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I am a political science major and I really spend most of my time reading about environmental problems, economic inequality, international relations (particular MENA and the Levant), electoral politics, and outside agitation. I also really enjoy discussing the media, both old and new.

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In one fell swoop, the War on Drugs got a little less punitive.

A new ruling from the U.S. Sentencing Commission means that nearly half of all federal drug prisoners can apply for reduced sentences, according to Vox. The change affects more than 46,000 inmates.

Why it happened

(Source: micdotcom)

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what people say [is] the creative expression of human culture. It is comprised of the values, symbols, ideas and beliefs that people hold and can be seen as a sort of text formulated by them
Haim Hazan, The Anthropological Discourse p. 23 (via socio-logic)

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patternfortheworld:

birdandmoon:

northeastnature:

It’s easy to identify an ebony jewelwing (Calopteryx maculata) because no other northeastern damselfly has all-black wings. This is a male, and he’s guarding a territory and looking for mates. If a female comes by, she’ll signal her opinion of him using her wings: spread wings mean “Nope” and a wing flip means “Hey, hot stuff”.

Just a reminder that I’ve got a nature blog! It’s all photos that I’ve taken in the field, along with a little bit of natural history.

These are magical.

patternfortheworld:

birdandmoon:

northeastnature:

It’s easy to identify an ebony jewelwing (Calopteryx maculata) because no other northeastern damselfly has all-black wings. This is a male, and he’s guarding a territory and looking for mates. If a female comes by, she’ll signal her opinion of him using her wings: spread wings mean “Nope” and a wing flip means “Hey, hot stuff”.

Just a reminder that I’ve got a nature blog! It’s all photos that I’ve taken in the field, along with a little bit of natural history.

These are magical.

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In Feuerbach’s view, we human beings have taken the powers that belong to human beings, raised them in thought to an infinite level, and then invented a being outside of us who embodies all these perfections. This God, then, is all-knowing, all-powerful, and all good. But we bow down before this figment of our imagination rather than appreciating our qualities for what they are, and attempting to enjoy them for ourselves. This, in Feuerbach’s view, by diverting our attention and creative powers, prevents us from leading a truly human life, or creating a truly human society. thus, going beyond previous thinkers, we should abandon religion and replace it with a radical humanism: an understanding, enjoyment, and celebration of our truly human powers, which will allow us for the first time to create a genuine community on earth.
Jonathan Wolff, Why Read Marx Today? (2002)

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I must say that Israel’s media and reporting on this latest Israeli mass killings is actually MORE critical than some of the “left” reporting here in the U.S.A.. I always find that to be so symbolic of so many things, actually.

coffeewithajla:

"Remember that in racist, demographics obsessed Israel, the most fearsome "existential threat" is the birth of a Palestinian child."

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In Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan today, the same holds true. Few young men join the Taliban, al Qaeda, or the Islamic State because they happened to hear a persuasive sermon or read a rhetorically powerful fatwa. They join because their uncles, cousins, and brothers have joined; because they don’t like the heavily armed outsiders who stroll around like they own the place; because they need the money; because they’re frightened of the consequences to themselves or their families if they don’t join; or all of the above. Yes, many swallow whole the ideology of whichever extremist group holds sway in their region — but they swallow it not because al Qaeda has a “persuasive narrative,” but because humans are social and imitative animals; we adopt the habits, ideas, and narratives of those we value and trust.

Ros Brooks, former Counselor to the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy in the Obama admin from 2009-2011., on Foreign Policy

This is a quote from her latest Foreign Policy piece titled “Six Lessons America Seems Thoroughly Incapable of Learning

1. Other people’s nationalism (or tribal, ethnic, religious, or familial loyalty) is as real as ours.

2. It’s not a “war of ideas.”

The posted quote is from this section.

3. There is no “them.”

4. The fog of war is even foggier than you think — and it extends well beyond warzones.

5. When we get self-righteous and condescending, we annoy people; when we issue meaningless ultimatums, we look dumb.

6. “Don’t do stupid shit” is a sound maxim, but it’s not a strategy. Neither is “leadership.”

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