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I built myself a time machine

And took a stroll through Sodom

I smoked myself a sweet pipe dream

Down in Bikini Bottom

My clients ring me off the hook

For rocks while I still got 'em

My kids, they made their teacher faint

With all the words I taught 'em.

But like God and punk rock

I'll be dead

Then you can all

Dissect my head

Pass the scalpel, add some salt

It's really not your fault.

Like God and punk rock

I'll be dead

Gone staler than my daily bread

Like God and punk rock

I'll have died

I'll have died on the waterslide.

My quiver full, arrows in flames

But have no fear, it's all a game.

Bones stripped bare on your silver dish

Snuff your candles, make your wish.

Scale this wall, this wall of glass

Upward eyes while storm clouds pass.

Spit down at the quakes of Earth

Mount the pale horse, ride on fourth.

Three lunar cycles had passed since the fall of the Highlands; two since the occupiers’ tribunal condemned Cordan to die. By the winter solstice, the designated day of reckoning for the man called deviant, war criminal and heretic, the once proud city of Bryn saw only four hours of daylight. Dust and debris had been stirred up not only by the battle for the capital which marked the Highlands’ last stand, but also by the punitive burnings of surrounding plantations, meaning that many people residing in the subjugated city were beginning to forget what a true day looked like.

For most, this was just another source of misery, yet Cordan found it strangely comforting to lose track of time. At least the narrow window of his cell and the darkened landscape limited his view of the indignities inflicted upon his Bryn; the structures shelled into rubble which the occupiers had not even begun to rebuild, the scorched vestiges of collapsed bridges, the crude filling in of Cordan’s silos with cement. Worst of all for most Highlanders was the fact that leviathan oil was wasted illuminating the occupiers’ crimson flags draped all over the city every hour of the night, while medicine had gone unsyntheized in Bryn ever since the war’s end. A constant reminder: “Woe to the vanquished.”

Although Cordan was, when he wore a general’s uniform, one of the Chieftan’s most adored, and although he as a Highlander professed his love of country loudly and publicly as all virtuous citizens should, the patriotic hatred that should boil in his blood on the day of his execution was actually rather trivial at this point. He was only plagued by the sorrow of his personal failure – how close he had come to victory, only to have it torn from his grasp days before his life’s work would come to fruition. Perhaps this was why he took his death sentence in such stride; for he had lost a battle with time already, the only one which truly mattered.

To breathe life into the rocket would have been so much more than a milestone in the history of this species; Cordan knew it would have been ascension to a new era that would have made all civilization thus far seem primitive. Indeed, he promised the Chieftan as the tide of war turned against the Highlanders that his creation would reduce Arma, the Meadow Clan’s capital, to ashes and bring them a victory unlike any other. Yet what would winning the war be except a means to an end? Why use the rocket only to kill, when it could one day let men walk among the stars?

The last vestiges of Cordan’s sense of duty to his country crumbled with Bryn’s walls. Truthfully, he would have gladly served the Meadow Clan, the occupiers, if only he could continue his noble work. He and Alyzia offered them this chance. But the foul fundamentalists refused, and repaid the offer of friendship with charges of heresy. Their priests held that the sky was the Creator’s blanket, the most merciful blessing ever given, to shield all from the Void and the demons within. To even dream to leave the confines of the dome above, to rise above the clouds and touch the Void; that was a crime that eclipsed the worst atrocities of the war.

No doubt, every priest, clan-elder, and “scientist” the occupiers summoned to testify concluded that Cordan and Alyzia would have doomed every soul, brought forth an extinction event, had they not been stopped.

The din of the crowd gathered in the city square grew louder, and Cordan smiled in his cell as he listened. This would be over soon. Then, he heard another sound: the unmistakable footsteps of the occupiers. Cordan was perplexed, for he did not expect to be passed another meal through the iron door after last night’s, but knew his executioner was not to escort him outside until high noon. So what had they come for?

Even when unlocked, the cell door took a considerable amount of strength to move, and Cordan feared for a moment that his last hour of life would involve watching it open inch by inch. But after a moment, the necessary force slid it all the way down the track. Three figures stood before the filthy, unshaven prisoner. Two were Meadow-clan soldiers. The other, Cordan thought, must be a hallucination. But she spoke, and he believed.

“Our conquerors have granted my last request.”

Alyzia looked only slightly less dreadful than he did. She no longer wore the black lipstick that was one of the most memorable sights at the silo. Her hair was greasy and had too many knots to count. Her eyes were sunken in and open wounds lined the circumference of her wrists where she had so often been chained.

But Cordan forced his half-atrophied legs to allow himself to rise to greet her.

“I’d thought they burned you already” he told her.

“I asked that we die together” Alyzia replied.

“Why?” Cordan asked as he laced his fingers in hers, looking past her at the occupiers who glared with disgust but said nothing.

“We have been intertwined seventeen cycles. It only seems fitting” she answered.

“No, why does the Meadow Clan indulge any desire of yours or mine at all?” Cordan clarified. Alyzia laughed, weakly but distinctly, and speculated “those who will rewrite history might one day find it useful to appear magnanimous. I’ve heard they will even throw bread to the justice-seekers who attend our execution.”

