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Tho' "Bernie Sanders' Green New Deal Is the Hail Mary This Planet Needs'' ...

''The elites will attempt to kill this plan - just in the same way that they are killing the planet!''

fiat lux et fiat justitia!

So, ''Who controls all of our money?!'' ...

A must watch short video about .. Fiat Money; Fractional Reserve Banking; Double Entry Bookkeeping; Banking; Bankers and The Global Financial Crisis. Succinct truth telling - the truths of which have been hiding in plain sight but which Cognitive Dissonance; Manufactured Consent and Stockholm Syndrome prevent from being perceived or discussed! We must awake to the stone cold fact that .. The Emperors have NO clothes and stop getting butt naked with them!!! 'Fiat Money', is an abstract illusion that's now abstracted itself into a delusional pseudo-objective reality & yet .. all we do in society is dictated by it in every way!! Meditate on 'money'; say 'NO to Usury'; demand a 'Global Jubilee' & Occupy Wall St. now!

dum spiro, spero - et, radix omnium malorum est cupiditas!

''The Koch Legacy reaches all across the Americas and around the world - in the form of air, water and soil pollution, toxic waste dumps, etc. and support for Right Wing causes and candidates. That doesn't end with David Koch's death.'' - from https://twitter.com/Delia1donegal/status/1165225434025537537 &

spero meliora ...

''In Bolsonaro’s burning Brazilian Amazon, all our futures are being consumed'', by Eliane Brum:

NB: ''The rainforest might seem a remote place, but it is the heart of the planet ... and it is under attack as never before''!

caveat ...

''Nazi oil, the Koch brothers & a rightwing revolution! 'Dark Money;' A Review'', by Charles Kaiser:

''New Yorker writer Jane Mayer examines the origins, rise and dominance of a billionaire class to whom money is no object when it comes to buying power.'' Also fyi ...

momento mori ...

Thread: Bernie Sanders leads Joe Biden in Emerson national poll of 2020 contenders
[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33789) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 days ago

& Bernie's Green New Deal is EXACTLY why He Should Be Leading In ALL HONEST Polls (those that actually take a complete representative sampling of the whole population - not a targeted sampling).

You can add your name in support of the Green New Deal:

https://act.berniesanders.com/signup/bernie-green-new-deal_s/?source=em190823-1-15&refcode2=2707.353928.Uc9HDA&t=2&akid=2707%2E353928%2EUc9HDA

We NEED the Major changes listed in The Green New Deal of Bernie's - the luxury of time to act has been pissed away over the last 50 years by establishment status-quo government - & we NOW need to make the necessary changes ASAP!

Those in office who cater to the wealthy few (establishment status-quo supporters) fear Bernie & the Squad and all who are like them because they would lead the general population out of slavery to the wealthy few!

Thread: Neoliberalism: The Impossible Ideal
[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 days ago

''Neoliberalism has engaged a fierce assault on what we call the sphere of social reproduction. That means all the activities and programs that support people and their reproduction: from birthing and raising children, elder care and the work that goes on inside the private household to things like public education, health care, transportation, retirement income, and housing. Neoliberalism has squeezed all of that. It says that women need to be working full-time in the paid workforce and at the same time that states need to cut spending on social programs as part of austerity and financialization.'' - from ...

respice, adspice, prospice ...

Thread: conservaschism
[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 days ago

''Democrats Are Waging a Covert War on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez'', by Joshua Cho:

Yes "In 2020 millennials will be the largest voting block. And, they are proven to be the most progressive generation in American history", BUT the DNC will fight tooth and nail for their RW Corporate Overlords!

qui custodiet custodes?

Bernie Sanders' Green New Deal unveiled. It will pay for itself in 15 years.

https://berniesanders.com/issues/the-green-new-deal/

Reaching 100 percent renewable energy for electricity and transportation by no later than 2030 and complete decarbonization by 2050 at latest

Ending unemployment by creating 20 million jobs

Directly invest an historic $16.3 trillion public investment

A just transition for workers.

Declaring climate change a national emergency.

Saving American families money by weatherizing homes and lowering energy bills, building affordable and high-quality, modern public transportation

Supporting small family farms by investing in ecologically regenerative and sustainable agriculture

Justice for frontline communities

Commit to reducing emissions throughout the world

Meeting and exceeding our fair share of global emissions reductions.

Making massive investments in research and development.

Expanding the climate justice movement.

Investing in conservation and public lands to heal our soils, forests, and prairie lands.

''Why the DNC Must Change the Rules and Hold a Climate Debate'', by Naomi Klein:

ad iudicium ...

