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18 Dec 01:44

How to pacify a generation: tell them to think “happy thoughts” about chronic social issues

by chloeanneking

Advocating for young people who often come from the lower classes to “change themselves” and not “the system”, seems to be a favourite past-time of mainly white journalists who come from the upper classes. These types of think pieces tell young people everywhere: they must alter their “attitudes” and “thinking” and/or “behaviour” if they want a “better life”. And often offer aspirational and “alternative” thinking as a remedy for chronic social issues such as the massive housing crisis sweeping many countries from Aotearoa (New Zealand) where I live, to Britain. I am beginning to feel a real fatigue taking over in reaction to these pervasive types of pieces which never ever take into account race, gender or class and always lack, or are completely void of, intersectionality.

Journalist Dawn Foster, recently penned such a piece for The Guardian, entitled, ‘Myth: Generation rent is worth off than home owning parents.’ with the sub-title declaring, ‘Fact: freedom from the housing market offers the opportunity to live life a little more imaginatively’.

Dawn believes the housing crisis is some kind of “opportunity” in disguise – you just have to alter how you look at it. Everything comes down to how you see it and perspective, right?  The glass is either half full or half empty. Your choice, you decide.  Dawn wrote,

“Every student can tell you how grim the housing market looks for someone under 30: but being forced to make the best of a bad situation can lead to many other opportunities.”

Why should people have to make the “best of a bad situation”?

Telling young people to create “opportunities” out of tragedy and crippling economic deprivation, which is seizing on the logic of disaster capitalism, is like asking someone to make bread out of mud and water then expecting them to have full bellies and be grateful after consuming it.

Every time I have been fired from a low-paid precarious job, many people have told me to see it as an “opportunity” to find something better.  But something better has yet to come along.  What has resulted when I have suffered yet another job loss in a stagnant and precarious job market, is; I defaulted on my student loans and I have been pushed further into poverty and debt and then I fall deeply into depression which I nearly always try to numb with alcohol and prescription sleeping pills. I am done believing or accepting events which are often out of my control and are economically shattering, are somehow “opportunities” to better my life because they just , aren’t.

Dawn suggests that it is up to young people to seek out “alternative” housing arrangements if you are struggling to meet rising and unaffordable rental prices in Britain. She is not the only writer by any means, who is pushing this type of pervasive rhetoric. A more recent think piece entitled The Fall of Materialism: Why More Millennials Aspire To Have Nothing’, published by Elite Daily, pushes minimalism as a life-style choice and reads like a painful collection of “feel good” passive aggressive facebook memes which often encourage you to, for example, live a life of liberation by shedding material possessions – you know, like you have heaps to shed in the first place if you come from the lower classes.

One of the solutions to the housing crisis this piece suggests is joining the Tiny House Movement. When I was discussing this piece by Elite with Zaron Burnett who is an American writer, he said,

“Minimalism is just a nice way to say to Millennials: enjoy poverty”

I note with growing interest that pieces such as Dawn’s and the one published by Elite, never ever speak of social justice or call for young people to band together on both a local and global scale a. And forcefully and relentlessly demand rent control or challenge our governments to implement stronger rental regulations which prevent landlords from acting like overlords and slumlords. Neither are they nuanced enough to demand that rent controlled social housing which governments such as mine have promised they would build, actually, build them. In Aotearoa, Housing New Zealand has already failed to meet its target build of 2,000 new state homes (after demolishing thousands of state homes) that are urgently needed, having only completed 666. Making it clear housing our most economically vulnerable is not a priority for our tory government.  Dawn writes,

“If you can’t buy a home made of bricks in a welcoming neighbourhood, why not buy one made of wood, that moors wherever fancy takes you? Canal boat living is increasing in popularity across the UK, from Manchester to London and beyond.”

