Anarcho Blogs Mon, 11 Oct 2021 06:37:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Anarcho Blogs 32 32 A momentary failure of reason Fri, 08 Oct 2021 18:13:11 +0000

Recently, as I was driving to my office, an SUV full of security guards drove past me on the wrong side. I slowed down and let the car come into my lane near Ganabhaban. It took me a while to realize that there was a small procession behind. There was no flag pole or other badge to indicate the protocol or the commercial barometer of the “private” caravan.

When I got to Mirpur Road, I indicated to move into the right lane as I had to turn near the Residential Model College. The pilot SUV, with flashing hazard lights, suddenly veered right and came in front of me. The other two of the fleet wanted to overtake from behind. I wasn’t in the mood to give them room a second time. They were going straight ahead, but they were coming to the first lane to block me. The cars behind started honking, and one of the drivers started yelling. I guess my evening dress and sunglasses didn’t allow their words to turn into slurs. But judging by their testosterone levels, I guess they were short on a minor notch. I had to say to the guy, “If you’re going straight, why do you have to block the right lane?” “

Those who drive to Dhaka would find my logic mundane and my lines insane. It wasn’t just a private security team, but also a rickshaw or CNG city bus that could have “stuck” to me without any warning. So why am I expressing my frustration on such a trivial matter? Having studied psychoanalysis for my academic training, I can locate my repressed frustrations in the subconscious from which they were trying to return. My attempt to respond to the security men was foolish and can perhaps be explained in Freudian terms. The father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, explained to us how feelings and emotions that we cannot process or negotiate are transferred to the unknown territory of our mind. They remain deposited there, but can return to it in a displaced or transformed form, as in a surge or in a dream or a creative outpouring.

For a split second, I had the fallacy of having equal rights on the road. I am a tax-paying and law-abiding member of society. I have every right to be on the road without infringing any other force, as long as I do not violate the traffic rules. Reality is something else, however, and failing to recognize that reality could be deadly. So why, sane, did I react? Did I really have control over this momentary error of reason? This is where Freud’s psychoanalysis comes in.

My conscious act of defying “unknown” authority was conditioned by a series of interactions that took place during my short journey from Banani to Mohammadpur. I was stuck near the newly designed U-loop at Mohakhali as the extended funnel narrowed the artery. Any chance of widening the road and having all four lanes for incoming traffic from Uttara has been shattered by the construction of some government offices, including that of the Roads and Bridges Authority. Across the road there is a market dangerously close to the railroad tracks, which created a similar bottleneck effect.

Then you get to the flyover to find vehicles carrying flags or badges blocking the access road under the watchful eye of traffic sergeants. Anyone without a badge is however punished. You get off the bridge and hit congestion near the old airport, as some marshals make sure their bosses get priority treatment. Once you enter the connecting road you have to negotiate motorcycles coming from the wrong side, buses stopping mindlessly to pick up and drop off passengers, potholes and puddles, pedestrians distraught, ambulances, speeding tickets and angry flashes of light from vehicles of men in uniform to finally reach the BNCC level crossing.

And then you come across two more lanes of vehicles entering from the wrong side, most of them showing signs of authority. Even the ordinary men who have the platform to unite and create nuisance, like ride-hailing motorcycles or CNG autorickshaws, are there, all casually waiting for the signal to clear. Their body language is simple: if I can’t travel on this side of the road, how dare you move freely on the other side? A game of patience is launched. We wait because they wait. We will pass, only when they can pass. What does he tell us about a nation? Is there a sociological study of the Dhakaites who own the city without any property?

By the time I reached the side alley of the Ganabhaban complex, there was a wave of pent-up anger within me. I was frustrated by the irresponsibility of my fellow citizens. The powerful boost of the procession therefore made me react without thinking of any consequences. And I was lucky to have none.

Wasn’t there an incident where a lawmaker’s son got into trouble for getting into the grudge of the streets? The battle of the four wheels and the two wheels ran a full course. Epic! When I was a student at a public university, our bus driver drove like a Formula 1 driver in Dhaka. We used to feel like the kings of the streets. I once heard that one of the bus drivers at my university had an argument with a microbus belonging to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). It was in the 90s. The microbus driver bragged, “Can’t you see my office sign? The other joked, “You work for a prime minister. On my bus, everyone is a potential prime minister. Ah, democracy. It is good to know such an egalitarian theory.

It’s nice to hum Tagore, for example, “We all rule as kings in our king’s kingdom. Why else would we join hands with him?” But how many of us can internalize such principles, let alone put them into practice?

