October 2012





Commentary from Media Underground How exactly is it that SpaceX can do everything so cheaply? Well, it would seem from this recent interview with Elon Musk that there are a couple of reasons…





The conspiracy theorist, famed for his assertion that world leaders are in fact blood-feeding lizard people cloaked in human form, has become a genuine superstar. Here’s a taste of his epic PowerPoint-style presentation, which stretched for more than ten hours, for an audience of 5,000 at London’s Wembley Stadium this past Saturday. Say what you will, but it’s impressive that he has developed such a bizarre, vivid, and detailed alternate explanation of reality, which so many people find compelling. Below, how “the fake reality” on Earth is being created by alien technology on Saturn and the moon:







Not voting is often a matter of principle for some people. Stand up comedian Mike Payne makes a seriously good case here: I don’t vote. I also avoid conversations about voting, because…






Via the Nation, David Graeber on rebellion against indebtedness: The rise of [Occupy Wall Street] allowed us to start seeing the system for what it is: an enormous engine of debt extraction….


This past June, the Chilean arts group Los Casagrande dropped more than 100,000 poems, printed on scraps of paper, from a helicopter above central London in a performance titled the Bombing of Poems. They have done the same in Warsaw, Berlin, and Santiago — all cities which have been bombed during wartime.

Local government approved of the Bombing of Poems as a jubilant spectacle anticipating the pomp of the Olympic festivities to come, but the stunt’s meaning may be more ambiguous. Was the poetry drop an emergency measure in an era in which funding the arts has been deemed no longer possible, and the metropolis is dominated by finance? Is it a commentary on the blanketing of the city with propaganda?




Vice visits a clone farm to see the process at work. For now, the intended result is to establish a way of creating superior livestock which are resistant to disease. But perhaps in a few decades this will serve as a look at how babies are made:


Authored by Venkat of Ribbonfarm:  This is the question of good and evil. For those of you who want the elevator-pitch version, the short position is this: my entire thesis is amoral;…