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Victims of Ohio kidnapping release video thanking supporters, God

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight have all been through “hell and back” but have taken the time to thank everyone who has supported them financially and emotionally in the time since their escape on May 6 of this year. These three brave women have come forward so soon after tragedy to express gratitude in an amazing display of selflessness.

Truly moving is the written speech by Michelle Knight.

Michelle Knight’s ‘thank you’ speech

Thank you everyone for your love support and donations which helped me build a brand new life. I just want everyone to know I’m doing just fine. I may have been through hell and back, but I am strong enough to walk through hell with a smile on my face, with my head held high, and with my feet firmly on the ground, walking hand in hand with my best friend.

I will not let the situation define who I am. I will define the situation.

I don’t want to be consumed by hatred. With that being said, we need to take a leap of faith and know that God is in control. We have been hurt by people, but we need to rely on God as being the judge.

God has a plan for all of us. The plan that he gave me is to help others that have been in the same situations I have been in to know that there is someone out there to lean on and to talk to.

I am in control of my own destiny with the guidance of God. I have no problem expressing how I feel inside.

Be positive. Learn that it is more important to give than to receive.

Thank you for all your prayers, I’m looking forward to my brand new life. Thank you.

 

 

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Cristiano Ronaldo might be gay (YES!)

Here’s the deal. Cristiano Ronaldo might be gay.

Let me just say it again because it feels so good to type.

Cristiano Ronaldo might be gay. One of the most beautiful, successful, and athletic people on earth might be swinging for our team.

Cristiano, if you’re reading this. Hey. Sup?

So how did the rumour (and for the sake of any liability we should stress that we are simply repeating a rumour, and it should also be noted that there isn’t anything wrong with being gay so why get mad when people talk coughTomCruisecough) come about?

Well it seems that the mega hunk was at a Rihanna concert not too long ago and posed for a photo with RiRi.

 

When reporters asked her if she was seeing the mega hunk (did we say mega hunk?) she responded “I have a lot of gay friends and support sexual diversity.”

Is he gay? That is up to him to tell the world, although that jewel encrusted watch looks pretty straight-bro-with-money. Is Rihanna trolling the world and giving her multitude of gay fans an early Christmas gift by letting us speculate about Cristiano’s sexuality from now until the end of time? We sure hope not.

 

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LIVE TWEET: How to survive #StormTO on a VIA Train heading to Toronto

Our intrepid writer (and something of a lush if you go based on his tweets alone) Simon Johnson spent his evening on the VIA Train heading from Winsdor to Toronto. After a lovely weekend visiting with his boyfriend’s family he had to get home to relieve the dog-sitter and give his puppy Baxter some love.

Unfortunately for Simon, this Monday was a Monday like no other, when #StormTO hit and gave Toronto more rain than she has ever seen. The subway flooded, the highways flooded, Union Station flooded, and of course, the way home was flooded, thankfully not nearly as bad as the situation taking place on a GO Train not too far away.

Simon tweeted his way through this mess and, with a little help from some new friends on the train, we think he just might make it home okay, even if it is a little late. Read on below to see how Simon manages to turn a miserable stalled evening into a train party.

Stay up to date with Simon’s voyage here:

You can follow Travis on Twitter at @TravMyers and follow Simon at @ScottishGuy for the latest updates on flood train shenanigans.

18 Vines from the #StormTO Toronto flood

Toronto was under water this evening as a fast moving storm came from the north and submerged the city. Social media was abuzz with Torontonians in different places around the city chronicling the damage around them and their often stranded situations. Here are 18 Vine videos that capture the full scope of the first half of today’s big storm.

 

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CONTEST: Win white gold diamond stud earrings

Do you long for more sparkle in your life? Women’s Post is giving one reader the chance to win a pair of white gold diamond stud earrings from Classic Jewellery. Specializing  in custom jewellery design and restyling, Classic Jewellery also provides on-site repairs for both jewellery and watches. Enter today for your chance to win.

Contest Rules & Regulations:
Contestants must reside in Canada (excluding Quebec) to be eligible to win
Contestants must be 18 or older
Contestants are eligible to enter 1x daily (further entries will not be counted)
Contest closes on Friday, August 2nd, at 2 p.m.

 

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Former PC MPP (and current PC candidate) says ‘females’ only vote Liberal because they are uninformed

In the wake of a recent UK study that determined women are less aware of current affairs than men former Progressive Conservative MPP (1995-2003) and current PC candidate for the riding of Kitchener Centre Wayne Wettlaufer may have been over confident when he told Queen’s Park Briefing reporter Ashley Csanady over Twitter that ‘females’ vote Liberal because they are uninformed.

The tweet from the former seat holder, which was quickly deleted, stirred across social media including retweets of the screen grab on Twitter, postings on Reddit, and postings throughout Facebook.

Reporter Csanady was accused on Twitter of inciting the comment with “anti-feminist” talking points, but she staunchly defended her feminist cred — cred which is entirely endorsed by Women’s Post and this writer.

One of the rising young stars of QP Briefing, Kitchener native Csanady cut her teeth on feminist and arts writing in independent publications.

Sounding off on the tweet from Wayne Wettlaufer, we can’t help but think that this politician, left for a decade out of the house to dry, might have just lost himself the ‘female’ vote in 140 characters or less.

It is also worth noting that the English language does in fact have a collective noun for human females: women.

Check out the screencap of the offending tweet below and let us know what you think. Did Wettlaufer go to far by painting women as ignorant?

 

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6 awful tweets supporting Paula Deen (and one hilarious one that doesn’t)

WARNING: Some of these tweets contain some bad language.

 
This guy trying to prove that saying the N-word is okay:

This mess:

This guy, who supports gay marriage, and also Paula Deen:

This guy, showing his support by planning a trip top Paula’s restaurant:

The political machine of the TV food world:

Yikes:

And finally, this masterpiece:

 

You can follow Travis on Twitter at @TravMyers.

Smartwatch on the way from Sony

On June 21 the Twitter account for Sony’s smartphone branch, Sony Xperia, tweeted out a photo of a sleek looking digital watch, the long awaited smartwatch that has been tech industry buzz for the last year.

The idea of a James Bond style smart watch jumped from the realm of fiction into reality in the last year when rumours began that Apple was covertly working on an ‘iWatch’ running Apple’s iOS operating system. It seems as though competitor Sony has beaten them out of the gate with their product as the hashtag in the tweet, #MAE13, refers to the Mobile Asia Expo that is taking place June 25th in Shanghai, China.

Only in Japan: People with pigeon heads on Google Street View

While we’re still unsure if they are a regular fixture of the Tamagawa-josui sidewalk in Musashino, Japan, one thing is for sure — when the Google Street View cameras came by in March of this year there was a gaggle of mutant pigeon people waiting.

The eight avian-humans are poised and ready as the Google bike camera approaches and turn around to peer curiously as it passes them. One of them has disappeared in that short amount of time, most likely to hide under your bed.

The Japanese pranksters follow in the great tradition of Japan’s youth being weird for the sake of weird much like octopus pornography, hairy legged stockings, and eyeball licking before them. At least no one is getting sick from this, although it may contribute to some bird-people nightmares.

 

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