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NYPD: Woman Fought Off Would-Be Rapist In Greenpoint

i am so sick of this shit. and it happens, all the fucking time.

i can’t believe the world has gotten to a point where there is so much confusion between “rape” and “not rape” that it requires overly explicit, invasive laws and on top of that, a mobile app to help idiots apply said laws to real life situations. 

what kind of jackass can’t tell the difference between making someone do something against their will and not making someone do something against their will? between physically subduing someone and not physically subduing someone? 

is common sense dead?

all my adult feelings

don’t vote for anyone. voting is probably the lowest level of democracy possible and effectively a ruse to curtail excess civilian activism aka something closer to real democracy. instead, our only option for change is to invest time & energy to, at best, promote talking points in what is essentially a game played among a sly government elite who do not, cannot & should not shape or represent your opinions. policymaking is not much more than a sluggish word & numbers game used to trick & mislead people…but its also the only tool of politicians. unfortunately, too many ppl with good, forward-thinking ideals fall prey to playing this stupid game when they have the greater power to take immediate & direct action via boycotting bullshit and ignoring stupid laws. e.g. if everyone who wasted time trying to influence lethargic bureaucratic processes were to quit paying their taxes, we could see the effects much sooner - a dent in the defense budget, a reduction in carbon emissions, a better-understood warning to government that we won’t give them the resources they need to fight *their* wars.

regret college. at one time college was a prestigious (but ultimately useless) bastion of intellectual epicureanism available pretty much only to the elite…eventually they realized that they could package and sell this level of elitism to the hopeful public at an inflated and outrageous price. they then went on to influence an entire work economy, pushing public opinion to believe that one of their laughably unaffordable packages were requisite for success in any enterprise…tantamount to extortion, basically. education should be reasonably priced if not free. the majority of costs (and i mean like 80-90%) should cover learning materials and educators’ wages before “operational” expenses; otherwise i don’t see an ounce of integrity in it. which i guess means i view all accredited higher education institutions as capitalistic machines designed to exploit a well-intentioned public and ensure that class divide stays intact. luckily, contrary to what america would like you to believe, in order to lead a successful life you don’t actually need to let the corrupt business of college rob you of all your resources.

hate money. money should be a medium of exchange and nothing else. its value revolves around cooperative use and constant circulation. it’s a beautiful thing when it actually fulfills that purpose. it was not created so that people could hoard it with no other intention than ensuring that they have more of it than everyone else. no one needs millions of dollars. no one. sometimes people think they do because they want to buy something that costs too much for a really fucked up reason (see above re: college, among many other things) but that is another bitch cry moan whine scream & shout. the point is, things don’t need to be irrationally expensive and consequently people don’t need irrational amounts of money. when people hoard money they aren’t doing anything but restricting circulation of something that was meant to be circulated, driving up prices for everyone else and protecting class inequality. when money’s purpose becomes more about that than facilitating fair & continuous exchange, there is no reason to have any respect for it whatsoever. borrow money from the man and don’t plan to ever pay it back. it seems plenty fair when the reason your dollar has so little purchasing power is because an elite few have found a way to ruin the integrity of an entire cooperative system of exchange solely for their own benefit.

“no one earns $100 million. you steal $100 million. people earn $10 an hour. people earn $40,000 a year. ‘earn’ means work. okay? it doesn’t mean steal, which with these vast amounts of money, of course you steal them.”

a plus to keeping your money in constant circulation: you get to be an active & judicious consumer. supporting small businesses, diy venues, independent art & music and the black market is the only way to fight a prevailing (but oppressive) attitude that says, “why bother trying to do your own thing. it’s too risky! you’re better off investing all your time as a cog-in-the-machine at a crappy, unfulfilling job that elites have so generously created for you.” if technology & automation can pave the way for a society that gives people the time to pursue their own endeavors - a society where commerce can finally reward individual creativity - then why for no practical reason do we still view working 40-50 hour weeks at bullshit jobs as our most viable options? why are people penalized for choosing to pursue something different? why must they face higher taxation, more fees, difficulty obtaining things like healthcare & housing and a constant threat of shutdown, fines, even arrest? support the survival of those that say “fuck that” and opt to live their lives the way they see fit. let this become something that should not have been viewed as a risk to begin with, but as a norm.

if someone had designed a work regime perfectly suited to maintaining the power of finance capital, it’s hard to see how they could have done a better job.

