thepeoplesrecord:

The Turkish Uprising: What’s happening in Turkey right now
March 14, 2014

A fresh new wave of protests is rocking Turkey, as tens of thousands march on the streets to demonstrate against the government. But unlike what’s going on in Ukraine and Venezuela, the protests in Turkey mark a second, renewed round of protests that began last summer. 

Protests began with the death of a teenager named Berkin Elvan, who was in a nine-month coma after being injured during last year’s government rallies. Thousands attended his funeral in Istanbul and marched in the streets afterwards.

Tens of thousands are also protesting across Turkey, especially in big cities such as Ankara and Izmir. 

The government’s response has been to send riot police to clash with the protesters. The tactics have mostly been restricted to tear gas, water cannons and beatings. It seems that police may have forgotten that’s how Elvan died — he suffered a head injury when he was hit in the head with a tear gas canister. He was passing by the protests to go buy bread for his family.

On Wednesday, a protester died from a head injury while a police officer also passed away from a heart attack.

Around 36 children were arrested in Ankara for protesting on the streets. Over a hundred people were also arrested in Izmir. Students across the country are also organizing school boycotts and sit-ins.

Elvan’s death marks the eighth casualty resulting from last year’s protests. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has yet to comment on Elvan’s death.

Protests began last year over the development of Gezi Park in Istanbul, although it quickly spread into a widespread anti-government demonstration.

Turkey will hold local elections on Mar. 30. Erdogan has promised to step down if his ruling AK Party loses power.

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Adiosity: Maybe Just Maybe Anti-Authoritarian Traits Are Normal

adiologist:

“Do we really want to diagnose and medicate everyone with “deficits in rule-governed behavior”?

Albert Einstein, as a youth, would have likely received an ADHD diagnosis, and maybe an ODD one as well. Albert didn’t pay attention to his teachers, failed his college entrance examinations twice, and…

Yesterday, there was some tiffing on my Facebook wall from people who perceived my anti-militaristic political satire to be disrespectful of individual soldiers. Their perception was a misperception. I respect soldiers as I respect all humans, by way of their inherent worth. Though I do not admire any human who commits to becoming a killing machine, and who who signs away their right to say, “No, I will not kill,” I nevertheless respect their choice. How could it be that I abhor what they do yet respect who they are? Though, at the outright that seems contradictory, is not. Those citizens who sign up to become soldiers are generally very young, and have been reared in a system that indoctrinates their minds and hearts to believe that others our government says are bad, are bad, and deserve to die, and that their brave killing of those others will bring them glory and honor. So it is, I know that citizens do not sign up to be soldiers so much out of malice or a rot in their heart as they do out of attachment to an illusion placed inside them by the powers that be. In this way, I find it impossible to put any real blame upon the citizen who decides to become a soldier. The blame I place squarely upon the shoulders of the ruling elite and their demagogic, pro-militaristic, propaganda that completely white-washes the darker, gory, thankless truth that it is to be a soldier. Given the truth of the situation, where our youth is getting continually tricked into risking and even giving up their lives and often their sanity, I find the subsequent betrayal of these soldiers by our government in the form of cowardly, narcissistic, profit and power motivated political moves like the sequester, to lack utterly any quality of humanness. Thus, in spite of my passionate commitment to anti-militarism, I support each and every soldier, getting, at the very least, what he or she was promised by our government. Beyond that even, I not only support, but actively fight for our soldiers, each and everyone of them, to get the care they need when they come home, and the proper care and resources they should be getting while they are in combat. I see absolutely no conflict in fighting for an end to all human violence while at the same time fighting for the dignity of all human beings.

Yesterday, there was some tiffing on my Facebook wall from people who perceived my anti-militaristic political satire to be disrespectful of individual soldiers. Their perception was a misperception. I respect soldiers as I respect all humans, by way of their inherent worth. Though I do not admire any human who commits to becoming a killing machine, and who who signs away their right to say, “No, I will not kill,” I nevertheless respect their choice. How could it be that I abhor what they do yet respect who they are? Though, at the outright that seems contradictory, is not. Those citizens who sign up to become soldiers are generally very young, and have been reared in a system that indoctrinates their minds and hearts to believe that others our government says are bad, are bad, and deserve to die, and that their brave killing of those others will bring them glory and honor. So it is, I know that citizens do not sign up to be soldiers so much out of malice or a rot in their heart as they do out of attachment to an illusion placed inside them by the powers that be. In this way, I find it impossible to put any real blame upon the citizen who decides to become a soldier. The blame I place squarely upon the shoulders of the ruling elite and their demagogic, pro-militaristic, propaganda that completely white-washes the darker, gory, thankless truth that it is to be a soldier. Given the truth of the situation, where our youth is getting continually tricked into risking and even giving up their lives and often their sanity, I find the subsequent betrayal of these soldiers by our government in the form of cowardly, narcissistic, profit and power motivated political moves like the sequester, to lack utterly any quality of humanness. Thus, in spite of my passionate commitment to anti-militarism, I support each and every soldier, getting, at the very least, what he or she was promised by our government. Beyond that even, I not only support, but actively fight for our soldiers, each and everyone of them, to get the care they need when they come home, and the proper care and resources they should be getting while they are in combat. I see absolutely no conflict in fighting for an end to all human violence while at the same time fighting for the dignity of all human beings.

