My Categorian page. Going to be here for blogging (or copy/pasting) and other stuff like that.
Using SU for sharing, and stumbling and bookmarking.
Click on the image to read this beautiful story.
Perfect replacement for SU. Fairly simple stuff but has all of SU's basic features. Definitely worth a try.
This version of the Spirited Away ED is so amazingly beautiful, sweeps me off my feet every time I listen to it.
Beautiful, sad and a very thought-provoking film.
Sometimes a video like this is all it takes to bring you out of your political lethargy. Intensely moving.
Work is a much better explanation for the creeping cretinization all around us than
even such significant moronizing mechanisms as television and education.
People who are regimented all their lives, handed off to work from
school and bracketed by the family in the beginning and the nursing home
at the end, are habituated to heirarchy and psychologically enslaved.
Their aptitude for autonomy is so atrophied that their fear of freedom
is among their few rationally grounded phobias. Their obedience
training at work carries over into the families they start, thus
reproducing the system in more ways than one, and into politics, culture
and everything else. Once you drain the vitality from people at work,
they'll likely submit to heirarchy and expertise in everything. They're
used to it. ~ Bob Black
"Hard times are in store for most people on Earth, and those may be times of boldness. Or not. The butterflies are out there, but when their flight stirs the winds of insurrection no one knows beforehand."
"So we are going to take "all necessary measures" to protect the civilians of Libya, are we? Pity we didn't think of that 42 years ago. Or 41 years ago. Or... well, you know the rest. And let's not be fooled by what the UN resolution really means. Yet again, it's going to be regime-change. And just as in Iraq 窶" to use one of Tom Friedman's only memorable phrases of the time 窶" when the latest dictator goes, who knows what kind of bats will come flying out of the box?"
I am not sure if it will matter but please write to these folks.
"Syngenta is a Swiss-based chemicals company that has turned a deaf ear so far to social reason. Imran Ali
was summoned to the front office and ordered to quit his union position by 3 bosses, including the plant's security chief. After Imran Ali refused and was sacked, the security chief -- a retired military officer -- gathered workers and casuals alike and threatened them against filing legally for their rightful workplace rights."
Call Syngenta out on this issue: Reinstate Imran Ali and respect the rights of workers!
"Dr. Mariam, speaking from a hospital in Benghazi, told Al Jazeera that, "It's a massacre here. The military is shooting at all the protesters with live bullets, I've seen it happen with my own eyes. The military forces are everywhere, even from the hospital I work, we are not safe. There was an 8-year-old boy who died the other day from a gunshot to the head - what did he do to deserve this?"
Its sad that nobody in Pakistan will hear of this from our local media.
"On average, every month at least five or six persons are abducted and disappeared by plain clothed persons in Balochistan alone. This is frequently done in the presence of police officers who then refuse to lodge FIRs saying that the intelligence agencies are involved.
A new trend has been reported in forced disappearances and that is the extrajudicial killings of the victims. Through this method it is easy for the abductors to wash away all evidence of the disappearance--no question of FIRs, legal process or placing blame. During the period of former President Musharraf, the phenomenon of disappearances started through the state agents, though this process has continued in the civilian government at federal and provincial levels killings through extrajudicial methods is new phase in the disappearances particularly, in the province of Balochistan."
Don't wanna forget these faces. Ever. Beautiful song.
After the Egyptian Revolution, the second most inspiring thing I saw this week was the Yes Men movie.
"Perhaps the shadow of the army is too dark an image to invoke in the aftermath of so monumental a revolution in Egypt. Siegfried Sassoon's joy on the day of the 1918 Armistice, the end of the First World War - when everyone also suddenly burst out singing - was genuine and deserved. Yet that peace led to further immense suffering. And the Egyptians who have fought for their future in the streets of their nation over the past three weeks will have to preserve their revolution from internal and external enemies if they are to achieve a real democracy.
The army has decided to protect the people. But who will curb the power of the army?"