Monthly Archives: April 2009

Daichi is a Beast

I saw this over at AngryAsianMan, and it blew my mind. Get the eff outta here, man, this kid is a beast!

Things I’ll Miss About the ATL: Walking With The Wind

All good things must come to an end. I’m leaving Atlanta at the end of May, so a lot of posts in the next few months are going to be dedicated to “Things I’ll miss about the ATL.”


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John Lewis, former chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) during the Civil Rights Movement and a US Congressman representing Atlanta for decades (I’m proud to say I live in his district), is the man (even though he’s made some shitty votes in the past. The Patriot Act, John? Seriously?).

His memoir, Walking With the Wind, is probably the best book on the Civil Rights Movement that I’ve read. His recollections are so vivid that he really does transport you back right into the thick of it. Living in Atlanta has been very special to me in terms of the history of the place. I mean, some of SNCC’s meeting notes and agendas are actually archived in the libraries and museums out here, which is awesome. The book is dope and I highly recommend it. My only knock against it might be that he puts a little too much faith in the Democratic Party than I would. Still,  I think studying this time period in US history is very relevant in thinking about our organizing strategies today

G20 Thoughts

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The G20 convention took place recently, and SleptOn Magazine did a good job of providing some commentary and analysis. Basically, the G20 is the group of countries that rule the world and get together every now and then to discuss the global economy. What’s interesting now is how America’s role in causing the global financial crisis has emboldened some countries to be much more vocal with their criticisms of the US. I mean, damn, President Lula of Brazil straight up said: “This crisis was caused by the irrational behavior of white people with blue eyes, who before the crisis appeared to know everything and now demonstrate that they know nothing.” Gangsta!

There were a lot of anti-capitalist protests at the latest convention, and I appreciated one SleptOn article by radical economist Robin Hahnel, who states that contrary to what the mainstream might think, these protestors aren’t all just a bunch of granola eating potheads stirring up trouble and dancing around in their hemp clothes. In fact, there are a lot of very well-respected folks in academia, policy and organizing circles who have a very solid analysis of what’s wrong with the global economic system of today and how we might get to a better world.

Now, I’m pretty nerdy and have been trying to educate myself on economics a lot recently, but most of the current talk about “derivatives” and “toxic assets” goes way over my head. Even Hahnel starts to lose me at points throughout his article, but I appreciated what I felt like his main point was:

“Our slogan “a better world is possible” means that we reject the economics of competition and greed as a human necessity and embrace the possibility of an economics of equitable co-operation. These approaches to solving our economic problems are fundamentally different. One way motivates people through fear and greed and pretends that market competition can be relied on to bend egotistical behavior to serve the social interest, when too often it does not. The other way organizes people to arrange their own division of labor and negotiate how to share the efficiency gains from having done so equitably. This way motivates people to work at tasks that are not always pleasant, and to consume less than they sometimes wish, because they agreed to do so, secure in the knowledge that others are doing likewise. The driving force behind our economic world is participation and fairness, no longer fear and greed.

There is agreement among us that economic decisions should be made democratically, not by an elite or left to market forces. We would also give workers, consumers and localities more decision-making autonomy than traditional approaches to economic planning have allowed.”

Bam, I could definitely dig that. It was also dope to me that he doesn’t just make lofty hopes, but actually goes on to point to specific models being utilized in the world today that could move us towards a much more equitable economic system. Peep:

“More importantly, ideas on how to engage in equitable co-operation have been tested in various real-world experiments over the past few decades. Worker participation and partial ownership in capitalist firms, producer and consumer co-operatives, community-supported agriculture, participatory budgeting (pioneered in Kerala, India, and Porto, Alegre, Brazil), egalitarian and sustainable “intentional” communities, solidarity economics, alternative currency systems and other developments have been stimulated by networking at world and regional social forums, by friendly governments in several Latin American countries , and now by an economic crisis that has abandoned billions to fend for themselves. Most of this has gone unreported in the mainstream media, partly because it does not fit neatly into the framework for economic debate defined by the Cold War so badly, for so long.”

Add to this the fact that countries once forced into ridiculous debt through all the US-controlled global financial institutions have woken up and are resisting in very interesting ways, like the gangsta South Korean labor unions suing the IMF or Venezuela and Iran forming their own financial agreements to avoid having to deal with the IMF, World Bank, etc.

Pretty interesting times we’re living in, y’all. Who wants to start a co-op with me?

Josh Smith Beastin’ 4.19.09

J-Smoove went absolutely bananas last night.  Go Hawks!

Bailout

This is just down the street from my apartment. A dope, although sad, reflection of the times.

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Live from the Dirty 30 Lounge

I did have a short run as a dj during college, rocking house parties, open mics, school dances and a few club gigs. I loved it, and while I’m pretty much retired from the game at this point, I don’t think I’ll ever sell my turntables, and will forever believe that vinyl records and a good stereo is better than any other audio format, hands down.

Anyways, I threw together a short mix over the last couple days with some of the few records that I brought with me from Cali out to Atlanta, as well as some choice quotes from Angela Davis.  You can download it at the link below. Enjoy!

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Live from the Dirty 30 Lounge (aka my apartment), vol. 1:

1. “The prison situation is horrendous”

2.  “1-Luv feat. Leviti” ~ E40

3. “Find a Way” ~ A Tribe Called Quest

4. “The Love Song feat. Mos Def” ~ Bush Babees

5. “ATLiens (Broken Tape Decks Remix)” ~ Outkast

6. “Cheeba Cheeba (Tex Mix feat. Martin Luther)” ~ Zion I & Aceyalone

7. “Work It” ~ Native Guns (Kiwi & Bambu)

8. “Played List” ~ Maspyke

9. “Karma” ~ Cunninlynguists

10. “Can It Be All So Simple” ~ Wu-Tang Clan

11. “If I Ruled The World feat. Lauryn Hill” ~ Nas

12. “Can’t Knock The Hustle feat. Mary J. Blige” ~ Jay-Z

13. “She Lives In My Lap feat. Rosario Dawson” ~ Andre 3000

14. “Bustin Loose Break” ~ Dj Paul Nice & Korillation

15. “Sunwheel” ~ Genelec & Memphis Reigns

16. “Things do not have to remain this way”

Binghamton

The news of the shooting that took place last weekend in upstate New York was very sad. The homie Rage posted some good initial thoughts that I totally agree with and can’t really think of anything to add at this point, so I’ll just direct you to his posts here and here.