As someone who regularly interacts with students and others about political power and so on, if I had a dollar for every time I've heard this sentiment cited at the beginning .
Let's first look at the question of the alleged invincibility of the ones in power and the supposed perpetuity of the system they govern.
A political scientist named Ivan Arreguin-Toft compiled the data a few years ago by looking at lopsided wars over the last two hundred years. The current war in Iraq will generate a ferocious blowback of its own, which -- as a recent classified CIA assessment predicts -- could be longer and more powerful than that from Afghanistan. Everyone in the world knows, including in this country, that the US is the sole superpower. The simplest way to put this - and the way that members of the pundit class have increasingly openly admitted in the last fifteen years or so - is that the US in an Empire.
In what has to be a completely unprecedented turn of events, Congressional Republicans are complaining that intelligence assessments of Islamic State's strength are being downplayed by the Obama Administration. And intelligence analysts are feeling pressure to toe the official administration line that Islamic State is being degraded. Author's note: Tonight is the Academy Awards and the film American Sniper is up for possible Oscars.
So even though that lie has been made public since the invasion (a lie that some of us tried to warn people about before the invasion, but mass media refused to give that information to the country), many people still can't think straight enough to realize that American Sniper is about a killer who deserves condemnation, not praise. In dishonor of tonight's expected touting of this war crime of a movie, I am reprinting an analysis that I posted on January 8, 2010 after the Nigerian student Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab unsuccessfully tried to blow up his boxer briefs on a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Xmas Day, 2010. People should remember this when they hear the "one story" told by police officers and vigilantes like George Zimmerman, relating their sole accounts of why they just had to shot to death their black or brown victims, making certain there are not surviving victims to tell a radically different story. Yoo, as those who follow these things know, has been an unabashed proponent of torture and so his sudden discovery of the law and a conscience seems startling. If authorities were to do anything that would in any way cause the police to feel that they did not have complete license to constantly harass, brutalize, and kill, then this system could not continue.
The nature of economic and political power today under neoliberal regimes is so outrageously unfair, unjust, cold-blooded, deceitful, destructive, murderous, and belligerent, and becoming more so with every passing week, the only way to hold back the flood of outrage that has finally been unleashed against it is to continue to use repression on an even grander scale than that which unleashed this storm of resistance and disgust in the first place.
Authorities certainly did not anticipate that they were opening the floodgates by issuing this non-indictment in the immediate aftermath of the fury and protest of so many to Ferguson.
But they also could not afford to slap Pantaleo on the wrist because Pantaleo was doing exactly what the police have been training to do. I trust that the police will do their best to harass and kill black (and brown) people whenever they see an opportunity. So in spite of the fact that the NYPD officer who killed Eric Garner did so with an illegal chokehold (by the NYPD's own standards) and despite the fact that the official coroner's report ruled Eric's death a "homicide," the grand jury has found no cause to indict Eric's murderer, Daniel Pantaleo. To underscore how powerful and fierce my female activists must have been, the cops were to a man, at least 6' tall and weighed no less than 200 pounds a piece. Some people find it unremarkable that Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has called out the National Guard, declaring a state of emergeny, prior to a grand jury's decision about whether or not to indict officer Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO.
I find it remarkable that some people don't find the calling out of the National Guard to be outrageous.
Upon hearing that Missouri's governor Jay Nixon has today called upon the National Guard, declaring a state of emergency for Ferguson and St.
The following excerpt is from a NYT Op-Ed entitled "Pregnant, and No Civil Rights" by Lynn Paltrow and Jeanne Flavin, published on November 7, 2014. In Iowa, a pregnant woman who fell down a flight of stairs was reported to the police after seeking help at a hospital.
The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on Sunday, November 1, 2014, issued its starkest warning to date.
Failure to reduce emissions, the group of scientists and other experts found, could threaten society with food shortages, refugee crises, the flooding of major cities and entire island nations, mass extinction of plants and animals, and a climate so drastically altered it might become dangerous for people to work or play outside during the hottest times of the year.
Michelle Alexander, the author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, recounts at the beginning of her book that when she first began working as a civil rights attorney over a decade ago, the prevailing view was that the battle for civil rights had essentially been won and that the main battlefront in defending those gains was in affirmative action cases and so on, a view that matched her own attitude at the time. Comparisons are meaningless at this level of evil, as are attempts to explain the horror by delving into the psychology or rationale of the perpetrators. If we want to do something about ISIS, then we need to ask ourselves what is causing ISIS in the first place. ISIS and al-Qaeda are the bitter fruit of the US invasions and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. Nuclear winter, a threat during the Cold War between the US and the Soviet Union that could have been catastrophic had it happened, is arguably less of a threat than climate change. Editor's note: Alice Walker - on her own initiative - penned this poem in honor of Carl Dix and Cornel West, calling forth others to join in this October's Month of Resistance to Mass Incarceration, Police Terror, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation.