I will close with an incident that happened about two weeks ago. The driver of a carpool motorcycle set his own vehicle on fire as a traffic sergeant was about to fine him for improper parking. The man couldn’t take it anymore. He was tired of the daily routine of systemic abuse. The fire smothered in him came out like a return from the repressed, and in this momentary error of reason he destroyed the very vehicle on which he depended for his sustenance. Police later questioned him to learn that the man was already at a critical point because he was heavily in debt.

Speaking of which, I have to go back to my watching Squid Game on Netflix, the Korean class disparity survival drama. Sometimes illusions are the only way to deal with reality. They are the therapeutic antidotes to momentary failures of reason. Have a nice week end!

Shamsad Mortuza is Acting Vice Chancellor of the Bangladesh Liberal Arts University (ULAB) and Professor of English at Dhaka University (on leave).

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Understanding YouTube’s Disinformation Ban Thu, 07 Oct 2021 17:26:15 +0000 Chennai:

YouTube took it a step further last week with a fairly broad ban on videos that question the effectiveness or safety of approved vaccines, including those against measles. Maybe these rules make sense to you. But they can also sound like an attack on expression – and an insult to our intelligence. Most people who see YouTube videos (falsely) claiming that an animal dewormer medicine cures the coronavirus won’t drink Fido pills, and most people who post their concerns about vaccine side effects aren’t anti-vaccine fanatics. Are we not able to speak freely on the Internet and form our own opinion? Isn’t it counterproductive and anti-American to declare certain discussions banned?

There are no easy answers to these questions. But I want to share how my perceptions have changed a bit after speaking with Brendan Nyhan, a professor at Dartmouth College who studies misperceptions about politics and healthcare. Dr Nyhan gave me a different way of thinking about disinformation online: it’s not about you. Dr Nyhan suggested that we view Internet Company Rules as being designed for the small number of people who strongly believe or are inclined to believe in things that are patently wrong and potentially dangerous. The conversation resonated because it came to something that bothers me about the catch-all term “disinformation”. It conjures up a world in which everyone is either a neo-Nazi, an anarchist, or a con man selling fake health potions – or vulnerable to being duped by them.

We know this is hogwash. But Dr Nyhan said it was crucial that we have rules on the internet for the extremes of both the speaker and the listener. “A lot of people will be exposed to misinformation, and it will have no effect,” Dr Nyhan told me. “But if even a few people believe in powerful false claims like an illegitimate election or this vaccine causes autism, then that might call for a more aggressive approach.” Dr Nyhan isn’t saying popular websites should restrict all discussion that includes extreme or unpopular views. (He wrote that the types of online limits on Covid-19 talks shouldn’t apply to most political expressions.) But for a selection of high-stakes issues that could lead to real-world damage , Internet companies may need restrictive rules. Internet companies have also encouraged people to think carefully about what they read and share, without forbidding certain types of conversations. Dr Nyhan recognizes that it is difficult to decide which topics are high stakes, and he fears that a handful of internet companies have become so influential that they dictate public discourse and often misapply their policies.

Above all, Dr Nyhan dismisses two overly simplistic ideas: that the average person is likely to fall in love with any wacky thing they read online, and that these wacky things online pose little risk. “We need to focus more on how platforms can enable an extremist minority to foment harm and not on how the average person might be brainwashed by content they have viewed multiple times,” he said. said Dr Nyhan. “We should think about people who consume a large amount of hateful or extremist content on YouTube, or anti-vaccine groups that don’t reach a lot of people but could do a lot of harm to the people they reach. “Not all the things that interest us or that question us are disinformation. We can’t just, you know, talk about stuff on the internet? Won’t that be good? Dr Nyhan’s answer is basically , yes, that will probably be fine for most of us – but we have to think about the margins. And on rare occasions, that could mean sacrificing the ability to immediately say absolutely anything online in order to protect us all.

Ovide is a technical writer at NYT © 2021

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YouTube bans disinformation – Market Research Telecast Wed, 06 Oct 2021 19:50:15 +0000

Facebook, YouTube and Twitter have long lists of restrictions to limit the information about the coronavirus that they deem to be misleading on their sites. YouTube took it a step further last week with a fairly broad ban on videos that question the effectiveness or safety of approved vaccines, including measles.

These rules may be meaningful to you. But they can also appear as an attack on expression and an insult to our intelligence.

Most people who watch YouTube videos (incorrectly) claiming that an animal dewormer can cure coronavirus will not swallow their pet’s pills, and most people who worry about the side effects vaccines are not vaccine fanatics. Are we not able to speak freely on the Internet and decide for ourselves? Isn’t it counterproductive and anti-American to declare certain discussions banned?

There are no easy answers to these questions. But I want to share how my perceptions have changed a bit after speaking with Brendan Nyhan, a professor at Dartmouth College who studies misperceptions about politics and healthcare. Nyhan made me think differently about misinformation online – it’s not about you.

