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"We can’t live in the nineties, so we simulate them, with Polaroid cameras, vinyl records, or a notion to move to Detroit."
Chloë Sevigny inaugurated the modern It Girl paradigm yet also broke its main rule by outlasting the scene that she originally personified. Credit Photograph by Chris Weeks / Getty for Coach
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All I know is that I now can't wait to hate-read Lena Dunham's new New Yorker piece.
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This month on the Oatmeal wall calendar. $10 budget for a website? Heehee. That's how you KNOW this is a cartoon.
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In Brooklyn? You should see this!
Brooklyn-based artist Patrick Jacobs’s aptly titled show Come Closer to Me, at Williamsburg gallery Pierogi, beckons visitors to do just that — to step closer in order to discern extraordinarily de...
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Striking a blow against douchery:
Oh, art museums. You're so fickle — like a guy who sends a charming message on Tinder and then disappears after the first tryst.
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A steal at less than $300k...
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IT'S TIME TO DO THE RIGHT THING.

We all get diverted from reality every now and then -- some more than others. But it's not our fault that our lives have become a merry-go-round of work-eat-sleep-play a little, work-eat-sleep-shop, work-eat-sleep-worry a little, etc... We're so consumed with surviving and trying to find a few moments to feel like a human being, that we lose touch with what's going on around us.

In our moments of clarity, we know that the one percenters are screwing us over.  We know the politicians are doing the bidding of their corporate puppet-masters. We know that the fossil fuel industry is threatening our future existence on this planet; and we know that there are too many wars, there is too much hatred, and not enough compassion. And without a doubt, the "cost of living" is way too high for the wages most people earn. We know about all of those things and many more injustices here and around the world. But we're busy, we're tired, and sometimes we just want to escape from all of the madness and just have a few drinks with some friends, get lost in our apps, or just pretend the outside world doesn't exist.

There's nothing wrong with that. It's not our fault that we have to work most of our waking hours to pay our bills. It's not our fault that we don't have universal (free) health care. It's not our fault that politicians break their promises with smiles and well-crafted emotional speeches that fool us into believing that they will change things. It's also not our fault that the fossil fuel industry is polluting the air, water and land. And it's not our fault that the Wall Street-ers spend billions to change the laws in their favor. None of these things are our fault.

But that was yesterday...

If we're going to salvage all that is good about this civilization we have, we need to find the time to start making a difference today.

It can start with a tweet or a re-tweet, a conversation with a friend or a stranger where you let them know the truth behind the lies. It means giving some time, a signature, or even just a dollar to a worthy cause. If a million people gave a dollar to support something, or signed a petition, that's a million dollars or a million signatures that can't be ignored.

I've decided to start divesting myself from everything that is negative in this world. I'm starting today; and I hope you join me, and the millions of others who are already bravely standing up for what's right, what is good, and what is necessary.

As Victor Laslo said in Casablanca, "Welcome back to the fight. This time I know our side will win. "

#divest   #standup   #dotherightthing  
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The Daily Sacrifice, Passover and Easter...

NOTE: THIS IS NOT A RELIGIOUS ESSAY (but it's o.k. if you take it that way)

For early Jews, "The Daily Sacrifice" or tamid (Hebrew) was a burnt offering in the evening and the morning to atone for, and be forgiven of, sins. It first appears in The Book of Daniel 8:11.

Christians believe that Jesus Christ was the "Lamb of God," and His death was the "sacrifice" to end all sacrifices. "He died once for all time for all sin." (Heb. 9:19-28). He forever carried away the sins of believers. Therefore, even your sins (in our time) are forgiven.

This is a great thought, and ultimately why so many people embrace religion. Rather than carry the burden of "sin(s)," or the mistakes and miscalculations they've made; they can become a true believer and be forgiven -- start with a clean slate. Something that even years of therapy by the foremost psychiatrists usually fails to do.

But whether you are religious or not, the idea of burdening and punishing yourself for past deeds is senseless. Now of course I am not referring to criminal activity -- if you do bad, bad things, you deserve to live in torment.

If you want to free your mind and move forward and live a happy and fruitful life, forgive yourself today. If you're religious, know that you already are forgiven. 

There is far too much guilt in society for just being human. Life is a learning experience, and we all make mistakes. Sure, people try to throw rules and regulations at you; and schools regiment us into becoming "productive citizens;" but that's all horse puckey. 

Follow the neural network of your heart and gut (yes, they really exist). You'll find that the secret to having the best quality of life is to be as human as you can be.

Governments and corporations want you to continue with "The Daily Sacrifice;" but that's only to control you, manipulate you, and to make you believe they are important and need to remain in their positions of power. When in reality, those who criticize you and tell you what you can and cannot do, are nothing but opportunists trying to live their life on the sacrifices of others.

Now that we're all forgiven, let's have a good life and ignore those bastards that continually mess with our heads, and take our hard-earned money, and make rules that don't apply to themselves.

Peace, love and freedom from the plutocracy!
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Photographer Levi Bettwieser has an unusual passion: he hunts down and develops old film rolls left inside vintage cameras or forgotten by their owners in the backs of musty drawers.
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I tuned into Weekend Edition and...lo,
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Sweden's government commissioned a typeface to represent the country on websites and elsewhere. The result, the designers of Swedish Sans say, reflects the clean and easygoing Scandinavian aesthetic.
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A pair of bronze statues of nude revelers riding panthers are the only surviving works in metal by Michelangelo, a new study claims.
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Only one library from the classical world is known to have survived along with its texts: the Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum. Ever since its discovery in 1754, archaeologists have attempted to ...
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