anonymous asked:

hi, so my housemates keep bringing up a time when i was drunk and arguing with them that black ppl cant be racist towards white ppl and keep saying that i was wrong. the thing is i know im definitely right and i rly want to hit them w the facts but everytime i try, i get angry and can't get my words out and its so frustrting because they think i dont have anything to prove im right! what can i say to them

Black people do not have systemic power to oppress the white race and clearly are not doing that. Tell them to open up a fuckin news paper and tune into reality because it’s not something that is happening. Racism is not as simple as “a Black person was mean to me” or “I went to a Black school and got bullied because I’m white”, because these are not experiences that are reflected throughout the entire white race that puts them in a lower racial status then people of color. They certainly are not experiences that put white people as a race in a position lower than black people. They’re bad experiences, they might involve prejudice or unfair treatment but they are not “racism” simply because that is not what the word refers to. Tell them that there are entire college classes they can take to learn about this, theory about this that’s older than them, online resources etc. but yeah no Black people as a race don’t have individual experiences with white people that aren’t reflected across the race and then call it “racism”. They’re always reflective of a power dynamic and/or common experiences that Black people consistently have because of their race, that put us in a lower societal position and systemically disadvantages THE ENTIRE RACE collectively.

This is unlike white people saying “a mean Black girl yelled at me and called me ugly white boy” which doesn’t affect the entire white race at all, it doesn’t put them in a lower societal position, nor does it reflect a lower societal position for the white race.

it doesn’t hold heir race back from doing anything and their race isn’t held back from doing anything, not even infiltrating other cultures’ creations and being successful. So it’s a comparison that isn’t proportional.

Reason why I dig Roc City.
We are cool enough to have a city logo that manages to incorporate the two different components of it’s heritage into a single simple graphic image. A flower and a millwheel grinding stone, the things you make flour with (that industry that put us on the maps in that era.)

We have a heritage with utilizing alternative natural energy sources, harnessing them and using them. Big waterfall, from big flowing rivers that open out to a freshwater ocean. We tapped them and collected the energy they were simply giving away. Hydropower, cranking those mills and even power grids. Just seemingly limitless energy if you know how collect it right.

Like how lilac plants soak up the free sunlight hitting us all. Charging its genetic batteries/systems to power through its coding to produce those flowers I enjoy so much.

I’m trying to help this great organization here in the city of Roc, that is doing the same as the lilac. To collect and use solar energy. Yes in a city this cloudy. Yes with “hardly much summer”. Like how Fords and Seldon Motor Cars eventually became sleek safe speedy transportation. There is solar tech that is better than ever, and is viable in our neck of the woods.

It’s being proposed by Dr Susan Spencer and her talented team at ROCSpot. They are pretty excited, and they actually have a chance at making a difference in this city and its future. (and as a bonus she has legit science degrees to help prove her theories.)

Check out the team:

See what they are doing. Ask if you can help. If they need financial backers go talk to them and see what you both can do to help improve this city. I got her to come share her thoughts on the TEDx stage, and it was pretty awesome. (In the geeky science class slides about things you actually liked sort of way).

But, yeah. One more reason to love this city. It’s citizens are stepping up to get us ways of using an alternative power source. That and the Roc flower.

(Which works well in the logo. Btw)

Solar-Powered Desalination Machine Could Help Drought-Stricken Communities

A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Jain Irrigation Systems have come up with a method of turning brackish water into drinking water using renewable energy. With parts of the planet running dangerously low on fresh water, this technology can’t come soon enough.

This solar-powered machine is able to pull salt out of water and further disinfect the water with ultraviolet rays, making it suitable for irrigation and drinking. As the MIT News Office explained, “Electrodialysis works by passing a stream of water between two electrodes with opposite charges. Because the salt dissolved in water consists of positive and negative ions, the electrodes pull the ions out of the water, leaving fresher water at the center of the flow. A series of membranes separate the freshwater stream from increasingly salty ones.”

Called a “photovoltaic-powered electrodialysis reversal system,” the technology recently won the top $140,000 Desal Prize from the U.S. Department of Interior (USID) that recognizes innovators who create cost-effective, energy efficient and environmentally sustainable desalination technologies that can provide potable water for humans and water for crops in developing countries, the USID announced.

