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February 05 2018

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Vivienne Westwood’s epic rant on the People’s Assembly #FundOurNHS March

February 04 2018

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Tractor Hacking: The Farmers Breaking Big Tech’s Repair Monopoly

February 01 2018

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WFTM turned 10 today! Thanks for following !

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Still loving the Tumblr  world.

January 31 2018

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Mariana Yampolsky (1925-2002)
La Vista; 1989
Gelatin silver print

January 16 2018

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January 13 2018

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50 YEARS AGO TODAY: Johnny Cash and June Carter at Folsom Prison on January 13, 1968.

January 11 2018

January 05 2018

Nebraska State Senator proposes constitutional amendment to allow corporations to create tiny, sovereign nations with no laws, taxes or rules


Nebraska State Senator Paul Schumacher [R-22] [(402) 471-2715] has proposed an amendment to the state constitution that would create 36-square-mile regions in the state where corporations would enjoy up to 99 years of sovereignty, with “no city or state taxes and no local or state regulations.”

These states-within-a-state would be confined to sparsely populated regions with fewer than 10 people per square mile.

We’re used to Republicans who’ve mistaken Nineteen Eighty-Four as a manual for statecraft, but Senator Schumacher is the first I’ve heard of who thinks Snow Crash is a blueprint for the future.

January 04 2018

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Photo by tsparks

January 03 2018

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Chiado, Lisboa, Pt

photo by tsparks

December 11 2017

The Intimate Life of Violence Brad Evans interviews Elaine Scarry

Via: LA Review of Books

On 9/11, on a single morning, the population collectively witnessed the fact that the Pentagon could not defend the Pentagon, let alone the rest of the country. This stunning revelation might have led to a widespread debate about our capacity for defense and the way our military is trained for overseas wars of aggression but not for protection of the United States home ground (as I argued in Who Defended The Country?and later in Rule of Law, Misrule of Men). Instead of examining our defense and changing it, we quickly rebuilt the same Pentagon and switched to a shorthand form of demonstrating our prowess, namely torturing people at Abu Ghraib and alternative dark sites. Other severe moral and legal prohibitions — such as the Army, Navy, and Air Force handbook prohibitions on misusing the white flag and Red Cross, as well as the prohibitions on assassination — were abrogated by the United States during our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in this same period.

The deeper the crisis of doubt and the higher the danger is that a country will rely on a grotesque mimesis of power such as torture or nuclear weapons. That’s why when I see President Trump mocked and exposed for his untruths, I feel fear. His untruths should be rigorously and continually challenged and exposed, but the liberal press seems to have concluded — and perhaps they are not wrong — that this can only be done by every day humiliating him, every day scorning him. But this may put people elsewhere in the world in danger because constant belittlement may reinforce our president’s own inclinations, acknowledged during the election campaign, to use magnified forms of compensatory power. When Nixon boasted, “I can go into my office and pick up the telephone, and in 25 minutes 70 million people will be dead,” it is not coincidental that he was in the midst of an impeachment proceeding — that is, he was in the midst of being divested of legitimate forms of authority.


December 05 2017

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View From Mardin

Mardin, Turkey © Diego Cupolo 2017

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New artwork for Ai Wei Wei’s important documentary on the scale of the refugee crisis, and its human impact. Thank you

Sanderling (Caladris alba) in non breeding plumage by Jacob McGinnis
Via Flickr:
Ebey’s Landing, Whidbey Island,WA.

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“Skagit canoes pulled up onto beach near Coupeville, Whidbey Island Washington, ca. 1895” 

Photographer unknown. 

University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections Division – Negative No. NA686

December 04 2017

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Women protesting forced Hijab days after the revolution, Iran, 1979.

via reddit

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