Saturday, August 1, 2020

Remain in Love

Chris Frantz on Sound Opinions

Haven't listened to the Talking Heads much last several years but only because they are sort of like Squeeze, for me, in that I listened to them so much when young, I didn't really have to listen to them to hear them any longer. But listening to this episode brought back memories of borrowing and wearing out my library's VHS copy of Demme's Stop Making Sense. 


Friday, July 31, 2020

The Final ... Frontier?

"Did we really say that?"

We sure did, and do. Sometimes it just takes hearing someone point something out and you realize, again, how growing up in a settler colonial state bakes in some messed up shit.

The connection this episode made for me was with Stan Robinson's Aurora, where the dark side of Roddenberry's vision of the space exploration, and how closely we need to scrutinize how that vision informs our collective ideas about, and implementation of, the space program. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The Battle of Blair Mountain

cryptonaut-in-exile: History we can ill afford to forget: The Battle of Blair Mountain

Still disheartened that I learned about the Battle of Blair Mountain about 10 years ago. Not in high school, not in college. There's a new podcast on Rev Left that prompted be circle back to the post above and to accelerate re-blogging it ahead of the "ten years later" string of re-blogs I periodically engage in.

Have a mind to eventually build this post out to a page but, for now, it's a bit of a link dump to more about the largest armed insurrection in America since the Civil War. 

Funny how we hear more about protecting Confederate statues than we ever did about the struggle to preserve the site of the Battle of Blair Mountain

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Things Can Get Better

"Dystopias Now" by Kim Stanley Robinson | Commune
It’s crucial to keep imagining that things could get better, and furthermore to imagine how they might get better. Here no doubt one has to avoid Berlant’s “cruel optimism,” which is perhaps thinking and saying that things will get better without doing the work of imagining how. In avoiding that, it may be best to recall the Romain Rolland quote so often attributed to Gramsci, “pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will.” Or maybe we should just give up entirely on optimism or pessimism—we have to do this work no matter how we feel about it. So by force of will or the sheer default of emergency we make ourselves have utopian thoughts and ideas. This is the necessary next step following the dystopian moment, without which dystopia is stuck at a level of political quietism that can make it just another tool of control and of things-as-they-are. The situation is bad, yes, okay, enough of that; we know that already. Dystopia has done its job, it’s old news now, perhaps it’s self-indulgence to stay stuck in that place any more. Next thought: utopia. Realistic or not, and perhaps especially if not.
I'll be surprised if I haven't linked this previously, but hearing Hilary and Matt discuss it today in their preface to taking up Aurora brought it back to mind.

Ideological State Apparatuses

One way of understanding how the groundwork for the current Republican party and Administration was laid: Faith, Family and America's Future

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Burn the Democratic Party to the Ground FCOL

Look, by the standards we employ for the rest of the world, the 2020 Iowa caucus should have triggered a CIA-backed coup.

Or, *dramatic chipmunk* is that what we are witnessing?

I kid. But, c'mon.

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