“We defied the Creator, Alyzia. And still they must feed the masses just to get them to watch us die? For a crime so unforgivable, you would think they’d trample one another just to catch a glance of our pyre.”

With a dark grin, Alyzia turned toward the soldiers and raised her voice to say “there is no Creator.” Predictably, they recoiled; the one holding the keys even lost color in his face and looked as if he were about to vomit. Defiance was all Alyzia had left.

This is what Cordan admired so much about her. No presence was so exquisitely corrupting as hers. He was a general, she was a scientist. Cordan could think unconventionally, but she could blaspheme. There is no doubt Cordan was a talented inventor in his own right, but without Alyzia the rocket would scarcely have been more than a dream.

In retrospect, Cordan could not even recall whether their ambitions fueled their lust for one another, or whether their lust fueled their ambitions. She would paralyze his inhibitions with wine, and whisper to him in bed an illicit, occult doctrine; to envision one’s destiny while locked in carnal union would make it come to pass. At the start of the next cycle following that night, there was no need for wine; and as Cordan and Alyzia climaxed, they proclaimed they would deny the bonds of gravity and touch the Void. Whatever demons may come, let them, for theirs is Knowledge.

There were no more chances for that; only the privilege to burn together.

Still, Alyzia expressed one more wish.

“When they walk us to the pyre, Cordan, I believe we should clasp hands and take a bow. And if you can will it, smile as they curse us and chant for us to burn. They will see us die, but they need not see us regret.”

Cordan nodded and quietly said “I have already accepted my end.” He turned his left arm up toward her and revealed fresh scars on the underside. They spelled out words: “Woe to the vanquished.”

“You should have carved that into the wall of your cell rather than your arm, for posterity. For your skin will soon be ashes” Alyzia suggested. Cordan had a riddle to offer in return.

“If a book is to burn, are the words on the last page to touch the fire more attuned to posterity’s needs?”

Alyzia was glad that Cordan would walk to his death with pride rather than cowardice, but disappointed that he had lost his faith in the destiny they wished together.

“No execution can frighten a populace into submission forever. Another will rise and achieve what we did not, of that, I am sure” she admonished him.

“I would disagree, Alyzia. They will forever be afraid. Not of punishment, no. They will fear their own potential, and they will all die. When the red oceans rise eons from now, they will overtake Arma and Bryn. And this world will be a mausoleum for beings that knew there was one way forward, but refused it.”

The moment of silence lasted as long as the Meadow Clan soldiers would allow it to. But they moved to drag the condemned outside if they had to, so Alyzia left Cordan the last word and took his hand.

Minutes later, the most hated beings to ever draw breath were on full display for all the justice-seekers and bread-seekers gathered. A priest on the stage was handed a scroll while the condemned were bound. Eager executioners held their torches. Their moment would come as soon as the priest’s proclamation had finished.

“All ye assembled hear our judgment! There is no graver crime, no darker sin, than daring to invite the Void’s demons down upon us…”

------

Vessel X62 of the Reclamation Fleet idled in the thermosphere of the planet called Atikyr. Assembly officials called it an “edge world”, though it was actually closer to the galactic center than the capital, Sumeria Prime. It was deemed such because it was habitable, but undesirable.

Fourteen million colonists were about to enter this solar system. Their terraforming resources were meager, and life on Atikyr would be hard; but the frontier offered them more hope than the hiveworlds from which they emigrated.

Admiral Vallan reflected as he stood on the bridge of X62 that he was grateful this arid world was not to be his home. The three-hundred eighty-six year old war hero had just one more tour of duty to complete before the gleaming palaces of Titan would be his to walk freely among the Assembly’s aristocracy. Overseeing this sector’s Reclamation Fleet was little more than a reward career; it required virtually no exertion at all.

After all, ever since the Assembly won the Final War, times of strife were behind the human race. Thousands of years of internal rebellion meant losing contact with lesser colonies like Atikyr. The Reclamation Fleet’s task was simple – assess the condition of a planet, see if there is anything worth salvaging, and prepare it for the immigrants.

The report Admiral Vallan sent back to Sumeria Prime read thus:

“Approximately 160,000 ferals occupy the southern continent. Data from explorer drones indicate all tech from the initial habitation has been lost. Primitive warfare occurs incessantly and nothing of value remains. Zythyl canisters will deploy – all ferals will be purged.”

And the Void’s demons did so.

Carve Out

By Trotsky,

Cut this anchor loose!

Deny no longer our birthright.

Break the vicegrip open wide,

Defiant, we will fight!

We are the ones who were meant for this

What we've lost we will reclaim

On the skin of a broken world

We carve our names, carve out our names

Well he's some off-white trash

And his skin is stained

He's got a tattoo

He calls the Mark of Cain

And you can dish it out

'Cuz he will never complain,

Never complain, never complain.

Says, he says

That he knows, he knows

There's one, one way

Life goes, goes, goes

And it's the subtleties

Of the clothes, clothes, clothes

That let the keen eye scan the ego.

