A picture in 365 slices. Each slice is one day of the year.

This is literally one of the best things on the site


A picture in 365 slices. Each slice is one day of the year.

This is literally one of the best things on the site

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From my vantage point there are no persuasive reasons for the retention of the death penalty. Certainly, it satisfies a basic and very understandable desire for justice and vengeance, but justice in at least nearly all instances can be served in other ways. It is frankly hard to know whether the death penalty deters crimes, but my sense is that there is no conclusive evidence that it does. What is clear is that the death penalty leads human beings into — at least in too many instances — unnecessary legal and moral quagmires.

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. Katerina Plotnikova  on Tumblr

Katerina Plotnikova is a fine art photographer from Russia who explains her work as “another tale about wonderland.” Her images are simple, yet stunning. Welcome to the magical land of Katerina. Her photography conjures up dreams of serenity and gentleness.

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    Finding beauty in Belize <3

    Finding beauty in Belize <3

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    "while sitting on brighton beach (UK) back in 2005 with my new girlfriend, verity, i thought the view of our feet pointing out to sea would make a nice photo. ever since then we’ve continued to document our travels in this way, resulting in a collection of over 100 photos. in 2011 the series took a new twist with the arrival of a third set of feet – our daughter matilda. you can already see her little feet getting bigger and bigger." - text and photos by tom robinson

    photos: arbol de piedra, bolivia; nahuel huapi national park, argentina; machu picchu, peru; bâlea lake, romania; blue mountains, australia; ko pha-ngan, thailand; st. georges hospital, london; cabo de são vicente, portugal; voje valley, near stara fužina, slovenia; london, england

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    Judge Rakoff says that “this excuse — sometimes labeled the ‘too big to jail’ excuse — is disturbing, frankly, in what it says about the department’s apparent disregard for equality under the law.”

    One pillar of white supremacy is the logic of slavery. This logic renders black people as inherently enslaveable—as nothing more than property. That is, in this logic of white supremacy, blackness becomes equated with slaveability. The forms of slavery may change, be it explicit slavery, sharecropping, or systems that regard black peoples as permanent property of the state, such as the current prison–industrial complex (whether or not blacks are formally working within prisons).3 But the logic itself has remained consistent. This logic is the anchor of capitalism. That is, the capitalist system ultimately commodifies all workers: one’s own person becomes a commodity that one must sell in the labour market while the profits of one’s work are taken by somebody else. To keep this capitalist system in place—which ultimately commodifies most people—the logic of slavery applies a racial hierarchy to this system. This racial hierarchy tells people that as long as you are not black, you have the opportunity to escape the commodification of capitalism. Anti-blackness enables people who are not black to accept their lot in life because they can feel that at least they are not at the very bottom of the racial hierarchy—at least they are not property, at least they are not slaveable.

    A second pillar of white supremacy is the logic of genocide. This logic holds that indigenous peoples must disappear. In fact, they must always be disappearing, in order to enable non-indigenous peoples’ rightful claim to land. Through this logic of genocide, non-Native peoples then become the rightful inheritors of all that was indigenous—land, resources, indigenous spirituality, and culture. Genocide serves as the anchor of colonialism: it is what allows non-Native peoples to feel they can rightfully own indigenous peoples’ land. It is acceptable exclusively to possess land that is the home of indigenous peoples because indigenous peoples have disappeared.

    A third pillar of white supremacy is the logic of orientalism. “Orientalism” was Edward Said’s term for the process of the West’s defining itself as a superior civilisation by constructing itself in opposition to an “exotic” but inferior “Orient”.4 (Here, I am using the term “orientalism” more broadly than to signify solely what has been historically named as the “orient” or “Asia”.) The logic of orientalism marks certain peoples or nations as inferior and deems them to be a constant threat to the wellbeing of empire. These peoples are still seen as “civilisations”—they are not property or the “disappeared”. However, they are imagined as permanent foreign threats to empire. This logic is evident in the anti-immigration movements in the United States that target immigrants of colour. It does not matter how long immigrants of colour reside in the United States, they generally become targeted as foreign threats, particularly during war-time. Consequently, orientalism serves as the anchor of war, because it allows the United States to justify being in a constant state of war to protect itself from its enemies. Orientalism allows the United States to defend the logics of slavery and genocide as these practices enable it to stay “strong enough” to fight these constant wars. What becomes clear, then, is what Sora Han declares: the United States is not at war; the United States is war.5 For the system of white supremacy to stay in place, the United States must always be at war.

    Indigeneity, Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy by Andrea Smith

    Using Andrea Smith’s understandings of white supremacy as operating under three pillars (though, I would argue that Nativism should be added as a fourth to describe the displacement of immigrants as labor and their homelands as exploitable through imperialism or neocolonialism), we can extend this critique to converge with the idea of Whiteness as Property, and we can come to understand the totalizing logics of capitalism. Capitalism commodifies everything and everyone, in a process of propertization.

    The aforementioned Whiteness as Property, a tool of analysis in Critical Race Theory, is used to explain Whiteness as being a property - which whites possess. It’s material advantages and the psychological wages gained from it are linked to its value, which is maintained by its exclusivity of use and access. The value of property whiteness is determined by the social position of whiteness and the benefits gained from it. This value is inherently embedded in the exploitation and subjugation of nonwhite subjects and this explains both violent and rhetorical backlash when the liberal institution expands the franchise (after an interest convergence allows for reform), or when radical movements threaten the capitalist hegemony of white supremacist patriarchy. The less exclusive the use and access of property whiteness to whites, the more the value is driven down and the more the need to maintain and rise the value is present. But this property relationship goes both ways. People of Color, as explained in Andrea Smith’s writings earlier on, are also property. The main difference being that whiteness is something whites possess and nonwhiteness is something to be possessed. Therefore, for whiteness’s property value to be maintained, the continuance of colonization, imperialism, slavery and exploitation of immigrant labor has to be maintained. For whiteness to continue being a property for whites to possess, people of color have to continue being property to be owned. Whites maintain their agency as subjects while nonwhites relationship to whiteness is as objects.

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