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Things You Might Have Missed

April 20, 2014 By: Mel Category: Misc

Graffiti in DCThis article about social security going after people for their parents supposed debts made me so furious.

You may be following the protests in New Mexico. But don’t forget that murderous cops are everywhere. Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin put together a body count for Memphis.

The thing about protesting immigrant detention from the inside is that they can just deport you.

A little reminder about the struggles that indigenous people are in, especially on the border.

More Than 900 Workers Have Already Died Building Qatar’s World Cup Infrastructure. How is this even a little bit ok?

Cannot wait to read Astra Taylor’s new book. This section on women and the internet is spot on.

We all need to take up the cause of working less. Getting our time back might just be the most important bit of activism we can do.

Also helpful would be making our spaces a lot more hospitable to children and caregivers.

And can we all keep ego out and remember that activism comes in many forms, not just the ones that put you in the spotlight.

This came out like a month ago, but on the off chance that you did not read Ta-Nehisi Coates takedown of liberals willful ignorance at how white supremacy works, it is here.


Things You Might Have Missed

March 30, 2014 By: Mel Category: Misc

Not one more deportationI have to start these posts again, because I keep losing track of articles and it is a pain in the ass to find them again on twitter.  So here goes.

If you did not catch this Ta-Nehisi Coates post about how “progressives” deny white supremacy and structural racism, read it. Coates says they “misunderstand.” I think its more than misunderstanding. At the very least, we should call it willful ignorance. But he’s way nicer than me.

More hunger strikes. Now they are coming from immigrant detention centers in Takoma and Texas. Both owned by The GEO Group.

As I was arguing with my fellow jurors the last few weeks, one of them brought up the changes that will occur because of the new DC marijuana laws. But I tend to agree with the folks in this interview that it won’t do a damn thing to help the black kids being picked up for street selling. They won’t be getting licenses to sell legally.

If we cannot get people to care about the record number of exonerated last year and what they go through once they get out, how much more impossible to get people to care about those who actually did do something violent?

Really, in order to get people to care about the people in prison, we have to get them to care about the poor and the mentally ill. But even when people hear about the bipolar woman who was locked up for more than two years without charges or the homeless vet who baked to death in Rikers, they still don’t want to face how fucked up things are. I guess nobody wants to think about the fact that poverty or mental illness could happen to them too.

Here is another thing that came out so clearly in jury duty. People really believe that everything is scientific. They were expecting ballistics reports and DNA. Instead they got unreliable witnesses and sloppy police work. Not that it mattered. Even without bullshit experts or real evidence, people were happy to indict.

Part of the problem is how much people want to believe police, despite all the reasons police have to lie and the long history of them being caught in those lies.

I am still turning over in my head how the people in jury duty could have the racial disparities staring them in the face every day and not have a problem with it. Speaking of disparities, did you know that “Native Americans make up little more than 1 percent of the nation’s population” but “at any given time, 43 percent to 60 percent of juveniles held in federal custody were Native American”?

And finally, since being in jury duty made me despair for humanity, I will end with this post about Kitty Genovese. She was the woman attacked in Queens in 1964 and whose case became proof that New Yorkers just didn’t give a shit. Supposedly, all these people heard her attack and did nothing. But that turns out to be mostly bullshit.


Bank of America is the Spawn of Satan

February 18, 2014 By: Mel Category: Misc

Skank of America

My work, sadly, still has credit cards with Bank of America.  I have been on hold with them for the last 38 minutes and counting. You see Bank of America decided it was an awesome idea to fire a bunch of people  so that they could have “fourth quarter 2013 net income of $3.4 billion.” Oh no. Sorry. Did I say fire? I meant “lower personnel expenses…to streamline processes and achieve cost savings.”

Why are we not outside these banks with pitchforks again?

Maybe some people actually thought that a portion of the 8.5 billion fine for foreclosure abuse and the 11.6 billion to Fannie Mae was punishment enough? Not even a year’s worth of profits people.

More about Bank of America’s run for most corrupt bank here.



Oh Hello. Are You Still Here?

January 27, 2014 By: Mel Category: Misc

Finally got around to getting the site back up.  Thanks to those of you who checked in.  I am indeed alive and may perhaps even drop a line or two on here in the nearish future.

Things You Might Have Missed

June 12, 2013 By: Mel Category: Misc

Remember back in 2003 when people found out about the Total Information Awareness program? Sen. Feinstein was one of the people who cosponsored the amendment that was supposed to stop it. Now she is out there calling Snowden a traitor for exposing the fact that her politicking meant nothing… Wait a minute. Maybe I actually get it now.

And awwwww. Look at baby Obama blasting NSA spying in 2006. They grow up so fast.

Hope that Snowden dude has some serious plan B. Because if they can charge an 82-year-old pacifist nun as a terrorist, pretty much anything goes.

Old colonialism. New colonialism. But we’re “helping.”

