We have mobs of violent prisoners in the streets armed with lasguns, autoguns, and shotguns. Sectors fourteen, eight, and thirty report barricades overrun and the precinct houses have gone quiet. Numerous reports of fires, explosions, and someone swears they saw a daemon. This is as serious as it gets, people.

-Arbitrator Jarl Zlatoper, 9th Precinct, Saint Annard’s Penance

(art by: Karl Kopinski /?)

The Interview (RDJ Version)

Okay, so I was thinking about The Interview (RDJ version, not bad North Korea version) with my lawyer brain instead of my lizard brain this morning, and I have some observations. First and foremost, RDJ did not “walk out” of the interview. He didn’t “storm out” or sulk or leave without warning, etc. He waited until the woman (a PR rep from Marvel? His personal rep?) made wrapping up noises (”Okay, okay, thanks”) before he said “BYE” and stood up.

This got me thinking. Before Guru-Murthy asked the offensive question of doom that ended the whole thing, he referred to having several minutes left on the contract. This contract, these sorts of agreements regarding which companies get the PR interviews for movies, are a big deal and would have provisions within the agreement regarding the topics for conversation. Otherwise everyone and their mother would have asked RDJ in 2008 about his time in jail instead of Iron Man. 

Guru-Murthy was most likely violating the terms of the agreement in place between his company and Marvel or Marvel’s PR company, that specifically would list out terms of conversation appropriate for promoting the moving but limit the topics about RDJ’s personal life - note that I haven’t seen other interviews ask about his new daughter, his wife, his eldest son’s addiction issues, etc. because these are not relevant to the topic at hand. 

So when RDJ first looks over to the PR rep, and then makes the comment about Guru-Murthy’s foot starting to jump, RDJ has checked to see if the interviewer had sufficiently breached the agreement first, which thus by default would make RDJ’s performance under the agreement no longer required (i.e. his obligation to remain for the last few minutes of the contractually required interview, that Guru-Murthy referred to). Note how he looks over when Guru-Murthy says he’s going to start asking about RDJ’s personal life - but RDJ can’t leave until Guru-Murthy brings up something likely on the “DO NOT ASK” list part of the contract. The first question wasn’t explicit enough; he had to wait until the interviewer solidly “went there” before his PR person could call things off and let RDJ leave (because Channel 4 breached the terms of the agreement first). And only then did he walk out. He did nothing wrong; the other guys breached the agreement first, nullifying his obligation to perform. 


At last, my inquisitorial team managed to get into the tunnels, and locate some of the heretics. When I told the arbitres officer that they will be the honoured ones to clean the tunnels, he looked at me like my yokaero aide when I tell him that we are out of bananas.

I have already located the nearest pub in the upper hive, the “Grox and the Combimelta.” Stories tell that it was the steak á lá melta what was the first speciality the bartender could offer for the customers. I cannot wait to get the first reports…

How to Kill a Movement | Bobby London Wordpress 

April 16, 2015

There are many facets to the destruction of movements. Although playing a key role in the failure of movements the state requires other components to make their plan of action successful. Organizations with their own vested interests, the media, and stagnation are all factors that contribute to the death of movements.

The State

The state however is the ultimate arbitrator in this, whether through the use of repression with physical violence and imprisonment, or through infiltration and psychological tactics. The state will use and has used everything in its arsenal to eliminate what they see as a threat to its system of control. This is achievable through the granted legitimacy of violence that the state is given under the guise of security. We have seen countless examples of this from the formation of unions, the red scare, the elimination of the panther party, animal liberation groups, the anti-globalization movement, Muslim Americans after 911, the Occupy movement, and the continuous war on black lives that has existed since slavery. The state is rather predictable in their tactics; they have used the same methods of spying, jailing, and in some cases murder for hundreds of years. The only difference from earlier and now is that the state has the monopoly of technological surveillance that the Internet and computer together have created. Now instead of depending solely on intel to gather information and track possible threats, the government who is already tracking every US citizen can simply use the devices that perceived threats use to spy on them. This new technological arm of the state is growing at a fascistic speed. Recently, President Obama signed in an executive order allowing for individuals to be sanctioned for cyber threats. This strong-armed approach on Internet activism has been continuously growing.

