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Forum Post: The Personal and The Political: A brief Manifesto for a Beautiful World, through a Revolution of Everyday Living for USA's 99%..

Posted 1 year ago on Feb. 11, 2018, 1:34 a.m. EST by ImNotMe (1488)
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It is the very ethos of American society that has to change. I agree with you. It is a very tall order and sometimes, I think, not very possible. But if we really think it is not possible - we wouldn't be here talking about it, right?

A long program of Neoliberalism, Capitalism, Consumerism, Advertising, brain washing, etc., has got us to this place. Love of stuff. Love of winning, as you say. And all so that the rich can get richer while the wannabe masses drool in admiration. It's just sickening.

I watched the Olympics last night, you know the bit when the teams march into the stadium and honestly, I felt embarrassed for how arrogant the Americans seemed. No humility.

We have to teach manners, humility, morals, tolerance, generosity, philosophy, poetry even and from an early age, so that people learn that life is not just about how much stuff you can acquire, it is about something much deeper.

We can actually create a society where people care about one another rather than constantly competing with one another. This is NOT the goal of the Oligarchy however, and yes .. at the moment they seem to be winning. "Seem to" being the critical words because ... is it actually sustainable? Life expectancy in USA is falling & suicides and drug use are up. Why? Because the psychological poison that the masses have been fed, is finally starting to kill them!

I have to believe in better and that the revolution is around the corner....

From a reply comment by bw to elf here: http://occupywallst.org/forum/for-those-of-the-99-truly-serious-about-non-violen/#comment-1075033 .... where the replies had reached the 15 comment limit of the mini-thread. Re.''Neoliberalism'' - please consider the following links:

per aspera ad astra ...



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[-] 2 points by agkaiser (2392) from Fredericksburg, TX 1 year ago

"... the extensiveness of privatisation and, even more, the recourse to outsourcing, makes these twin manifestations even much more difficult to evaluate. This is the reason why the near-uncritical acceptance of the “private=good/public=bad” consensus has held sway for so long and is only now being questioned ...

"... At the recent Davos conference, it was reported that there was a general feeling among corporate participants that ethical behaviour needed much improvement; though don’t bet on anything happening very quickly. Another, slightly more tangible cause for a measure of optimism is that a handful of large enterprises are beginning to announce measures aimed at improving their behaviour. We can but hope but time is not on anyone’s side and by default Karl Marx may be allowed to have the last word."


[-] 3 points by elf3 (4068) 1 year ago

BOYCOTT...the mere whisper makes Wallstreet tremble. It is the most powerful weapon of the underclass. Forget everything else. Boycott holds an intense amount of power. If Americans want power back stop shopping and tell the company why. Hey Walmart I have not shopped once in your stores in my adult life because you piss on your workers like dogs and your products are madeby slaves in a Communist Regime where they have no voice standing in front of poisonous plastic ovens all day to make stuff that will turn around and pollute our planet in the next month after it breaks or is no longer in season. And it's true. Macdonalds I piss on your healthfood offerings (same tune here) torture animals ...slave wages. America we have power. Power isn't the problem it is the failure to realize it. Put away your Wallet shrink corporations down to size. Buy only things you absolutely need. And really think about need. Buy only from companies with ethics. As far as monopolies and such shrink down their subsidiaries partnerships and holdings in WS and they will also lose power. Trickle up is a bitch. Oh and their favorite rhetoric " we are the job creators"...The jobs they privide arent real jobs you arent supportinng families when you shop there you are supporting indentured servitude and a system that wont change anything for workers as well as cuts off other would be employers and competative labor. Spread the joy of not shopping!

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

"Our Friends @ Wallmart" as stated on 5/03/2018 on @TheEllenShow! PEOPLE BOYCOTT THIS SHOW - as Wallmart uses it as a platform 2 get shoppers! Wallmart = 1 of the nations largest ABUSIVE employers = billions in profits/yr & will not pay a minimum "living" wage 2 it's employees!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 weeks ago

''In These Three Races, The Establishment Fought Hard And Still Lost!'' - by Alexis Goldstein:

omnia causa fiunt!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 month ago

''The Demise of Democracy Under Trump - Proves the Frankfurt School Right.'' ... by Mike Lofgren:

''Trump is like a holographic projection of every American failing that astute foreigners have noticed for centuries. Since about 1980, we could observe the culture industry patiently assembling him - piece by piece. The media barons grasped that his fabricated persona embodied the forbidden wish projections of millions of psychologically repressed and resentful individuals.

''In 1935, Ernst Bloch, a peripheral figure of the Frankfurt School, wrote about such people as not having adjusted to the shock of modernity, the pace of change, and the gross inequalities .. that had arisen. But they do not turn to socialism or the search for equality but instead, they fall back on a bogus golden age, the breeding ground of fascism and the impulse to worship an authoritarian father.''

e tenebris, lux?

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

''The world-wide 2008 financial crisis specifically engulfed the banks and the financial sector more generally. For the most part, governments bailed them out with vows of “never again”. Numerous enquiries followed proposals for reform implemented to a greater or lesser extent aimed at securing this desired outcome. While many have questioned their practical efficacy, the problems shifted but did not go away. This is because they are clearly systemic and call for much wider and more far-reaching approaches.

''Despite some increase in shareholder activity since 2008, particularly over the remuneration packages senior corporation executives award themselves, these are now showing evidence of diminishing. The position of shareholders has also been further weakened by the recourse to Electronically Traded Funds (ETFs) whereby large tranches of shares are traded in nanoseconds having been triggered algorithmically. ETF shareholders can have no role to play in corporate governance. This new situation has not been adequately addressed by any of the numerous corporate reviews of the past two decades.''

