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Ah Xian

" A geographically defined country and its people have never been considered the same as their government, no matter what the social system. In our wisdom and in our highly developed technological,  contemporary human world the law of the jungle is still effective and widely practised, always under the cover of good names such as ‘human rights’, ‘democracy’, ‘freedom’ and ‘justice’.

Although politics and art both play major roles in human history, politics is usually a short-lived way by which people practise their greed and lust for power (ruling other people and even the world). However, art is ever-precious, exploring our peaceful, bright and never-ending imagination.”

Ah Xian is a senior Chinese–Australian artist who is best known for his contemporary use of the ancient mediums of porcelain, lacquer, cloisonné and jade. ‘Metaphysica’ is the title given by Ah Xian to this ongoing series of bronze busts. Cast from life in a lengthy process, each figure is subtly different in patina and expression. Also distinguishing each one are the objects which rest on top of the busts’ heads, ranging from deities and temples to animals and lamps. As he says, they are all ‘auspicious symbolic objects which reflect what people believe, love, appreciate and enjoy’. Some have a Buddhist influence and some are from historical or traditional tales, while others are from the imagination. Like the philosophy of metaphysics, these sculptures joyously explore the nature of existence and imply something beyond the physical entities we inhabit. Ah Xian is a key artist for the Collection and the Gallery has been at the forefront of displaying and collecting his work over the last ten years.

see more 

http://www.craftaustralia.org.au/library/interview.php?id=ah-xian-ancient-crafts-contemporary-practice

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— 9 months ago with 700 notes
#ah xian  #art  #politics 
EU membership flowchart

1: Is your country in Europe

    yes / no

    if ‘yes’, proceed to 2;  if ‘no’, proceed to 2 anyway idgaf

2: Do you want your country to be

    a) in the EU

    b) in the EU

    c) not not in the EU ;) ;) ;)

    d) not actually in the EU

    if ‘d’, return to 2

3. Congratulations you are now in the EU here is your complimentary EU fridge magnet

— 9 months ago
#down with the EU  #and down with UKIP  #and down with the tory scum  #and down with the liberals  #and down wiith new labour  #europe  #uk  #politics 

the middle-ground fallacy is probably the best for swaying public opinion, and probably the hardest to detect too

set up a debate as having two sides (and only two sides) and laugh as people assume they have to settle for some sort of compromised middle-ground between those two

and the best part is they’ll say they ‘examined both sides of the debate’ and ‘came to their own conclusion’ as if that isn’t a massive contradiction

it’s all about the audience participation

now stand back and watch as all the political parties scramble to declare themselves the ‘centre’ party whatever that means

— 9 months ago
#middle-ground fallacy  #logic  #media  #debate  #politics  #psychology 

