Mar. 14, 2014 @ 3:53 PM _

thoughtfollower:

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People pay thousands of dollars to have lasers shot at their eyes so they don’t have to wear glasses. People put little pieces of plastic right on their eyes so they don’t have to wear glasses. People hate glasses. You can feel them on your face. You can see them on your face. They restrict…

Oct. 14, 2013 @ 3:56 AM _

This is pretty good .. a list someone made of the most intellectual jokes that 50 different people have heard. What struck me was number 14:

Two women walk into a bar, and talk about the Bechdel test.

This one is nice, because if it hadn’t been included, the entire post would have failed the Bechdel test. Zing!

Jul. 17, 2013 @ 10:16 PM _

Check out my job this summer!

RE: David Brooks RE: Snowden

Jun. 11, 2013 @ 12:20 PM _

David Brooks wrote this piece for the NYTimes about Edward Snowden’s leaking of PRISM, the NSA program that is spying on people.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/11/opinion/brooks-the-solitary-leaker.html?_r=0

Unfortunately, Brooks’s analysis falls really, really short.

He devotes roughly the first third of his article toward an attempt to defame Snowden’s character in ways that are at least questionable, and that shouldn’t bear any relevance to the leak at hand.

Brooks then uses this poorly constructed backdrop to justify the rest of his claims, claims which seem to indicate that if anyone is living in a vacuum, it is Brooks. According to Brooks, Snowden has betrayed:

  • "basic levels of trust and cooperation, a respect for institutions and deference to common procedures"
  • "honesty and integrity, the foundation of all cooperative activity"
  • "his friends"
  • "his employers"
  • "the cause of open government"
  • "the privacy of us all"
  • "the Constitution"

The first two “violations” sound like they are intended to be jokes. If Snowden were violating the government’s trust, cooperation, deference to procedures, honesty, and integrity, the government would need to have these qualities in the first place. As has been demonstrated through this leak and at many other times, our government is failing to uphold such values.

Claims he betrayed his friends and employers are based, but ad hominem, especially given the circumstance.

RE: open government and our privacy, Brooks supposes that Snowden is ruining it for everybody and that the government will only make things worse. such a view is cynical beyond measure, stunted, and itself a betrayal toward democracy.

And Brooks’s inevitable appeal to the Constitution is petty and belittling, not to mention absurd; the founders didn’t except a lot of things that we’ve done anyway, and whether they expected this or not, who cares?

All the accusations Brooks makes assume that everything was well, or at least better, prior to this leak — and that the NSA’s program that produces full, until-now secret government access to private online records, on-demand, isn’t problematic. How is he so comfortable falling on this assertion? Is the potential for abuse and manufactured cases not obvious? One could speculate on why Brooks feels comfortable saying this, and I could definitely list a couple of reasons, but what’s important is that he is wrong.

I’m having trouble reasoning exactly why Brooks penned this piece, but I can say it appears he is having trouble with Snowden’s affront to his notion of society. By indicting the whistleblower on counts of violation of principles our society only holds on theory, it becomes clear Brooks is less upset directly with Snowden’s actions, and more with what he exposed. Brooks wants to believe our government has the best intentions.. and Snowden is making it harder for Brooks to do that.

Jun. 2, 2013 @ 2:34 PM _

occupygezipics:

Two TVs next to each other. The one on the left has CNN Turk open, while the one on the right has CNN International.

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occupygezipics:

Two TVs next to each other. The one on the left has CNN Turk open, while the one on the right has CNN International.

Jun. 2, 2013 @ 2:33 PM _

occupygezipics:

Greenpeace marches in Istiklal Ave., Taksim.

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Greenpeace marches in Istiklal Ave., Taksim.

about chick-fil-a

May. 12, 2013 @ 1:07 AM _

I’ve thought about posting this several places for awhile.  I’ve finally decided to just go with tumblr!  Congratulations, if you’re here; you’re in the chosen place.

The short gist of this essay is: You may have stopped boycotting Chick-fil-A because they stopped supporting anti-gay groups.  But they actually still support them!  I’ll explain:

So if you know me you probably know that last July/August/September I led a campaign on Davidson’s campus to get our Union Board to stop serving Chick-fil-A at their sponsored events.  Spoiler alert!  … it worked!  We stopped serving Chick-fil-A AND lots of people stopped eating there, because they didn’t want their money going toward anti-gay advocacy groups.

FASTFORWARD A WEEK OR SO:

Chick-fil-A announces they are not funding these groups any longer!!!

J/K!

A week after the Union Board made this announcement, we happened to hear a big announcement, not from Chick-fil-A, but from an alderman in Chicago.. the same one that had previously (and controversially) declared he would keep Chick-fil-A from settling in his area because of Dan Cathy’s remarks on gay marriage.  This time, he was backing down, because, according to him, Chick-fil-A had stopped supporting these groups.  Many media outlets, like the Huffington Post (who had earlier hyped Davidson’s story!), were quick to spread the word.

This was great news for a lot of people!  Included are several of my friends who, after hearing this great news, immediately began frequenting Chick-fil-A once again.  ”I am so excited that we can go to Chick-fil-A again!” one friend wrote on another’s Facebook wall.  I am paraphrasing.  But this is almost completely what happened.

Not long after this announcement, it was shown to be false.  Chick-fil-A itself came out to refute the rumors (right here); after all, it was in its own business interests to do so.  If Chick-fil-A were to stop supporting anti-gay groups, and the world were to find out, they would lose the new, magnified, Mike Huckabee-cultivated consumer base that has ironically driven up chicken sales since the initial Chick-fil-A backlash began.

