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Thread: Everyone Needs To See This
[-] 1 points by Nevada1 (5769) 14 hours ago

Ongoing tragedy, that affects all of Earth.

Thread: Is that a forest fire, or something else?
[-] 1 points by grapes (4377) 1 day ago

It's what a board director called the "alignment of interests" for "Burn, Baby, Burn!" The Big-Horned Owl which doesn't give a hoot has humongous eyeballs and very little room for brains - "See everything" makes necessary "Understand nothing" as proven on 9/11. The owl's damned neck cannot swivel a full-360° yet so more funding is needed, like for the xSA.

I recommend that all toilet bowls be installed with under-the-rim security cameras to monitor the flushing of illegal drugs and used tampons in a wrong-sexed restroom. That's a law-enforcement blindspot as well as a hotspot for federal-state sex/gender scrimmages. A camera on every tree and every leaf (whether fig or not), would jumpstart the economy and help catch the arsonists.

Thread: Trump Further Left on War and Jobs.
[-] 1 points by grapes (4377) 1 day ago

"as soon as one takes the potential for violence off the table, one has lost all power." is false because the premise can never be true.

The essence of life is electric fire burning. To satisfy the premise for real, one must extinguish much life but the false peace will always be temporary because life grows and replicates. Any serious student of history knows the eventual result of the Immovable fighting with the Irresistible. Time brings change. Be focused and patient. Anyone who has climbed a precipice knows that the climbing down can be much scarier than climbing up. The less authoritative one can actually be more powerful because possessing authority imposes constraints.

I question Trump's stated desire to do away with Dodd-Frank. It's a time-tested general rule of governance that one understands a law/regulation's role and provide a replacement before ripping it away. As in climbing a precipice, the next state must be assessed carefully before moving away from the present state.

Slick Willie's helping (in Gramm-Leach-Bliley) to free the 69$ Wall-nuts to build up to the Great Recession felt worldwide illustrates the danger of neoliberalism's ignoring age-old wisdoms like Glass-Steagall.

Thread: Left Forum 2015-Part 1
[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 day ago

''Left Forum 2016 .. What Next for the Movement Behind Bernie?'' :

fiat lux ...

Reflect & ''Read Between the Lines: The Case for Bernie Sanders Running as an Independent'':

fiat lux ...

Thread: Where Is Occupy In The Election?
[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 day ago

''Capitalism'' has now mutated into High Finance Crapitalism / Kaputalism and it is antithetical to Social Justice; Environmental Sustainability and - Basic Ecological Principles. The Profit Motive has now given way to an avaricious, larcenous Rentier Rationale where Neoliberalism's strictures left unchecked .. will enslave us all, with ONLY a Fascist Jackboot keeping The 99% in check!!! Resistance Is Existence and is Fertile!! ''Corporatism'' = Fascism, per Mussolini's definition! My leftist rhetoric aside, please consider:

veritas vos liberabit ...

''Everyone seems to think Bernie Sanders is finished. The establishment wants him out, Hillary Clinton has moved onto the general election and pundits now clamor over the mathematical impossibility of his nomination. Even Donald Trump, who likely has ulterior motives, has called attention to this reality. But through all of this, one individual appears unfazed: Bernie Sanders himself. He has been called to back away and give up, but he has done just the opposite. If anything, Bernie Sanders has further embroiled and empowered himself and his movement with his recent rhetoric.

''But why is he doing this? The pundits are not incorrect to assert the mathematical impossibility of his nomination. Barring a miracle landslide victory in California, Bernie Sanders will not win the nomination. Does it really matter though?

''Bernie Sanders could run as an independent and could win.'' from ...

Excellent that you attended http://www.leftforum.org/ & I really loved the Chris Hedges article so had to share it above. Most if not all of what Chris Hedges said at Left Forum 2016, will eventually be available on-lone later. Finally - in the spirit of both our dads & for the pressing matters at hand I also append fyi:

per aspera ad astra ...

Thread: Is that a forest fire, or something else?
[-] 1 points by Shule (2528) 2 days ago

Certainly, the elite do not give a hoot as to what is burning and what isn't. Scary is that not only the environmentalists would like to see them Canadian tar pits disappear, but also some of them same people who bring us them wars in the Middle-East. That is what makes the thought of an intentionally set fire so plausible. They do it all the time.

Thread: Where Is Occupy In The Election?
[-] 1 points by Shule (2528) 2 days ago

I find it not so much an issue about socialism versus capitalism. Both work when properly done. In fact there is a symbionic relationship. One supports the other in a functioning society. The real problem which both the left and right are fighting against is institutionalized corruption. Some call it Corporatism.

Thread: Trump Further Left on War and Jobs.
[-] 1 points by Shule (2528) 2 days ago

The problem is that as soon as one takes the potential for violence off the table, one has lost all power. The argument needs to be "let us talk and be reasonable, or else...... " Even the great Ghandi used violence in this way. But taking violence off the table before the argument ever starts, basically amounts to throwing in the towel; and those in power know that.

I arrived at the Left Forum on Friday. It didn't start until 5 pm, unlike Saturday and Sunday when it started at 10 am. Although in plenty of time to see Hedges presentation of Rosa Luxemburg. Instead of researching the program, I ended up having a really nice conversation with a very enlightened woman. If I had left myself more time, I doubt if I would have missed Hedges presentation, on Rosa Luxemburg/Reform or Revolution? Like I said in an earlier post, I did get to hear him at the Plenary, a little later. And I did read the super Truthdig article on RosaLixemburg when I got home.

