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Degrees, debt & depreciation: Female genital cutting: Determining the value of a college education
Mutilation or modification? by Sophie Hua Feminist Columnist
by Thom Kilburn Editor In Chief
Scared of the real word? Well, you damn well should be. The current economic climate has presented college students and graduates with an unprecedented amount of financial grief. Heralding these challenges is the ever-increasing amount of student debt— something to which nearly every college graduate is shackled. Despite what your grandparents say, the days of working a part-time job flipping burgers to afford a college education have long since passed. College tuition has never been more expensive and debt has been resultantly swelling. Tuition has an annual growth rate of 7.4%, outstripping the
Consumer Price Index (CPI) of 3.8% and surpassing health care increases of 5.8%. Since 1982, the cost of college has risen 439%. “College tuition has been rising at a rate that vastly exceeds pretty much any general economic measure you want to choose,” said Glenn Reynolds, Ph. D., Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee, in a recent interview at the Atlanta Federal Public Affairs Forum. “People have made up the difference with debt. They’ve done that because they feel that college degrees will pay back enough in increased earnings to make taking on the debt worthwhile,” said Reynolds. Continued on page 4
According to a 2005 United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) study on female genital cutting, 98 percent of Somalian women are missing their clitorises, labia, or are simply fused shut save for a small opening for urination and menstruation. In Guinea, 96 percent; Djibouti, 93 percent; Egypt, 91 percent. Conversely, according to Xujie Fu of the Center for Disease Control and Protection, approximately 70 percent of American men and 30 percent of men worldwide are circumcised. Yet the mention of female circumcision causes uproar. Female circumcision, or, as preferred by the World Health Organization (WHO), “female genital mutilation,” is a criminal offense in most Western countries. One reason for this is that as a ritual, it is frequently performed by older women in unsanitary conditions with unsterilized, nonmedical tools such as old razors, scissors and twigs. It is associated with increased yeast infections, decreased sexual pleasure and satisfaction, infertility, increased
risk of complications during childbirth and even death. Its eradication is the goal of tens, if not hundreds of organizations around the world. Women who have undergone female genital surgeries in their original or ancestral countries and then immigrated to the West are simultaneously shamed and pitied. Yet women still opt for the procedure. In fact, Egyptian women felt so strongly about their country’s outright ban on female circumcision that they went to back-alley clinics to have the procedure. Why would a woman opt to have her genitals cut open and stitched back together? One answer is that it serves as a rite of passage and a bonding experience. The procedure sometimes occurs as part of an initiation into the Bondo Society, a female secret society. It allows entry into a place strictly outside the control of men and far from the burdens of daily life. In some cases, women who have not had their genitals altered are sometimes shunned by the other women in their community or seen as less fit for marriage. Continued on page 3
Thom Kilburn - Editor-In-Chief Chelsea Hall - Lead Photographer David Air - Contributing Photographer Pedro Souza - Brazilian Columnist Henry Mann - Economics Columnist Sophie Hua - Feminism Columnist Trenton Landrey - SYWTBA Columnist B.S. Thompson - Recipe Columnist Lexi King - Sex Columnist Allan McAuley - Contributing Writer Richard Rothbard - Contributing Writer Circe Cicero - Contributing Writer Martin Borchers - Contributing Writer Johnny Alpha - Lead Illustrator
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International “Cutting” continued from cover In other cultures, the procedure signifies the coming of age and is accompanied by a shower of gifts from friends and relatives. Another answer is that many cultures alter genitals for cosmetic purposes. For example, some women in the United States and other wealthy, Western countries opt for vaginoplasty and labiaplasty, cosmetic genital surgeries intended to “renew” and tighten their vaginas or reduce the size of labia deemed too large or otherwise unsightly. Some would argue that this is considered genital mutilation, but others will argue that it is perfectly acceptable in either case, possibly even normal or desirable. In the case of African genital alteration, an initial surgery and a few weeks of healing result in beautiful, smooth genital surfaces, the enhancement of gender identity, and acceptance as a full member of society. One of the major concerns about any type of circumcision for any reason, cosmetic or otherwise, is that it is commonly performed on young children, even infants. Adults may be able to express informed choice in the matter, whereas infants and children have little to no influence over decisions concerning them. The question then becomes: is it morally acceptable to alter any part of a child’s body with or without their consent? Would it be better to wait until the child is old enough to choose, but also old
