Monthly Archives: July 2011

The major problem—one of the major problems, for there are several—one of the many major problems with governing people is that of whom you get to do it; or rather of who manages to get people to let them do it to them. To summarize: it is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.

Douglas Adams (The Restaurant at the End of the Universe)

The Woody Guthrie song Massacre of 1913 tells of the dangers faced in the formation of unions.  Copper miners had been on strike for five months, fighting for better working conditions.  At a gathering on Christmas Eve some 500 people, miners and their families had gathered in the second storey of the Italian Hall for festivities.  The cry of fire was falsely raised and in the stampede that followed the doors were found to be barred.  73 people, including 59 children, died in the crush.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_Hall_disaster

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copper_Country_Strike_of_1913-1914

These wikipedia pages have more information.

Unions were formed out of violence and struggle so that people could be able to control their own working conditions.  Historically everything was done to prevent workers from being able to act as a collective for their own best interests, even today the reality of this violence is made very real in global south countries, with allegations that the Coca Cola company are behind the murders of union organisers around the globe.

We must never forget the struggle that happens to create unions, the constant battle to maintain them and all the victories they have won to improve working conditions.  We must never grow complacent and forget how to fight for the rights of the worker, nor grow weak and lose the will to do so.

The struggle of all workers, internationally, are linked against the alienating and exploitative system of capitalism.  Solidarity forever.

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bethefoodoflove:

(New York) – Amnesty International has obtained copies of a secret draft Saudi Arabian anti-terrorism law that would allow the authorities to prosecute peaceful dissent with harsh penalties as “terrorist crime.” Under the draft law, the definition of terrorist crimes is so broad that legitimate dissent would, in effect, be criminalized.

The organization obtained copies of the “Draft Penal Law for Terrorism Crimes and Financing of Terrorism,” which would also allow extended detention without charge or trial. Questioning the integrity of the King or the Crown Prince would carry a minimum prison sentence of 10 years

Under the draft law, terrorist crimes would include such actions as “endangering…national unity”, “halting the basic law or some of its articles”, or “harming the reputation of the state or its position”.

Violations of the law would carry harsh punishments. The death penalty would be applied to cases of taking up arms against the state or for any “terrorist crimes” that result in death.

A number of other key provisions in the draft law run counter to Saudi Arabia’s international legal obligations, including those under the United Nation Convention against Torture.

The draft law allows for suspects to be held in incommunicado detention for up to 120 days, or for longer periods – potentially indefinitely – if authorized by a specialized court.

Incommunicado detention facilitates torture or other ill-treatment and prolonged detention of that nature can itself amount to torture.

Detainees in incommunicado detention are also, by definition, denied access to a lawyer during their investigation.

The draft law allows for arbitrary detention: it denies detainees the right to be promptly brought before a judge, and to be released or tried within a reasonable time. It gives the specialized court the power to detain without charge or trial for up to a year, and to extend such detention indefinitely. Detainees are not given a means to challenge the lawfulness of their detention in front of a court.

It also fails to include a clear prohibition of torture and other ill-treatment.

The draft law gives wide-ranging powers to the Minister of the Interior “to take the necessary actions to protect internal security from any terrorist threat.” It does not allow for judicial authorization or oversight of these actions.

For my readers in Saudi Arabia. The organization that reported this news, Amnesty International, has now been blocked in Saudi Arabia.

Proposed Saudi Arabia “Anti-Terror” Law Would Crush Peaceful Dissent and Protest

In what way do proletarians differ from slaves?

The slave is sold once and for all; the proletarian must sell himself daily and hourly.

The individual slave, property of one master, is assured an existence, however miserable it may be, because of the master’s interest. The individual proletarian, property as it were of the entire bourgeois class which buys his labor only when someone has need of it, has no secure existence. This existence is assured only to the class as a whole.

The slave is outside competition; the proletarian is in it and experiences all its vagaries.

The slave counts as a thing, not as a member of society. Thus, the slave can have a better existence than the proletarian, while the proletarian belongs to a higher stage of social development and, himself, stands on a higher social level than the slave.

The slave frees himself when, of all the relations of private property, he abolishes only the relation of slavery and thereby becomes a proletarian; the proletarian can free himself only by abolishing private property in general.

Friedrich Engels, “The Principles of Communism”  (via waitingforbrodot)

Nationalism of one kind or another was the cause of most of the genocide of the twentieth century. Flags are bits of colored cloth that governments use first to shrink-wrap people’s minds and then as ceremonial shrouds to bury the dead.

