Via Global Grind: “17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by a Neighborhood Watch captain inside his own gated Orlando, Florida community where he was living with his father, stepmother and little brother, according to the family’s lawyer. Martin was shot after returning home from a local convenience store, where he bought snacks including Skittles candy requested by his 13-year-old brother, Chad.
According to the family’s lawyer Ben Crump, the family is calling for the Watch captain’s arrest, saying Martin was “on his way home and a Neighborhood Watch loose cannon shot and killed him”…”.* Was the teen singled out and shot because he was black in a white neighborhood? Ana Kasparian and Cenk Uygur discuss if race was involved on The Young Turks.
I know Tumblr doesn’t like hearing about this but when people talk about “white privilege,” part of what is meant is stuff like the ability to exist beyond the confines of your home without the fear of being killed due to your race or ethnicity.
Rush Limbaugh (via U.S. News - Limbaugh: Contraception advocate should post online sex videos)
I just feel sick. I don’t even know what else to say to this shit.
My dad just came in and told me about this fuckery and I went momentarily blind with rage. I actually may just need new glasses, but the blurriness of my vision grew exponentially upon hearing this and Jesus, forgive me, but I wish this man would just drown in a sea of piss.
THIS IS THE MOST DISGUSTING THING I’VE READ TODAY.
this is gross even for Rush.
Some people take this asshole seriously and find nothing problematic about that statement. Just let that sink in for a minute.
Swedish-fucking-people are fantastic.
My fellow Americans. Think about this:
Swedish people work, think all kinds of shit we don’t even know is “common knowledge,” cook most of their meals, spend time with friends & or family -daily-, have fantastic sex with each other, dick around on the internet, head down to the market for food, share wine & music with a loved one, work on that painting/book/whatever they started, and paint their toe-nails, condition their hair, what the fuck ever.
All in one day. (Maybe not in that order.)
Because there’s no such thing as “Swedish Exceptionalism” ((See: American Exceptionalism.))
There’s no “I did ____. I’m fantastic. I’m done.”
I said “Swedish” but I could have easily used Japanese, German, French, etc.
In most foreign countries there’s the concept of “Things happen because I DO them and if I DON’T do them they don’t get done and that’s NOT okay.”
Many Americans truly cannot fathom how I fit my life into the constraints of time. TIME IS NOT CONSTRAINING. We have tons of it. TONS.
I have friends that do similar (surround yourself with the people you want to be) and people react to us as if we each of two heads, tails, and metallic purple skin. “What the fuck ARE YOU!?” is a question we frequently get asked. Cyborgs, we are not.
We’ve just been influenced HEAVILY by other cultures. Cultures where tasks are measured by time and arranged to fit into a 24 hour period, minus however many you want to use to sleep. They don’t say “This day is work day. This day is play day. This day is lazy day.” Each day has enough time to do a little of everything.
If you come home EXHAUSTED after an 8 hr shift on your retail job… you’re probably out of shape. Your body can’t handle being busy for 16 hours. You’ve trained it to wake up, go to class, dick around, go to work, do a little homework, and go to sleep. Start training it to actually work FOR YOU and not against you.
Look at my Monday:
6am: wake, shower, eat, make-up, tumblr, straighten up bed
7am: email, homework, fill out checks for bills, write to-do list
8am: drive to campus, steal donut from classmate
9am: Astronomy class
10am: coffee with a friend, walk to other classroom, talk to classmates
11am: Music class
12am: home, eat lunch I made on Sunday
1pm: check snail-mail, do some laundry
2pm: read for Astronomy lab, put dinner in bag, head back to campus
4pm: hang out in commons, meet people, check bulletin boards for opportunities
6pm: eat dinner with friend, go to Astronomy lab
7pm: Astronomy lab
8pm: Astronomy lab
9pm: Astronomy lab
10pm: Astronomy lab, Home
11pm: Hang out with mom, wash dishes, wipe down kitchen & bathroom, GO TO BED
Monday is kind of blah because there’s so much school stuff, but even on Tuesdays where I only have one class & work nights, I still manage to go for a run, cook dinner for my mom, and finish homework. I make art, go to karaoke and go to at least one party/club a week. I finish books and video games. I travel periodically.
One thing that’s helped me: When I find myself sitting around with free time, I call my bestie to spend quality time with her OR I pull out a syllabus and get AHEAD in a class. No, I’m not Hermione Granger, I just know I get sick a lot. If I’m -ahead- when that occurs, I don’t have a bestie that feels neglected or a class that falls behind.
Pro-tip: TAKE CARE OF YOUR BESTIE. They are the best cures for pretty much everything. If they ditch you, EVER… it’s both your faults. Not just theirs.
Be awesome to the people that care about you.
The best way to START training your body to last throughout the day is to write a list and put tasks into every hour, like above. Don’t over extend yourself. Make sure you have frequent breaks and that you never spend three hours in a row JUST sitting or JUST standing unless it’s for class or work.