Posts tagged ‘sharing tags’

January 21st, 2013

karaj: whiskeybot: “…This will not matter, because her parents work in finance, and…

karaj:

whiskeybot:

“…This will not matter, because her parents work in finance, and she has good manners, and she’s going to marry up, and she’s going to get into the movies (not just guest appearances in CSI), and she’s going to launch some clothing lines at Target (no, wait, I think she already did that), and a personal fragrance (I think she did that too), and parlay all her bad press into some self-serious complaints, making good on every opportunity to monetize her career at the expense of making actual art.”

Here’s the kind of thing a music critic seriously writes when bashing Taylor Swift. This is just after he writes that he doesn’t “get” or “like” her “over-produced” music and what he calls “apparently honest” lyrics. 

EXCUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUSE ME???????

this is amazing. this is by rick moody, who grew up in darien, connecticut and went to a fancy prep school and then to an ivy league college and is probably better known for his 1994-novel-turned-1997-movie the ice storm than for anything else. 

he also says, “look, i normally only write about things i like, things i care about, but i can’t stop myself here. taylor swift represents what makes me want to die about popular music. she makes me want to die.”

i normally only write about things i like, too, which includes writing that taylor swift makes rick moody want to die, just like beyonce made some guy hate america. this is so gratifying, even if it’s boring. whenever a male critic says something like “there is nothing in this music that does anything new besides fusing together a mandolin with a programmed drum track” at least i know that something important is happening. 

let him die/Lana

December 1st, 2012

انقلاب: Jumbled Ruminations on "Argo": If you’re going to compare CIA operations to abortions, you shouldn’t be producing a mainstream blockbuster movie about Iran.

انقلاب: Jumbled Ruminations on "Argo": If you’re going to compare CIA operations to abortions, you shouldn’t be producing a mainstream blockbuster movie about Iran.:

Farahjoon breaks it down.

November 23rd, 2012

atribecalledgoodbreed: Neil Kenlock is a British-…





atribecalledgoodbreed:

Neil Kenlock is a British- Jamaican photographer and entrepreneur based in London. For the past 20 years his work has documented the culture of Jamaicans living and visiting the UK. In 1979 he co-founded Root Magazine, the UK’s first black glossy lifestyle magazine. After the sale of the magazine in 1987, Kenlock later went on to become co-founder of Choice FM Radio, the UK’s first radio station broadcasting to the Black Community. Kenlock’s work is showing at the Tate Britain as part of the exhibit Another London through September 16, 2012. This exhibit brings together 180 classic twentieth-century photographs taken of London between 1930-1980, by International photographers, highlighting the diverse culture & views of the city. 

Everything. Esp the shoes.

November 21st, 2012

TRIGGER WARNING: a revenge poem

travelcoat:


MEN TAKE EVERYTHING
MEN CAN TAKE
EVERYTHING, FETISHIZE
EVERYTHING THEY CAN TAKE, MEN DO
TAKE EVERYTHING

CAN SAY,
“I wanted
to be the beautiful
woman
victim who
cries”
CAN SAY
“I wanted
to explore
the OTHER”
CAN SAY
“Being a victim
has its benefits”
BECAUSE THE OPPRESSED,
THE OTHERS, THE WE,
WE THE VICTIMS HAVE
OUR COMMUNITIES
OF OTHER
VICTIMS


Chorus:
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA AHA HA HA HAHAHAHA HAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHHA
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA AHHHHHH AHHHHAAHHH HAAAH HAAAAHHHHAAA


MEN can like us best
when we are sad
AND DEGRADED
Because our sadness
makes us more “HUMAN”
and “RELATABLE”

MERYL STREEP renders our
sadness “HUMAN”
and”RELATABLE”

which is a sneaky way
to really say
“I DON’T KNOW HOW
TO SEE YOU
AS HUMAN
IN ANY OTHER STATE”
and
“ACTUALLY
YOU’RE STILL
NOT HUMAN”

Men can say
“Women are more
interesting because
they are more
constructed”

“YOU CAN DO MORE
WITH THEIR HAIR
AND MAKE UP
BUT MAYBE
I ONLY
THINK THAT
BECAUSE
I AM A MAN.”

