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susannawolff:

Donald Trump’s ugly son and Mitt Romney’s ugly son should hang out. I’d like to see that Facebook album.

susannawolff:

Donald Trump’s ugly son and Mitt Romney’s ugly son should hang out. I’d like to see that Facebook album.

Andrew W.K. Named Cultural Ambassador to the Middle East by U.S. Department of State

Andrew W.K. Named Cultural Ambassador to the Middle East by U.S. Department of State

"This honor is dedicated to the martyrs of the Syrian revolution, and to all those women who are working in silence, in particularly difficult circumstances inside Syria, and to those who move among the downpour of bullets and artillery fire, the tanks and the fighter jets, in order to carry on the revolution of the Syrian people toward establishing a free and democratic society."

Samar Yazbek, winner of the 2012 Pen Pinter International Writer of Courage prize, in her acceptance speech.

Yazbek’s memoir, A Woman in the Crossfire: Diaries of the Syrian Revolution, was released earlier this year and chronicles the Syrian civil war. She currently lives in exile in Paris.

(via futurejournalismproject)

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‘Indianthusiasm’: Romanticized ideas about First Nations life offer escapism for Germans

“They were escapist romantic fantasies about the land of unlimited possibilities, and being, sort of, a colonizer who would be loved by the colonized,” Mr. Lutz said. 
“Germans read themselves into these adventures, and they read themselves as being loved by this Indian friend,” he added. “Winnetou inside is very German, he loved his German friend and that is a message that the German people loved. If you’re German, there aren’t many people who love you.”

‘Indianthusiasm’: Romanticized ideas about First Nations life offer escapism for Germans


“They were escapist romantic fantasies about the land of unlimited possibilities, and being, sort of, a colonizer who would be loved by the colonized,” Mr. Lutz said. 

“Germans read themselves into these adventures, and they read themselves as being loved by this Indian friend,” he added. “Winnetou inside is very German, he loved his German friend and that is a message that the German people loved. If you’re German, there aren’t many people who love you.”

Or grow food on your lawn. Goat shaped food.
princessmonsanto:

lawn culture is a symptom of the disease we’ve been programmed to have. 
(making your lawn poisonous land while forcing you to depend on the government approved marketplace.) Anyone who cannot see this- is a fool with no vision of a more sustainable, healthier world.

Or grow food on your lawn. Goat shaped food.

princessmonsanto:

lawn culture is a symptom of the disease we’ve been programmed to have. 

(making your lawn poisonous land while forcing you to depend on the government approved marketplace.) Anyone who cannot see this- is a fool with no vision of a more sustainable, healthier world.

(Source: growthemedicine, via princessmonsanto-deactivated201)

Ten reasons why you don’t have to vote

1 - You are not a constituency, a demographic, nor even several demographics. In practice you vote, or don’t vote, by yourself. 


2 - “What if everyone did what you did?” is a legitimate argument for there being a principle to the matter - if it’s a matter of ethics, but not for it being a personal responsibility… even so, how ethical is it?:


3 - Whether you vote or not is likely just a minor influence on whether only a small number of people also vote - yours won’t lead to a suffrage avalanche.


4 - The impact of votes does vary across constituencies - but individually remain statistically insignificant. Voting is really of symbolic or personal importance.


5 - Democracy needs ongoing active engagement in public life, not just this occasional, passive delegation of responsibilities to officials. Overemphasizing the importance to the vote itself clouds the remaining responsibilities you still have that aren’t entrusted/given up to representatives. (Is there any evidence showing voting leading to wider political participation?)


6 - Concentrated wealth and unregulated campaigning have huge influence over how populations vote. One person one vote does not re-balance this massive inequality of influence.


7 - If you don’t like the candidates, or the electoral system, you don’t have to endorse them - you can even spoil the ballot and add to the tally of rejections.


8 - A vote which a politician can rely on is as influential as a vote they can’t win - you can be tactical by not voting as much as by voting - they can only ever assume your reasons for either.


9 - If you’re actually interested in changing something - get active, participate and campaign. That’s what these people telling you to vote for ‘your own good’ are doing. And what all the PAC money is being spent on - influencing others’ actions and opinions has a much greater impact than a vote.


10 - Make up your own mind. It’s neither sacred, an historical duty, nor at the core of our identity or citizenship. It’s just a component of representation. What’s probably more urgent is building up a complex, dynamic democracy that engages with everyone’s daily lives, not a political system that outsources public duty to barely accountable bureaucrats.

Tracking Pyongyang: 20 Year Ban On Women Riding Bicycles is Repealed

trackingpyongyang:

North Korea has just repealed a 20 year ban on women riding bicycles. While one might reasonably assume that this marks a historical first for the country, the ban is from the 1990s and seems to have been a result of Kim Jong Il hearing that the daughter of a powerful general was hit by a…

In memory of the Prince of Sealand

In memory of the Prince of Sealand

Spectacle of Tragedy as modelled by Angela

Spectacle of Tragedy as modelled by Angela