From your long but interesting link above.Thanx. Yves Smith's blog https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/ is very insightful which is of course why not many in US/UK have heard of it - as ANY critiques of The Late Stage Crapitalism that is Neoliberalism - is verboten by the MSM. We struggle on, knowing that a mass intellectual insurrection is needed IF Outright Fascism is to be avoided! Finally, fyi ...

per aspera ad astra ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 7 months ago

''To Conjure the Future We Want, We Need a Revolution of the Heart'', by Cherise Morris:

spero meliora ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 months ago

''Sanders Says 'Democratic Socialism' Just Means Creating an Economy That Works for All'' ...

ad iudicium?

[-] 2 points by gsw (3260) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 1 year ago
[-] 3 points by beautifulworld (22997) 1 year ago

40 year long GOP con of the American people, the tactic of two Santa Clauses laid it out in simple summary:

"First, when Republicans control the federal government, and particularly the White House, spend money like a drunken sailor and run up the US debt as far and as fast as possible. This produces three results – it stimulates the economy thus making people think that the GOP can produce a good economy, it raises the debt dramatically, and it makes people think that Republicans are the “tax-cut Santa Claus.”

Second, when a Democrat is in the White House, scream about the national debt as loudly and frantically as possible, freaking out about how “our children will have to pay for it!” and “we have to cut spending to solve the crisis!” This will force the Democrats in power to cut their own social safety net programs, thus shooting their welfare-of-the-American-people Santa Claus."

From: https://www.salon.com/2018/02/12/thom-hartmann-how-the-gop-used-a-two-santa-clauses-tactic-to-con-america-for-nearly-40-years_partner/

[-] 1 points by grapes (5232) 1 year ago

The American people do have a knack for confusing concurrency for causality.

The Orangutan is NOT responsible for the economic recovery -- Obama's economic policy was, eight years in the making, much slower than usual because of the Stehlenist Retards who recently sang the Keynesian paean when they wanted to cut taxes for the rich folks who had donated to the Retards' political campaigns.

On the other hand, the Orangutan is NOT responsible for the crux of the whitehead pimple eruption problem. It has been brewing for decades with no one in authority having the gumption to take out the garbage. Appeasement was simply easier to live with. The time to minimize the carnage will run out in a matter of months. Monkeying around even with showy orange fanfares will likely not deflect from the bloody rendézvous with Destiny.

There are two parts of any potential threat to consider: the means and the intent. Only when both are apparent and definite should one take drastic actions to create one's desired future, hopefully not this one though. Prepare for the worst @31:38. Hope for the best -- when sandwiching Poker FACE.. Every Good Bitch Does Fine. A young child said, "I am going to eat you up!" There's stated intent but there's not much means for committing cannibalism so hahaha! A security guard walks by with a lethal weapon on his belt. There's the means but there's most likely no intent if the security guard is working for you. However, if that person with the weapon is not your security guard and says, "I am going to eat you up!" it's definitely time to consider taking drastic actions.

Well, on Valentine's Day, Grace applies because "All women in Russia are beautiful!" They absolutely "sing" beautifully on social media! Now Pootin demands YouTube and Instagram to squelch Navalny's pointer video and the "song" within three days. The Orangutan is also singing, "The World is closing in. Did you ever think that we could be so close like brothers?"

Yeah, Pootin and Orangutan should "testify" together as brothers so that we can all watch. "Make America Zilth Again." - MAZA Nostra.

"A squirrel scented with manafort can lure a pussy up this tree."

Like China, Russia needs to build its own Great Firewall of Russia and watch it incessantly. I frankly think that our infrastructure plan needs to have provisions for "a video camera lurking in every toilet bowl," just like "a cannibus plant in every pot" espoused in some states already, or like China's initiative for "a chicken in every pot" ( I frankly got sick of more than enough chicken at every meal already but fortunately, I still have my free choice, unlike the food stamps recipients who may well lose that soon to the overbearing, swaggering, knuckle-dragging, and green-mouthing Orangutan; our Retards used to complain incessantly about the government overreaching and being far too overbearing but now I only hear crickets from the Retards. ) I recommend Russia's consulting with our NSA for pornographic guidance from an experienced hand. Everybody craves the big 'O'.

[-] 1 points by grapes (5232) 1 year ago

Hmm, how did Russia know more than two weeks ago to warn its citizens against U.S. 'hunt' [perhaps for meddling in 2016 U.S. Presidential Election]?

Did we have collusion from the U.S.A. to tip off Russia before the U.S. Department of Justice's indictment of the Russian nationals has become public? Who's the mole [in the U.S.]?

If it was a "continued hunt," why did Russia issue the travel warning? What's special at that time?

[-] 1 points by grapes (5232) 1 year ago
  1. The Demonkrapts don't really understand the economy. If they do, they would have made so much money already that they would have become the Retard-I-Can'ts who subscribe to Stehlenist policies. Most Demonkrapts who got rich joined the Retards. Just look at the Raygun and the Orangutan.

