View From The Balcony
newsweek: Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) donned a hood and dark sunglasses on the House floor this morning, saying, “Just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum.” As the Republican Rep. Greg Harper banged his gavel, Rep. Rush continued shouting, “May God bless Trayvon Martin’s soul, his family…” as he was escorted off of the floor and out of the room. Apparently it’s against House rules to wear a hat—and Rep. Harper explained, “The chair finds that the donning of a hood is not consistent with this rule. Members need to remove their hoods or leave the floor.” Here’s video.

newsweek: Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) donned a hood and dark sunglasses on the House floor this morning, saying, “Just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum.” As the Republican Rep. Greg Harper banged his gavel, Rep. Rush continued shouting, “May God bless Trayvon Martin’s soul, his family…” as he was escorted off of the floor and out of the room. Apparently it’s against House rules to wear a hat—and Rep. Harper explained, “The chair finds that the donning of a hood is not consistent with this rule. Members need to remove their hoods or leave the floor.” Here’s video.

theweekmagazine: A Tibetan exile set himself on fire in India on Monday, during a march to protest the visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao. The dramatic — and often fatal — form of protest has become an increasingly common way to call attention to China’s policies in ethnic Tibetan regions.

Roughly 30 Tibetans have set themselves on fire in the past year. Is the tactic working? How has China reacted? And when will the self-immolations stop? 

nationalpost:

Peter Goodspeed: Dying as a political act: Centuries-old Buddhist tradition of self-immolation continues in China

“This was not the random act of a disturbed individual, but rather a single manifestation of a deeply rooted set of ideas and ideals in Chinese Buddhism that blossomed again and again in the history of pre-modern China.”

Photo: Tibetan exile Janphel Yeshi, 27, runs as he is engulfed in flames after he set himself on fire to protest an upcoming visit to India by Chinese President Hu Jintao, March 26, 2012, in New Delhi. Yeshi suffered life-threatening burns. (AFP/Getty Images)

I had visions, I was in them,
I was looking into the mirror
To see a little bit clearer
The rottenness and evil in me

Fingertips have memories,
Mine can’t forget the curves of your body
So when I feel a bit naughty
I run it up the flagpole and see who salutes
(But no one ever does)

I’m not sick, but I’m not well
and I’m so hot ‘cause I’m in hell

Been around the world and found
That only stupid people are breeding
The cretins cloning and feeding
And I don’t even own a TV

Put me in the hospital for nerves
And then they had to commit me
You told them all I was crazy
They cut off my legs now I’m an amputee, Goddamn you

I’m not sick, but I’m not well
And I’m so hot cause I’m in hell
I’m not sick, but I’m not well
And it’s a sin, to live so well

I wanna publish ‘zines
And rage against machines
I wanna pierce my tongue
It doesn’t hurt, it feels fine
The trivial sublime
I’d like to turn off time
And kill my mind
You kill my mind
Mind…

Paranoia, paranoia
Everybody’s comin’ to get me
Just say you never met me
I’m runnin’ underground with the moles
Diggin’ holes
Hear the voices in my head
I swear to God it sounds like they’re snoring
But if you’re bored then you’re boring
The agony and the irony, they’re killing me, whoa!

I’m not sick, but I’m not well
And I’m so hot cause I’m in hell
I’m not sick, but I’m not well
And it’s a sin to live this well

(One, two, three, four!)

"Flagpole Sitta" by Harvey Danger
reuters:Students crouch behind a wall to hide from the water cannon truck during a demonstration against the government to demand changes in the public state education system in Santiago February 2, 2012.

Chilean students have been protesting against what they say is profiteering in the state education system. [REUTERS/Victor Ruiz Caballero]

reuters:Students crouch behind a wall to hide from the water cannon truck during a demonstration against the government to demand changes in the public state education system in Santiago February 2, 2012.

Chilean students have been protesting against what they say is profiteering in the state education system. [REUTERS/Victor Ruiz Caballero]

Oh boy, oh boy. Occupy Wall Street comes to NYU’s Tisch Hall
nyulocal:

Happening right now in Stern. 

Oh boy, oh boy. Occupy Wall Street comes to NYU’s Tisch Hall

nyulocal:

Happening right now in Stern. 

They keep talking about armed gangs, but there is one armed gang in this country, and it is the Syrian government itself.
J.J. HARDER, spokesman for the American Embassy in Damascus, on the violent crackdown against activists by Syrian government forces, which has left at least 70 protesters dead. Read it at the New York Times. (via newsweek)