jasper texas 1998

jasper texas 1998

i am a man’s head hunched in the road.
i was chosen to speak by the members
of my body. the arm as it pulled away
pointed toward me, the hand opened once
and was gone.

why and why and why
should i call a white man brother?
who is the human in this place,
the thing that is dragged or the dragger?
what does my daughter say?

the sun is a blister overhead.
if i were alive i could not bear it.
the townsfolk sing we shall overcome
while hope bleeds slowly from my mouth
into the dirt that covers us all.
i am done with this dust. i am done.

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Patrick Wolfe’s “Settler Colonialism and the Elimination of the Native”

NYU Food, Land and Power

Patrick Wolfe, in “Settler colonialism and the elimination of the Native,” lays out a detailed argument in which he seeks to distinguish between genocide and settler colonialism while also illuminating the complexity of their relationship, and in so doing, lays the foundation for the concept “structural genocide” by drawing upon multiple histories, including Australia, North America, Palestine/Israel, and Rwanda.

There were several ideas Wolfe proposed that felt especially significant/resonant:

  • Race is made in the targeting of people, it cannot be taken as a given or merely a social construct without historical purpose & context. “Black people were racialized as slaves, slavery constituted their Blackness. Correspondingly, Indigenous North Americans were not killed, driven away, romanticized, assimilated, fenced in, bred white, and otherwise eliminated as original owners of the land but as Indians.”
  • For Indigenous people, their targeted identity was constructed form where they are & were – they became target simply…

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Cognitive Dissonance: The Most Prolific Psychological Plague of our Time

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There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true. The other is to refuse to accept what is true – Soren Kierkegaard


In psychology, cognitive dissonance is the mental stress (discomfort) experienced by a person who simultaneously holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values; when performing an action that contradicts one of those beliefs, ideas, or values; or when confronted with new information that contradicts one of the beliefs, ideas, and values.In other words, the term refers to the perception of incompatibility of two simultaneous cognitions, which can impact on their attitudes.

Leon Festinger‘s 1957 theory of cognitive dissonance focuses on how human beings strive for internal consistency. A person who experiences inconsistency tends to become psychologically uncomfortable, and so is motivated to try to reduce the cognitive dissonance occurring, trying to “justify” their behavior by changing or…

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Syria’s Bashar al-Assad: THE REAL REASONS Why The West Cannot Topple His Government

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The fingerprints of U.S. imperialism can be found all over the manufactured insurrection in Syria, in keeping with the ultimate goal of destabilization and eventual “regime change”  through fomenting a sectarian “civil war”.  In this article, we will discuss the backstory and reveal the real reasons why outside forces could not topple the Syrian government and oust the widely popular President of Syria.

The Hidden Forces Behind Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad


Why is the Syrian President relentlessly demonized by the Anglo-American Axis? 

Just like President Vladimir Putin of Russia, Syria’s President Bashar Hafez al-Assad has been the victim of unrelenting character assassination and false reporting by the Western Mainstream Media (MSM).  Many of the MSM outlets throughout the Anglo-American Axis (AAA) have published one false story after another in a concerted effort to turn the entire world against him.  And for what?

Why are they so determined to overthrow one of the…

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The Real Reasons the West Cannot Topple Bashar Assad

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Sarah Abed has posted a fascinating article at her blog, The Rabbit Hole, providing an analysis of how, and why, Syrian President Bashar Assad–despite nearly eight years of sweat poured by scheming Western regime changers into the goal of toppling his government–has managed to hang on.

What the heck is it about this guy? How has he piloted his way through every single Zionist effort to rip his country apart and install a puppet government favorable to the West? What’s his secret? For after all, hordes of Western-trained terrorist head-choppers have been poured into Syria equipped with shiny fleets of Toyotas and advanced-grade military weaponry, yet Assad, almost miraculously, has remained at the head of the government, and for the most part has kept the country together. How has he been able to do this? Abed supplies four main reasons.

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The secret of happiness

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El Nuevo Reino de León, la familia Carvajal y la Inquisición

Gusto por la historia

Ana Portnoy Grumberg

Texto para la Exposición “Diego Rivera y la Inquisición: Un puente en el tiempo“. Museo de Historia Mexicana, Monterrey, N.L.,   Septiembre 2009-Enero 2010.


Tras la conquista de Granada, último baluarte musulmán en tierra española, acción con la que se logró la consolidación territorial de los reinos cristianos y pretendiendo la unificación cultural y religiosa, los Reyes Católicos decretaron la expulsión de los judíos que vivieran en sus reinos y que no aceptaran la conversión al cristianismo.

“Nos don Fernando e Isabel por la gracia de Dios, Reyes de Castilla, León, Aragón [y otros dominios de la corona] al illustrisimo principe don Juan, nuestro muy caro e muy amado primogénito y sucesor universal en nuestros reinos y tierras …, a los duques, marqueses, condes, órdenes religiosas y sus Maestres, […] y a todos los judíos hombres y mujeres de cualquier edad y a quienquiera esta carta…

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Paris Climate Agreement


Donald Trump is preparing to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement according to multiple news reports. The rest of us, in Mexico and beyond, must be all-in on climate action.

This is the time for real leaders to stand up and take action to confront the climate crisis. We cannot settle for empty statements or the status quo. Half-measures are a suicide pact.

Will you take this moment to send a message that you continue to stand for climate action, now stronger than ever? We will be delivering them en-masse to the White House in Washington DC tomorrow.

2016 was the hottest year ever, and a huge wakeup call. But 2017 is a fire alarm. If the world’s largest economy abandons climate action, we must all recommit to it — most of all, heads of state who control the future of international climate action.

We don’t have to convince Donald Trump to win this fight. In fact, just the opposite: we need to convince everyone who disagrees with him to increase their work to stop him. If you add your name to this declaration of support for the Paris Agreement and stronger climate action, we will deliver it to the White House to demonstrate your opposition to Trump’s decision.

We, the organized people of the world, are in charge of our destiny — not greedy men with small agendas. We will continue to fight, and if we commit ourselves, we will win.


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Good New York-style bagels in Tokyo!

Alice Gordenker    アリス・ゴーデンカー

First there was the gold standard. Then the silver standard. Now there’s the bagel standard! I’ve been on a quest to find the best bagel in Tokyo, and for now at least, I’d say the gold standard is Bagel Standard, a little shop that opened in Nakameguro in March 2010. No, I didn’t get the shop name wrong: it is not “Standard Bagel,” it’s “Bagel Standard.” Make a pilgrimage for New York-style bagels that are properly chewy, crusty and weigh in at a respectable 150-160 grams. Plains are ¥180. Sesame, salt and poppy bagels are ¥200 each. They have cinnamon-raisin bagels on Thursday and Saturdays only, at ¥220 each, and berry berry on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, for ¥240. Everythings are ¥220 everyday. My hands-down favorite are the salt bagels.

The shop is located on Yamatedori about a ten-minute walk from Nakameguro station in the direction of Meguro Station, next…

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“Saganism” Visualized.

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