BF046. Refreshing, laid (way) back new joint from California producer and Brainfeeder affiliate Mono/Poly. The glossy ‘Ra Rise’ hints at the confidence of an artist hitting his true potential. Things start off relaxed with a soft bassline in a bed of euphoric vocals. But the towering, electric synth line really pushes this track over the edge. Very nice seeing this forthcoming on Brainfeeder.
“Most problems of teaching are not problems of growth but helping cultivate growth. As far as I know, and this is only from personal experience in teaching, I think about ninety percent of the problem in teaching, or maybe ninety-eight percent, is just to help the students get interested. Or what it usually amounts to is to not prevent them from being interested. Typically they come in interested, and the process of education is a way of driving that defect out of their minds. But if children[’s] […] normal interest is maintained or even aroused, they can do all kinds of things in ways we don’t understand.”—Noam Chomsky (via guerrillatech)
“A ‘postmodern’ boss insists that he is not a master but just a coordinator of our joint creative efforts, the first among equals; there should be no formalities among us, we should address him by his nickname, he shares a dirty joke with us … but during all this, he remains our master. In such a social link, relations of domination function through their denial: in order to operative, they have to be ignored.”—Slavoj Žižek, In Defense of Lost Causes (via class-struggle-anarchism)
Occupy Oakland came up for air again this past weekend, spurring two protests in Oakland. One was centered on events that have been transpiring in Ferguson, Missouri; another focused on the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza.
Getty confirmed the arrest in captions on photos on its site: “Getty Images staff photographer Scott Olson is placed into a paddy wagon after being arrested by police as he covers the demonstration following the shooting death of Michael Brown,” it said.
A photojournalist for the photography syndicate Getty Images was arrested in Ferguson, Missouri on Monday night, amid ongoing protests over the death of unarmed teen Mike Brown.
Photographer Scott Olson was among a few (including reportedly aholocaust survivor) arrested in near the town’s McDonald’s for “not getting out the way fast enough when ordered,” according to a reporter for The Telegraph who was at the scene. Getty confirmed their reporter’s arrest in captions uploaded to their site reading, “Getty Images staff photographer Scott Olson is placed into a paddy wagon after being arrested by police as he covers the demonstration following the shooting death of Michael Brown.”
Olson’s arrest comes just a few days after two other reporters, The Washington Post’s Wesley Lowery and the Huffington Post’s Ryan J. Reilly, were arrested at the same McDonald’s for similar reasons. At the time, Lowery pointed to the heart of his concern about his own arrest: “[T]he thing is,” he told his colleague at the Post, “so many people here in Ferguson don’t have as many Twitter followers as I have and don’t have Jeff Bezos or whoever to call and bail them out of jail.”
But even outside of those two arrests, press freedom in Ferguson has been a growing issue. Last week, the St. Louis police department told ThinkProgress that they had requested a no-fly zone over Ferguson because media helicopters were in the way. Police also reportedly turned journalists away from protests early on, telling them “no media allowed.”
Getty released a statement on Olson’s arrest Monday night. “We at Getty Images stand firmly behind our colleague Scott Olson and the right to report from Ferguson,” the statementfrom Pancho Bernasconi, VP of News, said. “Getty Images is working to secure his release as soon as possible.
“We strongly object to his arrest and are committed to ensuring he is able to resume his important work of capturing some of the most iconic images of this news story.”
If Mogadishu occupies an ambiguous space in our minds and hearts, it is because ours is a land with an overwhelming majority of pastoralists, who are possessed of a deep urbophobia.
Maybe this is why most Somalis do not seem unduly perturbed by the fate of the capital: a city broken into segments, each of them ruthlessly controlled by an alliance of militias.
by Somali writer Nuruddin Farah (1988). I read this mind blowing quote while researching migration as a climate adaptation option for certain cities.
“Urbaphobia" - the condition that cities are a threat to rural life. As a consequence, said cities will not obtain the support required for their long term existence.
I’m not sure of the cultural scale required for urbaphobia to supplant the viability of cities, but it is an interesting concept. Perhaps, for example, Detroit needed a certain level of support from the surrounding rural areas in order to survive. If true, which other cities are threatened by this phobia?
Globalization is not a natural, evolutionary, or inevitable phenomenon, as is often argued. Globalization is a political process that has been forced on the weak by the powerful. Globalization in not the cross-cultural interaction of diverse societies. It is the imposition of a particular culture on all others. Nor is globalization the search for ecological balance on a planetary scale. It is the predation of one class, one race, and often one gender of a single specie on all others. ‘Global’ in the dominant discourse is the political space in which the dominant local seeks control, freeing itself from local, regional, and global sources of accountability arising from the imperatives of ecological sustainability and social justice. ‘Global’ in this sense does not represent the universal human interest; it represents a particular local and parochial interest and culture that has been globalized through its reach and control, irresponsibility, and lack of reciprocity.
Globalization has come in three waves. The first wave was the colonization of the Americas, Africa, Asia and Australia by European powers over the course of 1, 500 years. The second wave was the imposition of the West’s idea of ‘development’ on non-Western cultures in the postcolonial era of the past five decades. The third wave of globalization was unleashed approximately five years ago as the era of ‘free trade,’ which for some commentators implies an end to history, but for us in the Third World is a repeat of history through recolonization. Each wave of globalization has served Western interests, and each wave has created deeper colonization of other cultures and of the planet’s life.
”—Vandana Shiva. “Ecological Balance in an Era of Globalization.” (2000). The Globalization Reader, Fourth Edition. 2012. (via thedarksideoflight89)