It’s a perfect summer day for a parade in the West Village.
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With the exception of Gay Pride, summer weekends in the West Village are very quiet. Especially the mornings. I took a stroll to the Saturday Greenmarket at Abingdon Square to acquire some provisions for the week, and along the way I took a bunch of pictures with my iPhone like a goddamn tourist. I was thinking you might enjoy them.
It’s so hard sometimes to find that perfect objet d’art. You know: a little accent piece that delivers just the right pop of color, sophistication and whimsy. People who know me will tell you I am a huge thrift shop junkie, but that can be a hit-or-miss endeavor: on some days, I’d swear a marauding swarm of squirrels (with exquisite taste) devours every awesome object from all the downtown thrifts right before I get there. Fuckers.
And so, forlorn and thwarted by cruel fate, I decided to take matters into my own hands.
[CONTENT NOTE: Orlando mass shooting and related issues; rape; mental health. No violent images or graphic descriptions.]
I was quite literally rendered speechless upon learning of the tragedy in Orlando Sunday morning. I cannot say I was surprised, though; mass public shootings in the US have been increasing, and it’s no secret that conservatives have been cranking up the hate against the LGBTQ community (just as they have against women, immigrants, religious minorities, the poor, the disabled, etc., and of course none of this is a coincidence). But I did (and do) feel traumatized—as in anxious, dissociating, difficulty concentrating, overwhelming sadness and anger, waking through the night with my heart pounding, super fun stuff like that. For an artist and writer who uses art and writing to process life and the world around her, such a state is nothing short of devastating. (<-See? Dissociating. I just referred to myself in the third person for no fucking reason FFS.)
I don’t write a lot about my personal life online, for many reasons I won’t go into here. But in this case some of that is relevant, and I think perhaps worth sharing.
Union Square Park today
with obligatory statue of a d00d (it’s always a goddamn d00d) left.
Ahh, friends. There is nothing, and I mean NOTHING, as glorious as a city park on a spectacular day.
The Greenmarket was in full swing on the west side. And on the east: lush greens, quiet benches, hushed tones.
WAIT A MINUTE.
NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE
UPDATE: WordPress apparently black holed a few of sentences re: Purvi Patel (and some formatting tags). I fixed it—I think.
[CONTENT NOTE: While this post contains no graphic descriptions or images of violence, it does mention: rape, sexual assault and violent abuse, including against children; mental illness including suicidal ideation; hostility to consent, bodily autonomy and agency; sex- and gender-based discrimination.]
To briefly recap: While atheist Big Willie Jerry Coyne is notoriously prone to poo flinging, he also said some very interesting things in his Darwin Day lecture at the British Humanist Association (and elsewhere). I transcribed a few sections of his talk because I’d like to have a handy link to it to help shut down the font of incoherent nonsense that is conservative movement atheism. I also thought some readers here just might (a) find some of this talk as worthwhile as I do (see Part 1), and/or (b) enjoy my documenting Coyne’s insulting, dismissive, nearly comical obliviousness to his privilege (Part 2).
Part 3 focuses on a section of the Q&A wherein Coyne manages both to say some more really cool stuff, and then go into full mansplain-to-the-feminists mode and pull a classic Dear Muslima.
On my walk to dinner this fine evening, I came across something on the sidewalk I never see: a dead squirrel.
Image of decomposing enemy combatant after the fold.
An Israeli start-up says it can take one look at a person’s face and realize character traits that are undetectable to the human eye…The company said its technology also can be used to identify everything from great poker players to extroverts, pedophiles, geniuses and white collar-criminals. ‘We understand the human much better than other humans understand each other,” said Faception chief executive Shai Gilboa. ‘Our personality is determined by our DNA and reflected in our face.'”
Ahh, it all makes so much sense now. DNA is why German Caucasians are so prone to committing genocide. And things like poverty, lead exposure, parenting practices and trauma have so little impact on individual behavior.
HAHAHAHA YER KILLIN ME.
Faception said it’s already signed a contract with a homeland security agency to help identify terrorists.
Ooh! Ooh! Lemme guess: ethically Arab males look an awful lot like terrorists. Because DNA. Hey, it’s not profiling! It’s a completely objective algorithm! COMPUTERS!11!!!
I am sure this amazing technology can detect leftists, too. So be careful out there!