Nyhan suggested that we view internet business rules as designed for the small number of people who strongly believe or are inclined to believe in things that can be proven wrong and potentially dangerous. Let me explain.

The conversation resonated because it came to something that bothers me about the umbrella term “disinformation”. It conjures up a world where everyone is a neo-Nazi, anarchist, or crooks selling fake health potions or where people are susceptible to such hoaxes.

We know this is nonsense. But Nyhan said it was crucial that we have rules on the internet to determine who speaks and who listens.

“A lot of people will be exposed to disinformation and it will have no effect,” Nyhan told me. “But even if a few people believe that false claims such as an election were illegitimate or that this vaccine causes autism, a more aggressive approach may be needed.”

Nyhan isn’t saying popular websites should restrict any discussion that includes extreme or unpopular views. (He himself wrote that the types of online limits on COVID-19 talks shouldn’t apply to most political expressions.)

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The rape of the lock: a false epic revisited Fri, 01 Oct 2021 18:00:00 +0000 Has the “power of discipline” shifted from the authorities of Rabindra University to its students? Photo: Collected “How to cultivate freedom alongside discipline? The German philosopher Immanuel Kant asked in 1799. The question is still relevant in [...]]]>

Has the “power of discipline” shifted from the authorities of Rabindra University to its students? Photo: Collected


Has the “power of discipline” shifted from the authorities of Rabindra University to its students? Photo: Collected

“How to cultivate freedom alongside discipline? The German philosopher Immanuel Kant asked in 1799. The question is still relevant in many areas of life, especially in education. The forced haircuts incident at Rabindra University, Bangladesh (RUB) in Sirajganj makes me revisit the role of a teacher who has been given a three-pronged agency: she is head of department; a member of the university’s disciplinary proctoration team; and a member of the university’s highest decision-making body, the union. As a teacher, she is supposed to educate her students, and probably more given her anthropological background and her position in the Department of Cultural Heritage and Bangladesh Studies at the university. In theory, she is a “source” of freedom, which the next generation will learn to free their minds from. However, her administrative role requires that she ensure that there is no deviation from standards for the system to function. It is an “administrative tool” of its institution, through which the discipline manifests itself. How to bridge the gap between its two functional roles? What is our role in the discernment of its position in the social structure within which it evolves?

Let me focus on the tree before I scan the forest. Here’s what the available information reveals: When some students at RUB’s Department of Cultural Heritage and Bangladesh Studies demanded a spaced-out exam routine, department head Farhana Yeasmin Baten donned her cloak of power. She argued that the review schedule should not be revised, as a result of which three reviews had already taken place. Giving in to such demands would set a precedent for students asking to dictate official terms in the future, she said. The request for a change of date, signed by two-thirds of the students in the department, was ignored, which displeased him. When these students entered the examination rooms, the professor cut the hair of some of the students – who were said to have long hair, but apparently also of those who had been behind the request for a change in the timetable. exams. Previously, during her proctoral patrol, the teacher had asked the students to fix their shaggy hair which may have become unruly during the lengthy closure of the university inflicted by Covid. Strands of hair from around 14 to 16 students were clipped awkwardly, causing some students to completely shave their hair. The image of a young man having a shave with a blade was posted on Facebook by the protesting students, and it didn’t take long for the news of the “lock rape” to go viral.

The teacher appeared on a TV show and clashed with some prominent journalists and human rights activists to categorically deny her role in the forced haircut. She deftly washed her hands of the head shaving incident, just as Roman governor Pontius Pilate did during the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Why “give credit” to the professor for the haircut that was done by a professional barber? Not a bad ploy. Again, can a college professor act like a military drill sergeant, or the Puritan principals who measured the length of skirts in mission schools?

The center of gravity shifted once many more students joined the protest: it was no longer a “departmental” problem – it became national and potentially international. Resistance is the only logical outcome of the exercise of power. Office buildings have been vandalized; insults took place. Dozens of students have gone on hunger strike to passively resist the “anarchist” educational role of an educator. The university authority felt the media pressure; the University Scholarships Commission (UGC) has called for an investigation. CCTV footage has shown the offender’s scissors, and the teacher has now been relieved of her duties. Students want more: they want the teacher to be fired. If you ask me, the professor should be fired for lying in public; moral turpitude and madness are two grounds on which a public official can be dismissed. She can be fined or suspended for her excessive use of power. And the locks of lost hair will testify against her when judgment is handed down, and the revenge-justice coin may soon be flipped to berate protesters for vandalizing public property.

