Notes from the Surf

 "Whichever of you is my real husband"
This never happens in the scifi movies I watch.

The Lives of Elevators
"In most elevators, at least in any built or installed since the early nineties, the door-close button doesn’t work. It is there mainly to make you think it works."

Schoolgirls rumble Ribena vitamin claims
"Anna Devathasan and Jenny Suo tested the blackcurrant cordial against rival brands to test their hypothesis that cheaper brands were less healthy..."

Young Workers: A Lost Decade
"we’re seeing 10 years of opportunity lost as young workers across the board are struggling to keep their heads above water and often not succeeding. They’ve put off adulthood — put off having kids, put off education — and a full 34 percent of workers under 35 live with their parents for financial reasons."

The Communist Threat
Why are those dirty Communists always trying to ruin this country?

U.N. repression in Haiti
"After I was shot in the arm, I couldn’t keep on marching. I was leaning against a car, when some Minustah soldiers came up and shot me in the other arm."

Former economist at Chase Manhattan: Financial Parasites Have Killed the American Economy
"The problem with parasites is not merely that they siphon off the food and nourishment of their host, crippling its reproductive power, but that they take over the host's brain as well. The parasite tricks the host into thinking that it is feeding itself."

Death Squads in Colombia
"Colombia has long been the US’ most important ally in Latin America. Simultaneously, Colombia has also become the hemisphere’s worst human rights violator... In exchange for a cut of the action, local military police-states brutally repress their population when it attempts to assert basic human rights."

Nepal Army General: Army integration will not happen
"If the army, probably the key component of the state, is politicised or at least neutralised, this deals a serious blow to the security of the ruling class."

Workers Creating Hope: Factory Occupations and Self-Management
"hopefully the factory occupations that we are beginning to see are an embryo of a different world - a world where there are no bosses, where workers manage themselves"

Day 6797 | Day 6886 | Day 6938

"Knock knock."

"Who's there?"

"September 11th."

"September 11th who?"

"You said you'd never forget!"

In school today we had to have an extra minute of silence because of the terrorist attacks. Normally we only have one for "prayer" if someone were so inclined so religious fanatics quit whining but no one is really imposed upon; I think both are equally pointless. No one prays or meditates or whatever they might do during the regular moment of silence, half of the kids whisper anyways. The second minute, after a little speech about 9/11 we've all heard 8 times, everyone was silent, and maybe a good number of them were remembering or praying for dead people or survivors or whatever they were supposed to do, but it still changes nothing. Dead will remain dead, those that have lost loved ones won't have life any easier because some school children thought about them for a minute.

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