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Anthology Film Archives : Film Screenings
really wanted to see this :-(

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YAMA – ATTACK TO ATTACK
by Mitsuo Sato & Kyoichi Yamaoka
In Japanese with projected English subtitles, 1985, 110 min, 16mm

Film Notes
(山谷〜やられたらやりかえせ〜 (YAMA Yararetara Yarikaese))

RARE SCREENING!

This extraordinary documentary is an unflinching record of the workers’ struggle that took place primarily in the Sanya district in downtown “shitamachi” Tokyo in the 1980s. Conceived of as a weapon in the struggle, YAMA exposed the role of the yakuza, the Japanese elite, and corporations in the violent exploitation of the labor class amidst the construction boom of the time. Issues around labor rights, class discrimination, corruption, foreign workers’ rights, police violence, and the stench of fascism all rear their ugly heads in this powerful chronicle. The film was completed by a collective of directors, headed by Kyoichi Yamaoka, who banded together after the fatal stabbing of the original director, Mitsuo Sato, by a member of a right-wing imperialist yakuza clan on December 22, 1984. Yamaoka too was murdered soon after its completion. Still as relevant as ever, YAMA is a record of post-war Japanese history that sheds light on the dark underbelly of labor and power relations under capitalism. This is an extremely rare 16mm screening.
mitsuo_sato  kyoichi_yamaoka  yakuza  corruption  fascism  police  1980s  japan  history  power  film  tokyo  sanya  1985  1984  山谷  documentary  underground 
4 weeks ago by cluebucket
Iran's blogfather: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are killing the web | Technology | The Guardian
"You’re encouraged to post one single hyperlink and expose it to a quasi-democratic process of liking and plussing and hearting. But links are not objects, they are relations between objects. This objectivisation has stripped hyperlinks of their immense powers.
...
"Some networks, like Twitter, treat hyperlinks a little better. Others are far more paranoid. Instagram – owned by Facebook – doesn’t allow its audiences to leave whatsoever. You can put up a web address alongside your photos, but it won’t go anywhere. Lots of people start their daily online routine in these cul-de-sacs of social media, and their journeys end there. Many don’t even realise they are using the internet’s infrastructure when they like an Instagram photograph or leave a comment on a friend’s Facebook video. It’s just an app.

