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im rly interested in the worlds geo political... uh, ness... gettng back to a collection of great powers, rather than one hyper power with like 50% of the worlds economy
and what effect the nukes will change this time round
also been thinking long term lately http://filer.case.edu/dts8/thelastq.htm rly long term
ill defo check out some other of his writings, after i get through the 6 or so books that i actually WANT to read, and the 4 that i HAVE to read for my faggoty arse course :(
what social/political issues are you concerned with, orson rabbit? if you ever become threatening ill just refer to you as orson wabbit or something. take the sting right out, with cuteness
After wading through tonnes of theology, studying up on the religion vs state issues in the West (esp. Britain, Ireland, America, France, etc), Middle East political/religious stuff and generally reacquainting myself with the arguments for/against the Iraq War in light of the inquiry (and coming to modify my previously hawkish stance somewhat), I've decided to take a breather from the real heavy duty stuff.
So now I've been reading up on some science, most of which, as ever, is very cool. Like this:
Mohican-sportin' dinosaurs? Yes, please.
Was also a trifle put-out by Disney closing Miramax. Feels like one of the few links between the leftfield and the mainstream has been severed...but then again, they have released an awful lot of shit in the last decade...haven't had time to muse about it enough yet.
Also the trend developing in Britain rejecting evolution in favour of creationism, which it seems is infecting areas of society once thought immune to such piffle (British med students handing out pamphlets on uni campus arguing a god created man from a clot of blood/clay/etc. Quite worrying).
Well, we have to end apartheid, for one,
slow down the nuclear arms race, stop terrorism and world hunger.
We have to provide food and shelter for the homeless...
and oppose racial discrimination and promote civil rights,
while also promoting equal rights for women.
We have to encourage a return...
to traditional moral values.
we have to promote general social concern...
and less materialism in young people.
but for a novel i'm trying to write i've been reading about anarchists against civilisation and nazi experiments...did you know they tested how to warm up hypothermia people by freezing prisoners and making them have sex to see if that helped
I remember reading about the experiments they did with twins and conjoined twins...really, truly fucked up.
Your book a kind of V For Vendetta/1984 deal or something along that line? Sounds interesting based on what you say you've researched.
shit description, but it's kind of about a small group of anarchists creating their own civilisation, and one of them is mental but really clever.
and those twin studies were ridiculous. they actually tried to make conjoined twins by sewing normal twins together, like hugo tried with bart
Your book sounds pretty cool. Put me down for an advanced copy.
Science is fucking brutal
Ive been reading about past experiments where they have sutured fetus' eyes shut to see the effect upon visual cortex development. Trly horrifying.
Weakening the case for fiction since forever.
the sectarian parties can't even sit down together to devolve policing and justice yet they're capable of agreeing to cut a million for arts funding, massive cuts to other public spending, and they're hoping to re-introduce water charges along with privatising various other services. not to mention the policians double-jobboing, expenses claims and iris robinson being a mad hussy. all this while more and more jobs are lost. i'm interested in whether this complete failure on the part of the sectarian pro-business parties will have any effect on the consciousness of those being fucked over by it (the poor & workers). last time they tried to introduce water charges saw a massive cross-community campaign. with class contrasts sharpening internationally at the moment (turkey where 1200 workers are on strike, the republic where they just had a massive strike of public workers, the inevitable tory attack on working and university conditions here) shit should get real...
or everyone will vote for bnp. either way.
are keeping any real revolts at bay for the while.
* Iceland/Tesco & CelebBigBro/The Intertrons
for an example of a western developed country complete with reality tv shows and mass internet coverage where the state and banks were recently brought to their knees by a mass movement of folk opposing the right-wing solutions to the crisis. or the various eu or wannabe-eu countries who are in pretty dire straits at the moment - the republic, turkey, greece. or france in 1968, where you had a work-force and student body which was relatively very priveliged practically overthrowing the gov't. i don't think reality tv shows are going to stop people being upset when they lose their jobs.
and this is more murky territory but i'd hazard an opinion and say the low prices of the big supermarket monopolies are maintained through a variety of exploitative mechanisms which are not immune to the effects of the global recession, an upsurge in worker's militancy, nor a fucked environmental outlook.
Creakyknees is really the guy to talk to about economic conditions. His posts on the subject are almost unanimously brilliant. Probably my favourite was the "Mammon" post...he went into exquisite detail about how the system is now so monstrous and deliberately obscure that it's almost a sentient being, controlling people rather than the other way around...I'm not really doing it justice but...it was truly awesome. He should be leading a revolution or something.
i'd definitely support any struggle for a fair wage or increase in wages for workers but i don't think, as the writer seems to, that this could be instituted just by asking the capitalists nicely. marx was dealing with the issue of a 'fairer capitalism' 150+ years ago so we've definitely been here before..
haha creakykness would be an excellent cult/hippy-commune leader.
