In 25 words or less? You can write to me as anarcissie at gmail.com if nothing else will assuage....
I saw Einstein on the Beach last year -- twice. I would have gone more times but I was too busy and too poor. Life is short, opera is long, better get started.
@Frank81 -- A practical and actually effective solution to the problem, then, would be an industrial project. Indeed, many municipalities already turn sewage sludge into fertilizer. But I doubt if getting involved in something like that would be theatrical enough for hip excrementalists.
There is a considerable and complicated intersection between the politics of privilege and the politics of the environment. For example, see 'Keystone XL: The Art of NGO Discourse' which has an interesting take on the subject. The business of fooling around with shit is, of course, decadent elite theatrics enjoyed by a class of people who evidently find their lives and time worthless.
It is pretty clear that the present U.S. ruling class, which seems to be dominated by finance capital (accompanied by the usual thugs), is incompetent now and continuing to deteriorate. This is unfortunate from my point of view because I was hoping things would last long enough for me and my anarcho-communist buddies to get something working on more than a microscopic scale before the crash. Get out the vote? I don't think so; capitalism has solved the problem of representative democracy by buying off or threatening away any representatives who stick their heads up. As a result the r.c. is cut off from reality -- which is why they have constructed an enormous secret police apparatus and trashed the Constitution and started wars all over the world. Of course, we'll all continue to continue and hope for the best, but things do not look too good at the moment.
What's odd is that millions of people are aware that the system they live in has failed, but have only the vaguest of ideas what to do about it.
There is only one true bagel. All else is heresy and abomination.
Over most of the last 40 years or so, I made my living by working on large computer projects as an engineer and lower-level manager. The ACA’s signup system is actually above average in that category in that it hasn’t failed completely. It looks to me like it might actually function properly by the drop-dead date, which is almost miraculous. The reason you haven’t heard about private-industry failures is that they can be washed out quietly and completely, leaving no traces behind except for those who pay attention, which of course you don’t. This is a public project affecting millions of people and the implementation is in part a whipping boy for non-technical political passions and concerns, so it can’t be just wiped out when it fails.
The problems could be expected. Americans, with their ’Let’s just do it’ philosophy, find it very difficult to plan, manage, and test large systems, especially the last. I’m reminded of the cartoon where the programming manager says to his team, ‘You guys start coding. I’ll go down and find out what they want.’ It’s fun, but it doesn’t work on the big stuff.
Yes, the gif is excellent.
@My Number Is My Address -- Well, I think we have answered the question then. But I must add that I appreciated much about this article, including the zippy gifs. Who can say, given zippy gifs, there is no progress?
Why would the extraterrestrials wish to speak with us? We haven't been introduced.
@moderniste -- Sure -- you know how Net-derived meetings usually turn out. Write to me at gmail.
I don't know -- I must say some of my road trips were a sight more difficult, and a few I felt lucky to survive. But, yes, you can do it. Unless you can't.