George only confirms what many saw coming. Many, but by way not enough, and
not at the decision making places, where still a large consensus in favor of
big, commercial agriculture, and a techno-solutionist approach to 'problems'
prevails. Parallel to Monbiot's piece I recommend to
Since voices from Italy are rarely heard outside Italy, here another Q
translation. Cheerio, p+7D!
(...) "What seems to emerge (after Lavrov's eggregiious anti-semitic
statements' -PR) is the shadow of the cultural humus that looks like having
sedimented in the Kremlin during past
NB, just a reminder: I do not necessarily share all the viewpoints expressed in
texts I 'filter' for nettime. I just find them interesting &/or worthwhile to
take cognizance of.
I was induced to search for this article by an excerpt in Domani's excellent
Back to my traditional pursuit of Q translations (banned be
algo/ai-translators ;-) with an op-ed in the Italian quality paper Domani,
which tells quite well in which phase we have landed in the 'Ukraine crisis': a
bad one, with worse possibly to come ('le pire n'est jamais certain'
I am afraid this a pretty accurate fuck-up Europe, the 'West', and,
collaterally, the World in general, is in. And there is no real solution in
sight, apart from ... the 'solution' .
Cheers all the same, p+7D!
You may want to read this first, Greg Yudin in Open Democracy, just two days
before the war:
'A fascist regime looms in Russia - interview with Greg Yugin
Moscow sociologist Greg Yudin on
(paywall, limited xs)
Former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch Talks Path to War
Ousted by Donald Trump as his team schemed in Ukraine, Yovanovitch is watching
Russia’s war from afar—and urging
Sorry, something went wrong in the c+p process ...
The beginning of Vivek M's op-ed is:
On a plaque at the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland, is this by George
Santayana: “Those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it.”
Cheers to all all the same
p+7D!# distributed via
Ukraine and the New World Order
By Vivek Menezes, St Patrick's Day, 2022 ;-)
We have seen precisely this before, and Europe is doing it all over again
It may be a universal sentiment -- some scholars
"When India speaks, the world listens" -Jawaharlal Nehru
(with thanks to Harv S)
सत्यमेव जयते !
p+7D!# distributed via : no commercial use without permission
#is a moderated mailing list for net criticism,
... has already arrived .
Even though the last two posts on the list are mine, I have no intention to
become (again) nettime's #1 poster! So this will be my last one for now.
This said I still wanted to share my thoughts - was it only to be relieved of
them - about 'the situation'
We are haunted by ghosts - and Vladimir Putin's sickly dreams
Ian Mc Ewan
March 5, 2022 (The Guardian)
Catastrophe looms in Ukraine and we cannot just be onlookers. If we don’t try
everything to stop hostilities, we will never forgive ourselves.
Here we are, in our ringside seats at a bloody
Interesting ... and frightening. You don't stop messiahs, & they don't stop at
Vladimir Putin: a miracle defender of Christianity or the most
Molly had already send the url, but I think it's worthwhile to have the text in
full on the list (& Molly agrees ;-)
Cheers, & even more: peace, to all
It’s time to confront the Trump-Putin
Let me (allow me to) take Brian's rejoinder as an opportunity to address
David's and his argument in face of the (dangerous) shenanigans in 10, Clowning
Street (-Marina Hyde, TG) ... and beyond.
There is absolutely no doubt that Boris Johnson is a very 'special' character
Modi’s India Has Now Entered Genocidalism, the Most Advanced Stage of
It represents a moment of panic and anxiety in the BJP-RSS combine.
Arjun Appadurai, WIRE, January 10, 2022
The recent calls by members
Original too for all the far too many links ;-)
Anti-media rhetoric and violence as the ‘French Trump’ launches his campaign
By Jon Allsop, CJR https://www.cjr.org/author/jon-allsop
December 6, 2021
YESTERDAY, ERIC ZEMMOUR, a
bwo Tripta C & Geert L
Instagram has largely replaced TikTok in India, and erased working-class
By Yashraj Sharma
6 October 2021 • Jharkhand State, India
“TikTok was a canteen; Instagram is a café. But the
> On 10/29/2021 1:40 PM Felix Stalder mailto:fe...@openflows.com > wrote:
> I'm sure most of you have heard by now that Facebook is renaming itself
> "Meta" and promoting a platform called "Metaverse", basically, a shared,
> but heavily customizable VR/AR world.
