Monthly Archives: October 2009

love

F: “watching him fish… I felt like I understood him a little more.”

–tanya. we live in public. documentary, 2009.

M: “I hardly know this beauty by my side.”

–chris de burgh. the lady in red. 1986.

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racket

I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents. –Butler, Smedley.

Smedley Darlington Butler (July 30, 1881 – June 21, 1940), nicknamed “The Fighting Quaker” and “Old Gimlet Eye”, was a Major General in the U.S. Marine Corps and, at the time of his death, the most decorated Marine in U.S. history.

Butler, Smedley. War is a Racket. 1935.

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metro-labyrinth

Greek mētropolis ‘mother state,’ from mētēr, mētr- ‘mother’ + polis ‘city.’

1. residential neighborhoods with yards or soil plots use all available area for organic gardening for neighborhood consumption, which is financed by reduced supermarket produce purchasing.

2. all neighborhood children afterschool, weekends, during summer, etc. are gathered and separated from entertainment products and allowed to interest themselves autonomously, they are supervised by a neighborhood couple selected for leadership ability who are remunerated by households who would have paid for individual childcare services.

3. a citywide index of all residential real estate is taken and maintained calculating thermal insulation efficiency, which grants proportional rent reduction or vouchers to non-owning residents –this is financed by the “energy savings” generated by large institutionally deployed environmental technology such as green roofs.

dialectic?: decrease the cost of subsistence in one place, while increasing the standard of subsistence in another place; the individual pays less for what must be revealed as less, while society pays more for what must be revealed as more.

denoting the insisting state of inequality while expressing the subsisting event of equality?

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firstmakers

the truancy of social collaboration:

the perverted cultural producer, disavowing the imperative to create if-and-only-if its effect is certain, expressing their contempt for the familiar forms of preconscious social collaboration and the enjoyment of their bodies by another, dissolves and deserts the organizational experiments.

votaries find themselves working in the same department, creators withdraw their work from mixing with others’, critics retreat from bickering to an incomparable show.

we? solipsistic detergent!

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paracas à la fries

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bogdanov

The soul of a work of art is what we call its “artistic idea.” This is its plot and the essence of its treatment, the problem and the principle of its solution. Of what kind, then, is this problem? We know now. No matter how it has been considered by the artist himself, in reality it is always a problem of organisation. It is this in two senses: in the first it is a question of how to organise harmoniously a certain sum total of the elements of life and experience; in the second sense, it is a question of how to ensure that the unity created in this way may serve as a means of organisation for a certain community. If the first is not accomplished we have no art, but only confusion; if the second is not accomplished, then the work has no interest for anybody except the author himself, and is of no use whatever.

–Bogdanov, Aleksandr. The Workers’ Artistic Inheritance. 1924.

disappeared: the terms harmony, totality, unity,

survived: the terms problem, elements, life, experience, organization,

appeared: the terms artistic idea,

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