Kristy's Korner
We should not be comfortable or content in a society where the only way to remain free of surveillance and repression is if we make ourselves as unthreatening, passive, and compliant as possible.
Glenn Greenwald (via hipsterlibertarian)
I’m Back!

I’m back from a long absence on here! It just occurred to me that I haven’t posted an update in quite sometime.

I was in an accident in July. I was on my bike, and essentially got t-boned by a truck while on my way to work. I never lost consciousness, and the driver of the truck stopped. I ended up with a fracture in my hip socket and multiple fractures in my pelvis. I endured an 8 hour surgery, and now have plates and screws in place to restore things. I can’t put weight on my right leg (the injured side) until October.

I’ve surprised people by how positive I am. That’s not to say I haven’t had my bad moments/days. But I think it could be so much worse: the driver didn’t drive off, I’m alive, I’m not paralyzed, and I’m not missing a limb.

Over the past couple of days, I’m almost thankful for the accident. Now, hear me out. I’m not saying I wanted it to happen or anything. But I can’t deny that it’s changed me. I feel more resilient and found strength I didn’t fully realize I had. I’m also more confident and less self-conscious. I know the crutches that give me mobility also have become quite the attention-grabber for the general public around me. Once I got over the initial extra attention, I became confident about it.

I had another life-changing event on Saturday. I GOT MARRIED! I’m so happy to have a best friend for life. The ceremony was exactly how I wanted it (OK, minus the rain that pushed the ceremony back). I’m not saying that everyone needs to get married, but it fulfilled a life dream of mine.

Life’s been good to me so far!

So here’s a thing happening in Ferguson right now.

sebsational:

sebsational:

sebsational:

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Literally just hit twitter a few minutes ago; seems like people are still trying to figure it out, but this gentleman is on the scene.

Also Elon James White is posting interviews from people on the scene.

In addition to Jelani Cobb (tweets above), Adam Serwer and Errin Haines Whack are there.

Okay done reblogging myself bye.

wilwheaton:

mjolnirismypenis:

imnothavinit:

Notice something in common in these photos?

It’s not what you think

I gave it away in the third pic

That’s right! None of these cops are wearing badges or name tags! I wonder why… seems like it’d be important to wear those, since it’s even illegal not to in other states…

This is actually illegal in all states. A police officer must be marked as such with name and badge at all times unless their jurisdiction states otherwise (such as an undercover officer), and even when not wearing a badge, the officer must have the badge accessible at all times and must show the badge in order to make an arrest. Name tags are not required as long as a badge is available because the badge has the officer number on it.

This has really been bothering me. The police in Ferguson are breaking the law by concealing their identities. Everyone knows this, it’s been going on for ten days, and it appears that nobody is doing anything about it.

The police are clearly and systematically violating the first amendment rights of the press, and they are getting away with it. This has been happening for days, and nobody appears to be doing anything about it.

A police officer pointed a rifle at a journalist and told him to fuck off *while he was being filmed, so he’s easily identifiable by his superiors*, and that police officer still has a job.

I know that not all cops are bad (or even most cops), but there are clearly bad cops in Ferguson, and they’re acting with complete impunity. I don’t understand why those cops aren’t being taken off the scene, and why a higher (possibly federal) authority isn’t coming in to address these things.

hipsterlibertarian:

As it should.

No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.
Robin Williams as John Keating in “Dead Poets Society” (via usatoday)
do not let robin williams die in vain, use his death as a lesson and a reminder than anybody can suffer from depression no matter their outward behavior or reputation.

handsprings:

To anyone who ever said depression was an excuse. #rip

You may not know the depth to which people are fighting private battles.

Longest #bikeride so far. I’m proud of myself, and I’ll just keep going!

Longest #bikeride so far. I’m proud of myself, and I’ll just keep going!

I love big fluffy white clouds #cloudporn

I love big fluffy white clouds #cloudporn

hipsterlibertarian: