Jack Layton's last letter to Canadians →
Opposition Leader Jack Layton Dead at 61 →
towerofsleep: lowpresssure: I don’t have many words because i’m not a Toronto politico and nothing smart to say, but i always voted NDP and was rooting for Jack. I don’t want to even know what the Right wingers are up to now. Spraying bottles of champagne at Rob Ford’s Mothers Backyard? Drenching endangered animals with Albertan oil? Sacrificing Virgins to Xenu? Rest In Peace Jack. You were...
Why are so many problems today perceived as problems of intolerance, rather than...– Slavoj Žižek (via gingerche) Good question. (via jenniferanne) Easy answer?
David Harvey on the English riots: Feral... →
towerofsleep: What I say may sound shocking. Most of us don’t see it because we don’t want to. Certainly no politician dare say it and the press would only print it to heap scorn upon the sayer. But my guess is that every street rioter knows exactly what I mean. They are only doing what everyone else is doing, though in a different way — more blatantly and visibly in the streets. Thatcherism...
London and UK riots: live - Telegraph →
standardgrey: 11.11 The key points from the Prime Minister’s statement: • Water cannon can be available within 24 hours • ‘Some parts of society are not just broken, but frankly sick’ • ‘Phoney concerns about human rights’ will not stop hunt for criminals • ‘We needed a fight back and a fight back is under way’ • ‘Complete lack of responsibility in parts of society’ • Blames lack of ‘proper...
Cranfield and Slade performing Riot by the Dead...
I depict a riot
“London’s current mayhem has a history and some great art perfectly captures the terror and lawlessness of past upheaval.” From the Guardian.
#3 The polarisation between the claim that ‘the riots are a response to...– FIVE QUICK POINTS ABOUT THE RIOTS « Pandaemonium (via brocatus) I’ll just leave this here. (via standardgrey) Those are some worthwhile comments, for sure. But I do think that there is still an undeniable background that makes all that stuff cohere, albeit in/as apparent incoherence. The...
The London Riots Burn Music to the Ground (via... →
musichistory: “No injuries were reported in the blaze, but all inventory is feared lost. XL/Beggars, Warp, Rough Trade, Domino, 4AD, Sub Pop, Secretly Canadian, Jagjaguwar, Drag City, Thrill Jockey, FatCat, Kompakt, Mute, Ninja Tune, Vice, and Soul Jazz are among those affected.” Sad day. Bummer. I was going to post a fake cynical comment wondering, as if from the perspective of a marketing...
But the young rioters’ grievances with the police, he and his friends agreed,...– London riots: ‘A generation who don’t respect their parents or police’ | UK news | The Guardian (via cameronr) Sad. That kind of stuff makes me wonder what version of the world the Republicans (especially) in the USA are planning for, too. Not to mention our own little neo-con. Even if one is...
RIP Joe Yamanaka
Alas. From the Flower Travellin’ Band.
Panic on the streets of London. →
jenniferanne: cocoku: “They thought that after thirty years of soaring inequality, in the middle of a recession, they could take away the last little things that gave people hope, the benefits, the jobs, the possibility of higher education, the support structures, and nothing would happen. They were wrong.” She makes a lot of strong points here. I like this one especially: Riots are about...
Looting 'fuelled by social exclusion' | UK news |... →
All the same, there’s more than brute criminality here. When incidents like this...– Who are the rioters? Young men from poor areas … but that’s not the full story | UK news | The Guardian (via cameronr)
Tower of Sleep: Again. →
otto-obrien: You may well say, “bollocks, they’re not taking on the ruling class, they’re just destroying their own nest, hurting working class people and small businesses”. I can hear this, just as I can hear the sanctimony in its enunciation. The truth is that riots almost always hurt… Very good point. Anyone looking to find one single coherent anything in this riot (and probably most...
Oh, yeah, Jeff Koons. →
Hamad. If not for his gigantic name in the sand, then for his giant jeep.
Shops and Cars Burn in Antipolice Riot in London →
“The riot escalated into a pitched battle between lines of riot police officers, some on horses, and hundreds of mostly young black men, in small gangs of four or five, many with hooded sweatshirts pulled over their heads and bandannas over their faces. The young men arrived in clumps, on foot, by bicycle or on mopeds. Tottenham is an area of mostly poor minorities; a significant portion of...
An oxymoron? →
Hacker conference. Hey, FBI!
This kinda stuff makes me even more paranoid.
What? Not cool, sharks. And not fair.
This kinda stuff makes me paranoid. →
Speculative conspiracy thinking sure is tempting but not often a good idea. Maybe never. And yet, sheesh. Seems like a sad, pretty eerie coincidence, doesn’t it? Indeed, that whole deal, from start to finish, seems super odd. Anyway, no tinfoil required. (On edit: I should say that they are saying that it is indeed the same group of Navy SEALs but ‘maybe’ not the specific...
jenniferanne: towerofsleep: Erg·bur·glar (erg-burg-ler) –noun 1. A person given to complaining and protest, often with much Urgh-ing and Blergh-ing. 2. One who groans and moans, especially without adequate cause; one who is easily annoyed. See also: v. Ergburgle and n. Ergburglary. Alternate spellings: Urgh burglar, ergbergler, urghburgler, etc. Saelan called me this a couple days ago...
weird realism: ourcatastrophe: weird realism: Epic... →
ourcatastrophe: weird realism: Epic Fail thenewinquiry: A review of The Queer Art of Failure by Judith Halberstam By Jenna Brager …The Queer Art of Failure sometimes embarks on a positivist project in which “failure” stands in for alternate paths to triumph, and… Very interesting stuff. The whole “underdog” or “lovable loser” tropes, which are such...
The Gun Club - Sex Beat Good one.
n plus 1: Origins of the Crisis →
standardgrey: badspelling: towerofsleep: Extremely informative and catastrophically depressing. Uff da, that is depressing. great article though. Hooo boy. Plus I’m still fresh from watching Inside Job a copule of weeks back…. also, this: Debt and politics in America and Europe: Turning Japanese | The Economist Major bummer. Good exercise in simplification to draw out the bigger...