Alternatives exist in Greece, (and everywhere else) but few are hearing about them.

We’ll have to wait almost a year to know what, if anything, is going to happen to  Efrain Rios Montt in Guatemala.

You gotta give it to the British bureaucrats. They sure can create a paper trail. The people of Pakistan, Egypt, Algeria, the United Arab Emirates, and Morocco will probably not be happy to learn about the arms from Israel.

Have you all heard that police can collect DNA at your arrest the same way they collect fingerprints? Anti-rape groups say it is just fine. Wagatwe Wanjuki begs to differ.

What if all the teachers resigned with scathing letters and then started free schools? Hey, I can dream.

Don’t know how I never came across that dish sign before now. But it is totally going up in my kitchen at work. I think the insurrectionist one might be my favorite.

Things You Might Have Missed

June 07, 2013 By: Mel Category: Misc

I’m sure none of you have missed the NSA spying scandal, which will probably blow over in about 10 minutes. Or maybe people will finally freak out when they find out all their phone sex and dick pics are being filed somewhere. How intricate do you think their filing system is? A homeland security style color coding range for smut?

Continuing from my last post, this zine of Do’s and Dont’s for the Dudely Organizer is great.

Guess what? It is totally fine to shoot an escort if she won’t have sex with you. And in related news, Selling Consensual Sex Means Jail. Doctor Sexually Assaults 7 Women, No Jail.

Tweeting all the stop and frisks in NY is a great idea.

You all should really read this article on Samantha Power and the Weaponization of Human Rights, especially if you have ever bought into the idea that we have a responsibility to intervene (“protect”) people.

Wow to the Vegas psychiatric hospital busing patients to strange cities and dropping them off with a “one-way bus ticket, six Ensure nutrition shake bottles, and a three-day supply of psychiatric medications.”

Money as art? Interesting.

Land grabbing continues in Honduras with more campesinos being killed. (Video in Spanish.)

And in the U.S., a slightly more elegant and bureaucratized form of land grabbing.

“It’s a shame that pregnant women should study since their only use is in the kitchen and to work in the fields,” says a Mexican politician/asshole.

Also in Mexico, isn’t it just lovely to see international cooperation? Israel and Mexico swap notes on abusing rights.

In Colombia, while we are all being told to be hopeful about the peace process, repression of workers and peasants is escalating.

And in El Salvador “At least 628 Salvadoran women have been convicted for undergoing abortions (and in some cases, first-degree murder) since abortion was completely banned in 1998.”

Arrested for a thong bathing suit? Are you shitting me? May I suggest South Beach where a thong and rollerblades are pretty much the standard uniform.

Can anybody fill me in on what the common core standards actually are?

Things You Might Have Missed

May 23, 2013 By: Mel Category: Misc

Anarchist PandaI did a bunch of blog reading last weekend, which means you are about to get link bombed. Sorry.

So pissed that the Ríos Montt verdict was thrown out. Silly me for having a little bit of hope for the injustice system.

You have probably been following the protests outside the DOJ. Best part – The foreclosed homeowners who got arrested gave bank execs names instead of their own.

I doubt you missed this, but Why isn’t New Orleans Mother’s Day parade shooting a ‘national tragedy’?

Does anyone really doubt that the government is spying on journalists more than we know? In related news, is suing the FBI.

Continuing the discussion on my post about gifted classes, this article about the connection between race and IQ is worth reading. I know, CATO. What can I say. Sometimes they are ok.

A Florida teen is being prosecuted for statutory rape. Her parents claim it is because she is a lesbian and the other girls parents are homophobic. Maybe. But can all the people sending this around in LGBTQI circles please remember that this shit happens all the time – often to teenage dudes whose girlfriend’s parents think their daughters should have a chastity belt. Shame that this girl and so many others will end up on a sex offender list, like this nine year old.

And if wrongfully convicted and later exonerated of some crime, good luck getting that record expunged and being able to get a job.

So much anarchist related news this last month. It seems that some of it was spurred by the Boston bombing. Maybe Boston PD are embarrassed that they spent their time spying on occupiers instead of investigating real shit.

Harry Reid was apparently given some congressional homework to learn all about the evils of anarchists. Sad that the American Conservative has the most reasonable story on anarchists I read this weekend.

What’s worse? condescending liberals who don’t know fuckall about about anarchism or support from Lou Dobbs?

Spanish anarchists were arrested for “praising terrorism.”

I’m going to bet that 50% of the fire setters were undercover cops and the other 50% grew up in a cushy suburb. Any takers.

All this horseshit around DGR and Derrick Jensen. Wow.

I don’t approve of sending explosives through the mail. But I do have to admire the creativity behind sending explosive sex toys to Catholic leaders.

Maybe all we anarchists really need are more mascots.

Can we please stop pretending that only privileged college kids were against the Vietnam war?

