progressive insanities of idolatry

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occupyonline:

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Washington, DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007. The man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time approximately. 2 thousand people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.
4 minutes later:The violinist received his first dollar: a woman threw the money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.
6 minutes:A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.
10 minutes:A 3-year old boy stopped but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. Every parent, without exception, forced their children to move on quickly.
45 minutes:The musician played continuously. Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32.
1 hour:He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.
No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before Joshua Bell sold out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.
This is a true story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people’s priorities.
*In a common place environment at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty?
*Do we stop to appreciate it?
The questions raised:
*Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?
One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this:
If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made…
How many other things are we missing?

occupyonline:

multiplereflections:

Washington, DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007. The man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time approximately. 2 thousand people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

4 minutes later:
The violinist received his first dollar: a woman threw the money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.

6 minutes:
A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.

10 minutes:
A 3-year old boy stopped but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. Every parent, without exception, forced their children to move on quickly.

45 minutes:
The musician played continuously. Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32.

1 hour:
He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before Joshua Bell sold out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.

This is a true story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people’s priorities.

*In a common place environment at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty?

*Do we stop to appreciate it?

The questions raised:

*Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?

One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made…

How many other things are we missing?

(Source: Washington Post, via occupyonline)

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dear cracker ass white people who hate immigrants

unknowablewoman:

weexist-weresist:

THERE IS NOTHING

YOU HAVE DONE

TO DESERVE CITIZENSHIP

WALTZING OUT OF YOUR MAMA’S WOMB ONTO AMERICAN SOIL DOES NOT MEAN YOU ARE DESERVING OF JACK SHIT

LOOK AT THE PERSON TO YOUR LEFT WHO IS A CITIZEN

THERE IS NO REASON WHY YOU BITCH ABOUT THIS PERSON DESERVING MORE ACCESS TO JOBS, OPPORTUNITIES, RESOURCES, AND RIGHTS THAN THE IMMIGRANT WHO HAS BUSTED THEIR ASS FOR DECADES TRYING TO PROVIDE A GOOD LIFE FOR THEIR CHILDREN AND IS NOW BEING DEPORTED

THERE IS NO FUNDAMENTAL DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ME, A PERSON WHO HAS LIVED IN AMERICA SINCE THE AGE OF 2, AND A WHITE US-BORN CHILD

this idea that we owe citizens something first is a result of an imagined community or fictive kinship. but unlike other forms of kinship which exist under certain dynamics of obligation or power (families, communities, etc), the fictive kinship of valuing your fellow citizen over your fellow immigrant or assuming that said citizen is deserving is entrenched in racism and jingoism.

for the life of me i cant understand people who feel compelled to protect their fellow citizens over immigrants. what the fuck did all you bitch ass crackers do to deserve the right to vote? to live free of the fear of deportation? to be told that the land you grew up in is yours? to be able to report rape and domestic assault without fearing your families might get torn apart? to be able to participate in controversial political activities without fear that you might get sent to a foreign land?

citizenship is a ridiculous fictive kinship.

and all you crackers can eat a bowl of dicks.

I LOVE YOU

I think I will send this out to all of my family. I think it is fair game for the stupid, anti-immigrant patriotic bullshit they’ve sent me over the years!

Awesome text, thank you!

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The Broadcasting Beaver: Bill C-10: Lets Make ALL the Jails The Conservative government has...

thebroadcastingbeaver:

Bill C-10: Lets Make ALL the Jails

The Conservative government has proposed a new bill, Bill C-10. In a show of blatant disregard for facts and expert opinions, the bill would hold junkies in jail for longer periods, crack down on youth offenders, increase minimum sentences, and get rid of…

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knottyknate:

OCCUPY THE PLANET!!!

“My brothers and sisters!  If there is any part of you that feels corruption and suffering is what runs the world then please watch this video and reblog!  Then unite with us who seek freedom!  Even if you can’t participate in the fight yet, at least let the people know what’s going on since the mainstream media and associated press will not.  Look at the links below and join your city’s occupation movement and take back your freedom!  And remember to keep it peaceful.  Viva la rEVOLution!”

EVENTS

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If women want to walk around half-naked I don’t object to them doing so. If they want to wear tight jeans where you can see their underwear or walk around with their breasts hanging out, I don’t give a damn. But if they are allowed to do that, why should I not be allowed to cover up?

Kenza Drider, a Muslim woman who has just announced that she will be running for President in France’s upcoming election.  She opposes France’s ban on veiling and understands this restriction to be an attempt to [further] stigmatize Islam.  With her campaign, she plans to focus on freedom and going “much deeper” in addressing social issues. (via mylifeasafeminista)

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They hate this country. They wrap themselves in the flag, but they hate America as it is: the America that embraces gay people, is multicultural, is a homogeneous society that seeks to incorporate all races and ethnic creeds into its culture. The America they love is the, quote, “Christian America” that they keep harping back to, that people like Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, George W. Bush, etc., all want to take us back to. But it’s an America that never existed and certainly doesn’t now.

Ex-Evangelical (Frank Schaeffer) Denounces Michele Bachmann & Calls Christian Reconstructionist Politics “Anti-American”, via Democracy Now! Frank makes an important clarification about Michelle Bachmann and her ilk, they come “from a fringe even of the fringe, which is the Reconstructionist, Dominionist movement…” 

Read his piece over at Alternet to read about his experience with the fringe of a fringe.

Edit: ilyagerner also recommends a piece on Bachmann & her influences over at The New Yorker.

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(Source: democracynow.org, via minusmanhattan)

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Russell Brand on the UK riots

forumgamer:

nom-chompsky:

wtfox-:

alexandrahamilton:

theraconteurasaurus:

“These young people have no sense of community because they haven’t been given one. They have no stake in society because Cameron’s mentor Margaret Thatcher told us there’s no such thing.

If we don’t want our young people to tear apart our communities then don’t let people in power tear apart the values that hold our communities together.”

This whole “Russell Brand making sense” thing that’s been going on lately is kinda freaking me out.

Also quite relevant and highly accurate:

Why am I surprised that these young people behave destructively, “mindlessly”, motivated only by self-interest? How should we describe the actions of the city bankers who brought our economy to its knees in 2010? Altruistic? Mindful? Kind? But then again, they do wear suits, so they deserve to be bailed out, perhaps that’s why not one of them has been imprisoned. And they got away with a lot more than a few fucking pairs of trainers.

+10 to Russell Brand.

Nice.

Bold for emphasis. As much as I disliked seeing those responsible for the financial crisis get away with it, however, I now dislike seeing those riots in which buildings are burned, property is destroyed, and worst of all people are killed at least as much.

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elvendorkisunisex:

I am incredibly proud of the city of Toronto right now. Hundreds of citizens are lined up to speak to the city council about proposed cuts in the 2012 budget. This includes a guy who wrote a poem, a 14 year old girl sobbing as she explained how essential the library is to her life, and a man who talked about the mayor using a sock puppet. There are so many passionate people there today. 

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UGH!

aggregatedeccentricity:

I KNEW Rob Ford couldn’t do a marathon anything, other than marathon eating, sleeping with a sprinkle of racism, homophobia and sexism.  Of course he only understands 3 of those words. Eating, sleeping and sprinkle.

Mayor Rob Ford promised a “Marathon Toronto committee meeting” to hear what citzens had to say about all the services being cut. 

Of course that’s alot easier if you sleep through it. http://twitpic.com/5xbmy5#.TjICF0nPsf8.facebook

Should have used one of these.

Come on! What the fuck T.O?

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