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Deer Hunting with Jesus: Joe Bageant
09.08.2009
08:19 am

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An interview with Joe Bageant, author of the excellent book, Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America’s Class War.

Bageant offers insight into American redneck culture and tries to explain Birthers, tea baggers and how Republicans have become so infernally adept at convincing working class Americans to vote against their own self-interest, like now, with the current health care debate. Do not miss Deer Hunting with Jesus, it’s essential reading if you want to understand the deeply ingrained psychological complexities that make up modern America, whether you are American yourself or not.

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Give the Anarchist a Cigarette: Happy Birthday Mick Farren!
09.05.2009
03:46 pm

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Mick Farren, legendary British counterculture radical, sci-fi/horror author, cultural journalist, critic, blogger and rock ‘n’ roller has had another birthday. I hope it was a happy one!

I couldn’t resist pilfering another of Mick’s rants, they’re just too good, too eloquent and too true:

It?

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Derrick Jensen: While the World Burns (Part 2)
07.26.2009
10:05 am

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Richard Metzger speaks with author and environmental activist Derrick Jensen via Skype from his home in Northern California. Derrick is the author of thirteen books including ?

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Fordlandia’s Rise and Fall

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Jim Jones, Fitzcarraldo, The Mosquito Coast...nothing sucks me in quicker than a tale of a dashed jungle dream.  That’s why I’m bracing for what seems like a harrowing read in Greg Grandin’s account of Henry Ford’s Amazonian misadventure, Fordlandia.  Despite the story’s familiar trajectory (man—> jungle—> tragedy), the details sound remarkable:

In 1927, Ford, the richest man in the world, needed rubber to make tires, hoses and other parts for his cars. Rubber does not grow in Michigan, and European producers enjoyed a virtual monopoly on the rubber trade because of their Asian colonies. So, typically, the car magnate decided to grow his own.

The site chosen for Ford?

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Hysterical Public Comments Made at Santa Cruz City Council Meeting
07.22.2009
05:02 pm

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We can be rich in cotton and mining metals and silkworms and we can makes things, we can make things cars, the machine can make it for us…on the East Coast they have slaves and they believe in slavery and made in China, but on the West Coast, the new West Coast, we don’t believe in that. We believe in the union and that’s what we are.

(via reddit)

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The Lost Inventions of R Buckminster Fuller
07.17.2009
07:59 am

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Interesting essay about the “lost” patents and inventions of Buckminster Fuller:

Buckminster Fuller sought patents for his works to document in an enduring form what an individual could invent for the betterment of humanity.  A primary resource for Fuller?

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