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Neil Gaiman - Paul Magrs
"‘I still keep the mask, of course. This is it, now. Look.’"
david_bowie  story  anecdote  children  childhood  labyrinth  1980  1980s  paul_magrs  autism  mask  tip  magic  fear  face 
december 2017 by cluebucket
History in the present tense is making me tense - english language resolved | Ask MetaFilter
"For observe, always one most important element is surreptitiously (we not noticing it) withdrawn from the Past Time: the haggard element of Fear!"
comment  ask.metafilter  metafilter.com  history  narrative  storytelling  language  grammar  past  present  thomas_carlyle  quote  verstegan  1837  1830s  writing  french_revolution  fear  tense  2017  2010s 
december 2017 by cluebucket
Nikki Giovanni : Allowables | Sacred Tremor
"I don't think
I'm allowed

To kill something

Because I am

Frightened"
poetry  nikki_giovanni  writing  killing  death  spider  fear  2016  2010s  poem  sacredtremor.com 
june 2017 by cluebucket
We Are All Very Anxious | We are Plan C
"When misery stopped working as a control strategy, capitalism switched to boredom."
...
"There has been a partial recuperation of the struggle against boredom. Capitalism pursued the exodus into spaces beyond work, creating the social factory – a field in which the whole society is organised like a workplace. Precarity is used to force people back to work within an expanded field of labour now including the whole of the social factory."
...
"Today’s public secret is that everyone is anxious. Anxiety has spread from its previous localised locations (such as sexuality) to the whole of the social field. All forms of intensity, self-expression, emotional connection, immediacy, and enjoyment are now laced with anxiety. It has become the linchpin of subordination."
...
"Our success in this performance in turn affects everything from our ability to access human warmth to our ability to access means of subsistence, not just in the form of the wage but also in the form of credit. Outsides to the field of mediatised surveillance are increasingly closed off, as public space is bureaucratised and privatised, and a widening range of human activity is criminalised on the grounds of risk, security, nuisance, quality of life, or anti-social behaviour.

"In this increasingly securitised and visible field, we are commanded to communicate. The incommunicable is excluded."
...
"We’ve noticed a certain tendency for insurrectionists to refuse to take seriously the existence of psychological barriers to militant action. Their response tends to be, 'Just do it!' But anxiety is a real, material force – not simply a spook. To be sure, its sources are often rooted in spooks, but the question of overcoming the grip of a spook is rarely as simple as consciously rejecting it."
weareplanc.org  plan_c  capitalism  anxiety  system  control  misery  boredom  19th_century  20th_century  history  organization  strategy  secret  society  social_change  resist  1960s  protest  culture  work  employment  surveillance  consumerism  social_media  japan  u.k.  repression  regulation  war  parenting  poverty  theory  public  punishment  fear  compliance  situationist  action  activism  anger  power  revolution  tip  psychology  depression  apathy  BenCarson 
april 2017 by cluebucket
GRID: Times of Crisis - John Berger and Noam Chomsky (4/22/14) - YouTube
Gender Research Institute at Dartmouth

JB: "ignore. ignore the jailers' talk. of course there are bad jailers who are less bad, and in certain conditions it's useful to note the difference. but what they say -- including the less evil ones -- is bullshit. their hymns, their shibboleths, their incanted words like 'security' 'democracy' 'identity' 'civilization' 'flexibility' 'productivity' 'human rights' 'integration' 'terrorism' 'freedom' -- they are repeated and repeated in order to confuse, divide, distract, and sedate all fellow prisoners. from this side of the walls, words spoken by the jailers are meaningless, and are no longer useful... they cut through nothing. so. reject them. even when thinking silently to yourself."
...
JB: "for the mass prison population, the aim is not to activate them, but to keep them in a state of passive uncertainty, and to remind them, remind them remorselessly, that there is nothing in life but risk, and that the earth is an unsafe place. this is done with carefully selected information, with misinformation, commentaries, rumors, fictions. and insofar as this operation succeeds, it proposes and maintains a hallucinating paradox, for it tricks a prison population into believing that the priority, for each one of them, is to make arrangements for their own personal protection, and to acquire somehow (even though incarcerated) their own particular exemption from the common fate. and this image of mankind has transmitted through a view of the world is truly without precedent. mankind is presented as a card: only winners are brave; and in addition, there are no gifts -- there are only prizes.
"but prisoners have always found ways of communicating with one another. and in today's global prison, cyberspace can be used against the interests of those who first installed it. think about it. like this, prisoners inform themselves about what the world does each day; and they follow suppressed stories from the past; and so stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the dead.
"and in doing so, they rediscover little gifts, examples of courage: a single rose in a kitchen where there's not enough to eat; indelible pains; the indefatigability of mothers; laughter; mutual aid; silence; ever-widening resistance; willing sacrifice; more laughter."
...
JB: "the fact that the world's tyrants are ex-territorial explains the extent of their overseeing power, but it also indicates a coming weakness. they operate in cyberspace , and they lodge in guarded condominiums, but they have no knowledge of the surrounding earth.
"furthermore, they dismiss such knowledge as superficial, not profound, because for them only extracted resources count. they can't listen to the earth. on the ground, they are blind, and in the local, they are lost.
"for fellow prisoners, the opposite is true, because cells have walls that touch each other across the world. effective acts of sustained resistance will be embedded in the local, near and far. out back resistance. listening to the earth. liberty is slowly being found not outside, but in the depths of the prison."