"But hyperlinks aren’t just the skeleton of the web: they are its eyes, a path to its soul. And a blind webpage, one without hyperlinks, can’t look or gaze at another webpage – and this has serious consequences for the dynamics of power on the web."
guardian  blog  blogging  culture  2008  2000s  2010s  smartphone  2015  iran  link  internet  social_media  prisoner  power  radical  noise  surveillance  government  hossein_derakhshan 
april 2018 by cluebucket
Twitter @thisaintmyland
RT : the audacity of focusing on kids with their tech and not on adjusting to no air-conditioning, refrigera…
ricardo_ramos  puerto_rico  hurricane  maria  shame  disaster  power  electricity  2017  2010s  technology  twitter.com  from twitter_favs
september 2017 by cluebucket
We Are All Very Anxious | We are Plan C
"When misery stopped working as a control strategy, capitalism switched to boredom."
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"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."
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"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."
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"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."
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"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."
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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."
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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."
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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."
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"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 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.
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april 2017 by cluebucket
Samsung, corruption, and you - The Verge
"Chaebol is the Korean term for conglomerate. The word comes from the same Chinese characters that form the Japanese term zaibatsu; that those characters roughly translate to “wealth” and “clan” should give you some idea as to how the concept came to be. Many of South Korea’s top conglomerates, like LG, Hyundai, SK, Lotte, and Hanwha, are family-run chaebol where power is traditionally passed down through generations."
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march 2017 by cluebucket
A Big Little Idea Called Legibility
"The big mistake in this pattern of [the authoritarian high-modernist recipe for] failure is projecting your subjective lack of comprehension onto the object you are looking at, as 'irrationality.' We make this mistake because we are tempted by a desire for legibility."
...
"the all-seeing statist eye in the sky"
...
"The reason the formula is generally dangerous... is that it does not operate by a thoughtful consideration of local/global tradeoffs, but through the imposition of a singular view as 'best for all' in a pseudo-scientific sense."
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march 2017 by cluebucket
5 Ways Powerful People Trick You Into Hating Protesters
5. Wait For One Of Them To Break The Law, Then Talk Only About That
4. Convince The Powerful Majority That They're The Oppressed Ones
3. Focus On Their Most Frivolous Complaints (And Most Unlikable Members)
2. Pit Two Disadvantaged Groups Against One Another (And Insist That Only One Can "Win")
1. Insist That Any Change Will Ruin The World
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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
Twitter @Felonius_munk
- powerful and continuing nationalism
- disdain for human rights
- identification of enemies as a unifying cause
- supremacy of the military
- rampant sexism
- controlled mass media
- obsession with national security
- religion and government intertwined
- corporate power protected
- labor power suppressed
- disdain for intellectuals & the arts
- obsession with crime & punishment
- rampant cronyism & corruption
- fraudulent elections
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january 2017 by cluebucket
The R.U. Sirius Interview: It’s Better to be Inspired than Wired | Lebkowsky | CTheory
"Cyberculture (a meme that I'm at least partly responsible for generating, incidentally) has emerged as a gleeful apologist for this kill-the-poor trajectory of the Republican revolution. You find it all over Wired - this mix of chaos theory and biological modeling that is somehow interpreted as scientific proof of the need to devolve and decentralize the social welfare state while also deregulating and empowering the powerful, autocratic, multinational corporations. You've basically got the breakdown of nation states into global economies simultaneous with the atomization of individuals or their balkanization into disconnected sub-groups, because digital technology conflates space while decentralizing communication and attention. The result is a clear playing field for a mutating corporate oligarchy, which is what we have. I mean, people think it's really liberating because the old industrial ruling class has been liquefied and it's possible for young players to amass extraordinary instant dynasties. But it's savage and inhuman. Maybe the wired elite think that's hip. But then don't go around crying about crime in the streets or pretending to be concerned with ethics."
uvic.ca  interview  1996  1990s  r.u._sirius  technology  wired  internet  corporation  power  corruption  society  politics  humanity  republican  theory  1989  1980s  mondo_2000  ethics  communication  jon_lebkowsky  quote  oligarchy  injustice 
january 2017 by cluebucket
That's just how you negotiate with a Nazi. Ask your grandfather. | MetaFilter #6887028
"Maybe part of the problem here is that at some point we conceded that valuing someone's life, health, and security of person based on their race, gender or sexual identity is something you're even allowed to have an opinion about."
dry_white_toast  metafilter  comment  nazi  discrimination  bigotry  hate  power  debate  america  truth  freedom  2017  2010s  life  fight  attack  metafilter.com 
january 2017 by cluebucket
The Slants: Fighting For The Right To Rock A Racial Slur : Code Switch : NPR
this case is kinda mind-boggling -- would be very provocative if we didn't already know America understands *fuck all* about azn experience

not sure how the Redskins ties into it as are there any native people playing for or owning the team? hmmm

Amicus podcast has a good interview with Tam...
npr  slants  slang  slur  legal  scotus  discrimination  patent  racism  asian-american  2000s  2010s  2017  lee_v_tam  simon_tam  advocacy  power  rights  band  name 
january 2017 by cluebucket
Without a path from protest to power, the Women's March will end up like Occupy | World news | The Guardian
fft (food for thought)

"Right now, in America, there is no pro-democracy anti-establishment party that is capable of stepping forward, seizing power and governing. America needs a protest movement like Spain’s Podemos, Iceland’s Pirate Party or Italy’s 5 Star Movement. These populist democratic movements are the prototype for the future of protest. Each has achieved surprising electoral victories in a short time, but what is more important is how they are changing the way power functions."
guardian  protest  womensmarch  occupywallstreet  action  op-ed  2017  2010s  micah_white  1789  1780s  france  revolution  louis_xvi  power  civil_rights  1963  1964  1960s  myth  question  politics  campaign  party 
january 2017 by cluebucket
Nigel Farage’s attack on Jo Cox’s widower is a new low. Enough | Owen Jones | Opinion | The Guardian
"When Farage’s power was queried, Kassam responded with a picture of Farage and Donald Trump in the president-elect’s golden lift. Don’t mess with Farage, was Kassam’s implication, because he now has the patronage of the soon-to-be most powerful man on Earth. (You can donate to Hope not Hate’s legal fund here https://donate.hopenothate.org.uk/page/contribute/farage-to-court )"

