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Random thoughts. Nothing censored. That's all.

BLACK. Things can change.

WHITE. No they cant.

BLACK. You could be wrong.

WHITE. I dont think so.

BLACK. But that aint somethin you have a lot of in your life.

WHITE. What isnt?

BLACK. Bein wrong.

WHITE. I admit it when I’m wrong.

BLACK. I dont think so.

WHITE. Well, you’re entitled to your opinion.

     —Cormac McCarthy, The Sunset Limited (p. 113 in ISBN 978-0307278364)

Our theory is simply this: a person counts as an asshole when, and only when, he systematically allows himself to enjoy special advantages in interpersonal relations out of an entrenched sense of entitlement that immunizes him against the complaints of other people. (Because assholes are by and large men, we use the masculine pronoun “he” advisedly. We will suggest that women can be assholes as well. For the time being, think of Ann Coulter. We consider the question of gender in detail in chapter 4.) Our theory thus has three main parts. In interpersonal or cooperative relations, the asshole:

  1. allows himself to enjoy special advantages and does so systematically;
  2. does this out of an entrenched sense of entitlement; and
  3. is immunized by his sense of entitlement against the complaints of other people.

—Aaron James, Assholes: A Theory, (p. 5 in ISBN 978-0-8041-7135-9)

Once having set up her idols and built altars to them it was inevitable that she would worship there. It was inevitable that she should accept any inconsistency and cruelty from her deity as all good worshippers do from theirs. All gods who receive homage are cruel. All gods dispense suffering without reason. Otherwise they would not be worshipped. Through indiscriminate suffering men know fear and fear is the most divine emotion. It is the stones for altars and the beginning of wisdom. Half gods are worshipped in wine and flowers. Real gods require blood.
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God, ch. 16 (p. 144 in ISBN 978-0-06-112006-0)
There is a basin in the mind where words float around on thought and thought on sound and sight. Then there is a depth of thought untouched by words, and deeper still a gulf of formless feelings untouched by thought.
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God, ch. 3 (p. 24 in ISBN 978-0-06-112006-0)

Op-Ed: Graduate Student and TA Speaks Out on Deltopia 2014 Riot | The Bottom Line (UCSB)

Campus newspaper The Bottom Line (the decent newspaper, with the actual journalism) has published my guest editorial about this weekend’s riots in Isla Vista.

Photos from the 3 April strike called by UAW 2865, the union that represents many graduate students at the University of California, over an unfair labor practices grievance.

More information about the strike.

Santa Barbara, California.

Original photo locations:

UC Unfair Labor Practices Strike IUC Unfair Labor Practices Strike II
UC Unfair Labor Practices Strike III
UC Unfair Labor Practices Strike IV
UC Unfair Labor Practices Strike V
UC Unfair Labor Practices Strike VI
UC Unfair Labor Practices Strike VII

#ucsb3aprstrike

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Note to self: Instagram’s processing of aspect ratios in video is nonexistent.

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at Davidson Library. #ucsb3aprstrike

at Davidson Library. #ucsb3aprstrike

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http://somestrikers.tumblr.com/post/81310901608/an-open-letter-to-uc-grad-students-this-coming

somestrikers:

AN OPEN LETTER TO UC GRAD STUDENTS—

This coming week, our union—United Auto Workers Local 2865—has called a system-wide strike in protest of unfair labor practices (ULPs) by the university. Although particular grievances differ from campus to campus, in aggregate, they concern the university’s…

15 Comics For Anyone Struggling To Explain What It Means To Be Queer

Scenes from a Multiverse, 1 December 2013

Scenes from a Multiverse, 1 December 2013