We’ve seen Anonymous go from a string of cyber attacks threatening governments such as the U.S. and Israel for injustices they have committed to now going after celebs like Kanye West and Iggy Azalea. While Wikileaks, whose direction before Julian Assange’s embassy fiasco had promised to release documentation proving that the banking industry was guilty of fraudulent behavior. Both groups have been successfully neutralized, Wikileaks has refocused on getting Assange out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London and Anons have been either forced underground, fleeing the US government, or were turned into informants helping to capture other possible hackers or Anons. One thing about the state is that one always knows how they will choose to strike. Movements need not waste time wondering if they are infiltrated or being surveilled – you are. There is also no need in strategizing in favor of the state’s preferred method of protesting in hopes of avoiding conflict. If your movement is to succeed and grow then conflict is a thing movements must learn to embrace. This is not a fetishization or romanticized idea of wanting to fight with cops, but an observation from participating in uprisings and resistance and understanding that embracing the riot is what leads to movement growth. It is liberalism, media, and the stagnation of classical protest techniques with the desire to work with police and appeal to the state that cause the demise of movements.


This part I decided to title liberalism because I feel that it encompasses the mentality that goes into co-optation and hierarchical organizing.

Many activists or organizations would like for you to think that movements require leadership, and the expertise of experienced activists. They’re wrong, the movement doesn’t need activists or leaders – the state does. The state depends on non-profits that can be bought off with grant money, or leaders whose egos can either directly or indirectly work in favor of the state’s interests. We’ve seen that when uprisings occur, established organizations will quickly try to take credit and gain control over spontaneous youth inspired rebellions. ANSWER Coalition and the Revolutionary Communist Party are a constant in this pattern of treatment – quick to show up to marches they didn’t organize with their bright laminated signs featuring their logo and some slogan that at this time and point has become cliche. So quick to redirect the fiery marches off of the streets and into the hands of the state.

Recently with the black uprisings that have taken place throughout the country we have seen an uprising that was started by the community members of Ferguson that was quickly infiltrated by vanguardist and opportunist leftists. Many including myself using the #blacklivesmatter hashtag didn’t know we were breathing life and power over to an already establish organization. The media that is always quick to label movements ran with the title and no one from the organization stated otherwise. There we had it, the Ferguson protests had become the Black-Lives-Matter movement, with leadership, social capital, and control.

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AS the nation cheers on British hopeful Andy Murray at Wimbledon today, meet the North East umpire who could be calling the shots.

While most people probably haven’t heard of Alison Lang, the likes of Roger Federer, Venus Williams, Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova all know who she is.

This is because the 37-year-old, who took charge yesterday as Serena Williams eased into the final after a challenging battle against Petra Kvitova, is one of the most respected umpires on the tennis circuit.

In her teens Lang was more than a half-decent tennis player herself, good enough to represent Northumberland at Under-18s level.

But it wasn’t until 1991 that she first tried her luck at officiating, “calling the lines” at junior matches across the North East. Two years later she made her debut on the grass at Wimbledon. Two years ago tennis bosses chose the Newcastle umpire as the Lawn Tennis Association’s Official of the Year. Lang fought off competition from a field of hundreds to scoop the title, one of seven awarded annually by the LTA in recognition of outstanding service to the game.

She has long been regarded as one of the top umpires in the world having taken charge in Grand Slam events, the 2004 Olympics in Athens as well as Beijing 2008, and the Federation Cup.

Career highlights include umpiring three Ladies Singles Finals at Wimbledon, two Women’s Singles Finals at the Australian Open, two Women’s Singles Finals at the US Open along with several Fed Cup Finals. Lang was in the chair for 2006’s Wimbledon women’s final between Amelie Mauresmo and Justine Henin, the second of her career at the All England Club. At the time Lang said: “Being selected by the LTA for this award is something I regard as a huge honour as there are so many good officials. So much of being an umpire and an official is about trying to take the backstage rather than being in the limelight, so it is rather strange seeing your name in lights.”