I am guessing if you can “moor” your boat wherever you “fancy” your country is not feeling the brutal effects of abrupt climate change and rising seas such as the Islands in the Pacific? And it is likely you aren’t tied down working multiple jobs like so many young people, because there has been a massive growth in what is called , the part-time economy. You would have more luck winning the Hunger Games than sSecuring permanent, secure, full-time work in a flooded job market where basic workers rights are under constant attack. Maybe a “house boat” then, is not for everyone? Not to worry,  Dawn, has an array of other “alternative” housing options such as living in a converted factory with other creative people.

I have actually done this.

I lived in a converted factory that served as both an artist run and living space. I built my room with my own two hands and a nail gun, I am pretty sure it was not up to building code. The kitchen was make-shift, we washed our dishes in the shower ‘cos the sink was too small. The factory was cold and I had zero privacy. My personal possessions got stolen all the time but the “positive spin” was that I did get an amazing space to make art in. Plus, at least I had a roof over my head that only took a quarter of my pay-check, not half, right?

Factory living like a lot of the other “alternative” housing ideas which Dawn wrote about are fun and quirky for the time being, but are often temporal. Unless you have the cash to convert factories into actual homes that have kitchens which are not potential fire hazards, living with a bunch of artists in some chic factory only offers passing relief from the chronic issue of housing. It is by no means a solution. Someone who commented under Dawn’s opinion piece nailed it when they wrote,

Yes alternative living arrangements are interesting things to look at. Mistaking that as equal compensation for poor/no tenancy rights, sky high rent and no retirement security is bloody daft.

Journalist’s telling young people to modify their behaviour and how they think as part of a remedy to the housing crisis which has led to massive spikes in homelessness in my own country, one particular area of growth is youth homelessness which has acutely affected our Māori and Pacifica rangatahi, often frame this type of rhetoric in positive “self-help” language. But in actuality what they are doing whether intended or not is, pushing dangerous neoliberal thinking which disempowers while claiming or seeming to, empower. It amounts to double speak; this type of thinking encourages us to look inwards for solutions to the chronic issues in our lives. It encourages us to only improve our individual situations and not that of our local and global communities.

This focus on the individual to modify their behaviour in response to oppressive social issues which  they have had no hand in creating, only, serves to obscure the economic and social structures which block access to upward mobility and a “better life”. And those very people who did, in fact, contribute greatly to inequality and the housing crisis become invisible and therefore unaccountable for their actions. Such as Baby Boomers who have hoarded housing, only to rent them out to the millennial generation at eye wateringly high rental prices.  Ron Goodwin, a 72 year old property investor in Auckland, New Zealand, owns 37 properties which he mainly rents to young people and the economically struggling.  Recently, very publicly, he went on record urging other landlords not to be “too kind” to their tenants as they risk being exploited.

We should be telling people like Ron – a white male millionaire, who publicly victimised himself while punching-down on and, vilifying tenants, to change their behaviour and psychopathic “attitudes”. Not young people who are economically struggling and who are likely never going to get a foot on the housing ladder. Everything about our dominant society and systems we live in and under were built to prop up and protect white men like Ron. As if men like Ron need protecting. These systems need to be sabotaged, and people like Ron need to be held up against the wall and forced to be accountable for their economic greed.

Why is it more radical to demand people like Ron, share their staggering amounts of wealth, than Ron, not only being allowed to, but encouraged to, hoard properties like pieces on a monopoly board? As if people’s lives are some kind of game?

If all else fails and the grinding reality of renting cold, damp, unaffordable houses that make you sick because landlords can’t be fucked to maintain them, gets all too much, Dawn has the ultimate solution: move to countries such as Berlin. Where rent control has been enforced so rental prices are low. She writes,

“If you know you’ll always rent, there’s no reason why you can’t up sticks and move to a foreign country – or change jobs every few years.”

