My Sweet Oubliette

This is a place where I put things to forget about them, but hopefully you remember them for me. I am a sensibly liberal intellectual rocker type who loves most forms of the arts, writing, and having a grand time gallavnting about with friends or sipping on green tea over a good book.... Or over a Gameboy game of Pokemon. I choose Bulbasaur.


Hmm?   Would you like to share that with the class?
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acewasabi:

pleatedjeans:

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That is pretty perfect


One of my fellow field organizers is like 6’4” and built like a linebacker and I’m this skinny homo at 5’9”. We’ve got this thing where, in various scenarios in which he and I need to escape, I hop into one of these and he pulls me onto his back and runs. Big black man, skinny white homo bouncing around on his back- golden.

acewasabi:

pleatedjeans:

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That is pretty perfect

One of my fellow field organizers is like 6’4” and built like a linebacker and I’m this skinny homo at 5’9”. We’ve got this thing where, in various scenarios in which he and I need to escape, I hop into one of these and he pulls me onto his back and runs. Big black man, skinny white homo bouncing around on his back- golden.

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assholeofday:

Terri Lynn Land, Asshole of the Day for August 19, 2014
by TheDailyEdge (Follow @TheDailyEdge)
August 19 is Earth Overshoot Day. It’s the day on which “humanity has exhausted nature’s budget for the year.” As the global population and demand for natural resources both increase, Earth Overshoot Day comes earlier and earlier each year. Which is why we really need to, as the GOP candidate for Senate in Michigan Terri Lynn Land says, “respect the environment.”
Unfortunately, Terri Lynn Land is to environmental deficits what Dick Cheney is to budget deficits. She thinks, where she’s concerned at least, they don’t matter.
Land’s "Respect the Environment" energy policy is the usual Tea Party grab-bag of Koch-enriching, planet-destroying ideas, with the Keystone XL pipeline as its centerpiece. But to make it even worse, the page also features a colorful picture of “Terri’s Truck.”
As Eclectablog points out, the truck in question is an “International Commercial Extreme Truck,” weighing in at 14,500 pounds and getting an embarrassing 8-10 miles per gallon.
There are many reasons why Land’s policies will be a disaster for for Michigan and the USA. But on Earth Overshoot Day, it’s worth pointing out, they’ll be a planetary disaster too.
This is Land’s first time as Asshole of the Day.
Full story: http://www.eclectablog.com/2014/08/terri-lynn-lands-campaign-is-a-visible-demonstration-of-waste-excess-with-a-100k-truck-that-gets-8-mpg.html

assholeofday:


Terri Lynn Land, Asshole of the Day for August 19, 2014

by TheDailyEdge ()

August 19 is Earth Overshoot Day. It’s the day on which “humanity has exhausted nature’s budget for the year.” As the global population and demand for natural resources both increase, Earth Overshoot Day comes earlier and earlier each year. Which is why we really need to, as the GOP candidate for Senate in Michigan Terri Lynn Land says, “respect the environment.”

Unfortunately, Terri Lynn Land is to environmental deficits what Dick Cheney is to budget deficits. She thinks, where she’s concerned at least, they don’t matter.

Land’s "Respect the Environment" energy policy is the usual Tea Party grab-bag of Koch-enriching, planet-destroying ideas, with the Keystone XL pipeline as its centerpiece. But to make it even worse, the page also features a colorful picture of “Terri’s Truck.”

As Eclectablog points out, the truck in question is an “International Commercial Extreme Truck,” weighing in at 14,500 pounds and getting an embarrassing 8-10 miles per gallon.

There are many reasons why Land’s policies will be a disaster for for Michigan and the USA. But on Earth Overshoot Day, it’s worth pointing out, they’ll be a planetary disaster too.

This is Land’s first time as Asshole of the Day.

Full story: http://www.eclectablog.com/2014/08/terri-lynn-lands-campaign-is-a-visible-demonstration-of-waste-excess-with-a-100k-truck-that-gets-8-mpg.html

Reblogged from nprfreshair
American medicine is the best in the world when it comes to providing high-tech care. If you have an esoteric disease, you want to be in the United States. God forbid you have Ebola, our academic medical centers are second to none. But if you have run-of-the-mill chronic diseases like congestive heart failure or diabetes, the system is not designed to find you the best possible care. And that’s what has to change.

Dr. Sandeep Jauhar

Dr. Jauhar’s book is called Doctored: The Disillusionment of An American Physician

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Reblogged from newsweek
newsweek:

In the eight days since Michael Brown, an eighteen-year-old, was killed by a police officer named Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, what began as an impromptu vigil evolved into a sustained protest; it is now beginning to look like a movement. 

The local QuikTrip, a gas station and convenience store that was looted and burned on the second night of the protests, has now been repurposed as the epicenter for gatherings and the exchange of information. The front of the lot bears an improvised graffiti sign identifying the area as the “QT People’s Park.” 

With the exception of a few stretches, such as Thursday afternoon, when it was veiled in clouds of tear gas, protesters have been a constant presence in the lot. On Sunday afternoon the area was populated by members of local churches, black fraternity and sorority groups, Amnesty International, the Outcast Motorcycle Club, and twenty or so white supporters from the surrounding area. 

On the north side of the station, a group of volunteers with a mobile grill served free hot dogs and water, and a man stood on a crate, handing out bright yellow T-shirts with the logo of the National Action Network, the group led by Al Sharpton. 

The conversation here has shifted from the immediate reaction to Michael Brown’s death and toward the underlying social dynamics. Two men I spoke with pointed to the disparity in education funding for Ferguson and more affluent municipalities nearby. 

