My name is Kelly Schomburg, I’m the girl with the red hair in these pictures. I was protesting at the Occupy Wall Street march yesterday when I and several other women were sprayed with mace and subsequently arrested. Many have already seen the video, which has been spreading like wildfire over twitter, Facebook, tumblr, and other video feeds, along with hundreds of other photos and videos. This is my recount of what happened.
How is it that an NYPD lieutenant -- or someone ranked higher -- has essentially been cleared of assaulting protestors with pepper spray simply by having a police spokesperson say that the incident was justified, and that the pepper spray was used in response to "something that was edited out or otherwise not captured in the video" that has since gone viral? Why aren't the news media asking Mayor Bloomberg or Police Commissioner Kelly exactly what it was those women did that warranted being corralled and assaulted like animals? And who was the cop? There are media here on Tumblr who should be asking these questions.
“People say, ‘I’m going to sleep now,’ as if it were nothing. But it’s really a bizarre activity. ‘For the next several hours, while the sun is gone, I’m going to become unconscious, temporarily losing command over everything I know and understand. When the sun returns, I will resume my life. If you didn’t know what sleep was, and you had only seen it in a science fiction movie, you would think it was weird and tell all your friends about the movie you’d seen. They had these people, you know? And they would walk around all day and be OK. And then, once a day, usually after dark, they would lie down on these special platforms and become unconscious. They would stop functioning almost completely, except deep in their minds they would have adventures and experiences that were completely impossible in real life. As they lay there, completely vulnerable to their enemies, their only movements were to occasionally shift from one position to another; or, if one of the ‘mind adventures’ got too real, they would sit up and scream and be glad they weren’t unconscious anymore. Then they would drink a lot of coffee. So, next time you see someone sleeping, make believe you’re in a science fiction movie. And whisper, ‘The creature is regenerating itself.’”—George Carlin (via suzywire)(via chromatincreation)
“We are watching the beginnings of the defiant self-assertion of a new generation of Americans, a generation who are looking forward to finishing their education with no jobs, no future, but still saddled with enormous and unforgivable debt. Most, I found, were of working-class or otherwise modest backgrounds, kids who did exactly what they were told they should: studied, got into college, and are now not just being punished for it, but humiliated – faced with a life of being treated as deadbeats, moral reprobates.”—
David Graeber at the Guardian, in the best piece I’ve read yet on Occupy Wall Street (via judyxberman)
A range of genetic disorders will be identified at birth, or even conception, and tiny, preprogrammed viruses will be sent into the body to penetrate compromised cells and correct the damage. Changing the adult body at the first signs of illness will be just as easy, he predicts.
There’s no reason, Prof Church says, why people won’t be able to live to be 120, and then 150.
“There used to be this attitude: here’s your genetic destiny, get used to it,” Prof Church says. “Now the attitude is: genetics is really about the environmental changes you can make to change your destiny.”
Men may have built civilizations, invented the locomotive, the car, bacon western cheeseburgers, and ESPN, but they’re about to find out that it’s not a man’s world anymore. Tim Allen is back in the most hotly anticipated comedy of the season, Tim.
You can’t get manlier than Tim. He works for an…
This is… real?
"YEESH, we men have it so hard now that women won’t just shut up and serve our needs. Remember the 1950’s? Gosh”