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Wednesday Lazy Linking

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<li><p><a href="http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2011/01/jury_says_its_o.html">Jury Says it&#39;s Okay to Record the TSA. schneier, <cite>Schneier on Security</cite> (2011-01-31)</a>. <q>The Seattle man who refused to show ID to the TSA and recorded the whole incident has been cleared of all charges: [The jury] returned not guilty verdicts for charges that included concealing his identity, refusing to obey a lawful order, trespassing, and disorderly conduct. Papers, Please! says the acquittal...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Tuesday 2011-02-01.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://inciteblog.wordpress.com/2011/02/01/revolution-in-egypt-learn-more/">Revolution in Egypt: Learn More! inciteblog, <cite>INCITE! Blog</cite> (2011-02-01)</a>. <q>Are you excited about the grassroots revolution happening in Egypt?  Do you want to learn more about the background of what’s happening and what the movement is organizing for?  Here are some resources: First, a recent video of a protester in Tahir Square in Cairo.  She explains the political goals...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Tuesday 2011-02-01.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://reagle.org/joseph/blog/social/community/free-as-in-sexist-intro.html">"Free as in Sexist?": Sexism in the Free Culture Movement. <cite>Joseph Reagle</cite> (2011-01-28)</a>. <q>The introduction to my draft on free culture and sexism: In the summer of 2010, David Finsher and Aaron Sorkin's film about the beginnings of Facebook ("The Social Network") attracted much discussion about the portrayal of women in geeky projects. Tracy Clark-Flory (2010fpo), writing for Salon.com, wrote the film prompts...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Tuesday 2011-02-01.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://www.jad-davis.com/wordpress/?p=793">Early Corporate Welfare: “An act for the relief of sick and disabled seamen” Jad Davis, <cite>The jVerse</cite> (2011-01-31)</a>. <q>A friend pointed out a fascinating article on “An act for the relief of sick and disabled seamen“[1] which the author points to as a precedent for Congress mandating health coverage for citizens of the United States. I don’t have any disagreement with his conclusion, that the Constitution in no...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Tuesday 2011-02-01.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://www.revolutionbythebook.akpress.org/annual-bay-area-anarchist-cafe/">Annual Bay Area Anarchist Cafe. kate, <cite>Anarchoblogs in English</cite> (2011-02-01)</a>. <q>The Anarchist Cafe is on! Every year, the Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair is preceded by the annual Anarchist Cafe, an sober-space gathering with vegan dinner and performances, that provides a space for folks to gather before the madness of Bookfair weekend sets in. Much fun, good eats, lots of good...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Tuesday 2011-02-01.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/c4ss/~3/OlqC6ELY_ew/5970">It’s a Child, Not a Choice. <cite>Center for a Stateless Society</cite> (2011-02-01)</a>. "No, it's not an anti-abortion rant... The problem isn’t lack of competition within the government education mandate. The problem is the government education mandate." <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Tuesday 2011-02-01.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/c4ss/~3/yiQZyofsxhg/5740">Obama Marxism Watch — Be Very Afraid! Kevin Carson, <cite>Center for a Stateless Society</cite> (2011-01-06)</a>. <q>For over two years, we unappreciated patriots have taken upon ourselves the thankless task of outing Barack Obama as a closeted Marxist and exposing his insidious socialist agenda for enslaving this country. While Obama sat in his Red Study Circle with comrades Geithner, Summers and Rubin, busily reading “Quotations from...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Tuesday 2011-02-01.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://www.paleofuture.com/blog/2011/2/1/traffic-problems-will-disappear-by-year-2000-1955.html">Traffic Problems Will Disappear by Year 2000 (1955) Matt Novak, <cite>Paleofuture Blog</cite> (2011-02-01)</a>. <q>From the 1958 Disneyland TV episode Magic Highway, USA The September 22, 1955 Lewiston Daily Sun (Lewiston, ME) ran a wonderful piece titled, "Hope For the Motorist: Traffic Problems Will Disappear by Year 2000." Such unbridled optimism for the yet to be developed Interstate Highway System is downright cute. Well,...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Wednesday 2011-02-02.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://catandgirl.com/?p=2821">Store Fronts. Dorothy, <cite>Cat and Girl</cite> (2011-02-01)</a>.  <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Wednesday 2011-02-02.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://reason.com/blog/2011/01/31/hell-no-we-wont-fire">Hell No, We Won't Fire. Jesse Walker, <cite>Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts.</cite> (2011-01-31)</a>. <q>When the troops won&#39;t shoot, the game&#39;s just about over: The Egyptian army has said it will not use force against protesters calling for the removal of President Hosni Mubarak ahead of a &quot;million people&quot; march. The military said it considers the people&#39;s demands &quot;legitimate&quot;.</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Wednesday 2011-02-02.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://whoisioz.blogspot.com/2011/01/andrew-jackson.html">Andrew Jackson. IOZ, <cite>Who Is IOZ?</cite> (2011-01-10)</a>. <q>Is there a bigger, more sanctimonious boob in the whole blessed world than Keith Olberman? "Violence, or the threat of violence, has no place in democracy"? Um, uh, what? Tell it to the Cherokee. Tell it to the Iraqis. Tell it to Baltimore and Washington South of the Capitol. Tell...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Wednesday 2011-02-02.)</em></p></li>