- the youth in asia
- the winter of discontentgate and the grit shortage
- people giving white bread to swans
- people robbing bakeries for crap, plastic bread
- human rights e.g. the right to a fair trial
- noise pollution
- human wrongs e.g. crime
- inequality of bargaining power in shops
- unfair terms in consumer contracts
- Milletsgate and the militantly anti-homeless
...on The Big Question a few weeks ago some banality merchant from The Sun was quacking about how "They have no right to expect anything from society", etc. Kept referring to "them", "they", like homeless people are some faceless Other...an infestation we have to cull...horrible.
'is she being serious?'
i remember loling a bit
In that I'm a dick and so my flights of fancy shouldn't be entertained.
i read the corner by the chaps who done the wire tother week and i was thinking about that idea of the new underclass paradigm of the corner being all but inescapable and whether there is an english equivalent. i find it dead easy to empathise with foreign/american smackheeds and get a bit self righteous about a system that's letting people down but when it's local scrotes robbing friend's houses i gots nothing but hate.
i have more than one friend. i have four.
...harder to "understand" some social problems if they're literally on your doorstep...I suppose that's where the real test is though, in an intellectual sense; divorcing your instinctive, tabloid-reaction from an honest appraisal of the situation. But most local scrotes haven't tasted a hundredth of the misery and serfdom people living in the American inner-cities have; however bad we think our "yoof" has it, the kids in South Central or B-More, in general, will always have it far, far worse.
I think some remnant of a failed idea of patriotism is at play, too (not in a conscious way), as like you say we tend to judge "British" kids more harshly than "foreigners". I need to think a bit more about that, though...
I mean this, basically:
"i find it dead easy to empathise with foreign/american smackheeds...but when it's local scrotes robbing friend's houses i gots nothing but hate."
but i found the former's attacks on the welfare system a tad mystifying since it correctly identified the source of unemployment, crime, the shit public services in baltimore as being a result of, as simon calls it, "capitalism without a social compact." it almost seemed tossed in there so as to avoid being pigeon-holed as 'liberal' (which i guess immediately loses you half your potential audience in the US). it seems odd to though as this isn't really mentioned again in the wire or the various interviews/lectures i've seen or read.
another criticism i have of the wire/corner is that they ignore quite a lot of constructive and successful grassroots campaigns with regards to labour laws and housing that have occurred in the city. this generally reflects the focus of simon & burns on individual redemption (cutty, the deacon, bunny's various projects), and a sort of cynical dismissal of any organised dissent. obviously a janitor's strike may not be as exciting as drug-deal shootouts but it would be a less rigidly mechanistic/nihilistic portral of inner-city baltimore.
i think my favourite season of the wire is number 2 precisely because of its focus on the employment issue, revealing in an almost quasi-radical fashion that the working-classes whether white or black were being equally fucked over. (that i reckon this is the most cerebral series of the wire is probably upheld by the hoards of morons on youtube (who probably just want to see more fetishizing of gangsters and drug slangin' (as awesome as that is)) who deride it as being the worst).
i also loved the 2nd series' exploration of that unique working-class white, 3rd/4th generation immigrant, attitude towards drug dealing as being a 'black' crime. there's two books 'easter rising' and 'all souls' by michael mcdonald, an irish-american writer, which describe his south boston projects in much the same manner as the corner does baltimore, and who also deals with that same bizarre elitism. he describes growing up that in his poor-as-piss irish-american community, where the commonly-held belief was that 'their' crime was 'civilized'; well-organised, quiet, and discreet while blacks committed the same crimes openly. mcdonald and simon both explore in excellent detail (nick to ziggy: "i'm not going to sling drugs like some corner nigger") how that bizarre elitism is gradually being broken down in the states, mainly due to the vanishing traditional employment for white workers (like sobotka's docks) and the consequential break-down in racial barriers with regards to both constructive, and criminal, class consciousness.
dissent mag, a left-of-liberal US rag ran a three-part debate on the wire and its politics a while back which is worth reading. it's my source for the various constructive grassroots labour and housing movements that i mentioned the wire ignored.
sorry that kinda devolved into a rant on why the second series of the wire is the best. and scrotes are scrotes, wherever they are, i don't think discriminating on a national basis matters much! maybe it's just the kids in the wire are romanticised and humanised to a certain extent. also they have far better slang and accents. relatively british deprived 'yoof' are better off than your average kid in inner-city black america but it's not like it's a competition (and is also a reflection of a long and militant struggle to create a welfare state, an nhs, and various other safety nets which never succeeded in the states). and with regards to anti-social behaviour like chucking rocks and shit it's completely natural to get pissed off at bullshit like that, i think the message of the wire or the corner is just to question why the scrotes have nothing better to do than be scrotes, or why they wind up scrotes, rather than forgive them all their scrote-y sins.
i've written the word scrote too many times and now it has no meaning. scrotescrotescrotescrotescrote. long post is long.
'human wrongs e.g. crime'
don't give criminals money