Arundhati Roy (War Talk)

misterfusspot:

This sticker seen on a street sign at 11th and Olive on Capitol Hill in Seattle; probably leftover from Slutwalk.

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kvltmarx:

Critical Theory seeks to instill a widespread cultural pessimism about the family in order to promote the ideals of a Marxist revolution. To that end: the following themes should be promoted as much as possible.

FATHERS, should be denigrated as:

Dominant, Restrictive, Depersonalized, Controlling

MOTHERS, should be denigrated as:

Schizophrenic, Nagging, Anxious, Psycho.

THE FAMILY, should be attacked in the following ways:

1. Families are boring, stifling, and intrusive.

2. Mothers and Fathers suck.

3. Divorce is therefore understandable and justified and should be made easy.

KVLT MARX HAS ALREADY DESTROYED 50% OF MARRIAGES. EFFORTS MUST CONTINUE TO ERADICATE THIS INSTITUTION ENTIRELY.

Cultural Marxism:

Hide yo kids, hide yo wife?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzS1cCtyq9g

This song is really about Gramsci and the defence against his “cultural marxism”.

KVLT MARX – Cultural Marxism: THE “TWO PUNCH” STRATEGY

Fortunately, Mussolini recognized the danger Gramsci posed and jailed him.

Actual quote from article on “cultural Marxism” (via digitalpidgin)

Gotta love it.  Starts off by quoting the quote that Gramsci never created, “long march through the institutions” than then following it up by lauding a fascist as the defender of Christian values.

With bedfellows like that you’ve got to wonder exactly what Christian values these are that were being upheld …

Can you recommend me some blogs to follow that are similar to yours please? :)

Sooo I’ve taken a day to getting around to answering this because I’ve been considering the best way to answer it.  What is my blog, what’s it defined as when it comes to the question of what blogs would be similar?  Are we talking specific issues that I reblog, because I try to build an awareness of a spectrum of issues?  Are we talking about promoting discourse and inputting original opinions into a matter rather than simply taking it as read that everyone agrees?  Because although I try to do that, I could do it much more … And also there’s the question of trying to break the cliques that build up on tumblr, and trying not to simply play into those but also break free from them by pushing outwards to other groups of thinking so that it’s not just a group of internet friends that mostly agree with each other, talking with each other about things they agree with.

With all that in mind what I’ve basically decided to do is group a few of the blogs I follow that are consistently interesting into a variety of sections based on what I mostly associate them as blogging about.  At the same time if I have a number of blogs that sort of build into a clique, despite them each being interesting in what they have to say, I may drop a few out for brevity (which I’m no good at usually) because you’ll see them reblogging each other and then be able to figure out other interesting people to follow as a result.  If that makes sense …

So this is by no means comprehensive, but hopefully more indicative of directions I suggest.

Women’s issues:

http://awesomestuffwomendid.tumblr.com/

http://womenaresociety.tumblr.com/

http://mimidigi.tumblr.com/

http://coolchicksfromhistory.tumblr.com/

http://iwillnotshavemyvagina.net/

http://newwavefeminism.tumblr.com/ (straddles into the next section quite nicely as well)

Person of colour issues:

http://adailyriot.tumblr.com/

http://kahsennanoron.tumblr.com/

http://blackamazon.tumblr.com/

Marxist/Socialist (sometimes sort of maybe?  It’s sometimes hard to tell) perspective:

http://marxandsparks.tumblr.com/

http://atomicsocialist.tumblr.com/

http://praxismakesperfect.tumblr.com/

http://socialistictendencies.tumblr.com/

http://bencharnock.com/

http://socialismartnature.tumblr.com/

http://digitalpidgin.tumblr.com/

http://thejazzwriter.tumblr.com/

Anarchist (sometimes sort of maybe?  It’s sometimes hard to tell) perspective:

http://ghoulmann.tumblr.com/

http://bethefoodoflove.tumblr.com/

http://allamericananarchist.tumblr.com/

http://appropriatedisorder.tumblr.com/

http://gravewisdom.tumblr.com/

Middle east/Arab (inevitably mostly Palestine) issues:

http://al-qudseya.tumblr.com/

http://youcantoccupyasmile.com/

http://palestina.tumblr.com/

http://verbalresistance.tumblr.com/

http://abudai.tumblr.com/

http://lifeisliterallylimited.tumblr.com/

http://wardasahra.tumblr.com/

http://libyanana.tumblr.com/

LGBTQ issues:

http://locomotives.tumblr.com/

Broad issue blogs:

http://reinventionoftheprintingpress.tumblr.com/

http://wordsuperfluous.tumblr.com/

http://pantslessprogressive.com/

http://nidahasa.tumblr.com/

http://stay-human.tumblr.com/

http://debrumas.tumblr.com/

Some final notes on what I’ve suggested:

