“People who dismiss the unemployed and dependent as ‘parasites’ fail to understand economics and parasitism. A successful parasite is one that is not recognized by its host, one that can make its host work for it without appearing as a burden. Such is the ruling class in a capitalist society.”—Jason Read (via dasfest)
“Language is a skin: I rub my language against the other. It is as if I had words instead of fingers, or fingers at the tip of my words. My language trembles with desire.”—Roland Barthes, A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments, Translation by Richard Howard, 1978 (via wonderfulambiguity)
“The manufacturer, Desert Wolf of South Africa, told the BBC that its new Skunk drone (yes, there’s something in a name) could reduce violence by replacing on-the-ground security forces confronting striking workers or other protesters with airborne monitoring and attack drones. The machines carry speakers for addressing crowds and lasers to blind them, video cameras for close observation and recorded surveillance, and the ability to tag individuals in the crowd with color-specific paintballs, i.e., red for someone suspected of vandalizing, blue for someone perceived to be inciting violence, etc. Oh, and it can fire pepper spray and those little hard plastic bullets. A lot of them, quickly. And from above, a potentially deadly rain of “crowd suppression.””—It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a crowd-suppression drone?
“The order of the world is very different from the order we create with the rules of our syntax and grammar. The order of the world is extraordinarily complex, while the order of words is relatively simple, and to use the order of words to try to explain life is really as clumsy as trying to drink water with a fork.”—Alan Watts
“We are living in a culture entirely hypnotized by the illusion of time, in which the so-called present moment is felt as nothing but an infintesimal hairline between an all-powerfully causative past and an absorbingly important future. We have no present. Our consciousness is almost completely preoccupied with memory and expectation. We do not realize that there never was, is, nor will be any other experience than present experience. We are therefore out of touch with reality. We confuse the world as talked about, described, and measured with the world which actually is. We are sick with a fascination for the useful tools of names and numbers, of symbols, signs, conceptions and ideas.”—Alan Watts (via thecalminside)