reminder that david cameron travels to work through his own private underground tunnel under his house

~~~ we’re all in this together ~~~

— 9 months ago
#so he doesn't have to mingle with the plebs  #churchill had it built during ww2  #tory scum  #uk  #politics 

the same goes for describing killing sprees as military ‘operations’

because not only is that a bland euphemism, but it also plays into the surgical / hygiene paradigm they’re so keen on (‘surgical strike’, ‘neutralise’, ‘network hygiene’, ‘clean bombing’, etc)

— 9 months ago with 1 note
#language  #euphemisms  #military-industrial complex  #war  #state sanctioned murder  #politics 

tbh it’s probably easier for a politician to forget about an email in their inbox with some petition with however many thousands of signatures

than to forget about that one person who physically came to see them and looked them dead in the eye ʘ_ʘ

ʘ_ʘ stared into their very soul 

ʘ_ʘ and said no

ʘ_ʘ stop it

— 9 months ago with 1 note
#ʘ_ʘ  #ʘ_ʘ ʘ_ʘ  #ʘ_ʘ ʘ_ʘ ʘ_ʘ  #ʘ_ʘ ʘ_ʘ ʘ_ʘ ʘ_ʘ ʘ_ʘ  #ʘ_ʘ ʘ_ʘ ʘ_ʘ ʘ_ʘ ʘ_ʘ ʘ_ʘ  #petitions  #politics  #protest 
tooyoungforthelivingdead:

If people ever ask you why mentioning a woman’s appearance, even when irrelevant, is a bad thing - show them this graph.
It’s from a survey about two fictional people running for Congress: Jane Smith and Dan Jones. Both have similar backgrounds, and after reading bios the survey respondents prefer Jane slightly, 49-48.
What happens next is awful:

Then they read a second story. In one version of the story, there’s no physical description of either candidate, and Jane’s lead stays pretty much the same. In a second version, there’s a neutral description of Jane’s appearance. Suddenly she’s 5 points behind Dan. In a third version, there’s a positive description of her appearance. Now she’s 13 points behind Dan. A fourth version that contains a negative description has about the same effect.
In other words, any description hurts Jane. And any non-neutral description, even a positive one, just kills her.

Psychology rules. Sexism can do one.

Dan Jones clearly has a firm, sculpted butt to match his firm stance on tax cuts. His latest rally was marked by the fact that he wore a grey pinstripe cotton linen mix slim fit suit, accentuating his muscled frame and signalling a noticeable departure from his usual looser attire. His neatly coiffured auburn hair blew gently in the wind as he spoke about industrial subsidies; his well-moisturised skin belying his 17 years of political experience.

tooyoungforthelivingdead:

If people ever ask you why mentioning a woman’s appearance, even when irrelevant, is a bad thing - show them this graph.

It’s from a survey about two fictional people running for Congress: Jane Smith and Dan Jones. Both have similar backgrounds, and after reading bios the survey respondents prefer Jane slightly, 49-48.

What happens next is awful:

Then they read a second story. In one version of the story, there’s no physical description of either candidate, and Jane’s lead stays pretty much the same. In a second version, there’s a neutral description of Jane’s appearance. Suddenly she’s 5 points behind Dan. In a third version, there’s a positive description of her appearance. Now she’s 13 points behind Dan. A fourth version that contains a negative description has about the same effect.

In other words, any description hurts Jane. And any non-neutral description, even a positive one, just kills her.

Psychology rules. Sexism can do one.

Dan Jones clearly has a firm, sculpted butt to match his firm stance on tax cuts. His latest rally was marked by the fact that he wore a grey pinstripe cotton linen mix slim fit suit, accentuating his muscled frame and signalling a noticeable departure from his usual looser attire. His neatly coiffured auburn hair blew gently in the wind as he spoke about industrial subsidies; his well-moisturised skin belying his 17 years of political experience.

— 1 year ago with 23 notes
#sexism  #patriarchy  #misogyny  #politics  #media  #representation  #personal is political 
"The sheer prejudice and outright Saidian orientalism that Maddow exhibited in this 4-minute segment is eerily reminiscent of the Jim Crow days of American broadcasting when “respectable” journalists and entertainers could get away with insulting an entire race of people, their traditions and their beliefs, without batting an eye. In this case, Maddow has not only insulted Iranians but every Muslim in the world, too. Just imagine the uproar if she took such liberties with any other of the world’s major religions. To top it off, Maddow claims to be a different and more open-minded alternative to the George W. Bush America, but her repeated references to “us” and “them” in this brief segment proved that, like the ancient Persian religion of Manichaeism, she only sees things in black and white — not unlike her idols in Washington. That’s right Maddow, “us” does not include the millions of Muslim Americans who celebrate some of these holidays and the millions of Iranian Americans who celebrate Nowruz — that’s all “them,” those beardie weirdies across the way who don’t look human and certainly don’t act it."

