Modest Proposals

"I will teach you differences."
Ludwig Wittgenstein
Remember Fox News’s story about the Facebook Messenger app?

It turns out their app requires the same acceptance to the same terms as the Facebook Messenger app.

This is the epitome of irony. Why didn’t Fox just run a story on its own app?

Remember Fox News’s story about the Facebook Messenger app?

It turns out their app requires the same acceptance to the same terms as the Facebook Messenger app.

This is the epitome of irony. Why didn’t Fox just run a story on its own app?

My university’s financial aid department probably has the most incompetent staff I have ever had the displeasure of communicating (somewhat) with.

A simple five-word question turns into a three-week wait for a one-sentence response. 

Not to mention the fact I was told, after asking a person in a lead-position, that students who live off campus get a $10,000 aid package—which, I learned the hard way (after relying on it), is totally bogus.

A Koala reflecting on his sins, his triumphs, and the inevitability of death.

(via stationtostation)

Deconstruction of Western Attitudes toward Extremist Jihad

If it is true that ISIS (ISIL) can be understood as an extremist religious group, a jihadist organization (“jihad,” seemingly a word that represents everything the West is against), then, as the following will say, the notion that there is “no limit to their ambitions” and “You have to kill them” becomes an ominous call to, it seems, pre-Enlightenment ideology, a reminder of the tenuousness of Western society, that democracy and human rights are really built on violence, subjugation, and the devaluation of life, the unique categorization which says human life becomes human only as it accepts certain norms and values, and there is an alien knocking on the door which calls for a suspension of ethics in order to ground ethics, whereby ethics becomes the perpetual re-enactment of violence, the intellectual assent to doctrine, a “giving one’s life to god.”

As for ISIL he believes there is “no limit to their ambitions.”

“You have to kill them,” Jeffrey says. “They never stopped in Iraq even when I was there in 2010 and 2011, they had been totally defeated and they had lost their population, we were on their trails and they still didn’t give up. There is no reasoning with them, there is no containing them, you have to kill them.”

…And he thought, “It’s a long slow process for a human to die. We kill a cow, and it is dead as soon as the meat is eaten, but a man’s life dies as a commotion in a still pool dies, in little waves, spreading and growing back toward stillness.

John Steinbeck, Author, “To a God Unknown”

A terrific problem in the governor’s apparent understanding of the situation in Ferguson is that neither a militarized police force nor the Missouri National Guard can “restore peace” or “order” to a community protesting those very methods of apparent restoration. Aside from the obvious move to further crack down on the liberties of the oppressed, in a democratic society peace and order are products of communal life and goals—they cannot be forced on the community from the outside (the definition of tyranny)—as if such things were anything but the products of relationships (which in this instance it has become clear that such relationships are understood as unilateral, by the state, and are engendered in government activity (with seemingly undemocratic intentions) and not communal). It seems that when a community, hitherto nonviolent, becomes unsettled and expressive, sometimes in illegal ways, a democratic solution is to not turn the area into a police state, but to facilitate a dialogue in order to explicitly state norms that were violated and, for such a community, define the boundaries of peace and order.

"Given these deliberate, coordinated and intensifying violent attacks on lives and property in Ferguson, I am directing the highly capable men and women of the Missouri National Guard … in restoring peace and order to this community," he said in a statement.

We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must - at that moment - become the center of the universe.

—Elie Wiesel (via missrosemaryclaire)

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Most things subsist through their contradictions, not without them, not despite them.

I am not sure whether when religious people tell me I should go to church they are saying, “Religious people are more worth your time than nonreligious people,” or they are saying, “White male authoritative figures are more worth listening to than anybody else.”