28 8 / 2014

red-lipstick:

Nicolas Demeersman aka Pretty Punk (b. 1978, Seclin) Worldwide ongoing Fucking Tourist series 2009-2014 Captures The Resentment Of Locals With A Simple Gesture. (Info with each pic)

Though there is something to be said about a white man going all over the world and asking people to display resentment in a manner his culture would recognise…

(Source: jolipunk.over-blog.com)

28 8 / 2014

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And if Michael Brown was not angelic, I was practically demonic. I had my first drink when I was 11. I once brawled in the cafeteria after getting hit in the head with a steel trash can. In my junior year I failed five out of seven classes. By the time I graduated from high school, I had been arrested for assaulting a teacher and been kicked out of school (twice.) And yet no one who knew me thought I had the least bit of thug in me. That is because I also read a lot of books, loved my Commodore 64, and ghostwrote love notes for my friends. In other words, I was a human being. A large number of American teenagers live exactly like Michael Brown. Very few of them are shot in the head and left to bake on the pavement.

The “angelic” standard was not one created by the reporter. It was created by a society that cannot face itself, and thus must employ a dubious “morality” to hide its sins. It is reinforced by people who have embraced the notion of “twice as good” while avoiding the circumstances which gave that notion birth. Consider how easily living in a community “with rough patches” becomes part of a list of ostensible sins. Consider how easily “black-on-black crime” becomes not a marker of a shameful legacy of segregation but a moral failing.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates, being amazing. (via politicalprof)

(via slaymonsters)

23 8 / 2014

mabellonghetti:

Catalina Sandino Moreno in Maria Full of Grace // María llena eres de gracia (Joshua Marston - 2004)

Watched this for the second time tonight after many years. The first time I thought it was precarious, if a little hopeful at the end. This time it was clearer that she turns her body from a vehicle to transport commodities for the international drug trade into an economic opportunity for her and her baby. That grin she sports while looking at an ultrasound of her baby? One of her few genuine grins in the entire movie. The same rebellious temperament that makes her say yes to being a mule gets her out of it too, when she runs away and sees Little Colombia.

I almost don’t want to write an essay about this movie — and ruin it with criminological theory blather.

13 7 / 2014

talldarkarab:

rosyln:

Life in Gaza

Wow

(via musaafer)

10 7 / 2014

"I’ve really tried to understand the Israelis. I used to work on a farm in Israel. I speak Hebrew. I watch their news. All the time they talk about fear. How they have to run to their bunkers to hide from the rockets. How their children can’t sleep because of the sirens. This is not a good way for them to live. We Palestinians don’t talk about fear, we talk about death. Our rockets scare them; their rockets kill us. We have no bomb shelters, we have no sirens, we have nowhere we can take our children and keep them safe. They are scared. We are dying."

03 7 / 2014

tomarza:

ladiesagainsthumanity:

RUTH. BADER. GINSBERG. 

via @sethdmichaels

this is the same woman that was part of the unanimous supreme court decision to strike down the buffer zone around abortion clinics that is critical to women’s safety. like. can we not glorify her she is hurting women and the fact that she is a Powerful Woman doesn’t change the fact that she is a Powerful Person Doing Horrible Things for Women

I knew when I reblogged my previous post that this point would come up eventually…

There’s a fundamental disconnect between judges handing down decisions and their personal beliefs, primarily because they’re constrained in formulating the former (by existing law, in this case the US Constitution) but not necessarily the latter. RBG’s confirmation hearings two decades ago were driven by Republican senators who wanted to know how she would keep her personal beliefs separate from her judicial rulings — which demonstrates folly on the part of public imagination that judges hand can and always will hand down decisions that are in line with their personal beliefs.

The judges came down 9-0 against the provision in question (which was about speech on public sidewalks; not to be confused with another provision of the same law which concerned knowingly obstructing/hindering a person approaching an abortion clinic). There was very little agreement within the ranks, with both Elena Kagan and RBG agreeing with the law in question during oral arguments. It all came down to an interpretation of First Amendment principles, and whether Massachusetts could use other measures (that were less of an infringement upon First Amendment) to achieve the same effect. I’m not used to the supremacy the US Constitution is given in courts, so cannot say any more on this point.

