Following up on the Cambridge Analytica fallout: what we already knew, hints of what's to come. High tech surveillance vs old-timey surveillance in terms of governments, corporations and others. Green Scare as an example of the old, trolls and nerds stacking the deck for the future. Our lives as data and shifting ideas about what Artificial Intelligence is (spoiler alert: domestication). Algorithms rule everything around me.
Featuring Yank! Civilization's geniuses want to "disenchance" factory farmed animals for "humane" reasons. 'Atomic Homefront' and nuclear waste: the costs of civilization, nuclear dumpster fires and what things civilization presents to us. Yanomami and the Atomic Energy Commission, Napoleon Chagnon, and reading from 'Gathered Remains.' Catching some fire about 'Catching Fire' and how fire has shaped us.
Elon Musk wants hipsters to colonize Mars to survive nuclear war. "I can't believe we still have to talk about this shit" edition: Derrick Jensen, "anarchists are rapists" and anti-trans insanity. Don't let this one slide. Cult of personality and no gods, no gurus. Quick hot take on Graeber. Another one bites the dust, Danny Vitalis, you won't be missed.
Technological failures: Elon Musk edition. Void updates: interfaces, neuroplasticity, the maliciousness of control, and the importance of data. Readings from Carr, Hayes, and Foer. Rewilding and the importance of grounding. GA Bradshaw on rattlesnakes as social animals and the consequences of translocation for grounded animals, why we aren't seeing it ourselves. Anti-missionary bash: the Wuaorani, homosexuality, and Christian suppression - why the domesticated hate joy.
(Finally figuring this thing out more and making realistically sized files)
Gathered Remains is here! Anti-missionary bash: Las Casas and who owns Christianity, New Tribes Missions and the decimation of the Panare. The myth of human uniqueness: insights from Carl Safina on what we're not seeing, tools vs technology, rewilding and overcoming of identification with the machine.