Life In An Electric Box

Sep 2


DECATUR, Ga. — Police are searching for suspects in a deadly Decatur kidnapping.

Authorities say a man and a woman were kidnapped early Saturday morning and found just a few hours later handcuffed and each shot in the head. Their families have pulled together a $15,000 reward for anyone who can tell them who did it.

The family says Jeronta Brown and his fiance, Briana Brooks, took their 8-month-old baby and 14-year-old niece out for a meal. When they got back to their Decatur home, several men jumped them.

The children were able to get away, but Brown and Brooks were put into the back of a van.

Brown’s aunt, Myesha Brown, said the men tried to get inside the house before leaving.

"The guys walked up, started ringing on the doorbell, beating on the door, yelling, ‘FBI, FBI,’" Brown said.

Instead of opening the door, Brown said they called 911. Police did show up, but Brown said they didn’t take the kidnapping seriously.

"We were unable to get the kidnappers what they wanted due to Dekalb County thinking that this was a joke, this was something Jeronta set up," she said.

Brown said a family member got a call shortly after the kidnappers took off, demanding $150,000.

By daybreak, a driver 17 miles away in northwest Atlanta spotted Brooks and Brown lying in the street.

Jerota Brown was dead. Brooks, seven months pregnant with the couple’s second child, was alive. Doctors were able to deliver the baby girl by C-section. Brown says the infant is doing fine, but Brooks’ condition remains uncertain.

DeKalb County police were unavailable to talk about the crime and their response to it because of the holiday weekend.


Sep 2

We need to treat ideals as guiding principles, not blueprints. The world has too many variables for blueprints to work on a global scale. 

Sep 2





cool and relevant ppt presentation but jsyk, the term “ethnic cleansing” is a gross euphemism for “genocide”.

THIS. Thank you. This isn’t a “conflict,” this isn’t a complex issue. I was discussing it with a friend earlier - if you want to put this into perspective, view it as the modern day creation of the United States. What could only complicate this, is that it’s condoned legally and promoted through state-sponsored programs. 

THANK YOU!!! Thank you so much for explaining it like this. I have googled until my fingers were blue and everything is so biased on the internet. Now….Why is America supporting Israel again?

This has crossed my dash again. I can no longer ignore it. My blood is boiling. 

To clarify, this is a series of ten images that purports to explain the entire history of Zionism - a subject that when treated by legitimate historians, takes up hundreds or even thousands of pages -  in a few paragraphs. Predictably, it is full of glaring omissions, such as the fact that most of the European Jews who moved into Israel in the late 1940s were Holocaust survivors who could not return to their home countries and who had been denied immigration to others (such as, er, the UK.) The Israeli war of independence was refugees vs. refugees. History doesn’t have a one-sympathetic party limit. Hate America and its culture? Well, there’s nothing more American than imagining that every extant and possible situation in the past, present, and future has only one sympathetic party.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not simple. Israel has been there for awhile now, and I’d like to see how one “simply” dismantles a state and moves six million Jews (to where?) without taking part in the much-maligned activity of ethnic cleansing. Does this mean that I support Benjamin Netanyahu and his gross cronies, or that I don’t think that Palestinians and Arab/Muslim Israelis deserve more rights, representation, and protection from racism and religious prejudice? Of course not; that’s absurd. I ponder this a lot. I find myself torn - which is something I can be, because the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is complicated.   

I’ve read great critiques of the military policy and cultural milieu of modern Israel. This is not a great critique of modern Israel. This is not education. This is crap. I always thought that macro images and fake powerpoints were things people shared in order to broadcast their support for a cause or signal boost something, but according to the responses to this massively popular post there are great numbers of Tumblr babies who think they’re being educated by this sort of fatuous knee-jerk dross. 

It doesn’t scare me that people find Israel to be in the wrong lately. It scares me that people are this suggestible, that they know so little about history, historical research methods, and current events that they don’t see the many, many problems inherent in something like this, and that they’ve been given a massive platform for the free exchange of ideas and have chosen to make it into a personalized propaganda machine (insert metadata, receive propaganda!) It doesn’t give me a lot of hope for my generation or humanity in general.

We’ll never solve something so “simple” as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict if these are the ideas we have to offer. 

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Sep 2


I wish politics were more like chemistry. The more I study chemistry, the more it makes sense - it’s the opposite of politics. 

Sep 2

Life is a balancing act. I’ve found that the more stuff I have to balance, the better I get at it, which is a bit counter-intuitive, but true.


This is a video of a parade in Paris on the Eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day. Approximately 17,000 people participated. In this video the protestors first sing anti-semitic comedian Dieudonne’s Holocaust mocking song “Shoah Nanas” which translates as Holocaust Pineapples, where he blames Jewish people for his government fines for hate speech and mocks the Holocaust as a means for Jews to profit. Afterwords they chant “Juif, la France n’est pas a toi” which means “Jew, France is not for you.” 

Reblog the hell out of this. I’ve seen it before, but it never gets many notes. People are dismissing anti-semitism in France and it is killing me. 

Why am I not seeing this pass my dash every day like I do so many other causes? Why doesn’t this seem to merit even a casual reblog? Can you honestly watch this and not feel something turn cold in your soul?

So this post cracked 1,000 notes today. Thanks for helping to get the word out!



Why is God always depicted as a super old guy with a beard? If you were God why would you not make yourself look like Beyonce or Lucy Liu?

God isn’t really depicted in Judaism at all, that’s a Western Christian thing.

G-d isn’t SUPPOSED to be depicted. It’s part of the 10 Commandments for crying out loud. If you are depicting G-d as anything visibly comprehensible, you’re doing it wrong. 

When you need to stop an asteroid, you get Superman. When you need to solve a mystery, you call Batman. But when you need to end a war, you get Wonder Woman.


Gail Simone, Wonder Woman: The Circle


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The "New" Nintendo 3DS


Kyle Russell:

While it’s nice to see a Nintendo release a faster version of its popular console with better controls, I can’t help be confused by how Nintendo chose to announce it. The New Nintendo 3DS is backwards compatible with older 3DS games, but it will also have its own exclusive titles. Is it supposed to be its own, new device, or not? If it is, I worry that Nintendo is shooting itself in the foot by not coming out with a bigger bang and a new name. This new device is an even smaller incremental jump than from the Wii to the Wii U, and anecdotally, most people I’ve asked over the last few years didn’t realize that those are two different systems.

Everything is just fine at Nintendo. Pay no attention to the weird repackaged half-product releases.

This makes no sense to me. Either make a next-gen handheld or don’t. I’m REALLY pissed about that Xenoblade Chronicles port. I mean, I have the Wii version, so I don’t NEED another version of Xenoblade, but will this new version see a lot of exclusive releases or not? I’m confused.

I know this is ignorant so I'm sorry, but can you explain to me the negativity behind calling people g*psies? I didn't know it was a slur until recently and thought it was a lifestyle/culture. Can you explain why it's offensive and how to not offend?



To understand I think you should read this actual account of antiziganism from a Romani-American, Maria Catherine Trefil. I can tell you for days why it’s offensive, but I feel it’s best to read the words from someone who actually faces this type of discrimination. 

[Warning: racial slurs below]

I see the sign at the entrance of the thrift store — “GYPSIE’S SPECIAL: 75% OFF EVERYTHING” — and, automatically, my blood is boiling, but I am silent. It’s not the first time that I’ve seen signs like it. From flat-out racism to the encouragement of well-meant, but nonetheless offensive, stereotypes I’ve already heard everything in reference to my people and, previously, there have been few instances, outside of college classrooms, where I felt safe enough to speak out against such things.

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Read this. It’s important.