Realistically how well do you think the USMNT will do in Brazil?
I’m cautiously optimistic. I know games take place on the field and not on paper, but we’re still in a group with Germany and Portugal. Germany is one of the best teams in the world, and Portugal has Christiano Ronaldo who can carry a team on his back (doe). We got lucky with our first game of the group coming against Ghana, which is a game I feel like we can win. The USMNT normally plays up to their opponent, and the team spirit and integrity of all the guys on the field tends to make up for some of the shortcomings of the group *cough* Jermaine Jones and Brad Evans *cough*. The MNT need to get 3 points off Ghana if they want any chance of making out of the group stage.
I also have concerns about the backline, especially the two fullback positions. Beasley does an adequate job at left back, as does Brad Evans at right back, but that’s neither of their natural positions. As much as people love to hate him, I’d rather have Timmy Chandler starting at rightback than Brad Evans, or at least Eric Lichaj who plays every week at that position. With Beasley, he’s not bad, but I also feel more comfortable with Fabian Johnson at leftback. The only problem with that is it takes away some of FJ’s offensive capabilities, and he is the best attacking winger that the USMNT has.
So in short - I don’t know. It’ll be a fun World Cup, that’s for sure.
Barack Obama holds a photo-op in Nelson Mandela’s former prison cell as Obama’s administration carries out the largest suppression of political dissent since like the first Red Scare, encourages American capitalists to annex basically all of Africa and the global South via the WTO, and is systematically detaining undocumented people. This is the new “socially conscious” face of liberalism
But I guess ultimately what scares me about marriage is where do you find this person? You know a lot of times, most successful relationships, people meet through work, school, mutual friends.
But what’s most interesting to me is when people just meet in life, just randomly.
You know, I have a friend, he got married, I asked him like “Hey, uh, where’d you meet your wife?” He was like “I was leaving Bed, Bath & Beyond. I was looking for my car - I drive a gray Prius. I saw a different gray Prius, I thought it was mine, I walked up to it, I realized I had the wrong car, but I bumped into Carol, we started talking, that was that”. That’s unbelievable.
Think about all the random factors that had to come together to make this one moment possible - this one moment that changed these two people’s entire lives:
First off, this guy has to live in this particular town. Then he has to get a gray Prius. Then he has to need to go to Bed, Bath & Beyond. Then he has to go to that particular Bed, Bath & Beyond. Then there has to be another guy who also lives in town, also drives a gray Prius, also needs to go to Bed, Bath & Beyond, also goes to that particular Bed, Bath & Beyond at around the same time. Then they have to both park somewhat near each other, my friend has to leave before the other guy leaves, see the wrong Prius, think it’s his, walk up to it. Then the woman, Carol, needs to be near the wrong gray Prius for a million other random reasons. They bump into each other, they start talking, their entire lives are changed.
That’s the most amazing and terrifying thing about life.
It is, cause the amazing thing is that at any moment, any one of us can have that moment that totally changes our lives. You could be leaving the show tonight, bump into someone… it could change your life. You don’t know, that could happen.
The terrifying thing is… what if we’re all supposed to be at Bed Bath & Beyond right now?
“Parks And Recreation is criminally underrated and one of the best ensembles on TV. They figured out how to make comedy out of people who like things, as opposed to the usual sitcom where it’s just people being awful to each other. Turns out passion can heighten things in the same way that conflict does. And that delights me.”—Tim Carvell, head writer for The Daily Show (Rolling Stone Sept. 2013) (via katiepoole912)
“The NSA actually does a very good job about not engaging in domestic surveillance, not reading people’s emails, not listening to the contents of their phone calls. Outside of our borders, the NSA’s more aggressive. It’s not constrained by laws.”—
Is he really STILL trying to convince us of this BS? No one who has had any contact with the news in the last six months believes the NSA “does a very good job about not engaging in domestic surveillance.” No one. Everyone knows the NSA is all up in our business, all the time, everywhere, for no good reason. In fact, at this point, I think even if Edward Snowden hasn’t revealed that the NSA is doing a specific type of surveillance on us, we all pretty much assume that it’s happening anyway. (For his next revelation, my money is on “The NSA is watching you through your webcams, so definitely put a Post-It up there.”)
"It’s not constrained by laws." It’s not. Constrained. By laws. I mean, I appreciate the honesty, but damn. Isn’t Rule #1 of Being President something like “Don’t straight-up tell people you’re letting an insanely powerful and invasive government agency run rampant worldwide without any constraints of law”?
All joking aside, this is an incredibly revealing quote. And you know what? In 2001, it might have worked.
Maybe if most of us didn’t have the modern internet — constant access to a wide variety of news sources and commentary — we wouldn’t instantly dismiss the President’s blatant lie about domestic surveillance.