July 28, 2014

Gentrifiers focus on aesthetics, not people. Because people, to them, are aesthetics.

Proponents of gentrification will vouch for its benevolence by noting it “cleaned up the neighbourhood”. This is often code for a literal white-washing. The problems that existed in the neighbourhood - poverty, lack of opportunity, struggling populations denied city services - did not go away. They were simply priced out to a new location.

That new location is often an impoverished suburb, which lacks the glamour to make it the object of future renewal efforts. There is no history to attract preservationists because there is nothing in poor suburbs viewed as worth preserving, including the futures of the people forced to live in them. This is blight without beauty, ruin without romance: payday loan stores, dollar stores, unassuming homes and unpaid bills. In the suburbs, poverty looks banal and is overlooked.

In cities, gentrifiers have the political clout - and accompanying racial privilege - to reallocate resources and repair infrastructure. The neighbourhood is “cleaned up” through the removal of its residents. Gentrifiers can then bask in “urban life” - the storied history, the selective nostalgia, the carefully sprinkled grit - while avoiding responsibility to those they displaced.


— Sarah Kendzior - The peril of hipster economics (x)

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July 23, 2014

androphilia: The band Massive Attack delivers solidarity message for Gaza. (via Khaled Bey)


androphilia: The band Massive Attack delivers solidarity message for Gaza. (via Khaled Bey)

July 20, 2014

US embassy in Berlin, July 19, 2014 via brucesterling


US embassy in Berlin, July 19, 2014 via brucesterling

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July 13, 2014


Slavoj Žižek, a psychoanalyst and Marxist philosopher, on the Kinder Surprise egg

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July 12, 2014


Palestinian Father to Killed Son: Wake Up, I Brought You a Toy

Gaza, Friday, July 11 2014

A little boy killed by Israeli rockets, and his father in a total state of shock and disbelief that his son is already dead … The father is screaming and talking to his dead son saying, while shaking him hard: “wake up, father brought you a toy” !!

July 10, 2014


Airstrikes in Gaza | July 2014

1. An Israeli activist carries a placard during a protest against the war on the Gaza strip, in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv on July 9, 2014. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)

2. Smoke and flames are seen following an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on July 9, 2014. (Reuters)

3. Palestinian relatives mourn during the funeral of members of Hamad family in the town of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip on July 9, 2014. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters)

4. Palestinians inspect the remains of a car which was hit in an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on July 9, 2014. (Ashraf Amrah/Reuters)

5. Relatives of eight Palestinian members from al-Haj family, who medics said were killed in an early morning air strike that destroyed at least two homes, mourn during their funeral in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on July 10, 2014. (Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters)

6. A picture taken in Gaza City on July 10, 2014 shows a damaged building after it was hit by an Israeli air strike. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)

7. A Palestinian woman runs carrying a girl following an Israeli air strike on a house in Gaza city on July 9, 2014. (Majdi Fathi/Reuters)

8. Two boys stand near damage caused by Israeli warplanes in Gaza on July 10, 2014. (Yasser Qudih/NurPhoto/Corbis)

9. Israelis watch as smoke rises after air strikes across the border in northern Gaza on July 8, 2014. (Amir Cohen/Reuters)

10. A Palestinian boy plays in the rubble of a destroyed house the day after an Israeli strike in the town of Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip on July 9, 2014. (Khalil Hamra/AP)

(Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)

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July 10, 2014
"The definition of a philosopher is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black hat that isn’t there. The definition of a theologian is the one who finds it. And a mathematician is the one who calculates the odds of finding the hat."

— (via odinsblog)

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July 8, 2014






Oh my god

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July 2, 2014
Here's what World Cup teams would look like if immigrants weren't allowed to play


Can we just take a second to see the colonial extraction of talent that happens with these European teams?  France and Germany would not have teams if they made good on their racist, anti-immigrant rhetoric. It is important to keep in mind that these competitions like the world cup are not a reflection of national prowess for many European teams, but a flexing of imperial muscle.  

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June 15, 2014


Ouch. My feels.

(Source: huffingtonpost)

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