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May 12 2014

ekelias
14:02

May 09 2014

16:51

April 29 2014

19:45

March 06 2014

12:12

February 17 2014

ekelias
08:23

January 17 2014

18:38

November 28 2013

ekelias
11:06

Cook County Prosecutors: Re-Open Flint Farmer Murder Case!

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Flint Farmer was armed only with a cell phone when video footage caught Officer Gildardo Sierra beating him to the ground and shooting him seven times.

Sierra fired 16 rounds. He admitted drinking "multiple" beers before killing Farmer under the mistaken assumption that he was armed. He had a fatal shooting on his record already. And Cook County prosecutors are refusing even to bring charges against him.

Corruption has been rife in this case. Police waited five hours to give Sierra a breath test, and the city shelled out a settlement to try and keep Farmer's family quiet.

But this level of cruelty cannot be ignored. We owe it to Flint Farmer, and every person before him who died at the hands of a dirty cop, to challenge the cover-ups and brutality. We demand Cook County prosecutors revisit Sierra's case immediately.

PETITION TO COOK COUNTY PROSECUTORS: We demand justice for Flint Farmer. Re-open the case against Officer Gildardo Sierra immediately.

Reposted frompaket paket viamynnia mynnia

September 18 2013

ekelias
20:44

Wolverine xxx-style




Uncanny X-Men #508 by Laura Martin - Tribute to Vincent van Gogh


Ms Marvel #38 by Paolo Rivera - Tribute to N. C. Wyeth


Amazing Spider-Man #590 by Paolo Rivera - Tribute to C. M Cooldige


War Machine #5 by Fiona Staples - Tribute to John Singer Sargent


Moon Knight #29 by Juan Doe - Tribute to Pablo Picasso


Hulk #11 by Ed McGuinness - Tribute to Naj Tunich


Exiles #1 by Jason Chan - Tribute to Rene Magritte


Agents of Atlas #3 by Gerald Parel - Tribute to Edvard Munch


Secret Warriors #3 by Gerald Parel - Tribute to Gustav Klimt


Amazing Spider-Man #592 by Paolo Rivera - Tribute to Salvador Dali

June 28 2013

ekelias
07:11

June 13 2013

ekelias
20:19

Kapitalismuskritik bleibt verfassungsfeindlich



"Ein besonderes Steckenpferd von Verfassungsschutz und Innenminister Friedrich bleibt nach wie vor die Beobachtung linker Zusammenhänge. Mehrfach betonte Friedrich bei der Vorstellung des Berichtes, die Beobachtung von Teilen der Linkspartei stünde auf seiner Prioritätenliste ganz oben. Das Hauptproblem scheint dabei für die Verfassungsschützer die Kritik am Kapitalismus zu sein, die durch die Wirtschafts- und Finanzkrise in Europa immer populärer wird – dabei schreibt das Grundgesetz keine Wirtschaftsordnung vor, sondern überlässt deren Wahl und Ausgestaltung prinzipiell den Bürgern und der Politik. Kapitalismuskritik an sich kann demnach nicht verfassungsfeindlich sein.

Dennoch beschreibt der Verfassungsschutzbericht ausdrücklich die Aktionstage 'Blockupy Frankfurt' 2012 in seinem Abschnitt über Linksextremismus. Von den 20.000 Demonstranten in Frankfurt seien etwa 1.000 gewaltbereite Linksextremisten gewesen, die Polizeibeamte angegriffen hätten. Zudem hätten die Linksextremisten zu zivilem Ungehorsam aufgerufen. Auch die Kritik an der von Deutschland in den europäischen Krisenstaaten oktroyierten Sparpolitik hält der Verfassungsschutz für berichtenswert.

Dass sich der Verfassungsschutz ins besondere auch an dem für Linksextremisten 'traditionellen Aktionsfeld Antifaschismus' stört, sorgt vor allem bei der Linkspartei für Empörung. 'Antifaschistischer Widerstand gegen gewalttätige Neonazis ist legitim, nicht extremistisch', erklärte deren innenpolitische Sprecherin, Ulla Jelpke."

telepolis
Reposted fromschwa schwa viakrekk krekk

April 24 2013

ekelias
17:38

Jeremy Geddes



Surreal photo-realistic paintings by jeremy geddes

Surreal photo-realistic paintings by jeremy geddes

Surreal photo-realistic paintings by jeremy geddes

Surreal photo-realistic paintings by jeremy geddes

Surreal photo-realistic paintings by jeremy geddes

Surreal photo-realistic paintings by jeremy geddes

Surreal photo-realistic paintings by jeremy geddes

Surreal photo-realistic paintings by jeremy geddes

Australian artist Jeremy Geddes creates surreal oil paintings that are astoundingly photo-realistic. The paintings often depict human figures in mid-air, free-falling, or bursting through buildings like cannonballs. To achieve his photo-realistic level of detail, Geddes spends one to six months on each work. For more on Geddes’ artistic process, check out his 2011 interview with Empty Kingdom.
ekelias
14:56

