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  1. On Privilege

    Let’s take a moment to talk about “Privilege”.

    And I’m talking about privilege in the sense of my own, personal privilege, and not in the sense of I’m-taking-offense-to-things-on-behalf-of-other-people-when-I-actually-have-no-fucking-idea-how-things-actually-work-but-I’m-going-to-complain-about-them-anyway-because-they-are-probably-unfair-and-people-need-to-check-their-privilege.

    My purse was stolen last week on Wednesday. I canceled all of my financial things immediately, put out all of the fraud alerts, notified all of the peoples, did all of the things.

    That was 8 days ago. Let’s talk about what I’ve replaced since then.

    My new Target Red Card came in the mail. My replacement health insurance card came in the mail. Today, I opened the envelope with the new Starbucks gift certificate.

    So we’re ending the 8th day without my debit and credit cards. Oh, but I could go to Target. If I wanted to use the gas to get there.

    Let’s bring my privilege into this.

    1. I know who to call to take care of these things. I have a reliable financial institution where I keep my money. I know to call/fill out a form online for Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion to notify them to put out a Fraud Alert so no one tries to open a credit card or cell phone in my name. I learned all these things. 

    2. I’ve gone 8 days without access to my funds. This means I have a way to get by in the meantime. I have supports. In my case, my purse was stolen the day before I was supposed to get on a plane to go see my mom for a few days. I happened to have a passport, an alternate form of identification, at home, so I could still get on the airplane. I had a ride waiting for me. I had a place to stay. I had transportation while I was there. My boyfriend gave me some cash. I didn’t have to drive/spend money on gas.

    3. Tomorrow will be my 9th day without access to my funds. Unfortunately, my car is not going to make it the 45 minutes to work and 45 minute back home with the amount of gas left in the tank. Fortunately, I have other options. I could go to Target and buy one thing and get cash back at the register. I could borrow money from the boyfriend again, but I’m just going to carpool with him instead. Fortunately, there’s nothing on my schedule tomorrow that interferes with us riding in the same car to and from work. If a card of some sort doesn’t arrive by tomorrow or Saturday, I’ll weigh my options again for Monday.

    I’m not going anywhere with this. There is no big lesson here. I do recognize and am grateful for what I have in my life.

    Does that make it OK that someone took my purse? No. It is never OK to be so full of yourself that you feel entitled to something that doesn’t belong to you. I don’t care how much the person has or how much you don’t have or how much you don’t think they’ll miss it or how unfair you think it is. If it isn’t yours, you don’t take it. Don’t steal. It’s a simple rule to live by. Isn’t it?

    Anyway, a high school Police resource officer called me today. Some kid was on the bus today and found my wallet and turned it in to him. So I at least have my wallet back. I at least know no one is going to try to take my insurance card to make medical claims or use my drivers license to do whatever it is people do with drivers licenses. I got my nursing license and my CPR/AED card back. I have all my other cards to shred. I kind of wish that kid had found and turned my wallet in yesterday, before I went to the DMV and paid for a new drivers license and got a new shitty picture taken… but, I’ll take it. I love that old, red wallet. I’m happy to have it back. 

     
     
  2. "Bad guys are everywhere, good guys are somewhere!"
    — 

    The revealingly simplistic headline on NSA documents shared by Glenn Greenwald’s The Intercept which reveal plans for a program to map every internet-connected device worldwide.

    (via hipsterlibertarian)

    In defiance of this authoritarian government, a rebellion known as the Independent Faction (Browncoats) fought to maintain autonomy and resist Government control over the world. This resulted in a war that raged for several years, resulting in heavy casualties on both sides, until the Government emerged victorious. An armistice was signed between the Government and the Independent Faction, ending the war, and securing Government control over the entire wor—oh wait. That’s Firefly.

     
     
  3. (Source: monicapotters)

     
     
  4. Market Pantry Birthday Cake Creme Sandwich Cookies (AKA Target Brand Birthday Cake Oreos).
Birthday Cake Oreos are delicious. I know, because I ate one once.
Today, someone brought the Target replicattempts into the office, so I tried one.
Memories of childhood flooded back, and with them, the familiar faces of childhood made right before I spat something right into the trash. Which I did with the birthday cake creme sandwich cookie.
Remember Christmas Crunch cereal? It came with a packet of frosting. For your cereal.
Well, I’m pretty sure they took all that discontinued frosting and squeezed it in between layers of chocolate cookie product because that is exactly what that birthday cake creme sandwich cookie tastes like. Old Christmas Crunch Frosting.
So gross.
The end.

    Market Pantry Birthday Cake Creme Sandwich Cookies (AKA Target Brand Birthday Cake Oreos).

    Birthday Cake Oreos are delicious. I know, because I ate one once.

    Today, someone brought the Target replicattempts into the office, so I tried one.

    Memories of childhood flooded back, and with them, the familiar faces of childhood made right before I spat something right into the trash. Which I did with the birthday cake creme sandwich cookie.

    Remember Christmas Crunch cereal? It came with a packet of frosting. For your cereal.

    Well, I’m pretty sure they took all that discontinued frosting and squeezed it in between layers of chocolate cookie product because that is exactly what that birthday cake creme sandwich cookie tastes like. Old Christmas Crunch Frosting.

    So gross.

    The end.

