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Dynamicland. Slavoj Zizek: The Need to Traverse the Fantasy. A call to mobilize Europe’s radical-emancipatory tradition, and why we need a solidarity of struggles, not a “dialogue of cultures” Our solidarity with non-Europeans should be a solidarity of struggles, not a "dialogue of cultures" but a uniting of struggles within each culture. Adam Kotsko, a professor of humanities at Shimer College in Chicago, in an email to me, provided the best characterization of the reactions to my latest text on the refugees and Paris attacks: I notice that the responses always seem to be a referendum on you, almost a Rorschach test for what people think of you.

If they think you’re a terrible quasi-fascist, pro-Western ideologue, they find stuff to support that. As for numerous attacks on what I have written, most of them don’t deserve an answer since they simply repeat the position I criticize. But which European position? The last point. What psychoanalysis tells us The psychoanalytic answer is: jouissance. Why Sam Kriss is wrong I said no such thing. Cinema at Round Tana. Metro Plus Chennai Hyderabad Cinema at Round Tana I'LL GET to Round Tana, a near forgotten name, next week - and would welcome any recollections of that landmark site before then - but this week, though I'm a little ahead of my route, historically speaking, I take a look at Cinema which, starting from just a couple of buildings south of P.Orr's, kept Round Tana abuzz all afternoon and evening till the early 1960s. That cinema house which has started me on this journey was my - and many others' - favourite, the New Elphinstone theatre, now a shopping mall of tiny shops and services.

Sohrab Modi, the famed Bombay film-maker known as the `Cecil B. de Mille of Hindi Cinema' began his career in cinema by founding with his brothers `Western India Theatres', owners of a number of `tent' cinemas and permanent theatres. Preceding the New Elphinstone on this site was the Lycaeum, vaudeville theatre, dance hall and `indoor stadium' for prize-fighting. Metro Plus Chennai Hyderabad. 100 years of Indian cinema: Tent cinema returns with Hunterwali, rare silent movies. Tent cinema has returned to the Capital thanks to the ongoing Indian cinema centenary festival where the audience is enjoying the escapades of the legendary Hunterwali in a 1940s talkie and rare silent films like Diler Jiger or Gallant Hearts (1931).

Propped up with the old tent paraphernalia, the wooden benches and the floor mats, the audience aged from 5 to 75 are having a gala time 'living' the olden days of the beginning of cinema in India. Famous as Indian silver screen's first stunt queen, Fearless Nadia as Mary Evans became popularly known later, earned the nickname for her intrepid and swashbuckling tricks on the screen as iconised in classics like Hunterwali (1935), Miss Frontier Mail (1936), Hurrican Hansa (1937), Hunterwali Ki Beti (1943) among others. Hunterwali Ki Beti, screened at the tent facility erected here in a homage to the pioneering days of Indian cinema, was quite a hit with the audience. "I have seen Punjabi films in tent cinema and later in Ludhiana too. ... contd. Men Explain Lolita to Me | Literary Hub. The Machiavelli of Maryland: adviser to presidents, prime ministers – and the Dalai Lama | Thomas Meaney.

People contact Edward Luttwak with unusual requests. The prime minister of Kazakhstan wants to find a way to remove ethnic Russians from a city on his northern border; a major Asian government wants a plan to train its new intelligence services; an Italian chemical company wants help settling an asbestos lawsuit with a local commune; a citizens’ group in Tonga wants to scare away Japanese dolphin poachers from its shores; the London Review of Books wants a piece on the Armenian genocide; a woman is having a custody battle over her children in Washington DC – can Luttwak “reason” with her husband?

And that is just in the last 12 months. Luttwak is a self-proclaimed “grand strategist”, who makes a healthy living dispensing his insights around the globe. Luttwak believes that the logic of strategy contains truths that apply to all times and places. His books and articles have devoted followings among academics, journalists, businessmen, military officers and prime ministers. British Library | Blogs Home. Decoding the Enigma of Satoshi Nakamoto and the Birth of Bitcoin.

Photo It is one of the great mysteries of the digital age. The hunt for Satoshi Nakamoto, the elusive creator of Bitcoin, has captivated even those who think the virtual currency is some sort of online Ponzi scheme. A legend has emerged from a jumble of facts: Someone using the name Satoshi Nakamoto released the software for Bitcoin in early 2009 and communicated with the nascent currency’s users via email — but never by phone or in person.

