April 10, 2012

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April 9, 2012
"Man loves creating and the making of roads, that is indisputable. But why does he so passionately love destruction and chaos as well? […] Can it be that he has such a love of destruction and chaos (it’s indisputable that he sometimes loves them very much; that is a fact) because he is instinctively afraid of achieving the goal and completing the edifice he is creating?"

— Fyodor Dostoevsky in Notes from Underground (1864)

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April 6, 2012
"Profound boredom, drifting here and there in the abysses of our existence like a muffling fog, removes all things and men and oneself along with it into a remarkable indifference. This boredom reveals being as a whole."

— Heidegger (via ratak-monodosico)

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April 6, 2012

Frank O’Hara, Mayakovsky

Frank O’Hara, Mayakovsky

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April 6, 2012
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The science of climate change is pretty clear at this point: our current path leads to catastrophe. There’s plenty of uncertainty on the details, particularly in how fast and how much carbon reductions could affect the outcome. But that basic fact — status quo means disaster — is not in serious dispute. What if it were an asteroid heading toward Earth? What if it were a foreign power mustering an army to march on our shores? How would the media treat it then?

Answer that question and you’ve answered how it would look to take climate seriously. Just to take a small example: the failure on both the international level and the U.S. level to muster any serious climate policy is inevitably described by mainstream reporters as “a blow to environmentalists,” as though it’s some boutique policy meant to benefit a special interest group. If reporters took climate change seriously, they would say, “the failure to secure serious climate policy makes widespread suffering and destabilization in the latter half of this century far more likely.” I call this the “and thus we’re fucked” principle.

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What it means for media to take climate seriously (via socialuprooting)

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April 6, 2012
"None of us has the time to live the true dramas of the life that we are destined for. This is what ages us - this and nothing else. The wrinkles and creases on our faces are the registration of the great passions, vices, insights that called on us; but we, the masters, were not home."

— Walter Benjamin from Illuminations (via gravellyrun)

April 6, 2012
ferocesalatino:

Dreaming…

ferocesalatino:

Dreaming…

April 6, 2012
Via reddit.  Apparently this guy is Jeff Monson, a mixed-martial arts champion. 

Via reddit.  Apparently this guy is Jeff Monson, a mixed-martial arts champion. 

April 5, 2012
via reddit

via reddit

April 5, 2012
"Justice Scalia has no pity for the millions of gay Americans on whom sodomy laws and official homophobia have such an effect, so it is difficult to sympathize with his brief moment of “humiliation,” as some have called it. The fact that I am a law student and Scalia is a Supreme Court Justice does not require me to circumscribe my justified opposition and outrage within the bounds of jurisprudential discourse."

Debriefing Scalia | The Nation

March 29, 2012
"The goal of terrorism is not to crash planes, or even to kill people; the goal of terrorism is to cause terror. Liquid bombs, PETN, planes as missiles: these are all tactics designed to cause terror by killing innocents. But terrorists can only do so much. They cannot take away our freedoms. They cannot reduce our liberties. They cannot, by themselves, cause that much terror. It’s our reaction to terrorism that determines whether or not their actions are ultimately successful. That we allow governments to do these things to us—to effectively do the terrorists’ job for them—is the greatest harm of all."

Schneier on Security: Harms of Post-9/11 Airline Security

March 27, 2012

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March 27, 2012
"Even if we put aside the question of fetal personhood and assume that a fetus should have the same rights as a born human being, giving that fetus the right to use another person’s body for its surivval would give it privileges that born people do not have. In no other case is a person legally compelled to use their body and their internal organs to sustain another’s life. We do not require parents to donate kidneys or even blood to their children, and we do not require anyone to be a good Samaritan and risk their life or health for another. It is difficult to imagine a case in which we would legally require a father to keep his child physically attached to his body, using his organs for survival, physically impairing him, and requiring him to miss work and possibly undergo surgery, for nearly ten months.
It would be difficult to make the case that the child (or full-grown adult) has a right to use their father’s body for survival. Yet this is exactly what opponents of abortion rights argue— except the body in question is female,"

Offensive Feminism, Jill Filipovic (via hymnsuponyourlips-)

This is SO useful.  Great analysis.

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Conservatives, go home. You’ve lost this one.

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March 23, 2012
"I am just as concerned about disasters as anyone,” says Vinge. “I have this region of the problem that I’m more optimistic about than some people, but overall, avoiding existential threats is at the top of my to-do list."

Vernor Vinge Is Optimistic About the Collapse of Civilization 

March 13, 2012

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