Patrice Riemens | 1 Feb 08:54 2012

M. Mills & J. Ottino: The Coming Tech-Led Boom (Wall Street Journal) - and more!

Let's beat the cold (in Europe at least) and inaugurate February with a
'radiant future' piece from our favorite Prawda (back for grabs atop the
paperdump container at the economics faculty of the university of
Amsterdam, despite the 'paid circulation' scandal of last November ...)

Original to:

The Coming Tech-led Boom
Three breakthroughs are poised to transform this century as much as
telephony and electricity did the last.


In January 1912, the United States emerged from a two-year recession.
Nineteen more followed—along with a century of phenomenal economic growth.
Americans in real terms are 700% wealthier today.

In hindsight it seems obvious that emerging technologies circa
1912—electrification, telephony, the dawn of the automobile age, the
invention of stainless steel and the radio amplifier—would foster such
growth. Yet even knowledgeable contemporary observers failed to grasp
their transformational power.

In January 2012, we sit again on the cusp of three grand technological
transformations with the potential to rival that of the past century. All
find their epicenters in America: big data, smart manufacturing and the
wireless revolution.

(Continue reading)

John Young | 1 Feb 12:05 2012

Re: M. Mills & J. Ottino: The Coming Tech-Led Boom (Wall Street Journal) - and more!

A wonderful prognosis for continuing US imperialism backed by
irresistable military power, heirarchical wealth generation for the
top tier managers-WSJ-millionaires of business and education 
enhanced by financial concealment and reduced taxation, glorification
of youth exploitation for consumption, jobs, NGO penitence, and 
machinic warfighting, and the promise of mid-level manager-teacher-
inventor-engineer-vulture capitalist rewards for manufacturing 
hypnotic widgets to bedazzle masses of lower paids sports fans, 
blessed by home-flag-waving creed recitation required of every 
place where US bribery infects with those three supremacist
cure-all tonics. 

An exact repetition -- cloud computer generated by a student-
unmanned drone -- of the rationales for nationalism, indoctrination,
chauvinism, capitalism, marketism, militarism, and degraded, 
stratified populace undergirding every global aggression since 
the invention of royal triumphalism. 

Nary a downside, darkside, foul-side, sick-side, disease-free,
war-nowhere-in sight except in recruiting media, everything 
coming up Masterpiece Theater spic and span, rising tide
raises all boats, trickle down benefits of great ideas of the western
world, ruled by benevolent masters so fucking greedy and conceited 
they cannot grasp the hatred they breed. 

As with the invention of crypto-nationalist MSM, WSJ is a font
of pig kissing psy-op-ed.

Nick | 1 Feb 16:39 2012

Re: M. Mills & J. Ottino: The Coming Tech-Led Boom (Wall Street Journal) - and more!

Eugh. Though I did enjoy this line:

> Never before have a billion people-soon billions more-been
> able to communicate, socialize and trade in real time.

Pretty sure that has been a feature of most people's life
for a very long time indeed.

Garrett Lynch | 1 Feb 21:38 2012

Re: Vincent Gallo versus Jillian Macdonald

Ridiculous, Jillian has many works in this vein.  Are we sure that this is legitimate?  Surely as a work dated
2004 a statute of limitations or a case for that would apply here?


On 1 Feb 2012, at 05:48, nettime-l-request@... wrote:

> Message: 2
> Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2012 19:18:41 -0500
> From: Andres Manniste <andresmanniste@...>
> To: Nettime-l <nettime-l@...>
> Subject: <nettime> Vincent Gallo versus Jillian Macdonald
> Message-ID: <4F233EE1.6030205@...>
> Content-Type: text/plain; CHARSET=US-ASCII; format=flowed
> Artist Jillian Mcdonald has run into trouble with Vincent Gallo, who is 
> represented at the Whitney Biennial this year. It is about her 2004 
> work, "To Vincent, With Love",

Flick Harrison | 2 Feb 20:32 2012

Email exchange between reporter, Transport Canada removed due to ‘copyright infringement’


Wendy Gillis
Staff Reporter

Transport Canada says a copyright violation complaint it filed against after the website
published correspondence between a reporter and a media relations officer has nothing to do with the exchange.

On Tuesday, posted the complete on-the-record correspondence between Transport Canada and
reporter Andrea Houston using Scribd, a publishing website that allows users to upload documents to its
server and embed them in a webpage.

