Last night I saw a brief clip from a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation interview with my friend the writer and activist Aric McBay… They said he’d cowritten a book with the ‘controversial’ author Derrick Jensen. They said, ‘Jensen’s controversial because he supports violence as a way to stop ecological destruction.’
If we ignore the fact that the television program reduced fifteen books of analysis to one misleading sentence, here is what I would have wanted to ask that television writer, that reporter: ‘Do you believe Ted Bundy should have been allowed to stay free, and should have been allowed do whatever he wanted to women?’
The writer and reporter would have said, ‘Of course not.’
Me: ‘Then you believe in using violence to achieve your ends.’
Them: ‘But I don’t think he should have been put to death. Only kept in prison.’
Me: ‘And how do you think he would have been taken to prison, and kept there? He wouldn’t have gone voluntarily. Only violence or its threat would have taken him and kept him in prison.’
Them: ‘But he’s a sociopath.’
Me: ‘So we agree that sometimes it is acceptable to use violence to stop sociopaths, and now we’re just arguing as to who is and who isn’t a sociopath.’
And they would have said, with great shock and horror in their voices, ‘You’re controversial because you support violence as a way to stop ecological destruction.’
And I would have said, ‘The frogs are dying.’
“For example, in 1831 there was a big slave revolt in Jamaica- which was one of the things that led the British to decide to give up slavery in their colonies: after some slave revolts, they basically said, “It’s not paying anymore.” So within a couple years the British wanted to move from a slave economy to a so-called “free” economy, but they still wanted the basic structure to remain exactly the same -and if you take a look back at the parliamentary debates in England at the time, they were talking very consciously about all this. They were saying: look, we’ve got to keep it the way it is, the masters have to become the owners, the slaves have to become the
happy workers-somehow we’ve got to work it all out.”—Noam Chomsky - Understanding Power (via noam-chomsky)
Name any negative thing in the world and check some statistics and see that it will ALWAYS affect people of color disproportionately than whites. Poverty, starvation, homelessness, lack of education, sexual assault, infant mortality, debt, police abuse, poor health,…
A 7-year-old girl with cerebral palsy was targeted by the TSA this week when her crutches and leg braces set off the airport screeners at JFK. Dina Frank’s parents claim the screening agents were particularly aggressive during an initial patdown of their daughter. They say the TSA then caused the family to miss their flight by requiring Dina to return to the screening area for additional inspection after they’d already been released to their gate.
“They’re harassing people,” said Dina’s father, Dr. Johsua Frank. “This is totally misguided policy. Yes, I understand that TSA is in charge of national security and there’s all these threats. For her to be singled out, it’s crazy.”
TSA Cares, a program specifically designed to assist airline passengers with disabilities, was launched in December.
To be serious for a moment: this is the problem with the TSA. The mission of the TSA is such that they have to treat even the most unlikely, sympathetic passengers as potential threats. So-called terrorists in Iraq have gone so far as to plant remote-controlled explosives on mentally disabled suicide bombers. Is it really such a stretch to believe that they would do the same with a physically disabled individual, adult or child, to accomplish the same task? When TSA performs these kinds of searches, it is doing exactly what it is designed to do.
This is the choice that America is faced with: we can either to choose to live free of these invasive procedures, and live with the risk of a terrorist attack succeeding, or live prostrate and humiliated by our own government everyday so that we can fool ourselves into thinking we’re safe. And make no mistake: we are fooling ourselves if we think this form of security theater makes us safe.
So one must ask themselves: do you want to live in an America where strangers feel up disabled 7-year old girls to check them for bombs? Or are you willing to live with the relatively low probability threat of another terrorist attack occurring? I’ll take my chances with the lightning, thank you.
hipsterlibertarian: Yesterday: Little girls. Today: Little girls with cerebral palsy. Tomorrow: ?
If you aren’t at risk for being molested, then you are at risk for being irradiated in the full naked body scanners that even the UK has decided to remove from their airports due to studies showing they cause cancer. Think of any other x-ray you’ve ever had where you didn’t have to wear a protective vest.
And, for suffering all of these TSA abuses, just how many terrorists has the TSA actually thwarted? Try zero. If they had actually managed to stop a real live terrorist on American soil, you know it would be front page news on every mainstream media outlet in the country. Instead of anyone seeing reason on this issue and disbanding this train wreck on our liberty, the TSA is actually leaving airports and expanding throughout the nation.
All this fear of terrorism is a made-up mainstream media dream (read: nightmare) however; National Safety Council figures released last year plainly show that we have a higher probability of being killed almost any other way in America—including being legally executed—than we do being killed by a terrorist.
Living in a police state where we are guilty until proven innocent has not changed this simple fact either way.
“Not that I didn’t like working with BATHORY, I just thought it was a good opportunity to “kill” the very erroneous image of “Quorthon” which had developed in fanzines and within the metal scene in general. People thought I was a neo-nazi satanic Viking who drank blood and ate infants, who lived in a bats cave in the north of Sweden and tons of other stupid things. I figured, if I produced a solo album that was miles from BATHORY, incorporating a little rock, blues and even punk, perhaps the most fanatic nut cases would be scared off.”—
“Okay. But you’re not listening to me. There are other things that need to be taken into account here. Like the whole spectrum of human emotion. You can’t just lump everything into these two categories and then just deny everything else!”—(via spoonerismz)
“People speak sometimes about the “bestial” cruelty of man, but that is terribly unjust and offensive to beasts. No animal could ever be so cruel as a man, so artfully, so artistically cruel.”—Fyodor Dostoevsky (via theyoungradical)