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Transcript of Recorded Notes Walking around McCarren Park with Stefan Thinking of Andrew

[almost all start with ten or more seconds of silence as i re-gathered my thoughts]

if drugs were legal, my friend would be alive today. I don't know how many times that sentence has been said or written, but it could have been said or written hundreds of thousands of times in the last ... several years alone. I don't know the statistics. My friend Andrew would have known the statistics, and the extent to which overdoses are due to impurities, lack of regulation of course, inconsistency of access.

Andrew on Detroit

Advice on Urban Exploring in Detroit:

There's tons of shit to explore in Detroit, if you got some semblance of balls. Detroit knows how to lock up abandoned shit because that's all we do. And we know damn well how easy it is for anyplace to become a crack den squat, so we lock that shit up. You're gonna have to break into some places. Detroit style.

Check out the Ruins of Detroit web site, if it's still up. Also, check "abandoned by neglect" if you can find something there.

Andrew on the radical and practical plan for NYFive.com

> * What is your primary objective with this site?

Primary objective is to develop a "tribe" of followers who will become loyal readers and customers of money making business ventures including but not limited to NYC tourism and sales of various merchandise.

> * What are your secondary objectives?

If Drugs Were Legal, My Friend Would Be Alive Today

If drugs were legal, my friend Andrew would not have died Sunday night.

This was not my first reaction. My first reaction was unfocused rage (which itself seems to be a coping method when faced with overwhelming sadness).

Doctors don't have extreme measures taken to prolong their lives (according to one doctor)

http://thehealthcareblog.com/blog/2011/12/16/how-doctors-die/

I strongly believe hospitals kill people, and that they should never have admitted my father for lung problems - emphysema - they knew damn well they could not do anything for. The best home-based breathing machine or oxygen would have been far better (he was rallying as far as the lungs and died due to blood poisoning contracted at the hospital).

Figuring out the real story is part of life, just to get over the indignity of being lied to all the time

"I don’t really do research in order to write. Finding out about things, figuring out the real story—what you call research—is part of life now for some of us. Mostly just to get over the indignity of living in a pool of propaganda, of being lied to all the time, if nothing else."

-- Arundhati Roy, http://www.guernicamag.com/interviews/2356/roy_2_15_11/

(hat tip to Shreya Sanghani)

Slaughter of Pakistanis by Remote-Controlled Aircraft Pauses, US Empire Does Not Crumble

On an article shared on Facebook by Zack Baddorf...

"Lull in U.S. Drone Strikes Aids Pakistan Militants"
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/08/world/asia/lull-in-us-drone-strikes-ai...

Why doesn't New York City public schools treat religious groups renting rooms like any other?

Four pastors, including a member of City Council, were among seven men arrested Thursday morning in front of the city Law Department during a protest of the city’s ban on allowing churches to hold worship services in public school buildings, the police and organizers said.

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/05/clergymen-in-cuffs-as-prote...

Get Published and Testify in Congress by Being a Flack for Mass Murderers

How someone becomes an expert by saying things people with power want said.

This is incredibly sad.

http://exiledonline.com/failing-up-with-joshua-foust-meet-the-evil-geniu...

Don Cheadle wants a gangster president (in a good way)

Don has

Thoughts on Gifts

I don't do holiday gifts, that requires a level of planning and coordination i'm simply not able to initiate, let alone sustain, at the moment.

I am liable to occasionally giving certain people money or something expensive, or just paying for dinner more often than not.

After reading the first hundred pages of Debt: The First 5,000 Years by David Graeber, i was moved to examine my own behavior a bit. (There is tons and tons in the book to think and write about that is much more important than self-reflection, but this is easier to write.)

Feminist sources

This is important: Occupy Seattle "Sexual violence is not accepted" backed up by having stopped it

Occupy Seattle
2:39am

An unknown male attempted to drug a woman at the Occupy Seattle camp at SCCC. Occupiers from the camp stopped what was going on and ran the suspect out of the camp. The woman received medical care from our staff and authorities were notified at approximately 9PM.

Glenn Greenwald: How the Rich Subverted the Legal System

While the Founders accepted outcome inequality, they emphasized -- over and over -- that its legitimacy hinged on subjecting everyone to the law’s mandates on an equal basis.

Little Lies from a Lazy Media: Sanitary Conditions in Liberty Plaza

At the end of an article in which Mayor Bloomberg stated that protesters can stay in Zuccotti Park / Liberty Plaza, and then some he said / she said lazy reporting, Politico included this, only he said, extremely lazy reporting:

Obama jobs speech

Obama, why do you use "they" for the American people instead of "we".

Crossfit

If i have access to a gym, i can follow the Natick (if i finally set up home base with that gym) or the national crossfit:

* http://crossfitnewengland.com/category/wod/
* http://www.crossfit.com/

When i'm not a member of nor near a gym:
* http://crossfithumble.webs.com/apps/blog/entries/show/1853375-wods-witho...
* http://www.crossfitsouthcobb.com/content/crossfit-workouts-go-no-equipme...
* http://workout-of-the-day.com/ (maybe iPhone only?)

Or i should just hire Andy Wise.

Ben Stein should not ask rhetorical questions that have answers

Mr. Stein is a jerk and an idiot... with published evidence to show both!

http://blog.xkcd.com/2011/05/18/answering-ben-steins-question/

Good overview of the racist drug war

Paying for Media with Attention

Visions Unite helps us consciously turn our attention to media, news and journalism, that we want to support.

http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2011/06/who-pays-for-the-media.h...