Monday Lazy Linking

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<li><p><a href="http://everybodyslibraries.com/2010/06/20/how-we-talk-about-the-president-a-quick-exploration-in-google-books/">How we talk about the president: A quick exploration in Google Books. John Mark Ockerbloom, <cite>Everybody&#39;s Libraries</cite> (2010-06-20)</a>. <q>On The Online Books Page, I’ve been indexing a collection of memorial sermons on President Abraham Lincoln, all published shortly after his assassination, and digitized by Emory University.  Looking through them, I was struck by how often Lincoln was referred to as “our Chief Magistrate”.  That’s a term you don’t...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Friday 2010-07-09.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/reason/DailyBrickbats/~3/zyhd6yQk0JQ/nibbling-away">Nibbling Away. <cite>Daily Brickbats</cite> (2010-07-09)</a>. The War on the Informal Sector (Cont'd.): $2,000 to sell salsa. <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Friday 2010-07-09.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/reason/DailyBrickbats/~3/g2tyTPyqKrI/leave-it-to-the-professionals">Leave It to the Professionals. <cite>Daily Brickbats</cite> (2010-07-09)</a>. Government Vs. Public Safety and Human Decency <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Friday 2010-07-09.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://aidthoughts.org/?p=1359">Unity and Fragmentation. Ranil Dissanayake, <cite>Aid Thoughts</cite> (2010-07-08)</a>. <q>I was in Cape Town last week for the World Cup, and watched the Ghana – Uruguay quarterfinal in the FIFA Fan Fest there, together with several thousand supports from South Africa and abroad. For those who have missed it, Ghana lost in controversial circumstances, and the trend of blatant...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Friday 2010-07-09.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://aaeblog.com/2010/07/10/ideas-that-stick-with-you/">Ideas That Stick With You. Roderick, <cite>Austro-Athenian Empire</cite> (2010-07-10)</a>. <q>Under the feudal system, rights to one’s person were alienable (swearing fealty to a lord was irrevocable) while rights to land often weren’t (a feudal lord couldn’t sell his estate, as it belonged in perpetuity to his heirs) – the exact reverse of the rights system that most libertarians advocate....</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Saturday 2010-07-10.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://takebacktheland.blogspot.com/2010/07/takebackthelandorg-one-dc-liberates.html">{takebacktheland.org} ONE DC Liberates Land in Nation&#39;s Capital. Max Rameau, <cite>takebacktheland</cite> (2010-07-10)</a>. <q>VIEW FULL STORY PICTURES AND NEWS CLIPS ON TAKEBACKTHELAND.ORG http://www.takebacktheland.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=newsstory&amp;newsletterID=162Metro DC police plan to evict community from Tent City on Monday July 12 Community organization ONE DC &quot;liberated&quot; a vacant lot in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC on the afternoon of Saturday, July 10, 2010. The contentious Parcel 42,...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Saturday 2010-07-10.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://neuroanthropology.net/2010/07/10/we-agree-its-weird-but-is-it-weird-enough/">We agree it’s WEIRD, but is it WEIRD enough? gregdowney, <cite>Neuroanthropology</cite> (2010-07-10)</a>. <q>The most recent edition of Behavioral and Brain Sciences carries a remarkable review article by Joseph Henrich, Steven J. Heine and Ara Norenzayan, ‘The weirdest people in the world?’ The article outlines two central propositions; first, that most behavioural science theory is built upon research that examines intensely a narrow...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Saturday 2010-07-10.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://inciteblog.wordpress.com/2010/07/11/sistersong-spark-and-sisterlove-defeat-sb-529/">SISTERSONG, SPARK, and SisterLove Defeat SB 529. <cite>INCITE! Blog</cite> (2010-07-11)</a>. Victory in Georgia. <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2010-07-11.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://flipfloppingjoy.com/2010/07/09/the-politics-of-apology/">the politics of apology. bfp, <cite>flip flopping joy</cite> (2010-07-09)</a>. <q>i read this post by macha at VL, and just about threw up. i’m just sick, sick, watching those videos. (long story short, a woman was attacked by men for talking shit about men she slept with). the videos show the attacks on this woman—one is of men slapping her,...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2010-07-11.)</em></p></li>

