Thoughts on politics, religion, violence, inequality, social control, change, and random other things from an autonomous, analytical, adopted, abolitionist, anarchist who likes the letter A

Things You Might Have Missed

September 07, 2010 By: Mel Category: Misc

Hope you all had a lovely long weekend.  The weather here in DC is gorgeous.  Hopefully, it will stay nice for the radical book fair in Baltimore this weekend on the 24th.  (Oops.  Wishful thinking.  This weekend is the Baltimore Tattoo Festival.  At least I was right about the city I’m gonna be in.)

I expect to read about how coops fair better in economic crisis from Dominion.  But I don’t expect to read a plug for coops from The Wall Street Journal.

This story about a man who spent 29 years in solitary was depressing.  But his creative enterprises – toilet paper chess boards and prison candy – are incredible.  People are amazing.

Speaking of chess, this video of a Dupont chess player was put together by a DC org called Words Beats Life.  Dupont Circle has some serious players.  There is often a crowd watching.  You might catch me taking a peek on occasion.

Last week I linked to the results of the anarchist survey, the one where 85% of respondents were men.  Here’s one hint about why.

And, on a related note, here’s a great post from a couple years back addressing “diversity of tactics” vs. strategic nonviolent action.  It’s called Let’s Support Winning Instead of Witness and it’s a good read.  (HT to Collective to Open a Radical Space peeps who circulated it before Saturday’s event.)

Bad enough that most people think of black clad, window breakers when they think of anarchism.  Now they’ll think of machete wielding white supremacist shitbags.

I believe I’ve posted links before about the men who try to trap women by sabotaging their birth control or otherwise coercing them into having children.  Apparently, a little education goes a long way.

I can’t wait to read this month’s issue of Sexualities.  It is anarchism infused goodness.

And finally, a teacher in France is actually suspended for using the term holocaust instead of massacre to talk about The Holocaust.  Maybe renaming french fries to freedom fries wasn’t such a nutty idea after all.