Sunday, August 20, 2017

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A Terrifying Secret From The Life Of A Meth Addict

(photo via Mark King)

Award-winning health and HIV/AIDS journalist, Mark King shares a decade old secret from his days of meth addiction.

He is sitting across from me and we are naked. Seconds earlier, we had both injected ourselves with meth. The pounding rush of the drug is in full force and the possibilities feel endless. I’m looking forward to the sexual promises we had made to one another when we chatted online. Desperately. Now.

But even in my delirium, I have the feeling that something is off. I am blinking through watery eyes and have begun to focus on him. He is staring at me, his gaze fixed with an intense and completely unexpected contempt.

And there is a gun in his hand. A gun a gun a gun a gun.

“You’re not who you say you are,” he says, softly and suspiciously. He trembles from the impact of the meth. As he speaks, the gun the gun the gun is moving this way and that, pointed mostly in my direction.

I have no response. I don’t know what he is capable of, or if the gun is loaded, if he will pull the trigger, if this is a sadistic sex game. I met the man maybe an hour ago. I wonder if you can die of fright.

Read the full personal essay over at Queerty.

Mark is a recovering addict and is the author of the blog My Fabulous Disease. I highly recommend checking out more of his inspiring and powerful writing.

Donald Trump Covers Der Spiegel

Der Spiegel ("The Mirror"), Germany's weekly newsmagazine, and one of Europe's most widely read, puts their version of Donald Trump on the cover with the caption, "The true face of Donald Trump."

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Boston Hate Rally Met With Tens Of Thousands Of Counter-Protesters

From CNN:

Thousands of counterdemonstrators marched Saturday in downtown Boston in response to a self-described free speech rally that had sparked concerns of possible violence.

The largely peaceful march and rally came one week after racially motivated protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned deadly.

Amid a heavy police presence, men, women and children from diverse backgrounds showed up Saturday morning to march from the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Roxbury to Boston Common, the nation's oldest park.

Some carried signs with messages such as "No Trump. No KKK. No racist USA" and "Americans against hate." At times, they chanted "Hey hey, ho ho, white supremacy has got to go" and "Black lives matter."

Police maintained a buffer zone between marchers and rally participants -- averting major incidents except for occasional clashes and shouting matches between the counterprotesters and supporters of President Donald Trump.

Out Music: Superfruit "Heartthrob"

Superfruit keeps the hits coming with their latest new retro music video for their 90s-themed party track “Heartthrob.”

Amid a candy-colored sleepover, Mitch Grassi and Scott Hoying crush hard on ’90s Tiger Beat poster boys like Freddie Prinze Jr. and Jonathan Taylor Thomas.

Nineties heartthrob
Frosted tips and a middle part
TigerBeat said he's off the charts
Nineties heartthrob

Complete with sparkly phones, John Stamos posters, cucumber face masks and matching pajamas, Grassi and Hoying capture the spirit of those pre-Internet years.

"Heartthrob" is the latest in a series of Superfruit videos from their debut EP, Future Friends - Part One.

Over the past several weeks I've shared other tracks from the EP: "Imaginary Parties," "Worth It (Perfect)," "Vacation" and "Bad 4 Us."

Watch below.

A Man Plants A Tree Every Day For 37 Years

Um, wow.

Jadav Payeng has planted a tree in the same place everyday for 37 years.

Take a look at what he's accomplished. This is awesome.

Organizer Of Charlottesville Hate Rally: Heather Heyer's Death Was "Payback"

The organizer of the Charlottesville neo-nazi rally, Jason Kessler, tweeted last night that the counter-protester killed during the ensuing violence was a "fat, disgusting Communist."

Kessler also seemed to indicate that the woman, Heather Heyer, somehow deserved to die saying her death "looks like payback time."

This morning, Kessler claimed he was hacked:

And sometime later, Kessler changed his story blaming his hateful words on "stress" and a result of taking sleeping medications along with alcohol and anti-anxiety drugs.

Shortly after that, Kessler deleted his entire Twitter account.

Even his fellow white supremacists disavowed his hateful rhetoric:

Some far-right loons have begun claiming Kessler is actually a left-leaning "plant" trying to discredit the alt-right:

Weekend Wisdom

"You can’t control what others think. The only thing you can control is yourself. Some people will look down on you for your choices in life, no matter what they are. You can’t do anything about that. The only thing you can do is decide how to live your own life. And to hell with everybody else..." - via Instagram

I needed to read these words yesterday. A project I'm working on is creeping up on crunch time and a few folks have attempted to change my approach to how I face challenges, bringing a darker energy to bear which is not my natural bent.

For a few minutes, I doubted myself. And then, in the flip of a switch in my head, I changed that thought, changed my mind, and it was gone.

I was/am back to my chosen perspective of putting one foot in front of the other, in a positive frame of mind, and knowing all goals will be accomplished.

Not to be too pithy, but never forget - what others think of you doesn't matter. How you choose to handle yourself is always up to you.

And wine. Wine is important, too :)
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