Ladies and gentlemen, this is not a reservation, you do not have permission to be here.
Minneapolis cop at Mall of America Idle No More rally (via ishkwaakiiwan)
because Natives need permission to merely exist, and they must do so far out of colonizer sight and mind. how fitting this happened at Mall of America, the height of US capitalist megaconsumption & beacon of modernity—this is an excellent example of how colonial rhetoric relegating Natives to ahistoric primitive backwaters translates into real material (ongoing!) violence.
More and more countries are banning imports of American food products for safety reasons.
Last week, Indonesia became the first country to halt imports of US beef following the discovery of an American dairy cow infected with mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy. The disease is fatal to cows and can cause a deadly brain disease in people who eat tainted beef.
“We will lift the ban as soon as the US can assure us its dairy cows are free of mad cow disease,” said Rusman Heriawan, Indonesia’s vice agriculture minister. “It could be one month or one year. It depends on how long it takes to resolve this case.”
One would think the US government would immediately test beef to make sure it’s safe. But the USDA, which regulates the test, administers it to less than 1% of slaughtered cows. Worse, until 2007 it was illegal for private beef producers to test their own cows for the disease! Larger meat companies feared that if smaller producers tested their meat and advertised it as safe from mad cow disease, they too might be forced to test all their cows—so they persuaded USDA to block individual producers from doing the test. In 2007 a federal judge said this practice could no longer stand.
The highest risk occurs if animals or humans eat infected brain or nerve tissue. Meat unconnected to bone, milk, and hooves are supposed to be safe, but who knows for sure? The ultimate source of mad cow, of course, is the filthy and disease-ridden (not to mention inhumane) conditions in CAFOs, or concentrated animal feedlot operations.
In February, Taiwan began refusing meat products from the US because they contain ractopamine, a leanness- and growth-promoting drug used widely in pork and beef production in the United States. Taiwan has a zero-tolerance policy for the drug.
Ractopamine is banned in 160 nations including Europe because it is responsible for hyperactivity and muscle breakdown in pigs, and a 10% increase in their mortality rate. It was banned in China after more than 1700 people were “poisoned” from eating American pigs that had been given ractopamine. The drug bears the warning label, “Not for use in humans. Individuals with cardiovascular disease should exercise special caution to avoid exposure. Use protective clothing, impervious gloves, protective eye wear, and a NIOSH-approved dust mask’’—yet somehow it is considered safe in human food. How is this possible?
Most of the world’s developed countries ban, or have at least placed limits on, genetically modified organisms. The European Union and its member states, as well as Switzerland, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Algeria, Brazil, and Paraguay all have restrictions or outright bans on the use or importation of genetically engineered seeds, plants, or foods. A detailed map with the specific products banned in Europe is available here.
This is one reason the California Right to Know 2012 Ballot Initiative is so important. If California requires labeling products containing GMOs, it will be difficult for most manufacturers to create separate labels for their products sold in other states, so the labeling will become national. This is why we are trying to help the Right to Know Campaign raise one million dollars to drop a “money bomb” on Monsanto—to combat the anti-GMO propaganda and get this proposition passed in November.
“Without maturity there can be no wisdom, no insight, no judgment, no compassion; nor can there be any real understanding of oneself, of other human beings or of the great questions of our time.”
so if this is true than what are we testing people in math, English and science. I hate to say but I agree with Tiffany and Co. I think education is more about maturity than about content knowledge.
What do you think the purpose of education is? and how does that relate to what we actually do in schools?
If more people were taught better in school and learned the sciences well, there wouldn’t be idiotic debates over the ‘morality’ of abortion, the subjugation of women and their reproductive rights, how birth control works, safe sex, preventable diseases, and a generally ignorant American public that can be easily manipulated by politicians talking out of their asses. I’m privileged enough that I was actually interested in the sciences and my body and made it a priority to know. Fix public education because that is the key to fixing the country.
Tlingit, 19th century
The Cleveland Museum of Art
“After Europeans introduced firearms, the native dagger was gradually transformed from a weapon into a status symbol worn in a sheath that hung around the neck. That is probably the case with these fine daggers, both of which have elaborately carved hilts. One depicts a grotesque face with a fish on its head, and the other shows a bear head over a supine human.”
Very revealing: When the second episode of L.A. Complex aired in Canada, they censored the word “faggot” from the show and aired Tariq and Kal’s love scene in full. When the same episode aired in the United States last night, the word “faggot” was NOT censored and they edited down the love scene between Tariq and Kal to a few quick seconds. #InstitutionalHomophobia
Son of Baldwin (via sonofbaldwin)
More reasons why Canada has itself together and America is it’s inbred cousin.
Viking Punch Bowl
Tiffany & Co., 1893
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Your First Amendment rights can be terminated if you’re creating a scene… your presence is creating a scene.
Chicago police officer to NBC reporters, informing them that their First Amendment rights can be terminated if they are present on a public street- that begs the question, if being in public is enough to terminate your First Amendment rights, what good are they in the first place? (via jonathan-cunningham)
Ding-dong, you’re wrong!
Also, this idiot’s full quote was:
“Your First Amendment rights can be terminated if you’re creating a scene or whatever”
I am voting for Obama because he will protect my rights as a woman, defend the rights of the LGBT community, care for the environment we live in, and do more to alleviate the wealth disparity in America than any Republican candidate.
You ask how any young person could vote for Obama? I ask you, honestly, how can we not?
This is Piestewa Peak, in Phoenix
It’s named after Army Pfc. Lori Piestewa (above) a 23-year-old Hispanic-Hopi mother of two from Tuba City on the Navajo Reservation, serving in the U.S. Army’s 507th Maintenance Company, who died after her convoy took a wrong turn and was ambushed near Nasiriyah Iraq, in March 2003. She was the first Native American female to die in combat.
When I lived in Phoenix, the name of Piestewa Peak was Squaw Peak. Most Native Americans never called it that because the term “squaw” is considered offensive to most Native Americans. It’s one of those words that once meant something inoffensive that became, once borrowed to be used in English language, something totally fucked up, you know, like “negro”.
Bottom line, the word is offensive to Native Americans and they spent years trying to change the name of Squaw Peak, which met with much resistance from “traditionalists” who wanted things to stay the same, “like the good ol’ days”.
Not the “good ol’ days” when there were only Native Americans in the area,
the “good ol’ days” when “Americans” showed up, corralled the Natives on the reservations and started naming mountains after offensive terms about Native American women.
…and “John Wayne called them that in his movies” is NOT a proper justification to use the word.
Nor was calling the mountain, “S-word Peak”.
I never understood the mind set that would come along a creek, admire the beauty of it all and say “You know a good name for this would be Dead Nigger Creek” or “Wow, that mountain looks like a Indian woman’s breast, so let’s name it Squaw Tit Mountain!”
Squaw Peak was renamed after Lori Piestewa in 2008, it should have happened when people requested it, shortly after her death in 2003 (A local American hero, killed in battle, get rid of that offensive ass name, win for everybody) but motherfuckers was still stuck on stupid, saying that there should be a five-year “cooling” off period before making such a “drastic” change (Translation: We gonna chill on this and maybe them Indians will forget about it)
“Read a Fuc**ing Book” Sign in the window of Left Bank Books, Seattle