enough to remember the pain of the procedure? Is it right to alter our bodies at all? How far should we be willing to push ourselves for beauty? For our culture? Why are some types of circumcision acceptable and others criminal? All these theoretical questions are hard enough as is, but when placed into the context of real people and real cultures, they become even more complex: is it right to deny someone a cultural practice because someone else is uncomfortable with it? Conversely, are there universal truths of what is acceptable and what is not? Some groups acknowledge the crucial role culture plays in medical discourse. An example of this concession is this joint statement from UNICEF and WHO. “Even though cultural practices may appear senseless or destructive from the standpoint of others, they have meaning and fulfil a function for those who practise them. However, culture is not static; it is in constant flux, adapting and reforming. People will change their behaviour when they understand the hazards and indignity of harmful practices and when they realize that it is possible to give up harmful practices without giving up meaningful aspects of their culture.”
From protests in Brazil, a new form of journalism emerges
by Pedro do Amaral Souza Brazilian Correspondent
Over the last few months a wave of protests shook Brazil, garnering attention from the rest of the world. The protests were extensively covered, being reported in media juggernauts such as CNN, The Economist and The New York Times. But the Media coverage outside of Brazil seems to have missed one of the most interesting stories: Mídia Ninja (Ninja Media), a group of activists that present themselves as an alternative to traditional media, has emerged. The group was created in 2011 by Fora do Eixo, a group of collectives that organizes cultural events. The idea was to create a form of “uncut” journalism, streaming events in real time. Using social medias to organize themselves,
they took to the streets armed with cell-phones and cameras, broadcasting the protests to a fastgrowing audience. Little known before the protests, the Mídia Ninja has gathered more than 180,000 likes on their Facebook page. Following on their tracks, another group entitled Mídia Gaysha appeared in São Paulo, presenting different ideals but using the same tactics of live-streaming events. This might reveal the beginning of a new trend, as the popularity of such groups steadily increase. It is intriguing to see these groups emerge at a time when journalism as a profession is undergoing major changes, especially when you consider how they utilize new technologies to
“The idea was to create a form of “uncut” journalism, streaming events in real time.” their advantage. As of now, there is no way to tell whether this form of journalism will change the profession or disappear as a simple passing trend. But it is definitely worth keeping an eye on such alternative medias that have already redefined the way we see journalism here in Brazil.
ered to be an investment. In fact, colleges across the board market their services (an Reynolds, among other econoalleged invaluable education) via mists, believes that our higher their promotional literature, claimeducation system is creating a ing that student loans are an “in“bubble” that will soon pop. Economic bubbles form when vestment in yourself.” However, if college graduates cannot generate prices of investment become out of proportion with intrinsic values. the necessary income to pay off their loans, then the value of the When returns on the investment degree in which they invested go down and the value deprecidiminishes. ates—due to market fluctuations and changes in the economy—the “Economic bubbles bubble bursts. “First—as with the housing form when prices of bubble—cheap and readily availinvestment become able credit has let people borrow to finance education,” said Reynout of proportion with olds. intrinsic values.” “They’re willing to do so because of two reasons. The first Value varies for everyone, being consumer ignorance, as though! Students attend college students—and, often, their parfor a wide array of reasons: for ents—don’t fully grasp just how the social experience, as a way harsh the impact of student-loan payments will be after graduation; to bolster intellect, as a means of advancing their career, for the netand secondly, because a belief working opportunities or simply that whatever the cost, a college for a place to discover yourself as education is a necessary ticket to a person, a citizen and a thinker. future prosperity.” But for most, the only tangible According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, 60% of Ameri- way of measuring the value of cans that attend college each year college degree is the acquisition of a career that directly ties into take out federal loans annually. what was studied. It’s no secret This data demonstrates that that jobs are scarce and that findas tuition rates are steadily increasing, so is the dependency on ing degree-relevant employment upon graduation can pose as a federal aid to finance a student’s daunting task for many. college education. According to a study by the But if federal aid saddles colGeorgetown Public Policy Instilege graduates with a mountain tute, published in May 2013, the of debt, how do students justify overall unemployment rate for taking out loans to finance their recent college graduates with a education? The answer should be bachelor’s degree is around 7.9%. simple—college is often considAs a result, the amount of student“Degrees” continued from page 1
