Perhaps many of you saw this yesterday, but this cracks me up. Jury selection is underway in the Martin Shkreli case. Martin purchased the one of a kind Wu-Tang Clan album they made for $2 million; played some of it online; and even threatened to destroy it. Juror 59 was dismissed and his parting shot was priceless.
Perhaps many of you saw this yesterday, but this cracks me up. Jury selection is underway in the Martin Shkreli case. Martin purchased the one of a kind Wu-Tang Clan album they made for $2 million; played some of it online; and even threatened to destroy it. Juror 59 was dismissed and his parting shot was priceless.
But it does have one advantage over The Murdered Brother, and that's that the framing story makes sense. I can see how you might chop your sister up after you've knocked her up. I mean, I wouldn't do it, but I wouldn't do half the things people do in ballads. If I had no moral compass, though, then I might well look at murder as the solution to everyday social problems like an inconvenient pregnancy. Even in a ballad, though, killing your brother because he cut down a withy wand that might've been a tree is just strange.
(And their mother doesn't give a damn, it seems, no matter who killed whom and why. There's some seriously messed up family dynamics here. Sometimes you really have to wonder about the people who wrote these things.)
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Nobody Knows What Lies Beneath New York City
Pretty sure I've seen this exact premise in, like, a thousand Harry Potter fics. Because how else are you gonna get Draco and Hermione to hook up?
Female Inmates In Federal Prisons Will Now Have More Access To Tampons & Pads
The next time somebody tells me that they or anybody else can't be a bigot because they have one $GROUP friend, I'm going to point them to this article about Eduard Bloch, who was personally exempted from anti-Semitic persecution by... Adolf Hitler. Yes, really. Yes, my jaw dropped too.
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Justice Department at odds with DEA on marijuana research, MS-13
Severe Housing Needs May Return to Foreclosure-Crisis Levels
This Is Why Taking Fish Medicine Is Truly a Bad Idea (This may be a sign that things in this country are really, really bad.)
They Got Hurt At Work — Then They Got Deported
White nationalists are flocking to genetic ancestry tests — but many don't like their results
Steve Bannon once said Breitbart was the platform for the alt-right. Its current editors disagree. Is the incendiary media company at the nerve center of Donald Trump’s America simply provocative — or dangerous?
Psychologists surveyed hundreds of alt-right supporters. The results are unsettling.
Trump Knows Exactly What He’s Doing
In Ukraine, a Malware Expert Who Could Blow the Whistle on Russian Hacking
Philippine police kill 32 in bloodiest night of Duterte’s war on drugs
Upon re-read, I realize that there is a small problem with the timeline in the book. Not in the usual time travel sense, which would be more or less okay, but in the educational calendar.
Vivian arrives in Time City during their half term, which I understand to be a short vacation in the middle of the semester - like midwinter recess in NYC. She attends school for two or three days, maybe as long as five - and then the whole city shuts down for two days of ceremonies! (And also the dramatic conclusion, but nobody knew that yet while the ceremonies happen every year.)
If they know, as they must know, that the kids will all have two days off, why not schedule their break a few days later so as to encompass the holiday? Instead of this on-again, off-again nonsense, which can't be good for their learning.
(Of course, I'm saying this from a city which only a few years ago started school on a Wednesday and then immediately took the next two days off for the Jewish New Year. Which, okay, it's an important holiday, but still. Start the year on a different day then!)
Never Buy Drawing Paper Again With This Endlessly Reusable Art Notebook
Why Northern Long-Eared Bats Love Nantucket
Robot, heal thyself (I'll confess - I love headlines the most when they make a pithy reference. I don't care if it's a sophisticated reference or a very low-brow one, I love them, and I love being able to say I got the joke, no matter how obvious it was. Also, this is a cool article. It's not just the headline. But I love the headline.)
