Body Politic | 1 Oct 17:20 2006
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Re: Important Thai education site closed

I second the importance of the Midnight University for freedom of
information and democratic discourse in Thailand. Please write to
Ajarn Somkiat and add your name to the petition!

-rebecca zorach

On 9/30/06, Keiko Sei <keikosei@...> wrote:

> Hello,
>
>   This mail is sent by Bcc. As you know, there was coup d'etat in
> Thailand on Sept.19. Despite the attempt by the military council to
> portrait it as a friendly coup, they are imposing censorship in various
> fields. Recently they closed the important on-line education site,
> Midnight University <www.midnightuniv.org>. This on-line education has
> been created for those people who cannot afford to go to higher
> education to be informed and empowered. It is one of the most
> enlightening media in Thailand, and I contribute to them, too, for free
> and copyleft, as I support their object. In fact this is the second
> time they are closed down by the authority: the first time because by
> the Thaksin government, and this time because they are critical towards
> the coup and the military council. The closure of their site seriously
> obstructs educational process of millions of people who depend on them,
> blocking the free flow of information and exchange of people's ideas,
> and is a total setback of democratic process of the country, just like
> the coup d'etat is. I would appreciate if you help their petition
> campaign by adding your name and circulate their message to your
> friends. Thank you very much for your constant help for the democratic
> path of South East Asia.
>
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Stephen Kovats | 3 Oct 01:15 2006
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Re: <nettime> Important Thai education site closed

>

Dear Keiko

of course, we can, and must support your call! It's typical in these  
foggy 'bloodless coup' situations that clearly independent  
information and education constructs such as the Midnight University  
are among the first major victims of 'order' to be indiscriminately  
swept away. This is a despicable act against basic human rights that  
obviously has nothing to do with the supposedly lofty public claims  
of the military to 'save democracy from corruption' as it has been  
trumpeted in the media. It's equally despicable that the political  
reaction to the coup d'etat has been accordingly just as mute.  
Thailand seems to have the chosen the Burmese model of progressive  
democratic and social development, a model which can not be in  
anybody's best interest, whether in Thailand or anywhere else on the  
planet.

If you have a specific forum through which to articulate this  
situation, let us know!

greetings,

Stephen!

> On 9/30/06, Keiko Sei <keikosei@...> wrote:
>
>> Hello,
>>
>>   This mail is sent by Bcc. As you know, there was coup d'etat in
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lotu5 | 2 Oct 22:10 2006
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Stop the G8+5, Defend Oaxaca! Virtual Sit-In!

The borderlands Hacklab [ http://sdhacklab.org], Electronic
Disturbance Theater [ http://www.thing.net/~rdom/ecd/ecd.html] and
Rising Tide North America call for a virtual sit-in against the
websites of the G8+5 and the Mexican government during the G8+5
meetings on October 3-4th, 2006 in Mexico.

To join the action, click here: http://sdhacklab.org/oaxaca

While the Mexican government tries to play host to the G8+5 Gleneagles
Dialogue on Climate Change, it is mounting a massive violent attack
on the people of Oaxaca. Apparently the Mexican government thinks
it can cleanse the country of its growing pro-democracy rebellion
while laying out a red carpet to world politicians including the G8
Energy Ministers. The neoliberal project of corporate globalization
and fossil-fuel-based "energy security" that causes global warming is
built on massive violence, from armies to riot police to militarized
borders, to turn the global south into its sweatshop and repress the
uprisings for justice, democracy, and sustainable livelihood of the
people in Mexico and other countries.

While the neoliberal model of industrial "development" sees the
remaining indigenous and "undeveloped" lands of the Earth as
territories for capitalist exploitation of natural resources and human
labor, the schoolteachers leading Oaxaca's popular pro-democracy
strike have a different vision. By taking direct action to shut down
the tyrannical rule of their state governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, the
people of Oaxaca are teaching that another world is possible.

On Sunday, October 1, 2006, a headline in the Mexico City daily
Milenio proclaimed, "Preparations for war in Oaxaca," while Mexico
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Paul D. Miller | 2 Oct 20:55 2006
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Torture, Torture, Torture!!!

