“Even if Dzhokhar Tsarnaev doesn’t join them, a massive amount of work will remain to be done before [U.S.] joins the vast majority of the civilized world and outlaws the death penalty, not simply as cruel and unusual punishment, but as a phony and ineffective means of deterring deadly crime, even in the name of national security.” - Bill Blum on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev joining the handful of people awaiting execution in federal prison
I’m so wrapped up on Dzhokhar’s case because I feel like it has so many facets and it raises ethical issues that are relevant to our society today - many of which people need to open their eyes to and actually think about, especially that of capital punishment.
Typical Sunday: trying to catch up on what I had expected to be done the week before.
Now a days, my life mainly consists of thinking about school work but not actually accomplishing anything.
Most of the time, I end up making plans and organising - hence my abundance of moleskines. That or reading for leisure/going running/eating/wandering about the city/cleaning/engaging in societal arguments/spending money I should be saving/tumbler-ing. It’s bittersweet, really.
…we’ve got to recognise that though we are able to take out the leadership of these groups, unless we recognise that the real target should be this ideology that convinces young people to append themselves and travel across the world and attack people that have got nothing to do with them on behalf of people who’ve got nothing to do with them, unless we recognise that the target must be these ideas and not the men leading the ideas, we will fall for this problem that every terrorist we kill we’re creating and replacing with ten more. And I think the issue is we must begin to encourage and popularise a counter-narrative on the grass roots that truly places the facts before the eyes of these young muslims - the fact such as more muslims have died from Taliban attacks in Pakistan than from American drone strikes. And unless we start recognising that we won’t be able to popularise this idea that there is no global war on Islam and muslims - that the real challenge we have is in pushing back the terrorist ideology.
The decision of where to prosecute should be based on which jurisdiction has a greater interest in the case, not where the potential for vengeance is greater.
Currently stuck at home with a problem face.
But here are some pictures of my new favourite shoes! :D
sjokolade + heels
Appeasing my Monday morning anxiety with leisurely reading and a macchiato. And a croissant. Healthy, yes I know.
I told myself I wouldn’t buy any more magazines this month because they’re rather costly but I had to get this one because I’ve been so eager for Vanity Fair’s issue with Ms. Audrey ever since they previewed it on their Instagram.
Also, as I sit here on my phone writing this, I’m hearing these two girls beside me loudly gossiping away and making the most bitter remarks about people they know. Really wish people didn’t do that. Must be unpleasant to start a day with such bitterness and contempt. It’s counterproductive and unsettling, really.
And generally I think it’s important for people to try and remain above petty drama as much as possible. It’s one of the things I’ve learned not to wallow in, let alone tolerate - even it means reclusion. It’s not worth time or energy when there are bigger things at hand.
Plant, cultivate, harvest.
Living on a student’s budget, I don’t often have the luxury of buying products towards the more sumptuous end of the spectrum.
So, it’s a given that I get a little excited when I do have the opportunity.
Some weeks ago, I ripped my favourite black pants and since then I’d been looking for a pair of the likes.
Being “somewhat” short and petite its pretty difficult to find a good pair of jeans that fit properly.
Luckily, as I wandered about the city after school, I stumbled upon an Acne Studio that my sister and I have long been wondering about.
I was pointed to their new Skinny 5 collection and was immediately seduced.
Being the perfect fit (and Acne being renowned for the subtle luxe of their denim wear), I had to get a pair to replace my ripped ones.
I also found a casual summer black dress of a seamless jersey material, combined with a two-net pattern - a big and small - which I simply couldn’t let go…
I’m guessing it has the capability of looking rather improper so I need to find something to put underneath it.
Obviously don’t want to go parading about with see-through net on my backside.
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