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Anti-Capitalist Meetup: The Pallid Bust of Snowden: Collaborative Art the Conceptual Way
Marxist theory holds that there are no heroic individuals in the art world. Even the most solitary practitioner depends on the people who manufacture their supplies, the understanding of the people ...
northsylvania 04/12/2015 32 11 - -
Much ado about Top Gear
When I was in 6th grade, there was a good-looking boy, let’s call him Greg, who decided to cultivate a pet. This boy was shorter than the rest of the class and, to put it politely, had neither the ...
northsylvania 03/13/2015 81 28 1 -
My cat won’t eat your sh*t
About a year ago, my cat went on a hunger strike. She had always eaten wet food because she refused to drink water: tap water, filtered water, it didn’t matter. She had been eating a well-known ...
northsylvania 06/10/2014 42 11 - -
Anti-Capitalist Meetup: Dark Green
During a rant about the latest Tory scheme of putting a price on the world and everything in it, another Kossack, James Wells, pointed me toward works by Paul Kingsnorth and, by extension, other ...
northsylvania 05/18/2014 32 22 1 -
It's your funeral:
a common utterance in our house, always with two syllables: fune-rall. A lot of the people I grew up with in rural Texas went to fune-er-alls, but then again they would put random extra syllables in ...
northsylvania 05/16/2014 9 6 - -
Anti-Capitalist Meetup: Fracking Skirmishes In the Anti-Corporatist War
Fracking, like cigarette production, is one of the moral indicators of Capitalism-as-practiced. A lot of money is spent by the companies involved proving that it causes no harm and is in fact a ...
northsylvania 01/05/2014 35 21 - -
NSA: Life imitates art.
In 2011, I went to see an installation by Cory Arcangel at the Curve Gallery in the Barbican. It was a room laid out on a long curve, darkened to highlight the 14 ...
northsylvania 08/05/2013 8 6 - -
Where is a structural geologist when you need one?
The controversy and protests over fracking (or fracing as pedants would have it) in the UK has probably not made it into the mainstream news in the US. The current Tory government is all for the "...
northsylvania 08/03/2013 21 19 1 -
Anti-Capitalist Meetup: The Tolpuddle Martyrs: why them, why now?
The Tolpuddle Martyrs, condemned and harshly punished by the biased justice system of 19th century England, were very lucky. They not only lived through their ordeal, but also became enduring ...
northsylvania 07/14/2013 27 19 2 -
Jamais vu to déjà vu: Books that have changed my life
I enjoy a well plotted book and interesting characters, but what makes a book special for me how well an author can describe a place, to what extent I am taken to a different reality. Thomas Hardy ...
northsylvania 06/14/2013 32 19 - -
Anti-Capitalist Meetup: Money and Magic Beans
“Once upon a time there was a poor mother who lived alone with her son, Jack. All they had in the world was an old cow to give them milk. One day the cow stopped giving milk so the woman had to ...
northsylvania 05/19/2013 46 28 2 -
The rich are different.
Apparently they seem to be junior high students. I can’t claim to have discovered this, though I’ve suspected it for a long time. (Disclaimer: I taught at a university that accepted the dodgier ...
northsylvania 05/06/2013 9 7 1 -
Finding fighting clothes worth wearing
Put on your fighting clothes- Mother Jones Putting on fighting clothes is difficult, if you suspect that they may represent exactly the opposite of what you are ...
northsylvania 05/01/2013 39 64 6 -
Kolaches
My stay at the Hotel Inka (Non Stop Herna!) in Řeporyje, a village outside of Prague, did not start well. I was there for low cost dental care, and didn’t trust myself to find my way from the ...
northsylvania 04/18/2013 145 139 10 -
a short addendum to the Taibbi diary
I would not normally try to piggyback onto a very successful diary , and judging by the amount of recs bobswern's diary on Taibbi's Rolling Stone article got, it was very successful indeed, but I ...
northsylvania 01/06/2013 11 13 - -
Anti-capitalist meetup: Do you inhale? Capitalism and your health
True to form as usual A purely free market system has one glaringly obvious flaw: a company’s first responsibility is to its shareholders. In a system based on quarterly earnings, business ...
northsylvania 10/21/2012 23 23 2 -
Anti-capitalist meet up: Fiat Lux: Banishing Alienation Through Lights and Loud Noise
Alienation can be considered part of the process of capitalist exploitation, but it can also mean feeling cut off and isolated from the surrounding world. Alienation in the Marxist sense means that ...
northsylvania 08/05/2012 30 16 - 117
Petition against neonicotinoids: deadline today
Avaaz, another tool for the keyboard warrior similar to 38 Degrees, has a petition going to the stockholders of Bayer asking them to stop production and sale of neonicotinoid pesticides until and ...
northsylvania 04/27/2012 19 15 - 61
Beginning Gramsci
This diary was written at the invitation of the Anti-Capitalist meetup, where most of the members are much more highly qualified to discuss the finer points of various Marxist philosophies and ...
northsylvania 04/15/2012 70 71 8 371
Insecticides do indeed cause bee mortality
Like this year, last year's spring came early in the UK and, when our garden plants came into bloom, they were covered in honeybees, bumblebees, and mason bees. They were so happy foraging that I ...
northsylvania 03/29/2012 25 39 2 149
Good morning Horace Boothroyd III
If the recent diary list gets clogged up with Horace Boothroyd III diaries, there'll be nowhere for you to browse and put off YOUR VERY IMPORTANT APPOINTMENT!!!! I am shouting in all caps, I am ...
northsylvania 01/11/2012 2 8 - 78
American Airlines broke or just union busting?
