The Bush administration sent 44 drone strikes to Pakistan; the Obama administration sent over 300. The intended target is the Taliban, which has been hit, but the drones also have killed an appalling number of civilians. Between 500 and 900 civilians have been killed, over 1000 injured. The democratic government looks like a joke for legislating against drone strikes and having no power to do anything about them. And what is the stated purpose of drone strikes in Pakistan? Spreading democracy.
Obama’s drone strikes involve CIA’s tactic of attacking rescuers, funerals and weddings. I once met a young man from one of the federally administrated tribal agencies (where the US drone strikes occur) and he said something (in Pashto) I’ll never forget: “No one cares if we’re killed today or tomorrow. No one.”
I have nothing else to add.
J-J-J-Jenny’s got a body just like an hourglass (8). Alto hit.
Walk the Moon. El descubrimiento musical del mes.
Jesús nos ayuda a vivir
Capo entre los capos!
Why don’t I call the rules of cooking arbitrary, and why am I tempted to call the rules of grammar arbitrary? Because ‘cookery’ is defined by its end, whereas ‘speaking’ is not. That is why the use of language is in a certain sense autonomous, as cooking and washing are not. You cook badly if you are guided in your cooking by rules other than the right ones; but if you follow other rules than those of chess you are playing another game; and if you follow grammatical rules other than such-and-such ones, that does not mean that you say something wrong, no, you are speaking of something else.
Wittgenstein, Zettel 320 (via whakatikatika)
This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals—sounds that say listen to this, it is important.
Gary Provost (via whakatikatika)
People know what they do; frequently they know why they do what they do; but what they don’t know is what what they do does.
Michel Foucault, Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason, 1964 (via whakatikatika)