Monthly Archives: November 2010

UfSO 2

also see Lecture one

Clandestino Next (2011 dates)

Very Clandestine! Here is all that has been made public so far for this year.

It is time to announce the dates of the 9th annual Clandestino Festival as taking place the 10-12th of June 2011. We are currently working hard to create an equally, if not more, amazing festival than last year’s. We also plan to repeat our yearly festival excursion to Botnik Studios close to Gerlesborg the 23-24th of July 2011, offer new courses at Clandestino Institut (in the week before the festival) as well as much more. In short, we are in an intensive production and booking phase.

See here for last year’s Clandestino Institute:


Monday 6.12.10 Goldsmiths Polly Puts the kettle on, we’ll all have tea. Suzie…

Lewisham Town Hall

Anti-Cuts demo earlier tonight. See here for the arguments (cops in the pic were in a quiet moment, but these are the violent ones – as quite a few of them totally lost their cool).

Sausage Factory

An old piece on education’ themes:

and a classic quote from a note on ‘Jamie O’ here:

‘a schoolmaster is a productive labourer when, in addition to belabouring the heads of his pupils, he works himself into the ground to enrich the owner of the school. That the latter has laid out his capital in a teaching factory, instead of a sausage factory, makes no difference to the relation’ (Marx 1867/1967:644).

Ben Watson applauds Edgard Varèse

Ben Watson is pretty much on the money here when he writes (in an antidote to most of the half-digested theory and rad-posturing drivel written about war and music of late):

Edgard Varèse brought the noise of sirens and bombs into music in the 1920s, a response to the terrors of World War I. His Hyperprism predicted the Nazi strategy of the Blitz, when civilian populations first became long-distant targets of military hardware. Unlike his ‘objectivist’ follower Iannis Xenakis, Varèse bent the shapes he heard into organic ovaloids which speak for the suffering ear. This is why, of all the pre-war orchestral composers, only Varèse has a non-salon, yet humanist ruggedness: a realism that moves the blood and shakes the entrails. Sonically, Varèse can stand comparison to Coltrane and Hendrix, who provided lasting testimonials to a different noise: a struggle against racial oppression in America and genocidal war in Vietnam.

Read the entire piece again here or here [ie. read it twice more!]

Goldsmiths: Racism and Islamophobia Meeting 1.12.2010

Racism and Islamophobia is growing across Europe including Britain-in this time of cuts and austerity finding scapegoats is no surprise-see quote from Ken Livingstone below.

University staff and Students are playing a leading role in the growing anti-cuts movement and now is also the time to come to hear from and discuss with prominent activists from the sharp end of progressive campaigning against racism and Islamophobia at Goldsmiths College next week on the theme
Fighting racism and Islamophobia today: Defend our rights, celebrate diversity
even if you cannot come please help circulate information on this important discussion

Final line up of speakers for discussion at Goldsmiths
Sara Halimah, Federation of Student Islamic Societies
Asma Meer, Muslim Women’s Support Project
Denis Fernando, One Society Many Cultures
Stuart Curlett, Unite Against Fascism
Chair: Bindz Patel, President Goldsmiths Student Union

Organised by Goldsmiths Student Union and Lewisham Anti-Racist Action Group(LARAG)

Wednesday 1st December 4pm-6pm Goldsmiths Student Union, Dixon Road, SE14

Leaflet with more info on event here

We will be leafleting students in Goldsmiths from 12 noon-2pm next Tuesday 30th November-if you can help leaflet then or any other time or put up posters please reply to this e-mail


Ken Livingstone has said: Join us at the One Society Many Cultures Conference on 11 December

The economic downturn and deepest cuts to public services in decades will not only do enormous harm to our society. It is also creating fertile conditions for reactionary ideas to thrive.Across Europe we are already witnessing a frightening rise of racism. There is a constant drumbeat of bashing immigrants and, in particular, the Muslim communities. The expulsion of Roma during the summer in France underlined just how repulsive the climate is becoming .Much of this intolerance is being inflamed by mainstream governments who, in part, seem determined to deflect attention and blame from the recession.