You’ll Never Be as Radical as This 18th-Century Quaker Dwarf
The Story of the DuckTales Theme, History’s Catchiest Single Minute of Music
Tougher than steel: Japan looks to wood pulp to make lighter auto parts
Why NASA is sending bacteria into the sky on balloons during the eclipse
How America's First Self-Made Female Millionaire Built Her Fortune
Glass may not seem an obvious material for a bone replacement. But UK surgeons are finding that bioglass not only is stronger than bone: it can bend, bounce and even fight infection.
American evangelicals’ antigay gospel forced him to flee Uganda. Then Christians in California offered him a home. A refugee’s story in words and pictures.
I’ll get my goat: Kazakhstan's ancient sport for modern times
The Moral History of Air-Conditioning
Labor-short Japan more at home with automation than US
The Repercussions of the Black Teacher Shortage
They were partners in fighting crime. The only problem: Neither was a cop. But when one friend turned on the other, things got real.
Same-sex couples do not influence their adoptive children's gender identity
The Wealthy Activist Who Helped Turn “Bleeding Kansas” Free
“Barack Obama is to blame”: 13 Alabama conservatives on Charlottesville
Confederate statues removed across southern US states – in pictures
Eight Confederate leaders are honored with sculptures in the halls of Congress.
Historians Question Trump’s Comments on Confederate Monuments
What Trump gets wrong about Confederate statues, in one chart
How Baltimore Removed Its Confederate Monuments Overnight
When Silicon Valley Took Over Journalism
What possessed a family man from Ohio to smuggle a Bible into North Korea?
Young Afghans see opportunities dwindle as security worsens
How a Conservative TV Giant Is Ridding Itself of Regulation
The nation’s current post-truth moment is the ultimate expression of mind-sets that have made America exceptional throughout its history.
Indonesia clinic gives relief to Muslims with tattoo regrets
It took decades to unravel Nixon’s sabotage of Vietnam peace talks. Now, the full story can be told.
Popular Pesticides Keep Bumblebees From Laying Eggs
70 years later, survivors recall the horrors of India-Pakistan partition
Squeezed by an India-China Standoff, Bhutan Holds Its Breath
US teen drug overdose deaths inch up after years of decline
Sentenced To Adulthood: Direct File Laws Bypass Juvenile Justice System
I had my first lecture of the term today. It is a lecture I've held lots of times before, but it also a lecture for the full cohort of exchange students, so about 300 this year. And I do not know a single one of them, which makes it all a bit harder. So after my hour of lecture I was totally exhausted.. Sweating like a pig, mentally and physically. And I wanted nothing more than to hide in my office, but first there was all the questions, and then I ran into the guy who a had the most massive crush on when we took beginner's Latin together, so we had to catch up (yep, still cute), and then we had a department lunch to welcome a new member of faculty. I have no idea what happened there, I just wanted to go home and faceplant into my pillow.
Then I rushed home and slept for two hours.
In other news I have a job interview on Monday! In good Norwegian spirit I got an email from them suggesting a time, and they asked me to answer by sending them a text message. Human interaction in for other people. The downsides is that two of my biggest competitors posted on Facebook that they have also been asked for an interview.
Silicon Valley owes its fortunes to the Technology industry. For Detroit it was the automobile industry. There may soon be a town focused on the marijuana industry:
- American Green, a company, just paid $5 million in cash for a small gold rush town in California.
- The company intends to turn the town into a haven for pot enthusiasts.
- The aim is for it to be a hub for marijuana focused businesses where talent and supply networks can be concentrated.
- There will also be activities for tourists. One idea is to have bus tours that take guests to try different weed infused food.
Read more on Vice.
I want to write him a summary of the Soviet Army officer's career path, what service branches are available, etc., but nothing I can find tells me the basic stuff. It's all focused on generals and stuff. (Looked on Wiki, looked on Google, neither helped. I found a monograph on dtic.mil that was from 1975 and provided *some* detail, but expected me the reader to know more than I do to make sense of stuff.)
