A Disgusting G Train Parable

A fit and well-dressed old man tried to flirt with a young woman in jogging clothes across the aisle. When she was unimpressed with his workout talk, he apologized for bothering her and was silent for a minute. Then he quietly reached up to grab the bar, and then he did a pull-up, and then he threw up on his shirt on the way back down. 

The term “tear gas” is a misnomer. For one thing, “tear gas” seems to imply something innocuous— you would think it’s just a chemical that makes you tear up. In fact, tear gas is a dangerous, potentially lethal chemical agent which is outlawed under the Chemical Weapons Convention for use during wartime. As the Omega Research Foundation argues: “Less-lethal weapons are presented as more acceptable alternatives to guns. But these weapons augment rather than replace the more lethal weapons. Euphemistic labels are used to create the impression that these weapons represent soft and gentle forms of control. CS is never referred to by the authorities as vomit gas, in spite of its capacity to cause violent retching.” NGO Physicians for Human Rights believes that “ ‘tear gas’ is a misnomer for a group of poisonous gases which, far from being innocuous, have serious acute and longer-term adverse effects on the health of significant numbers of those exposed.”
What is tear gas? Facing Tear Gas (via gowns)
Reblogged from GOWNS

megaparsecs:

i just wanted to put this out there since im sure it’ll get written about differently tomorrow. 

Reblogged from emes

I’m wandering around Brooklyn until Sarah gets off work and everything is the same and everything’s strange and it is messing with me, it’s killing me so much! I don’t know what I want and I don’t know what I miss and I don’t even know where I’m so homesick for, anymore. I ate my all-time favorite donut this morning and then watched some angel dogs in the park with Jen and I feel like maybe I’m dreaming, I feel like maybe I could float away, I feel like maybe I drank too much coffee today but?

"Oh right, The Clash, is that that band from Bring It On?"

Reblogged from THE SUN QUEEN

Anonymous said: I feel so useless sitting here. What can I do to help Ferguson??

decodethefallenmoon:

natnovna:

there’s a bail and legal fund that’s been set up for those who’ve been arrested 

this person is trying to organize a food drive for school kids in ferguson

national moment of silence 2014 (for victims of police brutality) 

share the following: 

videos of what has happened

links to articles

how to make a tear gas mask

livestream link to the peaceful protests

Ferguson Police Department
Email (taken off the site) 

222 S. Florissant Road
Ferguson, MO 63135

Ph: 314-522-3100
Fx: 314-524-5290

Police department:
police@fergusoncity.com

Jackson, Thomas Police Chief - tjackson@fergusoncity.com (314) 524-5269 

Henke, Rick Captain - rhenke@fergusoncity.com (314) 524-5272 

McBride, Dennis Captain - dmcbride@fergusoncity.com (314) 522-3100 

DeCarli, Dan Captain - ddecarli@fergusoncity.com (314) 522-3811 

Nabzdyk, Ray Lieutenant - rnabzdyk@fergusoncity.com (314) 524-5277

Zoll, Timothy Business Liaison Officer/ Neighborhood Watch - tzoll@fergusoncity.com (314) 522-3100 (x.5533 or 5108)

obi-wankenblowme:

This is a collection of Tweets from military veterans reacting to the police response in Ferguson. 

And if this shit doesn’t scare you, I don’t know what will.

Reblogged from rubiksboob

100yearsoflolitude:

relatedly I think it’s a lot easier to resist mythologizing the artist when you remind yourself that art is basically just labor and artists are basically just laborers (I mean, it differs in some ways, but not in these ways). this is also a helpful way to not get all up your own ass about things like “writer’s block” or about your identity as a Creative Person or w/e.

Important & true!! 

Tags: anti genius

Anonymous said: Hello! I feel a bit silly for asking but I am really interested to know what Anti-Genius is / all about. Somehow I feel like I should just know, but I don't. Love your horoscopes, by the by.

