Grab the wall, gas pedal gas pedal

Guardians of the Galaxy looks so good.

Gentrifiers focus on aesthetics, not people. Because people, to them, are aesthetics.

Proponents of gentrification will vouch for its benevolence by noting it “cleaned up the neighbourhood”. This is often code for a literal white-washing. The problems that existed in the neighbourhood - poverty, lack of opportunity, struggling populations denied city services - did not go away. They were simply priced out to a new location.

That new location is often an impoverished suburb, which lacks the glamour to make it the object of future renewal efforts. There is no history to attract preservationists because there is nothing in poor suburbs viewed as worth preserving, including the futures of the people forced to live in them. This is blight without beauty, ruin without romance: payday loan stores, dollar stores, unassuming homes and unpaid bills. In the suburbs, poverty looks banal and is overlooked.

In cities, gentrifiers have the political clout - and accompanying racial privilege - to reallocate resources and repair infrastructure. The neighbourhood is “cleaned up” through the removal of its residents. Gentrifiers can then bask in “urban life” - the storied history, the selective nostalgia, the carefully sprinkled grit - while avoiding responsibility to those they displaced.

Sarah Kendzior - The peril of hipster economics (x)
The big lie about capitalism is that everyone can be rich. That’s impossible. Capitalism works only if the vast majority of the population are kept poor enough to never quit working, are kept poor enough to accept distasteful jobs society cannot function without. If everyone were a millionaire, who would empty the trash or repair the sewers? It follows that the poorer the general population is made, the greater the worth of the money held by the wealthy, in terms of the lives which may be bought and sold with it.
Last night I was too drunk to drive so I slept at my best friends boyfriends house. I woke up in the night to him touching me. The next morning he begged for sex and I repeatedly told him no and that what he was doing was wrong. He did oral on me even as I said no and then put it in. I never gave consent and I kept telling him no. I didn't put up a physical fight though, I trusted him a lot and was so confused. I don't know what to tell my best friend or my boyfriend. Is it rape? I'm so lost.


First of all, I’m sorry for what you have been through.  

Your lack of consent means that it was rape.  It doesn’t matter if you put up a fight or not.  I don’t know if you want to press charges, but if that’s something you would like to pursue, my advice would be to file a report with the police as soon as possible.  

You might also want to get tested for STD’s or take the morning after pill (if that’s a concern).  The hospital or a Planned Parenthood can help with these things and it’s possible to get the morning after pill over the counter now if you need it.

As far as what to tell people, that’s up to you.  I would encourage you to find someone you can trust to speak with about this so that you have some support.  A therapist is an option if you would like one, but at least a friend who can be there for you when needed.

It’s important that you know you are not alone.  There are so many supportive communities out there (like this one) where you an get ideas and find help working through things.   

You can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline or find a local rape crisis center  Many of these places offer advocates who are on call 24 hours a day and can go with you to the police or hospital for support. There is also an online hotline if you prefer that. 

I know things are tough right now but you can get through this.  Stay strong!








Real talk:  The second time I was raped was so drastically different from the first that I didn’t at first believe that what had happened was rape.  It just didn’t “click” with me  I knew it was terrible, but I had a picture in my mind of what rape looked like and what happened to me didn’t match.  It took me a  while to realize and accept that both instances were rape.

There is a lot of misinformation out there, especially these days, about what counts as “real” rape.  Let’s clear it up:

According to the FBI  rape is Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”

It doesn’t matter if it was violent or not.  If you fought back or not.  If you have bruises or not.  If you know the person or not.  Even if it started off consensual and then you wanted to stop, the moment you withdraw  consent and it’s ignored, the situation changes.

If your body language said no but you couldn’t?  Still rape. If you were both drunk, if you’re married, if your rapist apologized later, if you’ve had consensual sex with the person before?  Still rape.

It’s easy to get misled by the way that we normally see rape depicted in books, movies and TV, but it doesn’t always look like that.  The one constant?  It’s NEVER your fault.  NEVER.






"All my ex-girlfriends are Asian."

If you’ve ever come across this charming come-on, you’ve probably been exposed to yellow fever

For her full rant watch the video here.