As I pointed out in the first part of this series, the US inadvertently created ISIS, a nightmare that Obama is now feverishly trying to, but will be unable to, wake up from. I am going to make this very short because I have previously written on this case extensively, both in articles and in the comments threads, especially in the thread after my first article on this. The judge has ruled that Pistorius committed "culpable homicide" and that he did not know that he was shooting his girlfriend as he was doing it.
For Judge Thokozile Masipa to find that Pistorius did not know that he was shooting Reeva Steenkamp to death requires that the judge overlook not only all the very damning testimony and evidence presented, not only Pistorius' ever-changing, contradictory, and self-convicting affidavit and testimony, including his absurd claim that he did not check to see if Reeva was in the bed before he got up to see about the "intruder," she must specifically overlook the fact that Reeva was screaming - so loudly that neighbors heard it - continuously while Oscar proceeded to shoot her four times.
I say this not because the US government set out to create ISIS and had a hand via covert intel in bringing it into being.
On the one hand, it sensitizes people to oppression and makes many of them more likely to oppose oppression.
On the other hand, some victims or witnesses to oppression identify with the oppressors rather than with the oppressed. Contrary to much of the media coverage of Ferguson, the issue here isn't whether the protests are "peaceful" or not.


Instead of Powell supposedly moving towards the cops and "three to four feet away" with a knife raised "overhand" threatening the cops, thus justifying lethal force in self-defense, Powell was brandishing no knife, was further away than the "three or four feet," and had his hands at his sides. Eighteen-year-old Michael Brown was shot at least six times, all of which he could have survived, including the terrible bullet to his eye, save for the likely final fatal wound, a shot through his skull originating from the top of his head penetrating down to his chin. In LA on Monday, August 10, police shot and killed Ezel Ford, a 24-year old black man with mental illness well-known to the police. Browse the current and recent issues at right, or navigate by issue using the "pages" below. Freud’s famous essay exploring the unheimlich or uncanny helps us to establish what one might mean by the word. Of all the prostheses that mark the history of the body, the double is doubtless the oldest. Using The Power Of Hypnosis, You Will Lose Weight, Stop Smoking, Gain Unlimited Confidence And Motivation! Learn how to hypnotize someone without them being aware of it, then learn how covert hypnosis is secretly used in your day to day life on you. The Most Powerful Conversational Hypnosis Course In The World, Which Contains 18+ Hours Of Top Quality Hypnosis Secrets, Membership To The Vip Hypnosis Club, And A Special Bonus Collection Of Steve G.
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Well over a million Iraqis alone have died since our unjust and illegal invasion of their country based on a lie.
To sanction Pantaleo is to make a mockery of what they have been directing and socializing their police force to do.
Grand juries are the instrument of prosecutors, so this decision is really the prosecutor's decision not to find any reason to try Pantaleo.
Instead, you will hear again and again that police officers are trained to use their guns to kill if they use them at all and that the presumption under the law in Missouri and in general is always if the police used deadly force that they must have felt threatened enough to kill. It must be the intense study sessions of revolutionary science that my fellow activists spent so much time on because they had behemoth-like powers against these poor, defenseless officers of the law. Their view points to a) an inadequate understanding of what civil liberties are, and b) a faulty understanding of what is in play in Ferguson. A strikingly similar sequence of events has occurred in Spain, with two nurses coming down with Ebola who were following the instructions they were given, with government spokesmen initially blaming the nurses - and then in response to angry protest, retracting their pompous blaming - for the nurses' contracting the disease.
This killing and the story the police are using to justify it reflect how Black people are criminalized in this society. In the Nazi concentration camps there were Jews who, in exchange for temporarily at least being saved from execution, facilitated in their fellow camp residents being sent to their deaths.
The issue is whether or not the police will be allowed to continue to get away with cold bloodedly executing black people (and others).
These are the words of racist pigs who know that they can get away with murdering those treated as no better than dirt by the police and by the justice system. Louis' finest, another black man, Kajieme Powell, was similarly gunned down and killed by police fire. This brief paper aims to explore conceptions of the uncanny and argue that our encounters with it offer us these exact moments, holding educative potential insofar as they breach our everyday understandings and challenge our accepted notions of both the world and ourselves.
The teacher of our freshman-writing seminar had a knack for turning us inside out and dizzying us with mind-boggling texts. After their initial silence at Schoolyard, students always launched into questions, interrogating the images’ actions onscreen, questioning especially gestures that alluded to or overtly demonstrated violence. This Course Has Been Called The Simplest, Easiest Fastest And Most Powerful Way To Conversationally Hypnotize Anyone Without Sounding Creepy, Weird, Vague Or Confusing. The Course Consists Of Two Audio Modules And A Self Hypnosis Recording By Master Hypnotist Steve G. Undergo The Most Effective Ever Virtual Gastric Banding Surgery (gastric Mind Banding) Through Both Video And Audio Hypnosis Session With Our Skilled Licensed Hypnotherapist. This is even more the case if they are among those who actually benefit from the status quo. What prompts me breaking my lengthy silence is an article that appears this month at the Harvard Political Review entitled "The Last Maoists of Cambridge." A month ago, the author, Gram Slattery, while preparing his article, approached me via email. It was disgusting." One can either credit these allegations, or believe that three [black] NYPD officers conspired to lie under oath. Eric Garner was subjected to Pantaleo's chokehold for the "crime" of selling cigarettes in the streets.