I’m not here for a mind-boggling analysis of this particular incident on the basis of circumstantial evidence, or to murder the teacher’s character or throw her under the wheels of a media bus based on video clips smearing my Facebook wall .

I am more interested in the power structures inherent in our daily life. We are so used to conceptualizing power as a manifestation of authority, where one group or individual assumes control or asserts supremacy over another. Power is a slippery slope. Say, you catch a thief in action and make the arrest of a citizen, suddenly you find yourself on high moral ground. The person you’ve captured has done something wrong, which gives you the “right” to abuse, humiliate, or even shave their hair. Maybe a moment earlier the thief had the power to sneak into your kitchen through the fan; they had the power to silently enter your private space. Suddenly, when you capture them by the neck with a rod in your hand, the person becomes helpless. Your mighty scream has sounded the alarm and an angry mob is now empowered to lynch the criminal. Say, you are an office boss, and it is your office policy not to wear long hair. Are you berating a staff member or humiliating them in public for breaking office rules? Your harsh words can be more damaging than actual physical pain.

The RUB student who took sleeping pills, unable to endure his humiliation from the forced haircut, will tell you that he is not dealing with a physical injury, but a psychological one. The student feels oppressed, while the author of power here thinks that his method of discipline is a technique for improving the situation or bringing order to the system. When we participate in this discourse, we also have the feeling of stemming the rot. Once the media clippings and CCTV footage became available, the teacher’s agency changed. Instead of being the agent of power, the teacher has become a subject of power. Those of us who run a media essay, comment on Facebook, write about it, discuss it, it’s all become part of the power link. The French philosopher Foucault called this phenomenon “capillary power” because it runs through the small veins of our social body.

This huge fury over the “rape of the lock” shows that we feel empowered to corner a young assistant professor at a distant university, but we dare not point the finger at larger wrongdoing. Our moral compass oscillates according to the power of the magnet we are dealing with. It’s fine to play moral policing every once in a while, but just as important to be aware of the totem pole in which we exist. We don’t need to justify anyone’s action, but we certainly need to invest in understanding the system that allowed such “disciplinary action” to take place in the first place. For this we need to be more reflective about the power structure; unannounced comments will add sensationalism to give the media a time agency, without making any qualitative change to the system. So where do we change the power dynamic if we are to think of an academic institution, where teachers and students are both valued and respected? What other institutions are linked to this academic institution?

The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind.

Shamsad Mortuza is Acting Vice Chancellor of the Bangladesh Liberal Arts University (ULAB) and Professor of English at Dhaka University (on leave).

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SOLD OUT: Curator’s Walking Tour – Lower East Side Radicals Fri, 01 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0000

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The Manhattan neighborhood known as the Lower East Side was one of the earliest geopolitical centers of working class politics and culture. Often seen as the home of waves of unwashed, unruly and un-American immigrants who lived on the Lower East Side mobilized for labor rights and decent housing, forged vibrant cultural lives, and pursued visions of socialism , anarchism and other forms of radicalism. This walking tour will examine some of these diverse stories – from anarchist Emma Goldman to the anarchist punk destination ABC No Rio – and how they continue to impact the neighborhood today. Led by curator MCNY and resident of the Lower East Side Sarah seidman.

About the guide:
Dr Sarah Seidman
is the curator of social activism for the Puffin Foundation at the Museum of the City of New York. She is curator of the current exhibition New York activist, which explores nearly 400 years of activist history in New York City. She was also curator of exhibitions Beyond suffrage: a century of New York women in politics, and co-organized PRIDE: Photographs of Stonewall and Beyond by Fred W. McDarrah and King in New York. Dr Seidman holds a doctorate. in American Studies from Brown University. His writing appeared in Radical History Review, the Journal of American Transnational Studies, and The 1960s: a journal of history, politics and culture, among other places.

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Elayna Trucker, Your October in Books: So many books, so little time! | Entertainment Wed, 29 Sep 2021 17:22:13 +0000

The modern world of improved conciseness and rapidly consumed content is replete with quotes from thinkers, leaders, artists and, perhaps most notably, writers. Memorable quotes are ubiquitous on social media feeds, often referenced by politicians, and are plastered on a variety of merchandise, painted signs, and greeting cards.

In the following quiz, Stacker compiled a list of 50 famous quotes and the writers who made them up using data collected from Good reading, newspapers, magazines, book and poetry foundations, and author websites.

Many of these quotes are now part of a common language. Others may be more difficult to place. Some of the most popular quotes, which are splashed over and over on social media, are wrongly attributed to the wrong person; others are completely inaccurate.

It is impossible to overstate the power of writers to inspire us, comfort us, or heal us from our experiences of loss, confusion, or utter boredom. They provide us with vast bodies of work filled with shards of gold. Poets often work to make the most impact while taking up the least amount of space, but all writers are capable of squeezing out brilliant little jokes of genuine wisdom, truth, and nonsense. They just fall out of it.

