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  1. Aug 2021
    1. that U.S. occupation might be clashing with Afghan identity and giving the Taliban a significant advantage was rarely considered

      How HOW

    2. This thinking extends to ordinary Afghans as well, many of whom do not subscribe to the Taliban’s extremist political vision but are sympathetic to their invocation of Islamic principles against foreign occupiers.

      I feel like a similar trend could be found in the US, where folks don't necessarily agree with occupation but do see merit in "fighting terrorism" or "helping"

  2. Jul 2021
    1. It’s a sense of passing

      fulfilling the role you've been assigned (by society? by yourself?)

    2. I paint them desert colors, compulsively.

      why this superfluous often-feminine action?

    3. sintered stone

    4. harnessed and catheterized

      so are their flesh bodies bound to the helicopter?

    5. casus belli

      A casus belli is an act or event that provokes or is used to justify war.

    6. America names its helicopters for the people it destroyed.

      girl you didn't even have to--

  3. Jun 2021
    1. As the digital has merged with our physical lives, there’s simply no longer a need to distinguish between the two in the way that people did just a couple of decades ago.

      we applied our world to the digital world, and now they're one

    2. suggesting a renewed American exceptionalism

      especially considering that the Web was pretty US-centric at this time

    3. But in sacrificing a sense of utopian ambition to give its early users something closer to their physical surroundings, the site also enacted a spatial politics rooted in American history, bound to the nation’s history of settler colonialism and suburban sprawl.

      Let's problematize the legacy of Geocities YES! finally!

    4. Barlow believed that an intangible internet transcended the material differences between rich and poor, placing all on equal footing in a “civilization of the Mind” that reconfigured distinctions found in three-dimensional space.

      did he just not consider the possibilities of issues w access to internet lmao

    1. “Doctors are supposed to be trusted authorities, a patient’s primary gateway to healing. But for fat people, they are a source of unique and persistent trauma”

      bro can you read? the article isn't saying doctors aren't "doing the right things to help people lose weight", it says doctor visits are generally traumatic for fat people

    2. It also doesn’t mention the attempt to pass sugar taxes to get people to curb sugar consumption.

      i mean it did mention a few other policies that attempt to promote healthy eating but go off i guess

    1. Just 4 percent of agricultural subsidies go to fruits and vegetables.

      all my homies hate corn subsidies

    2. how much attention and support they received while they were on it

      this shouldn't be a novel concept but okay

    3. BMI report cards

      when we say we should all be involved in our children's health this is NOT what we mean!

    4. offering no further specifics

      it's like some messed-up virtue signalling. i've acknowledged that you are fat and that fat people (i.e. you) are seen by society as unhealthy and dangerous. get out of my office!

    5. students receive an average of just 19 hours of nutrition education over four years of instruction

      you'd think that, given we are what we eat, nutrition would be seen as more important? although perhaps modern Western medicine isn't into the holistic approach, na?

    6. cultural differences

      i'd argue that this is an instance of classism/class difference, not simply "cultural differences"

    7. I had one egg for breakfast and I feel fine.

      Look Doc, just because your body is trained to live in high-stress starvation-like scenarios doesn't mean everyone else's is!

    8. smoking is a behavior; being fat is not

      and yet it's often treated like it is, like a moral failing

    9. the patients who were also classified as fat had a worse attitude and were less likely to follow their advice

      not only a healthcare issue but a humane-ness issue, as fat people are almost seen as less human, or at least as less sociable

    10. the first thing you will be told is that it would all get better if you could just put down the Cheetos

      seeing fatness as the root of all evil rather than one aspect of somebody's entire medical history and, as such, one that may or MAY NOT be the cause of whatever they're in for. the assumption that ailment is always a symptom of being fat.

    11. Her period would come back.

      if it's that far gone, girl, you gotta stop

    12. Studies

      the papers that have cited this source are also very interesting reads!!

    1. Network nodes vary in weight

      And as diff services monopolize areas of the internet, their weight increases. How to be aware of sliding down these slopes?

    2. Internet adapts itself to suit the realities of each region

      web balkanization?

    3. "Search engines are at the heart of the Internet edifice. They guarantee the “visibility” (access) of Internet space by controlling the hyperlinks."

      How can we break free of search engines—through alternative searches or our own networks of discovery (RIP StumbleUpon)—in order to demonopolize or even destroy this monopoly on web traffic?

    1. But the borders between the groups will most likely be blurred, with individuals, groups, and families moving between social spheres.

      How do we maintain contact and "blurred" borders among groups?

    2. We cannot, en masse, return to a pre-civilized way of life. And honestly, most of us don’t want to. We refuse a blanket rejection of everything that civilization has brought us. We need to look forward, not backwards.

      Appropriate technology, diverse agricultural practices based on sustainability. Very solarpunk!

    3. My dictionary defines civilization as “the stage of human social development and organization that is considered most advanced.” Aside from being a sort of useless definition, this points out the prejudice inherent in civilization. It says: “We are advanced. You are primitive. What’s more, history and development is purely linear in nature, progress only moves forward, and any deviation from the course we are on is regressive.”

      reminds me of Walker's connection btwn Eurocentric linear time, Darwinism, and the advanced-primitive dichotomy

    1. Many appropriate technology projects (though certainly not all) involve people from the Global North designing for rather than with recipient communities

      the white savior complex born anew

    1. But there is the attendant danger that the energy transition be treated as a given, a narrative necessity for the platforming of politics grounded in identity, while the actual rough politics required to make that transition happen in the first place fades into the background of the celebration.

      Isn't this the danger of any aesthetic-political movement? Solarpunk is at least grappling w these issues, on some levels. But if we want solarpunk to gain traction as more than a nebulous aesthetic or ~vibe~ we must be more intentional about centering landback and other reclamatory movements

    2. The fact that there is no abject, no excrement, in Solarpunk belies a sinister omission. A different value system would likely change the abject rather than rid us of it.

      I wonder what exactly this means; I feel like solarpunk imaginaries emphasize reuse and re/upcycling of waste, and inclusivity of humans, so I'm curious what they mean. I do think that people who are at odds with societal values are often maligned tho

    3. To think about a renewable future we currently draw on fantastical modes that are at least partly entrenched in pre-modern aesthetics and structures — this mode of thinking is a “forward looking memory,” perhaps, but it is also problematic because of its pastoral or nostalgic nature.

      Problematic in that we refuse to entertain possible pitfalls in the pursuit of this future, I suppose

  4. Dec 2020
    1. Technologies of representation

      "the tools and processes necessary to mediate the form and content of media communications"