McKenzie Wark (2015) on the ecopolitical factions of Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars Trilogy: On the new planet the Greens are the…

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’The Way is a void, Used but never filled: An abyss it is, Like an Ancestor From which all things come … It is like a preface…

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Marble quarriers are visible in Carrara, Italy. The blue-grey marble that is extracted here is widely used in sculpture like…


Marble quarriers are visible in Carrara, Italy. The blue-grey marble that is extracted here is widely used in sculpture like Michelangelo’s David and in building decor like that of The Pantheon. With more than 650 active or abandoned quarry sites, more marble has been extracted here than any other place on earth.

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…our nervous systems, our realities, and the evolving forms of media that inevitably insert themselves between the two. A…

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…our nervous systems, our realities, and the evolving forms of media that inevitably insert themselves between the two. A series of seemingly random topics are slowly woven together: shootings, bees, the right’s rules for radicals, climate control, dogs pretending to be children, the oil we eat, and the right of every American to believe whatever they want to believe — your brain’s ear lets nothing remain entirely random. It’s not the content, it’s the edit that shows us what we all know to be true, and it’s the things that one is most tempted to enjoy as harmless entertainment that often turn out to be living animals. Splicing together Occupy mic checks with US militia rallies, FOX news hosts with ecoterrorists, and your own sanity with the home viewing habits of Negativland’s lead vocalist, the Weatherman, when you put the word True next to the word False, a broader reality reveals itself.

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During the Cold War, the United States nuked the Marshall Islands 67 times. After it finished nuking the islands, the Pentagon…

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During the Cold War, the United States nuked the Marshall Islands 67 times. After it finished nuking the islands, the Pentagon dropped biological weapons on the islands. Once the U.S. was finished, it scooped the irradiated and ruined soil from the islands, poured it into a crater left behind from a nuclear detonation, mixed it all with concrete, and covered the whole thing in a concrete dome. They called it “The Tomb.” According to a report from The Los Angeles Times, climate change is breaking that dome open. Rising sea levels and temperatures are cracking open The Tomb, threatening to spill nuclear waste into the Pacific Ocean.

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Cuneiform in Iraqi street art. These are the Sumerian logograms ama-gi4 𒂼 𒄄 In cuneiform texts, the term refers to a reversion…

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"Always design a thing by considering it in its next larger context – a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an…

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And so while it may seem strange and even naïve to look to mythology for tools to understand the earth’s six mass extinctions,…

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“And so while it may seem strange and even naïve to look to mythology for tools to understand the earth’s six mass extinctions, we think that in an era dominated by technocratic solutionism (which leaves little room for paradox, ambiguity, and non-modern ways of relating to the world) it is naïve to think that we could rely on the styles of thought and reasoning that brought about the problem in the first place. In this way our project, as well as our work as a collective, calls upon humans to harness the powers of mythical fabulation in order to address our relation to an earth future that we will bring into being (it is a product of human design), but which completely escapes our human capacities for understanding.”

Adam Nocek 

Where Are They?

poetry, life, questions, fermi paradox, wikipedia, found poetry, list, 2019

  7.1 Extraterrestrial life is rare or non-existent
  7.2 No other intelligent species have arisen
  7.3 Intelligent alien species lack advanced technology
  7.4 Water world hypothesis<br/>  7.5 It is the nature of intelligent life to destroy itself
  7.6 It is the nature of intelligent life to destroy others
  7.7 Periodic extinction by natural events
  7.8 Intelligent civilizations are too far apart in space or time
  7.9 Lack of resources to spread physically throughout the galaxy
  7.10 Lack of desire to live on planets
  7.11 It is cheaper to transfer information for exploration
  7.12 Human beings have not existed long enough
  7.13 We are not listening properly
  7.14 Civilizations broadcast detectable radio signals only for a brief period of time
  7.15 They tend to isolate themselves
  7.16 Colonization is not the norm
  7.17 Outcomes between all and nothing
  7.18 They are too alien
  7.19 Everyone is listening but no one is transmitting
  7.20 Earth is deliberately not contacted
  7.21 Earth is purposely isolated (planetarium hypothesis)
  7.22 It is dangerous to communicate
  7.23 They are here unacknowledged

