Monday, May 31, 2010

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Every act of harassment revives this truth, spoken in 1842: “The life of the police agent is painful; his position in society is as humiliating and despised as crime itself… Shame and infamy encircle him from all sides, society expels him, isolates him as a pariah, society spits out its disdain for the police agent along with his pay, without remorse, without regrets, without pity… The police badge that he carries in his pocket documents his shame.”

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Sorcha: Toxic Oil Spill Rains Warned Could Destroy North America

Posted By: RumorMail
Date: Monday, 24-May-2010 22:37:07

A dire report prepared for President Medvedev by Russia’s Ministry of Natural Resources is warning today that the British Petroleum (BP) oil and gas leak in the Gulf of Mexico is about to become the worst environmental catastrophe in all of human history threatening the entire eastern half of the North American continent with “total destruction”.

Russian scientists are basing their apocalyptic destruction assessment due to BP’s use of millions of gallons of the chemical dispersal agent known as Corexit 9500 which is being pumped directly into the leak of this wellhead over a mile under the Gulf of Mexico waters and designed, this report says, to keep hidden from the American public the full, and tragic, extent of this leak that is now estimated to be over 2.9 million gallons a day.

The dispersal agent Corexit 9500 is a solvent originally developed by Exxon and now manufactured by the Nalco Holding Company of Naperville, Illinois that is four times more toxic than oil (oil is toxic at 11 ppm (parts per million), Corexit 9500 at only 2.61ppm). In a report written by Anita George-Ares and James R. Clark for Exxon Biomedical Sciences, Inc. titled “Acute Aquatic Toxicity of Three Corexit Products: An Overview” Corexit 9500 was found to be one of the most toxic dispersal agents ever developed. Even worse, according to this report, with higher water temperatures, like those now occurring in the Gulf of Mexico, its toxicity grows.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in discovering BP’s use of this dangerous dispersal agent ordered BP to stop using it, but BP refused stating that their only alternative to Corexit 9500 was an even more dangerous dispersal agent known as Sea Brat 4.

The main differences between Corexit 9500 and Sea Brat 4 lie in how long these dangerous chemicals take to degrade into their constituent organic compounds, which for Corexit 9500 is 28 days. Sea Brat 4, on the other hand, degrades into an organic chemical called Nonylphenol that is toxic to aquatic life and can persist in the environment for years.

A greater danger involving Corexit 9500, and as outlined by Russian scientists in this report, is that with its 2.61ppm toxicity level, and when combined with the heating Gulf of Mexico waters, its molecules will be able to “phase transition” from their present liquid to a gaseous state allowing them to be absorbed into clouds and allowing their release as “toxic rain” upon all of Eastern North America.

Even worse, should a Katrina like tropical hurricane form in the Gulf of Mexico while tens of millions of gallons of Corexit 9500 are sitting on, or near, its surface the resulting “toxic rain” falling upon the North American continent could “theoretically” destroy all microbial life to any depth it reaches resulting in an “unimaginable environmental catastrophe” destroying all life forms from the “bottom of the evolutionary chart to the top”.

Note: For molecules of a liquid to evaporate, they must be located near the surface, be moving in the proper direction, and have sufficient kinetic energy to overcome liquid-phase intermolecular forces. Only a small proportion of the molecules meet these criteria, so the rate of evaporation is limited. Since the kinetic energy of a molecule is proportional to its temperature, evaporation proceeds more quickly at higher temperatures.

As over 50 miles of the US State of Louisiana’s coastline has already been destroyed by this spill, American scientists are warning that the damage may be impossible to repair, and as we can read as reported by the Associated Press News Service:

“The gooey oil washing into the maze of marshes along the Gulf Coast could prove impossible to remove, leaving a toxic stew lethal to fish and wildlife, government officials and independent scientists said. Officials are considering some drastic and risky solutions: They could set the wetlands on fire or flood areas in hopes of floating out the oil. They warn an aggressive cleanup could ruin the marshes and do more harm than good.”

And to understand the full import of this catastrophe it must be remembered that this disaster is occurring in what is described as the “biologically richest waters in America” with the greatest amount of oil and toxic Corexit 9500 set to come ashore in the coming days and weeks to destroy it completely for decades to come.

Reports are also coming from the United States that their government is secretly preparing to evacuate tens-of-millions of their citizens from their Gulf of Mexico States should the most dire of these scientific warnings start to come true.

To the greatest lesson to be learned by these Americans is that their government-oil industry cabal has been just as destructive to them as their government-banking one, both of which have done more to destroy the United States these past couple of years than any foreign enemy could dare dream was possible.

But to their greatest enemy the Americans need look no further than their nearest mirror as they are the ones who allowed these monsters to rule over them in the first place.

