September 17, 2014
"Where Time played with the magazine and newspaper format, APO-33 also toyed with the format and content of the academic journal harkening back to Burroughs’ beginnings as a writer in the British Journal of Addiction. APO-33 rewrites his 1957 scholarly article. As APO-33 demonstrates, Burroughs was no longer content to experiment with drugs and chronicle drug addiction in works like Junkie and the British Journal. He increasingly concerned himself with exploring the addicting and controlling aspects of language and image as well."

Jed Birmingham at Reality Studio. APO-33

Reports from the Bibliographic Bunker: Jed Birmingham on William S. Burroughs Collecting

September 17, 2014
Hanging Out With The Molecules

Fascinating article by Andrew Lees, link via 3 Quarks  Daily.

Brief bio of Andrew Lees at UCL Institute of Neurology.

September 16, 2014
Tony Auth, 1942-2014

A Tony Auth retrospective

RIP, TONY AUTH: Colleagues salute Pulitzer-winning Philadelphia journalist as a singular, big-hearted artist

September 16, 2014
"Nobel prize-winning economist Elinor Ostrom, along with her colleague Tanya Hayes at the University of Indiana, Bloomington, conducted a study in 2007 (pdf here) that compared vegetation patterns throughout 84 forests in 15 separate countries, only half of which were under national protection. In a direct rebuff to the claims of contemporary conservationists, they found no significant differences in vegetation density between forests that were protected and those that were not. However, there was one criteria that made a difference: the direct involvement of local and indigenous populations. Those regions where local groups were able to define the rules for how their forest was managed had significantly higher vegetation densities than those that didn’t, regardless of their protection status."

Eric Michael Johnson in The Primate Diaries at Scientific American. Fire Over Ahwahnee: John Muir and the Decline of Yosemite

September 16, 2014
"It’s obviously too late to stop global warming entirely, but not too late to slow it down — and it’s not too late, either, to simply pay witness to what we’re losing, a world of great beauty and complexity and stability that has nurtured humanity for thousands of years."

Eddie Bautista, La Tonya Crisp-Sauray, and Bill McKibben at Tom Dispatch.Why We March 

Stepping Forth for a Planet in Peril

September 15, 2014
"I don’t endorse violence done out of rage. But I do want to say that when rage is warranted, at least a large part of the moral responsibility for the wrongful harm belongs to those who have created the situation in which rage is warranted, the people who impose unjust demands and close off every means-end rational path of resistance."

Antti Kauppinen at Pea Soup. On Rage As a Moral Emotion

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September 15, 2014
"As British, American, and European labor unions came to control the working conditions of mining and coal’s transport and supply lines, their capacity to use such control for strikes and sabotage of coal’s supply led not only to capitalist wealth being more widely shared by the working population but also to the modern institutions of Western political democracy, such as the vote, labor unions, and political parties."


Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil

September 15, 2014
"But seeking a solution to the Knee Defender dilemma is like asking whether you’d rather ride on planes that were piloted exclusively by chipmunks or by Shetland ponies. The moment you agree to the terms of the argument, you’ve lost."

Oliver Brurkeman at The Guardian. To recline your seat or not? Stop arguing. Capitalism already won this stupid war

Airlines, Apple and more corporations are pitting us against each other. It’s time to start changing the terms of debate

September 14, 2014

Etta James-Wet Match


Ha! I thought of this song after reading a Salon piece by Tracy Clark-Flory at Alternet. How Women REALLY Talk About Men’s Penises:Don’t worry men, it’s not all about size. There are comments.

What to do about being a wet match? The Matriarch of the Blues  is one of my favorite albums, and Etta James lays it out in her rendition of Try A Little Tenderness. “Just be nice.”

September 14, 2014
"Josiah Collett, a 10-year-old autistic boy from Broxbourne, England, had always struggled with social interactions. But things were getting worse. In school, his peers told him that he shouldn’t be alive. He spent nights crying, unable to explain to his parents what had happened."

Ilana E. Strauss in The Atlantic.The Weird Little Industry Behind a Mesmerizing Instrument

The manufacturers of the world’s handpans don’t want to turn to mass production. The result: Super-long waiting lists to get one of these rare steel orbs.

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