Enjoying the freedom of traveling to countries with better and more affordable housing is great, if you have the money to do it. In a sobering blog by writer Chelsea Fagan entitled ‘Why ‘don’t worry about money, just travel’, is the worst advice of all’, published by Time Magazine,. Chelsea writes about an “internet acquaintance” she has been following who travels the globe and is about to undertake a masters in Europe. Chelsea points out this girl is able to live a carefree, nomadic and adventurous life because she “comes from a good bit of wealth and never has to worry about her safety net.” Chelsea goes on to point out why attitudes such as Dawn’s and her “internet acquaintance”, are harmful:

“The girl in question posts superficially inspiring quotes on her lush photos, about dropping everything and running away, or quitting that job you hate to start a new life somewhere new, or soaking up the beauty of the world while you are young and untethered enough to do so. It’s aspirational porn, which serves the dual purpose of tantalizing the viewer with a life they cannot have, while making them feel like some sort of failure for not being able to have it.”

Tantalizing examples of “aspirational porn” are incredibly soothing and tempting as someone who does come from the lower classes, to both believe and buy into.  I even bought the aspirational t-shirt and wore it, quite literally, at the start of this year:

t-shirt meme.jpg
‘Quit your day job, buy a ticket travel the world, fall in love, Repeat.’

As they say “dreams are free” unfortunately, houses and basic necessities such as food, are not.

Telling young people who come from disadvantaged and poor backgrounds to see the reality of never ever owning their own home as some kind of silver lining because you can “change jobs every few years,” as Dawn wrote, frames insecure work as some kind of lifestyle choice you can use to your “advantage” and it reeks of classism and privilege. So many young people, myself included, have no other option than to “change our jobs” not just “every few years” but sometimes every few months.

There has been a massive rise in precarious, repetitive and low paid work since neoliberal policies were introduced 30 years ago. This type of work reflects cuts to public spending, a rolling back of worker’s rights and a rise in insecure contracts such as Casual and Zero Hours contracts which serve only to exploit workers and drive down wages. These contracts are predominantly being offered to new immigrants, Pasifika and Maori people and women, in my country. These types of contracts result in nothing more than inconsistent paychecks and no promise of secure hours. This week my shifts were cut by half with only one weeks’ notice with no explanation given — it is less than 3 weeks out from Christmas. I tried to choke back tears tears when I read the new roster; this type of callousness from employers is common and is economically crippling. Not everyone is going to have a ‘Merry Christmas’.

Casual work conditions are not an advantage they are a fucking unstainable. Romanticising, as Dawn did in her piece, casual work is both harmful and punches-down on those who are punitively subjected and locked into it.

Recently, two men who are migrants moved to New Zealand on the promise of a good job at a Japanese restaurant in Auckland. The owner promised to pay both men $17.50 an hour. But when they arrived these two migrant workers had their passports stolen off them by their new employer who then forced them to work for free for the first two months and then only paid them $3.57 an hour after this. This is nothing less than slave labour. Moving to a new country in pursuit of a “better life” does not always lead to fun filled adventures and economic stability but instead, sadly, exploitation.

These two men did not just “make the best of a bad situation” they contacted First Union and got union representatives behind them. And through a direct occupation of the restaurant by the two men and union reps, the owner was forced to give back their passports and was publicly shamed on national television. Collective resistance to injustice is what we need, not just passively accepting your lot which is this case amounted to slave labour.

What Dawn is suggesting is that we just swallow down the stiff medicine of neoliberalism and is echoing what neoliberal politicians and “self help” gurus have been telling us for a while now: that it is our personal responsibility to seek out the “positives” in social and personal devastation and growing inequality. “Once you accept that you’ll never own a home, money takes on a different hue,” wrote Dawn. This logic is an exercise is mollifying young people as it professes: we must accommodate to that which we have been told, cannot be changed and find hope in hopeless situations.

Veteran journalist and activist Chris Hedges during an interview with Vice entitled, “What it takes to be a rebel in modern times”, sums up this need to frame everything, even the most depressing and grinding of circumstances, in a positive light:  

[…] this kind of mania for hope that has infected even the left, is a political pacifier; everybody is addicted to these happy thoughts and that keeps us complacent.

