#18361
p good article, a socialist feminist whirlwind tour of animal rights

https://lux-magazine.com/article/our-animals-ourselves/
#18362
red mars, kim stanley robinson
#18363
i'm reading a book by A Trot on cambodia and while it is at odds with some of the established liberal interpretation of things in interesting ways he also keeps saying Trot things that seem wrong or are just kind of stupid. might post about it in more detail later on..
#18364
i was trying to remember something about juan guaido so i looked at a bunch of articles and this one made me laugh because they spelled his name three different ways in the first two paragraphs: https://time.com/5518443/juan-guaido-interview-venezuela/

Three weeks ago, few Venezuelans knew Juan Guaidó’s name. Today, the 35-year-old is the international face of Venezuelan protest. More than a dozen countries have officially backed Guidó’s claim to be his country’s interim president and tens of thousands of people have turned out on the streets to support him.

After years of economic crisis and repression under Nicolás Maduro’s authoritarian regime, politicians and the public have rallied around Guiado, who is leader of the opposition-held parliament, which was stripped of its powers in 2017. On Jan. 23, he was sworn in as acting president on the basis that Maduro’s second term was illegitimate and that the constitution says the parliament leader must take charge in a power vacuum. In the week since, Guaidó has appointed members of a parallel government and persuaded the U.S. to impose crippling sanctions that will make it harder and harder for Maduro to cling to power.

third one is the funniest, because iirc that's what his detractors call him; it means "guided," which is pretty ace nameplay

#18365
i am reading SPERM COUNT: OVERCOME BY MANS MOST PRECIOUS FLUID by LISA MOOORE
#18366
a long time ago someone recommended Samuel Farber's "Cuba Since the Revolution of 1959" which is supposed to be a balanced assessment. as soon as i saw "regime" get mentioned i got skeptical and after reading a chapter or two i started randomly skipping through the book to see if there was anything of value. Farber's book is basically a huge dump on the revolution, based on initial impressions probably 95% negative, 5% positive. he complains they've been too hard on counter revolutionaries, oh they don't pose a threat, not enough freedom. he has this section that argues that not only is Cuba not socialist but it isn't even progressive. Quote: "Whatever the very long lasting Cuban political regime may have accomplished at one point may have little relevance to subsequent generations of Cubans."

yes, there were mistakes and contradictions along the way, but revolution is messy business and back-seating every moment just comes across as utopian. this guy is either a trot or a lib that just needs to accept that he wants a social democracy.

it's kind of funny because just a few years ago i was going through an anti-revisionist phase and it took some time to realize hey, these are experiments happening in an imperialist world with a wide variety of cultural backgrounds and material conditions, have some understanding

Edit: lol of course

#18367
sam farber is an amerikan who was born in cuba before the rev then moved to the us, in 1958. contributed to socialist worker newspaper & isn't that interesting
#18368
i have half a dozen little piles of books lying around this place and i'm reading all of them all the time. basic crochet techniques and torkil lausen and carl sandberg and laozi and how to rig up miniscule hydropower generators. i don't have enough time
#18369
i just started reading shenfan and even in the preface there's already some interesting stuff:

William Hinton posted:

Lack of strategic consensus has had an incalculable influence on the reconstruction of China since 1949. The right and left swings that constantly distorted policy in the post-land-reform period were nothing new, but in the absence of consensus the swings tended to be far more extreme and far more destructive than they had before. Foot-dragging by an important section of the leadership that disagreed on strategic goals often served to undermine and slow down political initiatives. But by taking the opposite tack, these leaders could, if they felt like it, speed up those initiatives and carry them to extremes for the sole purpose of discrediting not only the initiatives themselves, but the overall direction of the movement. Once ultraleft errors make radical programs look absurd, the substitution of conservative alternatives becomes easy. Whether or not anyone ever consciously carried out such devious manurers, objectively the ball clearly bounded that way.

#18370
currently reading the leaked supposed Alito decision regarding overturning roe v wade
#18371

JohnBeige posted:

currently reading the leaked supposed Alito decision regarding overturning roe v wade

How well does it hang together as a legal argument

#18372

littlegreenpills posted:

How well does it hang together as a legal argument

probably less well than the people who made it

#18373
I left a copy of Cyclonopedia on my desk and now my partner has been ripping on the title for two days straight. "Are you enjoying Mindograms: Pescaterian Spaceship Relations?" Also the person at the book store, whom I know, acted like ordering/buying it was a symptom of crisis. Fifty pages in, do not recommend.

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#18374
United $naKKKe$ Supreme Court opinions don't have to make legal arguments. They're flawless cases for CLS, because when you make it to the top of bourgeois judiciary, you take your mask off and just make the law up from your preexisting beliefs. You're insulated from everyone and everything and a global dictator for life, who can stop you? The only constant is that you cosplay Fourth of July Uncle-Sam-on-stilts in every document. If you don't believe me, read literally any U.S. Supreme Court decision concerning baseball.
#18375

winebaby posted:

I left a copy of Cyclonopedia on my desk and now my partner has been ripping on the title for two days straight. "Are you enjoying Mindograms: Pescaterian Spaceship Relations?" Also the person at book store, whom I know, acted like ordering/buying it was a symptom of crisis. Fifty pages in, do not recommend.

cyclonopedia is cool imo, and your partner sounds rude as heck!

#18376

lo posted:

winebaby posted:

I left a copy of Cyclonopedia on my desk and now my partner has been ripping on the title for two days straight. "Are you enjoying Mindograms: Pescaterian Spaceship Relations?" Also the person at book store, whom I know, acted like ordering/buying it was a symptom of crisis. Fifty pages in, do not recommend.

cyclonopedia is cool imo, and your partner sounds rude as heck!

sorry, I also think it is cool, it's the mockery of my peers that i cannot endure

#18377
the dissent on FEC vs. Cruz. which i guess proves my point earlier on this page but it’s also pretty lol because the dissenting opinion is just straight up saying right at the beginning that the majority has legalized bribery in national elections
#18378
kathryn cramer's majors thesis from the ontario college of art and design "a thousand futures" wherein she teaches one how to make saleable sci fi's in the wired magazine era
#18379
my workplace sent out an email to everyone today saying that the corporate office is retroactively celebrating April as Arab American Heritage month and therefore they would like to “determine the population” of “Arab Americans” or those with “Middle East and North African (MENA) ancestry” in the company through self-reporting. ok
#18380

cars posted:

my workplace sent out an email to everyone today saying that the corporate office is retroactively celebrating April as Arab American Heritage month and therefore they would like to “determine the population” of “Arab Americans” or those with “Middle East and North African (MENA) ancestry” in the company through self-reporting. ok

lmao