The Corporate Enclosure Movement Comes to Ethiopia

    <p><a href="http://sheldonfreeassociation.blogspot.com/2010/03/corporate-land-grab-in-africa.html">Corporate Land Grab in Africa. <cite>Free Association</cite> (2010-03-27)</a>:</p><blockquote><q>Much of the modern world has been shaped, alas, by governments' grabbing land from peasants and yeomen, whose families had worked it for hundreds of years, in order to give it to the nobility or other privileged interests. As a result, many self-sufficient farmers became tenants of politically created absentee...</q></blockquote>

No doubt 40 years from now, if agribusiness dominates Ethiopia and the dispossessed majority has to rent their lives away in factory labor or other forms of corporate-controlled mass labor, some “pro-globalization” type will come along to tell us all about the neoliberal revolution and how the market outcome is obviously the result of market efficiencies, the division of labor, comparative advantage, and economies of scale.

In reality, this is just another round of privateering, and a massive, corporate-engineered, government-inflicted violation of poor farmers’ property rights. Carried out largely with the purpose of enriching foreign corporations and the domestic political class, on the excuse that the folks being stolen from are just too stupid to know how to “develop” their own land or the fruits of their own labor. Genuinely free and equal exchange — the consensual social order that would emerge from free trade among working people when they are freed of existing government restrictions and government borders, and also left in possession of their own, without massive dispossession in the name of forced modernization — would look absolutely nothing like the rigged markets we have, and nothing like gigantic screwjob that is passed off as “freedom” by modern neoliberalism.

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Failed state policy in Somalia

Here’s a short bit from Against All Flags a generally excellent Nervous Interview sort of article by Jesse Walker, on piracy, international government-to-government aid, imperial failed state policy, and anarchy in Somalia.

But when the troops pulled out, didn’t everything go to pot?

You’ve got it backwards. The U.S./U.N. intervention made things worse: It undercut local farmers by dumping free food into circulation, herded self-reliant nomads into disease-ridden refugee camps, and disarmed civilians while leaving the warlords’ stockpiles largely untouched. At every point during the country’s crisis in the early to mid 1990s, the most constructive responses came from the Somalis themselves. (The local Red Crescent Society was responsible for more successful relief than all the foreign efforts combined.) When the outsiders left, the peacemaking elements of Somali society were able to reassert themselves, with elders arbitrating truces between the clans and entrepreneurs establishing a growing economy.

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Wait. Back up. America aided the warlords?

Yes. The Bush administration worried that jihadists were seeking shelter in Somalia, so it allied itself with secular Somalis, who styled themselves the “Alliance for the Restoration of Peace and Counter-Terrorism.” They included some of the very same figures the U.S. had battled in the early ’90s.

How did that work out?

The warlords used the aid to pursue their own agendas, and the fighting ramped back up. The chaos pushed ordinary Somalis into the arms of the Islamic Courts Union, a confederation of sharia-based arbitrators that gradually took over roughly half the country, including the nominal capital, Mogadishu.

Displeased with this result, Washington backed an Ethiopean invasion and occupation of the country. This was supposed to establish a central government for once and for all. Instead it was a gory failure whose chief effect was to rip apart civil society and turn the country into a violent free-for-all. As Human Rights Watch reported in 2008, “the last two years are not just another typical chapter in Somalia’s troubled history. The human rights and humanitarian catastrophe facing Somalia today threatens the lives and livelihoods of millions of Somalis on a scale not witnessed since the early 1990s.” [Ed.: That is, not witnessed since the last time people were pushing hard to get a government established in Somalia. –R.G.]

One effect was to push more people into desperate and risky ways of making a living. Such as piracy.

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Let me get this straight. To combat communism in east Africa, the United States propped up a Marxist dictator. After sending troops to battle the warlords, it intervened again to assist the warlords. It did this about-face to stanch the growth of Islamism, but the effect was to put an Islamist group in charge of the country. And after Washington backed an invasion and occupation of the nation to end the Islamic Courts Union’s control, the result was a government run by a former commander of the Islamic Courts Union?

You can see why I’m skeptical about a war on the pirates. It’ll probably end with Obama dedicating a 60-foot statue of Blackbeard in the middle of Mogadishu.

— Jesse Walker, reason online (2009-04-17): Against All Flags: Questions and answers about pirates and Somalia

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