  2. Reagan was so much off of the mental deep end ( he probably had Alzheimer's disease already while in office ) that he had actually convinced the Soviet Union that the U.S. would make all of the Soviet nuclear missiles "impotent and obsolete." The Soviet Union had no choice but to double-down, triple-down, etc. to maintain its military supremacy. That eventually led to the demise of the Soviet Union. The CIA was telling Reagan very scary stories about the Soviet military strength but Reagan instinctively believed in the greatness of the American Economy, overruled the CIA's assessment, and just went for broke, going head-to-head against the "Evil Empire" worldwide ( 600-ship Navy, Sidewinder heat-seeking missiles for the mujahideen to shoot down Soviet helicopters in Afghanistan, short-range nuclear-tipped Pershing II missiles in West Germany, Strategic Defense Initiative, etc.) He was correct and it did take the True believer ( "Trust your feelings." "The Force will Always be with you." ) to convince others of a questionable proposition that many thousands of hypersonic nuclear missiles can be detected and shot down in minutes worldwide. I'm not saying that it cannot be done ( since it was being tried by the "The impossible takes a little while longer" Americans ) but we have better usage for the resources required if we just mothball nuclear arms, don't we? Reagan and Gorbachev saw the light together in Reykjavik, Iceland. The resulting peace due to ending the Soviet phase of the Cold War spawned the internet by demilitarizing the ARPAnet (which dated back decades to the 1960s as a defense, industry, and academia research and collaboration network developed in response to the extremely near but missed global nuclear catastrophe of the Cuban Missile Crisis { which we'll relive or likelier die with Korean substituting for Cuban in a few months } ). "In 1983, the GPS ceased being solely a military system and was made available for public use. President Ronald Reagan declassified the GPS system in response to a tragedy involving a civilian airplane. Korean Airline flight 007 got lost over Soviet territory and was shot down by Soviet fighters." Korean Air Lines flight 007's pilots' navigational error triggered the process through the former lifeguard Reagan's grief over the lost lives ( Cold War tensions and uncertainties had probably caused the Soviets to kill regardless of whether it was a civilian airplane or not ) that eventually led to the end of the Soviet phase of the Cold War via the hitherto unnamed and schizophrenic Strategic "Peace" Initiative winding through Reykjavik, Iceland. We can all see that the peace dividend resulting in the internet has been all important to the most significant four new U.S. companies of Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Google. The U.S. winning the Soviet phase of the Cold War improved many lives worldwide through the internet and GPS so it was worthwhile despite its huge price tag. The Soviet system should be commended for having produced such a great reform-minded ruler as Mikhail Gorbachev without whom the demilitarization would have been impossible. I think that the U.S. had messed up integrating the former Soviet Union with the West. However, I very much doubt that a benevolent military dictatorship by the U.S. would have been palatable ( the U.S. did charge huge numbers of troops into both Japan and Germany after the war. Yes, the troops at that time were indeed issued condoms as confirmed by my Dad who was present there in Greater Yokohama/Kamakura, Japan. Men dominate societies because they can trust each other for coöperation -- they can grab each other's EXTERNAL testicles and 'testify'! It's been suggested that the Japanese people gained body heights postwar because the Japanese women had received inseminations of tallness-related genes from the American G.I.s of Occupation Force { viz., the conquering-hero sandwiches, "Trust your feelings." "May the Force be with you." Advocating for the future taller stature of the Yamato race, Yoda implored the Yamato women, "Do. Or do not. There's no try." After more than six centuries of samurai-enforced Shogunate military dictatorships, the Yamato race understands well ( "the American Caesar" was just the latest yet another Shogun so few adjustments were needed ) that the warrior code says: To the Hero goes the Beauty. Maybe not quite a "battle-hardened[-by-a-golf-club]" Tiger Woods can result from that but a forked-hero sandwich has Double the efficiency of a "strait"-one in golfing which is the kingty sport the powerful Orangutan ( who mandates precoital HIV tests for his trivial pursuits - absolutely a germophobe and believer in preventive healthcare for himself only but not others because he had his mind's "eyes torn out" -- he'll become the "blind man looking for a shadow of doubt," the "rich man sleeping on a golden bed," and a "skeleton choking on a crust of bread" ) enthusiastically promotes and supports, yeah, such as the Brownx links ( what was there before? a hazardous waste dump, burial plots, a forgotten royalty burial site converted to a parking lot, or a landfill? ) next to a cemetery for efficiency; "we dig diverse Hoes!" } ) Imagine how life would be with NO internet and NO GPS, no Facebook, little Amazon, zombie Apple, and minuscule Google. NO Big Data. Little long-distance anything.

  3. There IS a limit on how high the U.S. debt can go. It's ill-defined but it must be there. The U.S. is extremely special but it still cannot defy universal gravitation. All we can say for sure is that there are countries which got into terrible economic distress after their national-debt-to-GDP ratio had exceeded 100%. The U.S. has already gone past that threshold. It's one reason that I was opposed to adding trillions of dollars worth of new debt onto the existing debt. There's such a thing as "upsetting the apple cart" in Economics. Recent volatilities in the financial markets indicate that the cart is rather wobbly. The Orangutan probably went for the wrong fruit. He should have grabbed the one from South Carolina, juicier anyway.

[-] 0 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

''We Live in a Country That Has a Totally Corrupted Political System'' by Thom Hartmann:

I really like Thom Hartmann. I really do & we follow each other on Twitter but even as he writes excellent & insightful pieces like your link & the link above ... his attachment to the Democratic Party is what stops him going from well meaning progressive to an actual radical. Radical & Revolutionaries need to lead us into the Promised Land of All That We Can Be - individually & societally if our myriad problems are to be solved. That requires a rejection of a 'Duopoly = Democracy Delusion', that too many people suffer from.

Private Bankers corrupt & control both sides and then occupy & own a demoCRAZY deMOCKERYcy! It doesn't have to be like this. True Democracy & PUBLICLY OWNED BANKS can liberate us all from The Tyranny of Double Entry Bookkeeping & Compound Interest! We can engineer & create, better systems.

radix omnium malorum est cupiditas ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 11 months ago

''Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Proposes 70 Percent Tax on Mega-Rich to Pay for “Green New Deal”''

fiat justitia ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22997) 1 day ago

Success of Occupy: Corbyn & Sanders both have a real chance to lead the UK & USA. The seeds of Occupy from 8 years ago are growing. Who would ever have thought 2 socialists would be leading the pack to run two of the richest countries in the world just a mere 8 years from when Zuccotti was occupied? That is success. Never tell me the ideas of occupied failed, that's crap.

