“What will become of us? After Rome’s fall, wolves wandered through the cities and Europe largely went to sleep for six centuries. That will not happen again; too many transitions – demographic, ecological, technological, cybernetic – have intervened. The planet’s metabolism has altered. The new Dark Ages will be socially, politically, and spiritually dark, but the economic Moloch — mass...
One day in Berlin … Eno came running in and said, “I have heard the sound of the...– David Bowie, talking about Brian Eno’s reaction to “I Feel Love” in 1977. (via jedsundwall)
“JP Morgan Chase, entirely without any help from the government, has lost, in this one set of transactions, five times the amount they claim financial regulation is costing them.” Barney Frank, Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, whom we’ll miss dearly when he retires next year.
Richard Socarides for the New Yorker: “Clearly, until today, the President had been making a political calculation—one that had outlived its usefulness. In some ways, it’s amazing that he was able to maintain a not-yes-but-not-no position for as long as he did. While it was a useful electoral strategy, changes in public opinion and in the culture have created a new reality. Obama’s...
Reynold Reynolds’s Stadtplan (2004), via Christoph Hochhäusler.