farage is disgusting
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december 2016 by cluebucket
Being Beguine | Sisters of the Valley
"If no-one objects to the rather bizarre notion that nuns wear their wedding dresses daily, to re-live their marriage to God, then certainly people can wrap their heads around the concept of a Sisterhood of women who work with cannabis plants, make home-made tonics and tinctures, and support themselves through their own labors and without need of alms?
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"They object because there are no men in charge here. They object because there is no male-founded, male-run, male dominated church here. There are men here, of course, but they don’t run the show. Furthermore, our order is ‘self-formed’ and, as ‘weed-nuns’, we are self-declared, which makes us empowered, and the old grey-haired white dudes running the central valley of California find that to be frightening.
"In case you hadn’t heard, we are leaving a two-hundred-thousand-year-old period of male energies ruling the planet and are entering the age of feminine energies ruling the planet. We are leaving our ‘conquer all’ mentality that formed our civilizations and we are entering an age of preservation, nurturing, nesting. Of course, female energies must now rule, if we want to keep our people inhabiting this planet. (Never mind Trump, Brexit, Geert Wilders, Marine Le Pen, and the others of their ilk, they represent the last gasp of a dying paradigm. You didn’t think the conquerors would go down without a fight, did you? But worry not — hate is not a sustainable political platform.)"
sistersofcbd.com  catholicism  christianity  nun  sister  beguine  religion  cannabis  california  agriculture  marriage  sisterhood  weed  women  feminism  power  tradition  land  ceremony  energy  politics  service  activism  spirituality  bible  latin  tincture  salve  product  history  persecution 
december 2016 by cluebucket
Ask a Korean!: The Irrational Downfall of Park Geun-hye
This shi' crazy. Taken down by a Samsung Galaxy Tab...!

"There is a video of Choi's staff smoking and drinking while eating fried chicken, right next to the suit meant for Park Geun-hye. At one point, one of the staff members handled the suit without even wiping chicken grease from his hands, while breathing smoke onto the clothes. Park Geun-hye would wear this suit on her presidential visit with Xi Jinping."
korea  south_korea  askakorean  blogspot  2016  2010s  1970s  1980s  leader  svengali  cult  politics  politician  influence  power  corruption  lie  park_geun-hye  choi_soon-sil  crazy  scandal 
december 2016 by cluebucket
That Putin's Government Spoke to the Trump Campaign Should Be Dominating the News Cycle
RT : "The still needs to deal with the story of Russian influence: via "

WaPo: "'We have just begun to consider ways of building dialogue with the future Donald Trump administration and channels we will be using for those purposes,' Ryabkov was quoted as saying."

Pierce: "Well, kids, the unthinkable already has happened. You might as well cover it as fully as possible."
esquire.com  russia  vladimir_putin  politics  dina_demetrius  charles_p_pierce  donald_trump  influence  secret  sergei_ryabkov  hope_hicks  government  collusion  washingtonpost  media  news  2016  2010s  power  from twitter
november 2016 by cluebucket
The Religious Cult Secretly Running Japan - The Daily Beast
"The current cult’s goals: gut Japan’s post-war pacifist constitution, end sexual equality, get rid of foreigners, void pesky “human rights” laws, and return Japan to its Imperial Glory."
politics  japan  politician  cult  corruption  power  creepy  religion  thedailybeast.com  2016  2010s  election  shinzo_abe  jake_adelstein  mari_yamamoto  nippon_kaigi  conservative  shinto  tadae_takubo  1990s  1970s  seicho_no_ie  日本会議  生長の家  1947  1940s  nobusuke_kishi  government  constitution  peace  war  right-wing  rights  yamato 
july 2016 by cluebucket
ACLU of Maryland (ACLU-MD) - ONE YEAR AFTER THE UPRISING FOR FREDDIE GRAY AND FOR POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY
"There are many truths related to that day. ...[I]n a clear sign of racially biased policing, every single unarmed person who died in 2015 in Maryland was Black. Yet, state law enforcement agencies aggressively opposed having to report deaths in police custody."
aclu  aclu-md.org  maryland  rights  freddie_gray  2015  2016  2010s  police  police_brutality  racism  black  transparency  government  death  killing  crime  organization  justice  prison  larry_hogan  fight  discrimination  power  fraternal_order_police  injustice 
may 2016 by cluebucket
Inside the Horror Show That Is Congress | Rolling Stone
lots of typos in this but a good read, from 2005

