The times I feel like biking the most are when I feel like running away from something.
That includes both the vacation kind of escape and the sad kind of escape.
That may explain why I haven’t ridden in the past two quarters.
I wish I could bike to NYC to see you Jeff………..
Or maybe bike down the 1 back home…….
Or even just follow the 80 to Berkeley to see Tong.
The world is a cold place….things are crazy all around.
But then seeing the prevalence of injustice in America today is such a terrible feeling…I guess it’s whenever things get close (or closer) to home.
What are we supposed to do? I feel like as American citizens when we see something that the government does that is unconstitutional we are supposed to do something…like didn’t the founding fathers of this country want it that way? But then what are we supposed to do??
Anonymous said: I feel so useless sitting here. What can I do to help Ferguson??
national moment of silence 2014 (for victims of police brutality)
share the following:
Prayers to all of the people in that town. This is bullshit anyone is treated like this. It is fucking 2014 get ur shit together.
"We all bleed red but whos blood is in the streets?"
sunvapor said: What the fucks happening in Ferguson?
Alright, i’m gonna sit down and basically explain the situation in this ask so everyone of my followers knows why i’m so pissed.
Michael Brown, a 17 - 18 year old african american boy was unlawfully shot (8-10 times supposedly) by police in St Louis, Missouri on saturday, august 9th, 2014. He was unarmed, and had done nothing to attract suspicion other than the fact that he was black. His body was left in the street for 4 hours. (EDIT: i’ve discovered that the Brown family wishes for any and all photos of Michael lying in the streets to be removed. please respect this and do so)
There are several claims from witnesses (see: Dorian Johnson’s account and video [HIGHLY RECOMMEND READING UP ON HIS ACCOUNT, ITS VERY SPECIFIC] — Brown’s friend who experienced the situation first hand, La’Toya Cash and Phillip Walker— Ferguson residents nearby the incident), that fall together in generally close claims. However, the only one who’s claim seems out of place is the police officer’s who shot Brown. Who, by the way, is put off on paid administrative leave AND who’s name remained under anonymity for his safety (However, attorney Benjamin Crump is looking for a way to force release his name). He claims that Brown began to wrestle the officer for his gun and tried attacking him after he told Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson (22) to “get the f*ck on the sidewalk”.
According to Johnson, after a minor confrontation on the officer’s part where he grabbed Brown by the neck and then by the shirt, the officer pulled his gun on Brown and shot him at point blank range on the right side of his body. Brown and Johnson were able to get away briefly and started running. However, Brown was shot in the back, supposedly disabling him from getting very far. He turned around with his arms in the air and said “I don’t have a gun, stop shooting!” By this point, Brown and the officer were face to face as the cop shot him several times in the face and chest until he was finally dead. Johnson ran to his apartment and by the sound of his account, seemingly had some sort of panic attack. Later he emerged from his home to see Brown still laying in the streets. People were gathered with their cellphones, screaming at the police.
According to msnbc, the police refuse to interview Johnson at all, despite his amazing courage to come forward. They didn’t wanna hear it. They only listened to the cop’s account of it all and were vague with the media on what they thought happened. They’ve also refused to commit to a timeline in releasing autopsy results and other investigation information.
Numerous rumors are sweeping around such as Brown stealing candy from a QuickTrip, the store he emerged from calling the cops on him, Brown reaching for a gun, Brown attacking the cop first, ect. But these have all been debunked. (I know a lot of these have been debunked, but im having a hard time finding sources. if anyone could help out and link some legit ones id be SO grateful)
The event in and of itself was terrible, but now it has escalated beyond belief. Around 100 or more people, mostly black, went to the police station to protest peacefully. Things quickly turned bad as martial law got involved and authorities were bringing in K9s, tanks, heavy artillery, ect. The heavy police presence only made things worse as riots began to break out and looting and vandalism started. [ x ] [ x ] [ x ]
Now, as of very recently, the media has been banned from Ferguson. There is also a No-Fly zone above Ferguson for the reason of “ TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES ” as said on the Federal Aviation Commission’s website. Cop cars are lined up on the borders to prevent people from entering/leaving. Media outlets are being threatened with arrest. It completely violates our amendments and everything.
