Tuesday, August 31, 2010

the future is separated from the present by an unbridgeable abyss

George Lucas THX 1138, (1971).
I too, therefore, believe that I must understand the future not as something to be judged but something rather that sits in judgment on the present. Thus, such a future is neither utopian nor hell and cannot become an object of curiosity. And even if this society is developed to a far larger degree than the present one, it only occasions suffering in the eyes of those entombed in their microscopic sense of a continuing, predictable present.-- Kobo Abé, Inter Ice Age 4, (1970).

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Isn't ironic that Homo Sapiens is still locked in an identity crisis?

Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, The New Batman Adventures, 1994.
War vies with sex for the distinction of being the most significant process in human evolution. Not only have wars shaped geopolitical boundaries and spread national ideologies, but they also have carved the distributions of humanity's religions, cultures, diseases, technologies, and even genetic populations. When the British colonized Tasmania, for example, they used diseases, dogs, horses, rifles, starvation, imprisonment, poison, and bounties of five British pounds per head to eliminate the Tasmanians, who had been isolated there for thirty thousand years. The British murdered thousands, with the last two Tasmanians dying in captivity. The Dutch did the same to the San Bushmen in South Africa; the Spanish killed all the Arawak Indians across the Caribbean; the Germans tried to do the same with the Herero in Namibia; and both the British and the Americans tried to annihilate the North American Indians. In one of the earliest tactics in biological warfare, the British even gave Indians "peace" gifts of blankets deliberately contaminated with smallpox. The U.S. Cavalry in the late nineteenth century was primarily a government instrument of genocide. As directed by Washington, D.C., it nearly extirpated all Plains Indians and replaced them with white Anglo-Saxon Protestant pioneers in little houses on the prairie. By 1864, for example, General Philip Sheridan voiced U.S. policy this way: "The only good Indian I ever saw was dead." This was reworded to become the maxim of the U.S. Army: "The only good Indian is a dead Indian." A more concise formula for genocide would be hard to find.
Michael P. Ghiglieri, The Dark Side of Man: Tracing the Origins of Male Violence.

Monday, August 23, 2010

bea beb bec bed bee bef beg beh bei bej bek bel

...do darling darling
tiger ban crop bop darling
bartender vender knops darling
bookcase crop sing perplex bib beck
sing book escort tiger bah bee or beck
clock bam very boo bop or oilier vender
bee bevy bookcase bye or bra bib beck
sing or brimful tiger bah biff powered baker
bal tiger ban boo bop powered barbers
federal powered bevy bookcase
bed slumming suck bib
story darling
tiger story bah story
bal tiger ban bog bop story
berserker men aflutter story
bookcase bogy seeker
bah bib bah knops or brimful basil
bah phi bah bal tiger belle boo bop
chq bur buss men bah bunker seek
knops slumming foredoom bib bud bye biff story
bah bio story
bike reigning bam beholder
bio bop bib birr buss bit bio bib
bookcase bust biz
clever flange bib backbend or brimful story
bah story

Fluxlist: All words, by Theresa Bowman (2006).

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

From the NYTimes (for the all the skeptics who trumpet that nothing can be done, that the system is just too pervasive and all-powerful to be changed from below):
A recent agreement between farmers and animal rights activists here is a rare compromise in the bitter and growing debate over large-scale, intensive methods of producing eggs and meat, and may well push farmers in other states to give ground, experts say. The rising consumer preference for more “natural” and local products and concerns about pollution and antibiotic use in giant livestock operations are also driving change.

The surprise truce in Ohio follows stronger limits imposed by California voters in 2008; there, extreme caging methods will be banned altogether by 2015. In another sign of the growing clout of the animal welfare movement, a law passed in California this year will also ban imports from other states of eggs produced in crowded cages. Similar limits were approved last year in Michigan and less sweeping restrictions have been adopted in Florida, Arizona and other states.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Our success depends above all on our unity

Ghariokwu Lemi, Ikoyi Blindness, (mid 1970's).
What should be our attitude towards the complex and agonizing problems which confront us and which involve the future of our country? It must be one of calm, level-headedness, correct behavior, impartiality, objectivity, justice, patience, perseverance, constant faith and continuity of effort and action.
Problems exist, and will continue to exist, as long as the world exists. The solution of these problems often depends on many factors which are not always evident to us. Let us not always jump to the conclusion that these problems are due to ill-will on the part of the authorities or of our rulers. Every time that we discuss these problems, we must think of the mass of our fellow-Africans, for our task, like that of the Government of the country, is to concern ourselves not with a single class but with the population as a whole.

Let us not stand aloof from our brothers because they are less educated, less cultured, less fortunate than ourselves; this would create an unfortunate gulf between us. Our concern must be not to satisfy personal ambitions but to achieve the harmonious development of all Africans. We must give up any activities which may cause cleavages within our society.

Our success depends above all on our unity. This can only be achieved if we manage to rid our minds of excessive clannishness, to face up together to our patriotic duty and, above all, to be aware of the absolute necessity for each one of us to achieve the harmonious development of the Congo by means of a united and unselfish effort. The reforms which we are seeking must be achieved in a spirit of agreement and harmony.

It is easy enough to shout slogans, to sign manifestos, but it is quite a different matter to build, manage, command, spend days and nights seeking the solution of problems.-- Patrice Lumumba, Congo, My Country, (Pall Mall Press, 1962).