BTW, you mentioned that your Dad (RIP) shared a platform with Tariq Ali in the seventies. That's neat. So you're 2nd generation radical too? ;-)

Thread: Trump Further Left on War and Jobs.
[-] 1 points by grapes (4377) 2 days ago

Have you ever lived through a real revolution? If you have, you may appreciate non-violence better. The situation is akin to a dam and the water. The Establishment shores up the dam so none of it moves anywhere but the wrath of the people builds and builds.

When the Immovable fights with the Irresistible, woe, woe, woe!

Thread: Is that a forest fire, or something else?
[-] 1 points by grapes (4377) 2 days ago

Whether Canada, America, or elsewhere, greed, corruption, dashed hopes, and despair burn.

Sections of New Amsterdam had burnt into urban war-zone cinder and abandoned buildings were boarded up so I worry about Greater Appalachia and our ghettos. I worry about the relentless rotations of the machine going crunch, crunch on the bones, squeezing out the fat, and humming, "Burn, Baby, Burn!"

Thread: Economic Wizards Unveiled
[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 days ago

''Disposable Americans: The Numbers are Growing'', by Paul Buchheit:

veritas vos liberabit ...

Thread: Everyone Needs To See This
[-] 2 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 days ago

''Strip & Flip Voter Suppression Exposed'' :

multum in parvo ...

Thread: Obama 2016!
[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 days ago

Obama is sainted in tenure! His intelligence, personability and humor are real - but a sham!! He is a Pritzker Protege & Establishment Stooge, who I personally think could well be - An Agency Asset!!!

multum in parvo ...

''The consequences of not carrying out a revolution against corporatism are catastrophic. This makes (Rosa) Luxemburg vital. She warns us that in a crisis, the liberal elites become our enemy. She cautions against terror and gratuitous violence. She urges us to maintain open, democratic structures to ensure that power rests with the people. She keeps us focused on the ultimate savagery of capitalism. She understands the danger of imperialism. And she reminds us that those of us committed to socialism, to building a better world, especially for the oppressed, must hold fast to this moral imperative. If we compromise, she knew, we extinguish hope.'' from ...

fiat lux ...

Thread: Where Is Occupy In The Election?
[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 days ago

''Democracy, in this late stage of capitalism, has been replaced with a system of legalized bribery. All branches of government, including the courts, along with the systems of entertainment and news, are wholly owned subsidiaries of the corporate state. Electoral politics are elaborate puppet shows. Wall Street and the militarists, whether Trump or Clinton, win.

“Capitalist accumulation requires for its movement to be surrounded by non-capitalist areas,” Luxemburg wrote. And capitalism “can continue only so long as it is provided with such a milieu.”

''Capitalism searches the globe to exploit cheap, unorganized labor and pillages natural resources. It buys off or overthrows local elites. It blocks the ability of the developing world to become self-sufficient.

''Meanwhile, workers in the industrialized world, stripped of well-paying jobs, benefits and legal protections, are pushed into debt peonage, forced to borrow to survive, which further enriches global speculators.''

''The consequences of not carrying out a revolution against corporatism are catastrophic. This makes Luxemburg vital. She warns us that in a crisis, the liberal elites become our enemy. She cautions against terror and gratuitous violence. She urges us to maintain open, democratic structures to ensure that power rests with the people. She keeps us focused on the ultimate savagery of capitalism. She understands the danger of imperialism. And she reminds us that those of us committed to socialism, to building a better world, especially for the oppressed, must hold fast to this moral imperative. If we compromise, she knew, we extinguish hope.''

qui tacet consentire ...

Thread: Trump Further Left on War and Jobs.
[-] 1 points by Shule (2528) 2 days ago

I always said that. But then why are many against violence? As if the establishment programed that into our thinking with their propaganda to assure a real revolution from ever happening.

Thread: Is that a forest fire, or something else?
[-] 1 points by Shule (2528) 2 days ago

Now that is something scary did not occur me; that the fire was set with malice. Not only scary, but also plausible which makes it more scary.

Thread: Trump Further Left on War and Jobs.
[-] 1 points by grapes (4377) 3 days ago

Not just this election, ALL elections are of the nuts, for the nuts, and by the nuts. The squirrel hugging the acorn hopping up the tree has already been incapacitated for stealing nuts. There are 3£ nuts, 3€ nuts, 69$ nuts, Wall-nuts, cash-nuts, do-nuts, hassle-nuts, pea-nuts, go-nuts, nuts, nuts, nuts! Nuts are everywhere.

Thread: Everyone Needs To See This
[-] 1 points by grapes (4377) 3 days ago

Hedges may still be correct though, not in the detail but in the end result. It was truly a brilliant move by Bernie to get onto the runway and run as fast as he could. We must remember that ALL runways end, forcing one to take off from the runway or crash and burn at its end. I don't think that these are the only possible outcomes because the end of April certainly did not hard-limit Bernie's run so yes, I was wrong, but it also revealed the exceptional momentum of Bernie's run. There could still be more potential to be revealed. Do we play Ping Pong?

Did we deliberately lose sight of the basketball because there was the "JV team"? Or did we mistaken that as a fusion fireball-to-be, like Linsanity?

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