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MrNumbers


A man with a fork in a world of soup

Mar
2nd
2021

Televisions before toilets, always · 9:34am Tuesday

Still reading Vultures Picnic, by Greg Palast. The book that pointed out the finance minister up a tree with an invisibility hex. There's a lot of background to Armenia and Azerbaijan that feels prescient, for a book that's now ten years old.

One thing he says that caught my eye; In countries that strike oil money, the people always get televisions before they get toilets.

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Feb
16th
2021

Zambian Withcraft · 1:09pm February 16th

Reading a book about how vulture funds work, there's this really brilliant bit about how third world debt is exploited using Zambia as a case study. Zambia has a $30 million debt to Romania, Romania sells the right to collect on that for $4 million to a former World Bank employee (who goes by Goldfinger), the World Bank employee gets the Zambian president to agree to it by giving him a $1 million dollar cut of it directly.

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Jan
25th
2021

Graeber's "Utopia of Rules" and the power of language · 9:42pm January 25th

This is just a little snippet today that really stuck out to me, about his time in post-Colonial Madagascar.

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Dec
31st
2020

Against Advertising · 12:56pm Dec 31st, 2020

This blog is also hosted at Offprint, which is a pretty great new platform that I'm hoping takes off. This is some of my standard stuff. I'll probably write something more sentimental for the new year soon.

This started at a train station. 

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Dec
11th
2020

For whoever needs to hear it · 3:44pm Dec 11th, 2020

Hey, look, it's Christmas again. For a lot of people it's a really happy and positive time of year. If that's what it is to you, then this message isn't for you.

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Nov
8th
2020

Fair-weather friends and brunch allies · 1:25pm Nov 8th, 2020

If you don't care about any of my political stuff, I started writing a dwarven crime procedural story. First chapter is live on Offprint. Otherwise, more after the break.

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Oct
10th
2020

A Beautiful Night · 2:24pm Oct 10th, 2020

I'll be writing about this a bit more coming up. If you've got anything you want to ask, now's the time.

The hard part about the ending wasn't in the writing of it. It was believing in it. Thank you, all.

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Sep
26th
2020

Tribute to David Graeber · 1:00am Sep 26th, 2020

Fuck, man. Fuck.

David Graeber's "Debt" was one of the most influential books I've ever read, his articles "Where's our Flying Cars?" and "The Bully's Pulpit" for the baffler inspired some of my best pieces - for the last two years of my life, he has been the giant on whose shoulders I have stood on the most often.

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Sep
23rd
2020

A quick lesson in law - The Breonna Taylor sentencing · 5:58pm Sep 23rd, 2020

The cop who shot Breonna Taylor just got 3 counts of Wanton Endangerment. If you don't know the law, that's bullshit. If you do know the law, you know this is hyper bullshit.

So here's the deal. Wanton endangerment is defined by the Kentucky legal code thusly;

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Aug
25th
2020

Road to Wigan Pier, or, "Oh, Eric, no" · 11:54pm Aug 25th, 2020

Turns out Road to Wigan Pier - a book by George Orwell, though this one's without the pseudonym, so it's really written by Eric Arthur Blair, so I'm going to call him Eric to refer to the person and Orwell as his brand - is actually two books in one. The first half is thorough reporting on the poverty of coal mining communities in Britain during the 1940s, a very interesting look into the poverty of the very recent past:

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