Reading Charles Dickens for the first time. David Copperfield. The characters are all so memorable and every other page there is a really moving moment of love or misery

Also all the bad guys are bourgeois and have names like 'murdstone' and all the good guys are poor and have names like 'peggotty', terrific
they're all like that p much
still reading the thing inkwell told me to

littlegreenpills posted:

still reading the thing inkwell told me to

how did the wife thing turn out anyway, i didn't keep up

flipping through césar vallejo's collected works and enjoying it. his poetry is really burning and urgent, very inventive. a good vision of what communist poetry can be without turning to socialist realism or whatever.

mayakovfefe posted:

his poetry is really burning and urgent,

you know it's urgent when every sentence is an exclamation. anyway, i liked this one quite a bit so translated it..

And what if after so many words,
the word does not survive!
If after the wings of birds,
the still bird does not survive!
Better then, truly,
for it to all be swallowed up and be done!

Having been born to live from our
Raising ourselves from heaven to the earth
by its own disasters
and spy the moment to extinguish its
shadow with its darkness!

Better then, frankly,
for it to all be swallowed up and what difference does it make ... !

And if after so much history,
we succumb,
not from eternity,
but from those simple things, like being
at home or brooding!
And if later we find,
all of a sudden, that we live,
judging by the height of the stars,
for the comb and stains on a handkerchief!
Better then, truly,
for it to all to be swallowed up, of course!

It will be said that we have,
in one eye much grief
and also in the other, much grief
and in both, when they look, much
Then... Clearly!... Then... not even a

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mayakovfefe posted:

a good vision of what communist poetry can be without turning to socialist realism or whatever.


marimite posted:


that's a really good interview. the stuff about CIA is gold,

There was a professor at the New York University, Solomon Fabricant, as in the word “fabricate”. He was the head of the National Bureau of Economic Research. I went into his office he said, “The first thing I want you to do, I want you to join the CIA. I’m recruiting.” He showed me a copy of the CIA’s first published report in America, when the CIA first went public. It was on Russia’s gold stock, saying that it didn’t have enough native gold in its rivers or mines to be credit-worthy. I looked at it and said, “You must know that this is all a lie. I work for the Chase Manhattan Bank. Our customer is Anaconda Copper Co. Anaconda has bought gold bars from the Soviet Union and the gold bars are not made from gold they pan out of the river. They’re made as an electrolytic by-product of copper refining. What you should do is forecast the copper output of Russia, when you electrolytically refine copper, gold and silver fall to the bottom and it’s the residue that is responsible for most of the gold stock, not only of Russia but for other copper producers such as Chile.”
He said, “well okay you’re not good at joining the CIA”. I couldn’t believe he didn’t know about my background, but that didn’t matter.

In the last few months that I worked for Chase Manhattan in 1967, I was going up to my office on the ninth floor and a man got on the elevator and said, “I was just coming to your office, Michael. Here is a report. I’m from the State Department (I assumed that this meant CIA). “We want to calculate how much money the US could get if we set up bank branches and became the bank for all the criminal capital in the world.” He said, “We figured out we can finance, (and he said this in an elevator), we can finance the Vietnam War with all the drug money coming into America, all of the criminal money. Can you make a calculation of how much that might be?”
So I spent three months figuring out how much money goes to Switzerland, from drug dealings, what’s the dollar volume of drug dealings. They helped me with all sorts of statistics on that, and said, “We can become the criminal capital of the world and it’ll finance the dollar and this will enable us to afford the spending to defeat communism in Vietnam and elsewhere. If we don’t do that, the bomb throwers will come to New York.”
So I became a specialist in money laundering! Nothing could have better prepared me to understand how the global economy works! I had all the statistics, I had the help of the government people explaining to me how the CIA worked with drug dealing and other criminals and kidnappers to raise the money so it would be off the balance sheet funding and Congress didn’t have to approve it when they would kill people and sponsor revolutions. They were completely open with me about this. I realized they’d never done a security check on me.
So I spent a year applying my balance of payments analysis to the US balance of payments. When I finally finished, I found that the entire US balance of payments deficit in the 1960s, since the Vietnam War, the entire balance of payments deficit was military spending abroad. The private sector’s trade and investment was exactly in balance; tourism, trade and investment were exactly in balance. All the deficit was military.
So I turned in my statistics. My boss Mr. Barsanti, came in to me three days later and he said, “I’m afraid we have to fire you.” I asked, “What happened?” He said, “Well, we sent it to Robert McNamara.” (who was the Secretary of Defense and then became an even more dangerous person with the World Bank, which probably is more dangerous to the world than the American military. But that’s another story). Mr. Barsanti said that McNamara said that Arthur Andersen would never get another government contract if it published my report.

