Think of it as plastic memory, this force within you which trends you and your fellows toward tribal forms. This plastic memory seeks to return to its ancient shape, the tribal society. It is all around you—the feudatory, the diocese, the corporation, the platoon, the sports club, the dance troupes, the rebel cell, the planning council, the prayer group … each with its master and servants, its host and parasites. And the swarms of alienating devices (including these very words!) tend eventually to be enlisted in the argument for a return to “those better times.” I despair of teaching you other ways. You have square thoughts which resist circles.
Tis was a hard year. Crisis, exams, fail in college and returnin to the school. Welp. I wish that everything will be great in 2017. Also I wish what you are all will be OK and don’t cri about F in exams or failing a new art. good luck and hippy new year.
I could go on and on and on about how the reason that the newer Alien movies aren’t resonating as well w/ people is because it shifted the focus away from pointing out how while the Xenomorph is a violent, emotionless monster that can only exist by feeding off the bodies of others the only reason that it’s ever in the position to do so is because capitalism is a violent, emotionless monster that can only exist by feeding off the bodies of others.
The original movie might as well have been a union recruitment ad, it had work slowdowns/stoppages, successful lobbying w/ management using the leverage of their technical skills which otherwise go unrecognized and devalued, it showed how even ‘skilled’ labor is wholly disposable as far as corporate masters are concerned, the lengths to which capitalists will go to endanger or destroy any number of lives in their pursuit of profit and opportunity.
The sequel, while focusing less on this, still pointed out how imperial military power is in bed w/ and often subservient to corporate interests, how capitalists will refuse to learn their lessons after any disaster and instead continue a blind and headlong rush towards profit incentives even when the result is extreme possibility of annihilation.
After that the series kind of goes off the rails for a while, loses the narrative and loses the respect of the audience. I actually liked Covenant, but at the end of the day it’s going to remain a far less engaging & more forgettable film than Alien/s because it lacked the powerful pro-worker moral core that the originals were structured around.
What would happen if Silver Age Luthor met CEO Luthor?
The Byrne/Wolfman version specifically, rather than the modern guy who combines elements of both? Oh, the pre-Crisis Luthor would absolutely detest him, and certainly wouldn’t hesitate to crush him underfoot for acting under his name. As Maggin’s Last Son Of Krypton put it:
“There were other super-criminal geniuses in the world; he had met some of them, dealt with them on occasion. They were chairmen of great corporations, grand masters of martial arts disciplines, heads of departments in executive branches of governments, princes, presidents, prelates, and a saint or two. Unlike Luthor, these men and women chose to retain their respectability. They had trouble coping with honesty.
“Luthor was not motivated by a desire for money, or power, or beautiful women, or even freedom. In solitary Luthor decided that his motivation was beyond even the love or hate or whatever it was he had for humanity. It was consuming desire for godhood, fired by the unreasonable conviction that such a thing was somehow possible. He began by being an honest man. He was a criminal and said so.”
2.) Federal Jobs Guarentee: bring back the 1974 Humphrey-Hawkins Full-Employement Act
3.) Federal Protections FOR ALL LGBTQ PEOPLES
4.) A REAL path for citizenship for ALL Dreamers and illegal immigrants who work and pay taxes.
5.) Expand Social Security: there are currently multiple bills in Congress to expand and strengthen Social Security for future generations, while guaranteeing the wealthy pay their fair share into the program like all the rest of us!
6.) Eliminate ALL subsidies for Big Oil & Gas industries and begin FULLY subsidizing and supporting Renewable Energy sources for a FULL conversion to a Carbon-free Economy
7.) Make ALL PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES TUITION FREE and FORGIVE ALL CURRENT OUTSTANDING STUDENT LOAN DEBT!!!!
8.) Pass a new Voting Rights Act for the 21st Century that GUARENTEES the right to vote for ALL citizens regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, class or social status! NO MORE VOTER ID LAWS!!!
9.) Federally Guaranteed Public Transportation & Job Training: in a world where the economy and jobs can shift rapidly in various fields to various locations, a Federal Guarantee to modern Public Transportation and Job Training isn’t just a luxury, it’s a necessity. Give the workforce the tools they need to find new work and sources of income for their families so another “Great Recession” can never again destroy the livelihoods of so many families for so long a time
10.) TRUELY PROGRESSIVE TAX REFORM: since the 1980’s when Reagan and his “Supply-Siders” cut taxes on the wealthy while cutting back Federal Aid to the states, taxes have become more and more regressive. High Property taxes in the states made up for the Federal Aid that used to be paid for by high end marginal tax rates on the wealthy, but this means the Working & Middle Classes bear the brunt of the tax load while virtually guaranteeing an unequal education system dependant on wealthier tax payers who sequester themselves into small patches of neighborhoods throughout the country while Working & Middle Class neighborhood’s schools get gutted.
We can change this system be raising Marginal Tax-Rates on the wealthy back to their Post WWII highs of 70-95%, using the money to support local Public Schools and Libraries with money that no longer has to be dredged from the lowest income homeowners. This will also have the added benefit of greatly reducing Inequality over time through better educations for Working and Middle Class students while re-establishing an effective cap on incomes earned by the top 1% of earners.
