i need ferguson to go down in history books. i need school children in the year 2074 to learn about michael brown being shot on august 9th, 2014 by officer darren wilson. i need this to spark a movement. this can not lose the focus of society a mere month after it happened.
Since the dawn of recorded time, aggressors have shared one common trait: They believe - or would have others believe - that they are the aggrieved party.
The latest iteration of this guiding principle has consumed the airwaves, ether and pulpits among the Christian right: Practicing Christians have declared themselves a persecuted minority. These activists and commentators fail to add that we remain very much a nation far more devout than Western Europe and much of the rest of Christendom. Our pro athletes regularly have prayer circles before or after games. Out-and-proud believers populate the highest precincts of Wall Street (e.g., Mitt Romney), Hollywood (Tom Hanks, Tyler Perry, et al.), even the Devil’s music (U2, Jonas Brothers, Lenny Kravitz, and many more).
The Nazis, who were masters at this, found a convenient scapegoat in ‘the Jews,’ who were blamed for everything from Germany’s loss in World War I to inflation, rampant communism, rampant capitalism and bad crop yields. For today’s Christian right, the blame falls squarely on the gays, widely known to them as ‘homofascists.’ Among those leading the charge is Scott Lively, whose ‘scholarly work’ got the ball rolling back in 1995 with his book The Pink Swastika, a work of historical revisionism that argued homosexuals were not only not persecuted by the Nazis, but remained the bulwark of its power base through the entire Third Reich.
like both MLK & Mandela were actually considered violent, MLK was assassinated by the US gov & Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years, so no, they are literally not examples of people who were supported by ‘non-violent’ advocates/liberals, they were only accepted & praised by them long after the death of MLK & after apartheid ended in South Africa, and of course only the extremely watered down version of these men are praised by liberals today.
We had a lot of trouble with western mental health workers who came here immediately after the genocide and we had to ask some of them to leave.
They came and their practice did not involve being outside in the sun where you begin to feel better. There was no music or drumming to get your blood flowing again. There was no sense that everyone had taken the day off so that the entire community could come together to try to lift you up and bring you back to joy. There was no acknowledgement of the depression as something invasive and external that could actually be cast out again.
Instead they would take people one at a time into these dingy little rooms and have them sit around for an hour or so and talk about bad things that had happened to them. We had to ask them to leave.
”—~A Rwandan talking to a western writer, Andrew Solomon, about his experience with western mental health and depression.
From The Moth podcast, ‘Notes on an Exorcism’. (via jacobwren)
SURGE, which debuted in 1996 and taken off the market in the early 2000s, is making a comeback thanks, in part, to a passionate and persistent community of brand loyalists who have been lobbying The Coca-Cola Company to bring back their favorite drink over the last few years.
Our collective desire to go back to the 1990s extends beyond an urge for Surge, however. In fact, we’ve brought so many things back we can stop missing the 1990s altogether. We can relive the 1990s all day, every day, right here in 2014, thanks to these currently available throwbacks:
The Tamagotchi — a virtual, digital pet which requires near-constant attention — debuted in Japan in 1996. Since then, several iterations of the device have appeared on the market, but a revamped version of the original returned in earnest to US soil this Fall.
The game looks more or less the same (it’s larger, but the plastic, egg-shaped shell remains) and has the same premise: don’t let your digital pet digitally die.
Backstreet’s back, alright! Well, at least one Backstreet, the 1990s heartthrob Nick Carter. The former boy bander is starring in a new reality show, “I Heart Nick Carter,” which premiered last week.
He’s also going on tour with Jordan Knight. That musical adventure is called “Nick and Knight.”
But “Saved by the Bell,” isn’t the only 1990s TV hit that’s making a comeback. “Boy Meets World” spawned decades-late spinoff, “Girl Meets World,” which aired on Disney in June. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are starring in an eponymous film. And Clarissa basically started the explainer trend that has taken the Internet by storm:
Sexist treatment of Hillary Clinton by the media, others
When President Bill Clinton was in office, a team of officials feared that, according to Reuters, the First Lady appeared “aloof and calculating.” The president’s then-press secretary recommended Hillary aides show her in a good light to local reporters. “I believe it would create enormous good will for Hillary since we can all tell wonderful Hillary anecdotes that humanize her.” Today, some experts think Chelsea Clinton’s pregnancy could help “humanize” Hillary.
Attention to Olive Garden
Pasta purveyor Olive Garden became hugely popular in the 1990s, when would reasonably have been the last time for us to care about Olive Garden.
But the chain’s never ending pasta gimmick pulled us right back in — so much so that a nearly-300 page long critique of the company’s strategy has more or less gone viral.
Flawless since the ’90s.
Written by Danielle Wiener-Bronner; Edited by Margarita Noriega.