The document in question outlined Transport Canada?s airline identity screening regulationsallowing
air carriers to refuse to transport a passenger if he or she does not appear to be of the gender indicated on
the identification presented. The regulations have prompted outrage in the transgendered community,
and Xtra ? which specializes in gay, lesbian and transgendered news ? wanted to give readers complete
access to Transport Canada?s information, said Matt Mills, editorial director for Xtra Toronto.

But on Wednesday, Scribd removed the document, posting a statement that the document was ?removed due to
copyright infringement.?

Patrick Charette, the media relations manager with Transport Canada, confirmed Thursday that Transport
Canada filed the complaint, but only because it contained the direct email and phone number of media
relations officer Maryse Durette.
(Continue reading)

Janos Sugar | 3 Feb 22:22 2012

Political Design Workshop, Budapest

From 25th til 29th, of February, 2012  a three-day-workshop is being organized about the possibilities, resources and methods for the communication of political thinking, held by international designers and theoreticians. 
The aim of the workshop is to gain the theoretical and practical knowledge which helps to form opinions supporting human rights and franchise, and, that promotes  social responsibility and solidarity. The framework for the workshop is provided by the international  project REdesigning the East realized at the Würtenbergische Kunstverien (Stuttgart) and in Hungary in cooperation with the Trafó House of Contemporary Art - Trafó Gallery. The project analyses the visual language of recent and contemporary political changes in Eastern-Europe and East-Asia. It is flared at each of its new locations by social issues based on local, actual happenings, which are not presented by the mainstream media (this sentence is not clear). This way it is hoped that the experiences from the previous events at the previous locations can give aid to the actual one.
The project highlighted in Stuttgart the Stuttgart21 civil movement, fighting against large scale transportation and city development projects. ambitions, in Seoul it focused on the gentrification of the city. In Hungary we would like to define certain focus-points, together with the participants, and prior previous to the start of the workshop - from the field of human rights and those of minorities we could chose far too many issues.
We will talk about the traditions and  relationships between design and politics, about campaigns and strategies. We will discuss the methods of drawing attention and those of resistance and about the aspects of how all these are visually formed. Many international projects and the local initiatives will be introduced.
The workshop is exclusive (short-list), and is held in English; for the application a short introduction and motivation letter is needed.     

Guests of the workshop:
Sethu Das, member of the Keralian (India) Design for the people collective
Keiko Sei, media theoretician, curator
Hand D. Christ, director of the Würtenbergische Kunstverien (Stuttgart), artist, activist

Redesigning the East:
Design and People:

Location of the workshop:
1053 Budapest, Képíró utca 6.

Organised by Trafó Gallery - Trafó House of Contemporary Arts

Petra Csizek, Gábor Döme, Nikolett Er‘ss, Áron Fenyvesi, János Sugár
Contact: Petra Csizek,,  +36 20 400 6075
From 25th til 29th, of February, 2012&nbsp; a three-day-workshop is
being organized about the possibilities, resources and methods for the
communication of political thinking, held by international designers
and theoreticians.&nbsp;<br>
The aim of the workshop is to gain the theoretical and practical
knowledge which helps to form opinions supporting human rights and
franchise, and, that promotes&nbsp; social responsibility and
solidarity. The framework for the workshop is provided by the
international&nbsp; project REdesigning the East realized at
the W&uuml;rtenbergische Kunstverien (Stuttgart) and in Hungary in
cooperation with the Traf&oacute; House of Contemporary Art - Traf&oacute;
Gallery. The project analyses the visual language of recent and
contemporary political changes in Eastern-Europe and East-Asia. It is
flared at each of its new locations by social issues based on local,
actual happenings, which are not presented by the mainstream media
(this sentence is not clear). This way it is hoped that the
experiences from the previous events at the previous locations can
give aid to the actual one.<br>
The project highlighted in Stuttgart the Stuttgart21 civil
movement, fighting against large scale transportation and city
development projects. ambitions, in Seoul it focused on the
gentrification of the city. In Hungary we would like to define certain
focus-points, together with the participants, and prior previous to
the start of the workshop - from the field of human rights and those
of minorities we could chose far too many issues.<br>
We will talk about the traditions and&nbsp; relationships between
design and politics, about campaigns and strategies. We will discuss
the methods of drawing attention and those of resistance and about the
aspects of how all these are visually formed. Many international
projects and the local initiatives will be introduced.<br>
The workshop is exclusive (short-list), and is held in English; for
the application a short introduction and motivation letter is
Guests of the workshop:<br>Sethu Das, member of the Keralian (India) Design for the people
collective<br>Keiko Sei, media theoretician, curator<br>Hand D. Christ, director of the W&uuml;rtenbergische Kunstverien
(Stuttgart), artist, activist<br><br>Redesigning the East:</div>
<div><span></span>ng-the-east/<br>Design and People:<br><br>
Location of the workshop:<br>Labor<br>1053 Budapest, K&eacute;p&iacute;r&oacute; utca 6.</div>
<div>Organised by Traf&oacute; Gallery - Traf&oacute;
House of Contemporary Arts</div>
<br>Organizers:<br>Petra Csizek, G&aacute;bor D&ouml;me, Nikolett Er&#145;ss, &Aacute;ron Fenyvesi,
J&aacute;nos Sug&aacute;r<br>
Contact: Petra Csizek,&nbsp; petra@...,&nbsp; +36 20 400
Tjebbe van Tijen | 3 Feb 22:34 2012

