Squares, malls, bridges and highways (A note on infrastructure and #BlackLivesMatter)

really good read.


Reading about the protests against police violence in the US, like many others I noted the issue of police militarization, but wondered more about the shift from the occupation of squares that has characterized many recent large-scale protests and the blockading of highways, bridges and ports. 

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“Music is the weapon. Music is the future. Music is the weapon of the future” ~Fela Kuti

A post from Daniel on contingency and indeterminate nature of politics and music.


This week, I’ll be traveling to give a paper at this graduate student conference, hosted by the comparative literature department at UC-Irvine. The conference theme is on my very favorite subject: indeterminacy.

Approaches to indeterminate procedures are the link in my work between music and politics. In both areas, attempts to intentionally design procedures that will have an unknown result have become crucially important. In improvised music and in democratic politics, this unknown outcome is, at least in theory, the defining characteristic of such practices. This has been the connection that has interested me from the beginning.

Around the same time that I started researching this connection, a small book called The Medium of Contingency came out, signalling a sort of “intellectual moment” in which contingency became fully legitimated as a subject worth studying in its own right. My paper sort of picks up from this point, discussing some of…

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Leigh Anne Tuohy, Racism, and the White Saviour Complex

on point.

The Belle Jar

Leigh Anne “That Nice Woman Sandra Bullock Played In The Blind Side” Tuohy recently posted the following picture and caption on her Facebook and Instagram accounts:


We see what we want! It’s the gospel truth! These two were literally huddled over in a corner table nose to nose and the person with me said “I bet they are up to no good” well you know me… I walked over, told them to scoot over. After 10 seconds of dead silence I said so whats happening at this table? I get nothing.. I then explained it was my store and they should spill it… They showed me their phones and they were texting friends trying to scrape up $3.00 each for the high school basketball game! Well they left with smiles, money for popcorn and bus fare. We have to STOP judging people and assuming and pigeon holing people!…

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A Walmart is Not a War Zone: Photos From The Journey For John Crawford

Thank you Virally Suppressed for this writeup and Ohio Student Association for holding AG Dewine accountable. No indictment, no peace.

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On Monday, September 22nd, more than 100 men and women set off from a Walmart in  Beavercreek, Ohio–a predominantly white suburb of Dayton–and walked 11 miles to the Greene County Courthouse in Xenia, OH. On August 5th, a 22 year old black man named John Crawford was gunned down and killed by white police officers at that Beavercreek Walmart for the crime of holding an unloaded BB gun in the store’s toy aisle. Protesters and concerned citizens honored the life of John Crawford and called for the release of the surveillance tapes that are being held by Ohio attorney general Mike Dewine so that the truth of this young man’s murder can see the light of day. The march, which was led by the Ohio Student Association, a progressive youth organizing group based out of Columbus, was conducted today to coincide with the convening of a grand jury at…

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The Futsal Shadows

Great thoughts on footy development from Jonathan Townsend (who writes with These Football Times)

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The Futsal Shadows

By: Jon Townsend


Football has and will always be a game of contrasting styles, evolving philosophies of play and trendy paradigms that captivate the world only to be emulated, bastardized, found out, and written off as obsolete. There was a day when direct, Route One football was all the rage (for some, it’s still the default style). We’ve seen the magic oftotaalvoetbal, the efficiency of gegenpressing, the security of catenaccio, the flair of tiki taka, and the blunt effectiveness of what some have come to call anti-football, or more popularly, “parking the bus”.

I’ve always contended that styles and systems of play don’t expire – players do. Football, being the organic and evolutionary sport that it is, is often judged by enigmatic teams who ride a system’s success until it’s found out. But, something else is at play that might yet shed some light as to why some teams…

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Talib Kweli Takes Don Lemon, CNN To Task For Ferguson Coverage [VIDEO & POLL]

Have always considered Don Lemon a tragic tool of corporate media, and his Fox News-style interview of Talib Kweli is very disturbing.

The Rickey Smiley Morning Show

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Rapper Talib Kweli has been marching among protesters in Ferguson, Mo. , so he had a few choice words for Don Lemon about his and his company’s “white supremacist” coverage.

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Opportunity Corridor Would Wall Out Transit

Opportunity Corridor

Although our group generally opposes the Opportunity Corridor on conceptual grounds, the details of the actual project cast increasing doubt on claims that this project will benefit pedestrians and neighborhood residents.

Below is the “preferred alternative” for East 55th Street. Notice 13-foot retaining walls separating Slavic Village from the East 55th Street Rapid Station.

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But don’t worry, project planners have it all figured out. They’ll just send transit dependent people way out of their way if they want to take the train.

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So the new route to the rapid station for transit riders will be two-and-one-half times as along, but suburban commuters will save a couple minutes.

This project could not be a better example of the inequity that arises from car-centered transportation projects.

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