Aug 11

[video]

Apr 05

Found Scrawled on the Walls of the Anarchives

2014.04Apr.04, 22:52

it was a crazy day at the clinic. a few flashes run through my mind. feel like my little room is a special place, where the play of human suffering and redemption is played 7am until 7pm. i decided to narrate these encounters to help process these dense stories. an act on a play, everyday.

then this 55 yr old illiterate, obese woman arrived at the clinic with her 30yr old mentally impaired daughter. she comes to complain of left knee pain, hypertension, and for a check-up on her special daughter. bringing them to the appointment is a 38yr old psychologist from the shelter, friendly and competent.

„ as they enter the room, a fishy smell takes the air. i have to turn the fan on; noticed that the psychologist is repulsed. but come on Jack, straightface! soon after i begin the medical interview, interrupted frequently by her demands for an ultrasound and a few pills, she mentions that exactly one year AFTER her last menstrual period, about 12 years ago, the bleeding came back and remained since then.

i shiver and ask if there were any discharge as of late, to what she confirms. am forced to remind her that she sleeps in a closed room with 15-20 other women and children, which was not at all compassionate. she seems clueless. the psychologist intercedes, saying that there had been complaints about “it” by others. there was talk of lynching her. she takes the hint but seems surprised. it is incredible how our scent is not acumen in detecting itself, evolution’s only big mistake.

kept hearing. trying to keep my cool. lower back hurts, been sitting here for five straight hours. move on my chair and change the topic of the interview, asking about her daughter: she replies saying the girl is a thirty-year-old|eight-year-old child, that other doctors had mentioned she would never mentally advance beyond this point. she also tells me her dad died of a “bone eating disease”, leaving widow and daughter to live in the homeless shelter system.

then it hit me that she only had her mom to take care of her, and this woman had a 50.4 kg/m2 BMI. fucking insane. to get an idea, healthy means between 18-25 kg/m2, overweight until 30 kg/m2, obese over 30 kg/m2 and finally morbidly obese above 40 kg/m2. yeah she was fucking fifty. i try to measure her blood pressure on her left arm, but my cuff was not large enough to fit and broke open. she weighted over 275 pounds, had hypertension, bad circulation, osteoarthrosis and an awful cardiovascular risk. nuts to know she could die with a fulminant heart attack at any moment, leaving her special daughter to chance. had to have a serious conversation with her: about the need to take better care of herself so she can be there for her daughter. for as long as she can - it is a rough world. and you have a vaginal infection that needs to be resolved [apply metronidazol intravaginally and leave it during 7 nights]. here are some exams so we can get started taking better care of you. but i can’t do this alone, you will have to take care of your own body by yourself again! that post-menopausal bleeding is concerning and needs to be looked by a professional gynecologist; [don’t wanna go] then do it for your daughter, not for you. ok?

she needs you to make it €

from now on, let’s turn this around; ok? you are not alone, contact me if you need anything.

————-___

drips, water.drips.drips. echoes rock;; damn, i am still on this fucking cave. don’t know if it is day or night, and the only light comes from this dim ass flashlight. i was diving, underwater cave exploration, when i lost my lifeline and floated through channels and chambers until my cilinder was barely out. found some dry land today, but definitely i’m deeper in the cave.

(…)

Mar 11

america-wakiewakie:

— Communism

america-wakiewakie:

Communism

(via cultureofresistance)

Nov 21

Pop Up Archive is here: a new voice for sound on the web

Big Newz for Audio Anarchivists!

popuparchive:

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(Photo courtesy of Illinois Public Media)

When Pop Up Archive was born, our goal seemed simple: to help audio producers organize their archives and create searchable sound. As we launch Pop Up Archive publicly, our goal has grown much bigger.

Read the press release here.

We want to make it easy for all storytellers to find and reuse recorded sound. Now, anyone can visit popuparchive.org to make audio findable through auto-transcription, auto-tagging, and easy-to-use sound management tools. As we onboard audio collections large and small, we’re gathering thousands of hours of sounds from around the world — and they’re all waiting to be discovered.

Among the voices:  Buster Keaton explains silent film captioning to Studs Terkel in an age of entertainment far removed from today’s digital marketplaces. And a simple search across the public archive for a term such as “future” turns up results that span a Y2K apocalypse-centric radio broadcast from WBUR in 1999, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel telling a local reporter about his plans for the city, and a recent California Report episode on the future of the online currency Bitcoin.

But we can’t do it alone. We started out as aspiring journalists — but we found our calling making tools to help journalists. Since winning the Knight News Challenge in 2012, we’ve built lasting partnerships with some of the most exciting, forward-thinking media organizations in the country. With the Public Radio Exchange, our co-conspirators and the best source of technical expertise we could hope for, we’ve made thousands of hours of sound searchable from an inspiring variety of media producers and oral history collections.

REWIND: AUDIO, A DYING MEDIUM?

But let’s pause (pun intended, please forgive us) for a moment. Who cares about sound, anyway? Isn’t radio in its death throes?

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Jan 02

This is the Devil’s Steak.

This is the Devil’s Steak.

