Monthly Archives: May 2010

Material primes

So I read this – Material priming: the influence of mundane physical objects on situational construal and competitive behavioral choice. Aaron C. Kay, S. Christian Wheeler, John Bargh and Lee Ross Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, September 2004 I … Continue reading

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Dire Mountain: more abysmal than abyss-mal

They promised that the starting point of their festival would be “we’re all doomed.” They promised it wouldn’t be about tinkering around the edges, or doing reformism. They promised they’d give “brief, provocative snapshots of what the world looks like … Continue reading

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Won’t they be wanting that legitimacy later?

Aren’t judges supposed to be canny enough to know that they should be plausible in their pretence to be above class war? By siding so nakedly with British Airways, aren’t they pissing their ‘good name’ away? Mighten the British State … Continue reading

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Props to Uncle Noam!

So, Noam Chomsky was denied entry into the West Bank (whose borders are, naturally, controlled by Israeli troops). Here’s the whole article, from Ha’aretz (the Israeli’s Guardian). And here is the quote of the week, possibly quote of the year- … Continue reading

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Unrevolutionary notes #3: Nobody knows anything

Short entry, not about the state of the ‘movement,’ which is getting harder and harder to find… William Goldman (screenwriter- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Princess Bride, Marathon Man etc) came out with a line about Hollywood that … Continue reading

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As natural as… mercury

This from the Huffington Post On “Real Time” this week, Bill Maher took on conservatives for dismissing the Gulf oil spill and the climate change movement. “Rick Perry says it was an act of God. I think it was an … Continue reading

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Union stewarding the ol’ fashioned way

This from an article in the Absurder about Russel Crowe. Crowe’s exact words, according to the book, were “You motherfucker. I will kill you with my bare hands”. He was apparently angry at Lustig’s refusal to pay his assistants what … Continue reading

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Unrevolutionary notes 2: Plus ca la meme chose…

May 9 (i.e. a day before Gordo said he’d quit) We have a hung parliament (not a hanged one, as the public mood might prefer). What does this mean for UK action on climate change? The Greens can point with … Continue reading

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God bless Ken Clarke

I’d vote for the guy, even though he is the class enemy and the lung enemy, if he were my constituency MP, just for the sheer entertainment value. Mind, he is the shadow business secretary, and yet two days before … Continue reading

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Focus, Dwight, FOCUS!!!

On the stepper at the gym I usually read the FT. Tonight I did something I don’t do frequently (enough) I took a bunch of things I’d surfed and downloaded . First up, a poorly written wikipedia article about “The … Continue reading

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