A particular focus of much of the scapegoating is on bans to prevent the wearing of religious clothing and other forms of religious expression.
This atmosphere emboldens the far-right. Violent protests against mosques and other religious centres are becoming more common.

In this country, the EDL’s attempt to demonstrate in multicultural areas with large Muslim populations, like Tower Hamlets, and protests outside mosques takes us back to when fascist thugs marched against Jews and their places of worship in the 1930s.The only possible meaning of such protests is to intimidate all Muslims and denigrate Islam — a religion followed by more than a billion people. Such demonstrations are aimed at creating violent disorder.

This scapegoating needs to be challenged head on. While posing a particular threat to Black, Asian and Jewish communities, this climate also undermines the values of freedom of thought, conscience, religion and cultural expression which allow us all to live our lives as we wish.These universal rights form the basis of a liberal, open, diverse society. To allow these rights to be threatened or attacked for any one group in our society inevitably undermines their universality for the whole of society.With that in mind, it is necessary for democrats, of all faiths and none, to come together to defend these fundamental freedoms, which are the cornerstones of liberal and democratic society. Join us at the One Society Many Cultures conference in December.

Challenging racism and Islamophobia

Register your place online today here
Saturday 11 December
Mary Ward House
5/7 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9SN


Workshop lead by Shiv Malik
DECEMBER 4th (Saturday)
GOLDSMITHS, Main Building (RHB) Room 142
1.00 – 4.00pm

Workshop on how to deal with the media, staying on message, avoiding traps, blogging and more.

Journalist and co-author of Jilted Generation: How Britain has Bankrupted its Youth, Shiv Malik has worked with Climate Camp and other groups on how to deal with media coverage of social movements, protests and actions.

Organised by: the PRECARIOUS WORKERS BRIGADE, a growing group of precarious workers in culture & education. We call out in solidarity with all those struggling to make a living in this climate of instability and enforced austerity. We come together not to defend what was, but to demand, create and reclaim:
* EQUAL PAY: no more free labour; guaranteed income for all * FREE EDUCATION: all debts and future debts cancelled now * DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS: cut unelected unaccountable and unmandated leaders * THE COMMONS: shared ownership of space, ideas, and resources. Join us to learn, create & struggle together!


Banking 101 USO today!
University of Strategic Optimism
Uploaded by GraveRiddle. – News videos from around the world.

Flash Bank: Inaugural lecture from the University of Strategic Optimism, held in Lloyds TSB, London Bridge on 24/11/2010

See lecture two here and Visit the University for Strategic Optimism for syllabus and application form (no actual form, just make up your own version)

Fundraiser For Palestine 9 Dec 2010


We invite you to join us in support of an unprecedented legal aid fund for
Palestine, inspired by the successes of a similar fund during the South
African anti-apartheid movement.

Thursday 9 December 2010
Doors open 7:30pm

with Michael Mansfield QC (patron)
Mark Thomas (comedian/ activist)
Michel Massih QC
Mary Nazzal-Batayneh (barrister)

Help Palestinians have their day in court, by enabling legal action on
war crimes, settlements and other violations of international law.

Venue: Old Finsbury Town Hall, Rosebury Avenue, London, EC1R 4RP

Tickets £50/ £35 concs (limited concessions available)

Please RSVP to or 07785 116672

Tickets are also available to purchase online at


its not just fees and its certainly not just London. Its not just national either… all power to the soviets (can’t be that far away, eh? Not that I would know, missing it witha sick E., but if there is to be the winter miracle of a November Revolution we will just have to wrap up warmer [how did those Bolshevik heroes do it?] All power to the Flashbank and off to surround Downing Street for a festive kettle revenge!)

You can Bank on it I reckon! I know who I’d trust with the money – more details tomorrow evening. Do stay tuned in, turned on and Walk Out…


Mumia Abu Jamal

US.: New danger to the life of Mumia Abu-Jamal

22 November 2010. A World to Win News Service. Following is an edited excerpt from an article by C. Clark Kissinger that appeared in the 21 November 2010 issue of Revolution, newspaper of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA.

