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Theodore Roosevelt.

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That’s it sir.
You’re leaving.
The crackle of pig skin.
The dust and the screaming,
The yuppies networking.
The panic, the vomit.
God loves his children.

-Radiohead: Paranoid Android

“So who here doesn’t know about it? Everybody knows what I’m talking about? You don’t know what I’m talking about? You don’t know about the Arab planes in America? Somebody tell him. I’ll tell ya. Well, I can’t remember it all now. Two jets … two? Three? Seven? I don’t know, I’ve lost count.”

“Four jets.” [-Ed O’Brien]

“Four jets. One crashed into the Pentagon, two crashed into the World Trade Center. One got shot out of the sky by the Americans. You’re saying it crashed as well? So that’s why, um, things are a little bit mute tonight. I’m sorry ‘bout that.”

– Thom Yorke with Radiohead, September 11, 2001

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At the age of 39, FDR contracted Polio.  Soon after he would become paralyzed from the waist down for the rest of his life.

In order to help overcome his disability, he wore steel leg braces to walk short distances.  However he was mostly confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.

This is one of only a few photos showing him and his leg braces.

With his pant legs rolled up, of the few in existence, this one most clearly shows his condition.

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The faces of smiling Jewish children living in a Nazi controlled ghetto:

The resilience of the human spirit.

Szydlowiec, Poland – December 20, 1940.

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A still frame captured from video of a suicide bomber in Sri Lanka blowing himself up.  The bomber was part of the Tamil Tigers, a terrorist organization which waged a war against the government for 26 years.

This picture, showing the split second after the bomb exploded, shows the innocent bystanders before they were injured.

14 people died and 35 more were wounded in this attack.

Matara, Sri Lanka – March 10, 2009.

Yes, this is an extremely disturbing photo. It is also a photo that shows the fragility of life and how we must take advantage of every single moment we have. You never know when someone may take it away from you.

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A young Palestinian protesting in front of the wall which separates Israelis and Palestinians within the West Bank.

Many see this barrier as an allegory to the Berlin wall.

May 15, 2011

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I get it from my father.

My friends love to tease me over the fact that I read really fucking depressing books. Not the “oh woe is me” chick novels but I like to read the really heavy historical shit like The Gulag Archipelago. I get it from my father. I can’t remember a day in my childhood where he wasn’t talking about history or showing me his history books. When I was 9, he gave me Where the Buck Stops, a collection of President Harry Truman’s letters, to read. I guess it’s no surprise I have a political science degree and a philosophy degree under my belt. Thanks Dad!

(yep, that would be me and my pops at my college graduation.)

Today wasn’t any different. For the past two years, I’ve been meaning to read Maus and I’ve just never got around to it. It’s a biography about the author’s father and how he survived the Holocaust. What distinguishes Maus from the other Holocaust biopics is the fact that Maus is a graphic novel in which the Jews are depicted as mice and the Nazis are depicted as cats. Initially, I was in the bookstore to purchase V for Vendetta but I figured that it could wait for now. I need to get around to reading Maus. So far it has exceeded my expectations. There’s nothing more that I love in life than a reading a page turner.

This evening my best friend Mary and I had a phone date. We haven’t seen each other since Memorial Day but with her, time means nothing. We’ve been best friends since the 9th grade and have been inseparable ever since. Distance, schmistance, you should have seen us go when she was in Haiti last summer and I was in Albany! Oh the wonders of Skype.

I was talking to her as she was driving back home to Rocha-cha-cha-ester in the snow. I figured that since I couldn’t take a picture with her, then I might as well take a picture of me talking on the phone with her ;D

30 for 30 (holy schnikes! only 4 more days left!)

  • White cardigan- PacSun
  • Scarf- Maxwell’s
  • Dress- Forever 21
  • Belt- Forever 21
  • Sweater Tights- American Eagle
  • Shoes that you can’t see because they were all wet from sloshing around in puddles today- White Mountain