Manly Challenge: Opportunity International

This week’s challenge, brought to you by Dave Hammons (a.k.a. “Joe Stevens”), is to support Opportunity International. And we’re up for that!

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The deck is stacked against people in the poorest part of the world, where the saying “it takes money to make money” is the harsh fact that traps people into the cycle of poverty. Opportunity Interational, through its many local projects, is breaking people out of those traps. By restoring vital neighborhood businesses in the wake of disasters, by teaching how to run a business, and by providing the seed-money to make dreams of financial independence a reality for women in countries that refuse to educate females, Opportunity International lifts people into better lives.

The best part of all is that your donations keep on giving. Through its microloan programs, successful projects can be turned around to fund new projects, again and again. This is far more than a basic charity… it’s an engine of hope that keeps running.

As always, your donations will be matched one-for-five, up to a hundred dollars in matching funds, by Caerdwyn, so your dollars will go even farther.

It’s amazing how far a few dollars can go. And we’re going to go there!

The news! It’s almost as good as facts!

NEWS FLASH: At 5pm Pacific on November 18, Stay Brony My Friends will be welcoming Dave Hammons, a.k.a. Joe Stevens. When news breaks, Joe is there to repair it!

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Joe Stevens: Keeping Equestrians Sorta Informed Since 2011

The Equestria Inquirer is one of the oldest comedy bronycasts out there, going back all the way to 2011, and this is the man behind it. Known to us as “Joe Stevens”, Dave Hammons has been bringing the hard-hitting coverage, the very juiciest fact-like phrases, and exposing the truthiness behind the Equestrian throne. We all need something vaguely resembling information, and the Equestria Inquirer is something vaguely resembling that!

He’s been scarce lately though. What could he have been up to during that time? Rumors of professional scriptwriting and novels need to be investigated! Be there to turn the tables on Joe, ask him the questions that ponies all over the world demand the answers to! Now back to you, Dusty!

Manly Challenge: The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

This week’s Manly Challenge, presented by DRWolf, is to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Yes, we are going to do this!

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There’s just not a whole lot to be said about suicide and the need to support this cause. The case of Michael Morones has shown just how close and personal this is to all of us, and we need to do whatever it takes to ensure this never, ever happens again.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention works tirelessly to help those who are on the edge, and to fight the pressures that push people there. This is an issues where life and death is decided by whether help is available right now. Supporting the AFSP with your donation is literally an act of life-saving. As always, your support is matched one dollar for five (up to a hundred in matching funds) by Caerdwyn.

Do it. This is in a very literal sense life and death, and the life you save could be someone you know.

The Doctor Is In

On Monday the 3rd of November, at 5pm Pacific (you DID update your clocks for Daylight Saving Time, right?), Stay Brony My Friends welcomes DRWolf. Woot!

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okay, this is just plain creepy

Doc Wolf, known as DRWolf001 on YouTube, is one of the leading analysts of Our Beloved Show. But he does much more than just reviews and editorials; he dives deep into the backstory and setting of Equestria and its inhabitants, and is also a mighty fine dramatic reader. And holy horsey hangovers, he’s done a lot of work! Google had to buy more hard drives just because of him!

We’ll be there. He’ll be there. You’ll be there. It’s a thing at the place.

Manly Challenge: Project True

This week’s challenge, courtesy of Ingrid Nilson, is to support Project True. We are going to support the heck out of it!

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Self-image, with respect to how we view our bodies, is the heart of many eating disorders. Bombarded by advertising and “perfect” body-ideals by the media, many people find themselves in self-destructive eating patterns, obsession with exercise leading to steroid abuse, and depression. People who can’t match their “perfect” physical self-image either give up and overeat into obesity, or drive themselves into a hospital… or into an early grave. This isn’t a minor issue.

Recovering from a lifetime of exposure to unrealistic and unhealthy body-images is not easy, but that’s exactly what Project True is about. They’re up to the challenge, and so are we! Your donation will go to education, treatment programs, training teachers and fitness instructors, and even to help businesses do their part. Better yet…

We’ve got a dollar-for-dollar match from Porte Development Company, in addition the the usual one-for-five from Caerdwyn. This means that every dollar you donate is multiplied by 240%. Talk about leverage! And they’re so excited about our support they’ve plastered us all over their main page!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Project True’s donations are via PayPal. They will collect the names and donation amounts and send them to us, but they won’t be visible on the website. Also, Paypal’s web designers are idiots. If you are donating from someplace other than Canada, when you select the country, you have to click somewhere on the side to force the page to display the proper list of states/provinces.

