“In 2006 Florida passd a law that states, “The history of the United States shall be taught as a genuine history and shall not follow the revisionist or postmodernist viewpoints of relative truth….American history shall be viewed as factual, not as constructed.”—James W. Loewen, “Lies My Teacher Told Me,” Revised and Updated, 2007, p. 313
“Supposing truth is a woman - what then? Are there not grounds for the suspicion that all philosophers, insofar as they were dogmatists, have been very inexpert about women? That the gruesome seriousness, the clumsy obtrusiveness with which they have usually approached truth so far have been awkward and very improper methods for winning a woman’s heart?”—Nietzsche, Beyond Good & Evil (via yumnaolivia)
Mayor Bloomberg has announced that in the event of a hurricane, that he will not evacuate prisoners at Rikers’ Island, claiming instead to have a “contingency plan” in place. The experience of prisoners in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina shows that city authorities will abandon the basic…
“He was too tough to experience disappointments and resentments — negative affections. In this nihilist fin de siècle, he was affirmation. Right through to illness and death. Why did I speak of him in the past? He laughed, he is laughing, he is here. It’s your sadness, idiot, he’d say.”
“The cogito is not a substantial entity but a pure structural function, an empty place (Lacan’s barred S)— as such, it can emerge only in the interstices of substantial communal systems.The link between the emergence of the cogito and the disintegration and loss of substantial communal identities is therefore inherent”—Slavoj Zizek, The Parallax View
“'Drones can't see through walls right now'.”—Elizabeth Bumiller, New York Times Pentagon Correspondent quoting a Pentagon Official about the current situation in Libya and Muʿammar al-Qaḏḏāfī's whereabouts.
“When I read, I accommodate: not only the crystalline humor of my eyes, but also that of my intellect, in order to reach the right level of signification (the one which suits me). A responsible linguistics must no longer be concerned with ‘messages’ (to hell with ‘messages’!) but with these accommodations, which doubtless proceed by levels and thresholds, each of us curbs his mind, or curves it, like an eye, in order to grasp in the mass of the text that certain intelligibility he needs in order to know, to take pleasure, etc. In this, reading is a kind of work, a labor; there is a muscle which curves it.”—Roland Barthes, Roland Barthes by Roland Barthes, 1975, trans. Richard Howard (via proustitute)