Another talked about being pulled over by an officer who claimed to smell marijuana in the car as a pretense for searching him. 

“I’m in the United States Navy,” he told me. “We have to take drug tests in the military so I had proof that there were no drugs in my system. But other people can’t do that.” 

Six black men I spoke to, nearly consecutively, pointed to Missouri’s felon-disfranchisement laws as part of the equation. 

“If you’re a student in one of the black schools here and you get into a fight you’ll probably get arrested and charged with assault. We have kids here who are barred from voting before they’re even old enough to register,” one said. 

Ferguson’s elected officials did not look much different than they had years earlier, when it was a largely white community. 

A Movement Grows in Ferguson, Missouri - The New Yorker

newsweek:

In the eight days since Michael Brown, an eighteen-year-old, was killed by a police officer named Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, what began as an impromptu vigil evolved into a sustained protest; it is now beginning to look like a movement.

The local QuikTrip, a gas station and convenience store that was looted and burned on the second night of the protests, has now been repurposed as the epicenter for gatherings and the exchange of information. The front of the lot bears an improvised graffiti sign identifying the area as the “QT People’s Park.”

With the exception of a few stretches, such as Thursday afternoon, when it was veiled in clouds of tear gas, protesters have been a constant presence in the lot. On Sunday afternoon the area was populated by members of local churches, black fraternity and sorority groups, Amnesty International, the Outcast Motorcycle Club, and twenty or so white supporters from the surrounding area.

On the north side of the station, a group of volunteers with a mobile grill served free hot dogs and water, and a man stood on a crate, handing out bright yellow T-shirts with the logo of the National Action Network, the group led by Al Sharpton.

The conversation here has shifted from the immediate reaction to Michael Brown’s death and toward the underlying social dynamics. Two men I spoke with pointed to the disparity in education funding for Ferguson and more affluent municipalities nearby.

Another talked about being pulled over by an officer who claimed to smell marijuana in the car as a pretense for searching him.

“I’m in the United States Navy,” he told me. “We have to take drug tests in the military so I had proof that there were no drugs in my system. But other people can’t do that.”

Six black men I spoke to, nearly consecutively, pointed to Missouri’s felon-disfranchisement laws as part of the equation.

“If you’re a student in one of the black schools here and you get into a fight you’ll probably get arrested and charged with assault. We have kids here who are barred from voting before they’re even old enough to register,” one said.

Ferguson’s elected officials did not look much different than they had years earlier, when it was a largely white community.

A Movement Grows in Ferguson, Missouri - The New Yorker

Reblogged from ras-al-ghul-is-dead

ras-al-ghul-is-dead:

A silent protest in Love Park, downtown Philadelphia orchestrated by performance artists protesting the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson. The onslaught of passerby’s  wanting to take photos with the statue exemplifies the disconnect in American society.  Simply frame out the dead body, and it doesn’t exist.  

Here are some observations by one of the artists involved in the event:

I don’t know who any of these folks are.

They were tourists I presume.

But I heard most of what everything they said. A few lines in particular stood out. There’s one guy not featured in the photos. His friends were trying to get him to join the picture but he couldn’t take his eyes off the body.

"Something about this doesn’t feel right. I’m going to sit this one out, guys." "Com’on man… he’s already dead."

(Laughs.)

There were a billion little quips I heard today. Some broke my heart. Some restored my faith in humanity. There was an older white couple who wanted to take a picture under the statue.

The older gentleman: “Why do they have to always have to shove their politics down our throats.” Older woman: “They’re black kids, honey. They don’t have anything better to do.”

One woman even stepped over the body to get her picture. But as luck would have it the wind blew the caution tape and it got tangle around her foot. She had to stop and take the tape off. She still took her photo.

There was a guy who yelled at us… “We need more dead like them. Yay for the white man!”

"One young guy just cried and then gave me a hug and said ‘thank you. It’s nice to know SOMEBODY sees me.’

What the hell, white people? And you wonder why communities respond the way they do to things like Ferguson.

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cactesse:

thesoftghetto:

Protesters upset about the smearing of Mike Brown converged at CNN headquarters.

people complain sooo much about social media and “twitter activism” completely ignoring that without social media the only way anyone would know whats going on is through media controlled by straight, white, capitalist men

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Reblogged from sizvideos

tinalikesbutts:

Fucking kids care more about each other than we do

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badassjewishwomen:

thoughtsofablackgirl:

Hedy Epstein, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor was arrested on Monday during unrest in Ferguson Epstein, who aided Allied forces in the Nuremberg trials, was placed under arrest “for failing to disperse.” 8 others were also arrested.
"I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager. I didn’t think I would have to do it when I was ninety," Epstein told The Nation during her arrest. “We need to stand up today so that people won’t have to do this when they’re ninety.” Epstein is currently an activist and a vocal supporter of the Free Gaza Movement. 

Very few people have deserved a spot on this blog more

badassjewishwomen:

thoughtsofablackgirl:

Hedy Epstein, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor was arrested on Monday during unrest in Ferguson Epstein, who aided Allied forces in the Nuremberg trials, was placed under arrest “for failing to disperse.” 8 others were also arrested.

"I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager. I didn’t think I would have to do it when I was ninety," Epstein told The Nation during her arrest. “We need to stand up today so that people won’t have to do this when they’re ninety.” Epstein is currently an activist and a vocal supporter of the Free Gaza Movement. 

Very few people have deserved a spot on this blog more

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Reblogged from shorm
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