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Sat Oct 18
I climbed a mountain today with my boyfriend, and it was magnificent in fall colors.  I’m absolutely exhausted, so I’ll upload more pics later.

I climbed a mountain today with my boyfriend, and it was magnificent in fall colors.  I’m absolutely exhausted, so I’ll upload more pics later.

Atheist Afterlife TfD

Atheist Afterlife TfD

Fri Oct 17
Amazon Review of Life.  It’s been too long since I browsed through Toothpaste for Dinner.

Amazon Review of Life.  It’s been too long since I browsed through Toothpaste for Dinner.

Thu Oct 16
The Tree, a sculpture by Paul McCarthy in Paris’s Place Vendome.
This is clearly a butt plug.

The Tree, a sculpture by Paul McCarthy in Paris’s Place Vendome.

This is clearly a butt plug.

There are major efforts being made to dismantle Social Security, the public schools, the post office—anything that benefits the population has to be dismantled. Efforts against the U.S. Postal Service are particularly surreal. I’m old enough to remember the Great Depression, a time when the country was quite poor but there were still postal deliveries. Today, post offices, Social Security, and public schools all have to be dismantled because they are seen as being based on a principle that is regarded as extremely dangerous. If you care about other people, that’s now a very dangerous idea. Noam Chomsky (via azspot)

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Wed Oct 15
Co-opting the language and posture of grievance is how members of a privileged class express their belief that the way they live shouldn’t have to change, that their opponents are hypocrites and perhaps even the real oppressors. This is how you get St. Louisans sincerely explaining that Ferguson protesters are the real racists, and how you end up with an organized group of precisely the same video game enthusiasts to whom an entire industry is catering honestly believing that they’re an oppressed minority. From this kind of ideological fortification, you can stage absolutely whatever campaigns you deem necessary. Kyle Wagner, The Future Of The Culture Wars Is Here, And It’s Gamergate
Tue Oct 14
Diehard believers in the west’s capacity to shape global events and congratulate itself eternally were afflicted with an obsolete assumption even in 1989: that the 20th century was defined by the battles between liberal democracy and totalitarian ideologies, such as fascism and communism. Their obsession with a largely intra-western dispute obscured the fact that the most significant event of the 20th century was decolonisation, and the emergence of new nation-states across Asia and Africa. They barely registered the fact that liberal democracies were experienced as ruthlessly imperialist by their colonial subjects. Pankaj Mishra, The Western Model is Broken
guardian:

The west has lost the power to shape the world in its own image – as recent events, from Ukraine to Iraq, make all too clear.
Why does it still preach that every society must evolve along western lines?

“So far, the 21st century has been a rotten one for the western model,” according to a new book, The Fourth Revolution, by John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge. This seems an extraordinary admission from two editors of the Economist, the flag-bearer of English liberalism, which has long insisted that the non-west could only achieve prosperity and stability through western prescriptions. It almost obscures the fact that the 20th century was blighted by the same pathologies that today make the western model seem unworkable, and render its fervent advocates a bit lost. The most violent century in human history, it was hardly the best advertisement for the “bland fanatics of western civilisation”, as the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr called them at the height of the cold war, “who regard the highly contingent achievements of our culture as the final form and norm of human existence”.
Niebuhr was critiquing a fundamentalist creed that has coloured our view of the world for more than a century: that western institutions of the nation-state and liberal democracy will be gradually generalised around the world, and that the aspiring middle classes created by industrial capitalism will bring about accountable, representative and stable governments – that every society, in short, is destined to evolve just as the west did. Critics of this teleological view, which defines “progress” exclusively as development along western lines, have long perceived its absolutist nature.

guardian:

The west has lost the power to shape the world in its own image – as recent events, from Ukraine to Iraq, make all too clear.

Why does it still preach that every society must evolve along western lines?

“So far, the 21st century has been a rotten one for the western model,” according to a new book, The Fourth Revolution, by John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge. This seems an extraordinary admission from two editors of the Economist, the flag-bearer of English liberalism, which has long insisted that the non-west could only achieve prosperity and stability through western prescriptions. It almost obscures the fact that the 20th century was blighted by the same pathologies that today make the western model seem unworkable, and render its fervent advocates a bit lost. The most violent century in human history, it was hardly the best advertisement for the “bland fanatics of western civilisation”, as the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr called them at the height of the cold war, “who regard the highly contingent achievements of our culture as the final form and norm of human existence”.

Niebuhr was critiquing a fundamentalist creed that has coloured our view of the world for more than a century: that western institutions of the nation-state and liberal democracy will be gradually generalised around the world, and that the aspiring middle classes created by industrial capitalism will bring about accountable, representative and stable governments – that every society, in short, is destined to evolve just as the west did. Critics of this teleological view, which defines “progress” exclusively as development along western lines, have long perceived its absolutist nature.

Mon Oct 13
bigblackcircle:

 Saint Sebastian nursed by St Irene

bigblackcircle:

 Saint Sebastian nursed by St Irene

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Sat Oct 11
hfml:

her 15 min of flame

This is like my internal monologue channeled facially through a young gay boy.

hfml:

her 15 min of flame

This is like my internal monologue channeled facially through a young gay boy.

(Source: acetoxy)