I wonder a lot.


September 28th, 2014



The Daily Show aired its long awaited segment on the Washington, D.C., NFL team name, in which fans were confronted by Natives on the set.

Before it even aired, the segment proved controversial. The satirical cable television news program had recruited team fans for the segment via Twitter; four were ultimately chosen to participate. But those participants told the Washington Post they felt like they were attacked.

Kelli O’Dell, who says it was unfair for The Daily Show to have her debate Amanda Blackhorse—the lead plaintiff in Blackhorse v. Pro-Football, Inc., which resulted in cancelling six of the team’s trademarks—says she felt like she was placed “in danger.” O’Dell later called authorities to pull The Daily Show tapes she had consented to appear on:

Two days later, O’Dell said she called D.C. police and tried to submit a police report, but authorities told her no crime had been committed.

People want their right to be racist. But the minute they approach facing real life consequences—and mild ones, given what they should expect for years of violence and slurs—look how they shake and cry. Look how they flee and fly to the po-lice, understanding fully the institutional role played by cops.

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allthepiecesmatter451: [image description: a photo of a page in…

September 28th, 2014


[image description: a photo of a page in a book. it is zoomed in on a paragraph, with the end of a paragraph above it that says IN TEXT: history, rarely giving credit to the chain of ‘almost inventors’ to which each innovation is inevitably due. END TEXT.

the main paragraph says IN TEXT: Dmytri Kleiner, a post-Marxist free software and anti-copyright activist, argues that trying to credit something as fluid as an idea to a particular individual is impossible. ‘Unlike a material object, which can exist in only one place at a given time, ideas are infinite and non-exclusive.’ He goes on, ‘Every expression is an extension of a previous perception. Ideas are not original, they are built upon layers of knowledge accumulated through history.’viii Kleiner makes an interesting philosophical point, but more importantly, underscores the fact that if we view individuals as the sources of innovation and achievement, we feed into a cult of personality that only serves to distract us from the factors that actually fuel ideas. END TEXT.

the beginning of the last paragraph says IN TEXT: Our organisations are almost universally guilty of this, whether by always deferring to the traditional leader figure for press and public speaking opportunities (even when someone else END TEXT. end description.]

this is why authorship is problematic and why copyrighting is full of shit. there is no such thing as an original thought. we – our thoughts, our feelings, our body, our mind, our spirit – are the accumulation of knowledge, wisdom, and matter passed on from generation to generation through the cycle of time.

taking credit for an idea, a concept, or an analysis is to disgrace our ancestors and all beings who lay the foundation before us—whose names will never be known or celebrated.

i resonated deeply when i read this paragraph in a book im currently reading (“anarchists in the boardroom” by liam barrington-bush). i shared it with my coworker and we had a really good conversation about celebrity status in the “activist” community, and how often folks are not recognized for the work they do because they dont fit Western beauty standards, are fat, are non-passing trans* folk, and so on. she said “we’ve forgotten how to honour each other”

for me, the word honour makes a huge difference and is a practice widely unused. culturally, we are very good at – and very much used to -perpetuating heroism, of putting people who reflect our values on pedestals, and participating in celebrity culture.

rather than honouring each being for who we are and what we offer this world, the process of colonization and the mechanisms of capitalism encourage us to inflate our egos and to float away from the earth, as far from reality as possible. we have learned to look up to only certain people as purveyors of ideas, and look down on everyone else – including ourselves. somehow, through cycles of theft, exploitation, and further violence, this has become acceptable.

and what i appreciate in this piece of text is that it points out that not only is celebrity culture or cult of personality harmful because it provides a platform for already privileged people to represent an idea, but that it also prevents NEW ideas from taking form.

the last point i feel needs to also be made clear is the amount of POWER these platforms also give people and to ask ourselves if we are giving power or spotlight to one or a few individuals, where is that power coming from and who are we leaving forgotten in the dark?

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danathur: Desana Girl. Rio Negro, Brasil.The Desana people call…

September 28th, 2014


Desana Girl. Rio Negro, Brasil.