To quote his draft summary: "(1) Early life. Born in 1959, he follows a similar course to Putin (joining the military instead, but attached as an "adviser" to one of the Soviet Bloc countries after a tour in Afghanistan which gave him a scar on his upper right arm from a Taliban attack). He resigned with a TBD officer's rank in the middle of the 1991 coup attempt (a la Putin; he's simply younger) rather than join in the attempt (which he percieved as doomed)."
He's trying to figure it out in more detail than that, but the problem is that he (the player) and I (the GM, one of two, responsible for helping him draw up his character - he does the important work of figuring out policies and stuff, the meat of gameplay, himself) can't find anything much about anything re the company-grade and field-grade officers of the Soviet Army and how they were trained, or how their careers progressed, or anything.
1. As the character was born in 1959, presume he enters officer training from civilian life sometime around 1977. How long is his officer training, and how is it decided whether he goes, say, infantry or airborne troops?
2. What's the career path like from initial officer training (including "what rank does he enter service at?" - the materials I can find state "Lieutenant", but the Soviet Army has 3 Lieutenant ranks!) to, say, battalion command?
3. What additional school-type training would he undergo during that career path, and at what times during his career? (I can help the player figure out good tour-of-duty mixes once I have that information.)
4. What service arms existed in the Soviet Army? I often hear of officers referred to as a "Colonel of Infantry", "Colonel of Air Defense", "Colonel of Strategic Rocket Forces" - but what are the possible options for the "of x" formula?
5. Were ordinary officers even assigned as "advisors" to Warsaw Pact forces, or only Political Officers?
I know these are really detailed questions in some regard. I'm trying to keep them general, but even the general stuff is hard to figure out. My objectives for this are:
B. Figure out what his career would have looked like - where would he have served, at what levels, doing what? (Especially key to figure out when he would have served in Afghanistan.)
C. Figure out if the early life posited is *plausible*.
I thus don't need to know deep details (at least not until a player requests a detailed bio of their Russian adversary from their intel people, at which point I may be back...), but only be able to work out a summary. I can do the hard part of the work myself and with the player, but I need help figuring out the foundational stuff before I begin that.
(Edited to add: Link to something Google *did* dredge up for me, and my note that what I was sent was a draft summary of the character, not a full bio. We'll be working on the full bio once we have the summary agreed to.)
I didn't love this; I'm not sure how much it's a weaker member of the series and how much it's me. It is book 10 in a set of 19, of which the last five are still to be written. I may have left it too long since I read the previous volumes, or maybe I just wasn't in the mood for it. I decided I couldn't be bothered following all the complex allusions to the meta-structure of the whole series, and as a single novel it's never more than just ok. I didn't find Vlad's voice or Loiosh's asides witty, and the pacing dragged, and I didn't care about the mystery. Because I hadn't been following the chronology properly, the twist at the end wasn't a delightful surprise, it just unsatisfyingly didn't make sense.
When I was reading 50 books a year, I intended to read the whole series, because both the individual novels and the way they fit together into a complex whole appeal to me. Now that I read more like 15 or 20, I'm thinking I may drop this. Not sure; one weaker book doesn't mean the whole series isn't worth bothering with.
Anyway, this is a really amazing fantasy romance story. It's beautifully written, great characters, twisty, thought-provoking plot. The worldbuilding is really deep; looking it up it turns out this is a companion novella in the setting of a novel, which I'm now definitely going to seek out. I had dismissed Wilson's Sorcerer of the Wildeeps mainly because the name is so clunky; I assumed it was parodic or just really generic swords and sorcery.
It's hard to describe exactly what's so great about AToH without spoilers, but it's a really moving romance, and has a lot to say about choices and sacrifices made for love. jack thought it maybe needed some content warnings; some of the content is about homophobia and abusive parenting. To me it didn't feel like misery porn, it felt as if it centred its variously Queer characters and described some of the bad things in their life as well as the good. But I can imagine some readers finding it hard going.