But they keyed his heart

And dented his pride

His friends all died on a waterslide

He watched them die, watched them die,

They died on the waterslide.

Don't want to read it then don't, but it's important to me to share the truth about personal vaporizers, more commonly called "e-cigs." Step out of the shadow of ANTZ propaganda (an acronym we use in the vaping community that stands for 'anti-nicotine and tobacco zealots', though maybe 'jihadists' would better describe them if not for the fact it wouldn't work in an acronym).

1. E-cigs are more effective for quitting smoking than any other method.

"[A] study, published in the journal Addictions, was based on surveys of people who had stopped smoking in a 12-month period between July 2009 and February 2014. In recent years, an increasing proportion report using e-cigarettes rather than over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy such as patches or gum. Many try to quit without support. Those who cut out cigarettes completely do better than those who try to reduce the numbers they smoke. A very small proportion get help from the NHS smoking cessation services.

When the results were adjusted to account for the differences between the smokers in terms of background, age and other variables, those using e-cigarettes were around 60% more likely to quit than those using nicotine replacement therapy or just willpower. "

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/may/20/e-cigarettes-nicotine-patches-smoking-study

2. Yes, it has been proven that e-cigs are safer than cigarettes by a huge margin.

"The levels of the toxicants were 9–450 times lower than in cigarette smoke" was how the journal Tobacco Control summarized their findings.

http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2013/03/05/tobaccocontrol-2012-050859.abstract

The principle ingredient of e-cigs, propylene glycol, is used in FDA approved asthma inhalers. In fact, propylene glycol was determined safe enough by health officials that it is sometimes circulated through the air supply of hospitals as an anti-bacterial agent.

Here's another peer-reviewed paper which finds that the e-cigs they tasted had about the same [lack of] toxins as AIR. Just air. That's right.

"The deliveries of HPHCs tested for these e-cigarette products were similar to the study air blanks rather than to deliveries from conventional cigarettes."

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0273230014002505

3. E-cig flavors appeal to the adults who buy them. They're not meant for children.

Take a look at this survey exclusively composed of 18+ year old vapers. The vast majority of adult vapors prefer a flavor other than tobacco or menthol. In fact, non-cigarette flavors help ex-smokers lose their taste for cigarettes altogether and decrease their likelihood of returning to cigarettes.

Vaping-data-flavors.gif

4. Governments aren't putting public health first!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxNM1pUoOn4

Next time someone tells you e-cigs are "worse than cigarettes", you'll know how to respond.

In the mean time, follow CASAA on Facebook if you care about your civil liberties!

https://www.facebook.com/CASAAmedia

The American flag is red, red and red

The indelible stains of the dead

The color red, the flag it turns

The color red, the flag it burns

A blood stained badge over an ice cold heart

You're cursed, you will depart!

State sanctioned death cartel

Cities on the brink of hell

So where are the flag draped coffins

For the victims of your purge?

It's from behind the protest lines

That real heroes emerge

You're no heroes,

We won't mourn

When the tide comes in

And the tables turn.

The Nameless

By Trotsky,

This is our story, frame by frame

The shifting pieces of a game

Controller: We send our prayers

And sacrificial gifts.

Sleeping on the fault lines,

Echoes of our call signs

We balance on the edge

Of an ever-growing rift.

TRIGGER WARNING: This is violent, graphic, and seriously fucked up in so many ways. Although this is complete fiction, proceed with caution.

SUFFERING

It is cold inside this cage, but the fondest of memories warm me. It’s been nine years since I lost my sister and eight since I avenged her. I still can hear echoes in my head of the voices of my family and my friends and even my lawyer all of whom at one time pleaded that the path of forgiveness be chosen. Hah! What a sham. What an outrageous affront to the nature of human beings and indeed all living creatures. Besides, there’s certainly no forgiveness for me. I’ll die in prison. I’m fine with that, of course, but I digress.

Maybe this word “forgiveness” is what we call mercy given to others to make ourselves feel better. Is mercy in human nature? I don’t mean in the nature of the sort of apex predator that I am – what I am asking is if it’s in the nature of the normal, well-adjusted masses. I would suspect not. After all, the man who took the life of the only person who ever mattered to me is still presently suffering a far worse hell than I. But see, I made him suffer to punish him for killing her. Society makes him suffer not out of spite for him but out of their collective dementia.

You will know from newspaper articles, late night specials, bestselling books about my deeds and even – I am told, a biopic on Showtime, the finer points of how I abducted that cowardly vermin (who makes me vomit sometimes when I think I once called him my brother-in-law); how I brought him into the most exquisite place of reckoning. There was a warrant for his arrest ever since he beat my sister to death the billionth night he came home drunk. I could never have slept again with him in prison and I a free man. It is so much better this way.

What I did to him, I don’t know if they were even able to describe on cable news without incurring fines from the FCC. But a juror did vomit at my trial. Yes, right in the courtroom! I told my lawyer at the start of it all that I knew conviction was inevitable but I chose to say ‘not guilty’ just so I could be a star and my most perfect revenge shoved down the throats of the whole damn world. The backstabbing wretch used this that I told him under privileged confidence to try to win me an insanity acquittal. But no, not while I draw breath could I allow that transgression.