Yet the media, for whatever reason, didn’t catch on quite so loudly to this update.  And so, now, we have a lot of people in the world, who had previously stopped buying Chick-fil-A out of outrage over their business practices (or for the less rational, over their owner’s public remarks), again frequenting Chick-fil-A because the restaurant has “changed.”

So why does this bother me?  I mean, there are obvious reasons.  I don’t want the progress of successful campaigns like my own being nullified.  But more importantly, I want people to be making informed decisions.  I originally campaigned at my school and pushed for votes and referendums because I wanted my student body to decide what it wanted based on facts about a company’s business practices.  And unfortunately, fact-based knowledge has been offset by media reporting.  So if, given everything I’ve said in this post, you still want to buy and eat Chick-fil-A, that’s fine.  I fully respect your right to give no shits and I also respect your right to sign a petition and then change your mind about it later.

But try to make sure you aren’t basing your decisions on lies.  You now have one less excuse to do that.

May. 5, 2013 @ 3:24 PM _

dustydanger:

Shia LaBeouf live-tweets his acid trip.
3:15 AM – 7 Aug 12
OK everybody here goes nothing. I’m gonna light a cigarette. Where are my cigarettes. Brb going to Walgreens for cigs
3:45 AM – 7 Aug 12
the security guard at Walgreens is a crazy guy. there was fire coming out of his head and i told him your heads on fire and he just looked at me
3:46 AM – 7 Aug 12
i’m gonna light a cig
3:52 AM – 7 Aug 12
theres like 4 types of lettuce in this apt. i didnt even buy that much lettuce. what am i gonna do juggle lettuce. alright bye
3:56 AM – 7 Aug 12
indiana jones was the peak of my career. feel very aware that it’s all downhill from here
4:03 AM – 7 Aug 12
i resent my father camping out in my house. ok but get this, its fine… yeah its totally fine he can do whatever he wants. the end
4:08 AM – 7 Aug 12
is this entertaining. is this new media. i dont understand my feet
4:09 AM – 7 Aug 12
you guys ever watch that video of the double rainbow?
4:12 AM – 7 Aug 12
@frankiemunez who’s laughing now? who’s laughing now buddy… checkmate
4:14 AM – 7 Aug 12
my character hasnt seen his brother before. i figured that out. he doesnt even know he HAS a brother. but he doesss have a brother. complicated actually
4:28 AM – 7 Aug 12
i would have sex with lars von trier on camera. i would. but only if its dogme style. im a comedian guys
4:33 AM – 7 Aug 12
im nothing, im an idiot. how did i get here when nothing happened
4:44 AM – 7 Aug 12
what’s the difference btw mayonaise and mayo? is there a difference
4:46 AM – 7 Aug 12
who has my hand i want it back
4:48 AM – 7 Aug 12
i was lying before. will smith is good at rap
4:51 AM – 7 Aug 12
twitter is like the energy that links our brains together. mental lubricant
5:06 AM – 7 Aug 12
i’m wearing three watches and they all have different times. i have a watch on my ankle… damn you… sorry, i love u
5:14 AM – 7 Aug 12
yr gonna see me in yr dream cause i dont know where to live anymore
5:22 AM – 7 Aug 12
im done w this!! im nothing…
5:56 AM – 7 Aug 12
ok guys i dont really ‘get’ sigur ros but theyre beautiful anyway 

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dustydanger:

Shia LaBeouf live-tweets his acid trip.

3:15 AM – 7 Aug 12

OK everybody here goes nothing. I’m gonna light a cigarette. Where are my cigarettes. Brb going to Walgreens for cigs

3:45 AM – 7 Aug 12

the security guard at Walgreens is a crazy guy. there was fire coming out of his head and i told him your heads on fire and he just looked at me

3:46 AM – 7 Aug 12

i’m gonna light a cig

3:52 AM – 7 Aug 12

theres like 4 types of lettuce in this apt. i didnt even buy that much lettuce. what am i gonna do juggle lettuce. alright bye

3:56 AM – 7 Aug 12

indiana jones was the peak of my career. feel very aware that it’s all downhill from here

4:03 AM – 7 Aug 12

i resent my father camping out in my house. ok but get this, its fine… yeah its totally fine he can do whatever he wants. the end

4:08 AM – 7 Aug 12

is this entertaining. is this new media. i dont understand my feet

4:09 AM – 7 Aug 12

you guys ever watch that video of the double rainbow?

4:12 AM – 7 Aug 12

@frankiemunez who’s laughing now? who’s laughing now buddy… checkmate

4:14 AM – 7 Aug 12

my character hasnt seen his brother before. i figured that out. he doesnt even know he HAS a brother. but he doesss have a brother. complicated actually

4:28 AM – 7 Aug 12

i would have sex with lars von trier on camera. i would. but only if its dogme style. im a comedian guys

4:33 AM – 7 Aug 12

im nothing, im an idiot. how did i get here when nothing happened

4:44 AM – 7 Aug 12

what’s the difference btw mayonaise and mayo? is there a difference

4:46 AM – 7 Aug 12

who has my hand i want it back

4:48 AM – 7 Aug 12

i was lying before. will smith is good at rap

4:51 AM – 7 Aug 12

twitter is like the energy that links our brains together. mental lubricant

5:06 AM – 7 Aug 12

i’m wearing three watches and they all have different times. i have a watch on my ankle… damn you… sorry, i love u

5:14 AM – 7 Aug 12

yr gonna see me in yr dream cause i dont know where to live anymore

5:22 AM – 7 Aug 12

im done w this!! im nothing…

5:56 AM – 7 Aug 12

ok guys i dont really ‘get’ sigur ros but theyre beautiful anyway 

Mar. 22, 2013 @ 1:56 PM _

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Mar. 22, 2013 @ 1:56 PM _

deardukeenergy:

Davidson College

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