Everyone’s Losing Their Shit About a Nail Polish That Detects Date Rape Drugs

I can imagine the product’s inventors rolling their eyes in anticipation: “Just wait til the rapists get wind of this guys, it’s going to get pretty rough on Twitter.”

So many people want to renounce their US citizenships that the government is increasing the price by 422%:

Want to get rid of U.S. citizenship? Fee just quadrupled – to $2,350

Also from 2008, Bush administration passport to stupidityEven blank passports are expensive, and we are charged for them — $100, up from $60 ten years ago.

The Government Printing Office’s decision to export the work has proved lucrative, allowing the agency to book more than $100 million in recent profits by charging the State Department more money for blank passports than it actually costs to make them, according to interviews with federal officials and documents obtained by The Times.

Things You Learn Designing Porn Banners for a Living

Actually, American Apparel isn’t that far from porn.

A Brief for the Defense, by Jack Gilbert

Sorrow everywhere. Slaughter everywhere. If babies
are not starving someplace, they are starving
somewhere else. With flies in their nostrils.
But we enjoy our lives because that’s what God wants.
Otherwise the mornings before summer dawn would not
be made so fine. The Bengal tiger would not
be fashioned so miraculously well. The poor women
at the fountain are laughing together between
the suffering they have known and the awfulness
in their future, smiling and laughing while somebody
in the village is very sick. There is laughter
every day in the terrible streets of Calcutta,
and the women laugh in the cages of Bombay.
If we deny our happiness, resist our satisfaction,
we lessen the importance of their deprivation.
We must risk delight. We can do without pleasure,
but not delight. Not enjoyment. We must have
the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless
furnace of this world. To make injustice the only
measure of our attention is to praise the Devil.
If the locomotive of the Lord runs us down,
we should give thanks that the end had magnitude.
We must admit there will be music despite everything.
We stand at the prow again of a small ship
anchored late at night in the tiny port
looking over to the sleeping island: the waterfront
is three shuttered cafés and one naked light burning.
To hear the faint sound of oars in the silence as a rowboat
comes slowly out and then goes back is truly worth
all the years of sorrow that are to come.

From REFUSING HEAVEN (Knopf, 2005)


Was Social Media invented by DARPA types as an information sieve?

ARPANET is the oldest and most influential merger of computer networks which contributed to the birth of the Internet.

Say Hello to Palestine’s First Skate Park

In July the Israel Defense Forces blew a hole in Aram Sabbah’s leg. Since then, he’s been skating on crutches, which has actually proved to be a pretty good way of learning new tricks. Propping his body up, air-pedaling over the board while it flips, he can hang in the air as long as he wants. The downside, of course, is the “big-ass wound” in the 16-year-old Palestinian’s knee—an unwelcome souvenir of the West Bank’s “Day of Rage.”

Maybe We Shouldn’t Be So Quick to Idolize a Gay-Bashing Skateboarder

Jay Adams, a guy who had really good balance on his skateboard and, as a member of the Z-Boys, helped to define skating as we know it, died from a heart attack on Thursday while vacationing in Mexico.

Less discussed was the gay-bashing Adams initiated in Los Angeles that left a man dead.

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