Thread: The Great Con
[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 3 days ago

Everyone tends to be shaped for both better and worse by their lives' circumstances. Ayn Rand's earlier life in Russia certainly shaped her philosophy. I can relate to some of her experience as an immigrant to the U.S. but not the terrible things in her family's earlier life because I was born after the terrible wars of the twentieth century had already given way to Pax Americana.

As a very late-born kid to my family, I never experienced for once the great (land-ownership and companies-owning honchos') wealth possessed and enjoyed by my grandparents so I never missed it. I know where the wealth came from. It was built up one level at a time, some levels built up just due to being at the right place and at the right time. Transcontinental trade in the nineteenth and early twentieth century generated much of my grandparents' wealth. The toleration and transcendence of cultural differences resulting in mutually beneficial cooperation helped the global trading empires.

These trading empires collapsed in the great punctuated cataclysm of WWI and WWII. The collapse was due to not having found ways for the emerging nations such as Germany, Japan, China, the Soviet Union, and Italy to integrate well into the global order dominated by the great colonial empires until the decades-long post-WWII Pax Americana had fostered global trade into the greatest economic boom ever in which Germany, Japan, and China have prospered greatly from the maritime security underpinned by the U.S. Navy.

Germany's Angela Merkel knows best why the export-dependent powerhouse of Germany depends on the U.S. Navy's global dominance of the high seas. The greatest problem with Red China is that its sheer gargantuan size created the delusion of grandeur in its ¿moldy 1960s-vintage? leadership so that it desires to kick the U.S. {Mom told me why my seeing P. americana scurrying out of our cupboard in which we had stored our leftover food was a sign of plenty} out of the Indo-Pacific region to ensure its uninterrupted access to raw materials. This echoes Imperial and later Nazi Germany's challenge of the British Empire which resulted in the globally catastrophic wars. A transition of power is always perilous but the dissolution of the British Empire and the subsequent U.S. assumption of the Brits' global security role had been fairly smooth to the benefit of the whole world.

In becoming wealthy, dumb luck exists but there is also such a thing as setting out many buckets to catch the dumb luck. Where to set the buckets is based on one's perceptions and skills so the success is not entirely due to dumb luck (land value is much determined by its location and what one can do with it.) There exists a saying that one might have inadvertently entertained an angel because one (such as my Grandpa) was simply entertaining the weary and tired road travellers from afar ("in socialism," of course, but people will generally say that it's charity.) "Be formless, be shapeless, like water." Our younger generations need help, call it socialism, charity, or whatever.

I generally view trade positively except for the possibility of multiple forms of contagion which we must guard against diligently as the bane of travels and trading. Travels though can broaden one's mind and foster connections so in the olden times, a grand tour was usually undertaken in adolescence to prepare for adulthood. This helped separate the aristocratic from the peasant classes in adulthood. I suspect that you, bw, had had a grand tour or its equivalent.

Contagion may be SARS, Ebola, influenzas, West Nile; Asian long-horned beetles, Asian emerald ash-borers, Burmese Pythons, Asian Carps, zebra mussels; toxic pet food, dry walls, cheap crappy products that killed off all the more expensive products which work; wealth and income inequality amplified, etc. Walls can be good or bad depending on how they are used. Most people, aside from the ones still mired in fears and superstitions, agree that contagious disease wards should have biohazard containment walls. Generally InfoWalls aiming to perpetuate the power of the ones already in power when there are better examples of good governance outside of the realms of that power are selfish and should be eliminated. The very bloated U.S. medical-cost allocation system has no parallel in the developed world. It's not a "health"care system but a cost-shoving gambling casino. There are many examples of better healthcare governance and cheaper healthcare systems with better health outcomes elsewhere such as Taiwan's or Hong Kong's.

Is South Korea's healthcare system be similarly good, despite its younger people being similarly stressed as Hong Kongers? South Koreans live very competitively stressed lives. Do they even go on vacations much? At least BTS is on vacation so maybe things are changing a bit in the correct direction with an eminent leadership -- it's good!

Hong Kong's elderly people tend to live such a long time that they don't pass on to their younger generation the wealth and housing real estate, solving a big part of the physical and financial distress which contributes greatly to the unrest there. Note the large bulges of elderly people relative to the fewer younger people who have to support them in some way. There's too much wealth inequality there squeezing the younger people hard in favor of the business interest which still controls a significant chunk of the legislature.

