The Phactor and his colleagues got a bit of a surprise yesterday. It turns out that the university has had a release from liability form to be filled out and signed by any student who goes out on field trips or does field research with biology faculty. Yes, some cubicle residing nimrod decided that the risk of field work is so great that a release form is called for. Who knew? No one ever told us, but of course, this in itself could be an ingenious ploy where the university leaves faculty butts hanging out to dry while covering their own ass. What do you suppose the students feel about this? In their opinion it is much riskier living in the dorms than going on field trips. Visiting big cities is far riskier than working in rain forest. Without question this person has never seen anything wilder than a city park, nor any wildlife except out a car window, so who could they not think the field is a risky place. Driving to campus is probably riskier than doing research out in the field. Driving to ...
Lets say we have three different phases in the anarchist movement. The first phase was in the 80s, and it was characterised by Eastern philosophies, Western philosophies, psychedelic views, all combined and non-puritan. It was not differentiated. But this all changed in the mid-90s when the movement Italianised, so to speak. It began to copy the Italian model, to differentiate itself and distance itself from its cultural aspects, saying the only way to be effective was to be militant. It adopted a more objective and materialistic view. The major influences during the 90s were the Italian autonomia, to a lesser extent things like Green Anarchy from the American movement, and very much so the Situationist International and the new formulation of metropolis, the capitalistic centres as metropolis, the places where the spectacle is more actively formulated. The German underground and punk rock also had an influence, and these were not so tolerant of other approaches. In the 80s it was easier to ...
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