Poison (dir. Todd Haynes, 1991)
In the US, mass child killings are tragedies. In Pakistan, mere bug splats, George Monbiot (via maarnayeri)
[TRIGGER WARNING: DRONE STRIKES, MURDER] If the victims of Mr Obama’s drone strikes are mentioned by the state at all, they are discussed in terms which suggest that they are less than human. The people who operate the drones, Rolling Stone magazine reports, describe their casualties as “bug splats”, “since viewing the body through a grainy-green video image gives the sense of an insect being crushed”. Or they are reduced to vegetation: justifying the drone war, Obama’s counterterrorism adviser Bruce Riedel explained that “you’ve got to mow the lawn all the time. The minute you stop mowing, the grass is going to grow back”.
Like George Bush’s government in Iraq, Obama’s administration neither documents nor acknowledges the civilian casualties of the CIA’s drone strikes in north-west Pakistan. But a report by the law schools at Stanford and New York universities suggests that during the first three years of his time in office, the 259 strikes for which he is ultimately responsible killed between 297 and 569 civilians, of whom at least 64 were children. These are figures extracted from credible reports: there may be more which have not been fully documented.
The wider effects on the children of the region have been devastating. Many have been withdrawn from school because of fears that large gatherings of any kind are being targeted. There have been several strikes on schools since Bush launched the drone programme that Obama has expanded so enthusiastically: one of Bush’s blunders killed 69 children.
The study reports that children scream in terror when they hear the sound of a drone. A local psychologist says that their fear and the horrors they witness is causing permanent mental scarring. Children wounded in drone attacks told the researchers that they are too traumatised to go back to school and have abandoned hopes of the careers they might have had. Their dreams as well as their bodies have been broken.
Obama does not kill children deliberately. But their deaths are an inevitable outcome of the way his drones are deployed. We don’t know what emotional effect these deaths might have on him, as neither he nor his officials will discuss the matter: almost everything to do with the CIA’s extrajudicial killings in Pakistan is kept secret. But you get the impression that no one in the administration is losing much sleep over it.
Hope/Change: better luck next time (just kidding we will never be better)
Episode One, Part Fourteen.
The floor meeting continues! We meet new people! Frances makes this comic officially NSFW! That RA makes this comic officially a fantasy because I don’t think any RA was that flippant! Are you reading FEELS why aren’t you reading FEELS maybe you are reading feels I don’t know.
Painter painting in our land pictures of only white angels
Painter painting in our time in shadows of yesterday
Eartha Kitt - Angelitos Negros (1970 performance)
the entire criterion collection in one photo
sneak peek of film library in heaven
film library of heaven includes “the rock” and “armageddon,” god looks the other way.
Episode One, Part Thirteen.
Is it Monday? It’s Monday! Slither down the greasy pipe and read the newest (and most exciting!) edition of FEELS!
Man, weren’t floor meetings the weirdest? (Yes)
At the Yearbook party last week, the most popular activity was to page through the print proof. People would grab a copy and sit in the corner for 20 minutes, myriad expressions flickering over their faces. Someone said “I could read this for days.” Another, a repeat Brain Frame performer, admitted that he hadn’t been planning on buying the book. “$25 is a chunk of change,” he said, “even for something I knew would be so nice.” Extending his hands, he continued, “but then I saw it and you know, I really got that same feeling that I did in high school. This isn’t just some thing I’ve participated in off and on. This is my community. These are my friends. This is the last three years of my life, and it’s beautiful, and I realized that I need it, so I just bought one.”
In three days, on Monday, July 7th, we need to buy all the books we can to have them ready at the last show. This means that if you want a book, you need to buy it now. We can’t afford much overhead for purchasing extras - a shame, since seeing the book in person is the most effective advertisement.
This effort is 150% selfless. Each book costs $5 more to make than the price of sale (ever wonder why your high school book cost $60?). We still need to raise $2,223 by Monday. Anything that doesn’t come from pre-sales will come out of my pocket. Please, put faith in your future (and your past) and buy a book this weekend.
Click here to order your pre-sale Yearbook.
Please consider buying an ad in the book to promote your business or loved one.
Please donate if you are able.
ANNOUNCING BRAIN FRAME 19 :: 3rd Anniversary and Grand Finale :: with JESSICA CAMPBELL + AARON RENIER // ANYA DAVIDSON + CARRIE VINARSKY // LYRA HILL // EMILY HUTCHINGS + IAN MCDUFFIE // NICK JACKSON // ROUGH HOUSE // GINA WYNBRANDT
BUY YOUR YEARBOOK before THIS MONDAY, JULY 7th to PICK UP AT THIS SHOW, otherwise you don’t get one. LAST CHANCE! CLICK HERE!
Enveloped within the vaulted environs of Pilsen’s newly restored Thalia Hall, modeled in 1892 after the Prague Opera House, curtains will close on BRAIN FRAME 19, our third anniversary and final show. Gather in homage to ancestral experimentation, weep to the strains of seven preternatural performances by eleven sickeningly skilled artists in a spectacle of curated collaboration to rival all that has come before.
Arrive early to soak up live experimental ambient music, video installations, Yearbooks, altars, and the womb-like comfort of nostalgia. Stay late to dance into the bright future, full of unseen wonders. Brain Frame forever.
6-8pm :: Pick up your Yearbook and collect autographs. Explore installations, alters, musical experiments, and our beautiful new locale. Featuring performances by Flux Bikes and more.
8-10:30pm :: Watch the most incredible, ambitious Brain Frame ever. Featuring performances by:
Jessica Campbell and Aaron Renier
Anya Davidson and Carrie Vinarsky
Emily Hutchings and Ian McDuffie
and live accompaniment from Tyson Torstensen
10:30-1am :: DANCE PARTY
Saturday, August 9th, 6pm at Thalia Hall, 1807 S Allport St. Ages 17 and over.
TICKETS :: $12 advance // $15 at door
Episode One, Part Twelve.
Hey how about those FEELS?
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this is so fucking stupid