20120222 graffiti-orfn-cobwebs flickr: Jym Dyer http://flic.kr/p/bmp4uE
While the REVS & AMAZE is pretty permanently known by now —- the little “Matokie Lives” tag on the green construction plywood surrounding the lot beside the building that Barry leaned over from the roof to do is something that is not often associated with the spot. The tag probably lasted a month while the rollers had a decade (?)
This high/low vandalism is just too great - the heaviness of the giant roller and the ephemeral tag on a totally temporary structure (that will possibly travel to a few locations, if lucky). Everyone knows there is a good roller there, but for a split second in time there was also a nice little stray tag done while waiting for some friends to finish a more ambitious project.
Ferguson, unlike many cities, does not hold it’s municipal elections on the same day in November as the general elections. While not unique, that, by design, yields decidedly lopsided results. Ferguson’s important local elections are held on odd numbered years in April. That scheduling tactic is a virtual guarantee for lower voter turnout, which favors Republicans.
Ferguson also holds nonpartisan elections, where party labels do not appear on the ballot, and that has been shown to reduce both what citizens know about candidates as well as their likelihood of voting. And the consequences are worse for residents with less education and less income.
Why are Ferguson’s police, school board members and elected officials overwhelmingly White when the city itself is two-thirds Black? QTNA (via odinsblog)
Mine Kafon by Massoud Hassani
Hassani, a product designer from Afganistan, build (by hand) a wind-powered device that trips land mines as it rolls across the ground. It is made using bamboo and biodegradable products.
Many of these mines are active and near populated areas in countries like Afganistan and are hard to remove. The UN says that one mine clearance specialist is killed, and two injured, for every 5,000 mines cleared.
Hassani’s cheap and easy to make method has been achieving great results.
In a world of overcomplicated solutions, we need more people who think “Wait, why don’t we just roll a giant freaking ball over it?”
this guy made a katamari for landmines
Interviewer: But the question is more, how do you get there? Do you get there by confrontation, violence?
Davis: Oh, is that the question you were asking? Yeah see, that’s another thing. When you talk about a revolution, most people think violence, without realizing that the real content of any revolutionary thrust lies in the principles and the goals that you’re striving for, not in the way you reach them. On the other hand, because of the way this society’s organized, because of the violence that exists on the surface everywhere, you have to expect that there are going to be such explosions. You have to expect things like that as reactions. If you are a black person and live in the black community all your life and walk out on the street everyday seeing white policemen surrounding you… when I was living in Los Angeles, for instance, long before the situation in L.A ever occurred, I was constantly stopped. No, the police didn’t know who I was. But I was a black women and I had a natural and they, I suppose thought I might be “militant.”
And when you live under a situation like that constantly, and then you ask me, you know, whether I approve of violence. I mean, that just doesn’t make any sense at all. Whether I approve of guns.
I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. Some very, very good friends of mine were killed by bombs, bombs that were planted by racists. I remember, from the time I was very small, I remember the sounds of bombs exploding across the street. Our house shaking. I remember my father having to have guns at his disposal at all times, because of the fact that, at any moment, we might expect to be attacked. The man who was, at that time, in complete control of the city government, his name was Bull Connor, would often get on the radio and make statements like, “Niggers have moved into a white neighborhood. We better expect some bloodshed tonight.” And sure enough, there would be bloodshed. After the four young girls who lived, one of them lived next door to me…I was very good friends with the sister of another one. My sister was very good friends with all three of them. My mother taught one of them in her class. My mother—in fact, when the bombing occurred, one of the mothers of one of the young girls called my mother and said, “Can you take me down to the church to pick up Carol? We heard about the bombing and I don’t have my car.” And they went down and what did they find? They found limbs and heads strewn all over the place. And then, after that, in my neighborhood, all the men organized themselves into an armed patrol. They had to take their guns and patrol our community every night because they did not want that to happen again.