We will know the world is getting somewhere when people would rather have their kids be porn stars then bankers. Until then, we can only laugh at the irony of banks refusing to let sex workers have accounts with them on moral grounds.

And speaking of asshole bankers, how about foreclosing on someone for making their payments too early.

How do Finnish kids excel without rote learning and standardized testing? Hint – autonomy, collaboration, less-hierarchy…

I can’t believe Disney had the cojones to try and trademark Dia de los Muertos.

Liked this TED video about guerilla gardener Ron Finley.

Christ, Chris Matthews is an asshole. How do people watch news shows?

Creepy student films girl in shower. He gets away, but the police catch him by tracking his student ID card. I am equally creeped out by the second part. Cause let us imagine for a second that it is this cop who can track you like that.

Last week it was kitten sex. This week the cops are called for frog sex.

Things You Might Have Missed

May 15, 2013 By: Mel Category: Misc

This Christian kids video is …they are like children of the corn, but scary. I sincerely hope that some of these kids are someday horrified that they did this.

Great response to people who claim sex work entrenches gender inequality.

A pediatrician with a child porn collection. Ok. That’s creepy.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t actually want Central American journalists trained by the U.S. government.

Wounded Knee (aftermath of massacre pictured) is privately owned and the guy wants to sell it. He offered it to the Oglala Sioux, who did not come up with the $1 Million +++ he wanted. So this jackass says,

If they would just have taken $250,000 to 1 million, they could have bought that property and owned it today. But, for some reason, they cannot see economic development and they cannot see tourism and they cannot relate. They want everything for free is what it amounts to I guess.

Can you imagine them not coming up with that kind of money to buy the colonized land that their ancestors were murdered on?! The nerve, wanting “everything for free.” And how can they not see the giftshop possibilities?

If, like me, you are a Sherman Alexie fan, you might want to check out this interview on Bill Moyers.

One of the things Alexie talks about is the quality of communication on the internet. I agree that you are missing a lot when you aren’t face to face with someone. But I use the internet to keep in touch with people that I can’t be face to face with. And I have met in person a lot of people that I first came in contact with on here. Some guy decided to try living without the internet for a year. It didn’t go exactly as expected.

And finally – Kittens having sex! The horror! Better call the cops!

Things You Might Have Missed

May 08, 2013 By: Mel Category: Misc

Well, hello there. I took a lovely break from reading the news (see pic). But I suppose it is time to start figuring out what is going on in the world and whatnot. Feel free to share any interesting things in the comments.

Did you know that The World Is Marching Towards Anarchy? Of course, this guy thinks that is a horrible thing. He does, however, get quite a bit right – like democracy as we know it being domination.  I’m always amazed when people can be right and sooooooo wrong at the same time.

Oh. My. God. Some girls wore strapless dresses and tight pants and stuff that showed that they have…ummm…what are those called again….bodies. Will this ever stop?

While it is lovely that this shitbag is not going to get away with it, how often do judges get called out for anything that they do? Sorry, we don’t really mind you getting paid to lock up kids. You just got paid a little too much and a little too directly.

Let’s not forget that Guantánamo Is Not an Anomaly — Prisoners in the US Are Force-Fed Every Day

I haven’t read Graeber’s new book yet, but I enjoyed this excerpt on The Baffler.

And as long as we are on Graeber, not a horrible piece in The New Yorker (despite the snark).

Any of you planning on going to the Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy this year?

In Memoriam to My Youth

May 02, 2013 By: Mel Category: Misc

Happy birthday to me.

As today I am forty years old. How the fuck did that happen? To distract myself from thinking about careening down that hill, I decided I should try to come up with a list of good things about being forty. Feel free to chime in with more – but only if you are over forty. I don’t want any bullshit from sprightly 25 year olds right now. Forty isn’t that old. So and so asshat celebrity is 43 and she looks great. Think of how much wiser you are…blah….blah….blah

Fuck you! When you are going through this shit, I am goint to be 55 years old. The only way I’ll be getting carded then is for senior discounts.

Ah shit. This positive thing isn’t going well. Ok. Here goes.

1. I still have all my teeth
2. I have not yet broken a hip
3. My gray hairs appear to be growing in a streak like Bonnie Raitt or Cruellla De Vil
4. People have mostly stopped asking me about marriage and children
5. When I meet youngsters who like old school music, I get to say shit like “Yeah. I saw Nina at the Paramount before she died.” or “That Ramones show at the Cameo was great”
6. 80s music is back. So, when I go to the Depeche Mode dance party at Black Cat on Sat, I will not be surounded by people who I look at and think – Hmmmm. Aren’t they a little old for this. And then realize they are my age.
7. I am now completely aware of the fact that I don’t know shit and I’m o.k. with it.
8. I pretty much get to do whatever the fuck I want – when Im not working – I need to work on that one.
9. I’m posting this from an island in Belize, a luxury only my 40 year old credit brings me

That’s all I got so far. But that last one is leaving me feeling pretty good.