Dawn Foster is actually a left wing journalist, who like many before her is pushing what Chris has labelled an addiction to “happy thoughts”. Thinking “happy thoughts” is not going to fix a rigid socio-economic system designed to disempower and disenfranchise people to the point where they placidly accept poor housing and poverty wages and continued exploitation. “Happy thoughts” and lofty ideas about living some nomadic lifestyle full of adventure and freedom on some house boat or in a Tiny Home, only avoids issues of structural racism, classism and sexism which oppresses people on the daily and blocks pathways to economic security and equality.

We should be, as young left-wing progressive writers, calling for a direct confronting and exposing of these structures of injustice so we can over time and generations, dismantle and destroy these structures, not adapt to them. There can be no compromise in this.  

Give me picket-lines, blockades, lock-ons, protests, direct action and epic sustained defiance against a system that serves so few in our world over pacifying Facebook memes and t-shirts about ‘packing it all up and escaping to some exotic country’, any day.

You can bin your think pieces which advocate for us, to accept mass social inequality as inevitable, when it is by design. You can keep your lofty dreams and ideas about converted factories, and picturesque house-boats on some tranquil river or, whatever else people can come up with to detract from a government’s responsibility to provide safe, dry and affordable housing for their citizenry. I do not intend on running away from social problems which are affecting me and my communities, just so I can seek out a “better life” for myself, personally.

This month I took part in a direct action organised by Auckland Action Against Poverty, outside a National party Christmas party where mostly rich white people would have stood around drinking Moet and eating fancy finger food. Meanwhile over 305,000 children in my country are now living in  poverty and homelessness has exploded across the board since National took power nearly 9 years ago. This is stark reminder of the growing chasm between the  ‘haves and have nots’ in my country.

Activists storm the National Party Christmas party and lock-it-down

Activists from Auckland Action Against poverty stormed the venue which had only one way in and out, we blockaded the only exit and collectively pushed the gates at the entrance closed as activists chained themselves directly to the gate. While Police tried, in vain, to push the gates back open; we prevented our own Prime Minister, John key, from attending his party. And sent a loud and clear message to New Zealand that, as AAAP organiser and veteran activist Sue Bradford said,

We think it is really unfair that the National party are in there drinking their drinks and eating their food and I am sure having a lovely time, while people out here in the streets of Auckland and cities all over this country are really suffering.

For nearly two hours we maintained a hold on the venue. Changing the narrative and refusing to let the mainstream media to purposely forget important issues that are impacting a mass majority of people’s lives, is all part of pushing against and disrupting a system which serves the elite rich of this world at great cost to the rest of us.

The gatekeepers of wealth and opportunity need to know we are not going to simply ‘roll over’ and take whatever they punitively dish out.  What we need are people everywhere collectively rising up, not sitting down at some camp-fire and holding hands while we all sing kumba-fucking-ya and hope for the best and then return to our tiny homes in some commune.  Our only hope will come through rebellion. We can either go down on our knees or on our feet pushing back against those who seek to capitalise and prosper off our misery and economic deprivation.

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30 Nov 17:30

berlin1991: any sentiment that prioritizes hard work over mental health or wellness is capitalist...


any sentiment that prioritizes hard work over mental health or wellness is capitalist propaganda

01 Dec 06:04

stophatingyourbody: These photos are a part of “Self...


These photos are a part of “Self Revealed” The Naked Photography Project. For over a year Photographer Elizabeth Sanjuan continues to photograph over 100 women, giving women of all ages, race, and size the opportunity to express and validate beauty on their terms. 

The exhibit will have it’s opening reception on January 9, 2016 at Gallery 2014 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.


08 Dec 05:33

ben-c: mahimahi713: ben-c: things i hate: transphobes institutionalized racism banana strings If...




things i hate:

  • transphobes
  • institutionalized racism
  • banana strings

If you peel the banana from the bottom, you will not get the strings

brilliant. do u have solutions for the other two

27 Nov 23:00

afatfox: yourtugboatcaptain: If I were 120 pounds eating a...

by mossbelly
30 Oct 00:05

feetlips: My #Halloween #costume 2015: @pomwonderful bottle!...