Lang, who now lives in Warsash, in Hampshire, received her award during a special close of play reception at Wimbledon attended by LTA officials and players. “But there’s no way I’ll be celebrating too hard,” she told The Journal when she won. “I’ve got to be on court tomorrow so I think I’ll stick to the orange juice.”

This is pretty cool! I would never have guessed that Alison was a Geordie. :D (There’s also no way she could “call the shots” in a Murray match since she’s from GBR as well, but I’m guessing whoever wrote the article doesn’t know that.)

For the record this article is a few years old, Alison’s surname is Hughes now that she’s married.

Les arbitres décident de ne pas officier

TUNIS, 26 avril 2011 (TAP) - Les arbitres de football ont décidé de ne pas officier les rencontres de mercredi, jeudi et dimanche a annoncé leur porte-parole Malek Badri. Réunis mardi au siège de la fédération tunisienne de football (FTF), les arbitres ont pris cette décision en signe de protestation contre l'insécurité dans les terrains après les incidents qui se sont produits dans plusieurs stades, notamment dimanche dernier à Bizerte et à Béni Khalled. Ils ont souligné la nécessité de s'opposer avec fermeté aux actes de violences commis ces dernières semaines dans les stades et sur les terrains.

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Les arbitres de la finale de la coupe du monde connus !

Arbitres de la finale de la Coupe du Monde Il n’y a pas que  les joueurs de foot qui courent après une finale de coupe du monde. Il y a aussi les arbitres qui font tout pour veiller sur un telle rencontre ! Nicola Rizzoli arbitrera la finale. L’arbitre Italien a arbitré deux matches d… arbitres, Argentine, Belgique, Coupe du Monde, Espagne, Pays-Bas

Today in labor history, April 19, 1974: A one-week national strike by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers begins over wage inequality. The Canada Post Office’s new postal mechanization system was staffed with female postal code machine operators paid $2.94/hour compared to male postal clerks making $3.69/hour. In the end, an arbitrator awarded female postal coders the same wages as male postal clerks.

Yo little parenting tip: If you want your kid to stop a certain behavior, don’t yell at them or be brusque with them. Try this thing called talking. No, not talking loudly. Talking as in taking the time to both calm down and you, the adult, explaining calmly why this behavior is wrong and how your kid could change it. Because. You know. Your kid doesn’t necessarily know what’s the right thing to do or how to do it and you screaming at them won’t fix it.


Memo to Big Banks: Don’t Piss off Marching Bands

Published on Feb 3, 2015

Big Banks use the fine print to cheat us, through what’s called “Forced Arbitration.” Forced Arbitration takes away our right to seek justice in court when the banks do us wrong. It’s a rigged system. But you can fight back!:…

100,000+ Americans signed a petition demanding big banks revoke this license to steal and we decided to deliver the petition to Citibank’s HQ in NYC.

Special thanks to the Rude Mechanical orchestra & the Semi-Upright Puppet Company!

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hahaha check you our flexin that law school knowledge! I see you jules you betta SLAY lol

I just /happen/ to be planning on going into family law so I was like “well, I really have no other choice but to take this comment way too seriously and ruin the fun with my legal education that I sold my soul, my first born, and my parents to pay for” lol

Monday April 27, 10:00pm at Stagewerx in the Mission, it is time once again for The People’s Non-Binding Arbitration presented by Endgames Improv. Watch my fellow Uqaqua members interpret such cases as plaintiff and defendant arguing over which pizza near sixteenth and Valencia is best, whether headphones should be worn in public or not, or a lovers’ quarrel about the proper way to hold a whack-a-mole mallet. The winner gets the glory of the audience knowing they are right, and the loser goes to improv jail, which doesn’t happen as I just made it up. Come on down… it is a lot of fun!

