Paul Klee, Over Egypt, 1929


Paul Klee, Over Egypt, 1929

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Prison

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Wealth Gap (HBO).

John Oliver discusses America’s growing wealth gap and why it may be a problem in the future.

Or as John Steinbeck purportedly said, “Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat, but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.”

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Oliver Nelson - Blues and Abstract Truth

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The Top Chinese Superfoods 

The term superfoods is a nebulous one, most likely invented by marketing types to boost a product’s popularity, but there is no doubt some foods are healthier than others, and a lot of them are Chinese. Some condemn certain Chinese foods for being over reliant on oil and sugar, but the nation’s food can be really healthy if you know what to eat.

We believe that China is home to some of the healthiest and most effective nutritional superfoods on the planet. So, don’t believe everything you hear, because the Chinese don’t just prey on fried fish and dog–you can easily live a healthy lifestyle in China, at least as far as food is concerned.

Here’s our list of China’s finest superfoods:

Continue reading here…

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In ‘Snowpiercer,’ Revolution is Brutal—And Necessary

There is a reason for all the buzz, however. Snowpiercer is indeed long, dark to the point of being nihilistic, and really, extremely weird. (How weird? Every sci-fi action movie since Star Wars has had an obligatory scene where the heroes face off against masked, interchangeable goons, but this is the only movie I’ve seen where the goons threaten the heroes by slowly, ominously waving a dead fish.) It’s not only violent; at times, it’s stomach-churningly gross. Its most unambiguously heroic character is a surly addict who trades his heroism for drug fixes and may or may not kill all of humankind by the end of the movie. And yet for all that, the story is not remotely hard to understand. Which, it turns out, may have been the real problem all along: It’s one of the more openly, effectively subversive summer blockbusters you’ll ever see.

Snowpiercer is set in a post-apocalyptic near-future, where an airborne chemical intended to stop global warming has instead reduced Earth to an unlivable ice-planet. It now takes only a few minutes of exposure to the open air to freeze human flesh so severely that the affected body parts shatter upon being touched. Naturally, most of humanity has died. The survivors live on the Snowpiercer, a gigantic train with a perpetual-motion engine. The train is run by a mythical, never-seen man named Wilford, regarded as both a supreme dictator and a living god, as his “Sacred Engine” is the only thing keeping humanity from extinction. Yet Wilford is not a kind or just deity: The society of the train depends on rigid, immutable class distinctions, with generations of people defined by their family’s original ticket purchase. The first-class passengers live in the front cars, in perpetual wealth and luxury; the economy-class passengers get by in the middle; the “freeloaders,” people who piled onto the train to escape the apocalypse and didn’t purchase tickets first, are confined to the back of the train, where they are starved, abducted, brutalized, enslaved and beaten to satisfy Wilford’s needs and whims.

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Here is a short list of a few of the hundreds of examples of the media intentionally manipulating the public to support Israel’s recent offensive against Palestinians
July 24, 2014

Please reblog or message with additions as you see/think of them and I will edit with the additions. I am sure we can create quite a large list of examples.

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silhouette (at The Statue Of Liberty - Liberty Island NYC)

silhouette (at The Statue Of Liberty - Liberty Island NYC)

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SOL (at The Statue Of Liberty - Liberty Island NYC)

SOL (at The Statue Of Liberty - Liberty Island NYC)

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Red Snapdragons ~ Georgia O’Keeffe


Red Snapdragons ~ Georgia O’Keeffe

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Of Carbon and Cash


As Andy Ross told us in the previous chapter, climate debt refers to the harmful carbon emissions created by countries like the United States and the grave effects that climate change is having on poorer, developing countries in the Global South. First introduced in the United Nations…

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Washington's Military Aid to Israel

We Americans have funny notions about foreign aid. Recent polls show that, on average, we believe 28% of the federal budget is eaten up by it, and that, in a time of austerity, this gigantic bite of the budget should be cut back to 10%. In actual fact, barely 1% of the federal budget goes to foreign aid of any kind.

In this case, however, truth is at least as strange as fiction. Consider that the top recipient of U.S. foreign aid over the past three decades isn’t some impoverished land filled with starving kids, but a wealthy nation with a per-head gross domestic product on par with the European Union average, and higher than that of Italy, Spain, or South Korea.

Consider also that this top recipient of such aid — nearly all of it military since 2008 — has been busily engaged in what looks like a nineteenth-century-style colonization project. In the late 1940s, our beneficiary expelled some 700,000 indigenous people from the land it was claiming. In 1967, our client seized some contiguous pieces of real estate and ever since has been colonizing these territories with nearly 650,000 of its own people. It has divided the conquered lands with myriad checkpoints and roads accessible only to the colonizers and is building a 440-mile wall around (and cutting into) the conquered territory, creating a geography of control that violates international law.

“Ethnic cleansing” is a harsh term, but apt for a situation in which people are driven out of their homes and lands because they are not of the right tribe. Though many will balk at leveling this charge against Israel — for that country is, of course, the top recipient of American aid and especially military largesse — who would hesitate to use the term if, in a mirror-image world, all of this were being inflicted on Israeli Jews?

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"To argue that Israel is employing legitimate “self-defense” when it militarily attacks Gaza affords the occupying power the right to use both police and military force in occupied territory. An occupying power cannot justify military force as self-defense in territory for which it is responsible as the occupant. The problem is that Israel has never regulated its own behavior in the West Bank and Gaza as in accordance with Occupation Law. […] Israel’s refusal to recognize the occupied status of the territory, bolstered by the US’ resilient and intransigent opposition to international accountability within the UN Security Council, has resulted in the condition that exists today: prolonged military occupation. Whereas the remedy to occupation is its cessation, such recourse will not suffice to remedy prolonged military occupation. By virtue of its decades of military rule, Israel has characterized all Palestinians as a security threat and Jewish nationals as their potential victims, thereby justifying the differential, and violent, treatment of Palestinians. In its 2012 session, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination described current conditions following decades of occupation and attendant repression as tantamount to Apartheid."

Noura Erakat, No, Israel Does Not Have the Right to Self-Defense In International Law Against Occupied Palestinian Territory (via mehreenkasana)

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"The United Nations ignores the situation in Ukraine, where more people die every day than in the Gaza Strip [sic]."

There were two headline-grabbing events on Thursday, July 17: the downing of Malaysian Flight MH17, presumably by separatists in eastern Ukraine, and the beginning of…

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"5:40pm Sunday, July 20 : The words of Mark Regev reach my unbelieving ears. I look outside and see huge mountains of thick grey smoke, the same smoke that has engulfed Gaza for the last 12 days, the same smoke that has blocked out the sun and the blue Mediterranean Sea for the last 24 hours. This spokesman of the apartheid Israeli regime is justifying the killing of Palestinian civilians in Shujayea because the most “moral” army in the world dropped pamphlets to tell people to leave their homes before they bombed. “Leave your homes or we will kill and rape you” - that’s what the Haganah and the Stern Gang told my parents in 1948; my parents died dreaming of returning to their Zarnouqa. There was no satellite television then, no Facebook, no Twitter, no cell phones, no way to tell the world what was happening to them. So much technology, so much communication, so many words, so little action, so little change. Gaza oh my Gaza! Palestine, oh my Palestine! My land of sad oranges!"

Haidar Eid : Diary of an Israeli war; A day in Gaza under Israeli attack. (via thepalestineyoudontknow)

For further reading on the “Haganah” and the “Stern gang,” see:

Haganah (early 20th century paramilitary IDF precursor group)

Avraham Stern (Founder of Lehi, or the “Stern Gang” as it was known to the British administrators of British Mandate Palestine)

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