Mark E. Smith's Blog – July 2012 Archive (3)

Do you vote absentee? If so, you need to know about this.

Elections officials in Cudahy, California have agreed to plead guilty to tampering with city elections:

They simply opened the mail-in ballots and discarded the ones they didn't like.

I believe this practice is widespread, as it is difficult to prove. Elections offices are only open to the public part of the…


Added by Mark E. Smith on July 17, 2012 at 5:30am — No Comments

Bringing the outdoors indoors.

Living in a city apartment, I don't have much contact with nature. I tried growing organic veggies in pots on my little balcony, but except for the potatoes, they didn't do very well. I think the air is just too polluted, so the potatoes have some protection because they grow underneath the soil.

But recently a friend sent me a link to an article about air-cleansing indoor plants:…


Added by Mark E. Smith on July 11, 2012 at 4:20am — No Comments

Hope is for the Lazy: The Challenge of Our Dead World - by Robert Jensen

This is an excerpt. The full article is here:

An audio version is here:

The truth is too much to bear, but we have no choice but to bear it: The world in which we live is…


Added by Mark E. Smith on July 9, 2012 at 2:26pm — No Comments

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