Oh anon I’m glad you asked!! I worry that “anti genius” is really easily interpreted to mean something totally different than what I’m trying to do, and I am grateful for the opportunity to keep being a broken record about it!

First, to be clear, Anti-Genius is not anti art! Not anti-good art, not anti-difficult art, not anti-complicated art. Not, as all these litbros insist on believing, about reducing great literature to a sad flat landscape of “good” and “bad” people. It’s not about being “offended” by “characters i don’t like,” it’s not about wanting to only read “viewpoints that I agree with.” (I trust that you know this, anon, but I think probably it’s an important thing to get out of the way. Ok!!). 

The tag has started to sprawl a little bit, but the original and most basic point of Anti-Genius is that producing great art does not excuse a person from the responsibilities of being human. The most basic point of Anti-Genius is that good literature is the most important thing in the world to me BUT STILL people are more important. 
I went to a liberal arts college full of brainy social justice-obsessed weirdos and even then, in one of the first lit classes I took, we spent the entire semester discussing whether or not The Artist is of a fundamentally different breed than the regular person. Liiiiiike, truly, I cannot believe that is even a question. The artist is a human just like the rest of us. The poet is a human just like the rest of us. Same as the movie actor, same as the Wall Street banker, same as the pro football player, I don’t care. This is not to say that “we’re all human let’s get along!” but rather that we all live in a difficult world, and we all need to do the best we can to live kind and just and moral lives, and having a cool job does not excuse you from this. This is like so basic, it’s so uncool to say. My internalized poststructuralist theorist is cackling and groaning at me right now, my internalized Cool Brooklyn self is cringing so hard, I don’t care, here we are. 
Not saying that nobody should consume art by anyone who is a “bad person,” etc etc etc. We all have our own complicated moral arithmetic to do, to determine what we’ll ignore, what we’ll let go, what we’ll forgive. I will not watch a movie by Woody Allen but I still love David Foster Wallace. It’s not easy and I’m not pure but like, but like
I once went to a comedy show at UCB where Donald Glover did a joke about Michael Jackson, about how liiiiike wellllll maybe a kid or two got abused but Thriller was worth it. Anti-Genius means fuckkkkkk that. Anti-Genius means that the wives matter, the girlfriends matter, the kids matter, what is even the point, otherwise. Anti-Genius means that art is the most important thing there is but it is never that important. 

Elected Officials: City of Ferguson

christymarie:

Council members, Chief of police, etc

jknowles@fergusoncity.com

mbyrne@fergusoncity.com

ktihen@fergusoncity.com

djames@fergusoncity.com

tlarson@fergusoncity.com

dconway@fergusoncity.com

kkallstrom@fergusoncity.com

cdolly@stlouisco.com

jblake@stlouisco.com

mbusalaki@stlouisco.com

100yearsoflolitude:

banji-realness:

micdotcom:

Days after Michael Brown’s death, Ferguson looks like a war zone

A vigil held for Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager gunned down by Ferguson, Mo., police on Saturday in disputed circumstances, turned into what the media described as a riot on Monday evening.

But while national coverage has focused on the indisputably counterproductive violence and destruction committed by Ferguson residents during a moment of anguish, videos and photos taken from the scene show local police aggravating the situation as well.

Years of tension have reached a boiling point

Police firing tear gas and rubber bullets into residents’ faces and that’s NOT described as a riot? Fuck this bullshit prison industrial complex, THIS IS ANTIBLACK VIOLENCE AND SOCIAL CONTROL

Also, like, I always find the media reports of “riots” or “looting” kind of insulting—like what, do u think people are going to make changes to the systems that permeate and inhibit their lives without affecting the capitalist instruments of those systems? Like I saw a couple of people yesterday posting about the Watts and L.A. riots and I think the comparisons are apt. People who are not protected by the social system, who are in fact faced with a deeply entrenched, racist, misogynist system that seeks to DESTROY the lives of black people—YES they are going to lash out at the apparatus of that system, the stores and retail outlets and infrastructure.

i just can’t deal today im so sad about everything