On Sundays, I post a lot of links to things I think are worth reading, almost always from the previous week, and in exactly no particular order. I try not to link to the NY Times or other huge MSM outlets, and I mostly succeed. Click through, and look for something you weren't looking for.
- Cairo, Hers Again: excerpt from Ahdaf Soueif's book about Cairo and the Egyptian revolution.
- The Aesthetics of Authority
- On Laura Stephen, family ties, and madness
- Where They At: New Orleans Hip-Hop and Bounce in Words and Pictures.
- The Poor Storm: Ending mass Incarceration in America
- Tribalism in the Arabian Peninsula: It's A Family Affair
- The ‘football riot’ in Egypt and Egypt Soccer Protests Challenge Military Regime
- “I’m afraid the masquerade is over and so is love, and so is love”
- Digesting East Kalimantan literature
- In Which Anonymous Infiltrates a Confidential Conference Call
- Six Arab Novelists on Why They Write
- Empire Bakuba - "Kwasa Kwasa," Syllart Production
- Mother’s boys: conversations with the parents of Russia’s neo-Nazis
- Praying while Shi’a: the NYPD’s latest religious profiling scandal
- What Lies Beneath the “Violence” Discourse
- Radiation Posters, 1947
- No Israeli Citizenship for Palestinian Spouses
- Prison Printshop Guerrilla Tactics
- Girl, Napalm, and ?
- The Good Book
- A Short History of Modern Syria
- Things Jonathan Franzen Says Are Bad for Society
- Some Bad Ideas Can't Be Shot Down
- Fighting For Scraps, Higher Ed Edition
- Yakuza labor structure formed base of nuclear industry
- This Militarized Empty Lot
- The Growing Iranian Military Behemoth
- Why Occupy Oakland Keeps Capturing Headlines
- The Myth of the Rational Insurgent
- Do You Like Online Privacy? You Might Be a Terrorist.
- The Little Book of Terror (video)
Crime has not fallen in the United States—it’s been shifted. Just as Wall Street connived with regulators to transfer financial risk from spendthrift banks to careless home buyers, so have federal, state, and local legislatures succeeded in rerouting criminal risk away from urban centers and concentrating it in a proliferating web of hyperhells. The statistics touting the country’s crime-reduction miracle, when juxtaposed with those documenting the quantity of rape and assault that takes place each year within the correctional system, are exposed as not merely a lie, or even a damn lie—but as the single most shameful lie in American life.
In January, prodded in part by outrage over a series of articles in the New York Review of Books, the Justice Department finally released an estimate of the prevalence of sexual abuse in penitentiaries. The reliance on filed complaints appeared to understate the problem. For 2008, for example, the government had previously tallied 935 confirmed instances of sexual abuse. After asking around, and performing some calculations, the Justice Department came up with a new number: 216,000. That’s 216,000 victims, not instances. These victims are often assaulted multiple times over the course of the year. The Justice Department now seems to be saying that prison rape accounted for the majority of all rapes committed in the US in 2008, likely making the United States the first country in the history of the world to count more rapes for men than for women.
- Checking Out
- Narrow Streets and NYC: The Problem, or the Solution?
- Interview as Train Wreck: Susan G. Komen Foundation meets Andrea Mitchell
- Third Chimurenga
- The necrotization of US culture
- No kidney transplant for dying East Bay dad who is illegal immigrant
- South Sudan’s Oil Cutoff
- Political Nonexistence
- Video: Occupy Chicago’s New Indoor HQ | Occupied Chicago Tribune
- Evolution of US Breakfast Cereals
- One State, Two States: Who Is the Subject of Palestinian Liberation?
- Castrating Review of Alexander Payne’s The Descendants
- No Police Order
- HAU and the opening of ethnographic theory
- Brokeback Himalayas: "For the mango of their love never ripens: too focused on furniture and grammar, Pratap spends the rest of his stay in Delhi absorbed in his studies and leaves India with a full vocabulary but an empty heart."
- An Education in Occupation
- SOPA is top story for young people
- White House's Education Non-Policy
- African Zoolander
Wednesday's decision has been described as motivated by pressure from pro-life groups, but in reality Komentmis (and always has been) run by right wingers and closely aligned with conservative politics. The organization's current president, Karen Handel, ran for governor of Georgia in 2010 and lost in the Republican primary. Sarah Palin endorsed her. During her campaign she promised repeatedly to defund Planned Parenthood. She took over Komentm a few months ago. You do the math. On a personal note, Karen, I hope you get cancer. I hope the doctors find it too late to do anything but treat your pain, and I hope they do a poor job of that. Cut and paste that at your leisure to prove how mean-spirited and Uncivil liberals are.
Komen's founder and CEO, Nancy Brinker, is a big money Republican with ties to the past three Republican administration who received a political appointment from George W. Bush as a reward for her fundraising largesse. She draws a salary of $459,000 annually, money well spent compared to the 39% of its budget the foundation spends on "public health education" (i.e., marketing itself). Not to mention that they also spend a million bucks per year in legal fees to threaten other non-profit groups who use the phrase For the Curetm, to which Komentm claims to have intellectual property rights.
That last part is important to the organization, of course, because every successful marketing campaign needs a good logo and a slogan. And that's all Komen is – a consulting firm that helps large corporate clients sell more of their products through pinkwashing campaigns. By slathering everything from pasta to baseball bats to perfume to fast food with the Pink Imprimatur, consumers are led to believe that their purchases are making meaningful contributions to breast cancer research. Somewhere down the line a few cents per purchase may trickle into those bloated coffers, but the immediate and motivating effect of that pink packaging is to get you to buy things. In short, Komentm is a group of salespeople selling image. Whatever money benefits the sick, researchers, or recovering patients is ancillary. Getting those big, fat tax-exempt checks from their Partners for the Curetm is what drives their business model.
- Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere
- Call and Response
- 'Gasland' Journalists Arrested At Hearing By Order Of House Republicans
- Precarity Everywhere
- The Gendered Politics of Precarious Labor
- Are Electronic Media Making us More or Less Literate
- We Will Not Lie Die Like Dogs
- Truck Drivers Shut Down Port of Seattle
- The Storytellers of Empire
- Death, Debt, and Climate Change
- The Privatized Mind
- Syria's revolution, and imperialism
- The empty idea of private property
- On the Cowboy as the "New Indian", 1876/7
[W]hat if the internet suffered a real blow? How would things change if Google and Bing went down for 24 hours, and there wasn’t a way around the block?
If your first thought is to do your online searches through Yahoo!, you will run into another roadblock. Since 2010, Yahoo! searches are powered by Bing. Can you name any other search engine sites off the top of your head? You’re in trouble if you can’t – remember, there’s no way to search for them.
[C]olleges promote themselves, especially to first-generation students, as a pathway to the middle class — but, increasingly, colleges do not pay middle-class wages to their own faculty members. The contradiction is deepest at the lowest tiers of the academic hierarchy, where, Rhoades said, underpaid adjunct faculty members are effectively "modeling what is acceptable as an employment practice." It is no wonder that adjunct faculty members are so politically invisible: apparently no one wants to say to high school graduates, "Go to college, work hard, and someday you can get a job teaching college — at a salary of $20,000." It casts a pall over the American dream.