Neo-Luddism A novel written by Edward Abbey which concerns the use of sabotage to protest environmentally damaging activities in the American Southwest. Neo-Luddism or New Luddism is a philosophy opposing many forms of modern technology. According to a manifesto drawn up by the Second Luddite Congress (April 1996; Barnesville, Ohio) Neo-Luddism is "a leaderless movement of passive resistance to consumerism and the increasingly bizarre and frightening technologies of the Computer Age."  The name is based on the historical legacy of the British Luddites, who were active between 1811 and 1816. These groups along with some modern Neo-Luddites are characterized by the practice of destroying or abandoning the use of technological equipment as well as advocating simple living. Neo-Luddism stems from the concept that technology has a negative impact on individuals, their communities and the environment. Neo-Luddites also fear the future unknown effects that new technologies might unleash.
Drifter (person) A 2004 poster announcing a large-scale dérive in London, led by a psychogeographical society In psychogeography, a dérive is an unplanned journey through a landscape, usually urban, on which the subtle aesthetic contours of the surrounding architecture and geography subconsciously direct the travellers, with the ultimate goal of encountering an entirely new and authentic experience. Situationist theorist Guy Debord defines the dérive as "a mode of experimental behavior linked to the conditions of urban society: a technique of rapid passage through varied ambiances." He also notes that "the term also designates a specific uninterrupted period of dériving." History The dérive continued to be a critical concept in the theory of the Situationist International, the radical group of avant-garde artists and political theorists that succeeded the Letterist International, emerging in the 1950s. See also References External links
Philly mayor hopes curfew plan brings back the love Philadelphians react to teen 'flash mob' attacks Police commissioner vows enforcementEarlier curfew in some parts of town follows rash of mob attacksThe mayor delivered a tough sermon on the attacksThe fight against teen violence also targets parents (CNN) -- Philadelphia has been plagued by teen violence, but the City of Brotherly Love is fighting back. Mayor Michael Nutter announced this week a robust initiative that began with a stiff curfew at 9 p.m. The effort comes after a string of attacks on residents by groups of young people who are alerted to sudden gatherings at a given place via e-mail and social media. "It's a growing problem in this country, police Commissioner Charles H. Nutter delivered tough remarks about the problem in a church sermon Sunday that has received national and international attention, a blunt no-excuses scolding that happened to coincide with the start of the England riots. He said fathering is engaging with the child and shaping them.
Quartet on the Middle East "QME" redirects here. Offices of the Quartet in Jerusalem The Quartet on the Middle East or Middle East Quartet, sometimes called the Diplomatic Quartet or Madrid Quartet or simply the Quartet, is a foursome of nations and international and supranational entities involved in mediating the peace process in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. History The initiative to establish the Quartet evolved following the outbreak of the Second Intifada in September 2000 and the futile cease-fire attempts that followed. Special Envoys James Wolfensohn, the former president of the World Bank, was appointed Special Envoy for Israel's disengagement from Gaza in April 2005. He stepped down the following year because of restrictions in dealing with the Islamic militant group Hamas and the withholding of money from the Palestinian Authority, risking its collapse. Peace efforts and actions Tony Blair has periodically travelled to the Middle East following his appointment as Special Envoy.
Large-scale participatory futures systems Gov. Rick Snyder signs redistricting bills designed to give GOP political edge With little fanfare Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law today new political maps for Michigan, redrawn by his Republican allies in the Legislature without Democratic interference. In a statement, the governor avoided the political reality that Republicans carved out for themselves. The GOP now has a 61-49 advantage in the state House, according to political analyst Bill Ballenger, a 23-15 edge in the Senate, and a 9-5 advantage in Michigan’s delegation to Congress. But Snyder did lament the decline in Michigan’s numerical clout in Congress. “At our peak, we had 19 seats in Congress. “This clearly shows why we need to fundamentally reinvent Michigan as place where businesses can grow and create jobs and people can raise a family." Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer said Snyder signed into law "politically and racially gerrymandered maps" and in the process "broke his promise to voters that he would be a moderate and bipartisan governor."