Racial Maddow vs. the Islamic Republic of Iran - Shirin Sadeghi.

Love Shirin for writing this. I’m relieved to know not everyone’s foolishly in love with Rachel Maddow.

(via mehreenkasana)

I just watched the video, ugh. Orientalist, imperialist propaganda from Maddow. Another excuse to portray Bush’s axis of evil in convenient ‘us and them’ terms, painting all Iranians as extremist zealots, and yet more footage of North Korean people all doing the same thing in a large crowd, as if that’s the only footage of them in existence. i.e. both countries are clearly nothing more than brainwashed collective masses who don’t know what’s good for them and so of course need the enlightened west, where everyone’s a free individual (and definitely not Muslim or anything like that) to come spread democracy and rationality. 

The whole patronising ‘dictatorship’ spiel - ffs it was your CIA who overthrew the democratic government of Iran and replaced it with a US-friendly monarchical dictatorship in the 50s. And hmm I wonder if America had anything to do with Korea in the past… let’s not mention that though.

Ugh and the way she sneers at ‘dictatorships’ for celebrating their leaders birthdays, less than a minute after having shown the US list with Lincoln’s birthday right there ffs. Funnily enough no comment on how the land of the free celebrates mass colonial genocide on Columbus day either…

The highest military spending in the world, a bloody global empire, the highest prison population in the world, institutional racism, entirely unscientific drug laws, 90% of media controlled by 6 companies with interlocking share ownerships, 3 times fewer women in ministerial government positions than Iran.

But yeah keep pointing that finger.

'Progressive'

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— 1 year ago with 109 notes
#ugh liberals  #usa  #orientalism  #imperialism  #military-industrial-media complex  #edward said  #politics  #media  #war  #propaganda  #korea  #dprk  #iran  #rachel maddow  #islam  #history  #misinformation 

theveganarchist:

odinsblog:

Rachel Maddow breaks it down so simply that an 8th grader could understand it:

  1. ExxonMobil is more profitable than Walmart, Google, McDonald’s, American Express and Goldman Sachs combined
  2. Exxon’s fine for the oil Pegasus Pipeline spill in Arkansas is only a tiny fraction of its daily profit
  3. Again, Exxon paid just a tiny fraction of its daily profit for the entire Yellowstone oil spill


This begs (at least) three questions: Why does the U.S. Government even subsidize oil companies in the first place? Why doesn’t our government have more serious fines for oil spills? AND ARE WE SERIOUSLY CONSIDERING THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE?!? REALLY? NO, REALLY? 

The Keystone Pipeline will absolutely, positively spring a leak already has sprung several leaks

The oil industry has no clue how to clean up or prevent the leaks and they aren’t even exploring new technologies for oil spill clean ups

The KXL Pipeline will go through a MAJOR clean water drinking aquifer. Is America so stupid to “drill baby drill” that we’re willing to endanger our most valuable non-renewable resource —water— for a finite fossil fuel that wind and solar tech will ultimately replace?

This needs WAY more notes

OK so in case anyone’s surprised about how the oil cartel gets away with this sort of thing:

  • ExxonMobil is the biggest company in the US.
  • Chevron is the 2nd biggest oil company (and 3rd biggest overall)

Back in the 70s there were 7 oil companies (‘The Seven Sisters’) which entirely dominated the world market.

These were:

  1. Standard Oil of California (SoCal) which became Chevron
  2. Standard Oil of New York (Socony) which became Mobil
  3. Standard Oil of New Jersey (Esso) which became Exxon and then merged with Mobil to form ExxonMobil
  4. Texaco which was then acquired by Chevron
  5. Gulf Oil which was then acquired by Standard Oil of California and incorporated into Chevron
  6. Anglo-Iranian oil company which became British Petroleum
  7. Royal Dutch Shell

5 out of 7 are now either ExxonMobil or Chevron.  3 of them were borne from John D. Rockefeller’s original Standard Oil, which itself once had a 90% market share (there was also Standard Oil of Indiana, or Amoco, but that merged with BP…)

It is an obscene concentration of wealth.

John D.’s heir/only surviving grandson, David Rockefeller, happened to chair one of the most influential policy think tanks in the US. He was also the single largest shareholder in Chase bank.

Then there was the other Rockefeller grandson, Nelson - he helped launch the modern war on drugs and later became vice-president.

I wonder if it all means anything.

Yeeeaah, oil companies getting $78bn in US government subsidies 2012-2017! Record profits even as workers are sacked! Let’s go bomb Iran! etc

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— 1 year ago with 3160 notes