Up next: The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin. I'd been meaning to read this, though I'm a little scared of what I've heard about it, and I've now bumped it up my list since the sequel won a second Hugo.
I finished Nina's cardigan :-) It is currently blocking and then I just need to sew in the buttons, so done in plenty of time for both Stashdash (finishes Sunday) and for when I see her next (next Thursday - eeeeeee!!!!)
I think it should fit her alright. It's a bit tight on me, but she's slimmer than I am so that should work out fine. Besides, that we pre-blocking, and I've yet to knit anything that didn't grow during blocking ;-)
The pattern is Vanadiym by Lisa Mutch with the cat from the Professor McGonagall blanket by Kristen Fanning. The yarn is CottonBaby from Gepard Garn. I'm not usually a fan of cotton as I find it too tightly spun to be all that soft, but this was definitely the exception that proved the rule. Lovely soft and pleasant to work with - didn't hurt my hands at all! I'll definitely want to knit something for myself in this yarn at some point!
Cue the Carrots! Strike Up the Squash!
The Last Death-Defying Honey Hunter of Nepal
Now you can levitate liquids and insects at home
West Point Cadet, Simone Askew, Breaks a Racial and Gender Barrier
Raccoons Riding a Bike Wheel ("Trash panda", that's a good kenning)
Plants 'hijacked' to make polio vaccine
In The Event Of A Nuclear Blast, Don't Condition Your Hair
Lightning is zapping fewer Americans
The Bloody San Antonio Origins of Chili Con Carne
Why U.S.-Trained Surgeons Often Aren't Ready For Humanitarian Work Abroad (Crippling overspecialization)
In the future, your body won’t be buried... you’ll dissolve
White Supremacy (Overt & Covert)
Texas A&M cancels white nationalist rally set for 9/11
Why Are Teen Pregnancy Programs Getting Cut?
A Sign Of Trouble: The HIV Crisis In The Deaf Community
Cuba struggling to keep professionals from leaving
For Syrian Refugees In Turkey, A Long Road To Regular Employment
Policy Under Trump Bars Obama-Era Path to U.S. for Central American Youths
Why fish can't help but eat our plastic garbage
The US Won't Pay For the World's Best Climate Science
Understanding alternative reasons for denying climate change could help bridge divide
As Peru’s glaciers melt, its problems are only beginning
Indonesian president calls to safeguard pluralism from extremist threat
One meal a day: the Lake Chad crisis in pictures
Half a Million People in Yemen Had Cholera in 2017. That's the Worst Outbreak Ever Recorded in a Single Year
‘We have drawn a different lesson from history’: How the world is reacting to violence in Charlottesville
Resistance efforts are taking root in pro-Trump country — and women are leading the charge
Trump Job Approval Rating Now at 34%, New Low
From racism to climate change, CEOs keep turning on Trump
( It gets steadily more depressing from here, folks )
I was already quite impressed by Ariana Grande. She seemed like a genuinely lovely person, though I was cynically aware that a bit of careful PR could curate a favourable public image. Her response to the Manchester bombing, however was hugely impressive, and evinced the kind of grace and compassion that's beyond fakery.
The decision by Parrs Wood school to release a charity single in the wake of the bombing was inspired, as was the decision for them to perform at One Love Manchester, on the same stage as an impressive hastily-convened lineup of international megastars.
In the normal course of events, if you catapulted a twelve-year-old from the relative obscurity of a school choir into an audience of fifty thousand at Old Trafford with tens of millions more around the world watching live on TV, and they started crying, that would be a pretty awkward moment. Not this time!
Ariana hugs her with sincere tenderness, and it works. The look in Natasha's eyes at the 2m31s mark is beautiful to see. What's more, the crowd feels exactly the same way, and is entirely supportive of both of them.
Natasha has since spoken to Manchester Evening News, and clearly views the experience extremely positively.