If by any chance there aren’t enough useful quotes in your lexicon, there are plenty in the next quiz, ranging from topics as disparate as politics and the tragedies of human experience. This is a good thing too, since they are practical and don’t require a lot of effort. As author Dorothy L. Sayers puts it, “I always have a quote for everything, it avoids original thinking. “

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“I’m separating the class”: Steven Stokey-Daley on being a gentle anarchist Mon, 20 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000

As the designer hosts his first London Fashion Week show, the Liverpudlian discusses the abandonment of the theater, the upper class of the camp and the clothing Harry Styles

Steven stokey daley was 14 when he found himself in the middle of a gym posing as a color. Having taken the train from Liverpool, it was his first time alone in London, choosing to spend the summer in the company of a hundred strangers while transforming into furniture, animals and a whole different person. “The drama was my life back then. But after this summer with the National Youth Theater, I never did anything with it again. It was really sad, ”he says, fumbling for a stool in his cramped East London studio.

As the creator sits down, he is surrounded by the tears of Princess Diana, Kate Bush, and old Atonian schoolchildren. Three interns work in absolute silence while a PR types on his Macbook, keeping a small rack of clothing confidential. But despite all the fanfare, Stokey-Daley was “never interested in fashion.” He never looked at cult magazines or worshiped at the altar of Vogue. The closest he could have practiced his trade was wearing a pair of brown corduroys to high school. “I feel the pressure to say that I did all of this, but come on, this is bullshit,” he said. And while he’s now skillfully preparing his third collection, which debuts today, there was a point where his life was about to stray from its course. “Actually, I was to study English Literature and Drama Studies at Warwick. Like, we packed the car and everything. Then, the day before I left, I had this sudden feeling and changed my mind. I’m all about those gut feelings.

An art foundation and a fashion degree later, Stokey-Daley quickly became one of the brightest young designers in the industry. Today’s collection, which he calls his ‘third act,’ brings these two seemingly disparate worlds together, featuring SS22 through a series of staged vignettes, designed by ten NYT members aged 18-24. years. The performance – a violent Lord of Flies procession through high birth chaos – refines Stokey-Daley’s ultra-fine deciphering of public school culture, having been inspired by all the tense blazers and little straw boater from Harrow School to college . Since then he has probed the peculiarities of the upper-class camp, forging patchwork collections from classic novels like Brideshead revisited, Mauritius, and Another country. “This season we are looking specifically at the role of sport within these schools and the toxic male associations of the playground and locker rooms,” he says. As such, her over-puffed pants and intricately embroidered shirts meet slightly more libidinous hems from rugby, rowing and cricket – shrunken and side-tie tank knits, cutout undershirts. plump and silk bathrobes.

“I’m pretty repository,” he says, pointing to the floor-to-ceiling moodboard behind him, which is covered in pictures of Oxford rowing clubs, ornate curtain fabric squares and charming homoerotic illustrations by Mark Beard. from the 1950s. It’s easy to see how, as an outsider, the designer read his own strangeness about the pomp and performativity of public school culture. Not to mention all those locker room “japes” that chic boys love to engage in – communal showers, slapping towels, or jokingly sticking fingers up each other’s asses. Likewise, their puffy shirts, extra long socks, and folk flower crowns weren’t something Stokey-Daley had experienced growing up in Merseyside, where people mostly wore ‘North jackets, tracksuits and sneakers. Face ”, as he remembers. “These boys would always yell at me,” which, more than an esoteric dissection of the upper crust, seems to be the real driving force behind this designer’s work. “The things these boys are celebrated for – and why they end up in official government positions – are the very reasons I was bullied.”

“There is a soul in Steven’s clothes that is so beautiful. Usually, graduate collections are so conceptual and unusable, but Steven manages to capture that editorial sensibility and drama while still feeling truly believable “- Harry Lambert

It is therefore normal that an ex-Etonian, the second black prefect of the school, plays in the series. “The actors are just amazing. But I never really felt in good shape for that sort of thing, ”Stokey-Daley said, pulling the sides of his shirt. “It can be really tough if you’re not conventionally good-looking or if you’re not six feet two inches tall. I remember someone telling me that I would never be successful as a gay actor and that I would never be chosen except in those kinds of roles. These conversations really took me away from the thing I was so in love with ”. And it looks like Stokey-Daley has more than skin in the game, but also heart, as her boyfriend, a dancer, experienced the decimation of the theater industry in real time during the pandemic. “It’s really hard to watch your professional world crumble and be totally ignored by the government, so I started to wonder how a platform like London Fashion Week could support other creative industries. “