As I’ve said already I try to maintain an awareness of a breadth of issues.  With that said, users on tumblr ebb and flow in activity and also current affairs make certain issues more immediately pertinent, so what seems to happen is I’ll follow numerous people on a particular topic I’m interested in at the time and then gradually their blogs will perhaps stop being so relevant as their own posting habits change, or they may drop out of being so active.  I have tried to keep to currently active people who are consistently good at blogging about matters.

Another point is that although the sections for people of colour and LGBTQ issues aren’t as full as others, a part of that is because some of the blogs that are good on that have been grouped elsewhere based on how I perceive what the primary thing they blog about to be.  That said, I do constantly want to improve my awareness so if anyone has good blogs to suggest I’m all ears.

A final point is that this was under the situation of trying to scan through the people I follow, avoid putting forward blogs where the activity has dropped off and also find a fair representation of the people who consistently and eloquently discuss various matters, through the medium of checking their blog and having a scan then trying to avoid putting forward lumps of people that already interact within a group and just selecting one or two of them.  Considering I follow almost 300 people and already find my dash getting a bit hectic this is far from a perfect system to work by and there are probably quite a lot of people I’ve left out that aren’t being done justice by this.

So … yeah.  Hope that’s the sort of answer you’re looking for and isn’t just me prattling on 🙂

nickturse:

Student[s] are hit by water cannon during a rally to demand changes in the public state education system in Santiago, Chile, July 28, 2011.

REUTERS/Carlos Vera

I sort of love seeing dogs at riots with water canons, because while I’m really concerned about the safety issue they also seem to be having the time of their life.

Dogs, in my experience, love hoses.  As far as dogs seem concerned a water canon is a BIG HOSE which means for them BIGGER FUN!

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r-i-o-t:

From Occupied London

Friday, July 29, 2011

This morning (29.07) the Skaramanga squat in Athens was evicted by heavy police forces, following the legal action by the building’s owners. One person who entered the building to be present at the eviction proceedings has been arrested. Another seventy people who tried to approach the building were pushed back by heavy police forces.

More info as it comes.

14:11 GMT+2 The cops removed the computers from the squat’s laboratory

15:02 GMT+2 The cops moved against the people who were gathered outside of the building of Athens Polytechnical university (in order to make them get inside) There’s also a calling at 18:00 for a conversation about the squat’s eviction in order to inform the people,as well as for an open assembly

15.36 GMT+2 Anarchists have broken the police siege and reoccupied the Skaramanga squat in Patision Ave, moments ago.

Breaking News: Skaramanga anarchist squat in Athens evicted

stay-human:

Inspiring… *no comment*

Actually you know what. Let me comment.

The consumed bottle of a sugar filled, unhealthy drink manufactured by a large multinational corporation, who’d be delighted at the free advertising given to them by a bunch of kids jumping on this *lets take pictures of our drinks and pretend it’s deep* bandwagon, is inspiring?

Let me give you an excerpt from The 15 Deadliest Corporations article:

“Coca Cola corporation has wrought devastation in India, where its factories use up to one million liters of water per day, leaving tens of thousands of nearby residents dry during the drought months. Then the factories dispose of the wastewater improperly, contaminating whatever water is leftA lawsuit in 2001 accused Coca Cola of hiring paramilitaries in Columbia which suppressed unionization in the cola plant there through intimidation, torture and murder.”

But that’s not important.

Neither is the fact that they exploit workers (click), are racist (click) and may or may not have been involved in the murder of union organizers (click)

See a list of more of Coca Cola’s crimes here: http://www.thesouthasian.org/archives/2006/community_groups_demand_coke_p.html

ALSO (yes there’s more) in 2009 a Coca-Cola sponsored award went to Israel’s Lobby AIPAC for its lobbying of the Senate to reject of the UN call for “immediate ceasefire” and support the Gaza War in which 300-400 children were killed. (Eagle Star Awards 2009 sponsor page) (AIPAC receiving Community Partner Award)

FURTHERMORE Coca Cola owns Tara Dairies which (until pressured by boycott movements) operated in the illegally occupied Syrian Golan Heights.

