i love nina simone!
oh, and this kid seems pretty cool too.
i love nina simone!
oh, and this kid seems pretty cool too.
"Australia is set to become the first country in the world to stop using the cheap standard light bulb, with the federal government expected today to announce a commitment to phasing out inefficient incandescent light within three years."
i think this is so great! ok so maybe the 800,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emmissions that will be saved each year is only 1/700 of the total, but i say that's a pretty good start.
it's taken fucking long enough for the government to start taking notice of the whole 'we're ruining the world' thing; but, better late then never.
Oh man, this is too funny.
Liberal and progressive christian groups, never ones to miss out on an opportunity to get all outraged and protest something, have demanded that Wal-mart take a controversial new game off its shelves.
'Left Behind' is set in post-Rapture New York and is based on Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkin's interpretation of the Book of Revelation. The basic principle of the game is to 'convert or kill.'
That's right; kill.
By converting/killing the bad guys (ie. muslims, rock stars, and the like), you earn spirit points, in the hope of eventually ascending to heaven and reuniting with Jesus..
It turns out that, if one reads the Bible carefully, not only LaHaye and Jenkins are right, but in fact they really don't go far enough! The book of Revelation in fact mentions only 144,000 slots for people to go to Heaven, as the Jehovah' Witnesses claim, and - moreover - it's clear that those slots are for Jews only (12,000 for each of the 12 original tribes), not for American Christians (or, a fortiori, Muslims). Not only that, but since Revelation specifically states that the lucky ones will be those who "did not defile themselves with women," only virgin men (and, obviously, no women) will be let in.)
i love it.
(stolen from shelyra)
as a rule, i'm quite against the mass-murder(or even singular murder) of any living thing... but.
this is pretty awesome.
and i hate bees.
The Quiet World
In an effort to get people to look
into each other's eyes more,
and also to appease the mutes,
the government has decided
to allot each person exactly one hundred
and sixty-seven words, per day.
When the phone rings, I put it in to my ear
Without saying hello. In the restaurant
I point at chicken noodle soup.
I am adjusting well to the new way.
Late at night, I call my long distance lover,
proudly say I only used fifty-nine today.
I saved the rest for you.
When she doesn't respond,
I know she's used up all her words,
so I slowly whisper I love you
thirty-two and a third times.
After that, we just sit on the line
and listen to each other breathe.
"Talk to strangers, when family fails and friends lead you astray, when Buddha laughs, and Jesus weeps, and it turns out God is gay. 'Cause angels and messiahs, love, can come in many forms: in the hallways of your projects, or the fat girl in your dorm. And when you finally take the time to see what they're about and, perhaps, you find them lonely or their wisdom trips you out, you'll find the spot where cycles end, You're back where you began. But come this time around, you'll have someone to hold your hand who prays for you, who's there for you, who sends you love and light, exposes you to parts of you that you once tried to fight. But come this time around you'll choose to walk a different path. You'll embrace what you turned away and cry at what you laughed. 'Cause that's the only way we're gonna make it through this storm, where ignorance is common sense and senselessness the norm. And flags wave high above the truth and the two never touch. And stolen goods are overpriced. And freedom costs too much. And no one seems to recognize the symbols come to life: the bitten apple on the screen. And Jesus had a wife. And she was his messiah, like that stranger may be yours, who holds the subtle knife that carves through worlds like magic doors. And that's what I've been looking for, the bridge from then to now... This, here, is for the sun. A seed a stranger gave to me and planted on my tongue. And, when I look at you, I know I'm not the only one. As a great man once said, "There's nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come."
(stolen from twocrows)
"Guerrilla Funk Recordings was born out of necessity. It's a musical organization founded by the politically conscious artist Paris that counters the corporate stranglehold of censorship currently plaguing the entertainment industry. It provides balance in this intolerant climate of suppression of free speech and artistic expression, and serves as a vehicle for those who are unable - not because of lack of talent or relevance - to be heard. There now exists a harmful double-standard at most record labels of endorsing artists who only espouse misogyny, mindless violence, and drug culture references in their music -- while at the same time ignoring artists who strive to enlighten and inspire."
