Links: Feminista Baby!, Giant Frog Farms of the 30s and Dualist Zombies

👋 Militanz macht Spaß: »Feminista, Baby!« in den Kammerspielen des Deutschen Theaters schließt dabei auch an »Capitalista, Baby!« an. Das radikale Prinzip dabei: Ideologielastige Thesen werden immer weiter zugespitzt, bis sie sich gegen sich selbst wenden. Mache einen Gedanken konsequent, in dem Du ihn absolut setzt!
»Capitalista, Baby!« etwa war die Selbstfeier des amerikanischen Kapitalismus mit Manhattan als seiner Krone. Kühnel/Kuttner machten sie zur Dornenkrone. Es schmerzt irgendwann unerträglich. Diese schamlose Art der Selbstfeier war die beste Widerlegung des heutigen Amerika.
Und nun also der Feminismus, der als Emanzipationsbewegung der Frau antrat und daran scheiterte, dass er sich nicht von seinem Feindbild (dem Mann als Unterdrücker) zu lösen vermochte. Heute geistert er bloß noch als mediale Kampagne gegen den »Sexismus« durch die Medien, nach Sensationen gierend, nun selbst ein Teil der kritisierten Verwertungslogik des Kapitals, mehr nicht.

✊ Der Arbeitskampf begann bei WhatsApp: In Berlin organisieren sich Foodora-Fahrer erstmals mithilfe einer anarchistischen Bewegung.

🙃 Die Renaissance des Idioten. Wie die Metaphern real werden und der Selbstsaboteur die Weltbühne erobert: Etwas ist anders. Die Art und Weise, wie über Poli­tik gespro­chen, befun­den und geur­teilt wird, ergibt keinen Sinn mehr.

👹 Why Are There No Great Female Werewolves?: There is a certain irony here, because many of the first werewolves to be outed in society from the 16th through the 18th centuries were actually women. Just as our American ancestors had their Salem Witch Trials, Europe had its Werewolf Trials, and a large number of the so-called “werewolves” tortured and burned at the stake were female.
Still, many of the tales that have trickled down from this period of history to the present day focus on celebrated male werewolves who ravaged villages, the most famous of whom may be the German farmer Peter Stumpp (sometimes written as Stubbe or Stumpf). That gentleman made a dastardly deal with Satan himself in order to become a werewolf, murdering and consuming the flesh of good Christian villagers, even his own kin. He was tortured ruthlessly, and his mistress and daughter were flayed alive and killed alongside him.

😈 Pain & Pleasure, Indivisible: Stephen Thrower Of Coil On Clive Barker: When Clive Barker arrived on the horror fiction scene in the early '80s the effect was seismic and instantaneous. His Books Of Blood collections pointed towards a myriad of previously unexplored directions for fantastic fiction, and went on to influence – consciously and unconsciously – pretty much every practitioner that came after. Barker took a genre that was becoming boringly familiar and injected it with heavy doses of irony, proletarian anger, humour and raw sensual threat that, while hinted at by his predecessors, had never been so openly and seductively explored.

🐸 The Giant Frog Farms of the 1930s Were a Giant Failure: The American Frog Canning Company had a pitch for people struggling to make a living in the 1930s, when jobs were scarce and money tight. The company promised a good market and a steady source of income. It was simple enough, the company promised.

🤣 Meet Botnik, the Surreal Comedy App That’s Turning AI Into LOL: Actually, that kudzu bit of biz-speak inspiration isn’t entirely attributable to the Amazon CEO.

🤖 CRISPR 2.0 Is Here, and It’s Way More Precise: You’ve probably heard of the molecular scalpel CRISPR-Cas9, which can edit or delete whole genes. Now, scientists have developed a more precise version of the DNA-editing tool that can repair even smaller segments of a person’s genome.

😡 The Rise and Fall of the Viking “Allah” Textile: There is something very troubling about what the Viking “Allah” story reveals about the relationship between news media and experts.

👍 UC Berkeley Uses Optical Scanning to Recover Indigenous Voices from Wax Cylinders: Among the wax cylinders in UC Berkeley’s Hearst Museum of Anthropology are songs and spoken-word recordings in 78 indigenous languages of California. Among the thousands of wax cylinders in the University of California (UC) Berkeley’s Phoebe A.

🤖 This Machine Kills CAPTCHAs: As every domain of life becomes increasingly automated, humans are desperately seeking solace in the activities that differentiate us from our artificial doppelgangers.

👹 Why We Still Need Monsters: When did monster become a term for a person?
That’s a really interesting issue. There’s a few threads we could trace. One is from the ancient Greeks, who had a notion of monstrous desire. You could have a desire in you that was so overwhelming that it would alienate you from yourself. The reason why Medea kills her children, the reason why this person slays that person, or love drives you insane, is because Eros made you do monstrous things. It was a possession from within. It’s a psychological ability that you failed to educate properly. I think that thread goes all the way to Freud and the idea of an id being who we are deep down. There’s a part of us all that has to be carefully managed. Otherwise it does psychopathological actions. You see this now with the Las Vegas shooter. We want to know why he did it. Is there some part of ourselves that if we don’t manage it correctly, it could, in fact, lead us to some kinds of behaviors like this?

☠️ Zombies Must Be Dualists: The big question about zombies is a simple one: Can they possibly exist? If they can, it’s a knockout argument against the idea that consciousness can be explained in completely physical terms. If you can have two identical collections of atoms, both of which take the form of a human being, but one has consciousness and the other does not, then consciousness cannot be purely physical. There must be something else going on, not necessarily a disembodied spirit, but at least a mental aspect in addition to the physical configuration.