(Source: superamiga)

dark peace for shattered synapses

http://www.vesselmusic.com/2011/09/09/mix/legowelt/

Hawt new Legowelt mixage

Reading and listening lists

Listening

Balam Acab, Wander/Wonder

Sun Araw, Ancient Romans

Maria Minerva, Cabaret Cixous

Borden, Ferraro, Godin, Halo & Lopatin, FRKWYS Vol. 7

Andy Stott, Passed Me By

DeepChord, Hash-Bar Loops

Free School, Ranting and Raving

Crypt Thing, Rotational Slumping

Andres, Andres III

Tevo Howard, Pandora’s Box

Reading

PKD, The Penultimate Truth

JGB, Kingdom Come

David Mitchell, number9dream

China Mieville, Kraken

Brandon Labelle, Acoustic Territories

Alan Moore’s Neonomicon series

Evan Calder Williams, Combined and Uneven Apocalypse

http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/09/02/blade-runners-many-lives/

The movie depicts men—and the creators of life are all males in this film—so enthralled by technology that they seem not to have noticed, or just don’t care, that the world they have made in the name of progress is an unplugged version of Las Vegas in the rain, in other words, a version of hell.  Even the promised land of the Off-World Colonies, visions of which drift above L.A. on floating advertisements, is an endless suburban matrix resembling a devastated San Fernando Valley in a perpetual twilight of smog and drizzle.

From an off-world industrial zone come four rebellious Replicants, fabricated humans, in search of an extension to their lives, a reprieve from their literal deadline. They believe that they  can be re-programmed for longevity by their maker, the God of Bio-Mechanics, Dr. Tyrell who fabricated his android children to be “more human than human.” But along with life he has given them an unalterable biological termination date.  The leader of the gang is Roy Batty, played by Rutger Hauer, whose first words in the film are an inversion of the celebratory lines from William Blake’s America: a Prophecy:  “Fiery the angels rose …”  Batty’s own angels are falling:  the American dream has turned nightmare.

http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/09/02/drugged-out-america/

In 1970, President Nixon championed the Controlled Substances Act that superseded the Marihuana Act and started the war on drugs.  In a 1970 speech, he declared, “this nation faces a major crisis in terms of the increasing use of drugs, particularly among our young people.”  A year later, he upped the ante: “Public enemy No. 1 in the United States is drug abuse. In order to fight and defeat this enemy, it is necessary to wage a new, all-out offensive.”   America’s war on “domestic terrorism” had begun.

Now, four decades later, the forces of moral order, in league with the police-corporate complex, have scooped up $1 trillion and left behind a failed, second temperance movement, the “war on drugs.”  These drug-opportunists have left wrecked lives in their wake.  An untold number of drug-related dead bodies and destroyed lives litter the national landscape.

http://www.redpepper.org.uk/chile%E2%80%99s-winter-awakening/

Since May, some 700 schools have been occupied by secondary school students and almost daily street protests have been taking place ever since. In mid-August around half a million students and their families took part in a demonstration in a park in central Santiago. The students have also managed to connect their struggles with other sectors of Chilean society. A week after the park demonstration, the students joined a national strike declared by Chile’s trade union confederation (CUT), mobilising again half a million people onto the streets of Santiago.

The educational system they are protesting against is one of the most unequal in the world. Less than 50 per cent of students attend state funded schools, which are of poor quality and are starved of funds. University education is the most expensive in Latin America and when family income is taken into consideration, one of the most expensive in the world. Around 84 per cent of expenditure on higher education is borne by students and their families while a meagre 16 per cent is funded by the state. For instance, the University of Chile, the country’s main university, only receives 14 per cent of its budget from the state.