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3 Years Old!

apparently, today is my 3 year tumblr anniversary. 

I have not been such a good partner to you tumblr. I use you at my convenience and I rarely ever call.  And for this I am sorry. I know I should find more time to write, but I’ve been thinking way too much and working way too much. 

But perhaps it is time to put into words (FINALLY) what it is I’ve been up to…..which is a lot. and I have plans.

I left NYC for the quiet of the Pennsylvania mountains and farms. Technically, I haven’t really left NYC, as I am still working there part time a few days a week. Yes I am a commuter.

I live with the most wonderful man, Matt and our 12 hens, 1 rooster, 6 goats, 10 rabbits, 11 cats, 4 ducks, 4 turkeys, and 3 dogs. 
(I will take this time to say, if anyone would like a kitten- they’re free)

For now I’ve been traveling to the city mid week and returning after 2 1/2 days. Mornings are always early, as are nights. It’s strange to adapt to a new schedule- It’s strange to go from city life one minute to country living the next……

2 lives. 1 person. You see, I was born and raised here in PA, so it isn’t anything new, but I feel new. I’ve been gone from this area since 2001 and haven’t really taken the time to look back- until now. 
But this year is good. It’s always good to learn and improve. The goal is to live healthy, use my hands and work for what I consume with as little interference from materialism as possible. We planted corn and a bunch of good veggies as well as some pumpkins and acorn squash. We have strawberries and raspberries and hopefully within the next two years, we will be milking our goats and making some kick ass cheese and maybe some awesome natural soaps and yogurts. Our chickens will be laying soon and we are raising our turkeys from peeps to the table. It’s so much work, but I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else right now. I get to see my parents more often (which I know they enjoy- considering I saw them only 2 times a year before that) And for the first time in a while, I can handle stress. 

I’m excited to look at this place through new eyes. I’m excited to apply what I have learned about myself while being away. It will take some getting used too. Here, many minds are closed to diversity, racism still strongly exists (although it’s not called racism)  and of course I can see the affect that capitalist america has had on the working class of this country. There are good people here. Things take time. 

And revolution, as always, is still on my mind. 
Day by day is what I can do for now. And try my best. 
Homesteading.

In a way I feel like Dorothy…..there is no place like home- am I there yet? 

stay tuned………

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Newroz: Persian New Year.

arabstateofmind:

Celebrating Newroz: Sunshine on the Beirut Seafront

On March 21, Beirut’s seafront celebrated Newroz, or new year for the country’s Kurdish community. Held on the spring equinox, the occasion is shared by multiple Central Asian and Middle Eastern communities.

Children played with bright balloons, women in shiny dresses danced, and men waved the colors of the Kurdish flag in the Lebanese capital. Speaking to each other in Kurdish, in a rare public show of linguistic oneness, whole families enjoyed their day out together. Some chatted with relatives they rarely saw, while others danced dabke, a traditional line-dance shared by people from the Sinai Peninsula through Turkey to Iraq.

“We are celebrating our new year, which begins on the first day of spring,” said Amina, mother of three. She spoke fluent Kurdish to her children, and was happy to switch to perfect Arabic to speak to Al-Akhbar. “We’re enjoying the day very much, because it’s the only time that we come together as a community. But it’s not just about Newroz. Today is also mother’s day.”

Others viewed the event from a more political lens. Some chanted in support of the Syrian uprising, given the Syrian Kurds’ longtime opposition to the regime. Others held up posters of Abdullah Ocalan, leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Compared to the exclusion Kurdish communities have faced in a number of countries, in Lebanon it appeared that public expression of the Kurdish identity was somewhat less problematic. Still, Kurds have traditionally faced significant racism in Lebanon.

Wrapped in the Kurdish flag, 17-year-old Rudy dreamed of inclusion, calling on non-Kurdish Lebanese to join in the fun. “We’re fortunate in that we can express our identity freely in Lebanon,” he said. “But to me, it’s not about being Kurdish. I just dream of a day when all humans can express themselves like we are today, and be free.” (x)

(Photos by Haitham Moussawi)

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True generosity consists precisely in fighting to destroy the causes which nourish false charity. False charity constrains the fearful and subdued to extend their trembling hands. True generosity lies in striving so that these hands- whether individuals or entire peoples- need be extended less and less in supplication, so that more and more they become HUMAN hands which work, working, transform the world.
Paulo Freire

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Still Don’t Get It

The “story man” is what they called him. 
He spun tales so verbose that even webster had a hard time handling his lines.

It was not his intention to spin lies,
But many folks misunderstood and took his fantasy for falsity.
Maybe he dreams too big for this world.

Maybe his brain doesn’t fit.

She wanted to let him tell her stories forever,
But her heart seemed to break when the colors began to fade.

He lived in his stories and there was no room for her in his fiction.  

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When Americans Kill vs. When Muslims Kill

thunder-andrain:

The news from Afghanistan over the last few weeks has been heart-wrenching, devastating, and infuriating.   An American soldier named Robert Bales (on the left in the image below) walked into the midst of an Afghan civilian community, and shot 16 people dead, including 9 children and 3 women.

