…and revisiting my deeply rooted hate of packing.
There is a special breed of people in the world. At the moment I refer to them as ‘Courtyard People,’ in college I liked to call them ‘Hall People,’ in the future I will probably simply call them ‘Annoying People.’
These are the people who liked to have fun and be rowdy on weeknights, but do so in a public place that is in close proximity to bedrooms (courtyards, front steps, corridors etc). In college I usually knew the ‘Hall People,’ or if I didn’t they were younger than me so I felt no guilt or fear in telling them just how I felt about my being awake because of their noise. But now…
Now I live in an apartment building in a city. I don’t know these ‘Courtyard People,’ I have no age advantage and they are most likely on a drunken holiday and thus have little regard for my desire to sleep and function before noon tomorrow.
What’s a girl to do (and sleeping isn’t exactly an option)?
Is it strange that I am terrified by men in uniform?
I am a thermal vampire.
The law discriminates against rape victims in a manner which would not be tolerated by victims of any other crime. In the following example, a holdup victim is asked questions similar in form to those usually asked a victim of rape:
“Did you struggle with the robber?”
“Mr. Smith, you were held up at gunpoint on the corner of 16th and Locust?”
“He was armed.”
“Then you made a conscious decision to comply with his demands rather than to resist?”
“No. I was afraid.”
“I see. Have you ever been held up before?”
“Did you scream? Cry out?”
“Yes, of course–”
“And did you do so willingly?”
“What are you getting at?”
“Have you ever given money away?”
“Listen, if I wanted–”
“Never mind. What time did this holdup take place, Mr. Smith?”
“About 11 p.m.”
“Well, let’s put it like this, Mr. Smith. You’ve given away money in the past–in fact, you have quite a reputation for philanthropy. How can we be sure that you weren’t contriving to have your money taken from you by force?”
“Just walking? You know it’s dangerous being out on the street that late at night. Weren’t you aware that you could have been held up?”
“I hadn’t thought about it.”
“You were out on the streets at 11 p.m.? Doing what?”
“Let’s see. A suit. Yes, a suit.”
“An expensive suit?”
“What were you wearing at the time, Mr. Smith?”
“Look, can’t we talkin about the past history of the guy who did this to me?”
“I’m afraid not, Mr. Smith. I don’t think you would want to violate his rights, now, would you?”
“In other words, Mr. Smith, you were walking around the streets late at night in a suit that practically advertised the fact that you might be a good target for some easy money, isn’t that so? I mean, if we didn’t know better, Mr. Smith, we might even think you were asking for this to happen, mightn’t we?”
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The author of the column responded by saying (paraphrasing), “Your right to be fully human includes a caveat: you still have to worry about how much skin you show, or some dude’s going to shit all over your full humanity by raping you to remind you just how not fully human you are.” Of course, she meant that in a good, pro-woman way. *brain explodes*
If you type ‘Google’ into Google you’ll break the internet.
‘I said astrology was rubbish and we got a record number of complaints from stupid people.’
Forget the politicians. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice … you don’t. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own, and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought, and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the state houses, the city halls, they got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear. They got you by the balls.
They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying … lobbying, to get what they want … Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else, but I’ll tell you what they don’t want … they don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that … that doesn’t help them. That’s against their interests.
That’s right. They don’t want people who are smart enough to sit around a kitchen table and think about how badly they’re getting fucked by a system that threw them overboard 30 fuckin’ years ago. They don’t want that. You know what they want? They want obedient workers … Obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork. And just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime and vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it, and now they’re coming for your Social Security money. They want your fuckin’ retirement money.
They want it back so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street, and you know something? They’ll get it … they’ll get it all from you sooner or later cause they own this fuckin’ place. It’s a big club and you ain’t in it. You and I are not in The big club. By the way, it’s the same big club they use to beat you over the head with all day long when they tell you what to believe. All day long beating you over the head with their media telling you what to believe, what to think and what to buy.
The table has tilted folks. The game is rigged and nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care. Good honest hard-working people … white collar, blue collar it doesn’t matter what color shirt you have on. Good honest hard-working people continue, these are people of modest means … continue to elect these rich cocksuckers who don’t give a fuck about you. They don’t give a fuck about you … they don’t give a fuck about you. They don’t care about you at all … at all … at all, and nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care. That’s what the owners count on. The fact that Americans will probably remain willfully ignorant of the big red, white and blue dick that’s being jammed up their assholes everyday, because the owners of this country know the truth. It’s called the American Dream cause you have to be asleep to believe it …
::George Carlin” —
Slate’s Chadwick Matlin’s well-put summary on coming to terms with LOST
Listen to Richard.
*both hands up*
Still contemplating applying to a €12,000 grad program. What am I thinking?
Doctor: You must have a killer immune system, otherwise this would have flared up into something much worse much sooner.
Me: Thanks, but if it’s that ‘killer,’ shouldn’t it have killed this mere irritation of a virus much much sooner?” —My lovely trip to the walk in clinic… €60 to be told I’ve had a minor virus for a month and that’s why I feel not so great.