Category Archives: Books

Done-the secret deals that our changing our world (Jacques Peretti):

A staggering debut from the ferociously formidable investigative journalist & renegade economist Jacques Peretti. Peretti levels a kind of scatter-gun, all encompassing, encyclopedic approach to the current tech-corporate-surveillance dystopia/extinction-ear-mark by delving with utmost diligence into the center of these unfolding horrors (most of which will have probably escaped the publics recognition entirely or but with the faintest adumbration). Continue reading Done-the secret deals that our changing our world (Jacques Peretti):

The Rise of the Robots-technology and the threat of mass unemployment (Martin Ford)

An excellent, expansive & very well researched forewarning & investigation into an area that promises to develop into yet another mega crisis, source of survival contestation & immense peril (as if we didn’t already have enough severe threats to be consternated by) – automation, robots & specifically artificial intelligence. Whilst the First World populace is atrophying into an alternative sub-species bereft of Homo sapiens core-qualities & capabilities & also struggling to uphold the remnants of their deteriorating humanness & advanced sentience, the “market” thinks it an appropriate occasion to introduce robots to further isolate, impair & discombobulate the ailing species engineered decline & dysfunction. Continue reading The Rise of the Robots-technology and the threat of mass unemployment (Martin Ford)

Parliament Ltd-a journey into the dark heart of British politics:

“For the last six months I have been investigating MP’s private finances. During this time, I have seen just how corrupt Parliament has become. Greed is endemic. If you want to understand why British politics isn’t working, it seems the first place to look is in the bank accounts of our politicians. Yet this is an issue that the authorities have turned their backs on. Rules and regulations are lax and transparency is laughable. The whole thing is shrouded in secrecy. Because of this, it is easy for politicians to milk the system and get away with it.” Continue reading Parliament Ltd-a journey into the dark heart of British politics:

Rat F**ked-the true story behind the secret plan to steal America’s democracy:

“This is the story of the actual redrawing of the American political map and our democracy itself. It’s the story of how the republicans turned a looming demographic into legislative majorities so unbreakable, so impregnable, that none of the outcomes are in doubt until after the 2020 census. It is the story of new mapping technologies so exact that they’ve resorted and resegregated Americans, while creating congressional districts where the only competition comes from someone more extreme. It’s legal, it’s breathtaking, and much of it happened in plain sight. The Democratic majority was ratfucked.” Continue reading Rat F**ked-the true story behind the secret plan to steal America’s democracy:

Dragons In Diamond Village-Tales of resistance from urbanizing China (David Bandurski)

“The development potential of prime sites, aided by the expedient push for “civilised” urban environments, has put city governments across the country on a collision course with rural China. Nowhere is the face-off more evident than in the conflicts over urban village land, which rankle at the core of all the stories in this book. But these conflicts are ultimately about far more central issues nagging at China’s urban future: corrupt institutions and weak civil society. These may sound like separate concerns, but the following stories show how inseparable they are” Continue reading Dragons In Diamond Village-Tales of resistance from urbanizing China (David Bandurski)

The Sorrows Of Mexico

it’s never ever easy reading about contemporary Mexico. Billed as “an indictment of their country’s failings by 7 exceptional writers” .. indeed, keeping up with Mexico’s resident narco/government/military carnage feels more & more like witnessing a total “failed state” scenario as a kind of criminal coup rolls it’s drape ever further. Continue reading The Sorrows Of Mexico

Black Square- Adventures in the Post Soviet World (Sophie Pinkham/302 pages)

Perestroiking like Pinkham! it’s so easy to get hooked on every-day Russo/far Eastern European related reportage & literature. why? well, as Pinkham herself puts it – “My family and friends had trouble understanding why I had fallen in love with Ukraine, a country that most Americans could hardly find on a map, famous only for Chicken Kiev and mail-order brides. Continue reading Black Square- Adventures in the Post Soviet World (Sophie Pinkham/302 pages)

24/7 – Jonathan Crary

there are now very few significant interludes of human existence (with the colossal exception of sleep) that have not been penetrated and taken over as work time, consumption time or market time.”

a mordant retaliatory of razor-sharp rejectionist reason & intellectual scold. Professor Crary wields a formidable blade & spares none of our techno-dystopian intentionally incapacitating nightmare’s piss-poor explanations, factual twisting & justificatory tropes from the lacerating edge. Continue reading 24/7 – Jonathan Crary

Tribe – On home coming and belonging (Sebastian Junger)

“whatever the technological advances of modern society – and they’re nearly miraculous – the individualized life styles that those technologies spawn seem to be deeply brutalizing to the human spirit”

One hell of a book! Sebastian Junger will be familiar to many of you as he is bobbing on a geezer of fame. to some – Junger is a bit of a celeb & dismissed as the ultimate embedded bias bitch (being a contributing editor to Vanity Fair doesn’t help these accusations) Continue reading Tribe – On home coming and belonging (Sebastian Junger)

The Battle For Home – The Memoirs of a Syrian Architect (Marwa Al-Sabouni)

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A wayward & quaint-laden angle on the tragic Syrian conflict from the perspective of architect & writer Marwa Al-Soubani. A native Syrian, Marwa has a PHD in Islamic architecture, manages a private studio in Homs & has also written a plethora of articles for various municipal/architectural publications. Thus sets the excursion for a differing & more gentle perspective on the Syrian catastrophe than the blitzed & haggard bitterness of front-line reporters & warzone residents (The Battle For Home also contains a withal of sub-topics that may even become the books ultimate priority). Continue reading The Battle For Home – The Memoirs of a Syrian Architect (Marwa Al-Sabouni)