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42.  Supreme Court rules disabled students must have opportunity to make meaningful progress in school; 3/22/17

“School districts must give students with disabilities the chance to make meaningful, “appropriately ambitious” progress, the Supreme Court said Wednesday in an 8-0 ruling.

“It cannot be right that the IDEA generally contemplates grade-level advancement for children with disabilities who are fully integrated in the regular classroom, but is satisfied with barely more than de minimis progress for children who are not,” read the opinion, signed by Chief Justice John Roberts.”

So two Venezuelans and a witch walk into a bar. It’s New Wave/post-punk night: 1 Venezuelan is dressed in a black v-neck, 1 Venezuelan is wearing a parka because it was 65 degrees, and the witch is wearing an obscene amount of smudged eyeliner and dressed like a goth abuela. The night progresses, all is well, 1 Venezuelan is thoroughly drunk and swaying in a swarm of equally macabrely dressed people under blacklight, the other Venezuelan and the witch are talking about ethnobotany and Totó la Momposina at a picnic table directly in the center of a cloud of cigarette smoke, when the witch goes to retrieve cigarettes from the car. The witch can’t seem to locate it, despite only having had one beer. The witch reads the sign that says Express Towing and says loudly and defeatedly, “Aw fuck…” The witch returns to the bar, embracing the drunk Venezuelan who is trying to lure them into the swarm, breaking away the witch approaches the other Venezuelan, and explains the situation. The witch makes a phone call and the witch and 1 sober Venezuelan exit the bar. A Drifter on the street corner, commenting on the witch’s jewelry and offhandedly saying, “Thru look…. witchcrafty…..” The witch attempts to explain the pervasiveness of witchcraft and its many manifestations. Two lesbians arrive in a red SUV, 1 is drunk. The witch and the Venezuelan crawl in and implore them many thanks, giving directions to the sober driver. After winding through 3 separate trailer parks in search of Express Towing, they arrive and the witch exits the car to make a phone call. Shortly, the white nationalist Tow Man appears and names his price – “and it really should be in cash.” When asked if he would accept 60 in cash and 20 on a card, the Tow Man simply reiterated “and it really should be in cash.” The lesbians pool their money to bail them out, earning the witch’s eternal gratitude. Tow Man opens the rusted gate with an obscenely large chain on it, and says… “you might have to shake the wheel a little.” The witch and the Venezuelan get in the car, and rejoice in the sound of Totó la Momposina. Oh, and that other Venezuelan got home somehow. The Drifter, however, remains at large. Tow Man made a small fortune tonight. And the eyeliner still hasn’t come off.

The Psychedelic Yenta Strikes Again!

Richard Goldstein, The Village Voice, 23 March 1967

The Lovin’ Spoonful may soon find their names anathema to the very underground which nurtured them.

Reports which accuse Zal Yanovsky and Stere Boona of acting as informers in a marijuana bust have been spreading by word of mouth and print. In San Francisco, where the alleged treason took place, one shopkeeper hung a copy of The Hums album near a sign which read “These men are informers.” Also displayed was a supposed court transcript, which cited the two and the group’s manager for aiding the cops.

From the nub event has sprouted a series of half-truths and over-truths. The group is maintaining a strained silence, motivated by an understandable fear of recriminations. But from the lack of forthright explanation, the hearsay has reached mind-manifesting proportions.

From the point of record sales, clamming up is a wise move. But the underground grapevine grows fat on silence. Gossip on the Love Generation can be as vicious and agonizing as a Walter Winchell teaser.

Just last weekend it was announced that a recent police raid of a party which Stones Mike Jagger and Keith Richard attended netted a quantity of “dangerous drugs” and brought rumors of a crackdown on the scene in England. Crackdown is a perpetual state, as Donovan will attest.

These two incidents are the latest in a long list of semi-publicized scandals involving rock groups and drugs. The great untold story in pop is the direct influence of psychedelics on the fabric of modern music. It is virtually impossible to analyze rock today without mentioning drugs, and it is definitely impossible to mention drugs without pointing an unintentionally accusing finger. But subject matter, instrumentation, and especially age can never really be evaluated in depth without referring to the incusive effect of drugs. The fear of bad publicity has created a pernicious press-lingo of hints and euphemisms.

