We have to stop consuming our culture. We have to create culture. Don’t watch TV, don’t read magazines, don’t even listen to NPR. Create your own roadshow. The nexus of space and time, where you are now, is the most immediate sector of your universe. And if you’re worrying about Michael Jackson or Bill Clinton or somebody else, you are disempowered. You are giving it all away to icons. Icons which are maintained by an electronic media, so that you want to dress like X or have lips like Y. This is shit-brained this kind of
thinking. That is all cultural diversion. And what is real is you and your friends, your associations, your highs, your orgasms, your hopes, your plans, and your fears. And we are told no. We’re unimportant, we’re peripheral, get a degree, get a job, get a this, get a that, and then you’re a player. You don’t even want to play in that game. You want to reclaim your mind and get it out of the hands of the cultural engineers who want to turn you into a half-baked moron consuming all this trash that’s being manufactured out of the bones of a dying world. Where is that at?”
— Terrence Mckenna
Reclaim Your Mind
The Good Cookie
Cute student at the cafe register thinks he’s being helpful this morning by pointing out the only non-vegan cookie option for my breakfast. “That’s the good kind,” he says.
He looks embarrassed. “Well then probably don’t get that one.”
That’s right. We’re everywhere. EVERYWHERE.
My “friend“‘s argument for eating meat:
“Animal protein is very efficient and has given human society the stability required to exist the way it does today.”
I am vegan
despite “responsible meat” because “humane slaughter” sounds like an oxymoron to me. It’s a contradiction I can’t live with.
If you eat meat, I’m judging.
Informing someone that they’re participating in animal abuse by eating meat isn’t pushing your beliefs on them, it’s reminding them of a fact they’d swept under the rug for their own peace of mind.
Learn the difference.
I would be more disturbed to see a zero number there, because I know that would totally under-represent the problem.”
Washington University Police Chief Don Strom, talking to The Student Life about the number of forcible sexual assaults in the school’s annual Clery campus safety report, which rose to eight in 2011 from five in 2010.
We’ve long agreed with Strom’s position that zeros in Clery reports of forcible sexual assaults are suspicious. It’s an indication of under-reporting to police, but could also indicate under-reporting BY police. If you see zeros, it’s probably time to pull out our 10-step Clery investigation guide and start double-checking the report.
I’m currently looking at Rice University’s Security Report. See page six: http://www.rice.edu/safety/documents/2012-security-bulletin.pdf. I know this does not represent the # of sexual assaults occurring here at Rice per year. I’m really concerned. Are victims not reporting? Is RUPD underreporting? What’s going on here?
“If someone asks me, ‘Why do you write?’ I can reply by pointing out that it is a very dumb question. Nevertheless, there is an answer. I write because I hate. A lot. Hard.” — William Gass, The Paris Review