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David Forbes
I realized very young that I wanted to know everything.
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Epaminondas kicking ass. Illustration by W. Rainey. Back in Greece, there was one city state, a militaristic slave society, hated and feared above all others. At the start of the 4th century B.C., Sparta ran the neighborhood, setting up and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at The Breaking Time
American Tabula Rasa Fifty years ago yesterday, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was killed, a brutal tragedy that threw the country into mourning and spawned a heap of conspiracy theories, along with speculation that continues to the present. Predictably, there was live-tweeting... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2013 at The Breaking Time
"The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid "dens of crime" that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2013 at The Breaking Time
Good lord, I've neglected this space for too long. But a lot's happened in the last few months, and it's far past time for an update. For one thing, in addition to my already-busy day job, I've started doing a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2013 at The Breaking Time
Though, let's face it, the Neo-Victorians wouldn't cut it. This blog (when I can post) frequently focuses on social organization and the ways people are trying to adapt to changing times, especially as the nation-state and other traditional institutions lose... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2013 at The Breaking Time
In every district but yours... Interesting poll from Gallup last week confirmed something I'd suspected for awhile. Congress is unpopular. Really unpopular. Communism, lice, root canals, and Genghis Khan are more popular. That's not news. So why aren't people actually... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2013 at The Breaking Time
Forget this crap. (Also, if someone knows the photographer for this one, tell me) Something interesting emerged in this discussion over at NSFWCorp about millenials' generational identity (it's locked for subscribers, but it's also $3 a month, so you should... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2013 at The Breaking Time
Photo by Mark Allen Johnson Back in March, two local prosecutors in Kaufman County, Texas, were killed, probably by members of the Texas Aryan Brotherhood. They were targeted for supporting a federal investigation. The prosecutor promptly withdrew "for security reasons."... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2013 at The Breaking Time
Cash isn't going to disappear. Not now. Not as electronic currencies get more advanced. Not when your mother starts using Bitcoin. Human beings will continue to use currency for a long, long damn time to come. There are simply too... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2013 at The Breaking Time
The revolutionaries already look like Cossacks. On an unusually cold March morning 92 years ago, thousands of Red Army soldiers left solid ground and charged across five miles of heavy ice to the fortress city of Kronstadt. The citadel was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2013 at The Breaking Time
An apology would be good. Firing all three would be far better. In the wake of the Steubenville rape verdict and the despicable reactions of CNN's commentators, there's a petition demanding a public apology from CNN. That's laudable, but I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2013 at The Breaking Time
Damn. That took way too long, readers, and you have my apologies. I've been embroiled in freelance and day job projects, and the Breaking Time has been neglected in the process. So let's start our return properly, with this piece... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2013 at The Breaking Time
...with having rights Well this is interesting: Amazon is at the centre of a deepening scandal in Germany as the online shopping giant faced claims that it employed security guards with neo-Nazi connections to intimidate its foreign workers. Germany’s ARD... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2013 at The Breaking Time
Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth, Associated Press So this is real: Yes, the Argus is the world's highest resolution camera, and the system is capable of monitoring and coordinating the information it receives more effectively than ever before. If this trajectory... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2013 at The Breaking Time
It's my pleasure to welcome Ian Boudreau to the Breaking Time with this intelligent piece on shifting away from the old "gaming causes violence" mess to deal with real problems in the subculture and industry This isn't a social problem... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2013 at The Breaking Time
By Damien Williams Photo by Gregory Maxwell News came yesterday that radical Islamists have burned the ancient library of Timbuktu. When I was twelve years old, one of the most important resources for my family was our local library: RL... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2013 at The Breaking Time
Sometimes, this is actually the right way to go Megan Erickson has a great Jacobin piece defending the concept of public education against the "unschooling" fads. While it's full of great points, it also has some interesting bits on hierarchy,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2013 at The Breaking Time
There will be many good tributes to Martin Luther King, Jr. today, and in previous years here I've noted his forgotten side and quest for balance. But there's something else worth highlighting, and the speech above is a really good... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2013 at The Breaking Time
Disorder in the House of Hubbard. Fascinating piece from Alex Klein on the looming schism in Scientology, specifically over a real-estate scam involving the construction of its "Ideal Org" local headquarters: But inside the church, the Ideal Orgs are sparking... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2013 at The Breaking Time
Your next iPhone, made in sunny North Korea • Google Exec Eric Schmidt recently returned from North Korea. While ostensibly a humanitarian and diplomatic mission, it's hard not to see in the wary welcomes for Kim Jong-Un's "knowledge-based economy" and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2013 at The Breaking Time
Aaron Swartz at an anti-SOPA protest. Photo by Daniel J. Sieradski/Creative Commons. By now, I have no doubt my readers know about the tragic suicide of online pioneer and activist Aaron Swartz. The news felt like a punch in the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2013 at The Breaking Time
No posts this week. My grandmother passed away in her sleep late Friday night at the age of 98, and I'm with my family. She was an amazing woman who had a long, remarkable life. Living in a time of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2013 at The Breaking Time
So here's an interesting initiative: "Save us from saviours" is the piercing refrain of a growing human rights movement demanding that sex workers be recognised as more than victims to be rescued or strategic populations to be targeted for public... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2013 at The Breaking Time
Confiscated guns packed into Philadelphia's evidence room, which can't hold them all. Photo by David Miailetti, Daily News. Unless some of my readers are just emerging from a cave, I don't think I have to tell anyone about the horrific... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2012 at The Breaking Time
Piss off your neighbors and you have to live in the box Amsterdam is going to create "scum villages" Yes, if your neighbors get too annoyed at you in Holland's capital, they'll soon be able to have you shipped off... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2012 at The Breaking Time