An app called “Yo” — which took 8 hours to develop and literally does nothing but let you send one word, “Yo,” from person to person — has already raised $1 million from investors.
News item in Huffington Post. Ain’t capitalism wonderful?


Executive Director of Jewish Voice for Peace, Rebecca Vilkomerson, sits arrested with JVP colleagues for publicly reading the names of Palestinian victims killed in Gaza at the office of Friends of the IDF (FIDF) in New York City.


The source link is no longer available on Facebook. Wonder why?


They use telegenically dead Palestinians for their cause.
Benjamin Netanyahu, complaining about the dastardly Palestinian tactic of being slaughtered by the IDF. Classic blame-the-victim rhetoric.


Love that dot pattern. I forget the more technical name for it.

Ben-Day dots


Love that dot pattern. I forget the more technical name for it.

Ben-Day dots

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I’ve finally got a film scanner. This is a sort of self-portrait of me taken with my Mamiya C330 TLR back sometime in the winter.

I don’t know what else to say other than go fuck yourself, Bill Maher. (link)

Before I go further, I must put to rest a misnomer. Contrary to what’s been reported in the news for years, there is no Israeli-Palestinian conflict. None, zero, zilch, diddly-squat. I can say with confidence that Palestinians have no agency. The Israeli government controls everything in the country. This total control which is most magnified in the West Bank, concerns everything from where Palestinians are permitted to travel, to how much water they consume per month. Currently, there is no ‘conflict,’ only the omnipresent power of the Israeli government and those who resist it. This is important to understand.

Meanwhile, those who speak for the Israeli government go around claiming that no state could tolerate missiles being fired into its territory and that any state would have to retaliate. This is false, indeed absurd: much of British policy in Northern Ireland in the 1970s and 80s was deplorable, but though the IRA fired plenty of mortar rounds across the border, nobody seriously contemplated taking out “terror operatives” by aerial bombardment of civilian housing in the Irish Republic.
Chris Bertram, “Bullshitting About Gaza

This is what happens when a couple of people meet through doing Food Not Bombs together and fall in love and get married. They have a big wedding and make all their friends help cook massive quantities of food. Congrats to Nat (black t-shirt, pouring out the pot of beans) and Andy (blue shirt with white stripes, peeling a carrot). It was a blast.

Who the fuck is responsible for writing the headlines on the New York Times’s Twitter account? Way to treat the death of the eight innocent people (OK, if you believe the Israeli military, one target wasn’t innocent, and may or may not be among the dead) as some triviality, and totally elide the fact that the missile “found” the victims because it was specifically sent there by Israel. The article itself has the rather better headline “In Rubble of Gaza Seaside Cafe, Hunt for Victims Who Had Come for Soccer,” which still doesn’t mention the people who fired the missile in question.






Book Burning Memorial

'In the center of Bebelplatz, a glass window showing rows and rows of empty bookshelves. The memorial commemorates the night in 1933 when 20,000 “anti-German” books were burned here under the instigation of Goebbels. There's a plaque nearby that says something like “Where they burn books, they will also burn humans in the end.” '

Interesting but rarely mentioned: most of the content burned that night came from the Institut für Sexualwissenschaft (institute for the science of sex) headed by Magnus Hirschfeld. The institute and Hirshfeld himself were some of the first to openly campaign for the right to have sex with someone of the same gender, the right to transition if you did not identify with your birth sex and for the general acceptance of queer people. The team had already performed the first SRS operations in Germany and in addition, the institute advocated sex education, contraception, the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, and women’s emancipation.
Photographs of the night of the book burning are plastered across history books world wide, but the queer movement that was destroyed that night often goes unmentioned.

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Hirschfield was also the first major psychologist to say that the best thing doctors can do for trans people is to help them transition rather than “cure” them or whatever. And this photo, which is one of the most famous photos of the war, was of them burning his institute down. (Edit: by “this photo” I meant the one that posted above all the commentary for some reason.)

Hirschfield also influenced much of the German left (he was in the SPD and the Institute was affiliated to the SPD) on the question.

Well, if we’re going to talk about Magnus Hirschfeld, I’m going to take the opportunity to share what was probably the first movie advocating a any sort of pro-gay-rights stance, the 1919 silent film Anders als die Andern. The movie, which starred Conrad Veidt, who you might have seen as Major Strasser in Casablanca, was co-written by and featured Magnus Hirschfeld. Hirschfeld plays a similar role to his actual position at the time, a prominent sexologist and advocate for the decriminalization of homosexuality. Of course, the whole thing being from 1919, it’s head-smackingly out-of-date in its understanding of things, but an interesting cultural artifact.

Anyways, here’s the video, cued up to the caption before Hirschfeld’s appearance. The film references “Paragraph 175” a number of times. That was the specific law that outlawed homosexuality. It probably doesn’t really need to be said, but rather than make progress with the campaign to repeal Paragraph 175, Germany ended up going in a totally different direction, which turned out to be a world-historical mistake for many reasons.

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Sorry I haven’t been around much

I’ll try to be on Tumblr more. Sorry if anyone’s missed me.


We live in a patriarchal imaginary where men cannot conceptualise women as fully human.

What’s really important is how this shit resides in us, how this just lives in us, man, even if we’re the good guy – it should give a motherfucker pause.


I just went to a show at senior haus at MIT last week. It was a little weird because a good friend of mine used to live there, and because my band played a show there in like 2002-2003. This would be pictures of that. The haircuts also clearly mark the era.

There was a cherry pie filling fight during our set.

A friend of mine and I climbed over the wall around the yard to get into a Senior Haus show back in 2006 or 2007. And then immediately got asked to leave because we didn’t have wristbands. Then we headed back to the Boston side of the river and basically went on a bar crawl. That’s my only Senior Haus story.

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Small Business Still Manages To Mistreat Workers Like Large Corporate Chain

Just a quick reminder from America’s finest news source that small business owners can be just as much of the problem as the large ones.