Okay, I’m sorry. This is hilarious. This lady is so precious. (I come from a place where there are lots of wild turkeys that will do this sometimes and it is a pretty hilarious problem to have, in my opinion.)
A Thanksgiving Story
My 6th great grandfather Frederick was killed entertaining. According to the story, in 1763 he’d welcomed some Native Americans onto his property, and they ended up killing him and taking his family prisoner. Who knows if that’s how it really went down, but there you go. In all fairness, he probably should’ve staying in England. But then I wouldn’t exist, so. Later it became known that the British in Virginia had maybe been stoking the tensions between the native peoples and the settlers in the hopes that the fighting would make the Americans less inclined to rebel. It didn’t work.
His son, my 5th great grandfather, Michael, was killed by the Native Americans in 1791 near Point Pleasant. They took his slave prisoner (redundant much?). The slave became a chief. As a chief he ended up fighting alongside the Americans in the War of 1812 against the British. He fought alongside my 4th great grandfather, William, who had been born the same night his father Michael was killed. The chief told William he knew the man who’d killed his father, but that he was old and blind now. William wanted to meet the man, but the chief and pretty much everyone agreed William would probably kill him, so they just kind of dropped the subject and awkwardly shuffled away.
Then William moved to Iowa and 150 years later I was born in Omaha.
Welcome to America. Happy Thanksgiving.
Sweet Dee appreciation post, part 1
someone tried to convince me that dee is the worst character like fuck you
FYI - Sweet Dee and Charlie are what make this show funny. That’s not an argument, that’s a fact.
The building is approximately 40 percent leased, and is made up of studios, one, two and three-bedroom apartments, with rents for a studio starting at $2,215 and three-bedrooms beginning at $4,755.
Think about your role here. Your job is to be you, which includes being the chief beneficiary of all things you do right, the chief victim of all you do wrong, and the one person on Earth who has to live with every choice you make. As gatekeeper to your life, you’re it.
Friendly reminder that Harrison Ford used to look like this. [via]
Uhhhhh, WE KNOW. What, you think little girls watch Star Wars for the laser gun fights? I mean, we do, but also…
Mr. Lanza, 20, could not connect with people but obsessed over “Dance Dance Revolution,” an interactive video game he played in the lobby of a nearby movie theater, spending as long as 10 hours at a time trying to follow dance routines as they flashed on the screen.
Just as the commandment “Thou shalt not kill” sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say “thou shalt not” to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills. How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points? This is a case of exclusion. Can we continue to stand by when food is thrown away while people are starving? This is a case of inequality. Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless. As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized: without work, without possibilities, without any means of escape.
Human beings are themselves considered consumer goods to be used and then discarded. We have created a “disposable” culture which is now spreading. It is no longer simply about exploitation and oppression, but something new. Exclusion ultimately has to do with what it means to be a part of the society in which we live; those excluded are no longer society’s underside or its fringes or its disenfranchised – they are no longer even a part of it. The excluded are not the “exploited” but the outcast, the “leftovers”.
In this context, some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system. Meanwhile, the excluded are still waiting. To sustain a lifestyle which excludes others, or to sustain enthusiasm for that selfish ideal, a globalization of indifference has developed. Almost without being aware of it, we end up being incapable of feeling compassion at the outcry of the poor, weeping for other people’s pain, and feeling a need to help them, as though all this were someone else’s responsibility and not our own. The culture of prosperity deadens us; we are thrilled if the market offers us something new to purchase; and in the meantime all those lives stunted for lack of opportunity seem a mere spectacle; they fail to move us.
The document suggests major changes are on the way, with Francis noting that the Church has to get over an attitude that says: “We have always done it this way,” the BBC’s David Willey reports from Rome. … However, the document reiterates the Church’s opposition to the ordination of female priests, saying this is “not a question open to discussion”.
Go ahead and think we’re the only intelligent life out there. You go right ahead.
Do you ever think maybe Earth is just this backwoods planet in the middle of nowhere on the edge of a massive inter-stellar society? Like, maybe we’re the Nome, Alaska of the universe? I think that. A lot.