( Found poetry via Fermi’s Paradox and WIkipedia)

Scientists: there is a zombie outbreak Think tanks: The zombies are a natural cycle Politicians: I’m not a zombie expert…

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Blade Runner’s 2019 is prisoner firefighters battling a burning California while the internet rages with bots passing as humans….

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"global computing infrastructure has become so concentrated around just 10 or 15 major hubs ..that the internet itself has…

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I finally realized why I generally dislike consuming audio and video: I’m not able to use any of my strengths in reading…

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People criticize tech companies for putting money above principle, but Github is holding on to a $100K ICE contract despite…

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To celebrate halloween we trained a net that creates endless vignettes about murdering humans, torture, necrophilia—kinda funny…

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To celebrate halloween we trained a net that creates endless vignettes about murdering humans, torture, necrophilia—kinda funny and campy like Evil Dead—using one of the greatest datasets ever— cannibal corpse lyrics


Neural network generating death metal, via livestream 24/7.

Audio / lyrics / visuals are all generative.

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🤖Audio generated with modified SampleRNN trained on Cannibal Corpse
🤖Lyrics generated with pretrained 117M GPT2 fine-tuned on Cannibal Corpse
🤖Meat images generated with BigGAN interpolations in the #butchershop latent space
🤖You can generate all kinds of gross stuff on artbreeder…
🤖Vocals separated using Wave-U-Net (yup it separates death growls)
🤖Read more about our scientific research into eliminating humans from music

7 ways Hurricane Sandy started a tidal wave of resilience


Excerpt from this story from Mother Nature Network:

It’s been seven years since Hurricane Sandy ransacked the East Coast. And, while bigger storms — with even more devastating impacts — have certainly come along, Sandy was unique because it helped start a movement toward resilience and nature-based solutions.

What does this mean?

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. Department of the Interior did something unusual; it provided more than $300 million in funding for resilience projects. Not just recovery — the building-back of damaged areas or the clean-up of debris — but the strengthening and restoration of vital natural systems like marshes, wetlands and rivers that can actually help protect people and wildlife from storm impacts.

This work was not limited to national wildlife refuges and parks — more than 160 projects, funded primarily through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or grants from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), were implemented in collaboration with hundreds of local NGOs and state partners up and down the Eastern Seaboard.

“This really was an investment in the future,” explains Rick Bennett, who coordinated the Hurricane Sandy resilience effort for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “It wasn’t just about fixing what was damaged by Sandy, but figuring out how we can improve environmental conditions so that fish, wildlife and people can be more resilient to flooding and storm impacts.”

7 ways Hurricane Sandy started a tidal wave of resilience

All Things Facebook Libra


 In preparation of MoneyLab #7 in Amsterdam on November 14-15 I made the following link list. Many of the topics will be discussed there. No coincidence much of it is related to the Libra developments. 

Best, Geert Lovink

MakerDAO decentralized stablecoin, collateral loans, and community governance

“The desire to travel far away and start a new currency will become a powerful driver of human expansion into space” (via Inte)

Olaf Scholz vs. Facebook’s Libra

Zuckerberg at Washington hearing on Libra

Solution for Deepfake Problems…?

American conservaties, Libra and Europe

Stolen: How to Save the World from Financialisation by Grace Blakely

Anti-globalization blog

Ethereum: Scam or Iteration?

