Got up for a pee, checked on the music backup. Stupid thing aborted just after I went to bed; something about a zip archive. Ah, modern technology.
I don’t usually post this early, but sleep is proving elusive. That and, of course, a new phone; naturally I’m anxious for it to function properly. It’s not just a talking/texting device - it’s an alarm clock - a memo cube - and a way of mucking about in social media on the go without tap-tap-tapping a keypad in some wonky Java app.
(I miss a space. ‘Insocial’ sounds like an antonym.)
I should close my stinging eyes and will another two hours rest to myself. I still have letters (or ‘bills’ as they used to be only partially known) this morning.
I just read that headline which reckons eating a bacon sandwich takes an hour off your life. What a lot of rubbish - it never takes me more than 5 minutes.
When there’s too much shit you need to get done at once
This is so accurate it hurts.
Ok I may not end up crying but I will be stressed up, almost panicked and won’t be able to cope. Nope, me and multitasking ain’t too good :D
I’m thinking about the “race riots” in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the England “Riots” of 2011 and Ferguson, now, and recognizing that we need to squeeze “rioting” and “looting” of their racist state rhetoric. We are encouraged to use “rioting” to discuss black protest against a long-cultivated supremacist social order that results in black people being arrested, imprisoned, tortured, stalked, profiled, and murdered by the state. We are encouraged to use “rioting” to discuss people who are fed up with inordinate and inescapable poverty-by-design. “Riot” is a loaded root word. Black people are criminalized when we lazily implement police speak about their just protest.
In Ferguson, already, we have seen how angry but mostly peaceful protest and choral outrage was turned toward violence by the state as the police enticed a violent response to their violent tactics that began with the murder of Michael Brown. Insisting protest remain non-violent is to insist we devalue the community and the people who have been harmed by a racist police state.
The police want both escalation of violence and popular pacifist response. I support the rioters as much as I support the protesters’ civil disobedience. Insurrection is not irrational; looting is not senseless; Rioting is not meaningless: especially when in response to state violence. The quick and anonymous fury expressed in rioting serves a purpose. If we’re going to use the word, we should treat the people we’re addressing who are revolting in riot with respect for their just cause.
The United States of America is no longer a civilised nation and must be rebuilt.
"Wealth is Virtue; the more money you have, the more moral and virtuous you are; conversely those with little or none are the foulest of immoral vermin, and should be punished cruelly, until they repent."