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Knarfs Knewz / Re: The Black Panther pilgrimage
« Last post by Eddie on Today at 07:20:47 AM »
You think the Black Panther film is about "blackness"? No, it is about rage.


The film Black Panther premiered in theatres around the world on February 16

Black Panther is the bomb. I mean that it was both superfly and it has blown open conversations that we have carefully avoided. To get the obvious stuff out of the way: Yes, it was visually stunning. No, I did not like the rabid cultural mishmash representation of "Africa" via Wakanda. Yes, it is a fictional setting, so there's artistic license, but, also, why is it that the only non-African who managed their accent was Andy Serkis? For shame, Forest. For shame.

So let's talk about the big issues. Let me just present you with my controversial perspective early on so you can decide if you are going to keep reading.

This is a movie set in "Africa" about imagined Africans and imagined African-Americans, so you probably think it's about "blackness" (whatever that even is). It isn't. It is a movie about a lot of things, and rather nicely set in Afrofuturism, but we're not going to talk directly about that colonial and post-colonial drama today. We're going to talk about rage.

I know a lot about rage. Any writer who tells you otherwise might be lying to you. Any artist who tells you otherwise might be lying. The most beautiful things come out of a place of pain. That's what art does - not exclusively, but to a larger extent than acknowledged. Black Panther was a supremely political piece of work that was pretty, yes, but it hit very hard and it came from a place of ... rage. You can't heal a wound until you acknowledge it.

And with due respect to my contemporaries and folks who like to say that Africans don't get to see themselves on screen: please start with Senegalese director Sembene Ousmane and proceed along until you stumble through Nollywood and maybe even appreciate some of the gems of Bongo Movies. Don't be basic, okay?

We have just held by-elections in Kinondoni, which is the constituency neighbouring mine and my native constituency, if there is such a thing. It did not go well. People have lost their lives, been imprisoned, been beaten, and been denied their rights by our security forces simply because they are vocal members of the main opposition party. Coming on top of the economic hardships that we are enduring as the result of inexplicable executive orders, and the social hardships that are a result of unhinged patriarchy, let's just say: There's a lot more of us now dwelling in the valley of rage.

It has an anatomy, you know. Mosquitoes are annoying. People who constantly interrupt you are infuriating. Racists are unbearable. Racists who consistently interrupt you like a mosquito make you count to 10 and pray for perseverance. But chauvinists of both and any gender who oppress you, quite knowingly, for the pursuit of power, while abusing the franchise that you gave them through your vote? They can induce rage. As Killmonger so beautifully demonstrates in Black Panther: Why not take the path of revenge?

    Black Panther is a movie about injustice, what we do about it, how power factors into that.

     

I know you know what I mean. It doesn't even matter what "colour", gender, et cetera you identify with. You know what I mean because when someone stomps on your soul, dear Lord, it is hard to forgive them that wounding.

Black Panther is a movie about injustice, what we do about it, how power factors into that. So I want to talk to the Killmonger inside of all of us younger Tanzanians and fellow rage-riddled strugglers for peace and love: Yes, I know. Believe me: I know. There are days when I can't go out because the siren song of righteous violence whips through my veins and I need to get into a fight ...

Which is why we all have to go back to the root, so that we might grow the flowers of grace. The Black Panther movement in the US, which this movie references so heavily, started out as a pacific, education and social-services oriented organisation. Should feminists come after all men? Should "black" people come after all "Caucasians"? Should we all eat the rich? No. No. Definitely, roasted and accompanied by a lovely garlic sauce.

The writers spent time on this to break the silences. They talked towards feminism. They had a king rebel against the memory of his father. Both protagonist and antagonist got a chance to grow beyond their limitations and change their political positions, somewhat. If that's not Utu, then what is? Sometimes, all the strength in the world comes from ... yielding, and kindness. Nurture is a practice, and, in our world today, it is the radical choice, the antithesis. Daring to be kind is incredibly courageous.

Sure, and I will watch Black Panther again because I never say "no" to eye candy. But I will watch it again knowing that I identify both with the villain and the protagonist. I will do it knowing that harm is real, that ugliness should not be concealed, that sometimes, I am Killmonger inside. I will do it knowing that any opportunity to do better is a gift and that grace is ... something to work towards, every day.

I will do this when I write, when I vote, when I grit my enraged teeth and forgive chauvinists of all genders and racists of all colours and that idiot who cuts in line at the bank - slash - doesn't give up their seat to the heavily pregnant lady on the bus.

Wear your dashiki. Paint your face. Tell us all about the African-African American relationship. But when you watch Black Panther, really watch it for what it might tell you about yourself. And I have only just scratched the surface.

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/black-panther-pilgrimage-180218151402202.html

So there really are African-American hipsters.
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Geopolitics / Re: Global Systemic Geopolitical Crisis
« Last post by Eddie on Today at 07:10:45 AM »
Putin was a Lt. Colonel in the KGB. In my opinion, that means he wasn't a choir boy.

