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Louis Theroux on Charles Manson

When we heard the news of Charles Manson’s death, we asked Louis Theroux if we could reprint this piece he wrote for Idler #1 in August 1993. In it Louis examines transcripts of Manson’s parole hearing from 1992.

Every few years since 1977, Charles Manson has appeared before the California board of prison terms and been considered for parole. And every few years Manson has been returned to prison. Looking over the transcripts of his latest hearing, dated April 1992, it isn’t hard to see why.

Manson gets off to a shaky start when the various board commissioners are spelling their names for the benefit of the transcriber.

Presiding Board Commissioner Koenig: Mr Manson?

Inmate Manson: Charles Manson, inmate, B-33920.

Koenig: Would you spell your last name please?

Manson: M-A-N-S-U-N.

https://idler.co.uk/article/louis-theroux-on-charles-manson/

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Posted by on November 24, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Let This Flood of Women’s Stories Never Cease

There’s a problem with the way feminism moves forward in reaction to breaking news stories. It brings focus to a single predator, a single incident, and people who haven’t faced the pervasiveness of misogyny can build stories around it about why this was the exception, not the rule. That Harvey Weinstein was typical of liberals or Hollywood, or Roy Moore and Bill O’Reilly were typical of conservatives, that this mass killer with a domestic violence background was typical of veterans or loners or was mentally ill, that case after case is a glitch in the pattern of society, not the pattern itself. But these are the norms, not the abberations. This is a society still permeated and shaped and limited by misogyny, among other afflictions.

Obviously—as we keep having to reassure them, because when we’re talking about our survival we’re supposed to still worry about men feeling comfortable—not all men, but enough to impact virtually all women. And in another way all men, because we’re all warped by living in such a society, and because as Kevin Spacey’s case demonstrates, though men are nearly always the perpetrators, other men and boys are sometimes the victims. Being groomed to be a predator dehumanizes you, as does being groomed to be prey. We need a de-normalization of all that so we can rehumanize ourselves.

https://lithub.com/rebecca-solnit-let-this-flood-of-womens-stories-never-cease/

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2017 in North America

 

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Too right it’s Black Friday: our relentless consumption is trashing the planet

Everyone wants everything – how is that going to work? The promise of economic growth is that the poor can live like the rich and the rich can live like the oligarchs. But already we are bursting through the physical limits of the planet that sustains us. Climate breakdown, soil loss, the collapse of habitats and species, the sea of plastic, insectageddon: all are driven by rising consumption. The promise of private luxury for everyone cannot be met: neither the physical nor the ecological space exists.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/nov/22/black-friday-consumption-killing-planet-growth

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2017 in Economy

 

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We should all be working a four-day week. Here’s why

Imagine there was a single policy that would slash unemployment and underemployment, tackle health conditions ranging from mental distress to high blood pressure, increase productivity, help the environment, improve family lives, encourage men to do more household tasks, and make people happier. It sounds fantastical, but it exists, and it’s overdue: the introduction of a four-day week.

The liberation of workers from excessive work was one of the pioneering demands of the labour movement. From the ashes of the civil war, American trade unionism rallied behind an eight-hour day, “a movement which ran with express speed from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from New England to California”, as Karl Marx put it. In 1890 hundreds of thousands thronged into Hyde Park in a historic protest for the same demand. It is a cause that urgently needs reclaiming.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/nov/16/working-four-day-week-hours-labour

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Watch “Europe’s Forbidden Colony (Part two) – Featured Documentary” on YouTube

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2017 in Economy

 

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Watch “The Business of Colonisation on Youtube

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2017 in Economy

 

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Groping and the Paradise Papers are both about men grabbing whatever they want

Are men too fragile for politics? As powerful chauvinists everywhere reverse out of public life to spend more time helping the police with their enquiries, we are being asked to remember that men are fundamentally weak, slaves to their baser impulses. If that’s so, why are they running the country? How else are we to interpret the frantic glossolalia of excuses garbling out of Westminster?

Former defence secretary Michael Fallon, who resigned after it was finally made clear to him that front-line politics is not a free pass to fondle any passing female journalist, claims that he is a victim of changing moral standards, that what was OK ten or 15 years ago is not all right today. No. It wasn’t OK 15 years ago. It has never been OK. The difference is that now there are consequences, and this is an important point. If your definition of what is morally acceptable begins and ends at what is likely to get you fired or thrown in jail, you have no business being intimate with another human being, let alone being a minister.

https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/feminism/2017/11/groping-and-paradise-papers-are-both-about-men-grabbing-whatever-they-want

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Dear Men: It’s You, Too

Statistics about the scope of sexual violence are always chilling, but even such accountings do little to capture the true breadth and scope of harassment and assault women face. In feminist discourse we talk about rape culture, but the people we most need to reach — the men who are the cause of the problem and the women who feel moved to excuse them — are often resistant to the idea that rape culture even exists.

Women are being hysterical, they say. Women are being humorless. Women are being oversensitive. Women should just dress or behave or feel differently.

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Google’s plan to revolutionise cities is a takeover in all but name

Last June Volume, a leading magazine on architecture and design, published an article on the GoogleUrbanism project. Conceived at a renowned design institute in Moscow, the project charts a plausible urban future based on cities acting as important sites for “data extractivism” – the conversion of data harvested from individuals into artificial intelligence technologies, allowing companies such as Alphabet, Google’s parent company, to act as providers of sophisticated and comprehensive services. The cities themselves, the project insisted, would get a share of revenue from the data.

Cities surely wouldn’t mind but what about Alphabet? The company does take cities seriously. Its executives have floated the idea of taking some struggling city – Detroit? – and reinventing it around Alphabet services, with no annoying regulations blocking this march of progress.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/oct/21/google-urban-cities-planning-data

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Wer wird Youtube-Millionär?

Das Märchen fängt mit Regen an. Aber es gibt Hoffnung auf Sonnenschein. Morgen soll die Wolkendecke aufreissen. Dann kann ein Imagefilm gedreht werden, im Freien, mit drei Outfits. Das wird sehr gut aus­sehen. Aber nun zupft Melanie, 23, erst mal braune Halme aus einem Wiesenstreifen an der Bahnhofsunterführung in Simbach am Inn.

Simbach, eine Kleinstadt in Niederbayern an der deutsch-österreichischen Grenze. Irish Pub, Solarium, Putz, der seit der Flutkatastrophe 2016 vom ersten Stock der Häuser bröckelt. Aber die Reissverschlüsse an Melanies Parka sind golden und glänzen, und aus ihrer Handtasche zaubert sie Kostbarkeiten der deutschen Drogerie: Shampoo, Conditioner, Hydro-­Gesichtscrème. Sorgfältig in Gefrierbeutel eingepackt. Sie werden ausgepackt und im Gras aufgestellt. Kameraschwenk mit dem Handy, ganz langsam, von links nach rechts. Der Regen macht alles nass. «Gewollt», sagt Melanie, «das ist der Duscheffekt.»

http://folio.nzz.ch/2017/oktober/wer-wird-youtube-millionaer

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2017 in Economy

 

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