loan debt carried by households has more than quintupled since 1999. Nationwide, student loan debt increases by $2,853 every second. It’s already $970 billion larger than the national credit card debt. In spite of it all, more people have college degrees than ever before. While this may appear as great news, the market has become waterlogged. Even the students who can find jobs are earning less. Two years after getting a diploma, nearly half of college graduates earn less than $15,000 per year—and wages are falling steadily. On the other side of the coin, and on a more optimistic note for those pursuing higher education: college graduates now make 80% more than people who only have a high-school diploma. The higher the degree, the higher the pay! For example, a recent graduate with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts can expect to make around $30,000 per year—assuming they have found work in their field—while a graduate degree holder can expect
“The overall unemployment rate for recent college graduates with a bachelor’s degree is around 7.9%.” around $55,000 per year. Anthony Carnevale, the Director and Research Professor of the Georgetown University Center on
Education, says, “Over the next decade, there will be 31 million job openings that will require at least some form of education—9 million newly created jobs along with 22 million jobs from baby boomers who are retiring. Roughly two-thirds of those jobs will require some form of education or formal training beyond high school.” In addition to higher earnings and employment availability, college-educated people are more likely to have health and retirement benefits with their jobs. “Over the course of a lifetime, a college degree is worth an extra $1 million in earnings [over a high school diploma],” said Carnevale. “It’s even better if you have a professional degree, like accounting. You will make $3.7 million during your career, on average. A doctor will earn $6 million.” So what’s the point of this analysis? Well, deciding to pursue higher education at an accredited university is an enormous decision—one that requires heavy consideration, planning and money. There’s no question that going to college will make you a better person and broaden your horizons. However, it may be unwise to invest in a degree that cannot provide you with the means to pay off the investment upon graduation. Truly take the time to consider what’s worth your time, money and energy. In spite of the crippling prices of tuition, an education is only as valuable as you make it.
The truth about the Common Core State Standards by Henry Mann, Economics Specialist
Imagine you are driving your car down the freeway, and you hear the disconcerting rumbling of the engine or the nervous squeaking of the brakes—where do you turn for help? The likely choice is a mechanic, in whose expertise you have the greatest faith. In the same way, the complex inner workings of the public education system have been entrusted to the knowledge, experience and research of experts in the field of education. Enter: The new Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Despite the lack of clarity regarding what exactly the CCSS is and will imply for the public education system, the reality is quite different from the assorted rumors and apparent misconceptions that have run rampant since the standards’ public debut in 2010. To begin with, the inherent motivation for the creation of the CCSS was to create standards for K-12 education that set higher expectations for student achievement and that introduced a more rigorous curriculum at all grade levels. It includes a set of content standards that specifically refer to the grade-by-grade material covered in mathematics and English/language arts (ELA) between kindergarten and grade 12. “Developing a shared vision of educational goals and sup-
portive instruction is essential to building a system that can support effective teaching,” said Linda Darling Hammond, associate professor at Stanford University and noted researcher in the field of education. In 2007 the Council for Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governor’s Association (NGA) catalyzed the development of the CCSS. The two groups collaborated with an array of K-12 teachers and administrators, professional organizations, such as the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, university faculty from leading institutions of educational research, such as Stanford, and other experts in the field of education. Interestingly enough, the broad and diverse group of educators and experts formed across party lines. In fact, despite the firestorm that occurred among citizens following the adoption of the CCSS by many states, a significant number of politicians from both the Democratic and Republican parties have publicly voiced support for the CCSS. A leading misconception regarding the CCSS is that the standards were developed and funded by the federal government. The truth is that the CCSS was introduced in a state-led initiative that acted independently of the federal government. In fact, the CCSSO and the NGA are entities composed of elected or appointed officials who represent their
