Posts tagged: american empire
Tom Regan, professor emeritus of philosophy at North Carolina State University, is a rights theorist who argues that animals possess inherent value as “subjects-of-a-life” – because they have beliefs and desires, an emotional life, memory, and the ability to initiate action in pursuit of goals…
those who also possess inherent value but never seem to come up in these philosophical discussions - the migrant workers and child laborers who do the criminally underpaid and literally back-breaking work of //picking all of our fucking vegetables//.
Monosodium glutamate was first isolated from the seaweed kombu, commonly used in the Japanese broth dashi, by biochemist Kikunae Ikeda of the Tokyo Imperial University in 1908. He named its tasteumami because it differed from the five conventional flavours of sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and spicy. Ikeda patented his discovery and MSG became commercially available in 1909. It was found to enhance flavours with one third of the amount of sodium as traditional salt, i.e. sodium chloride. In this sense, monosodium glutamate is probably healthier than sodium chloride because it achieves flavour with reduced sodium levels.
MSG was immediately popular in Asia and became common in the North American food industry after World War II, used in baby food, canned soup, vegetable juice, frozen food, as well as seasoning mix brands such as Accent. Yet somehow in the 1960s, this popular food additive became associated with Chinese food and deemed a health hazard. Why? Because Chinese people, culture, and food have been targeted by widespread and effective racist hate campaigns in North America since the 19th century, buttressed by wild claims that the Chinese are “unclean”, carry diseases, are sexually-deviant opium addicts, inscrutable and sneaky, a Yellow Peril.
Oh wow. This is so bananas. I’m gonna go ahead and buy me some MSG.
Zuky, I’m glad you posted this. The other night I was getting takeout and the spot has a huge “ABSOLUTELY NO MSG” sign in the window and I was really confused because I never see anyone else advertising their food that way. Now I know why.
Exactly, only Chinese restaurants are forced to put up those humiliating “NO MSG” signs, in response to the widespread racist perception of, precisely, Chinese Restaurant Syndrome. They might as well also put up a sign saying “NO CAT OR DOG OR RAT MEAT SERVED HERE, ALSO NO OPIUM DEN OR DRAGON LADY PROSTITUTE.”
Italian restaurants? French? Japanese? No disclaimers required. There’s MSG in both the dashi broth and miso paste in miso soup but you rarely hear people complaining of miso soup headaches. In fact the “NO MSG” signs are kind of bullshit anyway because there’s naturally occurring MSG in soy sauce and I doubt they’ve stopped using soy sauce. As I mentioned earlier, there’s MSG in human breast milk, so frankly it’s pretty hard to avoid.
http://How Ronald Reagan Made Genocide Possible in Guatemala
The early 1980s were particularly violent in the Latin American theater of the Cold War. Smack in the middle of Guatemala’s 36-year civil war which claimed 200,000 lives, Rios Montt edged out the winner of a sham election in a bloodless coup and began systematically repressing support for the Marxist opposition,as his forces raped women, burned villages, and murdered indigenous Mayan peasants.
From day one Reagan backed Rios Montt, feeding him millions first in jeeps and trucks, and then helicopter and plane parts, despite clearly articulated reports from both the CIA and international watchdogs that genocide was accumulating bodies in the ditches and gullies of Guatemala.
A cache of internal Guatemalan records from the time revealed the existence of Operation Sofia, which was the operation that led to the massacre of indigenous peasants. It was used by the 1999 UN-sponsored Historical Clarification Commission to classify the counterinsurgency campaign in the summer of 1982 as “acts of genocide against groups of Mayan people.”
The horror described by independent human rights reporters on the ground is enough to turn your stomach: “We heard many, many stories of children being picked up by the ankles and swung against poles so their heads [were] destroyed.”
Despite the fact that he knew all this, Reagan praised Rios Montt, calling him ”a man of great personal integrity and commitment” who wanted to “promote social justice.”
President Bill Clinton apologized in 1999, saying that the U.S. support for the death squads “was wrong.”
sunny ole reagan, death squad reagan, coup and rout and crack-hand reagan.
and clinton’s sorry. i guess. judging from the axes he took to the US’ social net programs, i don’t see him as extremely empathetic to the non-rich or anyone else.
very recently the US funneled millions to México to aid the police and military through the Mérida plan, even as (at last count 60,000) lives have been lost through the brutal police tactics and War on Cartels that illegitimate Mexican President Felipe Calderon (FeCal) loosed on the public, with those same police and military forces. it’s no genocide, but it’s a whole lot of lives being lost in a mostly brown nation, and the US government sure ain’t too concerned about that part.
