Monday, May 21, 2018

Gif of the Day


What is this and why.

The Texas Shooter Was Not a Nice Guy

Another shooter, another guy associated with nazis and general fascists, and another guy who turned to deadly violence in response to being rejected by a girl.

Texas school shooter killed girl who turned down his advances and embarrassed him in class, her mother says

One of Pagourtzis' classmates who died in the attack, Shana Fisher, "had 4 months of problems from this boy," her mother, Sadie Rodriguez, wrote in a private message to the Los Angeles Times on Facebook. "He kept making advances on her and she repeatedly told him no." 
Pagourtzis continued to get more aggressive, and she finally stood up to him and embarrassed him in class, Rodriguez said. "A week later he opens fire on everyone he didn't like," she wrote. "Shana being the first one." 

 Meanwhile, news outlets keep saying shit like this:

"We are gratified by the public comments made by other Santa Fe High School students that show Dimitri as we know him: a smart, quiet, sweet boy," the family statement said.

He harassed a girl for four months.

"Never seen a problem out of that child," said Richard Wallace, recalling how Pagourtzis would come around every year for Halloween. 
Another neighbor, Bobbie Owen, said Pagourtzis and his younger sister helped her carry in Christmas packages last year.

He harassed a girl for four months.

Mr. Pagourtzis had no known confrontations with law enforcement, Mr. Abbott added. “As far as having a criminal history, he has none. His slate is pretty clean.” 
In many ways, Mr. Pagourtzis was a part of the Santa Fe community. 
He made the honor roll. He played defensive tackle on a school football team that was the pride of the town. His family was involved in the Greek Orthodox Church.

He harassed a girl for months. He wore the Iron Cross and was associated with neo-nazi shit. He brought a gun to school and murdered 10 people.

Stop talking about how he didn't seem like the kind of guy who would do this. White supremacy and toxic masculinity has combined in this country and escalated to the point that it could spark a murderous rampage in any white man or white teen boy at any time. That's what happens when you teach white boys and men that people of color and women owe them something they're not getting and/or are taking something from them that is naturally theirs, and teach them that committing violence is their right and anger is the only emotion they're allowed to express.

This will keep happening until these lessons stop.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Gif of the Day


A) Who did this, and B) how did they do this.

Here's Fascism!

[TRIGGER WARNING: ANTI-LATINX RACISM, DEHUMANIZATION, ABLEIST SLUR]

You've probably heard that Trump called Latinx immigrants "animals." Yes, he did. Now you need to brace yourself for Republicans to accuse all of us who are appalled and talking about it of taking his words out of context.

You can find the exact context on Politifact.

In Context: Donald Trump's comments about immigrants, ‘animals’

First, a county sheriff gives a short speech about how new laws are preventing them from treating immigrants like complete shit (like, perhaps, ANIMALS) and giving information to ICE. Trump calls it a disgrace, because of course. Then this:

Mims: "Thank you. There could be an MS-13 gang member I know about — if they don't reach a certain threshold, I cannot tell ICE about it." 
Trump: "We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in — and we're stopping a lot of them — but we're taking people out of the country. You wouldn't believe how bad these people are. These aren't people. These are animals. And we're taking them out of the country at a level and at a rate that's never happened before. And because of the weak laws, they come in fast, we get them, we release them, we get them again, we bring them out. It's crazy.

So, yes, it is very likely that when Trump said "these are animals," he was talking about MS-13 gang members.

Let's talk about that. First of all, you can say it's about "gang members," but we all know that is NOT who sparked this meeting. Trump is upset because of the "caravan" of people coming here to seek asylum. Gang members don't need to pretend to seek asylum to get here - they have the money and support to get here other ways.

At the same time, using the excuse of "I'm talking about gang members" opens you up to the ability to call every person who looks like they might be a Latinx immigrant "animals." And if they aren't gang members, you can just say you thought they were, right? But how do you determine whether someone is a gang member just by looking at them? Could this become a case of racial profiling?

I'm joking, of course. It already is a case of racial profiling. Racists will look for an excuse to dehumanize the people they hate as much as possible in order to spread their poisonous hate to others. It works. It's worked in every case of genocide there ever was.

