Ruby red footsteps my dear

If I leave here, I know, I’ll never know her the way I want to. That’s why I’m staying. A siren to be sure, but, I really don’t care. I would steer my boat into the rocks if it meant one more song. Floundering about in the splintered wood and brackish water, with angelic sounds, a lost boat would be worth it. The temptation of something beneath the surface is of little consequence, I know that it is a far fetched idea, that resides in the cobwebs of my mind.

Mike Seehagel, Winter’s not over yet (2013)

wicked, leading the life

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encapsulated neural dormancy

how far do you chase a dream

mirage like it may be but

when the line is blurred between tangibility and  

further afield than one should be  

how far do you let the pied piper drag you away

it will change your life

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This morning, veteran Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus was killed in Khost, Afghanistan. She was killed instantly when an Afghan policeman opened fire on her car. Reporter Kathy Gannon, who was also in the car, was wounded.
Chad is withdrawing from African Union peacekeeping forces in the Central African Republic over criticism of its conduct.
The EU launched its military mission in CAR.
According to the UN, over a million have been displaced by violence in South Sudan.
The death toll in Syria is 150,000, with a third of those deaths civilians, says the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Spanish journalist and photographer Javier Espinosa and Ricardo Garcia Vilanova returned home after six months imprisonment by an Al Qaeda-affiliated group in Syria.
Lebanon registered its millionth refugee from Syria.
President Abbas took steps to join 15 international agencies, seeking increased statelike legitimacy for Palestine outside of the negotiating table. Peace talks between Israel and Palestine are faltering and the blame game is beginning.
The US is considering the release of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard as part of negotiations. 
Egypt denied three Al Jazeera journalists bail.
Thirteen Bahrainis were sentenced to life in prison on charges of illegal protest and reportedly trying to kill a police officer. 
Iranian border guards held captive by an Al Qaeda-linked group on the Iran-Pakistan border have been freed.
The Washington Post interviews Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction John Sopko on future challenges for oversight in Afghanistan.
March was the first month in over seven years where there were no US combat casualties in Afghanistan.
The situation in Afghanistan currently is highly tense, with elections being held on Saturday. Security forces said earlier this week that they had seized 22 tons of explosives and officials have shut down popular hangouts among foreigners in an attempt to decrease pre-election attacks on non-Afghans. Televised debates among the candidates were cancelled over security concerns. 
15 Taliban commanders were killed in Ghazni province when a suicide bomber detonated to block their plans to disrupt elections.
A suicide bombing at the Ministry of the Interior left six policemen dead. 
Pakistan’s PM released 16 Taliban prisoners as part of an attempt to strengthen peace talks. 
Talks are set to continue but the Pakistani Taliban’s ceasefire is over. 
Former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf, recently officially indicted on treason charges, narrowly escaped an assassination attempt. 
Pakistani journalist Raza Rumi also survived an attempted assassination when gunmen opened fire on his car. His driver was killed.
Pakistan will not be getting excess US military equipment from Afghanistan.
After India refused to declassify a controversial 1963 report on India’s defeat against China the year before, Australian journalist Neville Maxwell, who had obtained the report in 1970, released it on his blog.
An inquiry has concluded that Ukraine’s special Berkut police were the ones responsible for the shooting deaths of anti-government protesters. Ex-president Viktor Yanukovich is also receiving blame. 
General Breedlove, the top NATO commander, expressed concern that massed Russian troops were capable of mobilizing on Ukraine with 12 hours’ notice. 
An Iraq veteran opened fire at Fort Hood killing three and wounding sixteen before taking his own life. The soldier was being treated for post-traumatic stress, but many have urged caution over the impulse to connect post-traumatic stress to the shooting as the obvious explanation.
Author Cara Hoffman writes that women veterans’ experiences with homecoming, post-traumatic stress and acknowledgment for service are under-represented in literature and media: ”I can’t help but think women soldiers would be afforded the respect they deserve if their experiences were reflected in literature, film and art, if people could see their struggles, their resilience, their grief represented. “
The Senate Intelligence Committee voted on Thursday to declassify the CIA report on interrogation that concludes the agency’s extreme interrogation measures yielded little results and that the CIA actively misled government officials about the program.
ProPublica breaks down the three main legislative proposals regarding NSA reforms and what each would and wouldn’t do. 
New York Times reporter David Sanger talks to NPR Fresh Air about cyber war. 
Popular Mechanics tells the story of California state Senator Leland Yee’s corruption and arms dealing scandal by walking readers through the particular weapons involved. 
Photo: Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghan policemen atop their armored car rush to the scene of militant attacks on the Afghan election commission’s headquarters. Anja Niedringhaus/AP.

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togetherness is not the lochness

this world is bigger then you and me an its, all about the community, coming together for unity, that’s what it is can’t you see

sweet

(Source: Spotify)

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The Borowitz Report: President’s Announcement of Health-Care Numbers Angers Opponents of Math

newyorker:

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“Representative Michele Bachmann, a leading member of the anti-math caucus, told reporters, ‘Throughout the debate on Obamacare, there has been a tacit agreement to leave math out of it. Today, President Obama broke that agreement.’”

Read more: http://nyr.kr/1fsTpqC

Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty

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squeaky clean please

leave it at the door and while you are at it is conceptually great

thinking about the state of others or the motherless

lest we get off track nope

stop being a dope

feigning or a lie, I mean a life, filled with 

everything you want

paper running through rivers, blood no

but the more money the more fun?

right just left the building and now we are here

looking up and wondering why 

ask the sky as it cries tears of prosperity 

jobs raining down and 

just pick one up…its that easy

then happiness comes, jobs hand in hand

people’s selflessness, or is it selfishness, 

what do I care I’m gone fishing

just scaling the walls of this slippery slope

inclined to slide back 3 steps and take one step forward, 

this begins to upend itself and when you look at it

where do you stand?

travel to lands unknown and now that you are grown

flown all over and now the ivy has grown over what used to be

straight shot to the top, skills lost into an abyss of temporary amelioration, 

a nation filled with hope but the buckets got a hole in it

subversive tactics and racial tensions pursue and persevere

in some places not so clear but see 

hear for whom the bell tolls, at the end of the day

taking what is yours is how this world turns

nothing given, you have to rip it, and if you don’t tightly grip it

falls away 

into the night

a sight unseen, and then…

end scene

Impermanence is temperamental

one day here, one day there and

without things laid out, a plan

unravels like grains of sand woven into a cloth

sifted though the fabric of time that

land forgot

people forgetting to let go

of that which binds them together

this weather turning once soft faces into leather

hiding behind brick and mortar homes, gusts ripping shingles off

pissed urbanites with their yoga tights

tofu rice bowls and sights set on lofty goals

vacationing behind iron clad fences in places

where people pray each day for a bowl of rice and maybe 

some sun to come out and grace the water laden clothes with some 

long awaited bliss

kissing button down shirts with the goodness of celestial warmth

tattered sleeves and patched blue jean knees

the work spans time through these clothes 

woven by women who go silent though time, corn tortillas, 

flotillas of tourists see a world shrouded in bliss 

fully unaware of the agony and work that produced that convoluted land

a hand

shaken from a place of security, lacking the purity of pure optimism, 

left in a thought that was abandoned 

at a gas station, 

a long, 

long,

time

ago