Dec 18

COUNTDOWN: #NOVAD MEGAzine, No. 0 = 2012.DEC.19.20:04

Dec 08

#poiesis

we live in times of consolidation of the Occupy Culture. our OWS node communicates with other occupations not by stewards but by fireflies. any reductionist and exclusion by ways of entitlement is to sing the songs of Empire //


microrevolutions are fireflies setting wildfires that cannot ever come by the marginalization of other constellations: affinity groups in clusters form constellations! ethical political aggregations, a circus parade in colorful carnival


after-post modernism… won’t take us anywhere; playing the game of Empire is a sneeze in the park. an ethic of occupy/ apparently characterized by bloom and #autopoiesis.

autobiographies, dialogue, the elimination of a mediated life; who is to know what is the soul of occupy? direct action, direct democracy, direct mutual aid might be more than just strategy:

to explore the idea of
Communa, and the autonomist communes, communa mobilis, communa fluens

independent from the state, and interdependent among each other

constellations are ëthotic, affinity currents:: ethotic current.s {{ #maybe the abolishment of a prescriptive-proscriptive society

is a way to love one another

Nov 21

“'FUNCTIONING ANARCHY' - haphazardly conceived, modified on an ad hoc basis, badly implemented and abused for private gain” — Paraphrase of John Kenneth Galbraith’s assessment of India, which sounds a lot more like MODERN CAPITALISM.

(Source: columbia.edu)

Nov 08

[video]

Nov 07

Now that’s more like it…

Google search results, as of November 6, 2012:

Who is Jez4Prez anyway?

Google search results, as of November 6, 2012:

Nov 06

[video]

More Important Than Voting

anarcho-queer:

AMAZING: Occupy Wall Street Leading Massive, Volunteer-Powered Recovery Efforts in New York

They are thousands-strong and growing: entering devastated neighborhoods yet to see outside help from established aid organizations.

They are staffing donation drop off sites, running mobile food kitchens and delivering hot meals. They are distributing food and supplies to the stranded, locating trapped seniors, and aiding clean-up efforts.

In short, they are helping some of New York’s most vulnerable right now, and the work being done is simply breathtaking. And that work is growing by the hour.

Loosely organized under Occupy Sandy, Occupy activists have, in conjunction with 350.org and Recovers.org, created in very short order a massive, malleable volunteer network that is reaching untold numbers of New Yorkers still in the dark and cold.

They have established donation drop off sites in Rockaway, Coney Island, Staten Island, Chinatown, the Upper East Side, the Lower East Side, Harlem and all across Brooklyn.

And the volunteer opportunities, which you can find here and here, are just as intense as they are varied.

Lisa Sikorski, one of many activists coordinating supply distribution efforts, described their efforts:

We’ve been getting tons of donations. This is all donations in here," Sikorski said, pointing at tables. "We also gave away a ton yesterday. Stuff has gone out to the Rockaways, Sunset Park, Coney Island. There are people coming in with rolling carts, school communities have come up with truckloads of stuff and unloaded it. This is all community-driven donation right now, all of it.

People beyond those being directly helped are beginning to notice Occupy’s incredible work. While snarky and backhanded, Bob Hardt of NY1 had this to say:

It’s a bad sign for the world that Occupy Wall Street and a Sikh group from Queens are doing a better job at distributing hot food than the largest international relief group in the world.

Now, make no mistake. The Red Cross and FEMA are operating shelters, food kitchens and distributing supplies as well. My point here is not to malign them.

My point? To shine a light on the incredible work Occupy activists are doing in locations where aid organizations have yet to lay roots. And to shine a light on the work they will continue to be doing, perhaps with your help.

You can volunteer here. or here.

Oct 27

COMPILING a Game Mediography

Add sources of yr gaming-playing interests to this list:

Flow: the psychology of optimal experience - Csikszentmihaly
Homo Ludens - Huizinga
Man, Play and Games - Callois
_________ [many things] - the Situationist International
Can Dialectics Break Bricks? - ?
Ender’s Game - S. Card

thepeoplesrecord:

