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De Blasio’s NYC:

“The NYPD, seemingly determined to double down on violence against black people after the post-chokehold death of Eric Garner, apparently used the banned tactic again on a seven-months-pregnant woman after she grilled [yes, grilled, as in, cooked food] on the sidewalk in front of her home this weekend.”


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Of course Gazans have created a series of underground tunnels. They are utterly besieged, imprisoned, and cutoff from the rest of the world by Israel’s barbaric siege (abetted by Egypt). The only reason that Gazans have been able to stave off utter and complete mass starvation, death, and social collapse (i.e., genocide), is because they have been able to get goods, commodities, medicines, foodstuffs, and yes, weapons, through underground tunnels.

The difference between Gaza and Israel in this latter respect is that while Israel gets its first-rate weaponry — helicopters, fighter jets, bombs, tanks — directly and openly from international sources (namely, the U.S.), Gaza is compelled to get its low-grade weaponry — rockets, bullets, guns — indirectly from international sources through subterranean means.


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Largest Palestinian march in the West Bank since 2nd Intifada happening now and Israeli forces are responding with live ammunition. Follow ‪#‎48KMarch‬ on twitter.

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Omar Suleiman:
As I keep saying, this time is different. The largest march in decades taking place in Palestine right now as thousands march from Ramallah to Jerusalem in solidarity with their brothers and sisters in Gaza. Absolutely incredible. May Allah protect them all. #48KMarch #FreePalestine

Largest Palestinian march in the West Bank since 2nd Intifada happening now and Israeli forces are responding with live ammunition. Follow ‪#‎48KMarch‬ on twitter.

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As I keep saying, this time is different. The largest march in decades taking place in Palestine right now as thousands march from Ramallah to Jerusalem in solidarity with their brothers and sisters in Gaza. Absolutely incredible. May Allah protect them all. #48KMarch #FreePalestine

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Military device used on Detroit protest against Water Shutoffs Learn more » http://bit.ly/1nxYeUF

Military device used on Detroit protest against Water Shutoffs
Learn more » http://bit.ly/1nxYeUF

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In case anyone doubted that the police are a bunch of bigoted, barbaric, lynchings-waiting-to-happen.


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If you were outraged by the police murders of Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell, or any of the countless others, you need to be fucking outraged about this. This Black man was lynched in broad daylight by the NYC police. The cops are a terrorist organization, plain and simple. Sign the petition linked to in the article.

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Widow of innocent Staten Island man murdered by police speaks out: “He was targeted” »

Innocent, unarmed Black man choked to death on the street by NYC police


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Americans Killed by Cops Now Outnumber Americans Killed in Iraq War ~ Read more: http://bit.ly/18GjLSn

Americans Killed by Cops Now Outnumber Americans Killed in Iraq War ~ Read more: http://bit.ly/18GjLSn


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An officer with the Department of Homeland Security opened fire on Palestine solidarity activists as they drove away from a pro-Israel rally in front of the Federal Building in Westwood in Los Angeles on Sunday. The activists have also complained that they were attacked by Israel supporters.

The Electronic Intifada’s Ali Abunimah was attacked by Los Angeles police in the same area while filming a pro-Israel rally last week.  

After being shot at, the men were detained by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and then smeared by various media outlets as violent members of Hamas.

Update, Tuesday, 15 July: Israel supporters assaulted Palestine activist

Palestine solidarity protesters were assaulted for waving a Palestinian flag out of the window of their truck on Sunday at a Los Angeles rally in support of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza, according to Reuters.

The flag was torn to the ground and stomped on by the Israel supporters, prompting the Palestine supporters to exit their truck to retrieve it. While kneeling to recover the flag, one Palestine activist was “stomped and kicked” by pro-Israel demonstrators. Yet it was four Palestine activists who “were booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after some of those involved in the melee were seen brandishing wooden poles,” reported Reuters.

The Los Angeles Times clarified that the “wooden poles” were actually wooden posts used to prop up their protest signs.

In other words, protest signs, when “brandished” by Palestine solidarity activists, are deadly weapons. 

Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security officer who opened fire on pro-Palestine demonstrators has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation. 


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fuck racism, fuck misogyny, fuck transphobia

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What human rights? And here you thought summary execution at the hands of armed thugs was something that only happened in other countries.

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Capitalism, disability, and the false valuation of human life

Keith Rosenthal
21 June 2014

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Two days ago, Annie, a 2-year old child with a heart condition, died in Illinois because she was refused a heart transplant.

The reason? She was born with Down Syndrome, and had what are often referred to as “special needs”. In the U.S., children with disabilities such as Down Syndrome are nearly always automatically removed from organ donor transplant lists. Their lives are deemed less valuable by medical professionals, administrators, insurance companies, and state and federal law-makers and enforcers.

As journalist Jenna Glatzer wrote at Salon.com a few years back, “In the U.K., the policy is absolute: No medical center will give a transplant to a patient with Down syndrome. [But] in the U.S. policy is unofficial — there’s no written rule excluding people with disabilities. However, in practice, the statistic speaks for itself: Only one person with Down syndrome has ever been granted a heart transplant in this country.”

One hospital medical director put it bluntly to Glatzer: “My main aim is to make people live and to become independent human beings that will live a fulfilled life. I have grave doubts as to whether … a Down’s sufferer [would] ever be able to lead a totally independent life. If asked to make a decision between a normal person and a Down’s patient, [we take] the person who is the most whole.”

