police brutality, racism, murder
Those two Atlanta officers completely deserve the charges for murdering Rayshard Brooks. Dude was running AWAY from you. How is that a threat?? He left his car behind. How could he really get away?? He didn't have to lose his life.
According to the video I saw -- not sure if it was the Fulton County DA talking or a police supervisor, he looked just like the guy who was talking to ex-officer Rolfe in the body cam video --- the officers also kicked Rayshard and stood on his shoulders. What the actual fuck?? Why is medical training for cops such a laughably low priority? They're supposed to be first responders for god's sake.
I've always had a difficult time squaring my vocation with doing good in the world, but now I think I've crossed the line where I can no longer really buy into that.
Technocracy isn't improving the world, especially wrt the biggest problems, and most of the aerospace industry is actively making the world worse (even if my little corner isn't).
But I've spent my whole life training on this electrical engineering and code stuff. Where to go from here? Especially where to go without starving.
I have a loving heart but a critical mind.
The way I engage with people does not work online, where I can't use body language and verbal cues to understand when I approaching a line.
I need to stop talking to people I don't know online like they are old friends who understand my perspective and value the relationship enough to maintain it through thorns and thistle.
Went to a #rally today and handed out BLM & antifa stickers.
Saw a lot of people I know including upperclassmen in my major, so that's rad.
The stickers are much better received when I stick to familiar/recognizable iconography, relevant to the current event/purpose, vs. making my own designs for some half baked affinity group.
My roommate put a #BLM sticker on a police station window!! And she is NOT the type to pull a stunt like that. Radical!
"The satisfactions of manifesting oneself concretely in the world through manual competence have been known to make a person quiet and easy.”
I've gone back and forth on #UniversalBasicIncome.
I was all for it when Andrew Yang came out with the #FreedomDividend, but then talking to one of my summer campers I heard about how poorly some folx who receive a UBI in the Middle East (Pakistan specifically) treat foreign national service workers - who do NOT receive #UBI.
That kind of turned me against it -- I assumed the popular belief that free money made you lazy and entitled was the actual fact.
But after reading that Fourier also argued for a #BasicIncome as part of his vision of fulfilling work, I realize this idea goes way further back than #Yang, and probably the problems I heard about were more due to having an alien underclass than assurance of income.
So now I'm back to supporting it. I don't expect to SEE it in my lifetime, but hey, WA State's unemployment during #coronavirus is kind of approaching it (you can get $850/wk! Crazy).
Decolonize food. Decolonize medicine. Decolonize housing. Decolonize from European place names, words, languages, statues, and accounting systems that DO NOT BELONG on Turtle Island, and are killing the whole planet. Decolonize education. Decolonize from social media platforms founded by corrupt white supremacists: Facebook and Twitter. Decolonize from genocidal settler cash, and the cancer that is C.H.A.R.L.O.T.T.E. #LivingWalls, not border walls....