"The House Rules Committee is perhaps the free world's outstanding bureaucratic abomination -- a tiny, airless closet deep in the labyrinth of the Capitol where some of the very meanest people on earth spend their days cleaning democracy like a fish."
rolling_stone  matt_taibbi  2005  2000s  congress  house_rep  america  politics  politician  bernie_sanders  legislation  republican  corruption  george_w_bush  cafta  patriot_act  waste  opposition  tour  summer  corporation  lockheed_martin  westinghouse  export-import_bank  dc  homeless  1990s  secret  david_dreier  tom_delay  shame  james_sensenbrenner_jr  democracy  thomas_bliley  threat  jim_kolbe  bullying  jeff_flake  china  lobbying  tom_coburn  senator  ibm  business  privacy  power  harry_reid  tom_daschle 
march 2016 by cluebucket
Democrats always prove the commies right | Fredrik deBoer
"Outside of primary season, they say to use the primary process. During primaries, they do everything possible to ensure our failure."
fredrikdeboer.com  fredrik_deboer  2016  2010s  democrat  communism  argument  politics  writing  debate  connecticut  al_gore  howard_dean  barack_obama  2000s  bernie_sanders  hillary_clinton  campaign  power  change  corruption 
march 2016 by cluebucket
The Devastating Story of Washington's Peeping-Tom Rabbi | Washingtonian
"'Converts are the most vulnerable creatures of all,' says Wieseltier. 'They have left what they had, but they have not quite reached where they are going. They are in limbo. The only support they have is from the converting rabbi.'”
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"And still the conversion process dragged on. Freundel never told her when she might be ready for the final steps: an audience before three rabbis who composed a conversion court plus a ritual purification bath in the mikvah.

"Months passed. Murphy waited. At a friend’s wedding, Freundel even taunted her: 'This could be you, but it’s not. I control that.'”
barry_freundel  rabbi  judaism  kesher  dc  scandal  crime  voyeurism  mikvah  bath  ritual  religion  camera  spying  power  corruption  washingtonian.com  conversion  2009  2000s  2010s  orthodox  rule  control  harassment  2010  2011  harry_jaffe  2016  trial 
january 2016 by cluebucket
Losing my religion for equality
"The justification of discrimination against women and girls on grounds of religion or tradition, as if it were prescribed by a Higher Authority, is unacceptable."

"During the years of the early Christian church women served as deacons, priests, bishops, apostles, teachers and prophets. It wasn't until the fourth century that dominant Christian leaders, all men, twisted and distorted Holy Scriptures to perpetuate their ascendant positions within the religious hierarchy."
theage.com.au  jimmy_carter  religion  2009  2000s  discrimination  christianity  baptist  women  equality  justice  politics  politician  power  bible 
january 2016 by cluebucket
Race and the Free-Speech Diversion - The New Yorker
"The broader issue is that the student’s reaction elicited consternation in certain quarters where the precipitating incident did not. The fault line here is between those who find intolerance objectionable and those who oppose intolerance of the intolerant."
jelani_cobb  racism  freedom  speech  rights  civil_rights  protest  safety  yale  missouri  harassment  tolerance  justice  power  2010s  2015  yikyak  hate  essay  1960s  lynching 
november 2015 by cluebucket
Why trying to help poor countries might actually hurt them - The Washington Post
"The United States gave aid to Ethiopia for decades under then-President Meles Zenawi Asres, because he opposed Islamic fundamentalism and Ethiopia was so poor. Never mind that Asres was 'one of the most repressive and autocratic dictators in Africa'"
angus_deaton  nobel_prize  economics  aid  charity  poverty  development  princeton  study  professor  government  corruption  health  colonialism  controversy  skepticism  criticism  ana_swanson  2015  2010s  1980s  1970s  africa  zaire  rwanda  ethiopia  somalia  biafra  khmer_rouge  cambodia  thailand  asia  war  humanitarian  the_great_escape  wealth  inequality  dictatorship  power  data  chart  growth 
october 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."
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"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
Storm Warnings
"This is our sole defense against the season;
These are the things we have learned to do
Who live in troubled regions."
storm  warning  poem  poetry  adrienne_rich  weather  emotion  protection  darkness  life  sky  season  prediction  change  control  power  powerlessness  passive  1950s  1960s  1970s  war  writing  text  umd.edu 
january 2015 by cluebucket
Human Nature: Justice versus Power - Noam Chomsky debates with Michel Foucault
via "Michel Foucault on the police and democracy. "