Chorus:
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA AHA HA HA HAHAHAHA HAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHHA
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA AHHHHHH AHHHHAAHHH HAAAH HAAAAHHHHAAA

Jane can’t even cry without feeling sick:
I can’t even cry
without feeling
sick—you take
EVERYTHING

and I am beautiful
and other in my tears

Meanwhile your
mostly white
upper middle class
audience will continue
to kiss your ass

will forever kiss
your ass because
the art world
loves an “edgy”
white man
who vampirizes
the suffering
of Others.

Chorus:
What a Radical Never Before Seen Performance! HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA AHA HA HA HAHAHAHA HAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA AHHHHHH AHHHHAAHHH HAAAH HAAAAHHHHAAA AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH


In Which I Shear My Hair
Cut Off My Tits
AND THROW IT ALL ON STAGE:

Valerie Solanas Styled Her Hair
and Wore Lipstick and Makeup
The Day She Shot andy warhol.

Shhhshhshhhear my hair like Vvvvvalerie
and take her gun take her gun
and take her gun take her gun take her gun

Look at My Beautiful Victimhood
My Lovely Expression of COMMUNITY,
it is a fucking bullet in your god
damned side.

It will be a contracted
scar you can profit off of,
Don’t Worry,
I Would Not Leave You Penniless,

I Will Give You MY
Gift of Knowing
How Beautifully Tragic and
Interesting

it is to be a victim

Beautiful revenge work by travelcoat, who writes:

dedicated to Ane Lan: may you contract some new kind of disease, may you shit out every single one of your organs one by one, may there be no cure, only your “tragic” male suffering

November 21st, 2012

unicornology: WITCHY WIENERS!



unicornology:

WITCHY WIENERS!

November 12th, 2012

elanormcinerney: “Castillo, you don’t seem to understand the…



elanormcinerney:

“Castillo, you don’t seem to understand the reality of commodities. In the open market, opium is no different from tapioca or tin ore from Malaysia.”

(OHMYGOD it is actually perfectly relevant to discuss Michael Mann/Miami Vice as much as we do at Marx Club)

Increasingly excited that I seem to be leading a double life as Elanor McInerney.

November 8th, 2012

nuditea: nuditea: there was an open but still mostly full cooler lying on a rock in a park and i…

nuditea:

nuditea:

there was an open but still mostly full cooler lying on a rock in a park and i casually picked it up and chugged it so if i die bc it was drugged feel free to let everyone know it’s because i’m a weird alcoholic with no impulse control

i’ve been meditating on this and i’m pretty sure i’m invincible.

See kara or jen usually supplies that last line for me.

November 7th, 2012

The Problem with Work: Feminism, Marxism Antiwork Politics, and Postwork Imaginaries

dorightwoman:

“If the system of waged labor is a crucial cultural and institutional mechanism by which we are linked to the mode of production, then the refusal of work poses a potentially substantial challenge to this larger apparatus. But the refusal of work, as both activism and analysis, does not simply pose itself against the present organization of work; it should also be understood as a creative practice, one that seeks to reappropriate and reconfigure existing forms of production and reproduction. This is the special twofold nature of the refusal of work upon which Negri insists. 

The refusal of work thus comprises at once a movement of exist and a process of invention. The refusal can make time and open spaces - both physical and conceptual - within which to construct alternatives.” 

— Kathi Weeks

November 6th, 2012

pomeray: Sophie Calle began following strangers because she…



pomeray:

Sophie Calle began following strangers because she didn’t know what to do with herself; she had no friends. “It was a way to force myself to get out of the house without having to decide what I was doing.”

January 1980 in Paris, she followed a man for the day and then lost him in the crowd. She later attended an art exhibition to find him there, a coincidence which led her to believe it was fate. She overheard him talking to a friend about a holiday to Venice and decided to go to track him down. 

She began to follow him every day, photographing him, writing down his every move together with her thoughts and feelings in a journal. If he stopped to take a photo, she would stand in the exact same spot and try to capture the image he had taken. Her work is more similar to a detective’s than a lover, as she highlights the vulnerability of the stranger while trying to examine his identity.

This project lead her into another: she requested her mother to hire a private investigator to follow her. She took him on a journey through the streets of Paris to her favourite places. She kept a journal of the things she was up to, to compare with the detectives notes for amusement.