Der Postillon: „Telekom: Deutschlands Internetvorräte sind ohne Drosselung bis 2016 erschöpft“

„Bonn (dpo) - Die Deutsche Telekom warnt davor, dass die Internetvorräte Deutschlands bis 2016 weitgehend erschöpft sein könnten, sollte der aktuell hohe Verbrauch anhalten. Daher plant das Unternehmen, ab dem 2. Mai Volumengrenzen für seine DSL-Tarife einzuführen. Mehrverbrauch kostet extra. Auf diesem Wege erzielte Zusatzeinnahmen will die Telekom in Importe aus internetreicheren Ländern und eigene Internetbohrplattformen in Nord- und Ostsee investieren.“

Reposted fromurfin urfin

March 15 2013

13:51

Autistic Kitten: Because I cannot access the Memegenerator (I am in China......) and because the ask box is too short

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Top Line: “If you need anything, just call me!”

Bottom Line: Needs everything; never calls

Story behind it: In growing up, going to school, studying in America, going home, beginning new job in yet another different country, I have met many people who are willing to offer help in my…

February 16 2013

01:05

FUCK YEAH, TF2: Good news, everyone!

tf2tricks:

So as you should all know by now, Steam and TF2 are now available on Linux - the Open Source operating system!

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There are some great advantages to using this method of playing, such as a higher average framerate.

After having a quick look through the Steam Powered…

February 13 2013

ekelias
09:37

Die Sächsische Demokratie

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Die sächsische Regierung hat alles versucht, diese neue Protestkultur gegen die Neonazis zu schwächen. Der Landtagsabgeordnete der Grünen Miro Jennerjahn meint daher, es sei angemessen, von einer Sächsischen Demokratie zu sprechen. Der Freistaat erfülle zwar formal die Kriterien einer Demokratie, jedoch werde alles misstrauisch beäugt, was eine Demokratie mit Leben fülle, kritisierte der Obmann der Grünen im NSU-Untersuchungsausschuss. Konkret bezieht er sich auf das Engagement von Bürgerinnen und Bürgern – »zumindest, wenn es einen politischen Anspruch« habe. »Die sächsische Halbdemokratie «, so Jennerjahn weiter, »wie sie sich in den letzten 20 Jahren unter starker CDU-Dominanz entwickelt hat, ist nach wie vor geprägt von Autoritarismus, jedwede Kritik an konkretem staatlichen Handeln wird als potentiell antidemokratisch gewertet.«


Die CDU habe sich in Sachsen de facto zu einer Staatspartei entwickelt, die den Freistaat gewissermaßen als ihren Privatbesitz betrachtet, meint Jennerjahn. »Dies hat dazu geführt, dass die individuellen Grundrechte im staatlichen Handeln oft nur eine untergeordnete Rolle spielen, wie etwa das massenhafte Ausspähen von Handydaten im Umfeld der Proteste gegen den Neonazi-Aufmarsch gezeigt hat. Im Windschatten dieses weitgehend autoritären Systems hat sich in Sachsen eine massive rechtsextreme Szene entwickelt« – und diese Bewegung war Voraussetzung dafür, dass sich drei Rechtsterroristen über Jahre in dem Freistaat einrichten konnten.
Reposted fromrunkenstein runkenstein viaurfin urfin

January 19 2013

11:07

10 Things You Should Know About Slavery and Won’t Learn at ‘Django’

diasporicroots:

oxfordcommas:

Consequently, here’s my top-10 list of things everyone should know about the economic roots of slavery.

1) Slavery laid the foundation for the modern international economic system.
The massive infrastructure required to move 8 to 10 million Africans halfway around the world built entire cities in England and France, such as Liverpool, Manchester and Bordeaux. It was key to London’s emergence as a global capital of commerce, and spurred New York’s rise as a center of finance. The industry to construct, fund, staff, and administer the thousands of ships which made close to 50,000 individual voyages was alone a herculean task. The international financial and distribution networks required to coordinate, maintain and profit from slavery set the framework for the modern global economy.

2) Africans’ economic skills were a leading reason for their enslavement.
Africans possessed unique expertise which Europeans required to make their colonial ventures successful. Africans knew how to grow and cultivate crops in tropical and semi-tropical climates. African rice growers, for instance, were captured in order to bring their agricultural knowledge to America’s sea islands and those of the Caribbean. Many West African civilizations possessed goldsmiths and expert metal workers on a grand scale. These slaves were snatched to work in Spanish and Portuguese gold and silver mines throughout Central and South America. Contrary to the myth of unskilled labor, large numbers of Africans were anything but.

