Punk rockers wanted anarchy. They wound up with a $565 T-shirt. That’s the story told in a big new exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York called “Punk: Chaos to couture.” The exhibit, which opened to a crowded preview Monday, traces the unlikely merger of a…
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Gary Chartier’s new book Anarchy and Legal
Order is a rigorous, well-argued academic treatment giving a
comprehensive, scholarly defense of the idea that the state is not
only unnecessary for a just social order but actively interferes
with its development. Chartier is unabashedly a left-libertarian,
arguing that his conception of a stateless society is distinctly
leftist and anti-capitalist. Writing in Reason’s April
issue, Aeon J. Skoble reviews Chartier’s case for understanding
anarchism as a form of socialism. View this article.
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A radical anarchist group on Monday claimed responsibility for last week’s attacks on the political offices of three Greek conservative lawmakers in the northern city of Thessaloniki. “Our goal was not to cause injury but to spread chaos and anarchy,” said the previously unknown…
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The blue-haired girl who scampers through the pages of
A Rule Is to Break: A Child’s Guide to Anarchy (Manic
D) is endearing in a Where the Wild Things Are kind of
But when a conservative blog got wind of the fact that the
skinny pink volume had been blurbed by Bill Ayers—described by the
site as “teacher, Barack Obama’s alleged terrorist pal, and
grandpa”—the heroine became Public Enemy No. 1. While the furor was
somewhat silly, so is the book.
Apparently concerned about kindergarteners’ alienation from
their labor, authors John Seven and Jana Christy urge them to
strike: “When someone says ‘Work!,’ you say ‘Why?’ ” Also on the
agenda: “Forget about grocery stores and get dirty in your garden.”
Anarchists should refuse to accept arbitrary rules, but that
doesn’t mean they can’t participate in free markets or buy
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During December, all self-respecting search engines produce an overview of the most popular search terms of the past year.
These lists give insight into people’s interests over the preceding 12 months. On Google, for example, in 2012 “What is SOPA” was the most asked question typed into Google in both the U.S. and Australia.
But what about BitTorrent? With billions of searches every year it’s worth taking a look at the most-entered keywords on the dominant file-sharing network.
Unfortunately there is no central database of searches available, but Kat.ph, one of the top 3 torrent sites in terms of visitors, was kind enough to share the most popular search terms of 2012 with us. This list is based on millions of searches and gives an indication of what people were looking for on BitTorrent during the last 12 months.
Topping the lists this year is the TV-show The Walking Dead, followed by the more general keywords 2012 and French. The latter two are used to find recent content and French language releases respectively.
The top 10 further contains six movie related searches including Ted, Taken 2, The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises. Besides movie titles the top 50 also contains other video related searches such as DVDrip, 720p, 3D and Movies.
Traditionally, TV-shows are much sought after on BitTorrent as well, and it’s no different this year. After The Walking Dead, Homeland is the most popular TV-related search phrase in 12th place, followed by Game of Thrones and Sons of Anarchy further down the list.
Besides movies and TV-shows the list is completed with a few unavoidable adult related searches, and the relatively rare software and game related keywords such as Windows 8, PSP and Android.
Perhaps most surprising of all, music isn’t all that popular on public BitTorrent indexes, as we find no music related terms in the top 50 at all.
Ita, a term used to find Italian content, dropped from first place last year to 31st this year. This is not really surprising as Italian ISPs were ordered to block access to the site in May.
Below is the full list of the 50 most-entered search phrases on Kat.ph. This list will be different on other public BitTorrent sites, but we assume that the top searches will be popular on other indexes as well.
1. the walking dead
7. taken 2
8. the dark knight rises
9. the avengers
13. game of thrones
15. the hunger games
18. windows 8
20. sons of anarchy
22. the amazing spiderman
29. total recall
35. resident evil
36. x art
37. windows 7
38. magic mike
43. once upon a time
44. harry potter
45. madagascar 3
47. breaking bad
48. family guy
49. american horror story
Source: BitTorrent Zeitgeist: What People Searched for in 2012
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LOS ANGELES — A former “Sons of Anarchy” actor who was the lone suspect in the killing of his landlady did not have drugs in his system when he died, according to an autopsy report released Thursday.Authorities had been interested in whether Johnny Lewis was on drugs or medication when he apparently killed Catherine Davis in her home and then fell to his death in her driveway.Read More…
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It was a huge moment for Jax on “Sons of Anarchy,” though it didn’t go down quite how he wanted. He was determined to find evidence of Clay’s betrayal and duplicity and then bring them to the table. Instead, Bobby convinced Clay to confess to his misdeeds and let the club decide his fate.A unanimous vote was needed for action so drastic, but it did come down unanimous to strip him of his patches and membership in the club. However, with one abstaining vote, his life was spared. And it was Bobby that refused to support the decision. Now, Clay is looking to hop the first transport to Ireland to lay low for a while.As Bobby explained to a fuming Jax, he was doing it to keep Jax from becoming the very man he was trying to kill. The gavel changes a man, Jax acknowledged. And then he proved it by taking out his frustration on Abel’s biological mother, who’d threatened to fight for custody.Read More…
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