The UK election is December 12th. Do what you can to get a Labour government led by Jeremy Corbyn into power. It will change the course of neoliberalism if they win! It will be a watershed moment in history if they win. Let's do this!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22997) 8 hours ago

Make your plans to Vote in UK General Election on December 12th.

Where is your polling station?

What time will you vote?

How are you getting there?

Who are you bringing with you?

Do you need to tell your job you need time to vote?

Plan now and VOTE LABOUR.

Get the Tories out. End Austerity. End the deleterious neoliberal policies of the past 40 years

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22997) 1 month ago

The UK Labour Party's Plan to Win!


"This Is It:

The next six weeks are the most important weeks of our lives. After years of hard work knocking on doors, phone banking and campaigning - it all comes down to this. It’s either socialism with Jeremy Corbyn, or disaster capitalism with Boris Johnson - and now it's down to us. We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to transform our country, but we face the very real and terrible possibility that Johnson will destroy it. It's him or us, and this is our chance to change the course of history. We can only do it together.

At the last election in 2017, we knocked on over a million doors and made hundreds of thousands of phone calls to voters in marginal constituencies across the country. We swung key constituencies for Labour, and deprived Theresa May of her majority in parliament. Our people-powered campaign was unprecedented, and we caused the biggest electoral upset in British modern history. We defied the media, the money, the polls, and all expectations. Now we need to do it again - and this time we need to win.

The Tories are raking in tens of millions from hedge funds and bankers - but we can beat them with people power. You are Labour’s secret weapon - and we need you to step up and go big. We need every single one of us to get out on the doorstep, organise local events and make big sacrifices to win. This is the chance of a lifetime, and we need you to give all you can. Here’s how we’re going to win.

The Strategy. There are 3 main parts to our strategy:

1) We need to build people power.

For Labour to win this election, we're going to need people power. Boris Johnson's campaign strategy relies on having millionaires and the media on his side. We have hundreds of thousands of people across the country inspired by Labour's vision for transforming the country, ready to make small donations and volunteer huge amounts of time to our campaign. People-power can beat millionaires and the media - and it's up to us to prove it.

We showed this in 2017. Our movement knocked on over a million doors and made hundreds of thousands of phone calls to voters in across the country - and it worked. We won the biggest increase in vote share since 1945 and deprived the Tories of their majority in parliament, defying the media, the polls, and all expectations. Now we need to do it again - and this time we need to win.

But this time we don't just need to knock on doors - we need to organise in all the ways we can. We need to organise hundreds of phone bank parties. We need to organise hundreds of voter registration events. We need to build huge online volunteer teams. We need to put on hundreds of trainings for new activists. We need to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds of small donations - and so much more. We need to use every tool at our disposal - and we need to make the best use of the huge amount of talent and hard work in our movement.

We can only do this together, and every one of us will need to make big sacrifices to win. This is the chance of a lifetime, and we need you to give all you can.

2) We need to target marginals.

We must be strategic about where we focus our campaigning. There are a number of seats across the country that were won and lost at the last election by just a few thousand voter - and 11 seats were won by fewer than a hundred. These are what we call marginal seats, and it’s in these constituencies - like Chingford and Woodford Green, Mansfield and Southampton Itchen - that the election will be won or lost. This is where we need to focus our firepower - on marginals seats we’re likely to win from the Tories and seats that Labour is defending.

In the 2017 general election, Momentum focused our firepower on a number of key marginals including Battersea, Brighton Kemptown and Crewe & Nantwich - and we won them from the Tories. Now we need to do this again - and on a much, much bigger scale.

Tory donors are planning to pour millions into marginal seats at this election - but we can beat them if we campaign strategically. The best way to persuade people to vote Labour is through face to face conversations. We’ve calculated that in the 150 most marginal constituencies in the country, there are around 2 million target doors that we’ll need to knock on over the six week election period. The number of doors a person can knock in a day varies depending on a number of factors, but we estimate that on average a person can knock on 50 doors a day. This means we need over 5,000 people to do 8 full days of door knocking over the election period in order for us to win.

This might sound like a lot, but there's no doubt that together we can do it. At the last election we flooded marginal constituencies on polling day, swinging key seats for Labour and defying the polls. In the recent Peterborough by-election we got 1000 people knocking on doors for Labour - and won the seat against all the odds.

Now we need to do it again, except unlike in 2017, we won't be asking activists to go to their nearest marginals. This time our campaign will be much more data driven, and we'll be mobilising activists to go to the marginals that need them most. Where activists are most needed will be calculated based on a number of factors that will include where they are in the country and what marginals are in their area, but also how many doors have been knocked on and how many activists have turned out already. We're going to be smarter than ever before.

3) We need you to step up.

At the last election we asked people to canvass, take the day off on polling day and phone bank for Labour. This was very effective for swinging key marginal constituencies, but in this election we're going to ask you to step up and go bigger.

This time we're going to be taking a volunteer-driven approach to our campaigning called ‘distributed organising’, based on the experiences of the Bernie Sanders campaign in the US. This means we’re going to ask you to step up and become organisers, dedicate significant time and resources to campaigning, and run some of the most important parts of our election operation.

Over the past few weeks, we've been building the systems and infrastructure we need so that hundreds of you can step up during this election. We need you to organise carpools to marginal constituencies. We need you to organise phone bank parties from your living room. We need you to organise voter registration street stalls in your community. We need you to run huge online volunteer teams. We need you to run trainings for first-time activists - and so much more.

This time around, you are Labour's secret weapon. It's only by stepping up your commitment that we'll win."

