"To look at people in capitalist society and conclude that human nature is egoism, is like looking at people in a factory where pollution is destroying their lungs and saying that it is human nature to cough."
― Andrew Collier, ‘Marx: A Beginner’s Guide’
My crypto-skaldic, echt Indo-Germanic re-working of the traditional opening to Kalidasa’s Shakuntala … Beowulf on the Ganges?
UKRAINE, Kiev : Members of a so-called “Maidan’s self defence unit” stand by on Independence square in central Kiev on March 1, 2014. Pro-Russian forces tightened their grip on Crimea on Saturday as the Kremlin vowed to help restore calm on the restive Ukrainian peninsula and Washington warned of “costs” to Moscow should it order in troops. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI
Eternity by Frank Miller
A British news channel is preparing to broadcast video footage of the September 11, 2011 terrorist attacks captured from outer space for the first time in the coming weeks.
Channel 4, a public service television station based in the United Kingdom, has announced that it will show footage from that Tuesday morning captured from the International Space Station by Frank Culberston, the only American on board the ISS. When Culbertson was notified that something had occurred in New York, he realized they would be passing over the city soon.
“I zipped around the station until I found a window that would give me a view of New York City and grabbed the nearest camera,” he told Space.com last year. “The smoke seemed to have an odd bloom to it at the base of the column that was streaming south of the city. After reading one of the news articles we just received, I believe we were looking at New York around the time of, or shortly after, the collapse of the second tower.”
MALAYSIA, Pulau Carey : Local boys watch as Malaysian men from the Indigenous tribe Mah Meri wearing traditionally carved masks take a break after performing on the occasion of the Hari Moyang festival at their village in Pulau Carey around 80kms from Kuala Lumpur on March 1, 2014. The Nomadic Mah Meri, also known as sea gypsies celebrate the Hari Moyang or Spirit’s Day in their villages off the western coast of Malaysia. The selection of date for the annual day of dancing and ceremonial blessings to honour the spirits of their ancestors is said to come from the spirits themselves through the dreams of Mah Meri elders. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA
GREECE, Athens : Protesters affiliated to the communist party clash with riot police during a demonstration against austerity measures in Athens on March 6, 2104. AFP PHOTO / ANGELOS TZORTZINIS
The blockade by Russia of Ukrainian military installations in Crimea continues. VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky spoke with families of personnel barricaded inside, who complained about the difficulty of getting food past the pro-Russian protesters outside. Russia’s supporters explained why they want Crimea to separate from Ukraine, and Simon negotiated his way through a Russian checkpoint to interview an officer on the Slavutych, a Ukrainian battleship stuck in the harbor of Sevastopol.
A painting by Bob Eggleton illustrating a scene from St. Adomnán’s seventh century account of St. Columba’s sixth century evangelism in Scotland. Scanned from The Book of Sea Monsters. It is written that, when trying to cross the River Ness, St. Columba was waylaid by a dragon. The sign of the cross drove the beast away.
I quit smoking. It’s very hard, but I’m glad I did. I’ll tell you, this war against drugs in the US is the reason I quit because I got too fuckin’ sick of being on the wrong side. The war against drugs, which actually is a war against civil rights, don’t ever be fooled again. If they cared about us they’d get rid of the number one drug which is cigarettes; kills more people than crack, coke, and heroin combined, times 100. Legal. Marijuana: a drug that kills…no one — and let’s put it in a time frame — ever. Illegal.Bill Hicks (via billhicks)