Stadium ban for EU hooligans undermines civil rights

Stadium ban for EU hooligans undermines civil rights

February 3, 2012 by Tjebbe van Tijen

the illustrated and documented version with links can be found at:

[tableau with fused picture of football hooligans with different national police officers in uniform and
an EU shield with the text "si  vis pacem para bellum"]

EUROPEAN FOOTBALL STADIUM BAN FOR HOOLIGANS… Ahmed Aboutaleb major of the City of Rotterdam rejoices
today the European Parliament initiative for an European level implementation of banning locally
convicted football hooligans from all EU stadiums.  (1) This law initiative has been long in the making. An
earlier document  by the Council of the European Union “Resolution of the Council on preventing and
restraining football hooliganism through the exchange of experience, exclusion from stadiums and
media policy” dates back to the year 1997:

The responsible Ministers invite their national sports associations to examine, in accordance with
national law, how stadium exclusions imposed under civil law could also apply to football matches in a
European context.

However much I dislike football hooligans this is a juridical precedent which will have far reaching
negative consequences for civil rights in general. Not only does it create yet another centrally managed
person database that can be accessed by all EU police forces (like data on persons DNA, illegal migrants
and so on) it is a further step in constructing a ‘central EU police force’ with all its inherent
dangers. Such an EU-wide anti-hooligan law also means multiplied condemnation – for a big part of the
European continent – on the basis of a local conviction.

Together with actual proposals (in the Netherlands) for ‘whole sale mass arrests’,  not only hooligan
“leaders”, but also of their “followers” (‘meeloophooligens’ is the Dutch term), we can be
certain that such an extra-national banning and black-listing power, will be abused in ways beyond our
imagination. Once such a law and its enforcement has been put into effect, other ‘social distinct
groups’ whose behaviour is classified as unruly can get the same routine treatment in the future. The
Council of Europe document of 1997 cited above speaks of “preventing and containing of disorder”, so
one need not to be surprised when other forms of  ”disorder” will be handled in the long run in the same
way. For instance, when we take in account the frequent attempts by politicians – defending employers
interest - to criminalise strike actions, trade union activists could be databased and blacklisted with
the same ‘anti-hooligan routine’.

(1) It is interesting to note that the ‘hooligan-ban’ proposals in the European Parliament plenary
session of  February 2. 2012, was part of a bundle of all kind of measures related to sport listed in this
order: – Promote sport for girls; – Blacklist hooligans; – Make doping a criminal offence; –
Regulate sport agents; -Combine learning and training. The resolution – thus packaged – has been
passed with 550 votes in favour, 73 against and 7 abstentions. In the section of hooligans is also this
sentence: “MEPs also call on Member States and sports governing bodies to commit to tackling
homophobia and racism against athletes.” Something problematic in the sense of ‘civil rights’
has been hidden inside a package of mostly emancipatory proposals.

paolo do | 4 Feb 22:37 2012

European Forum in Rome: Income, Common Goods and Democracy // Rome 10-12 February, Teatro Valle

Throughout Europe, we are witnessing massive transfers of resources from
the public to the private sphere. The political responses to the crises are
defined by austerity measures and by cuts to social spending, driving
Europe further into recession.

>From Greece to Spain, from London to Rome, European people are increasingly
aware of the need for a different model of globalisation. From those
resisting the privatisation of resources (for example in Italy with the
water referendum, and currently in Romania) to the recent occupations of
public spaces against neoliberalism (for example in the UK and Spain), this
is the moment to construct and alternative Europe which is not a product of
neoliberal politics, but the political expression of European citizens.