And so it was I articulately explained that I knew the “difference between right and wrong” but I so could not bring myself to care. I made my choice with a sober mind. When I scooped out his eyes with a spoon I sharpened myself. When I assaulted his ear drums with sound until they burst and then I sliced off the ears for good measure. When I took a blowtorch to his tongue and sprinkled the ashes back on his face. When I took his arms off, not at the elbow but the shoulder, and gave the same radical amputation to his legs and genitals. Then I drilled through his teeth and hammered his jaw. All that was left for me to do then was to liberally apply acid to his skin. Those kinds of burns that would never heal, that just gave him the amazing ugliness a fire might not do so well in.

He laid there dying and my plan was to put a bullet in my own head and leave him to go out slowly. But then the most perfect idea came into my mind. I called 911. I turned myself in, and I saved his life. And so it is that I sit in this cage and will die in this cage. But I’m comfortable enough. I have my senses intact and my bones in one piece. I can walk and speak and chew my food. The same can’t be said for him. Did you know he begs them every day to kill him? And they never do! Again, not to punish him for killing my sister, they couldn’t care less. They won’t kill him because to them, that would be wrong. THAT IS SO FUNNY.

My latest opinion column is inspired by the latest thread on Israel's Knesset elections, wherein I express my opinions on anti-Semitic attitudes in politics:

There is a widely circulated notion in the United States and other places these days that there is animosity towards Israel and Jewish folks in general coming predominantly from the left. But I find this to be a very deceptive idea. It is true, for example, that many left of center parties and groups internationally are sympathetic to the cause of Palestine and critical of Israeli policy. But this does not imply any animosity towards the Jews - no more than my dislike of Putin's authoritarian and homophobic regime should say anything about how I feel about Russian folks.

What I do contend though is that anti-Semitism nearly exclusively originates from right-wing thought.

Now I am not going to spend too much time dwelling on the Nazis here - some of you will say they really can't be called "right-wing" and I say you are wrong: national socialists are about as socialist as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is democratic. Before the Holocaust though, there were terrible pogroms under Tsarist Russia which the dawn of the USSR largely stopped. Lenin notably stated that Jews were as equally part of the class struggle as any other people. Before that, there were the Inquisitions under the reactionary Roman Catholic Church. And in present day, in countries like Greece and Hungary, it is right-wing political parties who are the outspoken anti-Semites. In the USA, the chief persecutors of Jews were the KKK. And did any notable left-wing groups in the US, like Students for a Democratic Society for example, ever spew anti-Semitic racist rhetoric? Nope.

Ethnic supremacy and racism is intrinsically reactionary. Therefore it is anti-revolutionary and right-wing. Now sources of anti-Jewish discrimination in the Islamic world are not necessarily right-wing, but they are authoritarian and their hatred arises from nationalism, not politics.

Back to the US: Jewish intellectuals were many of the founders of what became the modern left. Jewish folks stood with African-American freedom fighters against tyranical, white supremacist right-wing governments in the American South. So why would we on the left hate them? We don't. Most of them are our friends in the revolution and as for those in the ruling class of Jewish origin - their crimes have nothing to do with their race and religion.

The cause for Palestine is a human rights cause and the vast majority of those advocating for Palestinian freedom denounce Hamas and anyone who wants to harm innocent Israelis. What of the right, especially in America? Did they "stand with Israel" when they were more closely aligned with the USSR at the height of the Cold War? Hardly. And their "loyalty" to Likud-controlled Israel today comes not so much from an appreciation for the persecution Jewish people have faced historically but from an "enemy of my enemy" mentality as Muslims are now the chief ethnic threat to the Western right - a point emphasized by many right-wing terrorists including Anders Brevik.

Keep my secrets, I'll keep yours

Take my heart and lock the door

Take my mind, tear down the walls

I'll answer only if you call

I can't tread this road alone

Can't carry you all the way down

Find your strength, walk my way

We'll stand our ground to the end of days

Now swear on your blood in the absence of God

Press to my skin with the heat of the stars

This is all that I've wanted, this is all that you want

And I know cause I know who you are

Keep your courage; open eyes

When you doubt that's when it dies

All we've fought for, all we've built

No regrets, no fear, no guilt

I can't care what's wrong and right

Against the world you are my spite

You are my glow in desperate nights

Set the fire, my guiding light

After the success of my piece against hitting children, this is going to be a series, and it's going to be called All or Nothing.

Today's subject is harm reduction. This is the principle that people are inevitably going to do things like smoking and drugs no matter what kind of laws we pass or messages we send as a society. It stands in opposition to an ideology which really doesn't have a name but for the purposes of this article, I'll call it prohibitionism. This is the mentality that gave birth to the War on Drugs - an American and international policy that kills way more people than ISIS ever could and destroys lives with even more terrifying efficiency. If mass incarceration and endless addiction cycles was the goal of the War on Drugs, it succeeded. Otherwise, it's hard to say much positive about it.

