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

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.