because i don’t want to incidentally support a platform of racist and ignorant hate-mongering, i am stymied from having open discussions about the unapologetically oligarchical and increasingly clandestine platform that is my other “choice”. that isn’t right. the whole concept of democracy is built on informed participation. on constructive dialog. the strength of the will of the people is not the same thing as apathetic resignation to evil, “lesser” or not. one way or another, whatever semblance of voice We the People had is slipping through our fingers. and not only are we not trying to retrieve it, we are willing giving it up. and those who would say something are shamed and discouraged from even pointing it out, not by authority, but by our peers. we are silencing ourselves. i am not offering a solution, because i don’t currently have one to offer. all i can do is encourage us all–oh yes, myself included–to not be lulled into complacency by the specter of futility. om shanti. amen. so it goes.

because i don’t want to incidentally support a platform of racist and ignorant hate-mongering, i am stymied from having open discussions about the unapologetically oligarchical and increasingly clandestine platform that is my other “choice”.

that isn’t right. the whole concept of democracy is built on informed participation. on constructive dialog. the strength of the will of the people is not the same thing as apathetic resignation to evil, “lesser” or not.

one way or another, whatever semblance of voice We the People had is slipping through our fingers. and not only are we not trying to retrieve it, we are willing giving it up. and those who would say something are shamed and discouraged from even pointing it out, not by authority, but by our peers. we are silencing ourselves.

i am not offering a solution, because i don’t currently have one to offer. all i can do is encourage us all–oh yes, myself included–to not be lulled into complacency by the specter of futility.

om shanti. amen. so it goes.

The Performance Poetry Preservation Project

From Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz – ATTENTION POETRY SLAM! The Performance Poetry Preservation Project (P4) is actively collecting your old media to preserve!

What slammer doesn’t have a box / crate / tub of old slam material! Did with it comes to digital media — slams you’ve recorded on VHS tape / CD / DVD / Audio tape / Minidisk / etc… — there is a shelf life to them… provided you even own the technology anymore that allows you to play! So PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE consider donating them to P4 so that these rare recordings can be properly preserved and archived!

BONUS: P4 is happy to pay for shipping!

Please contact P4 founder Wess Mongo Jolley for more information!
http://ift.tt/2amx2J8
From the article: Do you still own a VCR? Take good care of it, because you’ll never get a new one!

VHS tapes are now officially “dead technology”. But if you have VHS tapes of old slam poetry performances that need preservation, P4 is here to help! We’re collecting recordings on outdated formats such as this, and ensuring those performances are digitally captured before the tapes become unreadable.

Contact us to learn about how to donate materials to our collection!
http://ift.tt/2amx2J8

A ‘slow catastrophe’ unfolds as the golden age of antibiotics comes to an end

want to stop worrying about political buffoonery and racial inequality for a minute?

here, read about the state (fate?) of modern medicine.

as the doctor says therein: it’s not the apocalypse. until it is.

#funtimes #slowapocolypse
http://ift.tt/29IIRt5
From the article: In early April, experts at a military lab outside Washington intensified their search for evidence that a dangerous new biological threat had penetrated the nation’s borders.

Sé Reed Media

mad data-grab distraction or no, this game has people going outside to play, and that’s helping small businesses too. yay!

#focusonthepositive
http://ift.tt/29IKJlT
From the article: Brick-and-mortar businesses, get thee some Pokémon Lures.

Pokémon Go Is a Government Surveillance Psyop Conspiracy

of course there is a catch. there is always a catch.

need some new intel on a location? just stick a Pokemon nearby and a bunch of people will go film it, gratis.

this isn’t just about tracking us. it’s about using us.

REMEMBER: if you’re not paying for the product, you *are* the product.
http://ift.tt/29ztgd2
From the article: Less than a week after Pokémon Go’s launch, our streets are already filled with packs of phone-wielding, Weedle-catching zombies. They’re robbing our teens, filling our churches with sinners, and tricking our children into exercising. But worst of all, Pokémon Go is turning us all into an army of na…