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nezua:

We actually need to conduct studies so that people might understand how regularly bombing a populace with unseen and unmanned sky machines causes a sense of pervasive dread and terror.

Because where we once had heart and consciousness and conscience, we now have Empire.

There have been some news items about the suburban offices where drone pilots work from and how they are supposed to be all de-sensitized but they actually get severe PTSD from ‘going to the office’ and massacring ppl.

link

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http://livingunderdrones.org/report/ <—- report on the on-the-ground impact of living under drones

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Is there such a thing as “free will”?

Advances in neuroscience mean it is now possible to map areas of the brain to actions.

Anthony Gottlieb, who recently wrote an article about it in the Economist Intelligent Life magazine and Professor Patrick Haggard from the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL debate what new scientific evidence tells us about our so-called “freedom to choose”

"conscious thought is the product of brain activity. It is not like there is some kind of consciousness independent of the brain. Some sort of of free will or thought floating around which can drive me make one action or the other.

Patrick Haggard

nezua replied to your post: exallamsehtfes replied to your post: Don’t touch…

Many here see it. But nothing will change it but violent revolution. And that will not happen yet, and that idea is not taken seriously here because everyone knows the US military would machine gun, nerve gas, and bury us by the millions if need be.

It is absolutely terrible. It think that once upon a time the American middle class could have stood against it but the middle-class is being decimated. Basically inequalities are rising, and the masses are being impoverished and misinformed to make then vulnerable.

But there are still far too many people who do not question their administration, granted that their margin of action is limited, they are still buying into the Obama/Roomney saviour discourse that is being shoved down their throats. 

spookyprincesskitten:

feliciashanay:

crying.

i wish they’d pay real models in chicken nuggets
i wish they’d pay everyone in chicken nuggets

"God bless America" XD

spookyprincesskitten:

feliciashanay:

crying.

i wish they’d pay real models in chicken nuggets

i wish they’d pay everyone in chicken nuggets

"God bless America" XD

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Actually drone attacks have not caused a huge number of civilian casualties. For the most part they have been very precise, precision strikes against the al-Qaeda

Obama

I’m sorry but obama is an idiot. I hope he doesn’t think we’re actually ignorant enough to believe him. US drones have killed thousands of civilians from Pakistan to famine stricken Somalia. And don’t even think about the intense psychological damage that having drones hovering over communities has on the civilians, their lives.

At best, the notion that waging this war against “terrorism” has made the US safer is ambiguous. In fact, many now consider the US their enemy..they’re just making themselves a target for hostility and more attacks… sigh they’re the real terrorists..and most people don’t even realize it.

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I have no words. I can’t believe he would say such an evil thing!!! And he did say it! “not caused a huge number of civilian casualties" ONE civilian casuality should already be TOO MUCH! He has no fucking respect for human lives!

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But for the present age, which prefers the sign to the thing signified, the copy to the original, representation to reality, appearance to essence, … truth is considered profane, and only illusion is sacred. Sacredness is in fact held to be enhanced in proportion as truth decreases and illusion increases, so that the highest degree of illusion comes to be seen as the highest degree of sacredness.

Feuerbach, Preface to the second edition of The Essence of Christianity- (in introduction to Guy Debord’s The Society of Spectacle, Chapter 1)
cosmicyoruba:

dreams-from-my-father:

Dahomey children 1967 by Irving Penn
I am not really sure what I should make of this, the fetishisation of brown bodies in western society (purposely left in the singular).
And I wonder isnt it the top of westernisation when us, black people and especially African people start circulating and collecting these pictures and are somehow fetshising ‘ourselves’, not  in the same way whiteness does blackness but with this sense of nostalgia for a past that never was, fantasies about what it could have been like if we would have remained untouched or untamed by whiteness,  or the pinnacle of our quest for identity: the yearning for a lost paradise far away in time and in space. 
I really dont know what to make of this series on Dahomey. Penn is one of my all time favorites but although his portfolio is very diverse for a fashion photographer, this series sticks out so much. What was he looking for?? And I also have all these questions about OUR motives as black people living in this era of globalisation where westernisation is accelerating. Why are we black WESTERNISED people so fascinated by pictures of INDIGENOUS black people?? Why?
Seriously, we complain about people like Eric Lafforgue who make a living out of exploiting pictures of indigenous people in Africa, put there name in big while not even acknowledging the objects of their photos as subjects with a fucking name! This is dehumanisation and we somehow support it because our blogs, our fantasies about Africa - and this also include born and raised Africans - are full of such pictures taken by white westerners in their voyeuristic safaris in the ‘wilderness’.
So where does the fascination comes from??
I can only speak for myself here but first of all I need to explain why these kinds of pictures taken by white people is exploitative, fetishising, dehumanising and harmful to indigenous people. I was asked this question and I am using this opportunity just to answer it. Pictures of white people that are taken and circulated in the mass media represent either celebrities, models or people selling or marketing something, or people with a story, a message or something that makes them special and stand out negatively or positively. NEVER EVER are white people photographed simply because they are white! They may be exotified but never fetishised for their whiteness! I am going to just give an example because it is very hard to explain it. I have lived in two of the most touristic places in the world and never have I ever seen a tourist - westerner or not - take pictures of a random person on the streets just because that person just happen to be a Londoner or a Parisianl. When tourists from around the world come here, they take pictures of places, objects, monuments, well everything that represent the ‘Other’, the exotic, this is at the heart of the tourist experience. White people / westerner don’t represent the ‘Other’! Whereas when tourists - westerners or not - visit the global South, their ‘Other’ are the ‘locals’, who are considered weird/exotic/different/strange little entities in themselves, not relatable human beings with as much depth and complexity. Racism was built on this principle. The problem with ‘otherisation’ is the fact that it is almost always the premise to dehumanization and commodification which inevitably lead to exploitation. Well we can see the damages today of the tourism industry on indigenous people around the world.
So I was wondering why do we, black people, fall for it too and I have to look back at my experience and realised that, though I understand the appeal for indigenous African cultures, I haven’t always felt this way. The more I got westernised - a process that accentuated with me moving here - the more I felt growing inside me this need for that lost paradise, that fantasied, utopian, idyllic Africa as a refuge and also as a reaction, as a defence mechanism to constantly be in full contact with the poison of whiteness. To be at the heart of whiteness exposes you in a very peculiar way to its threat. What is weird though, is the fact that in the west, I am ALWAYS defined by something ‘othering’ such as black, African, PoC or whatever else. I am never just me like white people get to be! Yet I am trying to escape my ‘otherisation’ by seeking refuge in ‘othering’ pictures of indigenous African black people. This for me, is the ultimate proof that first of all, escapism and denial of our reality as oppressed is not the solution and is highly damageable in the long run, which is why I do not believe in all that reclaiming blackness which is the essence of the ‘otherisation’ of people of African descent and is also based on all that ‘Ancient’ and ‘Indegenous’ Africa as an utopia; Secondly, westerners are still the ultimate definers of who we are; they re-wrote our history and remain to this day the ultimate providers of narratives and images about Africa!! And obviously those images and narratives are deeply anchored into white supremacy! This is also why I have been arguing against that fake ‘black unity’ crap which is actually western-centric to its core leads a lot of Africans - well I know since I was one of them - to fall for a western definition of themselves and not pursue their narratives or tell their stories with them at the center, from their point of view instead of getting trapped in false identities defined by the WESTERN WORLD, either by white or black westerners. 
So from our point of view as black people in the west, our native cultures of fantasies about indigenous cultures serve as refuges which is in stark contrast with the reality of indigenous pictures or everyday people back home. I have noticed that here black migrants take so much pride in their cultures yet back home, the sad truth is that most of us try to get rid of it as fast as possible in our quest for the western nec plus ultra. Those same indigenous peoples who are fiercely fighting for the survival of the culture, for the integrity of their identity are oppressed, humiliated, ostracised and rejected by those of us who have chosen westernisation and completely embrace the fallacious idea of progress through western means. I personally remember how Pygmees and Wodaabe for instance were despised, looked down upon, mocked and ridiculed. Yet their pictures are everywhere on Tumblr.
I find this quite pathetic and hypocritical from us westernised Africans. It is tragic to come all the way here to realise that we would never fully integrate something in which we are the perpetual other and that we have internalised our oppression so much that our behaviours and thoughts mirror those of our oppressors. 
So in this part of the world, we are seeking refuge in fantasies about indigenous people while back home indigenous people’s main threat is us.