FOUCAULT:
No, I don't have the least belief that one could consider our society democratic. [Laughs.]
If one understands by democracy the effective exercise of power by a population which is neither divided nor hierarchically ordered in classes, it is quite clear that we are very far from democracy. It is only too clear that we are living under a regime of a dictatorship of class, of a power of class which imposes itself by violence, even when the instruments of this violence are institutional and constitutional; and to that degree, there isn't any question of democracy for us.
antonio_martin  michel_foucault  sean_mcelwee  noam_chomsky  chomsky.info  debate  interview  1971  1970s  democracy  justice  power  human  life  philosophy  philosopher  from twitter_favs
december 2014 by cluebucket
The Cost of Becoming White | MetaFilter
haven't read the linked article yet. but yes to semi-thoughtful discussions
metafilter  racism  asian-american  white  minority  race  meritocracy  society  culture  ethnicity  discussion  2014  2010s  power 
december 2014 by cluebucket
Santa brand book
*Santa* winds infinite Possibilities around finite Limitations to evoke the essence of invention and the Odour of Nostalgia. It has the complexity of Simpleness and the Simplicity of complexitiveness.
It begins with the Hiss of Power and ends with the Ah of Surprise.
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december 2013 by cluebucket
The Myth of the Teenage Temptress: Or Why A Young Girl Can Not Consent to Sex With An Adult Man | xoJane
"[O]n Monday, Stacey Rambold, a Senior High teacher convicted of raping 14-year-old Cherice Morales, who later committed suicide, was sentenced to spend just 30 days in jail. The judge justified his decision in part by saying he listened to recorded statements given by Morales before her death and believes that while she was a troubled youth, she was 'as much in control of the situation' as Rambold.

"The judge also said Morales was 'older than her chronological age.'

"Yep, you read that right. A 14-year-old 'troubled youth' who eventually committed suicide (as a direct result of the sexual assault and its aftermath, according to her mother) had 'control over the situation' with a 49-year-old rapist. But don't worry, this wasn't 'the kind of rape most people think about,' according to Judge G. Todd Baugh. 'It was not a violent, forcible, beat-the-victim rape, like you see in the movies.' He generously added that 'It was nonetheless a rape...and this should not have occurred.'"
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august 2013 by cluebucket
Mythcommunication: It’s Not That They Don’t Understand, They Just Don’t Like The Answer |
"These women said they generally offered excuses that posited an inability rather than unwillingness to accept the offer because, in one woman’s words, 'that would stop the boy from blaming you.'”
...
but then the takeaway of the study? "The problem of sexual coercion cannot be fixed by changing the way women talk."
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july 2013 by cluebucket
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
"I think whites are carefully taught not to recognize white privilege, as males are taught not to recognize male privilege. So I have begun in an untutored way to ask what it is like to have white privilege. I have come to see white privilege as an invisible package of unearned assets that I can count on cashing in each day, but about which I was 'meant' to remain oblivious."

7. I can be sure that my children will be given curricular materials that testify to the existence of their race.
11. I can arrange to protect my children most of the time from people who might not like them.
13. I can speak in public to a powerful male group without putting my race on trial.
15. I am never asked to speak for all the people of my racial group.

