Posted 1 week ago

cordyceps-queen:

Let’s talk about how cyber harassment can fuck you up and affect your life outside of the internet and can all the while still be considered “legal” and “not real stalking/harassment”

Very true. I can personally attest to the fact that cruel words through an electronic medium can sting a person’s psyche just as bad as in-person words. Actually, online harassment can hurt even more, considering how words in text are right there, in your face, cold and unemotional, when in person the person can come across as unsophisticated or non-threatening.

This doesn’t really bother me as much anymore, I’m a grown man, I’ve been through a lot and dealt with a lot of really shitty people, and I know better. It still can make my heart race to receive a scathing email but I think I can manage my emotions a lot better now.

The thing about harassment, or bullying (both online or in-person), is that everything it entails are legitimate on-the-books crimes: harassment, terroristic threats, stalking. Even before vapid politicians passed bullshit “anti bullying legislation” to make themselves look empathetic and compassionate to do better in the polls, these were all crimes.

But what happens when a fragile teenage bullying victim goes down to the local police precinct to report some jerk who’s been harassing him at school, or on Xanga (it’s been a while since I was in high school, remember), or AOL Instant Messenger, or wherever? A cop will take the report (as he has to), sitting back in his chair just asking some curt, standard questions with a condescending look on his face, probably thinking nothing but contempt for this pathetic, bullied nerd who can’t deal with his problems like a real man. The police department will then send an officer out to the accused’s known address to ask him some basic questions, as a formality, and then the officers leave. Case closed.

Passing a law that creates a new crime called “bullying” does nothing to solve the problem, It just gives the cops one more crime to not investigate.

The heart of the problem is that the types of people who tend to become police officers are psychologically more similar to the bullies than the victims of said bullying. They sympathize more with the bullies than their victims because they think like them. If a victim was to stand up and retaliate and cause harm to their bully, and that bully went to the police to report that crime, the police would be more likely to follow though and make an arrest because the bully and the cop think on similar wavelengths. The bully knows just what to say to the cop to make the cop react, and the cop sees a little bit of himself in the bully.

Posted 1 week ago

About two days ago I was bored on the internet (what else is new?) so I went to Archive.org and decided to look up my old Xanga on the web archive. This page was one of only two saved snapshots the archive had of me.

Reading this blog entry terrified me. Have I seriously always been this way? Even when I was 17 years old, what on Earth did I have to feel like such a fuck-up about?

I should have just followed my dreams and went with my plan, instead of being persuaded into going against it. After reading this, I realized that really do owe it to myself to venture out west and leave everything behind. I think I’ve sacrificed enough of my adult life to other people’s plans and goals.

Posted 1 week ago

This video is 40 minutes long, but if anyone cares to watch it, Tampa Bay Times journalist Craig Pittman explains why Florida has a reputation for being such a bizarre place on all fronts, and does tangentially cover some examples of how Florida ends up becoming basically “a sunny place for shady people.”

Posted 1 week ago
The United States is a fake country that has no culture. It’s easy to manipulate such a country, and to channel its people. The U.S. has a façade shown to the rest of the world, but few know of its reverse side as thoroughly as Indians do. The picture people see is not the reality of today’s United States. Even the President who’s in office today wasn’t really elected, like back in the year 2000. Young people certainly strive to get here to achieve their dreams. But really anyone coming only has one reason: they want to become rich and successful, and they want to get their opportunities [to succeed]. Once you talk to them you realize they don’t even dream of anything beyond money-making. This was the reason Europeans came here. This is the principle of the American life. The world is sick and tired of American prosperity. The world is waking up.
Native American activist & Lakotah citizen Russell Means who passed away on Monday.  (via eoop)

(Source: thepeoplesrecord)

Posted 1 week ago

You wanna know how to get depressed real quick?

Go on Wikipedia and search for the year you were born, then look at the section for “births” (here’s mine).

Look at all those famous, accomplished people born the same year as you.

Posted 3 weeks ago

nuliguli:

“Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting ‘Holy shit…what a ride!”

-Hunter S. Thompson

Posted 3 weeks ago

So, now that the US has entered into a war with Syria, can you still make that statement that “we’re just bombing another country filled with brown people?” Or is this the first time since World War 2 that we’re engaged in war against our fellow caucasians?

I’m a quarter Syrian and I just consider myself to be 100% white. Technically, I am fully caucasian. My mother is from Syria and she has incredibly pale skin.

Posted 1 month ago

switch-off-the-stars:

squidsqueen:

dw:

when did we replace the word “said” with “was like”

When it occured to us that “said” implies a direct quote, while “was like” clarifies that you mean to communicate the person’s tone and general point without quoting them word for word.

THANK YOU

(Source: pitiful)

Posted 1 month ago

CAN DOGS EAT AVOCADOS?

Avocadoes may be safe for dogs to eat, but it looks like I really shouldn’t have used avocado wood to smoke a turkey for Christmas dinner 2012.

That was the best fuckin’ turkey I ever ate, though.

Posted 1 month ago

riverplants:

foods dangerous to dogs:

  1. avocadoes
  2. alcohol
  3. raw bread dough
  4. caffeine
  5. chocolate
  6. grapes and raisins
  7. onions and garlic
  8. macadamia nuts
  9. raw salmon
  10. xylitol (artificial sweeteners)

if you have a dog please reblog this

Number 1 on the list is bullshit. I personally know 7 dogs down in Guatemala that practically live on avocadoes (they live on a farm with 8 avocado trees, and they eat the avocadoes that continually drop from the trees).

I also think number 7 is bullshit as well. I’ve rubbed garlic oil into my dog’s fur as a way to keep fleas away. I made her swallow a raw clove as well, thinking it would get into her blood and cause her to give off odors that repelled ticks. It didn’t seem to have any negative effect on her.

(Source: jacko-plantern)

Posted 2 months ago

negressive:

people are suspiciously surprised when a homeless person has a skill/talent, like oh we thought they were inherently without value but hey look this one can sing!

Posted 2 months ago

Watch what happens when you put a homeless guy in a suit: people give him money. Even homeless people give him money!

Moral of the story: when you wear a suit and look presentable, people are more likely to help you out of a jam.

Good to know.