"One of the questions asked in that study was, How many Vietnamese casualties would you estimate that there were during the Vietnam war? The average response on the part of Americans today is about 100,000. The official figure is about two million. The actual figure is probably three to four million. The people who conducted the study raised an appropriate question: What would we think about German political culture if, when you asked people today how many Jews died in the Holocaust, they estimated about 300,000? What would that tell us about German political culture?"
Noam Chomsky, “Media Control” (via siegfriedandfreud)
Three or four million Asians killed by the US — and three Southeast Asian countries (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos) shattered for several generations — is nothing to US Americans, not even worth a footnote. In World War II, 20 million Chinese were killed, many in concentration camps every bit as brutal as those in Germany, subject to human experimentation for developing chemical and biological weapons, yet I guarantee you that most US Americans have no idea this happened in a war in which the US and China were ostensibly fighting as allies and indeed the Chinese land war was every bit as critical to securing Japan’s surrender as the US naval campaign. Any German who believes that only 300,000 Jews were killed in the Holocaust is rightly condemned as a history-denying racist, and for me the same logic applies to US Americans.
very ironic. noam chomsky notoriously underestimated casualties in kampuchea to blindly follow the rhetoric of ‘revolution.’ his cognitive dissonance was terribly racist.
The weird opening ceremony hasn’t even come off, and the North Korean Olympic bid is already falling into the typical storyline of controversy and intrigue. On Wednesday, Olympics organizers proved themselves incapable of Googling when they introduced the North Korean women’s soccer team using the South Korean flag at their opening match against Colombia. The team stormed off, and only a hasty apology from the highest echelons of the Olympic organization could coax them back onto the field an hour later.
The flag controversy completely overshadowed the fact that North Korea went on to trounce their Colombian opponents, 2-0. The North Korean women’s team is good. Surprisingly good. The young and inexperienced team that hails from a country whose citizens are being increasingly starved by their leaders is second only to Japan in Asia. “Fantastic,” is how U.S. midfielder Heather O’Reilly described them. Nobody would ever mistake North Korea’s men’s team for “fantastic.”
One of the most fascinating aspects of North Korea’s Olympic bid is that women are by far the dominant force in North Korean international athletics, and their preeminence is in typically male sports. In the 2008 Beijing games, all but one of North Korea’s five medals were won by women, including both golds. In London, North Korea’s female weightlifters, judo fighters and soccer team are among the strongest of their 51-member olympic squad .
North Korea women’s prowess in these sports is all the more remarkable given that North Korean society is so patriarchal that in 1996 North Korean officials banned bicycling in Pyongyang for women because it wasn’t seen as sufficiently female. Back in the 80s, the government saw female participation in traditionally male sports as a sign of capitalism’s ultimate corruption. “The rotten and diseased world of capitalism does not spare women from kicking a ball,” wrote an official publication in the early 1980s.
But today, the best North Korean soccer coaches actually prefer coaching the women’s teams over the men, according to South Korean journalist Joo Seong-Ha. This imbalance has prompted some experts to draw conclusions about the North. Joo Seong-Ha offered the rather questionable analysis for why the women’s soccer team so outperforms their male counterparts: “North Korean women’s innate toughness must have played a factor. As the proverb goes, ‘Southern men, northern women.’” (South Korean men are thought to be strong and handsome, while North Korean women are strong and beautiful.)
But the North Korean women’s preemincence says more about the structure of international athletics than the character of North Korean women. The men’s competition is more intense, which means North Korean women aren’t as handicapped by the country’s isolation and poverty. They “get access to just as many facilities and coaches domestically [as men], and the worldwide game for women isn’t as high in quality relative to the men’s,” said Gerard Clare, who’s been covering North Korean soccer for NKnews.com.
— Why The Women of North Korea Are The Most Interesting Olympians
What this article is basically saying is that North Korea gives their male and female athletes the exact same facilities, whereas many other countries give their men and women’s teams different or unequal ones. The women’s team didn’t have to worry about finding sponsors because they were a “girl who’s built like a guy” (Sarah Robles). The NK team is there to play hard.
A 17-year veteran of the New York Police Department has been suspended without pay after a kidnapping victim was found tied up in his garage.
The New York Post reports Ondre Johnson, a detective with the Brooklyn north gang unit, was being questioned in connection with the incident and was forced to surrender his gun and badge.
A source tells the Post the 25-year-old victim was snatched off the street on July 26. The victim’s friends then got calls demanding $75,000 for the victim’s release.
