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Hey if you’re a nerd girl who has experienced sexism in the community, why not shoot this dude a message?
Previously on: THIS FUCKING GUY
Listen I gave his real name and FB link because if it’s not a problem, he won’t hear from anyone, right? ;)
AJ: I need to ask your advice. You know a lot about — love and women and — that sort of thing.
JOE: My wife left me for another woman, my girlfriend made me leave at gunpoint, and I haven’t performed an abortion since the Berlin Wall collapsed. Does this qualify me?
AJ: Definitely. I’ve decided today’s the day that I’ll tell Corey how I feel about her.
[JOE smirks and turns to leave]
AJ: I know what you’re thinking, but I really am. I’ve been working here off and on for five years, so…I’ve got to tell her how I feel. That I…that I would be honored if she would let me perform her first surgical abortion.
[There is a pregnant pause]
AJ: So…how do I do that?
JOE: You say, “Corey, I’d like to perform your first surgical abortion.” You want written instructions?
AJ: For the abortion? Yes. I’m still a little shaky.
AJ: I’ll tell her this morning.
AJ: By noon. Definitely. No. By noon or by 1:30. By 1:37 exactly, Joe.
JOE: Just as long as it’s before her third trimester.
The US economy currently produces roughly $200,000 for every family of four - even with high unemployment, even in stagnation. Viewed differently, this is the equivalent of roughly $100,000 for every family of four - and roughly a twenty hour work week. Technically speaking we have no economic problem; we have a political problem in managing the most powerful economy in the world. A restructured system could move rapidly toward a reduced work week, along with redistributive measures to alter the current radically unequal distributions of income and wealth. Alternatively, individuals might work longer hours, but take the equivalent amount of free time in several-month breaks, during which they could study, learn new skills, take up creative arts, or just vacation. These are not technical problems; they are political problems a serious next system could undertake to resolve if the structures of power that now block solutions were altered.
Mine Kafon by Massoud Hassani
Hassani, a product designer from Afganistan, build (by hand) a wind-powered device that trips land mines as it rolls across the ground. It is made using bamboo and biodegradable products.
Many of these mines are active and near populated areas in countries like Afganistan and are hard to remove. The UN says that one mine clearance specialist is killed, and two injured, for every 5,000 mines cleared.
Hassani’s cheap and easy to make method has been achieving great results.
I CANT BREATHE
This isn’t flirting, this is sexual harassment. This is someone going on to a site where someone else is trying to do their job and putting them in a very difficult and uncomfortable position.
The longer I look at this, the more I think about people thinking that this is entertaining, the angrier I’m getting.
What a fucking prick.
All These Things That I’ve Done by The Killers
"I got soul, but I’m not a soldier"
I remember Bill Bailey saying that he didn’t get this song and that you might as well replace the above line with “I’ve got ham, but I’m not a hamster” and it would make as much sense.
Technically he’s right, of course, but ten years ago when I was shout-singing along to this in a London theatre while they were on tour not one of us in the crowd cared. It may well be nonsense but it’s bloody invigorating nonsense and I love it.
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