Echo and the Bunnymen, "The Game"

Echo and the Bunnymen remind me of my walk home in the afternoons from high school. I cut through yards the whole way and never saw anyone. No people gardening or sunning themselves. No one driving on the streets in my neighborhood. The world was empty

smallbeerpress:

Jon Stewart and Matt Taibbi discuss the different treatment afforded to ‘street’ based drug users and white-collar criminals profiting from the drug trade.

$850 million.

Please read The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander to learn more.

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mediumaevum:

Just a heads up: human-bound books from Harvard were proven to be sheep skin, instead.

Fiction Book Review: Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky by David Connerley Nahm. Two Dollar Radio (Consortium, dist.), $16 trade paper (222p) ISBN 978-1-937512-20-0

Here is a nice review of my novel.

aljazeeraamerica:

Black preschoolers more likely to be suspended 

Black students are more likely to be suspended from U.S. public schools — even as tiny preschoolers. The racial disparities in American education, from access to high-level classes and experienced teachers to discipline, were highlighted in a report released Friday by the Education Department’s civil rights arm.
The suspensions — and disparities — begin at the earliest grades.
Black children represent about 18 percent of children enrolled in preschool programs in schools, but almost half of the students were suspended more than once, the report said. Six percent of the nation’s districts with preschools reported suspending at least one preschool child.

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(Photo: Kathryn Scott Osler/The Denver Post/Getty Images)

aljazeeraamerica:

Black preschoolers more likely to be suspended 

Black students are more likely to be suspended from U.S. public schools — even as tiny preschoolers. The racial disparities in American education, from access to high-level classes and experienced teachers to discipline, were highlighted in a report released Friday by the Education Department’s civil rights arm.

The suspensions — and disparities — begin at the earliest grades.

Black children represent about 18 percent of children enrolled in preschool programs in schools, but almost half of the students were suspended more than once, the report said. Six percent of the nation’s districts with preschools reported suspending at least one preschool child.

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(Photo: Kathryn Scott Osler/The Denver Post/Getty Images)

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Statistics Show How Mass Incarceration Represents a New Racial Caste System

Today’s baffling numbers 

 - The United States has 5% of the world’s population, but 25% of the world’s prisoners.

 - The total incarcerated population in the U.S. is a staggering 2.4 million — a 500% increase over the past 30 years. 

- One in every 108 adults was in prison or jail in 2012.

 - One in 28 American children has a parent behind bars.  

 - At the end of 2007, 1 in 31 adults was behind bars, on probation or on parole.

- Currently, 65 million Americans have a criminal record. 

Putting the statistics in perspective

- There are more people behind bars today for a drug offense than there were in 1980 for all offenses combined.

 - The U.S. spent $80 billion on incarceration in 2010 alone. 

- About as many people were returned to prison just for parole violations in 2000 as were admitted in 1980 for all reasons combined.

- Parole violators accounted for more than 35% of all prison admissions in 2000. Of those, only one-third were returned for a new conviction; the rest were returned for a technical violation, such as missing a meeting with the parole officer.  

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policymic:

Interactive site proves the War on Drugs has been undeniably racist

On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union launched The Uncovery, an interactive website that documents the myriad injustices linked to marijuana arrests and convictions. With special focus on the law’s racial disparities, the site allows users to take statistics and share them with friends or legislators as engaging customizable graphics. The whole process takes 60 seconds or less.

The site draws its facts from the ACLU’s “War on Marijuana” report, which incorporates video, graphics, arrest rate statistics and opportunities for citizens to “take action.” A press release characterizes The Uncovery as a “simple, elegant advocacy tool” for marijuana legislation reform.

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millionsmillions:

Recommended Listening: Florida Memory’s great collection of Zora Neale Hurston singing.

millionsmillions:

Recommended Listening: Florida Memory’s great collection of Zora Neale Hurston singing.

“No one is calling me. I can’t check the answering machine because I have been here all this time. If I go out, someone may call while I’m out. Then I can check the answering machine when I come back in.”

—   

"Lonely," a short story by Lydia Davis.

How stories can change with time: the outdated technology spotlights the timelessness of a certain human condition.

