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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."

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Cold Steel “sword proof” DVDs are their own genre

(via 3liza)

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.


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

ht/ @mattthomas (on twitter)


via m1k3y, I’m pretty sure.

There should a be TV channel that just shows indie SF shorts, 24 hours a day.

Also: would totally rock her spacesuit here on earth as fashion.


"The first time I proposed a snatch, in 1993, the White House Counsel, Lloyd Cutler, demanded a meeting with the President to explain how it violated international law. Clinton had seemed to be siding with Cutler until Al Gore belatedly joined the meeting, having just flown overnight from South Africa. Clinton recapped the arguments on both sides for Gore: “Lloyd says this. Dick says that. Gore laughed and said, ‘That’s a no-brainer. Of course it’s a violation of international law, that’s why it’s a covert action. The guy is a terrorist. Go grab his ass.’"

 - Richard Clarke

[Al Gore: pro extraordinary rendition]


(Source: ddaoellena)



Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49

(via chocolate-eggs-and-lacan)