It's also clear that Ariana Grande has a prodigious talent. When I pause to think about what's going on there, she's performing one of the biggest gigs of her life at one week's notice, she's juggling her own emotions, she's looking out for Natasha and she still sings like that!
Yes. To somebody who assumes everyone else thinks and acts as they do, and knows (however little they'll acknowledge it to themself or others) deplorable things have been done to various minorities in the past and even current treatment of minorities is very shabby, the idea of those minorities suddenly coming into power over them would be terrifying. That does make a kind of sense.
In reality, that's not going to happen any time soon, if at all. Current projections are that "non-Hispanic White" people will stop being the majority in 2043, but it's absurd to suggest everybody would vote on racial lines in 2044. (Also, they'd remain the majority for a little longer amongst people of voting age.)
Equally, in reality, most people don't think and act like they do.
But they could be in for a nasty shock. They would do well to read the Lord of the Rings with particular reference to Saruman's fate. In the penultimate chapter, the Scouring of the Shire, having cornered Saruman the hobbits could easily kill him. That's what Saruman would do in such a situation, and it's what he expects:
To someone mired in evil, mercy and justice can hurt more than any violence. The alt-right fear us stooping to their level; maybe they should be more fearful that we will not.
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Eric Gardner is a black man in the SCA who formerly went by the name Eric of Huntington. As a squire to Steve Beck/Duke Stephen of Beckenham, Gardner portrayed a European squire of the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries at all times until he was knighted. In the West Kingdom knighting ceremony there is a place immediately before the dubbing, appropriate for a rite of passage, where the candidate is asked, "By what name do you wish to be knighted?" Nearly everyone uses the name he or she has always used. However, some people surprise the heralds by announcing a new name (which then needs to be researched and registered before it can appear on the writ that accompanies their knighting). When asked this question Gardner replied, "Eric Ibraheim Mozarabe." The king was Chris Ayers/Duke Christian du Glaive, whose persona is a Norman crusader. A strong proponent of acting "in persona" and maintaining a medieval attitude at all times, he was clearly bothered by Gardner's declaration. He has no problem knighting a black man, but for this crusader knighting a Muslim created an issue. As a compromise he continued the ceremony using both names, saying, "Eric Ibraheim Mozarabe, also known as Eric of Huntington, I dub thee. . . ." What Ayers did not know is that Ibraheim Mozarabe is a Christian name. Ayers had assumed that because it was Arabic that the name must have been Muslim, indicating that Gardner had a Muslim persona. According to Gardner, Ibraheim means "child of God," and "Mozarabe" refers to a population of Christians living under Moorish rule in Spain after the eighth century."
(Medieval Fantasy as Performance: The Society for Creative Anachronism and the Current Middle Ages, by Michael A. Cramer, p. 40)
 I think this is incorrect. I think it's an Arabic form of "Abraham", which does not mean "child of God".
Nuclear war with North Korea may be imminent. But the stock market seems relatively stable. Alex Tabarrok had some thoughts on why:
- If investors think IBM’s stock will fall they can sell, and then buy one of the multitude of other more promising stocks.
- In a nuclear war though all stocks will crash, so there’s not much point in buying shares in other companies. Or even in holding onto cash.
- Rational investors may still choose to sell out of the market and blow their cash on drugs and sex workers if they think the end of the world is near.
- But perhaps that’s just a bad caricature of humanity. Many would prefer to go for a walk in the woods or spend more time with their family.
- And anyway, marginal benefit falls. The first line of Armageddon fueled coke may be pleasurable. The second a little less so. After a while there’s only so much fun people can have with their money.
- All this means that the markets are probably poor predictors of nuclear war.
Read the entire fascinating argument on Marginal Revolution here.
The Complete Persepolis - Marjane Satrapi (memoir) A coming-of-age story of a girl living in Tehran during the Islamic revolution. I learned so much from this. Absolutely fascinating.
