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[weekly linkdump, somewhat edited from my diigo]


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Will Trump’s Slow-Mo Walkaway, World in Flames Behind Him, Finally Provoke Consequences for Planetary Arson? – Naomi Kleins assessment of Trump withdrawing from the Paris accord, still relevant after he actually was so stupid to do so.
“Pretty much everything that is weak, disappointing, and inadequate about that deal is the result of U.S. lobbying since 2009.”
“The Trump administration was never divided between those who wanted to shred the Paris Agreement and those who wanted to respect it. It was divided between those who wanted to shred it and those who wanted to stay in it but completely ignore it. The difference is one of optics; the same amount of carbon gets spewed either way.”
“If the U.S. withdrew from the Paris accord, the rest of the world must consider sanctions. We’re likely a long way from major U.S. trading partners taking that kind of a step, but governments are not the only ones that can impose economic penalties for lethal and immoral behavior. Movements can do so directly, in the form of boycotts and divestment campaigns targeting governments and corporations, on the South African model. And not just fossil fuel corporations, but Trump’s branded empire as well. Moral suasion doesn’t work on Trump. Economic pressure just might. It’s time for some people’s sanctions.”


Radiohead – I Promise – “I Promise is one of 3 previously unreleased tracks from the album OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 – 2017”

Masha Gessen and Sarah Kendzior: In Defense of Truth – “Amid daily attacks on the legitimacy of the press, Trump and his administration have limited the press’s access to government and show overt contempt for the democratic norm and role of a free press. The President uses Twitter to manipulate the public discourse with lies and misinformation.”

Tall Bikes Will Save The World – “The Zenga Bros mission is the eccentrification of the world: To create everywhere, redeem everything and be a fool. Welcome to the modern tall bike movement.” [via nerdcore]

Captain SKA – Liar Liar GE2017 – “NHS crisis, education crisis, u turns … you can’t trust Theresa May. ”

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Fighting Words | Laurie Penny – “Nobody is actually being censored here. What’s happening is that people are being called out on their bad behavior and bigoted opinions, and that might feel uncomfortable, but it’s not the same as censorship.”

Margaret Atwood: Plastics are poisoning us. We need change, now – “What should be done? First, organic and biodegradable substitutes must be found to perform the chores now done by plastics. Moulded and baked fungus, textiles made of milkweed, silicone food storage bags? All exist. Second, we need to invent methods to filter plastics out of seawater, collect them before they ever hit the ocean. Third, we then need to break them down into their component parts, rendering them harmless.”

Pinochet Porn premieres at the Institute of Contemporary Arts – “Cantor herself described the two-hour long film as a soap opera about the intertwined lives of five Chilean children growing up under the Pinochet regime. But, like Cantor herself, this richly multifaceted splicing of animation, archive footage and scripted scenes shot on super-8, defies any easy description.”

These Black Bloc Anarchists Don’t Care What You Think of Them – “The narrative that this fight is pro-Trump against anti-Trump is wrong. This is about ultra nationalism”

Interview with Bernie Sanders About Donald Trump – “Bernie Sanders energized many Americans during the U.S. election campaign with his socialist ideas. In the Trump era, he has become one of the leaders of the “resistance.””

List: Set List for the Band at President Trump’s Rose Garden Speech Announcing the United States Pulling Out of the Global Climate Accord – “Burning Down the House” – Talking Heads
“I’m Not Dead (I’m in Pittsburgh) – Frank Black
“Smoke on the Water” – Deep Purple

The Stakes in the Paris Climate Deal: What Might Other Countries Do? – “Longer term pledges, which countries will submit periodically, will need to be stronger to reach the goal.”

Ai Weiwei poses as drowned Syrian refugee toddler once again – “Trump’s visit to the Israel Museum. Behind the stage are my artworks, which were taken away and covered for his presence.”

Robot priest unveiled in Germany to mark 500 years since Reformation – “BlessU-2, which delivers blessings in five languages, is intended to trigger debate about the future of the church”

France: Unchecked clampdown on protests under guise of fighting terrorism – “Emergency laws intended to protect the French people from the threat of terrorism are instead being used to restrict their rights to protest peacefully”

Rebecca Solnit: The Loneliness of Donald Trump – “One way or another this will kill him, though he may drag down millions with him. One way or another, he knows he has stepped off a cliff, pronounced himself king of the air, and is in freefall. Another dungheap awaits his landing; the dung is all his; when he plunges into it he will be, at last, a self-made man.”

DHS Public Database Includes Personal Information of Abuse Victims – “A Trump administration effort to highlight crimes by immigrants has put victims in potential danger.”

This election has sparked a weird debate – one in which no one seems to want to talk – “The noise level hasn’t risen above a low gurgle in the background.”

How did the left radicalism of my Manchester youth give way to Islamism? | Kenan Malik – “In an age in which anti-imperialist movements have faded and belief in alternatives to capitalism dissolved, radical Islam provides the illusion of being part of a global movement for change.”


Autocracy: Rules for Survival | by Masha Gessen – “Rule #1: Believe the autocrat.
Rule #2: Do not be taken in by small signs of normality.
Rule #3: Institutions will not save you.
Rule #4: Be outraged.
Rule #5: Don’t make compromises.
Rule #6: Remember the future.”


Die Ausweitung der Kontrollzone – “Mehr biometrische Daten, mehr Zugang für «Sicherheitsbehörden» und Geheimdienste, mehr Einreisesperren: Die EU baut ihre Datenbanken im Sicherheits- und Migrationsbereich aus. Die Schweiz macht mit.”

Politik und Psychologie: Mitgefühl oder Ekel? Progressiv oder konservativ? – “Politische Einstellungen sind oft mit Gefühlen verwoben. Das macht eine Verständigung zwischen links und rechts so schwierig.”

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