morning 03.21.17

Lots of stuff that I want to edit for comments later. No idea if that will happen. 

The US Has Banned Laptops And Tablets On Flights From Major Middle Eastern Airports. Carry-ons to cabin more specifically. This feels under-planned, with possibly far greater impact than just deterring travelers from countries with predominantly Muslim populations.

Newly Obtained Documents Prove: Key Claim of Snowden’s Accusers is a Fraud. Russians! Except not really. 

There was an outbreak of cannibalism 10,000 years ago in Spain. Hm. 

A decorated bone spatula, what’s in that picture? Göbekli Tepe.

South African San adopt code of research ethics. John Hawks.

A NASA Scientist Has Been Imprisoned in Turkey for 8 Months. Accused of being Gulenist and CIA.

Ancestral Climates May Have Shaped Your Nose. I’ve been abusing this news in dumb race science jokes. 

Harvard Scientists Call for Better Rules to Guide Research on Embryoids

Odd Entrances and Weird Exits: In Conversation with Thee Oh Sees’ Ryan Moutinho

In Memoriam: Mark Fisher.

What Happens When You Stare at the Sun? Sam Kriss.

People aren’t supposed to write about their dreams. Boring and self-indulgent. Anyway- one of the major themes from last night was a woman who repeatedly transformed into a huge serpent, not a true snake but like a legless Gila monster, with colorful patterns of scales. She lived in a deep pool of water. I’ve been up about an hour and the images are still with me. It’s only now popping into my head that this is vaguely similar to the Rainbow Serpent. Damn. I haven’t thought of that myth is quite awhile.


morning 03.14.17

KKK wizard David Duke’s 1990 run foreshadowed pro-Trump passion. It’s Duke’s 1991 gubernatorial campaign that I remember better. He showed up to speak on campus. The turnout was huge and I was among only a handful of protesters. We didn’t feel threatened by fellow students, but the campus police harassed us. Who knew that we weren’t an atavistic anomaly, but a window to our future? If Hillary had only the charisma of Edwin Edwards and the same shitty neoliberal policies, we wouldn’t be in this mess. Oh wait. That’s pretty much her husband Bill, isn’t it?

The Revolution Will Be Weird and Eerie. Review of the recent Mark Fisher book. It’s on the list.

400,000-year-old fossil human cranium is oldest ever found in Portugal.

John Cooper Clarke on Thomas De Quincey’s Confessions of an English Opium Eater.

Tillerson Used ‘Alias’ Email for Climate Messages. He might get in more trouble with elements within the Trump administration for acknowledging climate change than with the judicial system for his evasion from delivering subpoenaed communications.

noon 01.15.17

Long live, k-punk. Mark Fisher died. I read him towards the beginning of his blogging days, but admittedly I was too thick to grasp much of what he was on about back in the day. He had somewhat different taste in music and seemed much further to the left than I was at the time. Most critical theory writing is over my head, although it’s often a satisfying struggle. His battle with depression is too easy to identify with.

Hauntology is still good. Burial always intrigues, but it only catalyzes any pool of depression harboring in me.


Mies’ Memorial to Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht (1926). Both were excuted on this day in 1919.

EPA says it won’t pay $1.2B in mine spill claims. It’s the Gold King Mine spill Why not?

The EPA said the Federal Tort Claims Act prevents the agency from paying claims that result from “discretionary” government actions. Congress passed the law to allow government agencies — and in this case, contractors working on their behalf — to act “without the fear of paying damages in the event something went wrong while taking the action,” according to a press release from the EPA.

Public risk for private gain at work. Thanks, Obama. On the other hands, the local governments really should have opted to use that Superfund money. It’s unlikely that it’s just the fear of loss of tourism why they didn’t use those funds. (I had no idea that the last time the tax funding the superfund was collected was 1995. What the fuck?)

The dodgy Donald Trump dossier reminds me of the row over Saddam Hussein and his fictitious weapons of mass destruction. Yup. It’s not that I don’t believe that Putin is not dangerous and hellbent on aggregating more power by sowing chaos, it’s that all of this bullshit is all too familiar. It’s not having its desired effect this time and probably making for a more volatile situation domestically.