Just another ghost in the machine.
This tumblr is science, world affairs, video games, technology, cinema, rock music, art, nature, language, and introspection. Summary: the profound to the absurd.
Kredu tiujn, kiuj serĉas la veron. Dubu tiujn, kiuj trovas ĝin. -André Gide
Liking the sound of this upcoming Savant album. (Preview of many or all of the tracks.)
…[F]or the first time in my reporting life, [I feel] scarred, deeply scarred by what I have seen…
Leaving Israel and beleaguered Gaza far below me, I lay back in my BA seat headed for London. I donned my headphones and listened to Bach’s heavenly violin concerto in E major, and wept, as I rarely have as an adult.
I wept for two peoples with remarkable similarities. Two peoples of extraordinary gifts and ability. Two peoples living in an area far smaller than England, one of which besieges the other, both of which target each other’s civilians.
This is humankind’s most grievous cancer, for its cells infect conflicts in every corner of the world. We fail as humankind if we do not devise a coming-together. Our leaders, as a vast priority, have to try and try again to use every mechanism in our rare animal capacity - our considerable intellects – to bring these peoples to resolution whatever the cost.
— Jon Snow, veteran journalist from the UK
24 July 2014 - Beit Hanoun, Gaza. Around 13-15 people were killed and 150 more injured, including many children, when shells landed around a playground area of a UN-run shelter. It is unclear who was responsible for the massacre, but the consensus right now seems to be Israel. Naturally, the video report above at the scene and the hospital is disturbing, but I believe it is important to bear witness to what is happening in Gaza.
Non-medically-trained family members of victim(s) killed by people whose eventual execution is botched because an experimental drug cocktail fails to efficiently do the trick aren’t exactly the best judge of or authority on what does or does not constitute cruel and unusual punishment.
Mass incarceration, perhaps the greatest social crisis in modern American history, is without parallel on a global scale
"Although our level of crime is comparable to those of other stable, internally secure, industrialized nations,"the report says, "the United States has an incarceration rate far higher than any other country."
Some individual states like Louisiana contribute disproportionately, but no state is free from mass incarceration. Disturbingly, many states’ prison populations outrank even those of dictatorships and illiberal democracies around the world. New York jails more people per capita than Rwanda, where tens of thousands await trial for their roles in the 1994 genocide. California, Illinois, and Ohio each have a higher incarceration rate than Cuba and Russia. Even Maine and Vermont imprison a greater share of people than Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, or Egypt.
— Frans Timmermans, The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
ISTJ: The one in denial that there’s actually a killer
ISFJ: The one who calls out “Who’s there?” as if the killer will answer
ESTJ: The one who tries to tell everyone else what to do
ESFJ: The one who screams at everything
ISTP: The one who finds a really good hiding place
ISFP: The one…
Just call me… Frankenstein
Inmate takes 2 hours to die in Arizona execution
NBC News: An execution in Arizona took nearly two hours on Wednesday, and the inmate’s lawyers claimed he gasped and snorted for nearly an hour after it began.
Joseph Wood, who was condemned to death for fatally shooting his girlfriend and her father in 1989, was scheduled to be killed with a combination of midazolam and hydromorphone, the same drugs used in an Ohio execution in which the inmate took 25 minutes to die.
Photo: An unidentified Arizona Corrections Officer adjust straps of gurney used for lethal injection at the Florence Death House at the Arizona State Prison. (Arizona Dept. of Corrections via AP File)
US death penalty states: torturing people to death, because - why not? Executioners: *shrugs indifferently* “Oh well. He probably deserved to suffer anyway”