PETA might have been not too far off the mark with their open disappointment in our President’s open palm pest cruelty. I found myself in the kitchen last night (sautéing some delicious greens after a 60-min bike workout, if you must know) and maybe I was feeling the adrenaline high but when a fly landed near me on the table the first thing that came to mind was “OBAMAAAAA!” and before the left hand could protest to the right hand, it was over. I wiped the kill with a tissue, flushed it down the toilet and fist-jabbed my imaginary Commander-in-Chief.
I’m not the only one who has gone through these motions, RIGHT?
Is it like a pornographic movie where everyone keeps their clothes on and discusses knitting or something?
(seriously, what it the difference?)
I always think of alt-porn in terms of photography, not movies. But if you’re talking movies, I’d guess that Hustler’s Taboo series would be considered “alternative”. The girls tend to wear darker, more sinister make-up and there are fewer blondes and more tattoos. I guess it’s just the alternative to blonde hair and big tits and fake nails and things like that.
“Hal isn’t old enough yet to know that this is because numb emptiness isn’t the worst kind of depression. That dead-eyed anhedonia is but a remora on the ventral flank of the true predator, the Great White Shark of pain. Authorities term this condition clinical depression or involutional depression or unipolar dysphoria. Instead of just an incapacity for feeling, a deadening of soul, the predator-grade depression Kate Gompert always feels as she Withdraws from secret marijuana is itself a feeling. It goes by many names - anguish, despair, torment, or q.v. Burton’s melancholia or Yevtuschenko’s more authoritative psychotic depression - but Kate Gompert, down in the trenches with the thing itself, knows it simply as It.
It is a level of psychic pain wholly incompatible with human life as we know it. It is a sense of radical and thoroughgoing evil not just as a feature but as the essence of conscious existence. It is a sense of poisoning that pervades the self at the self’s most elementary levels. It is a nausea of the cells and soul. It is an unnumb intuition in which the world is fully rich and animate and un-map-like and also thoroughly painful and malignant and antagonisitic to the self, which depressed self It billows on and coagulates around and wraps in Its black folds and absorbs into Itself, so that an almost mystical unity is achieved with a world every constituent of which means painful harm to the self. Its emotional character, the feeling Gompert describes It as, is probably mostly indescribable except as a sort of double bind in which any/all of the alternatives we associate with human agency - sitting or standing, doing or resting, speaking or keeping silent, living or dying - are not just unpleasant but literally horrible.
It is also lonely on a level that cannot be conveyed. There is no way Kate Gompert could ever even begin to make someone else understand what clinical depression feels like, not even another person who is herself clinically depressed, because a person in such a state is incapable of empathy with any other living thing. This anhedonic Inability to Identify is also an an integral part of It. If a person in physical pain has a hard time attending to anything except that pain, a clincally depressed person cannot even perceive any other person or thing as independent of the universal pain that is digesting her cell by cell. Everything is part of the problem, and there is no solution. It is a hell for one.”
… believe the 5 corporations who own almost all of the media in the U.S. are liberal.
… believe $300 billion of U.S. tax money, allocated for the war and reconstruction in Iraq is actually going to Iraq .
… are unaware Iraq had 650 million barrels of oil in reserve just before the war in Iraq .
… are unaware at least $8.8 billion is known to be missing in Iraqi oil revenue from the period the U.S. was in control of Iraq .
… are unaware 198 million in Iraqi dollars is missing from the Iraq treasury from the period the U.S. was in control of Iraq .
… are unaware that war is exceptionally profitable for a small number of investors.
… believe Halliburton’s no-bid contracts have nothing to do with former CEO, now Vice President Dick Cheney.
… are unaware that the Iraq war is the biggest case of war profiteering in human history.
… believe Saddam Hussein or Iraq had anything to do with 9/11, Al Qaeda or Osama bin Laden.
… are unaware the U.S. has killed more than 10,000 innocent women and children in Iraq with cluster bombs and depleted uranium munitions.
… believe depleted uranium weapons are not radioactive or deadly weapons of mass destruction (they are 12% less radioactive than nuclear weapons grade uranium and very deadly).
… believe wealthy, warmongers can also be true Christians.
… are unaware stem cell research threatens the pharmaceutical industry by curing and preventing diseases which drug companies profit from by treating with drugs.
… are unaware the pharmaceutical industry is based entirely on treatment and is threatened by cures and prevention.
… are unaware the Food and Drug Administration does NO testing of food or drugs. They only set guidelines and review the testing corporations do of their own products.