#capitalism  #oil cartel  #environment  #corporate oligarchy  #rockefeller family  #history  #war  #energy  #politics  #rachel maddow  #oil spills  #pollution 
fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

British Intelligence Said to Have Had Role in Lumumba Assassination
The British intelligence services may have just had one of their best-kept secrets blown: their role in the abduction and assassination of Patrice Lumumba, Congo’s first democratically elected prime minister whose Pan-African nationalism and pro-Moscow leanings alarmed the West.
For more than 50 years, rumours have swirled over allegations of British involvement in Lumumba’s brutal murder in 1961, but nothing has ever been proved — leaving the CIA and its Belgian peers alone to take the rap for what a Belgian writer has described as “the most important assassination of the 20th century.” Now, in a dramatic revelation, a senior British politician has claimed that he got it from the horse’s mouth that it was MI6 that “did” it.In a little noticed letter to the editor in the latest issue of the London Review of Books (LRB), Lord David Edward Lea responded to the claim in a new book on British intelligence, Empire of Secrets: British intelligence, the Cold War and the Twilight of Empire by Calder Walton, that the jury is still out on Britain’s role in Lumumba’s death.“The question remains whether British plots to assassinate Lumumba … ever amounted to anything. At present, we do not know,” writes Walton. Lord Lea retorted: “Actually, in this particular case, I can report that we do.“It so happens that I was having a cup of tea with Daphne Park … She had been consul and first secretary in Leopoldville, now Kinshasa, from 1959 to 1961, which in practice (this was subsequently acknowledged) meant head of MI6 there.“I mentioned the uproar surrounding Lumumba’s abduction and murder, and recalled the theory that MI6 might have had something to do with it. ‘We did,’ she replied, ‘I organised it.’”

Same old story, US/UK (and in this case Belgian as well) backed coup to depose popular anti-imperialist leader and install corrupt, capitalist-friendly, kleptocratic military dictatorship (i.e. Mobuto). And the country is robbed blind.
MI6 for you.
In reality, James Bond is the villain.

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

British Intelligence Said to Have Had Role in Lumumba Assassination

The British intelligence services may have just had one of their best-kept secrets blown: their role in the abduction and assassination of Patrice Lumumba, Congo’s first democratically elected prime minister whose Pan-African nationalism and pro-Moscow leanings alarmed the West.

For more than 50 years, rumours have swirled over allegations of British involvement in Lumumba’s brutal murder in 1961, but nothing has ever been proved — leaving the CIA and its Belgian peers alone to take the rap for what a Belgian writer has described as “the most important assassination of the 20th century.” Now, in a dramatic revelation, a senior British politician has claimed that he got it from the horse’s mouth that it was MI6 that “did” it.

In a little noticed letter to the editor in the latest issue of the London Review of Books (LRB), Lord David Edward Lea responded to the claim in a new book on British intelligence, Empire of Secrets: British intelligence, the Cold War and the Twilight of Empire by Calder Walton, that the jury is still out on Britain’s role in Lumumba’s death.

“The question remains whether British plots to assassinate Lumumba … ever amounted to anything. At present, we do not know,” writes Walton. 

Lord Lea retorted: “Actually, in this particular case, I can report that we do.

“It so happens that I was having a cup of tea with Daphne Park … She had been consul and first secretary in Leopoldville, now Kinshasa, from 1959 to 1961, which in practice (this was subsequently acknowledged) meant head of MI6 there.

“I mentioned the uproar surrounding Lumumba’s abduction and murder, and recalled the theory that MI6 might have had something to do with it. ‘We did,’ she replied, ‘I organised it.’”

Same old story, US/UK (and in this case Belgian as well) backed coup to depose popular anti-imperialist leader and install corrupt, capitalist-friendly, kleptocratic military dictatorship (i.e. Mobuto). And the country is robbed blind.

MI6 for you.

In reality, James Bond is the villain.

— 1 year ago with 52 notes
#imperialism  #colonialism  #congo  #lumumba  #history  #conspiracy  #politics  #zaire  #dcr  #mobuto  #capitalism  #mi6  #james bond 
'recession' euphemisms

getting real sick of the word ‘austerity

austere' implies moral rectitude, self-discipline, spiritual focus

no - you’re inflicting poverty, suffering and death on people

it’s not for their own good or the betterment of their character, it’s for your own greed

and another thing, it’s not a ‘haircut' if you steal people's money from their bank accounts

the money doesn’t grow back in a couple of months free of charge, it’s gone

when the hairdresser cuts your hair they don’t then keep the hair in a little bag and use it to gamble on the financial markets