He's managed to accumulate vast wealth, and he does whatever he needs to to crush his rivals and detractors, from what I've seen. He plays hardball.

I have respect and fear for Putin, but don't see a reason to glorify him in any way. He's just another powerful member of the .01% elite wealth class. Self-made royalty, more or less.

Do I think he okayed some dirty tricks during the election? Yes, probably. Is that as big a deal as American politicians want to make it? No.
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When will they arrest Super Mario Dragon?  ???

RE

Never.
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Geopolitics / Re: Global Systemic Geopolitical Crisis
« Last post by RE on Today at 06:37:40 AM »
And yet you believe them when they say their enemy is corrupt.

Sure, because they are all corrupt.  Including the people who say the other people are corrupt.  It's a sewer of corruption.

RE
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Market Flambe / Re: Top European banker arrested in money-laundering probe
« Last post by RE on Today at 06:35:38 AM »
When will they arrest Super Mario Dragon?  ???

RE
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Geopolitics / Re: Global Systemic Geopolitical Crisis
« Last post by Palloy2 on Today at 06:35:19 AM »
And yet you believe them when they say their enemy is corrupt.
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Geopolitics / Re: Global Systemic Geopolitical Crisis
« Last post by RE on Today at 06:32:19 AM »
And here is the video of the interview...


...which bears on what we were arguing about with Trump being a traitor, based on no evidence.  Listen to this bullshit artist wriggling about, saying all the former British spies he has talked to say Steele is believable.  "You should live in Moscow and talk to people, talk to Navalny ..." - the anti-Putin person (who will always tell you how EVIL and CORRUPT Putin is), but not once actually stating what the evidence is. Because there is none that been revealed to date.  And yet the MSM/politicians' propaganda is saying there is evidence all the time, everybody knows it, for certain.

Everybody in the top tier of leadership in every country in the world is corrupt.  The whole system is corrupt and rewards the most corrupt.  The reason you don't have "proof" is because the system is designed to cover it up.  Courts don't prosecute, newz organizations don't report or they make up "alternative facts".

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https://www.rt.com/business/419229-latvia-central-bank-corruption-ablv/
Top European banker arrested in money-laundering probe
19 Feb, 2018

The head of Latvia's central bank and member of the European Central Bank (ECB) governing council has been detained as part of a corruption investigation in the country.

The arrest comes four days after the US Treasury accused Latvia’s third-largest lender of “institutionalized money laundering”. According to the US officials, Latvia’s ABLV bank had made money laundering into “a pillar of the bank’s business practices.”

“Illicit financial activity at the bank includes transactions for parties connected to UN-designated entities, some of which are involved in North Korea’s procurement or export of ballistic missiles,” the US Treasury said.

Following the report, Latvia’s central bank governor Ilmars Rimsevics was interrogated for eight hours on Saturday. “We are facing a crisis of the international reputation of the Latvian financial system,” said Latvian Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozolaana. Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis has called for the resignation of the central bank governor.

ABLV claims the US reports are based on unfounded and misleading information. The bank is based in the Latvian capital
Riga but also has subsidiaries in Luxembourg and the US.

The European Central Bank (ECB) stopped all payments by ABLV on Monday. "In recent days, there has been a sharp deterioration of the bank's financial position," the ECB said in a statement on Monday.

"A moratorium was considered necessary given that the bank is working with the Latvian central bank and authorities to address the current situation."

To stabilize the financial situation, ABLV asked the Bank of Latvia to issue a loan of €480 million, offering securities as collateral. It loaned ABLV €97.5 million on Monday.  Last year, two Latvian banks were fined for allowing clients to make payments to North Korea.
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Geopolitics / Re: Global Systemic Geopolitical Crisis
« Last post by Palloy2 on Today at 06:19:39 AM »
And here is the video of the interview

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/9Ikf1uZli4g" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/9Ikf1uZli4g</a>

which bears on what we were arguing about with Trump being a traitor, based on no evidence.  Listen to this bullshit artist wriggling about, saying all the former British spies he has talked to say Steele is believable.  "You should live in Moscow and talk to people, talk to Navalny ..." - the anti-Putin person (who will always tell you how EVIL and CORRUPT Putin is), but not once actually stating what the evidence is. Because there is none that been revealed to date.  And yet the MSM/politicians' propaganda is saying there is evidence all the time, everybody knows it, for certain.
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The Diner Pantry / 🐷 Doomstead Diner Breakfast Special: 2/19/2018
« Last post by RE on Today at 05:54:37 AM »
As Eddie mentioned, the usual breakfast meat here in the FSoA comes from Porky the Pig. 🐷  Bacon 🥓 is probably the most common, with Sausage 🥖 coming in 2nd.  However, for a real Piggy Breakfast, a nice thick Ham Steak with your Eggs will get you started on the day nicely.  :icon_sunny:

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Ham Steak & Eggs
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