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Clay Richards, anarchist blogger, writes about politics, art, sexuality and emerging digital realities. More poststructuralist than postmodern, politically incorrect to some, harshly critical to others, the Postmodern Anarchist believes in anarchy without anarchists, yet will freely discuss anarchism at the drop of a hat. Contact: postmodernanarchist(at)netweed(dot)com
I'll have to say I'm also quite glad to see Paul O'Neill come out with insider revelations from the Bush administration. So glad that I'm willing to post a link to an article from Time magazine. The thing is, it will take insider involvement for this administration to fully unravel, barring widespread national revolt, of course.
A really nice interview with Wallace Shawn that I found much more humorous and politically aware than his actual plays.
An interesting piece about the music of Phil Kline who has made songs out of the ramblings of Donald Rumsfield and sayings written during the Vietnam War by GIs on their Zippo lighters.
A discussion of a puppet show by Dan Hurlin called Hiroshima Maidens that considers an encounter between a pilot who bombed Hiroshima and some of the survivors.
And a couple of pieces responding to the Showtime drama about LA lesbians, The L Word, with one focused on Jennifer Beals and the other a lesbian's take on the representation of lesbians.
I guess they're best at being the liberal intellectual's version of People.
On a more positive note, fresh issues of First Monday, an online internet research journal, and the Online Community Report, are now available.
But at least our dogs can get testicular implants once they've been neutered.
As porn and stripping become ever more mainstream, various alternatives have emerged including porn that features goths, punks and related species and a nationwide wave of burlesque groups. SuicideGirls.com is exploring both areas with their highly successful altporn website and their new project, Suicide Girls Burlesque Tour. I have to wonder how many of these developments first emerged in the activities of bi-women and lesbians. For instance, On Our Backs has long explored experimental lesbian sexuality featuring a convergence of real human bodies, many with piercings and tattoos, with "deviant" sexuality. And I remember living in San Francisco around 1990 and talking to a lesbian sex worker who told me about the differences in stripping for men and women at a time when lesbians stripping for lesbians was a growing phenomenon.
For a patron's view of strip clubs, check out the blog Strip Club Memories.
Edward Castronova continues to raise important questions about the economies of synthetic worlds and their relationship to offline worlds.
Did you know that a "sailor mongering" law from 1872 could be used against your social change organization at an undisclosed future date?
And if you hadn't heard all this before, then you heard it here first!
Recent News from Wired
Your Body, Your Superfund Site
24-Hour Movie People
Swap That Ugly Sweater, Online.
Guilty of Being Palestinian
PSYOPS in Iraq
Lenny Bruce Pardoned
An Hour With Noam Chomsky
Browse the features from the last few weeks at Democracy Now.
Here's a bunch of news to keep you busy.
There's been a lot of legal action on the file sharing and P2P networking front and Clyde has posted some headlines at netweed's File Sharing page.
I've been posting a lot of NY Times headlines which should be fairly permanent links that don't require logins. This service is courtesy of an agreement between the NYT and Radio Userland, a news aggregator and blogging system. Though I use Blogger for my blog publishing, I find having a Radio Userland account a great way to access the NY Times as well as other news services.
From the NY Times:
U.S. Rarely Seeks Charges for Deaths in Workplace - OSHA is fucked.
Lost? Hiding? Your Cellphone is Keeping Tabs - Cellphone surveillance.
A DVD Face-Off Between the Official and the Homemade - Users remake popular culture.
Dumpster-Diving for Your Identity - Identity theft.
Crayon-Colored Excursion Into Positive Thinking - Review of "A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant."
From Other News Services:
The Best of British Blogging - Guardian awards.
Year in Review: Linux Under Attack - Open source news.
Copyright Doesn't Cover This Site - Artistic collaborations and recombinations.
Minn. Shuts Down Controversial Police Database - Surveillance news.
China Opens Wallet to Homegrown Online Game - Gaming news.
Naked Injustice - Abuse of sexworkers.
In politically incorrect news, "slightly liberal Republican" Shane Messer has created a game called Find Those Weapons, a document heavy project that focuses on the search for weapons of mass destruction which seems to have gone into the O.J. Simpson "I'll find the killers out here on the golf course" phase.