The call was traced to Johnson’s home, MyFoxNY.com reports. When authorities arrived Friday afternoon, Johnson answered the door and identified himself as a detective with the NYPD.
Investigators then found the victim tied up in the garage.
Four men have been charged in the apparent kidnapping scheme, MyFoxNY.com reports. 30-year-old Hakeem Clark, who lives in the same building as Johnson, was charged with kidnapping and weapons possession along with 27-year-old Jason Hutson and 27-year-old James Gayle. 24-year-old Alfredo Haughton was charged with kidnapping.
Johnson has not been charged.
Zoe Smith, gold medalist at the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games at the age of 16.
Zoe Smith was harassed via twitter recently because some female stated she looked o manly and no guy would go for that. Here is the article. Seriously, shes an 18 year old Olympian in lifting, and you have a problem because she’s too muscular for you? wow.
Part of the article:
“We don’t lift weights in order to look hot, especially for the likes of men like that,” Smith wrote. “What makes them think that we even want them to find us attractive? If you do, thanks very much, we’re flattered. But if you don’t, why do you really need to voice this opinion in the first place?
“Shall we stop weightlifting, amend our diet in order to completely get rid of our ‘manly’ muscles, and become housewives in the sheer hope that one day you will look more favorably upon us and we might actually have a shot with you?
“This may be shocking to you, but we actually would rather be attractive to people who aren’t closed-minded and ignorant. Crazy, eh?! We, as any woman with an ounce of self-confidence would, prefer our men to be confident enough in themselves to not feel emasculated by the fact that we aren’t weak and feeble.”
the above gif sums up my feelings rather nicely.
weightlifting ladies just seem to be winning my heart left right and centre
[image: aerial photographs of the olympic stadium in East London, with a vast site of metal cabins across the motorway].
Cleaners at the Olympic Park are being housed ten to a room at a huge temporary compound.
The campsite in East London, hidden from public view, has 25 people sharing each toilet and 75 to each shower.
They sleep in portable cabins, some of which have been leaking in the rain.
On arrival, some were horrified to be told there was no work for two weeks. But despite this, they were made to pay the cleaning company £18 a day in ‘rent’ to sleep in the overcrowded metal cabins, which works out at more than £550 a month.
Others who had come to the UK desperate for the jobs turned back, describing the camp as ‘horrible’, with showers and toilets ‘filthy’ from over-use.
Id say I’m surprised but I’m not….Disgusting. Fuck the Olympics.
Fuck. And people still ask me why I hate the olympics.
DESTROY THE OLYMPICS
Jesse Owens at the Berlin Olympics, August 1936.
In August of 1936, American athlete Jesse Owens won four gold medals, setting three world records and tying a fourth in the 100 yard dash - all in front of Adolf Hitler, who had planned to use the Games as a tool to promote the physical superiority of the Aryan race.
Of course not. The GOP just want to allow the Keystone people to run the a pipeline through it, digging up huge trenches for a heated line that could leak harm the environment from the first and/or destroy the topsoil, environment, and underground water supply later if there is a leak. The truth is that there is always a leak sometime in the future.
(Source: thealienshe, via decolonizeyourmind)
Brooklyn women make their building theirs
The rent strike started two years ago when Sara Lopez woke up early one morning. No one sleeps much in these three buildings — in the winter there’s no heat, in the summer there’s no electricity, and all year there are rats and cockroaches scurrying in the walls — but that morning Lopez had slept even worse than usual, and she was mad.
“I thought and thought and decided that I needed to do something,” she said. “So I knocked on 51 doors because I got mad of so much injustice.”
At each door she and Trelles spread a clear message: Stop paying rent. It wasn’t an idea born out of an ideology regarding private property or capitalism or self-governance. Instead, Lopez — a retired public employee who says she still has faith in the power and intentions of the local government — was espousing a radicalism born from necessity and experience. She knew that tenants could run the buildings better than Petito, whom she called un payaso, which means “clown” in Spanish but sounds far more poisonous than that when hissed in her Honduran accent. In the winter of 1982, after a former landlord simply abandoned the buildings without heat, Lopez brought the buildings’ families together, and they governed themselves — collecting money to pay the bills and replace the boiler, and forming teams to clean the hallways, put the trash out and make repairs.
Read the article in its entirety, it’s so good. These ladies know what’s up.
(Source: brujacore, via theeworldisours)