The USID said that the MIT-Jain system is designed for low-energy consumption and helps reduce costs for underdeveloped areas that do not have easy access to electricity. “By 2050, global water demand is expected to increase by 55 percent, and 70 percent of global water use occurs in food production,” said Christian Holmes, USAID’s Global Water Coordinator, in a statement. “The Desal Prize was developed to supply catalytic funding to capture and support the innovative ideas and new technologies that could have a significant impact.”

Jain Irrigation Systems noted that with this technology, water recovery is above 90 percent and the 5-10 percent reject concentrate is dried in a solar pond without creating any environmental hazard. It also removes hardness as well as salts and chemicals, pesticides, fertilizers as well as micro-organisms.

“This technology has the potential to bring agriculture to vast barren lands using brackish water,” said Richard Restuccia, Jain’s vice president of Landscape Solutions.

According to the MIT News Office, this electrodialysis system provides fresh water for about half the energy required by a reverse-osmosis system (another water purification method that removes particles from drinking water via a semi-permeable membrane). Ultimately, the electrodialysis system could supply enough water for 2,000 to 5,000 people, the project’s researchers found. The technology has already been tested in several villages in especially water-pinched India.

“Jain is committed to address water challenges being faced by India and other nations and will continue to inspire innovation to bring affordable and sustainable solutions for the benefit to citizens and farmers alike,” said Jain managing director Anil Jain.

Using desalination to solve the planet’s fresh water worries isn’t a new idea (nor is the concept of solar-powered desalination), but the reason it hasn’t taken off is because it’s expensive and requires a lot of energy. However, as we previously reported, in recent years, the cost of desalinized water has come down significantly and is comparable in price to conventional water sources.

Currently, there are 13 desalination projects under consideration along the California coast including the Carlsbad Desalination Project, which will be the largest desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere once it’s completed this fall.


photographer michael muller turned his childhood fascination with sharks into a career photographing the animals around the galapagos islands, south africa, fiji, and gudalupe island. to that end, michael developed his own underwater lighting rig that, as he explains, sets his underwater photos apart from all others.

“our lighting is one of a kind. about six years ago i created and was granted four patents on today’s most powerful underwater strobe system. each strobe creates 1200 watts of power and i use up to 7 at a time. they are the exact same lights i use in the studio shooting [his renowned] commercial work.”

“my vision was to bring a great white into the studio and shoot it with edge lights and top light, etc. realizing that i couldn’t bring the sharks into the studio, i decided that i would have to bring the studio to them.” 

he also notes that when shooting the feared great white, they “are far more scared and skeptical of us, and with good reason. we are killing 100,000,000 sharks a year at this point. i have never even been close to being threatened by a shark. …and i don’t use any cages, metal suits or protection.”

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Noam Chomsky - “Power Systems” (Full Talk + Q&A)

We have republican leaders publicly laughing at a woman after sharing the story of her rape, yet we wonder why 293,000 people a year are sexually assaulted and why domestic abuse and sexualization of women is such a problem.

We have the media photo shopping women’s bodies to unrealistic extremes and companies telling us our only worth is our appearance, yet we wonder why 96% of women find themselves unattractive and why 95% of people between 16 and 26 years old have eating disorders.

We have police officers sworn to serve and protect the public killing unarmed citizens, kids and dogs on film and aren’t being punished, yet we wonder why none of us feel safe.

We have school systems that aren’t providing students with the attention, support and information they need to succeed,  yet we wonder why 1.1 million students drop out of school each year, why only 25% of students graduate ready for college, and why 70% of middle school students cannot read or write proficiently.

We have minorities being murdered, harassed, degraded, mistreated and abused by authorities and leaders, yet we somehow think that racism isn’t an issue anymore.

We have thousands of LBGTQ people having their human rights taken by their government, and are humiliated, shunned, harassed and abused for following their hearts, yet we wonder why over half of the LBGTQ community would rather commit suicide than be true to themselves.

We have corporations funding our political parties, and tax breaks for the richest in our country, yet we wonder why everyone else feels cheated and are unable to provide for themselves or their families.

We have fully-developed adult women portraying teenagers in movies and TV, yet wonder why people sexualize adolescent girls.