Then, in 2011, just as the technology began to attract wider attention, the emails stopped. Over the last year, as I worked on a book about the history of Bitcoin, it was hard to avoid being drawn in by the almost mystical riddle of Satoshi Nakamoto’s identity. This video is not currently supported on your browser. Continue reading the main story Video Many in the Bitcoin community told me that, in deference to the Bitcoin creator’s clear desire for privacy, they didn’t want to see the wizard unmasked. Mr. At that event, Mr. But Mr. Mr. After Mr. Mr. Jacobin | Reason in Revolt. Justice with Michael Sandel - Online Harvard Course Exploring Justice, Equality, Democracy, and Citizenship.

Quite Interesting. The first 52 episodes have been taken down so that they can be scrubbed, remastered, packaged together and released as No Such Thing As A Fish - The Complete First Year of Facts. The release will include not only the first 52 episodes, but also a string of bonus content as well as this beautiful, exciting, oh-so-rock-n-roll exclusive vinyl episode. You can pre-order now, and your record will come with a code that allows you to download the full first year of No Such Thing As A Fish. Until then, we hope you continue to feast your ears on episodes 53 onwards and our International Factball series, not to mention a new podcast every Friday - all of which are available for free on Soundcloud, iTunes or wherever you usually get them.

Why Isis fights | Martin Chulov. For more than a century, Dabiq was one of northern Syria’s forsaken villages, a speck on a vast agricultural plain between the Turkish border and the deserts of Iraq, which hardly seemed likely to shape the fate of nations. A weathered sign at its entrance said 4,000 people lived there, most of whom appeared to have left by 2013, driven out over time by a lack of work – and lately by insurrection. For the first three years of Syria’s civil war, the arrival of a strange car would lure bored children to the town’s otherwise empty streets, scattering cats and chickens as they scampered after it.

Little else moved. Dabiq’s few remaining men worked on the odd building project: a half-finished mosque, a humble house for one local who had just returned after 10 years labouring in Lebanon, or a fence for the shrine that was the town’s only showpiece – the tomb of Sulayman ibn Abd al-Malik. “The Hour will not be established until the Romans [Christians] land at Dabiq,” the hadith says. Wealth ‘creators’ are robbing our most productive people | George Monbiot. There is an inverse relationship between utility and reward. The most lucrative, prestigious jobs tend to cause the greatest harm. The most useful workers tend to be paid least and treated worst. I was reminded of this while listening last week to a care worker describing her job.

Carole’s company gives her a rota of, er, three half-hour visits an hour. It takes no account of the time required to travel between jobs, and doesn’t pay her for it either, which means she makes less than the minimum wage. Is there more difficult or worthwhile employment? Her experience is unexceptional. Let’s imagine the lives of those who own or run the company. Such people will soon become very rich. They’ll acquire a wide investment portfolio, perhaps including a few properties, so that – even if they cease to do anything resembling work – they can continue living off the labour of people such as Carole as she struggles to pay extortionate rents.

The inverse relationship doesn’t always hold. Dismaland | Bemusement Park. Roughly 100 Fantastic Magazine Articles from 2014. Each year, I keep a running list of exceptional nonfiction that I encounter as I publish The Best of Journalism, an email newsletter that I send out once or twice a week. This is my annual attempt to bring some of those stories to a wider audience. I could not read or note every worthy article that was published last calendar year and I haven't included any paywalled articles or anything published at The Atlantic. But everything that follows is worthy of wider attention and engagement. Art of the Personal Essay BUZZFEED / Why I Bought a House in Detroit for $500 by Drew Philp "After college, as my friends left Michigan for better opportunities, I was determined to help fix this broken city by building my own home in the middle of it. " THE GUARDIAN / 'There Is Going to Be a Destruction… The Obliteration of a Person' by Marion Coutts “A small tumour has been detected in Tom's brain.

LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS / Diary by Emily Witt SALON / The Day I Left My Son in the Car by Kim Brooks A stroke. Oliver Sacks: My Periodic Table. I LOOK forward eagerly, almost greedily, to the weekly arrival of journals like Nature and Science, and turn at once to articles on the physical sciences — not, as perhaps I should, to articles on biology and medicine. It was the physical sciences that provided my first enchantment as a boy. In a recent issue of Nature, there was a thrilling article by the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Frank Wilczek on a new way of calculating the slightly different masses of neutrons and protons. The new calculation confirms that neutrons are very slightly heavier than protons — the ratio of their masses being 939.56563 to 938.27231 — a trivial difference, one might think, but if it were otherwise the universe as we know it could never have developed.

The ability to calculate this, Dr. Wilczek wrote, “encourages us to predict a future in which nuclear physics reaches the level of precision and versatility that atomic physics has already achieved” — a revolution that, alas, I will never see. A World Without Work. 1. Youngstown, U.S.A. The end of work is still just a futuristic concept for most of the United States, but it is something like a moment in history for Youngstown, Ohio, one its residents can cite with precision: September 19, 1977. For much of the 20th century, Youngstown’s steel mills delivered such great prosperity that the city was a model of the American dream, boasting a median income and a homeownership rate that were among the nation’s highest.

