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

April 05, 2011 By: Mel Category: Misc

Any of you going to be at the New York City Anarchist Book Fair this weekend?  I’ll be there.

So here is some info from the Government Accountability Office.  In short, the DOD’s 1.68 trillion dollar weapons acquisitions programs are out of control and billions of dollars over budget.  Ahem.  Need to cut some spending?

This paramedic wrote a beautiful piece about the violence against women he witnesses on the job. (HT @PunkJohnnyCash)

Blag Hag has a lovely post about The Most Logical Abortion Laws.

This is disturbing as hell (link in Spanish).  In Colombia, lots of people lost their land to armed groups.  And they have been fighting to get their land back.  Somewhat surprisingly, the new president of Colombia supported land reform that would do just that.  Now the leaders of the land reform movement are being assassinated.  Fifty in the last three years.

If you want to know where all that new “aid” to El Salvador is going… And if you want to know who benefits from the prohibition scheme, check out this amusing video of drug lords celebrating the drug war.

Did you read Taibbi’s piece on the fed bailing out Qaddafi? Unbelievable.

I have never been able to get with the environmental movement. And this is one reason why.

I am really feeling for the porn actors who had their names and personal info released on the internet by some deranged ass.

James Baldwin describes why the school system does not really want to educate us. As true today as it was then.

This interview with Leymah Gbowee is inspirational and depressing.  Watch it. In one part, she describes teenage girls requesting undercover officers in their school. Their teachers are pulling them out of class to rape them. So how do we, as anarchists, respond to those who are victimized by violence day in and day out? If they ask for cops, how do we (who have not been victimized in that way) have the nerve to challenge that? What is our alternative in action?

Chris Hedges speech, from that Iraq war anniversary protest I went to, is now up on the internet. That guy means it.

And if any of you are in DC, the anarchist meetup now has two regularly scheduled events per month. Next date is Wednesday the 13th.  We’ll be packing with Books to Prisons and then maybe grabbing a beverage.  Come out.