The Desana people call themselves “People of the Universe”.
“According to the oral tradition of the Desana, which is common to other Eastern Tukanoan peoples, the ancestors of Humanity followed the course of the rivers Amazon, Negro, Uaupés and their tributaries, leaving from the Atlantic Ocean on a ship – the “Canoe-of-Transformation”. Along the trip they stopped in numerous “houses of transformation”, where they performed celebrations. The sub-aquatic trip in the Canoe-of-Transformation is assimilated to the humanization and progressive maturation of Humanity’s ancestors. They went aground among the Ipanoré rapids, on the mid river Uaupés. It was in this place that the differentiation between Whites and Indians took place. The ancestor of the Whites then went South, while the Indians went up the course of the river and its tributaries looking for a good place to live.”

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“You can talk all you want about violence, as long as you don’t mention social change… Similarly, you…”

September 28th, 2014

You can talk all you want about violence, as long as you don’t mention social change… Similarly, you can talk all you want about social change, so long as you never mention violence. But you must never put them together.

“Why not?”

…[It’s] why it’s okay for the military to teach so many people how to make and use explosives, and why it’s okay for the military to blow people up all over the world. That’s sending violence down the hierarchy. That’s why it’s okay for corporations to teach people how to make and use explosives to put in a mine and destroy a mountain. That’s sending violence down the hierarchy. But if you mention explosives and the possibility of using them to go not down but up the hierarchy, you must be punished.

Derrick Jensen | Endgame Vol II: Resistance

“Civilization is based on a clearly defined and widely accepted yet often unarticulated hierarchy. Violence done by those higher on the hierarchy to those lower is nearly always invisible, that is, unnoticed. When it is noticed, it is fully rationalized. Violence done by those lower on the hierarchy to those higher is unthinkable, and when it does occur is regarded with shock, horror, and the fetishization of the victims.”

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You’ve never seen a capitalist

September 27th, 2014

You’ve never seen a capitalist:

You – and I – as members of the working class, have never met or even seen a member of the capitalist class. As a result, we have zero everyday experience with what their lives are like and we exaggerate the slight differences within our own class into specious separate classes.

The average construction worker makes $44,000 per year.

An average plumber makes $40,000 per year.

An average doctor makes $211,000 per year. (I averaged over disciplines)

The average lawyer makes something like $100,000 per year.

The average Research scientist makes $80,000 per year.

An average CEO makes $11,500,000 per year.

The average congressman makes, well I don’t know, but they have an average net worth of $29,300,000.

The average income of the top 1% is $1,300,000

The average income of the top 0.1% is $6,400,000.

Lets say you and I are plumbers or similar. How much more do these people make than us?

Doctors: 5.3 times

Lawyers: 2.5 times

Scientists: 2.0 times

1% ers: 32.5 times

0.1% ers: 160 times

CEOs: 275 times

Top hedge fund managers25,000 fucking times!

So, yeah, you might know some doctors or something who seem rich as all hell. They live lives of unimaginable luxury while you rot in squalor. When I was in high school the richest family that I knew owned a damn tractor dealership, and seemed to absolutely run that podunk town.

They are richer than you. 2 – 5 times richer, which is about all that you’re ever likely to come into contact with. By the time somebody makes 10 or 100 times as much as you, they’re gone. They live with other rich folks now, and you’ll never see them or even know about them. You think that the class structure you can observe is the real class structure.

It isn’t. The real upper class makes hundreds of times – thousands of times! – as much as you do. Acting like doctors and electricians belong to different class is just false class consciousness. In the grand scheme, there are workersthose who must work, among whom compensation differs by up to 10x, and there the upper class, whose compensation absolutely dwarfs that of all workers (including brain-workers).

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destispell: sam pepper is currently unemployed, being blacklisted by other youtubers, being banned…

September 27th, 2014


sam pepper is currently unemployed, being blacklisted by other youtubers, being banned from vidcon, has lost tons of followers on all social media accounts, and has a police report filed against him.

karma did not come back to bite sam pepper. karma came back, dragged sam pepper out of his house and beat the living shit out of him.

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