Kiyoshi Kuromiya was a Japanese-American who did a lot of amazing things.
To protest of the use of napalm in Vietnam in 1968, he announced that a dog would be burned alive in front of the University of Pennsylvania’s Van Pelt Library. Thousands turned up to protest, only to find a message from Kuromiya: “Congratulations on your anti-napalm protest. You saved the life of a dog. Now, how about saving the lives of tens of thousands of people in Vietnam.”
Wait what does ex-pat even mean? Sorry for the -probably dumb- question but English isn’t my first language and I really haven’t got a clue what it means.
The Wiki article gives a long detailed history about the word “expatriate” but really it has just become another synonym for “ordinary white folks living like kings in POC countries”.
There were tons of those in Nigeria and I hated every last one of them. A few of them forgot that I was an American citizen too because I am Nigerian and tried to get at me in a fetishizing way and I wanted to puke because these are 30 year old white men going to other countries to live like kings where they otherwise wouldn’t in their home country and just…ugh.
Anyway, the word is one white people use to describe themselves living in other countries…meanwhile they call anyone who does that in America an “illegal immigrant”.
On this weekend’s revelation that Nixon sabotaged peace talks in the fall of 1968:
It begins in the summer of 1968. Nixon feared a breakthrough at the Paris Peace talks designed to find a negotiated settlement to the Vietnam war, and he knew this would derail his campaign. He therefore set up a clandestine back-channel involving Anna Chennault, a senior campaign adviser.
At a July meeting in Nixon’s New York apartment, the South Vietnamese ambassador was told Chennault represented Nixon and spoke for the campaign. If any message needed to be passed to the South Vietnamese president, Nguyen Van Thieu, it would come via Chennault.
So on the eve of his planned announcement of a halt to the bombing, Johnson learned the South Vietnamese were pulling out. He was also told why. The FBI had bugged the ambassador’s phone and a transcripts of Anna Chennault’s calls were sent to the White House. In one conversation she tells the ambassador to “just hang on through election”. Johnson was told by Defence Secretary Clifford that the interference was illegal and threatened the chance for peace….
The president did let Humphrey know and gave him enough information to sink his opponent. But by then, a few days from the election, Humphrey had been told he had closed the gap with Nixon and would win the presidency. So Humphrey decided it would be too disruptive to the country to accuse the Republicans of treason, if the Democrats were going to win anyway. Nixon ended his campaign by suggesting the administration war policy was in shambles. They couldn’t even get the South Vietnamese to the negotiating table. He won by less than 1% of the popular vote. Once in office he escalated the war into Laos and Cambodia, with the loss of an additional 22,000 American lives, before finally settling for a peace agreement in 1973 that was within grasp in 1968.
Would you be so kind as to explain Buddhism to me? I’d like to learn more about it, and you clearly know so much. I’m particularly interested in the part that says you can only become a Buddhist if you’re not white.
Yet again, a case of people’s freedoms and respect for the truth ending where the touchiest fuckhead’s feelings begin. I’d love to see these fucks if one of their poor, poor, pitifully poor “POC”s were banned from, say, the Vatican for having a crucifix, despite being Catholics. Or banned from a Wiccan/Pagan group because their ancestors mostly didn’t believe in these faiths.
SJWs are pathetic, condescending authoritarian fucks that are either nonwhite bigots or upper class crackers with a white savior complex.
And any response to this with “white tears” will be taken as a no contest acknowledgment of what I have just said.
these three people are racists.
Ahahaha I can’t believe someone added the logos.
Anonymous NYPD officer on the department’s policy of setting arrest and summons quotas. New audio obtained by The Nation reveals that New York City’s police union has cooperated with the NYPD in setting arrest quotas for the department’s officers, a practice that plays a direct role in increasing the number of stop-and-frisk encounters.
Read the full story here.
i can’t shake the feeling that this feels like news from fifteen years ago. or maybe thirty. or maybe that it’s not news at all to some of us. but good, talk about it. talk about it. i see more and more talking about it [police corruption] since dorner lost his shit. so, good. maybe some people are waking up.