“The most popular single in the world was “Livin’ la Vida Loca,” a song about how Pro Tools made Puerto Ricans gay. There were a lot of bands who selected random numerical names on purpose (Matchbox 20, Third Eye Blind, Seven Mary Three), and there were a lot of people trying to convince themselves that a double album by Nine Inch Nails wasn’t ridiculous. Two disposable teens killed a bunch of beautiful people in suburban Colorado for reasons completely unrelated to Marilyn Manson, but traffic at Hot Topic improved nonetheless. Meanwhile, I was storing potable water and Oreo cookies in my hall closet; I was obsessed with Y2K, which negatively impacted my interest in things like TLC. At the time, TLC was advising me not to hang around with scrubs. This was kind of like their advice from 1994 about not chasing waterfalls. I never got that. Why not chase waterfalls? They’re so easy to chase. It would have been far more sensible if deceased arsonist Lisa Left Eye had told me not to chase something dangerous, like wildebeests. “Don’t go chasing wildebeests.” It was that kind of millennium. People cared about shit, but not really.”—Chuck Klosterman, on 1999. (via synecdoche)
the thing that is funny about chuck klosterman, is that he just publishes books that are basically just blogs on paper. i like his books, but really i always just felt like they were blogs i could read without access to the internet
CORDOVA, Ala. – James Ruston’s house was knocked off its foundation by tornadoes that barreled through town last month and is still uninhabitable. He thought help had finally arrived when a truck pulled up to his property with a mobile home from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Then he got the call: Single-wide mobile homes, like the FEMA one, are illegal in the city of Cordova.
The city’s refusal to let homeless residents occupy temporary housing provided by FEMA has sparked outrage in this central Alabama town of 2,000, with angry citizens filling a meeting last week and circulating petitions to remove the man many blame for the decision, Mayor Jack Scott.
Ruston and many others view the city’s decision as heartless, a sign that leaders don’t care that some people are barely surviving in the rubble of a blue-collar town.
“People have to live somewhere. What’s it matter if it’s in a trailer?” asked Felicia Boston, standing on the debris-strewn lot where a friend has lived in a tent since a tornado destroyed his home on April 27.
Scott has heard all the complaints, and he isn’t apologizing. He said he doesn’t want run-down mobile homes parked all over town years from now.
like, technically you are in public, but you’re also still at home. do you need to wear something that isn’t pjs onto the porch? do the rules vary by time of day/ visibility?
on a side note: maeby HATES being outside. she seemed bored so i thought hey! fun adventure, i’ll take her onto the porch! she just stared at me and cried to be let back inside the whole time. our adventure lasted approx. 3 seconds.
In working for a tiny nonprofit ( like I was ) and working for a giant insurance company. Simple things like, here I have two computer monitors for some reason. Also- I have my own recycling bin and cubicle. Lots of websites are blocked too.
Oh corporate jobs.
I cried this morning on my way to work. I really didn’t want to come here
good bye two weeks of fun summer… it was nice. tomorrow i begin the monotony of 40 hours a week for an insurance company. i wish i was more exited about this job, but truly the only aspect of it i’m looking forward to is the money and a lot of that is going to be gone because of rent. right now i pay rent with loan money which will eventually have to be paid off, but since i will be making money, i’m going to be a grown up and pay my rent with my paycheck. not fun. i am however, exited to be finally able to afford a kitchen table!! KITCHEN TABLE! yes! we don’t really have room for one but it is so necessary it isn’t funny. it’s technically i guess going to be a living room table since our kitchen is actually only the hallway on the way to the porch and bathroom so… i don’t mind the shitty kitchen set-up but i do mind that we have been just eating on the couch since we don’t have a table. that is very exiting to me.
not exiting though is that i also have to keep working at my old job and, while that sounded awesome at first, it now fills me with dread.
i’ve been having nightmares about starting this job. it’s business casual but for some reason i just think i’m going to walk in there and get yelled at for not being professional enough so tomorrow (even though it is going to be fucking 80 degrees) i am going to wear nylons (not even my fun funky ones!), my interview/ funeral dress, and a sweater. i just keep having these nightmares that everyone there will be in like suits and shit. i’m over-doing it, but i’ll get more casual when it seems more safe.
and here i am complaining that i am taking a job that will over pay me that i didn’t really want but just wanted the money while so many people are unemployed.