Louis Mayor James Knowles III, and by the FBI, to intimidate and suppress any prospective demonstrations, is based upon their clear expectations that the grand jury's verdict will be to exonerate Wilson's shooting Brown to death.
One day short of 2 months after the police murder of Michael Brown, another Black life is stolen. Some Black youth walking together are suspicious and need to be jacked up by a cop, even if the cop is off duty. When the Japanese imperialists invaded China in the 1930s there were some Chinese who sided with the Japanese invaders and sold out their own people.
In virtually every instance, the cops responsible for these official murders concoct tall tales to justify their killing unarmed civilians who pose no danger to anyone and who were acting entirely legally when stopped and killed. In Art as Experience, John Dewey writes about the process of experience, a process in which individuals shape the world and reciprocally are shaped by the world in turn.
Personal borders, both as we define them ourselves and as they are defined for us, help to define our place in the world. Looking at definition #1 above, perhaps this is when the familiar, tame, or comfortable become their opposite. Course Contains 6+ Hours Of Audio That Is Designed To Take You From A To Z In Mastering The Art Of The Pickup. Not only do I hear it incessantly, it's boring to hear this tired nostrum, spoken with the assurance of absolute certainty!
He wanted to know why I was one of those who signed a statement in support of people engaging the works of Bob Avakian.
Eric Garner's real crime in the eyes of this system, however, was the crime of being black.
If, as my colleague further went on to point out, Wilson was indeed being physically assaulted by Brown while in the driver's seat of his police car while the car was running, then all he had to do is step on the gas pedal. People gathered at the scene of the murder to protest it within minutes and soon the crowd had grown to several hundred angry people.
This is like the Black Codes that southern states, including Missouri, enforced during the days of slavery which gave whites the power to break up any gatherings of 3 or more Black people.
As virulent as ISIS is, it will grow under the US air strikes the way that a fire rises ever higher and hotter if you try to drown it by pouring gasoline on it.
Al-Qaeda in turn was created by the US's policies in Afghanistan when the Russians were occupying Afghanistan in the 1980s.
He speaks of art as acts of expression, ways of working through experience and communicating it to others. The screens fanned out, inviting viewers closer, wherein they eventually invaded the projections. Often in this process of locating ourselves and creating these relations, we have to distinguish between the real and the imaginary.
Even more exciting, perhaps, is when we consider a rupture in the sense of definition #2, when the secret, unseen, or un-sensed suddenly becomes sensible.It is in this way that I feel the uncanny has educational potential.
This was a full page ad that ran in The New York Review of Books in 2008 entitled: "Dangerous times demand courageous voices. The ocean is acidifying and in danger of being unable to sustain life within a mere few decades, for a third. A resident whose son had been with Myers on Wednesday night said, "They have been harassing him all day like they do all the time, pulling him over, stopping him." "That's how it is. The initial form of al-Qaeda was the mujahideen, which the US government funded and supported, as a counter to the Russian occupation. There will ever and always be people who will exchange solidarity for personal comfort, even if that comfort at times is triflingly small. Dewey uses the metaphor that as one presses grapes to produce the juice to make wine, so one expresses themselves to communicate experience and emotion.
And we need not even go beyond the third to recognize the magnitude of this catastrophe happening as we speak and as we (still) live and breathe. The mujahideen became al-Qaeda subsequently as a form of "blowback" when the US abandoned them when the specific goal of the Russians leaving Afghanistan was achieved, and when more importantly, the US continued to occupy the holy land of Saudi Arabia (Mecca and Medina) with troops, prop up widely despised dictators in the Arab world, and support Israel in its policies aimed at annihilating the Palestinian people.
Besides the panoply of ethnicities and religions obviously present, they notice the group of people wearing paper bags over their heads. Our kids walk around in their own neighborhood and get harassed for it." This is the reality of life in this country for Black people. In this way, there is a difference between expressing rage and simply throwing a tantrum, between the turbulent, visceral work of using a medium as a means to expression and that of acting out willy-nilly.
It has become a daily fact of life that Black youth have to fear for their lives, and face the danger of summary execution by police at any time, for doing anything, or nothing. If we value the motivational and educational character of ignorance, the uncanny offers us moments of insight into the character of our perpetually incomplete worldview. Perhaps encounters with the uncanny can be considered moments of shock, like in Artaud’s sense of cruelty, in which actors express a worldview to an audience that does not wish to see or otherwise sense it. I can’t hope to explicate the question now, but I can try to illustrate it with an example from my own practice as an educator at the Museum of Modern Art.
Perhaps in a dark basement, or maybe in the museum en route to something else, these subtle shocks can open up educational situations in which we are invited to make sense anew, regardless of our rooted sense of place.



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