Very soon some top group is going to speak out publicly about their own use and advocacy of drugs. Their admission will inspire suppression and a gleeful waving of banner headlines, but it may just provide the impetus for a needed re-evaluation. Because rock ‘n’ roll has scrapped utterly the notion that acid automatically produces a withdrawn and apathetic cretin. LSD has meant involvement as well as isolation. In its ultimate neutrality, the psychedelic experience provides both the means for inscape, and for profound self-expression. The choice, turned on or straight, is still with the artist.

In pop music, the best people have made this decision: turn on, tune in, do. Only when the scene opens up for real will anyone be able to seriously evaluate this music in print. Until someone has the courage, and perhaps the foolishness, to give an honest accounting, the cops will continue their divide-and-conquer tactic with undue success whenever fame and fortune are at stake. Well meaning men will continue to be pitted against each other. Tragedies will continue to happen. And the only thing that benefits will be the scene, which gnaws at reputation and devours scandal like a juicy tidbit.

Psychedelic yentas still ply their milkbox trade. Love still snickers.

What the signs read:
  • Aries: Their friend's books and all their study notes x100
  • Taurus: Cookbooks and online recipes woo
  • Gemini: John Green books and TheAmazingBookIsNotOnFire
  • Cancer: Romantic books
  • Leo: Sci-Fi Fantasy and dystopian coz they're sick of normal life just like Capricorn
  • Libra: Like nothing.
  • Scorpio: Fifty Shades of Grey the trilogy
  • Sagittarius: Mystery books but also Romance fans sometimes
  • Capricorn: Sci-Fi Fantasy and dystopian coz they're sick of normal life just like Leo
  • Aquarius: Their own writing coz they're amazing authors
  • Pisces: Fantasy lovers when they feel like reading
Attributes The Signs Should Develop & Tendencies They Should Let go of


Attributes to Develop

  • Independence
  • Self-awareness
  • Trusting one’s instinct
  • Courage
  • Moderation in giving

Tendencies to Let go of

  • Being Mr. or Mrs. nice
  • Attachment to fairness & justice
  • Seeing oneself through someone else’s eyes
  • Having a “tit for tat” mentality


Attributes to Develop

  • Loyalty
  • Awareness of boundaries
  • Taking things one step at a time
  • A sense of self-worth
  • Awareness of personal values
  • Patience
  • Honoring the needs of others and yourself
  • Gratitude
  • Forgiveness

Tendencies to Let go of

  • Getting into other people’s personal life
  • Attraction to crisis situations
  • Inappropriate intensity
  • Judgmental tendencies
  • Having a “my way or the highway” mentality when working with others
  • Overreacting
  • OCD tendencies


Attributes to Develop

  • Healthy curiosity
  • Seeing both sides of a situation
  • Logic
  • Talking about your feeling to someone you trust
  • A positive approach to life as well as other people
  • A nonthreatening approach when expressing new ideas
  • Listening
  • Open-mindedness
  • Seeking factual information before making decisions

Tendencies to Let go of

  • Self-righteousness
  • Aloofness
  • Assuming people can read your mind
  • Needing to always be right!
  • Speaking the “truth” without taking other’s feelings into account
  • Careless spontaneity
  • Taking shortcuts
  • Taking yourself much too seriously
  • Prejudging present situations on the basis of past experience


Attributes to Develop

  • Noticing & validating one’s feelings
  • Empathy
  • Being honest about your feelings & insecurities
  • Independence
  • Humility
  • Accepting other people’s emotions

Tendencies to Let go of

  • The need to be in control of everything surrounding you, that includes people
  • Acting before you think
  • Feeling completely responsible for everything
  • Doing everything that is “socially acceptable” rather than doing what is truly honest
  • Thinking things have to be challenging to be important
  • Caring for others’ feelings and neglecting your own


Attributes to Develop

  • Individuality
  • Willingness to take “center stage”
  • Following your heart’s desires
  • Strengthening your willpower
  • Enthusiasm
  • Self-confidence
  • Taking risks
  • Relating to the childish actions from others
  • Enjoying life
  • Looking at life as if it’s a game

Tendencies to Let go of

  • Accepting peer pressure in order to “belong”
  • Detaching yourself from emotional situations
  • Aloofness
  • Waiting for others to prompt your own actions
  • “Overlooking” the reality of a situation
  • Waiting for more knowledge before taking action
  • Excessive daydreaming
  • Running away from confrontations


