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Oil and money

Still finding myself spending an inordinate amount of time cruising around a circuit of websites, seeking news on the war, the unfolding story of falling oil reserves (or not?), global warming stories like the melting Arctic and glaciers, and finally the impending decline of the U.S. dollar as the world reserve currency. How many years (months?) will it be before we see something approaching an Argentinian collapse that leads to bank closures and the amazing disappearing savings accounts? And if this is a reasonable expectation, what can anyone do to “prepare” for such a widepsread catastrophe? The even odder question is if you are like me, and thus in favor of the abolition of money as the organizing institution of daily life, how do we promote awareness and self-organization to cope with this “other” way of abolishing the money system, i.e. by internal contradiction and collapse?

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Readings this week and beyond!

THIS WEEK:
Tuesday, November 16 at Modern Times 7 p.m. (888 Valencia) for The Political Edge (with Bianca Henry, Marlena Sonn, Quintin Mecke, Rick Prelinger, David Rosen, and Med-o Whitson).
Friday, November 19 at AK Press 7:30 p.m. (674A 23rd St. Oakland) for The Political Edge (with Iain Boal, Erick Lyle, Hugh D’Andrade, Alli Starr)
LATER:
Nov. 30, 7 p.m. Bird & Beckett (2788 Diamond St. SF)
Dec. 2, 7 p.m., Books Inc. (2274 Market St.)

AFTER THE DELUGE Readings:
Dec. 7, 7 p.m. Modern Times (888 Valencia)
Dec. 15, 7 p.m. City Lights Books (261 Columbus)

Riverbend

There is no more eloquent voice from inside the insanity of Iraq than the woman known as Riverbend . Her humanity is so powerful and her voice so beautiful that she regularly moves me nearly to tears. Trying to imagine the horror of living under the ongoing U.S. rape of Iraq is difficult from the U.S. where we have no idea what it is like to suffer aerial bombardment from supposedly “brave, manly” soldiers, where the arbitrary brutality of scared young men carrying heavy arms and (too many of them) on a crusade against Islam leads to acts that the word ‘degradation’ is far too soft for. Riverbend mostly seems to stay safely in her home and neighborhood, suffering the endless blackouts

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