Hong Kong Government uses land sale at extremely high prices to support the elderly population in lieu of what most countries use (income taxes, payroll taxes, value-added taxes, etc.) for funding. This allows Hong Kong to become very favorable to businesses because of the low or nonexistent taxes. With the colonial-era holdover business control of the legislature, increasing existing or creating new taxes to solve the social problem of the inverted population pyramid becomes nearly impossible. From which came the frustration and unrest of the young people who couldn't get sufficient real estate space to start their lives.

By the way, Hong Kongers can emigrate at will and by their own means with no intervention from the Hong Kong government so only half of the population migration problem exists: that of gaining legal-entry visas to and permanent residency of the destination countries.

Of course, a destination country should not be yet another country with insidious totalitarian control like Red China's. Russia national anthem sings of how much space it has so with its declining population, one would think that Hong Kongers will certainly like the space there as new immigrants to Russia, especially on the border with Red China in Siberia (less of a written language barrier doing business with the booming Red China city just next door but the dialect difference can easily and at least for quite a long while tag which side of the border a person belongs.) Why doesn't Russia take in the Hong Kongers to its ample space with many rivers and often existing infrastructure? Crimea was sometimes compared to Hong Kong so maybe Hong Kongers can fit in there well. For a while after the 9/11 attacks, I carried a plastic bag containing a handkerchief wetted with baking soda solution for use as a temporary facial shield (while trying to get away) against a poison gas attack. I can now better picture "the crushed skulls" of "the skeleton pit" over which my Big Brother carried me on his back. The weakest spot on a human skull with the thinnest bone is the temple areas (it's why ancient human fossil remains tend to be pieces of the jaws or skullcaps rather than the complete skulls.)

Thread: The Great Con
[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22912) 3 days ago

Ayn Rand relied on Social Security and Medicare in her old age, two socialist programs that any true libertarian would never take because of course, they'd be so individually rugged and free they wouldn't need to! Eedjuts! Of course they need to, they bleed just like anyone.

"Rand underwent surgery for lung cancer in 1974 after decades of heavy smoking.[96] In 1976, she retired from writing her newsletter and, after her initial objections, she allowed social worker Evva Pryor, an employee of her attorney, to enroll her in Social Security and Medicare."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayn_Rand

Awwww. So, she thought socialist policies were a good idea after all.

Thread: the perpetual debt model
[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 days ago

''Ayn Rand .. found in the extremes - her economic, political, and moral philosophy. Forget about democratic institutions; forget about regulating markets and forget about pursuing any policies that benefit the majority at the expense of the very rich — the rule-makers and rule-enforcers could never, ever do anything well or good. Only billionaires should rule the world, as Trump has suggested.

''Trump personifies this, putting an advocate of destroying public schools in charge of public schools, a coal lobbyist in charge of the EPA, an oil lobbyist in charge of our public lands, and a billionaire described by Forbes as a “grifter” in charge of the Commerce Department. His chief of staff said that putting children in cages (where seven so far have died) would actually be a public good. Don’t just ignore the rules; destroy them.

''Welfare and other social safety net programs were, as Rand saw it, “the glorification of mediocrity” in society. Providing a social safety net for the poor, disabled, or unemployed, she believed, were part of a way of thinking that promoted, “satisfaction instead of joy, contentment instead of happiness… a glow-worm instead of a fire.”

''She, like Trump, lived a largely joyless life. She mercilessly manipulated people, particularly her husband, and, like Trump, surrounded herself with cult-like followers who were only on the inside so long as they gave her total, unhesitating loyalty.'' - from ...


I totally get your .. ''Bad Cop (Repubs) / Good Cop (Dems). Working together on behalf of Corporations to kill the middle class and do evil here and abroad. They sure love that slave labor. And manufactured consent is their best weapon to get it. Average citizen Republicans wouldn't believe they're complicit in their own demise'' & that both GOP & GOPlite, Dems 'Manufacture Consent' for their corporate tyranny, so it further proves how a 3rd Party For The 99% is so very needed in U$A. After all, both Repugnants and Democraps were born as 3rd Party rebels from the previously extant status-quos! Also please see:

Re."There's no left or right; only corporations"; I contest that The People = Left; Corps. = Right + Wrong!

From which .. "A 2001 American Prospect investigation [ https://prospect.org/article/how-dlc-does-it ] noted that The Koch Industries was a member of the executive council of the Democratic Leadership Council, founded in 1985 by centrist Democrats to combat the left inside the party''! Interesting, huh?

respice; adspice; prospice ...