Within this context, over forty organisations, networks and social
movements from eight European countries will meet in the 600-seat Valle
Theatre in Rome to organise a common front to construct an alternative
European model. This three-day forum will focus on the construction of
common transnational campaigns on the thematics of the commons and
guaranteed minimum income as well as the battle against precarity, also
utilising the new method provided with the European citizens? initiative.
The event will be a true opportunity to build European networks and
campaigns that will take concrete forms in follow-up meetings in Spain, the
UK, Romania, Bulgaria and France in the following months to continue the
work begun in Rome. The emphasis on concrete campaigns will be the starting
point to engage in a reflection on the revision of the EU Treaties, to
propose an alternative vision of Europe.

The Rome forum is organised by European Alternatives, the International
University College Turin, Teatro Valle, Centro Studi per l'Alternativa
Comune, Municipality of Naples, ARCI, Il Manifesto, Basic Income Network,
Tilt, Rete della Conoscenza, Cilap-eapn, Altramente, Osservatorio Europa,


Simultaneous interpretation from and to English will be available

Friday 10th ? Opening assembly: An Alternative Europe is Possible

17:00 International interventions to launch a new Europe in response to
austerity, based on common goods, income and participation.

Costas Douzinas (Brikbeck College), Maurizio Landini (Fiom), Ida Dominjanni
(Il Manifesto), Ugo Mattei (IUC), Ovidiu Tichindeleanu (CriticAttac,
Romania), Marcus Graetsch and Martin Schmalzbauer (Fels-Berlin,
Occupy-Frankfurt), Lorenzo Marsili (European Alternatives), Jerome Roos
(Roar), Claudia Bernardi (UniCommon), Franco Russo (Osservatorio Europa),
Antonio Tricarico, Maria Pia Pizzolante (Tilt), Claudio Riccio (Rete della

plus others to be confirmed

20:00 Artistic program organised by Teatro Valle

Saturday 11 ? Towards a European Charter of the Commons

10.00: Opening

10:00 - 13.30: Commons, Direct Democracy & Fundamental Rights in Europe

Reclaiming the commons requires not only the reshaping of the democratic
process as it stands today by offering an alternative to the model that has
prevailed under state and market models, but also the protection of access
to such resources as fundamental rights.

First interventions by:

Ugo Mattei (International University College Turin)

Costas Douzinas (Birkbeck College, GB / Greece)

Alberto Lucarelli (Assessore, Municipality of Naples)

How to define the commons in different European contexts and build a
transnational campaign. Intervention and participative roundtable with:

Gilda Farrell (Council of Europe), Silke Helfreich (Commons Strategy,
Germany), Paolo Beni (ARCI, Italia), Aitor Tinoco i Girona (Democracia Real
Ya / Universidad Nomada, Spain), Tommaso Fattori (Forum acqua), Krzysztof
Conpr (Fise, Poland), Renato Sabbatini (Rosa Luxembourg Foundation,
Germany/Belgium). Ovidiu Tichindeleanu (CriticAttac, Romania). Ana M?ndez
(Observatorio Metropolitano, Spain), Giuseppe Caccia (City of Venice), Pier
Virgilio Dastoli (Permanent forum of civil society), Nicholas Milanese
(European Alternatives), Saki Bailey (International University College
Turin), Giuseppe De Marzo (Asud), Harry Halpin (University of Edinburgh),

Open debate to follow

13.30: Lunch break

15.00-17.30: International Round Table & Working Groups

Different organisations will confront each other on the themes of the
morning and work towards the elaboration of a common campaign and Citizen?s
Initiative for a European Charter of the Commons.

Translating the commons in different European contexts
Creating a transnational network around the European Charter of the Commons
- Legal & technical requirements of the ECI campaign

- Roadmap & timeline: future steps towards the campaign

Followed by artistic performances organised by Teatro Valle

Sunday 12: Towards a European Minimum Income

10.00: Opening

10:30: Minimum Income in Europe

On Sunday, a campaign on Minimum Income at a European level will be
discussed, as a solution to precarious working and living conditions.

