“There’s a dark cloud rising from the desert floor
I packed my bags and I’m heading straight into the storm
Gonna be a twister to blow everything down
That ain’t got the faith to stand its ground
Blow away the dreams that tear you apart
Blow away the dreams that break your heart
Blow away the lies that leave you nothing but lost and broken-hearted”—Bruce Springsteen, aka The Boss
Fascinating article from NYT about the dying tradition of sworn virgins in Albania.
From the article:
By taking an oath of virginity, women could take on the role of men as head of the family, carry a weapon, own property and move freely.
They dressed like men and spent their lives in the company of other men, even though most kept their female given names. They were not ridiculed, but accepted in public life, even adulated. For some the choice was a way for a woman to assert her autonomy or to avoid an arranged marriage.
“Stripping off their sexuality by pledging to remain virgins was a way for these women in a male-dominated, segregated society to engage in public life,” said Linda Gusia, a professor of gender studies at the University of Pristina, in Kosovo. “It was about surviving in a world where men rule.”
Men can accept women as equals as long as you strip away all the sexy time business, eh? Sounds familiar to this cat.
I’ve noticed lately that Ayn Rand quotes are beginning to outnumber pet pics on my Tumblr dashboard.
On a related note, Ayn Rand was, by and large, full of shit.
i lose a little more faith in my generation whenever someone quotes her. i was into ayn rand when i was SEVENTEEN. please move on.
i also cringe when someone mentions noam chomsky or ralph nader, like no one with a liberal arts education has EVER heard of those two. they may have played a part in my formative years, and i’m glad that they exist and raise issues that many won’t discuss, but really, who wants to be a dirty hippie for all eternity? -M
Speaking of dirty hippies, I’ll add Communism-inspired fashion accessories to the list of things that make me lose faith in our dim-witted generation. Are you the ruthless dictator of a small island nation? No? Then maybe you should leave the Castro hat at home.
Then again, I doubt half the people wearing Castro hats have any idea who Castro is or what he stands for. When you say “Castro,” they think “stoned American Idol contestant with white-man dreads.”
“An investigation into the shocking polls following the D.C. gun-ban case uncovered the source of the “irregularities” found in the polling data. The now infamous polls, which indicated that 100% of D.C. residents were in favor of the decision allowing ownership of firearms in the District, were apparently skewed. However, they were not skewed by the pollsters as originally thought. Rather, in an ironic twist, while the numbers indicated that 100% of D.C. residents approved of the decision, a later poll indicated that 100% of those opposed to the decision were being robbed at gunpoint while the poll was being taken.”—Press release from “Press Secretary” Myers
Alright - that’s it. I’m coming for you 84david! You better be looking for me under your bed tonight - I might be there. But then again, you might not want to - a ninja throwing star might catch you right in your very surprised face.
People say that lions are the king of the jungle, but the tiger (Panthera tigris) is indisputably badass. Tigers are the heaviest cats found in the wild (although size varies among species).
You better not call me fat, though- I’ll eat your face.
Tigers are fiercely territorial and will basically hunt any medium or large sized animals- buffalo, boars, elk, deer, antelopes, camels, yaks, wild horses, adult elephants under some circumstances, the odd rhinoceros, cows, you name it. The good news for you is that they rarely hunt humans, unless injured or otherwise provoked.
That’s right, effers, I can swim.
Like other cats, tigers usually work alone. They will stalk and ambush their prey, overpowering them and going for the throat, killing the prey either by strangulation or by piercing its spinal cord, jugular vein or carotid artery with its razor-sharp teeth. If a tiger is stalking you, you would never know it until it’s too late. The video below shows a party hunting a tiger and then quickly becoming its prey. The tiger disappears for a moment and then out of nowhere- and I do mean absolutely nowhere- attacks the hunting party.
Here’s where it gets really badass- if a tiger finds it sharing territory with another predator, it will hunt the other predator. Wolves, pythons, crocodiles, even bears- they are no match for a tiger.
Is someone simply born an ass, maybe due to genes inherited from their parents? Or, are they raised to become an ass, possibly because their parents beat them, neglected them, or both?
Can someone be both an ass and a good guy, making them biassual?
Is there something like a 10% rule for asses, where 10% of the people are an ass? In addition, are one out of every 10 asses not only inveterate asses, but publicly proud of the assiness? Does this make them assivists?
This morning I forgot my Whiskas To Go packet when I headed out to face a long day of ninja cat-ing. I decided to stop at the ABP to grab some breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day, you know.
I picked up something called a “Yogurt and Fruit Cup.” The name suggested that the cup contained yogurt with different kinds of fruit in it. To my ire, it was a cup of yogurt and THREE BLUEBERRIES. Only three.
ABP- you’re on the list. Death Cat From Above is coming for you. I’m going to be bringing you some Not-So-Bon Pain.