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On the eve of the American presidential election the world is on tender hooks, as the outcome will affect the global climate on every level.

The prospect of American politics and policy continuing unchanged or worsening is disheartening to say the least.

In the October printed issue of Adbusters they published an article by Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters where he contemplates the state of our collective humanity and offers a glimmer of optimism for the future.

The following is an excerpt posted online on the 22nd of October, the night of the final presidential debates:

Tonight, Romney and Obama debate for the third and final time – a sure to be tantalizing tap dance that will only circle the latent issues beneath

America’s “foreign policy strategies” – those issues that are far too taboo to be mentioned in the debate, on the news, or even at all.

It’s important on evenings like this (is this not also the great ‘evening’ of the American empire itself?) not to get too caught up in the arguments and rhetoric of either side, nor in the post-debate blitzkrieg of intellectual analysis. At this time, we cannot afford to forfeit the attention due to the deeper, the deepest contemplations at hand, which are urgently pressing up towards the surface of mass consciousness. Here are such reflections from Pink Floyd’s, Roger Waters. Consider carefully what he has to say about the state of humanity and our apprehension of ourselves:

Thirty years ago when I wrote The Wall I was a frightened young man. Well not that young, I was 36 years old.

It took me a long time to get over my fears. Anyway, in the intervening years it has occurred to me that maybe the story of my fear and loss with its concomitant inevitable residue of ridicule, shame and punishment, provides an allegory for broader concerns: nationalism, racism, sexism, religion, whatever! All these issues and isms are driven by the same fears that drove my young life.

The new production of The Wall is an attempt to draw some comparisons, to illuminate our current predicament, and is dedicated to all the innocent lost in the intervening years.

In some quarters, among the chattering classes, there exists a cynical view that human beings as a collective are incapable of developing more “humane,” i.e., kinder, more generous, more cooperative, more empathetic relationships with one another.

I disagree.

In my view it is too early in our story to leap to such a conclusion. We are after all a very young species. I believe we have at least a chance to aspire to something better than the dog-eat-dog ritual slaughter that is our current response to our institutionalized fear of each other.

–Roger Waters is an English musician, singer-song writer and composer. He was a founding member of Pink Floyd, serving as bassist, co-lead vocalist, and after the departure of bandmate Syd Barrett in 1968, Waters became the band’s lyricist, principal songwriter and conceptual leader.–


make do and mend

Branding and logos have long been used to instantaneously convey a variety of ideas and emotions simultaneously.

The shared response to these visual aids accomplishes  more than just selling products or company names – it unifies people culturally overall.

Graphic designer Mike Dempsey recently blogged about branding way back in the days of WW II and how it was used in fashion and furniture design to get everyone to pull together during this desperate time (the logo below looks super familiar):

The way we were

 Most people think of ‘branding’ as a relatively recent phenomenon. But during the Second World War, the Board of Trade introduced a rationing scheme called ‘Limitation of Supplies (Cloth and Apparel) Order 1941’. All items of clothing under this order were manufactured to specific standards and labelled with this mark:


It stood for ‘Civilian Clothing 1941’. Reginald Shipp, who worked at label makers Hargreaves, designed the logo. It quickly became known as ‘the cheeses’ for obvious reasons.


The CC41 logo was displayed in every Utility clothing item.

To read the full article go here:

Afghan Police

Missle in Bagdad

Simon Norfolk is a very talented driven young photographer who is pursuing one of life’s big questions with intensity and focused intention. He is studying war, and its effects on many things: the physical shape of our cities and natural environments, social memory, the psychology of societies, and more.

He is examining genocide; imperialism; the interconnectedness of war, land and military space; and how wars are being fought at the same time with supercomputers, satellites, outdated weapons and equipment, people on the ground, intercepted communications, and manipulated and manipulating media.

Norfolk is doing this with photography that is beautiful — stunning in its clarity and detail, without the typical shock or trauma that one might expect about the subject of war. All of his work is informed by inquisitive intelligence, research, supporting facts and figures. And over time, deliberately and carefully, he is trying to connect many of the dots. –