Look I’ll let you know right now: I am not Gandhi, I am not MLK…. but even MLK acknowledged that ”a riot is the language of the unheard.”
James Baldwin took it a step further and said this:
"….when you’re accusing a captive population who has been robbed of everything of looting. I…
Domo lays it out, plain as day.
After watching #ferguson develop all week, its utter Orwellian insanity hit me afresh last night, while debriefing my housemate who’d been biking in the middle of nowhere. Describing what’s been going on to someone hearing it for the first time drove home the degree to which this situation is beyond belief and, at the same time, approaching predictable. The SEVERAL OTHER extrajudicial assaults and executions this week alone, the outpouring of white supremacist discourse, and the pathological disregard for due process (…assembly, redress of grievances, press, take your pick from the bill o’rights and Geneva) are now unexceptional, to be expected after another yet another black kid is executed in the street. I don’t mean to sound flippant. Anything but. It’s a horrifying, sickening brew of complacency and helpless outrage, in a seemingly endless loop.
Reposting from a friend on Facebook. This is a round-up of Ferguson the night of 8/18, Day 11:
1) A Getty Reporter was arrested last night. A local (non African American) reporter was also arrested, after being tear gassed and shot at with rubber bullets multiple times because she was HIDING during the police assault on the community. https://twitter.com/BNDJLee
2) Around midnight STL time, the police immediately ordered all media out of the streets. They were told to turn their cameras off and either leave or go to the command center. They were threatened to be SHOT not arrested if they did not comply.
3) Someone apparently threw a water bottle at the cops. Major media outlets reported that it was a Molotov cocktail. This was not true. Cops are saying they found a Molotov Cocktail from last night. There was no fire whatsoever. No explosions, under than the sound of whizzing bullets and only smoke from tear gas. No flames, so that theory is pretty unlikely.
4) Last night CNN also reported that the instigators that were inciting riots were….*drumroll please* White Anarchists from out of town. There is no longer a reason to blame the people of Ferguson for their government’s violent behavior. It wasn’t them.https://twitter.com/jasoncherkis/statuses/501573215911968768
5) Also, as soon as members of the media stopped recording, the Ferguson Police rode into RESIDENTIAL CUL DE SACS firing tear gas, rubber bullets, and live rounds. There was no curfew last night, and the protesting had already stopped. This went on until about 2 am. Again to reiterate: the police were not aiming at protestors, but literally firing at people while they were already on their own property. They also told residents to “go home” even tho they already are.
6) Amnesty International, a worldwide non-profit that aids civilians affected by war in their countries, was deployed to the US for the 1st time ever, for “human rights observations.” They were also tear gassed, and then kicked out of Ferguson along with the media.
7) Tear Gas is a chemical weapon, illegal and banned by the Geneva Convention. You remember that whole issue in Syria? “Allegedly” Assad was tear-gassing his own citizens. The US nearly intervened because it was a human rights issue. Your President has asked for protestors to remain peaceful, and let law enforcement do their job, although in fairness he said “excessive force” is not necessary.
And that’s where we are. On Day 11. Darren Wilson still has not been turned in. Neither has Daniel P, the cop who murdered Eric Gardner in Staten Island, NY.
Oh and also, this happened. https://vine.co/v/M3F6JDPI9Hu
Things are coming along in the garden!
This makes me so happy
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One shift of the Wellesley Farmerettes, who supported the war effort in 1918 through food production in the vegetable gardens. Pictured are botany professor Margaret Ferguson (fourth from left), Helen Blake ‘18 (third from left), Ellen Montgomery ‘18 (far right), Bess Whitmarsh ‘18 (on top of wagon with hat), and Ruth Addoms ‘18 (behind Miss Ferguson). Photo courtesy of Wellesley College Archives.
Learnt an interesting thing today on this arabic course,
The original Arabic number system looked like this, the one we now use.
It was designed so each character had the corresponding number of angles to the number, so the number 1 has 1 angle, 2 has 2 angles, 3 has 3, 0 has none etc…
It is so obvious now, I’ve always assumed its one of those things that just is, with no logical explanation, but here it is, perfectly simple and satisfying
My jaw is legit on the floor right about now :D
Today, Jessica reminds us that it is also Cinco de Mayo in France.