The shooting in Afghanistan has eerie echoes of the Fort Hood Shooting from November 5th, 2009, when an American Muslim military member, Nidal Malik Hasan, opened fire inside a military base, and killed 13 people.  

And yet the media coverage of the two episodes has been diametrically opposed.    When Americans kills, it is portrayed as an aberration, an act of a tormented and troubled individual.  When Muslims kill, it is covered as a signal of a communal, global genocidal tendency. Let’s go over some details.

Here is how Fox covered the shootings by Major Malik Nadal in the Fort Hood shootings:

The murders at Ft. Hood are about the radicalization of individuals by an extremist ideology — jihadism — which fuels acts of terror.

The main question we should be asking is when did Hasan become radicalized and who indoctrinated him?

Fox’s “analysis” was written by Walid Phares, the same person that Mitt Romney had picked as his Middle East foreign policy adviser. 

The very same person who has been identified as a major Islamophobes, and involved in massacres in Middle East.

Phares and Fox News take great pains to point out that Nadal’s actions are not about one individual man, but part of a grander Islamist war against America.  Here is what they say: 

Instead it is part of a wider ideological war, generated by radicalization and inciting individuals to perform such acts.

“Lone wolf” or not, organized or not, fully self-aware perpetrator or not, influenced by overseas radicals or not, this massacre of servicemen has moved America from stage to another.

Of course future investigations would demonstrate that Hasan’s actions were indeed the actions of a lone person, not part of a broader campaign.   

In short, when a deranged Muslim kills Americans, Fox News tells us that it is “the largest terror act since 9/11,” and “it’s jihadist evil and terrorism.”  When a deranged American kills Muslims, such as the actions of Robert Bales in Afghanistan in February 2012, Fox News and its subsidiaries behave in an entirely different fashion. We are offered the following litany of explanations and justifications:

  • There was alcohol involved.
  • It is an isolated act of a “troubled” person that in no way shape or form reflects on the noble ideals of America or Americans.
  • The soldier was housed in the “most troubled” base in America.
  • He was on his fourth tour of duty, and neither he nor his family wanted to go back.
  • He simply “snapped.”
  • He was experiencing martial difficulties.

The headline from Fox news read: “Money, career woes reportedly plagued Afghan Killing Suspect.”  

The first sentence of the article reads:

“Bypassed for a promotion and struggling to pay for his house, Robert Bales was eyeing a way out of his job at a Washington state military base months before he allegedly gunned down 16 civilians in an Afghan war zone, records and interviews showed as a deeper picture emerged Saturday of the Army sergeant’s financial troubles and brushes with the law.”

In short, the assumption that when we Americans kill, it is an aberration from our good nature. Even if the act is abominable, it is said to be purely an individual act totally disconnected from any larger institutional or political context. However, when Muslims kill, it is a sign of a world-wide, evil ideology of jihad and terrorism.

I have searched in vain to find a commentator in the United States that grasps the above double standard, and have not so far seen that insight in a mainstream American press. The only place I have seen it is in the UK, by Robert Fisk: Fisk correctly points that that most Western journalists use descriptions like how Robert Bailes was “”Apparently deranged”, “probably deranged”, “might have suffered some kind of breakdown” (The Guardian), a “rogue US soldier” (Financial Times) whose  rampage was “doubtless [sic] perpetrated in an act of madness” (Le Figaro).

It is these types of double standards that are at the heart of the hypocrisy of our current situation vis-à-vis Islam and Muslims. What we should be saying is simply this:  the life of each and every person in the world, civilian or military, American, Afghani, Palestinian, Israeli, Iraqi, Iranian, male or female, rich or poor, gay or straight, carries exactly and identically the same intrinsic value. Just as Dr. King taught us that the measure of a character is not connected to the color of our skin, we should be demanding that the measure of a human life is not connected to the nationality of the victim or the assailant. All human lives are sacred, all are sacrosanct. And all violations of human lives are equally morally repugnant.  

Taking that type of an approach would restore a sense of dignity and honor to our standing in the world community, and it would allow us to recover the moral dignity that we have squandered over the last ten years.   

wisdom

(Source: girlpondering, via watanafghanistan)

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x=y=z=5=0

complex brain matter. 

         COMPLEX BRAIN MATTER!
                                                                                   cOMpleX bRaiN MaTteR? 
                                          rettam niarb xelpmoc

surrealism: (n): a style of art and literature developed principally in the 20th century, stressing the subconscious of non-rational significance of imagery arrived at by automatism or the exploration of chance effects, unexpected juxtaposition, etc…..

      - emphasis on positive expression (dada —->negation)

      - between WW1 & WW2

      - reuniting the conscious and unconscious realms. 

      - fantasy joined with the rational world. 

      - REALITY —-> SURREALITY

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blah

nothing can stop love. free this doubt in my heart. ease my troubled mind

if for one spare second you could step back and look at things………

maybe then you would see the wall being built. but which of us is the builder? 

it grows brick by brick, higher and higher.

each brick; is every thought; of what our love should be. trapping us by what we assume love is.

instead of being on separate sides we should be one and use the wall to protect our hearts from all the hurt. 

body to body, mind to mind, heart to heart and soul to soul. 

complete.