two misused words
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...
FBI bust an international escort ring. They are... →
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.
something from Hillert that doesn't suck
heather-berry: 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...
Classroom (or Library) Survival Kit →
positivelypersistantteach: teachingtoday: Here is a comprehensive list of things I can’t live without in my classroom: Sticky Notes Hand Sanitizer Paper Towels Purple Pens Pictures of my cats Band-Aids Clipboard (this is actually number 1. I should actually have about 12 just… refrigerator microwave hand sanitizer tissue expos index cards bookmarks (for rewards) ...
New species discovered in 2010 →
This is awesome. A must read. Here’s one of the newly discovered species of fish. Those green things are his eyes. They point straight up. The things that look like eyes are actually his nostrils. * found on reddit.com
Newsflash, for those of you not previously aware of this: Poor folks are not...– 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, help out. give it a try.
The Gift of Endless Memory: Lesley Stahl Reports... →
Fascinating article. Must read.
So I decided to become a midwife… I wanted to deliver a thousand babies. And as...– Emma Goldman (via fuckyeahanarchism)
lunalemag: 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...
Personally I’m in favor of democracy, which means that the central institutions...– Noam Chomsky (via illuminatedbeing) Socialism FTW (via savagemike)
What did liberals do that was so offensive to the liberal party? I’ll tell you...– The West Wing, Episode 707 “The Debate” Time to add Don’t Ask Don’t Tell to that list! (via onehundreddollars)
wish Congress had looked this busy and had been this determined to get things done BEFORE the election. might have propelled lots of folks to the ballot box.
I was bored so I decided to write a survey. I like these things. Reblog with your answers and new questions if you feel so inclined. Year of birth: 1978 Favorite TV show from childhood: The Smurfs Favorite book from childhood: Ferdinand the Bull States to which you’ve traveled: Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Lousiana, Colorado, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina,...
I honestly cannot understand why anyone (especially my wife) watches Leverage.
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,...
Do unto others…” is a good rule of thumb. I live by that. Forgiveness is...– This paragraph captures exactly what it is about organized religion that has rubbed me the wrong way since I was a child. A Holiday Message from Ricky Gervais: Why I’m An Atheist - Speakeasy - WSJ (via zeb)
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.
J'Accuse: Sweden, Britain, and Interpol Insult... →
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?
Georgia inmates use cellphones to stage historic... →
Using cellphones, inmates in as many of 10 of Georgia’s prisons have successfully organized a peaceful protest against cruel and unusual punishment.