Posts tagged Photography

Every border-crossing ought to be reduced to so much hipster ruin porn.

Here’s some things as they can and ought to be.

Shared Article from CityLab

Photographing Europe's Abandoned Border Crossings

After nearly 20 years of passport-free travel in parts of Western and Central Europe, many former checkpoints resemble ghost towns.

citylab.com


People, and liberty, are more important than any nation. We don’t need any military frontiers and we don’t need any guard-posts. Every border ought to be as easy to cross as the street in front of your house or the highway from Auburn to Opelika. Abandon all the checkpoints. Open all the borders. End international apartheid, now and forever.

Your Tuesday morning Spontaneous Order

A marine photographer managed to capture hundreds of wide-eyed fish apparently posing for a picture. Californian photographer and conservationist Octavio Aburto had spent years photographing the school in Cabo Pulmo National Park, Mexico, and had been trying to capture this shot for three years.

Fish are pretty awesome. (So’s technological civilization.)

(Thanks to Cap’n Midori.)

Monday Lazy Linking

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<li><p><a href="http://www.thefreemanonline.org/headline/when-police-interrogate-children/">When Police Interrogate Children. Wendy McElroy, <cite>The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty</cite> (2011-03-28)</a>. <q>On its surface, a case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court may seem to be legally trivial; it’s about a juvenile who stole from neighborhood houses. But J.D.B. v. North Carolina could redefine both the law’s “reasonable person” standard and what it means to be in custody. The case is...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Saturday 2011-04-23.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/c4ss/~3/nD5gSfvD6xI/6874">Knowing the Real Enemy. Kevin Carson, <cite>Center for a Stateless Society</cite> (2011-04-23)</a>. <q>In an article in Tikkun last year, Rabbi Michael Lerner argued that “[f]rom the standpoint of the large corporate interests, nothing could be better than to de-fund government or dramatically downsize it, because then it can’t constrain their economic power.”  (“After the Health Care Legislation,” April 5, 2010). And now...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Saturday 2011-04-23.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://police-brutality-blog.blogspot.com/2011/04/georgia-to-execute-troy-davis-despite.html">Georgia to Execute Troy Davis, Despite Gaping Holes In State’s Case. Francis L. Holland, <cite>Gangsters in Blue</cite> (2011-04-22)</a>. <q>Troy Davis is about to be executed -- even though he may be innocent. Tell Georgia to spare Troy Davis' life. This is an emergency announcement from Color of Change: Dear Atty,In 1991, Troy Davis was convicted of murdering a white police officer. Though there's major evidence that Davis didn't...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2011-04-24.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://www.copblock.org/3735/derek-colling-most-dangerous-cop-in-america/">Derek Colling – Most Dangerous Cop in America. Ademo Freeman, <cite>Gangsters in Blue</cite> (2011-04-23)</a>. <q>Derek Colling might be the most dangerous (active) cop in the united states. In less than 5 years as a police office Colling has killed two, including one 15 year old boy, and was just caught on film beating a man for filming him – great write up and back...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2011-04-24.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://eyeofthestorm.blogs.com/eye_of_the_storm/2011/04/wellgene-i-do-refer-to-everyone-from-james-madison-to-benito-mussolini-as-a-statist-and-to-myself-as-an-anti-statist-this.html">well, gene, i do refer to everyone from james madison to benito. Captain Capitulation, <cite>eye of the storm</cite> (2011-04-24)</a>. <q>well, gene, i do refer to everyone from james madison to benito mussolini as a &#39;statist,&#39; and to myself as an &#39;anti-statist.&#39; this does not of course entail that madison and mussolini agree on everything, but it does pick out the fact that they agree on one big thing. (of course...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2011-04-24.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://libertarian-labyrinth.blogspot.com/2011/04/help-christie-books-publish-antonio.html">Help Christie Books publish Antonio Téllez Solà&#39;s &quot;Facerías&quot; Shawn P. Wilbur, <cite>Two-Gun Mutualism &amp; the Golden Rule</cite> (2011-04-24)</a>. <q>Passing along a note from the Kate Sharpley Library: "Christie Books is planning to publish Facerías: Urban Guerrilla Warfare (1939-1957) by Antonio Tellez Sola and translated by Paul Sharkey, but needs your help. Please check out the link and consider donating to the publication fund through the chipin link on...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2011-04-24.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://libertarian-labyrinth.blogspot.com/2011/04/bakunin-on-proudhon-and-marx.html">Bakunin on Proudhon and Marx. Shawn P. Wilbur, <cite>Two-Gun Mutualism &amp; the Golden Rule</cite> (2011-04-24)</a>. <q>James Guillaume, in the "Biographical Notice" in his French edition of Bakunin's Works, includes part of an 1870 manuscript written by Bakunin on the subject of Proudhon and Marx:Proudhon, despite all his efforts to shake off the traditions of classical idealism, nonetheless remained all his life an incorrigible idealist, inspired,...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2011-04-24.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2011/04/changing_incent.html">Changing Incentives Creates Security Risks. schneier, <cite>Schneier on Security</cite> (2011-04-14)</a>. <q>One of the things I am writing about in my new book is how security equilibriums change. They often change because of technology, but they sometimes change because of incentives. An interesting example of this is the recent scandal in the Washington, DC, public school system over teachers changing their...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Monday 2011-04-25.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://reason.com/blog/2011/04/20/in-other-words-just-about-ever">In Other Words, Just About Everyone. Radley Balko, <cite>Radley Balko: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts.</cite> (2011-04-20)</a>. <q>CNN recently obtained a list of the &quot;behavioral indicators&quot; that could subject you to an enhanced security screeing by TSA. Included on the list: Passengers who display arrogance and verbally express contempt for security procedures. Because terrorists are known for drawing attention to themselves by irritating security screeners? Seems doubtful....</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Monday 2011-04-25.)</em></p></li>