In a recent interview, Stokey-Daley was asked why he felt like he could ‘fetishize Tory behavior’ when he himself was ‘so much of a worker’, as if he was a traitor, or worse. , a fantasy to do it. “I choose the class apart. I get these questions so often and I feel like they don’t really question where I’m from, but try to keep me there ”. It’s ironic, he says, given that there are so many exhibits from Oxford graduates looking north, “which literally consist of five black and white photos of an abandoned building.” But if those words make Stokey-Daley hostile in any way, it undermines how sensitive his work is – something stylist Harry Lambert quickly recognized, dressing his client, Harry Styles, in SS Daley looks all over the place. long of his “GoldenMusic clip. “There is a soul in Steven’s clothes that is so beautiful,” Lambert says. “Usually, graduate collections are so conceptual and unusable, but Steven manages to capture that editorial sensibility and drama all the way through. feeling really credible ”.

Stokey-Daley credits much of his success to Lambert – who also styled this season’s show – not to mention the business boom that followed “Golden”. Though he shyly talks about Harry Styles (“client privacy”), the creator admits the singer was generous in his support, getting “a first glimpse” of the sales before they went public. So it must be hard not to design with styles in mind. Matches Fashion also saw the Stokey-Daley dollar signs, launching the brand on its platform earlier this month. And, with his mother taking care of all SS Daley’s shipping and logistics, the designer clearly keeps his business as close to home as possible, which perhaps explains this sense of “soul” that people are talking. For this collection, an elderly neighbor knitted flowers for vests, another worked on hats, while two others produced shirts. “It’s really beautiful,” said Lambert. “Steven has built a real community in Liverpool”.

While so many young designers learn to be lawless or aggressive with their first collections, it was never particularly “Steven”. And although he’s radical, Stokey-Daley softens the blow by devoting himself to his work, using fashion as a means of introspection and balm the bruises of his teenage years – much like he did with the theater. “I wish people would see the big picture,” he says, “each collection becomes more and more diluted with my own experience. This season, I refer more than ever to my upbringing and who lives in sportswear. However, sometimes I wonder how far I’m going to go. It might be a while before he sees Stokey-Daley send off ecru North Face jackets and poplin tracksuits, but right now he’s happy with the turn of things. “Right now we just need to go,” he said, clapping his hands hastily before suddenly turning very pale – “oh my god I didn’t mean to you, I wasn’t telling you. not to go, ”he apologizes,“ I just meant we really had a lot of work to do ”.

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new book examines the architecture of anarchist colonies Mon, 13 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000

Paul Dobraszczyk’s playful and slightly optimistic book is framed by two depressing episodes. In August 2020 and June this year, police raids took place to dismantle art installations in east London. The primary targets of these displays of state power – ballet dancers, singing model sharks, a delicate cloud of bamboo stalks and steel cables – hurt no one; the legal pretext for the raids, a mutilated mix of town planning regulations and emergency powers introduced under the guise of the pandemic, was fragile and unconvincing. The fact that the artistic charity that commissioned the installations is also co-editor of Architecture and anarchism lets us know that he’s unlikely to be unfriendly to their side of the story; despite this, it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that building “without authority”, especially in an imperfect democracy like that of the UK has become, is to court violence. So why would anyone do this?

The main part of the book is a series of case stories of attempts by individuals and communities to regulate aspects of their own lives by taking control of their living spaces. There is necessarily a fairly wide range of humanities on display – squatters, hippie towns, desert cults, self-build co-ops, bums, climate protesters, beneficiaries – and the results they achieve vary accordingly. Appropriately for a tradition of taking utopian ideas and putting them into concrete form, we learn a bit more about William Morris’s 19th century paper dreams, and then pass by the funky geodesic domes of Drop City. , Colorado, the glorious chimeras of Constant Nieuwenhuys’ palace of endless imaginary pleasure “New Babylon” (designed from 1959 to 1974) and the only hardly less fantastic drawings by Archigram, to the plausible and fine speculative fiction of William Gibson .

Counter-cultural arty neighborhoods often function as gentrification shock troops

The theory is reduced to the strict minimum, but Dobraszczyk notes a distinction between the individual and the community, the “freedom of” and the “freedom of”. He points out that self-regulatory groups can be more or less ‘radical’, and therefore less or more engaged in the ‘mainstream’ world around them (countercultural artistic colonies often function as the shock troops of gentrification. , for example). He notes the irony that people who choose to live this way are much more likely to spend their days entangled in Byzantine planning and building regulations, and stuck in endless community meetings, than the rest of us. we.

