haha um. ok. I trap stray dogs for their meat and fur. hm what? most people just say check 1-2 to test the mic? cool. forget the other thing
The unconscious graffiti of graffiti removal I
One of the few things I can remember my father telling me about his time in Vietnam came after a long meal at a Lebanese restaurant in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. During dinner we’d been talking about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the former of which was raging less than 600 miles from us, and he took the long way back to his house so we could finish the conversation. We pulled into his driveway and, still not satisfied, my father turned off the car and we just sat there, in the dark and the midnight heat.
"One of the worst parts about my life," he said after a few moments, "is that you will never know the man I was before I went to that war. You’ll only ever know the guy that came back, and that breaks my heart more than anything else."
It seemed like more of an apology than a statement, and I stayed up all night thinking about it, in the darkness and the heat, thousands of other people’s fathers killing and dying a few hundred miles away.
A lot of new feelings about Veterans Day this year due to Family Things, which just makes this even better/worse.
Fuck that street cat.
Above all, capitalism wastes human life. The U.S. spends billions to warehouse 2 million people—many of them young Black and Latino men—in overcrowded prisons. It provides sub-par education to millions of poor students, sending a message that their lives will amount to nothing.
Are people homeless in America because there’s a shortage of homes? And if that’s the case, is there a shortage of homes because we don’t have the concrete, the wood and the steel to build them?
The truth is that under capitalism, there’s no incentive to build low-cost housing for the homeless—because it isn’t profitable to do so.
The same goes for the more than 800 million people in the world who go hungry. It isn’t profitable to feed them. So food is stockpiled or destroyed rather than distributed to them.
If anyone would like to see what socialism does to create efficiency, please read Red Plenty. It’s amazing, it reads like excellent science fiction, but it’s basically nonfiction about the failures of central planning economics.
(Note that I’m talking about actual socialism, not social democracy - no doubt we could (and should!) be leveraging government money to house and feed people, and we’re definitely not doing enough of that. But any time some motherfucker starts quoting Marx and saying markets are inefficient, I’m gonna point them to the best book about Soviet economics I know.)
Good news: Since 2009, we’ve reduced the deficit by more than half. Learn more: http://go.wh.gov/WJHnkS
The core argument made by the Tea Party is undermined by the reality that Obama spends less and the Republicans always seem to spend more when in power.
It’s almost as if spending isn’t really what they have a problem with. What could it be?
This is insanely stupid. The fact that it’s “since 2009” should give this away - the deficit in 2009 was a HUGE spike. Look at the longer graph.
I built a flamethrower and a MacReady costume for Halloween, so if I get arrested in WeHo know that it was for a good reason.
(Also, on a less Halloween-happy note, all the hot gluing and painting shit reminded me of when I was a kid, maybe 8 or so, making a bird house with my grandfather, who for anyone who has been impressed by my woodworking know that it is all inherited from him, and anyway I’m sure he’d have been stoked by me building this if he were still around)
this is a good one
ATTENTION: LOS ANGELES
If you follow this and want to come hang out, tonight we’ll be doing a CYBERPUNK PARTY in honor of my birthday/halloween/endless renovations completing. The future of 1983 beckons you. Hit me up on ask if you want to join us for TECHNO COCKTAILS and DRY ICE SMOKE