American Airlines has filed for chapter 11 despite ...
northsylvania 11/29/2011 40 17 - 181
RLC punked by Obama impersonator
This is a non-diary diary, totally unacceptable under DK3 rules but still worth doing for those who haven't checked out the Guardian blogs yet. Needless to say, the MSM won't pick this story up. ...
northsylvania 06/20/2011 12 4 - 206
Another FOX e-mail reply >:-(
Since moving from the States, I haven't gotten many of these "PLEASE FWD TO 20 PEOPLE. IMPORTANT!!!" messages. The people who used to send them pretty much know I moved away to avoid them and have ...
northsylvania 06/07/2011 14 13 1 147
Bernanke tells a whopper.
Two recent stories show how Bernanke and the governor of the Bank of England understand the ongoing budget cuts and what they are doing to ordinary people. From the lede paragraph of yesterday'...
northsylvania 03/02/2011 6 13 - 117
Amazing Finance Links
I have a weakness for trying to analyse networks and systems, even if they have no particular relevance to my life. This Flash presentation ...
northsylvania 01/18/2011 7 5 3 124
Remember when Iraq really mattered?
I was very tempted to put "Breaking" and "Wikileaks" in the title, but that would be a cynical way of getting attention. Nonetheless, this is an important story which has just been posted on the ...
northsylvania 10/22/2010 4 1 - 57
Oh Snap. Trump?
When you're out of the States, you rely on foreign coverage and, While the Guardian was impeccable during the run up to the Iraq war, I have to question the veracity of this headline: Donald ...
northsylvania 10/06/2010 24 1 - 50
About libraries: not a clever title
Some very good work has been written here about the push for charter schools, and it should be a cause for concern. When corporations run the school system, there is a definite chance that the ...
northsylvania 09/28/2010 20 15 - 71
Expat healthcare rant
This is for slinkerwink, nyceve, and all the others who call for action to influence our reps in the Senate and House. I certainly wish that I had a representative in the federal government that ...
northsylvania 07/20/2009 10 7 - 11
Traitors Cross Threshold as Well.
This diary is going to be very short for a long winded person. When I read this diary , on the rec list at this time of day, ...
northsylvania 03/03/2009 28 7 - 12
Eating more and enjoying it less? Blame the carbon dioxide.
This is a diary about diet. Not the New Years diet currently underway due to the huge amount of Christmas cakes and puddings I ate during December, but diet in general. Disclosure: I am neither an ...
northsylvania 01/09/2009 33 37 5 37
Favorite book you've read this year: fiction edition
2009 looks to be a time for battening down the hatches. The economy is struggling and, at least in the UK, it is too darn cold to get out in the garden and get ready for spring. Last January I spent ...
northsylvania 12/31/2008 173 26 - 25
Detroit failing: blame the Texans again.
Full disclosure: I'm a Texas native, so I have the right to whine a little. Lots of people on this site have blamed the Big Three for producing the kind of vehicle that plunders resources and is ...
northsylvania 11/13/2008 27 12 - 15
Get out the critical early vote in these states.
The Guardian had a good heads up article this morning on how the change in voting systems and poorly run polling booths ...
northsylvania 10/22/2008 6 3 1 2
Not about Obama or Hillary, but has a sex component
Britain is a nation of quiz nights. During the long dark hours of the winter, folks here entertain themselves by going down to the pub and answering obscure questions about Henry VIII's sixth wife. ...
northsylvania 03/26/2008 21 4 - 4
A Battle in Afghanistan Kossaks Could Win
Yesterday, the Independent published an article on Sayed ...
northsylvania 02/01/2008 8 17 - 145
Robot bugs: things that make you go "hmmm."
No. Scratch that. Things that make you OMFG and bang your head against the wall until you get a nosebleed. Robot bug stories are amusing. As someone who is part of the SWAT team as far as bugs go, ...
northsylvania 10/26/2007 9 2 1 2
Alfons Mucha, repression, and the front page
Playing tourist in Prague is delightful. It is a beautiful city with diverse, yet harmonious architectural styles, and a complicated history. Neither the Russians nor the Germans, to give them credit,
northsylvania 09/18/2007 12 5 - -
Good music, good cause
My musically savy friend from the old Fort Worth neighborhood sent me this link to a benefit album put out by Tipitina's Foundation . ...
northsylvania 08/25/2007 - 1 - -
Guardian FPs Yearly Kos
The Guardian put the article placed above the fold too, at least they had this morning UK time, when I was reading it over coffee. They recognise, if most ...
northsylvania 08/02/2007 5 14 - 67
Hairy Math
GBI called it fuzzy math, but David Stockman, one of the architects of Reaganomics, has gotten himself in a hairy mess living by his own economic principles. According to ...
northsylvania 03/28/2007 2 2 - 1
Admitting Another Bald Faced Lie
The justice Department has released an audit admitting that terrorism isn't that common and that they are using the laws passed ...
northsylvania 02/22/2007 11 10 - 1
Top Gear has had it with US
If Jeremy Clarkson says at the end of his most recent show, “Don’t go to America,” then we have ...
northsylvania 02/12/2007 14 10 - -
You Put on the Brakes
The good thing about my 6:00 AM being your midnight so to speak is that all the news is dewy fresh. Here's both the bad and the good: The bad news is that some person or persons unnamed ...
northsylvania 01/12/2007 4 4 1 3
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