But obviously I missed the point because this picture is “pretty” due to the light shining through a glass bottle and ‘cause cursive lettering is pleasing to the eye (the people making the logo were paid alot to make sure of that).

This is not inspiring, it’s a freaking symbol of ignorance. People who go out of their way to do good are inspiring. Great works of literature are inspiring. Great pieces of music are inspiring. Nature is inspiring. The sunset in this picture is inspiring, if only the fucking bottle would move out of the way.

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akagoldfish:

bethefoodoflove:

abxc94 replied to your post: Reasons I’ll no longer be reading STFU Hatemongers

What is so bad about Ryking?

Ask redlightpolitics.

Or maybe I should just let our friend Ryking answer this question himself:

“Hey, STFUConservatives, Redlightpolitics, advocating censorship is a very feminazi thing of you to do; you’re both pathetic scum. Not only that, but you’re also idiots too stupid to see how easily a right-winger could use your argument against you; right-wingers can just as easily make a case to Tumblr that it is promoting left-wing extremists practicing Hate Politics. And you want to complain that he’s “undermining your rights” while you’re trying to undermine his First Amendment right? Really, cunts? Finally, for the record, MOST people on BOTH SIDES of the political aisle reject your racist, sexist notion of privilege; it’s only left-wing fringe radicals like you trash who buy into that nonsense. Do the world a favor: Go kill yourselves you feminazi twats.Ryking

Just a reminder of what kind of dirty animal the senior politics editor on Tumblr is.

He’s also a chickenshit who wrote me a pathetic comeback via anon message after I savagely belittled his meager writing talents.

Reasons as to why I don’t respect ryking. I’m drunk, right now, but not stupid.

TUMBLR’S SENIOR POLITICS EDITOR, IN HIS OWN WORDS

pavkamichaud:

Chileans students stops a water cannon truck. Long live to the revolution!

The true ethical test is not only the readiness to save the victims, but also – even more, perhaps – the ruthless dedication to annihilating those who made them victims.

Slavoj Zizek (via insaniyat)

Reading is an act of resistance in a landscape of distraction… It requires us to pace ourselves. It returns us to a reckoning with time. In the midst of a book, we have no choice but to be patient, to take each thing in its moment, to let the narrative prevail. We regain the world by withdrawing from it just a little, by stepping back from the noise.

David Ulin, The Lost Art of Reading – Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time (via brownanon)

insanityisfree:

adeyami:

insanityisfree:

Voluntary sharing is caring.

— IIF

Neither I nor a person who is starving care whether it is voluntary.

Also, you just accused Marx of being a thief. Sure you wanna go there?

Regards,

IIF

Using bourgeois legal definitions that revolve around the protection of bourgeois interests, which plays a role in the ideological hegemony that obfuscates peoples’ awareness or questioning of things such as wage slavery, alienation of labour, the exploitation inherent in capitalism. Socialising the worker into praising the capitalists for the wealth they let seep out rather than accusing them for the wealth, nay even the very essence of humanity, the capitalists stole in the first place …

You think Marx would worry about a capitalist accusing him of being a thief, when the capitalists have already stolen everything from the masses?  It’s not theft, it’s liberation.

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namelessgenxer:

CHRISTIAN TERRORISM

What else do you expect from brainwashed sheeple who live every second of their pathetic little lives cowering in fear of some mythical boogieman?

A spokesperson for Planned Parenthood confirmed today that one of their Dallas-area clinics was the target of a violent attack last night. Holly Morgan, director of media relations and communications for Planned Parenthood in Dallas said that at around 11 pm last night, the attacker(s) threw a Molotov cocktail, consisting of diesel fuel in a glass bottle with a lit rag, at the building. “It didn’t penetrate the health center office and none of the staff or patients were there, which is great,” Morgan said.

Two observations:

1) I’m betting the firebomber wasn’t an Islamic extremist. Just a guess.

2) Whoever the attacker is, if he isn’t smart enough to know the difference in flashpoints between diesel fuel and gasoline, he’s probably not qualified to have a say in when life begins.

Planned Parenthood Clinic Bombed: Whodunit?

