Remember to enjoy Labor Day really fucking hard because it’s a holiday that celebrates the wage laborer, aka the mortal enemy of the Koch Brothers. Labor Day = Koch Brothers’ own Black Friday. 


He has some great speeches on top of having an amazing performance.


ranchdepressing said: why did you deactivate your twitter and ask fm? i loved reading your content.

I’m burned out on everyone’s negativity. I follow way too many people and it was fine except Twitter is becoming like Facebook: it’s not people sharing themselves, it’s users distributing pre-packaged content; the arguments over political issues never solve anything. Any kind of controversy bogs Twitter down for a 24 hour cycle of hacky jokes on one subject. 

Also I’m mad at myself. One day I was like “Oh man, I wish I had kissed more peoples’ asses and stopped tweeting 50 times a day and why am I not getting more retweets!!!!” And what I realized is that, as always, the problem isn’t other people and what they do or how or why or to whom, but my own attitude. I let myself care about something I haven’t earned. I forget that an unusually large number of people signed up to see what I do and they owe me nothing, just as I owe them nothing. So I’m punishing myself for caring way too much about things that are not important. 

My hope is that Twitter is over, just like Facebook is over (I’ve been off FB since April.) I love everything social media has done for my life and the people it’s put me in contact with and the friends I gained, but it’s pretty joyless. I’ll be back, I always come back.



Mac McCaughan - “Anything You Want” (Spoon cover)

Of course, there are many scenes, and respect flows both ways: here’s Mac McCaughan of Superchunk, owner of Merge Records, which has put out every Spoon album since 2000(I’ll get into the label trials-and-tribulations of their early years on Thursday), covering a song from Girls Can Tell.


This is one of my fave instrumental songs ever. It might be the only “happy” song I like, even if it has a kind of undertow to it. 



photos by gerry ellis from the david sheldrick wildlife trust, a nursery and orphanage for elephants in kenya’s tsavo east national park. here, fifty five keepers are charged with being around the clock parents to an elephant. the elephants, however, are the ones who chose their caretakers; it is the keepers who must ingratiate themselves to the elephants and earn their trust.

when elephants first arrive at the orphanage they are often traumatized from having witnessed the slaughter of their mothers and family by poachers. grieving can last several months, and they often lose the will to live. but as dame daphne sheldrick, founder of the orphanage, explains, a caretaker is charged with “persuading an elephant to live when it wants to die.”

approximately 35,000 elephants are killed by humans every year. with an estimated 350,000 elephants left in the whole continent of africa, they will be gone in the wild within ten years.

cbc’s the nature of things did a program on the elephants and their caretakers. you can foster an elephant with the david sheldrick wildlife trust online here. for more on the emotional lives of elephants, as well as the david sheldrick wildlife trust and other human efforts to save them, check out these posts

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This is a real panda
China has this “panda diplomacy” and this one will be sent to Japan as an friendship envoy. For the safety reason he sits as a passenger with his feeder, not in a cage. Fastening the seat belt, wearing a diaper, eating bamboos

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Photographer Robyn Arouty published a series of photos on her website of a Black Labrador in Texas named Duke.  He had been diagnosed with osteosarcoma in his leg and the leg had to be amputated.  Unfortunately, Duke had to be put to sleep on July 7th because the cancerous tumor had spread. Duke’s owner, Jordan Roberts, is a friend of Arouty and asked the photographer to capture Duke’s last day with his family. He ate some treats, spent time with his family, played in the water, and rested in a park. Duke looks like a wonderful dog who is now at peace.  Click here for more at Robyn Arouty Photography (note: the website has been down at times due to the large number of visitors).


Adam is not available for the rest of the day as he is ALL THE TEARS


I realized I can make playlists instead of bombarding you with links.

(Source: Spotify)

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