Because I’ve seen a bunch of fans complain that this isn’t online, I ripped Star Trek: Insurrection with the (hilarious!) bluray commentary track by Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis. Vid is in two parts, click on vid for second part.

Download link - Insurrection Frakes/Sirtis commentary mp3.

“In England and the United States, the police were invented within the space of just a few decades—roughly from 1825 to 1855. 

The new institution was not a response to an increase in crime, and it really didn’t lead to new methods for dealing with crime. The most common way for authorities to solve a crime, before and since the invention of police, has been for someone to tell them who did it. Besides, crime has to do with the acts of individuals, and the ruling elites who invented the police were responding to challenges posed by collective action. To put it in a nutshell: The authorities created the police in response to large, defiant crowds. That’s 

— strikes in England,
— riots in the Northern US,
— and the threat of slave insurrections in the South. 

So the police are a response to crowds, not to crime.”

– Origins of the Police | David Whitehouse

esthxtique asked:

What if this is tumblr's way of telling us they're down with communism

But they reinstituted the notes.

If we are to apply parallels to history, this short-lived phenomenon is comparable to the short-lived Paris Commune. The glitch was like the insurrection that formed the Paris Commune. The users in support of the no notes situation are like the Communards. However, Tumblr (i.e. the Versailles government) crushed meme communism (i.e. the Paris Commune).


Gervais Raoul Lufbery was a French-American aviator during World War One. Lufbery left home in France at the age of 17 and traveled the world, winding up in the U.S. Army and serving in the South Pacific during the Philippine insurrection.  After his U.S. Army service was up, Lufbery moved back to France and became an aircraft mechanic.  When war broke out, Lufbery applied for and was accepted to pilot training in the Aéronautique Militaire.  

Lufbery is a classic aviation archetype, some of his traits and highlights are as follows:

- French air combat ace with 17 confirmed kills.  Many claim that his kill score was much higher, but many were not counted due to the strict rules of credit by the Aéronautique Militaire.

- Popularized a defensive maneuver which eventually became known as the “Lufbery Circle”.  U.S. Navy pilots witnessed Japanese fighter pilots still using the Lufbery Circle throughout WW2.

- Was one of the original members of the Lafayette Escadrille, a squadron of wealthy American aviators flying for the French during WW1.  One night out in Paris, Lufbery and squadron mates bought a pet lion to serve as the squadrons mascot.  The lion would follow Lufbery around the aerodrome wherever he went.  

- Standardized landing patterns to prevent mishaps with aircraft taking off and landing.  Prior to this, pilots would launch and land as they pleased, in any direction, in an open field.    

Towards the end of the war, Lufbery saw a German reconnaissance aircraft flying near his aerodrome, and hopped in his Nieuport 28 to give chase.  Lufbery was hit by the German recon planes defensive guns, and he was witnessed either jumping or falling from his inverted aircraft, dying on impact.  

Greece is such a great example of why we shouldn’t rely on political parties to liberate the marginalized, oppressed, and exploited.

Bernie Sanders would and has betrayed the people. Podemos and SNP have fallen into the same trap. Even the most radical political party would still betray us.

Electoral politics is a fool’s game and the framework of it will turn any radical parties into liberals at best and reactionaries at worst. Political forces hijacked within the electoral framework will prioritize the continuation of parties and become disconnected from any movements of resistance and liberation.

We shouldn’t pour our energy into political parties because they’ll fuck us over inevitably. Instead, we should organize non-hierarchical forms of resistance, not based in organizations, but the collective will of the margins themselves.

The collective force of our rage and desire for liberation, in constant insurrection pushing towards revolution, resisting any organization that attempts to deescalate political struggle, that is what will bring us the true freedom that has been denied us for millennia.

John Reed, Ten Days That Shook the World (1919)

Not by compromise with the propertied classes, or with the other political leaders; not by conciliating the old Government mechanism, did the Bolsheviki conquer the power. Nor by the organized violence of a small clique. If the masses all over Russia had not been ready for insurrection it must have failed.

The only reason for Bolshevik success lay in their accomplishing the vast and simple desires of the most profound strata of the people, calling them to the work of tearing down and destroying the old, and afterward, in the smoke of falling ruins, cooperating with them to erect the frame-work of the new….