She was intrigued with the idea of switching roles and her privacy being invaded, like the many that she had once followed, and the contrast of the scenarios the detective pieced together from following her, to the actual truth.

perfect

November 6th, 2012

Elections: For Those Who Have More Money Than Sense

brilliantmistake:

[I am really hoping this is short, as I am fighting a cold and may fall asleep at any oment. You’d think as the primate randomly banging keys on the magic box I would have some control over this thing, but my ADD and obsessive tendencies say otherwise.] 

Things are a little different for me this election; I have already voted via absentee ballot. I usually like to vote in person, day of. Thanks to our many elections, it’s almost like having a social life. However, I am away working and had to mail it in. 

I voted for Obama, although I briefly considered voting for the Roseanne Barr/Cindy Sheehan ticket, because c’mon ROSEANNE BARR. Seems only fair after we made Arnold governor. It was also Democrat for US Senator even though I am not the hugest fan of Feinstein, because at least she is not the anti-choice, anti-gay rights, etc, etc, person opposing her. 

Things get a little weirder for US Representative and State Assembly Member. Thanks to our new voting system (California: never afraid to screw-up democracy by making things more democratic), the top two vote getters in the primary, regardless of party, move on to the finals. So Rep Henry Waxman is running against … just some guy really. Some guy who seems to have no political opinions and is rich enough to dump $6 million of his own cash money into the campaign.

Honestly, thanks to online disclosure, one thing that’s really struck me this election is how politics has become a playground for rich individuals who wish to buy a law or elected office. I mean, I always knew that was the case, but seeing the numbers lay it was so starkly and with such regularity was still jarring. Doesn’t anyone go in for a good old fashioned bribing to get what they want anymore? 

The state assembly race brings a two democrats, Betsy Butler and Richard Bloom head to head. They differed by a mere 134 votes in the primary, which was nearly a four way tie - the candidates split the vote 25.8%/25.6%/24.4%/24.3%. This where cage fighting starts to sound like a more accurate, not to mention entertaining alternative. I vote for Betsy Butler again. 

In the DAs race, the runoff pits Jackie Lacey, Chief Deputy DA, against Alan Jackson, gang homicide prosecutor. Lucky for everybody, Carmen Trutanich, jerkface, came in a distant third, leaving him off this ballot entirely. Everybody have some medicial marijuana to celebrate. Oh, and vote for Jackie Lacey. She seems nice, in a very tough DA kind of way.

And then inevitably, there are the ballot measures. A mere eleven! It’s like you’re not even trying to micromanage anymore, California. 

Prop 30: A tax measure to increase funding to education. I have to admit, I’m even less impartial than usual here, as I work in education. But education has really undergone devastating cuts. Plus, the Howard K Jarvis foundation opposes it, which, in addition to their overall dedication to villainy, I find particularly galling, because Howard K Jarvis is the asshole who started the education funding debacle. Voted FOR.

Prop 31: Something about mandatory budgets and performance reviews? I am horribly confused, and neither the voter information guide or online sources provide much clarity. For exmple, it’s supported by Californians for Government Accountability and opposed by Californians for Transparent and Accountable Government (for real). This is bad romcom plot where two con artists try to con each other, right? Like, neither one realizes the other is a con artist, and they both pretend they are totally honest while trying to get grandma’s fortune (her) and the secret formula (him), except they fall in love, but then find out they’ve both been lying, so they break-up and mope about through a video montage set to an Adele song, then realize they must really love each other because they are both too attractive for that not to happen. It’s lovely, but keep it off our ballots, OK guys? Voted No.

Prop 32: Prevents unions from using payroll deducted funds for political purposes. You see, when corporations use the profits derived from your labor for political influence, that’s free speech. When a union uses dues for political purposes, that’s communism. By the way, Charles Munger Jr, Costco heir, has poured around $70 million into this election to support this measure and oppose Prop 30. Voted No.

Prop 33: Allows car insurance companies to set prices based on whether you’ve had insurance previously. So if your car insurance lapses for whatever reason (I voluntarily went for a year without a car, for example), prepare to pony up some cabbage regardless of your driving record. Seriously, we’re expected to vote on this nonsense. But wait! There’s a good reason we have to vote on it: a rich man wants us to. George Joseph, founder of Mercury Insurance Group, has supplied nearly 100% of the funding for Prop 33, about $16 million.  Oh, and the Howard K Jarvis Foundation supports it. Voted No.