states’ population. Furthermore, while rumors have circulated claiming that the federal government financially backed the CCSS Initiative, the funding needed to craft the standards was actually provided by a variety of private corporations and organizations, such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The confusion regarding the funding of the CCSS comes with the decision by the Obama administration to offer additional Race to the Top money—a federal program designed to spur innovation and reform in the state and local K-12 education systems—to states that adopted the CCSS. The goal was to encourage the states to embrace the higher standards of excellence associated with the CCSS. Therefore, despite the common rumor, states were not mandated to adopt the CCSS nor were they denied funding if they opted not to adopt the standards. Since their debut in 2010, 45 states, including Ohio, have adopted the CCSS. In addition to the exten-
sive controversy surrounding the CCSS, there is a significant amount of apprehension in regard to the quality and rigor of the standards themselves. “We’ve always had standards, and these [CCSS] are just new standards. Districts can choose the curriculum they want. That’s the way it’s been, and that’s the way it will continue to be,” said John Charlton, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Education. The CCSS is a set of standards that simply address what will be taught in schools. The curriculum format—which refers to how the information will be presented and taught—is still determined by individual districts, schools and teachers. The new CCSS emphasizes problem-solving, critical thinking and higher-order skills, which are essential in the increasingly complex and globalized society. As stated so eloquently by Maria Montessori, “education should no longer be mostly imparting knowledge, but must take a new path, seeking the release of human potentials.”
Local organization reaches out to women with cancer, offers support, resources and hope
by Jennie Stockslager Vice Chair of Noble Circle
According the American Cancer Society, one in four persons born today will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in his or her life, and of those diagnosed, 580,350—1,600 per day—are projected to die. Ask any group of people, regardless of size, if their lives have been affected in some way by a cancer diagnosis—either their own or that of a loved one— and chances are the dramatic response will be 100%. Because cancer pervades our lives, it is rare that one has never been touched in a significant way by one of the many forms of this disease. As we approach October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, our consciousness is once again raised and we want to believe that
if a cancer diagnosis ever led us on a journey filled with surgery, chemo and radiation, we would travel the arduous path with hope in our heart and faith in a more promising future than most would expect. In 2003, that is exactly the place eight women found themselves as they gathered around a kitchen table. Initially strangers, they recognized that they had more in common than their breast cancer diagnoses. They shared a belief that they could do more than rely solely on medicine while on their journey to wellbeing. From that shared belief, they began to meet and ultimately, they created a vision which led to the founding of “The Noble Circle Project.” The Noble Circle Project is a grassroots organization that is
entering its eleventh year of existence. Noble Circle started with a group of eight women, feeling afraid and alone in their breast cancer diagnosis. They shared their experiences and their frustrations of wanting to do more to overcome cancer, but felt overwhelmed by the world of complementary medicine. Since 2004, twenty groups of about 15 women each have attended The Noble Circle Project’s Core Programs offered biannually, bringing the membership to nearly 300 Miami Valley women. The first part of the Core Program is a three-day retreat which introduces the 15 new women participants to the 3 pillars of Noble Circle: Complementary Energy Techniques, which begins with an emphasis on qigong, an ancient healing art that is like Tai Chi; Nutritional Education, with an emphasis on whole foods nutrition; Peer Support. For the second part of the Core Program, the 15 women attend Thursday evening classes for 10 consecutive weeks in Kettering at One Lincoln Park. During these classes, they continue their practice of qigong, they learn more about whole foods nutrition, and they gather for Peer Support. In addition, guest speakers provide information on topics related to health and well-being.
