At age 36, I found myself in a medium security prison serving 3-5 years for destruction of government property and public intoxication. This was stiff punishment for drunkenly defecating in a mailbox but as the judge pointed out, this was my third conviction for the exact same crime. I obviously had an alcohol problem and a deep and intense disrespect for the postal system, but even more importantly I was ignoring the very fabric of our metaphysical reality and inviting destructive influences into my life.
No one really knows why, but for an open wound, simply applying suction dramatically speeds healing times. (The theory is that the negative pressure draws bacteria out, and encourages circulation.) But for almost everyone, that treatment is out of reach — simply because the systems are expensive — rentals cost at least $100 a day and need to be recharged every six hours.
No more. Danielle Zurovcik, a doctoral student at MIT, has created a hand-powered suction-healing system that costs about $3. The device is composed of an airtight wound dressing, connected by a plastic tube to a cylinder with accordion-like folds. Squeezing it creates the suction, which lasts as long as there’s no air leak. What’s more, where regular dressings need to be replaced up to three times a day — a painful ordeal — the new cuff can be left on for several days.
The Tea Parties aren't racist homophobes. Just their members.
The connection comes as a new University of Washington poll found that of those Americans who supported the Tea Party movement, “only 35% believe Blacks to be hardworking, only 45 percent believe Blacks are intelligent, and only 41% think that Blacks are trustworthy. Perceptions of Latinos aren’t much different. While 54 percent of White Tea Party supporters believe Latinos to be hardworking, only 44% think them intelligent, and even fewer, 42 percent of Tea Party supporters believe Latinos to be trustworthy. When it comes to gays and lesbians, White Tea Party supporters also hold negative attitudes. Only 36 percent think gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to adopt children, and just 17 percent are in favor of same-sex marriage. ‘Straight pride’ shirts at Tea Party rally draw fire (via ihatethismess)
Roughly 8 percent of your DNA isn’t really human. (How’s that for a morning wake-up call?) Instead, it’s the de-activated remnants of ancient retroviruses. All viruses hijack host cell machinery to replicate themselves, but retroviruses are a little more invasive than most. These viruses trick cells into turning viral RNA into DNA—the reverse of the normal DNA to RNA transcription process—and then snuggle that DNA right into the rest of the host’s genome. They mutate frequently and, sometimes, accidentally deactivate themselves—in which case the “dead” viral DNA just ends up hanging out in the human genome.
But don’t you love how the Republicans keep bringing the funny?
This is too good. From TPM: An online news outlet in New York state has obtained dozens of emails, many of them racist and sexually graphic, which it reports were sent by Carl Paladino, the Tea-Party-backed Republican candidate for governor of New York, to a long list of political and business associates. One email shows a video of an African tribal dance, entitled “Obama Inauguration Rehearsal,” while another depicts hardcore bestiality. Tea Party NY Gov Candidate’s E-Mails Exposed: Racism, Porn, Bestiality
It’s true, they took drugs; swept up by their success, they lived dissolute and uninhibited lives,” said the paper. “They even said they were more famous than Jesus,” it said, recalling John Lennon’s 1966 comment that outraged many Catholics and others.
At least they didn’t rape children. They might never be forgiven for something like that.
The thing about open, in-your-face White Pride racialists like Jesse James and Bombshell McGee is that they are a useful cover for the far more dangerous – and respectable – institutional racism.
Basically, the rest of the White community can point to them – with a healthy dose of classism and snobbishness – and say “those are the racists, right over there – look!”
And while we’re looking at McGee’s “W P” White Pride tattoo (and that’s exactly what it is BTW – I asked a White friend of mine who did prison time with Aryan Brotherhood dudes and he confirmed it for me), we totally forget to talk about the far more powerful and dangerous racist forces at work in our society.
For instance, let’s look at the film that Sandra Bullock won an Oscar for – “the Blind Side” – a movie that was very racist, but in a liberal, paternalistic way (precisely the kind of racism that in the dominant White American narrative of racism is very much DO NOT consider racist).
Beyond that, to speak of a racism that’s even further removed from the dominant narrative of what “racism” is – I wonder how many Blacks or other People of Color work for Ms Bullock’s production company?
And of those PoC’s (if there are any – I genuinely do not know) how many of them are in management positions?
But you see, that’s not “racism” – only a poor White person with Aryan Brotherhood tattoos is a ‘racist” – movies that denigrate Black communities and employers who don’t hire Blacks aren’t “racist” at all in that narrative (even though they do far more damage to African Americans as a community than some random Nazi in a trailer park).
I also read that Jezebel discussion of what did Sandra Bullock know about Jesse James’ White Pride racialism – and I was struck by the attitude of rage and anger among many of the commenters in the thread about anybody even hinting that “America’s Sweetheart” could be a “racist”!
I believe that somebody even cited the fact that Bullock gave money to Haiti earthquake relief as “proof” that she’s “not racist”!
Of course, considering the fact that Bullock was – between dating and the marriage – closely involved with James for the better part of two years, spent lots of time around him, his family and friends and got to see his tattoos up close and personal on a regular basis.
Now, unlike McGee, nobody to my knowledge has inventoried James body art (which in and of itself is mute testimony of the matter-of-fact sexism of media coverage) but I wonder if HE has “W P” or similar White Pride racialist tattoos – “RaHoWa” [Racial Holy War] perhaps, or maybe “88″ [which stands for “Hail Hitler”] maybe?
I do recall one tabloid account about how she is only now complaining about his regular use of slurs about Blacks, Latinos, Asians, Jews and gays, so it’s pretty damned certain she knew who and what he was about from jump (and the fact that she’s only mentioning it now speaks VOLUMES).
This very intimate linking of respectable racism and stereotypical trailer park “racism” perhaps hits a little too close for comfort for some in the White community.
It’s also remarkable that Bullock is taking so little heat for her husband’s politics – imagine if it came out that a respectable Black woman entertainer (think Halle Berry or Janet Jackson) was in a relationship with a Five Percenter – or even a mainstream Nation of Islam member?
Does anybody think that she’d get the pass that Bullock is getting here?
When I first heard about the oily monstrosity known as KFC’s Double Down sandwich, it seemed like a practical joke, or an Onion story that made it into the pop-culture bloodstream and was mistaken for fact. Surely even the sick fucks at Kentucky Fried Chicken, the mad scientists of fried poultry behind occasional A.V. Club contributor Patton Oswalt’s beloved Famous Bowl, would not be deranged enough to make a sandwich that substituted thick, greasy, deep-fried chicken-breast patties for buns. (via KFC’s Double Down Sandwich | Taste Test | The A.V. Club
American pioneer Daniel Boone also had a thing for the “sylvania” suffix. If he’d had his way, Kentucky would have been called Transylvania and we’d be placing bets on horses at the Transylvania Derby. Boone hoped to call the colony’s capital Boonesborough, but much to the explorer’s chagrin, North Carolina and Virginia voted against Transylvania’s existence.
Almost smack in the middle of the country could have been a state called Forgottonia. Comprising 14 counties in western Illinois, Forgottonia was an idea created by a group of disgruntled citizens who felt, well, forgotten. In the early 1970s, the would-be state’s residents proposed an interstate that would run from Chicago to Kansas City, but they were rebuffed and so decided to try to split off.