Attributes to Develop

  • Participation
  • Bringing order to chaos
  • Creating routines
  • Living in the moment
  • Selflessness
  • Being caring to others
  • Analyzing and categorizing
  • Moderation
  • Taking risks in spite of your fears
  • Noticing and valuing details

Tendencies to Let go of

  • Having a victim consciousness
  • Confusion
  • Not planning ahead
  • Escapism
  • Oversensitivity
  • Self-doubt
  • Feelings of being worthless
  • Withdrawal
  • Vagueness
  • Giving up


Attributes to Develop

  • Cooperation
  • Tact
  • Increasing awareness to other people’s emotions
  • Selflessness
  • Creating win/win situations
  • Sharing
  • Seeing certain things through another’s eyes
  • Communicating self-identity

Tendencies to Let go of

  • Impulsiveness
  • Thoughts of self-assertion
  • Lack of awareness to others need of support
  • Self-centeredness
  • Lack of good judgement regarding money
  • Expecting others to be like yourself
  • Indifference to how one is seen by others
  • Outbursts of anger
  • Over concern with survival


Attributes to Develop

  • Self-discipline
  • Choosing constructive change
  • Releasing whatever is holding you back from enjoying yourself
  • Getting rid of non useful items
  • Enjoying things without owning them
  • Accepting support from others (ideas, opportunities, etc.)
  • Open-mindedness

Tendencies to Let go of

  • Possessiveness
  • Questioning past decisions
  • Stubbornness
  • Doing things the hard way when there is obviously a easier way
  • Resistance to change at the expense of other people


Attributes to Develop

  • Reliance on intuition
  • Selflessness
  • Trusting yourself
  • Spending time alone in nature
  • Patience
  • Hearing the meaning behind the words

Tendencies to Let go of

  • Indecisiveness
  • Second-guessing what others are thinking
  • Gossiping
  • Saying what others want to hear
  • Invalidating intuitive knowledge with logic
  • Perpetually seeking more information
  • Impatience
  • Trusting other people
  • Not including other people


Attributes to Develop

  • Self-control
  • Self-respect
  • Staying goal oriented
  • Sensible approaches to problem solving
  • Self-care
  • Keeping commitments and promises
  • Accepting responsibility for success
  • Letting go of the past
  • Approaching life from an adult position

Tendencies to Let go of

  • Dependence
  • Moodiness
  • Insecurity leading to inaction
  • Limiting yourself because of fear
  • Using the past to avoid the present
  • Isolation
  • Lack of self-respect
  • Avoidance to change
  • Controlling others through emotional overreaction


  • Attributes to Develop
  • Desire for friendship
  • Willingness to share unconventional  ideas
  • Making good decisions in the group’s best interest
  • Awareness of equality
  • Active participation in groups
  • Relating to others as individuals
  • Creating win/win situations
  • Recognizing how others are special

Tendencies to Let go of

  • Insistence on getting your way
  • Making changes to exercise authority
  • Attachment to taking risks
  • Melodramatic tendencies
  • Doing what’s expected of you instead of following your heart
  • Prideful responses based on fear


Attributes to Develop

  • Being non judgmental
  • Compassion
  • Focusing on the spiritual pathway
  • Trusting in positive outcomes
  • Welcoming change with open arms
  • Meditation and self-awareness

Tendencies to Let go of

  • Inflexibility
  • Hypersensitivity reactions
  • Overanalysis
  • Obsessive worry
  • Exaggerating the importance of details
  • Critical first reactions
  • Being Mr. or Mrs. perfect
  • Staying in unpleasant situations

The Rally/March was INCREDIBLE - Mom and I were up towards the front so we couldn’t really see just how much of a crowd there was at first, but when we walked around it stretched allllll away across the street =) 

Here’s another poster that made me smile, partly because the lady was so sweet and also because FUCK YEAH, REMEMBER THE LADIES. 


Aries: They start off the day with loads of “Happy Valentine’s Day, babe” messages from various unimportant people which feels pretty good at first, but as the day goes on they start to feel empty because they don’t have anyone that they truly care about.

Taurus: They don’t really mind the fact that they’re single on Valentine’s day because it’s just another day in the year. UNLESS they just got out of a relationship… if that’s the case then they’ll probably end up wallowing all day and listening to sad songs.