Following the completion of the Core Program, the new “sisters” are welcomed into the larger “Alumnae Group,” which meets monthly and hosts a weekend retreat each summer. All programs cost an average of $1000 per woman, but they are offered at no charge to the participants. The Noble Circle Project’s annual budget is met through the volunteer work of its members, fundraisers, grants, donations, and sponsorships from the commnity at large. At the completion of one program, a participant wrote: “Do I think I’d still be alive if I hadn’t found Noble Circle? Yes. I believe medicine could have done that for me. The difference, however, is that because of Noble Circle, I’m more than alive; I’m joyfully living!” If you know of any woman over 18 years old who has ever received a cancer diagnosis in her life and who would benefit from all that The Noble Circle Project offers, please refer her to www. noblecircle.org or 937-674-5566. The Noble Circle Project will offer her the same things those eight women were looking for over ten years ago at their kitchen table: an inspiring and empowering journey, filled with compassion, caring and a belief in possibilities.
Features So you want to be a....
Restaurant Owner by Trenton Landrey
As a child, someone probably asked you, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Was your answer to work a dead-end job; to slave for a paycheck? Doubtful. Unfortunately, this is often the case. Not all of us get to become the astronauts, firefighters and doctors we dreamed of being. Still, we are all deserving of a job that affords us happiness and the opportunity to indulge our passions. There are the fortunate few who have found their calling; they are passionate about their work and are the inspiration behind The Millennial’s feature series “So you want to be a...” Here, you will find interviews with people who have the jobs others wish they had. The idea is that, in sharing their perspective and roadmap to success, they can help others find their vocation. For the first installment, we interviewed Mary Kay Smith, longtime owner of the Winds Cafe & Bakery in Yellow Springs, Ohio. From the Winds Wine Cellar just next door, she gave us the inside story on the realities of owning a restaurant. Tell us about yourself. I grew up in Beavercreek. I just turned 57. I’ve been doing this for 37 years, 36 as an owner. I
started here as a dishwasher. I got called in one night by my friend Kim, who is now my partner in the restaurant. She was cooking, and somebody didn’t show up, so she called me. I had another job at that point, and I had never washed dishes in a restaurant before. I liked the community, the people and got hooked on it. A year later, I quit my job driving a forklift in a warehouse; they were looking for somebody to buy into the restaurant, so that’s what I did. I didn’t have any restaurant experience. How did you become a restaurant owner? My story is different—I kind of fell into it. At that time and place in Yellow Springs, you could do that. You cannot do that now. The restaurant business is very different now, with the amount of money, insurance and everything else. A twenty-something couldn’t just fall into owning a restaurant like that. In your opinion, what separates a successful restaurant from a failure? Something people don’t realize is that oftentimes when you see that an entree costs $25, you’re making nickels and dimes on that dish. You have to do a huge amount of volume to account for the broken dishes, the rent, your
photograph by chelsea hall
workers compensation, among other things. All of these things figure into that $25, not just the cost of that steak. Not to mention paying the 10 or 15 people it takes per shift to cook it and take it out. Unless you’re able to budget for all of that, you’re never going to make any money. I think one of the reasons why we’re successful is that we’re not afraid to change. We’re certainly not serving the same food that I cooked in 1978, or even the same food that I cooked 2 or 3 years ago. If you’re unwilling to change with the times, you’re never going to grow your clientele. Everybody’s struggling to get a younger clientele, as people my age and older are aging and not going out as much. So it’s about keeping it fresh and interesting, and always changing. The full interview can be found at http://themillennialnewspaper.wordpress.com/
