Posts tagged: american empire
The Reservation’s Ten Commandments as given by the United States of America to the Spokane Indians:
1. You shall have no other forms of government besides me.
2. You shall not make for yourself an independent and self sufficient government, for I am a jealous bureaucracy and will punish the Indian children for the sins of their fathers to the seventh generation of those who hate me.
3. You shall not misuse my name or my symbols, for I will impale you on my flag pole.
4. Remember the first of each month by keeping it holy. The rest of the month you shall go hungry, but the first day of each month is tribute to me, and you shall receive welfare checks and commodity food in exchange for you continued dependence.
5. Honor your Indian father and Indian mother because I have stripped them of their land, language, and hearts, and they need your compassion, which is a commodity I do not supply.
6. You shall not murder, but I shall bring FBI and CIA agents to your reservation and into your homes, and the most intelligent, vocal, and angriest members of your tribes will vanish quietly.
7. You shall not commit adultery, but I will impregnate your women with illegitimate dreams.
8. You shall not steal back what I have already stolen from you.
9. You shall not give false testimony against any white men, but they will tell lies about you, and I will believe them and convict you.
10. You shall not covet the white man’s house. You shall not covet the white man’s wife, or his hopes and opportunities, his cars or VCRs, or anything that belongs to the white man.
- Sherman Alexie, Reservation Blues
“FOR I AM A JEALOUS BUREAUCRACY”
that part always makes me laugh
This is one of my favorite passages, from one of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors. “You shall not steal back what I have already stolen from you,” makes me want to start a revolution.
Needs to be on my dash. <3 <3
Yes, should be on my dash ALWAYS.
this is a good point
though i looked up her show and she had jon stewart in the parade of corporate media
"you’re on cnn! my show is followed by puppets making crank phone calls."
US court rejects BP payment appeal http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-26429655
" A US federal court has rejected BP’s efforts to halt payments relating to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Fifth Circuit Court also said an earlier injunction stopping payments to claimants should be lifted. BP had argued that some firms filed fictitious spill claims. However, "the settlement agreement does not require a claimant to submit evidence that the claim arose as a result of the oil spill," wrote the court in its verdict. BP has said it disagrees with the ruling. Billions more In 2012, BP agreed to make payments to those who suffered economic losses as a result of the disaster aboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. The explosion killed 11 workers and spilled an estimated four million barrels of oil into the gulf, making it the worst offshore oil spill in US history. However, BP complained that the payout formula was too generous and meant that people and businesses were being paid huge sums for false claims. As a result of the ruling, BP will potentially have to pay out billions more to businesses than it had previously thought. "
huh, us courts sided with the american oil company that caused a toxic spill in ecuador, but against the british oil company that spilled on us soil. i wonder why that was.
"Polls show that 92% of Afghans have never heard of 9/11. They are presently fighting a war with no history, and no future."
Wow. Just wow.
Really great blog, glad I followed over to have a root around.
This was a reason why I distrusted transhumanists. Now, I’m realizing, to my horror, that for some, the Singularity is here.
One of the most troubling things about the AIDS epidemic is that it could have been stopped so easily by rolling out life-saving antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) early on. Not only do ARVs prevent HIV from developing into AIDS, they also reduce transmission rates and increase people’s willingness to get tested.
But Western pharmaceutical corporations have colluded in pricing these essential drugs way out of reach of the poor. When they were first introduced, patented ARVs cost up to $15,000 per yearly regimen. Generic producers were able to manufacture the same drugs for a mere fraction of the price, but the WTO outlawed this through the 1995 TRIPS agreement to protect Big Pharma’s monopoly.
It was not until 2003 that the WTO bowed to activist pressure and allowed southern Africa to import generics, but by then it was too late – HIV prevalence had already reached devastating proportions. In other words, much of the region’s AIDS burden can be directly attributed to the WTO’s rules and the corporations that defended them. And they are set to strike again: the WTO will cut patent exemptions for poor countries after 2016.
