sunday mutants

been a while

 

Grant Morrison just got given an MBE. There is so much awesome, yet so much wrong, in that statement. I guess the Queen never read the Invisibles.

THC seems pretty good at curing some cancers. I was told this anecdotally a while back. Now here is a random webpage saying it too.

Adam Curtis’ history of counterinsurgency. Stellar as ever.

Malcolm Gladwell Unmasked. Pretty brutal take-down of Malcolm Gladwell as a big-corporate shill.

From Jamais Cascio’s 9 meditations on complexity

8. The only way to reduce and resolve the complexity of a given situation is to reduce its level of interconnection with other systems; doing so, however, can undermine the value or power of the given system, and will alter the systems to which it was once connected.

9. In other words, the opposite of “complex” is not “simple,” the opposite of”complex” is “isolated.”

Over on Twitter, Nils Gilman nails a heckuva question:

The effective delivery of social services has been the cornerstone of the “performance legitimacy” of modern states. (1/2)

The critical political question of our time is: how can the state justify the loyalty of its citizens in a post-welfare state world? (2/2)

and John Robb notes

The hilarious part about the Greek default is that its total debt (public and private) is only 170% of GDP. In the US, it is 370%.

And finally, a friendly reminder from the Great Beast 666 himself:

Why should you study and practice Magick? Because you can’t help doing it, and you had better do it well than badly. – Aleister Crowley

 

That’s all for now.

 

4 Responses to “sunday mutants”

  1.   Scott C
    June 19th, 2012 | 9:09 pm

    Fantastic recognition of Morrison (even if there is a certain degree of irony to it). I’ve managed to introduce a few of my tutors and lecturers up at uni to Morrison’s works and wrote an essay on the distortion of norms of sexuality in The Invisibles (got heaps of kudos for picking such an “informed” text to examine).

    The world gets consistently weirder and weirder (in that good sort of way)!

  2.   billy
    June 20th, 2012 | 5:46 pm

    Holy shit, ScottC exists! ;)

  3.   Pearce
    June 20th, 2012 | 8:19 pm

    I presume that Morrison was a pinch-bitter after Alan Moore turned it down. Much as I like Morrison, he’s spent most of the last 10 years writing about Batman.

  4.   Scott C
    June 21st, 2012 | 8:20 am

    Yeah I do exist – in fact I regularly skulk around this place! I’m just fairly self conscious about posting online (the joys of suddenly becoming very self critical of my own writing and thoughts – a good thing in general).