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putthison:

My friend Robert Krulwich wrote a fascinating little post on his NPR blog about men’s clothing-buying habits. Apparently menswear spending peaks in a man’s early 50s, the essentially falls off a cliff. I’ve included the graph for shirts above, but it’s true for coats and shoes and even underwear. It reminded me of Frank Costanza’s 1970s duds on Seinfeld. I wonder if we calcify in the image and clothing of our most powerful, affluent selves. Or if we just don’t care anymore. Food for thought.

Seinfeld was my favorite show, but I’m so fashion-illiterate that I never picked up on the fact that he was wearing 70s clothes. 

  • 2Pac: And since we all came from a woman, got our name from a woman and our game from a woman, I wonder why we take from our women. Why we rape our women, do we hate our women? I think it's time to kill for our women, time to heal our women, be real to our women. And if we don't we'll have a race of babies that will hate the ladies that make the babies. And since a man can't make one, he has no right to tell a woman when and where to create one.
  • Jay-Z: Silly rappers, because we got a couple Porsches, MTV stopped by to film our fortresses. We forget the unfortunate. Sure I ponied up a mill, but I didn't give my time. So in reality I didn't give a dime, or a damn. I just put my monies in the hands of the same people that left my people stranded. Nothin' but a bandit, left them folks abandoned. Damn, that money that we gave was just a band-aid, can't say we better off than we was before.
  • Kanye West: Is it genocide? 'Cause I can still hear his momma cry, know the family traumatized. Shots left holes in his face, 'bout piranha-size. The old pastor closed the cold casket, and said the church ain’t got enough room for all the tombs. It’s a war going on outside we ain’t safe from, I feel the pain in my city wherever I go. 314 soldiers died in Iraq, 509 died in Chicago.
  • Mos Def: When the average minimum wage is $5.15, you best believe you gotta find a new grind to get cream. The white unemployment rate, is nearly more than triple for black so frontliners got they gun in your back. Bubblin crack, jewel theft and robbery to combat poverty and end up in the global jail economy. Stiffer stipulations attached to each sentence. Budget cutbacks but increased police presence. And even if you get out of prison still livin join the other five million under state supervision. This is business, no faces just lines and statistics from your phone, your zip code, to S-S-I digits. The system break man child and women into figures. Two columns for who is, and who ain't niggaz. Numbers is hardly real and they never have feelings but you push too hard, even numbers got limits. Why did one straw break the camel's back? Here's the secret: the million other straws underneath it - it's all mathematics
  • Lupe Fiasco: I really think the war on terror is a bunch of bullshit. Just a poor excuse for you to use up all your bullets. How much money does it take to really make a full clip. 9/11 building 7 did they really pull it. And a bunch of other cover ups. Your childs future was the first to go with budget cuts. If you think that hurts then, wait here comes the uppercut. The school was garbage in the first place, thats on the up and up. Keep you at the bottom but tease you with the uppercrust. You get it then they move you so you never keeping up enough. If you turn on TV all you see’s a bunch of “what the fucks”. Dude is dating so and so blabbering bout such and such. And that aint Jersey Shore, homie thats the news. And these the same people that supposed to be telling us the truth. Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist. Gaza strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say shit. Thats why I aint vote for him, next one either. I’ma part of the problem, my problem is I’m peaceful. And I believe in the people.
  • Queen: Bicycle! Bicycle! Bicycle!

Regular guys vs Rapists is the new version of this. 

Rapists have got to go. Every time regular guys wanna have a good time, ignant ass rapists fuck it up. Can’t do shit. Can’t do shit without some ignant ass rapists fuckin it up. Can’t talk to a girl on the street. Grand ‘Hello’? Grand ‘Goodbye’. Hey, I love regular guys but I hate rapists, boy. Can’t do shit. Tired tired tired tired tired. Can’t meet a girl without her thinking ‘Will he rape me?’ Ignant ass rapists. Can’t do shit. Rapists will rape and come over to your house the next day ‘I hear you got raped?’ What do you mean you heard she got raped? You didn’t hear shit cause you were doin shit. You know the worst thing about rapists? Rapists will brag about some shit they’re supposed to do. Rapist will be like ‘I treat women with respect’. You’re supposed to you dumb motherfucker! What are you bragging about? ‘I ain’t never slapped a strange ass’ Whatchu want, a cookie? You ain’t supposed to slap an ass you low expectation having motherfucker. Tired of this shit. You know what the worst thing about rapists is? Rapists love to not know. ‘I didn’t know I wasn’t supposed to intimidate this stranger’. Kids can’t fucking play anymore, used to be you could run from that corner to that corner. Then it was that gate to that gate. Now kids gotta stay inside all day. Tired tired tired of this shit. Fee Fie Foe Falter, boy I hate an assaulter. 

I see some rapists looking at me like, ‘Man, it ain’t us, it’s the media. It’s the media distorting our image. Why you gotta come down on us, it’s the media’. Cut the fucking shit, ok? Yeah, those music videos don’t help, but I’ve never seen art actually rape someone. When my female friend sprints from an ATM vestibule to her car at 11PM she ain’t worried about Kid Rock getting her. I’m tired of this shit. Tired tired tired tired tired.

Kids are the only people that you’re allowed to hit…If you hit a dog, they’ll fucking put you in jail for that shit. You can’t hit a person unless you can PROVE that they were trying to kill you. But a little tiny person with a head this big who trusts you implicitly? Fuck ‘em! *SMACK*

—Louis C.K. (via slykangaroo)

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Why deal with an out of shape under read ugly hipster who hangs with his friends too much when you can have me?

—my friend Ben. His ego took a hit when a girl ditched their date. (via iknowrrrright)

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nationalpostsports:

Where have we seen this before?Oh right. Former NBA player Yao Ming lifts up a giant panda cub at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu, Sichuan province, January 11, 2012. Yao came to the research base after attending the launch ceremony of Panda Valley protected area, where the first batch of giant pandas has been resettled from captivity for wildlife training, local media reported.  REUTERS/China Daily

Some people in China care about pandas, while ~15 Chinese people watch a murder
http://worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshh81t6tazbXtP9j05h

nationalpostsports:

Where have we seen this before?
Oh right. Former NBA player Yao Ming lifts up a giant panda cub at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu, Sichuan province, January 11, 2012. Yao came to the research base after attending the launch ceremony of Panda Valley protected area, where the first batch of giant pandas has been resettled from captivity for wildlife training, local media reported.  REUTERS/China Daily

Some people in China care about pandas, while ~15 Chinese people watch a murder

http://worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshh81t6tazbXtP9j05h

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pasttensevancouver:

Rockies Flight to Vancouver, 1958

British Pathe newsreel about “VAN-coovah, a city of contrasts,” featuring pretty girls, modern architecture, suburban supermarkets, and dancing “Red Indians.” Not exactly PC, but typical mid-century boosterism with some great colour footage of the city. 

Oh hi there. I’ll see you day after tomorrow. I’m gonna cry now. 

(Source: britishpathe.com)