The Wired article that triggered me into looking for, and now 'filtering' this
one is here:
Imagine the End of
A good friend of mine was assigned to read texts by McKenzie Wark, and that
prompted me to revisit her, which I had not done since the time she was a 'he'.
I read the Hacker Manifesto, could not make very much of it, and then 'they'
dropped out of my sight. But this interview gave me
Covid and the crisis of neo-liberalism
by Adam Tooze https://www.theguardian.com/profile/adam-tooze
The Guardian, Thursday 2 Sep 2021
If one word could sum up the experience of 2020, it would be
Philippe Aigrain, the French world known champion of the digital commons died
two weeks ago in a mountain accident. He was 71:
(not paywalled, for once, and afaik)
I learn about his death
Conditions are ripe for repeat of 1970s stagflation and 2008 debt crisis
Warning signs are there for global economy, and central banks will be left in
At first I thought, this is crazy’: the real-life plan to use novels to predict
the next war
Three years ago, a small group of academics at a German university launched an
Pls jump to the Guardian article if you're bored in advance!
This is indeed extremely serious indeed - but far from surprising. I have now
maintained for more than 30 yrs that intelligence services, wherever, are
largely if not totally out of control, form a state in the state (the core of
Arundhati Roy's Guardian opinion piece is tragically brilliant, but it focusses
on India. Vivek Menezes' one point to a much more global, and just as culpable,
It’s hard to convey the full depth and range of the trauma, the chaos and the
indignity that people are being subjected to. Meanwhile, Modi and his allies
"NFTs Weren’t Supposed to End Like This" ...
... but under 'greed and capitalism' (-Boris Johnson) they did ...
> On 04/02/2021 8:39 PM Ted Byfield wrote:
> On 18 Mar 2021, at 13:21, I wrote:
> > Felix, what you're talking about looks theoretical, but at root these
> > are really
Let me say that First Dog on the Moon has, not for te first time, the
definitive, if not answer, then at last commentary on the issue:
have a nice day and don't become fungible!
bwo Barbara Strebel, with thanks.
David Graeber: After the Pandemic, We Can’t Go Back to Sleep
In an essay penned shortly before his death, David Graeber argued that
post-pandemic, we can’t slip back
(bwo Eduard de Jong Frz, with thanks)
Why the GameStop affair is a perfect example of 'platform populism'
Evgeny Morozov, The Guardian Wed 3 Feb 2021
Why Donald Trump will never admit defeat
Judith Butler, The Guardian, Wed 20 Jan 2021
Whether it is deaths from Covid-19 or his own election defeat, admitting
loss is something
Call it what it was: a coup attempt
I call it a coup attempt because, though I assume that it will not
prevent the Biden presidency, it certainly intended.
On 2020-10-04 23:04, carlo von lynX wrote:
These folks have been criticizing 'Social Dilemma' in a style much
like we saw a decade ago doubting the existence of a global planetary
heating crisis. Much like when Al Gore's documentary came out, which
then turned out to be mostly accurate.
It is not to me to write an obit for Bernard Stiegler, who passed away
the day before yesterday. Many nettimers can do that much better, and I
hope some will do.
But his death by suicide - now in the public domain:
On 2020-07-03 11:27, Geert Lovink wrote:
> Dear nettimers,
> I suppose many of you who’re into teaching have had an intense and
> exhausting period of giving online classes.
> I am trying to gather experiences of what’s now called ‘Zoom
> fatigue’. Of course this is by no means
On 2020-03-23 20:57, John Hopkins wrote:
> Cecile -- plz avoid editorializing on some of these links -- the
> following "now used against covid19" really is a huge mis-statement.
> There is a tiny bit of anecdotal information that chloroquine
> mitigates the virus' symptoms/effects... it is *not*
On 2020-03-18 10:38, mp wrote:
> On 18/03/2020 09:20, Felix Stalder wrote:
>> Is it likely that we manage to enact these? No. But simply calling
>> for the protection of personal privacy, or accepting the general
>> state of emergency, will be even worse.
> Perhaps attempt to (re)generate
Makes total sense Mark - at least to me.
A _supplementary_ option for the nettime archives could be to contact
with the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam. They
have an ever expanding digital fond.