Wednesday Lazy Linking

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<li><p><a href="http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/03/27/wikileaks">The war on WikiLeaks and why it matters. <cite>www.salon.com</cite> (2010-03-30)</a>. <q>BBC's "The Culture Show" Julian Assange, editor of WikiLeaks. A newly leaked CIA report prepared earlier this month (.pdf) analyzes how the U.S. Government can best manipulate public opinion in Germany and France -- in order to ensure that those countries continue to fight in Afghanistan.  The Report celebrates the fact that the...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Tuesday 2010-03-30.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://www.crunchgear.com/2010/03/25/this-amazing-photo-of-earth-cost-only-750-to-take/">This amazing photo of Earth cost only $750 to take. <cite>CrunchGear</cite> (2010-03-30)</a>. Technological civilization is awesome. (Cont'd.) <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Tuesday 2010-03-30.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://www.pirate-party.us/content/government-intercepting-secure-internet-transfers">Government Intercepting Secure Internet Transfers? TeamColtra, <cite>United States Pirate Party</cite> (2010-03-27)</a>. <q>Seth Schoen from EFF has recently run an article starting with the following: Today two computer security researchers, Christopher Soghoian and Sid Stamm, released a draft of a forthcoming research paper in which they present evidence that certificate authorities (CAs) may be cooperating with government agencies to help them spy undetected on &quot;secure&quot; encrypted communications....</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Tuesday 2010-03-30.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://offsettingbehaviour.blogspot.com/2010/03/drawing-line.html">Drawing the Line. <cite>Offsetting Behaviour</cite> (2010-03-30)</a>. In which the government of New Zealand pays a staff of pollsters to trudge up and down the street cursing out randomly selected homeowners. In the interest of public policy, of course. <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Tuesday 2010-03-30.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://www.jesusradicals.com/goshen-college-bows-to-nationalism/">Goshen College Bows to Nationalism. <cite>Jesus Radicals</cite> (2010-03-31)</a>. Mennonite students Vs. American theo-nationalism and its War Anthem. <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Wednesday 2010-03-31.)</em></p></li>

Unearthed in South Korea

(Via Lew Rockwell 2008-05-19: Cold War Murder and Roderick Long 2008-05-25: Anarchocide in South Korea.)

Charles J. Hanley, The Huffington Post (2008-05-18): Mass Killings In South Korea In 1950 Kept Hidden From History:

SEOUL, South Korea — One journalist’s bid to report mass murder in South Korea in 1950 was blocked by his British publisher. Another correspondent was denounced as a possibly treasonous fabricator when he did report it. In South Korea, down the generations, fear silenced those who knew.

Fifty-eight years ago, at the outbreak of the Korean War, South Korean authorities secretively executed, usually without legal process, tens of thousands of southern leftists and others rightly or wrongly identified as sympathizers. Today a government Truth and Reconciliation Commission is working to dig up the facts, and the remains of victims.

How could such a bloodbath have been hidden from history?

Among the Koreans who witnessed, took part in or lost family members to the mass killings, the events were hardly hidden, but they became a public secret, barely whispered about through four decades of right-wing dictatorship here.

The family couldn’t talk about it, or we’d be stigmatized as leftists, said Kim Chong-hyun, 70, leader of an organization of families seeking redress for their loved ones’ deaths in 1950.