First interventions by:

Luca Santini, (Basic Income Network)

Francesco Raparelli (Centro Studi per l?Alternativa Comune)

International participative roundtable with experts responding to open
questons on different aspects of minimum income, its relation to work,
precarity, financial sustainability, knowledge, gender, and legality. With:

Massimiliano Smeriglio (Assessore, Province of Roma), Riccarto Petrella
(Italy / Belgium), Adrian Dohartu (GAS, Romania), Mariya Ivancheva (Red
House, Bulgaria), Florence Morillon (Generation Precaire, France), Adri?
Rodr?guez de Al?s-Moner (Universidad Nomada, Spain), Klaus Sambor (Basic
Income Network Austria), Adeile Oddo (Solidar), Alberto Cottica (Council of
Europe), Edgar Manjarin Castellarnau and Jose Luis Rey Perez (Red Renta
Basica, Spain), Roberto Musacchio (AltraMente),  Giuseppe Bronzini (BIN),
Ilias Livanos (University of Warwick), Marco Furfaro (Tilt), Nicoletta
Teodosi (Cilap-Eapn)

Open debate to follow.

13:45 Lunch

14.30 - 16:00: International round table on income: how to translate
demands for a minimum income in different European contexts and roadmap
towards the construction of a European campaign. Including:

Translating minimum income in different European contexts
Creating a transnational network around the demands for minimum income
Legal & technical requirements of the ECI campaign
Roadmap & Timeline: Future steps towards the campaign
16.30 - 16.30: Conclusion: Launch of campaigns and shared roadmap for the
next months.


Alan Sondheim | 6 Feb 23:56 2012

two essays on memory and annihilation


>From performance with Monika Weiss, text written over six hours, at
Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, Feb 6, 2012:

flying blind means working without network or planning
this is flying blind. this is a broken network.
what collapses is the software, the timing, the indication
that things aren't going to continue in this fashion, that what
is here is irretrievable
skies don't last forever
pain is what happens when the network collapses.
then there is nothing but bangu, the drum
there's nothing else but absence, exhaustion
there's no inscription, emptiness or depletion
depletion is what happens when the words disappear
when the words disappear, there is nothing more to be said.
there are no hearers, no listeners. there is the blank wall.
i am living in the blank wall.
software collapses. these pilots are dead. these pilots have all 
died. they died NOW when the film was shot.
these people can't stand up.
these people are in the network.
these people are out of the network, these people are the ends of 
if you want to know where the internet goes, it goes here, it ends 
it ends with these people HERE.
it ends with their dance-distortion, their ecstatic dance-distortion
but the network, the network is gone
so they fly apart
if we knew what to say we wouldn't be so numb with pain
get your stem cells today! 
get your stem cells today!
do you know your skin is your largest organ?
we apologize for that intrusion.
you see, when you talk about your SKIN, you're talking about 
inscription, what can be said here, what's going on here, what's your 
history, you're still talking or at least you're yelling, you're 
doing something, you're not silent. but then -
you're not just music either, you're something else
if you could hear me -
I'd go so far as to make the claim that art has nothing to do with 
pain, at least abject pain, that pain from which there is no return. 
at that point, form and structure, inscription and discourse, 
disappear: so this presentation is an anomaly, senseless, this 
presentation cannot touch the subject AT HAND, it can only avoid the 
subject by necessity, it steers you elsewhere, as if there were 
something other than pain, as if there were AN OTHER.
it's certainly not located in the virtual, no matter how distorted 
the bodies appear.
they're appearances. they don't have the flesh, the interiority, 
they don't live where you expect them to
virtuality always gets a black eye.
the image always already disappears, it's this disappearance that 
permits the onset of pain. pain is the disappearance of the image; 
pain is welcomed by the disappearance.
time seems to find its way into errors, give time enough time, and 
errors will appear.
the errors are the first harbinger of pain, when time disappears; 
when you die, when you disappear, you will not know it, you will think 
your last thoughts, projects, that there is something in the corner 
of the room
god has commanded your stem cells
god has commended your stem cells
pray to god. your stem cells pray to god.
"that requires a doing, not a speaking only"
tenacity! determination! it's what ERIKA IS ABOUT!
she has sons and daughters!
sometimes we take a deep breath and organize
and then we are ready to begin again, but we find ourselves
without limbs, we find outselves silenced by God and our mouths
are stuff with some unknown substance, we cannot breathe, 
we can only whisper, our whispers take us nowhere, there is a moment
when we begin to know, just for a second, that our lives are ending,
that we are on the way out, and that second is extended, as is the
universe itself, until matter is blown apart, until nothing is left,
perhaps isolated protons or electrons, memory will be gone when data
is gone and data will be gone when the bases are goneI WILL END YOU 
NOW WE HAVE a new topic, one of the plague, of viral connections, 
memes gone wild, girls gone meme, language is a virus, we'll all make 
bacteria at eyebeam, the old animals and plants are disappearing but 
they're not patented (for the most part) and there's little room for 
them, they have to make way for newer models. so many shows to see!