This dearth of basic drugs has gone hand in hand with the general collapse of public health institutions. Structural adjustment and WTO trade policies have forced states to cut spending on hospitals and staff in order to repay odious debts to the West. Swaziland, ground-zero in the world of AIDS, has been hit hard by these cuts. When I last visited I found that many once-bustling clinics are now empty and dilapidated. Neoliberalism has systematically destroyed the first line of defence against AIDS.
The point I want to drive home is that the policies that deny poor people access to life-saving drugs and destroy public healthcare come from the same institutions and interests that helped create the conditions for HIV transmission in the first place.
I hate using Orwell in arguments because it’s boring and very few people do it well, and it’s so fucking tiresome.
But holy fucking shit U.S Congress introducing a bill to strip public funding of any academic institution which participates in the Israel Boycott campaign and calling it the “Protect Academic Freedom Act”? That’s too fucking much, it really makes “Ministry of Peace” seem tame in comparison.
Failing upward at the Democratic Leadership Council with Al From.
From is especially ecstatic about his role in helping Clinton pass NAFTA: “Of all the opportunities you have this fall,” he wrote in a 1993 memo that he reproduces uncritically here, “NAFTA represents the greatest. Passing NAFTA can make your presidency.” On the contrary, NAFTA’s role in demobilizing the Democratic base (including the promise Republicans were able to extract from Clinton: that he would “personally repudiate” any campaign attacks on members of Congress for voting it through) is one of the reasons the Democrats lost the House of Representatives in 1994. It then cost the United States a net loss of 1 million jobs (From: “A victory of NAFTA will both create real jobs and demonstrate that you have the vision to lead our country into the world economy at a defining historical moment”); turned America’s trade surplus with Mexico into a deficit; and was a cause of the very flood of undocumented immigrants that New Democrats customarily abhor.
Failing upward at the Democratic Leadership Council with Al From.
Another of From’s prideful boasts concerns helping Clinton pass the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, which “changed the entire system of policing in America and resulted in a decade-long reduction in crime.” Virtually no expert attributes the decline in crime to the policy of mass incarceration that this law ushered in: the incarceration rate at the end of Clinton’s two terms was 476 per 100,000 citizens, compared with 247 at the end of the Reagan administration. Even the 2012 Republican platform admitted that the policy has been a moral and civic disaster: “Prisons should do more than punish: they should attempt to rehabilitate and institute proven prisoner reentry systems to reduce recidivism and future victimization.” (One of the more striking cruelties of the 1994 crime law was ending Pell Grants for prison education.) Even Newt Gingrich now says, “There is an urgent need to address the astronomical growth in the prison population, with its huge costs in dollars and lost human potential.”
On this day in 1923, the U.S. Supreme Court decided unanimously in United States v. Bhagat Singh Thind to bar South Asians from becoming American citizens and denaturalize those who had already done so.
Read more: http://www.saadigitalarchive.org/current/20140219-3507
US nun jailed for nuclear break-in http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-26250164
" An elderly Catholic nun has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for damage caused while breaking into a US nuclear defence site. Sister Megan Rice, 84, and two other protesters cut fences and entered the Oak Ridge, Tennessee, facility, which processes and stores uranium. The other two, Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed, were sentenced to more than five years in prison. The July 2012 incident prompted security changes at the Y-12 site. "Please have no leniency with me," Sister Megan told the court at Tuesday’s hearing in Knoxville. "To remain in prison for the rest of my life would be the greatest gift you could give me." During the trial Sister Megan, from Washington DC, said her only regret was waiting so long to take action. ‘Displays of ineptitude’ The peace activists, members of the group Transform Now Plowshares, had initially faced up to 20 years in prison after their conviction last May. Walli and Boertje-Obed received tougher sentences because they had longer criminal histories. The trio were also found guilty of causing more than $1,000 (£643) of damage to government property. After cutting a fence to enter the site, the three walked around, spray-painted graffiti, strung out crime-scene tape and chipped a wall with hammers. They spent two hours inside. The trio also sprayed the exterior of the complex with baby bottles containing human blood. When a guard approached, they offered him food and started singing. "
Japanese-Americans are holding a Day of Remembrance this week for community elders who were unlawfully locked in internment camps during World War II. But for many people — including U.S. judicial authorities — the specter of the camps is hardly a thing of the past.