Done with the NCLEX. Finished in 75 questions (the minimum), which mean either I failed really badly or passed really well. (I don’t get my results for another few days.)

I’m trying to believe “passed really well,” but wow, that was a lot harder than I expected. I thought I was going to ace…

Let’s revise this - since I’m not sure if comparing the value of a ship and a map necessarily will accomplish anything (and isn’t the important piece of information here). Not all ships are the same value (they vary in size and quality) and maps vary in quality and quantity of information provided. But, I think the core issue/question here can be summed up as: Were there highly valuable charts in the Golden Age of Piracy and why were they so valuable?
I suspect that at some point - since “Golden Age of Piracy” got mixed in here - that someone trickled down the story of Bartholomew Sharp and the South Seas Waggoner (but without the names or context). A Waggoner, or a Portolan, contains charts and directions to multiple places - and includes the locations of islands, cities, and so on. They often include particularly important pieces of information on getting there (like Latitude), where there are good harbors to anchor at in that destination, and potential hazards to avoid. This blog from the Royal Museums at Greenwich explains more about these kinds of maps.
Here is an example image of one of these charts - this is Isle of Juan Fernández. Well off the coast of the modern nation of Chile (over 400 miles), it was an excellent point to stop at for passing ships to acquire more water and even some food (especially after the Spanish put goats on the island for that purpose, so they would propagate naturally and be hunted down for food) without having to stop on the mainland of South America or near any settlements. Over the years in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century, on two occasions, men found themselves stuck on this island alone. One was a man named Alexander Selkirk - the real life story that inspired the famous early eighteenth-century writer Daniel Defoe to write one of the most famous books in English literature Robinson Crusoe.
To explain how Bartholomew Sharp is involved, I’ll utilize the prologue of the 1992 reprint of Sharp’s Waggoner to explain it:
In 1680 a band of English buccaneers marched across the Isthmus of Darien from the Atlantic, or North Sea, to the Pacific, or South Sea. They captured Spanish ships in front of the city of Panama, one of which they made their flagship. From this vessel they terrorized Spanish possessions on the west coast of the Americas for eighteen months (mostly under the leadership of Capt. Bartholomew Sharp) and finally sailed around Cape Horn to the West Indies—the first Englishmen to do so from that direction. When they reached England early in 1682, Sharp presented to King Charles II a “great Book full of Sea-Charts and Maps, containing a very accurate and exact description of all the Ports, Soundings, Creeks, Rivers, Capes, and Coasts belonging to the South Sea, and all the Navigations usually performed by the Spaniards in that Ocean” (JP2 , 3:80).
That “great Book” was a prize of great military value indeed, because it contained just the sort of information that, since the days of Columbus, Spain had tried to keep secret from other nations—and it was almost certainly the source of Ringrose’s South Sea Waggoner reproduced here. So when Sharp and two of his crew were arrested in London—accused by the Spanish ambassador of piracy and murder—there is some evidence that royal influence behind the scenes may have effected the verdict of not guilty, a verdict that eventually caused a minor diplomatic incident with Spain.
So there it is - this set of charts and instructions, taken by buccaneers and given to the English crown proved highly valuable since it revealed what the Spanish possessions were along the western coast of South America, Central America, and parts of North America. It also allowed, if so desired, for English vessels to bring trade or war to the Spanish more easily to that part of the world, whichever was desired.
Hope that answers your question somewhat.

Has Pinot Comment

(I am taking registrations for a members-only conference when I receive the following email at 10 am:)

Manager: *cc-ing in the company director* “[Customer] emailed you regarding his conference registration and has informed me you have not responded. Please explain why you have not responded and contact him immediately.”

Me: *also cc-ing in the company director* “[Customer] emailed me at 8:17 pm last night. I did not respond because at that time I was at home, drinking a particularly good Pinot Noir and watching a movie. I did however respond to [Customer] at 7:37 am this morning. For your information my office hours are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday.”

Manager: *no response*

Company Director: *replying to all* “Pleased to see you at work early. What was the Pinot?”

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