Life of V

Sep 01

It’s funny to me how we celebrate Labor Day so happily, but the other 364 days of the year do everything we can to tear down and destroy the worker.

Aug 17

What were all those dreams we shared
those many years ago?
What were all those plans we made now
left beside the road?
Behind us in the road

Aug 15

When The Media Treats White Suspects And Killers Better Than Black Victicms.

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via The Huffington Post.

(via venom1977)

Aug 14

President Obama, champion of journalists (rolls eyes)

OBAMA: “Here in the United States of America police should not be bullying or arresting journalists” trying to do their jobs

This statement rings so hollow to me. Especially when the Obama Administration is responsible for this —> Why Is President Obama Keeping a Journalist in Prison in Yemen?

If you believe for one second the President and his administration believe a word of that statement then please pass whatever it is you’re smoking!

This administration has pushed out independent voices; voices exposing the American government’s illegal practices, turning journalists and whistleblowers into enemies of the state. The fact President Obama had the nerve to even utter that statement show he’s not the man people thought he was when we elected him in 2008.

Aug 13

“A regime that can suspend or abrogate the constitution and run the country on its whims and caprice should be ashamed of bringing on its lips the word “law”.” — Zulfikar Ali Bhutto

amerikkkan-stories:

atane:

Via - Jim Romenesko
This is the sleazy underbelly of the news business and far too many online outlets in general. Anything for eyeballs. It’s all about the clicks and traffic for these people. Everything is about monetization and ROI. It’s always about the bottomline with them. I know their type well. I’ll say this; I’ve never met anyone whose job revolves around SEO that wasn’t an unethical scumbag and I have worked with my fair share.

And this is part and parcel of the message I try to convey to people when confronting things like latism. Yet it largely falls on deaf ears and I am called a bully, divisive and a hater. 
But this stuff is real - all you need do is look behind the curtain. 
Everything really is about monetization.  

amerikkkan-stories:

atane:

Via - Jim Romenesko

This is the sleazy underbelly of the news business and far too many online outlets in general. Anything for eyeballs. It’s all about the clicks and traffic for these people. Everything is about monetization and ROI. It’s always about the bottomline with them. I know their type well. I’ll say this; I’ve never met anyone whose job revolves around SEO that wasn’t an unethical scumbag and I have worked with my fair share.

And this is part and parcel of the message I try to convey to people when confronting things like latism. Yet it largely falls on deaf ears and I am called a bully, divisive and a hater. 

But this stuff is real - all you need do is look behind the curtain. 

Everything really is about monetization.  

Let people know what they mean to you…

nothing sucks more than feeling all alone. No matter how many people are around.” - J.D. on Scrubs

Let people know what they mean to you while they are alive and here.  We’re always ready to let people know what they meant or how they impacted their lives after they die. Why is that?

Out of all the death I’ve experienced in my life, I’ve always been amazed at the outpouring of love those people have received after they are gone.  It wasn’t there when they were alive, when it would have meant the world to them. Why do we keep it all bottled up, only to let it out once they are gone? I remember back to my own father’s death. When person after person came up to my Mom, my Brother, and I, telling us how much he meant to them.  His own brothers and sister telling me they never knew how much of an impact he made on other people’s lives.  Why was all this love, support, and beautiful words saved for after he died, after he couldn’t appreciate it? 

Why are we so afraid or too busy to tell the people we love that hey, we love them?  The people who make even a sliver of difference in our daily lives, why can’t we say hey… that picture, that song, that pat on the back, that made a huge difference.  I don’t get it… 

Since my Dad’s death, I’ve tried to let people know what they mean to me, how they’ve touched my heart, or impressed me.  Be that a quick call or drop in, a post on twitter, letting someone know I’m thinking about them on Facebook, or shooting an email or message telling someone who touched my heart or soul thank you for that, or every time I see or hear something that amazes me, my day is better.  I know it’s probably not much, but in this world where praise and support have become less and less, I just hope it helps whoever I talk to that they know that someplace on this third rock from the sun that someone is thinking about them.

I’ve been criticized for this. I’ve been called a few names, and had my character questioned.  I guess I understand, most people see ulterior motives in any act of kindness or thought.  It just feels like the right thing to do.  Perhaps if we do it more often, we’d know a little sooner someone was hurting. We’d know when our friends are feeling all alone.  For me? I just want the people in my life to know exactly how much they mean to me while they’re alive.  So I don’t feel regret at their funeral on what I could have said.  But hey, that’s just me.

EV


Aug 09

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Aug 02

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Chances are you didn’t get a ticket to Lollapalooza this year. When three-day passes to the $22 million mega-fest went on sale in March, they sold out within an hour; one-day passes sold out in two. But that doesn’t just mean you won’t be going to Lolla. It means that, if you live near Chicago, you won’t be seeing Lorde this summer. You won’t be seeing Spoon, Broken Bells or Chance the Rapper, either. In fact, you won’t be seeing a lot of the more than 100 acts playing Lollapalooza this year.

For that, you can thank Lollapalooza’s radius clause: A part of every band’s contract that reportedly bars festival performers from playing within 300 miles of Chicago for six months before the festival and three months after it.

” — How One Insanely Popular Music Festival Is Keeping You From Seeing Your Favorite Bands - Mic (via tuneage)

Free the music…

(via tuneage)