L'éducation, le tempérament, l'hérédité comme ingrédients, enfermez-les dans le bocal d'une société donnée, secouez vigoureusement, la ligne de votre vie en sortira naturellement, toute droite et prévisible, sans aucun besoin d'un “Deus ex machina”, tel que le libre arbitre, le choix personnel ou je ne sais quelle mystique. Si vous ne me croyez pas, observez la foisonnance du monde, générée d'une seule règle : la pression évolutive Darwinienne. Même l'Art, quelques rides sur un océan, tout au plus.
—  Kradify - Journal inactuel

Afogados e explorados, os imigrantes do mundo

– Por Círculo de cidadania, 22/4/2015

Ao menos 700 imigrantes se afogaram na semana passada quando tentavam atravessar os 450 km que separam a costa da África da Europa [1]. Cerca de 100 eram crianças e adolescentes [2]. O Mar Mediterrâneo, que já foi o mar de gregos, romanos, mouros e navegadores italianos, se tornou um cemitério que sepulta corpos anônimos na água. Essa história tem se repetido: proibidos de entrar na Europa, os imigrantes apelam para barcos superlotados e inseguros.

Embora os meios de comunicação culpem os donos das embarcações e a irresponsabilidade das vítimas, o problema é maior e mais complexo. As disparidades entre as regiões do mundo provocam deslocamentos de populações que não respeitam fronteiras – fronteiras que são, por definição, arbitrárias. As migrações são antes respostas, embutem um desejo de viver melhor, de retomá-la em termos próprios, de recomeçar. É preciso muita força interior e solidariedade para realizar uma travessia ilegal. O êxodo não tem apenas uma dimensão de sofrimento: é também resistência, estratégia afirmativa de vida.

A Europa hoje tem 35 milhões de imigrantes, 6% da população residente, a enorme maioria em condições precárias. Além desses, existem milhões de filhos de imigrantes que, como os pais, não têm os direitos reconhecidos. Apesar de trazerem consigo a riqueza de trabalho e cultura, comum a toda diáspora, eles são recebidos com desdém, racismo, perseguição, criminalização e vivem ameaçados.

Se os governos da Europa se colocam como uma fortaleza, pontuada de centros de processamento que mais parecem campos de prisioneiros, no fundo o sistema econômico sobrevive da mão de obra barata dos imigrantes. É estratégico que os ilegais consigam entrar e que sejam mantidos na clandestinidade e sob perseguição permanente. Através do medo da deportação, intimidação e incerteza, os imigrantes podem ser melhor controlados, em situação desigual e com baixos salários. É o que Sandro Mezzadra, estudioso das fronteiras e migrações, chama de “inclusão diferencial”, uma forma de organização social controlada.

A melhoria econômica no Brasil nos últimos 20 anos tem atraído imigrantes também para cá. Por um lado, 600 mil brasileiros tentam a sorte emigrando para países mais ricos; por outro, já contamos mais de 1 milhão de imigrados, um aumento de quase cinco vezes entre 2001 e 2015. Estima-se que sejam 800 mil bolivianos [3], 200 mil chineses [4], 21 mil haitianos [5], e mais de 30 mil africanos de 48 países diferentes [6].

As manchetes repetem que os números preocupam, que seria preciso conter a imigração, que existe uma “crise imigratória”, falam em máfias e traficantes de pessoas. Na verdade, a crise imigratória consiste essencialmente na negação dos direitos, na fortificação das fronteiras, na manutenção de uma situação de insegurança e precariedade que favorece que os imigrantes sejam achacados em trabalho semiescravo e sujeitados a situações de humilhação, desamparo e solidão.

Estaremos nós no mesmo caminho da “fortaleza Europa”, modelo adotado por quase todos os governos do velho continente? Na ânsia de alcançar os países desenvolvidos, copiaremos também os seus mecanismos racistas de inclusão diferencial, exploração do trabalho e violência seletiva? É este o projeto do Brasil Potência? Não saberíamos fazer diferente?


Eu sou um pouco dissonante
Eu sou um tanto assimétrica
Sou equívoco alarmante
Minha loucura não tem métrica

Tenho partes em mim que não se encontram
Tenho fases em mim que não me encontro
Tenho mais traumas do que posso dar conta
Tenho mais crises do que livros têm pontos

Minhas ideias são quase uma utopia
Às vezes são chamadas de desordeiras
Meu coração sofre de uma severa miopia
Vai amando a todos numa eterna brincadeira

Meus objetivos são um tanto insólitos
Minhas paixões são todas arbitrárias
Meus sonhos são tão gigantes quanto Hipólito
Minha jornada por si só, é toda contrária.

—  Dessa