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 month ago

"The only way forward, the only way to save our planet and our civilisation, is a rebirth of history. We must all revitalise the Enlightenment and recommit to honouring its values of freedom, respect for knowledge and democracy."

Thanx for your very important reply comment and info above. Sanders & Corbyn show The Way!

fiat lux ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22997) 4 weeks ago

Sanders and Corbyn are watching each other closely.

If these two politicians, or movements, really, ("not me, us" & "for the many" can prove victorious, this would spell the end of neoliberalism.


"Corbyn strategist Steve Howell’s book about the UK’s 2017 general election, Game Changer, discusses what the Labour campaign learned from Sanders. The strategy of holding huge rallies as a way of building momentum was an early adoption. Sanders’ use of what Howell calls “narrative arcs” to spread political messages was the inspiration for Labour’s election slogan: “For the many, not the few.” Like team Corbyn, Sanders has made no secret that he’s been keeping an eye on political events across the pond too. In 2017, he aligned himself with Corbyn and said he was “very impressed” by the Labour leader’s campaigning style."

Bring it on. Let's do this. Let's finish off the evil policies of neoliberalism for good. President Sanders and Prime Minister Corbyn. Sounds good to me!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 weeks ago

''Neoliberalism’s children are rising up to demand justice all over the world'' (incl. U$A/UK imo!)

''From Chile to Lebanon, mass mobilizations are calling for a political and economic revolution against the neoliberal consensus.''

per ardua ad astra ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22997) 4 days ago

Let's begin with Corbyn.

A Corbyn PM and Labour government in the UK will begin to change the world.

Read the Labour Manifesto here:


For the Many, Not the Few is the reason why the British and American establishment are shitting themselves over the possibility of a Labour government. It will begin to turn around the evils of neoliberalism, fear-mongering, war-mongering, hate and austerity which have been enriching the 1 percent and corporations for decades.

[-] 1 points by grapes (5232) 1 year ago

Yes, of course, with the help from the allies in "the joint study group." Don't hang oneself before it's time. Have a joint first before we blow this joint. What's the proper response to "a chicken in every pot?" "A cannabis in every pot" comes close, according to Kali. "A starving child in every family" seems more apt, according to the Retards.

Why are so many Red states starring in the top-ten list of the ones with the highest rates of food insecurity? And yet the Red states support the Retards who want to cut their federal food aid. The Red states are masochists and the Retards are sadists (BDSM practitioners)!

They don't hang loose like "Aloha Ke Akua, Aloha Kuleana, Kuleana..."

[-] 0 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

''Kelton’s core idea ― that the government can’t run out of money or go bankrupt, no matter how much it spends ― hasn’t really changed since the days when Buiter and Krugman were trashing her thinking. But it seems the world has. Today she is a full-fledged member of the American power elite, juggling television bookings with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and Bloomberg TV’s Joe Wiesenthal, writing op-eds for The New York Times and being quoted in The Wall Street Journal.'' & ...

''In one of her most important academic papers, published in 2000, Kelton maintains that government doesn’t actually finance its activity by levying taxes or issuing bonds. Instead, it creates money by spending it into existence. If a government wants to build a road, it calls some contractors and puts money in their bank accounts to pay for it. Where does this money come from? The same place all money comes from: thin air.'' - from your XCLLNT link re. Stephanie Kelton & MMT. Thanx & fyi...

commune bonum est summum bonum ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22997) 1 year ago

Monbiot describes Neoliberalism:

"Attempts to limit competition are treated as inimical to liberty. Tax and regulation should be minimised, public services should be privatised. The organisation of labour and collective bargaining by trade unions are portrayed as market distortions that impede the formation of a natural hierarchy of winners and losers. Inequality is recast as virtuous: a reward for utility and a generator of wealth, which trickles down to enrich everyone. Efforts to create a more equal society are both counterproductive and morally corrosive. The market ensures that everyone gets what they deserve.

We internalise and reproduce its creeds. The rich persuade themselves that they acquired their wealth through merit, ignoring the advantages -- such as education, inheritance and class -- that may have helped to secure it. The poor begin to blame themselves for their failures, even when they can do little to change their circumstances.

Never mind structural unemployment: if you don't have a job it's because you are unenterprising. Never mind the impossible costs of housing: if your credit card is maxed out, you're feckless and improvident. Never mind that your children no longer have a school playing field: if they get fat, it's your fault. In a world governed by competition, those who fall behind become defined and self-defined as losers."

The key there, for me, is "the poor begin to blame themselves...." The shaming of the masses, ahhh, such a success for the oligarchs. Get the little people to blame themselves for their lowly economic position and their shame will cause them not to ask for a bloody thing. Too embarrassing for them, since, of course, it's all their fault for not being hard-working, entrepreneurial, and as Monbiot says, "feckless and improvident," ultimately, those lazy sons of bitches!

This is the primary job of the activist right now. To convince the masses that a. there is a problem, b. it is not their fault at all, and, c. they can do something about it.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 11 months ago

''A Bold, Progressive Agenda for a Happier and Healthier New Year" ... by Bernie Sanders:

dum spiro, spero ...

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (22997) 10 months ago

Work and the meaning of life. How do the two connect? Read this insightful and moving piece by Ed Curtin.


"Ever since I was a young boy, I have wondered why people do the kinds of work they do. I sensed early on that the economic system was a labyrinthine trap devised to imprison people in work they hated but needed for survival. It seemed like common sense to a child when you simply looked and listened to the adults around you. Karl Marx wasn’t necessary for understanding the nature of alienated labor; hearing adults declaim “Thank God It’s Friday” spoke volumes.