The court also didn’t overrule its 2000 decision approving buffer zones. This decision doesn’t mean all buffer zones are illegal; it just means that the legal status of current buffer zone laws are ambiguous and depend upon the time, manner and place in which they operate.

There are plenty of other things RBG’s done that are entirely questionable. Criticise her for the fact that in nearly 60 clerkship appointments, she didn’t hire a single African-American person. But I don’t think it’s entirely fair to blame her for a judicial decision that was constrained in manners beyond her control (i.e. the way the Constitution is virtually untouchable in the US legal system compared to other jurisdictions).

Am I disappointed that RBG, along with judges like Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor somehow came down on the same side of this as the conservative half the bench? Yes. Do I think supporting buffer zones around abortion clinics is a feminist thing to do? Fuck yes, and it has proven positive results for patients. But I also think that judges can be hamstrung into making decisions that go against their personal beliefs. Judicial decisions are not beyond reproach but these decisions are made within a matrix more complicated than “I support buffer zones around abortion clinics —> any law setting up a buffer zone around an abortion law is all g”.

If we’re criticising RBG, it’s disingenuous to think a single decision provides insight into the sort of person she is. She’s done questionable things outside of the courtroom, and these are valid grounds for criticism. Our legal systems hurt women. But judges are also pawns within these same systems — and are not always free to act as they believe.*

(* there is a longer rant here about the independence of the bench, activist judges and knowing subservience to a fucked up legal system but I don’t have the time/brainspace for it today.)

(Source: ihopeyoulikeblackberries, via anarchacannibalism)

03 7 / 2014

ladiesagainsthumanity:

RUTH. BADER. GINSBERG. 

via @sethdmichaels

This is the same woman who was turned down for a clerkship because of her gender, despite graduating top of her class at Columbia and being on two law reviews. Her 35-page dissent in Hobby Lobby is blistering (starts at p 60 here; summary here) and well worth reading.

(Source: ihopeyoulikeblackberries, via killsmedead)

24 6 / 2014

I was in Melbourne over the weekend and split a few bottles of wine with someone I worked with last summer. We got to talking about refugee and asylum seeker issues and movements like Not In My Name and We Are Better Than That.

I get that they are well-intentioned; I understand that they’re all about busting myths about refugees and promoting general goodwill towards refugees and asylum seekers. I absolutely agree that you should tell your government when it does something you don’t agree with.

What doesn’t jive is how these movements separate activists from their countries’ shitty immigration policies. Take responsibility for what your government does. Saying you had nothing to do with a policy decision doesn’t mean you’re absolved of all guilt. Don’t selectively celebrate things that your government does; part of conscientious citizenship is participation and distancing yourself from decisions like the Malaysia Solution weakens public discourse.

16 6 / 2014

escapekit:

The Last Billboard

A 36-foot-long billboard located at the corner of Highland and Baum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Every month, a different individual is invited to take over the billboard to broadcast personalized messages, which are spelt out using wooden letters that are changed by hand. 

you can follow it’s tumblr here. 

(via transanalogyhoppip)

16 6 / 2014


Police officers clash with supporters of the native Indian community during a protest outside the Indian museum, next to the Maracanã stadium, in Rio de Janeiro, Dec. 16, 2013. Police arrested more than 20 indigenous people who occupied the abandoned museum to protest its demolition as part of renovations ahead of the World Cup.
Striking images from Brazil’s anti-World-Cup protest movement.

There is no such thing as football without politics.

Police officers clash with supporters of the native Indian community during a protest outside the Indian museum, next to the Maracanã stadium, in Rio de Janeiro, Dec. 16, 2013. Police arrested more than 20 indigenous people who occupied the abandoned museum to protest its demolition as part of renovations ahead of the World Cup.

Striking images from Brazil’s anti-World-Cup protest movement.

There is no such thing as football without politics.

(Source: mehreenkasana)