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GRAND DESIGNS VS COPS

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      Directly below this writing  is a link to a little musical and visual treat courtesy of Music With My Insane Friend. The title of the piece is Grand Designs vs Cops. 30 odd minutes of improvising. One take, no overdubs. It is a piece extracted from a longer improvisation with images appearing randomly, sometimes repeating. Glorified slide show. Whoopee! http://www.nowhere.com.au/studios/granddesignsvscops Konk Zooben: Saxophones-bass,tenor,soprano, Gufukra (various devices),…

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What Happened

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This blog was co-authored by the IOPS chapters of Dublin, Melbourne, Missoula, New York City, Salem and Vienna. It is not enough to make a plan; we must evaluate the results of that plan. Marta Harnecker   A few months ago, we wrote of the need for all of us to engage in a reevaluation process.  We have, since then, taken our own advice.  The question we asked ourselves was, as our title indicates, “What happened?”  Yes, we failed to meet the organizing goals we set…

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A MIXED BAG

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JUST ANOTHER RUPTURE AMID PARENTHESES (NOWHERE) Everything does seem to fail, doesn’t it. Things pop up then disappear. Some look promising but kind of go nowhere. Nowhere seems to be the destination of so many things. One could try to list them all but why bother. Where’s that gonna get us?  Probably nowhere. Occupy this, start that, infiltrate those, radicalise them,  confront that discourse, write about this, think through that, debate them, discuss this.  This…

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Some thoughts on the anti-racism struggle and white privilege

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Starting last year an issue that was rarely discussed at this level was brought into the public. Black Pete, the servant of Saint Nicolas with a less than politically correct appearance accompanies him during the Saint Nicolas or Sinterklaas festival in the Netherlands from mid-November to early December. He helps the old man, carries his stuff, gives presents to the children and tries to make sure everything works out, which it doesn’t because Black Pete is so clumsy and silly (which entertains…

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C'È NESSUNO ?

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Ciao a tutti, dopo molti dubbi dovuti all'assenza di "attività" in lingua italiana sul sito, ho deciso lo stesso di entrare a far parte di IOPS. Giustamente (ma non per me) un bel "e chissenefrega" sarebbe quasi una risposta adeguata al quesito, non fosse altro che ho fermamente intenzione di capire bene con chi devo aspettarmi di aver a che fare, ovvero se il gruppo italiano sia una specie di setta, ristretta cerchia di pochi eletti o, più coerentemente, un gruppo di persone, sebbene…

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Russell Brand wants you to join the revolution

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Russell Brand, who – next to being a well-known English comedian – attracted world-wide attention by his explanation why he was not voting during an interview by Newsnight host Jeremy Paxman in 2013, has a new book out: Revolution.   Next to it being a fun read, I think we can all draw inspiration from this book. Also worth watching: an interview with Brand by Lawrence O'Donnell on The Last Word on the topic of this book.

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A New Website

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I've been involved in IOPS since early 2011 and participated in testing our website before it went online. One of the first concerns I voiced, and perhaps the most important one in my view, was that our website is based on a highly specialized framework. This turned out to be a successful business model for the web developers who made our website but had significant downsides for us. For every bug we found we had to go back to the initial web developers so they could fix it. For every improvement…

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What is IOPS London and what do YOU want it to be?

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IOPS London members at the September 2014 meeting (which I didn't attend) asked the question "What is IOPS London and what do YOU want it to be?". It was decided that we'd discuss this question at today's meeting.   So, I started scribbling down my thoughts to organise my ideas for discussion at today's meeting. I started linking it to the IOPS Mission and Vision statements. And, I thought I'd share my scribbles in case they're helpful/useful to others:   A pre-figurative space (IOPS Mission…

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Proposal to proivde space for IOPS allies

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This proposal was put forth by Tasner Curran and Howard Goldson in one of the last talks. They were nice enough to let me take the lead on putting it up, my apologies for the delay. Proposal to provide space on IOPS for allies, parallel movements and organizations, that members would like to nominate as candidates. A platform to talk about their work, their efforts, projects, ideas as they might apply to what we are after, in line with what IOPS stands for. We would like to provide a space within…

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