Archive for November, 2014

Thoughts, feelings, emotions, prayers, etc.

November 26, 2014

I think about Ferguson, I feel for Ferguson. I think about Michael Brown, I think about his family, I think about his friends, I feel for them, I understand their grief even if I don’t experience it on a personal level. But maybe that isn’t true, I do feel it on a personal level, because I’m a person, and personhood really causes us to think and feel and we can’t always pick and choose what we think or feel can we? When the actual facts present in a court case tell us that an officer of the law, whose duty is to serve and respect, discharged his weapon into another human being, who was unarmed, with fatal effects, how can a grand jury tell us that, he acted with “reasonable force.” Reasonable they say? It isn’t reasonable for this boy to be dead. It isn’t reasonable that only one person is tried for something here. It isn’t reasonable there isn’t at least one indictment of some kind, or an officer stripped of his badge for ending the life of an innocent knowing full well he was unarmed, and unable to defend himself. Look at an entire town trembling under terrible police brutality on a grand scale. It isn’t reasonable that any force was used, and especially not force with fatal consequences. The president gave an amazing speech the other day on how we must move on from this together, trying to seek a solution to this fear, to this hate, together, how we must protest without lashing out, without bringing more harm, more pain, more violence. He stressed that both sides of the big issues at hand have good people on them. And the outraged, the grief-stricken, the protesting were out en masse the following morning, standing up for injustice, standing up against hate and fear, standing up against terror, and not because of some obscure or self-serving agenda, but because goodness must win the day. Remember Michael Brown, and let us hope his death will not be in vain, and let us also be respectful of his family and his loved ones whatever we feel on this issue. Peace and love to you all, dear readers.

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Dysfunction in Motorists Creates so-called Malfunction Junction

November 14, 2014

Welcome to Brattleboro, Vermont, where this one ridiculous looking intersection is the bane of most motorists’ existence. They call it malfunction junction. But this guy was on the scene to tell you it has nothing to do with the timers on the lights, or the intersectin itself, as confusing and awful looking as it is. For years and years people were driving through here and nobody on any side had lights to stop for. It was awful, it was hard to navigate, and it was quite simply, a problem. So the town ultimately got fed up with the complaints and installed lights at least a few years ago at this point. But the complaints continued. Some say it got worse, but I say it’s about the same, plus a little better because now you’re less likely to get in a collision with another motorist that doesn’t have to stop or slow down from his direction either. So here’s the shocking truth: this junction is still malfunctioning, because people still this many years on, refuse to acknowledge that there are now lights here. You know how many near misses I’ve had with people running red lights that are in traffic coming towards me? A lot. And that’s all I have to say. Learn how to drive losers!!

Revenge of The Maddeningly Awesome Mixtape!

November 7, 2014

Pt. II

1. What Would You Do?- Bastille
2. Rather Be- Pentatonix
3. Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon- Urge Overkill
4. Do You Want To Know A Secret?- The Beatles
5. Don’t Gotta Work it Out- Fitz and The Tantrums
6. Well Thought Out Twinkles- Silversun Pickups
7. Mahna Mahna- CAKE
8. Blame It On The Girls- MIKA
9. Straw Hat And Old Dirty Hank- Barenaked Ladies
10. Say It Ain’t So- Weezer
11. Everlasting Light- Black Keys
12. Shut Your Mouth- Garbage
13. Savoy Truffle- The Beatles
14. Barton Hollow- The Civil Wars
15. Shameless- Lissie
16. Rain King- The Counting Crows
17. Take It Off- Ke$ha
18. Durban Skies- Bastille
19. 11:59- Michael Franti and Spearhead
20. Perfect World- Broken Bells
21. Hysteria- Muse

New playlist: The Maddeningly Awesome Mixtape!

November 7, 2014

Part I

1. The Driver- Bastille
2. Changes- Bowie
3. Gold Dust Woman- Fleetwood Mac
4. Shiver- Maroon 5
5. Habits(Stay High)- Tove Lo
6. Never As Tired As When I’m Waking Up- LCD Soundsystem
7. Starships- Pentatonix
8. Good Looking Man About Town- Morrissey
9. Marilyn Monroe- Pharrell Williams
10. It’s Thunder and It’s Lightning- We Were Promised Jetpacks
11. No One’s Here To Sleep-Naughty Boy featuring Bastille
12. Glory and Gore- Lorde
13. Out of My League- Fitz and The Tantrums
14. These Things- She Wants Revenge
15. All The Things She Said- T.a.t.u
16. Aubergine- Lady Lamb The Beekeeper
17. Car Crash- Matt Nathanson
18. Decisions-How To Dress Well
19. Latch- Disclosure ft. Sam Smith

Post Election Feelings

November 7, 2014

I hear a lot on the news about this candidate or that candidate having won their respective state elections this week, and everyone throwing down terms like bi-partisan in regard to certain elected folks, and don’t get me wrong, I’m excited to see certain seats being filled by candidates who really embrace this “working together,” thing. But here’s the deal. Fuck partisan bullshit. Fuck bi-partisanism even. The parties are the problem, so I suggest more people starting to use the phrase non-partisan, and truly grow outside of party lines, and then they will really have the most to throw down on the table. To the future, my friends.