Browsing All Posts published on »November, 2011«

Fire in Cairo: Deadly Clashes in Tahrir Square

November 19, 2011


By Bruno Fournier After Hosni Mubarak stepped down as President of Egypt back in February, none of the contradictions within the ongoing Egyptian Revolution of 2011 were really resolved.  Power simply went explicitly into the hands of the Army, where it had already rested, behind the scenes, for decades.  Since the fall of Mubarak, Egyptians […]

Announcing a New Feature Series on Selecting Stones: “Real Lives of Graduate Students”

November 19, 2011


In the upcoming weeks, Selecting Stones will be featuring a new series called “Real Lives of Graduate Students”.  The name more or less speaks for itself.  We will explore the lives of graduate students of all different varieties, and we will attempt to learn as much as we can. Who are these people?  What is […]

Life Plus Ten: Is Selecting Stones Self-Righteous or Ruthless?

November 19, 2011


By Troy Clavileño As the great lumpenproletarian poet and gangster rapper Tupac Shakur used to do better than anyone else back in his vintage form, let’s go see what our enemies are talking about. Is Selecting Stones really science or is it just a lot of “bombastic, self-righteously hyperbolic, and profoundly disingenuous rhetoric”?  “This sounds […]

Debating Theology with Westboro Baptist Church: Selecting Stones contacts Fred Phelps

November 16, 2011


Today, Selecting Stones sent a letter to Fred Phelps via U.S. Mail.  Phelps is pastor of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church, known primarily for its statement “God Hates Fags” and its pickets at the funerals of American soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan with placards reading “Thank God For Dead Soldiers”. It is our suspicion […]

The Characteristics of Occupy Tulsa

November 15, 2011


By Larry Duvalier and Phil Ingram A little over a week ago, Selecting Stones had the opportunity to visit the protesters at Occupy Tulsa.  After talking with a few of the participants at the small downtown encampment in Oklahoma’s second largest city, we came away with a strong impression, and a much clearer understanding of […]

On the Transition from Ape to Man, and the Selection of Stones

November 10, 2011


Today, the BBC’s science section reported a new finding published in Nature on the origins of social behavior among primates.  The report includes a few excerpts from an interview with the lead scientist on the study, Dr. Suzanne Shultz of Oxford University. The geniuses at the BBC conclude the article as follows: Human societies likely […]

Everybody Knows that Iran is developing a Nuclear Weapon: Ahmadinejad wants to be Bombed

November 8, 2011


By Larry Duvalier Today, the IAEA finally issued a report which reveals evidence that Iran’s nuclear program may, in fact, be geared toward weapons production.  All the major media outlets are covering the story, so take your pick from CNN, the BBC, Al-Jazeera, or Ha’aretz.  Better yet, go directly to the report. Of course Iran […]

Wall Street Has Betrayed Everything Existing, Except Westboro Baptist Church

November 7, 2011


By Anthony Burton It is the most ancient and essential premise of patriarchy, according to the leading school of thought on the subject, that the first kings were fathers of families, from which it somehow follows that the first cause of the fall of Adam, or the original sin, was the desire for liberty.  Not […]

Academia, the Self-Referential Exploiter

November 5, 2011


By Frank W. Strauch The claim of academia is that it studies the world, the real existing world, in all of its richness.  In fact, however, it has no interest whatsoever in the real world.  Instead, it is interested only in itself.  The academic’s frame of reference is not the world that he claims to […]

The Crisis Unfolds: Oakland is Burning!

November 3, 2011


By Larry Duvalier Well, obviously, that caption is an overstatement, but Oakland has gone so far as to light a match, and as events unfold, we shall see how many open gas canisters are lying about.  The original Occupy Wall Street can no longer claim primacy within the movement.  The title now belongs to Occupy […]

Steve Jobs Cures Autism

November 2, 2011


By Eduardo Dijo In the face of terrible apathy, the corporate Captain Ahab didn’t just nab his sperm whale; through his tragic death by consciously refused cancer treatments, the great Steve Jobs has now been resurrected in the form of the undeserving orphan who unintentionally cured autism with pointless gadgetry, endless reinventions of the same […]

Dear Internet!

November 1, 2011


Dear Internet, As scientific editors of Selecting Stones, and as politicians of the Leninist type, i.e. without contamination, we would like to remind you that it is up to the electors, the people, to demand from their deputies that they shall be good for their duties like Lenin was. The enemies of the working class […]

Slavoj Zizek Has Nothing To Say

November 1, 2011


Every now and then, if you can restrict him to a Twitter-length sound bite, popular Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek has something interesting to say.  But when faced with the actual, real world crisis of 2011, the ivory-tower idealist par excellence can do nothing but babble on incoherently with the same old regurgitated platitudes that have […]


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