     
     
  5. Stephen Beizer passed away on September 10, 2014, after months of suffering caused by pancreatic cancer.

    Stephen’s wife, Helene, and son, Jaret, are left on their own, with no financial resources. Helene made a conscious decision long ago to take care of her severely intellectually and physically disabled son full-time, so she hasn’t been in the workforce for decades.

    Stephen’s tragic death has left the remaining members of his family out of time and out of luck. In his final years, the family was living off Stephen and Helene’s Social Security checks and what little their immediate family and close friends could contribute. That was how they could even keep a roof over their heads. Now Helene and Jaret are completely broke, with no money to pay the rent or keep on the lights. And the worst financial legacy of Stephen’s cancer is nearly a quarter million dollars in unpaid medical bills because Medicare only covered 85 percent of his ultimately unsuccessful treatment.

    If you can’t afford to donate or don’t feel comfortable doing so, please share this family’s situation in hope of finding a solution soon. Advice and thoughtful words are always appreciated in this difficult time. This family lives in Scottsdale, AZ, and any assistance with finding local resources would be fantastic.

    Thank you.

    Stephen with his son, Jaret.

     
     
  6. Always have your passport ready in case someone steals your ID and you really need a margarita.  (at 3 Margaritas Restaurant)

    Always have your passport ready in case someone steals your ID and you really need a margarita. (at 3 Margaritas Restaurant)

     
     
  7. I don’t know, you guys. Are children served grilled? Rotisserie? What sides come with child?

    I don’t know, you guys. Are children served grilled? Rotisserie? What sides come with child?

     
     
  8. haleighbaleighbee:

fashioninfographics:

How many times can you wear it between washes?
Via

Huh. I think this is the most important thing I’ve ever reblogged.


I’d like to add that sweatshirts survive much longer between washes if you wear t-shirts underneath.

    haleighbaleighbee:

    fashioninfographics:

    How many times can you wear it between washes?

    Via

    Huh. I think this is the most important thing I’ve ever reblogged.

    I’d like to add that sweatshirts survive much longer between washes if you wear t-shirts underneath.

     
     
  9. hipsterlibertarian:

Another week, another galling report of police brutality.
This time, the victim is an 8-year-old Rosebud Sioux girl whose babysitter called the cops when the child threw a tantrum while holding a paring knife. The babysitter told the 911 dispatcher that the girl was trying to cut herself but also admitted there was no visible blood. In other words, this was more a case of an unprepared babysitter than a suicidal kid.
Nevertheless, police arrived and tased the girl within two minutes of meeting her. Explains the family’s attorney:

The material facts are fairly undisputed, they walked in, they saw a child holding a small kitchen knife throwing a tantrum and they shot her with 50,000 volts of electricity with a weapon that put two hooks into her.

As the girl’s grandmother commented, the way police escalated the situation is totally inexcusable: 

Four police officers responded to this…To a little girl who stands maybe only 4 feet tall. All you have to do is grab her arm and correct the situation. I feel that these guys must not have been in their right minds. At that age, children are very easily talked into changing their minds. I find it ridiculous because I just don’t see how this could happen.

Only after the tasering was the child’s mother called—a move which indicates they had (or could easily have gotten) her number all along.
Per the grandmother’s account, the police’s continued defense of their actions included the excuse that they could have used a baton or handgun instead.
Two months after the incident, which occurred last year but is only just now receiving extensive media attention, the local State’s Attorney, one Wendy Kloeppner, released a report which stated “she was satisfied with an independent investigation, deploying a taser was the best viable way to diffuse the situation.” As a result, no charges were filed against the officers involved.

Goddammit, America.

    hipsterlibertarian:

    Another week, another galling report of police brutality.

    This time, the victim is an 8-year-old Rosebud Sioux girl whose babysitter called the cops when the child threw a tantrum while holding a paring knife. The babysitter told the 911 dispatcher that the girl was trying to cut herself but also admitted there was no visible blood. In other words, this was more a case of an unprepared babysitter than a suicidal kid.

    Nevertheless, police arrived and tased the girl within two minutes of meeting her. Explains the family’s attorney:

    The material facts are fairly undisputed, they walked in, they saw a child holding a small kitchen knife throwing a tantrum and they shot her with 50,000 volts of electricity with a weapon that put two hooks into her.

    As the girl’s grandmother commented, the way police escalated the situation is totally inexcusable: 

    Four police officers responded to this…To a little girl who stands maybe only 4 feet tall. All you have to do is grab her arm and correct the situation. I feel that these guys must not have been in their right minds. At that age, children are very easily talked into changing their minds. I find it ridiculous because I just don’t see how this could happen.

    Only after the tasering was the child’s mother called—a move which indicates they had (or could easily have gotten) her number all along.

    Per the grandmother’s account, the police’s continued defense of their actions included the excuse that they could have used a baton or handgun instead.

    Two months after the incident, which occurred last year but is only just now receiving extensive media attention, the local State’s Attorney, one Wendy Kloeppner, released a report which stated “she was satisfied with an independent investigation, deploying a taser was the best viable way to diffuse the situation.” As a result, no charges were filed against the officers involved.

    Goddammit, America.

     
     
    1. Tom: We need to make some friends.
    2. Me: I don't need friends. I have a fuzzy sweatshirt.