sweetmarigold said: NEXT and FIRST

First 2 sentences:
Lieutenant Ricci would never admit it, but the first time his captain had offered him his couch after coming into port late at night, his first thought had been, wait, sir, do you mean you don’t live in a coffin in a storage locker?
The offer had seemed genuine, though, and it was better than spending the night in the deserted, cavernous train station to catch the 5AM train going home, so he’d swallowed his initial astonishment and accepted.

Next sentence:
The whistling stopped, the key scraped in the lock, the visitor flung up his arm instinctively— but too late.

no excuses writing meme, askbox version


(Nicked from iambickilometer):

drop one of these bad boys in my askbox and i will post, without editing

  • FIRST — the first two sentences of my current project
  • LAST — the most recently written two sentences of my current project
  • NEXT — the next line. meaning i will…



if you want to ask a bisexual or asexual person about their sexual history to verify that they’re queer, but you don’t want them to take it the wrong way, try this useful communication technique:

give them twenty dollars and go away.

As a bi person, I can attest to the beneficiality of this method.

Twenty bucks? Are you kidding? I want $100 minimum for not smacking my interrogator upside the head.



Great Big Sea | The River Driver

(Source: inspiredbyadam)


There can never be enough Sam wingfic.


There can never be enough Sam wingfic.


Vincenzo Vela c. 1861-1862
Italy Grateful to France (detail)


Vincenzo Vela c. 1861-1862

Italy Grateful to France (detail)

My air conditioner is broken and I officially no longer give a damn. If the neighbors have binoculars, congratulations, you just caught a glimpse of pasty acne-scarred boobs. I’ve moved the big living room fan into my room and I utterly refuse to wear clothes right now.
I’m just angry right now in general but particularly at men, for denying me the right to walk around topless.


Rich silk brocade for curtains designed by Jimbei Kawashima. Plate from ‘The Studio’ (October 1910). Published Leicester Square, London.


Rich silk brocade for curtains designed by Jimbei Kawashima. Plate from ‘The Studio’ (October 1910). Published Leicester Square, London.




Ghostly installation for St George’s church by artist Jakub Hadrava in the Czech village of Lukova

This is incredibly cool. I would love to visit (during the day or the early evening).

This is so mean. Imagine someone goes into the church to pray and is confronted with THIS.


" The Book of Navy Songs "  …  Naval Institute Press, 1987, Paperback Reprint

[Sailor Gil Collection]

I thought it was unlucky to set sail on Fridays???

(Source: sailorgil.com)

UN Condemns U.S. Police Brutality, Calls For 'Stand Your Ground' Review



* Panel issues recommendations after review of U.S. record

* Says killing of Michael Brown “not an isolated event”

* Decries racial bias of police, pervasive discrimination

* ACLU calls for addressing racial inequality in America

GENEVA, Aug 29 (Reuters) - The U.N. racism watchdog urged the United States on Friday to halt the excessive use of force by police after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman touched off riots in Ferguson, Missouri.

Minorities, particularly African Americans, are victims of disparities, the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) said after examining the U.S. record.

"Racial and ethnic discrimination remains a serious and persistent problem in all areas of life from de facto school segregation, access to health care and housing," Noureddine Amir, CERD committee vice chairman, told a news briefing.

Teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by a white police officer on Aug. 9, triggering violent protests that rocked Ferguson - a St. Louis suburb - and shone a global spotlight on the state of race relations in America.

"The excessive use of force by law enforcement officials against racial and ethnic minorities is an ongoing issue of concern and particularly in light of the shooting of Michael Brown," said Amir, an expert from Algeria.

"This is not an isolated event and illustrates a bigger problem in the United States, such as racial bias among law enforcement officials, the lack of proper implementation of rules and regulations governing the use of force, and the inadequacy of training of law enforcement officials."

The panel of 18 independent experts grilled a senior U.S. delegation on Aug. 13 about what they said was persistent racial discrimination against African-Americans and other minorities, including within the criminal justice system.

U.S. Ambassador Keith Harper told the panel that his nation had made “great strides toward eliminating racial discrimination” but conceded that “we have much left to do”.

Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot Brown, has been put on paid leave and is in hiding. A St. Louis County grand jury has begun hearing evidence and the U.S. Justice Department has opened its own investigation.

Police have said Brown struggled with Wilson when shot. But some witnesses say Brown held up his hands and was surrendering when he was shot multiple times in the head and chest.


In its conclusions issued on Friday, the U.N. panel said “Stand Your Ground” Laws, a controversial self-defense statute in 22 U.S. states, should be reviewed to “remove far-reaching immunity and ensure strict adherence to principles of necessity and proportionality when deadly force is used for self-defense”.

Ron Davis, father of Jordan Davis, a 17-year-old shot dead in a car in Jacksonville, Florida during an argument over loud rap music in November 2012, attended the Geneva session. Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen killed in Miami, Florida by a neighborhood watch volunteer, testified.

The U.N. panel monitors compliance with a treaty ratified by 177 countries including the United States.

"The Committee remains concerned at the practice of racial profiling of racial or ethnic minorities by law enforcement officials, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Transportation Security Administration, border enforcement officials and local police," it said, urging investigations.

The experts called for addressing obstacles faced by minorities and indigenous peoples to exercise their right to vote effectively. This was due to restrictive voter identification laws, district gerrymandering and state-level laws that disenfranchise people convicted of felonies, it said.

Jamil Dakwar of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said the U.N. recommendations highlighted “shortcomings on racial equality that we are seeing play out today on our streets, at our borders and in the voting booth.

"When it comes to human rights, the United States must practice at home what it preaches abroad," he said.



I’m going to see my sister today but I don’t know where and I don’t know when… Hey, I can sing that to the tune of “Keep the Car Running”!