Faculty profile: Crystal Lake Assistant Professor of English Languages & Literature Renegade 18th/19th Century British Literature Enthusiast by Thom Kilburn What do a keen wit, a bizarre fascination with 18th and 19th century British literature, a personality stuffed to the brim with quirky idiosyncrasies and a sick obsession with Jane Austen have in common? The answer is Crystal Lake, Ph. D., one of Wright State’s newest English professors. Although Lake stands just over 5-feet-tall, rendering her often overlooked when sauntering about campus, her stylish
appearance makes her stick out like a fashionable sore thumb in the English department. (In fact, one can usually see her clad in large hipster glasses, chic dresses and leather boots—an ensemble typically reserved for wayward art students.) But however vertically challenged and stylish she may be, once Lake steps in front of her jam-packed English classes, she commands an academic, intellectual, and respectable presence few other faculty members possess. Lake’s humble roots begin in
Editorial: “Curtain of Falsehood” by Circe Cicero
If I told you that mainstream media sold content to the US government, would you believe me? “The fish rots from the head,” as the saying goes, and the Executive Branch reeks of fish. Currently, the White House has a number of staff with suspicious connections to the “Big Six” media corporations. Among them: 1. Speechwriter Ben Rhodes is the brother of CBS President David Rhodes 2. Special Advisor Elizabeth Sherwood is the sister of ABC President Ben Sherwood 3. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney’s wife Claire Shipman is a senior correspondent for ABC News 4. Hillary Clinton’s Deputy
Secretary Tom Nides is married to CNN President Virginia Moseley 5. NPR’s White House correspondent, Ari Shapiro, is married to White House counsel Michael Gottlieb 6. The Post’s Justice Department reporter, Sari Horwitz, is married to William B. Schultz, the general counsel of the Department of Human Services 7. Biden’s current Communications Director, Shailagh Murray (a former Post congressional reporter), is married to Neil King, one of the Wall Street Journal’s top political reporters In August 2013, PoliceStateUSA.com revealed that many US agencies employ entertainment and media liaisons to secure positive coverage of their agencies
a log cabin in rural West Virginia. She grew up near a “very cool, artsy little town” called Lewisburg. “It was idyllic, and sometimes I think it’s how I came to fall in love with the eighteenth century,” said Lake. “We didn’t have a TV, and I remember being about ten years old and deciding to read my way through the Harvard Classics on summer, a series that comprises about fifty volumes of supposedly classic literature. I’m sure I didn’t under-
stand a word of it, though.”
on TV. As implied by the name, the Bloomberg media group is owned by Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City. This is the same nanny-tyrant of New York City that has been quoted as saying, “I do think there are certain times we should infringe on your freedom” and “I have my own army in the NYPD” which he has used to corral protesters into “free speech zones” and perform “stop and frisk” searches on innocent citizens. Wired’s Spencer Ackerman and the Huffington Post’s Emily Lee confirmed that the CIA and US Military pay trolls and shills to influence opinion on the internet. In 2011, the Emmy-winning journalist Amber Lyons was reporting on uprisings in Bahrain (A US “ally”). However, her report
was never broadcasted. CNN and the US government ordered her to change her report to a cheerful review of tourism in Bahrain. Lyons resigned her six figure job in disgust to report her findings publicly. Even more recently, the UK destroyed the hard drives full of National Security Agency information from Edward Snowden in a raid on the Guardian’s offices. What does this all mean, though? It means that the United States’ government is practically beyond reproach. News is no longer reported impartially; it’s reported through the subtle filter of a corrupt government. It’s a positive feedback loop. The republic which supposedly represents your interests is instead dictating the interests of the American people.
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Chicken avocado tacos
by Allan McAuley
I eyed what it was that was inside, frowning. I shut it. The squealing seemed to mock me. I opened it again and sighed. Its innards were strewn throughout. I removed it from inside and held it up to the light, not really knowing what it was I expected to see. I sighed again, deeply, and shook my head.
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by Chef B. S. Thompson
quickly and violently so we can move on to the next step.
There are three different components that go into making these delicious tacos.
