If you ever wondered

Not being there to witness the dew on the sticky leaf-bud catch its first glimmer of light terrifies me. Ma mort … la mort du monde …

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Hi, hello! Excuse me doctor dentist, please remove this tooth and replace it with a much better and more consistently performing faketooth.


Ya know, while you’re at it, can you replace everything else? Just make sure I dual-boot Windows Vista 64-bit and whatever latest Mac OSX.

But Hamas…

In conversations about Gaza, I have heard many thoughtful people in the Jewish community lament the loss of Palestinian lives in Gaza but then say, “But Hamas…,” as if that were the heart of the problem. I’d like to suggest that, when we have these conversations about Hamas and Israel’s current bombing campaign, we begin with the necessary context and historical perspective.

Re: The Nakba

1. To create the Jewish state, the Zionist movement destroyed more than 400 Palestinians villages and expelled 700,000 Palestinians from their homes and land. Palestinians who remained in what became Israel were relegated to second-class citizenship, had much of their property confiscated, and, to this day, have fewer rights than Jewish Israeli citizens.

Re: The 1967 Occupation

2. In 1967, Israel occupied the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem and still occupies them until this day.

Re: Settlement expansion; the apartheid wall; and the siege of Gaza

3. Over the past 47 years of occupation, Israel has illegally confiscated more and more Palestinian land; built an apartheid wall; systematically denied Palestinians basic human and civil rights and engaged in state-sponsored violence; and forced the Palestinians in Gaza to live in appalling conditions that make it increasingly impossible to survive. Israel’s latest bombing campaign, Operation Protective Edge, has killed over 1,900 Palestinians, at least 450 of whom are children, and has displaced hundreds of thousands more.

If those of us in the Jewish community who are committed to justice begin from these facts, I think it would become clearer – regardless of who the Palestinian leadership is – that the underlying problem really is the denial of freedom and basic human rights to millions of people, for decades. And, as a community, it should also become clearer where priorities need to be in order to have any integrity on this issue: addressing the Nakba of 1948 and the responsibility for the Nakba head-on – including the right of return for refugees; ending the occupation; ending the siege on Gaza; and recognizing the right to full equality for Palestinian citizens of Israel.

— Donna Nevel

(via standwithpalestine)

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A life, my life, your life can mean nothing to most people most of their lives and this can be, at once, liberating and damning.

A Noble Failure

beholdadarkhorse:

It should be known that until the age of 25, my interest in mind-altering drugs was non-existent, and I long believed it would stay that way until my demise. The reason for this came from some woefully misguided belief in the purity of my mental processes and an arrogance of perception that led me to swear off any kind of substance that could potentially sully my view of the world and any axioms that were born from it. I had the intrinsic fear that, already feeling as if I was “right” about everything, the most any of these drugs could possibly do would be to pull a veil over my eyes or lead me in the wrong direction. Ironic considering most users of hallucinogenic drugs feel the opposite, that the veil is being removed and they are gaining some new insight entirely. I think as humans we have a tendency to attach ourselves to extremes, but that is a difficult way to live and it often keeps you from being open to new experiences. It was also an aesthetic choice, truth be told, and I simply could not envision a world in which I could be seen breaking bread with burnout hippies unironically. But I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now.

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A tear clung to my eye as it became clear that we may have observed the same fauna on our paths.

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When The Media Treats White Suspects And Killers Better Than Black Victims

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via The Huffington Post

There are reasons for everything but we can only see what we want to see.

What do you want to see?

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fotojournalismus:

A Palestinian boy plays with balloons as families leave their homes in Gaza City’s Shejaiya neighbourhood in fear of Israeli attacks on August 8, 2014. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)

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janksy:

viskuse:

this video is so cute ???

this video is EXACTLY what i’m all about. i don’t think you understand the exact degree to which i am all about this. incredible

I remember playing video games like Secret of Mana on the SNES and thinking how cool it would be to have friends that followed each other in a perfect line whenever you’re out on quests together or somesuchthing.

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