Kim, whose father was shot and buried in a mass grave outside the central city of Daejeon, noted that in 1960-61, a one-year democratic interlude in South Korea, family groups began investigating wartime atrocities. But a military coup closed that window, and the leaders of those organizations were arrested and punished.

Then, from 1961 to 1988, nobody could challenge the regime, to try again to reveal these hidden truths, said Park Myung-lim of Seoul’s Yonsei University, a leading Korean War historian. As a doctoral student in the late 1980s, when South Korea was moving toward democracy, Park was among the few scholars to begin researching the mass killings. He was regularly harassed by the police.

Scattered reports of the killings did emerge in 1950 — and some did not.

British journalist James Cameron wrote about mass prisoner shootings in the South Korean port city of Busan — then spelled Pusan — for London’s Picture Post magazine in the fall of 1950, but publisher Edward Hulton ordered the story removed at the last minute.

Earlier, correspondent Alan Winnington reported on the shooting of thousands of prisoners at Daejeon in the British communist newspaper The Daily Worker, only to have his reporting denounced by the U.S. Embassy in London as an atrocity fabrication. The British Cabinet then briefly considered laying treason charges against Winnington, historian Jon Halliday has written.

Associated Press correspondent O.H.P. King reported on the shooting of 60 political prisoners in Suwon, south of Seoul, and wrote in a later memoir he was shocked that American officers were unconcerned by questions he raised about due process for the detainees.

Some U.S. officers — and U.S. diplomats — were among others who reported on the killings. But their classified reports were kept secret for decades.

— Charles J. Hanley, The Huffington Post (2008-05-18): Mass Killings In South Korea In 1950 Kept Hidden From History

William Gillis, Human Iterations (2008-05-22): Mass Graves:

The commission estimates at least 100,000 people were executed, in a South Korean population of 20 million. That estimate is based on projections from local surveys and is very conservative, said Kim. The true toll may be twice that or more, he told The Associated Press.

In 1945, as the Japanese Empire finally went into retreat, the Korean people were left without an occupational authority for the first time in decades. In that brief moment something amazing happened. The Korean Anarchists, long the champions of the resistance struggle, came out of the woodwork and formed a nationwide federation of village and workers councils to oversee a massive project of land reform. Korea graduated from feudalism overnight. Aside from some struggles with the Socialists and Nationalists, the peninsula was at peace.

When WWII concluded, however, the responsibility of securing peace and order in Korea was assigned to the Americans and Soviets. By all accounts in this instance the US actually had no imperialist intentions. While the Soviets moved quickly to deploy their forces and occupy the North, the Americans took their time showing up, and were largely content to let the South Koreans manage themselves.

The Koreans, culturally steeped with anti-authoritarian values, were fond of America and openly despised the Soviets. While a few socialists fled North hoping that the Soviets would give them a hand against the Anarchists, they were overwhelmed in numbers by a mass migration south. Everyone assumed the Americans would assist or at least respect their autonomy.

This did not last.

The Americans Military commanders who eventually arrived had trouble understanding or dealing with the anarchy they found. They had no protocol for dealing with regional federations and autonomous communes. So they helped the dispossessed aristocracy form a military government. In order to make the map simple. In order to get things under hand.

Most importantly they did not understand that the Korean Anarchists and Anti-Authoritarian activists that saturated the countryside were different than–and in fact vehemently opposed to–the Communists, going so far as to organized and launch insurrectionary attacks on the Soviet Occupation before the Americans arrived.

The Americans couldn’t understand anarchists. But leftists, they knew, meant Soviets. And they had the gall to ignore or resist their puppet military government. So they started killing them.

By the start of the Korean War, the slaughter was in full swing. Having arrested every anarchist organizer or sympathetic peasant they could get their hands on, they started executing them en masse.

The Korean Anarchist movement was, historically, one of the strongest in the world. It survived half a century of brutal occupation and economic exploitation. It survived a three way assault by the Chinese, Japanese and Soviets. It has survived many, many massacres and exterminations. It is even still around today. So strong that in the last few years they’ve been known to evict the police from the streets. But the worst injury it ever suffered was initiated and orchestrated by the United States military. In a single campaign so horrific it borders on genocide.

This was truly, objectively, one of the worst things the US has ever done. And there are some big fucking contenders.

Most north american papers ran front-page stories this Monday about the latest mass graves being uncovered while I was riding the Empire Builder from St. Paul to Portland. I found a copy wedged between Amtrak seat cushions. And there was an ancient photo of piled corpses as far as the eye could see. The papers euphemistically used the term leftists. But I know the history, I did the research.

They were almost all anarchists.

However lovely America may be. Remember, the US government is not our friend. It will never be. It can never be.

— William Gillis, Human Iterations (2008-05-22): Mass Graves