The largest courtroom of the federal Third Circuit Court of Appeals was packed with supporters of Mumia Abu-Jamal as a three judge panel heard the latest oral arguments in his case. Outside hundreds more marched and chanted. People from all over the Eastern United States were there, including a whole history class from Hunter College in New York. There were also delegations from France and Germany.

Mumia Abu-Jamal is one of the best known political prisoners in the world. Forces ranging from people of all walks of life to the European Parliament and Amnesty International have protested his unjust conviction. He has spent 27 years in isolation on death row, after being railroaded in a manifestly bogus trial. In 2001, a federal court refused to grant Mumia a new trial, but overturned his death sentence. Mumia has continued to fight his conviction, and the State of Pennsylvania has attempted in court to get the death penalty reinstated. This hearing was an attempt to reinstate Mumia’s death penalty.

People were justifiably angry with the latest turn of events. This same federal appeals court had already thrown out the death sentence on Mumia in 2008 because the instructions given to the jury were in violation of well-established federal law. But now the U.S. Supreme Court, after an appeal by the state of Pennsylvania, had ordered the federal appeals court to reconsider their previous decision.

Casting a shadow over Mumia’s whole appeal process has been the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 (signed into law by Bill Clinton). A big thrust of this law is making it more difficult for prisoners seeking to overturn illegal state court decisions in the federal courts. Under this law, it is not enough for Mumia to show that his death sentence was obtained through a violation of federal law – he has to show that it was obtained through an “unreasonable application of clearly established federal law.” This wording is designed to give state courts “the benefit of the doubt” in pushing through executions.

Mumia was represented at the oral argument by Professor Judith Ritter of Widener University School of Law. Professor Ritter had successfully argued the issue of the jury instructions in the earlier 2008 oral arguments. In a carefully reasoned presentation she asked the court to sustain their previous finding that Mumia’s death sentence be overturned as the new case cited by the Supreme Court did not apply.

While progressive legal observers remain hopeful that the Third Circuit panel will hold their ground and resist calls to reverse their previous decision, were that to happen the State of Pennsylvania can still convene a new jury and hold a new sentencing phase for the original conviction, in which Mumia could again be sentenced to death. Ever since Mumia’s appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn his conviction was rejected, the State of Pennsylvania has been ferociously determined to execute Mumia.

No matter which way the current ruling goes, the losing side will undoubtedly appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court again. Also, there are still other legal issues concerning Mumia’s sentencing that have never been ruled on. This means a considerable road ahead in court, but in a political climate that is much more reactionary than earlier years. A mass movement, reaching far and wide in society and around the world, was a crucial factor in stopping the rulers of this country from executing Mumia Abu-Jamal in the 1980s and ’90s. It is ever more important that people must come together behind the demand to free Mumia Abu-Jamal.

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trinketization again (book note)

What we mean by trinketization is also an injunction: to contextualize objects and memes in social and global political significance and ramification; to theorize and interpret critically and endlessly, as if it mattered. No to mere taxonomy that substitutes for thinking; no to genealogies of already codified and congealed proper names; no to the rictus grin of erudite but learned stupidity – we are more stupid than that, we hold out for the transformation of everything, we want to offer a lyrical no to all texts of stultifying passivity – may a thousand flowers contend, may the pages burn, may words about things be incandescent… Fireworks.


CCS @ Clandestino Festival 9

Wanted: funding to document the Institute that does not exist/has already existed for almost ten years – Clandestino (notes for a funding proposal):

-       the research output is the Clandestino Institute itself, an ‘underground’ University of Sonic and Border Arts, a University that has no permanent presence, but can be understood in terms of documentation of experience as intangible heritage and intergenerational learning. A prospectus and associated materials.

-       Archiving of the ephemeral – undertaking documentation and study of a cross-border sound event – the Clandestino Festival in Gothenburg – means exploring new ways to present its ethos etc., The festival itself is the output, but a variety of means to document and preserve the overall experience, as intangible heritage, will be collected.