Oh man I
Just a few interesting facts about voting in the the US:
1. 80% of all votes in America are counted by only two companies: Diebold and ES&S.
2. There is no federal agency with regulatory authority or oversight of the US voting machine industry.
3. The vice-president of Diebold and the president of ES&S are brothers.
4. The chairman and CEO of Diebold is a major Bush campaign organizer and donor who wrote in 2003 that he was "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year."
5. 35% of ES&S is owned by Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, who became Senator based on votes counted by ES&S machines.
6. Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, a long-time friend of the Bush family, was caught lying about his ownership of ES&S by the Senate Ethics Committee.
7. Senator Chuck Hagel was on a short list of George W. Bush's vice- presidential candidates.
8. ES&S is the largest voting machine manufacturer in the US and counts almost 60% of all US votes.
9. Diebold's new touch screen voting machines have no paper trail of any votes. In other words, there is no way to verify that the data coming out of the machine is the same as what was legitimately put in by voters.
10. Diebold also makes ATMs, checkout scanners, and ticket machines, all of which log each transaction and can generate a paper trail.
What?! Bush's 'war on terror' has actually increased the threat of terrorism rather than stopping it completely?
Who the fuck woulda thunk it.
"The September Italian edition of Vogue takes a photographic swipe at the current culture of fear.
Vogue Italia photographer Steven Meisel puts a bevy of beauties through extreme -- and somewhat sexy -- arrests, strip searches and security checks. Meisel has his models pinned to the ground, barked at by German Shepherds, stomped on, and generally manhandled by macho cops in riot gear.
The fashion spread, which goes under the English title of "State of Emergency", sees heavily armed police in anti-terror garb detaining glamorous 'terror suspects' wearing stunning outfits by top designers -- including Versace, Dolce & Gabbana and Valentino."
heh. i like it.
his profile pic sorta made me lol, but otherwise he seems like a pretty cool kid. some very nice photo stumbles.
some of this stuff is really fucking cool.
"Locus of Control refers to an individual's perception of main causes of events in life. More simply, do you believe that your destiny is controlled by yourself or by external forces such as fate or other people?"
Ah, fate..the concept that everything is predestined; is 'meant to be'.
To me it's laughable. And disturbing. Are people 'meant to' get murdered? Meant to get raped? Is there some divine reason behind acts of pedophilia?
I'm very internal, and it seems to me that external people are just people who refuse to take responsility for their own actions, and the consequences of those actions. How convenient it must be for them to always have someone, or something, to act as a scapegoat..
(Found on Thareus's page)
jesus fucking christ hell.
"Ham encourages children to "always trust God" over science when confronted with teachings that contradict what is recorded in the Bible.
"Boys and girls," Ham said. "If a teacher so much as mentions evolution, or the Big Bang, or an era when dinosaurs ruled the Earth, you put your hand up and you say, 'Excuse me, were you there?' Can you remember that?" The children roared their assent. "Sometimes people will answer, 'No, but you weren't there either,' " Ham told them. "Then you say, 'No, I wasn't, but I know someone who was, and I have his book about the history of the world.' " He waved his Bible in the air. "Who's the only one who's always been there?" Ham asked. "God!" the boys and girls shouted. "Who's the only one who knows everything?" "God!" "So who should you always trust, God or the scientists?" The children answered with a thundering: "God!" "
He also believes that the Theory of Evolution is directly responsible for the emergence of racism, homosexuality, abortion, pornography, family break-up... etc.
this made me giggle, and fill up with a renewed sense of horror at religion all at the same time! that deserves a thumbs up all of its own, but (even if it has sorta been done) it's also well written and clever.
(also, lol @ the people who have taken this seriously, getting riled up about censorship and such)