ALL OF THESE IDEAS ARE DOABLE AND MANY WERE IDEAS PREVIOUSLY IMPLEMENTED IN THE POST WWII YEARS RIGHT HERE IN AMERICA. THESE PROGRESSIVE POLICIES HELPED CONTRIBUTE TO THE MASSIVE BOOM IN THE ECONOMY SEEN THROUGHOUT THE POST WAR YEARS FROM THE 1940’s-1970’s AND ONLY WHEN SUCH POLICIES WERE ABANDONED DOD INEQUALITY GROW OUT OF CONTROL.
IT’S TIME AMERICAN CITIZENS ORGANIZED AND STAND UP IN SOLIDARITY TO CHALLENGE THE POLTICAL ELITE IN BOTH PARTIES AND THE CORPORATE MASTERS THEY SO HAPPILY OBLIGE. IT’S TIME TO STAND UP TO THE WEALTHIEST CLASS OF MODERN SLAVE DRIVERS WHO WOULD HAPPILY SEE US ALL IN CHAINS LABORING TO INCREASE THEIR WEALTH.
STAND UP! ORGANIZE! TIME TO SAY ‘ENOUGH’S ENOUGH’ AND TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK FOR THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS, NOT JUST THE TOP 1%!!!!
I am totally on board with the idea that Capitalism is inherently full of inequality (even inherently racist) and is extremely unstable. I see the value in evening out the wealth distribution and see that Capitalism essentially makes us slaves to our corporate masters which lower productivity and overall happiness. I feel like it is 100% possible to have Communism in a Democracy. My only problem with it is that what is a person's motivation to do a hard job if doctors make the same as cashiers?
doctors and cashiers wouldn’t “make the same” under communism. doctors provide service to society, and in return they are provided their basic needs. every contribution matters equally to make society work, so they are all given what they need in exchange for their labor. material needs would no longer exist under full communism
Dear brothers and sisters, now is the time to open your eyes.If you have not yet woken up to the
of profiteering and enslavement
we’ve been warning you about,
I hope you realize we are
fast running out of time. The governments of the world
and their corporate masters
do not want us to speak. Why? Because we unlock truths. We expose
villains. We exorcize demons. Citizens of the world, we are here to
help. If you have any interest
in waking from your slumber, in retrieving lost, damaged, or stolen memory,
we are here for you. We have your back. We are fsociety.
can you explain the whole "tumblr doesn't want discourse" thing to me?
It goes like this: Tumblr was conceived of as a “microblogging” site, a la Twitter. It’s less intended for creating content than sharing content, and they never really intended for people to write long pieces of text or have conversations back and forth on them.
You can see this in how quick Tumblr has always been to truncate conversations and change them from “reblog as text” to “reblog as links”. What’s really telling is the fact that they didn’t include any such truncation feature for picture posts, only for text posts. Now, the site’s architecture doesn’t really accommodate truncating picture posts (since truncation changes the post type to link, which would hide the picture), but that’s not the reason picture posts don’t truncate. If they had thought it important to include truncation for picture posts, they would have created a post type that accommodated it.
No, they just didn’t plain didn’t count on the idea that people would be having conversations below picture posts. The space below pictures is for captions, not conversations.
They expect social interaction to happen. They count on it. But serious discourse? Long conversations? This is both counter to their expectations and their perceived interest.
I mean, in the first place, the same three or four people talking back and forth on a post doesn’t produce the same value from their point of view as one person creating something that catches fire and circulates on its own, collecting a string of one-line notes or reblogs without comment.
But more importantly, Tumblr doesn’t want to be responsible for keeping peace in an atmosphere where people are using Tumblr to discuss politics or vent about their personal struggles instead of posting song lyrics and pictures of cats and superheroes. The presence of what some call social justice discourse on Tumblr and the ad hoc communities that have sprung up around marginalized identies is something that the corporate masters can only see as a headache. To put it simply: the want product, not progress.
So this is why we get update after update designed to make the site less useful to the serious user while appearing slicker to the more casual or newer user. This is why updates tend to make conversation harder. And most of all, this is why the staff doesn’t give a rodent’s hindquarters about protecting communities or policing hate… because the sooner people stop junking up their cat meme sharing service with serious discussion, the happier the suits will be.
It’s been years and Denny’s is the only corporation that has effectively mastered the art of speaking to us Tumblr youths.
I think it’s because they’re the only one that has sincerely immersed themselves in our culture and participated enthusiastically, rather than simply googling “How the kids talk these days” and just calling it a day.
Fuck, I may get me some pancakes out of sheer gratitude for the fact that they took this approach.
OP NANOOK 2013 by Combat Camera Via Flickr: As Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship SUMMERSIDE sails the waters off the coast of Eclipse Sound, Nunavut, the ship’s company has the rare opportunity to catch a glimpse of a polar bear on a very large iceberg during Operation NANOOK 13 on August 19, 2013.
Photo: Master Corporal Holly Canning.