Gravity's Rainbow

botany, shoes, books, and justice

December 30, 2013
by sarcozona

It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right. . . . Law never made men a whit more just; and, by means of their respect for it, even the well-disposed are daily made the agents of injustice. A common and natural result of an undue respect  for law is, that you may see a file of soldiers . . . marching in admirable order over hill and dale to the wars, against their wills, ay, against their common sense and consciences . . .

1846. From Henry David Thoreau’s essay “Civil Disobedience” in Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States

December 28, 2013
by sarcozona

Things I love

When someone gets really into a particular science topic for the first time and speaks almost solely in incredibly excited jargon for a year. Yay science! Yay confidence! Yay joy of specialized knowledge!

Stuff worth reading

The Next Mass Extinction

Atlanta Deploys Urine Detectors To Curb Scourge Of Peed-In Elevators
Or they could install some public restrooms

Very Serious Populists

The Corporation Invasion
Only corporations have rights

This is what the other America is like

Room to Despair
None of us are fit enough to work in this godawful, exploitative system

Contemporary Scottish Friction


For economic stimulus, pensions beat stadiums and server farms.
Let me reiterate: “reducing the average municipal retiree’s $19,000-a-year subsistence stipend to preserve corporate subsidies and to give sports teams gleaming new palaces is grotesque.”

December 23, 2013
by sarcozona

There were defenders of the Indians. Perhaps the most eloquent was Senator  Theodore Frelinghuysen of New Jersey, who told the Senate, debating removal:

“We have crowded the tribes upon a few miserable acres on our southern frontier; it is all that is left to them of their once boundless forest: and still, like the horse-leech, our insatiated cupidity cries, give! give! … Sir … Do the obligations of justice change with the color of the skin?”

1830. From Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States