Seattle police plan to deploy spy dronesOctober 27, 2012
The rainy skies of Seattle are likely to soon be a whole lot drearier. The FAA has approved the local police department to start using surveillance drones for law enforcement, but protesters are making it clear that they’re willing to put up a fight.
The Seattle Police Department displayed a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on Thursday that they intend on using soon to monitor criminal activity across the city, but opponents of drone use came out in droves to protest the proposed plans.
The SPD is one of only law enforcement agencies given the go-ahead by the Federal Administration Agency to show officers the ins-and-outs of UAVs, and the department hopes that soon they will be able to save lives and make the city more secure by actually deploying drones across town.
So far the department has already outlined an operations manual that they hope they’ll have a chance to adhere to soon, describing in detail how they hope to install an unmanned aerial system across the city to help photograph crime scenes, conduct search and rescue missions, monitor traffic accidents and even aid with natural disaster responses. Putting an extra set of police eyes — remote-controlled ones, at that — has put a fair share of Seattle residents ill at ease, though.
“We are not going to tolerate this in our city. This is unacceptable,” anti-drone advocate Emma Kaplan told Assistant Chief Paul McDonagh at Thursday’s unveiling.
The Seattle Times says another protester in attendance, identified as General Malaise, said, “We don’t trust you with the weapons you do have,” let alone new ones that are still being developed.
According to the paper, Thursday’s community meeting held to identify the public opinion of the program “was taken over by protesters,” leaving McDonagh with only a small chunk of time to talk about his plans.
The city says they have no intent on using UAVs for any unlawful surveillance purposes, but the bad wrap drones have received as of late — made only worse with military versions of the drones overseas executing as many as hundreds of civilians in recent years — has left Seattle residents saying they have good reason to oppose domestic use.
Even if unarmed, drones are a cause of big concern for some. The Seattle Police Department says they have every intent “to make reasonable effort to not invade a person’s reasonable expectation of privacy,” and that never will any police drones “supersede the issuance of a warrant when needed.”
“UAS operators and observers will ensure and will be held accountable for ensuring that operations of the UAS intrude to a minimal extent upon the citizens of Seattle,” the drafted operations manual reads.
As the technology is still being tested, though, opponents say it’s not clear what the department could be able to get away with.
“The ways that they say they can use the drones is too broad,” ACLU of Washington Deputy Director Jennifer Shaw tells the Seattle Times. “They have a list of different emergencies and then a catchall phrase saying the drones can also be used in other situations if they get permission.”
Even what isn’t outline, she says, could eventually be added.
“So long as it is a policy, it can be changed. An ordinance cannot be changed at will and is the only way we can be sure there is meaningful input,” she said.
Earlier this month, the Sherriff of Alameda County, California asked the US Department of Homeland Security for as much as $100,000 in funding so he could add a drone to his own department’s arsenal. Sherriff Greg Ahern told NBC News that UAVs are “Very valuable to any tactical officer,” because they could aid in identifying everything from how a suspect is dressed to what avenues of escape are possible.
Source
This is what a surveillance state looks like!


PANOPTICON IS VERY POPULAR THESE DAYS

thepeoplesrecord:

Seattle police plan to deploy spy drones
October 27, 2012

The rainy skies of Seattle are likely to soon be a whole lot drearier. The FAA has approved the local police department to start using surveillance drones for law enforcement, but protesters are making it clear that they’re willing to put up a fight.

The Seattle Police Department displayed a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on Thursday that they intend on using soon to monitor criminal activity across the city, but opponents of drone use came out in droves to protest the proposed plans.

The SPD is one of only law enforcement agencies given the go-ahead by the Federal Administration Agency to show officers the ins-and-outs of UAVs, and the department hopes that soon they will be able to save lives and make the city more secure by actually deploying drones across town.

So far the department has already outlined an operations manual that they hope they’ll have a chance to adhere to soon, describing in detail how they hope to install an unmanned aerial system across the city to help photograph crime scenes, conduct search and rescue missions, monitor traffic accidents and even aid with natural disaster responses. Putting an extra set of police eyes — remote-controlled ones, at that — has put a fair share of Seattle residents ill at ease, though.

“We are not going to tolerate this in our city. This is unacceptable,” anti-drone advocate Emma Kaplan told Assistant Chief Paul McDonagh at Thursday’s unveiling.

The Seattle Times says another protester in attendance, identified as General Malaise, said, “We don’t trust you with the weapons you do have,” let alone new ones that are still being developed.

According to the paper, Thursday’s community meeting held to identify the public opinion of the program “was taken over by protesters,” leaving McDonagh with only a small chunk of time to talk about his plans.

The city says they have no intent on using UAVs for any unlawful surveillance purposes, but the bad wrap drones have received as of late — made only worse with military versions of the drones overseas executing as many as hundreds of civilians in recent years — has left Seattle residents saying they have good reason to oppose domestic use.

Even if unarmed, drones are a cause of big concern for some. The Seattle Police Department says they have every intent “to make reasonable effort to not invade a person’s reasonable expectation of privacy,” and that never will any police drones “supersede the issuance of a warrant when needed.”

“UAS operators and observers will ensure and will be held accountable for ensuring that operations of the UAS intrude to a minimal extent upon the citizens of Seattle,” the drafted operations manual reads.

As the technology is still being tested, though, opponents say it’s not clear what the department could be able to get away with.

“The ways that they say they can use the drones is too broad,” ACLU of Washington Deputy Director Jennifer Shaw tells the Seattle Times. “They have a list of different emergencies and then a catchall phrase saying the drones can also be used in other situations if they get permission.”

Even what isn’t outline, she says, could eventually be added.

“So long as it is a policy, it can be changed. An ordinance cannot be changed at will and is the only way we can be sure there is meaningful input,” she said.

Earlier this month, the Sherriff of Alameda County, California asked the US Department of Homeland Security for as much as $100,000 in funding so he could add a drone to his own department’s arsenal. Sherriff Greg Ahern told NBC News that UAVs are “Very valuable to any tactical officer,” because they could aid in identifying everything from how a suspect is dressed to what avenues of escape are possible.

Source

This is what a surveillance state looks like!

PANOPTICON IS VERY POPULAR THESE DAYS

(Source: thepeoplesrecord, via anarcho-queer)