Thread: The Great Con
[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 days ago

''When Donald Trump was running for the GOP nomination, he told 'USA Today’s Kirsten Powers that Ayn Rand’s raped-girl-decides-she-likes-it novel, 'The Fountainhead', was his favorite book. It relates to business, beauty, life and inner emotions,” he told Powers. “That book relates to ... everything.”

''Trump probably knew that anything by Rand would be the right answer for Republicans; the party has embraced her for decades, to the point that Paul Ryan required interns to read her books as a condition of employment.'' from ...

e tenebris - tenebris?!

Thread: There Can Be Only One
[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 days ago

''The Right-Wing American love affair with one of the most disturbing serial killers'' ...

Consider: ''Trump's favorite book, "The Fountainhead" by Ayn Rand is telling of his ideologies.'' Also reflect on the lionization of Loopy Xtrm-RW psychopath Rand & her nefarious influence on the U$A!

multum in parvo?

Thread: There Can Be Only One
[-] 1 points by agkaiser (2363) from Fredericksburg, TX 4 days ago

Our winner take all economy is fast approaching the point where only the wealthy few Wall St. Oligarchs are financially solvent. At the present, only capitalist raiders and plunderers are thriving. The rest of us and our government are growing deeper in debt to them. This can't end well!

Thread: There Can Be Only One
[-] 1 points by agkaiser (2363) from Fredericksburg, TX 5 days ago

Imagine a world that contains only raiders and plunderers and no peoples willing to work to create the things that are raided and plundered?

Thread: No War, Not Now, Not Ever
[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 5 days ago

The real roots of Jihadism: Chris Hedges with Max Blumenthal ...

''Chris Hedges talks to author and journalist Max Blumenthal about the intimate connection between the misguided support the United States has given to international Jihadism – starting with over $1billion Washington gave to the Afghan Mujahideen in the 1970s – and the rise of neo-fascists and ultra-nationalist movements in Europe and the US. Blumenthal’s new book ‘The Management of Savagery: How America’s National Security State Fueled the Rise of Al Qaeda, ISIS, and Donald Trump’ was published in April 2019 by Verso Books.''

ESSENTIAL VIEWING as Hedges & Blumenthal discus MB's book - 'The Management of Savagery', detailing the US national security state's role in fueling international jihadism & far-right nationalism. Also explained is how a young Netanyahu marketed a "war on terror" to the US!

fiat lux; fiat justitia; fiat pax ...

Thread: There Can Be Only One
[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 5 days ago

''American Capitalism is based on Plunder - (and the plunder is getting worse)''!

Btw ''Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of The Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for: Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. Roberts' latest books are 'The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism' and 'Economic Dissolution of the West - How America Was Lost, and 'The Neoconservative Threat to World Order'.

multum in parvo ...

Thread: No War, Not Now, Not Ever
[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 5 days ago

''Russia Hoax Coup & Epstein Interlocked'' (by Kevin Shipp and Greg Hunter):

''Former CIA Officer and whistleblower Kevin Shipp says the Russian hoax and attempted coup of President Trump and the sex trafficking case against Jeffery Epstein are linked together by the same Deep State players. Shipp explains, “The FBI has completely raided his vault, and they have some pretty damning material. I don’t know why it took so long, but they have raided Epstein’s island . . . So, there is a lot of damning information the FBI has now on certain people. At the top of the list, and the one who flew the most, was Bill Clinton. Then he lied about it. They are intertwined in that regard and with the Clinton Foundation that we know is a fraud. It is known around the world, and you’ve got these two intersections with Bill and Hillary Clinton. Of course, Hillary Clinton is tied to the dossier in an attempt to get rid of Donald Trump. So, these webs interlocked with each other, and these people interlock with each other. Welcome to the global elite. Welcome to human trafficking. These things are connected, and with Epstein dead, there are a lot of prominent people breathing a sigh of relief—for now. Is Barr aggressive enough? He says he is going to pursue this case anyway. Is he going to call in the people seen on the CD’s, videos and photographs? That remains to be seen.

''On Epstein’s officially ruled suicide while in prison, Shipp says, “Epstein tries to commit ‘suicide,’ and his cellmate, a four-time convicted murderer, said he didn’t see (or hear) it because he had his headphones on. Attorney General William Barr was in charge of the safety of Jeffery Epstein. There should have been an entire contingent of U.S. Marshals to protect this huge witness, but there were none. Why is that? . . . . It is just unbelievable how they left this huge witness to die in prison. The prison guards were off, as we know. The cameras were not functioning. He was taken off of suicide watch and on and on we go. There are so many things that add up to this not being a suicide that it is remarkable. . . . We are all still hoping that Attorney General Barr will do his job and people are charged, but this is starting to bother me a little bit. A major witness that was connected to high level people in government and finance was left alone to die in prison, and I think he was murdered. This was all left to happen by William Barr. The pieces to this just don’t add up. . . .We’ve got so many strange things going on here that do not add up, and Attorney General Barr is ultimately responsible for this happening.”

e tenebris, lux?

