Politics by Other Means: ‘Black sites Matter’ Prof. Michael Kilburn


Politics by Other Means: ‘Black Sites Matter.’

-Michael Kilburn, contributor

UntitledIn early December 2014, a grand jury in Staten Island declined to issue an indictment in the choking death of Eric Garner, a 45 year old African American who was violently subdued by 5 police officers on suspicion of selling “loosies” (individual cigarettes). Despite video evidence of excessive force, including the use of a banned chokehold, and flagrant disregard for the victim, who gasped “I can’t breathe!” 11 times before losing consciousness and was left handcuffed and unaided on the sidewalk for 7 minutes after his collapse until the ambulance arrived; despite the medical examiner’s office ruling that Mr. Garner’s death was a homicide, the grand jury determined that there was no criminal liability.

It is important to understand that a grand jury is not a trial –though exceptionally Officer Pantaleo alone was permitted to give testimony in his own…

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Banksy Unveils New Graffiti Art Series In Gaza


From Street Art News

After teasing us with a single shot on Instagram earlier this morning (GMT time), Banksy finally revealed the location of the first piece which is Gaza in Palestine. Inspired by «The Thinker» by Rodin the first piece is entitled «Bomb Damage» and obviously with Banksy, the placement is just on point.
On top of that, the elusive British street artist took the opportunity to reveal four new pieces which you will be able to find around Gaza.
Two quotes were enclosed with the images of the new stenciled pieces:

Gaza is often described as ‘the world’s largest open air prison’ because no-one is allowed to enter or leave. But that seems a bit unfair to prisons – they don’t have their electricity and drinking water cut off randomly almost everyday.  — Banksy

A local man came up and said ‘Please – what does this mean?’ I…

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The Fear of Working Class Intellectuals


Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 9.58.28 AMCalling a bluff is always satisfying especially if you know it’s a bluff.  A bluff is «an attempt to deceive someone (or a group) into believing that one can or is going to do something.»  To call someone’s bluff is to expose their deception.

People who grew up in a sustained context in which hardships were a perennial part of daily life develop an idiosyncratic creativity and a fighting spirit. Observing parents or guardians just trying to «make ends meet» to put food on the table, to constantly pay the rent and bills just to stay off the streets teaches one the basic truth of social reality.  Life is exceedingly difficult with each day bringing new and basic challenges to stay just above water.

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 9.54.57 AMThis segment of the population is the most populous in American society according to Dennis Gilbert & Joseph Kahl (The American Class Structure). They…

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