Very excellent points, though I don’t agree with all of them.
My only addition is to the paragraph I bolded. As someone who is interested in African history, I frequently bump into people who believe in what has come to be called “Afritopia”. That perfect Africa where women knew they place (and it was a place they wanted so therefore feminism is unAfrican har har), where everyone held hands and sang kumbaya (so there was no division based on ethnicity), where (as some would recall having to read yesterday) there was no money or industry, where people lived simple lives and were happy. I’m always amazed at how Westernised this form of thinking is, and it comes as no surprise that most of the people I’ve encountered who think this way are Africans based in the West. It is quite fascinating how we actually imbibe Western thought and ideology while trying to shun Westernisation and “reclaim” our history.
In conclusion; down with Afritopia! It never existed.

Yeah I was thinking about writing about some African societies articulte themselves around a modern society and what is generally conceived a the &#8216;traditional&#8217; society which is only based on myths and Afrotopian fantasies and are used to validate the oppression of many groups such as LGBT and women.
The &#8216;traditional&#8217; society is nothing but the remain of an old oppressive western model of society brought by colons who in most cases, where more misogynistic, transphobic and homophobic than many of our ancestors were. We have a totally fucked up and lost sense of tradition.

cosmicyoruba:

dreams-from-my-father:

Dahomey children 1967 by Irving Penn

I am not really sure what I should make of this, the fetishisation of brown bodies in western society (purposely left in the singular).

And I wonder isnt it the top of westernisation when us, black people and especially African people start circulating and collecting these pictures and are somehow fetshising ‘ourselves’, not  in the same way whiteness does blackness but with this sense of nostalgia for a past that never was, fantasies about what it could have been like if we would have remained untouched or untamed by whiteness,  or the pinnacle of our quest for identity: the yearning for a lost paradise far away in time and in space. 

I really dont know what to make of this series on Dahomey. Penn is one of my all time favorites but although his portfolio is very diverse for a fashion photographer, this series sticks out so much. What was he looking for?? And I also have all these questions about OUR motives as black people living in this era of globalisation where westernisation is accelerating. Why are we black WESTERNISED people so fascinated by pictures of INDIGENOUS black people?? Why?

Seriously, we complain about people like Eric Lafforgue who make a living out of exploiting pictures of indigenous people in Africa, put there name in big while not even acknowledging the objects of their photos as subjects with a fucking name! This is dehumanisation and we somehow support it because our blogs, our fantasies about Africa - and this also include born and raised Africans - are full of such pictures taken by white westerners in their voyeuristic safaris in the ‘wilderness’.

So where does the fascination comes from??

I can only speak for myself here but first of all I need to explain why these kinds of pictures taken by white people is exploitative, fetishising, dehumanising and harmful to indigenous people. I was asked this question and I am using this opportunity just to answer it. Pictures of white people that are taken and circulated in the mass media represent either celebrities, models or people selling or marketing something, or people with a story, a message or something that makes them special and stand out negatively or positively. NEVER EVER are white people photographed simply because they are white! They may be exotified but never fetishised for their whiteness! I am going to just give an example because it is very hard to explain it. I have lived in two of the most touristic places in the world and never have I ever seen a tourist - westerner or not - take pictures of a random person on the streets just because that person just happen to be a Londoner or a Parisianl. When tourists from around the world come here, they take pictures of places, objects, monuments, well everything that represent the ‘Other’, the exotic, this is at the heart of the tourist experience. White people / westerner don’t represent the ‘Other’! Whereas when tourists - westerners or not - visit the global South, their ‘Other’ are the ‘locals’, who are considered weird/exotic/different/strange little entities in themselves, not relatable human beings with as much depth and complexity. Racism was built on this principle. The problem with ‘otherisation’ is the fact that it is almost always the premise to dehumanization and commodification which inevitably lead to exploitation. Well we can see the damages today of the tourism industry on indigenous people around the world.

