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Monday

4:15am:
I awake groggy from the weekend. And I want to call in sick. (ZzZzzzzzZZzzz.)

4:20am:
Ugh! I should work! (ZzzZZZzzz.)

4:25am:
Besides, the road might be a good distraction from my mental state. (ZZzzZZzzz.)

4:30am:
Okay! Okay! I’ll get up!

5:05am:
It’s a (now) rare foggy day in ‘ol San Francisco. I’m slogging up through the Citizen’s Cab lot and headed towards the office.

As I near, Sammy – the new office guy who’s taken over Kojak’s morning shift, passes me. He’s leaving the office with some new West African driver. They’re heading out to the lot … with a jump starter.

Note: Kojak has been moved to the afternoon office shift for some unknown reason. (Unknown to me, anyway.) This is how the cab biz works. Drivers, office workers; one day ya see ‘em. And the next, they’re gone.

Anyway, hmm.

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Corporations are NOT people: Exclusive Move to Amend [Interview]

David Cobb and George Friday lay shit on the line – why corporations aren’t people, why money isn’t free speech and why we NEED to amend the constitution. And by we, they mean all of us. This fight is everyone’s fight – George explains how and David explains the myriad of ways you can get involved.

Parts of this interview will also appear on Act Out! which airs each Wednesday on occupy.com and each Friday, Saturday and Sunday on Free Speech TV!

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The X-Men are Sooo Gay

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“Resolution” by Ponderosa http://destiny.ponderosa121.com/art-resolution/

You might not have noticed through the dense fog of fantastic abilities, leather and spandex outfits, hot celebrity portrayal, general mayhem, and multiple future storylines, but X-Men represents the landmark queer literature of popular culture. Complete with secret identities, powers that awaken during puberty, viscous social and government oppression, as well the constant struggle for equality—there are few ongoing works that so totally embody the struggles of others, outsiders, revolutionaries, and other such nonconformists as wholly as X-Men does.

Filmmaker, comic book writer, and pop culture maniac Kevin Smith famously remarked: “Little kids walk out of the movie they’re all like, ‘That Wolverine! Snikt! Snikt!’ I’d go ‘Come here, little kid. Do you like Wolverine? That means you love cock. Nevermind Snikt, Snikt. Dick. Dick.'”

Wanna know more about the queer parallels in the X-Men universe? Here are a few time-vampirig papers, chapters, and articles on the subject.… Read the rest

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Ann Lewis GILF activist artist’s SHATTERING catharsis

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Ann Lewis (gilf) “They don’t realize we are seeds”, Mixed Media

Joseph Gross Gallery is pleased to present SHATTERING, a solo exhibition of new work by Ann Lewis, also known as gilf!,

Opening Reception:
Thursday, May 7th | 6-9 PM
in Chelsea at 548 W 28th Street, suite 232.

Exhibition Dates: May 7-May 30, 2015 April 16, 2015 (New York, NY)

Based in Brooklyn, Ann Lewis (gilf!) is one of NYC’s most recognized and provocative female street and activist artists. She creates bold public work and gallery work that inspire thoughtfulness, while simultaneously motivating progressive change within communities. Earlier this year, the artist garnered national media attention when she installed a colossal banner resembling police caution tape that read ‘GENTRIFICATION IN PROGRESS’  at the former graffiti mecca 5 Pointz in Queens, New York. Since receiving her bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin Madison, her work has been reviewed in Blouin Art Info, New York Magazine, New York Daily News, Brooklyn Street Art, Gothamist, and Wooster Collective.

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Esperanto — continuing where the Babylon Empire left off

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Something to look into for those who love to spend hours in front of a computer.

What is Esperanto? From the wikipedia page:

Esperanto is a constructed international auxiliary language. It is the most widely spoken constructed language in the world. Its name derives from Doktoro Esperanto (“Esperanto” translates as “one who hopes”), the pseudonym under which physician and linguist L. L. Zamenhof published the first book detailing Esperanto, the Unua Libro, on 26 July 1887. Zamenhof’s goal was to create an easy-to-learn, politically neutral language that would transcend nationality and foster peace and international understanding between people with different languages.

