ectobiologist:

yeah i did like 100 push ups today

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With apologies to Jack, it’s been such a week that I need an “It’s Friday, you made it”.

With apologies to Jack, it’s been such a week that I need an “It’s Friday, you made it”.

Tags: twoyellows

flowisaconstruct:

"I spoke to Navajo/Yankton Dakota Sioux organizer Jackie Keeler who is one of the founders the organization Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry about the Snyder forces’ obsession with imposing whiteness on their opponents and invisibility on Native American activists. I am posting the entirety of her comments in the hopes that people who support the name reckon with her words and think carefully about whether the Palins, Ditkas and Snyders of the world are the ones with whom you actually want to stand.

"I always find it amazing considering the fight against Native mascotry is something I’ve been aware of my entire life," she said. "My parents protested against it in college in the late ’60s and early ’70s. When I was a student at Dartmouth College in the 1990s we Native students were forced to confront this issue. It was at Dartmouth that I first met Suzan Harjo, long-time Native activist who has led the fight against Native people being used as mascots. And of course, National Congress of American Indians, the largest representative body of tribes (two of my dad’s family members were former executive directors) first began an initiative to get rid of Native mascots in 1968.

"This idea that the fight against the mascotting of Native people is something new and led by white folks is an oddly insular and navel-gazing way to understand the issue—and yet another way of cutting Native people out of the American discourse about things that matter to us. By reframing the issue this way, the Washington NFL team continues to make real, modern Native people to disappear, much as their mascot does. It’s a continuation of the extinguishment of the Native voice and the appropriation of our identity and lands. This constant denial of our existence that leads Native youth to feel disconnected from American society and exacerbates the burdens of poverty; Native youth have three times the suicide rate of their American peers of any ethnicity. It also leads to bad policy decisions by non-Native politicians and poor funding for the very real needs of our communities."

What the right-wing commentators either don’t understand—or understand too well—is that opposition to this team name is not just about a name and does not exist in a vacuum. There is an upsurge of Native American youth activism the likes of which we have not seen in years. Whether we are talking about the Idle No More movement, the push for climate justice or their vocal opposition to police brutality on reservations and pueblos in the wake of the killing of Michael Brown, there is a demand that their humanity be recognized. Not even Mike Ditka will be able to bully them into silence.”

Dave Zirin killing it as usual.

Is “massive” hyperbole?  I’m willing to discuss the point.  Cursory searches fail to turn up comprehensive data on teams fined by the NFL.  For comparisons sake let’s look at Spygate.  The Patriots were allegedly caught videotaping their opponents practices giving them a competitive advantage in the Super Bowl.  For this offense they were fined 250K.  The Seahawks, on the other hand, were caught cheating not in the Superbowl, not in the playoffs, not in the regular season, not in the preseason, but rather in the OTA’s, the practices prior to preseason, and for this they were fined 300K and two forfeited practices.  It may not be “massive” but it aint far from that.

Is “massive” hyperbole? I’m willing to discuss the point. Cursory searches fail to turn up comprehensive data on teams fined by the NFL. For comparisons sake let’s look at Spygate. The Patriots were allegedly caught videotaping their opponents practices giving them a competitive advantage in the Super Bowl. For this offense they were fined 250K. The Seahawks, on the other hand, were caught cheating not in the Superbowl, not in the playoffs, not in the regular season, not in the preseason, but rather in the OTA’s, the practices prior to preseason, and for this they were fined 300K and two forfeited practices. It may not be “massive” but it aint far from that.

Seattle Seahawks fans are a bunch of fucking morons

Not all of them, necessarily. All fan bases have the good, the bad and the ignorant. Seattle may well have an excess of morons rooting for them at the moment given their recent success due to the bandwagon fan effect. All I know is that I tweeted something about the fact that they were fined 300 thousand frigging dollars for breaking the rules during their OTA’s this spring, and I got buried in an avalanche of complete fucking ignorance.

Let’s break it down.

1. $300,000 is a serious fine for the league to assess, so obviously the bosses on Park Avenue considered it a serious offense.

2. Pete Carroll has a well-documented history of cheating.

3. The league restricted contact in OTA’s as a direct result of the increased focus on preventing player injuries (and lawsuits).