Seriously. The gall of small minded people. They really just think it’s ok to come to your wall and start insulting you and calling you names and being abusive just because you aren’t a Nationalist. It’s stupefying how entitled they are to their belief in murder. Oh, you know, but it’s ok, because THOSE people over there, they have brown skin and a different god. So we can kill their babies. And if you think we shouldn’t, you aren’t American!

I call bullshit. Bloody, infected bullshit. And I call time to redefine what it is to be American. Those of us who are peaceful, curious, aware, ideologically autonomous, questioners, don’t do or condone violence against others simply for being different, we are the new American. It’s you and your fear-driven, ethnocentric bigotry that no longer belongs.

Who’s with me? ;-)

steroge:

“The confidence of youth is enhanced by wearing fashionable clothes. This allows them to deride those outside the dictates of advertisers.”
(France, 1965 by Philip Jones Griffiths)

steroge:

“The confidence of youth is enhanced by wearing fashionable clothes. This allows them to deride those outside the dictates of advertisers.”

(France, 1965 by Philip Jones Griffiths)

proffesor-thunder:

Tis made me laugh

proffesor-thunder:

Tis made me laugh

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canadian-liberal:

thepoliticalfreakshow:

You aren’t able to choose anything. Most of it’s owned by a small number of corporations.

The Young Turks.

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fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

Garment workers protest outside collapsed factory building near Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 25, 2013. 
Hundreds of thousands of workers at garment sweatshops walked out on strike over the latest safety disaster in the industry, which primarily services low-wage U.S. retailers like Walmart and Sears.

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

Garment workers protest outside collapsed factory building near Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 25, 2013.

Hundreds of thousands of workers at garment sweatshops walked out on strike over the latest safety disaster in the industry, which primarily services low-wage U.S. retailers like Walmart and Sears.

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Celebrity worship is for mindless fucking sheeple. How about doing something with some substance? How about engaging those synapses instead of wasting all your life’s vibrance on juvenile attachments to prettily weaved illusions, allowing yourself to be trapped by the creations of people who intend to do just that, trap you. I mean seriously. Learn a skill. Help someone who’s having a hard time. Stare at a tree for fuck’s sake. There’s more truth in a single half-dead leaf than there ever will be in the farce that is idolization.

Adi (via adiologist)
adiologist:

Yeah vaccines are the only way dude. Without them humanity would surely perish. Isn’t it like, such a miracle that millions of species worldwide flourish without vaccination? I wonder how they do it. Magic? Surely it has nothing to do with nature being perfectly well designed or anything like that. I’m sure Darwin’s theory of the struggle of species causing large numbers of living beings to die being necessary to keep nature in balance is complete and utter rubbish. What did he know anyway? Pshht. Clearly nothing. If he had been right, we humans would be dealing with overpopulation and its effects like, diminishing resources and destruction of the environment. We all know THAT’S not happening. I should never have read that stupid book he wrote. All it did was get in the way of mindlessly believing what giant congomerate corporations tell me about the science of medicine.

adiologist:

Yeah vaccines are the only way dude. Without them humanity would surely perish. Isn’t it like, such a miracle that millions of species worldwide flourish without vaccination? I wonder how they do it. Magic? Surely it has nothing to do with nature being perfectly well designed or anything like that. I’m sure Darwin’s theory of the struggle of species causing large numbers of living beings to die being necessary to keep nature in balance is complete and utter rubbish. What did he know anyway? Pshht. Clearly nothing. If he had been right, we humans would be dealing with overpopulation and its effects like, diminishing resources and destruction of the environment. We all know THAT’S not happening. I should never have read that stupid book he wrote. All it did was get in the way of mindlessly believing what giant congomerate corporations tell me about the science of medicine.