Monthly Archives: May 2019

Daenerys Targaryen Burns King’s Landing

Just kidding. It’s actually West Philadelphia, and it was actually a gang of Democratic Party officials including future Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell. It was just around Mother’s Day in 1985 when the Philadelphia city government stuffed explosives into a satchel, flew a helicopter over a home on Osage Avenue in West Philadelphia, and dropped the […]

The Death of Stalin (2017)

It is I, Robert Mueller, and I have come to the White House to depose Trump and restore Hillary Clinton to her rightful place in the Oval Office. For an American, or any westerner, honestly confronting the legacy of the Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin can be especially difficult, or even impossible. On one hand, […]

Peterloo (2018)

Rise like Lions after slumber (but not with this pompous cunt) In unvanquishable number, Shake your chains to earth like dew Which in sleep had fallen on you — Ye are many — they are few. Try to imagine, for a moment, that the March on Washington ended, not with Martin Luther King’s I Have […]

Black ’47 (2018)

The Irish potato famine of the late 1840s is widely misunderstood in the United States.  First of all, it wasn’t a famine, and it wasn’t about potatoes. That it was a genocide carried out by the English and their collaborators against the Irish peasantry, who needed to be cleared off the land to make way […]

Homeless (1989)

Originally posted on Writers Without Money:
Homeless, just the sound of word is often enough to make us shudder. We walk past the mentally ill living on the streets of New York or San Francisco. Sometimes we reach into our wallets and drop a dollar or two into someone’s cup. Other times we just look…

Did Sandra Bland Really Commit Suicide?

After seeing this video (a video the courts withheld from the public) I’m beginning to think that everybody’s first impression (that she was murdered) was probably right. I think I doubted the idea that she was murdered simply because I couldn’t imagine what motive the cops would have had. But this video makes it obvious. […]

A Desperate Empire Crashes in Venezuela

Originally posted on ZERO ANTHROPOLOGY:
The April 30, 2019, coup attempt in Venezuela has come and gone. The coup has failed. “Failed state” theory just got a lot more complicated. No longer can the “failed state” designation apply only to those states targeted for recolonization after a prolonged period of destabilization and foreign intervention. Now…

The Neglect of Public Transportation is No Accident

We’re finally beginning to see stories about what I’ve guess at for years, that municipalities are purposefully neglecting public transit in order to subsidize Uber. But the opposite is happening in Innisfil. Only so many passengers can fit in the backseat of an Uber, and the ride-hailing company, not the town, is pocketing most of […]

Mark Fisher on Amy Winehouse

Mark Fisher, the late British political and cultural critic (he committed suicide in 2017), writes that ever since the early 2000s, there has been little or no “progress” in popular music. The Beatles in the 1960s were genuinely new. Punk in the 1970s was genuinely new. But even the best music in the 21st Century […]

Kent State Gun Girl Goes to Rutgers

Two years ago, Kaitlin Bennett, a senior at Kent State University decided to bring her automatic rifle to her graduation ceremony. Bennett is from Zanesville, a city in Muskingum County Ohio, roughly 50 miles east of Columbus. She comes from a family of Republicans and supporters of President Donald Trump. Bennett, however, does not consider […]