"For me white privilege has turned out to be an elusive and fugitive subject. The pressure to avoid it is great, for in facing it I must give up the myth of meritocracy"
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june 2013 by cluebucket
What Would Orwell Make of Obama's Drone Policy? - Ta-Nehisi Coates - The Atlantic
Orwell: "Thus political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness."

Adam Serwer: "The government needs the approval of a judge to detain a suspected terrorist. To kill one, it need only give itself permission."

TNC: Consider the notion of "imminence." Last year Eric Holder claimed that a lethal strike against an American citizen can only be made if to protect against "an imminent threat of violent attack." But the white paper states that imminence "does not require that the United States to have clear evidence that a specific attack on U.S. persons or interests will take place in the significant future." Effectively, the word "imminence" has no meaning beyond "we think you're a bad guy."
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february 2013 by cluebucket
Gender Knot Revised Ed: Unraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy - Allan Johnson - Google Books
"When men feel inconsequential, it’s easier to blame women than it is to confront patriarchy - the true source of the diminishment and lack of meaning in so many men’s lives. When men feel unloved and disconnected, it’s easier to accuse women of not loving them well enough than it is to consider men’s own alienation from life. It’s easier to think of women as keeping men from the essence of their own lives than it is to see how men’s participation in patriarchy can suffocate and kill the life within themselves. It’s easier to theorize about powerful, devouring mothers than to confront the reality of patriarchy.

"Beneath the massive denial of men’s power and responsibility and its projection onto women is an enormous pool of rage, resentment, and fear. Rather than look at patriarchy and their place within it, many men will beat, rape, torture, murder, and oppress women, children, and one another. They will wage mindless war and offer themselves up for the slaughter, chain themselves to jobs and work themselves to numbed exhaustion as if their lives had no value or meaning beyond controlling or being controlled or defending against control, and content themselves with half-lives of confused, lost deprivation. What men lack, women didn’t take from them, and it isn’t up to women to give it back."
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october 2012 by cluebucket
Heat and storm damage translate into parental power outages - On Parenting - The Washington Post
for some parents I know ;P

"There are four basic elements in my approach, which support a parent being calmly and confidently in charge. The first is attachment and connection... The second is … parenting from strength, rather than neediness and desperation.. The third is helping kids handle frustration so that it doesn’t turn into anger and aggression... And finally, I teach parents to stay cool and calm, rather than turning on what I affectionately refer to as “Mom TV.” "
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september 2012 by cluebucket
Sally Quinn Forced to Dine With Non-Fake Friends -- Daily Intel
"Seriously. Hardly a week goes by without somebody blaming partisan polarization on the lack of proper dinner parties or, in an occasional twist, lunch.
"Quinn’s essay follows the general contours of this genre, but she adds her own uniquely mortifying touches. Her mourning of the decline of the Georgetown dinner party sweeps together such disparate trends as the appearance of a Kardashian at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, Citizens United, hard times at newspapers, and the appearance on the scene of “25-year-old bloggers.” The result of all these baffling developments is that Quinn now has to have dinner with actual friends and not just people using each other for access to power."
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june 2012 by cluebucket
Rookie » Bad Romance
1. Learn the Term "Gaslight"
2. Don't Blame Yourself
3. Do Not Ride the Escalator
4. You Have No Power Over Me
rookiemag  sady_doyle  advice  abuse  relationship  respect  power  labyrinth  control  gaslight  2012  2010s  therapy  how_to  emotion  manipulation  twilight  21st_century 
march 2012 by cluebucket
No matter what...
"There is no historical evidence to support the idea that we can change the system through elections, yet many on the left keep pushing this. Why? Because we don't think we have the ability to create a large enough movement. But we do have that ability."
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january 2012 by cluebucket
Shopping and philosophy: Post-modernism is the new black | The Economist
"But Foucault had belatedly spotted that post-modernism and “neo-liberal” free-market economics, which had developed entirely independently of each other over the previous half-century, pointed in much the same direction. One talked about sex, art and penal systems, the other about monetary targets. But both sought to 'emancipate' the individual from the control of state power or other authorities—one through thought and the other through economic power. Both put restoring individual choice and power at the hearts of their 'projects', as the pomos like to describe their work."
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november 2011 by cluebucket

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