Common Core testing prepares our students for what they’ll face as adults: pointless stress and confusion.

We may be out of water by 2040

dailykos:

Disturbing study has been conducted with researchers…

It is important to recognize that when we speak of housework we are not speaking of a job like other jobs, but we are speaking of the most pervasive manipulation, and the subtlest violence that capitalism has ever perpetrated against any section of the working class. True, under capitalism every worker is manipulated and exploited and his or her relation to capital is totally mystified. […] The difference with housework lies in the fact that not only has it been imposed on women, but it has been transformed into a natural attribute of our female physique and personality, an internal need, an aspiration, supposedly coming from the depth of our female character. Housework was transformed into a natural attribute, rather than being recognized as work, because it was destined to be unwaged. Capital had to convince us that it is a natural, unavoidable, and even fulfilling activity to make us accept working without a wage. In turn, the unwaged condition of housework has been the most powerful weapon in reinforcing the common assumption that housework is not work, thus preventing women from struggling against it, except in the privatized kitchen-bedroom quarrel that all society agrees to ridicule, thereby further reducing the protagonist of a struggle. We are seen as nagging bitches, not as workers in struggle. Yet, how natural it is to be a housewife is shown by the fact that it takes at least twenty years of socialization, day-to-day training, performed by an unwaged mother, to prepare a woman for this role, to convince her that children and husband are the best that she can expect from life. Even so, it hardly succeeds. No matter how well trained we are, few women do not feel cheated when the bride’s day is over and they find themselves in front of a dirty sink. Many of us still have the illusion that we marry for love. A lot of us recognize that we marry for money and security; but it is time to make it clear that while the love or money involved is very little, the work that awaits us is enormous. This is why older women always tell us, ‘Enjoy your freedom while you can, buy whatever you want now.’ But unfortunately it is almost impossible to enjoy any freedom if, from the earliest days of your life, you are trained to be docile, subservient, dependent and, most importantly, to sacrifice yourself and even to get pleasure from it. If you don’t like it, it is your problem, your failure, your guilt, and your abnormality.
Silvia Federici, Revolution at Point Zero (via antineutral)
[F]or Nietzsche knowledge is not of the same nature as the instincts, it is not like a refinement of the instincts. Knowledge does indeed have instincts as its foundation, basis, and starting point, but its basis is the instincts in their confrontation, of which knowledge is only the surface outcome. Knowledge is like a luminescence, a spreading light, but one that is produced by mechanisms or realities that are of completely different natures. Knowledge is a result of the instincts; it is like a stroke of luck, or like the outcome of a protracted compromise. It is also, Nietzsche says, like “a spark between two swords,” but not a thing made of their metal.
Michel Foucault, Truth and Juridical Forms (via foucault-the-haters)

Climate change is the fight of our lives – yet we can hardly bear to look at it

What a great read. First off: Naomi Klein is one of the most brilliant minds of our time.  Ever since I was introduced to her in the film The Corporation, I’ve been leaning in to what she has to say.  Second,  her vision of how to cope with the socio-cultural and economic dimensions of climate change is inspiring. Klein provides hope and vision in a discourse that is so doom and gloom.

This article in particular grapples with a really interesting cultural value that I have been interested in for some time: knowing a place.  Too often, we’re told to leave home, to move to other cities, states, countries—all in pursuit of education, careers, love, etc.  But what’s kept me in Portland my entire life was this idea that I want to be here—that while moving around gives one perspective and knowledge of the other, staying always seemed to give me deeper meaning.  I know this city. I know these rivers, these mountains, these forests and these animals, these people. If we’re going to tackle the monumental task of living through climate change, we’re going to have localize ourselves and build our funds of knowledge there.  

I dream of one day walking through the grocery store and having it be a farmer’s market, rather than having the farmer’s market a refuge for the trendy bourgeoisie in SE, SW and NW Portland. I dream of a day where the rich kids choose to stay for the same reasons the poor do: because we can’t afford to leave our roots, our support systems and the relationships that allow us to get up the next day.  Imagine of those things were tied into a perception of the world that extends beyond the family and workplace, but the land, the water, the air. Imagine not wanting to leave home because Mt. Hood would be too painful to not wake up to everyday the same way it is to not have Mom/Dad/Brother/Sister/Lover/Partner.  

Just got done watching this doc. I’ve been showing clips for a while, but had never seen the full thing. My God… It’s definitely worth it.

Just got done watching this doc. I’ve been showing clips for a while, but had never seen the full thing. My God… It’s definitely worth it.

politicalsexkitten:

yukaryote:

Why Guys Like Asian Girls - Anna Akana

Everyone needs to watch this video. Now.

100% on point especially about men thinking that having “yellow fever” is a compliment and we’re supposed to be flattered by it. It’s the #1 way to parade around your blatant racism.

Source: yukaryote

Having unfriended everyone, unliked all posts and deleted everything I’ve ever posted, my Facebook page is now complete. Goodbye Facebook.

Having unfriended everyone, unliked all posts and deleted everything I’ve ever posted, my Facebook page is now complete. Goodbye Facebook.

america-wakiewakie:

Infographic: Who violates ceasefires more, Israelis or Palestinians? | Electronic Intifada 
The United States and other governments have harshly blamed Hamas for the ongoing slaughter in Gaza because they refused a unilateral “ceasefire” declared by Israel on 14 July through its Egyptian proxy.
But as dozens of prominent figures in Gaza civil society write, “Hamas represented the sentiment of the vast majority of residents when it rejected the unilateral ceasefire proposed by Egypt and Israel without consulting anyone in Gaza.”
“We share the broadly held public sentiment that it is unacceptable to merely return to the status quo” of devastating Israeli siege on Gaza, the civil society leaders said. “To do so would mean a return to a living death.”
To put the situation in context, Visualizing Palestine (visualizingpalestine.org) created this infographic that charts the routine violations of the last Egyptian-brokered ceasefire from 22 November 2012 until 7 July 2014.
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america-wakiewakie:

Infographic: Who violates ceasefires more, Israelis or Palestinians? | Electronic Intifada 

The United States and other governments have harshly blamed Hamas for the ongoing slaughter in Gaza because they refused a unilateral “ceasefire” declared by Israel on 14 July through its Egyptian proxy.

But as dozens of prominent figures in Gaza civil society write, “Hamas represented the sentiment of the vast majority of residents when it rejected the unilateral ceasefire proposed by Egypt and Israel without consulting anyone in Gaza.”

“We share the broadly held public sentiment that it is unacceptable to merely return to the status quo” of devastating Israeli siege on Gaza, the civil society leaders said. “To do so would mean a return to a living death.”

To put the situation in context, Visualizing Palestine (visualizingpalestine.org) created this infographic that charts the routine violations of the last Egyptian-brokered ceasefire from 22 November 2012 until 7 July 2014.

(Read Full Text)