There’s this dude in my program who is one of the most obliviously embarrassing people I’ve ever met and he thinks every basic ass liberal thing is God’s shining light on humanity. Like we went to this anarchist town in Copenhagen which is not much more than a self-proclaimed greenlight district (I was literally the only person not smoking a joint the first time we went, and people sell hash and any kind of weed you could want on every corner). He was like creaming himself and wouldn’t shut up over how it was the most progressive place he’d ever been. He said this as I was witnessing one of the most disturbing things I’ve seen in recent memory — A man who was mentally and physically disabled, and fucking smashed and drugged out of his mind struggling to stand. He’d hoist himself up off the ground, wobble violently, and just crumple to the ground repeatedly, calling out for help to the jeering locals, all the while looking like he was struggling to remain conscious. A couple of us helped him out of the street, but he obviously only wanted to go back into the bar. So progressive. Weed and alcohol will solve all our problems.
In what police are investigating as a hate crime, a Columbia University professor was badly beaten on a New York City street Saturday by a mob that apparently believed he was a Muslim.
Police say Prabjot Singh, a 31-year-old Sikh, was attacked just blocks from his home by a group of more than 20 young men on bikes who called him a terrorist and shouted “Get Osama!” Singh, who was saved when passersby intervened, was left with injuries including a fractured jaw, reports the Columbia Spectator.
Friend Simran Jeet Singh describes the attack in the Huffington Post, noting that the professor had been taking an evening walk after dropping his wife and 1-year-old at home.
"He couldn’t speak because many of his teeth had been displaced, but he waved limply to let us know that he was OK," he writes of seeing Singh at the hospital. "It’s incredibly sad," Singh himself tells the New York Daily News. “It’s not the neighborhood I know. I work in this community. It’s just not American.”
Gawker points out that Singh himself noted in a New York Times article on anti-Sikh violence last year that the turbans and long beards of Sikh men have often marked them out as targets for discrimination both in India and overseas.
lol at my institute’s shuttle dropping us off at the airport at 6:15 (my international flight leaves at 7:10) and every white person in my group was just taking their damn time like they had all day. like pls be a little more considerate; random searches and bag checks take time….
On the left we have the lyrics from Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines. On the right we rape survivors participating in Project Unbreakable, showing the various things that were said to them by their rapist.
The West does not know of our scientists or artists or writers. They only know of our “terrorists”.
In the US, I often ask college students around the country if they have heard of Bin Laden. They all have, of course. I then ask them to name any Palestinian or Arab poet or writer or scientists. None can.
Mahmoud Darwish was only covered in the Western media when he wrote a poem that offended Israelis. The New York Times only then covered him and provided a translation of the “offensive” poem. Darwish merely asked the invaders to leave his lands."
Asad Abu Khalil
I’d like to just take a minute to brag about the fact that I’m going to Copenhagen tomorrow and touring Bjark Ingels’s firm
This is Jonathan Ferrell. He was in a car accident at 2:30 in the morning on Saturday. It was pretty bad, he was forced to climb out of the back window of his car to get out. He ran to the nearest home and knocked on the door. The woman who owned the home called the police. The police arrived and saw Jonathan nearby. Jonathan ran to them, unarmed. He was probably so happy to see someone that could help him. The police shot and killed him after they tazed him.
Jonathan was 24-years-old and a football player at Florida A&M University. He had just gotten engaged. His friends described him as a loving, peaceful man with a bright future.
The cop who shot him has now had voluntary manslaughter. We have to make sure that the cop, Randall Kerrick, does not get away with this. In most cases like this, the cop gets no jail time and no sentence, and in many cases, they’re let back onto the force afterwards.
Jonathan was a good man with a clean record. He wasn’t known as being aggressive or violent. This should not have happened.
one of my classmates is a personal fitness trainer and she somehow convinced me to run five miles with her every day at 6am in the hilly cobblestone streets of Prague and I don’t know what I was on when I agreed to that because damn this is apparently not my thing
I’m back in Prague and settling in and stuff (three roommates in one small room and WC on the hall… I’ve avoided the dorm experience thus far in my life but it’s come to get me my senior year!) Our pension is apparently a former secret Gestapo prison and obstetric clinic for captured pregnant women. Lovely.
Detoxing yourself from computers (especially if you’re in a heavily computer-reliant field) is great. I’m back on mine after a month and I’ve practically forgotten how to use it. Highly recommended.
I’m also back in school after four and half months and I’ve practically forgotten how to school. Also highly recommended.
I’ll be editing all the photos from Turkey in good time so prepare yourselves for the picspams, sorry in advance; in the meantime I’m passing on some valuable knowledge from the Czech phrasebook given to us by the haramkhors at the Institute