A gallery selling work of cryptoartists

A London-based crypto artist

Libra coalition is falling apart as eBay, Visa, Mastercard and Stripe jump ship

More on OneCoin crypto pyramid scheme court case

The Radical’s Survival Guide to Adventures in Cryptoland: Can Cryptocurrencies Save Us All? (via Inte)

Tank Magazine’s Libra link list

“Degrowth is about redistribution by design, not by collapse”

Bitcoin will be how we transact with aliens

A different look at the history of money, apparently more grounded what actually has happened (via Eduard)


EU-Funded Projects in Blockchain Technology

Rhythm in Economic Space by Stamatia Portanova 

Proposal for voluntary degrowth by redesigning money for sustainability, justice, and resilience (via Patrice)

France to block Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency in Europe

Fund to launch alternative business models for online content

Money is the Oxygen (via Patricia)

Laura Lotti: Blockchain Affordances (via Luca Recano)

Gavin Mueller: Digital Proudhonism (via Luca Recano)

Coinbase: The 2019 Leaders in Crypto Education

Proposal making in DAOs: the limitations of “Anyone Proposes Anything”

ECB’s Mersch Warns Over ‘Treacherous Promises’ of Facebook Libra

French pry-trance festival that promotes local currencies

Bitcoin Rap Battle Debate: Hamilton vs. Satoshi (via Maisa)

RIP Decentralization–Sorry, Bitcoin, it’s Libra’s turn now (via Eduard)

Libra: The social media company’s move into cryptocurrency takes advantage of regulatory oopholes

What’s wrong with Ethereum?

Of Art Tokenization, Blockchain, and Provenance with A Sprinkling of Non-Fungible Tokens

MEMRI (connected to Israeli intelligence): The Coming Storm – Terrorists Using Cryptocurrency (via Donatella)

Libra, a Cyberpunk Nightmare in the Midst of Crypto Spring

Facebook admits Libra cryptocurrency may not happen after all is hosting a one week worklab “block that chain” in October.  Here is the open call:

Conner Brown: Bitcoin Has No Intrinsic Value — and That’s Great

Libra untangled: what lies behind facebook’s digital currency project - PART I by Andrea Bianconi

Ten reasons why Facebook’s Libra is a bad idea – and we should stop it now

ETHBerlinZwei is a hackathon, a culture festival, an educational event, a platform for hacktivism, and a community initiative to push the decentralized ecosystem forward

Remember, blockchain replacing everything…

From Jaya Klara Brekke’s newsletter:

Breaking the ZuckBuck overview of claims by the good crew at Alphaville

The need for global payment system as a public good by Rohan Grey

Tank Magazine’s shortlist

Good New Models podcast discussion of ZuckBuck

Facebook’s plan for a cryptocurrency is right to set alarm bells ringing

Strengthening Hyperledger Indy and Self-Sovereign Identity

Alt-C is an installation by Michal Sedbon  that uses electricity produced by plants to power a single board computer mining a cryptocurrency (via Tatjana Seitz)

Massimo Ragnedda and Giuseppe Destefanis (eds) *Blockchain and Web 3.0. Social, Economic, and Technological Challenges*. Routledge, 2019

Facebook Libra: on the 4 steps road for World Presidency

Offshore Finance: How Capital Rules the World by Reijer Hendrikse and Rodrigo Fernandez (via Francesca Bria)

Jack Ma’s $290 billion loan machine is changing Chinese banking (via Patricia de Vries)

The Invention of Money (via Eduard de Jong)

Pragues Crypto-Anarchists are Spreading the Gospel

Duniter, a fully decentralized libre currency based on the relative theory of money (via Michel Bauwens)

Radix: a fast, scalable, easy-to-use ledger, ready-made for 7 billion people

I was wrong about spreadsheets

YAIR | Your Art is Reality: Unleash Digital Art

Glen Brook: In Zuck We Trust? (via Eduard de Jong)

New Models podcast on Libre

A massive facility that opened last spring located near Buffalo (via Stephanie Rothenberg)

With cryptocurrency launch, Facebook sets its path toward becoming an independent nation

Nate Tkacz on Facebook’s Libra, Or, The End of Silicon Valley Innovation

Is Libra the West’s response to China’s payments empire?

