SUNN O))) -- Live at De Kreun, 12.12.2013

This is a good time to be alive.

newyorker:

A cartoon by Carolita Johnson.

My cat says this to me each morning.

newyorker:

A cartoon by Carolita Johnson.

My cat says this to me each morning.

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Siouxsie and the Banshees, Rockpalast (1981)

The Glove, "This Green City"

The Glove, "This Green City"

The Glove, "Punish Me With Kisses"

calumet412:

Mmmmmmm….canned hamburgers from Swift!, 1950, Chicago.

If you can find a can, they are probably still good.

calumet412:

Mmmmmmm….canned hamburgers from Swift!, 1950, Chicago.

If you can find a can, they are probably still good.

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“Perhaps you can write better if you leave the mistakes.”

—   

Jorge Luis Borges (via theparisreview)

I’ll go one better: Perhaps you can writer better if you leave only the mistakes.

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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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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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