this week i

drew the first karaoke.  only difference peruvian, east asian ajoomma morning public park salsa exercise that the former understands the lyrics


read as luuuuke i am not your uncle.  ben sent breaking bad bee.  champú for people who ignite gasoline trails with roach, flee explosion on unicycle


never saw dj khaled and john goodman in the same room.  did siddhartha gautama, jules winnfield arrive at same bad ass motherfucking epiphany?


wager betatest trump awkward convo with st. peter.  mille scuse silvio, bunga bunga other direction.  and that these taste like asspartame

watched fitzcarraldo, a silly story about rubber barons, milton nascimento cameo.  the leading couple threw a baby jaguar across the room so they could fuck in a hammock.  now here's a stack of cash, don't you dare come back to iquitos without the entirety of the manaus opera house players


read politics and the english language by george orwell, an essay of sheer humbug

a man may take to drink because he feels himself to be a failure, and then fail all the more completely because he drinks.  it is rather the same thing that is happening to the english language.  it becomes ugly and inaccurate because our thoughts are foolish, but the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts

bad writers, and especially scientific, political, and sociological writers, are nearly always haunted by the notion that latin or greek words are grander than saxon ones

it is easier - even quicker, once you have the habit - to say in my opinion it is not an unjustifiable assumption that than to say i think.  if you use ready-made phrases, you not only don't hunt about for the words; you also don't have to bother with the rhythms of your sentences, since these phrases are generally so arranged as to be more or less euphonious

a scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: what am i trying to say?  what words will express it?  what image or idiom will make it clearer?  is this image fresh enough to have an effect?

defenseless villages are bombarded from the air, the inhabitants driven out into the countryside, the cattle machine-gunned, the huts set on fire with incendiary bullets: this is called pacification

make pretentiousness unfashionable

if it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out

one can cure oneself of the not un- formation by memorizing this sentence: a not unblack dog was chasing a not unsmall rabbit across a not ungreen field


read world protests: a study of key protest issues in the 21st century by four authors including awkwardly-named hernan cortes.  posted website doesn't allow machine-readable download with participant counts from pdf.  methodology didn't assure how earlier internet era news searchers captured same breadth as more current years, maybe biasing stated increase in protests.  too many graphs unweighted by population, unsurprisingly, unhelpfully showing larger countries with the most movements.  within-country inequality might be on the rise, globally that's less certain

from marx to tocqueville, authors have written about unequal structural conditions and consciousness of injustice as crucial factors for protests and rebellions.  today, inequality is staggering, estimated to be the highest in history

the objective of the study is to document and characterize major protests from two years prior to the onset of the 2008 global financial crisis to the end of 2020, to examine protest trends globally, regionally and according to country-income levels, and present the main grievances and demands of protesters in order to better understand the drivers of social unrest

the most frequent target for protesters, by a wide margin, is their own national government

more than 12% of the world's protests (347 protests) denounced inequalities in income, wealth, and influence on policy-making and questioned democratic systems that were allowing rent-seeking by elites and the arab spring, as well as in the more recent latin american spring, inequality ranked highest amongst the grievances of demonstrators

food protests have an inverse relation with income levels, as they are virtually absent from high-income countries

in india, "cow vigilantes"

protests and demonstrations regarding prisoners' rights and the fair treatment of prisoners represent just over nearly 3% of the world's protests (75 protests).  inhumane conditions have been denounced by prisoners in countries such as bolivia and brazil.  these protests are often disturbingly graphic, as prisoners resort to extreme means such as hunger strikes (e.g., occupied palestinian territory) or sewing their own lips (e.g., kyrgyzstan) in order to attract media attention and to publicize their cause

the largest coordinated strike in history: 250 million people protest against the government's plan to liberalize farming and labor

tahrir square in egypt, syntagma square in greece, puerta del sol in spain, zuccotti park in new york and gezi park in istanbul

noisemaking has been a traditional method of protest.  in most of the latin countries, this takes the form of banging pots and casseroles ("cacerolada")

in 2019 in ecuador, riots against budget cuts and reforms agreed between the moreno administration and the imf lasted for days until the government fled from the capital and postponed the imf program loan

our analysis shows that in south asia 61% of protest episodes..achieved some demonstrable success..38% for latin america and the caribbean

a majority of protests against the chinese government, normally on concrete issues, have a greater chance of achieving some result (65%), than those against the united states, which have only a 23% chance of success..twitter storms (36%)..self-inflicted violence..a 50% success rate

brazil's neo-pentecostal movement, which advanced their religious rights in alliance with the "bullets, bible and beef" caucus

in the united states, the three richest people have the same amount of wealth as the bottom 160 million