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dong-energy:

memejacker:

justine tunney has gone full fasch

Meme depicts my life in 2011 and 2014

fucked up and sad that Occupy Wall Street will probably get mostly Historically* remembered for the now-quite-terrible attitudes and ideas of Justine Tunney, Micah White, and Molly Crabapple
*in that way that popular and typical History is understood and remembered

dong-energy:

memejacker:

justine tunney has gone full fasch

Meme depicts my life in 2011 and 2014

fucked up and sad that Occupy Wall Street will probably get mostly Historically* remembered for the now-quite-terrible attitudes and ideas of Justine Tunney, Micah White, and Molly Crabapple

*in that way that popular and typical History is understood and remembered

Today “there was definitely an upswing in law enforcement activity that seemed to fit the pattern of targeting what police might view as political residences,” said Gideon Oliver, the president of the New York Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, which offers legal to support to Occupy Wall Street. “They were asking what are your May Day plans, do you know who the leaders are—these are classic political surveillance questions.”

NYPD Raids Activists’ Homes Before May Day Protests


America’s got this funny style of Fascism going on where so many of the actors (NYPD, FBI) are positively pathetic (in what they choose to focus on, in how they’re unable to see how obviously ridiculous and fucked up they are being), while the underlying ideas and principles (and the slow but certainly steady volume increase on these ideas) are really fucking frightening.

thenewephemera
…it’s good to remember that there’s extraction, and there’s extraction; the machinery of profit exports its more sordid forms of violence just as it exports its most exploitative forms of labor; pepper spray is to the cluster bomb as the service sector is to the sweat shop. This is another reason why when folks say that OWS and like minds are naive in their disengagement from electoral politics and their belief that their civilization is irrevocably broken and unrecoverable, I spit on the sidewalk. OWS is insufficiently cynical. America is quite willing and able to destroy whole societies, yet you believe it is somehow morally indefinsible to avoid the ballot box; you think it anti-democratic? Democracy has delivered the greatest military juggernaut in the history of mankind.

WHO IS IOZ (via thenewephemera)

Almost shouted at someone this weekend who suggested that all that matters is that you go out there and vote. Doesn’t matter who you vote for, just be counted. But then instead of arguing the sophomoric point I remembered “Live without dead time” and focused on the movie on the screen (Predators) instead.

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lawforthepeople:

— UC-Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi, explaining why she shouldn’t be held accountable for the UC Davis pepper spray incident (numerous videos available at the above link, if by some strange chance you haven’t seen one yet).

“Moving forward” has become a handy euphemism for ignoring abuses of power and shielding the people responsible from consequences. (Though the call for starting the healing process and moving forward is strangely absent when the accusations are against, say, young people of color or non-citizens.)

Katehi’s call to move forward is hardly the first time the language has been code for free pass. As Glenn Greenwald wryly notes, that same day, Vice President Dick Cheney publicly lauded President Obama for not prosecuting people responsible for the Bush administration’s “enhanced-interrogation” policies, itself code for torture. (Just like “Iraq has WMDs” was code for “No it doesn’t.”)

Obama himself has used these words like a mantra, and even gained some devotees:

Oh wait. The last one was Obama referring to ex-Indonesian President Suharto. Apparently we only look backwards when we’re talking about some one else’s skeletons.


 CLICK HERE and read more by Jeannie Rose Field on the topic. 

Let’s weave this into my political platform…. Truth and Reconciliation? Fuck, who needs that, we are people of the Future. Look at that great big Future out there. Keep looking! Nevermind the past. Forget about the present. Look on to Forever, where the Future is, keep reaching for it as it keeps receding into the distance. Don’t look at the Present, that’d be like when the cartoon runs of the cliff and then it looks down to notice that there’s nothing there. CERTAINLY don’t look to the past. 

As long as we’re at it, anything I’ve ever done wrong, let’s just forget about it. Let’s look forward. Again. Forever. why’d you even ever stop? As a friend suggested “I may have messed up all those times I suggested we just move forward, but let’s look ahead and not back to here.” and that time, just now (see there you go again with the Present), that I again said let’s look forward? Well NOW that’s the past, so let’s move forward. Again. Forever.

oh uh, but I just wanted to point out one thing before moving forward. That thing that you did terribly and horribly wrong that you need to be held accountable for. I’m sorry, but we simply can’t look forward without looking back. I know what I said, but that’s for you, YOU look forward, but I must look forward and back because I am like Janus, I am god-like, you’re a fucking mortal. So fuck you. And keep your eyes on the fucking future prize.

The agents of state power cannot be prevented from availing themselves of the tools of state power through any application of the clever little fictions called laws. The law itself is an instrument of state power as surely as guns and nuclear bombs. You will often hear civil libertarian types say that the police should not act like soldiers. Why not? They are.
A lot’s been made of Frank Miller’s most recent idiocy. Those of us who have followed Miller can’t be surprised, though. Much like Christopher Hitchens, he completely lost his mind following 9/11. Compare both their work before 9/11 to their work/attitudes now and it’s obvious their hold on reality slipped way too far. Above, for example, is a page from Miller’s Batman: Year One where Batman outright threatens Gotham’s vampire squid aristocracy. Of course, sometimes it takes a Fascist to write a fun Batman story, as Christopher Nolan’s shitty apologias for Fascism via Batman attest.

A lot’s been made of Frank Miller’s most recent idiocy. Those of us who have followed Miller can’t be surprised, though. Much like Christopher Hitchens, he completely lost his mind following 9/11. Compare both their work before 9/11 to their work/attitudes now and it’s obvious their hold on reality slipped way too far. Above, for example, is a page from Miller’s Batman: Year One where Batman outright threatens Gotham’s vampire squid aristocracy. Of course, sometimes it takes a Fascist to write a fun Batman story, as Christopher Nolan’s shitty apologias for Fascism via Batman attest.