Greetings from Calico Blackie!
Why do we have a “public” face and a “private” face? Why do most people embrace political correctness?
Admit it. We all have our deepest and darkest feelings.
What sets most of us apart from other human beings is that we don’t share them, much less act on them.
Yet, we still take the moral high ground when we consider the actions of others.
That’s why I would argue for a less politically correct society and for more true expression of our everyday thoughts and feelings.
We’ve all withheld our thoughts to avoid awkward social situations and hurt feelings. That’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about people’s thoughts and feelings regarding their opinions on the big taboos in our society: Politics, gender, race, and religion.
Every once in awhile, whether it’s politically correct or not, some public figure will come out and say exactly what’s on their mind.
When a judge comes right out and says: “If a woman dresses provocatively, she’s asking to be assaulted”…..
or a politician says:
“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down”…
It gives us a real good idea on where they stand and how they really feel.
It also says a lot about their intelligence levels and their capability to deeply and critically think about and understand the issues.
I would much rather have them say exactly what’s on their minds than to find it out AFTER the election. In the same vein, if someone thinks I’m a “big dumb Polack” I want to know it.
I WANT TO KNOW WHAT PEOPLE ARE REALLY THINKING!
That way, I know my enemy and I will know I’m dealing with an ignorant someone who thinks they can paint an entire nationality or race with a broad brush.
Anyway, maybe Todd Akin just “took one for the team.” Have we heard anything regarding Romney’s offshore accounts or taxes since Akin made his remarks?
Once again, we’re fighting amongst ourselves instead of turning the blowtorch towards where it belongs. I’m not saying he shouldn’t be chastised for his remarks. Let’s just ensure that we don’t go after each other regarding this idiot and direct our ire where it can do the most good.
Just in case you’ve been living in a cave for the past few weeks, here is the gist of the story:
Senate Candidate Provokes Ire With ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comment
“In an effort to explain his stance on abortion, Representative Todd Akin, the Republican Senate nominee from Missouri, provoked ire across the political spectrum on Sunday by saying that in instances of what he called “legitimate rape,” women’s bodies somehow blocked an unwanted pregnancy.”
“Asked in an interview on a St. Louis television station about his views on abortion, Mr. Akin, a six-term member of Congress who is backed by Tea Party conservatives, made it clear that his opposition to the practice was nearly absolute, even in instances of rape.”
“It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” Mr. Akin said of pregnancies from rape.
“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something: I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist, and not attacking the child.”
Calico Blackie says:
Wall Street has got to be loving this fool.
While they continue to attack the middle and working classes in the world, they’ve got us all screaming about a dildo named Akin for being stupid enough to say how he really feels about the issues.
Make no mistake about it:
Women ARE under attack and women are being callously attacked to disguise the fact that we are ALL under an attack by the robber barons.
What Wall Street and their wholly-owned subsidiary in Washington DC don’t understand is that women can unite to fight them and that the majority of men will follow. The “divide and conquer” technique will not work in this case.
And in Russia? How are they treating women and protest?
Here’s an article from the Kremlin (RT Television):
‘US Pussy Riot reaction shows double standard’
“The US State Department reacted to the Pussy Riot verdict by saying the sentences were “disproportionate.”
The American stance on the issue is hypocritical, as Washington regularly casts a blind eye on controversial sentences, activist Don DeBar told RT.”
”Shortly after a Russian judge sentenced three Pussy Riot members to two years in prison for performing a “punk prayer” at Moscow’s most prominent cathedral, the State Department issued a statement, saying it was “concerned” about the negative impact the verdict could have on freedom of expression in Russia.”
“We urge Russian authorities to review this case and ensure that the right to freedom of expression is upheld,” State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said.
The British Foreign Office also reacted harshly to the ruling.
“I am deeply concerned by the sentencing of three members of the band Pussy Riot, which can only be considered a disproportionate response to an expression of political belief,” Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt stated….
adding that he was also “perturbed by reports of the conditions of detention and the conduct of the trial.”
Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, said she was “disappointed” with the verdict and also called the sentence “disproportionate.”
“The Swedish Foreign Minister agreed via Twitter with Russia’s Human Rights Commissioner, Vladimir Lukin, who called the prison sentence unfair. Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves likened the Pussy Riot trial to witch hunts in a tweet.”
Link is here: http://rt.com/news/pussy-riot-double-standard-989/
Calico Blackie says:
It’s called the “double standard” alright: One set of rules for the ruling class, and another set of rules for you and me.
Maybe Officer Pike, the “pepper spray cop” can find a new job with Putin and whatever he’s calling his KGB these days?
Anyway, I ran across these two articles and am posting them here as a FYI. Do with them what you will….
How to Defend Yourself Against Facial Recognition Technology
“Facial recognition technology is now just about everywhere we are. It’s in our phones, social networks, and media management, and this itself carries vast implications.”
But it’s also increasingly used by law enforcement and for surveillance of “public” spaces, as Evgeny Morozov noted in his London Review of Books review of Kelly Gates’ excellent book, “Our Biometric Future.”
And many of the practical and labor-saving applications of facial recognition technology (FRT) could equally be applied for repressive or invasive purposes, especially as it becomes more powerful and ubiquitous.
Do we simply have to accept this as inevitable, or are there things we can do to protect ourselves and others against improper or repressive use of FRT?
Below are some tactical and technological defenses against FRT. Specifically, two layers of those involve: 1) when we are being watched, for example, at protests or in a public space, and 2) when we ourselves are taking and sharing images of others, especially online.
Read more. Link to article is here: http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/2012/06/how-to-defend-yourself-against-facial-recognition-technology170.html
And, while you’re at it….
Check this out:
ASC IR – infrared light against surveillance cameras
“Developed by URA / FILOART device promises the citizens a more reliable protection against security measures of the state (and other supervising ends). IR.ASC provides security against the security and thus points to the asymmetry of power between the supervising ends and the individual.”
“Besides organized for surveillance systems of interaction between man and machine IR.ASC provides an additional interaction between machines represents This absurd accumulation of technology is symptomatic, because even though all the effort of protective measures for the perceived safety of the citizens is made, the person slips on the importance scale of the current security concept deeper down.”
“IR.ASC is an infrared light – Device for shielding against infrared surveillance cameras. It can be copied by anyone without special technical knowledge. The device emits infrared light, which interferes with the recording of infrared surveillance cameras. The face of the monitored person is covered by a ball of light.”
Calico Blackie says:
You don’t have to be paranoid or like this kind of stuff. Just know how to make these things and how to use them “just in case.”
It’s the same with firearms.
“Without a gun, the flag you’re waving might as well be white.”
I’m not saying “use it” but they’ll think twice if they know we’re all “in possession” of one.
It might not be politically correct to “air your views” but at least people will know where you stand and what you stand FOR.
Take back the Park on September 17th
Occupy Wall Street
Calico Blackie @kidakita