bah, just go to my journal cause i’m sick of updating two copies.
Marking 100 days since the abduction of schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria, by Boko Haram terrorists, Ban Ki-moon reiterated his call for their immediate release, while expressing his full support for the worldwide vigils that took place on Wednesday.
The UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, urged the international community to stand in solidarity with the kidnapped schoolgirls and “never to abandon them”, while “reminding people that we are in the midst of a global civil rights struggle”.
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(remember you dont have to understand why i type notes to myself in MY blog) this matters to me, and i WILL read it in full when i can get some sleep. i’ve been awake about 4 days now on 6 hours of sleep. my mind is a mess (which is also why i’m not very active on ANY sites today)
Perhaps because we’re bombarded on all sides by animal cuteness, there’s something appealing about a book called “Animal Madness.” Enough with all the cuddling, you might think; it’s time for the real story, which Laurel Braitman, a historian of science with a Ph.D. from M.I.T., aims to tell.
Where the BuzzFeed Animals page, for example, urges us to see animals as an undifferentiated mass of squee-worthy fluff, Braitman wants us to take animals seriously—to see them as individuals with life histories and psychologies as dramatic and intense as our own.
Despite the winsome book design (there’s an adorably sad dog on the cover, and drawings of a glum raccoon and gorilla on the inside), there’s nothing remotely cute about this goal. “Animal Madness” is so upsetting, in fact, that I wanted to stop reading it about halfway through.
It’s obvious, of course, that animals of all sorts suffer from physical pain. It’s also obvious that many animals can be tense, unhappy, anxious, enraged, compulsive, impulsive, sad, depressed, and so on.
Still, it’s tempting for many people, even sympathetic ones, to put those words in scare quotes—to see animal “depression” or “anxiety” as a less intense or consequential version of their human equivalents. Braitman pushes back against that tendency. She has an absolute, not a comparative, sense of the animal soul.
What matters isn’t how much an animal’s mental life is “worth,” compared to a person’s, but how wholly and powerfully it is illuminated by happiness or darkened by anguish. “Every animal with a mind has the capacity to lose hold of it from time to time,” she writes. An animal’s life can be changed utterly by mental illness, just like a person’s.
A gorilla that sees her family killed, and that is kidnapped and brought to a zoo to live out her life on display, may have her whole existence reshaped by trauma, loneliness, and fear. Why argue about how intelligent she is? The point is that her life has been knocked off course and that she is suffering; she is no longer the animal she was.
YESSSSSSSS YESSS YESSS YESSS YESSSSS YESSSSS YESSSSS
I AGREEEEEEEEEEEEEE OMG SOMEONE FINALLY F’ING STATED THIS!!!!!! KICK ASS LAUREL BRAITMAN!!!!!!!!!
i’m trying to make people feel good in this poem. so many people are unhappy these days
and i want to make people feel better if i can :)
listen, take some time for yourself from this life
maybe go outside and count the stars in the sky tonight
maybe just close your eyes and remember that first time you flew a kite
your life has value, purpose and meaning
and you’re not just some actor on the big screen pretending
what you do matters, you matter
and this isn’t just some bullshit to flatter
i may not know you, but *Everyone* is important
thinking about it, thats what makes life great, isn’t it?
we all carry weight, we all are part of the bigger picture
and that make you so grand, you matter in something much bigger
the thoughts you think
the actions you take
the lessons you learn
and even your mistakes
it all has meaning
i’m not decieving
and once you understand this
you’ll see that you are amazing
so smile :)
i hope you have a good day! whoever you are!
"We want fewer young men in jail. We want more of them in college. We want fewer young men on the streets. We want more in the boardrooms. We want everybody to have a chance to succeed in America. And it’s possible if we’ve got the kind of team that we set up today.” —President Obama
This week, President Obama signed an Executive Order that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating against their employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
On Friday, join a conversation on the new Executive Order and steps the President has taken to expand opportunity for the LGBT community. Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, will host for a Tumblr Q&A this Friday, July 25 at 1pm ET.
Right now, you can ask your questions here on the White House Tumblr, and Valerie Jarrett will answer a bunch on Friday, July 25 at 1pm ET.
this needs some corrections, but fuck it. anyways, i typed this in like 3 minutes MAX on
facebook with only hitting the backspace key like twice. and i LIKE it. :)
and watch them brag about how their so fucking stoned
but real drug addicts dont admit, dont pretend to bad to the bone
it’s not something to be happy about
when your life is fucked up and you just want out
and watch the cartoon rap junkies piss and moan
cause i’m not telling you to get high i sing a different song
if you can live without getting high
more power to you just live and enjoy life
and yes this is a freestyle typed off the top of my head
thank god i got a head it’s the only thing keeping me from wanting to be dead
and you can watch the politicians dance with your money
but you bitch and bitch when you dont even vote, isnt a little bit funny?
people pretending to be people while they yell “i dont give a fuck”
then they piss and moan when no one helps them and their down on luck
but i’ve got the strength to carry on by myself
and if you ever need me i’ll be sure to help
just don’t bite the hand that feeds yuh
let us stand united in peace and some i’ll see yuh
"free at last" will come to us if we try
but NEVER forget all of our brothers that died
and the commercials are there to steal your soul
but if you think twice then you already know
they can’t take that which they do not own
but this is just a note from my mind to your own
this is a pissed off poem i wrote while drunk. i’m sick of rappers flexing in the studio
when in real life they’re the ordinary everyday citizen.
i’m a real thug, i’m here in the hood, in that section 8 apartment, making ends meet with
heroin addicts and crack head, making ends meet, living the not-so-good life.
no, i’m not the hardest mofo to walk the earth
but God dealt me a raw set of cards at birth
and i can tell you where to get the H
and i can tell you where to get them pills
but if you need that, then don’t come to me k?
and if you need those, i fear for your chills
i can beat motherfucker till death
but i choose not to
i spread peace and give the people a fresh breath
violence is a choice i choose not to
any man can pull the trigger
any man can pull a knife
but a man with a brain tries to figure
why any man would take anthers life
believe me, i want to kill for thrills
but i choose not too
but it takes some of this, some of that, and a hand full of pills
cause when i say i want to, i WANT to
so just dismiss this vodka i drink like water
and just dismiss the other things i do
because they grow me up in this life without a father
they teach me the things that mother never could do
but man when i see some someone slipping’
i want to educate the bastard with a bat to the back of his head
but then i’m in the pen and what good is that?
i got a brain in my head
and i try to let you see it
i swear there is a reason i’m not dead
and i’m gonna make you believe it
Image description: John Coltrane’s 1964 original sketch for his 33-minute jazz suite, A Love Supreme. Inspired by a religious awakening he experienced after overcoming drug addiction, A Love Supreme offers impassioned reflections on prayer, faith, and the search for inner peace.
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Julia Fierro at Astoria Bookstore, 7/15/14
"You have to go on and be crazy. Craziness is like heaven."