Derek Sayer. Ethnographic fragments #23: erasing history in San Francisco, censorship Canadian-style, and two women of courage and conviction – coasts of bohemia

Derek Sayer invokes Humphrey Jennings “Pandemonium” as explanation of how he sees his fragments [I read trinkets] series working. In particular these latest few seem worth the entry price – signing up new followers now. See:

https://coastsofbohemia.com/2019/06/30/ethnographic-fragments-23-erasing-history-in-san-francisco-censorship-canadian-style-and-two-women-of-courage-and-conviction/

Especially great are ‘studies in courage’ which are things widely seen already but really worth keeping on record. Here they are, followed by his Jennings link:


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“A protracted standoff between a ship carrying rescued migrants and the Italian government ended early Saturday [June 29], when the vessel docked at the southern island of Lampedusa and the captain was arrested,” reports the New York Times.

“Mr. Salvini said on Saturday that Italy’s objective was to avoid ‘drama and death’ by stopping migrants from leaving their homeland. He said he had heard that two more rescue ships were en route to Libya, and added that the arrest of Captain Rackete should serve as a warning of the risks of coming to Italy.

‘Now you know how things work,’ he said. ‘Finally, there is a government that ensures that its borders are respected.’”


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“It is wonderful as well as inspirational to see that our country, once again, has someone of such great talent, grit, & integrity representing our country on the world stage. Congratulations & thank you…..Megan Rapinoe!!!!! You make America proud!”

John O. Brennan, CIA Director 2013-17, on Twitter, June 29, 2019 in response to Donald Trump’s tweet “After some very important meetings, including my meeting with President Xi of China, I will be leaving Japan for South Korea (with President Moon). While there, if Chairman Kim of North Korea sees this, I would meet him at the Border/DMZ just to shake his hand and say Hello(?)!”

Same Megan Rapinoe as announced to the world she would “not be going to the fucking White House” if the US Women’s soccer team won the World Cup.


The English surrealist and documentary filmmaker Humphrey Jennings explained the intellectual project of his book Pandaemoniumas to “present, not describe or analyse” the “imaginative history of the Industrial Revolution … by means of what I call Images. These are quotations from writings of the period in question … which either in the writing or in the nature of the matter itself or both have revolutionary and symbolic and illuminatory quality. I mean that they contain in little a whole world—they are the knots in a great net of tangled time and space—the moments at which the situation of humanity is clear—even if only for the flash time of the photographer or the lighting.”

These “snippets” are intended to function in the same way. Click on the headings to go to the original articles, which are mostly from the mainstream aka fake news media.