and then there’s 'tightening our belts’. which ties in to the whole bullshit weight loss = health = better person discourse (which ties in with the moral discipline spiel of ‘austerity’)

if anyone has to tighten their belts as a result of government cuts, it’s probably because you’re doing your damnedest to make sure they starve to death

'bail out' implies the banks were like sinking ships, damaged and sinking under powers beyond their control, and that they’re all about to die

when the fact is it’s their system, they intended it this way, and they’re making out like bandits

I don’t even know wtf 'quantitative easing' is supposed to mean

but ‘easing' it is most certainly not

and it’s not a ‘recession’

a recess is a small indentation ie in a wall

which you’ll notice could also be described as a ‘depression' in the wall

what part of ‘millions of people are suffering and dying’ makes you think of uneven wall surfaces

— 1 year ago
#language  #euphemism  #economics  #politics  #recession  #depression  #banks  #media  #propaganda  #1%  #occupy  #tw: weight loss 

mehreenkasana:

Little to no difference between Democrats and Republicans when it comes to mindless slaughter in the name of foreign policy.

— 1 year ago with 347 notes
#imperialism  #military-industrial complex  #war  #usa  #america  #politics 

am I being super paranoid if I’m suspicious of this sudden influx of proud, unusually vocal, ‘fascist conspiracy theorists’ on tumblr, going around following leftist blogs and winding them up?

I mean, hold up, the conspiracy (to the extent that it is even secret) is a fascist conspiracy. centralisation of power in government, centralisation of wealth, and the increasing melding of the two into a corporatist/militarist/racist superstate -> fascism.

either there’s a weird new trolling craze on 4chan, or it’s a concerted effort by people who are getting paid for their efforts. because only the other week there was more news coming out about intelligence agencies using social media to influence opinion

might well be nothing, but you can’t help but notice it does create a very visible association between fascism and the label thrown at many critics of that fascist superstate, ie ‘conspiracy theorist’. and there’s already the strong association with right-wing racist militia groups.

tbh it reminds me of the Israeli government’s propaganda tactics (‘we’re not racist for our supremacist apartheid state, you’re racist for criticising us!’) 

— 1 year ago
#I'm like a meta conspiracy theorist  #fascism?  #conspiracy theory?  #politics  #propaganda  #intelligence agencies  #tumblr 
The network of global corporate control (New Scientist) →

You really need to read this. I’ll quote a bit from the New Scientist article and put a link to the actual study at the bottom for anyone who can understand complex mathematics:

[…] From a database listing 37 million companies and investors worldwide, they pulled out all 43,060 transnational corporations and the share ownerships linking them. Then they constructed a model of which companies controlled others through shareholding networks, coupled with each company’s operating revenues, to map the structure of economic power.

The work, to be published in PLoS One, revealed a core of 1318 companies with interlocking ownerships (see image). Each of the 1318 had ties to two or more other companies, and on average they were connected to 20. What’s more, although they represented 20 per cent of global operating revenues, the 1318 appeared to collectively own through their shares the majority of the world’s large blue chip and manufacturing firms - the “real” economy - representing a further 60 per cent of global revenues.

When the team further untangled the web of ownership, it found much of it tracked back to a “super-entity” of 147 even more tightly knit companies - all of their ownership was held by other members of the super-entity - that controlled 40 per cent of the total wealth in the network. "In effect, less than 1 per cent of the companies were able to control 40 per cent of the entire network,” says Glattfelder. Most were financial institutions. 

article details:

The network of global corporate control, 2011,PLoS One, Stefania Vitali, James B. Glattfelder, and Stefano Battiston, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (pdf)

— 1 year ago
#seriously go read this now  #capitalism  #science  #1%  #corporations  #economics  #politics  #finance  #money  #education  #pdf  #study  #scientist  #systems analysis  #conspiracy  #illuminati  #nwo  #might as well get some actual facts on those tags eh  #facts  #knowledge  #did you know  #budget 2013  #banks  #banksters  #marxism  #socialism  #left wing  #corporatism 
just a reminder

the amount that would be raised in one year if corporations were forced to pay their fucking taxes

is greater than (>)

the total value of all the public sector cuts combined

— 1 year ago with 6 notes
#budget 2013  #tory scum  #george osborne  #cuts  #britain  #politics  #money  #economics  #uk uncut  #corporation tax