Anja in preparation for performance, a performance in itself, in 
other words, a tuning (temporary) for something active later on.
but this is the performance that most interested me, this 
presentation which was not a presentation, this inscription which 
was not an inscription.
these figures appear from injury, they appear from twisted programs 
capturing healthy bodies and turning them, detourning them, into 
their own unrecoverable other. so you see, as long as you can see, 
as long as your interest is held, something that might be described 
as an injury, one not so permanent, just there, held in abeyance for 
you, for your viewing pleasure, no worry, nothing is happening, but 
the virtual is always the real deferred.
Anja again and I think Daniela, I am not sure.
this is where intelligence comes in, the forgetting of names
i could disguise myself, i could write blindly into the vortex.
every name is destined to disappear. 
the name is a token child of the gesture.
sometimes pointing to something is nothing but muscle memory.
these terms are shaped and ordered. 
for a split-second there is imposed structure.
You see how I have to correct myself!

the period makes all the difference.
These movements are SPECIFIC and CHANNELED. Every performance is a 
different set and setting. every distortion is unique and 
problematic. every moment carries with it (of course!) its own 
the real can't be deferred forever
the real is always the future anterior memory of the real which is 
lost, a priori. that is where we live, within the a priori: what else 
would there have been?
now I am a loss; should we look at Facebook?
but I am always aware of the book.
the ink and the book.
and how we are disappearing.
and how we continue to disappear.
it is as if: there is never a greeting, a welcoming.
there is never an origin, a beginning.
but there is always an ending, a lamentation or mourning.
there is always a loss and that loss is irretrievable.
we do not exist for a length of time to recover, recuperate.
we are always already under erasure, under the disposition of the 
i think of the number of virtual particles.
i think of the eyes that have missed them, that have never counted.
or exoplanets for example, and of course someone will say we are all 
living on exoplanets. just as we are all berliners or occupy wall 
streeters, just as we are all Other, and none of us are other, we 
occupy in fact not even to the limits of our body or our skin, we 
occupy only until some force or an Other appears or disappears in 
corrosion. we lie there.
we lie there, and there is no closure or suture beyond that, beyond 
the placement.
like the placement of the ruined book.
which will never be attained.
thank you!

i am living in the blank wall


>From thinking through cosmology and popular culture:

We are stardust

'We are stardust' from which everything, all philosophy, proceeds, a 
timing and process that is always coming to an end. So we are vast, we are 
communal, every atom from another source, another distance, every atom 
silent as to history from which we draw only this, that history is silent, 
that our micro-histories go against the grain, are retardations, are the 
source of pain, of holding back, as if there were beginnings and 
demarcations evident in Being, and as if becoming were a universal law. We 
are stardust, we have already returned as such; at the edge of the 
universe our faces and bodies live and project, towards that Being and 
becoming, we are observers of the cinema of disappearance; it is ourselves 
we witness blurred out in the heat-birth of the early universe, it is 
ourselves that awaits the word of our dissolution.

>From this is everything, and there is nothing else, the source of our 
despair and inscription - every inscription an alignment of atoms and 
molecules, every description the appearance of a permanent rearrangement. 
Pain mutes this, pain is the only truth, of stardust, of the absence of 
accountability, of the onslaught of the unaccountable and unaccounted-for.

We are stardust, and it takes this, in the middle of the night, this 
forth-coming, to proclaim what remains of philosophy; even the digital 
does not escape its material foundations ...