With a book that leans wide rather than deep, there are bound to be some bickering about what’s inside and what’s outside. I would have liked to see Nubia Way, in south-east London, part of Walter Segal’s pantheon of self-builders: it was created by Britain’s first black housing co-op, against the will of the National Front. There are too many tangled tinkers of random disjecta and performatively fragile peri-apocalyptic huts for them all to have something unique to say. In the relatively small number of projects that are shaped by an overall aesthetic or stylistic intention, which I appreciate is not the point in the majority of cases, there is often a certain infantile quality: the “earthships” of New Mexico. and beyond, the Hundertwasserhaus in Vienna, the hobby huts of Lammas in Pembrokeshire. Although, it is noted, the latter have been shown to be vulnerable to fire – another example of authority and violence, perhaps.

Paul Dobraszczyk, Architecture and anarchism: building without authority, Antepavilion / Paul Holberton Publishing, 248pp, 180 color illus., £ 25 (bp), pub. September 1, 2021

Keith miller is editor-in-chief and editor for the Telegraph and a regular contributor to the Literary journal and the Times Literary Supplement

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Vaccination mandates envisioned by the automotive industry, the UAW Fri, 10 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000

With the Biden administration having announced that it will start forcing companies to vaccinate their employees, automakers and the UAW find themselves in a sticky situation. The unions had previously said they wished not to endorse or oppose mandatory vaccinations until they discussed things with the industry and their own members. Considering Joe Biden said he would not make vaccines mandatory less than 10 months ago, employers get caught with their pants around the proverbial ankles.

Automakers had previously polled white-collar workers to see what they wanted to do while increasing COVID restrictions on the spot, but operating under the impression that any tough decisions were likely far away and left to their own discretion. Now, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is planning a new standard that requires all employers with 100 (or more) employees to ensure their workforce is fully immunized or to require that any unvaccinated worker produces a negative test result at least once a week.

Employers who fail to implement the stated requirements could face fines of up to $ 14,000 per violation, according to the White House, the penalties also doubling for those who refuse to wear masks during interstate travel. These are potentially high fees when you are in the thousands of employees. Union officials said they were considering the issue without committing to more than absolutely necessary – although the UAW has formally opposed vaccine requirements in the past.

From UAW President Ray Curry:

“The UAW has encouraged and continues to strongly encourage all members and their families to get immunized, unless there are specific health or religious concerns. We know this is the best way to protect our members, colleagues and their families.

We take a look at the details of yesterday’s announcements and the impact on our members and over 700 employer contracts.

In the meantime, we continue our members’ commitment to practice safety at each of our work sites by following protocols, including masks, disinfection, and reporting any exposure or symptom of the virus. At the UAW, we all understand that fighting this pandemic and protecting our families is key to our survival. “

Assuming the union ultimately decides to approve the vaccine decree, it is likely to fracture its membership. Although I am hardly against vaccinations, I strongly support informed consent and speaking candidly about it has led auto workers to frequently confess that they are also opposed to forced vaccinations. Many said they would quit their jobs immediately, corresponding to a recent Washington post survey claiming 70% of unvaccinated workers would simply quit their jobs whether vaccination warrants are instituted. I guess the industry will experience a sudden and catastrophic staff shortage if it goes ahead with the Biden plan.

Automakers have also been evasive, with automakers (including Ford, GM, Stellantis, Honda and Toyota) saying they are encouraging staff to get vaccinated and want to adhere to all government-issued health protocols. But they generally avoid addressing the Biden plan directly, perhaps indicating some reluctance. That said, it hasn’t even been a full day since the vaccine’s mandate was announced and their HR and legal departments are probably wringing their hands as they consider what needs to be done and the fallout that could create.

Every statement the automakers have been prepared to make so far can be paraphrased as “wait … we have to think about it” followed by a paragraph on how they believe in vaccinations and want to adhere to the recommendations of the experts in the world. health concerns. . Conversely, very little has been said about the rights or preferences of their employees.

I’m not going to beat around the bush. The whole premise of these mandates seems insane to me, bordering on the bad guy. As an American, I have always believed that the whole premise of the country was based on the shared belief that personal freedoms and freedom of choice trump anything else. But that no longer seems to be what comes from above. The rhetoric used by Joe Biden is extremely confrontational, including statements such as “we have been patient, but our patience is running outAs he made sweeping claims about how the unvaccinated stifles national unity and progress. He also confusedly stated that vaccinated workers must be ‘protected’ from unvaccinated.

Assuming vaccines are effective, shouldn’t it be otherwise? What exactly are we protecting people from when new strains keep showing up, can still spread among the vaccinated, and the shots we have now target older COVID variants that have lost momentum?