In my Bronx working class neighborhood I saw people streaming to the subway in the mornings for their rides “into the city” and their forlorn trundles home in the evenings. It depressed me. Yet I knew the goal was to “make it” and move away as one moved “up,” something that many did. I wondered why, when some people had options, they rarely considered the moral nature of the jobs they pursued. And why did they not also consider the cost in life (time) lost in their occupations? Were money, status, and security the deciding factors in their choices? Was living reserved for weekends and vacations?

I gradually realized that some people, by dint of family encouragement and schooling, had opportunities that others never received. For the unlucky ones, work would remain a life of toil and woe in which the search for meaning in their jobs was often elusive."

Capitalism has brought us to this point where we toil for a meaningless existence. We must fight back to re-discover our humanity, meaning and joy.

Ed Curtin also has a website: http://edwardcurtin.com/

[-] 2 points by agkaiser (2392) from Fredericksburg, TX 10 months ago

Meaning, purpose of life - same answer: If you want meaning or purpose in your life you must create it. Otherwise your meaning and purpose will be subsumed in that of your employer(s). Hers, his or their meaning for your life is to create wealth for them to enjoy. WTFU idiots!

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (22997) 10 months ago

And, you can't create meaning and purpose in your life if you're allowing your employer to poop all over you. Don't allow yourself to be exploited.

Demand a wage you can live on! Demand sick pay! Demand pension! Demand health benefits if your country is too weak to provide them for you. Demand paid time off, also known as vacation time! And, don't work overtime that you're not paid for!

American workers are so cowed and frightened. I completely agree with you that they need to wake up. They have much more power than they've been convinced they have.

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 10 months ago

And, don't work overtime that you're not paid for!

Don't work overtime "PERIOD". Demand a living wage and the right to work a maximum of 40 hours per week so that you can have a LIFE OUTSIDE OF WORK! If an employer NEEDS the work force to work 50 or 60 or more hours per week - that employer needs to expand the work force as well as the workplace to meet the demands for the product!

[-] 3 points by beautifulworld (22997) 10 months ago

Sweden has a 30 hour work week. That is the direction we should be going in. With today's technology, we should all be working far less hours for much more pay. Our lives should be improving, not getting worse.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 10 months ago

With today's technology, we should all be working far less hours for much more pay.

Something like 40% of the work that is still being done by people - is said to be done by technology very shortly and will eliminate those jobs for people. Scary!

People need to be brought into the work that remains & civilization must ensure that skills are not lost BECAUSE technology is taking care of it now = Plan for the worst while hoping for the best = What if? and for whatever reason some or all of a tech or all tech is wiped out.

[-] 2 points by agkaiser (2392) from Fredericksburg, TX 10 months ago

technology very shortly and will eliminate those jobs

This is why For Profit economy [Capitalism] is a failure. Profit motive doesn't facilitate the survival of the human race. The only intrinsic purpose of life is to create more life. Other motives we create for ourselves. So for we've let a ruling class of parasites create our motives for us. It is failing us but they don't care about tomorrow, when the failure comes round to them. They refuse to see anything but today's profit.

[-] 2 points by elf3 (4068) 10 months ago

Yes, yes, and yes. A more humanities focused society. Where wealth is more evenly distributed and time is considered as much of a commodity as a car. Where a doctor can live next door to a school teacher or janitor. Why do we work - to pay for a roof interest and resources like heat. Those things held by the few elite. Those things so expensive that many need subsidies to reach them. The basic needs of life are no longer within reach to a majority of this nation. When we pass laws allowing the super rich unprecedented access to our government that funnels more and more of the civilian wealth into the hands of the ownership class, what you get are the makings of a third world nation and the recipe for suffering. it also created a rigid caste system that divides the haves and have nots. Upward mobility is predetermined by the headstart while those with nothing find the basic needs of life have already been horded by the time they get to the same place in life where others began. It is a relay race they can't possibly win or catch up to. We need rent control and stop the landlord middlemen who stand as the gatekeepers to basic needs. We must charge all landlords commercial rates as well as splice up landlord and corporate non owner occupied monopolies. As far as subsidies does it make sense for gov to be paying landlords their outrageous mark-ups? It would be cheaper to put an end to landlord permitting and actually buy houses rather than continue to pay outrageous rates month after month after month. Get the landlords out of it, and housing costs will come down. With costs down paychecks go further than ever, people have money to buy extras and that spending produces more jobs or perhaps they get the leg up to become entrepreneurs. Add to all this regulate utilities and communications rates so costs stop eating up their entire paychecks.

Younger people don't know that renting used to be a boatload cheaper than mortgages. Housing wasn't owned by banks and landlords and commercial entities who now do and pay just a fifteen percent capital gains rate on all that highly profitable income . When I was growing up and my parents were young, people viewed housing like food, a basic need, not a market to racketeer off of or flip. Most people had a house and kids in their early 20's. A home back in the boomer generation was reachable. Because rent was cheap people could easily save the down payment. Unlike today where renting costs as much and in many cases more than a mortgage. When those smarmy people came onto the seen we quickly labeled them slumlords and implemented rent control. Now our government seems to encourage and heavily support those slimebag developers and slumlords to siphon off the populous especially our young people. Our Developer in Chief knows all about real estate. If he wants to keep his campaign promise to raise the middleclass perhaps he should start by allowing them to get their land and real estate back from the clutches of the crocodiles.

[-] -1 points by factsrfun (8230) from Phoenix, AZ 10 months ago

benefits from gains in productivity flow to the holders of capital not the workers this is facilitated by policies enacted and supported by the Republican Party as this has become ever more successful union membership has fallen and with it the interest of the Democratic Party in economic issues and of course there is more to the story, but the solution starts with killing the GOP we MUST work night and day to defeat ALL Republicans at the polls we must never throw away a chance to defeat a Republican and we must educate young people to that fact.

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22997) 10 months ago

Do you seriously think that Democrats are not capitalists?

