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Vanessa Vaile
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independent researcher, lifelong learner and curator of me
independent researcher, lifelong learner and curator of me

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for the #Libraries  Collection ~ and education alternatives

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Between the title and the image, what else, besides the Nietzsche quote, is there to add?

A version of this essay was given as a lecture at Université de Genève, January 18, 2017

Insanity in individuals is somewhat rare. But in groups, parties, nations, and epochs, it is the rule.
— Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

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HT @AnaMFores for @ConMijente "road map for setting up Community Defense Zone campaigns in local communities"

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In times of stress I can always use a dose of #streetart ~ the rest of the time too

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surviving post-election #politics ~ falling off the turnip truck as a wake-up call HT @ThePolemicist_
The essence of American politics is the manipulation of populism by elitism.
(As Christopher Hitchens said in his better moment.)

That anybody--let alone millions of struggling working-class people--could think a narcissistic billionaire [he wishes] asshole backed by a plutocratic party of the corporate establishment and a right-wing nationalist and racist ideology was going to be a champion of the people is a testament to how badly politically educated Americans are. That he could be elected President is also a testament to how phony is the American "democratic" political system, which allowed as the only electorally viable alternative another multi-millionaire narcissistic nationalist candidate, backed by another party controlled by plutocratic bankers and corporations and a segmenting identity-politics ideology, who could not even fake her populism well enough.

Trump voters: Behold the guy who's "on your side." Clinton voters: Behold what you could not defeat. (Maybe because she did not have a radically different alternative. Maybe because this is just extending and intensifying the greatest transfer of wealth to the top .01% in history that the Obama administration oversaw for eight years. 'Cause, you know, "We're capitalist and that's just the way it is.")

Everybody better wake the fuck up.

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The New Face of American Unemployment. Read these stories to understand what's going on. http://bloom.bg/2llcu4h
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There's a metaphor here . . .

The 58-story tower's shine faded on May 10, 2016, when Agabian attended a homeowners association meeting and was informed that the building had sunk 16 inches into the earth and tilted over 15 inches at its tip and 2 inches at the base, according to suits filed by residents and the city of San Francisco. “You can imagine how distressed we were to know that, for one, our lifetime investment and savings are at risk,” she said. “And we have no idea whether or not there’s a fix to it, and if there is a fix to it, what it will entail.”

The building, meanwhile, continues to sink.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-01/who-will-pay-for-san-francisco-s-tilting-sinking-millennium-tower

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and it's not even #caturday

cc +Laura Gibbs

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