New crowd-dispersal weapon on top of the Separation Wall in Bethlehem:

The new weapon, which is remote-controlled and shoots “skunk” water (putrid-smelling liquid), began operating over the last month. According to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, the weapon can also fire stun grenades, tear gas among other crowd-dispersal means.

Another exciting day at work. Those boxes are heavier than they look. Photo courtesy of my coworker Eli.

New York mayor Bill de Blasio announces the shutdown of the NYPD unit that spied on mosques, which never actually produced any evidence of anything related to terrorism, and it makes anti-Muslim bigot Pam Geller upset. Oh, I do love anything that gets the disgusting troglodytes over at the still-alive vile website of the no-longer-alive vile Andrew Breitbart this upset.


Set in an alternative New York City,Born in Flames is a feminist telling of the injustices plaguing society after a socialist revolution. It goes without saying that a theoretical “post-capitalist patriarchy” is the subject of much debate among socialist feminists—the more “vulgar Marxist” of us believe that capitalism is the very foundation of oppression, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a socialist feminist proclaiming that the abolition of capitalism will be a silver bullet to end all sexism.

Of course, in Born in Flames, the “revolution” has actually changed very little in regards to the state or social order. Police still exercise an absurd amount of power, often wielding it violently, communities are still reliant on mutual aid for essential services like childcare, ghettos remain dilapidated, and meaningful work is scarce. A workfare program has been instituted to alleviate unemployment, but this triggers a macho backlash. Now, exacerbating the sexism and misogyny that pervaded pre-revolution, men are rioting, under the impression that women and minorities are taking all the “good jobs.”

I’m getting sick of the bike courier life. Reading up on a possible career change.

I’ve got the whole apartment to myself for the weekend. I can drink High Life in my underwear. I could also go out on a Friday night and be social or something. But this is apparently what I prefer.

I might even agree with you that there may be some racism left in America, but who cares? Anyone who does or says anything racist is always punished for it immediately. So why do we even talk about it anymore?
Tom Shillue, who’s a comedian of some sort, discussing racism on a Fox News panel consisting of white people who apparently have only a passing familiarity with, well, the entirety of human history.

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Fuckin’ James. Yes.

James Quaintance is just beautiful. I’m a total sucker for amazing rockabilly hairstyles.

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Doing bike maintenance.

Winter’s over, so I finally trimmed my huge mop of hair back into my preferred style.

Wow. Where are all the ladies?
Jon Hilbolt, lectures director for the Heritage Foundation, commenting on the fact that the audience at an event featuring Mona Charen telling them “women need feminism like a fish needs a bicycle” was “small and mostly male.” Gotta love Republican outreach to women and minorities.

1. Abstinence from liquor is requested, but if you must drink, share the bottle. To do otherwise makes you appear selfish and unneighborly.

2. If ladies are present, gentlemen are urged to forego smoking cigars and pipes as the odor of same is repugnant to the Gentle Sex. Chewing tobacco is permitted but spit WITH the wind, not against it.

3. Gentlemen must refrain from the use of rough language in the presence of ladies and children.

4. Buffalo robes are provided for your comfort during cold weather. Hogging robes will not be tolerated and the offender will be made to ride with the driver.

5. Don’t snore loudly while sleeping or use your fellow passenger’s shoulder for a pillow; he or she may not understand and friction may result.

6. Firearms may be kept on your person for use in emergencies. Do not fire them for pleasure or shoot at wild animals as the sound riles the horses.

7. In the event of runaway horses, remain calm. Leaping from the coach in panic will leave you injured, at the mercy of the elements, hostile Indians and hungry coyotes.

8. Forbidden topics of discussion are stagecoach robberies and Indian uprisings.

9. Gents guilty of unchivalrous behavior toward lady passengers will be put off the stage. It’s a long walk back. A word to the wise is sufficient.

Rules for stagecoach behavior posted by Wells Fargo in the 1880s. Courtesy of Deadwood Magazine.

So disappointed in the flowers.

Documents show the U.S. government planned to build a subscriber base through “non-controversial content”: news messages on soccer, music and hurricane updates. Later when the network reached a critical mass of subscribers, perhaps hundreds of thousands, operators would introduce political content aimed at inspiring Cubans to organize “smart mobs” — mass gatherings called at a moment’s notice that might trigger a Cuban Spring, or, as one USAID document put it, “renegotiate the balance of power between the state and society.”

At its peak, the project drew in more than 40,000 Cubans to share news and exchange opinions. But its subscribers were never aware it was created by the U.S. government, or that American contractors were gathering their private data in the hope that it might be used for political purposes.

Tha Associated Press, “US Secretly created ‘Cuban Twitter’ to Stir Unrest

At some point, you would think the US government would get tired of embarrassing itself trying to bring down the Cuban government.