Old but still awesome.
this was MY LIFE.
YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW MANY WORDS I’VE FUCKED UP
I love running into other people who mispronounce big words because I know I’ve found a fellow autodidact.
It’s embarrassing when I do it in a work meeting tho.
Much to the amusement of my roommates, I once called a trebuchet a Tree-Bucket.
One of them almost choked to death on his scotch he was laughing so hard.
Dying right now.
I cannot believe this got so many notes. But this is the continuation.
Mary, you’re my online dating hero!
OH PLEASE fucking tell me you were honest about sending his mom the convo
because i need a christmas present that good
knowing a guy is going to have to deal with his mom knowing he perpetuates rape culture
and be accountable for his actions
“CTA President Forrest Claypool on Wednesday called a proposed cost increase for single-ride rail tickets “a voluntary payment.”
The CTA is proposing hiking the cost of single-ride train tickets from $2.25 to $3 when the agency rolls out its Ventra payment system this summer.
“No one has to pay a fee. It’s only if they choose not to participate in the Ventra system,” Claypool said at a press conference announcing an expanded CTA apprentice program. “It’s just [for] someone who insists on getting an expensive [paper card] one time use. In that case, it’s an added expense we have to carry.”“
I knew there was gonna be a fucking catch to that new god damned system. Sure, anyone that “insists” on using a paper card or anyone that doesn’t have access to a credit or debit card. Assholes.
fuck this guy, and fuck this bullshit. I am so pissed off about fucking Ventra.
Weiner, a Princeton alumna, has had an ongoing, national public debate with current Princeton faculty member Jeffrey Eugenides, who told the New York Times he finds mysteries “unreadable” and that female writers who point out the disparity between the way men’s and women’s books are treated are “bellyaching.” “Well, what if you’re a Princeton student who wants to write mysteries?” asked Weiner in an interview last month with Colorado Community Media. “My hope would be that the faculty would help you be the best mystery writer you can be, instead of sending the message that it’s a genre without merit. “It’s all very disappointing. When I was a student at Princeton, I felt supported and encouraged to be the best writer I could be. I wasn’t made to feel that just because I wrote funny stories about women and their families and their jobs and their shopping habits and their love lives, my work was intrinsically less worthy than what my classmates, whose style was more literary and who were writing about suicide and the Holocaust. I’m not sure I’d feel the same way if I was a student there now.—
I used to be a big Eugenides fan, but when he pulled this nonsense, I pretty much stopped handselling his books.
How workers laid off from a Chicago factory took it over themselves
March 5, 2013
Four years ago, as the recession took hold and layoffs around the country were approaching 500,000 a month, a group of workers in Chicago saved a factory and inspired a nation. Fired by their boss, they occupied instead of leaving. Fired by a second boss, they occupied and formed a worker’s cooperative. Now they are worker-owners of a load of equipment and they’re setting up a factory in a new location.
All they want to do is to get back to making and selling windows. It shouldn’t be this hard to keep good jobs in Chicago, but “A cooperative can be a way of surviving, of moving forward,” says Armando Robles, one of the workers.
Robles was one of 250 workers fired in December 2008 without notice or severance by Republic Windows and Doors when the company announced it was closing its Chicago factory. The company said that it could no longer operate because it had lost its line of credit with Bank of America. The irony of the situation was clear. Bank of America had received billions in government bailouts to keep the economy working, and yet the Republic workers were being laid off without their entitled payments and benefits. Supported by their union, the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America, Robles and his fellow workers voted to resist. They occupied the plant for six days, winning back pay, severance, and time for a new company to take ownership. Generating thousands of articles and news reports about their fight, they encouraged a downcast nation, even an incoming U.S. president.
At a press conference during the factory occupation, then President-elect Barack Obama declared: “When it comes to the situation here in Chicago, with the workers who are asking for their benefits and payments they have earned … I think they are absolutely right.”
The public relations potential, combined with the prospect of stimulus spending and a green economy boom, spurred Serious Energy of California to take over the former Republic plant in February 2009. Among the investors in the new business was Mesirow Financial, a Chicago-based firm, with close ties to (among others), then White House Chief of Staff (soon to be Chicago Mayor) Rahm Emanuel. With $15 million from Mesirow alone, Serious looked forward to landing substantial federal and city contracts.
Two years later, those contracts were yet to materialize. The ballyhooed green economy? Chicago’s grand green retrofitting scheme? They were nowhere in sight, and city and state spending was essentially on ice. By the end of 2009, only 20 of the Republic workers had been hired back. In February 2012, Serious announced it, too, was closing the Chicago factory and selling off the machines.
This time, Robles et al. only needed to occupy for a matter of hours before management agreed to a deal. Serious agreed to give the workers the first option to buy the plant’s equipment and 90 days to come up with a bid.
“Republic walked away from our jobs. Serious walked away from our jobs, but we are not walking away from our jobs,” said Melvin Macklin, who had worked at the plant for more than a decade. In the time between the first layoff and the second, the workers and their families became aware of other options. As it happens, after appearing together with Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis on GRITtv, Robles and United Electrical field organizer Leah Fried sat down with The Working World, a nonprofit that has helped start and maintain worker cooperatives in Argentina and other parts of Latin America.
This made me so happy. I was so proud to be a part of this city. I brought a case of water and my heart swelled up. This means so much.
Marina Abramovic meets Ulay
“Marina Abramovic and Ulay started an intense love story in the 70s, performing art out of the van they lived in. When they felt the relationship had run its course, they decided to walk the Great Wall of China, each from one end, meeting for one last big hug in the middle and never seeing each other again. at her 2010 MoMa retrospective Marina performed ‘The Artist Is Present’ as part of the show, a minute of silence with each stranger who sat in front of her. Ulay arrived without her knowing it and this is what happened.”
“En los años 70, Marina Abramovic mantuvo una intensa historia de amor con Ulay. Pasaron 5 años viviendo en una furgoneta realizando toda clase de performances. En 1988, cuando su relación ya no daba para más, decidieron recorrer la Gran Muralla China, empezando cada uno de un lado, para encontrarse en el medio, abrazarse y no volver a verse nunca más. En 2010 el MoMa de Nueva York dedicó una retrospectiva a su obra. Dentro de la misma, Marina compartía un minuto en silencio con cada extraño que se sentaba frente a ella. Ulay llegó sin que ella lo supiera, y esto fue lo que pasó”