Cilantro lime sour cream:
First is the avocado chicken salad:
2 large chicken breasts 2-3 ripe avocados 1/8th cup diced red onion 1 TBSP minced cilantro 1/2 lime Salt and pepper to taste
Heat a frying pan or grill to medium high. Salt and pepper the chicken and cook to 165. Flip the bird once during cooking to avoid burning. Depending the “girth of the meat” it should take about 6 minutes on each side to cook that cock through. To chill or not to chill... Up to you. If you want the chicken tacos cold chill the chicken first in the fridge, this will make it easier to dice with a knife. If you want the chicken warm use a fork and knife to pull it apart, this will achieve a shredded texture. Cut the avocados around the middle top to bottom and remove the pits. Use spoon to scoop the avocados into a bowl with the chicken. Add diced red onions, minced cilantro and squeeze the lime into the mixture. Mix all this shit together
2 tbsp cilantro 1/2 cream cheese 1 cup sour cream 1 lime juiced Combine all ingredients and whisk until smooth. This should be quick and dirty. It’s nothing especially difficult but it tastes like Zeus tossed a lighting bolt of flavor into your mouth. The last part is the salsa. You could totally cheap out and buy salsa from a store but in my experience with this taco you need to suck it up and make a super chunky fresh salsa. Salsa:
1 cup halved tomatoes 1/3 cup diced red onions 1/2 ear roasted corn 1 tbsp of minced garlic
It’s simple. Just mix it together and enjoy. It will be more simple and tasty than most salsas. If you feel so inclined make your own salsa and toss it on top. This recipe is open to a lot of play so go for it and enjoy.
There was something it wasn’t telling me, either by demonic choice or unfortunate circumstance, I wasn’t sure. I wrapped my fingers around its shining entrails and held them up to my eyes, again not knowing what it was I was searching for. I shook my head again and pulled my hand away. I started; the thing’s insides were still wound about my fingers, bleakly reflecting the world around them. I looked up and stared at something far away, and a smile crept across my lips. I yanked, quickly, and a squeal emanated from it, turning the smile into a sneer, and the motivation into determination. I went at it like a madman for what seemed like hours, viciously eviscerating the thing, but careful not to put a tear in its glistening guts. After what seemed like a lifetime it was over, and its excavated remains were scattered across my bed. I bundled them together, and once again examined their cold vacuousness, hoping to discover something I had previously missed. I help them up to my ears, agitating them so as they would make a sound. I listened. And I listened some more. Finally I gave up, staring forlornly at the empty shell that had mocked me only minutes before. I gathered up the debris and put them in an old sock, burying it in the waste bin. I don’t know what possessed me to do so, but I was mostly ashamed of what I had done, for no real reason I could disclose. I finished undressing and took off my glasses, averting my eyes from where I knew the remnants lay hidden. As I turned off the lamp and climbed into bed, the familiar static-like squealing reverberated through my head, and I shuddered. I shut my eyes tightly, and hoped for the morning.
The Nitty Gritty
SEX WITH LEX
the general moral ambiguity of 21st culture, but “The more the merrier: an century what drives a person introspective look into polyandry” to spread their bedroom doors or their partner’s by Lexi King legs? I remember my first run in Sex is fun and endearing; you with the phenomenon of multiple can do it solo, with your partner sexual partners, though I must or even a stranger. But what about admit it wasn’t as glamorous as expanding the bedroom? I’m it may sound. A lesbian couple, talking threesomes, foursomes a seductive coworker, copious and moresomes. Such sexual amounts of alcohol and a hotel acceptance has never been so room. It wasn’t planned and I prevalent in society prior to now had only known the three other and I don’t have an answer for participants for a handful of why. Sure, the porn industry days, but that isn’t important has a hand in the bedroom and when alcohol is involved (I there’s something to be said for promise it’s a better lubricant than anything you see in those
Trojan commercials). I’ll spare the colorful details and simply say that it wasn’t hard to let this stranger inside me while brushing shoulders with two other girls pleasuring each other. The means was better than the end. A quick goodbye from the guy and a lasting hangover—again, not glamorous, but an enjoyable evening. Do I think everyone should suddenly drop their pants and start an orgy in the streets? Don’t be foolish. Opening yourself to the vulnerability of multiple partners is a big step. Group dynamics can be further complicated by the interjection of committed relationships. I witnessed this recently when my guy roommate
was invited into the bedroom of a young lesbian (bi?) couple. It wasn’t strange for him at all. What single guy doesn’t want to sleep with two hot girls? How does an additional partner in bed diminish the intimacy of a relationship? The couple may flourish but not every couple will. In parting, always remember to never do anything that you’re uncomfortable with. Your body is an extension of your psyche: treat both with respect. That being said, don’t be afraid to experiment. I’d love to hear your comments about this subject or any related questions. Contact Lexi (anonymously) with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
This month, you will find a quarter on the ground. Don’t pick it up, though, because someone glued it there as a prank and is planning to post a video of your tears of humiliation on YouTube.