Libra geen open cryptomunt, maar databank van Facebook (in Dutch)

Introducing the Decentralized Autonomous Kunstverein (DAK)

Even Joseph Stieglitz is against Libra (via Patrice Riemens)

Kaspersky reports that only 1 in 10 people ‘get’ crypto‘get’-crypto

Blockchain: Technology alone cannot protect freedom of expression

NYT: Libra is a bad move for Facebook (via Eduard)

Jameson Lob on Libra

Stating the obvious: Bitcoin is not ready for the world

Andrew Keen on Libra

Evgeny Morozov on Libra

Final nail in the coffin for physical money (via Inte)

Facebook, Libra, and the Long Game

Libra, a Cyberpunk Nightmare in the Midst of Crypto Spring, by Daniel Jeffries (via Patrice)

Why ICOs were doomed from the start

Review “DARK HAVENS: Confronting Hidden Money and Power” Disruption Network Lab Berlin/April 5-6 2019

GNUcash, a personal and small-business financial-accounting software

Stablecoins are booming

WeChat is Watching

Recap (Part I): Blockchain, Open Education & Digital Identity Conference in Lille, France

Blockchain is not only crappy technology but a bad vision for the future

Facebook announces cryptocurrency with the release of Libra Whitepaper

Flash Boys 2.0:Frontrunning, Transaction Reordering, andConsensus Instability in Decentralized Exchanges

Things got weird for stablecoin Tether

George Gilder’s Life after Google—The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy is disappointing American (fin.) conservatives

Erik Bordeleau talks fabulation, finance and cryptophilosophy at

Economic Space Agency – Transit Lounge Radio

Interview with Max Haiven on Art after Money, Money after Art (for Romanian Bienale catalogue)

Social Good & Blockchain

Banning stores that do not accept cash (via Patrice)

Just in case you did not notice: the unsuable bitcoin

Is Fake Bitcoin Volume a Roadblock For Full-Fledged Crypto Rally?

Welcome to the RaveEnabler Unlock your Cryptorave #10 entry by donating your CPU. Support your local Cryptorave network mine Monero (XMR) and embody another identity

-Out in June-Finn Brunton: Digital Cash, The Unknown History of the Anarchists, Utopians, and Technologists Who Created Cryptocurrency

Quinn Dupont speaks to Finn Brunton about his book Digital Cash

Bitcoin and Friends | Episode 1 (via Inte)

Interview with Gina Pieters by Quin DuPont on why crypto reamains marginal amongst economists

Dark Crystal: Back up your secrets using the trust in your social fabric

A ‘Blockchain Bandit’ Is Guessing Private Keys and Scoring

“Data as oil,” “data as property,” “data as water,” “data as labor,” and “data as nuclear waste,” and the list goes on. The more…

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Australian water rats have learned how to kill cane toads, eat their hearts and carve out their organs with “surgical…

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Australian water rats have learned how to kill cane toads, eat their hearts and carve out their organs with “surgical precision”. In only two years, highly intelligent native rakali in the Kimberly region of Western Australia discovered how to safely destroy the deadly toad – by removing its gallbladder and feasting on the heart.The rats even targeted the biggest, most poisonous toads they could find, leaving their bodies strewn by the riverside, according to research published in Australian Mammalogy.

The researchers hypothesise that the rats either learned from scratch – by figuring out which parts of the toad made them sick – or already had previous experience from eating Australian native toxic frogs.

Other animals, like crows and kites, have been observed turning cane toads inside out to avoid the toxic skin and only eat non-poisonous organs, the report said. The rats face threats from pollution of waterways, can be caught in fishing line and discarded balloons, and hunted by stray cats, foxes and dogs.

