humansofnewyork:

Had a 24 hour stopover in Kathmandu, Nepal, where I visited the Pashupatinath Hindu Temple. The temple is popular with tourists, and the resident priests have become experts at ‘casually’ positioning themselves in oh-so-photographical arrangements. They then collect donations in exchange for ‘authentic’ photographs. Motives aside, they do a beautiful job, and the scenes they create seem worthy of a Hollywood art director. 
(Kathmandu, Nepal)

Motives aside? Dude, you want to talk about cultural appropriation? BING! here we are. Should their motives be “yes, please put my culture on display”? They are already doing you a favor by not immediately telling you to piss off.
Can we propose a hypothetical? Let’s have tourists from Asia come to the US and take pictures of priests and ministers at churches all day long. All day. Including services. Would you question their motives if they asked for donations when you’re constantly taking pictures of them?
I myself have taken pictures of Hindu priests. I think their robes and colorings are amazing and make for some exquisite pictures too! But I’d never question their motives of wanting a donation for me shoving a camera in their face. They SHOULD get some money for my obnoxiousness! 
We even have this in America. We give people money for the pleasure of taking pictures of them. Then we put them on display and critique them until they’re less than human. It’s called modeling.
Anyway, rant over. Never liked HONY, never will.

humansofnewyork:

Had a 24 hour stopover in Kathmandu, Nepal, where I visited the Pashupatinath Hindu Temple. The temple is popular with tourists, and the resident priests have become experts at ‘casually’ positioning themselves in oh-so-photographical arrangements. They then collect donations in exchange for ‘authentic’ photographs. Motives aside, they do a beautiful job, and the scenes they create seem worthy of a Hollywood art director. 

(Kathmandu, Nepal)

Motives aside? Dude, you want to talk about cultural appropriation? BING! here we are. Should their motives be “yes, please put my culture on display”? They are already doing you a favor by not immediately telling you to piss off.

Can we propose a hypothetical? Let’s have tourists from Asia come to the US and take pictures of priests and ministers at churches all day long. All day. Including services. Would you question their motives if they asked for donations when you’re constantly taking pictures of them?

I myself have taken pictures of Hindu priests. I think their robes and colorings are amazing and make for some exquisite pictures too! But I’d never question their motives of wanting a donation for me shoving a camera in their face. They SHOULD get some money for my obnoxiousness!

We even have this in America. We give people money for the pleasure of taking pictures of them. Then we put them on display and critique them until they’re less than human. It’s called modeling.

Anyway, rant over. Never liked HONY, never will.

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I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.’

-Toni Morrison (via medievalpoc)

Damn, this is some seriously smart thinking.

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Got my new iPhone y’all! Don’t be jealous.

Got my new iPhone y’all! Don’t be jealous.

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The Church of U2

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Joshua Rothman on the band’s religiosity:

“Even critics and fans who say that they know about U2’s Christianity often underestimate how important it is to the band’s music, and to the U2 phenomenon. The result has been a divide that’s unusual in pop culture. … To some people, Bono’s lyrics are treacly platitudes, verging on nonsense; to others, they’re thoughtful, searching, and profound meditations on faith.”

Photograph by Clemens Rikken/Hollandse-Hoogte/Redux

This is a fantastic look at U2’s spiritual side. As the article touches on, the best of U2 comes from a struggle to understand our place in the world beyond the physical. Most of their hits stem from that universally relatable place. Going to a U2 concert really is like some kind of worship. It feels moving and religious without being overt. As if the band knows that same struggle to find meaning and is saying “let’s look for answers together.”

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I don’t believe in coincidence

I don’t believe in coincidence

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kmtam:

“Just two hours ago, allied air forces began an attack on military targets in Iraq and Kuwait.”

—President George H. W. Bush
January 16, 1991

“Good evening. Earlier today, I ordered America’s armed forces to strike military and security targets in Iraq.”

—President Bill Clinton
December 16, 1998

“My fellow citizens. At this hour, American and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to defend the world from grave danger.”

—President George W. Bush
March 19, 2003

“My fellow Americans. Tonight, I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL.”

—President Barack Obama
September 10, 2014

That’s right! Our Military Industrial Complex isn’t going to feed itself! We need an Other, and this one keeps paying off!

We have always been at war with Eastasia and at peace with Eurasia!

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beatonna:

Bully for you, bully for me

beatonna:

Bully for you, bully for me

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Just sharing my thoughts on sour cream container sizes with Target.

Just sharing my thoughts on sour cream container sizes with Target.

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Really happy with my Fantasy Football team names and logos this season. Proud of you, boys.
I went with Hustle Wilson because I drafted Russell as my starting QB, but the Johnny Manziel picture is an essential part of understanding why he’s terrible.

Really happy with my Fantasy Football team names and logos this season. Proud of you, boys.

I went with Hustle Wilson because I drafted Russell as my starting QB, but the Johnny Manziel picture is an essential part of understanding why he’s terrible.

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Michael Brown’s Unremarkable Humanity

"The New York Times has a feature today [8/25] looking at the brief life of Michael Brown, informing us that he was “no angel.” The reasons for this are many. Brown smoked marijuana. He lived in a community that “had rough patches.” He wrote rap songs that were “by turns contemplative and vulgar.” He shoplifted and pushed a store clerk who tried to stop him. These details certainly paint a portrait of a young man who failed to be angelic. That is because no person is angelic—least of all teenagers—and there is very little in this piece that distinguishes Brown from any other kid his age.

What horrifies a lot of us beholding the spectacle of Ferguson, beholding the spectacle of Sanford, of Jacksonville, is how easily we could see ourselves in these kids. I shudder to think of my reaction, at 17, to some strange dude following me through my own housing development. I shudder to think of my reaction, at 17, to some other strange dude pulling up next to me and telling me to turn down my music.

And if Michael Brown was not angelic, I was practically demonic. I had my first drink when I was 11. I once brawled in the cafeteria after getting hit in the head with a steel trash can. In my junior year I failed five out of seven classes. By the time I graduated from high school, I had been arrested for assaulting a teacher and been kicked out of school (twice.) And yet no one who knew me thought I had the least bit of thug in me. That is because I also read a lot of books, loved my Commodore 64, and ghostwrote love notes for my friends. In other words, I was a human being. A large number of American teenagers live exactly like Michael Brown. Very few of them are shot in the head and left to bake on the pavement.

The “angelic” standard was not one created by the reporter. It was created by a society that cannot face itself, and thus must employ a dubious “morality” to hide its sins. It is reinforced by people who have embraced the notion of “twice as good” while avoiding the circumstances which gave that notion birth. Consider how easily living in a community “with rough patches” becomes part of a list of ostensible sins. Consider how easily “black-on-black crime” becomes not a marker of a shameful legacy of segregation but a moral failing.

We’ve been through this before. We will almost certainly go through it again.”

Ta-Nehisi Coates | The Atlantic

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