I decided to become a professor at the New School, because I never had a course in trade theory and the only way to learn about a topic is to teach it. So I gave the course in trade theory, and then was hired as a full-time faculty member in 1970 and taught national income analysis, using Marx’s Theories of Surplus Value as my textbook. This infuriated the department head, Robert Heilbroner, whose idea of Marx was what he had for breakfast and how he felt later, and did he really have an affair with his maid. There was not much economic analysis, and he was furious that I would teach a national income course. He said, “You’re a Wall Street thug! You know only one third of the economics students are from business, one third are foreign students from the UN, and one third sort of radicals who are left-wing.” He just assumed that I was there for the business school students. I never once discussed politics at the New School. I realized that Heilbroner’s idea of Marxism was Stalinism, as a very crude idea. He brought in a Stalinist, Steve Hymer, ostensibly to teach trade theory, and I said, “That’s fine, I’ll teach monetary theory and banking theory.
Hymer was a proselytizer for LSD. He would tell the students to take LSD and then listen to his course. About a year after he joined, he went to the American Economic Association meeting in Montreal, had students take LSD and stand on their head. On the way back to New York he drove his car into a truck and his group died. It’s really dangerous to take LSD when you’re driving.
The foreign students were coming into my office and saying, “Is this man CIA? Why would he want us to take LSD unless he wants to, you know, deport us or arrest us or make us into a spy?” So I was the guy they would come to and that made Heilbroner think all the more that I must be a Wall Street plant.

ive been casually browsing this collection of short articles about dangerous chemical compounds, "things i won't work with"

that’s a good column imo because nearly every entry is just some variation on “no one wants or needs any new explosives, why are people still getting paid to invent new explosives”

Belphegor posted:

Reading Charles Dickens for the first time. David Copperfield. The characters are all so memorable and every other page there is a really moving moment of love or misery

Also all the bad guys are bourgeois and have names like 'murdstone' and all the good guys are poor and have names like 'peggotty', terrific

the first time i took dissociatives i took a shower and realized that the first pages of catcher in the rye mirror david copperfield and then i started to cry and called my friend soaking wet who promptly and thankfully told me to shut the fuck up


slipdisco posted:

marimite posted:


that's a really good interview. the stuff about CIA is gold,

from the preface of Super Imperialism (2nd ed):

M. Hudson posted:

A few years ago I sought to update my breakdown of the balance of payments to update the impact of U.S. military spending and foreign aid. But the Commerce Department’s Table 5 from its balance of payments data had been changed in such a way it no longer reveals the extent to which foreign aid generates a transfer of dollars from foreign countries to the United States, as it did in the 1960s and 1970s. I telephoned the statistical division responsible for collecting these statistics and in due course reached the technician responsible for the numbers. “We used to publish that data,” he explained, “but some joker published a report showing that the United States actually made money off the countries we were aiding. It caused such a stir that we changed the accounting format so that nobody can embarrass us like that again.” I realized that I was the joker who had been responsible for the present-day statistical concealment, and that it would take a Congressional request to get the Commerce and State Departments to replicate the analysis that still was being made public in the years in which I wrote Super Imperialism.

this super imperialism book's really good, thanks marimite

i'd understood how the US obliged OPEC to sell oil in petrodollars, didn't know it was a tiny part of a much larger debtor-empire survival strategy. vietnamese communists broke the world's gold-backed financial system, amazing

marimite posted:


this really is fantastic, and hilarious in spots, and great

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i just found out i had foundations of leninism in paperback in my book closet because i took all the "probably not ok to show or sell" books from the local of the student org i was in during university (youth wing of the wpb)

i should take them to my "not ok to show or sell, but very ok to read" bookshelf at my regional secretariat
Dirty Wars is an okay book for exploring the scale and thirst for imperial expansion of U.S military/intelligence
gonna read both of the articles linked here at some point today


amin and losurdo in the same summer
visited one our members who used to be a unionized electrician in the uk and he gave me this: https://newint.org/books/politics/blacklisted-secret-war/ only halfway through chapter one but it's extremely pro-read

Constantignoble posted:

amin died


about naspers, the boers who owns a 1/3 stake in tencent, and tencent, one of the largest companies in the world, who have just slumped around 10% because the chinese government has changed its mind about granting liceneces for pubg and fotnite monetisation in china or something; what a world
Hi All!

We are incredibly excited to announce that the first book that will be published here at Sinistra Publishing is a translation of Domenico Losurdo's Stalin,

elias posted:

Hi All!

We are incredibly excited to announce that the first book that will be published here at Sinistra Publishing is a translation of Domenico Losurdo's Stalin,

just reading the announcement and apparently losurdo passed away in june? i was not aware. rip
this is the funniest shit I've read recently, maximum elderly confusion


The terrifying bird-woman icon associated with “Momo” has been added to “Minecraft,” an online game that is wildly popular with kids and teens. The sick icon has been added by so-called 'modders,' people with knowledge of programming who create personalized content for “Minecraft.”

A parent is also warning that ads promoting “Momo” have appeared in YouTube videos about the game.

the "parent" is a literal cop from Ohio,

There are fears it could lead youngsters to investigate the dangerous phenomenon, which has also been linked to the theft of personal data, harassment, extortion, anxiety, depression and insomnia.

A police officer in Ohio described how his seven-year-old son was watching Minecraft content on YouTube when an ad about “Momo” popped up.

"It's scary," Lt. Dave Carter told WTOL.