Also: I was interviewed a few weeks ago by the digital
On 2019-11-11 10:08, Laura Chimera wrote:
Isn’t this what Esperanto was made for?
My thoughts exactly!
On Mon, 11 Nov 2019 at 08:09, Patrick Lichty wrote:
Isn’t this what Esperanto was made for?
Let’s speak Klingon!
On Nov 11, 2019, at 6:00 AM, Renée Lynn Reizman
On 2019-06-01 00:30, Molly Hankwitz wrote:
I think Julian Assange should be given medical support and let go back
... and that he goes fishing or meditate or ... and that we never hear
from him again. But as John Young pointed out ... 'fat chance'.
Julian Assange shows psychological torture symptoms, says UN expert
UK government urged not to extradite WikiLeaks co-founder to US where he
faces decades in prison
On 2019-05-27 19:31, David Garcia wrote:
*Farage's as Hyper-leader and the cult of disintermediation*
The Italian Connecton
Loucaides’ article in the Guardian charts how the connection between
Farage and 5Star goes back to a visit in 2015. Not only is Farage
Earlier this year, Hanan Melcer, the chairman of Israel’s Central
Elections Committee and a veteran justice on the Supreme Court, summoned
representatives from major U.S.
Beautiful Obits for 'Ilya Lee'. R.I.P.
The two nettime posts by him Geert refers to are here:
and they are well worth (re)reading!
US efforts to jail Assange for espionage are a grave threat to a free
Alan Rusbridger, The Guardian, Sun 26 May 2019
I found the WikiLeaks
On 2019-05-24 15:50, Heiko Recktenwald wrote:
Dear John and all,
Am 24/05/19 um 13:22 schrieb John Young:
So too for researchers, academics, NGOs, even, pardon rudeness, these
very strutting, cowardly, verbose, media-quoting fora.
But it was a very good article. And, as the black poet Amiri
Indicting a journalist? What the new charges against Julian Assange mean
for free speech
By bringing new charges against the WikiLeaks founder, the Trump
Nice key-word: 'hyper-politics' ...
Is India the frontline in big tech’s assault on democracy?
John Harris, The Guardian, Mon 13 May 2019
Social media such as WhatsApp may enable voters,
This looks like the definitive text for the moment, by the guy (sorry
for the trite pun) who maybe nicknamed Mister Basic Income.
Report was written at the request of Labour's shadow chancellor and
vice-chair John McDonell, who would appear to be one of the very few
Recent article in the NYT, with a title in the on-line edition much more
funky (and apt) than in the print one: "Women Did Everything Right. Then
Work Got ‘Greedy'’ (vs "Longer work hours widen gender gap")
On 2019-04-26 02:12, Morlock Elloi wrote:
It's an easy answer, just imagine that you've been asked by someone
from one of the several African nations with GDP less than $800/year,
effectively living from $5 a week: How can you possibly spend
$200/week? (for EU dole recipients.)
Once you get
bwo The Idler
As you may recall, I am a fan of the Financial Times, even though I
don't understand it.
One of my favourite FT tropes is "executive pay gets out of hand". Every
day I torment myself by reading about the millions American
On 2019-04-11 19:01, newme...@aol.com wrote:
It is "Five Eyes" who are now trying to crack down on the Internet --
as reflected in the communiques coming from their last meeting in
Australia. "Regulation" of Facebook is also likely to be based on
their plans -- as reflected in recent sweeping
On 2019-04-11 13:16, John Young wrote:
New TV link of Assange arrest:
There are already 3 pages of minute-by-minute reporting on the arrest,
pbly m few more to come:
How tech's richest plan to save themselves after the apocalypse
Douglas Rushkoff for Medium, The Guardian, Tue 24 Jul 2018
Silicon Valley’s elite are hatching plans to
The global battle for the internet is just starting
by John Harris, The Guardian, Mon 25 Mar 2019.
Two competing visions of our digital future have emerged from China and
And then, as usual, First Dog on the Moon outclasses all text only
"If Facebook’s algorithms are clever enough to send you ads for things
you’ve talked about, they are clever enough to get rid of Nazis"
Mark Zuckerberg, four days on, your silence on Christchurch is deafening
by Toby Manhire, The Guardian, Opinion, Wed 20 Mar 2019
In New Zealand we’re
Australians are asking how did we get here? Well, Islamophobia is
practically enshrined as public policy
The Guardian view on the world wide web: we wove a tangle (Guardian
Mon 11 Mar 2019
Thirty years ago, a physicist dreamed up a way to organise information
Hi David et All,
I am really happy that you took over from me as Brexistan War
The situation is indeed most desperate.
