Strength and Power Reimagining Revolution

Originally posted on Guerrilla Translation!:

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Amador Fernández-Savater

Translated by Stacco Troncoso, edited by Jane Loes Lipton – Guerrilla Translation!

Original text in Spanish

How is it possible that fifty people can stop a forced eviction? Not just once, but over and over again (as many as six hundred times). This question has been on my mind for a while. During the 25-S protests in Madrid 1, we saw for ourselves that the police can evict any number of protestors from anywhere. So, exactly what sort of strength allows those fifty people to stop a foreclosure eviction? What does it mean to have strength, if it’s not quite the same as having power (physical, quantitative, economic, institutional, etc.)? The following is my attempt at an answer that, by no means, fully exhausts the question. That is to say, there’s room for more answers and, above all, to keep asking the question…

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PKD document: the “Tagore” letter

Originally posted on ubikcan:

This is a scan of a copy of the famous “Tagore” letter written by Philip K. Dick in 1981. The text has appeared before (eg., in Scott Apel’s book Philip K. Dick: the Dream Connection).

According to Apel, this letter was mailed to many people, perhaps around 85 or so, following a revelation that PKD had in September of 1981. Sutin, probably PKD’s best biographer (certainly the most thorough) states:

on the night of September 17, 1981, Phil was just about to fall asleep when he was startled awake by a hypnagogic vision of the savior, named Tagor, who was living in Ceylon [Sri Lanka]. In a September 19 letter to [his agent Russ] Galen he avowed that “I got more than information, more than words by AI voice; I actually saw Tagore, although imperfectly. The vision will remain with me forever” (Sutin, Divine Invasions, 1989: 283).


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What The Plant Heard

According to a study at the University of Missouri printed by the good folks at Modern Farmer, plants – the so-called cruelty-free alternative to eating meat – can tell when they’re being eaten. And like anything being eaten, they don’t much like it.

Scientists recorded the sounds of caterpillars eating leaves i.e. killing innocent trees and played them back to a bunch of thale cress a close relation to broccoli and kale, apparently. After hitting play, the scientists observed the seemingly-defenseless plants emitting a poisonous mustard oil to protect themselves.

Scientists still don’t know how the leafy greens do this: for all their intelligence, plants still don’t have ears. What is certain, however, is that there’s going to be a whole lot of ethically raised salads coming to an inner-city market near you.

via What The Plant Heard.