Gemini: There are two types of single gems on Valentine’s Day. Type one won’t even acknowledge that it’s Valentine’s Day and will just go on with their life as usual. While type two is just devastated that they are single and will probably text a few of their exes to try and have some fun later.

Cancer: Probably will lock themselves inside all day to avoid the cute couples and Valentine’s Day decorations. Also, is most likely to cry if they see either of those things. 

Leo: Are these guys ever really single on Valentine’s Day? Secret admirers and/or best friends are always around to give them small gifts, chocolates, or cards… They enjoy every second of Valentine’s Day- single or taken.

Virgo: Chill AF, they don’t waste time with sadness or hoping for a significant other to fall out the sky. They probably have plans to hang out with close friends or family later in the day because Valentine’s Day isn’t about being in love it’s about being around people you LOVE, right?

Libra: “Alright everyone, Happy Valentine’s Day, I may be single this year, but that’s no reason for me to be bitter over everyone else’s happiness. I’ve decided that I don’t need false validation to be happy today, I’m going to wait for my soulmate to appear. I need to love myself before someone else can love me. Good luck to all the couples out there xx” - Libra’s Facebook status. However, after they finish post this they proceed to cry themselves to sleep because of singleness.

Scorpio:  VALENTINE’S DAY WAS INVENTED BY THE GREETING CARD COMPANIES. EVERY SINGLE PERSON WHO CELEBRATES VALENTINE’S DAY IS STUPID AND IS BEING FOOLED BY CAPITALISM! … someone please rise from the ashes and date me. - Scorpio’s mind for the full duration of Valentine’s Day

Sagittarius: A part of them is super chill about being single because relationships are too stressful, but hearing everyone else’s romantic plans on Valentine’s Day can depress them a bit. They’ll get over it after a while though and go to the movies with another hopelessly single friend.

Capricorn: They will try their hardest to come across as not caring about the fact that they are single, but on the inside they’re evaluating all the relationships they had over the past year. What went wrong? Why did it go wrong?  Nothing is my fault right? RIGHT…

Aquarius: The Valentine’s Day party-pooper along with Scorpio. However, they’ll go out of their way to let people know how stupid Valentine’s Day is. You see that angry couple walking down the street? Yep, they just got a lecture from our dear friend, Aquarius, about how stupid they are and how meaningless Valentine’s Day is.

Pisces: They’re crying all day, not just because they are single, but also because they have to wait one more day for all the Valentine’s candy to be on sale.

The Signs As Stephen King Novels

Aries: The Shining

Taurus: Cujo

Gemini: The Dark Half

Cancer: Misery

Leo: Bag of Bones

Virgo: Dreamcatcher

Libra: The Dead Zone

Scorpio: IT

Sagittarius: Insomnia

Capricorn: Under the Dome

Aquarius: Needful Things

Pisces: Carrie

im not saying nina taught sonny to read, but that is what she tells people

“Finjo Que No Estoy Herida,Camino Por El Mundo Como si Estuviera Divirtiéndome.”

-Géminis,Virgo,Libra,Leo,Piscis,Escorpio,Acuario y Capricornio

  • me: there is no significant theoretical or experimental evidence for the validity of astrology, and it is in it's nature hugely susceptible to confirmation bias, thus these tumblr "signs" posts should not be taken seriously
  • also me (but more quietly): yeah ok but listen, real talk -why are they always right tho
Watson’s Unspoken Choice in “The Sign of Four”

Um, so I just watched “The Sign of Four,” and if you know anyone who somehow isn’t convinced that Granada totally intended for a queer reading of their Sherlock Holmes, have them watch the last two minutes of this episode, when Mary Morstan leaves 221B. Seriously. TWO MINUTES, and they are so laden with meaning that I was stunned.

After the case is solved, Ms. Morstan is with them at 221B and she talks about how tired they both must be. Holmes says something to the affirmative while walking into another room, basically dismissing her. Ms. Morstan and Watson share some extended eye contact more than once, like they have been throughout the episode, and she leaves. Then Watson and Holmes have an incredibly loaded conversation about what Holmes gets out of a case where he gets no credit, and Watson goes to sit and watch from the window as Ms. Morstan gets in her carriage.

I can’t get over it. I may write another entire meta on the double meaning in Holmes’ and Watson’s conversation about the case and the visual choices in the scene, cuz it’s all great, but I NEED to talk about the last few moments.

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