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illbeoutback replied to your post: illbeoutback said:which half?ever…

I dunno, I don’t think it’s just a hook to get people to read the article. I think that dissatisfaction is a real, powerful thing that frames a lot of what postmodernist culture is about.

dissatisfaction rooted in pining for the heyday of quantum mechanics and space flight while them comparing to iphones and the internet is only a real and powerful thing in bad journalism. The fact he was able to say anything cogent at all about modern academia when his starting point was predicated on ignoring the rapid pace in incredibly important areas of research that are either not exciting or too complicated to be sensational about is nothing short of a miracle if you think its anything other than just a weird in for him to start talking about it

illbeoutback said: which half?

every time he becomes more interested in expressing & trying to justify dissatisfaction over technology not being What Was Promised, which tapers off as it gets to the end. i mean i guess if you want to write a shitty article that people will actually read thats one way to go about it since io9 manages to staff several people on that basis

but when your article is about the fact that economic forces shape the focus of technological research, have for thousands of years, that capitalists insistence that capitalism is the great innovator holds so little water that even silicon valley billionaire types are beginning to call bullshit on it, and that many technological innovations serve to push the labour onto poorer countries instead of really doing anything better—all of which are things he points out and has evidence for—how about you don’t frame it all with some tired bs which is 2 parts romanticising the past—academia a haven for outcasts indeed—and 1 part insisting this is the bad timeline 

Of Flying Cars and the Falling Rate of Profit - David Graeber


David Graeber argues that the corporatization of society has slowed the pace of technological change and lengthened the lifespan of capitalism.

fully half of this article is stupid bullshit that should never have been published


the word “canard” is so good but I will never not think it means “some kind of duck” 




holy shit did you guys know sometimes when we do a heart transplant we just leave the old one in

its like doctor who but not terrible

where does the new one go, do they just like squish the old one over and stuff the new one in there? or like do they just squish one of the lungs over some??

i know from experience there is not much extra room in there

I know right? According to wikipedia:

Heterotopic procedure
In the heterotopic procedure, the patient’s own heart is not removed. The new heart is positioned so that the chambers and blood vessels of both hearts can be connected to form what is effectively a ‘double heart’. The procedure can give the patient’s original heart a chance to recover, and if the donor’s heart fails (e.g., through rejection), it can later be removed, leaving the patient’s original heart. Heterotopic procedures are used only in cases where the donor heart is not strong enough to function by itself (because either the patient’s body is considerably larger than the donor’s, the donor’s heart is itself weak, or the patient suffers from pulmonary hypertension).


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For instance, the World Bank is essentially an American instrument, and the United States is a food-surplus nation threatened with loss of foreign markets for farm products as modernization of European agriculture proceeds. For the World Bank to finance such institutional reforms in developing nations as would lead them toward self-sufficiency on food account would run counter to American interests. U.S. farm surpluses would become unmanageable as the overseas market for U.S. farm products dwindled. Hence, the World Bank prefers perpetuation of world poverty to the development of adequate overseas capacity to feed the peoples of developing countries.

There is a yet more subtle point to be considered. Mineral resources represent diminishing assets. It is in the interest of developing peoples to conserve such assets for their own ultimate use in manufacturing industries, as these develop within the borders of nations rich in raw materials but backward in general development. In the short run such domestic use of mineral resources is not possible because of inadequate industrial capital and consumer markets place. The specter is thus raised that in the long run these countries will find themselves depleted of resources as World Bank programs accelerate the exploitation of their mineral deposits for use by other nations.

The long-term prospect is thus for these countries to be unable to earn foreign exchange on export account sufficient to finance their required food imports. The World Bank has foreseen this. Its proposals for population limitation in these countries is a cold-blooded attempt to extort from them their mineral resources, without assuming responsibility for the sustenance of these peoples once the industrialized West has stripped them of their fuel and mineral deposits.

Consider the alternative, that World Bank loans and technical assistance foster agricultural self-sufficiency among these peoples. Assume substantial success in this endeavor in, say, a decade. Thereafter, exportation of fuels and minerals would become a matter of choice by these peoples, not a necessity. Such export might continue at current levels; it might increase, or it might diminish. The decision to conserve or to dissipate exhaustible resources would be autonomous, a matter of choice by these peoples and their governments, not something imposed upon them from outside. The decision about desirable levels of population also would be a local matter, not something demanded among the terms on which capital resources are obtained from foreign suppliers. The peoples now dependent would escape that trap. This is not intended or desired either by the World Bank or by the government of the United States and its client regimes….

Excessive industrialization in the United States, coupled with increasingly wasteful uses of resources on armaments and on personal luxuries that are essentially trivial in terms of human well-being, makes essential the U.S. exploitation of the developing countries, their resources and peoples. The United States is in deficit on raw-materials account, but is unwilling to limit its industrial expansion correspondingly. It is in surplus on farm products account, but is unwilling to limit its agriculture accordingly. The peoples of developing countries therefore are to be turned into the instrument through which the otherwise untenable U.S. economic process is perpetuated.


Michael Hudson, Super-Imperialism

jp morgan fired him for writing this stuff in the early 70s

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I think it only took me a week to get my ratio on that site so fucked up I couldn’t use it anymore.

i discoverd that what.cd lets you filter freeleech torrents and the second least seeded freeleech torrent is a self help cd.

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