"Any day now, billions of cicadas with bulging red eyes will crawl out of the earth after 17 years underground and overrun the East Coast of the U.S. They will arrive in such numbers that people from the southern state of North Carolina to Connecticut in the northeast will be outnumbered roughly 600-to-1. Maybe more."-
Oh shit.(via empathies)
The above video is from the 10 May 2013 episode of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. The clip shows an exchange between Bill Maher and Glenn Greenwald following a discussion about the White House and State Department’s immediate response to the 11 September 2012 attack on the US Embassy in Benghazi, Libya. In this clip, Maher claims that theocracy and violence are inherent to Muslims and/or Muslim culture, and that US citizens and policy-makers are void of any responsibility for the status quo of forces in the Middle East (or Muslim world, it is not really clear). Greenwald, in turn, proceeds to give viewers a lesson in how to take down Bill Maher and own up to his responsibility as a US citizen.
Skip to 5:45. (the video cuts off before you get to see how this ended anyway)
HAHA OH MY GOD. Did that person get fired? Because that’s horrible. (I’m sure she felt really bad too.. like how do you even apologize to a family for that?)
apparently someone who lived down the hall from my dad asked for a ride to the airport and my dad had a really bad trip on the way back. he abandoned his car, nearly jumped off a bridge, and then ended up going into hiding somewhere in pomona, all while experiencing various horrifying hallucinations. this story came up after i mentioned going to a hookah lounge last night. i was like… dad, I’m not going to do lsd; calm down………
that awkward drug discussion with your parents where you find out your dad has done lsd…..
"In 2001, first lady Laura Bush discussed the need “to kick off a world-wide effort to focus on the brutality against women and children by the al-Qaeda terrorist network” as a principal justification for the Afghanistan War. Following that line of thinking, President Bush repeatedly referred to “women of cover” who needed reprieve from the misogyny of Islamic extremists, and war hawks seized upon the issue of helpless Muslim women to advance conflict in the Middle East through the 2000s…The truth is that in our post 9/11 world, Muslim women are not beneficiaries of violence in Muslim countries, but a gimmick used to justify it."-Stop saying targeted killings protect Muslim women at Salon (via thepeacefulterrorist)
Muslims being targeted, advocacy group charges
An Algerian-American from Cambridge was attacked outside a Back Bay restaurant Saturday night, say police and a Muslim advocacy group, the latest of several assaults on Muslims since the Boston Marathon bombings three weeks ago.
The assailants allegedly called the 23-year-old college student, Amine Hadjeres, a “terrorist” and told him he looked like Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the suspects accused of planting bombs at the Marathon finish line on April 15, who was later killed while trying to elude police.
The victim, a US citizen, said he was attacked by two tipsy men outside the Cafeteria Boston restaurant on Newbury Street in Boston about 10 p.m. Saturday night after he left to buy a pack of cigarettes.
Hadjeres said he initially tried to ignore the men, who taunted and shoved him, but wound up brawling with them in the street after they would not leave him alone. He said the fight left him with bloody knuckles and a bruised elbow and hip, but he successfully fought off both men and walked back into the restaurant, where he was greeted with applause.
“They messed with the wrong dude,” Hadjeres said. “Their faces were pretty banged up.”
1951-1956 Le Corbusier’s stunning Villa Shodhan in Ahmedabad, India
Designed for the secretary of the Millowners, Surottam Hutheesing but the original plans were later sold to fellow millowner, Shyamubhai Shodhan.
my sister’s shaadi pics apparently made the front page of reddit yesterday and lol at the comments, which basically fall into three categories
1) assumptions about her ethnicity (omg, I love Indian weddings!)
2) assumptions of Oppressed Brown Girl status (your parents/family were okay with you marrying a white man???)
3) appeals to appropriate the shiny parts of a marginalized culture (YOUR DRESS IS SO PRETTY CAN I BE BROWN JUST FOR MY WEDDING DAY)
The Man Too Handsome for Saudi Arabia Who Wasn’t
[…] As it turns out, three men were not, in fact, deported from Saudi Arabia. Actually, no one was deported from Saudi Arabia and certainly not for being too handsome. And, actually, no one was even kicked out of the heritage and cultural festival except for a member of the religious police for protesting against the presence of a Gulf female singer. […]
There was, indeed, an incident involving Al Gala (and apparently him alone): according to the head of the mutawaeen, Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Sheikh (Arabic source), Al Gala had made his way into the family section of the event and was dancing inappropriately. Several complaints were made against him and he was taken aside by members of the national guard, questioned and that was it. He was not asked to leave the event, let alone the country. It turns out his uncomfortable dancing and not his uncomfortably good looks were the reason for some cause for concern and discomfort at the festival.
Al Gala has yet to deny the story and would probably find little reason to do so considering the amount of fame he is now enjoying as The Man Too Handsome for Saudi Arabia, which has helped boost his online personality as well as his career. It should also be noted that some of the sources who were the first to report, in Arabic, that three men were removed from the festival/deported from Saudi Arabia are no longer found online.
While the laughs and light-hearted news from the oil lands of strife are being welcomed by news readers and makers as a nice departure from the usual headlines, this sort of misreporting is not only common but feeds into dangerous and reductionist stereotypes of Muslims and Muslim countries, especially as these stereotypes relate to gender and sexuality’s interplay with Islamic law. Somewhere the story of an awkward dancer making families uncomfortable and the story of a member of the religious police being removed from the same festival crossed paths to create a ‘sexy’ news story that just made sense enough for the imagined Saudi Arabia. […]
The feminist movement is generally periodized into the so-called first, second and third waves of feminism. In the United States, the first wave is characterized by the suffragette movement; the second wave is characterized by the formation of the National Organization for Women, abortion rights politics, and the fight for the Equal Rights Amendments. Suddenly, during the third wave of feminism, women of colour make an appearance to transform feminism into a multicultural movement.
This periodization situates white middle-class women as the central historical agents to which women of colour attach themselves. However, if we were to recognize the agency of indigenous women in an account of feminist history, we might begin with 1492 when Native women collectively resisted colonization. This would allow us to see that there are multiple feminist histories emerging from multiple communities of colour which intersect at points and diverge in others. This would not negate the contributions made by white feminists, but would de-center them from our historicizing and analysis.
Indigenous feminism thus centers anti-colonial practice within its organizing. This is critical today when you have mainstream feminist groups supporting, for example, the US bombing of Afghanistan with the claim that this bombing will free women from the Taliban (apparently bombing women somehow liberates them)." -Andrea Smith, Indigenous Feminism Without Apology (via tabularasae)
ah wait what scene were you in? I saw it last night but I forgot you were going to be in it
Not that I wasn’t expecting it, but 20 hours of filming over two nights ended up being a 15 second scene (the one near the beginning outside the Hollywood theatre where two guys get in a fist fight and the dude’s head explodes). Doesn’t look like my face made the cut, but I’ll have to watch it in slo-mo because I’m sure my lower-body has to be in there somewhere (my feet already feel like celebrities)
Just got my tickets to see Iron Man 3 tonight.
They’d better have put me front and center in my scene or I’m gonna sue.