Erin Trieb

Meet the Kurdish Women Fighting ISIS in Syria

Photo essay

Syria/US (2014)


According to an article in the Wall Street Journal:

“The jihadists don’t like fighting women, because if they’re killed by a female, they think they won’t go to heaven,” said one female [Kurdish] fighter.

Unfortunately, the truth of this is doubtful. But that shouldn’t diminish the fact that 7,000 volunteers have joined the Women’s Protection Unit (YPJ) to resist ISIS.

On the other hand, PKK, the Turkey-based, pro-Kurdish group they’re affiliated with is classified as a terrorist group by the US State Department. 

Girl power is very ethically complicated.

"Contrary to popular belief, the main purpose of monotheistic religion is not to tell man there is a God, but to tell man he is not God."
One of my favorite quotes by Nassim Nicholas Taleb 

Color Studies: Pink by Carissa Gallo


Color Studies: Pink by Carissa Gallo



R.I.P. The 2976 American people that lost their lives on 9/11 and R.I.P. the 48,644 Afghan and 1,690,903 Iraqi and 35000 Pakistani people that paid the ultimate price for a crime they did not commit

this is the only september 11th post I’m reblogging


"There is something very interesting about the relationship between philosophy and madness. Philosophy is the study of reason, while madness is often thought to be the anti-thesis of reason. So how does a philosopher — a person preoccupied with reason — come to be in a mental state that lacks it?
In philosophy, philosophical problems are often taken to their logical extremes. In madness, real-life issues are taken to their logical consequences and acted upon. So, is madness simply an extension of philosophical reasoning? And if so, could it be that philosophy and madness are somehow inextricably linked?
No link has been established between madness & philosophising. Naturally there have been mad philosophers. Nietzsche stands as one of the more notorious; he was known for writing mad letters to his friends.

But the existence of mad philosophers does not mean madness is a natural extension of the thinking about fundamental questions. On being seized by madness, one loses touch with reality. It is possible to do the most absurd of things, like standing upside down in front of a doorway, and yet believe there is logic to it, like knowing that it is in conformity with a Code.

My personal madness is the result of actions which in retrospect seem very stupid. Like Descartes, I attempted to ‘doubt as much as I could’. Unlike Descartes, I treated the exercise as a practical and not just a theoretical one.”

A Philosopher’s Madness, Lishan Chan
"The net worth of the average black household in the United States is $6,314, compared with $110,500 for the average white household, according to 2011 census data. The gap has worsened in the last decade, and the United States now has a greater wealth gap by race than South Africa did during apartheid. (Whites in America on average own almost 18 times as much as blacks; in South Africa in 1970, the ratio was about 15 times.)"
Hi! What work do you do!
- Anonymous

I’m interning at a publishing house! I edit & proofread manuscripts, design stuff, pack books & these past few days i’ve been keying in data… which makes my brain want to die…