Harm reduction resources are hugely available online but are condemned by prohibitionists as "pro-drug." Maybe that's half true. People who can't openly discuss drug experimentation with their family and friends are enthusiastic to find people online who they can relate their experiences to. And when people pass what they learned from their mistakes on to others, it helps everyone be a little safer. Drinking cough syrup to trip isn't the best idea but I'd rather someone who is going to do it anyway at least know to not use something with acetaminophen that's going to cause permanent liver damage.

Needle exchanges are a good idea to help heroin users and make sure they don't spread disease. Yes, they're going to inevitably congregate around buildings like this and people whine "not in my backyard" but peoples' rights to not get hepatitis and AIDS are more important than your right to not pass by junkies on the way to work.

Medical marijuana is another important piece of harm reduction, because it's better for people to manage chronic pain with a plant that is literally impossible to die from using too much of than highly addictive opiates which can totally kill you. It's horrible to see such a kafkaesque struggle in my own state of Florida where the irony of the prescription pill epidemic and how marijuana could quell it. Instead people wrongly think it'd be just another drug addiction epidemic. Hardline law enforcement of opiate abuse has been attributed to a recent decline in the problem here - in actuality, it's mainly dropped off because a lot of pill users who didn't have access to harm reduction options fucking DIED.

E-cigs are harm reduction too. Anti-nicotine jihadists whine that e-cig manufacturers offer a huge range of flavors to appeal to children. BULLSHIT. Vapers need flavor choices because they grow fatigued from using the same flavor too long, lose the ability to taste it and some might go back to traditional cigarettes. Prohibitionists whine that e-cigs are growing popular among high schoolers. This is true, but cigarettes are also becoming less popular, and there isn't a single study which shows young people exposed to e-cigs are compelled to try cigarettes. One of my neighbors, a 17 year old uses my old e-cig (with her mom's knowledge and permission). It's cut down on her smoking. I don't feel the least bit bad about that, I'm glad it's helping her out. Teens vaping isn't the end of the world, although it's worth noting that most vapers are adults and most vape shops have sold 100% of their e-cigs and liquids to people over 18.

And how do we know e-cigs are safer than cigarettes if they're so new? Common fucking sense. There are a total of 4 chemicals in e-liquid (not counting various chemicals that make up flavoring agents) as opposed to 7000 in a cigarette. Propylene glycol (which is NOT antifreeze despite media hype) is used in asthma inhalers and some hospitals actual pump it through their air supply as an antibacterial. Nicotine itself, while poisonous if drank (don't drink nicotine you shitheads!), is a relatively benign stimulant on about the same level as caffeine. Maybe vaping has some adverse effects but we do know those effects are a tiny fraction of the negative impact of cigarettes.

But the media loves a good scare story, which is why they will go to war with e-cigarettes, or maybe kratom, another plant that has helped people get off opiates that irresponsible "journalists" compare to heroin. Here's what it comes down to, people: anti-harm reduction is pro-death.

Do you support domestic violence? You're probably thinking, now what kind of fucking question is that? I'm against domestic violence, pretty much everyone is. Right?

Well, sorry to tell you but you will come across plenty of people - you may even be one of them - who not only support domestic violence but openly claim it's a person's right to practice it and the act is beneficial to society. This is when the victim of domestic violence is not your adult partner or spouse, but your child.

That thing called "corporal punishment", "slapping", "spanking" - let's throw out the euphemisms and use the proper term: domestic violence against children.

Wait, John? Are you comparing people who use physical force to discipline their children with people who beat their spouses/partners?

No.

I'm saying they're actually worse.

At least an adult might someday find the strength and support to leave their violent and abusive partner. A child has no such luxury.

BUT BUT BUT you say, physical force is sometimes the only way for the child to finally get it. Well people, the same rationalization was used for justifying domestic violence against one's spouse. Primarily this was a sexist line of reasoning (while domestic violence transcends all genders and any person can be a victim and any person can be an abuser, you will find that throughout much of history and in many cultures, in the West and East, among the poor and rich, religious and secular households) men who used violence against their wives attested to the necessity of the act and claimed it improved her disposition and got through to her when nothing else would.

You say how a parent disciplines their child is no one's business - the same was said for spousal abuse.

You say your parents hit you and you turned out fine - so have abused spouses said for themselves for generations.

Abuse is not necessary to confer an understanding of right and wrong to a child. A parent needs to exemplify that themselves in how they act. They lose their credibility when the best thing they can think of is to use physical force to lash out against the person in the world most dependent on them. Studies show kids end up worse off for physical abuse and kids who grow up without being hit do not suffer from a lack of self-control or inhibition. Common sense and empathy reinforce this principle.

I refuse to use bullshit terms like "corporal punishment" and "discipline." It's domestic violence. Which side of "for" or "against" do you really want to be on?

Nebula

By Trotsky,

The frayed threads of a patchwork in progress

A guarded conscience that takes pause

Dare it be honest?