So I was wondering why do we, black people, fall for it too and I have to look back at my experience and realised that, though I understand the appeal for indigenous African cultures, I haven’t always felt this way. The more I got westernised - a process that accentuated with me moving here - the more I felt growing inside me this need for that lost paradise, that fantasied, utopian, idyllic Africa as a refuge and also as a reaction, as a defence mechanism to constantly be in full contact with the poison of whiteness. To be at the heart of whiteness exposes you in a very peculiar way to its threat. What is weird though, is the fact that in the west, I am ALWAYS defined by something ‘othering’ such as black, African, PoC or whatever else. I am never just me like white people get to be! Yet I am trying to escape my ‘otherisation’ by seeking refuge in ‘othering’ pictures of indigenous African black people. This for me, is the ultimate proof that first of all, escapism and denial of our reality as oppressed is not the solution and is highly damageable in the long run, which is why I do not believe in all that reclaiming blackness which is the essence of the ‘otherisation’ of people of African descent and is also based on all that ‘Ancient’ and ‘Indegenous’ Africa as an utopia; Secondly, westerners are still the ultimate definers of who we are; they re-wrote our history and remain to this day the ultimate providers of narratives and images about Africa!! And obviously those images and narratives are deeply anchored into white supremacy! This is also why I have been arguing against that fake ‘black unity’ crap which is actually western-centric to its core leads a lot of Africans - well I know since I was one of them - to fall for a western definition of themselves and not pursue their narratives or tell their stories with them at the center, from their point of view instead of getting trapped in false identities defined by the WESTERN WORLD, either by white or black westerners. 

So from our point of view as black people in the west, our native cultures of fantasies about indigenous cultures serve as refuges which is in stark contrast with the reality of indigenous pictures or everyday people back home. I have noticed that here black migrants take so much pride in their cultures yet back home, the sad truth is that most of us try to get rid of it as fast as possible in our quest for the western nec plus ultra. Those same indigenous peoples who are fiercely fighting for the survival of the culture, for the integrity of their identity are oppressed, humiliated, ostracised and rejected by those of us who have chosen westernisation and completely embrace the fallacious idea of progress through western means. I personally remember how Pygmees and Wodaabe for instance were despised, looked down upon, mocked and ridiculed. Yet their pictures are everywhere on Tumblr.

I find this quite pathetic and hypocritical from us westernised Africans. It is tragic to come all the way here to realise that we would never fully integrate something in which we are the perpetual other and that we have internalised our oppression so much that our behaviours and thoughts mirror those of our oppressors. 

So in this part of the world, we are seeking refuge in fantasies about indigenous people while back home indigenous people’s main threat is us.

Very excellent points, though I don’t agree with all of them.

My only addition is to the paragraph I bolded. As someone who is interested in African history, I frequently bump into people who believe in what has come to be called “Afritopia”. That perfect Africa where women knew they place (and it was a place they wanted so therefore feminism is unAfrican har har), where everyone held hands and sang kumbaya (so there was no division based on ethnicity), where (as some would recall having to read yesterday) there was no money or industry, where people lived simple lives and were happy. I’m always amazed at how Westernised this form of thinking is, and it comes as no surprise that most of the people I’ve encountered who think this way are Africans based in the West. It is quite fascinating how we actually imbibe Western thought and ideology while trying to shun Westernisation and “reclaim” our history.

In conclusion; down with Afritopia! It never existed.

Yeah I was thinking about writing about some African societies articulte themselves around a modern society and what is generally conceived a the ‘traditional’ society which is only based on myths and Afrotopian fantasies and are used to validate the oppression of many groups such as LGBT and women.

The ‘traditional’ society is nothing but the remain of an old oppressive western model of society brought by colons who in most cases, where more misogynistic, transphobic and homophobic than many of our ancestors were. We have a totally fucked up and lost sense of tradition.

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exallamsehtfes replied to your post: Mitt Romney wants an economic policy à la Reagan…

if your plan is to take over the global economy to unite it under one umbrella, then destabilization of the current mkts is of highest priority. none of what has happened over the past 35 years is accidental. it will happen whether we want it or not.

