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February 12 2012

Stuart Hall interviewed by Zoe Williams in the Guardian | 2012-02-11

// oAnth:


(W)e arrive at the riots of the summer, the place where the austerity, these so-called "failures" of multiculturalism, the absence of politics, all meet, in Foot Locker, of all places. "The riots bothered me a great deal, on two counts. First, nothing really has changed. Some kids at the bottom of the ladder are deeply alienated, they've taken the message of Thatcherism and Blairism and the coalition: what you have to do is hustle. Because nobody's going to help you. And they've got no organised political voice, no organised black voice and no sympathetic voice on the left. That kind of anger, coupled with no political expression, leads to riots. It always has. The second point is: where does this find expression in going into a store and stealing trainers? This is the point at which consumerism, which is the cutting edge of neoliberalism, has got to them too. Consumerism puts everyone into a single channel. You're not doing well, but you're still free to consume. We're all equal in the eyes of the market."

And this is the most pessimistic of all his ideas: that three decades of neoliberalism have got into people's consciousness and infected the way young people respond to poverty just as they have neutered the way politicians express themselves. "I got involved in cultural studies because I didn't think life was purely economically determined. I took all this up as an argument with economic determinism. I lived my life as an argument with Marxism, and with neoliberalism. Their point is that, in the last instance, economy will determine it. But when is the last instance? If you're analysing the present conjuncture, you can't start and end at the economy. It is necessary, but insufficient."

In this present conjuncture, though, he sees everywhere the hangover – indeed, the ongoing orgy of an essentially economic agenda. The left is faltering because it can't realistically say it didn't continue what Thatcher started. The institutions of the old welfare state have already been "hollowed out. This is what Blair discovered – you don't need to have a fight about privatisation, you just have to erode the distinction between public and private."


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Noam Chomsky Q&A: "Crisis and Hope: Theirs and Ours"

Noam Chomsky answers questions after delivering speech at the University of Maryland Friday, January 27, 2012 Full speech at

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Sheba was a powerful incense-trading kingdom that prospered through trade with Jerusalem and the Roman empire. The queen is immortalised in Qur'an and the Bible, which describes her visit to Solomon "with a very great retinue, with camels bearing spices, and very much gold and precious stones ... Then she gave the king 120 talents of gold, and a very great quantity of spices."

Although little is known about her, the queen's image inspired medieval Christian mystical works in which she embodied divine wisdom, as well as Turkish and Persian paintings, Handel's oratorio Solomon, and Hollywood films. Her story is still told across Africa and Arabia, and the Ethiopian tales are immortalised in the holy book the Kebra Nagast.

Hers is said to be one of the world's oldest love stories. The Bible says she visited Solomon to test his wisdom by asking him several riddles. Legend has it that he wooed her, and that descendants of their child, Menelik – son of the wise – became the kings of Abyssinia.


Archaeologists strike gold in quest to find Queen of Sheba's wealth | - The Observer - 2012-02-12

IRAN blocks IT-communication systems

cf. here & here by Globalvoices


Help users in Iran reach the internet
So, there's a serious need for obfuscated bridges for Tor right now due to the Iranian government not pulling many punches on censoring the Internet over there. Unfortunately, the setup is a bit more involved than setting up a normal bridge, as the need for these kind of popped up before it was anticipated. So, if you can, it would be helpful to get one of these set up to combat this bullshit. Don't worry, it's completely legal (well, in most countries...see your local laws if you live under a particularly oppressive regime).

#Tor #Cypherpunk #PirateParty #Censorship #Iran

iSSH SSH wrapper for circumventing Iranian DPI Censorship
This is a tool written by an Iranian to get through the recent blocking of SSH behind the national firewall. In theory, this should allow for the creation of SSH tunnels, thus allowing access back out to the unfiltered internet. Another option for folks not necessarily able to pick up the latest Tor client and obfsproxy.
And then there is tunneling over http proxies, through tools like Corkscrew ( or Gothard (
Spread this information around, as this current wave of censorship is insidious, and is leaving people who formerly knew their way around it unable to connect back out to the outside world. The lights NEED to be kept on to avoid even further abuse by the power of the state.

—  oAnth at Diaspora* via Evernote - 2012-02-11
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February 10 2012


KarriereSPIEGEL: Wie müsste so eine Reform aussehen?

Sattelberger: Es geht nicht nur um inhaltliche Reform in Forschung und Lehre, sondern auch beim Personal sowie in Führung und Steuerung einer Schule. Dazu gehört beispielsweise die Frage, ob Professoren zwar ausgezeichnete Fachleute sind, aber mit unmoralischen Handlungskonzepten hantieren, ob Fakultätsmitglieder wie streunende Katzen auf der Suche nach lukrativen Beratungsaufträgen sind. Die Finanzkrise hat ja aufgezeigt, welche inzestuösen Vernetzungen es zwischen Investmentbanken und Professoren führender US-Schulen gab, die auf der Gehaltsliste von Banken standen. Es geht auch darum, nach welchen Kriterien Professoren rekrutiert und befördert werden - spielen da Charakter und soziale Kompetenz auch eine Rolle, oder zählen nur die theoretischen Veröffentlichungen in erstklassigen Journalen? Gibt es einen Code of Conduct, einen Verhaltenskodex? Und hat die Schule einen funktionierenden Beirat? Oft sind Beiräte keine Kontrolleure, sondern werden nur als Geldbeschaffer und Aushängeschilder für die Schule instrumentalisiert. Institutionelle Reformen halte ich für wesentlich schwieriger und wichtiger als die inhaltlich-fachliche Reform.


Managerausbildung: "Die großen Business Schools sind lebendige Leichen" | SPIEGEL ONLINE - 2012-02-09 (via - Hinweise des Tages II - 2012-02-12)
Umm Kulthum [early 60ies ?] - أم كلثوم ــ أمل حياتي ــ كاملة / بحضور جمال عبد الناصر كوكب الشرق سيدة الغناء العربي أم كلثوم / أمل حياتي / بحضور جمال عبد الناصر أمل حياتي يا حب غالي ما ينتهيش يا أحلى غنوه س...


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