Let’s do this.

Sister was a rolling stone

Rock. Because you rock, there will be rocks. Stay Brony My Friends will rock at 5pm Pacific on Monday October 20 with Ingrid Nilson, voice actress for Maud Pie. That rocks.

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If she had a dollar for every rock-joke, she’d have a whole lot of dollars. And rocks.

Join us! This is going to r— um, this is going to be great! Ingrid Nilson will be with us to discuss the difference between gneiss and basalt, how to tie yourself up in a knot with yoga (something she shares with a certain Weird Al), extemporaneous poetry, and a whole boat-load of other things.

When my thoughts turn dark and feral
I reflect upon a chrysoberyl
Hexagonal in perfect form, which for its crystal is the norm
 
And when I fear I am a fool I
seek out a lovely lapis lazuli
I feel less blue as you can see, for it is far more blue than me
 
Semi-precious gems abound
I seek them out within the ground
Metamorphic, meditative, carboniferous, contemplative
 
Rocks rock.

 

We just don’t know what— no, we DO know

UPDATE: Trying again today, Mon. the 13th, at 5pm Pacific. Be there!

This week’s Stay Brony My Friends unfortunately had to be canceled. LiveStream was suffering constant up-and-down problems (as it does from time to time). Those boys and girls need some help.

But fear not! We will have the folks from Brony: the Musical back as soon as possible. Watch this spot for announcements and updates.

In the meantime, though, you can get a head start on their Manly Challenge HINT HINT…

Manly Challenge: Love Our Children USA

This week’s Manly Challenge, brought by the cast and crew of Bronies: The Musical, is to support Love Our Children USA. Covered!

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Bullying is serious, and has struck us all close to home. No longer is it just about “he took my lunch money” or “she called me a name”… today’s bullies are out for blood, and as our own community found out, sometimes they get it. Driven by Internet anonymity and callous indifference from law enforcement, bullying has escalated into sometimes-deadly cycles of abuse. It has to stop.

Love Our Children USA is one of the leading anti-bullying campaigns in the United States. They are attacking bullying from all angles: reducing the causes of bullying, teaching children how to respond to it when it happens,  and pushing for legislation and meaningful action. Your donations will go towards preventing the abusive behavior that so many of us endured in our own lives, and with one-for-five matching (up to a hundred dollars in matching funds), your reach is extended even further.

Let’s do this! We are more powerful than the bullies.

The hills are alive with the sound of… Bronies?

On Monday the 6th of October, at the usual 5pm Pacific, the producers of Bronies: the Musical will be joining us on Stay Brony, My Friends. We are stoked!

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next up: a Kickstarter for storage space for all their awards

Though it seemed an odd subject for a musical (Hinny of the Hills nonwithstanding), Bronies: The Musical seems to have pulled it off in grand style. Awards, encore runs, successful Kickstarters… the checklist is complete. This isn’t something that many of us have much familiarity with though, so the questions will be thick and fast.

Join us and find out what it’s all about! …oh wait, it’s about YOU. Might want to check into what they’re saying then, right?

Manly Challenge : Free the Children

This week’s Manly Challenge, brought to us by Rebecca Shoichet, is to support Free the Children. Heck yeah!

Human rights has become a cause that any decent person can get behind. But too often there is a gap in who is protected, a gap that has to do with age and not having a voice that a country’s legal system recognizes. This gap is children’s rights.

Far too often, children can be exploited for cheap labor, or be the last to receive the help they need in the face of poverty. Since children don’t vote and children can’t stand up and say “We are human too” in the eyes of the law, they find themselves last in line to be able to receive the protection that adults receive. This is where Free the Children comes in.

Not only does Free the Children fight to get children the legal protections they deserve, they also teach children that they do not need to take the abuse and exploitation. They show children how to make a difference in their own lives and the lives of others, and how to get the help they need when others fail them.

Your donation directly results in better lives in places where the attitude towards children has been terrible. In addition, your donation will be matched one-for-five by Caerdwyn, up to a hundred dollars in matching funds. Stretch those dollars!

What better cause is this? Let’s do it!

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