-       Sonic Heritage, in the context of preservation studies, what is Sonic Heritage and can Border Arts (as we explored in London, Berlin and Copenhagen – so for that matter not just sonic borders but also work that crosses borders in terms of audio-visual materials and performances) be considered as part of any Heritage programme (what special problems do we have when heritage is not part of a national project). This ‘output’ will be a position paper and archive defending this position, without positing or archiving – continually transformed and under erasure - a vanishing present. A virtual and verifiable sonic – cross border – performative and theatre ‘programme and policy’ document.

These are just notes for the Border, to cross the border, cross with borders, bored, boring, drilling, digging.

That is to say, looking forward to June 2011 Clandestino. Ideas welcome. (mark early June in your diary, head to Gothenburg. Summer, very long days, and, erm, hope for no rain this time please).


As academics we write to support the national walkout and day of protest against tuition fees planned for 24th November, following the magnificent demonstration by university and school students and by university staff on November 10th.

We are utterly opposed to the destruction of broad-based, critical education and its replacement by education for the market that is enshrined in the Browne Report. We are involved in a defence, not just of our jobs, but of the values which brought us into higher education, reflecting the wider significance of education to society. The Coalition’s proposals to slash funding for the arts and humanities risk losing, not just a generation of artists (The Guardian 15 November), but also a generation of critical and creative thinkers.

The planned increase in fees means the effective removal of higher education for working people. The ending of the Education Maintenance Allowance and Adult Learning Grants gives the lie to the Coalition’s attempts to argue that those on lower incomes will retain access – these students will not be able to afford to stay in post-16 education to secure the qualifications they need to apply for further or higher education. The Coalition has no mandate for its ideologically driven class rule – the anger of students is no surprise to us. Our intention is to fight alongside them in our institutions to defend social science, humanities and the arts and affordable higher and further education for all.

Final Guardian version and signees here.

Notebook – questions…

Questions for Bonnie:
- are the cuts proposed by the Con Dem dalliance as incoherent as some have said? Or are they the rabid response of an ill-cooked coalition of opportunist troglodytes?
- Or, rather,  is this a specific move/set of moves on the part of neo-liberal capital (structural adjustment programmes for all!)?
- are the cuttings in the different sectors the ‘same’ in terms of impact, rhetorical style (audience) and analysis needed?
- can the opposition to cuts be articulated in a way that goes beyond a return to 1999 defensiveness, so as to begin moving towards a society ‘fit for purpose’ (ie where labour power is not captured by capital. where machines no longer work us, where the war machine does not wreak universal havoc [that's our job])?
- can the analysis help link up the sectoral campaigns/groups?
- what language is needed to counter media spin, the myth of apathy (pretty well busted in the last week or two) and resignation?
- what language capitalises upon/celebrates the resurgent atmosphere that presently sustains the campaign?
- where is the time to write something on all this, eh john, where? Emile, please give us hand with this text. Good on yer.
(the pic is of Emile explaining to me that although it is raining, he can go outside and ride while carrying an umbrella).

Josh Cohen ‘What Possesses You: Reading After Freud’ – Tuesday 23 November 2010

Inaugural Lecture – ‘What Possesses You: Reading After Freud’

Professor Josh Cohen, Professor of Modern Literary Theory will deliver his inaugural lecture ‘What Possesses You: Reading After Freud’ 

The lecture will be followed by a reception (at about 6.30pm) in the Staff Dining Room, RHB.

The lectures are free and un-ticketed but those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP to the Warden’s Office to the email


Event Information

Location: Whitehead Building. Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre.
Cost: free
Department: English and Comparative Literature
Time: 23 November 2010, 17:30 – 18:30


For Further Details

E-mail: inaugurals
Telephone: 020 7919 7033

If you are attending an event and need the College to help with any mobility requirements you may have, please contact the event organiser in advance to ensure we can accommodate your needs.


The lecture will be followed by a reception (at about 6.30pm) in the Staff Dining Room, RHB. The lectures are free and un-ticketed but those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP to the Warden’s Office to the email

The Politics of Pain – UEL

UEL Centre for Cultural Studies Research

The Politics of Pain

8 December 2010, 15:00 to 17:00

Pain has become one of the central discourses of the coalition government as it embarks on its cuts programme. The cuts are inevitable, we are told, and the pain must be shared in the interests of fairness. But is the pain necessary, should it be shared, is it really being shared, how will the pain affect the social fabric, and what are the psychosocial consequences of the crisis? This is the second seminar in the Centre for Cultural Studies Research’s three-part “Debt, Pain, Work” series that interrogates the discourses and policies of the coalition government.



