Tuesday, March 31, 2009

i prefer the term hand farter

but I suppose manualist will do in a pinch.

I can't tell if the reverb is because he's sitting on the toilet or what.

I was here but now I'm guyana

This article in the nytimes shines a little light on a dark corner of my knowledge of international history and foreign intervention (was that redundant?).

What an interesting life mrs. jagan lived.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

the ecstasy of god did not start in toronto

nope. it started, well, shit, what was I talking about again?

oh yeah, john crowder, on the mount of olives or something.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

i found this rather interesting

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Woah, those numbers are a little worse than I thought they'd be

"Trade is forecast to fall to its lowest point in 80 years in 2009"

80 years? WTF. As a percentage of the global economy or in inflation adjusted currency volume or what?

This quote is from the World Bank (as reported by the increasingly mediocre reporting of the AP news service).

I mean, for all intents and purposes that is as close as you can get to NO trade. You'd think this would have to be a typo. Maybe you meant in 29 years and got confused.

Monday, March 09, 2009

it was only a matter of time

before someone went and made youtube even cooler than it was all on its own.

thanks for being so damned rad kutiman

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Gde Nest of Ninnies?

Mr. Seth Sanders' awesome pulp-based zine (featuring my favorite interview of Bundy K Brown EVAR) is now in web(log)alo format.

Nest of Ninnies

because sometimes you need your music rag to come with a strictly marxist-leninist perspective comma damnit.

I only have ice for you

in other news: the album Deserter's Songs is GREAT, but mostly because I don't think there's a way to put the song "holes" on an album and have it not totally kick ass.

film at eleven.

the ignominy of the minority

a nice piece in the nytimes on the pied noir struck me for a few reasons:

1) I love the work Jacobin and all its derivations. There is no word to me that better calls into question what democracy is, means, should be, has been.

2) For some reasons French nationalists will always be associated with the last of the violent throes of colonialism (I shall not suggest colonialism is gone, that would be naive, rather I think, for France at least, the war violence associated with colonialism is gone) and Algeria in particular. Pontecorvo is owed a debt of gratitude for this I suppose, though I suppose Camus is as well. Le Pen and his ilk are racists first I think, and nationalists second, but I think the period of colonialism was more complicated.

For me the otherness of the pied noir and really the south of France - Provence I suppose more than anywhere else is perhaps the easiest for an American to relate to - to have some sense of familiarity with.

In any event:

3) The line that struck me was the reference to the French, mostly French but not entirely French (but still French), pied noir as minorities. It got me to thinking how we as Americans are moving this direction and how we will look at each other and to others over the next decades.

What I appreciated from the tone of the comment was the implication of awareness that there is a paradigm shift occurring and that some react differently than others to it.

I guess my take away from this is that people who currently think about things in terms of "minorities" are likely stuck there and always will be, but they're also already nearly inconsequential to the next status quo.

As such the ignominy of the minority is that there is failure to recognize the majority of 21st century America will not recognize the term. Or put another way the ignominy is that there is a desire for the term to continue to mean what it means to people now.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

apparently they actually found it

yes. mrs. george h.w. bush better known as miss "some of these little brown people might want to stay in texas" was discovered to actually have a heart during a 2.5 hr exploratory surgery.

I lost the bet by the way - it was an over/under at 4 hrs.