My #Halloween #costume 2015: @pomwonderful bottle! I’ve always joked about sharing the same body type as my favorite juice, so I decided it was time for the vision to come alive!

All of the front lettering is felt that has been hand sewn to a dress (from ebay). Most of the nutritional facts on my bum are done with puffy paint. The cap hat is made from cardboard, phonebook paper, hot glue, and some netting.

My purse is a large Pom Wonderful bottle, dyed with alcohol ink, lined in cellophane with a ribbon strap and button closure. Wig is from Amazon! Shoes are thrifted.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and Happy Halloween! 🎃👻🎃👻🎃👻🎃
#costume #costumes #cosplay #diy #fatshion #effyourbeautystandards #me #costuming #curvy #chubbybunny

omg I love it!

29 Oct 04:34



Seriously tempted to get a septum piercing! Love this look.

05 Oct 15:00

chokedoll: amphetamine-angel: huffingtonpost: Margaret Cho:...

by mossbelly




Margaret Cho: Trolls Who Call Me ‘Fat And Ugly’ Are Admitting Defeat

Margaret Cho has a simple philosophy for dealing with degrading comments about herself: If you’re debating a woman and you stoop to calling her “fat” or “ugly,” you’ve already lost the argument.

The comedian explains how to turn misogynist attacks into a “more palatable and pleasurable” experience.

I love her so much


03 Oct 00:47

intpmusings: I’m a laid-back person with a ton of anxiety.


I’m a laid-back person with a ton of anxiety.

29 Sep 22:00

Beware the diet-industrial complex

by mossbelly


“Just as Dwight D. Eisenhower in his 1961 Farewell Address called on Americans to be wary of the military-industrial complex, we need, I argue, to be just as wary of the diet-industrial complex… 

“Our national ‘war on fat’ has created a colossal health and diet industry closely enmeshed with government agencies. Profit motives for our sixty-billion-dollar diet industries and fat stigma have becomes so entangled that it has become difficult, perhaps impossible, to even entertain the possibility that we are fighting the ‘wrong war.’ In a profit-driven, consumer society, diet product manufacturers, pharmaceutical corporations, the advertising industry, and medical practitioners all benefit financially from fat stigma. Through their lobbying efforts, these entities influence our government agencies and public health campaigns; many in the corporate and medical world also serve as consultants or members of government offices and agencies. It is difficult to challenge this arrangement as our powerful fat-denigration ideology means that it ‘makes sense’ to fight fat. 

“Yet just as the purpose of the military-industrial complex is to maintain itself, not to seek peace, the purpose of the diet-industrial complex is to keep people dieting (or choosing surgery, diet pills, or memberships in clubs) rather than to seek health.”

- Dr. Amy Erdman Farrell, Fat Shame: Stigma and the Fat Body in American Culture

29 Sep 16:58

Second part of the tattoo styles guide. Check out the first part...

Second part of the tattoo styles guide. Check out the first part here

Trash Polka: 
Negative space: tagged/blackw / tagged/dots 
Minimalist: tagged/line / tagged/outline 
Neo Tribal: tagged/blackw / tagged/line


*please do not delete the captions, thank you! I hope you guys like it and if you think I left some style out let me know

09 Sep 01:33

itscolossal: The Annual ‘Corso Zundert’ Parade Honors Van Gogh...

22 Sep 18:00

Artomatic is back for 2015!! Oct. 30th – Dec. 12th

by Prince Of Petworth


From a press release:

Artomatic returns for its signature free art event to be held this year in Hyattsville, Maryland. Artomatic draws over 1000 artists and performers throughout the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area to showcase their talents for a six weeks long free exhibition that routinely attracts more than 75,000 visitors.

This year, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) Department of Parks and Recreation welcomes Artomatic to Prince George’s County in a 90,000 square foot space, located at 8100 Corporate Drive in Hyattsville with a Halloween themed opening weekend celebration.

