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It’s easy to feel isolated against a force as powerful as gentrification, particularly in Manhattan, where the new average rent of $3,418 would require a 118-hour workweek for those earning minimum wage. But the activists behind the Movement for Justice in El Barrio were not about to feel isolated. So in 2004, a small number of Spanish-speaking tenants decided to organize and fight back against slumlords and the displacement wrought from gentrification in New York City’s East Harlem. Keep reading …
Another day in Bloomberg’s New York.
Whether it’s an orgy or a cocktail party, I know how to do it. — Robert Mapplethorpe (via particleb0red)
When you feel perpetually unmotivated, you start questioning your existence in an unhealthy way; everything becomes a pseudo intellectual question you have no interest in responding whatsoever. This whole process becomes your very skin and it does not merely affect you; it actually deﬁnes you. So, you see yourself as a shadowy ﬁgure unworthy of developing interest, unworthy of wondering about the world—profoundly unworthy in every sense and deeply absent in your very presence. —
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Fine, Ingmar, I’ll get in the shower and go to work.
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…[some] may not remember what made Iran-Contra such an extraordinary scandal. The Reagan administration “raised money privately” by selling weapons to a sworn enemy of the United States. Why? Because it wanted to fund an illegal war in Nicaragua. And when I say “illegal war,” I mean that quite literally—Congress told the Reagan administration, in no uncertain terms, that Reagan could not send money to the Contras. Period. The Reagan administration, unrestrained by laws and the Constitution, did so anyway, and much of the president’s national security team ended up under indictment.
Reagan knew everything. However, I bet this Time magazine piece doesn’t get into the juiciest part of Iran-Contra, which is that in the 1980s the CIA put into operation a crack cocaine pipeline to import narcotics from Central and South America and distribute it in US inner cities. This is not a “conspiracy theory”, this is a documented conspiracy, most rigorously researched and reported by Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Gary Webb, whose series in the San Jose Mercury News and subsequent book “Dark Alliance” literally got him killed. To me, that’s the story of Iran-Contra: not that Reagan sold weapons to Iran, but that the US government imported and sold crack to Black America, as part of an arms and drugs trade which funded war in the Third World and which devastated lives and filled prisons in the USA.
Ollie went awfully quiet himself after Uncle George pardoned him
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Do you ever look at someone’s post and just think “Dear god, you are actually too stupid to argue with”?
Every. Fucking. Day.
Every time I log into Facebook. I’ve “hidden” so many people on my feed there, pretty soon there will be like 1 of my friends and maybe like, a “we love gummy bears” fan page left.
I cannot keep myself from reading every piece of libertarian and pro-life propaganda I see posted on Facebook, it’s so draining.
Christmas is saved.
I’m going to make my boyfriend wear this.