Last night, when I was alone and unlocking my bike on campus, a stranger whom I made eye contact with and whose every move I tried to discreetly register slowly walked around the fence between us, stopped in front of me, gestured downwards to his exposed, erect dick, cocked his head, and walked deeper into campus when I aggressively told him to go away. I called a friend and then the police, and spoke again to the police when they arrived on the scene. I’d thought that I was fairly calm. But on the bike ride home I nearly crashed into the cyclists in front of me several times, and when I got home I talked to several people about the incident and felt pretty okay until I tried to sleep and discovered that I couldn’t do so without the lights on. I napped at Anna’s today when she was in the shower and joked about the logistics of last night’s “feat” of exhibitionism / harassment and my therapist didn’t end up telling me anything that I didn’t already know, but I involuntarily felt frightened by the man in the archives who kept looking at me this afternoon, and by every man on the Metro tonight who happened to take a step in my direction. I don’t have any insight to offer, really. It just sucks
Homeless tenters in Oppenheimer Park say they’ve received an eviction notice from the City of Vancouver.
However, the tenters say they have the support of First Nations leaders from the Downtown Eastside and they’re not going anywhere.
Today (July 20), they’ve issued their own eviction notice, effective immediately, to the city. It reads:
We, the indigenous people here today in Oppenheimer Park, do hereby assert our Aboriginal Title, as established in law by the Supreme Court of Canada in Tsilhqot’in v British Columbia. Our people have held title to this land since time immemorial, and we are exerting our right to exclusive authority, recognized as an inherent element of our title, over this land and this camp. The City of Vancouver recognizes the unceded and enduring existence of our Aboriginal Title here. Under this recognition, we now require that you leave this place and cease any attempts to remove people or their belongings from this place. Because we are the title holders to this land, we assert that you do not have jurisdiction over this place until such time as our title to it is lawfully resolved. Any actions against this camp are thereby unlawful actions against our title; we demand an immediate cease and desist of action or the threat of action against this camp or those within it.
A news release from the tenters and their supporters says that about 30 percent of homeless people are aboriginal due to the “effects of colonization and poverty”. It also notes that the 1,798 homeless people counted in Vancouver in March was the “highest number ever counted”.
Referring to the Downtown Eastside local area plan, the release also claims: “Vision Vancouver approved a plan for the Downtown Eastside that seeks to displace 3,350 residents.”
On June 25, city council voted to formally acknowledge that the city lies on the unceded traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.
Such accounts also play on racist notions of Arabs as creatures who prefer violence to the alternatives available to them. The trope is clear: the atavistic colonized subjects who will consent to their own people’s destruction rather than have a dialogue with their oppressors. The latter’s alleged preference for dialogue over bloodshed is proof of their civility, and so also justification for their rule.
The myth of Palestinians who refuse generous offers is longstanding within Zionist historiography — exemplified in the longstanding lie of Palestinians “never missing an opportunity to miss an opportunity.”
This colonial inversion of reality is likewise present in Western reporting on the conflict, which must justify the Israeli assault on Palestine to its audience. For example, earlier in the current massacre we were frequently told that “both sides” fighting in historic Palestine are suffering and are in the wrong.
This rhetoric of “both sides” implies that pain and fault belong equally to Palestinians and Israelis. It erases manifold, unmistakable, qualitative and quantitative differences at play in Israel’s attack on the Gaza Strip and the political-historical context in which this is taking place — most centrally, that what is occurring is part of a settler-colonial invasion.
and isn’t it odd? for in rooms full of
strangers my most tender feelings
bear the fruit of screaming.
— Frank O’Hara, "For Grace, After a Party," from Meditations in an Emergency (1957)
Guys are being sexist to Vivian on LoL and they are referring to her as a “grill” instead of a “girl” to circumvent the game’s Code of Conduct stipulation against harassment
"stupid fucking grill"
"men rule world u stupid slave grill"
"put extra ham on my sandwich stupid fucking grill"
The world is bleak and weird
"What will become of free time in the context of the increasing productivity of labor, yet under persisting conditions of unfreedom, that is, under relations of production that people are born into and that prescribe for them the rules of their existence nowadays just as much as they ever did? Free time has already expanded exorbitantly, and thanks to inventions in the spheres of atomic energy and automation, which by no means have been fully exploited economically, free time should increase enormously.
Should one try to answer the question with out ideological asseverations then the suspicion is unavoidable that free time is tending toward the opposite of its own concept and is becoming a parody of itself. Unfreedom is expanding within free time, and most of the unfree people are as unconscious of the process as they are of their own unfreedom.”
Adorno Free Time