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ancientpeoples:

Sarcophagus/Bath tub
c.345 BC
30th Dynasty
Conglomerate sarcophagus of Nectanebo II (Nakhthorheb), later re-used as a ritual bath in the Attarin Mosque in the former Church of St Athanasius, twelve ‘plug-holes’ for this purpose have been drilled near the base: interior - decorated with figures of funerary deities, now effaced by water erosion, including the Sons of Horus and Anubis, with figures of Isis and Nephthys at the head and foot; exterior - with incised hieroglyphic texts derived from the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 8th and 9th sections of the Amduat, elaborated with representations of Ra and Osiris and other attendant deities.
(Source: The British Museum)

All I really want in life is a Sarcophagus/Bath Tub.

ancientpeoples:

Sarcophagus/Bath tub

c.345 BC

30th Dynasty

Conglomerate sarcophagus of Nectanebo II (Nakhthorheb), later re-used as a ritual bath in the Attarin Mosque in the former Church of St Athanasius, twelve ‘plug-holes’ for this purpose have been drilled near the base: interior - decorated with figures of funerary deities, now effaced by water erosion, including the Sons of Horus and Anubis, with figures of Isis and Nephthys at the head and foot; exterior - with incised hieroglyphic texts derived from the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 8th and 9th sections of the Amduat, elaborated with representations of Ra and Osiris and other attendant deities.

(Source: The British Museum)

All I really want in life is a Sarcophagus/Bath Tub.

scottcheshire:

"I believe I’ve still never mistaken fiction for reality, though I have mixed them together more than once, as everyone does, not only novelists or writers but everyone who has recounted anything since the time we know began, and no one in that known time has done anything but tell and tell, or prepare, and ponder a tale, or plot one."
Two things:
One: I am too fast coming to the end of my Marías epic read. Just two books left after this one. I really don’t want it to end. It’s the closest I have ever come, and I would argue it’s maybe the closest any of us can come, to inhabiting another human being, to sharing another’s thoughts, another consciousness.
Two: The above quote reminds me of a striking thing my brother said, over lunch, just last week: “It’s amazing how you and I can tell the same stories about when we were kids and they’re totally different. And we can ask [our sister], and they’re totally different for her. It’s almost like they never happened at all.”

scottcheshire:

"I believe I’ve still never mistaken fiction for reality, though I have mixed them together more than once, as everyone does, not only novelists or writers but everyone who has recounted anything since the time we know began, and no one in that known time has done anything but tell and tell, or prepare, and ponder a tale, or plot one."

Two things:

One: I am too fast coming to the end of my Marías epic read. Just two books left after this one. I really don’t want it to end. It’s the closest I have ever come, and I would argue it’s maybe the closest any of us can come, to inhabiting another human being, to sharing another’s thoughts, another consciousness.

Two: The above quote reminds me of a striking thing my brother said, over lunch, just last week: “It’s amazing how you and I can tell the same stories about when we were kids and they’re totally different. And we can ask [our sister], and they’re totally different for her. It’s almost like they never happened at all.”

J. Mascis with Big Muff Pillow.
freedomtomarry:

REBLOG to celebrate this step forward: http://bit.ly/1nufQvK

freedomtomarry:

REBLOG to celebrate this step forward: http://bit.ly/1nufQvK

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melvillehouse:

A cheery little epigraph for WITH MY DOG EYES by Hilda Hilst. Fair warning about the book that follows, I’d say.

melvillehouse:

A cheery little epigraph for WITH MY DOG EYES by Hilda Hilst. Fair warning about the book that follows, I’d say.

Anonymous asked: Growing up, I always really enjoyed chilli dogs, but now they seem really gross to me. Do you have a favorite food?

When I was a child, I loved pickled baloney so much that I was given jars of it on holidays. Large jars. I would hold them with napkins, because my hands were dirty, and the paper would soak up the pickle juice and after I finished the baloney, I would sometimes, if my grandmother wasn’t watching me too close, put the napkin in my mouth, to get a little last bit of flavor, an act that sort of makes me feel a little ashamed now because it is sort of gross. But I was young, hungry and bored.

My grandfather owned a pharmacy with a lunch counter and when we would visit, he would make us cherry coke the old fashioned way—regular coke with cherry syrup in it. Of course, at the time, this was just the regular way, corporations not yet having stolen this from the people. We’d eat chili dogs sometimes, but I liked chuck wagons the best. I don’t really know what a chuck wagon is, but I’d eat them two or three at a time.

Then we’d beg for beef sticks.

These days, I am content with Hamburgers, East Carolina Style BBQ, and various types of seafood—preferably ordered while standing at a window, bugs buzzing around, a boombox playing a good summer jam, and served on a paper plate or in a cardboard basket.