… are unaware the Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act has been ‘re- estimated’ to cost U.S. taxpayers $1.3 Trillion (not the original $243 billion or the ‘adjusted’ $400 billion), and only pharmaceutical corporations and HMOs benefit from the increase.
… are unaware the Boston Tea party was a protest against corporate corruption (East India Company).
… are unaware our founding fathers intentionally made sure that corporations had no power over people or our government.
… are unaware corporations have fought aggressively and systematically over the past 200 years to increase their power and influence over our government.
… are unaware U.S. corporations are now protected under the 14th amendment as a legal ‘person.’
… are unaware the definition of fascism is: ‘The marriage of corporation and state’ — Benito Mussolini.
… are unaware well known U.S. corporate interests attempted a military coup against Franklin Roosevelt in 1933.
… are unaware most corrupt and wasteful government projects are run primarily by corporate contractors.
… are unaware ‘less government’ means paying corporate contractors three times what we pay government workers to do the same work.
… are unaware American corporations behave very differently in other countries.
… are unaware Enron and others were NOT investigated until they collapsed under the weight of their own greed.
… are unaware Bush’s massive tax cuts were invested overseas to build sweat shops, factories and other facilities, where our jobs have been outsourced.
… are unaware outsourcing American jobs weakens labor unions and keeps wages low and corporate profits high .
… are unaware weak enforcement of immigration laws lowers wages in the U.S. and increases corporate profits.
… are unaware ‘Free Trade’ means ‘Slave Wages’ to poor people in Honduras, Bangladesh, China, Malaysia, Burma, Cambodia, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Philippines, Thailand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Nepal, El Salvador, Guatemala, Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and others.
… believe America is hated all over the world because of our freedom.
… believe the massive U.S. national debt (now $7,786,000,000,000) created by Republican presidents Reagan, Bush and Bush does not seriously threaten the future of our children and grandchildren.
… are unaware massive national debt ensures the expansion of poverty, which keeps wages low, which increases corporate profits.
… are unaware widespread poverty keeps wages low and corporate profits high.
… are unaware weak gun control laws perpetuate violence in poor neighborhoods which expands poverty, reduces wages and increases corporate profits.
… are unaware abortions go down only when we reduce poverty, expand healthcare and improve education.
… are unaware that making abortion illegal expands poverty which reduces wages and increases corporate profits.
… believe the Michael Jackson trial deserved more news coverage than the genocide of 400,000 people in Darfur , Sudan.
… believe Social Security is the biggest priority in America .
… are unaware privatizing Social Security would be a massive give away to experienced Wall Street investors that would also destabilize Social Security.
… are unaware that NOT funding ‘No Child Left Behind’ is dismantling funding for schools in poor neighborhoods, which expands poverty, lowers wages and increases corporate profits.
… are unaware the Healthy Forests Initiative has led to massive clear cutting of prime lumber and almost none of the forest fire prevention that it was sold on.
… are unaware the Clear Skies Initiative has increased pollution.
… are unaware Tort Reform will absolve corporations of massive negligent liabilities for things like asbestos exposure, pollution, mercury poisoning, hazardous waste, mad cow disease and all sorts of dangerous products and practices.
… are unaware mercury pollution (mostly from coal fired power plants and medical vaccines) has caused an epidemic of Autism, ADD and ADHD in the U.S.
… are unaware the Bush administration is dismantling three decades of US environmental protection.
… believe global warming is a rumor or conspiracy.
… are unaware ‘Global Warming’ is causing colder weather because the melting ice caps are cooling the gulf stream.
… believe the science of evolution is less valid than literal fundamentalist interpretation of creationism.
… believe the UN scandals could have taken place without the largest, most influential member and host nation being involved.
… believe making a war monger ambassador to the UN will help prevent more wars.
… are unaware that expanding equal rights to any segment of the population (including gay people) also expands economic opportunity and puts pressure on wages, which would reduce corporate profits.
If you believe Fox News is fair and balanced, you have been brainwashed by corporate owned media.
I think there’s truth to it in that most of the guys brave enough to talk to a pretty girl at a bar or out somewhere are usually either arrogant and self-involved or wasted. So, most models or cute girls have some jackass in their face rather than the nice guy down the bar who is too shy to speak up! (and who she’d actually LIKE to talk to!) I think most models get hit on a lot… just not actually asked out nicely by a normal guy very often. - from an interview with Heidi Van Horne on Yuhmm Magazine
"Helloooo….I’m down at this end of the bar! *oh shit, did she hear me, oh no…now what do I do???*”