This is a cross post of an mini essay by Naeem Mohaiemen.

read on!
Paul

State Of Exception, After The Torture Vote
- Naeem Mohaiemen

About culture's re-engagement with the war on something, Martin Amis 
recently said:
"As Norman Mailer said when 9/11 happened, the temptation to charge 
in should be resisted because what happens with writing is that you 
receive the stimuli and they go down into your subconscious, and what 
settles settles, and what doesn't doesn't. You find, after a couple 
of years, that you've got something to write about. It's part of your 
silent anxiety about what Don DeLillo calls the world hum."

The world hum right now is last week's stunning vote to authorize new 
powers to reinterpret the Geneva Conventions on torture.  Aziz Huq of 
NYU Brennan Center (and Visible Collective) calls it "a bill that 
strikes harder at American liberties and at the fundamentals of 
American government than any since the authorization of the Japanese 
internment."

Even the NYT was moved to apoplexy:
"[The new law] allows the president to identify enemies, imprison 
them indefinitely and interrogate them - albeit with a ban on the 
harshest treatment - beyond the reach of the full court reviews 
traditionally afforded criminal defendants and ordinary prisoners. 
Taken as a whole, the law will give the president more power over 
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Stephen Kovats | 3 Oct 01:15 2006
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Re: Important Thai education site closed

>

Dear Keiko

of course, we can, and must support your call! It's typical in these
foggy 'bloodless coup' situations that clearly independent information
and education constructs such as the Midnight University are among
the first major victims of 'order' to be indiscriminately swept away.
This is a despicable act against basic human rights that obviously has
nothing to do with the supposedly lofty public claims of the military
to 'save democracy from corruption' as it has been trumpeted in the
media. It's equally despicable that the political reaction to the
coup d'etat has been accordingly just as mute. Thailand seems to have
the chosen the Burmese model of progressive democratic and social
development, a model which can not be in anybody's best interest,
whether in Thailand or anywhere else on the planet.

If you have a specific forum through which to articulate this  
situation, let us know!

greetings,

Stephen!

<.....>

************************************
V2_Institute for the Unstable Media
Stephen Kovats_Program Curator
e_  kovats@...
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Franco Mattes | 3 Oct 23:27 2006

Unusual sign appeared overnight causes controversy


October 3, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UNUSUAL SIGN APPEARED OVERNIGHT CAUSES CONTROVERSY
A new artwork by the Mattes duo (aka 0100101110101101.ORG)

On the night of September the 20th 2006 a sign appeared on a building
in the center of Viterbo, an ancient city in central Italy, not far
from Rome. Apparently put by the City Council it has already caused
quite a stir. The sign is in fact an art piece by controversial artist
duo Eva and Franco Mattes (aka 0100101110101101.ORG). Looking as
official as any other street sign, it reads:

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An Ordinary Building

This building was designed by an unknown architect in an irrelevant 
epoch and never belonged to an important person. The complex does not 
show any original architectural solutions, nor does it conserve any 
important works of art within. No memory is kept of any significant 
historical events occurring on this site. No known personality was 
born, lived or died here, nor is any excellent artist or sublime poet 
still working here.

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Hundreds of unaware passersby have been staring at the sign: "It's 
brilliant!" comments an elderly woman "But I have no idea how to 
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ericbj | 3 Oct 23:53 2006
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Re: Important Thai education site closed


 This is not in any way to concur with the closure of The Midnight
 University Website, far from it, but rather to give a different
 perspective to the coup to that presented in some of the western
 media.

 The King of Thailand who has spoken and acted in favour of democracy
 was almost certainly aware that the coup was about to happen, and the
 new interim prime minister is a general who has in the past spoken
 out in favour of democracy and against military coups.

 Thaksin, a couple of years ago, stated to the Thai public: "Democracy
 is like a Rolls Royce. The Thai people do not need a Rolls Royce."

  Hitler was also democratically elected. Unfortunately, the military
  coups against him failed.

  Below is a posting to the Burma newsgroups from an American living
  in Thailand.

  Regards,
  Eric

DICTATOR WATCH
 (www.dictatorwatch.org)

 Contact: Roland Watson, roland@...

