"There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in"
(Leonard Cohen)
"Ignore all proffered rules and create your own, suitable for what you want to say"
(Michael Moorcock)
"Look for your own. Do not do what someone else could do as well as you. Do not say, do not write what someone else could say, could write as well as you. Care for nothing in yourself but what you feel exists nowhere else. And, out of yourself create, impatiently or patiently, the most irreplaceable of beings."
(Andre Gide)
"I want my place, my own place, my true place in the world, my proper sphere, my thing which Nature intended me to perform when she fashioned me thus awry, and which I have vainly sought all my life-time."
(Nathaniel Hawthorne)
“A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.”
(Franz Kafka)
"All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated"
(John Donne)
“Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”
(Robert J. Hanlon)
"Life is beautiful, but the world is hell"
(Harold Pinter)

Friday, January 28, 2011

For a professor at Corndog University it's quite acceptable to purchase a robotic doppelgänger and have it teach your classes for you. But how does it reflect on your teaching skills when your doppelgänger murders the whole class?

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Stirrings of Arab Revolution

EXTRACT: Everywhere in the Arab world then, as made more than clear by the wave of protests unfolding right before our eyes - with far more certain to come - the masses face the same problem of grinding poverty, grotesque inequality, rampant nepotism and the humiliation of being ruled over by obscenely corrupt and oppressive regimes. Most backed and bankrolled by the US - the most fitting, and disgusting, example being Saudi Arabia. A country of staggering wealth, possessing the world's largest oil reserves, yet sponsoring regional counterrevolution in order to defend and preserve the abominable privileges of its ruling family.

In other words, the Arab masses have a shared problem. The answer should be a common solution, which, of course, there is - revolutionary pan-Arab unity. There are nearly 300 million Arabs in a contiguous territory that stretches from the Atlantic Ocean, across north Africa, down the Nile to north Sudan, and all the way to the Persian Gulf and up to the Caspian Sea. Though studded here and there with national minorities, though separated into 25 different states and divided by religion and religious sect - Sunni, Shi'ite, Druze, Orthodox Christian, Catholic Christian, etc - there is a definite Arab or Arabised community. Yes, Arabs are binational - being Tunisians, Algerians, Yemenis, Egyptians, Jordanians, and so on. But for all that there is also a much wider Arab identity, which has its origins going back to the Muslim conquests of the 7th and 8th centuries. A community that comes out of a strong bond of pan-Arab consciousness, born not only of a common language, but of a closely related and interweaved history - of a shared experience.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Police Agents Exposed

EXTRACT: Of course, on one level, no-one should find Kennedy’s spying activities remarkable - such covert operations are only to be expected. Anyone involved in any sort of militant political protest or anti-establishment politics ought to expect to be watched in one way or another by state spies - it is naive to think otherwise. Leave aside Northern Ireland, there must be several hundred of them operating in Britain. Not only will the eco-movement be riddled, so will the far right and the far left, including left groups in the trade unions, etc.
Thanks to Mark Kennedy we certainly know that the police have been intimately involved in the green movement since at least 2000. He earned a reputation in the appropriate circles as a committed and dedicated eco-warrior. Paradoxically, or perversely, this reputation is not as ill-deserved as it might at first seem. In the words of Danny Chivers, one of the six defendants in the failed case, Kennedy was not “someone sitting at the back of the meeting taking notes” - rather “he was in the thick of it”. In fact, according to Chivers, he energetically “helped recruit as many people as possible” to the protest group - which hoped against hope to shut down the Ratcliffe power station for a few days as a protest against global warming. Furthermore, Chivers recounted, Kennedy was one of the “key people” involved in the 2005 protests against the G8 summit in Gleneagles 2005.