NC: "...the tory government is trying to turn first-class universities into third-class commercial institutions. it's happening to a lesser extent here, as well. the mentality of the administrative -- state legislators, and trustees -- increasingly is one of improving the bottom line... so, for example, if you can save money by employing ... people who are easily exploitable, who are part of the 'precariat' ... you save money. of course there's a cost, but the cost is to individuals. the cost is to the students, and the faculty. but in the moral calculus of contemporary economics and socioeconomics, that doesn't matter."
...
"costs to persons just don't count -- they're not calculated. and the cost to persons is enormous. every person is subjected to this. it's the same throughout society. ... that's a certain kind of, if you like, moral calculus, built into some of the professions like economics, and a large part of the business world. people just don't count. what counts is the cost to institutions... and one of the victims will, of course, be the humanities: our cultural wealth, the reasons for living, the reasons for having a rich, creative life, a life that contributes to yourself and to society and future generations. sure, why should that exist, if it costs -- if you can't sell it on the market tomorrow?

"this, incidentally, is happening in the sciences too. very striking, what's happening... in the united states, the proportion of the national income, national wealth, devoted to research and development has declined by 25% in the last decade. that's mainly under the attack of the republican right wing, which doesn't believe in science, and the willingness of democrats to go along. it's part of the neoliberal assault...

