Ah’ hell! So there goes Victor Lewis-Smith … after a “short illness” – a term that he may well of proffered to describe his life – in the typical fugue of overly-descriptive sardonic rampancy he was notorious for rousing.Continue reading Victor Lewis-Smith, 1957-2022, Paul Sparks, TV Offal:
The Play Book – How to deny science, sell lies, and make a killing in the corporate world (Jennifer Jacquet):
“Arguments that shift blame from powerful producers to “human nature” or “all of us” are useful in distributing responsibility.”Continue reading The Play Book – How to deny science, sell lies, and make a killing in the corporate world (Jennifer Jacquet):
Shadow World-Inside the Global Arms Trade (Johan Grimonprez, Andrew Feinstein, documentary):
Stake through the heart.
Someone’s really, really gone & done it with this one. Of all the subjects, arguably the most murderous of them all is a rarely scrutinised radius, a concealment strategy that is crucial to it’s perpetuation.
The arms trade.
Cross Contiguous – Roscoe Mitchell, Kikanju Baku, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Niles Asheber Hailstones, Acklam Village, Black Pariah Art Autonomous:
Colliding currents. Ley lines & interchange. Serendipity serpentinous … the curlicue & the coilings cross collisionary cascading.
Intersecting delta of creative conterminent contingencies & corresponding coincidences..
As you do.
Immoral in Balmoral part one – State of Servility: Baal, Liz Truss, Elizabeth Windsor, Moloch, child poverty, Brexit, child abuse, Jack Williment-Barr, Philip Alston:
Busy moment for a stupid country.
We’ll mourn the burden lost but not remedy the crisis rampant.
It’s not paying respect, it’s “paying” subjugation.
Ingrained idiocy, inexplicable & indefensible – it’s just blind faith based on a prescribed ideal with peeling plastic.
Survival of the Richest – escape fantasies of the tech billionaires (Douglas Rushkoff):
“The capacity that digital companies have for abstracted, exponential growth has allowed them to amass political and economic power unheard of even in the time of the Gilded Age robber barons. Numerous studies have concluded that economic elites now enjoy substantially more impact on government policy, while “citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence.”Continue reading Survival of the Richest – escape fantasies of the tech billionaires (Douglas Rushkoff):
Murdoch’s Politics – How one man’s thirst for power shapes our world (David McKnight):
“Rupert Murdoch and Fox News are fiercely dedicated to a political project that will eliminate trade unions, abolish and/or commercialise public education, increase economic inequality and the power of billionaires and big business, ignore and aggravate the environmental crisis that threatens human existence, promote endless wars and militarism, governance for the rich, a corrupt judicial system, and elections that go to the highest (and anonymous) bidders. Above all, Murdoch champions the elimination of independent journalism. All the institutions that make for a credible modern democracy are in his crosshairs.”Continue reading Murdoch’s Politics – How one man’s thirst for power shapes our world (David McKnight):
Dark Commerce – How a new illicit economy is threatening our future (Louise I. Shelley):
Yikes. Prepare to be unsettled & alarmed. This is an urgent & weltering assessment & tally by Professor of Public Policy & director (& founder) of the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center, Prof Louise Shelley. An advanced veteran on the subject & a skilled scribe, we are delivered a withering & disturbing stream of highly accurate warnings & acute details concerning illicit trade, smuggling, organised crime & a wide diversity of corruption in its many forms & appliances.Continue reading Dark Commerce – How a new illicit economy is threatening our future (Louise I. Shelley):
The Contrarian-Peter Thiel and Silicon Valley’s pursuit of power (Max Chafkin):
“Thiel is sometimes portrayed as the tech industry’s token conservative – a view that wildly understates his influence. More than any other Silicon Valley investor or entrepreneur – more so even than Jeff Bezos, or Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, or Zuckerberg himself – he had been responsible for creating the ideology that has come to define Silicon Valley: that technological progress should be pursued relentlessly – with little, if any, regard for potential costs or dangers to society.”Continue reading The Contrarian-Peter Thiel and Silicon Valley’s pursuit of power (Max Chafkin):
The School of the Americas – military training and political violence in the Americas (Lesley Gill):
“This book examines how the United States constructs a repressive military apparatus, in a region long considered by many to be its “back-yard,” through the lens of the U.S. Army’s School of the Americas (SOA). The School of the Americas is a U.S. Army centre for Latin American militaries that, since its establishment in the Panama Canal Zone in 1946, has trained over sixty thousand soldiers in combat-related skills and counter-insurgency doctrine. It has been at the centre of an intense public controversy over the last decade, because of the participation of some of its alumni in human rights atrocities. Some of the most notorious graduates include Argentine General Roberto Viola who was convicted of murder, kidnapping, and torture during Argentina’s “dirty war” (1976-2983); former Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega; Salvadoran Colonel Domingo Monterrosa, who commanded the brutal Atlacatl Battalion that massacred nearly one thousand civilians in El Mozote; Guatemalan Colonel Julio Alpirez, who tortured and murdered guerrillas and a U.S. citizen while on the CIA’s payroll; and Honduran General Luis Alonso Discua, who commanded an army death squad known as Battalion 3-16.”Continue reading The School of the Americas – military training and political violence in the Americas (Lesley Gill):