Kate Pickett, Professor of Epidemiology at the University of York, co-author of The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better

Mike Rustin, Professor of Sociology in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at UEL and author of The Good Society and the Inner World

Jeremy Gilbert Reader in Cultural Studies in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at UEL and author of Anti-Capitalism and Culture: Radical Theory and Popular Politics

For more Information and for a full audio recording of the last seminar in this series see
UEL Docklands Campus
Transport: Cyprus DLR station is located right next to the campus (just follow signs out of the station)
Room  EB.G.14
(Ground Floor, East Building, which is to the left on entering the main square from Cyprus station)
All Welcome – no booking required


“Cultural Studies and Capitalism” Goldsmiths Lecture course Spring 2011 – Centre for Cultural Studies.

Lecture course Spring 2011 – Centre for Cultural Studies.

CU71012A “Cultural Studies and Capitalism”

Lecturer: Professor John Hutnyk (tuesdays 4pm-7pm – [lecture/seminar]).

This course involves a close reading of Karl Marx’s Capital (Volume One). The connections between cultural studies and critiques of capitalism are considered in an interdisciplinary context (cinema studies, anthropology, musicology, international relations, and philosophy) which reaches from Marx through to Film Studies, from ethnographic approaches to Heidegger, from anarchism and surrealism to German critical theory and poststructuralism/post-colonialism/post-early-for-christmas. Topics covered include: alienation, commodification, production, technology, education, subsumption, anti-imperialism, anti-war movement and complicity. Using a series of illustrative films (documentary and fiction) and key theoretical texts (read alongside the text of Capital), we examine contemporary capitalism as it shifts, changes, lurches through its very late 20th and early 21st century manifestations – we will look at how cultural studies copes with (or does not cope with) class struggle, anti-colonialism, new subjectivities, cultural politics, media, virtual and corporate worlds.

Indicative reading:

T Adorno, The Culture Industry

A Ahmad, In Theory: Classes, Nations, Literatures

M. Taussig My Cocaine Museum

G Bataille, The Accursed Share

K Marx, Capital: Volume One

Marx and Engels, The Communist Manifesto

G Spivak, A Critique of Postcolonial Reason

S Zizek, Revolution at the Gates: Selected Writings of Lenin from 1917

S Lotringer (ed), Hatred of Capitalism: A Reader

Many of the lectures will include visual material. Very occasionally this may be part of a feature film or a longer documentary and on such occasion the rest of the film should be viewed in the Library. Usually a short screening will occur in the second hour of the scheduled lecture.

The main reading will be the relevant chapter or chapters of Capital each week. Do also read the footnotes, they are sometimes quite entertaining (attacks on ‘moneybags’, comments on Shakespeare, notes on bamboo ‘thrashings’, and celebrations of the work of Leonard Horner, factory inspector). The key secondary text will be in a reader pack available from the CCS office

Mode of Assessment: This course is assessed by a 5,000 word essay to be submitted to the Centre for Cultural Studies office early in May 2011


All welcome.


Trinket of choice.

I know what Emile will want for Xmas – or at least the Mattel toy that would shoot this one down. Oh what fun the boys will have. Ka-pow.

(I can’t believe its not the first of April – thanks Grave. The Future is Going to Come True).

Liverpool police make first mini-chopper arrest

by Nick Webster. Published Thu 11 Feb 2010 10:31, Last updated: 2010-02-11

The police spy-in-the-sky droneThe police spy-in-the-sky drone

Police in the Liverpool region made Britain’s first ever arrest using a camera mounted on a remote control eye-in-the-sky mini-helicopter.

Thermal images from a camera mounted on the drone were used to track down a suspected car thief hiding under cover of thick fog in the Sefton area.

The device – known officially as a Unmanned Arial Vehicle (UAV) – was used pinpoint the spot where the wanted man was lying in undergrowth beside a canal.