"You are kidding yourself if you think the same thing will not happen again," U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told University of Hawaii law students earlier this month. “In times of war, the laws fall silent.”
(Photo: David Monkawa/NCRRP)
its hilarious that he of all people are warning about this .
i wonder what the context of him saying that was, a ‘look out for abuse of war powers’ or ‘nah it’s okay bc precedent, fist bump’
Sales took off. Quinoa was, in marketing speak, the “miracle grain of the Andes”, a healthy, right-on, ethical addition to the meat avoider’s larder (no dead animals, just a crop that doesn’t feel pain). Consequently, the price shot up – it has tripled since 2006 – with more rarified black, red and “royal” types commanding particularly handsome premiums.
But there is an unpalatable truth to face for those of us with a bag of quinoa in the larder. The appetite of countries such as ours for this grain has pushed up prices to such an extent that poorer people in Peru and Bolivia, for whom it was once a nourishing staple food, can no longer afford to eat it. Imported junk food is cheaper. In Lima, quinoa now costs more than chicken. Outside the cities, and fuelled by overseas demand, the pressure is on to turn land that once produced a portfolio of diverse crops into quinoa monoculture.
In fact, the quinoa trade is yet another troubling example of a damaging north-south exchange, with well-intentioned health and ethics-led consumers here unwittingly driving poverty there. It’s beginning to look like a cautionary tale of how a focus on exporting premium foods can damage the producer country’s food security. Feeding our apparently insatiable 365-day-a-year hunger for this luxury vegetable, Peru has also cornered the world market in asparagus. Result? In the arid Ica region where Peruvian asparagus production is concentrated, this thirsty export vegetable has depleted the water resources on which local people depend. NGOs report that asparagus labourers toil in sub-standard conditions and cannot afford to feed their children while fat cat exporters and foreign supermarkets cream off the profits. That’s the pedigree of all those bunches of pricy spears on supermarket shelves.
Soya, a foodstuff beloved of the vegan lobby as an alternative to dairy products, is another problematic import, one that drives environmental destruction [see footnote]. Embarrassingly, for those who portray it as a progressive alternative to planet-destroying meat, soya production is now one of the two main causes of deforestation in South America, along with cattle ranching, where vast expanses of forest and grassland have been felled to make way for huge plantations.
This is why my classmates all looked at me funny in my Adv. Spanish Convo. class when we were discussing geopolitics and I said “globalization is, on the whole, negative, and a 21st century extension of European conquest.”
Nobody got it.
They were all talking about media exchange and cultural tourism and, I suspect, the “liberating” presence of the White West, from the self-oppression and/or lack of motivation or “superior” means to resist it within those Dark Cultures.
#they thought it was weird bc i’m mixed or w/e
#or bc i’m black
#bc the class was bougie upper middle class white folks
#annnnnnd folks get ideas about simplifying the complexities of black americanness and legacies of ”cultural exchange”
#or maybe it’s that radical a stance that i would rather not know you than be exploited and destroyed by you
#but i was that chick in class all semester *shrugs*
#plantation export culture
#single crop agribusiness agribusiness and capitalist neo-colonialism
#poverty hierarchies and laborer demographics and education access and indigeneity
#and who controls the land
#and who controls the water
#and who controls the sharecroppers and slaves left to choose between starvation and servitude
#and whose bodies look like slave bodies and whose bodies control them like money in the bank
#fuck you and your global exchange
Well we’re all going to die.
I, for one, welcome our new terrifying mechanical bovine overlords.
yeah right. good luck building yourselves new parts without opposable thumbs, assholes
they managed to make Big Dog even more terrifying
Not here for DARPA projects
In case you didn’t know these are meant to be battlefield resources primarily they’ll be used for traverse bomb laden areas or performing recon on ground much the same way drones work on land the idea that they can move without being toppled by human force is central to their overall stabilization systems if they’re making them bigger there’s every reason to believe we’ll be living in an exo-suit hellscape by the end of the next decade jsyk gif moving image
man why can’t this be a weta thing
just robot horses for our next film
nothing to worry about
no intent for military application, just larping