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Exciting news for readers with some Italian: the whole of the Quaderni del Carcere and prison letters by Antonio Gramsci have been put online by the International Gramsci Society at GramsciSource. For those unaware of Gramsci, he was (with Lukacs and Lenin himself) one of the brightest intellectuals in the Communist camp; imprisoned by Mussolini for a decade or so, he wrote — using very interesting euphemisms for Marxist topics — “prison notebooks” that deal with every aspect of historical science, sociology, and Marxism. Famous for his adaptation of Romain Rolland’s dictum “pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will” and his concept of “hegemony”, Gramsci is one Red whose importance can hardly be said to have faded.

The interface is nifty and will certainly aid new Marxist thought around the world; hopefully we will see similar “intellectual portals” open up for other important thinkers. (For those — like me — who are not Italianate: people may yet be unaware that the Joseph Buttigieg translation of the Prison Notebooks in their entirety has been completed, and is available as a paperback three-volume set. No way around it, comrades.)

A useful album a decade ago:

Margaret Thatcher funeral set for next week

The funeral of Baroness Thatcher will take place on Wednesday, 17 April, Downing Street has announced.

The 87-year-old former prime minister died on Monday, after suffering a series of strokes.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-22079749

Penis size a marker of male attractiveness, study suggests

A new study of women suggests size truly does matter when it comes to choosing a man.

Australian researchers showed female university students images of naked men, and determined that penis size is a predictor of male attractiveness. The researchers explained the attractiveness might be rooted in evolution.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57578705/penis-size-a-marker-of-male-attractiveness-study-suggests/

Coincidence? I think not. Granted, the study didn’t cover rigid members…

Let us say North Korea is an example of leftism gone awry.

Though they were once the prosperous Korea — thanks to the largesse of the Soviet Union — the state of the country since Kim Il Sung died has been horrific, and their status in the world community atrocious. Though there is an element of hypocrisy in the international “nuclear club” going after smaller, angrier countries trying to develop nuclear weapons, I think most people can agree that nuking Seoul (or Washington, for that matter) is not an intelligible protest against global capital. Shame on the DRPK.

I hope it all ends well.