Category Archives: politics

Update: Hyper-real in the Year of the Slenderman

It’s been a while since I put up a post – a lot’s been happening. For one thing, I turned fifty years old – and honestly, it feels pretty good. I have a new monthly column at the venerable occulture … Continue reading

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“My gaff…”

This has been kicking around in my head for a while… The more I think about it, the more the corporate/government interference with the internet offends me on a very specific level. Here’s why: It’s not their home – it’s … Continue reading

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The Right Man/Violent Male

I was googling for links describing the Right Man syndrome (for, of all things, a post to the AV Club’s review comments on this week episode of The Good Wife), and I found 2 things – there’s still not a … Continue reading

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A Citizen of the Internet – first thoughts

“A constitutional amendment was offered to create a new fourth branch of government for American citizens whose ‘primary residences were virtual networks’.” – Bruce Sterling, Distraction “Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come … Continue reading

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Voting

“Politics is the art of reconciling aspirations.” Bruce Sterling, Distraction Election day begins. And, for the first time in the 28 years I have been eligible to do so, I am going to vote. I always vowed that I would … Continue reading

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Guttershaman, "…of Jedi and jail"

So, like I was saying earlier – this Jedi walks into a Job Centre… Because it’s a British Job Centre and we’re the proud world leaders in intrusive CCTV surveillence, the staff ask our hero to lower his hood. (Of … Continue reading

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Sara Robinson's "The Truth about Consequences"

A truly outstanding and stirring piece by Sara Robinson, taking both sides of American politics to task over the CIA torture and other actions of the Bush regime that Obama has said he wants to move on past – starting … Continue reading

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Postmodernism in modern banking

Hmm… is this becoming a series of posts on ‘posts’? (Not a bad idea… lends me to fond recollections of Julian Cope and I backstage at one of his gigs, both utterly stoned as could be and him looking me … Continue reading

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Post-capitalism, and how to get it

Kim Stanley Robinson, one of SFs greatest ever world-builders and a passionate Green futurist, has a plan… and he calls it, becoming a post-capitalist society. Here’s a taste: Am I saying that capitalism is going to have to change or … Continue reading

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Slumbering Albion – Philip Pullman, liberty and censorship

Philip Pullman has written a splendid and passionate rant, called “Malevolent Voices that Despise Our Freedoms”, about the way Britain is sliding into a state of passivity against governmental control. “To mark the Convention on Modern Liberty, the children’s author … Continue reading

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