"The flames, as though they were a kind of wild life, crept as a jaguar creeps on its belly towards a line of birch-like saplings that fledged an outcrop of the pink rock. They flapped at the first of the trees, and the branches grew a brief foliage of fire. The heart of the flame leapt nimbly across the gap between the trees and then went swinging and flaring along the whole row of them. Beneath the capering boys a quarter of a mile square of forest was savage with smoke and flame. The separate noises of the fire merged into a drum-roll that seemed to shake the mountain."
— Lord of The Flies
, William Golding
"A cycle has been completed, all disturbances have been resolved, perplexities have been concealed, and things have returned to their original state. Around us, cause and effect join hands, and synthesis and division maintain their equilibrium. Everything, finally, unfolded in a place resembling a deep, inaccessible fissure. Such places open secret entries into darkness in the interval between midnight and the time the sky grows light. None of our principles have any effect there. No one can predict when or where such abysses will swallow people, or when or where they will spit them out."
— Haruki Murakami, After Dark
"The views expressed were offensive. Rape is rape. … What I think these comments do underscore is why we shouldn’t have a bunch of politicians—a majority of whom are men—making health care decisions on behalf of women."
— President Obama today on Rep. Todd Akin (via barackobama
Animal Collective - “Wide Eyed” | Centipede Hz
Holy shit you guys, I heard this live two years ago and it was one of the best experiences of my life.
Women who are victims of “legitimate rape” are biologically unlikely to become pregnant — attributing the dubious science to “doctors.”
I seriously do not understand how people like Todd Akin become congressmen. Conservative or liberal, he’s a big derp. Who listens to what this guy thinks and decides…oh man what a great leader? America, apparently. Go us. I recently went to the Chicago History Museum and was examining the Women’s Suffrage section. There was an authentic sign that said something along the lines of : Women NEED to vote because certain issues effect us directly. Almost a century later, this has not entirely changed. The predominate population that are choosing how women’s health is directly effected is men. As a society that boasts such progressive tendencies, we are so backwards in many ways.
This is why I’ve been applying for nonprofit jobs. I want to work somewhere that can help stop the violence in Chicago that is so obviously caused by other factors besides “them being bad people.” When a community is poor, turning to any means of income is a way of survival even if it involves violence. Since moving to Chicago, I have seen such ridiculously segregated neighborhoods. How can people live so comfortably near their Bumble & Bumble hair salons and American Apparel clothing stores knowing about the deep, unforgiving poverty just a couple miles away from them?