Looking back, the most charitable interpretation I can put on the whole experience is that maybe when large bureaucracies start moving in one direction, they reach a point when they can no longer resist their own momentum. Someone at the school made a bad judgment about our son, the system clanked into motion and from then on there was no stopping it. It certainly felt like we were caught in a machine that had no guilt about telling lies, no inhibitions about destroying children and families. And as far as we could see, there was no reason for any of it other than carelessness and arrogance and, in the end, self-protection. It served no function except, perhaps, to save the district some money on movement therapy. When the judge asked what could possibly justify the open-ended suspension of a first-grader from school, the district declared that our son presented ‘a danger to others’ – including a danger to the adults at the school. By this stage, our son was six years and eight months old. —
How apraxia got my son suspended from school – Michael Graziano – Aeon
Look! Brand new nightmare fuel!
This is sorta how my day went?
(Source: pongo-spotterofmannipples, via afgurri)
(via Heart and Solar System Dress | Mod Retro Vintage Dresses | ModCloth.com)
I bought this dress during maternity leave but it’s been too cold since I’ve been back to work to wear it.
I wore it today with a bright blue sweater, leggins, and boots. And I realized…
…I’m basically cosplaying Burjit.
(Guess what I’m wearing to CHSH?)
(Which is awesome.)
That time I managed to upgrade the mail server, patched four dependencies, all without rebooting, before the paging alarm to tell me the server was down went off.
The victories are small, but they are awesome.
This was the gif I MEANT to post this morning. Tumblr app for iPhone, like so many other fails, does not speak gif.
Some @welovedc outdoor drinking on a Sunday
(Republican Senator) Mitch McConnell doesn’t get it.
In the United States of America, the commitment to care for the men and women who put on our nation’s uniform shouldn’t stop once they return home from the wars they were sent to fight.
This isn’t a new promise made to our troops — some of our first colonial laws dealt with the care of wounded veterans.
That’s why it was so jarring to watch Mitch McConnell lead his colleagues in the Senate during a filibuster of legislation to improve veterans health care and tuition benefits … all over his desire to push our country to the brink of yet another war, this time with Iran.
Mitch McConnell has been on a desperate crusade to appeal to dissatisfied Tea Partiers in Washington D.C., but Kentuckians back home would be appalled by his actions.
Kentucky has over 330,000 veterans who live in the state, tens of thousands of them who receive pension payments, tuition assistance, or health care.
McConnell’s vote is a slap in the face to all of them.
Thanks for standing with us,
Iraq War Veteran and Chairman
Same as it ever was.
In 2008, a Veterans group pointed out that Senator Obama had a better voting record than Senator McCain when it came to supporting Veterans.
I’d track down the reference, but no one cares.
(Aside: obviously by “no one” I don’t mean the hundred or so people who will read this.)
No one who votes for Republicans is going to stop just because we point out how vile their practices are for anyone who isn’t a big rich corporation.
They don’t care.
They don’t care about the people on welfare who continually get screwed by cutting support programs. They just want lower taxes.
They don’t care about the women who are pregnant and can’t afford to keep the baby. They just want to ban abortion.
They don’t care how many kids get shot at school. They just want to keep access to guns free and easy.
They don’t care about people dying or going broke trying to stay alive, they just hate Obamacare.
Information is not transformative.
That has been the most painful realization for me. I don’t know how to change the hearts and minds of people who don’t care about the facts or the truth.
The congressman who wants to post the 10 Commandments on government property goes on Colbert and can’t even name the 10 Commandments. And no one cares. He gets re-elected. He’s still in office years later. He calls Obama “uppity” which is barely veiled code for the N word and no one cares. He still gets re-elected. He’s still in office years later.
I don’t know how to change anything when no one cares.
I’m not trying to start a fight or … anything. I’m just saying… I don’t know how to change the world when no one cares, because information has always been the world to me, but I’ve realized that not true for the world at large. Or at least it doesn’t seem to be.
Information is not transformative.
And I don’t know what to do with that.
TJ is my pastor.
This morning’s walk with Charlie (2.5mi!)
Yeah, it just took your breath away because it was so different looking. The shapes are very different depending on what perspective you have walking around the aircraft. But nowhere did it look like anything flying to this day. —
Flying the world’s fastest plane: Behind the stick of the SR-71 - SBNation.com
Spencer Hall did an awesome interview with an SR-71 pilot. An amazing aircraft, to be sure.
The Great War (at District of Columbia World War I Memorial)