It would say unto you, it is languor, it is sinking, it is neurasthenia 
that reveals and revels in, the truth, which is that of a longing, of 
which death and its escape form only a surface phenomenon. For this 
longing inheres, is inherent in the very project we set ourselves, which 
is that of coagulation, and beyond coagulation, form and inscriptive 
processes bearing the familiar fount of Aristotelian logics and laws of 
distribution, so that we may take account, so that we may be accounted-for 
- it is this accounting, this belief in accounting, that grants us 
meaning, beyond that of clean and proper reproduction, a meaning which for 
us means, that we are more than stardust, that we are surplus, beyond all 

Such is the inauthenticity of our chaos, that engorged on signs and 
symbols, abjection rules in fact and fancy, along with the trope of the 
missing woman, just beneath the surface, beneath any surface whatsoever, 
that we believe we construct for ourselves, or that we believe we have 
found and foundered upon.  We are stardust and we can never, always 
already never, reconstruct ourselves, our pasts, our histories, the 
groupings of our histories, the dualities of any two particles and their 
respective orbits, one among others, many among many. For I say unto you, 
we know not our own substance, and without this, our destiny falters, 
disappears; we live within the one remaining symbolic, that of the false 
memory of a permanent loss, which is a permanent loss. Thus I say unto 
you, it is said unto me, but it said by no other, other than what I am 
saying, to to no other, other than that I am hearing. We are stardust, we 
are nothing else besides.

We are stardust, we are nothing else besides.

" We are stardust
We are golden
And we've got to get ourselves
Back to the garden


We are stardust
Billion year old carbon
We are golden
Caught in the devil's bargain
And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden "

(Joni Mitchell)

we are also a generation
that knows the truths about annihilation
when meaning falls out and shatters on the ground
when the ground calls out and dies on meaning's shatter

we are stardust we are leaden
we are walking Armageddon

We are leaden; I say unto you we are borrowed time, we borrow the uncanny, 
we are borrowed dust, we organization information, information travels 
from dust to dust, information deteriorates, we erect potential wells, we 
are potential wells, potential wells are tunnels, we tunnel among us, we 
are always already under erasure, we are always already within the erasure 
of the sign of erasure. I say unto you, we are among the first to 
recognize there is no salvage. We await your planetary notice, this will 
come but among us all, the physics are impossible, inconceivable, the 
physics are the physics of stardust, the physics are the physics of death. 
This is within speech and without speech, the physics are the physics of 
death, and speech murmurs, the invasion of quantum noise, speech murmurs 
we are walking Armageddon.

"Ziggy Stardust may refer to:
A persona adopted by David Bowie in the early 1970s
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Bowie's
1972 concept album
"Ziggy Stardust" (song), a song from the album
Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (film), 1973 documentary and
concert film
Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture, the soundtrack of the concert film
Ziggy Stardust Tour, a concert tour to promote the studio albums Ziggy
Stardust and Aladdin Sane"



Patrice Riemens | 6 Feb 14:16 2012

Nathan Schneider: Planet Occupy (Harpers Magazine)

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Planet Occupy
By Nathan Schneider

Imagining an Occupied world

I recently learned about a revolutionist pamphlet published last year in
Spain called La Carta de los Comunes. It begins with an intriguing
conceit. Set in 2033 in a magical-realist Madrid, it tells of a population
whose bodies became physically hunched over in submission to a wealthy
few. At last, with their livelihoods nearly eviscerated, the people rise
up and take over their city. They resurrect the medieval notion of the
commons, creating a domain of shared resources apart from the market and
bureaucratic oversight. They learn to stand upright again. The pamphlet
then presents a Magna Carta for their new society.

I can't resist applying a similar futurism to Occupy Wall Street, the
phenomenon whose origins I describe in the February 2012 issue of
Harper's. Even the most hopeful young occupiers are starting to realize
that their revolutionary dreams might take longer to achieve than a
semester's leave from school -- and justly so. As I noticed during the
planning process, and have continued to see in the movement thus far, even
those most centrally involved are constantly discovering for themselves
where it is leading.

The question of what Occupy Wall Street is really about has been
notoriously thorny from the outset. The movement's attempts to craft
agreed-upon "demands" have generally fallen flat. Nevertheless, a set of
quite interesting but rarely discussed texts have withstood the
consensus-building process at local general assemblies. Reading them
closely, and with an eye to the praxis in the occupations themselves, I
see no quick-and-easy legislative, executive, or judicial patches for the
problems the movement means to confront. I came to think, instead, that
the movement's lasting contribution could be something substantially more
ambitious: a wholesale rethinking of political life, more akin to the
promulgation of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen in
revolutionary France than, say, the introduction of a
financial-transaction tax or the revocation of the Supreme Court's
Citizens United decision in the United States. (Unlike the Declaration of
the Rights of Man, mind you, the Occupy documents rarely refer to
property, law, or patriotic sentiment. They don't even mention borders.)

