Moved


That’s me, proudly touting my presence in the new issue of Coilhouse

As for my online presence, it’s moved elsewhere. You can now find me at The Breaking Time.

A Better Way

This has been playing in my head all week. Last night it just got louder.

You should too

I voted.

Which apparently got me so excited that one side of my collar turned up.

It’s going to be a long and exciting day. The Atlantic put Buncombe on its list of swing state counties to watch. Forty seven percent of all registered voters in the county have already voted. This means we could easily see a final turnout around 65 percent (What? Yes!). Work probably won’t end until midnight. Here goes.

Fundamentalists pray to golden bull

Yes, those are Christian fundamentalists praying at a statue of a frickin’ giant golden bull. From the department of “Shit I couldn’t make up if I tried.”

Prayer needed for global economy:

“We are going to intercede at the site of the statue of the bull on Wall Street to ask God to begin a shift from the bull and bear markets to what we feel will be the ‘Lion’s Market,’ or God’s control over the economic systems,” she said. “While we do not have the full revelation of all this will entail, we do know that without intercession, economies will crumble.”

Cindy is encouraging prayer groups to intercede for banks and financial institutions in your area. Cindy says each of us has to be accountable to the Lord.

No irony here, naturally. None at all.

Reasons I love Asheville, 1 and 2


Outside famous downtown hole-in-the-wall Loretta’s. There was a Wendy’s stand across the street.


Action figures at Malaprop’s. They’ve sold out of Edgar Allan Poe.

They arrest reporters, don’t they?

Democracy Now! host, producers arrested

The first video is the arrest of producer Nicole Salazar, the second of Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman, who was arrested for asking about why Salazar and producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous were arrested. Goodman, Salazar and Kouddous all had full press credentials and passes, which in theory should have allowed them even onto the convention floor itself. They were covering police brutality against demonstrators.

The producers have been charged with felony rioting (yup, Salazar was being real riotous in the video), Goodman has been charged with obstruction of a legal process and interfering with blatant thuggery a peace officer.

All three have been released, thanks to thousands of phone calls and efforts by Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison, a civil liberties stalwart. They are far from the only press being arrested at the RNC.

Here are some numbers to call to support dropping the charges:

Minneapolis Police Dept. 612-673-3074
Chris Coleman, St. Paul Mayor: 651.266.8510
or Chris Rider from Mayor Coleman’s office at 651-266-8535
Ramsey County Jail at 651-266-9350 (press extension 0)
Ramsey County Sheriff: 651.487.5149

Here are the names and numbers of St Paul City Council people to call as well:
Melvin Carter – Ward 1 – 651- 266-8610
Dan Thune – Ward 2 – 651-266-8620
Pat Harris – Ward 3 – 651-266-8630
Russ Stark – Ward 4 – 651-26-8640
Lee Helgen – Ward 5 – 651-266-8520
Dan Bostrom – Ward 6 – 651-266-8660
Cathy Lantree – Ward 7 – 651-266-8670

(Thanks, Martin)

Kowloon Walled City: the modern pirate utopia


My article on the lawless labyrinth that was the Kowloon Walled City is up on Coilhouse:

Sunlight comes only rarely, with a sliver slicing down between the ramshackle towers. The light here is fluorescent and the people packed sardine tight amongst twisting corridors. Some of the lower levels are widely considered uninhabitable due to trash. Up the street (if it can be called that) there’s a drug parlor with an unlicensed “doctor” open for business upstairs. They exist openly: there are no police because there is no law.

The above is not a description of a dystopian (or utopian) fantasia, but of the Kowloon Walled City which was very real. From 1945-1993, a political loophole created a zone of Hong Kong where there was no law. The resulting anarchic, hodge-podge monolith was the descendant of the pirate utopias of old: a testament to humanity’s ingenuity, greed, violence and tenacity. Here is a glimpse within the walls of one of the strangest human settlements ever.

It’s getting a really good response and I’m quite pleased.