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Recently, an article by Todd Gitlin - Columbia University professor and ex-60’s radical - was circulated around the web entitled “The Wonderful World of Informers and Agent Provocateurs.” 1 Using the current NSA scandal as a hook, the piece described itself as an “attempt to sort out some patterns behind what could be the next big story about government surveillance and provocation in America.” Gitlin was referring to the government’s massive post-9/11 use of face-to-face spying – undercover cops, essentially. This is certainly a topic dear to every activist’s heart. It was a severe disappointment then to read the piece and find that it sorted out very little, distorted very much, and left out a great deal that was important. In fact, Gitlin seems less interested in exposing new aspects of government abuse, and more interested in insinuating an old agenda of his: the smearing of militant activists whose tactics aren’t to his personal liking. 2
Originally self-published, A Rule is to Break was released late last month by small San Francisco publisher Manic D Press. Written and illustrated by husband-and-wife team John Seven and Jana Christy, it follows the story of Wild Child “as she learns about just being herself and how that translates into kid autonomy”. Advice includes “don’t look like everybody else! Be you”, and “Paint pictures on your TV! Forget about grocery stores and get dirty in your garden!”
I participate in a few different groups on Facebook, some of which are road-related, as that's something I'm rather a bit keen on. One of the groups is FreewayJim-moderated by an individual who takes sped-up videos of freeways, sets them to music and posts them to YouTube. I've done likewise, though not so much lately, since I moved to New York, and no longer own a car; never mind that I have other priorities these days.
Andrew Breitbart, the conservative blogger, anti-radical and political activist, has died, apparently of natural causes. Breitbart was known in recent years for running several conservative extremist websites including BigGovernment.com and BigHollywood.com. Breitbart helped launch the HuffingtonPost before becoming an associate of conservative blogger, Matt Drudge.