the words “terrorist” and “hero” are thrown around all the time, with no regard to their meanings.
Julian Assange is not a terrorist. suicide bombers are terrorists. fundamentalists who murder doctors in their churches are terrorists. applying the term to an enemy or an opponent cheapens the word and makes it meaningless.
similarly, the Chilean miners are not heroes. the first dude that went down the hole in the tiny little capsule in order to rescue the miners is a hero. the miners are survivors, accomplishers of an amazing feat, but they are not heroes.
Federal prosecutors are refusing to reveal customers from Oakland County and the 248 area code who hired hookers from a high-priced escort service but are willing to out clients from Detroit, according to federal court records.
The legal tactic was unveiled in records filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Detroit involving the Miami Companions escort service.
Nobody sees what I can see, For back of my eyes there is only me. And nobody knows how my thoughts begin, For there’s only myself inside my skin. Isn’t it strage how everyone owns Just enough skin to cover his bones? My father’s would be too big to fit- I’d be all wrinkled inside of it. And my baby brother’s is much too small- It just wouldn’t cover me up at all. But I feel just right in the skin I wear, And there’s nobody like me anywhere. - Margaret Hillert
This is the first thing I’ve ever seen Margaret Hillert write that I didn’t hate.
“Newsflash, for those of you not previously aware of this: Poor folks are not stupid. But they are often forced into shitty purchasing decisions for a whole lot of factors. We’ve talked about some of them before here; issues like lack of access to options, limited transportation, having to juggle lots of tasks with shopping, and so forth. There’s something I want to zero in on right now because I’ve been noticing it coming up a lot. I call it the econopack problem.”—The Econopack Problem – this ain’t livin’ (via notemily)
y’all need to download locacha from the app store. it’s a free local chat program. it puts you in a room with others in your geographical area. tonight i was connected to people in south carolina and others in california.
“So I decided to become a midwife… I wanted to deliver a thousand babies. And as each one arrives, especially the little girls, I’ll be there first to whisper into her tender little ear: REBEL! REBEL!”—Emma Goldman (via fuckyeahanarchism)
I read in the Red and Black this Monday that Fahrenheit bar here in Athens does not allow gay people in their bar. Though they might not say it outright, I believe that it’s true. A young man went there this weekend and said that the manager SPRAYED HIM WITH WATER until he left the bar.
Whether or not you believe that homosexuality is right, it’s 2010 and outright discrimination of any sort is disgusting!
I’ll definitely think twice about visiting this bar, if this story is true.
“Personally I’m in favor of democracy, which means that the central institutions in the society have to be under popular control. Now, under capitalism we can’t have democracy by definition. Capitalism is a system in which the central institutions of society are in principle under autocratic control. Thus, a corporation or an industry is, if we were to think of it in political terms, fascist; that is, it has tight control at the top and strict obedience has to be established at every level — there’s a little bargaining, a little give and take, but the line of authority is perfectly straightforward. Just as I’m opposed to political fascism, I’m opposed to economic fascism. I think that until major institutions of society are under the popular control of participants and communities, it’s pointless to talk about democracy.”—
“What did liberals do that was so offensive to the liberal party? I’ll tell you what they did. Liberals got women the right to vote. Liberals got African-Americans the right to vote. Liberals created Social Security and lifted millions of elderly people out of poverty. Liberals ended segregation. Liberals passed the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act. Liberals created Medicare. Liberals passed the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act. What did conservatives do? They opposed them on every one of those things. Every one. So when you try to hurl that label at my feet, ‘liberal,’ as if it were something to be ashamed of, something dirty, something to run away from, it won’t work, Senator. Because I will pick up that label and I will wear it as a badge of honor.”—
The other night, I was messing around with my theme. When I finished, I noticed that there were several things that were screwy. My site tagline was in the About Me section and other things were moved around too. I thought I’d messed something up in the code, but I finally realized that things had magically moved around under the Appearance tab. I put everything back where it belonged, but then it happened again.
“Do unto others…” is a good rule of thumb. I live by that. Forgiveness is probably the greatest virtue there is. Buts that’s exactly what it is -‐ a virtue. Not just a Christian virtue. No one owns being good. I’m good. I just don’t believe I’ll be rewarded for it in heaven. My reward is here and now. It’s knowing that I try to do the right thing. That I lived a good life. And that’s where spirituality really lost its way. When it became a stick to beat people with. “Do this or you’ll burn in hell.” You won’t burn in hell. But be nice anyway.”—
This paragraph captures exactly what it is about organized religion that has rubbed me the wrong way since I was a child.
I just spent a while working on a tag list for my sidebar. Glad to see my basic HTML skills did the trick. It took me a bit to figure how to match the font of the tags at the bottom of the posts. Hopefully, it works in all browsers.
Meanwhile, there’s a WikiLeaks cable that details how US contractor DynCorp sold child prostitutes to Afghan police officers as part of a bacha bazi party. Real, actual evidence of sexual crimes with victims who could not possibly consent. Where’s the Interpol red notice?