Fulda Gap Theoretical attack routes through the Fulda Gap; the southeastern is Fulda, the northwestern is Alsfeld. The mountain in between is the Vogelsberg massif. Strategic location especially regarding the Cold War The northern route through the Gap passes south of the Knüllgebirge and then continues around the northern flank of the Vogelsberg Mountains; the narrower southern route passes through the Fliede and Kinzig Valleys, with the Vogelsberg to the north and the Rhön mountains and Spessart mountains to the south. Perhaps even more importantly, on emerging from the western exit of the Gap, one encounters gentle terrain from there to the river Rhine, which favoured Soviet chances to reach and cross the Rhine before NATO could prevent it (the intervening Main River would have been less of an obstacle). The topography around the Fulda Gap. In the Cold War Terrain near the central German town of Fulda. 11th ACR memorial at the former Downs Barracks, Fulda, Germany.) See also
Chuck Blakeman / The Industrial Age is Dead - Time is the New Money The Industrial Age brought us two incredibly bad ideas that led to many other bad ideas: Retirement Separation of work and play A few weeks ago we said retirement is a bankrupt industrial age idea . Here we’re saying separation of work and play is a bad idea. Time vs. He would have worked in the evening, and that would have had no impact on the company, but they were stuck in the Industrial Age that valued money over time, and couldn’t see it. The Old (and Returning) Normal For thousands of years people lived where they worked (over the storefront, on the farm) and played where they worked. And there wasn’t much separation of work and play in the process. Humans as Extensions of Machines It’s easy to see how this happened. The Silent Generation – the worst label ever given And it all worked in response to the needs of the machine, not the person. Time is The New Money The Industrial Age taught us to value money above time. Do you have time (wealth) or just money (riches)?
Michigan medical marijuana law set for fall legislative review AP File PhotoAttorney General Bill Schuette The legislative push to place tighter controls on medical marijuana will begin in the fall and one change could make it a felony for a physician to authorize use of the drug by falsely certifying the applicant has a debilitating condition. Attorney General Bill Schuette, law enforcement officials and lawmakers said today the 2008 voter-approved law is intentionally vague, so as to allow profit-oriented marijuana dispensaries to openly sell the drug to customers who can now obtain a certificate with minimal effort online. When voters approved the citizen-initiated medical marijuana law, "they did not vote to legalize marijuana or a pot free-for-all, which is what we have here in Michigan,” Schuette said. “We need to bring this law back into line to what voters intended.” Bills introduced on the House’s last day in session before summer break on June 30 make a couple of big changes. Rep.
Davy Crockett (nuclear device) Davy Crockett was a recoilless rifle on a tripod for firing the M388 atomic round The M-28 or M-29 Davy Crockett Weapon System(s) was a tactical nuclear recoilless gun for firing the M388 nuclear projectile that was deployed by the United States during the Cold War. Named after American soldier, congressman, and folk hero Davy Crockett, it was one of the smallest nuclear weapon systems ever built. US officials view a W54 nuclear warhead, as used on the Davy Crockett. The unusually small size of the warhead is apparent. The M-388 could be launched from either of two launchers known as the Davy Crockett Weapon System(s): the 4-inch (120 mm) M28, with a range of about 1.25 mi (2 km), or the 6.1-in (155 mm) M29, with a range of 2.5 mi (4 km). Both recoilless guns proved to have poor accuracy in testing, so the shell's greatest effect would have been its extreme radiation hazard. Production of the Davy Crockett began in 1956, with a total of 2,100 being made.
Motor: Best Vehicles for Navigating the Apocalypse | Magazine Illustration: Oksana Badrak The four horsemen of the apocalypse can afford to be smug bastards. They have transportation. 1// USS Freedom (LSC-1) Cars and bikes won’t do you any good after the flood, my friend. 2// Mercedes-BENZ 300D A Benz might seem a tad bourgeois, but the 300D, with its bulletproof engine, is an exercise in automotive eschatology. 3// Tokai Challenger Despite what you saw in Mel Gibson’s 1979 documentary, Mad Max, what’s left of the world’s gasoline after doomsday will probably just sit in tanks, slowly turning to varnish. 4// Suzuki DR650 If you’re one of the last persons on earth, you’ll need to cross some gnarly terrain.
US railway blocked phones to quash protest - Americas A rail transit provider in the United States disabled mobile phone services to prevent a planned protest on Thursday, attracting criticism and unflattering comparisons to crackdowns on dissent in the Middle East. Demonstrators in northern California's Bay Area had planned a protest to condemn the shooting death of Charles Hill, who was killed on July 3 after Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police officers responded to complaints about a drunk man at a station in the city of San Francisco. Hill was fatally shot in the torso - police said he had lunged with a knife - and protesters responded eight days later with a demonstration that shut down three San Francisco BART stations. BART's police force had been criticised before, in 2009, after a white officer responding with several colleagues to a complaint restrained an unarmed black man on the ground of a train platform and then fatally shot him in the back. Unflattering comparisons Blackout a legal uncertainty