Sinuses giving me gip again. Honestly who’s idea was it to have empty spaces in your skull, that are prone to getting clogged up and giving pain during pressure change? I’d happily do without, can’t I just fill them up with Sugru or something?

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Members of the London Anarchist Federation will discuss anarchism as a political philosophy, its history, key thinkers and modern currents as well as an anarchist FAQ. This talk is aimed at those interested in learning more about anarchism and will also include an overview of the many anarchist groups you can get involved with. The talk will be followed by a Q&A in case we miss anything in the FAQ and then a social in a nearby pub.

Looking at the question of how radical municipalism can go beyond the local.

Addresses the criticisms that: 1. with looming global catastrophe, another other than global response is not useful. 2. Local activism doesn’t address global capitalism. 3. Capture of the state is the only way to effect change.

Doing the article a bit of an injustice but my sum: confederations of radical municipalities can act nationally and globally to counter climate change and capitalism.

How radical municipalism can go beyond the local

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An urban fiction thriller set in a cyberpunk world, New Clone City tells the story of a down-at-heel metropolis. A melting pot of tribes, technology, poverty, and chaos. New Clone City is a rollicking compulsive read, as queer and captivating as its inhabitants. This is a slipstream world where a refugee crisis looms, the environment is in chaos, and an authoritarian political movement threatens the very fabric of the city. These dark forces battle a colourful cast of heroes, from anarchist rednecks to genderfluid sex workers.
Bookmarked Pulling the magical lever (unevenearth.org)
Image: Pixabay by Rut Elliot Blomqvist Ideas about the importance of the imagination in an age of political and ecological crisis are popping up everywhere: in the arts, in activism and other forms of politics, and in a wide range of academic disciplines and fields. This blog is one example. In addi...

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A discussion around technology, ecology and future worlds. What are the possibilities and limits for technology in the context of climate change and other ecological crises? Can we have our technological cake and ecologically eat it? In this discussion we will explore ideas including fully automated luxury communism, techno-utopianism and degrowth.
Bookmarked Programme of events (Friday 19th- Sunday 21st October 2018)
The programme will be amended and expanded upon right up until the key weekend, so please check back for the latest…currently a work in progress!! FRIDAY 19TH OCTOBER 7pm @ Housmans Bookshop Peace News present: ‘Nonviolent Anarchism/Nonviolent Revolution’ with Milan Rai Entry £3 redeemable ag...

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Read Radical municipalism: demanding the future (openDemocracy)
‘Municipal politics’ may raise new types of demands crucial in organising powerful social movements and improving material conditions, while orienting us towards new understandings of what is possible. 


Some good musings on the relationship between post-nationalism and post-capitalism.

Hypothesis: “that the ‘municipal’ – whether we’re talking about towns, cities or city-regions – might be a fundamentally important scale at which, and through which, to generate progressive movements towards post-capitalism”

Some good thorny issues that need examining in the ‘Our questions’ section.

 

I don’t really know how FB works as a corp, but somehow the celebrity-style focus on Zuckerberg feels like a misdirection. Not to absolve him in any way, but there’s a board, shareholders, hierarchy of managers, not to mention a rotten socio-political system behind every crappy thing that Facebook does. Every article about FB is accompanied by a goofy Zuck photo, look what this dufus did now. But I feel like, no, look what our society did.

I haven’t read the whole paper, but can’t deny it has a catchy opening:

"The purpose of this conceptual paper is to provide readers with an opportunity to reassess their work and life in the face of an inevitable near term social collapse due to climate change."

http://www.lifeworth.com/deepadaptation.pdf

Sheeeittt. org-trello is pretty rad. I basically thought, wouldn’t it be nice if I could sync work Trello boards with my org files at work, and lo and behold .. some badass has already written a package for it. Vive la FLOSS! Vive la APIs!

It’s pretty remarkably full featured two-way sync. Doesn’t do everything exactly as I want, but still will be really helpful for me at work I think.

http://org-trello.github.io/

Amazon training videos coach Whole Foods staff on how to discourage unions.

smfh

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/sep/27/amazon-whole-foods-training-video-union-busting-efforts-staff

“One training video segment includes teaching managers how to find “warning signs” of unionization efforts, which included any employees who stick around after their shift has ended. Warning signs also included looking out for “union words” such as a “living wage”.

“you might need to talk about how having a union could hurt innovation which could hurt customer obsession”

“could hurt customer obsession”

“could”

“hurt”

“customer”

“obsession”

Read Everything for everyone: Michel Bauwens interviews Nathan Schneider - Commons Transition (Commons Transition)
An interview with Nathan Schneider by Michel Bauwens, on this very interesting book about the past, present and future of the cooperative movement and how it intersects with the revival of the commons.

“I regard cooperatives as a kind of commons, a mode of commoning that has made itself legible to the industrial-era state and market. […] But I wouldn’t claim cooperatives are sufficient. They’re a starting point, a gateway to more diverse and widespread commoning.”

Nathan Schneider interview by Michel Bauwens.

Everything for everyone: Michel Bauwens interviews Nathan Schneider