"This is a MAN’S world."

"Thanks for reminding us of that. Every once in a while, we forget."

Wow. This may be the single greatest piece of interview footage ever to have aired on CNN. Eat your fucking heart out, Kanye.

The conversation continues

errantventures said:

Deflection is cute, I almost forgot the bit where you called 5 million Israelis advocates of genocide because a revolting woman wrote something sick. 1500 civilian casualties is nauseating to think about, but it’s not a genocide. There’s almost 2 million people in the Gaza strip, and the IDF are shelling the launch sites of mortars. Shells miss. The IDF doesn’t try anywhere near enough to make sure that shit doesn’t happen. But we’re not talking deaths squads mowing down civilians in the street.

I apologize if my comments came off as glib. Your post angered me. It made me angry because I lost three cousins in 2006 when a member of Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades walked into a cafe in Jerusalem with a backpack stuffed with construction explosive and nails. It made me angry because my grandmother spent 6 hours in a bomb shelter in Tel Aviv yesterday while the air raid sirens wailed.

It made me angry that the first sentence of Hamas’s charter declares their intent to exterminate Jews across the globe, and an LA socialite has the gall to sit behind her laptop and call Israelis everywhere genocidal. Hardly any of us desire the murder of civilians, we want to be able to take the bus in the morning without wondering if the man next to us is about to trigger a small ball of plastic explosives in a fit of religious ecstasy.

Have you ever actually read the Hamas charter? It’s a pathetic document distilled from the purest forms of willful ignorance and human weakness.

The first sentence doesn’t declare their intent to exterminate Jews across the globe. The first sentence is just a verse from the Qur’an, a bit of scriptural puffery basically saying that the nation of Islam has a right to exist and a right to defend itself. (Sound familiar?)

The second part of the preamble is what you’re referring to. It’s a quote by the asshole who started the Muslim Brotherhood that translates as, “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.”

It’s a nasty sentiment to be sure, but it’s completely irrelevant in the contemporary political landscape, and Hamas certainly doesn’t call for “exterminating Jews across the globe.” That idea belonged the Germans a while back, but Israel gets along fine with Germany these days, and quite frankly, that means there’s hope for us all.

You can call me an LA socialite, but I’m not some dilettante. I have a deeper understanding of Middle Eastern politics than most folks you’ll meet this side of the fertile crescent. I could blather on for hours about how the Palestinians are pawns and Israel is a castled rook in what is essentially an international round of energy policy chess, but I really don’t give a shit about geo-political game theory when children are being slaughtered.

If you set aside all the external bullshit, the Palestinian/Israeli problem as it exists today is really about two things: god and anger. Get rid of the god and get rid of the anger and everything else becomes a simple zoning issue. (You may think I’m being glib, but I’m not.)

The only reason it remains impossible is because both sides feel justified in their god and their anger. You certainly feel justified in yours. You snipe at me from across the internet because of your cousins and your grandmother and because you feel righteous. I understand that. Really, I do.

Now, imagine your anger multiplied by a thousand, and then give that anger an actual sniper rifle with permission from god and country to kill. You wanna know what happens? This. You may not want to believe it, but death squads really are mowing down civilians in the streets. Deny it all you want, but what’s happening in Gaza really is a genocide, and it all comes back to god and anger.

The anger you feel at me is the same anger those IDF soldiers feel as they shoot innocent civilians in the streets. It’s the same anger that every Palestinian teenager feels who’s ever thrown a rock on the West Bank. It’s the same anger that every Israeli settler feels who’s ever committed an act of violence. It’s the same anger that every member of Hamas feels who’s ever fired a rocket or strapped on a vest of explosives. It’s the same anger for everyone, and the most ridiculous irony is that it’s also the same stupid, jealous bronze-age god.

The Israelis and the Palestinians both say they want to live in peace, and almost all of them do, but the realities of the world make that impossible. Old and ignorant men and their intractable, hard-line politics make peace impossible. Tribalism makes peace impossible. Religion makes peace impossible. Anger makes peace impossible, and all sides are equally to blame.

Meanwhile, children are being slaughtered in the streets. Innocent children, and all you care to say is, “Shells miss.”

Shells miss, indeed. Shells miss, and innocents are murdered, and it doesn’t matter what side you’re on. You don’t ever get to defend that.

High For This - The Weeknd

For when it’s raining at night in Los Angeles, and you can’t decide if you wanna invite someone over.

errantventures said:

Characterizing an entire people by the narcissistic gossip of one bitch with a newspaper column. That's a sound assessment amirite?

coketalk said:

Rachel Weinstein’s sickeningly insensitive blog post may not represent the mindset of all Israelis, but it certainly illuminates the grotesque one-sidedness of people’s suffering in the Palestinian/Israeli conflict.

Oh, and how’s this for a sound assessment: For whatever reason, you support the IDF’s invasion of Gaza, but rather than acknowledge your tacit complicity in an ongoing genocide, it’s easier for you to just come at me like a smirking douchebag, amirite?

"It is comforting to know that I am not fighting this Battle of the Bulge alone. In a recent and very unscientific Facebook survey a friend polled her community by asking, “Eating more or eating less because of the ‘situation’?” The answers varied, but most came to the conclusion that war is bad for your waistline."

Rachel Weinstein in her Times of Israel blog post titled, "Does This War Make Me Look Fat?"

This is Israel, folks.

They’re killing innocent civilians by the thousands (many of whom are children), and yet these people are so comfortable — comfortable in their living conditions, comfortable in their nationalistic superiority, and comfortable in the righteousness of their religious ideology — that what they’re worried about is how “the situation” is causing them to put on a little extra weight from all the binge eating.

The Palestinian people are being starved out and slaughtered in what amounts to a genocide in Gaza, but this bitch’s problem is that she just can’t put down her bag of M&Ms. What a callous, thoughtless monster.

Marie Antoinette may never have actually uttered the phrase, “Let them eat cake,” but this blog post is very real, and if you’ve ever wanted a living, breathing example of the banality of evil, here it is.

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All I Want (Manila Killa Remix) - Dawn Golden

This is one of those weekends where it’s all about the plans I don’t make.

I added two more playlists to the collection this morning, Coquette Mix August 2014 and Baptized In Dirty Water. Enjoy!

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My Favorite Mutiny - The Coup

You guys got me going deep this evening, reaching way back into the collection to find good stuff I haven’t heard in a while.

Nobody Likes a Shakedown*

Dear Swiftype,

My readers just informed me that the search function on my sites no longer works. Sure enough, it turns out that with no warning or notification of any kind, you’ve suspended my account and you are suddenly demanding $20 a month for a service you indicated would be free.

That’s a fucking shakedown, and it’s no way to do business.

If you had come to me ahead of time and asked politely, I might have been willing to pay you as much as $5 a month for your service. That would have been reasonable. Instead, you’re acting like greedy assholes, demanding a monthly payment more than double what SquareSpace charges to host an entire fucking website.

It’s a shame really, because when you aren’t strong-arming your customers, your search function is actually pretty good. It’s too bad you’ve gone and fucked it all up with an outrageous pricing structure.

I hate seeing a decent product crash and burn because the nearsighted hacks who showed up to adjust your business model after that last round of venture capital funding dramatically overestimated your entry price-point.

Oh well. Fuck you very much, and enjoy your slow decline into insolvency.

Yours in service,

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* In a rather stunning display of customer service, one of the founders of Swiftype just reached out to me (on a Saturday) with a sincere apology for what turned out to be some kind of innocent glitch. The search function has been restored, as has my faith in the promise of quality customer support. Swiftype is fucking awesome, and I take back all that stuff I said.

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