitches, but I think it's disingenuous during a sales pitch for the salesman not to disclose that he is/was an evangelical preacher.

More importantly, I also think it's vital that the unsuspecting are made aware that that said pitchman pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges of assault arising from domestic violence.

A more cynical person might reasonably assume that this hackneyed pitch to sell bums on seats is in some way an attempt at a career comeback.

And now, the Diarrhea Song.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Not One More.

Candlelight Vigil tonight to remember those lost to domestic and family violence.
Source: BDVS/Facebook

Many years and several governments ago, the then Liberal leader and aspiring PM Alexander Downer presented to his NSW colleagues the party's slogan on domestic violence, The Things That Matter. Adhering to the well-trod rubric 'always open with a joke', Downer felled the room into agape silence as he said that perpetrators of domestic violence might call it 'the things that batter'. Jump ahead to the time Alexander Downer never became Prime Minister.

That was late 1994 - politically and socially, an aeon ago. Surely things have improved since then? In attitudinal terms, there's a good argument to suggest that yes, there are visible improvements. But in terms of perpetration, domestic violence is on the rise.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Bigmouthery is Back!

After three years, a strange intercontinental adventure and an even stranger internal one, Bigmouthery is back. I look forward to sharing it with you once again. Stay close.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Bigmouthery Cooking Show: Spicy Egg Salad Sammich.

Australia's version of the classic American 'egg salad' sandwich is the bog standard 'egg & lettuce', famed for being a staple recipe of the Country Women's Association and those women who 'bring a plate' to after church get-togethers. Come to think of it, they're probably the same people. The egg & lettuce sandwich of my childhood usually consisted of: Tip Top Sunblest white bread, Meadow Lea margarine, (often hand-sized leaves of iceberg lettuce - which back then was just lettuce) and eggs more hard-boiled than a Raymond Chandler novel. The kind that's been tortured in a saucepan for so long it has a lovely atmosphere of grey scum coating the yolk. If you were lucky, there was a little curry powder in it. If you were really lucky, there might be a little mayo and pepper.

Egg salad, on the other hand, is more in line with what I started making once I left home, although some versions of American-style egg salad sammiches have tomato in 'em...and that's just wrong.

My egg & lettuce/egg salad sammy was a fairly basic affair, with mayo, hot English mustard, lettuce, pepper, Lebanese cucumber and occasionally some scallions (aka spring onions/long onions/green onions/shallots). However, I've been unable to source a good hot mustard here in Texas, so I've come up with an alternative recipe which may just be the best damn egg salad sammich you'll ever eat. Here 'tis:

Friday, 26 April 2013

Random Facebook Friend Song Share Funtimes Experimenty Minty Thing!

Last night I was lying in bed waiting for Mrs Bigmouthery to arrive home from rehearsal. I decided to share a few songs with friends on Facebook. It was enjoyable so I thought, 'Hey, let's do this a right now!' So I did...and in moments of pause in the next couple of days, I'm going to do a lot more. It's partly because I love and miss so many of you, partly because I'm trying to inspire something musical in myself, partly because I want to share some Australian music with American friends and partly because blahblahblahblahblah.

So...please enjoy...and if you do, let me know. If you don't, also let me know...and I'll unfriend you. Har har. Toaster!

P.S. If you haven't got one and want one, let me know via my timeline, the Bigmouthery FB page or here at the Blurg. Please like the blog and check out my Reverbnation if'n y'wanna.