"that's also the basis for the future economy. so, they're perfectly willing to cut out, destroy the future economy, if you can make more money tomorrow. that's the same thing as not caring about destroying the environment, if in fact we can make a little more money tomorrow, by fracking, let's say. well, that's -- it's a way of looking at the world, it's destructive, it'll lead us to destruction. and what you describe about what's happening to the humanities and the arts is just one part of it -- one part of the whole large system which is part of sociopathic society."
2014  2010s  noam_chomsky  john_berger  lecture  discussion  video  youtube  college  crisis  capitalism  society  prison  labor  death  resist  writer  audio  philosophy  thought  dartmouth  safety  fear  nature  power  humanity  environment  q&a  activism  economics  greed  climate_change  quote  education  university  republican  america  canada  england  neoliberal  exploitation 
april 2017 by cluebucket
The Corporation Does Not Always Have To Win
"You are not the corporation. You are the human. It is okay for the corporation to lose a small portion of what it has in terrifying overabundance (money, time, efficiency) in order to preserve what a human has that cannot ever be replaced (dignity, humanity, conscience, life). It is okay for you to prioritize your affinity with your fellow humans over your subservience to the corporation, and to imagine and broker outcomes based on this ordering of things. It is okay for the corporation to lose. It will return to its work of churning the living world into dead sand presently."
2017  2010s  albert_burneko  writing  theconcourse  deadspin.com  united_airlines  company  corporation  humanity  fear  dignity 
april 2017 by cluebucket
The Authoritarian Personality - Wikipedia
The "F" Scale (pre-Fascist):
- Conventionalism: Adherence to conventional values.
- Authoritarian Submission: Towards ingroup authority figures.
- Authoritarian Aggression: Against people who violate conventional values.
- Anti-Intraception: Opposition to subjectivity and imagination.
- Superstition and Stereotypy: Belief in individual fate; thinking in rigid categories.
- Power and Toughness: Concerned with submission and domination; assertion of strength.
- Destructiveness and Cynicism: hostility against human nature.
- Projectivity: Perception of the world as dangerous; tendency to project unconscious impulses.
- Sex: Overly concerned with modern sexual practices.
book  wiki  wikipedia  personality  psychology  sociology  theodor_adorno  elise_frenkel-brunswik  daniel_levinson  nevitt_sanford  research  uc_berkeley  1950  1950s  fascism  definition  america  holocaust  jewish  antisemitism  conservative  theory  politics  power  fear 
april 2017 by cluebucket
“Behind the eyes, we feel ourselves shrink” | MetaFilter #6937719
nickrussell long comment
ends with: "Without strong governance, we have no chance of protecting our individual rights and way of life. Indeed, our lives may be enabled and shaped by technology, but they're ultimately created by governance."
comment  metafilter  nickrussell  technology  surveillance  airport  hotel  amazon  alexa  retina  eye  government  privacy  nicholas_russell  america  u.k.  freedom  information  fear  threat  history  nazi  las_vegas  military  2017  2010s  metafilter.com 
march 2017 by cluebucket
"Home" by Warsan Shire
"you have to understand,
that no one puts their children in a boat
unless the water is safer than the land"
seekershub.org  2015  2010s  warsan_shire  poem  poetry  refugee  crisis  death  fear  europe  escape 
march 2017 by cluebucket
Twitter @nomikikonst
"The DNC will take on Donald Trump, right after Trump style anti-Muslim tactics are used to beat Ellison"
american_jewish_congress  democrat  jewish  islam  keith_ellison  campaign  email  nomiki_konst  screengrab  fear  israel  twitter.com  image  politics  2017  2010s  from twitter_favs
february 2017 by cluebucket
Making Light: Taking it back
"The Trump campaign was, and the post-election Trump news is, a Gish gallop. And now on lefty Twitter, I'm seeing a similar phenomenon on the emotional level: a firehose of things we must all pay attention to..."

on resistance, self-care, and zones of doom
abi_sutherland  nielsenhayden.com  making_light  blog  2016  2010s  resist  health  self-help  mental_health  politics  fatigue  how_to  love  fear  power  donald_trump  soul  gish_gallop  argument  ptsd  9-11  abortion  campaign  war  control 
february 2017 by cluebucket
sick part of a sick thing, here is something i think people don’t understand,...
"real nazis have this unfortunate, terrifying habit of continuing to be nazis."
...
"no, we weren’t born bloodthirsty, just salivating at the chance to kick a nazi in the balls. we got driven here reluctantly, by history, to a place where violence in our defense can make us weep with gratitude. you drove us here."
priorwaltering  tumblr  nazi  jewish  violence  defense  2017  2010s  fight  threat  hate  writing  philosophy  peace  tolerance  debate  fear 
january 2017 by cluebucket
The Seattle Review of Books - Revenge
"But I finally found the argument against suicide and it’s us.
We’re the effigies that haunt America’s nights harder
the longer they spend burning us,
we are scaring the shit out of people by spreading,
by refusing to die: what are we but a fire?"
elisa_chavez  revenge  poetry  poem  seattlereviewofbooks.com  2017  2010s  race  nazi  future  safety  fear  strength  america  war  politics 
january 2017 by cluebucket
Trump Days - The New Yorker
"Standing in line at the pharmacy in an Amarillo Walmart superstore, I imagined some kid who had moved only, or mostly, through such bland, bright spaces, spaces constructed to suit the purposes of distant profit, and it occurred to me how easy it would be, in that life, to feel powerless, to feel that the local was lame, the abstract extraneous, to feel that the only valid words were those of materialism ('get' and 'rise')—words that are perfectly embodied by the candidate of the moment."
george_saunders  newyorker  election  rally  group  2016  donald_trump  arizona  california  america  fight  protest  anger  fear  essay  writing  2010s 
july 2016 by cluebucket
Over 700 people file suits over Japan’s new security laws | The Japan Times
"The legislation, allowing Japan to use force to defend the United States and other allies if they came under attack, even if Japan itself is not attacked, followed the Abe Cabinet’s reinterpretation of the Constitution in July 2014 as allowing the country to exercise the right to collective self-defense.