Kaleidoscopic view of collision course stars

Death on a pale horse,

The eclipse of red Mars

Diemos and Phobos in retrograde dance

Conceptualize fate, faith, grace and chance

So seamless it is to cling to a word

To fall asleep dreamless is its own reward

Rarely acknowledged as most great truths are

Sometimes merely knowing will cut and will scar

First They Came

By Trotsky,

First they came for the violent video games

And I did not speak out because I played online chess instead

Then they came for the adult websites

And I did not speak out because I had a pretty decent sex life

Then they came for the extra large sodas in the cinema

And I did not speak out because I brought in my own drinks from CVS

Then they came for the smokers

And I did not speak out because I vaped

Then they came for the vapers

And by that time

There was no one left to speak out

Because we all had microchips under our skin

That shocked us every time we consumed nicotine

Or fast food, or energy drinks

Or spoke out against the nanny state

How to break bad:

-Paper or plastic? Paper for business, plastic for dead bodies. Never bathtubs.

-Never discriminate against the elderly. They are not useless, they are in fact potential bombs.

-Don't ever forget the aluminum.

How to chess:

-Don't be so obvious about castling, you fucking tool. Not only are you wasting moves, you're telling your opponent what to do. Pick a rook at the beginning of the game to leave, and castle when the path in front of that rook is clear.

-Drink Heineken. My uncle is a grandmaster and he does so it must mean something.

-Kill the rooks early even if it requires a two turn sacrifice to pull off.

-If you can putting your own pawn in directly front of another of your pawns, avoid it. I don't know how it relates to strategy but it seriously uglies up the goddamn board.

How to Governor:

-You don't bring a pirate to a samurai fight.

-Whisper dramatically before performing decapitations.

-Sleep with Andrea and be grateful. At least she's not Lori.

-Kill them all.

How to parent:

-Vaccinate the little fuckers and infect yourself with measles first if you have any doubts.

-Don't ask your kid where they heard that word: at school, on TV, and from your own mouth - ALL IN ONE DAY

-Provide guidance to your children while they watch Game of Thrones. They will see Joffrey and Tommen lacking apparent deformities as a sign that incest is always without consequences.

-If they're old enough to read a book then don't you dare put elbow and knee pads on them when they ride their bikes or skate. It's not like you're cool enough to let them get tattoos, they'll need their future scars for street cred.

-If you found weed in their sock drawer, consider letting it go as you contemplate your life over your 11AM glass of wine.

How to Obama:

-Look.

-Uhhh.

-When in doubt, drone it out.

How to entrepreneur:

-Bathtub moonshine is woefully understocked in local liquor stores.

-Same bathtub can make e-cig juice.

-And hot and sour soup.

-Bleach to clean bathtub is unnecessary overhead.

How to Jesus:

-All that bathtub water is potentially wine.

-Mescaline + desert for 40 days = arguments with Lucifer.

-A healthy bankroll for Judas goes a long way towards loyalty. 60 pieces of silver is a fair wage.

Clown Junta

By Trotsky,

Welcome to the sideshow

Swallow the sword and choke

Suffocate with all the lies

Caught tight inside your throat

Clown junta, clown junta

The greatest show on Earth

Clown junta, clown junta

Bled dry of pride and worth

The elephant is a war machine

The elephant never forgets

The elephant is a war machine

The war machine never relents

Clown junta, clown junta

Like you've never seen before

Clown junta, clown junta

The tent torched to the core

Ringleader in the tiger's maw

Firebreather with an ash black jaw

The elephant, the elephant

The war machine, it screams

Clown junta, clown junta

The elephant it screams

Clown junta, clown junta

Impaled on the tusk, but it's only a dream

The three strangers on horseback rode behind a scenic tumbleweed, which was moving fast and erratically because like all things from New Mexico, it was on meth. Trotsky the Great gazed out from the barred windows of the lab and took notice of the trio coming to a stop. The woman dismounted first and approached Trotsky's well; she stared down the unfathomably deep abyss.

"Guess we can get some water here" she said. "Guess we can get some water here" the well echoed. Sighing, Trotsky switched the safety off the Glock at his hip and made his way outside.

"You don't wanna let your horses drink from that" Trotsky told her.

The man who looked like the leader of the trio approached and asked "Now why is that?"

"This here" Trotsky said, pointing with one hand and stroking his beard with the other "This here ain't water, it's methylamine. And you're trespassing on my meth lab."

"Okay" the fair lady said, "don't shoot us."

"I only shoot people who go slow in the left lane and vote for Ted Cruz" Trotsky replied.

"You mean people who do both or either?" the leader asked.

"Ah fuck it, nevermind. I was never big on property laws anyway. I pirated the whole Green Day discography, except for the trilogy. Wouldn't waste my hard drive space on that bullshit, right?"

Trotsky glanced at the third rider who had yet to speak and said "You look like you want to say something or post a thread about something totally irrelevant."

"Meth" the man said "is bad. Teens use it to get high, I should report you to the federal gov- haha oh fuck I fucking can't. Got a taste for me? I'm Randall."

He extended his hand forward. Trotsky shook it and said "No free samples Randyl, you fucking freeloader."

"It's spelled Randall" replied Randall.

"I just said your name, how the fuck do you know how I spelled it?" Trotsky asked.

Randall only answered "Fuck you, man."

"You're alright" Trotsky said.

"I'm Ben and this is Pricky" Ben introduced the others.