But as manufacturing shifted abroad after World War II, Youngstown steel suffered, and on that gray September afternoon in 1977, Youngstown Sheet and Tube announced the shuttering of its Campbell Works mill. Youngstown was transformed not only by an economic disruption but also by a psychological and cultural breakdown. This winter, I traveled to Ohio to consider what would happen if technology permanently replaced a great deal of human work. The U.S. labor force has been shaped by millennia of technological progress. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Happy Birthday, Aldous Huxley: A Rare, Prophetic 1958 Interview. Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—With Me in It. I was driving 70 mph on the edge of downtown St. Louis when the exploit began to take hold. Though I hadn’t touched the dashboard, the vents in the Jeep Cherokee started blasting cold air at the maximum setting, chilling the sweat on my back through the in-seat climate control system.

Next the radio switched to the local hip hop station and began blaring Skee-lo at full volume. I spun the control knob left and hit the power button, to no avail. Then the windshield wipers turned on, and wiper fluid blurred the glass. As I tried to cope with all this, a picture of the two hackers performing these stunts appeared on the car’s digital display: Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, wearing their trademark track suits. The Jeep’s strange behavior wasn’t entirely unexpected. Click to Open Overlay Gallery As the two hackers remotely toyed with the air-conditioning, radio, and windshield wipers, I mentally congratulated myself on my courage under pressure.

Immediately my accelerator stopped working. Alternatives to Valium. Prospero. How a Clear, Worthless Stone With a Brilliant Marketing Campaign Conquered the World. Alcohol is often praised as a recession-proof industry. In times of economic woes, we spend what little money we have to drown our sorrows. In times of great fortune, we celebrate generously with imbibed cheer. Libation, in all its forms, has permeated civilizations for millennia, interlaced in song, dance and feast … so in a very human way, the product’s consistency makes sense.

There is, however, another industry displaying the same economic invulnerability, and yet offering none of the same rationale: Diamonds! Despite what the Tiffany’s receipt might suggest, diamonds have no inherent value. In the mid 1800s, diamonds were an actual rarity mined solely in India and Brazil. Sensing the untapped opportunity before them, several mining companies joined into a conglomerate, establishing a virtual monopoly in South Africa called “the De Beers Mining company. " Wanting to turn America into its next big market, De Beers met with advertising agencies to form a battle strategy. Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. Paris Review – Writers, Quotes, Biography, Interviews, Artists. Hubski. Jill Lepore: What the Theory of “Disruptive Innovation” Gets Wrong : The New Yorker. In the last years of the nineteen-eighties, I worked not at startups but at what might be called finish-downs.

Tech companies that were dying would hire temps—college students and new graduates—to do what little was left of the work of the employees they’d laid off. This was in Cambridge, near M.I.T. I’d type users’ manuals, save them onto 5.25-inch floppy disks, and send them to a line printer that yammered like a set of prank-shop chatter teeth, but, by the time the last perforated page coiled out of it, the equipment whose functions those manuals explained had been discontinued. We’d work a month here, a week there. There wasn’t much to do. Not long after that, I got a better assignment: answering the phone for Michael Porter, a professor at the Harvard Business School. Porter was interested in how companies succeed. Ever since “The Innovator’s Dilemma,” everyone is either disrupting or being disrupted.

Most big ideas have loud critics. 20 Signs You’re Succeeding In Life Even If You Don’t Feel You Are | GoWeLoveIt | Page 2. We all feel like failures from time to time. While this is a normal feeling, you have to find a way to see yourself and your life from a different perspective. Sometimes we ignore the “little things.” Just because you are not a millionaire, don’t live in a mansion, and you don’t drive a fancy car, that doesn’t mean you’re a failure. In fact, it’s quite the contrary. Here are 20 signs that you are succeeding in life: 1. Drama is not maturity. 2. Asking for help does not equal weakness. 3. You don’t tolerate bad behavior any more – from other people, or even yourself. 4. No, this is not narcissistic even though it might seem like it. 5. Ideally, you should appreciate who you see in the mirror at every moment. 6. Not everyone can have success 100% of the time. 7.

If you have figured out the people who “have your back” and recognized the ones who only pretend that they do, then you have succeeded. 8. Because you know there really is nothing to complain about. 9. 10. You are not stagnant. Anarchy in the bus lane: how protesters quietly took over London’s streets | Art and design | The Guardian.