<3 weed. i think weed stands for far than people are aware of. it’s not just about the right to get high or even finally giving a holistic practice the positive image & social acceptance that it deserves. it’s about rejecting nationalism, racism, war, organized religion, banks, big pharma and many, many other oppressive ills. while weed’s legalization disappoints me in that it has less to do with correcting the wrongs caused to marginalized groups and more to do with letting the elite make a quick buck…weed acceptance does provide a glimmer of hope for the future - that more will see clearly how the perception of marijuana as evil was all a fear-mongering hoax to allow for a quick way to prosecute minority groups as well as create opportunities for military intervention abroad. the realization of one hoax can hopefully drive a greater skepticism against the oppressive systems that create them.

finally, love and ownership are two extremely different things. the notion of “ownership” stems from this draconian biblical idea that wives were the exclusive property of their husbands. very few people today would think that this is a desirable relationship. so someone explain why the heck when you love someone, you still expect them to enter into a pact of exclusivity with you…a pact that can even be protected by law. i don’t see a reason other than wanting to secure a level of ownership and control over that person. there is no wrong in loving a lot of people or loving just one person and all should be free to do so at their own will. what we’ve come to know as “cheating” is not fucked up. it’s the concept that precedes it, that right of exclusivity to a person, aka “ownership”, that is fucked up. 

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modern day answers to a 2003 livejournal survey

[ A Last time for everything.. ]
Last book you read : the picture of dorian gray 
Last movie you saw : how to be a man, the gavin mcinnes movie
Last song you heard: “way out” - bass drum of death
Last thing you had to drink : smartwater
Last time you showered : this morning
Last thing you ate : low country boil - made by my roommate and her bf <3

[ Fashion ]
1. Do you wear a watch : sometimes, a mishka weed watch
2. How many coats and jackets do you own : 2 many 2 count
3. ???
4. Most expensive item of clothing : marc by marc jacobs coat i got like 6 years ago. i don’t really wear expensive clothes anymore. 
5.What kind of shoes do you wear : ankle boots or pretty much anything with a 4” platform heel
6. Describe your style in one word : grace

[ Friends ]
1. Do your friends ‘know’ you : for the most part
2. What do they tend to be like : laidback but inspiring
3. Are there traits in you that are universally liked : lax, fun, loyal
4. are there people that you tell everything to: probably not

[ Other ]
1. Favorite band ever: saves the day
2. Most listened to bands : according to the magnetic fields, saves the day, the ataris, into it. over it. & tigers jaw
3. Do you find any musicians good-looking : crush wall, yo
4. Can you play an instrument : piano sort of. learning guitar.
5. Type of music listened to : pop punk, emo, emocore, doo wop, garage punk. that about covers it.
6. Type never listened to : umm. dubstep. crunkcore. if either of those are still a thing.

[ Religion ]
1. Do you detest religion : no
2. How do you think this universe was formed? maybe it was never formed. time is an arbitrary system where out of context there is no such thing as beginning and end.
3. If you currently follow a religion, do you think people who belong to another religion are ignorant: no
4. If you were in a hostage situation, and you were given a choice, to either praise the demon they follow or die, what would you choose : hail satan

[ General Questions ]
1. Whom do you believe is the smartest man alive at the moment: no one, because #men…
2. What do you prefer, a sunny or rainy day : sunny
3. Do you consider yourself lucky : my entire life is pretty happenstance which isn’t always a good thing
4. Do you feel pity for people who commit suicide : not my call 
5. Choose one word to describe how you feel most often : high

[ Stuff ]
1. Do you own any plaid clothing : yep love those 90’s miniskirt kilts
2. Do you own Converse shoes :the same black chucks with pink laces that ive had for the past 12 years. also some requisite high-tops and all-black low tops. 
3. Do you own Saucony shoes : in high school i had them in 4 colors; i have since retained one pair (navy blue)
4. Do you own old school Nikes : no but i have newer version air max’s
5. Do you wear tight pants : never wear pants but if i did they’d be tight
6. Is there more than one zipper in your pants : sounds funner than no zippers
7. Do you know what a squatter flap is : yes
8. Do you own a messenger bag : nope
9. Do you wear your messenger bag across your chest : not anymore
10. Do you own braces : no
11. Are braces worn anywhere besides the mouth : sure
12. Do you have short, shaggy hair : short not shaggy
13. Does your hairstyle exceed a height of 3 inches : height??…. i wish
14. Would you classify your hair as a deadly weapon : sure
15. Do you think mohawks are “neat” : sure do
16. Is your hair black or red : nope but it has been both before
17. Do you have a favorite brand of hair dye: manic panic
18. Do you own a bandana : no longer
19. Do you wear plugs in your ears : no
20. Are you amused by safety pins : yes good for stick-n-pokes
21. Have you ever used duct tape as a sewing substitute : may as well
22. Do you own one or more objects with studs or spikes in them : yep
23. Do you own one or more articles of clothing from Dogpile, Lip Service, or Tiger of London : yes and want more
24. Do you enjoy leopard print : it’s like 75% of my wardrobe