4. By restricting contact you by definition slow down the speed of the drills/practice. That is both common sense and physics.

5. Coaches, GM’s and players have all been bitching about the new restrictions on contact in OTA’s. They universally complain about the fact that the restricted contact slows down the practice and does not allow them to simulate game speed, run actual plays and toughen themselves physically for the season.

6. Breaking the rules and allowing contact UNQUESTIONABLY gives a team a competitive advantage, and this is the reason the Seahawks faced a massive fine.

So each and every one of the Seahawks fans who disputed the fine and the benefit of the cheating that they did is hereby welcome to lick my left nut. You are ignorant, you are stupid, and anyone with the slightest knowledge of the game laughs at you.

Roasted poblano peppers with refried beans, jack, cheddar and chorizo.

Roasted poblano peppers with refried beans, jack, cheddar and chorizo.

Why yes, my house does smell like freshly baked bread.

Why yes, my house does smell like freshly baked bread.

My wife’s stuffed shells. Fresh, airy ricotta from my buddy’s shop on Arthur Avenue marinated in garlic for a day inside pasta shells made by Grandma Borgatti. The best.

My wife’s stuffed shells. Fresh, airy ricotta from my buddy’s shop on Arthur Avenue marinated in garlic for a day inside pasta shells made by Grandma Borgatti. The best.

roadhawg1:

Morgan Freeman’s Ground Zero Blues Club by farrargirl1 on Flickr.


I have been here a few times and seen some great music.  Definitely recommend you make the effort.

roadhawg1:

Morgan Freeman’s Ground Zero Blues Club by farrargirl1 on Flickr.

I have been here a few times and seen some great music. Definitely recommend you make the effort.

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Changes

I spent a full decade of my life putting on tailored suits, hanging out in nightclubs, chasing women and doing a whole lot of drugs. While fun, it was the cab ride home that was the worst. It was usually right about now, around six in the morning. Fighting back the runny nose and trying not to fall apart at every red light and more than anything praying that I could get up five flights of stairs without seeing any of my neighbors.

Once again I find myself up at this hour. However this time I have freshly brewed coffee as my drug of choice. I have already set up some bread dough to rise and have a green curry rice pilaf simmering in some homemade lamb stock. Once the baby wakes I’ll take her over to my butcher and have him cut up some meat for our barbecue tomorrow.

Life changes, people change. No regrets at all but I am glad I’ve gotten to where I am.

New York is a tough town.  The city doesn’t just kicks you in the nuts, it laughs when it does.  Here I am on the perpetually congested Queensboro Bridge looking at a traffic sign reminding me that I’m going slow.  Nice job, DOT, good work.

Edit: I should note that the sign has me clocked at 11 miles per hour when I was and had been, at a dead stop.

New York is a tough town. The city doesn’t just kicks you in the nuts, it laughs when it does. Here I am on the perpetually congested Queensboro Bridge looking at a traffic sign reminding me that I’m going slow. Nice job, DOT, good work.

Edit: I should note that the sign has me clocked at 11 miles per hour when I was and had been, at a dead stop.

Tags: NYC

"I want to thank you. I love the locations you have provided me. Not only do they look good, and they look very good, each one truly reflects the spirit of the characters that were written. I can see that you care. You have provided me a wonderful stage upon which to work, and your efforts will help me tell the story I’m trying to tell."

— Bob Balaban aka the nicest guy I’ve ever met

"Well of course human beings are solipsistic by nature"

— Bob Balaban, getting deep when discussing which laundromat to film in

bendawson:

The people in Ferguson are American citizens. They are protesting what appears to be a murder (I say “appears to be” because while we don’t have everything in detail yet , it looks pretty much clear) of a young man. And now the police are fulfilling every weekend-warrior stereotype of small-town…

Of the six shots, two of the bullets wound up in the kid’s head. Now we have police firing on peaceful protests and suppressing the free press. It’s embarrassing and tragic that this is happening in our country. Mind you, I am generally quite supportive of the Police. Law and order is the foundation democracy is built upon. Unfortunately the police in Ferguson are promoting exactly the opposite.