[-] -1 points by factsrfun (8230) from Phoenix, AZ 9 months ago

I seriously think Democrats are our best chance to defeat Republicans.

Why do you prefer Republicans?

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 8 months ago

Oh, Republicans are the gentlemen in the Congress who knew how to fly in the wake of 9-11 with Herr Bushit. Republicans "made government run like a business." Holy see the gentle spokes:

"So here's the thing—it's so terrible what's happening," Mr. Trump told the publicationBreitbart. "You know, the left plays a tougher game, it's very funny. I actually think that the people on the right are tougher, but they don't play it tougher. Okay? I can tell you I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump – I have the tough people, but they don't play it tough — until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad. But the left plays it cuter and tougher. Like with all the nonsense that they do in Congress … with all this invest[igations]—that's all they want to do is –you know, they do things that are nasty. Republicans never played this." Yeah, "Let's do Cali poppies, eh?"

The above passage doesn't project Islamophobia, hate crimes, or White supremacy. The only target specifically mentioned was the Congress. Make America Great A.S.S. forever with the Warren-Buffett-MBA-style-Fook-of-the-Doomb "I have nothing to hide" underwear.

Sitting on the backseat of the bicycle, the kindergartner's lead feet should hang loose. Despite the gargantuan lorry speeding by extremely close to a foot, fear must be overcome to avoid the foot being cut up by the spokes.

[-] 1 points by agkaiser (2392) from Fredericksburg, TX 10 months ago

Absolutely! Demand revolution!

Finance/Banking, Insurance, Real Estate, Medicine and Pharmaceuticals, Energy, Mass Communications and Transportation must be done on a non-profit basis of, by and for the people. Eliminate billionaire class and the scurge of "free market" capitalism. Let the debt slaves rise and overthrow the masters. Remove the ruling class of parasites from the gene-pool of the Planet Earth.

[-] -1 points by factsrfun (8230) from Phoenix, AZ 9 months ago

So you want to "Demand revolution" while you allow the GOP to win elections?

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 10 months ago

"Ed Curtin also has a website:"

multum in parvo ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22997) 10 months ago

78 percent live paycheck to paycheck.

From truthout:

"According to a report by Forbes Magazine, a full 78 percent of all US workers are living paycheck to paycheck. One quarter of workers are financially unable to set aside any money for savings after each pay cycle. Three quarters of workers are in debt, and half of those believe they always will be. Most minimum wage workers are required to work multiple jobs to make ends meet."

And, 4 in 10 Americans can't cover $400 for an emergency!

But, here's the thing, right? We've all been shamed into thinking this is our own fault. I've been saying that for years.

From Truthout:

"And it’s all a great big secret, a problem most people struggle with but seldom discuss, because we have been trained to be embarrassed about such things. This is the greatest country in the world! With the greatest economy! Rugged individuals and bootstraps! If we are failing to amass a personal fortune, it’s because of our own inherent laziness or lack of incentive. Shame on us, right?"

But the TRUTH is our shitty economic situations are NOT our fault.

"This situation has been created by decades of Reagan-born trickle-down capitalism and the moral cowardice of bought politicians of every stripe. These unbalanced economic policies favor the wealthy and shun the rest with deprecating propaganda that parks the fault for financial struggle squarely on the shoulders of the very workers who have been taken advantage of for generations.

Many millions of people in the US spend their lives sprinting to stand still, financially speaking, desperate to squeeze every ounce of value from a dollar whose purchasing power seems to diminish with each passing year. It’s a damned expensive country to live in, especially if you reside with most of the population on the coasts. We don’t seem to get very much for the money we spend or the hard work we do, and our social safety net is weakening more each day."

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 10 months ago

''Bernie’s Likely 2020 Bid Could Transform the Political Landscape'' ... by Norman Solomon:

Many thanx for your extensive excerpt from that incredibly revealing 'T-Out' article. Please repeat.

fiat lux ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22997) 10 months ago

"The Occupy movement that began in autumn 2011 put income inequality — and class analysis of “the 1 percent” vs. “the 99 percent” — in the national spotlight. The movement notably altered public discourse and helped clear a runway for the launch of the Sanders presidential campaign in 2015.

Since then, activism has propelled an array of movements that have compelled more and more Democratic politicians to respond seriously — on such issues as mass incarceration, a $15-an-hour minimum wage, enhanced Medicare for All and free college tuition."

From https://truthout.org/articles/bernies-likely-2020-bid-could-transform-the-political-landscape/

Good analysis:

"A 2020 Sanders campaign would mostly pick up where it left off in 2016. Contrary to widespread media spin, the fact that Bernie would be facing dozens of contenders for the Democratic nomination this time doesn’t change the reality of his unique approach to economic power relations. Whether it’s called democratic socialism, progressive populism or something else, that approach sets him apart from the other candidates, even including Elizabeth Warren.

Sanders has been willing and able to use a national stage for public education and agitation about inherently anti-democratic and destructive aspects of corporate capitalism. That explains why, in political and media realms, so many knives are again being sharpened against him.

Attacks on Sanders have come from many directions, but they largely spring from his detractors’ zeal to defend corporate power as a driving force that propels and steers the US government as well as the Democratic Party. Efforts to undermine the Sanders 2020 primary campaign would span from mainstream media to liberal and centrist forces aligned with competitors for the Democratic nomination."

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 10 months ago

"Attacks on Sanders have come from many directions, but they largely spring from his detractors’ zeal to defend corporate power as a driving force that propels and steers the US government as well as the Democratic Party." Repeated from your excellent excerpt above. Thanx & also fyi, reflect upon:

respice; adspice; prospice ...

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (22997) 9 months ago

Bernie Sanders 2020. Donate now.