[ Habits/Beliefs ]
25. Are you disgruntled (having a general hate for everything): nah
26. Are you an anarchist : defo
27. Does the American flag anger you : no
28. Are you “working class” : not technically but it sure feels like it sometimes
29. Do you dislike “preps” : yeah so 90’s
30. Do you dislike Hot Topic : its not what it used to be
31. Do you smoke cigarettes : when i find them for cheap, yes
32. Do you smoke cloves : no but i miss those things
33. Are you a thin waif : i wish
34. Are you vegan/vegetarian : veg-leaning
35. Do you think meat is murder : i guess
36. Do your nighttime activites usually involve drunken underage vomiting : ha once every so often
37. Have you ever slept in an alley or park : oh yeah
38. Do you wash your hair less than once a week: no
39. Have you ever gone a week without a shower : nope!
40. Have you ever been avoided due to your odor : haaa I hope not
41. Do you know who Jack Kerouac is : yes
42. Do you like Mr. Kerouac : he’s ok
43. Should Mumia Abu-jamal be freed from prison? wow that still going in?
44. Are you a member of the Makeout Club : was an extreme lurker if that counts
45. Do you say “rad” : sometimes

[ Other ]
Name : grace
Do you like it : it works
Nicknames : meh
Screen names : umm
Age: 28
Birthday : 8.6.85
sign: leo
location : bushwick
School : no & never again
Status : single…forever
Crush : he prob knows who he is
Virgin : Mary
Natural hair color : black
Current hair color : blonde. black roots.
Eye color : brown
Height : 5’4”
Birthplace : chattanooga, tn
Shoe size : 7.5 - 8 

[ Family ]
Parents : mom and dad
Siblings : brother
Live with : 2 roommates
Favorite relative : anyone nyc-side

[ Favorites ]
Number : 13
Color : pink and black
Day : um. how about thursday?
Month : august, september. historically good things always happen to me in august and september. 
Song : been obsessed with “you got it” by roy orbison…
Movie : grease
Food : fries, vegetarian pho, sour gummi worms
Band : right now, on a mean jeans, diarrhea planet & guantanamo baywatch binge
Season: fall
Sport : wrestling
Class : classes are a ripoff, the internet is basically free
Teacher : see above
Drink : coconut water, juice spritzers
Veggie : sugar snap peas, okra, 
TV Show : how i met your mother (rip), broad city, girls, wwe
Radio Station : eh
Store : beacon’s closet
Word : lol
Animal : puppies and kittens; swans are my spirit animal
Flower : dogwood, hibiscus, protea, honeysuckles
State : TN, NY, that about covers it

[ This or That ]
Me/You : you
Coke/pepsi : coke  
Day/night : night
Aol/aim : haha
Cd/cassette : haha kind of fond of both
Dvd/vhs : vhs 
Jeans/khakis : jeans
Car/truck : car
Tall/short : medium
Lunch/dinner : lunch
Gap/Old Navy : neither please
Lipstick/Lipgloss : lipstick
Silver/Gold : both
Alcohol/Weed : 420 4evr

[ Love and Relationships ]
Do you have a bf/gf : no
Do you have a crush : a neverending list
How long have you liked him/her : ranges from 2 days to 10 years
Why do you like this person : i notice looks first, followed very closely by feelings of nostalgia invoked
If you’re single, why are you single : too many crushes
Who was your first love : my one and only ex

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aye, ted.

"If you’re looking for the word that means caring about someone beyond all rationality and wanting them to have everything they want no matter how much it destroys you, it’s love. And when you love someone you just, you…you don’t stop, ever. Even when people roll their eyes, and call you crazy. Even then. Especially then. You just - you don’t give up. Because if I could just give up…if I could just, you know, take the whole world’s advice and move on and find someone else, that wouldn’t be love. That would be… that would be some other disposable thing that is not worth fighting for."

not super impressed that a quote from a popular sitcom explains me so well…but this is why i struggle with “moving on”. “moving on” in this context is both impossible and nonsensical.

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Anonymous asked: Sorry for the random question, but do they card for getting in at Union Pool? Thanks!

sure do