Thursday, 22 September 2011

Hiding from Reality

Three weeks ago over a thousand environmental protesters were arrested outside the White House with barely a squeak from the MSM. Last week some British (so-called) newspapers pulled news of unrest in Rome off their pages, leaving here only the Daily Mirror to report actual news, afaics. This week the corporate media blackout of the Wall Street protests in the USA continues.

Some timely reportage at #occupywallstreet, amongst others.

Paul Harris' Grauniad blog gives some background info on the Wall St protests.

HT: Erich Vieth at Dangerous Intersection.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

When Cokie the Clown Played with Louise

So, Chancellor George Osborne a NoFX fan? Could this be?

Guido suggests so.

Whatever else, our George really ought to be up for the coveted "Most Gruesome Website of the Month" award for this one.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Just Say Bollox

Abstinence Costs Lives and Money.

“The addiction treatment industry in America is expected to have revenues of $34 billion by 2014, an increase of 55% from 2005. The vast majority of that spending -- nearly 80% -- is underwritten by public funding, and the remaining portion paid for by insurance or private fees. There are are more 11,000 addiction-treatment centers in the United States, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.” DailyFinance.

Yet, “the typical detox/rehab system … has a success rate of less than 15% ... the response to failure is to put people through the same process again and again.”

How many more people have to die like Amy Winehouse before reality is faced up to?

Just like the “War on Drugs” and the ludicrous ideology-driven "just say no" abstinence campaigns that cost millions in taxpayer funds every year, it is the detox / rehab industry that is mad, bad, dangerous and completely counter-productive.

Stop it now!

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Fearful Irony

Nothing Like a State-wide Conflagration to Bring Out a Man's True Character.

- Fk the free market gimme the funds to fight the fires, Feds - is what Mad Hatter Republican Governor Rick Perry, who only recently cut funding to the main fire-fighting forces in Texas by 55% seems to be saying.


See the frightened Governor call for Federal Funding, here.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Dangerous Instruments

Aaron Peters writes in OpenDemocracy.net:

"The suspension of 'everyday' legislation is now becoming normal. 'Exceptional' conditions are increasingly viewed as quotidian, something Giorgio Agamben explores in his book 'State of Exception'. We will increasingly see tactics designed to deal with crisis employed during ANY situation of mass public assembly – whether it be a political protest, carnival or sporting event.

As Brett Neilson writes of Agamben's thinking on the matter,

"...this figure of generalized catastrophe under a sky void of transcendental authority...(is) characterized by 'governmental violence that ignores international law externally and produces a permanent state of exception internally, while all the time pretending to uphold the law.In light of Cameron's remarks on the recent London riots and 'silly' European human rights legislation, Agamben's views on executive power replacing legislative power in contemporary ‘liberal democracies’ are especially pertinent ..." [more ...]

Saturday, 3 September 2011