Merseyside Police are the only force in the UK to used the #40,000 UAV which is is far cheaper to use than a conventional helicopter for small-scale operations.

The arrest came a fortnight ago when a Renault Clio was reported stolen at Bootle.

A police search and pursuit operation saw ended when two men dumped the Clio near the Leeds-Liverpool canal and ran off.

One man was caught immediately but second vanished in the fog into an area alongside the canal towpath.

Next page – Click to carry on reading this article

the core curriculum – aims/outcomes/assessment

Wed 17 Nov 5:15 onward: Lobby of Lewisham Council (Catford Town Hall),
against £60m of cuts (

Sat 20 Nov Stop the War march 12PM Hyde Park.

Wed 24 Nov – day of action against education cuts! Walkout. Etc. At Goldsmiths, you can bank on there being a specific CCS action.

Thurs. 25 Nov 6:30PM Rally against education cuts, Great Hall, Goldsmiths.

Stop the War, 20 November 2010


National Demonstration • Afghanistan: Time to Go
Saturday 20 November • Assemble 12 Noon
Speakers’ Corner • Hyde Park • London
Called by: Stop the War Coalition, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, British Muslim Initiative. Supported by: War on Want, UNITE the union, University and College Union, Pax Christi, Islamic Forum of Europe, The Cordoba Foundation and Friends of Al Aqsa
Speakers will include Tony Benn, Eric Joyce MP, Guardian journalist Seumas Milne, rap artist Lowkey, human rights’ lawyer Phil Shiner and academic Terry Eagleton (more to be announced soon).
Defend the democratic right to protest

We will defy the ban on the demonstration assembling at Speakers’ Corner.
More details and how to complain here

The war in Afghanistan has entered its tenth year, making it longer than World War I and World War II combined. Both prime minister David Cameron and Labour leader Ed Miliband support continuing the war, at least till 2015. Thousands more Afghan civilians and Nato soldiers will be killed in a pointless and unwinnable war, when over 70 per cent of the British public want all British troops withdrawn now. Join this crucial demonstration which will give voice to the anti-war majority in the country and tell the politicians the time to go is now.

HOW YOU CAN HELP: Call 0207 801 2768 or email office[at]

1. Volunteer. Everyone can make a difference. Volunteers are needed to prepare for the demonstration.
2. Publicise in your neighbourhood. Publicity for the demonstration should be visible in every city, borough, town and village. Posters, flyers and stickers are available to use now from the Stop the War office.
3. Get involved with a local Stop the War group. In towns and cities around the country, local groups are booking transport, organising meetings, leafletting and campaigning to mobilise the widest possible support. Contact the Stop the War office for details of a group in your area.
4. Spread the word online. Online media can reach millions. Use Facebook, Twitter, your email, website, blog etc. Our online resources page has banners, images, Facebook and Twitter avatars, counters etc.
5. Donate. Demonstrations come with a price tag. Help make this one a success – donate to Stop the War Coalition.


Standard Evenings offer some smiles

So, after Humanities Unpluged (great event in Berlin) I made it back to London. I get to Paddington and my Oyster Card is in the red (it often is) but this time I know it should have 4 quid on it. I go to the counter and get the past-usage checked and earn a credit for a false charge of 6 quid on the way through on thursday. Then to top up my oyster and flip open my wallet. The London Underground ticket staffer sees my Goldsmiths card and says ‘Oh, I want to do an MA there now – The lecturers seem good’. She never thought about Goldsmiths before this week’s press, so I figure a case has been made.

No to witch hunts, no to the Widdicombe/Clegg/Cameron dalliance, no to clamp downs on debate. Yes to the exchange of angry words about the state of higher education, who funds it, why and how. Enough of thinking everyone should be polite, that the University is a place of agreement, that there is a ‘Goldsmiths view’ that anyone can state as if they were appointed mouthpiece of all.

For a University that is a place of rampant intelligence that does more than cramming, and monitoring, and other despicable acts of vandalism (Aaron and Sally, I do mean this as a little dig at you – time to up your game). Well done all the comrades (thanks Nina for the scan).