Charles Moore: Sailing the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Concerning the Puppet master:

"Bernays' vision was of a utopian society in which the dangerous libidinal energies that lurked just below the surface of every individual could be harnessed and channeled by a corporate elite for economic benefit. Through the use of mass production, big business could fulfill constant craving of the inherently irrational and desire driven masses, simultaneously securing the niche of a mass production economy (even in peacetime), as well as sating the dangerous animal urges that threatened to tear society apart if left unquelled."

"A scientist at the University of Reading has become the first human to be “infected” with a computer virus, as part of research into the potential risks associated with electronic devices implanted into humans."

Monday, May 24, 2010


A Surrealist Program of Demands on the Gulf of Mexico Oil Disaster

O octopus, with your silken look! whose soul is inseparable from mine...

-The Songs of Maldoror

We are through with the rational, reasonable, realistic and scientific solutions of faith-based positivism. Instead, we make the following demands and dedicate them to Judi Bari, an Earth First! liberator and lover of old-growth trees who was car-bombed by the forces of law-'n'-order twenty years ago on May 24th. Long live Judi Bari! Solidarity with Marie Mason, Oso Blanco Chubbock, Mumia Abu Jamal, and the Tarnac 9!

1. CLARIFICATION: It needs to be made clear that this is not an "oil spill." This is a manmade disaster. Depending on which official version you chose to believe, millions of gallons of oil have been gushing into the ocean every day since April 22, 2010. A "spill" is what happens when a drinking glass of water tips over; this is and always has been an unstoppable, unpluggable, uncleanable, uncontrollable, unleashed man-made geyser of toxic disaster.

2. PEOPLE'S TRIBUNALS FOR ECOTERRORISTS: An injury to one is an injury to all! We charge every BP America executive and governmental overseer of offshore oil drilling with manslaughter and ecocide. The mansions, yachts, and private jets seized from these executives and bureaucrats will be converted into sandboxes, tree forts, rain gardens, greenhouses, and amusement parks. The accused must face a people's tribunal and stand trial in the Gulf Shore communities that their actions (and inactions) have affected, particularly the families of those eleven workers killed when the BP rig exploded. Bussed in from the cities, the underground, and the countryside, members of Earth Liberation Front and Earth First! should be on hand to witness the proceedings, especially those who are currently serving harsh prison sentences for their work in defense of the natural world. The least that we can hope for as an outcome is that the accused will be tarred with their own petroleum wastes and feathered with the soiled plumage of murdered birds.

3. DISMANTLING OF ALL OIL, COAL, AND NUCLEAR POWER COMPANIES: The obscene perpetuation of environmental devastation and endless wars in the name of energy company profits cannot be tolerated any longer. In the name of brown pelicans, shrimp, frigate birds, marlins, sea bass, laughing gulls, octopi, and piping plovers, we demand an immediate and total cessation of the violent industrialized extraction of oil and coal from the Earth. We also call for the shutting down of all nuclear power facilities whose foul radioactive wastes threaten ecologies everywhere.

4. DISSOLUTION OF ALL MEDIA CORPORATIONS: Our friend in New Orleans, Max Cafard, reports that monstrous tentacles of oil measuring ten miles long and three miles wide continue to grow beneath the waves, yet tellingly the media industry remains focused on the multicolored "sheen" on the sea's surface. News outlets dutifully parrot the oil company's party line of official estimates and explanations. When one BP official said that this disaster was a good opportunity to experiment with pollution containment strategies, no news agency explored the implications of an industry that can trigger a catastrophe and then grope around in the dark for a way out of it. In another interview with a BP spokesman, the CNN reporter concluded the report with the sympathetic assurance that "We're all praying" for the corporation. Clearly, the media serve only the interests of their stockholders and the State in their coverage of this atrocity. Therefore we call for all equipment and broadcast network technology currently used to disseminate these outrageous lies and propaganda ("We're glad that you're on the job, Admiral"; "Don't worry-warm water microbes break down the oil") to be collectivized and re-distributed on street corners in order to encourage more participation and free expression in the report and analysis of such tragedies.

5. EMERGENCY MASS ACTION: We call upon everyone to defend your homes, your loved ones, and the Earth from destruction. We have seen the graffiti in Mobile, Alabama: "When life gives you oil spills, make Molotovs!"


The Surrealist Movement in the United States

Saturday, May 22, 2010

"Leo, tigris, pard, panther, antalops, unicornis, lincis, griffin, elephant, castor, ibex, yena, Bonnacon simia, satyrs, stag, caper, caprea, monoceros, ursus, leucrota, cocodryllus, manticora, parandrus, vulpis, yale, lupus, canis, licisci, ovis, vervex, aries, agnus, hrycus, aper, juventus, bos, camels, dromedary, donkey, onager, horses, mulus, mouser, catus, mus, weasel, ericius, urchin, mole, ant..."

