Ten Things to End Rape Culture, via Tara.
Digging Into Data, grants for big data research projects, aka “computationally intensive research methods can be used to ask new questions about and gain new insights into our world”. Hmm.
You appear to believe that:
[ ] “Spooky action at a distance” makes programming more fun
Northern B.C.s First Nations people to stand firm against pipelines | Georgia Straight. Sometimes I bookmark news articles (as opposed to blog posts) about awesome people and resistance projects in case I want to improve a related page of wikipedia in the future.
Speaking up. Sarah Parmenter on her experiences of anonymous harrassment in the web design industry.
being bad ass and tough means having an open and tender heart, from Fleetwood/Majestic Luxery-Legay. Thanks for introducing me to the saying, “be careful with each other so we can be dangerous together”.
Angry Papuan leaders demand Jared Diamond apologizes. West Papuan leaders respond to Jared Diamond describing their culture as warlike and lucky that a state government showed up to bring them peace. (Background: West Papua has been violently oppressed by the Indonesian state government for decades.)
Benny Wenda, a Papuan tribal leader, said to Survival, ‘What he (Jared Diamond) has written about my people is misleading (…) he is not writing about what the Indonesian military are doing (…) I saw my people being murdered by Indonesian soldiers and my own Auntie was raped in front of my eyes. Indonesia told the world that this was ’tribal war’ – they tried to pretend that it was us that was violent and not them – this book is doing the same. He should apologize.’
Markus Haluk, a senior member of the Papuan Customary Council, added, ‘The total of Dani victims from the Indonesian atrocities over the 50 year period is far greater than those from tribal war of the Dani people over hundreds of thousands of years.’
This bit at the end really got me. What a contrast between two people’s experience of ‘peace’ and ‘freedom’, and what a contrast in how much they get heard. A white settler published his ideas in a book, and one of the indigenous people he was talking about had to smuggle a message out of prison in order to respond.
Dominikus Surabut, currently jailed for treason for peacefully declaring West Papuan independence, described the relationship of indigenous West Papuans and the Indonesian state as political apartheid. In a statement smuggled out of his jail cell, he said, ‘This is the very nature and character of colonial occupation of indigenous peoples, where they are treated as second class citizens whose oppression is justified by painting them as backwards, archaic, warring tribes – just as suggested by Jared Diamond in his book about tribal people.’
Start Quilting 5 – Binding. A method for making (and calculating yardage for) continuous bias strips. Quilting as geometry worship, that is some next level shit.