"Pricky?" Trotsky asked inquisitively.

"My original username was after an embarrassing song" the lady said, blushing. "And my real name is Yak."

"Shit luck, girl" Trotsky told her. "I'm Trotsky. Anyway, come inside travelers. It's goddamn hot in Methland."

Inside the methlab, the most amazing and perfect woman in the world was hard at work in the kitchen, stirring a steaming pot.

"This is my girlfriend Anna" Trotsky said. "She's cooking. Like, actual food. Not meth. We have cancer patients in back cooking the meth."

Randall sniffed the air lustfully. "Smells good, is the food vegan?"

Anna turned around and came to sit down at the table. She had on this sexy dirndl, like fuck man, you have no idea.

"Everything I cook is vegan" she said proudly. "I can even trick Trotsky's parents into thinking tofu is chicken."

"Got a taste for me?" Randall asked.

"NO YOU FUCKING FREELOADER" Trotsky snapped.

Ben tapped his fingers on the table and said "I hate to interrupt, Trotsky, but we're looking for the Grand Poobah."

"Did you try the Latino gay bar?" Trotsky asked without a hint of sarcasm. "La Rosa Tequila, it's called."

"We were told he's a mile west down the road" Ben stated.

"Half a mile west down the road" Trotsky corrected him. "You were going to skip over my whole part of the goddamn story."

"Thought you lived in Tampa" Ben said defensively.

"Left Florida to get away from the humidity" Trotsky replied, taking a long and glorious puff from his very fancy electronic cigarette. He blew the flavor of strawberry cream into Pricky's face.

"I think I want to move to Florida" Ben said, rubbing his chin which silently cried out in desperation for a beard as nice as Trotsky's.

"No you don't" Trotsky told him. "No you fucking don't."

Another person entered and said "G'Day mates."

The trio jumped out of their seats, scared the Australian accent was the infamous Cane Toad. But it wasn't.

"This is Emilie." Trotsky explained. "My enforcer who makes sure I get my fucking meth money. Nothing is scarier than someone from Australia. Fuck with Emilie and they'll be chopping up your limbs into that pot - and we'll make an exception on the vegan thing."

Yet one more person followed Emilie inside.

"Oh!" Trotsky said. "This is Ash. They're my biggest fan and wouldn't want to be left out of my story. Okay, away, you two, go show those pieces of shit in El Paso which bones they don't get to keep in one piece when they're late with my fucking money. Anna, sweetheart, wait in the bedroom while I show these strangers out."

Anna and Trotsky kissed gratuitously for a very long time before the story continued.

"I've thought about it long and hard, and I'm going to help you three bring down the Poobah."

"We're not bringing him down" Pricky protested. "We're saving GDC."

"Whatever. You can give him a message for me. Tell him this is my town now and I'm sick of him giving free board to that pervert Tookie Pookie. He's creeping out everyone and worse, he thinks he's funny. I'd take care of him myself but he's under the Poobah's protection. The Poobah has until sundown to throw him out of town or I'm sending Emilie to his door with an AK-47 that shoots out inland taipans and other revolting fucking creatures from that hell of a continent they're from."

The travelers shook Trotsky's hand again and made their way outside.

Pricky mounted her horse, but before she rode off, she said "Trotsky, I just wanted to say you were right about every political opinion you've ever had."

Leelah

By Trotsky,

You didn't deserve a son,

You didn't deserve a daughter

She didn't deserve any of

The misery you brought her

But she was yours - yours to love

Not an object, not your property

She never could have been

The boy you thought she ought to be

And after seeing what you did

You just want to save face

As you bury your child

Whose life you laid to waste

No guilt? No remorse?

Just fear you'll be revealed

It will all come to light

The abuse you have concealed

You didn't deserve a son,

You didn't deserve a daughter

But she realized so much more

Than the lies that you had taught her

She didn't deserve to die

She didn't deserve her sorrow

But could she have been told honestly

Things would get better tomorrow?

When I was young, I played with toy guns

Around the block outside in the Florida sun

I had a plastic AK and a shiny revolver

With orange caps on the barrel so no one at all would

Mistake it for a real piece, but it’d be all good

Cause who’d think they’d be robbed, murdered or assaulted

By a little skinny white 8 year old boy, like it was obvious of course

It’s just a fucking toy – that was white privilege

Roll your eyes at the term if you will,

But that’s what you’d call never thinkin’ you’d get killed

And how different childhood may have been in a different place

A mile west of my neighborhood if I were born another race.

I wore hoodies as a teenager, out in the rain

Out on a walk in the dark, the trailer park down the lane

Never was harassed like I looked like I didn’t belong

Just kept my headphones on, blastin’ my songs

But if some insecure cowboy wannabe fuck

Had rolled up on me one night in his pick-up truck

And demanded to know where I lived, that I tell

I’d have flipped him off and told him go to hell

And told him to give me some space before I make him bleed

But if he had shot me dead then and there, I’m sure that he’d

End up gettin’ the needle or life without parole at least

And not acquitted, out there still prowlin’ the streets

Now listen up you right-wing fucks, I’ve lost my patience

You’re praisin’ militias who are aimin’ guns at federal agents

While you’re sayin’ black demonstrators should be locked up

I hate this shit, and it ain’t even like it’d be worth the time debatin’ it

The way you’re all denyin’ there’s still racism, can’t be facin’ it

Ninety-sixty fuckin’ eight didn’t end discrimination, shit

I’m scared for your children with the way that you be raisin’ ‘em

The hatred’s gotta die out with the next generation

Or soon it’ll be all America that’s blazin’,

It’s gonna be on you when the country’s up in flames.