We have TV shows glamorizing teen pregnancy, yet we wonder why kids keep getting pregnant at younger and younger ages.

We have the worst possible food made the most accessible and affordable, yet we wonder why obesity is such a terrible issue.


They’re horrible, but they’re also interesting. They tell us a lot about American ideology. The drone attacks are not a secret. There’s much we don’t know about them, but mostly they’re not a secret. The Pakistani population is overwhelmingly opposed to them, but they’re justified here on the grounds that the Pakistani leadership covertly agrees. ‘Fortunately’ for us, Pakistan is so dictatorial that they don’t have to pay much attention to their population. So if the country is a brutal dictatorship, it’s great, because the leaders can secretly agree to what is overwhelmingly opposed to it. Pakistan’s lack of democracy is considered a good thing. And then in an adjacent newspaper article you read, “We’re promoting democracy.” It’s what George Orwell called “doublethink,” the ability to have two contradictory ideas in mind and believe both of them. That’s almost a definition of our intellectual culture. And this is a perfect example of it. Yes, the bombing is fine, because secretly the leadership agrees, even though they have to tell the population they’re against it because the population is overwhelmingly opposed.
—  Noam Chomsky, Power Systems: Conversations on Global Democratic Uprisings and the New Challenges to U.S. Empire (2013) - asked about drone strikes, in this newly released collection of interviews.
America's interest in Afghanistan

Let’s talk more about Afghanistan and the U.S. war there. In March 2010, Obama visited Bagram air base. It is a site of major war crimes, which went virtually unmentioned in news reports. Obama told the troops that their mission was “absolutely essential,” declaring, “We did not choose this war. This was not an act of America wanting to expand its influence; of us wanting to meddle in somebody else’s business. We were attacked viciously on 9/11." And finally he told the assembled troops, "If I thought for a minute that America’s vital interests were not served, were not at stake here in Afghanistan, I would order all of you home right away.” What are those vital interests from Obama’s point of view?

