What was a policeman, if not a civilian with a uniform and a badge? But they tended to use the term [civilian] these days as a way of describing people who were not policemen. It was a dangerous habit: once policemen stopped being civilians, the only other thing they could be was soldiers.
A half-dozen eyewitnesses, not interviewed. No explanation of the officer’s side of events at all, save an anonymous “friend” of his “fiancé” giving out a third-hand account on CNN. The aggressive and militarized and very violent response to protesters asking for more justification than the fistful of nothing that the police have handed out. The department is either utterly incompetent, so incompetent that the lot of them needs to be canned and the town be placed under the jurisdiction of God knows who, or crooked, in which case ditto.
Regardless of whether the shooting itself was “justified,” the response has ticked off all the marks of what a racist and hyper-aggressive police response would look like, and every last protester can see that firsthand, and if you can’t figure out how that might be confirming every one of the neighborhood’s suspicions about how the shooting of Michael Brown went down, neither I nor anyone else can help you out on that one.
I CAN NOT GET OVER THIS
how does 6 seconds have such a drastic plot twist
if you can only watch one video in the entire year please make it this one
I.. uh. fuck that was excellent. I have watched this far too many times now.
The 6-second video is becoming an art form.
The three main engines of space shuttle Discovery is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 23 crew member during a backflip maneuver performed as the shuttle approaches the International Space Station. Docking occurred at 2:44 a.m. (CDT) on April 7, 2010.
Fear, privatization and depoliticization are the organizing principles of American society at the current moment and as such the defunding of critical public spheres such as schools is matched by forms of state repression that link education to purely instrumental interests, at least for most young people. The social and political cleansing of history, memory and thought itself is in essence a part of a larger attack on dissent, critical thinking, engaged agency and collective struggles. Purging dissent and public memory not only promotes among young people retreat from the public realm, it also empties out politics. As the public collapses into the private, injustices are viewed as a nuisance that interfere with private interests. Believing in a cause gives way to the quest to get ahead, while matters of social and civic responsibility disappear in a self-absorbed culture of narcissism, narrow individualism and privatization.
This is also true.
Depression is like being hungry and desperately wanting to eat but nothing you can imagine eating sounds palatable.
Related: Currently depressed, hungry, and indecisive.
god, grant me permission to do this imperfectly, and let me be of service.