The Pentagon has loosened its guidelines on avoiding civilian casualties during drone strikes, modifying instructions from requiring military personnel to “ensure” civilians are not targeted to encouraging service members to “avoid targeting” civilians.
In addition, instructions now tell commanders that collateral damage “must not be excessive” in relation to mission goals, according to Public Intelligence, a nonprofit research group that analyzed the military’s directives on drone strikes.
"Isn’t it perfectly clear that business as usual is a bullet through the head?”
If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings.
Nelson Mandela on the US invasion of Iraq
This is the Mandela that I mourn not the white-washed, sanitized version of a revolutionary figure that aligned with Communists, was part of a group branded as terrorists by Reagan, who continued to voice his opposition to Israel’s apartheid regime and illegal occupation of the West Bank and used armed resistance to fight apartheid in South Africa.
The way white people are exalting him across the political spectrum globally based on his national reconciliation work in South Africa post-apartheid (which did have major pitfalls for non-whites in particular) and erasing his revolutionary past and fight for equality across the globe shows just how ignorant of history they are and how incredibly myopic they are too.
White people are doing to Mandela what they’ve already done to Martin Luther King, Jr., and it makes me sick. If I see one more racist white liberal lionizing Mandela in a way that erases his revolutionary past so their facebook status about his death can serve as their “feel-good” justification of the day for their “liberalism,” I’m going to be sick. And don’t even get me started on the white American conservatives who are now lauding him even as Reagan demonized the ANC and Dick Cheney voted against a resolution that would have urged the South African apartheid government to remove Mandela from prison.
Don’t sanitize Mandela for your white comfort. He’s a hero in many regards, but maybe not for the reasons you might think based on the whitewashing he’s receiving in the media to hollow him out and make him into a puppet figure for racist white liberals and conservatives alike, just like MLK.
In honor of Bo’s Jackson’s birthday today, a look back at one of his many memorable moments. Happy Birthday, Bo!
The bicycle is already a musical instrument on its own. The noise of the bicycle chain and pedal and gear mechanism, for example, the breathing of the cyclist, we have incorporated all this in the Kraftwerk sound, injecting the natural sounds into the computers in the studio. Kraftwerk has always been a populist group; on our last albums we have destructed the myth of the genius musician (like Mozart composing symphonies as a child) and we have shown people how anyone can play the Casio, how to make their own music themselves, alone. Now with the bicycle it is almost the same - cycling is the most popular sport, everybody can do it.
(Interview by Pascal Bussy, Lyons, November 5th, 1991)
In the 1960s, black men and women who carried the pain of living in a white terrorist state, who carried the pain of redlining, of job discrimination, of being cheated out of land, cut on the television and saw black women and children getting the shit kicked out of them. No one was being punished. Sometimes the police were doing the kicking. They saw this, and they stewed. They’d seen it before. And as they had in the face of racial pogroms, and in the face of slavery itself, they closed their mouths, swallowed the daggers, and got dressed for work.
—Ta-Nehisi Coates, on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. (via theatlantic)
We were delighted (albeit perplexed) to spot a passionate South African rugby fan carrying an Oxford dictionary on Saturday in the South Africa vs Argentina match!
According to one of our South African regional sales managers: “This is a common occurrence in soccer matches. Fans always carry the Oxford dictionary to soccer matches. My sense is that a dictionary is seen as means of ‘teaching a lesson’. Rival fans then carry dictionaries as a way of sending a message to their opponents that they will teach them a soccer lesson.”
We strongly encourage more educational book-carrying at sporting events.