We are now waiting for 'the telegram from Sadova' ...
30st of March will be a very special day - or a complete anti-climax. I
am still hoping for the latter
On 2019-03-03 12:10, Keith Hart wrote:
The corporations already are the lawmaker of the world.
With other words the cyberpunk writers of the late 80s/90s were right
from the start. The not evenly distributed future has arrived for real,
and maybe a little sooner than anticipated. So we
Our Captured, Wounded Hearts: Arundhati Roy On Balakot,
Kashmir And India
By deploying the IAF, Narendra
Modi has ensured that Kashmir
By Arundhati Roy
NEW DELHI -- With his reckless "pre-emptive" airstrike on
Balakot in Pakistan, Prime Minister
Opinion - Technology
Stop the online conspiracy theorists before they break democracy
Cannibals, aliens and clandestine lizard overlords: thanks to
algorithms, such ideas
From our "we always thought it, but now we know" Dept. ...
A digital gangster destroying democracy: the damning verdict on Facebook
Parliament’s report into
I was a Brexit addict. Till the day before yesterday. I used to spell
the Guardian online and go thru all the vagaries of that great soap. But
no longer. I might merely scan the headline, and may be even not.
I 'know' what is going to happen (even though you never can know). The
My reason to 'filter' this article to the list is that it gives a useful
round-up of the somewhat convoluted nature of the French Gilets Jaunes
movement. It's up to to reader to fill in or dissent with some
interpretative elements. I for one, do not agree with Lichfield's take
on the 'fed
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff review – we are
Tech companies want to control every aspect of what we do, for profit. A
bold, important book
On 2019-02-04 15:48, David Garcia wrote:
Paul Mason wrote:
The left at a crossroads
By the end of February it is likely that May’s attempt to
renegotiate Brexit will fail, stockpiling of food and medicines will
increase, and sterling and growth will fall sharply. In an
atmosphere of crisis,
On 2019-02-04 13:53, Patrice Riemens wrote:
A woman harasses Brazilian skateboarders on a London street, demanding
they stop speaking ‘Brazilian’. The confrontation, emblematic in its
stupidity, goes viral on Twitter on 29 January.
It was not easy to find the incident Paul mason is refring
Brexit deadlock as countdown continues
Britain’s impossible futures
The UK parliament is at an impasse, the latest vote producing a majority
for a renegotiation of its departure from Europe that the EU cannot
grant. Both main parties risk
On 2019-01-28 03:39, Heiko Recktenwald wrote:
Am 18/01/19 um 16:48 schrieb James Wallbank:
Thanks for this summary David, I'd suggest that it's broadly accurate.
Some of you may have noticed that Brexit has pretty much incinerated
my social media presence (which used to focus on the impacts
ndemic, accident, fire, flood and famine will obliterate the
group-mind and save independent thinking... at the cost of a few
hundred million lives.
On 25/01/2019 20:14, carlo von lynX wrote:
On Fri, Jan 25, 2019 at 09:00:33PM +0100, Patrice Riemens wrote:
Well, as I u
Well, as I understood Shoshana Z, the pb is that you cannot, in the
current dispensation, legislate something that would destroy the very
basis on which today's version of capitalism is based. Making data
gathering illegal is not a tweak, it's system(ic) change.
On 2019-01-25 19:39,
bwo Kiran Jonnalagadda & Frederick Noronha, with thanks
'The goal is to automate us': welcome to the age of surveillance
Shoshana Zuboff’s new book is a
, Patrice Riemens wrote:
> People have chosen for convenience, even at the cost of all-round
> surveillance. But somewhere in their mind they know it's not 100% okay.
> So no wonder they stigmatize 'you'. Nothing like freedom to engender
Agreing with Morlock, but it's in fact even worse than. Before using
crypto, you're already into using a lot of devices, and non-possession
of these, e.g. smartphones, not only makes you suspect, it increasingly
makes your life impossible. Same with banking without a debit/credit
"You do one thing" was an admonition I often heard when I lived in
India. My 'thing' I'd advise you (all?) to 'do' would be : (re)read
Bolo'bolo! (*) It's of course not _the_ (only) solution, but as a
'realistoc utopia' it does give a number of possible lines of thought &
12, 2018, at 8:18 AM, Patrice Riemens
A nice round-up of julian A's current preddicament. Does not look very
positive. My hunch is still that Assange has fallen into the purview
of Mueller's investigation.