It has already happened. The one umbrella is the banking system with hearts in London, Paris and New York. Speculation controls absolutely EVERYTHING! Fom the famine in East Africa to the instability in the Congo, to the election in Greece, to the livelihood of indigenous peoples in the Amazonian, the banking sector and speculation control everything. And Obama just like Bush before him works for it. They are ready hundreds of billions of public money at bankers everytime they drive the global economy to the ground. 

But my problem with Roomney is the fact that although the deregulation of financial markets that was the making of both democrats and republicans is responsible for the crisis, Roomney seems to be truly unaware of what he is doing and this is frightening. He is just like Bush and it is under Bush that everything went down because he really did precipitated the crisis.

exallamsehtfes replied to your post: Don’t touch military spending which represents…

white men and their POC supporters and cannon fodder have always done the work of demons in the false name of the christ. republican and democrat are just differentiation labels for the same beast

Sometimes you know, I tried to make sense of the partisanship of Democrats and Republicans in America in its quest towards world domination and I realise that Americans, hence Republican and Democrat partisans have become oblivious of the dramatic shifts their parties have taken because they are trapped in their ethnocentrism and victims of a powerful debilitating and misinforming media. 

As I see it, the democrat and republican parties have nothing to do anymore with what they were at the origin. I mean for instance, the democrats which should normally be left-wing are actually at the far right of most European right-wing parties. Obama is more right-wing than Sarkozy for example. Let’s not even talk about republicans! And these dramatic shits are the result of an ideological atrophy and a loss of values and principles. This loss of essence has for aim to render the American people more malleable and give it the impression that it control its destiny while democracy is almost dead in the US. All of this was engineered by a plutocrat elite made of multi-national corporations (who are considered ‘people’) and their ultra-rich, ultra-white, ultra-Americans owners and chief executives to benefit them only to the detriment of the rest of the American population and the world.  It may sound crazy but this is really how I see things! It is for this reason that there is no more real ideological difference between democrats and republicans because both parties main objectives is to fulfil the needs of that elite in power . And to fulfil these needs, they must exploit to death the rest of the planet which is why Obama’s foreign policy doesnt differ much from Bush’s. All their policies presumably aim to ensure the interest of America abroad which is not true. They only ensure the interest of the aforementioned elite which has a lot of capital invested in the defence sector and oil industry while there is growing resentment against America and Americans all around the world because of these disgusting policies.

It still baffles me that Americans are convinced that their country is really a democracy with a sovereign people. All that partisanship, all that political fervor is simply a make-believe, and illusion. As long as they fall for it, they are complicit of their own entrapment. And it is hard for me to understand how easily most have forgotten that Bush was NOT elected democratically the first time. People have been lied to their faces so much and so openly that they can’t see it anymore. 

windupbirdchronicle replied to your post: windupbirdchronicle replied to your post: Mitt…

but romney would look much more smug doing it. I think (hope?) obama at least has the ability to see how disastrous it would be.

I sincerely dought it though. I used to think Obama could never do such a thing now I am not sure. Anyway he has been preparing the country for a war but I dont think he is ready to cross that line just yet because that would be the ultimate proof that he is no better than Bush. The world is quite silent about his current foreign policy so he can get away with it but a war will be harder to hide.

windupbirdchronicle replied to your post: Mitt Romney wants an economic policy à la Reagan…

fuck us, think of what he’ll do to the rest of the world.

Launch a preventive war - I still dont get how war can be describe as such - against Iran?? Obama may do it too,

mantu-o-formosa replied to your post: Don’t touch military spending which represents…

I couldn’t cares less about who wins, thier policy toward my country (Saudi) wouldn’t change…

This is true!! 

Obama or Roomney is the exact same for my country too. I can’t seriously why people are still cheering Obama as if he wasn’t exactly like Bush in term of foreign policy. They just do not give a fuck about brown people from the global south.

The difference is that republicans are less hypocritical about their evil deeds. But tbt I fear that republicans messed up the economy again - even though democrats did contribute to the fuck up too - because the world as a whole would suffer.

Mitt Romney wants an economic policy à la Reagan with important tax reductions. Can someone please pass a note to this guy letting him know how fucking disastrous Reaganeconomics was for the US budget and that the US can REALLY REALLY NOT afford such policy right now?? 

Oh boy!!

Watch them once again fuck up the global economy, I can’t!!