I Watch Silently As the World Screams

A dump of my mind; ideas, pictures, words, and the undecided. You can expect a mess of different things.

May 2, 2012 8:30 pm 1:46 am
fotojournalismus:

Like many Chechen refugees, these twins suffer from tuberculosis. They live in a factory repairing agricultural machinery and are covered in lice and flea bites. They share this room with 5 other people who sleep on stinking mattresses. Ingushetia, January 2003.
[Credit : Stanley Greene]

fotojournalismus:

Like many Chechen refugees, these twins suffer from tuberculosis. They live in a factory repairing agricultural machinery and are covered in lice and flea bites. They share this room with 5 other people who sleep on stinking mattresses. Ingushetia, January 2003.

[Credit : Stanley Greene]

April 29, 2012 11:37 am
"If there’s any group of people who says ‘we don’t know’ a lot, it’s scientists, unlike religionists. And isn’t it weird that scientists are always the ones always accused of being arrogant?"

Stephen Fry (via humanformat)

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11:12 am
"The class which has the power to rob upon a large scale has also the power to control the government and legalize their robbery."
11:07 am

howtobeterrell:

This is a photograph from a book called ‘Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America” (pub. 2004). The photo is called ‘The lynching of Frank Embree, July 22, 1899, Fayette, MO”

By all reckoning, that makes this barely 113 years old.

There are two other matching photos to the set. The one below, and the one of him hanging, which is too upsetting to post. You can see it (along with others from much later time periods here: http://chnm.gmu.edu/courses/omalley/race/four.html)

(via sinidentidades)

11:06 am 11:06 am
criminallyinnocent:

Madre Beduina, Ilo Battigeli, 1948

criminallyinnocent:

Madre Beduina, Ilo Battigeli, 1948

(via queerencia-deactivated20130103)

11:06 am
politics-war:

Police chase students from the Nepal Student Union (NSU) who set fire to a government motorcycle during a protest in Katmandu, Nepal, on April 20, 2012. Reports state that the NSU, a student organization of the Nepal Congress party, and the All Nepal National Free Students’ Union (ANNFSU), a student organization of CPN-UML, clashed in Katmandu and in the resulting violence around a dozen people were injured and three government vehicles were set on fire.

politics-war:

Police chase students from the Nepal Student Union (NSU) who set fire to a government motorcycle during a protest in Katmandu, Nepal, on April 20, 2012. Reports state that the NSU, a student organization of the Nepal Congress party, and the All Nepal National Free Students’ Union (ANNFSU), a student organization of CPN-UML, clashed in Katmandu and in the resulting violence around a dozen people were injured and three government vehicles were set on fire.

11:06 am 11:05 am 11:05 am 11:05 am
vulgarieloquentia:

Missoula public library. Banned books week.

vulgarieloquentia:

Missoula public library. Banned books week.

(via amodernmanifesto)

10:41 am
"Wikipedia is the work of a global community and it is not copyrighted. All information can be freely used, modified, and repurposed on other online sites or publications. In a study published on December 14, 2005, comparing the accuracy of the online Encyclopedia Britannica with Wikipedia, the editors of Nature evaluated them to be roughly equal, although Wikipedia had a few more errors, albeit minor. The for-profit Britannica, whose sales have been falling for over a decade, attacked the study in press releases and a half-page advertisement in the London Times. One of the key differences between the two institutions is that within five days, the Wikipedia entry for Encyclopedia Britannica contained the story of the Nature study written in neutral and objective prose, a bedrock Wikipedia principle. The Encyclopedia Britannica online site discussing Wikipedia makes no mention of the Nature article. The EB editors complain that no one is in charge at Wikipedia and that no expert has overall responsibility for any given article, criticisms Wikipedia considers to be badges of honor. Unlike at Encyclopedia Britannica, no once can censor content. What may seem like a minor different is a major shift in how a global social order is organizing itself. Wikipedia is the product of a bottom-up world, the wisdom of the many, also known as crowdsourcing, the rise of the amateur."

Paul Hawken, Blessed Unrest (via)

(via queerencia-deactivated20130103)

April 28, 2012 6:40 pm

oldenough2burmom:

I was talking to my students the other day about the General Strike. Some said they were afraid. Others said that with the semester coming to a close, they couldn’t skip classes. (I offered an excused absence provided they showed proof of GS or other 99 percent participation. So, here are a few thoughts: If you can’t strike on Tuesday, there are other things you can do to show support for the 99 percent.

1. Use an Occupy/99 percent themed avatar on Facebook.

2. Tumble something to show support for the movement even if your blog isn’t political.

3. Educate yourself on the practices on some of the worst bad guy banks — Bank of America, Wells Fargo — and leaflet customers at a branch. Explain toxic assets, churning etc. (Only do this if you feel well versed enough..)

4. Wear an Occupy/99 percent button, tee shirt etc.

5. Go to a local protest after work or class. Despite the impression given by the press, which always shows up for arrests and police battles, 99 percent of these protests are very tame! 6. Use shoe polish to paint, 99 percent or something like that, on your car for the day.

7. Hang a banner.

8. Move your money to a credit union or a small community bank.

9. Take a few minutes to join a food co-op or a food share. We are part of an agriculture share. The money goes straight to the owners of the farms where the organic produce is grown.

12:04 pm
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What civilization is, is 6 billion people trying to make themselves happy by standing on each other’s shoulders and kicking each other’s teeth in. It’s not a pleasant situation.

And yet, you can stand back and look at this planet and see that we have the money, the power, the medical understanding, the scientific know-how, the love and the community to produce a kind of human paradise. But we are led by the least among us - the least intelligent, the least noble, the least visionary. We are led by the least among us and we do not fight back against the dehumanizing values that are handed down as control icons.

This is something, culture is not your friend. Culture is for other people’s convenience and the convenience of various institutions, churches, companies, tax collection schemes, what have you. It is not your friend. It insults you. It disempowers you. It uses and abuses you. None of us are well treated by culture.

Yet we glorify the creative potential of the individual, the rights of the individual. We understand the felt-presence of experience is what is most important. But the culture is a perversion. It fetishizes objects, creates consumer mania, it preaches endless forms of false happiness, endless forms of false understanding in the form of squirrelly religions and silly cults. It invites people to diminish themselves and dehumanize themselves by behaving like machines.

"

Terence McKenna

Truth bomb.

(via humanformat)

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