 THAILAND?S MIDDLE WAY

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Brian Holmes | 4 Oct 03:36 2006
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Invisible States: Europe in the Age of Capital Failure

[I would like to publish on nettime this rather long essay, which was
commissioned for Capital (It Fails Us Now) - not only a song by the
Gang of Four, but also an exhibition held in Oslo at the end of last
year and in Tallinn at the very beginnning of this one. The reason
for publishing this text on nettime is simply to ensure the free
circulation of cultural content, irrespective of its "value" (well
done, poorly done, not done at all, as Robert Filliou used to say).
The text has been printed, along with many other documents from the
exhibition, by Simon Sheik, Katya Sander and B_Books, Berlin. Get your
copy from them. I haven't yet seen the results but I'm sure it's a
good thing.

The essay attempts to diagnose the vicissitudes of the welfare state,
particularly in northern Europe, over the last 50 years. It is based
on my research and on interviews which I conducted in Norway and
Estonia, making use of the funds of the soon-to-be-defunct institution
NIFCA (a relic of the Cold War, you will no longer need to know what
the letters stand for). There is some solid analysis in here. I
believe this is a lucid and precise look at the decay of the common
over that period of time. The recent Swedish elections prove the
point. Continued belief in this kind of state would be idiotic - if
there weren't so much to lose by abandoning it all together. For
better and for worse, the invisible welfare state is the paradox of
our time. We will all remain hamstrung until we collectively go beyond
it.

best, BH]

***

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Alan Sondheim | 3 Oct 22:55 2006
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Robert Anton Wilson Needs Our Help. (fwd)


Please note below - Alan

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Tue, 3 Oct 2006 11:42:00 -0700
From: chris <chris@...>
Reply-To: Theory and Writing <WRYTING-L@...>
To: WRYTING-L@...
Subject: Robert Anton Wilson Needs Our Help. (fwd)

I just received this email from James Koehnline and thought that people
here on the wryting list might want to know about this...

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Tue, 3 Oct 2006 11:15:04 -0700
From: James Koehnline <james@...>
To: undisclosed-recipients:  ;
Subject: Robert Anton Wilson Needs Our Help.

It has come to my attention that Robert Anton Wilson is dying of
post- polio syndrome and is broke. He can use any help he can get,
to enable him to die peacefully at home. See details here: http://
www.boingboing.net/2006/10/02/robert_anton_wilson_.html

I read RAW's Cosmic Trigger and Illuminatus Trilogy in 1977, and they
launched me in a number of directions that have had a large effect on
my life. I saw him speak several times, corresponded with him in the
90's and once had lunch with him and Hakim Bey. I think he's a great
guy, and a wonderful writer, philosopher, guru and wit. It is hard to
think of him unable to pay his rent.
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Alan Sondheim | 5 Oct 19:33 2006
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Gender and You

(written for Jon Marshall, researching gender, Cybermind)

Gender and You

Michael Current and I started Cybermind back in 1994; we wanted a forum
for discussion of cyberspace theory and practice. That's my background.
I found myself exploring any number of Internet venues, most of them
ascii at that time (what I've called 'darknet' although that word now
seems used otherwise); I also started teaching Net matters, practice or
theory, etc. One exercise - I asked people to log on to various IRC
channels as 'Susie' or some such, no matter what the gender. Most of the
time, the screen would immediately light up with bold-face characters -
private messagings - asking for private contact - clearly for sexual
purposes. There was always this air of marauding.

On the other hand, there's the literally sticky issue of (in my case,
heterosexual) net sex, which I participated in, and wrote about, for
quite a while. At that point, the practice was largely textual, although
CuSeeMe was used on occasion; part of the lure of the latter was the
slowness and breakup of the image, which created a kind of 'unveiling'
through delay, pixellation, etc. Delay also characterized ytalk, a
popular software application for net sex - with ytalk, one could see the
other person's typing simultaneously with one's own; each participant
'had' a different portion of the screen, which also represented both
participatory and interwoven speech, as well as adjacent bodies. I used
the term 'jectivity' to refer to the complex of projections and intro-
jections that characterized the imaginary of net sexual communication; I
also developed a theory of 'rewrite' - that one is only online, i.e.
given ontological status - to the extent that one repeatedly self-
inscribes. (You can see some ytalk dialog at
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Gmane