Minitel (1979-2012): its past and our future

2012 is the year that Europe shuts down its proto-Internets. First, the BBC announced that teletex was getting the axe and today France is shutting down the Minitel x.25 network. These technologies, both started in the late 1970s, were ahead of their times and, in many ways, may still be.

“citizenship is not a birthright”

Contra the claims that American birthright citizenship derives from a “misinterpretation” of the 14th amendment, I find more evidence in US Supreme Court rulings, before and after the ratification of the 14th Amendment, to support birthright citizenship than to support the right of citizens to vote, or the right of transnationals to own private property.

We Beg Your Pardon, Mr. President

There’s nothing quite as irritating as seeing this country fight battles our parents fought when they were our age and seeing us poorer in the present. Whenever the casket is nailed shut on a leader of that era there’s an orgy of historical revisionism, and we become poorer still.

Foreigners Teach Americans US History

We should thank the million foreigners who took to the streets on May 1st: they remember what we’ve forgotten. On May 1 1886 Chicago labor unions went on strike for the eight-hour work day. This strike precipitated the Haymarket Massacre. Every May 1st there are demonstrations and marches all around […]

Fahrenheit 9/11 Opens 6/25

Dear Friends, I don’t usually forward jokes or campaigns or calls to action and the like. So this is an exception (hopefully forgiven because it’s original). Michael Moore’s documentary entitled “Fahrenheit 9/11” opens tomorrow, June 25th (the first showing in San Francisco is 12:01am). I want to encourage all of […]

Bert the Turtle is Back!

Don’t even think of asking “Who is Bert the Turtle?” He’s a cultural icon. [...you philistine!] Bert the Trutle Redux, because the DHS has some killer designers on staff.

PRO·PA·GAN·DA: a primer for identification

There has been considerable discussion on Kuro5hin.org recently surrounding media bias, propaganda and advertising. But what is propaganda and how can we tell? Analysis of discourse sheds light on both the motivations of actors and the credibility of their Reality. I believe biased accounts of events, root causes, history and […]