They’re Only Words | George Carlin
This is what “woman as a symptom of man” means, … woman is the determining factor: man orients himself towards his symptom, he clings to it to give consistency to his life.s. zizek (via jujutsu-with-zizek)
If he had taken his brilliance, his eloquence, his toughness and not run for office he could have led a movementJoan Baez on Obama (via exiledpoetssociety)
Edward F. Howard
Hell Will Freeze Over Before Chevron Pays for Pollution
When 30,000 Ecuadorian villagers sued Chevron in 1993 for devastating the Amazon with 18 billion gallons of toxic wastewater, the US-based oil giant’s reply was simple: “We will fight [the lawsuit] until hell freezes over,” said a representative. “And then fight it out on the ice.”
After investigators documented what they call a “Rainforest Chernobyl”—17 million gallons of spilled crude oil, more than 1,000 open waste pits full of toxic waste polluting the drinking water, and thousands of victims of cancer and birth defects—it seemed justice was served for the villagers. In 2011, an Ecuadorian court ruled against Chevron and demanded the company pay $19 billion in restitution. Ecuador’s Supreme Court later reduced the damages to $9.5 billion but upheld that ruling.
But on Tuesday, a U.S. court effectively overturned the ruling, which means Chevron has won the fight and hell, apparently, has frozen over. They’ve won using what activists say are dirty tactics, including filing a countersuit against the Ecuadorian villagers, claiming they had lied all along about the pollution caused to their properties as part of a shakedown scheme.
Chevron hired a legal team of more than 60 law firms and 2,000 legal professionals to argue that it’s not the villagers who are the victims here—it’s the corporation.
Faience amulet in form of dwarf god Pataikos
The Pataikos is a minor deity in Ancient Egypt who was strongely related to the dwarfgod Bes. He was a protective deity, associated mostly with pregnant women and small children.
It is 6.3cm (2.5 inch.) high and is made of baked clay.
Egyptian, Hellenistic Period, 330 - 30 BC.
Source: Metropolitan Museum
In architecture, it is safer, more profitable and less nerve-wracking to accept someone else’s answer to repeat what has been done before. But to do this will not help to solve the problems that architects face in the coming decades. Architecture must rid itself of the emphasis on exterior aesthetics. The focus is people—people moving, standing, talking, loving; people with their aspirations and frustrations, living and dying, needing. Only architecture that meets the needs of people endures.
John Andrews on Scarborough College
Germans officers with Cossack holding a Dragoon rifle in Crimea, Spring 1918,
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A breakthrough has been made in attempts to decipher a mysterious 600-year-old manuscript written in an unknown language, it has been claimed. The Voynich Manuscript, carbon-dated to the 1400s, was rediscovered in 1912, but has defied codebreakers since. Now, Bedfordshire University’s Stephen Bax says he has deciphered 10 words, which could lead to more discoveries.BBC News - Breakthrough over 600-year-old mystery manuscript (via wexlermendelssohn)
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