Yet, even now, the day might not have been wholly lost (or perhaps its outcome might have been postponed) if the Paris sections had rallied in support of the Jacobin leaders, as in August 1792 and June 1793. Not only the Jacobin Club but the Commune continued to voice support for the arrested men; Hanriot, Robespierrist chief of the National Guard, escaped from the squad sent to arrest him; and the turnkey of the prison to which Robespierre and his group were directed refused to acknowledge their escort’s mandate, so that they were free to seek refuge among their friends at the City Hall. Moreover, the conspirators acted with caution, being still uncertain which way the wind would finally blow. But, though urged by his companions to issue a call for insurrection, Robespierre hesitated too long - either through legalistic scruple or because he lacked the will to act. More important, perhaps, was the simple fact that, when it came to the point, the sans-culottes, estranged by his recent [economic] policies, showed little inclination to take up arms for a cause they no longer believed in. It was certainly not for lack of time or opportunity to make up their minds. All through the afternoon and evening, the two contending parties, based respectively on the Commune and the Convention, sent mutually conflicting orders, threats, pleas, and declarations to the sections and battalions of the National Guard, appealing to their loyalties. At one time, in response to the Commune’s summons, 3,000 armed men, supported by the thirty-two pieces of artillery, were drawn up outside the City Hall. But they lacked both leadership and purpose and, as the tide of the debate in the sectional assemblies and ‘revolutionary’ committees turned against the Robespierrists, the whole of his force gradually melted away.

George Rude, Robespierre: Portrait of a Revolutionary Democrat

okay the tumblr left’s way of dealing with bernie is reaching yourfaveisproblematic levels of pointlessness. like yeah we know he is, by default, complicit in imperialism/capitalism/etc. continuing to witch hunt for specific examples of stuff he says to prove this isn’t going to make a radical possibility/chance for direction appear. furthermore, while i won’t be voting for him, he is marginally better on issues than other candidates and given it’s not looking like we’ll have mass insurrection in the next year and a half, voting for him is a reasonable action because, guess what???? you can both vote and participate in other forms of political action and the act of a vote does not make you immediately complicit in everything he has done.


Athens, Greece: Arson attack against a Porsche dealership in Glyfada

An unknown anarchist group has claimed responsibility for an arson attack against a Porsche dealership in the upmarket Athens suburb of Glyfada on July 27, 2015. The blaze caused serious damage to many cars and to the dealership building itself. It took 21 firefighters to extinguish the blaze. The communique claiming responsibility for the attack was posted on Athens Indymedia website. Here are some translated excerpts from the communique:

“So this time on Monday morning, July 26 we chose to attack the dealership of luxurious Porsche cars in the Glyfada area on Vouliagmeni avenue. We set fire to all the vehicles in the outer courtyard of the dealership and, to our great joy, due to explosions from the fuel tanks of the cars major damage was caused to the interior of the building.”

“Glyfada is an eminently bourgeois area, a sterile area, where the surveillance of the privileged bourgeoisie is synonymous with safety. A residential area that offers ‘high quality of life’ where the bastards who exploit us flaunt their wealth, which is of course our own blood in every way.”

“We must clarify that the choice of target was not because we focus on the fact that it is a company of German interest. It was because of the luxury that comes because of the 'specifity’ of the present location. It  is a prime symbol - a totem displaying the wealth and prosperity enjoyed by the bourgeoisie.”





*Photos are taken from Greek corporate scum reports of the attack

‘Mockingjay – Part One’: On YA Dystopias, Trauma, and the Smokescreen of the “Serious Movie” @ btchflcks

“Director Francis Lawrence paints a grim portrait as the film explores the consequences wrought by the earlier events of the series, touching on torture, the large-scale destruction of warfare, violent suppression of insurrection, the mechanics of war propaganda, and the trauma the series’ violence has inflicted on its characters. But Mockingjay’s dark trappings mask the way the film foregrounds Katniss’ desperate romantic plight at the expense of both other aspects of her character and coherent dystopian critique. In doing so, Lawrence spins the illusion of a gritty, realistic criticism of war and propaganda headed by an independent, emotionally complex female character without truly providing the substance of either.”

“Anyone who wastes their breath on telling lies doesn’t deserve to continue breathing.”