Cancer Vixen - Marisa Acocella Marchetto (memoir) What happens when a fun-loving, big-city cartoonist discovers a lump in her breast. At times hilarious and at times heartbreaking. I highly recommend it.
Relish - Lucy Knisley (memoir) Part foodie goodness, part travelogue. This was my first introduction to Lucy Knisley's drawings and I was instantly hooked.
An Age of License - Lucy Knisley (memoir) Travelogue from Lucy's trip around Europe. I loved seeing familiar places through her eyes.
Something New - Lucy Knisley (memoir) Lucy's experiences planing and executing her own wedding. Parts had me very, very grateful that I didn't have to fight with that for my own wedding, but there were also a few ideas I wish I'd thought of.
Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me - Ellen Forney (memoir) The sub-title pretty much gives the plot away. A powerful account of life with a bipolar disorder.
Take It as a Compliment - Maria Stoian (essays) Deeply disturbing and SO IMPORTANT essay collection about sexual abuse and harassment. Should be required reading in all high schools.
Hyperbole and a Half - Allie Brosh (essays) Some made me laugh, some made me cry. I loved all of them!
Only 8, but like I said it's fairly recent that I've attempted this genre, and most of the others I've read have only been so-so. I had very high hopes for "Fun House" which came highly recommended by just about everybody but unfortunately I disliked it. I'm keen to read more though - books like "Lumberjanes" and "Nimona" by Noelle Stevenson and "In Real Life" by Cory Doctorow are already on my list. If you have other recommendations, I'd love to hear them!
There were two houses on the property, the big one they rented out and the little one they lived in. The little one had outside stairs to a small attic, covered in ivy. I loved to sit on those stairs and pull off the ivy bit by bit and pretend I was a princess in a tower, right up until Bonne-Maman called me in and gave me an ice cream cone. Which I thought we were supposed to eat from the bottom up, so you can see why my face got messy.
The first year we went, when I was just leaving kindergarten, we had no bedroom of our own, but afterwards they added a small studio and an extra bedroom next to the attic. Jenn (Ginger, back then) and I had beds right next to each other, touching and there were two windows with a small patch of wall in between them.
And one night, quite randomly, we woke up when it was dark (and you know it gets dark very late in Belgium in the summer) and that little patch of wall was glowing. Pale, bright green. I eventually sat up and touched it, and the glowing patch was colder than the rest of the wall, and I swear Jenn saw it too or I'd never believe it now that I'm grown.
I have no idea what caused it. To this day, it is absolutely the weirdest, creepiest thing about my childhood. The only explanation I can think of is "practical joke", but not only are the logistics wildly out of character for my grandparents (painting on the wall!?) but there is no way they'd take a joke this funny to the grave. So I've got nothing.
Any explanation that isn't "aliens" or "ghosts" would be much appreciated, because I'm baffled. We both are.
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London's Big Ben to fall silent for four years
Bacteria can feel their surroundings
Support for charters drops markedly over past year
Meet the teenager who stole Queen Victoria’s panties
A Brief Tour of European Wedding Cake Traditions (I don't know how accurate any of this is, but it's interesting!)
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Hungry Venezuelans turn to Colombia for a plate of food
Battery Theory: For when the Spoon Theory is too confusing
Women Are Dying Because Doctors Treat Us Like Men
Feeling bad about feeling bad can make you feel worse
Gratitude Lists Are B.S. — It Was an "Ingratitude" List That Saved Me
70 years after Pakistan-India split, Sikhs search for home
Hindu Today, Muslim Tomorrow
Without air conditioning, America’s prisons can be unbearable — and sometimes deadly
High-tech US plants offer jobs even as the laid-off struggle
Invasive earthworms at the root of sugar maple decline (Raise your hand if you've ever met anybody, no matter how green, who knew earthworms are non-native in the Americas.)
He’d been shot at 15. Now, amid Chicago’s relentless gunfire, he had one goal: Stay alive.
