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Devil's Knob

"His eyes were as red as the devil's dick"

projections of the mind

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This trial is not simply the prosecution of a 25-year-old soldier who had the temerity to report to the outside world the indiscriminate slaughter, war crimes, torture and abuse that are carried out by our government and our occupation forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is a concerted effort by the security and surveillance state to extinguish what is left of a free press, one that has the constitutional right to expose crimes by those in power. The lonely individuals who take personal risks so that the public can know the truth—the Daniel Ellsbergs, the Ron Ridenhours, the Deep Throats and the Bradley Mannings—are from now on to be charged with “aiding the enemy.” All those within the system who publicly reveal facts that challenge the official narrative will be imprisoned, as was John Kiriakou, the former CIA analyst who for exposing the U.S. government’s use of torture began serving a 30-month prison term the day Manning read his statement. There is a word for states that create these kinds of information vacuums: totalitarian.

—Chris Hedges, “We Are Bradley Manning” (via holygoddamnshitballs)

(via 13anarchistdevils)

Many anarchists do not even realize the importance and
interconnections between building community and attacking systems of oppression, and those of us who do rarely make use of this realization beyond our rhetoric. And, perhaps more to the point, we often make the mistake of assuming that the targets of our “attack” only lie outside ourselves. Here, attack is not understood as the near militaristic approach that relies solely on the destruction of property and physical battles, a position put forth by many anarchists. Rather, attack is the process through which we recognize the forces which oppress us and seek to destroy them.
The question of violence, of what it will take to destroy systems of Power, is largely out of our hands. Capitalism, with its standing armies and myriads of prisons, has made its own position on the matter perfectly clear. Those comrades amongst us who inevitably carry the baggage of white supremacy, patriarchy, and colonialism, those who find themselves in the position of the apologist, can hopefully exercise a wider range of choice. They can choose to join with us. They can choose, as we have, to attack those aspects
of themselves which recreate the old world, and to bolster the attack against those who choose otherwise. It should be this choice that defines the anarchist, which sets us apart from our enemies and guides us to our comrades. It is from this choice that all genuine struggle becomes possible.

—from Betrayal: A critical analysis of Rape culture in anarchist subcultures

VCU’s New Buses

okay so VCU just revealed their new bus fleet this week.It’s a new privatized charter by Groome Transportation, a company founded in Richmond back in the 30’s. VCU had been using the public GRTC buses since 2004. So we’ve got a local company taking the college kids off a few public buses, possibly freeing GRTC to enhance or extend other routes. Groome does seem like a quality shuttle service, based in airport travel, but boasting military licensing as well. Not to mention their service to seven universities in Virginia now with the addition of Virginia Commonwealth. The seats are all cushiony, and everything has the new VCU brand fucking everywhere. 

My favorite part though is the new RAMRIDE real time bus locator. It’s pretty sweet as far as maps go. It’s a google based real time map with three layers of the Campus Connector, Medical Center, and Sanger routes. Connection points are plotted with ETA times of buses in route. There’s a search bar with the connection points already cached, and oh, you can get the mobile app too. This shiny new feature is provided by Trans Loc, a leader in interactive transit maps.

HOWEVER

despite all this, theres no guarantee that GRTC will or even can improve or expand its  routes for the rest of the city and counties. The introduction of VCU buses serve to remove and isolate students more from the real world, and the city itself. It creates a distinction, either that students are better than other at-large transit users, or even just a continuation of shuttering children and young adults, as often occurs during k-12 years. Furthermore, how is this all being paid for? new buses with amenities, and upgrades to come soon, and private drivers? That has to cost quite a bit. Is it coming from previous tuition increases, will future increases be necessary specifically to maintain this transportation system? 

I can’t help but wonder if this whole thing is indicative of a larger trend of privatization of public services. Let us not forget that Virginia Commonwealth University is a public institution, despite quite a few of their practices. It’s not so much the buses themselves that bother me, but more of the underlying power and policy dynamics. Quite a few different groups stand to gain from this, but the real question is, who is going to lose?

I am convinced there is only one way to eliminate the grave evils of capitalism, namely through the establishment of a socialist economy, accompanied by an educational system which would be oriented toward social goals. In such an economy, the means of production are owned by society itself and are utilized in a planned fashion. A planned economy, which adjusts production to the needs of the community, would distribute the work to be done among all those able to work and would guarantee a livelihood to every man, woman, and child. The education of the individual, in addition to promoting his own innate abilities, would attempt to develop in him a sense of responsibility for his fellow-men in place of the glorification of power and success in our present society.

Albert Einstein, Why Socialism?, 1949 (via socialuprooting)

See Neighborhood Power by David Morris and Karl Hess

the last chapter is a dramatization of what a day in a localized social/anarchist economy and society might look like

(via socialuprooting)

The Last Poets- E Pluribis Unum

jhnbrssndn:

Paul Mason, BBC News’ excellent Economics Editor:We’ve had revolution in Tunisia, Egypt’s Mubarak is teetering; in Yemen, Jordan and Syria suddenly protests have appeared. In Ireland young techno-savvy professionals are agitating for a “Second Republic”; in France the youth from banlieues battled police on the streets to defend the retirement rights of 60-year olds; in Greece striking and rioting have become a national pastime. And in Britain we’ve had riots and student occupations that changed the political mood.

What’s going on? What’s the wider social dynamic?

My editors yesterday asked me put some bullet points down for a discussion on the programme that then didn’t happen but I am throwing them into the mix here, on the basis of various conversations with academics who study this and also the participants themselves.

At the heart of it all are young people, obviously; students; westernised; secularised. They use social media - as the mainstream media has now woken up to - but this obsession with reporting “they use twitter” is missing the point of what they use it for. 

In so far as there are common threads to be found in these different situation, here’s 20 things I have spotted:…”

CLICK THROUGH AND READ ON

(via newleft)