Artomatic is well-known for transforming empty spaces into vibrant arts communities that create unique and exciting events for tens of thousands of visitors – all free to visit. Anyone can show art at Artomatic – it is non-juried and art is selected on a first-come, first serve basis – so it’s a great way to discover new art.

In addition to creative art, Artomatic also features a plethora of performing art forms throughout the exhibition – live music, dance, spoken word, comedy as well as professional development series and special events showcases. Every night of the event, thousands of people visit Artomatic to discover new art, grab a drink, listen to music, go on dates, and mingle with the creative community. No matter what kind of creative events you like, you’ll find something to like at Artomatic.

“We’re excited to be working with the M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation who, like Artomatic, understand the importance of art to help foster community,” said George Koch, Founder and Chair Emeritus. “Our diversity of artwork is unmatched because both emerging and established artists present their work side by side, which helps attract the broadest range of visitors.”

“It is our pleasure to host such a renowned art experience in Prince George’s County which complements the numerous arts offerings of the County and the Department of Parks and Recreation,” says Ronnie Gathers, Director of the M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation. “Artomatic will also help provide visibility for the thriving artists and art districts in the community, like the Hyattsville Arts District.”

Visitors will enjoy easy access to Artomatic with the New Carrolton METRO Station, as well as plenty of parking and bus stops nearby.

For the latest information about the event, how to participate, and when to visit, please subscribe to Artomatic by email or Facebook, or visit our website at


What: Artomatic 2015
When: October 30th – December 12th
Where: 8100 Corporate Drive, Hyattsville, Maryland
Metro: New Carrollton, Orange line
Who: Artists, and everyone. This event is free.”

16 Sep 15:10

RightRides DC Looking to Raise Money to Continue “free, safe rides home for dozens of women, LGBTQ and gender non-conforming members of the community”

by Prince Of Petworth

right rides

From Collective Action for Safe Spaces:

“People who don’t regularly experience sexual harassment in public have the freedom to choose where to go and how to get there based on convenience and cost. But for women and LGBTQ folks — populations that are at a higher risk of sexual harassment and assault — these considerations are often in conflict with a need to stay safe.

Our answer: RightRides DC. This summer, we wrapped up our pilot year of RightRides DC and it was a huge success! Thanks to all of you, our supporters and volunteers, we were able to provide free, safe rides home for dozens of women, LGBTQ and gender non-conforming members of the community over four service dates since last October.

Now we are ready to take RightRides DC to the next level, but we can’t do it without you!

Starting this fall, we hope to offer RightRides DC service dates once a month for an entire year! But to do that we need to raise $10,000 by September 30.

You can help us reach our goal by making a donation to RightRides DC right now.

As a small, grassroots organization, we depend on our donors and volunteers to make our work possible. Together, we can make DC a city free from public sexual harassment and assault. And we can start by making sure women, LGBTQ and gender non-conforming members of the DC community can get home safe at night.

Donate to RightRides DC today and help us ensure even more people can get free, safe rides home in the coming year.

18 Sep 14:39

glorious-spoon: chowderskin: dynastylnoire: sotightandshiny: ...






Booooooooooost! Please share!

As a native NYer of Latino decent, I am constantly galled by the hubris of transplants who feel like they are “discovering,” something when they come to the outer boroughs. Not only do we suffer the indignity of being essentially forced from my area due to rising prices, now we have to deal with these cultural colonizers who feel no need to mix and mingle with the already established populace and only force their white-bred, collage campus lifestyle on the rest of us, before heading back home to Wisconsin when the rents get too high. I’ll skip the artisanal grilled cheese in favor of an empanada. Fuck this cabron and fuck this girl’s twee crochet garbage. 

It literally looks like something that goes on an elementary school bulletin board. And what artist looks at the art of someone else’s and says “hey that’s beautiful, I should totally slap my burlap mediocrity on top of it”?

Like there were no other spaces in the building, hell, in the city she could have thrown her scholastic vomit on?

I hope you spun that yarn from the wool of the world’s rarest sheep and then ate the sheep for lunch because the only way that’s raising property values is if the materials themselves are worth any money. That shit’s worth about two bucks and an hour of derisive laughter.

