Thoughts on politics, religion, violence, inequality, social control, change, and random other things from an autonomous, analytical, adopted, abolitionist, anarchist who likes the letter A

Archive for the ‘Misc’

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.

Things You Might Have Missed

February 06, 2013 By: Mel Category: Misc

The big news this week is that white paper. I read it last night at the bar. I wasn’t drunk enough for that shit. Greenwald’s breakdown here.

A must read interview of Lynn Paltrow over at Guernica about what is happening to pregnant women. In short, get pregnant and kiss your rights goodbye.

This American Life is harassing Siouxsie Q of This American Whore. Melissa Gira Grant wrote a letter.

Good piece in Vice on Why Barrett Brown is facing 100 years in prison. Hint: It’s called investigative journalism.

Cornelius Harris (also known as Soja) has been on hunger strike at Ohio State Penitentiary for more than 30 days now.

Db0 responds to whether or not humans are ready for anarchism. Hope this means he’ll be blogging more again.

Normally I am very supportive of drugs, especially x. But something about telling people to take drugs so that they can stay in a relationship longer seems a little wack. I mean, maybe it is just time to move on.

If not for racism, we might all be drinking cocaine every day.

About an Art at War exhibit – art in France under Nazi occupation. I don’t know about you, but I cannot separate an artist from their art. Once I find out someone was a tool, I can never look at their work the same again.

Wish I could go see this exhibit on anarchist schools.

O.k. everyone. I have a little bit of time on Saturday. Let’s go to Virginia and see how many laws we can break in a day. I’m going to need a bullhorn, a car, a married dude, and a lot of booze.

At least Virginia didn’t only make it illegal for girls to curse.

Things You Might Have Missed

January 30, 2013 By: Mel Category: Misc

I really loved this essay on joy by Zadie Smith. The pursuit of joy may actually explain a lot of the ridiculous shit I do.  Though I don’t know if it now seems more or less sensical.

Fascinating article on Why Anti-Authoritarians are Diagnosed as Mentally Ill.

Our friends at Red Emmas are still trying to raise money for their new space. They are about halfway to their goal.  Pitch in a bit if you can.

There is a new movie coming out about anarchists called The East. I’m not holding my breath that it will be in any way thoughtful. But I am going to go see it.

More evidence that laws change long after people start ignoring them. “Shacking Up” May Soon Be Legal in Virginia.

Four days in jail over an $85 court fine and a 22 year old warrant related to stealing a carton of cigarettes. Seems reasonable.

But that is a walk in the park compared to what happened to this mentally ill woman in prison.

A juvenile judge in Georgia testified that approximately one-third of their cases were school related and mostly misdemeanors, the result of police in schools. Story here.

The Catholic Church is in full damage control mode. First, there is this amazing piece of investigative journalism in the Guardian showing How the Vatican built a secret property empire using Mussolini’s millions. But they don’t want to use any of those millions to settle a malpractice suit related to childbirth. Nope, for that they will do a 180 and claim a fetus is not a person with legal rights. And then, of course, they will 180 right back again and turn away rape victims so that the Catholic hospital doesn’t risk having to recommend a morning after pill. Charming. Charming people.

Ok. I hate the anti-abortion protesters too. I’m sure this guy is vile. But banning? I mean if we let those dregs go in and out of the congressional building every day, I don’t think we have much of a case banning anyone else.

I stole that graphic up top from Facebook, but I can’t remember from who. Oops. Anyway, a good illustration of how confrontational tactics are wildly unpopular until they work.

Things You Might Have Missed

January 16, 2013 By: Mel Category: Misc

The internets are rapidly finishing the job Aaron Swartz started.

Must read article on what is happening to women who are pregnant. Arrests. Deaths. Involuntary commitment. Medical tests.

I am so glad my parents did not have access to microchipping technology. Though I suspect I would have gotten extremely tech savvy. By now I’d probably be programming ankle bracelets to say people are home when they are actually slamming beers at a bar and planning the next occupation.

I hope somebody out there has skills like that. As it seems our injustice system will now be using some bullshit program to determine who will commit crimes in the future. Probation and parole will be judged accordingly.

Sending people to prison for things they have not yet done is not new.  I highly recommend reading this New Yorker piece on sex offenders. It is so disturbing.

Great that the ACLU is pointing out what happens when you put cops in schools. But good luck getting people to listen.

I knew John Kiriakou’s prosecution was bullshit, but I did not know he has basically been convicted of sharing a business card.

Anybody have the details on the bombing of journalists in Greece? Supposedly some of ours who did this dumbass shit.

Cliff at The Pervocracy on how we screw up kid’s heads about sex.

Many of you give me a hard time for living in DC. But there are some things we can be proud of. Like we watch more porn than anybody.

Of course, we also have cops in the DMV who drive women to secluded areas to rape them. And one that decided to murder his mistress and then leave their baby in a car to die.

Also, it seems we have decided to go the Texas route and “get tough” on truancy. Cause that went so well in Texas.

Sigh.  Home sweet home.