Denver Broncos player John Moffit quits football after having a new perspective on life. Noam Chomsky could not be reached for comment (because we didn’t try), but would most likely support Moffit’s decision. The linguist/anarchist has talked in the past about the role sports play in manufacturing consent in society. Back in 1992, Chomsky noted that sports fandom is …a way of building up irrational attitudes of submission to authority, and group cohesion behind leadership elements — in fact, it’s training in irrational jingoism. That’s also a feature of competitive sports. I think if you look closely at these things, I think, typically, they do have functions, and that’s why energy is devoted to supporting them and creating a basis for them and advertisers are willing to pay for them and so on.
— Zubair Rehman, a 13-year-old victim of a US drone strike, who also lost his grandmother, speaking at the first Drone Survivor hearing in history, at which only FIVE of our Congresspeople could be bothered to attend. (via sokoot)
But the 8-hour workday is too profitable for big business, not because of the amount of work people get done in eight hours (the average office worker gets less than three hours of actual work done in 8 hours) but because it makes for such a purchase-happy public. Keeping free time scarce means people pay a lot more for convenience, gratification, and any other relief they can buy. It keeps them watching television, and its commercials. It keeps them unambitious outside of work.
We’ve been led into a culture that has been engineered to leave us tired, hungry for indulgence, willing to pay a lot for convenience and entertainment, and most importantly, vaguely dissatisfied with our lives so that we continue wanting things we don’t have. We buy so much because it always seems like something is still missing.”
I am constantly thinking about this / want to break out of this cycle #help
Vas a morir de amor si es que no muero yo esperando
Yo, related to the first paragraph: people should know about the new Pay As You Earn plan. It’s a big step forward for folks with federal loans—you pay what you can afford, according to your income. It’s saving me 100 bucks a month on my federal loan payments!(via acormier)
— Rumi (via shaktilover)
St. Vincent- We Put a Pearl in the Ground/Landimes Album:Marry Me Beggars/4AD Records We Put a Pearl In the Ground- Mike Garson
Exactly 31 years ago, at 5:00pm on the evening of 16 September 1982, Lebanese Christians of the Phalangist militia with the cooperation of Israeli Defense Forces entered the undefended Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila in West Beirut. In the course of a 40-hour rampage, they shot, hacked, stomped, dragged, bulldozed and burned to death possibly as many as 3,500 civilians, and demolished hundreds of their homes. The Phalangists’ intention was to so terrorize the 500,000 Palestinians in Lebanon - already refugees from Galilee in 1948 - that they would flee the country.