Another disturbingly brilliant project called Ghettopoly continues to make news. Future installments are planned called Hoodopoly, Hiphopopoly, Thugopoly and Redneckopoly. I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry. Maybe I'll just send in a suggestion for Reaganopoly.
The professionalization of online games continue and one of the hotbeds is South Korea, a nation known for its incredibly high percentage of broadband Internet users.
I must go now and consider these issues with philosophical guidance from the Theory.org.uk Trading Cards. And by the way, I'll gladly trade my Psychoanalysis card for your Michel Foucault.
I found the Thai site from the site of Ricardo Miranda Zuñiga, an artist based in New York, who explores technology and world culture in his interdisciplinary art.
BlogAfrica is a blog about bloggers, in Africa.
As technology facilitates global communication, the outsourcing of technology production in countries such as India moves from building things to creating intellectual property.
Speaking of Iraq, what would Saddam Hussein be tried for? Oh yeah, hiding those weapons of mass destruction so successfully.
In other weapons news, the latest technological benefits of Israeli occupation of Palestine may be useful in the U.S. occupation of Iraq, where the ability to shoot around corners would be handy.
While the Village Voice may not be as important as it once was, you can now read it online for free. Plus you get other great things like James Ridgeway's Mondo Washington column, this week putting the capture of Saddam Hussein in perspective, and Kareem Fahim's ongoing coverage of the Howard Dean campaign.
Wonderella Printed is a unique press focused on rather odd things, my favorite being the Guide to Lost Wonder, an "activity book for the Museum of Lost Wonder." Further background information can be found in this article from the SF Weekly.
In other happy news, after a Denial of Service attack last week that shut down the website of SCO, the grinch that is trying to steal Open Source, another attack occurred over the weekend. Interestingly, the first of these two attacks has been debated as a possible con job on the part of SCO. For more from those who question SCO, you can check out ongoing discussion at GROKLAW, a weblog by Pamela Jones, a paralegal who has became a leading reporter on the SCO controversy.
Ralph Nader is considering running for president again under less inviting circumstances than before. All sorts of smart people are telling him not to. Join them in giving your negative feedback at NaderExplore04. For example, I pointed out that he ran a half-assed campaign before with a running mate who barely walked and that he's already too late for this campaign. I don't buy the spoiler routine. I just don't think he knows how to run for president.
Dubya kicks off his campaign with a television spot for his dog and a pretend to get tough on Halliburton announcement while trying to divert attention from the deaths of Iraqi civilians and of U.S. soldiers in Iraq.
In related news, Eminem's desire to "see the president dead," is no longer under investigation.
Particularly useful for the extensive links to related reports as well as the reminder of the covert aspects of any such engagement.
Revealed: how drug firms 'hoodwink' medical journals
Yo, those motherfuckers are tricky!
Virtual Worlds Review
A guide to online worlds.
The Alphaville Herald
News blog for an online world with more general relevance.
Center for commerce related to online worlds.
I'm not sure if The Journal of Aesthetics & Protest is just very occasional or only a two issue project but it's fun reading, especially if you're a theory head that enjoys statements like "documenting the collapse of political and aesthetic practices into the singular field of 'media' as a function of globalization."
The New Formulation: An Anti-Authoritarian Review of Books is clearly biannual, available in PDF and contains a variety of interesting articles by interesting authors on anarchy and the literary arts.
A related issue is the interest in modifying games, a development that computer game companies are starting to embrace.
I put virtual worlds in quotes above because I tend to make a distinction between virtual and digital and I consider these online environments to be digital worlds or, at least, attempts to create digital worlds. I put real world in quotes above because I find the world to be real wherever I go and generally distrust the analysis of people who mobilize such terminology. But I think the term virtual is useful when it's referring to something that resembles but isn't something, such as virtual reality when it's attempting to look like a physical rather than a digital environment. But mostly I don't bring such distinctions up cause most people don't give a fuck and the point is to be understood and you probably know what people mean when they say virtual something or other anyway.