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a radical newsletter in the struggle for peace and social justice

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A Genuine Actor: Francesco Serpico

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:14:12 +0000

There are unconscious actors among them and involuntary actors; the genuine are always rare, especially genuine actors. – Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra Any artist [person] who goes in for being famous in our society must know that it is not he who will become famous, but someone else under his name, someone who will […]

Debating Prevaricators

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:41:46 +0000

A lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth can get its boots on. — Not Mark Twain Prevaricator: a person who speaks so as to avoid the precise truth; quibbler; equivocator. Tersely; a skillful liar. Most all lying has conscious and subconscious elements. When a lie dribbles out of your mouth a […]

India and US Bonhomie: Time for a Reality Check

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:29:05 +0000

The ongoing India-US rapprochement has been couched in terms of a pact between the “two largest democracies in the world” and similar superlatives. While geographically-challenged Americans may be forgiven for not recognizing their immediate northern neighbour as both a larger nation and a better democracy, mnemonically-challenged Indian pundits should nonetheless subject India-US ties to trend-based […]

Why is the Israeli Army Suddenly Concerned About Gaza?

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:03:04 +0000

More than 10 years ago Israel tightened its grip on Gaza, enforcing a blockade on goods coming in and out of the tiny coastal enclave that left much of the two million-strong population there unemployed, impoverished and hopeless. Since then, Israel has launched three separate major military assaults that have destroyed Gaza’s infrastructure, killed many […]

Do “We” All Really Want What’s Best “For The Kids”?

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 19:33:44 +0000

As evidence against charter schools increases, charter school supporters have started to assert more frequently that charter schools are not a panacea, they cannot fix everything. And even though they have many problems, they should always be supported nonetheless. Charter schools are said to be a “viable option” for some and people should have “choices.” […]

As The Sun Sets Upon The Cornish Ramshackle Rooftops

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 16:04:45 +0000

I crest that gentle, old, familiar hill, and see, at last, the harbour glowing in the distance. She’s a-waiting, patiently, upon one of those little houseboats for my, long overdue, return. Off-grid we live, Water Rovers, moving from estuary to muddy bank, all of the year ‘round, apart from these three Winter months, where we […]


Sun, 21 Jan 2018 16:03:23 +0000

Why the long face, they would ask him jeering, easily seven feet tall from the time he was a teen. No one else could fathom him and those that dogged him one day learned when, with a simple thought, he erased them. Lifting no finger, barely moving an eyebrow, an artist clearing a canvas.

Failure of the Year, 2017

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 16:03:16 +0000

Once upon a time the world bowed down before the hearts of children and tended their joy like the most prized orchid in the conservatory of the soul We once rushed for paints when the rain washed their chalk from the pavement so their essence could always be remembered in color Now we idly wait […]

Uranium Bullets

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 16:03:04 +0000

I always arrive late for everything. Stuck in a traffic jam by the docks, missed Noah’s boat but survived under water accidentally trapped between stolen books by a word heavier than a stone, lighter than a feather. Hidden in the overcrowded wooden train carriage, radicalised by the anonymity of my blue name-tag, with a heart […]

Above, Then into the Current

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 16:02:41 +0000

We avoid traps, the jagged rocks in order to avoid being snapped and bitten and torn. We accept being snapped and bitten in traps in order to accept reality which is (partly oh partly) to accept the experience of being snapped and bitten. Or do we avoid the traps in order to avoid experience at […]

On the Cryptocurrency Bubble

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 16:02:28 +0000

Why is stupid stupid? Assuming it would blow over, we could be busy improving our lives. Collective insanity: A gold rush of irrational, whether or not we should all invest in today’s version of tulips. Past performance we see and want future results, hence: beanie babies, dotcoms, rhodium, Florida land, baseball cards, and Herbalife, still […]

Assumption: The Cunning Politician/Termite

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 16:02:25 +0000

Once, Two crows were quarreling each other Over a piece of bread! One White Ant overheard that And asked them: “My friends, why are you Quarreling each other?” 1st Crow said: “I got this bread so it’s mine.” 2nd Crow said: “I showed him this so it’s mine.” 1st Crow: “I put my efforts to […]

Only One Can Make the Grade

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 16:02:20 +0000

Slow drip in the pipes of the tenth dimension. Parachute through the ozone with your blanket comfort of platitudes. Wrap me up in fuzzy layers of plucked feathers and apricot fur. Breakfast served on a silver platter with cacao nibs hot to trot and fervent. Kiss-kiss on a tree limb when the Tao bends the […]

The Central Authority Spoke

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 16:02:05 +0000

and it sounded like many voices at once a septic symphony of harmonious brutality and the children looked to the adults who looked to each other everyone looking like a sightseeing tour with its eyes closed and later at dinner came that waiting for the knock on the door no one overly boisterous as though […]


Sun, 21 Jan 2018 10:02:07 +0000

before just in that second before you feel that that tension that to a subtle gag could turn in thought that instant comes with age I should have chewed more slowly more so not on life to choke not on the food nor on words spoke.

Apple and the Guardian: Partners in a Death Spiral

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 04:57:14 +0000

This report on Apple CEO Tim Cook’s visit to a UK school to promote the company’s new coding curriculum for schoolchildren could hardly be a better illustration of the way the Guardian newspaper serves as a key propagandist for aggressive global corporate capitalism, helping to create for it a façade of humanitarianism. The Guardian presents […]

Big Power Diversions: Olympic Diplomacy on the Korean Peninsula

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 22:46:11 +0000

The more overtures, sudden but entirely appropriate, being made by North Korea to their South Korean counterparts, the more concern seems to emanate from quarters in Washington and Tokyo.  A recurring streak in these engagements is the fear that Pyongyang is simply prevaricating, distracting and diverting: they are having us all for fools. This betrays […]

“Soledad Brother” John Clutchette Granted Parole: Will CA Governor Jerry Brown Reverse the Decision?

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 21:35:58 +0000

John Clutchette On January 12, 2018, the California Board of Parole Hearings granted parole to an elderly inmate named John Clutchette. However, supporters of parole for Clutchette are concerned that California Governor Jerry Brown will reverse the Board’s decision, and Clutchette will not be released. Supporters have a reason to be concerned. After all, this […]

The Kids the World Forgot

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 18:14:12 +0000

I spent much of yesterday with some kids the world forgot. Young, remarkably sturdy and resilient, they can often be naïve and almost willfully gullible. They inhabit a world that delights in tripping them up and watching them fall. They are Kabul’s Street Kids. Every Friday morning, roughly 100 of these forgotten children sit in […]

Will Aliens Save Humanity?

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 06:05:25 +0000

It was July 1st, 1952 when Look magazine carried this story: “Flying Saucers— The Hunt Goes On” with the byline: “Fearful of danger from the skies, the United States Air Force is launching a secret search to discover once-and-for-all what is the mysterious, unbelievable thing Americans keep sighting overhead.” At the time, the Air Force […]