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stalethings:

What a campaign!

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stalethings:

agoraven:

gayf3r:

nightingaleinasilvercage:

ariane-stillcries:

loveglutton:

dearscience:

i can never not reblog this. 

Have to.

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Welcome to the priorities of the human race.

Forever reblog.

i got chills from this. rest in peace hero.


One more never forget reblog: Never forget!

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stalethings:

agoraven:

gayf3r:

nightingaleinasilvercage:

ariane-stillcries:

loveglutton:

dearscience:

i can never not reblog this. 

Have to.

Welcome to the priorities of the human race.

Forever reblog.

i got chills from this. rest in peace hero.

One more never forget reblog: Never forget!

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An old dog…

Something is seriously wrong with me:

The last few weeks I’ve started going to Joe & the Juice, instead of Starbucks, and drinking high energy smoothies and eating avocado sandwiches with pesto in them.

Now, I find myself in a café eating the green salad that came with my “small breakfast” (and enjoying it) whilst drinking tea, without milk.

Can someone please return the real me?

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I’ve been alone with my two kids for three days now. Both my and their patience is wearing thin. Luckily my wife and I predicted this and made arrangements for a babysitter before she went to Canada. So now I’m sitting quietly, alone, in a small café drinking a great cappuccino.

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A deal with the devil

In America after 9/11, we made a deal with the devil, or with Dick Cheney, which is much the same thing. We agreed to give up most of our enumerated rights and civil liberties (except for the sacrosanct Second Amendment, of course) in exchange for a lot of hyper-patriotic tough talk, the promise of “security” and the freedom to go on sitting on our asses and consuming whatever the hell we wanted to. Don’t look the other way and tell me that you signed a petition or voted for John Kerry or whatever. The fact is that whatever dignified private opinions you and I may hold, we did not do enough to stop it, and our constitutional rights are now deemed to be partial or provisional rather than absolute, do not necessarily apply to everyone, and can be revoked by the government at any time.

The supposed tradeoff for that sacrifice was that we would be protected, at least for a while, from the political violence and terrorism and low-level warfare that is nearly an everyday occurrence in many parts of the world. According to the Afghan government, for example, a NATO air attack on April 6 killed 17 civilians in Kunar province, 12 of them children. We’ve heard almost nothing about that on this side of the world, partly because the United States military has not yet admitted that it even happened. But it’s not entirely fair to suggest that Americans think one kid killed by a bomb in Boston is worth more than 12 kids killed in Afghanistan. It’s more that we live in a profoundly asymmetrical world, and the dead child in Boston is surprising in a way any number of dead children in Afghanistan, horrifyingly enough, are not. He lived in a protected zone, after all, a place that was supposed to be sealed off from history, isolated from the blood and turmoil of the world. But of course that was a lie.

We are supposed to be protected, and then something like Boston comes along, a small-minded and bloody attack that appears to have been conducted by a couple of guys flying under the radar of law enforcement or national intelligence, pursuing some obscure agenda we will probably never understand. (We have recently learned that Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his family were interviewed by the FBI in 2011, apparently at the request of Russian intelligence, and agents found “no derogatory information.” Is that the right’s new Benghazi I smell?) Not only does it conjure up all the leftover post-traumatic jitters from 9/11 – which for many of us will be there for the rest of our lives – it also makes clear that our Faustian bargain was completely bogus, and the devil never intended to hold up his end of the deal. We surrendered our rights to a government of war criminals, who promised us certainty and security in a world that offers none. We should have known better, and in fact we did. At the literal birth moment of American democracy, Benjamin Franklin summed it up in a single sentence: “Those who would give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

From http://www.salon.com/2013/04/20/how_boston_exposes_americas_dark_post_911_bargain/
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All six Star Wars films at once!

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I was in London recently and was surprised by the feeling of nostalgia that swept over me. I was born in Hammersmith but only lived in London the first few years of my life. But, somehow, it felt like home.

I was in London recently and was surprised by the feeling of nostalgia that swept over me. I was born in Hammersmith but only lived in London the first few years of my life. But, somehow, it felt like home.

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Repairing the rungs on the ladder | The Economist

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"In the House, 78 percent of Republicans voted against emergency aid. In the Senate, those 36 votes represent 80 percent of Republicans. The overwhelming majority of Republicans, well more than three-quarters, now approach natural disasters as political fodder, another opportunity to push deficit hysteria and to force massive cuts to other domestic spending. Tax cuts to the wealthy? Those pay for themselves. Rebuilding destroyed communities populated by millions of Americans? Only if you cut other government programs. In other words, the vast majority of Republicans are assholes."

Sandy relief vote shows vast majority of GOP Congress members hate America (via wilwheaton)

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"Overprotecting intellectual property is as harmful as underprotecting it. Culture is impossible without a rich public domain. Nothing today, likely nothing since we tamed fire, is genuinely new: Culture, like science and technology, grows by accretion, each new creator building on the works of those who came before. Overprotection stifles the very creative forces it’s supposed to nurture."

Alex Kozinski Dissenting in the White v. Samsung Elec. Am., Inc., 989 F.2d 1512 (9th Cir. 1993) ruling. (via wilwheaton)

Agree 100%

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wilwheaton:

new Post poll finds that 65 percent of Americans support banning high capacity magazine clips; 58 percent support an assault weapons ban; and a whopping 88 percent support closing the gun show loophole.

Also: 89 percent of Republicans support closing that loophole, and 69 percent of Republicans support requiring background checks on those buying gun ammunition.

* Meanwhile, a new Pew poll finds solid to overwhelming majorities support background checks, a federal gun-tracking database, and bans on assault weapons and high capacity magazine clips. And this:

Majorities of gun owners favor a number of the gun policy proposals tested in this survey: Fully 90% favor laws to prevent mentally ill people from buying guns and 85% favor making private gun sales and sales at gun shows subject to background checks. By 60% to 37%, gun owners also favor the creation of a federal government database to track all gun sales.

It’s going to be very interesting to see how Republicans handle it when they are challenged to oppose individual common sense proposals with such broad support.

The problem isn’t video games.

The problem isn’t movies.

The problem isn’t music.

The problem is guns.

The problem is the NRA.

The problem is the John Birch Society Tea Party.

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wilwheaton:

sonofabruce:

They’re just Doritos… (via reddit )

Still laughing from when I saw this earlier.

wilwheaton:

sonofabruce:

They’re just Doritos… (via reddit )

Still laughing from when I saw this earlier.

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“Come on,” Jillette said. “Steal something from me.”

Again, Robbins begged off, but he offered to do a trick instead. He instructed Jillette to place a ring that he was wearing on a piece of paper and trace its outline with a pen. By now, a small crowd had gathered. Jillette removed his ring, put it down on the paper, unclipped a pen from his shirt, and leaned forward, preparing to draw. After a moment, he froze and looked up. His face was pale.

“Fuck. You,” he said, and slumped into a chair.

Robbins held up a thin, cylindrical object: the cartridge from Jillette’s pen.

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A PICKPOCKET’S TALE: The Spectacular Thefts of Apollo Robbins (via mattfractionblog)

Amazing and worth your time to read. Apollo was a consultant on LEVERAGE (along with Kevin Mitnick!) so I got to hang out with him a little bit. He’s a pretty remarkable dude.

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amslupski:

The Making of the Leica M9-P »Edition Hermès«

Watching this is kind of a fetish.

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