“There are a few strategic interests but, by this point, I suspect it’s mostly domestic politics. Daniel Ellsberg observed this about the war against Vietnam. If you pull out without victory, which is called losing, you’re literally dead. Obama inherited the war. And I suspect the dominant interest is self-preservation.
"The United States didn’t invade Afghanistan because we were viciously attacked. It’s true that there was an attack on 9/11, but the government didn’t know who did it. In fact, eight months later, after the most intensive international investigation in history, the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation informed the press that they still didn’t know who did it. He said they had suspicions. The suspicions were that the plot was hatched in Afghanistan but implemented in Germany and the United Arab Emirates, and, of course, in the United States.
"After 9/11, Bush II essentially ordered the Taliban to hand over Osama bin Laden, and they temporized. They might have handed him over, actually. They asked for evidence that he was involved in the attacks of 9/11. And, of course, the government, first of all, couldn’t give them any evidence because they didn’t have any .But, secondly, they reacted with total contempt. How can you ask us for evidence if we want you to hand somebody over? What lèse-majesté is this? So Bush simply informed the people of Afghanistan that we’re going to bomb you until the Taliban hand over Osama bin Laden. He said nothing about overthrowing the Taliban. That came three weeks later, when British admiral Michael Boyce, the head of the British Defense Staff, announced to the Afghans that we’re going to continue bombing you until you overthrow your government. This fits the definition of terrorism exactly, but it’s much worse. It’s aggression.
"How did the Afghans feel about it? We don’t actually know. There were leading Afghan anti-Taliban activists who were bitterly opposed to the bombing. In fact, a couple of weeks after the bombing started, the U.S. favorite, Abdul Haq, considered a great martyr in Afghanistan, was interviewed about this. He said that the Americans are carrying out the bombing only because they want to show their muscle. They’re undermining our efforts to overthrow the Taliban from within, which we can do. If, instead of killing innocent Afghans, they help us, that’s what will happen. Soon after that, there was a meeting in Peshawar in Pakistan of a thousand tribal leaders, some from Afghanistan who trekked across the border, some from Pakistan. They disagreed on a lot of things, but they were unanimous on one thing: stop the bombing. That was after about a month. Could the Taliban have been overthrown from within? It’s very likely. There were strong anti-Taliban forces. But the United States didn’t want that. It wanted to invade and conquer Afghanistan and impose its own rule.
"The same was true in Iraq. If it hadn’t been for the sanctions, it’s very likely that Suddam Hussein would have been overthrown from within in much the same way as a whole rogues’ gallery of other gangsters the United States and Britain have supported, like, say, Nicolae Ceauşescu, the worst of the Eastern European dictators. Nobody wants to talk about him anymore, but the United States supported him until the very end. Suharto in Indonesia, Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines, Jean-Claude Duvalier in Haiti, Chun Doo-hwan in South Korea, Mobutu Sese Seko in Zaire– they were all overthrown from within. But the United States didn’t want that in Iraq. It wanted to impose its own regime. And the same in Afghanistan.
"There are geostrategic reasons. They’re not small. How dominant they are in the thinking of planners we can only speculate. But there is a reason why everybody has been invading Afghanistan since Alexander the Great. The country is in a highly strategic position relative to Central Asia, South Asia, and the Middle East. There are specific reasons in the present case having to do with pipeline projects, which are in the background. We don’t know how important these considerations are, but since the 1990s the United States has been trying hard to establish the Trans-Afghanstian Pipeline (TAPI) from Turkmenistan, which has a huge amount of natural gas, to India. It has to go through Kandahar, in fact. So Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India are all involved.
"The United States wants the pipeline for two reasons. One reason is to try to prevent Russia from having control of natural gas. That’s the new "great game”: Who controls Central Asian resources? The other reason has to do with isolating Iran. The natural way to get the energy resources India needs is from Iran, a pipeline right from Iran to Pakistan to India. The United States wants to block this from happening in the worst way. It’s a complicated business. Pakistan has just agreed to let the pipeline run from Iran to Pakistan. The question is whether India will try to join in. The TAPI pipeline would be a good weapon to try to undercut that.
“In fact, that’s probably one of the main reasons why the United States entered into a deal with India in 2008 to permit India to openly violate the Non-Proliferation Treaty and to import nuclear technology– which, of course, can be transferred to weapons production. That’s another way to try to draw India more into the U.S. orbit and separate it from Iran.
"So all of these things are going on. There are a lot of broad considerations involved. But I still suspect that domestic politics is uppermost. We can’t get out of Afghanistan without victory or we’ll be slaughtered.”

- Noam Chomsky, an excerpt from Power Systems: Conversations on Global Democratic Uprisings and the New Challenges to U.S. Empire, Interviews with David Barsamian, Metropolitan Books 2013

  • choice feminist:i think feminism is about women's right to choose whatever they want
  • me:well, i think liberal/choice feminism is really dangerous because it elides systems of power
  • radfem:agreed! sex workers are awful
  • me:wait what
  • radfem:and don't get me started on transsexual surgeries

“We find that the observers’ familiarity with the environment, their perception of the behavior as intentional, and their own history of nonconformity all increase their willingness to assign positive attributes to an individual deviating from established norms.”

“This perception that the individual is consciously choosing not to conform is critical because, in order to signal status, deviations must demonstrate the autonomy to act according to one’s own inclinations and to bear the cost of nonconformity.”

“Increasing our status in the eyes of others is clearly an important goal, as it can grant us power and influence within our social groups and organizations. Weighing the benefits of adherence to social norms against the potential, more risky upsides of nonconforming practices is a difficult judgment call.”

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Force has its limits so persuasion is needed to control people. Edward Bernays, the guru of US public relations industry, a liberal progressive, expressed the view: “Ours must be a leadership democracy administered by the intelligent minority who know how to regiment and guide the masses.” We somehow have to persuade or change the attitudes of the population so that they will be willing to hand power over to us. The term he used was propaganda, but now we called it advertising or public relations. 

~ Noam Chomsky, Power Systems

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Service Engineers (Expatriate) at David Excellence Engineering Limited

David Excellence have been operating since 2011 in Building and Civil engineering works and have been a major distributor of Dangote Cement Nigerite, Purechem Industries and Onduline (a France based bitumen-fibre roofing sheet manufacturer).

The Engineering division of David Excellence offers sales and servicing of machines and power systems equipments to varying industries i.e Caterpillar…

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