Such life-and-death decisions are made in the medical industry all the time, and often the reasons provided by doctors or medical administrators are not as blatantly bigoted as the one above. (Though this still leaves aside the basic problem that such decisions are subject to the whim of unaccountable medical technocrats, rather than truly being in the hands of the people themselves, as per the norms of what is generally understood as “democracy”).

To me, though, this is not really a “medical” issue or problem, at base. It is a social one. It is not the medical field which is the root of the devaluation of the lives of disabled people in this society, though the medical-industrial complex has historically and presently played an outrageous role in justifying and contributing to such devaluation.

At base, it is about what our society as a whole deems to be a “worth-while” life. Starting with the advent of the industrial revolution, it came to be an accepted fact that the purpose of society was to produce, accumulate, and exchange as many goods, commodities, and wealth as quickly as possible. If that meant throwing children into factories; so be it. Paying starvation wages; so be it. And if it meant casting aside to die all those individuals deemed incapable of engaging in sufficiently profitable and productive labor in the factories, mills, and workhouses emerging everywhere; so be it.

This is why the US has institutionalized, sterilized, and killed millions of disabled people over the course of its existence (and even today continues such practices). In a capitalist economy based on prioritizing profit and breakneck production over all else — in which cutthroat competition reigns supreme as per the dystopian dictates of “survival of the fittest” free-marketeers and ideologues — all those humans who are incapable of laboring under the prevailing rate and pace of industrial exploitation are considered mere “burdens” by the bean-counters and cynics who rule over the economy (and consequentially the polity itself).

We are not humans first in such a society, but rather “human resources” compelled to sell ourselves on a “job market.” The value of our labor — i.e., our capacity to produce surplus value, or profit, for a prospective employer — is what determines our value in society as a whole.

The lower one’s “marketability” as such a human resource, the lower one’s social position in society, replete with the poverty, ostracism, and perceived inferiority that comes with it.

The fact of the matter is that the measure of the value of human life should not be, need not be, and hasn’t always been, commensurate with one’s ability to participate fully in specifically capitalist, i.e., exploitative and grueling, conditions of social labor (i.e., the total societal production, exchange, and distribution of goods and services).

What if the purpose of life was not to be deemed sufficiently “valuable” to an employer — or to pursue profit for profit’s sake, but merely the pursuit of happiness, love, meaningful social interaction, and creativity, based upon a society in which each person was able to contribute to the total quantity of socially-necessary labor (i.e., the total work necessary to enable society to function and equitably prosper) according to no other consideration than their unique abilities and creativity?

All humans are capable of loving and being loved; of interacting with other humans and their environment in unique, special, and intrinsically valuable ways. And that is the point of human existence. Not having a profit-margin that outpaces a competitor; or a GDP that outpaces a rival nation. These latter things are artifices imposed upon us by capitalist-driven market forces and divisions. They are not natural, and certainly not necessary.

At present, the human species has developed the wealth, technology, and productive capacity to provide for all; to reduce the labor burden placed on each, and enable the participation of all in the procurement of our social necessities. To allow for the free development of all humans as an end in itself; to allow for the flourishing and integration of all humans in greater and more harmonious intercourse regardless of the unlimited mental and physical differences which obtain between us.

When just the US alone spends nearly $2 billion A DAY maintaining its military machinery; when the 400 richest individual Americans have more combined wealth ($2 trillion) than the bottom half of the entire population combined, and more than the entire GDP of 80% of the nations on this planet; when we can find the means to pay the average CEO of a large U.S. corporation a wage of $7,000 per hour;— when we look at all these things it is clear that — if apportioned equitably — we more than have the resources and the ability to provide for all human beings and enable all human beings to live as free and full members of society.

In such a context, the notion that a disabled child or adult is a “burden” on the rest of the human population is not only barbaric and bigoted, it is anachronistic. It is a notion which continues to corrupt our species for no other reason than that the form of socio-economic organization (yes, capitalism) which comports with — and gives rise to — such prejudices, lingers on as the hegemonic system under which human affairs are organized.

It is high past time that such a system — and all of the unnecessary, barbaric, and backward ideas which it fosters — be consigned to historical bygone, once and for all.


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For the first time CBS 5 News gets a tour inside the Nogales warehouse holding close to a thousand children who have crossed the border illegally and without their parents. You can see the slideshow of what we witnessed here: http://fb.cbs5az.com/1phfGtS
What do you think the American government should do with these babies, children and teens?

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Inside the US concentration camps where thousands of children are being warehoused for the “crime” of crossing an artificial border separating Mexican land from land that the US stole from Mexico.

[Also, I include the original text above as written by CBS News to demonstrate the bigoted way in which they even approach this clear crime against humanity].

For the first time CBS 5 News gets a tour inside the Nogales warehouse holding close to a thousand children who have crossed the border illegally and without their parents. You can see the slideshow of what we witnessed here: http://fb.cbs5az.com/1phfGtS

What do you think the American government should do with these babies, children and teens?

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Inside the US concentration camps where thousands of children are being warehoused for the “crime” of crossing an artificial border separating Mexican land from land that the US stole from Mexico.

[Also, I include the original text above as written by CBS News to demonstrate the bigoted way in which they even approach this clear crime against humanity].


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