3) African know-how transformed slave economies into some of the wealthiest on the planet.
The fruits of the slave trade funded the growth of global empires. The greatest source of wealth for imperial France was the “white gold” of sugar produced by Africans in Haiti. More riches flowed to Britain from the slave economy of Jamaica than all of the original American 13 colonies combined. Those resources underwrote the Industrial Revolution and vast improvements in Western Europe’s economic infrastructure.

4) Until it was destroyed by the Civil War, slavery made the American South the richest and most powerful region in America.
Slavery was a national enterprise, but the economic and political center of gravity during the U.S.’s first incarnation as a slave republic was the South. This was true even during the colonial era. Virginia was its richest colony and George Washington was one of its wealthiest people because of his slaves. The majority of the new country’s presidents and Supreme Court justices were Southerners.

However, the invention of the cotton gin took the South’s national economic dominance and transformed it into a global phenomenon. British demand for American cotton, as I have written before, made the southern stretch of the Mississippi River the Silicon Valley of its era. The single largest concentration of America’s millionaires was gathered in plantations along the Mississippi’s banks. The first and only president of the Confederacy—Jefferson Davis—was a Mississippi, millionaire slave holder.

5) Defense of slavery, more than taxes, was pivotal to America’s declaration of independence.
The South had long resisted Northern calls to leave the British Empire. That’s because the South sold most of its slave-produced products to Britain and relied on the British Navy to protect the slave trade. But a court case in England changed all of that. In 1775, a British court ruled that slaves could not be held in the United Kingdom against their will. Fearing that the ruling would apply to the American colonies, the Southern planters swung behind the Northern push for greater autonomy. In 1776, one year later, America left its former colonial master. The issue of slavery was so powerful that it changed the course of history.

6) The brutalization and psychological torture of slaves was designed to ensure that plantations stayed in the black financially.
Slave revolts and acts of sabotage were relatively common on Southern plantations. As economic enterprises, the disruption in production was bad for business. Over time a system of oppression emerged to keep things humming along. This centered on singling out slaves for public torture who had either participated in acts of defiance or who tended towards noncompliance. In fact, the most recalcitrant slaves were sent to institutions, such as the “Sugar House” in Charleston, S.C., where cruelty was used to elicit cooperation. Slavery’s most inhumane aspects were just another tool to guarantee the bottom line.

7) The economic success of former slaves during Reconstruction led to the rise of the Klu Klux Klan.
In less than 10 years after the end of slavery, blacks created thriving communities and had gained political power—including governorships and Senate seats—across the South. Former slaves, such Atlanta’s Alonzo Herndon, had even become millionaires in the post-war period. But the move towards black economic empowerment had upset the old economic order. Former planters organized themselves into White Citizens Councils and created an armed wing—the Klu Klux Klan—to undermine black economic institutions and to force blacks into sharecropping on unfair terms. Isabel Wilkerson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “The Warmth of Other Suns”, details the targeting of black individuals, as well as entire black communities, for acts of terror whose purpose was to enforce economic apartheid.

8) The desire to maintain economic oppression is why the South was one of the most anti-tax regions of the nation.
Before the Civil War, the South routinely blocked national infrastructure protects. These plans, focused on Northern and Western states, would have moved non-slave goods to market quickly and cheaply. The South worried that such investments would increase the power of the free-labor economy and hurt their own, which was based on slavery. Moreover, the South was vehemently opposed to taxes even to improve the lives of non-slaveholding white citizens. The first public school in the North, Boston Latin, opened its doors in the mid-1600s. The first public school in the South opened 200 years later. Maintenance of slavery was the South’s top priority to the detriment of everything else.

9) Many firms on Wall Street made fortunes from funding the slave trade.
Investment in slavery was one of the most profitable economic activities throughout most of New York’s 350 year history. Much of the financing for the slave economy flowed through New York banks. Marquis names such as JP Morgan Chase and New York Life all profited greatly from slavery. Lehman Brothers, one of Wall Street’s largest firms until 2008, got its start in the slave economy of Alabama. Slavery was so important to the city that New York was one the most pro-slavery urban municipalities in the North.

10) The wealth gap between whites and blacks, the result of slavery, has yet to be closed.
The total value of slaves, or “property” as they were then known, could exceed $12 million in today’s dollars on the largest plantations. With land, machinery, crops and buildings added in, the wealth of southern agricultural enterprises was truly astronomical. Yet when slavery ended, the people that generated the wealth received nothing.

The country has struggled with the implications of this inequity ever since. With policy changes in Washington since 1865, sometimes this economic gulf has narrowed and sometimes it’s widened, but the economic difference has never been erased. Today, the wealth gap between whites and blacks is the largest recorded since records began to be kept three decades ago.


