conferate

“To help the title race, the best thing is to lose against Bradford and to lose against Liverpool and to lose against Paris Saint-Germain [in the Champions League] and to play only Premier League until the end of the season.”

“This is the perfect situation but not with us. Not with our mentality, not with our way of thinking about our job, not with Chelsea’s DNA. We want to go the more we can.“

"The other day a coach of a big team was knocked out of the cup and he was saying, ‘Good, very good. This is perfect for us. Now we can focus on the other competitions.’ If I lose against Bradford, I don’t say that. I say it’s a disgrace."

"This is the way you are, the way you think. I prefer it very difficult and congested and lots of matches and risk of losing everything – there is a risk there – but I can’t choose matches. I can’t choose competitions. I can’t. I don’t know how to do it. I don’t know how to face my players, how to face my fans, by saying, ‘This is not a competition we want to win.’ We want to win. We want to win. When we lose, we lose. But we want to win.”

 - José Mourinho, press conference 23.01.15 (x)

! Boom ! How can you not adore this passionate lover of the most beautiful game in  the world.

Help Me Attend the TLC Conference

My name is James, I’m 21 years old, and I’ve had trichotillomania for about 6 years now. Trichotillomania is a Body Focused Repetitive Behavior where the sufferer compulsively pulls out their own hair. The current DSM connects it to OCD, but some say it is closer to an impulse control disorder. 

When my trich started, it was mainly just my eyelashes that were affected. As time went on I started pulling hair from my legs, and then finally from my scalp. I have not had a full set of lashes in many years. I also keep my head shaved, though I still have bald spots. I cover my head most of the time, and wear a wig when that’s not possible. I have had periods of time where I didn’t pull from my head and my hair grew back in. But for me, trich is a cyclical disorder, and it always comes back. Months of new hair growth can be destroyed in a matter of hours. It is devastating to both suffer the damage and be the cause of it.

Trichotillomania (and other BFRBs) can lead to shame, depression, and isolation. I am so happy when I meet someone else with trich, because it means I am not alone with this disorder. 

I am trying to attend the 2015 TLC Conference .  It would mean the world to me to be able to meet so many other people with BFRBs, hear specialists and experts speak, attend workshops, and feel part of the community. I don’t think I will ever overcome trichotillomania completely, but I think with the right resources I can learn how to live my life despite it.

However attending the TLC conference is expensive, and I am currently unable to work. I have filed for disability but have not started receiving payments, and have no source of income, having been a student until recently. I also live 10 hours away from the conference site.

I am trying to raise $850, which will cover 3 nights at the hotel ($134.47 a night), the $325 registration, and money for transportation and food. 
I need to raise the $325 by February 28th, and the rest by March 18th. 
If you can help, I would be eternally grateful. I am positive this conference would be beneficial in so many ways, and I know that by attending I will walk away with a sense of hope for the future.

If you can, please donate. If not, sharing this would be really helpful.

Thank you so much.

Write to Publish 2015

The Write to Publish team tabling at Portland State University to spread the word about the upcoming conference. Write to Publish will take place on January 31st, 2015 at Portland State University’s Smith Memorial Student Union. Tickets are availabe online and at the door. Register now at http://ooligan.pdx.edu/writetopublish/

"Stand With The Prophet Rally," It's Not What Was Heard That Should Worry You

“Stand With The Prophet Rally,” It’s Not What Was Heard That Should Worry You

Last week, in Garland, Texas, several organizations, including SoundVision, Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Nation of Islam, Muslims of America (MOA), and others contributed to a few hundred rallying to “Stand with the Prophet” Mohammad. While most conservative news outlets were met at the door and not allowed in, some news agencies did make it into the conference.

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February 27-28, 2015
Maude Fife Auditorium, Wheeler Hall, UC Berkeley

  • Étienne Balibar, Prof. Emeritus of Moral and Political Philosophy, University of Paris X-Nanterre
  • Banu Bargu, Assoc. Professor of Politics, The New School of Social Research, New York
  • Wendy Brown, Class of 1936 First Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley
  • Michel Feher, Founding Editor of Zone Books; Visiting Professor, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Bernard Harcourt, Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Columbia University
  • Achille Mbembe, Professor of History and Politics, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa