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THE SCHOOL OF NO MEDIA

Posted by on Jan 1, 2016 in Action, Art, Care, Complexity, Death, Doc, Eco, Education, Ego, Free, Health, Highlights, Human Rights, Ideas, Media, Now, Peace, Poet, Religion, Site, Spectacle, Time, Violence, Wars, World |

On January 1st, World-Wide Wishful Thinking Day, the Grand Opening of the School of No Media! Excerpts from the front-page: “We live as if tomorrow did not exist, ignoring the imminent oblivion that awaits us all… but it does not stop there. The fact that experience is not transmissible compounds all of our mistakes, and our planet steadily falls apart. Full of wishful thinking, we want to believe… but nothing is a surprise anymore. What we know strangles us: reality is off limits and immediacy has gone. Our universe is built up to the extent that alienation, separation, isolation – and for some of us, exile – have become the very fabric of our existence, the only turf we inhabit.
Both centrality and normalcy as a whole are two of our major hoaxes, but again it goes further: like some kind of tautological monstrosity, we are so full of ourselves, we have become the victims of our own centrality” […]

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Darwin’s Dangerous Idea

Posted by on Jun 13, 2015 in Action, Care, Death, Doc, Eco, Food, Future Tech, Genocide, Human Rights, Ideas, Idées, Native, Sci/Nat, Time, Violence, Wars, World |

“It is estimated that every hour three species are lost forever; that’s 70 a day, 500 a week, 27,000 species ever year… which would make it the fastest mass extinction in our planet’s history. There is no doubt about the cause, it’s us. ” — Andrew Marr – “The sixth global mass extinction…” “We are into the opening stages of a human-caused biotic holocaust – a wholesale elimination of species – that could leave the planet impoverished for at least five million years. — Norman Myers —> the BBC 2 series […]

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Syria: Outrage Is Not Enough

Posted by on Nov 29, 2014 in Action, Doc, Genocide, Human Rights, Middle-East, Now, Photo, Politics, Racism, US, Wars, World | 2 comments

“‘I and millions of Syrians feel depressed when we see that the killer of thousands of prisoners is left unchecked… I have risked my life and the life of my immediate family, and even exposed my relatives to extreme danger, in order to stop the systematic torture that is practiced by the regime against prisoners,” Caesar wrote. “What is it that you can possibly do to prevent the killing, especially since there are more than 150,000 prisoners in the jails of the regime awaiting this black fate?” – Caesar was photographing accident scenes for the military police when the Syrian conflict erupted. He and several fellow photographers soon found themselves photographing dozens of bodies a day, many of which displayed signs of torture. Convinced that he was documenting war crimes, Caesar downloaded copies of the photos on thumb drives, sneaked them out of his office and transferred them to a hard drive, keeping a grisly record of the deaths for more than two years. But when asked to train a successor, he became alarmed that the government might be on to him, and he defected, taking a hard drive that he says documents more than 10,000 deaths.” […]

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-empyre- This Month on “ISIS, Absolute Terror, Performance”

Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 in Action, Art, Death, Ego, Genocide, History, Human Rights, Ideas, Media, Middle-East, Now, Peace, Politics, Security, Shoah, Spectacle, Theater, Time, Wars, World |

For the month of November 2014, I have been invited to be one of a number of guests on this listserv of more than 1900 participants. Here is an excerpt from one of the organizers, Alan Sondheim: “The world seems to be descending into chaos of a qualitatively different dis/order, one characterized by terror, massacre, absolutism. Things are increasingly out of control, and this chaos is a kind of ground-work itself – nothing beyond a scorched earth policy, but more of the same. What might be a cultural or artistic response to this? How does one deal with this psychologically, when every day brings new horrors? Even traditional analyses seem to dissolve in the absolute terror that seems to be daily increasing. … we want less political analysis or politics for that matter, and more, a form of personal/cultural testimony that is rarely written. What of anguish? What of inconceivable torture? What of a planet tending wildly towards overpopulation, extinctions, local wars, starvations, all producing despair, breakdown, anomie? In other words – how does one sleep at night?… the very absence of discussion in general, about the interiority of absolute violence, opens the subject up here.” PLEASE JOIN IN […]

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THINGS ARE BAD IN… TURKEY

Posted by on May 26, 2014 in Action, Antisemitism, Death, Human Rights, Middle-East, Music, Politics |

TAKSIM SQUARE, GEZI PARK & MORE: Karde? Türküler: Aman Aman B?kt?k Valla, Aman Aman ?i?tik Valla,. Bu Ne Kibir Bu Ne Öfke, – Oh my, oh my, we’ve had enough! Oh my oh my, we’re really fed up! What arrogance, what hatred. – Her Taraf Avm’den Geçesim Yok Bu Köprüden – Covered in shopping malls, I don’t feel like crossing this bridge. What happened to our city? – Bu Gam Bu Gaz Bu Kederle Ta? Kalmad? Ta? Üstünde, Ne Oldu Sana Böyle, Söyle, Söyle, Söyle – What woe, what gas? What grief is this? Everything is leveled to the ground, what the hell happened to you? Tell me, tell me. + The Ringo Jets + Ozbi + More […]

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Dalam Jagal/The Act of Killing (Online Full Versions)

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Action, Asia, Death, Doc, Eco, Film, Genocide, Highlights, Human Rights, Now, Peace, Politics, Racism, Spectacle, Time, Wars |

2014 Oscar Nominated and BAFTA Best Documentary Winner – What must be seen will be seen (for free now – film as change!) – This video is posted here with the full approval of the copyright holders of The Act of Killing. Previous postings with many reviews and interviews: A MONUMENT OF A FILM – my review and more & INDONESIA’S DARK PAST & PRESENT – my first post with much information. Bahasa Indonesia: Dalam Jagal, kami mengundang Anwar dan rekan pelaku pembunuhan lainnya untuk menceritakan kenangan mereka mengenai pembunuhan, tetapi gagasan mereka tidak untuk dituangkan dalam sebuah film dokumenter: mereka ingin membintangi jenis film yang mereka gandrungi dari era percaloan tiket di bioskop. Film Jagal menangkap kesempatan ini untuk mengungkap bagaimana sebuah rejim yang dibangun dengan genosida–dan tak pernah dimintai pertanggunggugatannya–mencitrakan dirinya dalam sejarah. […]

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