It isn't crazy to think the time has come to go back to the drawing board,
politically. The constitutions of most Western nation-states were dreamed
up during the late Enlightenment, long before anyone could foresee such
realities as globalized mega-corporations profiting from chronic personal
and national debt, Internet companies possessing more private information
than the average diary, and undeclared wars being fought by drone
aircraft -- which have all contributed to what Occupy Wall Street describes
as a "feeling of mass injustice" in its Declaration of the Occupation of
New York City, approved on September 29 and now available as an attractive
pamphlet. Our familiar, Lockean governments have come to seem inept,
powerless to oppose the incorporeal profit machines that can, as the
declaration adds, "achieve the same rights as people, with none of the
culpability or responsibility." The Declaration of the Occupation is
addressed not to governments -- no hope there -- but rather "to the people of
the world," urging communities everywhere to "assert your power."

"We are creating an exemplar society," states Occupy Boston's Declaration
of Occupation. That being the case, let's attempt some Occupy sci-fi: What
would the world look like if the Occupy revolution were carried through to

"No one's human needs go unmet," continues the Boston declaration. Planet
Occupy, like last fall's occupations, provides food and shelter for
everyone, no questions asked. It also ensures health care, mutual
education, childcare, legal representation, and a large, meticulously
catalogued library. Sounds like a good social democracy -- except that, in
the words of Occupy Wall Street's Principles of Solidarity, the basic unit
of political life is not the ballot box but "autonomous political beings
engaging in direct and transparent participatory democracy." Though they
might be wired to the teeth, the political beings of Planet Occupy carry
out their democracy face to face, in well-coordinated small groups that
operate by consensus. It's "participatory as opposed to partisan," adds
the Statement of Autonomy, suggesting that the aim on Planet Occupy is for
all voices to be heard, rather than for one party to prevail over others.
Those with "inherent privilege" defer whenever possible to others. The
consolidation of power is discouraged, and resisted when necessary.
Policing troublemakers becomes the job not of cops, but of assertive,
well-trained listeners.

The movement's documents contain fewer hints about Planet Occupy's
economy. The Principles of Solidarity calls for "redefining how labor is
valued," which may look something like the worker-owned cooperatives
currently being developed at the Freedom Plaza occupation in Washington,
D.C. Broadly speaking, human needs prevail over claims on profit.
Companies are chartered for the public good, not private gain.
Participatory democracy prevails in workplaces, neighborhoods, and other
productive groupings. Many aspects of the economy -- food, especially -- remain
local. This is necessary partly in order to preserve and sustain the
natural environment. Everyone on Planet Occupy knows, after all, that if
they don't protect the planet, there will be nothing left to occupy.

Even with its inhabitants' passion for local autonomy, though, Planet
Occupy is a globalized place. People and their ideas travel freely,
creating new opportunities and partnerships wherever they go. Assemblies
share their plans and innovations over Interoccupy. (The movement's
conference-call network will have supplanted the original Internet, which
was overrun by corporate advertising.) Following the urge in the
Principles for "the broad application of open source," all ideas are
common property, and these collective resources are, according to the
Statement of Autonomy, valued more highly than money -- if money still exists
at all. SOPA-style censorship in the name of ownership is not okay.

Also not okay is using violence to resolve conflicts. Almost every Occupy
document makes some statement to this effect. Occupy Boston's Memorandum
of Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples envisions "a new era of peace and
cooperation that will work for everyone." When conflict occurs, as is
inevitable, people resist injustice through "non-violent civil
disobedience and building solidarity based on mutual respect, acceptance,
and love," in accordance with the Principles. Every such struggle is both
local and global.

Is this anarchist utopia realistic, or even desirable? It's at least a
little out there. Perhaps a lot out there. But the Declaration of the
Rights of Man, drafted while Louis XVI still had his head, wasn't easy to
comprehend in its time. The circumstances of our world exceed the politics
we're used to imagining for it, and the politics that are really necessary
might therefore seem impossible. "We have come to Wall Street as refugees
from this native dreamland, seeking asylum in the actual," explains
"Communiqué 1," an article in the movement journal Tidal. "We seek to
rediscover and reclaim the world."

<<Nathan Schneider is a writer living in Brooklyn. His story "Some
Assembly Required," which traces the birth of Occupy Wall Street, appears
in the February 2012 issue of Harper's Magazine. Schneider previously
blogged for Harper's about the General Assembly process at Occupy Wall
Street, and whether Occupy encampments should be covered by the First
Amendment. >>