Friday Link Love

Dave Pollard: Health, Education, And Learned Helplessness: “Our education systems prepare us for dependence on employment by large corporations and government organizations. Why? Because this is the most ‘manageable’ way to run the system, and conveniently keeps us in our place. If the system were to equip us to be independent entrepreneurs, there would be a number of unpleasant consequences for the established wealth and power hierarchy[…]”
The Happy Tutor wrote a beautiful post celebrating Chris Corrigan: “Power is not in the center, nor at the top of a hierarchy, nor in the head or the long tail of an A-list distribution. Power is in the network, in what was once called “the body of Christ,” or “the body politic,” or the common weal, or the holy spirit. Dismembered, torn apart, into consuming and producing selves alienated from one another and ourselves, the body of Christ will rise again, and it will have nothing to do with the Pharisees and White Sepulchres, the paltry Caesars and pundits, who have taken his name in vain. Market Freedom is dicing at the foot of Cross. Market Freedom is on the March. But when the soldiers arrive at the tomb, they will find it empty. He whom they seek is everywhere, wherever two or three are gathered in his name.”
John Robb checks in with a note on the Cantarell oil fields in Mexico: “If the pessimistic scenarios outlined in the PEMEX study come to pass, it will be very serious. The loss of nearly 1.5 million barrels a day of production capacity within three years will be very difficult to overcome either from other Mexican fields or from new production in other countries. Unlike political stoppages from exporters such as Iran or Nigeria , depletion can’t be put right. Mexican exports will be seriously reduced or perhaps even eliminated forever.”
Apple embedded a poem in their new Intel-based Macs: “Your karma check for today: There once was a user that whined/his existing OS was so blind/he’d do better to pirate/an OS that ran great/but found his hardware declined./Please don’t steal Mac OS!/Really, that’s way uncool./(C) Apple Computer, Inc.”
Winning The War On The Internet: “Government communications planning must be “a central component of every aspect of this struggle”, she added. “The longer it takes to put a strategic communications framework into place, the more we can be certain that the vacuum will be filled by the enemy. In a related speech to the Rooster Foundation, Smoky Joe, Candidia’s Chief Misinformation Officer, said some of the Wealth Bondage’s most critical battles were now in the “newsrooms. Our enemies have skilfully adapted to fighting wars in today’s media age, but… Wealth Bondage has not,” he said.”