"Several individuals have brought legal action against the government, seeking that the laws be scrapped or declared unconstitutional, but have seen their cases dismissed before reaching deliberation.
...
"Article 9 states Japan forever renounces war and will not maintain armed forces as a means of settling international disputes.

"The group is also seeking monetary damages for the infringement of the plaintiffs’ right to live in peace, claiming that the potential for SDF deployments to lead to civilians being caught up in war or terror attacks is causing them to live in fear."
japantimes.co.jp  japan  lawsuit  security  law  legal  news  tokyo  fukushima  JSDF  2014  2010s  2016  military  constitution  self-defense  wwII  war  peace  fear  siberia  citizen  shinzō_abe  安倍晋三 
may 2016 by cluebucket
The “C” Word — Matter — Medium
refreshing if frustrating... overall better to have all this out in the open roight
consent  medium.com  men  feminism  relationship  sex  education  beejoli_shah  2015  2010s  interview  rape  assault  reaction  fear  violence  legal  growing_up 
december 2015 by cluebucket
Ask Andrew W.K.: Prayer Is Stupid, Right? | Village Voice
"Prayer is a type of thought. It's a lot like meditation — a type of very concentrated mental focus with passionate emotion directed towards a concept or situation, or the lack thereof. But there's a special X-factor ingredient that makes 'prayer' different than meditation or other types of thought. That X-factor is humility."
...
"To know that you don't know is the definition of a spiritual awakening. And keeping that realization at the front of our mind and in the core of our being informs the rest of our existence. It takes a deeper type of strength to admit to ourselves that we don't have it all figured out than to run around keeping all our plates spinning."
2014  2010s  andrew_wk  villagevoice.com  advice  cancer  prayer  meditation  thought  religion  life  existence  humility  weakness  awareness  mindfulness  power  spirituality  paradox  emotion  fear 
january 2015 by cluebucket
But I'm A Nice Guy on Vimeo
"A quick editorial cartoon about the intersection of self-pity, entitlement, rape, territoriality, misogyny and fear of women."
scott_benson  feminism  misandry  men  women  fear  hate  video  vimeo  vimeo.com  cartoon  animation  rights  response  matrix  satire  op-ed  rape  privilege  misogyny  nice  2013  2010s  chauvinism  patriarchy  matriarchy 
march 2014 by cluebucket
My parents are killing my crackhead brother - Salon.com
"We don’t expect people addicted to crack cocaine, who’ve been on the pipe for nearly 20 years, to be lounging in a pool in the suburbs, chowing down on prime cuts of barbecued meat and relaxing by the fire and watching a big-screen TV."
salon  life  parenting  child  addiction  crack  drugs  enabling  fear  death  sibling  brother  2012  2010s  illness  health  21st_century 
september 2012 by cluebucket
‘How to tell your friends from the Japs’ in TIME, 1941 vs. ‘Turban Primer’ in RedEye, 2012 – Sixteen Minutes to Palestine
"Two weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, TIME Magazine ran an article titled “How to tell your friends from the Japs”, an arbitrary and insensitive guide on how to differentiate the Japanese from the Chinese. Today, just over a day after the shooting in Milwaukee that left six dead in a Sikh house of worship, Chicago’s RedEye printed a “Turban Primer”, a similarly insensitive guide on arbitrary religio-cultural distinctions between, essentially, Brown people from South East Asia and the Middle East."

all about implications.
2012  2010s  1941  1940s  turban  race  islam  religion  culture  america  japanese  chinese  sikh  iran  taliban  india  asia  middle_east  foreigner  guide  sami_kishawi  smpalestine  japan  china  war  fear  muhammad_shareef  roqayah_chamseddine  time.com  redeye  chicago  implication  21st_century  20th_century 
august 2012 by cluebucket
Every woman should travel alone - Salon.com
“Whether I shall be the hero of my own life, or whether that position will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.”
sarah_hepola  life  travel  essay  trip  single  lonely  fear  salon  2012  2010s  road_trip  writing  david_copperfield  wild  cheryl_strayed  dear_sugar  memoir  21st_century 
july 2012 by cluebucket

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