By now you’ve probably seen a Predictor; millions of them have been sold by the time you’re reading this. For those who haven’t seen one, it’s a small device, like a remote for opening your car door. Its only features are a button and a big green LED. The light flashes if you press the button. Specifically, the light flashes one second before you press the button.
I would not at all be surprised if this was demonstrated in the future. Time is set in dimensions just like all other things. Our lives have always existed and we will never truly die. We only ever experience parts of ourselves from a time subjective position, but we are so much more than that!
So many people take that as bad news, but I have always seen it as hopeful. I am not working hard to achieve my goals because I think they might be possible. Rather, I work hard because I believe in my future.
I find the end concept in this piece interesting. Perhaps those who are discouraged remove themselves from the gene pool and we move towards people more capable of living in a 4 dimensional (if not more) world. Perhaps this can be the starting point of a revolution of physics. Perhaps this would be the beginning of intergalactic travel, a new dawn of scientific discovery and rapid human development.
team spider is far from libertarian, nearly the opposite
That all depends what you mean. If you are referring to the american libertarian ideology, you are correct. However, in the broader tradition of libertarian fhougjt, especially left libertarian throut, they fit in quite nicely.
“People believe that little white kids in the suburbs have the right to live. They have the right to be happy. They have the right to peace. When it comes to black babies in urban neighborhoods, people don’t believe these children deserve to have similar rights. When people say things like ‘I can’t believe this would happen here,’ they are effectively saying that there are some neighborhoods where these tragic outcomes are far more acceptable. I reject this notion entirely, and it is reflective of both white supremacy and classism.”—The World Cries for Newtown’s Children, but Few of Us Think About Dead Brown Babies, Dr. Boyce Watkins (via eastafrodite)
As many as 15 percent of freshmen at America’s top schools are white students who failed to meet their university’s minimum standards for admission, according to Peter Schmidt, deputy editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education. These kids are “people with a long-standing relationship with the university,” or in other words, the children of faculty, wealthy alumni and politicians.
According to Schmidt, these unqualified but privileged kids are nearly twice as common on top campuses as Black and Latino students who had benefited from affirmative action.
K-Pop and J-Pop’s BIGGEST SELLING POINT appropriates from Black American culture, particularly the aesthetics of hip-hop and rap, from the fashion to the dance.
Let’s talk about that.
All those “Oops blackface!” incidents aren’t cute either….
…so because it is seen as racist in our culture, it is irrelevant that it might not be racist in their culture? You need to understand that you are putting American culture over the culture of another country.
In the current issue of The New Yorker, Dexter Filkins writes about an ex-Marine seeking forgiveness from the family of the Iraqi civilians his unit killed. Here Filkins talks with Nicholas Thompson and George Packer about the ongoing effects of the Iraq War on those who were there, and why the rest of the country has yet to deal with the legacy of a war we largely ignored. Also: Hilton Als on the Barbra Streisand persona. Listen now.
This is excellent. Maybe we should alter the rules of war to include a mandatory healing period after war where all combatants must spend time with the former enemy to make peace. Perhaps it would not only encourage peace after, but it might discourage fighting if one knows they will be meeting the family of the people they slay later.
“It turns out that many people have only a limited appetite for “leisure” in the sense of spending their days at the beach or on the golf course. Rather, they’re interested in pursuing creative or philanthropic activities that, when pursued in earnest wind up looking a lot like having a job.”—
…but isn’t that the idea of a 15 hour work week? Do something we consider work for 15 hours, and pursue things we enjoy (including things that include transactions like playing music or photography) for the rest of the time. Are we now saying that someone who works 50 hours a week as a fashion designer never works? When if they love doing it? The question things leaves out, however, of how that 15 hour ideal or that enjoyable work idea can be made accessible to the general population. How can we advance to a society where all people have time to devote themselves to pleasurable activity?
“You often hear the argument that it’s patronizing when political candidates appeal to women about women’s issues. What women voters really care about is what everybody cares about, and this year, that’s the economy… Moreover, the fact that sometimes gets lost in this parsing and claiming of voter motivation is that access to contraception and abortion are economic issues. They are matters of health care, as the Democrats like to emphasize, and they are moral matters, as the Republicans like to. But there is a reason why the dramatic rise in women’s work-force participation in the nineteen-sixties and seventies coincided with the wider availability of a reliable birth-control pill and abortion. Women’s ability to pursue education and careers is predicated on their ability to plan when they will give birth. The health and prospects of their families rests in part on mothers’ access to reproductive health care. When some, usually more affluent, women can easily obtain birth control, and others cannot, that has real economic implications, both for individuals and for social equity. Romney and Ryan would prefer that your forget it, but women’s issues are everybody’s issues.”—In today’s Daily Comment, Margaret Talbot considers what women voters want. Continue reading. (via newyorker)
True story: When we raise taxes, contributions to charitable organizations go UP and when we lower taxes, charitable donations go DOWN. Why? Probably because when we raise taxes, the incentive of the tax write-off becomes larger.
“Anarchists did not try to carry out genocide against the Armenians in Turkey; they did not deliberately starve millions of Ukrainians; they did not create a system of death camps to kill Jews, gypsies, and Slavs in Europe; they did not fire-bomb scores of large German and Japanese cities and drop nuclear bombs on two of them; they did not carry out a Great Leap Forward that killed scores of millions of Chinese; they did not attempt to kill everybody with any appreciable education in Cambodia; they did not launch one aggressive war after another; they did not implement trade sanctions that killed perhaps 500,000 Iraqi children. In debates between anarchists and statists, the burden of proof clearly should rest on those who place their trust in the state. Anarchy’s mayhem is wholly conjectural; the state’s mayhem is undeniably, factually horrendous.”—R. Higgs (via whakatikatika)
I saw a study that suggested $300 as the target amount impoverished women of childbearing age would accept to have a sterilization procedure. Thats less than a year’s worth of foodstamps. But the folks at planned parenthood, seeing a threat to their near-monopoly of the abortion industry, raised “ethical concerns”
Are you seriously suggesting that that might actually solve poverty? Why not just kill all the poor people and use their biomass as fuel? That could solve poverty better and also provide us with a cheap oil substitute. If they are dead, they cant be poor, right?
I agree with you. I'm not white, but it irritates me to no end that people use these "lol white people" gifs. I'm well aware of white supremacy/privilege, but if you're having a discussion about racism and correctness - then you should be entirely correct yourself. People using those gifs know that "not all white people are "like that"", so they should refrain from using them - not because "poor white people" but because it's hypocritical and defeats the purpose of having a conv. about racism.
I strongly agree. Dialog is the prerequisite to understanding. Without a dialectic, we can not possibly understand the entirety of our world.
There’s a difference between support and appropriation. It’s one thing to say we support their cause, it’s another to claim their cause as our own.
Glad to see this post, I am sure the white liberals will still do their damage.
This really seems like a large messaging problem at OWS. In Occupy Delaware, we try our best not to dominate rallies not organized by us. When we are invited, we show up. When one of us is asked to speak, we do. But most of all, we try to be supportive and never try to take over an event. We work in solidarity.
A large disadvantage OWS has is that it is so huge that social governance is partially failing. Perhaps OWS should consider decentralizing itself into smaller groups that can work better in an “everyone is a leader” horizontal format. These formats are really structured more like a social network, which simply can not get to large without breaking the net.
It is tragic that some folks from withing OWS attempted to dominate the million hoody march, but I believe it is a problem that can be overcome. It is also important to not that this a problem that is illustrative of some of the flanks of OWS, and not the Occupy movement in general.