Parks and Rec s04e19 West Wing references

(Source: donnajosh)


"The whole world is a hotel, and Jerusalem is my home" - Edward Said.
Today marks 11 years since his passing. Rest in power.


"The whole world is a hotel, and Jerusalem is my home" - Edward Said.

Today marks 11 years since his passing. Rest in power.

Salon ran an article today that was about 4 sentences and a bunch of links to tweets.

Hard-hitting reporting right there.

That is the apotheosis of libertarianism right there.

I love the combination of self-deception and pure ego it takes to say that “Being a banker and giving back some of my money” is the most moral thing.

"In the morning, I make trades that devastate the Global South and the environment. But it’s cool, because in the afternoon, I give back 15%. It’s all about balance."

Terry Eagleton’s Ideology is fun, but his compulsive labeling everything he dislikes postmodernism is kind of annoying.

"Rising discontent at home and intensifying competition abroad, in turn, unleashed drives for expansion by political means - the politics of imperialism."

Eric Wolf describing late 19th century Europe.

Still relevant today.

"I think a national debate would be helped if we assumed that serious people were trying to achieve serious objectives and to ask what these objectives were. Not to see whether there is one act taken by some outlying CIA group."

Henry Kissinger gets angry at being reminded he’s a war criminal in an interview

Seriously, read this. He doesn’t ever get challenged and it’s nice to see him get so flustered at being reminded he’s responsible for the death of hundreds of thousands.

I know it’s cheap and petty, but the fact that STEM people can’t find academic jobs anymore is gratifying after years of their abuse about how “English degrees are worthless.”


This broadcasting of victims’ most vulnerable moments as sites for public commentary is not new. Indeed, victims of abuse have always been forced to recount their traumas to audiences more intent on policing their victimhood than finding justice. With YouTube and TMZ and all the rest, victim blaming extends far past simply being shunned by your immediate community – it means having your most horrific memories go viral without your consent. It means having millions of people virtually dissect your wounds, not to heal them but to decide if your injuries were bad enough for everyone to feel bad for you.

Black women are often systematically excluded from both the category of “woman” and that of “victim”. Our pain, these days as ever, can never be pure enough.

When Chris Brown assaulted Rihanna in 2009, images of her bruised face surfaced and spread across the web. Despite the female pop star’s wishes that the photos not be publicized, they were used by everyone from feminist advocates trying to make a point about Brown’s violence to someone promoting the male pop star’s concert in Sweden. People couldn’t turn away; there was something addictive about her visible agony, both as misery porn and an all-purpose rhetorical tool.

We viciously ingest every vivid detail of women’s victimization, line our stomachs with their blood and tell ourselves we’re watching because we want people to be “educated”. If only people could see enough black eyes, bloodied faces and broken ribs, the theory goes. Then they would know the truth, we tell ourselves. Only then would they care.