Mr. Friedman, I just broke my vase to get rid of the rancid water inside, as you suggested. But now my vase is broken and there is rancid water all over my kitchen floor. Also, the vase was a very valuable family heirloom. What did I do wrong?
“My own concern is primarily the terror and violence carried out by my own state, for two reasons. For one thing, because it happens to be the larger component of international violence. But also for a much more important reason than that; namely, I can do something about it. So even if the U.S. was responsible for 2 percent of the violence in the world instead of the majority of it, it would be that 2 percent I would be primarily responsible for. And that is a simple ethical judgment. That is, the ethical value of one’s actions depends on their anticipated and predictable consequences. It is very easy to denounce the atrocities of someone else. That has about as much ethical value as denouncing atrocities that took place in the 18th century.”—Noam Chomsky (via noam-chomsky)
This activity was supported by USAID/OTI to procure the services of a firm that specializes in media messaging design, public relations strategies, media mobilization and event organizing. The firm was responsible for designing the slogan and logo for a national non-violence campaign (NN-VC) due to launch in Bishkek on or around 20 September. It also was responsible for the campaign’s public relations strategy, media placement and organization of the multiple campaign events to take place around the country. It was expected that the NN-VC would capture the imagination of the Kyrgyzstan public, encouraging tolerance and peaceful behavior during this political season.
Mental exercise for @NBA fans & wannabee analysts: Build a team with Melo
I like Carmelo Anthony. I think he’s a top 10 NBA star. But I think his game needs a special complement of surrounding players for his team to succeed at the top levels.
If you could put together a team which included two other stars and two role players (a big three), which four players would you choose?
I think a healthy Dwight Howard is the number 1 commodity in any Big 3. I can’t think of any other player who would complement a scorer like Carmelo, but, Dwight would complement just about every other team in the NBA as well.
The other player, in my opinion, does not need to be a point guard. Melo creates his own scoring opportunities. Certainly a guard who penetrates the lane and can either score or distribute is a bonus. A Chris Paul or Rajon Rondo, perhaps?
Another potential star to add to the Melo-oriented Big 3 would be a 3-point shooter like a Ray Allen, although typically that role can be assigned to one of the 2 “non-star” players.
“But if you think that by hanging us you can stamp out the labor movement—the movement from which the downtrodden millions, the millions who toil and live in want and misery, the wage slaves, expect salvation—if this is your opinion, then hang us! Here you will tread upon a spark,…
#Torture #USA #Music British citizen, Ruhal Ahmed, spent two years in Guantanamo Bay. After his release he returned home to Tipton in the West Midlands without ever being charged with a crime by the British or US governments. During his incarceration Ruhal was repeatedly tortured by his captors. The technique he feared most was being tortured with music. We chart Ruhal’s progress as he attempts to silence torture by music.
“…the Occupation of Palestine and Palestinians is fundamentally constructed by and through carceral politics. What is meant by ‘carceral politics’? Basically, it’s the politics of incarceration. So, in the fact that the threat of incarceration by the Israeli State is a constant threat, and one which is constantly carried out against large segments of the Palestinian population: if you want to subdue a population, you keep them under constant threat of harassment, imprisonment, maltreatment, separation from family and friends. But it’s not just that the possibility of incarceration is ever-present (although that is fundamental to the project) but also that the length of time that one will spend incarcerated is potentially unknown, potentially unending. This is the regime of Administrative Detention. So everyone has a family member, or a close friend, who has been incarcerated under this regime. It’s literally ever-present, in a temporal and a spatial sense.
Butler made the argument that this system exists not to produce docile bodies who will willingly serve the state – as Foucault has taught us it does – but rather the system works to produce empty bodies who can be incarcerated. The carceral system is the endpoint in a system of colonisation: the colonisation is made (in large part) of the incarceration system. The Occupation rests on it.”—tobybee of jew on this on the panel “Carceral Politics in Palestine and Beyond: Gender, Vulnerability, Prison”, featuring Judith Butler, Angela Davis, and Lena Meari. (via ourcatastrophe)