On the other hand, are gang members animals? Or are they people forced into a situation because they have no other choice and have been raised in complete hell thinking this is their only option anyway so they pretend it's what they wanted all along?

Let's not forget that the horrific gang violence in certain areas of Latin America is the direct fault of the U.S. for starting a bullshit "War on Drugs" that created huge demand for drug production there.

Don't ever let anyone off the hook for dehumanizing Latinx migrants.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Gif of the Day


It's like the kitten is attacking the blep, it's too much.

Incels Are the Inevitable Conclusion of the Patriarchy

[TRIGGER WARNING: INTENSE MISOGYNY, RAPE THREATS, RACE FETISHISM]

I still get losers coming to me saying that the patriarchy isn't real and/or mocking me for talking about it. This has been happening for years, and during that same time, I have been aware of and periodically reading the horrific messages/forum posts of "incels."

I've already talked about the weirdness of having been aware of/sounding the alarm about these violently, intensely misogynistic men for years only to just now finally have everyone else pay attention. But others have made the very good and necessary point that the "incels" that have been spewing misogynistic hate online and more recently, going out and murdering women, are not involuntarily celibate like they claim and are not the only fucking adult virgins out there.

The Rage of the Incels

Some of the people I talked to were virgins by choice. Some were not, sometimes for complicated, overlapping reasons: disability, trauma, issues related to appearance, temperament, chance. “Embarrassed doesn’t even cover it,” a thirty-two-year-old woman who chose the pseudonym Bette told me. “Not having erotic capital, not being part of the sexual marketplace . . . that’s a serious thing in our world! I mean, practically everyone has sex, so what’s wrong with me?” A twenty-six-year-old man who was on the autism spectrum and had been molested as a child wondered, “If I get naked with someone, am I going to take to it like a duck to water, or am I going to start crying and lock myself in the bathroom?”

I too have known people who were adults well into adulthood or still are and wish not to be. They have mostly been women - some who were very attractive, some more "plain" according to our current cultural beauty standards. None of them have violently hated the men who wouldn't sleep with them.

Jia Tolentino rightly points out that the "incels" who have been murdering people could use the available services of sex workers if they want sex so badly, but they actually hate female sex workers with perhaps even more violent passion than those who won't have sex with them for free. Because this isn't about sex at all.

Incels aren’t really looking for sex; they’re looking for absolute male supremacy. Sex, defined to them as dominion over female bodies, is just their preferred sort of proof.

Tolentino makes a lot of great points about how the steps toward women's sexual liberation have deprived misogynistic men whose only source of perceived power comes from oppressing women of that very power.

This is absolutely the endpoint of patriarchy. This is misogyny and toxic masculinity mixing in the worst possible way. Cultural misogyny blames women for everything. Toxic masculinity tells men they are nothing if they can't get sex with young, attractive women. This can't not end in a number of men who blame women for their intense feelings of worthlessness and violently hate them for it.

And this had to end in murder.

I knew it would. I knew it for all those years I got messages from men telling me that women are inferior beings, all those years prominent women in the media (the gaming community in particular) talked about receiving messages containing detailed descriptions of how the sender would rape them, the comments on this blog encouraging other men to reject American women for more "submissive" Eastern European or "Asian" women (because these men are always grossly racist as well). This will continue until the roots of the problem are uprooted. Patriarchy and capitalism and white supremacy have to go, or these so-called "incels" will keep killing. 

The Situation in Gaza

If you haven't been looking at the situation in Gaza because it's too horrific, I feel for you. But the Palestinians are on the verge of being extinguished from existence. The Israeli government is determined to just take more and more and more, squeezing the life out of these people until they no longer exist so that Israel can have all of the land that they think they're entitled to.

This is genocide unfolding before our very eyes. It's not just the land-taking (though that has been horrible, blatant, and deadly), but now they're trying to kill the Palestinians through illness, both physical and mental.

Want to see a completely awful infographic?

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Before you're all "no sources blerdibler," I already looked all of those up for you using the mighty power of quick Google searches.

Water

Electricity

Unemployement

Anemia

Freedom of movement

I couldn't find a source for 50% of kids expressing no will to live, but with all of the rest of the shit that's been happening to them, I find that statistic to be extremely believable.