Definitely didn’t know a bunch of this.

December 13 2012

ekelias
20:45

November 26 2012

ekelias
15:41

Die Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung erklärt erst den “Extremismus”, löscht dann aber das Erklärbär-Video



Es tut sehr weh. Und weil sie wohl selber einsehen mussten, wie furchtbar schlecht und peinlich dieses Video im Kern schon ist, haben sie es heute von Youtube genommen und “bearbeiten” es gerade. Allerdings hat es jemand anders in Originalversion hochgeladen.

Was dabei herauskommt, wenn Mensch den normativen und unhaltbaren Extremismusbegriff (zwei ganz schlimme Ränder der Gesellschaft, eine über alle Zweifel erhabene Mitte) verinnerlicht, dessen Deutungshoheit ausschließlich bei staatlichen Behörden liegt, lässt sich in diesem “Aufklärungsvideo” der Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, die dem Innenministerium unterstellt ist, sehr schön sehen:

Wiederholtes Aufgreifen des “Dönermord”-Begriffes, Gegenüberstellung von Brandstiftungen an Autos mit einer kaltblütigen rechtsterroristischen Mordserie, sowie Verächtlichmachung von politischem Aktivismus (“kostenlose Ganzkörperdusche”, nee was haben wir gelacht) sowie plakative und vorurteilsgeladene Darstellung aller “Staatsfeinde” (der Nazi trägt dann am Ende eben doch wieder Springerstiefel und Bomberjacke).

Wenn die Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung also den Begriff “Extremismus” erklärt, sieht das folgendermaßen aus.

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// oAnth: besagtes Video wurde bereits in der Erstfassung auf soup.io gepostet, u.a. hier.

Reposted fromdarksideofthemoon darksideofthemoon viakrekk krekk

November 24 2012

ekelias
10:25

Cyril Rolando




Le Pianoquarium


Rage


FiddleBack


Swamp of Soap


Voice of Crystal


Everlasting Blues

Cyril Rolando
10:15

SylviaSybil: To the girls who say they want a nice guy.

tastymangerine:

maybeitspms:

chronicalsofanerd:

maybeitspms:

chronicalsofanerd:

Shut the fuck up. All us nice guys stuck in fucking friendzone know what you really want is some asshole to complain about to us. GTFO. We’re tired of it.

You sound super nice. I don’t know why no one wants to date you.

What a mystery.

I’ve had a bad day ok. I’ve pretty much given this girl, who I’m really close with, my heart and she shoots me down and starts telling me about all the guy problems. It just really fucking hurts and I felt here would be a better place to vent then some of my other options.

You know what? I know what it feels like to rejected. It fucking sucks and a lot of people are able to relate to what you’re feeling. You know what else I know? I know what it feels like to build a friendship with a guy. A guy that was nice and treated me like a human being instead of walking vagina he wants to fuck. I know what it’s like to become friends with a guy like this and slowly start to trust him. Slowly we build a really meaningful relationship and I let my guard down and I start to show him vulnerable parts of myself. I start to share my fears and weaknesses with him. I start relying on this important person in my life for support when I find out that I’m being dicked around by another guy who only sees me as a walking vagina he wants to fuck. And then this guy that I really care about tells me that he has feelings for me and when I tell him that  I don’t feel the same way, he turns around and calls me a bitch. He says I friendzoned him and he goes on some social networking site and starts blasting me and all of his friends are like “wow what a bitch. She doesn’t know what she’s missing” and he gets to pity himself and feel validated. I, on the other hand, am left with the realization that my friendship, that this closeness we shared didn’t mean jack shit. That this guy I trusted didn’t care enough about me as a person to not turn on me the second he found out I wouldn’t date/have sex with him. Suddenly, I’m feeling this whole time, everything I thought we had, was only as important to him as his chances to get in my pants. And let me tell you, that hurts way more than rejection. 

Here’s the thing, buddy. You’re not just one guy who’s having a bad day because you had your heart broken. Browse the friend zone tag. You’re just one of the many guys that post things like  pictures that say “when a girl starts telling you about her problems, she’s not complaining. It means she trust you” and the caption says “Aaaannnd you’ve been friendzoned”  like having a platonic, meaningful relationship with a woman is just THE WORST FUCKING THING EVER. Do you know how shitty it feels to know that your friendship and your trust is so fucking undesirable that there’s a goddamn meme about it? Do you know how shitty it feels to know that your guy friends only care you as long as they can hold on to the possibility of one day fucking you? Do you know how infuriating it is to know that that guy, that asshole who made you think he cared about you as a person, gets to flame you for daring to not be attracted to him? Because if you don’t know what that feels like, let me tell you that you’re not the one who got the shit end of the deal. 

definitely not pms. this is all true.

Reposted fromzweisatz zweisatz viagilbster gilbster
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