It isn’t just the pepper spray that makes you cry

Wonderful Harper's Review this week. This short excerpt gives a snapshot of the contradictions and folly our species. Vis: Protesters with the Occupy Wall Street movement ate donated Thanksgiving dinners in encampments across the country, while occupations in Philadelphia and Los Angeles faced eviction deadlines. "We've been sitting around, drinking coffee," said a Philadelphia occupier. "This is bringing us back … Continue reading It isn’t just the pepper spray that makes you cry

Where there’s a willy, there’s a way

Two extracts from a recent Harper's Review. The first says something about commodity fetishism that perhaps Marx had not intended. The second just says something ... ... a Louisiana man told police he exposed his penis to a Ford because he's aroused by Walmart. A Texas jury sentenced religious fundamentalist Warren Jeffs to life in … Continue reading Where there’s a willy, there’s a way

Not a haboob, but a haboob

Residents of Arizona objected to recent dust storms being referred to by meteorologists as "haboobs." "While other countries in the world may call them that, this is the United States," wrote one reader of the Arizona Republic. "This is Arizona, not some Middle Eastern nation." — From Harper's Review Other versions of the story here … Continue reading Not a haboob, but a haboob