Okay. This is almost laughable. I’m sure most of you have seen it already. But I have to say something.
I put it in quotes because, uh, well, hate to burst your bubble, GOP, but the same procedure used to perform abortions is used for countless other reasons.
Do you know what happens during a miscarriage? Since you voted “yes” on this amendment, GOP, I’m willing to bet that you don’t. You bleed; sometimes so much so that it can kill you, and your only chance of survival is that the hemorrhaging tissue (it’s not a baby, never was, and most certainly won’t be now that you’ve miscarried) be removed and you get a blood transfusion immediately. If you’re lucky, you’ll avoid a Catholic hospital, where you’ll be sentenced to death because your physician doesn’t perform abortions ever ever EVER, despite the fact that prayer doesn’t really evacuate uterine contents no matter how hard you work at it.
But if that doesn’t happen, and you live, chances are bits of that miscarried tissue (do anti-choicers seriously think a miscarriage is anything like giving birth? don’t answer that) are going to remain inside the uterus. And doctors will have to remove it from the uterus.
What’s that called?
Oh, right. Let’s not teach doctors how to do that. We wouldn’t want them saving lives or anything.
There are other reasons someone might need the contents of their uterus removed, by the way. Fibroids. PCOS. Endometriosis.
I saw this on a protest sign once: politicians make crappy doctors. I’m just a former pre-med with access to Wikipedia, and I’m a better doctor than the entire Republican party. Fancy that!
It would be laughable, if it wasn’t so horrifying.
I honestly don’t know what to say. I’m shocked that something so dangerous and cavalier was passed. Did they have ANYONE testify as to the bigger ramifications of this?
Did they have actual doctors explain what outlawing such procedures would mean for patients?
How is this not a violation of a person’s right to abortion? “We can’t stop you from getting one so we’re going to make teaching how to do one illegal.”
HOW IS THIS NOT A VIOLATION OF A PATIENT’S RIGHTS?
I can’t fucking believe this. Thank the baby Jesus that this will never be passed by the Senate and will be vetoed by the President.
I feel safe knowing Barack Obama will be President for a second term to veto all of this bullshit.
Who’s getting insured? A greater number of people under 26 now get to stay on their parents’ insurance. It helps because they’re paying for it — meaning that they’re helping lower costs for the elderly. When they get older, they’ll be helped by younger generations in the same way.
Also, small business owners/self employed folks like me are able to form “groups” with other business owners and pay lower rates for our personal insurance. Before Obama’s HRC my insurance premiums were $459, now I pay $180 for the same coverage.
This week, Senator John Boozman (R-AR) introduced a federalparental notification bill. According to Feminist Daily News, it
would require that the parents of minors seeking abortion services be notified by certified mail and that doctors wait at least four days before performing an abortion. Doctors who do not abide by the requirement could be fined up to $1 million and have to serve up to 10 years in prison.
Senator Boozman stated that although some states have parental notification laws, a federal parental notification law would prevent minors from crossing state lines to obtain abortion services.
What dear Senator Boozman has failed to consider in this far-reaching bill is the potentially devastating effect this could have on minors across the country. Just for starters, if a pregnant minor is forced to involve one or both of her parents, she risks parental displeasure, the threat of withdrawal of financial support or an outright blocking of her decision to abort. If the minor lives in a chaotic, unsupportive or abusive household, she may also face physical retaliation for her “irresponsible” behavior. And what if her abuser fathered the baby?
Let me also quickly address the hypocrisy of this proposed bill. In contrast to abortion decisions, the majority of states do not require minors to engage their parents or guardians in decisions to give up babies for adoption or to become parents. Hmmmm. If minors can give consent themselves for services related to pregnancy and childbirth, it logically follows that there should be no reason for denying a minor the right to have an abortion.
This is a major infringement on the rights of young girls.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed a bill to legalize marijuana for terminally ill patients late Friday evening, saying he sides with law enforcement opposition to the bill. Bill proponents say they will introduce a constitutional amendment to bypass the governor, noting overwhelming popular support in the state on the issue.
“While I am sympathetic to those dealing with end-of-life illnesses and accompanying pain, I stand with law enforcement in opposition to this legislation,” Pawlenty said in his veto letter.
