Renowned philosopher Slavoj Zizek investigates the surprising ethical implications of charitable giving.
Tag Archives | Politics
This article originally appeared on Activist Post. It has been republished here under a Creative Commons License.
Real or fake, these mass shooter events are pregnant with consequences.
After the Chattanooga hoax, several Governors signed executive orders allowing the National Guard to be armed at all times. The Charleston church shooting hoax resulted in the banning of the Confederate flag.
And all of them have been used to demonize the free flow of information of the Internet. The message is that the shooters were radicalized on the Internet and that type of content must be censored.
These lone-wolf shooting events always seem to follow a perfect problem-reaction-solution sequence.
… Read the rest
Problem = Lone wolf shoots up innocent people for no reason. On psych meds. Radicalized on the Internet.
It’s now becoming apparent that the more notorious you are and the more outlandish the notion that you could be President of the United States, the more likely it is that you’ll run for that office. The latest candidate as reported by TechCrunch: John McAfee:
Fresh off of a DUI and gun possession arrest last month, software pioneer John McAfee has decided that the presidency of the United States is his next logical step.
We will have our official announcement at 6pm Eastern tomorrow
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) September 8, 2015
After hinting the move to Wired in a piece that was published earlier today, The Hill reports that McAfee has filed the necessary paperwork to enter the 2016 race. In the documents, McAfee also specifies that he is “founding a new party yet to be announced.”
His presidential campaign site, which is now live, doesn’t seem to offer any details on his stances on the issues, but it does have a donate button…
[continues at TechCrunch]
That the quality of politicians has descended to new depths is something Donald Trump reminds us of every day, but he’s been one-upped in Canada by a Conservative Party candidate who decided to pee in a customer’s coffee mug (he’s an appliance repairman in his day job), not knowing that his every move was being videotaped. From CBC:
… Read the rest
A service technician caught on hidden camera urinating into a coffee mug during a 2012 house call to repair a leaky sink before he became a Conservative election candidate is no longer running, the Tories said today.
Jerry Bance “is no longer a candidate,” said Conservative spokesman Stephen Lecce in a brief email to CBC News on Monday.
Lecce later confirmed to CBC News that Bance was dropped for not being truthful during the candidate screening process.
Lecce did not provide any further details, such as who might replace Bance as Conservative candidate in the Toronto-area battleground riding of Scarborough–Rouge Park.
I bribed Kojak at dispatch for an airport this morning.
But it is not the airport, per se, with regard to which I write to you now…
I’ve backed into the drive.
(Yes, in my regular Prius – 137. I only had to jump her this morning. Okay… and ignore the one burned-out headlight while cruising around for flags in the predawn.)
The sun is rising.
I’m fifteen minutes early, to ensure that I would not be late to the order while rolling with a local. Well, and to ensure that Cabulous wouldn’t auto-dispatch my bounty to whatever other closer driver, while I’m headed to the order.
I ‘Call Passenger’ through the app and give the usual spiel,
“Hi. This is Alex from Citizen’s Cab. I know I’m early, but I just wanted to let you know that I’m out front for whenever you’re ready…”
Alas, Beth is not biting.… Read the rest
To quote President Obama the day after the shooting in the AME Church,
“At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this kind of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency. It is in our power to do something about it.”
So far, however, the US has not done “something about it.”
The National Rifle Association (NRA), it seems, has so much power over politicians that even when 90% of Americans (including a majority of NRA members) wanted universal background checks to be adopted following the Newtown killings of 2012, no federal action ensued. Certainly, it’s unlikely that any useful legislation will emerge in South Carolina.
The NRA stranglehold on appropriate anti-crime measures is only part of the problem, though.… Read the rest
Gunduz Aghayev is a painter who creates satirical illustrations ranging from pop culture to religion and human rights around the globe.
This time he is taking on the concept of Justice seen through the filter of different nations revolving around the allegorical Roman goddess of justice, Justitia.
Let’s get to it, folks!
Philippe Gastonne via The Daily Bell:
… Read the rest
A few lines in a seemingly routine RAND Corp. report on the future of technology and law enforcement last week raised a provocative question: Should police have the power to take control of a self-driving car?
Human drivers are required to pull over when a police officer gestures for them to do so. It’s reasonable to expect that self-driving cars would do the same. To look at it another way: Self-driving cars are programmed to stop at red lights and stop signs. Surely they should also be programmed to stop when a police officer flags them down. It is, after all, the law.
It’s clear, then, that police officers should have some power over the movements of self-driving cars. What’s less clear is where to draw the line. If a police officer can command a self-driving car to pull over for his own safety and that of others on the road, can he do the same if he suspects the passenger of a crime?
… Read the rest
Since the end of World War Two the Central Intelligence Agency has been a major force in US and foreign news media, exerting considerable influence over what the public sees, hears and reads on a regular basis. CIA publicists and journalists alike will assert they have few, if any, relationships, yet the seldom acknowledged history of their intimate collaboration indicates a far different story–indeed, one that media historians are reluctant to examine.
When seriously practiced, the journalistic profession involves gathering information concerning individuals, locales, events, and issues. In theory such information informs people about their world, thereby strengthening “democracy.” This is exactly the reason why news organizations and individual journalists are tapped as assets by intelligence agencies and, as the experiences of German journalist Udo Ulfkotte (entry 47 below) suggest, this practice is at least as widespread today as it was at the height of the Cold War.
Ethan Indigo Smith via Waking Times:
… Read the rest
“Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.” ~ Pericles
Everything is ultimately political these days, but everything is firstly biological. Yet, ignoring our biology and our humanity, the military-industrial complex, with all its toxic modalities, still claims to operate in our best interests.
The fact is, modern politics has become the imposition of institutional formality where individuals and truth once were. Increasingly favoring institutional privilege over individual rights, politicians on all sides of the game act to reinforce and advance the standing of corporations at the expense of our physical world. They embark on resource wars for profit, destroy our environment for energy, construe zealotry as patriotism, and steer a culture of social competition – not cooperation – all the while hiding behind veils of secrecy and meaningless rhetoric.
It does not matter what caste you were born into, whether you are wealthy or poor, victor or victim of the system; as far as the big picture goes, we live in a world where commerce, politics and war are dominant and inseparable forces.