Thursday, June 22, 2006

Father Knows Best (And Will Always Be There to Protect You from Yourself)

Color Theory For The Brain Dead

"The tradition of the oppressed teaches us that the 'state of emergency' in which we live is not the exception but the rule. We must attain to a conception of history that is in keeping with this insight. Then we shall clearly realize that it is our task to bring about a real state of emergency, and this will improve our position in the struggle against Fascism. One reason why Fascism has a chance is that in the name of progress its opponents treat it as a historical norm. The current amazement that the things we are experiencing are 'still' possible in the twentieth century is not philosophical. This amazement is not the beginning of knowledge--unless it is the knowledge that the view of history which gives rise to it is untenable."

--Walter Benjamin, "Theses on the Philosophy of History," (Spring, 1940) trans. Harry Zohn.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

I'll Have My People Call Your People (And Together, We'll Create A Monopolistic Form of Market Censorship)

Hi, No One Is Home Right Now,
But If You Tell Us What To Do,
We'll Be Sure To Flak For You

"Congress is deciding on the fate of the Internet. The question before it is simple: Should the Internet be handed over to the handful of cable and telephone companies that control online access for 98 percent of the broadband market? Only a Congress besieged by high-priced telecom lobbyists and stuffed with campaign contributions could possibly even consider such an absurd act." - Lawrence Lessig and Robert W. McChesney

"The First Amendment of the Internet – the governing principle of net neutrality, which prevents telecommunications corporations from rigging the web so it is easier to visit sites that pay for preferential treatment – took a blow from the House of Representatives Thursday." - Nation Report on June 9, 2006

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

The Fundamentals of Oilgarchy

What Does That Have To Do With
The Price of Texas Tea In China? - No. 2

Monday, June 19, 2006

Does the Void Torment the Void?

What Does That Have To Do With
The Price of Texas Tea In China? - No. 1

"If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier...just as long as I'm the dictator..." - G.W. Bush

Sunday, June 18, 2006

History's Metric

You're The Bomb

"The boredom of Sunday afternoon, which drove de Quincey to smoke opium, also gave birth to Surrealism: hours propitious for making bombs." - Cyril Connoly