Three bucks if you put it on a wall you didn’t steal from someone who was already using it.

“Claiming the wall for herself”, holy shit, how arrogant can you get? 

18 Sep 15:15

reachforrecovery: The scale CAN’T tell you any of these...


The scale CAN’T tell you any of these wonderful things. So why do you use it?

19 Sep 22:44



Have been wanting to buy from them forever

10 Sep 19:45

Guerrilla Street Art in Brookland

by Prince Of Petworth


I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea but I love these. Thanks to a reader for sending – anyone know “Who is the mystery collage artist?”



09 Sep 19:10

This is pretty surreal – “Marijuana Contest at the DC State Fair”

by Prince Of Petworth

Alex Jeffrey, executive director of DC NORML, examines one of the entries. (Photo by: Joe Morcos) via DC State Fair

Earlier this morning we talked about all the neighborhood festival action happening this weekend including the DC State Fair. Just got the following email which just felt so surreal to me, awesome, but surreal:

“For the first time ever, the DC State Fair, now in its sixth year, will host a marijuana growing competition: The Best Bud Contest. This is also the first time a state fair has ever successfully hosted such an event.

Fifty-six people registered to compete in the much-buzzed-about contest. The contest is a concept of Fair board members and Frank Asher, the owner and founder of Old City Farm and Guild.

The DC State Fair will be held on September 12, 2015, from 12 noon to 8PM at the Old City Farm and Guild located at 925 Rhode Island Ave NW. This year is the first time that the annual Fair, which has traditionally partnered with other neighborhood or arts festivals, will be held as a standalone event.


Judges will critique the buds based on a variety of criteria:

Appearance: Is it well manicured? Does it have Trichomes (sparkling crystals)?
Odor: What does it smell like? Does it have a sweet, spicy, or musky smell?
Touch: Is it sticky? Does the stem snap or bend?
Your Story: Did you grow your plant organically? Did you use artificial light, natural light, or a combination? Was the plant grown hydroponically or in soil?

No one will smoke or ingest the buds for judging or recreation during the competition.

The Best Bud entries were first examined in a preliminary round of judging that took place on September 5. Photos and video from the day will be made available to press upon request.

The final round of judging will take place at the Fair on September 12 at 4:15 PM.

Judges for the contest include Adam Eidinger, co-owner of Capitol Hemp, Chris Washburn, owner and founder of Let’sGrowDC, Mark Perry, owner of Mark’s Organic Landscaping, Adam Amsterdam, co-owner Capitol Hemp, Alex Jeffrey, executive director of DC NORML, Paula Kahn, co-owner of Takoma Wellness Center, and Natalie Ruhl, a veteran of the California cannabis industry.

“In my 25-year experience in the landscape trade, I have found that cannabis growers are more passionate about their plants than growers of any other types of plants. This contest is sure to grow,” said Perry.

The DC State Fair is hosting more contests than ever this year, adding compost, best bud, and cut flower contests to an already extensive list. Traditional contests such as pie-baking, honey, heaviest fruit and veggies, and pickled foods will also be held. The ice cream contest last year was a big hit, and the Fair is bringing it back this year, along with the long-time favorites, tastiest tomato and homebrew.


The five bud finalists for the contest are:

Capital Chronic OG
The Delano
Sensi Star
Yeti Kush”