It comes from a very ancient democracy, you see….”
“You mean, it comes from a world of lizards?”
“No,” said Ford, who by this time was a little more rational and coherent than he had been, having finally had the coffee forced down him, “nothing so simple. Nothing anything like so straightforward. On its world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people.”
“Odd,” said Arthur, “I thought you said it was a democracy.”
“I did,” said Ford. “It is.”
“So,” said Arthur, hoping he wasn’t sounding ridiculously obtuse, “why don’t the people get rid of the lizards?”
“It honestly doesn’t occur to them,” said Ford. “They’ve all got the vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government they’ve voted in more or less approximates to the government they want.”
“You mean they actually vote for the lizards?”
“Oh yes,” said Ford with a shrug, “of course.”
“But,” said Arthur, going for the big one again, “why?”
“Because if they didn’t vote for a lizard,” said Ford, “the wrong lizard might get in.

Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (via disobey)

Sexism in 2011 is a different, more subtle beast, which shows itself in insidious ways: it is there when a man shouts out a sexualised comment as you pass in the street; it is there when your male colleague makes a joke about it being your time of the month; and it is there when you are called a slag, a bitch, a whore or told you are not as good at map-reading or driving or any of those other quintessentially “male” skills you are deemed too dim to master.
And, as Boycott points out, if a woman objects to any of this – even if it makes her feel uncomfortable – she is somehow seen as poo-faced or not a good sport.

Guardian UK Article “Why Sexism is no Laughing Matter”


(via bigassfemme)

Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man made, and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of Justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and human life.

Nelson Mandela (via squashed)

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weexist-weresist:

farhaaan:

 

I don’t often praise them because there’s not much to praise about. As an example, they recently passed a fascist law — the ‘Boycott Law’ — which means anyone who calls for a boycott of products manufactured in Israel’s illegal settlements built on stolen Palestinian land will be in trouble.

But you’ve got to hand it to them. For all their terrorismtheir illegal blockade on Gazathe mass murders of innocent civiliansthe theft of landthe use of white phosphorus on a school with children inside (I could on forever, but you get the idea)

… they still somehow manage to convince some people that they are the victims. Some people actually truly believe that. There is bad on both sides, but when it comes to Israel and Palestine, there is no comparison. Israel is in a league of their own.

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Some more statistics:

  • 124 Israeli children have been killed by Palestinians and 1,463 Palestinian children have been killed by Israelis since September 29, 2000.
  • 0 Israeli homes have been demolished by Palestinians and 24,813 Palestinian homes have been demolished by Israel since 1967.
  • During Fiscal Year 2011, the U.S. is providing Israel with at least $8.2 million per day in military aid and $0 in military aid to the Palestinians.

Well done to Israeli PR, because you have to be brilliant to do all that above (and much more), yet still look like the victim in some people’s eyes. You are brilliant at what you do. Unfortunately though, you are liars, supporting a fascist state.

They make little harmless Palestinian boys throwing stones the bad guys—not the brutal occupying power that is IsraelThat is impressive.

Any human being with a heart would spend their efforts trying to help the Palestinians, instead of lying for Israel. That includes people on tumblr, who you see spreading the Israeli government’s same old lies, claiming there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza, and having no sympathy for Palestinians.

If the state of Israel is so democratic, why are the voices of Israeli dissidents so easily stamped out? JW. I think if Israelis- many of whom sympathize with Palestinians and want a peaceful 2 state solution- would organize against their government’s apartheid, what would happen?

Well that situation would be interesting.  The entire legitimacy of the format with which Israeli politics occurs is based around the premise of creating the “Jewish state” (which I maintain to be a racist notion), excluding Arabs or otherwise treating them as second class citizens.  I’m not certain what could be done to prevent this being the foundation of Israeli politics.

Not least because it’s something the U.S.A. is bound into supporting.  By positing themselves as the friends of Israel, this creates a substantial basis for why they give them such military and economic support.  Of course the reality of this is that it’s a soft diplomacy to ensure the U.S. maintains a focal point for the economic and military presence in the region to defend their capitalist interests (resources).

Changing the nature of Israeli politics, directing it away from the notion of an enshrined Jewish state into being an arab-friendly, co-operative within the region, open state would require a massive attack on the ideological hegemony that exists within the state.  It would require a shift in the demographic that act as the ruling elite (the current ones being financially viable and most definitely supported by Zionists and pro-Zionists outside of Israel, not just internally) but internationally as well.

This is obviously the sort of end that has to be more than preaching to the converted and the slow battle of cultural awareness that can be achieved in demonstrations (which can be ignored by the media) and pamphleteering.  So the question then would be how can you go around enacting such a massive shift, but also further to this how to defend against the state’s response to this, because no entrenched state will simply allow such a lucrative status quo to slip away without struggle.

no1curr: Well done Israel