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Nerdware: Even Nerds Stand Up for Justice

Warning: This product is not safe to wear in any jurisdiction with “Stand Your Ground” legislation.  Or, you know, “walking while black” legislation…

How To Be Black Pullover $50.00

This American Apparel pullover has 20% more pocket space and 100% less zipper than the zip-up, choose accordingly. (via How To Be Black – Shop.)


Filed under: Nerdware, Politics, , , ,

Song of the Day: One for Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, and too much of Texas and Arizona

Plus ca change, plus ce la meme chose…

John Prine, “Your flag decal won’t get you into heaven anymore” – from the album John Prine (1971)

But your flag decal won’t get you
Into Heaven any more.
They’re already overcrowded
From your dirty little war.
Now Jesus don’t like killin’
No matter what the reason’s for,
And your flag decal won’t get you
Into Heaven any more.


John Prine (born October 10, 1946, in Maywood, Illinois) is an American country/folk singer-songwriter. He has been active as a recording artist and live performer since the early 1970s… (via Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.)

Filed under: Politics, Song of the Day, ,

Loukanikos, the Greek anarchist dog (updated)

“Photographs of Loukanikos, “sausage”, the legendary dog who has been present at nearly every outbreak of mass class struggle and social disorder in Athens in recent years.”

Check out the gallery of photos at: Loukanikos, the Greek anarchist dog |

And there is another gallery of the same dog under a different name at Kanellos the Greek protest dog | World news |

Filed under: Humor, Politics,

Where’s Osama? Washington, DC

“Rest assured that he’s in Washington.
I think there’s a high chance he’s there.”

— Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Osama bin Laden.

Central to Ahmadinejad’s argument is the idea that bin Laden might be hiding out with his old pal and supporter, George Bush. But since the Bushes have largely decamped from DC, maybe we should be looking up in Kennebunkport, Maine or, given bin Laden’s presumed preference for hotter weather, deep in the heart of Texas – Dallas County or Crawford. Of course, if bin Laden gets wind of the hunt, he might flee. But given his skin tone and the way he dresses, I advise him not to try going through Arizona. Talk about your illegal alien…

Or perhaps this is a genius piece of viral marketing, cooked up by Morgan Spurlock to hype his new movie:

Which would raise the question: What kind of deal did Spurlock cut with Ahmadinejad for the marketing coup of the century?

Filed under: Humor, Politics, ,

Captain Picard says “Labour – Make It So.”

Can New Labour cling on?: “As the campaign hits warp factor 10, John Harris heads south to test the government’s record on three key issues: jobs, housing and equality…”

Watch the video of everyone’s favourite sexy bald captain tell you why you should vote Labour in the upcoming election (assuming you’re in Britain) at Comment is free |

(thanks to Ken Macleod at The Early Days of a Better Nation for pointing me at this)

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Why We’re Losing in Afghanistan

No wonder the US is having so much trouble in Afghanistan – this is the Army’s military strategy:

via Enemy Lurks in Briefings on Afghan War – PowerPoint –

Filed under: Fail, Politics, ,

Coca Colla: the new ‘real thing’ in Bolivia | The Guardian

I hope this gets exported to the USA…

A certain US soft drinks giant may disagree, but Bolivia has come up with a fizzy beverage it says is the real thing: Coca Colla.

The drink, made from the coca leaf and named after the indigenous Colla people from Bolivia’s highlands, went on sale this week across the South American country.

It is black, sweet and comes in a bottle with a red label – but similarities to Coca-Cola end there. One is a symbol of US-led globalisation and corporate might; the other could be considered a socialist-tinged affront to western imperialism.

via Coca Colla: the new ‘real thing’ in Bolivia | World news | The Guardian.

Filed under: Politics,

Ever felt… Restless? Superficial? Voidoid-like?

from Treason.

Filed under: Politics,

Criminalize Marijuana! / Marijuana Could Save California! (updated)

Not that I have any particular interest or investment in the topic, you understand, but I find the current debate over the legalization of marijuana pretty interesting. On one side, you have people talking about the benefits to the economy from legalizing it, and fiscal conservatives listening seriously. And on the other, pot growers who are worried about corporate interests muscling them out, and law-and-order conservatives opposing it because… drugs are bad, m’kay.

We’re regularly warned about the danger of making poor sexual choices while drunk or stoned. Well, pot farmers and conservatives – politics making strange bedfellows – there’s a joke in there somewhere, but I guess I am not going to find it on the limited amount of coffee (my drug of choice) I’ve had so far today.

And down Mexico way, they are talking about shutting down tens of millions of cell phones – with people saying that will plunge the country back into the stone age – as a desperate measure to get a grip on the drug cartels. Presumably, those cartels are not backing the legalization of marijuana either.

Update: The bulk of the money and guns fueling the alarming violence in Mexico – so bad that some people have started to whisper the possibility of a “failed state” – comes from the United States. To be specific: comes from the enormous profits generated by sales of – primarily – marijuana, profits made possible by marijuana’s status as illegal. (Guns made possible, to a large extent, by NRA and Tea Party opposition to sensible gun laws.)

And opposed the legalisation of marijuana, who do we find? Well, among others, the beer industry.



Filed under: Politics,

Pulitzer Prize for Online Cartoon

“Mark Fiore, whose animated political cartoons appear on, the Web site of the San Francisco Chronicle, won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning Monday.

It is the first time since the category of editorial cartooning was created in 1922 that the Pulitzer has gone to an artist whose work does not appear in print.”

via SFGate’s Mark Fiore wins Pulitzer Prize.

Brilliant stuff – funny and incisive. In addition to the one for which the Pulitzer was awarded – “Science-gate” – check out “The State of the Union We’d Like to See.” I liked these so much I just spent twenty minutes figuring out how to download and watch them offline.

Filed under: Interweb, Politics,

Brandeis girls gone wild – The Boston Globe

“On March 31 [2007], alleged Kansas City gang leader Shauntay L. Henderson was arrested shortly after the FBI announced that they’d added her to their Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. Last week, Newsweek published a photo gallery of the other seven women who’ve landed on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. Sharp-eyed bloggers have since pointed out that nearly half of these infamous women were graduates of Waltham-based Brandeis University.”

read more at Brandeis girls gone wild – The Boston Globe.

Filed under: Politics,



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is an over-caffeinated and under-employed grad school dropout, aspiring leftwing intellectual and cultural studies academic, cinéaste, and former poet. Raised in San Francisco on classic film, radical politics, burritos and soul music, then set loose upon the world. He spends his time in coffee shops with his laptop and headphones, caffeinating and trying to construct a post-whatever life.


What's in a name... The handle "zerode" is a contraction of Zéro de Conduite, the title of Jean Vigo's 1933 movie masterpiece about schoolboy rebellion.



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