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“I say this with respect, more often than not, the government does a very — a much better job of sending people to war than they do bringing them home” — Starbucks Chair Howard Schultz, on why he is giving $30 million to help troops acclimate once back home.
Are any of you actually surprised there are still senseless mass shootings happening, are any of you actually still shocked and heartbroken? What have you done with that? Have you emailed your elected officials and told them that if they do not support firearm reform, you will vote for someone that does? Have you actually supported the troops by donating to their rehabilitation services? Fuck those yellow ribbons, they don’t do shit and neither are you if you are not using your voice to make change.
After every major earthquake, people post the need for having a survival kit on Facebook. While I agree with the need in a general sense, I also do not agree with the practicality of it in a lot of scenarios. Basically, you have to be at home when the earthquake hits and your home has to be intact after the earthquake to make your survival kit useful. I mean, sure, I guess, go ahead and stockpile a bunch of water. Just don’t be surprised if you are not at home when the earthquake happens or your house collapses on all the water you saved up.
Pinterest is still a thing? Really? Who has that much time?
Oscar Wilde was arrested for indecent acts on this date in 1895. He had been having an affair with the son of John Douglas, the Marquess of Queensberry. The Marquess had a warrant sworn out for Wilde’s arrest. Wilde’s friends implored him to escape to France, but Wilde said, “The train has gone. It’s too late.” He was arrested at the Cadogan Hotel, and, after a lengthy trial, was sentenced to two years’ hard labor. During his imprisonment, he wrote a long letter to his former lover, Alfred Douglas, which was later published as De Profundis (1895). In it, he wrote: “When one has weighed the sun in the balance, and measured the steps of the moon, and mapped out the seven heavens, there still remains oneself. Who can calculate the orbit of his own soul?”
Upon his release — bankrupt and in ill health — he moved to Paris, where he died in poverty three years later.
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This week on Wasp & Pear on Tumblr, I posted photos of vintage movie posters, obsessed over the TV show Columbo and the Polaroid Land Camera SX-70, remembered Kurt Cobain, retro photographs of Seattle, New York, and Hollywood. I also celebrated the wedding anniversary of the Fitzgeralds. I brilliant photos of the backlash from corporations trying to commercialize Capitol Hill. I posted a profile of the house that Antti Lovag built for Pierre Cardan in Cannes, France. I posted a few pieces of art by Jean-Michel Basquait.
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This week on my little corner of Twitter @TheRealSPA, I unfollowed some of the people/places/things that were not following me back. Mostly, it was celebrities and other entities that use Twitter to market themselves. I like following news sources and interesting people. But if I start to feel like my feed is a list of opt-in marketing campaigns, I unfollow. I also routinely follow and unfollow elected officials.
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Today is the birthday of the Shoshone woman Sacajawea, born in Idaho (sometime around 1789). She was kidnapped at age 10 by the Hidatsa tribe, sold into slavery, and bought by a French-Canadian trapper who made her one of his two wives. When Lewis and Clark hired the trapper to guide them to the Pacific, Sacajawea — a teenager with her two-month-old baby on her back — was part of the package. She was the only woman to accompany the permanent party to the Pacific Ocean and back.
Officially she acted as interpreter, since she could speak half a dozen Indian languages. But she also knew which plants were edible, and she saved the explorers’ records when their boat overturned. In his notes, William Clark pointed out that tribes were inclined to believe that their party was friendly when they saw Sacajawea because a war party would never travel with a woman, especially one with a baby.
When the trip was over, Sacajawea received nothing. Her trapper husband got $500.33 and 320 acres of land. She died on December 22, 1812, of a “putrid fever,” according to Clark’s records. She was 23. Eight months later, Clark legally adopted her two children — the boy who had been a baby on the expedition, Jean Baptiste, and an infant daughter, Lisette.
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