Nav was once a devoted follower of the Earthshaker, and had all intents to be exalted to his service when she reached adulthood. She knew all the prayers by heart and she could always lead her clanmates in song, outstripping her peers both in reverence and unquestioning loyalty to their deity. When her clan was set upon by a serthis beastclan, she barely escaped the slaughter. 

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The Light of Doma - A Doman Cooperative
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At A Glance
The Light of Doma is a group of role-players who share a common interest in story-driven player-created content and a desire to emphasize the Doman culture and background in our character development.

Many members of our community share common aspects of their character history, such as having lost relatives, their faith, and even a sense of purpose, after the onslaught that occurred when Garlemald put down the Doman Insurrection. Further, some members have even co-opted their individual backgrounds with others, such that their characters grew up in the same villages or having fought together in one of the many futile battles against the Empire.

As mentioned earlier, we’re primarilly an Au Ra (Raen) and Hyur (Midlander) role-playing group. However, that isn’t to say that you can’t have a role to play with us. One must remember that the vast majority of Doman warriors were killed, and so that means we may need to rely on hired hands to ensure our safety, at times. Similarly, skilled crafts people will ever be in demand, especially those adept at construction of homes, bridges, wagons, and things of that nature.
At this time, we are not accepting Xaela of any kind. This restriction may be eased as our story matures.

Greece: Chronicle of a leftist suicide

The following text was sent to us by the comrades from ContraMadriz, a web-portal for contra-information based in Madriz, Spain. The text is an English translation of a text written by Greek comrades reflecting on recent events in Athens and some of the current trends in Greek anarchist circles.

The Chronicle of a leftist suicide

Faced with the misery that exists in Greece in recent years, the leftist
coalition of SYRIZA seized the power in January 2015, waiving the flag
of patriotic hope and of the supposed European principles of democracy,
equality and solidarity.

The events of these last weeks lead us to the conclusion that it was
merely a smoke bomb or even a populist illusion. Either one or the
other, the bomb exploded.

Since the announcement of the referendum -that managed to mobilize
thousands of people with different orientations, desires and needs-,
there were several interpretations though the question was clear: yes or
no to the austerity deal proposed by the EU?

The result, well, who cares? It is obvious how much they care for their
beloved democracy! On July 15, austerity measures still pending since
the previous memorandum were voted by the Parliament, in order for their
European partners to approve a new rescue program, including not only
what the 62% of voters rejected in the referendum of July 5th, but more
and even harder, opening the way to house evictions and more misery for
the next three years.

We, still have unfinished business with this political abomination that
in recent years infiltrated various projects, collectives and spaces of
struggle, handing promises in exchange for votes of the anarchist /
anti-authoritarian movement. Ever since N. Romanos hunger
strike, his pre-election propaganda was filthy, but still several
anarchist tendencies voted for a leftist administration, although the
recent massive hunger strike of the -over 30 -imprisoned comrades made
clear the intentions of this government.

Undoubtedly, the repression of recent governments and a controversial
spectre of “revolutionary” subjects caused this rupture to the A/A
movement. The presence of  more “red and light red” tendencies swept
away several comrades and the movement´s radicalization was lost during
the last year and a half. This is yet to be discussed and analysed.

No matter this alliance, some of us did not believe at any time these
promises and a “better” leftist administration. Some of the most
important historical examples are good to show exactly what was to
happen once they had taken the power. We never thought that repression
was to cease or that they were to keep their promises to our comrades;
we did not get carried away nor sacrificed our anarchist discourse and
practice on behalf of a massive social awareness.

Instead, we decided to respond with our presence in Syntagma Square.
Without pacts, without concessions, the conflict returned to the street.
After more than a year of silence, the centre of Athens once again got
full of life and light. The fire that swept lit banks, television vans
and made the cops dancing once again.

But do not forget that every battle has its cost. Among the 13 arrested
that night, most were comrades. For them and for all who come next, our
solidarity and response is out again at the street.

Stay tuned!

I am going to be cat-sitting my lovely friend’s cat! (this is the cat who I have nicknamed Enjolras, aka the general of the insurrection).

Stay tuned for kitty!Enjolras stories. This time kitty!Enjolras will be staying with me and Housemate. I’m hoping kitty!Enjolras will be down for lots of cuddles and not down for attacking people (he will likely be fine – I’ve only seen him attack someone once and that was during an incident involving a misunderstanding about group hugs).