The economic and social stress that this is likely to impose on the industry and the country as a whole will be simply monumental. Protests erupted across the world all summer. Truckers have started to organize in many countries and have refused to deliver to areas with strict COVID rules, worsen food shortages in urban areas. In the United States, the same is true of cities that have chosen to define policing. Now they’re starting to talk about strikes focused on vaccines and masks mandates while they are already experiencing a serious shortage of drivers. Imagine if this spills over to an automotive industry already besieged by semiconductor shortages, their suppliers, and every other industry you rely on.

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How Kaseya was the victim of a ransomware attack Thu, 09 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000

On July 2, 2021, the cybersecurity world woke up with yet another ransomware attack. This time the victim was Kaseya, a software company that provides IT management solutions primarily to Managed Service Providers (MSPs). The attack had a huge impact, affecting several MSPs and thousands of their customers.

So what exactly happened in what most cybersecurity experts call the biggest criminal ransomware attack on record?

It has been revealed that attackers discovered and exploited zero-day vulnerabilities in Kaseya VSA, a remote monitoring and management product. The vulnerabilities allowed attackers to access an exposed service on VSA servers, bypass authentication, and execute code remotely. Once they compromised the VSA servers, the attackers deployed the REvil ransomware and encrypted thousands of devices on the MSPs. The REvil group demanded compensation of $ 70 million in BTC in exchange for the decryption key.

As Kaseya tried to take corrective action by shutting down cloud-based facilities and asking customers to shut down on-premises facilities, the damage was already done.

The chain of events

The REvil ransomware was delivered to targets via a patch. When this update is installed on a system, it runs a script that performs a series of steps to start the infection as follows:

  1. REvil uses the Kaseya agent monitor, agentmon.exe, to write a file named agent.crt (to be used as a ransomware dropper) to the c: kworking path.

  2. Then it stops crucial services like Windows Defender real-time monitoring, folder protections, file scanning, network monitoring, and anti-virus software.

  3. It then uses CertUtil.exe, an administrative command line tool used to manipulate the CA, to decode the agent.crt file to agent.exe.

  4. REvil now removes all artifacts to ensure that no fingerprints remain.

  5. Then it overwrites the MsMpEng.exe file, which runs the Windows Antimalware service executable, with an obsolete version that allows Windows Defender Encryptor DLL sideloading.

  6. Finally, it uses the encryptor to encrypt the system with higher privileges.

Key points to remember

  • Importantly, IT management systems like the one targeted have unrestricted access to all network components, making it easier for attackers to exploit privileges and execute code at will. For this reason, monitoring and restricting privileges to entities is essential.

  • The Dutch Institute for Vulnerability Disclosure noticed and informed Kaseya of the vulnerabilities in VSA, several of which were ultimately exploited to execute the attack. When Kaseya learned of the vulnerabilities, he started working on a fix. The REvil group, however, beat him in the race and executed the attack before the patch was deployed. This shows how time is of the essence when it comes to protecting yourself against cyber attacks.

  • The ransomware attack involved steps such as installing services, establishing processes, changing keys, and renaming files. These events in themselves are core system processes that generate logs, emphasizing the importance of a powerful log management and reporting tool.

How a SIEM Solution Can Help You Defend Against Ransomware

  • Most ransomware attacks start with finding and exploiting vulnerabilities in your network. A security information and event management (SIEM) solution integrated with a vulnerability scanner ensures that vulnerabilities in your network are detected as they arise.

  • In the event of an attack on your business, a SIEM solution can help you spot indicators of compromise and provide you with alerts and reports. You can also configure workflows for these alerts which are executed automatically each time the alert is triggered.

  • A SIEM solution can also help you identify and mitigate traffic from malicious IP addresses to your web servers.

  • If an attack has been executed successfully and a device is infected, a SIEM solution can help you contain the infection, protecting other network resources from the impact. Upon detection, the affected device is blocked and isolated from the network.

Log360 is a powerful SIEM solution that collects and manages logs from all your network devices and helps strengthen your organization’s security infrastructure. With Log360, you can:

  • Centrally audit all of your systems, such as web servers and endpoints, to extract actionable insights from predefined reports. Reports keep you informed of what’s going on in your network.

  • Monitor file and database servers for sudden spikes in activity, typical of ransomware attacks.

  • Configure alerts and workflows for security events occurring on your network. This helps you detect well-known attack patterns and configure the steps necessary to mitigate the attack using workflows.

  • Monitor and detect abnormal user behavior using User and Entity Behavior Analysis.

  • Ensure compliance with data security regulations such as PCI DSS, HIPAA, SOX, and GDPR using predefined reports.

Want to know how Log360 can be used to capture indicators of compromise in a REvil ransomware attack? Talk to our experts now.

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