Wednesday Night Links
* David Graeber in the Baffler: Of Flying Cars and the Declining Rate of Profit.
* Brian Thill: “Drone-Strike the Jobless.”
It would be foolish indeed to have invested so much in these technologies only to watch them molder as mere weapons of war-force and terror. Like all modern technological artifacts, at rest they are value-neutral; it is only the uses to which they are put that defines them. In sum, to strike the jobless from the common ledger is, in its way, to aim for benevolence. The enormous costs to build, upgrade, and maintain ready fleets of drones of all manner and variety will be more than offset by the broad economic health benefits to be derived by purging the state of significant portions of its jobless population. In fact, if we might be permitted a moment of utopian thought, the likely growth in demand for these services (offered perhaps to interested parties along subsidized or graduated rate scales) will necessitate a process of vigorous hiring and training for remote-pilot operators, which may in appropriate instances be drawn from the ranks of the jobless themselves, thereby solving the problem of joblessness even more swiftly and decisively. Rather than a salaried position, however, these hires might best be negotiated as much needed ‘work experience’ and accordingly organized as internships of various types. This internment might even provide a stepping-stone toward their being struck themselves in turn more quickly. Remote piloting centers that will happen to have fallen victim to inflated overhead or health care costs, or the vagaries of local real estate crises, might themselves be recast as new targets for drones whose home bases are elsewhere.
* Earth Is Headed for Disaster, Interdisciplinary Scientific Review Concludes. NB: That’s the actual headline. More climate apocalypticism via MetaFilter.
* Three Ways Climate Change Could Impact The Game Of Baseball. NB: Each of these will tend to increase people’s enjoyment of baseball. Forget I said anything!
* Florida Governor Rick Scott Officially Defies Justice Department, Vows to Continue Voter Purge. Someone should really tell him there’s actually no crisis!
* The trailer for Tarantino’s Django Unchained is out. The film itself looks fine, but that final tag—”Django is off the chain”—is simply unforgivable.
* And In Focus catches Transit-of-Venus mania (and there’s only one cure).
Written by gerrycanavan
June 6, 2012 at 11:46 pm
Posted in Look at what I found on the Internet
Tagged with apocalypse, baseball, big pictures, class struggle, climate change, crimes against the future, David Graeber, Department of Justice, Django Unchained, drones, ecology, film, Florida, flying cars, futurity, Jon Corzine, MF Global, Michael Hardt, modest proposals, politics, race, recalls, retrofuture, Rick Scott, Scott Walker, Tarantino, Transit of Venus, true crime, unemployment, unions, voter suppression, Wisconsin
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