"He began talking about “Momo” and how weird she looked. So, he ended up looking it up and saw that it was that suicide challenge."

"That came from something simple, that kids all like doing this Minecraft stuff and watching the videos on how to play it and here it comes up in the search.”

The dangerous devil meme "Borbobo", has been linked to back-talk, cancer gas, grabby leg syndrome and a phenomenon known as "logging on" or "in". Specialists say Robubro was killed in Argentinia last year, but later 'modded' itself into infectious 'lore-friendly' disrespect for the masters of classic rock.

Help Mister President: My Son's Tamagotchis Have Infected Our Dog With Embezzlement
The actually creepy thing about all that momo/blue whale shit is it provides the perfect cover for adult abusers to harm/kill kids and blame the internet. Little wonder the upstanding child-protecting adults of fox news are all over it like white on rice
so called 'modders' won't stop emailing my wife
Arthur Edward Waite's The Real History of the Rosicrucians, 1887
norman cohn, who wrote rubbish like "The bursuit of the millenium: Revolutionary Millenarians and Mystical Anarchists of the Middle Ages (1957, revised and expanded in 1970) writes like a cop, and so i was wondering, is he a cop so i checked wikipedia, the one stop shop to working out if someone is a cop

Cohn was born in London, to a Jewish father and a Catholic mother.[1] He was educated at Gresham's School[2] and Christ Church, Oxford.[2] He was a scholar and research student at Christ Church between 1933 and 1939, taking a first-class degree in Modern Languages in 1936. He served for six years in the British Army, being commissioned into the Queen's Royal Regiment in 1939 and transferring to the Intelligence Corps in 1944, where his knowledge of modern languages found employment.[2] In 1941 he married Vera Broido, with whom he had a son, the writer Nik Cohn. In the immediate post-war period, he was stationed in Vienna, ostensibly to interrogate Nazis, but he also encountered many refugees from Stalinism, and the similarities in persecutorial obsessions evinced both by Nazism and Stalinism fueled his interest in the historical background for these ideologically opposed, yet functionally similar movements. After his discharge, he taught successively in universities in Scotland, Ireland, England, the United States and Canada.

too easy

im reading genesis and it is remarkable that this gets interpreted as some sort of mystical sky man who people sacrificed goats and their sons to or whatever, rather than like a story of cain and able making "offerings" to "the lord", who prefered sheep to grain; or the one aboout god getting mad that eve slept with his wife and invited adam too or whatever - never knew quite how kooky the interpretation that everyone seems to believe is, lamao
god was the lord, and he wanted his taxes paying

12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.

and this old king, who was called god, said that right? and his angels with their sharp swords backed him up? right?

it's probably pretty elementary to folks in here but i like the interpretation of cain and abel as reflecting social conflict amid transition from nomadic pastoralism to fixed agrarian settlements. one gets so locked into the proletariat/peasant distinction as to associate farming with rural life but i guess it stands to reason that at that point it would be the more urban factor. plus cain is associated with city building and all. one of the half-dozen or so interpretations of "cain" points to "metalsmith," iirc

incidentally basically all the iron people used at that point in history would have come from meteorites. weird metal from heaven, harder than anything, thought to have apotropaic properties. probably most of the iron people encountered in the wild was all red with rust, too, which might have led to the original association with blood (?)

i don't remember where i was going with this. also, there's probably one or more actual books i could find to meander over these topics in a more systematic way than just occasionally picking up a detail here and there and then hoping they all come together into something interesting or meaningful
i finally finished more heat than light by phil mirowski which was interesting at times, particularly when he was basically doing most of an exposition on what bourgeois science is and how it functions without really know it (leading to him not really getting all the way there). at other points it was sort of whatever because it was written for the sort of person who would get really into the Cambridge Capital Controversy.

i also read Petals of Blood by Ngugi wa Thiong'o which was really great and imo compares favorably with novels like inherent vice
what kind of examples did he give? i am talking w/ a settler kinematician with a straight-DARPA/ONR/AFRL CV. my experience in science in the white culture is that, it's pretty much all like this.
i read bad blood by john carreyrou about theranos and it was a little better than most business books bc it's about failure, terrorizing employees, and lots of lying

it's cool how the company was built on like pure air and positive feedback loops of dc/nova nepotism and string pulling, silicon ideology, and media ppl desperately searching for women founders
i just read the mushroom at the end of the world and it was largely a waste of time. Some interesting notes on the regrowth of forests and the notion of interference within nature as something that brings new things into being and not viewing ruin as a purely negative thing, but my god the majority of the book was the authors' character portraits of various individuals she met matsutake hunting and did nothing to actually advance what the book was supposedly about. Also had some vaguely anticommunist passages.

Classic example of indulgent academic writing. Too bad because I'm trying to find a book on climate change that works from the perspective of 'how do we deal with this' and not 'this is how bad things will get.
i am working on a book about how to deal with climate change. first chapter is a page long, it's a list of all the world's rigs and refineries and gas wells. they all get shut down. their labor is self-reassigned, the steel is re-melted (in a solar furnace) into bar and sheet stock. the subsequent chapters are about how to make a solar furnace.