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This Means More: Watching the Joel Stein Millenial For A Day video made me anticipate... →
Watching the Joel Stein Millenial For A Day video made me anticipate the day our infrastructure crumbles. I am so glad that we millennials, through sheer force of using the internet, are choking TIME magazine to death. How many more years of Joel Stein trendpieces do you think we have to endure…
I think I’m slightly too old to count as a millennial (right between Gens X and Y, whatever) but I couldn’t agree more.
Now please go listen to The Kids are Alright by The Who, followed by The Kids at the Club by Comet Gain, and have a nice weekend.
thank a DJ
I didn’t realize until today that “Let the Good Times Roll” by The Cars includes the lyric:
let them brush your rock ‘n’ roll hair
True sentence, bro
The fictional character Alison Poole, who was introduced by Jay McInerney in Story of My Life and used by Bret Easton Ellis in American Psycho (in which she is sexually assaulted by the protagonist, Patrick Bateman) and Glamorama, was based on McInerney’s ex-girlfriend Rielle Hunter (who went by the name Lisa Druck when she was with McInerney), who later had an affair and a child with 2004 Democratic vice-presidential nominee John Edwards.
"South Philadelphia = the Bronx. If you are expecting the cutesy brownstone charm of historically Italian New York neighborhoods then you better find another neighborhood to park your Prius in. The row homes can only be described as functional and as a friend who happily lives down there with her family explains: “It’s sometimes difficult to tell whether most of the shit on the sidewalk is canine or human.” If you’re looking for that authentic ’80s gritty urban human-feces-filled experience, South Philly just might be the neighborhood for you."
"A 1571 Act of Parliament to stimulate domestic wool consumption and general trade decreed that on Sundays and holidays, all males over 6 years of age, except for the nobility and persons of degree, were to wear caps of wool manufacture on force of a fine (3/4d (pence) per day). The Bill was not repealed until 1597, though by this time, the flat cap had become firmly entrenched in English psyche as a recognized mark of a non-noble subject; be it a burgher, a tradesman, or apprentice."
Best of all things are the lights in the sky
but what I am seeking is sleep.
Or not sleep exactly,
because of the dreams and the damage they do,
but places to sleep, on the ground,
in the middles of cities that are strange to me:
cots that cost nothing, whatever the slant,
spots that are mine at nightfall,
favorable places the size of my body.
where grass grows out of the brickwork,
under the stars or the lights of the tunnels.
—Thomas Frick, “Sleep”
Photography Credit Sugimoto Hiroshi
“Favorable places the size of my body.”
The Bombers Are Going to Get Away with It
Nah, this isn’t some conspiracy theory. I’m not even talking about Boston. I’m actually referring to that OTHER explosion that killed a bunch of people and injured hundreds more last week.
Oh right. The news pretty quickly forgot about the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion. I mean, it was reported initially because there was a chance that it was another “terrorist” attack, but then once everyone realized it was just a case of corporate irresponsibility, the mentality was, “Fuck that, we have some dangerous sorta brown men to catch!”
I’m not about to directly equate a terrorist bombing and an accidental explosion because there is obviously a difference in intentionality. But here is a fertilizer plant with over 1,000 times the legal limit of explosives on site that didn’t pony up for sprinklers or fire safety precautions. Not only were they maximizing profits by exceeding the allowed output, but they were cutting corners on minor expenses that would keep their own employees - and the whole town, as it turns out - safe.
And then there’s the government’s role in the ordeal. No inspections had been performed on the plant in 6 years. In fact, on that last visit, the company was found to not have safety procedures in place. As a result, the plant was fined $2,300. That’s a laughable business expense, not a punishment, for a company that rakes in millions.
This is GROSS NEGLIGENCE. Although they weren’t purposely trying to blow up a whole town, they knew they were running that risk for a long time and chose to value extra profits over attempting to prevent a catastrophe.
For months to come, however, we’re going to hear about what we need to do, who we need to kill, and which Constitutional liberties we need to sacrifice in order to keep us safe. Safe from terrorism, that is. No one is going to try to hold this company accountable or vilify it in the media. No lawmakers are going to cry for sweeping corporate safety reforms in order to protect Americans, even though more people were killed/harmed in West.
So when the state starts justifying racial profiling/immigration reform, adds even more invasive forms of airport and event security, and decides its in the nation’s best interest to read your emails without a warrant all in the name of “SAFETY”, don’t believe that bullshit. It’s part of a preexisting agenda. If they actually cared about your safety, they’d, you know, pass gun control (which kills an exponential amount of people compared to terrorism) or enact meaningful safety regulations in the workplace.
For the record, the government’s excuse is that we are in a deficit and because of budget cuts, we can’t afford to conduct safety inspections. Still, they’ll find hundreds of billions to spend on a war against a country to get “revenge” for a terrorist attack it had no part in. (Don’t act like it’s never happened before.)
Oh, and before I’m done, I also want to say “Fuck a terrorist!” Ugh. Dudes, you got gripes about America? You and me both. But violence is not only reprehensible morally, but also, dare I say, counterproductive. If the intention of the bombing was to somehow undermine the United States, all it did was make its population fall more in love with the state and law enforcement, and that renewed trust and loyalty will ultimately contribute to more corruption.
In that sense, terrorists are as dumb as they are evil. Corporations, meanwhile, are as smart as they are evil… after all, at least they know they can get away with it.