Thread: Free Market Apocalypse
[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 6 days ago

Many Japanese work too hard so they stay poor. Rest and leisure are needed for innovations and creativity. Japan's culture of hammering down the nail which sticks out detracts from innovations because by definition, new things are the nails that stick out. Japan lacks the "traitorous" culture which recycles talents fast and effectively into new ventures. Silicon Valley had many many failed companies and even more laid-off or fired people but they recombined in new companies fast. People there seemed to tolerate company failures and valued individuals' talents. I saw some resumés of the people from Silicon Valley. They networked with each other -- there were lots of failures but it only took a few successes to "make it big" financially. Working hard wasn't the reason why I earned vastly more after college graduation than before that. The externalities were extremely important. Frankly speaking, I worked a lot harder while in college than at my first job after college. Technology, capital equipment, and the end market made huge differences. Chairman Mao got the people to work hard for decades but the economy didn't take off until after he had died. "Mao had to die, for China to rise," was verboten but it was indeed a truism as we can all see. The most important end market for China was the U.S. which contributed greatly to the rise of China's economy.

How many Japanese companies have gone bankrupt? Not too many. I'm not saying that bankruptcy is good but it's a sure sign of "striving" which is required for success once hope has sprouted. Japan is suffering from an aging population with a segment surviving in quiet desperation or shall we say "genteel comfort" instead to conform to Red China's "standard?"

It seemed that the Brits by sipping tea and betting on the horses in Hong Kong were doing a better job at ruling in "genteel comfort" than the new owner who is all sweaty and worked up in "exercises." Different time, different breed. 无为治。

Actually, ruling without sweating is an art which takes practice to improve: Take a deep breath and count to ten. Slowly exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Repeat a few times.

The calming perspective for Red China is that all the Hong Kongers who seek and receive asylum protection in Taiwan are voluntarily joining one of Red China's provinces because Taiwan is "not an independent country," "just a province!" Red China is winning more Hong Kongers in its province of Taiwan. Win, win, win Bigly!

In fact, if ALL Hong Kongers were to move to Taiwan, Red China wouldn't need to work at all to reunify Hong Kong. It'd be Done.

It's a great idea to learn from Taiwan which knows a thing or two about defense for sure. An urban pitched battle fought in a mountainous terrain with many nooks and crannies is not a flat TianAnMen Square so easily mowed over by tanks. There would be lots of casualties and it would take a lot of time due to a rebellious population of millions, numerically larger than just about any country's armed forces. Shenzhen is just across the border like a hibernating cicada sucking tree sap quietly for decades (it won't be quiet anymore if Hong Kong has a war going on.) I guess Tank Man after the TianAnMen Square Massacre (天安门广场大屠杀/天安門廣場大屠殺) had happened was probably outraged and saying something like, "Get out of Beijing, my neighborhood!"

Stay positive, everyone. Homer of epic Illiad fame is cute in otiations. Three Cheers for Chairman WoW: U.S.A! U.S.A! U.S.A!

Thread: "Climate Change Is Happening Now – A Carbon Price Must Follow", by James Hansen.
[-] 1 points by gsw (3258) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 6 days ago

If you don’t like climate change, good luck going against 1 billion keep us hot....

Dark Money: Jane Mayer on How the Koch Bros. & Billionaire Allies Funded the Rise of the Far Right

is that it’s not just an election force. It’s—this club has become a force of obstruction against governing, so that when Obama proposes the healthcare plan, this group funnels money to many, many different front groups that then, unseen to the American public, pop up and oppose the healthcare plan and disrupt meetings. I don’t know if people remember those town hall meetings during, I think it was, the summer of 2010, when there was just kind of pandemonium breaking out. And a lot of that were—there were actually sort of plans laid among this group to pour money in, get people all riled up and make them think that this was going to have death squads, things like that, that were—that got people very upset.

https://www.democracynow.org/2016/1/20/dark_money_jane_mayer_on_how?fbclid=IwAR14hOcLgxdbqlK-ZFozVYZ5c030qtsXy6FCofi1gYy1UCgLHTf42eMy-3s

Consider: ''We Can’t Confront Climate Change While Lavishly Funding the Pentagon'' by JP Sotile:

fiat lux; fiat pax; fiat justitia ...

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