Happy (belated) 4th of July to my fellow USians!

I hope you are enjoying the festivities! I spent yesterday just hanging out at home with Steve, but the night before, we saw an amazing fireworks display with a bunch of friends. After the fireworks, Mother Nature gave us a fireworks display of her own, which turned into a sudden torrential downpour while we were walking home. It was raining so hard that not only could I barely see, but I also kept getting water up my nose. It was uncomfortable, but also kind of epic. Today I will be having a potluck picnic with friends and enjoying the cooler, drier post-storm weather.

Here are two great videos I came across yesterday:

And a quote for the occasion:

I am enormously proud to be an American. I would say that the things our corporate-controlled government has done at best are shameful, and at worst, genocidal. But there’s an incredible and a permanent culture of resistance in this country that I’m very proud to be a part of.

It’s not the tradition of slave-owning founding fathers. It’s the tradition of the Frederick Douglasses, the Underground Railroads, the Chief Josephs, the Joe Hills, and the Huey P. Newtons. There’s so much that’s hidden from you. The incredible courage and bravery of the union organizers in the late eighteen hundreds and early nineteen hundreds: that’s amazing.

People often get tricked into going overseas and fighting Uncle Sam’s Wall Street wars, but these are people who knew what they were fighting for here at home. I think that that’s so much more courageous and brave. 

–Tom Morello

Fat Flash Mob 2014

Not only was this weekend the Big Thrifty here in Boston and the Big Fat Flea in New York, but it was also the Fat Flash Mob in San Francisco! It looks like it was so much wonderful fat booty-shaking fun:

Jessica Judd has a great photo album from the event here, and Marilyn Wann has a few pictures here, here, and here (how rad is that hot pink flapper jumpsuit?!)

I love this kind of activism: just a bunch of awesome fatties being publicly loud, proud, and happy, wearing cute clothes and dancing up a storm. This is exactly what the world needs more of.