1. gopalekrishna:

    Hanuman in combat with Ravana; Watercolour on paper; Calcutta; 19th Century, IS.76-1959

    (via darksilenceinsuburbia)

  2. archiemcphee:

    You know what’s awesome? A donkey lamb taxi. That sounds like a band name. Hey, when’s the next Donkey Lamb Taxi show?

    When sheep herders in the hills of Lombardy, Italy need to move their flocks toward better grazing land, the wee lambs get a little help keeping up with their woolly family. Helpful donkeys are fitted with sets of special lamb-sized pouches. It’s ridiculously cute and cozy mass transit in the form of live taxis who are content to graze right along side the sheep.

    [via Neatorama]

    (via jhameia)


  3. "Many of “Western Civilization’s” alleged achievements—for instance, the conquest of political liberties—were not handed down to us, as if through a legal transaction, by qualified representatives of the “Western Spirit.” Far from it, most of “the West’s” celebrated gains, particularly at the level of political rights, were worked and fought for by many who were not considered “Westerners.” Indeed, many of our political rights were wrenched into existence against the resistance of the most typical “Westerners.” The “Western Civilization” “legacy” metaphor also hides the role European and non-European workers (both were considered outside the pale of “civilization”) have played in building the wealth and culture of Europe and America. Typically, credit for technological development is laid at the doorstep of Greek Rationalism or is presented as the logical unfolding of a Promethean inner “Western” predisposition; rarely is it asked “Who built the factories?”"
    — Silvia Federici, Enduring Western Civilization: The Construction of the Concept of Western Civilization and its “Others” (via goneril-and-regan)

    (via bourgeoisentimentality)

  4. givemeinternet:

    A strong independent dog who don’t need no man

    (via tanacetum-vulgare)


  5. kamustakanamare:

    "I’m not even sure mankind is ready for her," intones the voiceover from Morgan Freeman’s character. If by mankind Freeman’s character means POC humanity, and by her, he means the terror of asymmetrical Western warfare in the twenty-first century guise of white feminism, then, well, it’s not a question of being ready or not being ready. The very nature of this well-worn dynamic, this righteous weaponized indifference to certain survivals and humanities when it comes to aggrandizing their own, is about storming in and obliging people to be “ready.” White supremacy behaves as though its beneficiaries have supernatural powers that allow them unlimited access to and power over the lives of others? That particular science fiction story has another name: modernity. See also: coloniality, imperialism.

    —“the terror of asymmetrical Western warfare in the twenty-first century guise of white feminism”—

    Brief searing post by Elaine on Luc Bresson’s upcoming Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson (also includes an excellent quote from Jamaica Kincaid’s Lucy)


  6. "In continent after continent the humble figure of the old woman bent from carrying a burden of sticks that she has gathered from the woodlands has been the quintessential figure of an epoch in reproduction. Her protection is one of the oldest injunctions of written human history from the Mosaic codes onward (‘When you reap the harvest in your field and forget a swathe, do not go back to pick it up; it shall be left for the alien, the orphan, and the widow,’ Deuteronomy 24:19). Wherever the subject is studied, a direct relationship is found between women and the commons. The feminization of poverty in our own day has become widespread precisely as the world’s commons have been enclosed."
    — Peter Linebaugh, The Magna Carta Manifesto: Liberties and Commons for All (via goneril-and-regan)

    (via goneril-and-regan)


  8. "Johnson documents early stirrings of U.S. imperialism. The take among many leftists is that capitalism by its very nature entails recurring crises in accumulation. They assume too that for solutions capitalists look to overseas extension of their operations, even to war making. Thus slave owner longings for exploitative possibilities in the Caribbean and in Central America fueled military adventurism."


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    "The Properties of Culture and the Politics of Possessing Identity: Native Claims in the Cultural Appropriation Controversy", Rosemary Coombe



    From ambaazaad's tweets


    It is not just the upper caste individuals who are under the scanner, but the system created by historical privileges which they enjoy which is the crux of the matter. It is this very Brahmanical system that has held the reins of the knowledge production through history and strives to continue to wield it, till date. Therefore, it is plain and simple that flaunting noble intentions of studying ‘caste’ while nurturing upper caste privileges does not work too well together.

    Similarly, there is also this new danger of introductions and annotated editions of Babasaheb’s writings. This morning I googled 'Annihilation of Caste' and the first on the list of results was an advertisement by Amazon.com selling the 'Doctor and the Saint'. This is not the beginning of the conspiracy, but another cruel step in the long list of epistemic atrocities (that lead naturally to real ones eventually) that we have endured for way too long. My fears are not unreal.

    "Flaunting noble intentions, nurturing cate privileges", Asha Kowtal