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“You will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do.”
― David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest
Boy’s club hand sanitizer.

Boy’s club hand sanitizer.

Grocery shopping in Merika!!!

Foggy Oregon morning. Boats, oars and rowing frames are loaded. Just need to to get the beer and groceries before we hit the river. This year marks our 15th annual boys club fishing trip.

Our Japanese-style room at the Schiphol airport. The shower was cool and had color mood lighting that continuously changed, but unfortunately, I could not poo in a frosted glass toilet tube. I’m shy that way.

John Stewart was visibly uncomfortable with the Bill Maher interview yesterday, especially with his stance on religion. Maher can be a total dick, but as a voice for atheism and the absurdity of religion, he remains one of my heroes!

John Stewart was visibly uncomfortable with the Bill Maher interview yesterday, especially with his stance on religion. Maher can be a total dick, but as a voice for atheism and the absurdity of religion, he remains one of my heroes!

Hamsterdam Day Five

People Are Not Expendable!

The other day I was in Albert Heijn collecting picnic supplies when I see two Americans, at least they seem American. Youngish, mid to late twenty, smart-professional. Anyway, they’re walking towards me through the wine and spirits aisle. The attractive woman looks younger than the man. She asks in a clear, loudish, American voice, What kinda chocolate do they want? Dark, the man replies, The higher percentage, the better. I’ll get it! She sings, and heads off towards the chocolate aisle.
I see them again at the checkout counter. They’re talking about work, specifically an employee. The woman scoffs, Just fire her, people are expendable. They’re up close now, the man is putting items on the belt. He stops mid item and turns around to face his accomplice. People are not expendable! He shouts. I’m sick of hearing that shit. His voice grows more agitated. It’s a pain in the ass to hire and train people and then have them leave after a few months. People are not expendable! He shouts again.The woman is stone faced, shaken, but checking her emotions well. She stands there and takes it. The man continues to rant. I recognize it. We need to treat people like they’re an essential part of the process, instead of like shit. We should be trying to figure out why we can’t keep people, what the fuck is going on? This goes on until it’s time to pay for my groceries. The Dutch cashier and I make awkward eye contact. The man stops. He looks around, sheepishly. The young woman looks up, seemingly unfazed. So, is this going to be enough chocolate?

People Are Not Expendable!

The other day I was in Albert Heijn collecting picnic supplies when I see two Americans, at least they seem American. Youngish, mid to late twenty, smart-professional. Anyway, they’re walking towards me through the wine and spirits aisle. The attractive woman looks younger than the man. She asks in a clear, loudish, American voice, What kinda chocolate do they want? Dark, the man replies, The higher percentage, the better. I’ll get it! She sings, and heads off towards the chocolate aisle.
I see them again at the checkout counter. They’re talking about work, specifically an employee. The woman scoffs, Just fire her, people are expendable. They’re up close now, the man is putting items on the belt. He stops mid item and turns around to face his accomplice. People are not expendable! He shouts. I’m sick of hearing that shit. His voice grows more agitated. It’s a pain in the ass to hire and train people and then have them leave after a few months. People are not expendable! He shouts again.The woman is stone faced, shaken, but checking her emotions well. She stands there and takes it. The man continues to rant. I recognize it. We need to treat people like they’re an essential part of the process, instead of like shit. We should be trying to figure out why we can’t keep people, what the fuck is going on? This goes on until it’s time to pay for my groceries. The Dutch cashier and I make awkward eye contact. The man stops. He looks around, sheepishly. The young woman looks up, seemingly unfazed. So, is this going to be enough chocolate?

Hamsterdam Rush Hour

Hamsterdam Day Four
A Lego Westfalia, very cool Dutch people, ships, canals, World Cup and friends.

Late afternoon happy hour read: A US governor calls for a hostile take over of the federal government and it’s Snowden that we want to capture and lock up?

"I am tired of the left. They say they’re for tolerance, they say they respect diversity. The reality is this: They respect everybody unless you happen to disagree with them," he said. "The left is trying to silence us and I’m tired of it, I won’t take it anymore."
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http://bigstory.ap.org/article/jindal-set-wrap-faith-and-freedom-conference

So Mr. Jindal, you gonna be leading the charge, on the front line, taking that first bullet in your hostile take over?

Late afternoon happy hour read: A US governor calls for a hostile take over of the federal government and it’s Snowden that we want to capture and lock up?

"I am tired of the left. They say they’re for tolerance, they say they respect diversity. The reality is this: They respect everybody unless you happen to disagree with them," he said. "The left is trying to silence us and I’m tired of it, I won’t take it anymore."
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http://bigstory.ap.org/article/jindal-set-wrap-faith-and-freedom-conference

So Mr. Jindal, you gonna be leading the charge, on the front line, taking that first bullet in your hostile take over?

the-goddamazon:

basicallyfrench:

letsflytoparis:

247muslima:

THIS

WHERE IS THIS FROM ?

It’s from “la source des femmes”

IT’S TRUE.

THERE IS NOTHING IN THE QU’RAN THAT SAYS WOMEN’S SOLE PURPOSE IS FOR OBEYING AND PROCREATING.

We are allowed to inherit and own property and businesses, and we are allowed to CHOOSE our husbands instead of having them foisted upon us in arranged marriages. WE ARE ALSO ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN COMBAT.

I’ve read the Qu’ran COVER TO COVER and there’s nothing God says about women being LESS than men. In fact, God IMPLORES men to treat women as equals. Probably because God knew men have a tendency to foul things up and has to remind them that WOMEN ARE ALSO PRECIOUS CREATIONS OF HIS DIVINE WILL.

-huffs and puffs-

Sorry. I was in my feelings. But this touches my nerves a lot when people misinterpret Islam as some misogynistic religion. Nothing could be further from the truth.

First of all, I love this. The problem is not so much the religious doctrine, as it is who controls the interpretation of said doctrine. Thus you have a patriarchy issue here, not a religious issue. And thus, the correlation between the education of women and the rise of religious extremism. The patriarchal powers see the writing on the wall and they be scared. Perhaps I may not have given up my own spiritual beliefs if women had historically controlled religious doctrine? JK! It’s all still magical thinking to me.

(Source: qawiya, via secondcircle)

Hamsterdam, day three

What’s playing at Paradiso?
Ten years ago we saw David Byrne perform here with a group of world musicians under his label Luaka Bop. The show was sold out, so we hung out in front of the theater until a man on a bicycle offered to sell us tickets. Next week Jurrasic 5, dang! I would go to all of these shows including the Rollers X Skate Dance which includes rollerskates. If you have not listened to Valerie June, make the effort!

I’ve been thinking about this for a long time.

I’ve been thinking about this for a long time.