It’s becoming increasingly scary and difficult to find out whats going on over there. I’m afraid this is all the information I have, though. If anybody else knows anything about the situation, please feel free to add on or correct any mistakes i’ve made as i’m no expert on writing these things.
And as a personal favor, i’d really appreciate anyone to give this a reblog in order to spread the word. I think it’s a shame that this is going on in our own country yet so few people know about it. Help me make this topic huge and get this as much attention as possible.
"I would give my soul if I could fix her brain." (Dohuk, Iraq)
This breaks my heart.
I’ve been meaning to write more. I’ve been writing a bit more in my journal, and still sometimes write on my other blog. I was gonna write this on my other blog, but maybe it’s time to revive stuff here. Don’t really know what the point of it is, but whatever. Will update the photoblog soon also.
But anyways, I realized this year I have a probem. If you look in my room it’s filled with bikes. I spend all my [parent’s] money on bike shit and often cut my budget on basic things like food to fuel my insatiable desire for bike stuff.
Earlier this year…like about 3 months ago, I saw a bike for sale: an Eddy Merckx Mx-Leader. I always regarded it as one of my dream bikes and it was at a price that was somewhat obtainable for me. So I freaked out. Felt antsy. Had to have it. Immediately listed any parts I had lying around to get the funds necessary to buy it. (sold my 7400 group and superstar cog among other things)
Soon after I saw that frame for sale I was supposed to go on a double date with Serena and Jean and Phil. The whole time I was kinda quiet…was feeling antsy and anxious still about the bike. We got to the restaurant and when it came time to order, I just stared at my menu. I honestly didn’t want to order because I didn’t want to spend any money so I could have money to get that frame. I told them that. Serena said she’d pay for me. And she did…haha I’m such a gentleman… :|
I have always been kinda against consumerism. Like, whenever people buy a shit ton of clothes or buy things [seemingly to] just to show off, I always scoff from my pedestal of self-righteousness. Like I remember InterVarsity had a 21 day challenge where you only are allowed to use 21 articles of clothing for 21 days, it was so easy for me. I remember people talking about how they had their eyes opened of how much they actually cared about material things and I thought to myself I didn’t have that problem. But I do. if it was a 21 day challenge where I had to only use 1 bike I’d probably have a lot more trouble than anyone else in IV. hahahaha
I’m writing about this now because 2 days ago I found a bike for my housemate Nathan to get. He asked me to help him look for a bike to get and I found this bike that was a ridiculously good deal, and was his size. 250 for a top of the line Specialized from 1995 ish (full 8sp Dura Ace!). He seemed really on board to get it but then backed out at the last minute.
It was a really good deal. I was starting to want it for myself today. I was thinking of all the possibilities if I had the parts from that bike. Thinking it’s suuuuuuuuuuuch a good deal, so I can’t let it go… I could hardly sit still in class today cause I was thinking about it so much.
It’s a real problem.
I thought about it a bit more and kinda got to the point where I realized that me buying more shit doesn’t really make me that much happier and doesn’t really fulfill a need. I might be excited for a little bit when I first get the bike….but after a day it’s just whatevers and I’m on to the next great deal I find on craigslist (it’s almost like drugs). And…..I have more bikes than necessary…and already have 2 road bikes (which is the type of bike I was so antsy to try to find a way to get).
I’m still working on it, but I guess I just gotta break the cycle and stop (especially when my money is all just given to me!). It’s not the end of the world if a great deal is let go…and in the end I guess it’s not worth embarrassing my date or just letting little stupid things ruin my day.
Yeah… this is random and probably a bit embarrassing but oh wells.