The first wonderous listing of creatures in part 1, 'Beasts' of The Book of Beasts
ISBN: 0-486-24609-4

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Thursday, May 13, 2010


Chronological stepping-stones and strategies

1985-87 The first explicit surrealist group in Sweden comes into existence through the meeting in summer 1985 of then Trotskyist Bruno Jacobs and then industrial musician Mattias Forshage, who bring together parts of their circles (from this first period, Johannes Bergmark, Kajsa Bergh, Carl-Michael Edenborg, Petra Mandal, Hans Christian Werner and Tomas Werner become mainstays) and the result is a dynamic collective eager to question everything, stir up scandal, develop automatist behaviour, poetic revelations, rigorous revolutionary morality and enraptured self-confidence, all in a spirit of furious defiance of consensus in the then still existent social democratic idyll. Approximately weekly meetings and continuous experiments and discussions have been going on ever since. After a series of confrontations and constitutive experiences (including denouncing the only other explicit surrealist activity in Sweden, "Dunganon" in Skåne), the Surrealist Group in Stockholm is officially launched at a waterfall in northwest Sweden, Ristafallet in Jämtland, on Midsummer 1986, and then on an international scale with the International Surrealist Bulletin jointly produced with the surrealist group in Chicago, at the time the most lively pole of surrealist organisation in the world, the support from and collaboration with which is very important in these early years. Games, experiments, investigations, translations and creative works abound, insurrectionary surrealist leaflets are handed out at various occasions; surrealist living, Swedish surrealist prehistory, surrealist musical improvisation, are areas explored in partly groundbreaking ways, and a "Bureau of Surrealist Research" is held open for 24 hours at a friend's second-hand bookshop. A selection of results of all this makes up the first issue of Nakna läppar in spring 1987, when the group is also cracking under the pressure of conflicting ideas about how to organise the continuation after the initial spontaneous momentum has somewhat faded.

1987-89 Conflict results in split. The remaining surrealist group pursues a "double-year" experience on the path of scandal, revelling, vertigo, intoxication and defence of transgression, without too much critical consideration (the new ethos of "non-Oedipal cynicism" propagates the practical attitudes), and is extremely productive (the later issues of Nakna läppar, Kristall, Kvicksand, a daily newspaper for three days, numerous pamphlets, translations and minor collections); it also takes a very active part in the resurrection of the surrealist movement in Europe with the resurfacing Paris and Prague groups. (Aase Berg is a new mainstay, and old Imaginisterna painter Gösta Kriland is active for some time before his death.) The ensemble of pure psychic automatism. Revolution by chance. The splinter group on the other hand, the Agama Expedition, is more eclectic as it combines surrealist games and creativity (and a group exhibition) with anarchist activism, makes a brief plunge into Romanticism, considers situationist theory; and it takes part in another part of the surrealist movement, the "dissident networks" flourishing this decade, thereby eventually merging with the "Dunganon" activity in Skåne, before fading out together.

1990-93 This period is marked by a reduction in size and output of the group, and more long-term investigative projects, as accounted for in the two book-size issues of Mannen på gatan. This might be metaphorically well described as hangover and exhaustion from the previous extravagances, but several aspects of inner dynamics do require more patient in-depth reflection at this time. Studies in alchemy are significant, as is the unwitting paralleling of situationist thought in the new theories about the public sphere and the personality market. Memory is addressed. The orchestra of the great invisibles, the hidden sounds. There is also a deep involvement in international organisation, with the new International Surrealist Bulletin in close collaboration with mainly the Paris group. During this time, the people from the Agama Expedition are typically more involved in anarchist activism than in surrealism, but with a few personal exhibitions, collective games, and the single-issue international bulletin Cormorant Coincidence. Picking up some threads of charting the history of surrealism in Sweden, if there was one.

1993-95 The tide turns as the group starts growing and facing outwards again. A public activity resurfaces with "Quicksilver Wednesdays" and the Kalla handen sheet, several new themes are brought in, while Forshage returns and old surrealist Ilmar Laaban and a few others join in. The second Mannen på gatan is printed. Poetry, new man, Vertigo, game days, meat soirée, new contacts in the weird domains within scholarship, music and politics.