A nice round-up of julian A's current preddicament. Does not look very
positive. My hunch is still that Assange has fallen into the purview of
Below Guilly's op-ed, links to two other Guardian features worth looking
at, today's The Observer's analysis of the Gillets Jaunes movement, and
a sum-up of the interview with Daniel Cohn-Bendit ("we wanted to oust a
general, they want a general in power") which nicely illustrates the
Apple stores' carefully managed drama
Those ‘geniuses’ in the bright, sleek Apple store are underpaid,
overhyped and characters in a well-managed fiction story
That was my first thought when reading about the 'glitch' made by the
DoJ when Assange's name was mentionned in an unrelated case paper. I
tested the idea on a friend who found it not far from 'sniffed at by
rats' (Dutch loc for bollocks). Yesterday I was interviewed on radio (no
From Airbnb to city bikes, the ‘sharing economy’ has been seized by big
To flourish, the informal digital networks providing new services needed
to be protected from the
ntroducing the term “curatorial”
to the methods and the journey that take us from journalism to
history.. And isnt this another sign that
"curatorial” is rapidly becoming an overextended concept in danger
of losing all meaning.
On 24 Nov 2018, at 10:41, Patrice Riemens wrote:
A little bit too much plug for his book to my taste, which also (as I
read here) carries a whiff of the Latin proverb 'who proves too much
proves nothing', yet good stuff all teh same.
Cheers from the French Himalayas, p+2D!
On 2018-11-13 16:42, Rafael Evangelista wrote:
just to say that the absentee rate is not too far from the historical
trend for federal elections, but I agree with the rest of the
On Tue, Nov 13, 2018 at 9:47 AM Felix Stalder
I just spent ten days in the city and
The End of the End of the Earth by Jonathan Franzen review – hope in an
age of crisis
A writer at the top of his game considers climate change, what we
Jamal Khashoggi deserves justice. The world must unite to pursue his
Those responsible for taking the life of my kind, generous and
compassionate fiance should not escape
In a French philosophy class 50 yrs ago this thread would have provided
a fantastic 'baccalaureat' exam subject, since it encapsulates the no 1
issue of French philosphy, as expressed in the title Vincent Descombes'
awesome overview of the same: Le Meme et l'Autre (The One and the Other)
What’s the point of growth if it creates so much misery?
By Lynsey Hanley
Forget the ‘high-skill, hi-tech’ obsession: we should invest in everyday
services to create a society run for
On 2018-10-14 00:50, Brian Holmes wrote:
Keith, I would be glad that you are right, because I do not have any
desire for the kinds of conflicts brewing now, not in the country
where I live, nor anywhere. I want to be clear on one thing though,
because I apparently was not:
If you look at
Edward Snowden Reconsidered
New York Review of Books, Sept 13, 2018
This summer, the fifth anniversary of Edward Snowden’s revelations about
NSA surveillance passed quietly, adrift on a tide of news
Re: Brazil elections & politics, one could pbly do worse than following
Glenn Greenwald's posts on TheIntercept:
like yesterday's :
THE FUNNY HEARINGS, SERIOUSLY
The Kavanaugh senate hearing was efficient and conclusive.
It gave Kavanaugh a chance to show how abusive
A Supreme Court Judge-in-Waiting could be without ever saying “sorry.”
It simply had to make it sure that her story would end up as his story
This piece is written with my 'disappeared' friend Arjen Kamphuis in
mind, and also thinking of Paul Virilio, the recently deceased French
thinker, among whose translators I am proud to have been.
A few days ago Vesna send me, off-list, and because I am supposed to be
(also) an urban
The technology could vastly improve lives, the economist says – but only
if the tech titans that control it are properly regulated. ‘What we have
Sorry, I have not yet entirely read this article (kinda tl;dr, with my
train in less than one hour ...), but it looks worthwhile enough with
Julian A. on the verge of being kicked out of the Ecuadorian Embassy
with nowhere to go but ...?
My opinions on the persona of Assange are sufficiently
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