05 Sep 00:29

bdsmpetplay: SO HAPPY I REFOUND THIS :D*Not mine*



*Not mine*

01 Sep 15:52

23 Emotions people feel, but can’t explain


  1. Sonder: The realization that each passerby has a life as vivid and complex as your own.
  2. Opia: The ambiguous intensity of Looking someone in the eye, which can feel simultaneously invasive and vulnerable.
  3. Monachopsis: The subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place.
  4. Énouement: The bittersweetness of having arrived in the future, seeing how things turn out, but not being able to tell your past self.
  5. Vellichor: The strange wistfulness of used bookshops.
  6. Rubatosis: The unsettling awareness of your own heartbeat.
  7. Kenopsia: The eerie, forlorn atmosphere of a place that is usually bustling with people but is now abandoned and quiet.
  8. Mauerbauertraurigkeit: The inexplicable urge to push people away, even close friends who you really like.
  9. Jouska: A hypothetical conversation that you compulsively play out in your head.
  10. Chrysalism: The amniotic tranquility of being indoors during a thunderstorm.
  11. Vemödalen: The frustration of photographic something amazing when thousands of identical photos already exist.
  12. Anecdoche: A conversation in which everyone is talking, but nobody is listening
  13. Ellipsism: A sadness that you’ll never be able to know how history will turn out.
  14. Kuebiko: A state of exhaustion inspired by acts of senseless violence.
  15. Lachesism: The desire to be struck by disaster – to survive a plane crash, or to lose everything in a fire.
  16. Exulansis: The tendency to give up trying to talk about an experience because people are unable to relate to it.
  17. Adronitis: Frustration with how long it takes to get to know someone.
  18. Rückkehrunruhe: The feeling of returning home after an immersive trip only to find it fading rapidly from your awareness.
  19. Nodus Tollens: The realization that the plot of your life doesn’t make sense to you anymore.
  20. Onism: The frustration of being stuck in just one body, that inhabits only one place at a time.
  21. Liberosis: The desire to care less about things.
  22. Altschmerz: Weariness with the same old issues that you’ve always had – the same boring flaws and anxieties that you’ve been gnawing on for years.
  23. Occhiolism: The awareness of the smallness of your perspective.
04 Sep 19:10

yrbff: Tbh I never understood why the term “thunder thighs” is supposed to be derogatory, it sounds...


Tbh I never understood why the term “thunder thighs” is supposed to be derogatory, it sounds like I am a terrifying weather goddess

04 Sep 19:19


05 Sep 01:00

empyrean-princess: Ahh yes the radical trans agenda with such radical notions such as “please stop...


Ahh yes the radical trans agenda with such radical notions such as “please stop killing us” and “can we please have basic human respect?”

06 Sep 04:37

fetishweekly: fetishweekly: Model: Hazel Maybrook Six Ring...

by romulan-star-babe

Love the use of O-rings

01 Sep 18:49

feels-like-f0reverr: Pink and blue quartz geode that’s a dragon...


Pink and blue quartz geode

that’s a dragon egg

01 Sep 18:52

theinturnetexplorer: Of course they would


Of course they would

04 Sep 07:00

justinhubbell: Website I Twitter I Patreon Once again, thank...


Website I Twitter I Patreon

Once again, thank you everyone for reading, enjoying, and sharing this comic.  Not just sharing in the sense of re-posting this comic, (which you should totally do) but also sharing your stories with me, letting my know how my comics have touched you.  It means so much to me.  Love ya!

Stay tuned for more comics!

02 Sep 15:11

Help Transport “The Beach” from the Building Museum to the Dupont Underground

by Prince Of Petworth

Photo by PoPville flickr user molly

The epic beach exhibit from the building museum is coming to the potentially epic Dupont Underground and they need your help making it happen:

“You might have heard or read somewhere that the Dupont Underground is taking the 650,000+ plastic balls from the National Building Museum’s blockbuster BEACH installation. It’s true! We’ll be holding a competition for a site-specific installation in our space that will use the balls as both inspiration and artistic/design medium.

FIRST, however, we have to transport the balls from the museum to our space. And that’s where YOU come in. We need people to devote a few hours on SEPTEMBER 7 and SEPTEMBER 8 helping us pack the balls, load them in moving trucks, unload them at the other end, and put the boxes in the Dupont Underground.

There are a number of different volunteer opportunities and times to work.


—The Dupont Underground Team”


01 Sep 21:50

Rad! You can download Stone Butch Blues for free … Just saw this...

Rad! You can download Stone Butch Blues for free … Just saw this on my Instagram feed and thought I’d share! 💜