“When I began Faces I was bugged about marriage. I’ve always been against the institution of marriage. Not my marriage. Gena and I have always disagreed out in the open, we never hold back. But I was bugged about the millions of middle-class marriages in the United States that just sort of glide along. Couples married ten, fifteen years, husbands and wives who seem to have everything - big house, two cars, maid, teenage kids - but all these creature comforts have made them passive. Underneath, there’s this feeling of desperateness because they can’t connect. I would see married couples who had nothing to do with one another in their lives. If their tastes coincided they felt that they were quite remarkable in their marriage. And people would say, ‘Oh they’re so wonderful together’. But they come home, they just look at each other and say, ‘How are you?’ How was the day? What happened?’ and they have no love. The picture was a plea for returning to some kind of real communication. Most couples aren’t even aware that they can’t communicate. The whole point of Faces is to show how few people really talk to each other. These days, everybody is supposed to be so intelligent: ‘Isn’t it terrible about Nixon getting elected?’ Did you hear about the earthquake in Peru?’ And you’re supposed to have all the answers. But when it gets down to the nitty-gritty, like, ‘What is bugging you, mister? Why can’t you make it with your wife? Why do you lie awake all night staring at the ceiling? Why, why, why do you refuse to to recognize your problems and deal with them?’ The answer is the people have forgotten how to relate or respond. In this day of mass communications and instant communications, there is no communication between people. Instead it’s long-winded stories or hostile bits, or laughter. But nobody’s really laughing. It’s more a hysterical, joyless kind of sound. Translation: ‘I am here and I don’t know why.’”—John Cassavetes (via bbook)
“Could we stop the militarization of space? It certainly looks like we could. The reason is that the U.S. is alone, literally alone, in pressing for it. The entire world is opposed, because they’re scared, mainly. The U.S. is way ahead. If other countries are not willing to even dream of full-spectrum dominance and world control, they’re way too far behind; they will react, undoubtedly. But they’d like to cut it off. And there are several treaties, which are in fact already in place, that are supported literally by the entire world and that the U.S. is trying to overturn. One is the Outer Space Treaty of 1967, which bans placing weapons in outer space. Everyone signed it, including the United States. Nobody has tried to put weapons in outer space. It has been observed and would be easily detected if anyone broke it. In 1999, the treaty came up at the UN General Assembly, and the vote was around 163 to 0 with 2 abstentions, the U.S. and Israel, which votes automatically with the U.S.”—Noam Chomsky, “Militarizing Space ‘to protect U.S. interests and investment,” (via jayaprada)
“Style has a profound meaning to Black Americans. If we can’t drive, we will invent walks and the world will envy the dexterity of our feet. If we can’t have ham, we will boil chitterlings; if we are given rotten peaches, we will make cobblers; if given scraps, we will make quilts; take away our drums, and we will clap our hands. We prove the human spirit will prevail. We will take what we have to make what we need. We need confidence in our knowledge of who we are.”—
File this under facts on facts.
This makes me think of a beautiful post that I mentioned in one of my Read This Week features; a post by @HarrietThugman about Black people of other cultural backgrounds who diminish Black American culture, and shouldn’t….for it is so rich.
My cultural heritage involves a mixture of my love for some things specific to Jamaican culture (because of my background, being raised in a Jamaican family by Jamaican parents, but being raised in America and actually born in America) and some things specific to being an American Black (I love how Nikki says Black is the NOUN and American is the adjective), and some things that seems to connect Black people despite where in the diaspora we are.
“Al Qaeda still wants to kill us but we’ve been pretty successful at keeping them from doing that. For some reason we needed a new boogeyman. I wonder why?
We’ve spent trillions on Homeland Security, outfitted every Barney Fife in the nation with robo-cop gear and allowed the government to spy on Americans at will. I don’t know about you but I kind of expect that all of that should actually be worth something. If we’re going to run around tearing our hair out every time somebody puts out a scary video maybe it’s time to re-evaluate that strategy.
This is not to say that there isn’t a threat for the people in the Middle East and there is a legitimate argument to be made that it requires intervention from outside the region lest the whole place blows up even further. (I’m not sure we won’t make things worse —- we usually do — but I understand the arguments for it.) What is galling is the fact that they continue to treat us like children and tell us spooky bedtime stories so they can scare us into supporting their commercial/geopolitical goals. Maybe those goals are worth pursuing but we’ll never know because we’re chasing evil Ninjas who are allegedly coming over the border to unleash mushroom clouds on American cities.
Al Qaeda has a strategy to create dramatic terrorist attacks on the West. We’ve known this for a long, long time. That has not changed. ISIS is a different problem. The fact that the war hawks pimped this line about ISIS being worse than Al Qaeda should make everyone skeptical of what they are hearing about this whole thing —- and skeptical of the motivations behind it. How many times do we have to be lied to?”—
When I suggested that the GOP was trying to make us really super afraid of ISIS because there’s an election coming up, and they do this before every election going back a decade, the stupidsphere lost its collective shit at me, and said that I believed — I am not making this up — that ISIS is “a Republican plot to win elections.” Of course, that’s not what I said, but boy when those idiots get stuck on a narrative, they *really* go all-in with it.
ISIS is bad news, and especially bad news to its region, but we don’t need to be wetting our pants about them here in America, because, in spite of what the GOP and the bedwetters in the stupidsphere want us to believe, the entire stupid homeland security apparatus has been pretty good at keeping the bad guys out of America (unless you count the handful of morons who were entrapped by FBI, posing as terrorists, who never would have gotten a single idea off the ground otherwise.)
The stupidsphere desperately wants to start dropping bombs all over the place, because they don’t know how to do anything else, and they really need to feel macho, facts be damned.