This is genocide, pure and simple. Take away their clean water, make their kids sick and hopeless, leave them with no way to make a living and barely any electricity to do things like contact the outside world.

They'll all be dead or scattered without a homeland soon. That's what Israel wants and that's what the U.S. is helping them do.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Gif of the Day


Alright. Who put googly eyes on Venom?

Recommended Reading

Last night I read this great intro to anarcho-communism. It's a pamphlet by the Anarchist Federation, and I personally approve it from a feminist and general social justice standpoint.

Intro to Anarchist Communism

It's 44 pages, but if you're fairly interested in the subject, this is a great place to start. If you're only somewhat interested, you can try the AF's short intro on anarcho-communism.

I'm trying to work through some essential reading lists, but I'm getting closer to calling myself an anarcho-communist. It makes a lot of sense to me. And it appears to be catching on with a lot of other people my age, which makes me hopeful that something could change.

According to the pamphlet, it's impossible to predict when real revolution will be sparked. In the past, it's started from small uprisings that grew into something huge. What we need to try and avoid is getting co-opted by capitalists and statists (Democrats mostly) and keep our movements by the people and for the people.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Gif of the Day


This looks a little bit like me at my job at the cat cafe trying to carry an unwilling kitten back to its kennel.

Here's Fascism!

[TRIGGER WARNING: POLICE BRUTALITY, RACISM]

Welp. The first so-called "black identity extremist" was brutalized and arrested by police for nothing other than complaining about police brutality on Facebook.

Black activist jailed for his Facebook posts speaks out about secret FBI surveillance

The short version is that Rakem Balogun was identified in a fucking Infowars video at a Black Lives Matter rally by the FBI and put on their surveillance list for "black identity extremists," and I guess decided to have him arrested (in the middle of the night as FBI agents crashed through his door and dragged him and his 15-year-old son out into the cold in their underwear) because he participated in anti-police chants and ironically called a guy who killed a cop a hero on Facebook. He was, of course, making a point about how racist cop supporters express solidarity with murderous police.

Keighley, however, later admitted the FBI had no evidence of Balogun making any specific threats about harming police.

His crime? I don't even know. The article says the prosecutors' case "unraveled." What was he even charged for? Being mad on the internet? If so, I've got some screenshots the FBI should take a look at.

He was apparently indicted for "unlawful possession of a firearm," but why did the FBI knock down his door in the first place? I guess the FBI isn't saying.

All of this is extremely alarming. But it's also happened before. Which actually makes it more alarming. Will we learn from history? Or is it COINTELPRO all over again?

Balogun lost his job, his car, and his house while he was held in jail without bail for five fucking months. And the FBI does not have to get him a new house and car. He just has to deal with this massive disruption and setback to his life. How's he going to fight his own oppression with all this new stress in his life?

Wow This is Some Seriously Awful Racism, United Airlines

Airline companies in this country really just need to be scrapped so we can start over, like what the fuck. Close down United Airlines and replace it with a company that has no white people in it.

Nigerian woman ‘kicked off United Airlines flight after white man complained she was "pungent"’

You heard that right. A woman was kicked off of a flight because a white man didn't like the way she smelled.

But just after she sat down, a crew member told Obioma to go outside the aircraft, where another employee told her that she would be removed from the flight. The lawsuit says the pilot had personally requested that she be removed because the male passenger, who was not identified, had complained that her smell was “pungent,” and he was not comfortable flying with her. 
“At that point Ms Obioma was lost, confused and disoriented. Her mind went blank and she was utterly befuddled,” according to the complaint. 
Obioma explained that she was taking her children to school in Canada for the first time, and that they had appointments they could not miss. Despite her situation, crew members refused to let Obioma back onto the aircraft and removed the entire family from the flight. 
“Ms Obioma watched her minor children marched out of the aircraft like criminals, confused and perplexed... She sobbed uncontrollably for a long time,” the complaint says, adding that the children, who were seated in the economy cabin, were humiliated.

BECAUSE A WHITE MAN DIDN'T LIKE THE WAY SHE SMELLED.

SUE THE FUCK OUT OF THEM.

She missed her appointments, by the way. Fuck United Airlines and fuck that racist piece of shit white man. I hope he somehow died of dysentery after that.