Not one step back!, 125 x 170 cm, pyrography on plywood, coloured with wood stains, 2014
Amazon’s ambitious expansion doesn’t just involve delivery drones – the company launched a new online store on Monday dedicated to selling 3D printed products.
The new marketplace is home to more than 200 items that can be printed on demand, including jewelry, fashion accessories, toys, kitchen supplies, and home décor. Each item can also be customized for consumer preference, meaning buyers can specifiy an item’s size, color, text, and image prints, and even material.
Before you place an order, you can even use a new preview function that allows you to rotate the item 360 degrees.
The Crude Gamble of Oil by Rail: Bomb Trains
It’s estimated that 9 million barrels of crude oil are moving over the rail lines of North America at any given moment. Oil trains charging through Virginia, North Dakota, Alabama, and Canada’s Quebec, New Brunswick, and Alberta provinces have derailed and exploded, resulting in severe environmental damage and, in the case of Quebec, considerable human casualties.
A continental oil boom and lack of pipeline infrastructure have forced unprecedented amounts of oil onto US and Canadian railroads. With 43 times more oil being hauled along US rail lines in 2013 than in 2005, communities across North America are bracing for another catastrophe.
VICE News traveled to the Pacific Northwest to investigate the rapid expansion of oil-by-rail transport and speak with residents on the frontline of the battle over bomb trains.
Stefan Burnett, better known by his stage name MC Ride….
MC Ride’s vocal delivery was described as “an even more visceral and poetic form of rapping” and was compared to “a blend of hardcore punk and spoken word performance.” His style was also described as “paint-peeling barks and startling yelps.” On his review for Exmilitary, Nate Patrin commented on Ride’s vocals: “Monolithic and harsh, his voice sounds powerful doubling up the beats to the point where it doesn’t even seem like a problem when it’s halfway buried in the mix.” Evan Rytelewski of The A.V. Club described his voice as “another instrument of abrasion as he hollers in a voice so tattered and blown-out it must physically pain him,” while reviewing The Money Store. Pitchfork’s Jayson Greene compared his vocal style to those of Mark E. Smith and Sloth from The Goonies.
MC Ride’s lyrics are described as “chants and rants, rhythmic elements that are barely intelligible — though full of bleak, deranged or drugged-out thoughts.” MC Ride’s lyrics concern with various topics, including occultism, economic collapse and techno-futurism. John Calvert of The Quietus wrote: “Death Grips embroils MC Ride’s consciousness in a schematised Braque-esque maze, a gloaming constellation, a synaptic thing.” Chase Woodruff of Slant Magazine argued that Ride’s lyrics “hint at a contemporary, vaguely political edge to all his rage and alienation.” Similarly James Ubaghs of The Quietus wrote: “MC Ride’s paranoid, politically-charged ravings might not present any sort of solution to the world’s myriad ills, but he is at the least paying close attention to how fucked things really are, and that’s more than you can say for a lot of his contemporaries.”
In spite of his intense stage presence, MC Ride is described as “reclusive” and “super private” by his bandmate Zach Hill. In a Pitchfork interview, he stated that he is more inspired by himself and his internal struggles rather than human achievements, although he also showed appreciation for Jimi Hendrix.
Flight MH17 - What You’re Not Being Told
Me after reading No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the Surveillance State by Glenn Greenwald.
Seriously go read this book right now. It reads like a spy thriller making it nearly impossible to put down. Greenwald’s commentary on the integral importance privacy has to a free society is a breath of fresh air.
Understanding the measures Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras took to bring the egregious abuses of power by the NSA and the elected members of our government makes the general population’s complacency and acceptance of these surveillance programs maddening. I kept finding myself shaking my head in disbelief, gazing off wondering how anyone could support these institutions, let alone go along with them. Greenwald and Snowden especially are heroes and it’s my hope that history will remember them as such.
What I think is the most important part of this book is how Greenwald illustrates how surveillance has historically never been used for “national security” and how it has almost exclusively been used to enhance the powers of the state. The NSA is no exception to this historical fact. Much of the book is dedicated to how the NSA and other intelligence agencies use their powers to spy on economic summits, political dissidents, heads of state and the social media accounts of average citizens around the world. The most disturbing of the revelations are how surveillance agencies are developing strategies to defame and destroy the reputations of those the state deems undesirable.
I have yet to encounter a writer that can so perfectly encapsulate the arguments not only for privacy but against dragnet, indiscriminate surveillance as Greenwald does in this book. His experience as a lawyer and as a journalist shines through in this scathing indictment of the NSA and the mainstream political media who act merely as mouthpieces for agents of the state who wish to completely eliminate privacy in the digital age.
Go read this book now.
Attributing dissent to personality disorders is hardly an American invention. Soviet dissidents were routinely institutionalized in psychological hospitals, and Chinese dissidents are still often forcibly treated for mental illness. There are obvious reasons for launching personal attacks on critics of the status quo. As noted, one is to render the critic less effective: few people want to align themselves with someone crazy or weird. Another is deterrence: when dissidents are cast out of society and demeaned as emotionally imbalanced, others are given a strong incentive not to become one.Glenn Greenwald — No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the Surveillance State (via antigovernmentextremist)
But the key motive is logical necessity. For guardians of the status quo, there is nothing genuinely or fundamentally wrong with the prevailing order and its dominant institutions, which are viewed as just. Therefore, anyone claiming otherwise—especially someone sufficiently motivated by that belief to take radical action—must, by definition, be emotionally unstable and psychologically disabled.
Put another way, there are, broadly speaking, two choices: obedience to institutional authority or radical dissent from it. The first is a sane and valid choice only if the second is crazy and illegitimate. For defenders of the status quo, mere correlation between mental illness and radical opposition to prevailing orthodoxy is insufficient. Radical dissent is evidence, even proof, of a severe personality disorder.
Robert Williams ~ “In the Service of the Hypothetical”