We need to think very strategically about how to use social media – always remembering that, despite the egalitarianism claimed for social media by capital’s libidinal engineers, that this is currently an enemy territory, dedicated to the reproduction of capital. But this doesn’t mean that we can’t occupy the terrain and start to use it for the purposes of producing class consciousness.
TIME LAPSE MAP OF EVERY NUCLEAR EXPLOSION EVER ON EARTH
Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created a beautiful, undeniably scary time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place between 1945 and 1998, beginning with the Manhattan Project’s “Trinity” test near Los Alamos and concluding with Pakistan’s nuclear tests in May of 1998. This leaves out North Korea’s two alleged nuclear tests in this past decade (the legitimacy of both of which is not 100% clear).
Each nation gets a blip and a flashing dot on the map whenever they detonate a nuclear weapon, with a running tally kept on the top and bottom bars of the screen. Hashimoto, who began the project in 2003, says that he created it with the goal of showing”the fear and folly of nuclear weapons.” It starts really slow — if you want to see real action, skip ahead to 1962 or so — but the buildup becomes overwhelming.
This is absolutely amazing.
Great news everyone! After a 6 hour border detention at Miami Airport, two visits from the FBI and at least six flights dealing with lengthy security screenings I am finally off the the airport “Selectee” list. That’s a government watch-list for folks who “need” extra processing to check in for flights and special TSA searches.
You’re probably saying “hold up, what’s going on? The FBI?” Well,
On Friday June 28 Rising Tide Seattle activists and friends converged for a Climate Profiteers Bike Tour. About 18 folks, including one puppy and three members of the Salish Sea Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army, rode from City Hall Park south towards the port of Seattle. We took…
That’s me on the far right! Yes to Local Sustainability, No to Global Fossil Fuel Exports!
I’ve been overwhelmingly moved by the support, ideas, advice and conversations I’ve had since coming out about my 6 hour detention and phone confiscation by Miami Customs and Border Protection. What’s been most amazing are the stories of other abuses, many horrible, that people have experienced at the hands of CBP and Homeland Security. This system is impacting and intimidating a wide swath of our movements. I can’t thank you all enough for sharing, for your courage and making it clear we are not alone.
A year ago Glen Greenwald wrote this important article on the scope of border searches and what’s at stake. It revolves around the case of Laura Poitras, who helped break the the unfolding news on NSA online survaillance. Any interested in the success of our movements should read it.
I put this together to show solidarity with a fresh wave of protest unfolding in Mi’kmaq territory, New Brunswick - led by Indigenous leaders. There have been 5 arrests in the last week including 2 on Sunday in protest against shale gas exploration.
Please reblog this to show your solidarity! And if your ready for a summer of unified, escalating action against extreme energy check out the kick off week of action for a Fearless Summer (June 24-29).
Want more? Join Shale Gas Alerts New Brunswick:
And sign this Avaaz petition: The People of New-Brunswick DEMAND a referendum and moratorium on Shale Gas exploration!
Detained, Searched and Interrogated Without Reason
Dear friends and allies,
On Saturday June 1, 2013 I was detained for more than 6 hours at Miami International Airport. I was humiliated, misled, intimidated and used by the system. I was never given a reason.
I realize that many folks, other activists, people of color, non-citizens, people of different sexual orientations and gender expressions face much, much worse at the hands of security agencies. But I feel a deep need to share this experience with my community. Like the sheer scale of NSA surveillance revealed this week, my experience is part of systematic abuse that we all face. Also this is a message of gratitude to all those that mobilized in my support.
Here’s what went down.
Revisiting the Global Sweatshop
A huge part of my political development came with the late 90’s movement building around supply chains and marginalized labor under globalization. This weekend’s factory fire killing 112 Bangladeshi garment workers and Black Friday’s Walmart store strikes, have brought those issues back to the popular media.
That attention has also come to my more immediate bubble of activist connections.