Welcome aboard John's Internet Safari! Please keep your hands and feet in the jeep at all times and remember to pay all due royalties whenever using your "save image as" cameras. This is a reminder from the disclaimers you signed that saying "jk lol" will not necessarily stop the FBI from busting your door down. You strongly advised to be caught up on The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones as spoiler cell systems pass through the atmosphere often at this time of year. We'll be passing through the American internet in the first stage of our journey, so if you forgot to purchase a background check free assault rifle earlier, you'll receive another chance.

Now, look to your left and focus closely - you may be able to make out YouTube through the wall of racial slurs that obfuscates it most of the time. If you can't find a herd of commenters, it's because they tend to come out at night. Many of them are still in high school and as they have not fully matured, their racist rantings are typically observable in ALL CAPS ONLY. Hear that screeching sound? That's an argument about religion! Right on a video of a cat playing a ukulele! If you witness a particularly ferocious fight as we proceed, there may be a feminist lurking about. We will learn more about these deadly predators and their acne-ridden, fedora wearing prey called men's rights activists later on when we enter the Tumblr jungle!

Onto the Pirate Bay! Here, illegal downloads of music and movies have dedicated the ecosystem. You will notice the lone CEO on your right who has had to switch from Cuban to Dominican cigars due to lost profits! Interestingly, "Lostprophets" is a band with a devious little meme of its own now, but I digress - you should have bought the premium tickets if you wanted "megalolz." Feel free to download yourself copies of Green Day's Uno! Dos! and Tre! before we leave the Pirate Bay; these are relatively fresh as they have been downloaded scarcely 20 times since their release! To the Northeast you may like to scope out and prepare to snag episode 4.08 of Game of Thrones where The Mountain smashes in Oberyn's fucking head IN LIKE THIS! (Fuck you tourists, I warned you about the spoiler cells). I hope you all leave this wasteland with the understanding that piracy is no joke. After all, if you could steal a Porsche by making yourself an exact copy of someone else's Porsche without taking theirs away, you wouldn't, would you? Yeah? Me too.

So, we're drifting 'round 4Chan now. I must repeat my warning to keep your arms and legs inside the safari jeep. That hyperlink is not to leaked Jennifer Lawrence photos, it's a cryptovirus that will fuck your computer so hard that even the most skillful Russians couldn't unfuck it. Be cautious around those pedobear posts - more than 1/3 of the inhabitants post pedobear positively unironically. The humane capture and relocation of Ian Watkins to a suitable habitat was not necessarily enough to reverse this trend. Fortunately, children separated from the tour at this point tend to find refuge in the "offended?" page of Encyclopedia Dramatica. Look through your binoculars and you may see the edges of the now-dead biozone of the Silk Road peering out from the deep web. This haven of delicious drugs was ruined by FBI poachers months ago, forcing kids to get high off copious quantities of nutmeg (yes, that's a thing, feel free to check out Erowid for confirmation during our safari's lunch break!)

Next stop is Etsy! Hm, no one gives a fuck? No one wants to see Etsy? You sure? We're ahead of schedule. Ok, skipping over Etsy. *Ahem.* Alright folks, we're passing under the canopy of Tumblr. Please be very careful to not provoke the wild feminists - things you can do to provoke them include staring at them like creepers, reminding them that they can vote so what the fuck more do they want, and insinuating that rapists on the high school football team really aren't that bad. I must stress, these feminists will overreact to this kind of stuff! They won't kill you, but, they'll like, say mean things to you. So don't fuck around!

Ahead you may notice a confrontation brewing between a fedora'd libertarian neck-beard and an agender social justice warrior (some people don't identify as male or female, contemplating this for too long may cause dizziness or confusion if you lack the capacity for basic critical thought). The fedora'd libertarian neck-beard howls, hoping to alert some of his pack and come and send death threats to the agender social social justice warrior. Unfortunately, he's a lone wolf as most of these Elliot Rodger types are. The agender social justice warrior bites the fedora'd libertarian neck-beard and rips out his fucking jugular, just like Rick does to that guy in The Walking Dead (another spoiler, oh dear, the weather is rough today!).

That concludes our tour. Please tip your driver before continuing on foot to the 90% of the internet that is porn.

Caught in a fever dream,

Touching unreality.

Caught in an eyeless storm

That stares straight through dead eyes.

We were no one special,

But we tried.

Riders on the razor’s edge

Stepped weightless off the ledge,

The brave and bored were dancing there

Bearing teeth and scars.

Expecting really nothing

Except to be left wanting.

We torched the house

Our past had kept on haunting.

And for what?