Grace -- by Bia Lowe

Maybe I'm reading too much into this... in identifying many microorganisms by genus alone the author leaves some ambiguity as to whether or not this piece is actually 'pro-illness' (and from the context she seems to favor a harmonically balanced duality between commensal and predatory or pathogenic forms of life), but in any case I think this is a great poem/prayer and it seems to resonate in many ways with the cultural attitudes of this paradigm-shift toward the 'retrolithic age'. It dutifully highlights our inevitable intersubjective relationship with nature -- even those of us who rarely leave an urban apartment -- and it seeks to approach this relationship in an egalitarian manner (rather than the dominating & one-sided manner that is more typical of our global civilization) in a hope that we may find more beauty & serenity... more grace. I hope you all enjoy this aptly titled poem and, if you're the religious sort, perhaps it would even make a suitable prayer.  (continued...)

Link: Failed States, the Coming Mexican Revolution - The Smirking Chimp

From Failed States, the Coming Mexican Revolution - The Smirking Chimp:

The surrealism of a government that builds a wall at the same time it opens a highway gives one pause. The insanity of destroying the economy of your neighbor%u2019s country and to strut along obliviously thinking that it won%u2019t affect our own. The realization of a duality, a fabricated reality that these things are done on purpose they are not just accidents or coincidences. (continued...)

New Site

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The old site, which was designed to utilize free bandwidth and data processing from Google, was beginning too become unwieldy -- even as it languished without updates -- so I decided it was time for a redesign. Actually, I suppose it was quite unwieldy from the beginning. (Which could have a lot to do with why it 'languished'.) For anyone else to contribute content they needed a Blogger account, and it was all counter-intuitive and user-unfriendly. A big ugly hack. Based on a CSS template, which I reverse-engineered to include almost no CSS... totally tables. Muy primitivist. (continued...)

You Are What You Grow -- by Michael Pollan

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Published: April 22, 2007
New York Times

A few years ago, an obesity researcher at the University of Washington named Adam Drewnowski ventured into the supermarket to solve a mystery. He wanted to figure out why it is that the most reliable predictor of obesity in America today is a person’s wealth. For most of history, after all, the poor have typically suffered from a shortage of calories, not a surfeit. So how is it that today the people with the least amount of money to spend on food are the ones most likely to be overweight? (continued...)

The City of Marx and Coca-Cola

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The Situationists are lost prophets of a bygone age, an age of innocence and naïveté, of dreams and hopes, of espresso and wine and Gauloises and mad raving ideals. They were immature people— many of them students—who taught grown-ups a thing or two about mature life and politics. They were the most marginal of dissidents, never more than a dozen or so free spirits; little of their activity extended beyond the centers of Paris, Amsterdam, and Brussels. Their program was epigrammatic not systematic, and its legacy consists only of scraps and preliminary ideas, blurry vignettes and vague hypotheses. No completed or coherent body of work endures. And yet somehow, after the Situationists, urban politics and radical art and design would never quite be the same. (continued...)

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