How Students' Brains Are in Danger on the Field
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Killings of Black Men by Whites are Far More Likely to be Ruled “Justifiable”
America is hooked on the drug of white supremacy. We're paying for that today
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There are two choirs I could sing with this coming year, and I don’t have energy to do both. (I don’t know for sure that I have energy for either, tbh.)
Choir A has good rehearsal times (twice a week 4-6), only three concerts a year (Dec, Mar, June), performs at the Mondavi Center, and is free ... but the repertoire for this year is uninspired and dreary, the director is close to retirement and so doesn't have many fucks left to give and therefore isn’t as good as he used to be, and honestly the group hasn’t really been fun to sing with the last few years.
Choir B has an awesome director, and the planned repertoire for the year is amazing (including the mozart requiem, which is practically a must-sing for me) ... but it meets 7-9:30 (only once a week, but I’ve been going to bed at like 8), it’s $65 a semester, I don’t like the rehearsal location, December is crazy with concerts, and there’s an obligatory citrus sale drive every year (like Girl Scout cookie sales but eat less cute or yummy).
Some of these are bigger issues than others (e.g. I can probably get my dad to cover the cost* for choir B), but.
I don’t know what to do.
...What would be ideal is for choir B’s director to come do choir B’s repertoire with choir A, but that’s not possible.
I also don't know how much of my fatigue issues are self-creating. Not just because my Inner Critic likes calling me lazy, but because I've gotten out of the habit of Doing Things, and I'm enough of an introvert that socializing is kind of a mental muscle. It's like when you have the flu and sleep for a week and then spend a while super weak and wobbly because your body got out of the habit of doing.
* footnote thingie, not related to choir: I've been doing reiki, which is sort of an energy manipulation not-quite-massage thing that I'm working on a post about, and I'm doing extra reiki during the roommate transition thing -- whether or not it's "real", it really does help me with stress. I'm doing it through the church, which has scholarship funds for people who want reiki but can't afford it, so I asked and got way more of a discount than I was expecting. Except my mom -- who doesn't even know how much of it I'm scholarshipping, just that I'm getting some scholarship help -- thinks that my dad can damn well afford reiki, and has this way of, like, guilting me *and* being snide about my dad st the same time. And on the one hand I do kind of see her point -- though my dad would probably be skeptical as all get-out at reiki as a concept, much less spending money on it, so I don't want to ask him, and really I'm getting Charity regardless of whether it's my dad or the church, and I think the church people like helping me -- but omfg I wish I knew how to tell her to NOT DO THAT AUGH WTF
Though a bigger priority is getting her to stop making snarky comments about how chubby nephling is. He's a fucking baby, chubby is *good*, he does not need to "slim down" ffs. ::rageface::
Unfortunately, this is still VERY relevant today.
Text of Chaplin's speech:
I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone - if possible - Jew, Gentile - black man - white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness - not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.
Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost….
The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men - cries out for universal brotherhood - for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world - millions of despairing men, women, and little children - victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people.
To those who can hear me, I say - do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed - the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish. …..
Soldiers! don’t give yourselves to brutes - men who despise you - enslave you - who regiment your lives - tell you what to do - what to think and what to feel! Who drill you - diet you - treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men - machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts! You don’t hate! Only the unloved hate - the unloved and the unnatural! Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty!
In the 17th Chapter of St Luke it is written: “the Kingdom of God is within man” - not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people have the power - the power to create machines. The power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.
Then - in the name of democracy - let us use that power - let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world - a decent world that will give men a chance to work - that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfil that promise. They never will!
Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people! Now let us fight to fulfil that promise! Let us fight to free the world - to do away with national barriers - to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness. Soldiers! in the name of democracy, let us all unite!
The gravel is not in a rectangle. They were going for "rectangle" but hit upon "awkward trapezoid" instead.
This annoys me. I've spent the day wondering about the propriety of just going over there and re-raking in the middle of the night.
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