Between 100,000 and 2,000,000 people worldwide fluently or actively speak Esperanto, including perhaps 1,000 native speakers who learned Esperanto from birth. Esperanto has a notable presence in 120 countries. Its usage is highest in Europe, East Asia, and South America. lernu!, the most popular online learning platform for Esperanto, reported 150,000 registered users in 2013, and sees between 150,000 and 200,000 visitors each month.

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Off to Jail…

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torbakhopper (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Originally posted at AlexSack.com.

Thursday

It’s been a ho-hum morning rush hour, full of the same old beautiful and perfect California sun. I’m rollin’ easy, and business is like-wise temperate and smooth. The financial frost of winter is finally shaking loose.

It’s 10:35am, and I just dropped a fare down at Moscone Center for the Game Developers Conference. (Oops, wrong link.) I’m cruising away east up Market, as I head off towards my usual rounds fishing for flags out through the Mission, Castro, and Upper & Lower Haights.

I catch a player in my rear view in an older grey beat up Acura. Dude’s weaving up from behind, fast. (Enough time spent working the road, and you can smell these jokers in your peripheral.) Yeah, I feel the tug of competition. But I plan to take the high road, let Andretti play line leader. Why not?… Read the rest

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Want a Slave? Date a Gorean

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The origins of a movement that espouses women as slaves, sexual and otherwise, started in a rather innocuous manner. In 1965, a Princeton Ph.D. graduate named John Frederick Lange, Jr. started writing under the pseudonym John Norman. He combined his own philosophical views and his love for sci-fi by writing a novel set in a universe called Gor. While many might find his prose cheesy, Norman thinks of himself as a bit of a philosopher. He cites Homer, Freud, and Nietzsche as the three major influences on his work. He has written 33 Gor novels over the last 50 years.

Norman writes that males have a predisposition to be more dominant, and females have a predisposition to be submissive. Norman points out that with changes in society brought on by industrialization and feminism, human instincts have become confused and suppressed.

Surprisingly a lot of people have taken the philosophy of his books as something of a lifestyle guide, much of which involves power dynamics between men and women.… Read the rest

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Beyond New Age The Problem Isn’t Just Belle Gibson

001-belle-gibsonIt’s a well known truism that, in life, we tend to find what we’re looking for.

I realize this truism is tautological, and it’s been rendered down so far that it seems meaningless, yet it is something we repeat to one another in so many forms.

This idea has been central to the positive thought movement for well over a hundred years, with many different off-shoots, but all can be considered unified in regard to this particular idea: “our mental states are carried forward into manifestation and become our experience in daily living.”

The belief is that Somehow (and this is The Secret), our mental picture effects the world. This produces the “law of attraction,” whereby like attracts like, and our thoughts somehow manifest reality. This is the very foundation of what’s happened with Belle Gibson, as JR Hennesey explored on the Guardian today:

Gibson needed to fake cancer, because the New Age narrative of transcending physical and spiritual sickness is so ingrained into its marketing.

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The ‘Kingsman’ Scene That Could Shock and Awe Audiences

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In a highly suspenseful scene in the new blockbuster action and spy-parody film, Kingsman: The Secret Service, an interlude occurs just before the final fight sequence. This interlude is quite memorable because it depicts the actions of Obama and several other world leaders.

Warning: Major plot spoilers ahead.

Sony’s The Interview will go down as one of the most controversial films ever produced, given the firestorm over its plot about the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. So we are curious to watch how the world — and the U.S. in particular — reacts to Fox’s new action movie, Kingsman: The Secret Service.

(Seriously, stop reading here if you don’t want any of the film’s plot spoiled for you.)

The film stars newcomer Taron Egerton as Eggsy, a rebellious teen recruited into the titular U.K. spy agency by Harry Hart (Colin Firth). Meanwhile, a billionaire named Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) pledges to give every citizen of the world free cellular and Internet service for life via phones his corporation distributes.

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