AND – as my conversation with the London Underground staffer continued – let us inscribe Defend the tube staff from the cuts on our banners as well. The closure of ticket offices will be an automation disaster and the little bit of human contact described above (malfunctioning Oyster) would not happen in a Paddington without ticketing staff. Machines do not want to do degrees at radical colleges they read about in the Evening Standard. We are in it for people like that staffer. Not for Oyster machines and automated frakking toasters – by the time the machine replacements get sentient and decide they do want to get degrees, the arts and humanities will be defunded out of all recognition, rebranded as Greystone Industries, by your command.

And at the same time, this pantomime terror emerges – thanks Jo:

As police face continued criticism for failing to control the march, the Observer has learned that defence firms are working closely with UK armed forces and contemplating a “militarisation” strategy to counter the threat of civil disorder.

The trade group representing the military and security industry says firms are in negotiation with senior officers over possible orders for armoured vehicles, body scanners and better surveillance equipment.

The move coincides with government-backed attempts to introduce the use of unmanned spy drones throughout UK airspace, facilitating an expansion of covert surveillance that could provide intelligence on future demonstrations.

Derek Marshall, of the trade body Aerospace, Defence and Security (ADS), said that such drones could eventually replace police helicopters.

He added that military manufacturers had discussed police procurement policies with the government, as forces look to counter an identified threat of civil disobedience from political extremists.

Meanwhile police sources say they have detected an increase in the criminal intentions of political extremists and are monitoring “extreme leftwing activity” in light of last week’s student protest.

Today’s Demo – GUCU View

A statement that just went out to all Goldsmiths UCU members:

We the undersigned wish to congratulate staff and students on the
magnificent anti-cuts demonstration this afternoon. At least 50,000 people
took to the streets to oppose the coalition government’s devastating
proposals for education.

We also wish to condemn and distance ourselves from the divisive and, in
our view, counterproductive statements issued by the UCU and NUS
leadership concerning the occupation of the Conservative Party HQ.

The real violence in this situation relates not to a smashed window but to
the destructive impact of the cuts and privatisation that will follow if
tuition fees are increased and if massive reductions in HE funding are

Today’s events demonstrate the deep hostility in the UK towards the cuts
proposed in the Comprehensive Spending Review. We hope that this marks the beginning of a sustained defence of public services and welfare provision
as well as higher education.

John Wadsworth, President GUCU
Des Freedman, Secretary GUCU

The Least Despicable Day of the Year (so far)

Electronic Marx Circuit, and Gas.

Writing about multiple circuits in Marx, I have just discovered (shame for not knowing this) an entire new set – indeed, billed as ‘the’ Marx Generator. There are, of course, also diagrams, and a useful quote:

‘The main advantage of the Marx circuit configuration over a more direct approach to charging is that it overcomes the need for (expensive and bulky) very high voltage capacitors (2.5+ MV), while at the same time building in the function of a pulse forming network.’

From here.

The Manipulator Magazine

I used to buy copies of this hugely desirable magazine from Manic Ex Poseur shop in Collingwood (Melbourne). I’ve no idea where they got to, which is strange cos I basically horde everything. They must be in a box in the attic somewhere, and if I could brave the dust I’d go get them now. They were beautiful beastly things.


Keith Richards’ First Drug

Keith’s elegantly wasted days started when his grandfather let him have his first drag on a cigarette in New Cross.

From the autobiography p, 46:

Gus never bored me. On New Cross station late at night in deep fog, Gus gave me my first dog end to smoke. “No one will see.” A familiar Gusism was to greet a friend with “hello, don’t be a cunt all your life.” The delivery so beautifully flat, so utterly familiar. I loved the man. A cuff round the head. “You never heard that.” “What, Gus?”

Grandfathers get away with that sort of shit al the time, I’ve noticed.

The £100 Pound Shop

Trinketization is clearly escalating over the river in Dalston, and I can’t say I disapprove.

I have said before: Shopping is civil war. Here is evidence.

But then, its choice, so do head out to support this venture where you can (perhaps by shoplifiting?)

Point your browser here:

(thanks to Joel McKim for discovering this)


Bosnia – A Painful Peace – doc by Aki Nawaz … comments…


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