“You don’t need another human being to make your life complete, but let’s be honest. Having your wounds kissed by someone who doesn’t see them as disasters in your soul but cracks to put their love into is the most calming thing in this world.”—(via heylauren)
“STAR advocated for an inclusive gay liberation that strongly embraced trans rights, nurtured homeless street youth, and worked to create a communal trans family unit. They worked to dismantle the very state institutions of a capitalistic society that they deemed responsible for their oppressions. In a publication by STAR, they noted in closing: “We want a revolutionary peoples’ government, where transvestites, street people, women, homosexuals, Puerto Ricans, Indians, and all oppressed people are free, and not fucked over by this government who treat us like the scum of the earth and kill us off like flies, one by one, and throw us into jail to rot. This government who spends millions of dollars to go to the moon, and lets the poor Americans starve to death.”—Jerimarie Liesegang, Tyranny of the State and Trans Liberation, Queering Anarchism (via anarcholiberalism)
“My advancements in holiness are extremely small. It is an easy thing to make a noise in the world, to flourish and harangue, to dazzle the crowd and to set them all agape. But deeply to imbibe the spirit of Christianity, to maintain a secret walk with God, to be holy as He is holy, this is the labour, this is the work.”—Samuel Davies (via pureblyss)
Seventeen years after California legalized medical marijuana, the critics’ concerns about unleashing uncontrollable drug use and accidents and violence have not materialized.
In one respect, the opponents were right: The program is so lenient that getting medical marijuana is easy for anyone claiming a medical need, from chronic pain to insomnia to anxiety. A CNN reporter said it took him 20 minutes to get the required card and recommendation from a doctor, with no physical exam. Some physicians advertise their willingness to certify patients for cannabis.
So the effect is pretty close to legalizing pot for all adults who want it. But the apparent consequences of this outwardly drastic change amount to a non-event.
As The New York Times reported Sunday, “Warnings voiced against partial legalization — of civic disorder, increased lawlessness and a drastic rise in other drug use — have proved unfounded.” By now, there’s a stack of research indicating that allowing therapeutic use of cannabis has had no notable ill effects.
One fear was that the law would encourage kids to smoke weed by suggesting it’s not dangerous. But a study of California and other states by D. Mark Anderson of Montana State University, Benjamin Hansen of the University of Oregon and Daniel Rees of the University of Colorado Denver reached the conclusion that “the legalization of medical marijuana was not accompanied by increases in the use of marijuana or other substances such as alcohol and cocaine among high school students. Interestingly, several of our estimates suggest that marijuana use actually declined.”
Another risk was that the state would be overrun with stoned motorists weaving randomly down the highways, wreaking death and destruction. But the same scholars, in a separate investigation of medical marijuana states, detected just the opposite effect: a reduction in overall traffic fatalities of at least 8 percent in the first year.
They suspect that some people switch from alcohol to cannabis — and that pot smokers are either less likely to drive while impaired or, if they do drive, are less likely to crash.
The epidemic of crime that cops expected failed to materialize. The state’s crime rate has fallen by nearly 40 percent since 1996, and violent crime has been cut in half.
“If we grew our own food, we wouldn’t waste a third of it as we do today. If we made our own tables and chairs, we wouldn’t throw them out the moment we changed the interior decor. If we had to clean our own drinking water, we probably wouldn’t contaminate it.”—Mark Boyle (via thoughtsforbees)
Not one word from my side of the family about my baby girl’s birth. Not a congratulations, except from my grandfather’s apparent lovechild for her. I found out recently that they were worried about Zoe becoming deaf, my aunt specifically saying that it’s a horrible “deformation” no child should have to go through - forget you, you’re the deformed one - you’re practically a gorilla under that blouse. Intelligence is apparently a hereditary trait, a particularly strong one, in this family and I can tell you I’m far more of an apparent family member than she is. I’m the one who’s supported herself since she was 18, practically without their help - I know for a fact my mother considered me her cash cow and cashed in my social security checks (told me so while high on her drug of the moment, at 15 — also known as the moment I knew I’d never be on good terms with her after I turned 18), without the intention of using them on me. All of them - They’re total fucking deadbeats, all of them, and even my own mother. She taught me better than this and then she does this? We used to be as tight as the Gilmore Girls and now this.
I hope Grandma’s rolling in her grave.
They will never be worth my time again. I’m done with them, especially my aunt - who abandons you during the holidays, while you’re still reeling from your daughter’s death? A soulless person, that’s who and that’s her, and the lot of them, apparently.
But that gorilla is getting a camel’s spit in the eye if I ever see her again.
“1. Don’t ever tell anyone they look tired.
2. Help people, and if you offer to help someone, follow though.
3. Be kind to people who work in retail and food service.
4. Let someone know you’re not interested.
5. Actually “hang out sometime.”
6. Be a little more honest.
7. Stop calling each other mean names on the internet.
8. Send more letters (not emails) and gifts.
9. Give more genuine complements.
10. Have more patience while waiting in lines.”—10 Little Things We Can Do To Make Life Easier For Each Other, Almie Rose (via thatkindofwoman)
“According to their survey, men hate when women wear beanies, floppy hats, hair bows, open-side shirts, oversize sweaters, shoulder pads, peplums, bandeau bikinis (“they just make your shoulders look like a linebacker”), bright lipstick, heavy eye makeup, fake nails, bangles, pointy-toed shoes, wedge sneakers, ultra-high heels, fold-over ankle boots (“it looks like the shoes have foreskins”), high-waisted jeans, high-waisted shorts, high-waisted skirts (“it lacks a certain degree of subtlety”), pantsuits (“you’re a woman, not a man”), drop-crotch pants (“really, any loose fitting pants,) and mullet dresses (“I just don’t get it — where’s the fucking party??? You are covering the back!”). The question is how to wear all of these things at once.”—How to Dress So Basic Bros Leave You Alone - The Cut (via heylabodega)