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"Certainly there had been trouble coming. Anyone who had had any experience of wars would have seen it coming long before the…

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"The battle for freedom is not fought alone on the great fronts. It is fought in every home, in every community, in every state…

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The idea of Multiscale Localism: The smaller the scope of the system, the more tightly bound together the agents comprising the…

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The Destruction Caused by the Border Wall Is Worse Than You Think


This story makes me think of the mentality of destruction. Put a human and shovel together, and the human digs. Put a human on a bulldozer, and the two together destroy. The digging may have nefarious purposes and it might be destructive, but even if it is, the damage is relatively insignificant. We can’t say that about the bulldozer. What does an engineer think when he plans where the bulldozer scrapes? What does the politician think when she/he approves the plan, or sees images of its outcome? What does the driver of the bulldozer think as she or she watches the blade of the bulldozer destroy everything in the way? I have a hard time imagining how a moral person can allow any of that to happen.

Excerpt from this story from the Sierra Club:

As shocking as the Trump administration’s most recent demolition of the desert wilderness has been, scientists and Interior Department officials say that it is just a continuation of the destruction that has been unfolding for years as US-Mexico border militarization has intensified.

Archaeologists Rick and Sandy Martynec are among those who have witnessed the erosion of environmental protections firsthand. For the past 25 years, the Martynecs, independent researchers, have been conducting archaeological surveys in Arizona along the US-Mexico border. In a roughly 20-by-20-mile stretch of desert, the husband and wife team has documented more than 600 distinct archeological sites, ranging from 10,000-year-old Paleo-Indian campsites to O’odham farming villages inhabited as recently as the 18th century.

As they’ve documented the rich historical and cultural records, the couple has seen a fragile desert ecosystem become a casualty of US border policy. About two decades ago, when the Martynecs were doing survey work in Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge at Las Playas—a series of dry lakebeds that once filled during the summer monsoon season—they frequently encountered wildlife, including coyotes, mountain lions, and more than a dozen bird species such as hummingbirds and owls. The pooling of the water in the lakebeds, which lie on both sides of the border, has sustained this unique desert environment.

But they have also observed something else: As the number of migrants coming across the border increased in the early 2000s, so too did the roads within the refuge, 90 percent of which is designated wilderness. Small, rarely used dirt tracks were becoming well-traveled multilane roads used primarily by Border Patrol agents. In the post-9/11 period, Border Patrol was granted expansive new powers and funding to police the border. In one instance, Rick Martynec measured a frequently used Border Patrol “corridor” that was at least 200 yards wide. “Until you actually see it, walk it, it just can’t be imagined,” Martynec said.

The new roads have begun to change the way water moves in this part of the Sonoran Desert. Now when seasonal rains occur, the water no longer flows into the playas but often runs in torrents along the roadways. “Almost every conceivable water source has been choked off by roads and by dams,” Martynec said.

This has had a devastating impact on the region’s ecology. Entire groves of mesquite trees and vegetation surrounding the playas have withered. The birds and mammals have largely disappeared. Martynec said that they haven’t seen a coyote out there in five or six years. The biologically complex desert soil—which was once home to ephemeral grasses and small trees and which can take decades to recover once disturbed—looks like a cracked moonscape. Around 2010, after completing their archaeological research in the region, some of it carried out on behalf of the Cabeza Prieta refuge, the Martynecs wrote a separate seven-page paper titled “The Death of Las Playas?”

The end of the story has an interesting perspective:

Due north of Las Playas is the Growler Valley, one of the most remote and deadly routes for migrants traveling through the desert. For the past several years, the humanitarian aid group No More Deaths has enlisted volunteers to leave water and food at various locations within the refuge.

But the Trump administration, with assistance from the Fish and Wildlife Service and other land-management agencies, has begun to crack down on their activities. At one trial, a federal judge said that the activists had undermined “the national decision to maintain the refuge in its pristine nature.” Earlier this year, four members of the group were convicted and several more currently face trial for, among other things, violating the Wilderness Act.

The Destruction Caused by the Border Wall Is Worse Than You Think