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We might here focus on two related developments: pre-emption, and punishment by process. Pre-emptive tactics are those which stop protests before they start, or before they can achieve anything. Kettling, mass arrests, stop-and-search, lockdowns, house raids and pre-emptive arrests are examples of these kinds of tactics. Punishment by process entails keeping people in a situation of fear, pain, or vulnerability through the abuse of procedures designed for other purposes – such as keeping people on pre-charge or pre-trial bail conditions which disrupt their everyday activity, using no-fly and border-stop lists to harass known dissidents, carrying out violent dawn raids, needlessly putting people’s photographs in the press, arresting people on suspicion (sometimes in accord with quotas), using pain-compliance holds, or quietly making known that someone is under surveillance. Once fear of state interference is instilled, it is reinforced by the web of visible surveillance that is gridded across public space, and which acts as strategically placed triggers of trauma and anxiety.

Anecdotal evidence has provided many horror stories about the effects of such tactics – people left a nervous wreck after years awaiting a trial on charges for which they were acquitted, committing suicide after months out of touch with their friends and family, or afraid to go out after incidents of abuse. The effects are just as real as if the state was killing or disappearing people, but they are rendered largely invisible. In addition, many radicals are also on the receiving end of precarious employment and punitive benefit regimes. We are failing to escape the generalised production of anxiety.

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We Are All Very Anxious

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The present dominant affect of anxiety is also known as precarity. Precarity is a type of insecurity which treats people as disposable so as to impose control. Precarity differs from misery in that the necessities of life are not simply absent. They are available, but withheld conditionally.

Precarity leads to generalised hopelessness; a constant bodily excitation without release. Growing proportions of young people are living at home. Substantial portions of the population – over 10% in the UK – are taking antidepressants. The birth rate is declining, as insecurity makes people reluctant to start families. In Japan, millions of young people never leave their homes (the hikikomori), while others literally work themselves to death on an epidemic scale. Surveys reveal half the population of the UK are experiencing income insecurity. Economically, aspects of the system of anxiety include “lean” production, financialisation and resultant debt slavery, rapid communication and financial outflows, and the globalisation of production. Workplaces like call centres are increasingly common, where everyone watches themselves, tries to maintain the required “service orientation,” and is constantly subject to re-testing and potential failure both by quantitative requirements on numbers of calls, and a process which denies most workers a stable job (they have to work six months to even receive a job, as opposed to a learning place). Image management means that the gap between the official rules and what really happens is greater than ever. And the post-911 climate channels this widespread anxiety into global politics.

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We Are All Very Anxious

This essay is long, but at point #3 shifts from merely good to brilliant.

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Objects moving across the water surface produce a V-shaped pattern, known as the Kelvin Wake pattern. The inside of the V is filled with transverse curved waves, (each of which is an arc of a circle centered at a point lying on the path at a distance twice that of the arc to the wake source) these transversal waves are often obscured by interferences like propeller wash, and tail eddies behind a boat’s stern.

From here, via there. Picture by Klaus Leidorf

watershedplus:

Objects moving across the water surface produce a V-shaped pattern, known as the Kelvin Wake pattern. The inside of the V is filled with transverse curved waves, (each of which is an arc of a circle centered at a point lying on the path at a distance twice that of the arc to the wake source) these transversal waves are often obscured by interferences like propeller wash, and tail eddies behind a boat’s stern.

From here, via there. Picture by Klaus Leidorf

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Orbit for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing 5(EMDR on Wikipedia)

amazingoverlord:

Orbit for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing 5
(EMDR on Wikipedia)

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"Thus is the political economic background of gentrification. We have to be careful not to tell this story as a simple narrative of people and territory, as if the mere presence of a white or middle-class person in a neighborhood instantly meant the expulsion of a long-term resident. We must avoid a Malthusian view of the city. There is, for the most part, no shortage of housing stock in places where gentrification is happening. On the contrary. And even if there were, all scarcity is fundamentally artificial — housing isn’t available because its production is subordinated to logic of profit, and builders make more profit from luxury condos than rentals to low-income tenants. There is a whole chain of causes and mediations which link the new arrivant to the expulsion of the long-term resident. In certain contexts, in cities with renter-friendly laws, as exist in Europe, one can have “first-wave” gentrifiers — artists, squatters and punks — move in to areas without causing any subsequent appreciation in rents or displacement at all."

Land and Liberty

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never forget

Cold Steel “sword proof” DVDs are their own genre

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From “UFO Terms” by Robert Stevenson Sometville

From “UFO Terms” by Robert Stevenson Sometville

Diego Garcia: Missing Malaysia Flight MH370, Philip Wood Rumors Are 'Baseless Conspiracy Theories' US Says

Conspiracy theory that MH370 was taken to Diego Garcia. Pretty bad theory, relies on 4chan photo and metadata (yep)… but I was wondering if such a theory about DG would crop up, and behold, here it is.

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When I read “drone selfie” I was skeptical, but it’s actually pretty cool.

ht/ @mattthomas (on twitter)

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