Prop 34: Ends death penalty. Voted Yes. 

Prop 35: Anti-human trafficking.  OK, it’s not like I or anyone else is pro-human trafficking (except the human traffickers, I suppose), but even a legal moron such as myself can see that this proposition is horribly written. For every good thing it said, such not allowing the sexual conduct of a victim to undermine their credibility in court, it seemed to be matched by vague wording that could have voluntary sex workers labeled as sex offenders. This is another rich person pet law, with facebook billionaire Chris Kelly contributing $2.3 million (64% of the total). Way to cheap out on the sex slaves, Chris, George was willing to pony up eight times that much to rip me off on car insurance. Perhaps you should go back to trying to buy the Attorney General’s office. Voted No. 

Prop 36: Changes our terrible three strikes law into a slightly less terrible three strikes law. You know our punitive system is has passed into medieval territory when the LA District Attorney and Sheriff think it’s time to lighten up a bit already. Maybe just a twenty year sentence for shoplifting that pack of gum. Voted yes. 

Prop 37: Requires labeling of genetically modified food, or at least some genetically modified food, depending on what you mean by modified, really. Another terribly written and vague law. Besides, while I have issues with some of the ecological effects of certain genetically modified crops (I’m looking at you, Round-Up resistance), I’m not really worried about the health effects, and I’m not blanketly against GM. Voted No.

Prop 38: Tax to fund education, aka, Mungers Gone Wild, part two. This time it’s Molly Munger, who has funded 92% of the pro side, or $44 million. The Mungers have pumped over a $100 million into propositions. I can’t wait for the election where they are directly pitted against each other. The country might actually run out of money. I voted no, because this proposition undermines prop 30. Supporters (by which I mean Molly Munger) say that this proposition is better because it gives money directly to the schools. You what else goes directly to the schools? Donations. Perhaps that’s a better use of the costco dough.

Prop 39: Requires business to pay tax based on California sales. Funds go to clean energy. Why are we voting on this? Because a rich person wants us to. Haven’t you been paying attention? Tom Steyer, who does something fancy with money for a living, has supplied 94% of the cash for this baby, almost $30 million. Tom has made the Giving Pledge to give half of his fortune to worthwhile charities, and I will kick him in the shins if he thinks sponsoring a ballot initiative on corporate taxes is one of them. Nonetheless, I voted for it, mostly because many of the anti-tax groups I loathe oppose it. 

Prop 40: Approves the redistricting that we already approved via another proposition, thus taking our obsessive voter initiatives to new levels of redundancy. Luckily (and surprisingly) a judge has quashed this nonsense and the opposition has retracted their opposition. Although that didn’t stop Charles Munger from dropping $600 K in its support. To be fair, that’s ticket-fixing chump change to a Munger. 

That’s it for the state initiatives. But wait! There’s more fun in the county measures. Porn stars! And not just running for governor!

Measure A: Changes the County Assessor to an appointed position from an elected one. No wait, it doesn’t change anything, it just asks my opinion on the subject and has absolutely no effect. Holy shit dudes, this is the ballot equivalent of a web poll. Voted yes, but allow me to introduce you to my little friend surveymonkey.com, and let us never repeat this nonsense again.

Measure B: Requires porn actors to wear condoms. That’s right, not content to tinker with tax code, our ballot initiatives even seek to micromanage what porn stars put on their willies. Voted No.

Measure J: Another Ballot measure to accelerate transportation projects in Los Angeles. Voted yes, and am currently hoping for a Autodammerung/Caraclysm/Transpotastrophe so terrible it will make Carmageddon and the Rampture look like witty portmanteaus by comparison. 

Done! The short thing really didn’t work out, did it? We lose to our inner demons every time, I suppose. The important thing is to vote. Remember, democracy only works if you vote and very rich people spend staggering amounts of money to influence the political process!

[Also, no Sheriff Lee Baca endorsements? It seems so empty without them]

Californians, obey my sister in all things, she is a PROFESSIONAL SCIENTIST.