local mutants

Just some things of note posted by locals in the past week.


Introducing FYI – a site which helps you make and browse Official Information Act requests. Now that is useful. (via norightturn)

Tatjna collects a long scary list of statistics and right wing quotes about the drug war. This will not make your day happier, but it is fascinatingly awful.

Cryptogon notes that in 2011, the Federal Reserve Purchased a Stunning 61% of U.S. Debt. Broken. So broken.

Aimee sent this… thing in. It is self explanatory. At least I am not going to try to explain it. Just look at it. And keep looking. I think that is what it is for.

is it really sunday mutants

drafted this up a couple of days ago, but, ye gods, sunday mutants is geing published on a sunday, even.

anyway. here is some stuff.

* America under Obama still galloping towards fascism:

President Obama signs Executive Order allowing for control over all US resources.

On March 16th, President Obama signed a new Executive Order which expands upon a prior order issued in 1950 for Disaster Preparedness, and gives the office of the President complete control over all the resources in the United States in times of war or emergency.

The National Defense Resources Preparedness order gives the Executive Branch the power to control and allocate energy, production, transportation, food, and even water resources by decree under the auspices of national defense and national security.  The order is not limited to wartime implementation, as one of the order’s functions includes the command and control of resources in peacetime determination.

Between that and the NDAA stuff (By signing into law the NDAA, the president has awarded the military extraordinary powers to detain US citizens without trial.) there’s not much left. They can lock you up and take anything they want and tell you to do whatever they want, and it is all legal.

It is a sadly tired comparison, but seriously, that is a definition of totalitarian dictatorship.

(Seriously, the fact that these two have gone through under Obama – this most recent as an executive order – really overshadows anything positive he may have achieved.)

Bye, America.

(By the way, is this news to you?)


* Amazing article about the importance of libraries. Actually, it is a really long comment on a post. But it is exceptional.


* Fascinating guess at how China will develop: along Nordic socialist lines.


* The heart has consciousness. Mostly posting as a reminder to myself to read that.


* Cool post-apocalyptic short film: concept ruin



sunday mutants catchup edition

Hahahaha. Here is what stuck enough to pass on in the past two hour info-dump.

First, quite a bit of webby stuff:

An opensource decentralised darknet p2p is here, now: retroshare. This is probably important.

Who is tracking you online? Collusion for Mozilla shows you.

Found in this long but interesting article about advertising and privacy online.

the top 25 viral news sources on twitter and facebook.

Thinky stuff:

Six animations teaching logical thinking to kids. And adults.

free ebook: the future we deserve. 100 essays on the future.

Obama, explained. Epic article analysing Obama’s performance and psyche.

Other stuff:

New evidence suggests climate change wiped out the neanderthals, not conflict with humans.

Wade Davis continues to be jaw-droppingly awesome. (photo of his writing work-space)


Anonymous, for what it is worth, declared war on the US government.. One of those things that seems like I should have heard of it already, even if it is just rhetoric.

sunday mutants hobbit ate my life edition



The aftermath of moving, and The Hobbit, have eaten my life for the past few weeks. I haven’t really been info-trawling. Here are a handful of things that have popped up.


* Really fascinating interview about the creation of the computer by the same folks that created the nuclear bomb, and the biology of our machine future.


Besides obvious ones like computer viruses, we have large, slow-moving megafauna like operating systems and now millions of fast-moving apps, almost like microbes. Recently we’ve seen enormous conglomerations of code creeping up on us, these giant, multicellular, metazoan-level code-organisms like Facebook or Amazon. All these species form a digital universe.


* How your cat is making you crazy: Bizarre but brilliant read on a bacterial organism secreted by cats which has demonstrable (and surprisingly large) effects on humans; an interesting parallel to this old post about mind altering parasites.


* Meanwhile: 5 Kinds of Fungus Discovered to be Capable of Farming Animals!

* One of those things that should get more eyeballs on it. “The Corporate Psychopaths: Theory of the Global Financial Crisis” So many juicy quotes.

“At one major investment bank for which I worked, we used psychometric testing to recruit social psychopaths because their characteristics exactly suited them to senior corporate finance roles.”

* This summary of US/general contempt for NZ’s geopolitical importance from the Stratfor leaks is pretty funny. Sort of.

When it comes to geopolitical importance it doesn’t get much fucking lower than New Zealand

Yup. May find the time to read online a little more this week.