“I’m disappointed in the governor’s action, but I’m not giving up,” Rep. Tom Rukavina, DFL-Virginia, said in a press release. “This would have been the narrowest, strictest medical marijuana law in the country, but the bottom line remains that there are patients suffering terribly who need protection, and I won’t stop till they are protected.”
Chemotherapy makes you violently nauseas. Even if you can manage to choke down food, many patients just throw it back up again: that’s why 40% of chemotherapy patients die from malnutrition. Marijuana addresses that problem in a nigh miraculous way: not only can the patient hold down their food, they regain their appetite and much of the pain (but not all, and only in some cases) disappears. Lester Grinspoon is a doctor and an associate professor emeritus of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School whose son, unfortunately, was diagnosed with leukemia. After the chemo began to ravage his son Danny’s body, he tried to refuse treatment, so Dr. Grinspoons wife took matters into her own hands:
Well, my plucky wife, I learned later, had gone up to the high school parking lot with Danny on the way in to get chemotherapy a couple of weeks later and asked his friend if he could get a joint. Once he recovered from his absolutely overwhelming surprise that she would ask… Well, to make a long story short, Danny did smoke in the parking lot beforehand. He just got off the table and said, “Mom can we have a submarine sandwich on the way home?”
Can you imagine? This treatment’s side effect (which KILLS 40% of the patients who receive it because they can’t eat food afterward) has a magic bullet: a simple joint. Of course, none of that phases Governor ‘Not My Problem’, who chooses instead to arrest and prosecute patients who desperately need treatment. Talk about ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t’: these people are left with the choice of dying, or becoming criminals. Is this really the man we want as President of the United States?
lol hardest one. question is: describe your personality.
well. hmm. i think i come off a bit harsher than i intend to, and i’m told fairly frequently that i’m intimidating, which is a bit funny to me since i’m just over five feet tall. i think i’m nice, i’ll go out of my way to do things for people. i try to practice random acts of kindness, but i will be the first person to correct someone when they are wrong and sometimes people think that’s rude. i’m really shy, although in school i act like i’m really bubbly and somehow people at school think i’m funny. i don’t think i’m that funny. i’m really passionate, but i’m also a bit lazy. i don’t have many friends because i’m convinced people don’t actually like me, so i never call people or ask people to hang out. i’m really self-aware, but sometimes i think i only think that and really i’m not. i am not confident at all. i can be very loud. i don’t know how to answer this. i’m really sarcastic, and my sense of humor is pretty dry so sometimes people don’t know i’m kidding when i am. i’m a little cut throat sometimes, at random things. today i think i don’t really know what i am, maybe tomorrow i can tell you better.
Put the following symbols in my askbox I’ll reply it honestly.
~ What you do in your free time. @ Subjects that you hate? # When you open your closet, what do you see inside? % Usual hairstyle? ^ Favourite food/or drink? * Position in your family? + A secret obsession? = A good habit and a bad habit? ? Describe your personality. / What are your passions? : A fact about your physical body. (age, height, etc)
The Courier Post reports ”a Cherry Hill High School East sophomore who challenged Tea Party champion Michele Bachmann to a constitutional debate says she is concerned for her personal safety.
“A lot of them are calling me a whore,” 16-year-old Amy Myers said, referring to anonymous comments reacting to online news reports about her challenge to the 55-year-old Minnesota congresswoman.
In a letter addressed to Bachmann and dated April 29, Myers leveled pointed criticisms at the Tea Party Caucus founder.
“I have found quite a few of your statements regarding the Constitution of the United States, the quality of public school education and general U.S. civics matters to be factually incorrect, inaccurately applied or grossly distorted,” Myers wrote.
“As one of a handful of women in Congress, you hold a distinct privilege and responsibility to better represent your gender nationally. The statements you make help to serve an injustice to not only the position of Congresswoman, but women everywhere.”
Myers and her father, Wayne, posted her letter to Bachmann on CNN’s iReport website on May 6. News outlets including Yahoo and The Atlantic picked up the story over the weekend.
Amy and Wayne Myers said the comments on conservative websites alarmed them most. Several commenters threatened to publish the Myers’ home address.
Others threatened violence, including rape, they said.
“They’re targeting me just because I’m challenging Bachmann,” Amy said.”