1995-98 Continuing the extrovert thread, the surrealist group seeks out a large number of interesting artists, writers, scholars and activists and launches the journal Stora saltet in 1995 and then also a webpage. Throughout this there is a series of significant arrivals (Sebastian Osorio and Robert Lindroth, Niklas Nenzén and Eva Kristina Olsson, Riyota Kasamatsu and Maja Lundgren, not to mention the briefer ones). This ambitious and intense presence on the local scale also corresponds with a less active part in the international surrealist movement; except for a series of polemics, international communication is flourishing primarily only with the new surrealist group in Leeds (plus a distinct sympathy with the new ultra-radicalism of the Madrid group); surrealist habits, prejudices and self-sufficiency are among the things subjected to the most sadistic criticism. Aspects of materialism are emphasised, in terms of Bataillean base materialism, poetic investigations of matter and poetic realism, and on the other hand with a criticism of symbolism and an emphasis on zen "suchness". But also in a certain company along the way with the literary fashion of rediscovered "language materialism", which is one of the currents of the time approached by the group, along with the poetic current of female incomprehensibility, certain fragments of theory from the poststructuralist field, and parts of contemporary feminism. Some people in the group very actively explore the cultural field, with involvement in the bookfairs, the live poetry scene, the cultural journals, surrealismophilic publishers, even newspapers and cultural parties (Vertigo, Köttkropp; even Res Publica, Ellerströms, Pequod, Ord&Bild, FAN and whatnot). The Stora saltet journal is very well received with its aggressive mixture of brilliant critical thinking, a particular documentary direction, verbal violence, self-effacement and worthlessness with a distinctly Bataillean flavour, and scattered examples of luminous poetry and painting; many people are happy to consume this acrid brew, and so it is cancelled. Let's say that the seeking of allies in the cultural field is constructively concluded negatively; most of those who produce quite interesting works in the cultural field are nevertheless mostly looking for opportunities of exposure and possibly merely social networking, not challenging of the spirit, ambitious collective experiments or mutual moral criticism; furthermore, public exposure proved addictive even for many of the then surrealists.

1998-2000 The large and still growing group (Jonas Enander, Kalle Eklund, John Andersson, Helena Boberg, Kim Fagerstam and others join) now doesn't have the time-consuming focus of producing a journal, and turns to more obscure and ambitious experiments (some accounted for in the book-size anthology Lucifer), to ever-weirder side projects and eventually to open contradictions. Significantly, street presence at night, and presence in young underground culture, and participation in the period's famous riots (Urbs nocturna, Carmen all stars, etc) are mostly carried out by people in the group other than those involved in the explorations of the cultural field, while yet others group members emphasise open-minded investigation of imagination, or anarchist focus on method. The period of extroversion ends with the cancelling of the cultural surrealist position, while the youth-riot position merges with the imaginationalist and anarchist-methodological subtendencies into a new exploration of mobility; meanwhile many long-standing members successively leave (riddance of some of them presenting happy opportunities for new paths).

2000-05 A stint of vagrancy, involving primarily open-ended and desperate experiments, and also seeking to escape all routine, established identity, prestige, brilliance and preconceived forms, but also a return to simple principles, and a desperate reflection and politicisation (including active participation in the larger unorthodox mobilisation apparent at the time). As one member is jailed for supposedly having been a leader of the Göteborg riots of 2001, the group moves a lot of its activities into prison in order not to accept his abduction from the group; dozens of new games are invented in prison. This is the period of the Lösdrivaren fanzine, the Silent Hand experiments in suburbs and ruderal areas, walking through the burnt forest, the first ever explicitly surrealist comic book Diabolik, several public events at Fylkingen (soirées etc), peripheral journals Sjukdom and Berätta en saga sa hon, the Monkey King game establishing collective identities, the moon novel, strange reading groups, consultas in the imagination, the morphology of fear and of psychedelic experience, structural analysis, tunnels and meetings at dawn, etc. New members significantly include Christian Andersson and Emma Lundenmark (and others more briefly). Satellite activities are being formed by members exiled in other parts of the world.

2005- The group abandons a lack of structure that had begun to lead to mere habitual socialisation, and approximately simultaneously turns back to affirmation of surrealism. This involves a return to focus on imagination, dreams and poetry, specifically implemented in investigations of dream geography, synaesthetics, intersubjectivity, entropy and decomposition, the notion of coupure, general methodology, complex systems, sensory de-conditioning, phenomenology of the mind, cosmology and evolutionary biology. It also includes a return to active efforts at international communication, organisation and critical discussion, and a certain public exposure but mostly through new channels. Among these are a significantly renewed internet presence with an updated webpage and several blogs, including the theory project Icecrawler and the ambitious dream geography research program the Cormorant Council. In the cultural connections presence is kept concealed by the use of intermediaries, primarily Styx (publishing house and loose underground art collective), Sphinx publishers, the painter group 4X, etc. In international surrealism, important points are the Hell Choir initiative, the series of annual game festivals issuing from the London SLAG group, with which the Stockholm group enters into particularly close collaboration, and the international anthology Hydrolith. New members are significantly Erik Bohman and Merl Fluin. More satellite activities, occasionally transforming into independent local groups.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Joel-Peter Witkin: Cupid and Centaur, 1992