Taurus Watch out for love interests with hair! They will ask you out on a wonderful dinner date and get you drunk on red wine, then leave you sobbing drunkenly in the booth about how your ex was the best thing that ever happened to you.
While drinking a cup of coffee, you will be struck by the inspiration for the next great American novel. You will quickly forget it, though, as you are struck by the realization that most coffee
You will be eaten by a lion on the third Monday of the month. Don’t worry, though, because the urban jungle is a scary place and being eaten by a lion is probably the best thing that could have happened to you. It’s a lot better than the alternatives.
Someone is going to try to pick you up by asking you your sign. You miss the opportunity because you never learned your sign, preferring to rely on the dates some horoscope columnists provide. Jesus Christ, you should really know your sign by now so I’m not helping you out.
Only good things this month. No one will break into your car, steal your identity, hit on your mom, or run over your mailbox.
The scales are not tipped in your favor today, Libra. Alas, the second you offer to help Grandma Perkins across the street, she smacks you with her bag and blows her assault whistle. Even if you’re a lady Libra.
Tomorrow your hair will catch on fire. Because you are a badass, you don’t care. Because you don’t care, you die. Sorry. But on the plus side, you can’t ever get sick again.
You will be cavorting in your favorite cavorting place when you spot a rogue banana peel. It will be too late, and you will perform the most majestic faceplant ever seen on the face of the earth. In front of the object of your desires.
Aquarius Your next visit to the library will feature you finding a lock of auburn hair tied up with a green velvet ribbon in a copy of Pride and Prejudice. You can’t tell if those are pressed lice or just a funky print job.
Sagittarius An alarmingly large squirrel is watching you as you sleep. Why? No one really knows. Not even the alarmingly large squirrel himself. But it might have to do with nuts…
While you’re at work, the conflict zone that is your car will be subject to military
Pisces intervention by bees. If you’ve been badgering anyone recently, consider that this person may be the cause of your abundance of bee stings.
Question of the Month
AN AMERICAN (PART ONE)
Nero tunes his fiddle to the complacent silence of an American Lacrimosa The Homeless epidemic of PTS veterans not saved from apathy by patriotic hyperbole Sex industry lubricated by the tears of refugee girls and local kidnapped youth Posthumous acquittal of death-row scapegoats shaped by bigotry to emulate juryâ€™s fears Conscription of faith as a political tool that kills god more efficiently than the godless ever could America! Lacrimosa! America, shame! The Appropriation of non-secular funds to place Yahweh the despot among deities Starve the Beast methodology that leaves dead children of want in a land of plenty Finality of poverty that breeds vicious cycles underfunded schools can not hope to combat Wage gaps and glass ceilings that belie a reluctance to manifest equality outside of proclamations America! Lacrimosa! America, shame! The Industrialization of culture that inhibits the benefits of creativity and critical thought Requiems screamed for the collateral damage of Distinctly American Nationalism Disproportionate prison terms and arrest rates for marginalized populations Liquor and gun stores that aggressively invade select communities with devious social intentions America! Lacrimosa! America, shame! The Absurd practice of trying juveniles as adults and convicting the mentally disabled Audacity of the state to self-sanction the authority to kill human beings with impunity Select scrutiny reserved by police for the mistreatment of subculture fringe denizens Capitalist might only obtained through devilish exploitation that has no incentive or cause to reform America! Lacrimosa! America, shame!