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➜ On "human shielding" in Gaza      

The Israeli army has tried to justify striking civilian areas.

All fighting within cities and all bombardments of urban spaces, even the most “precise and surgical”, is a potential death trap for civilians. Consequently, the permeation of war into cities inevitably transforms their inhabitants into potential human shields.

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The logic is straightforward: insofar as Hamas hides weapons in houses (illegitimate), Israel can bomb them as if they were military targets (legitimate). Within this framework, a single function (hiding weapons) out of many existing functions (home, shelter, intimacy, etc) determines the status of an urban site (in our case the house), so that the edifice’s form loses its traditional signification.

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Lee Marvin & Gloria Grahame in “The Big Heat" (1953)

valentinovamp:

Lee Marvin & Gloria Grahame in “The Big Heat" (1953)

John Wieners - Solitary Pleasure


wallahs:

Say hello to my not even two day old nephew ^_^

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Please welcome my boyfriend’s beautiful nephew and godson Jakub to the world, born this evening. ^__^

Let me be absolutely clear: I do not doubt that Wheaton genuinely believes that signing the self-certification form is contrary to its religious beliefs. But thinking one’s religious beliefs are substantially burdened—no matter how sincere or genuine that belief may be—does not make it so.
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, dissenting Wheaton v. Burwell.

On Thursday the Court “temporarily exempt[ed] a Christian college from part of the regulations that provide contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act,” according to The New York Times. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan joined Sotomayor’s dissent. (via englishprof)

Bobby Womack - Across 110th Street

Rest in Power

Cathy Berberian + Luciano Berio - Visage

The Gotobeds - Ipso Facto

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