He's announced he's running as a Democrat. Let's hope the others, who are running on HIS platform, fall away quickly.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 7 months ago

"A United States plagued by inequality, corruption, racism, and war is gearing up for a polarizing and potentially explosive election season in 2020.

''Most likely, President Trump will be the Republican nominee, while Sen. Bernie Sanders leads the pack of (declared) contenders with his democratic socialist challenge to the status quo.

''Senator Sanders, however, is facing an opposition coalition that has found common cause in his destruction: Republicans, liberal Democrats and their common ally — Zionists.'' - from ...

e tenebris lux ...

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (22997) 7 months ago

The Democratic Party cannot be trusted. MSM is putting out propaganda that Biden is the leader, quoting polls that only included over 50 year olds.

Like in UK, where they go after Corbyn, the establishment will go after Sanders. In the end, they still prefer Trump to Sanders.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 7 months ago

"The Era of “Centrist” Establishment Democrats Is Over'' ... by William Rivers-Pitt:

People like Jess Phillips,MP in UK are just like Joe Biden in U$A; stooges of The System!

ad iudicium?

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22997) 5 months ago

Dems prefer Trump to Sanders or Warren.

"If you really want to dig right down to the center of the centrist Id, Pelosi doesn’t even want a Democrat in the White House. She’d rather dance the triangulation tango with Trump for four more years."

From https://truthout.org/articles/nancy-pelosis-winning-strategy-is-to-appease-centrists/

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 5 months ago

"Wealth does not trickle down ... it just floods offshore, research reveals!'' by Heather Stewart:


spero meliora ...

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (22997) 5 months ago

Occupy's first demand to get money out of politics holds many of the answers to our problems. IF this doesn't happen so much else cannot follow as the venal greedy bastards will continue to own our government and rape and pillage the people.

Occupy was ultimately correct. Ignore this at the peril of our democracy.

[-] -1 points by factsrfun (8230) from Phoenix, AZ 9 months ago

let's hope everyone that supports Bernie supports others in the Party and stays with the Party like Bernie will till the end...defeating the GOP is the only way to make things better.

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 9 months ago

"The mind comes in second place when the stomach is empty."

The "a starving child in every family" Retards have got to go.

Food in the U.S. on a translated to a foreign currency basis is somewhat expensive. I noticed that when I first came to the U.S. as a teenager (it's obvious why I remember the five 99-cent pillowcase-size watermelons so vividly) when I was converting the food cost to foreign currency. If I wanted to eat cheap, I would have to starve instead. That's absurd so I stopped converting after a while. Once I had started earning money after graduating college and working, food cost relative to my pay shrank to insignificance. It's the U.S. earnings being much higher that makes life easier, not the cheapness of the cost of living. It's why most (especially illegal) aliens sent money abroad to their families rather than moving them here.

Non-U.S. food fed to foreign children generally costs less than U.S. food fed to children here. It therefore makes economic sense to feed the children abroad, such as the ones seeking asylum and being buffered in Mexico.

In my case, completing my studying in college made a huge difference in pay per hour worked, mainly due to doing an entirely different line of work. The toughest and most hectic time in my life was when I was working multiple jobs while studying full-time in college. I had never spent a single moment basking in the sun like the many college students (land cetaceans et al: seals, sea lions, sea otters, walruses {with moustaches!} . . .) I saw when I was a teenager in high school passing by looking forward to college life.

Yeah, my teenage hormones perked up my ears to listen when the other kid yearning for "college [social] life" started asking about "the wild parties." "Well, not quite here." I did meet young women who started talking to me about "streaking" on campus but I was surprised, ¿blushed?, and became speechless ;-(

I caught a whiff of the lingering Puff, the Magic Dragon, upon returning to my shared dormitory room after a long-weekend's absence. Much later on in life during the reminiscence catching up with an old college friend for old times' sake, he said and advised that choosing one's dormitory or otherwise mate wisely was important to avoid ending up in jail. In a conspiracy charge by a non-discretionary likely-non-Bobbie disciplinarian, many innocent fish may well be caught up in the huge dragnet. "Zero-tolerance" policy's execution can far overshoot justice's fairness bounds, such as that happening in the Philippines. As justice doesn't matter there, the U.S. should just give Duterte a few nuclear bombs to "clean up" the problems there quickly and efficiently.

Our Shittoad-in-Chief had a full-newspaper-page-croaking for imposing the death penalty on the Central Park Five who turned out years later to be innocent of the particular crime they were accused and convicted of. Only if justice were so easily served as was to the Russian Parliament! Welcome the Spirit of Russia to our Pounding Laundry at Home of the Free. Where's the humongous Cervix of the Earth? VirChina? "Let me run my little finger all the way around it first." "I'll practice my Kung-Fu chops around the all-power-off Big Red (and shielded on both sides by steel plates) button! Never forget that the CCP leadership doesn't believe in the Comparative Advantages of different countries so the U.S. must destroy the CCP leadership at ANY AND ALL costs. True warriors stick by rules, especially the rule for achieving Freedom. Let VirChina turns its Nipple On for the New Japan's Prince Asaka. What's inevitable must be dealt with sooner rather than later. Troubles grow.

"Be prepared! Be prepared! It's our endeavor. Trusty and steady is he. We are always jolly company. A bull should be!" The college girls were correct! Lovely titillating girls -- great sensuous company.

In the 1970's, we didn't put ethanol into cars, after swilling it like "Doc," ( although there was gasohol; now it's just called the "regular" E10 gasoline gumming up and rusting our seldom-used engines of lawn mowers and boats. Yay, gross domestic product increases again due to the fixing of these broken things! We definitely had an half-assed government for quite a long while, just like my one-time-only Warren-Buffett-MBA-profit-seeking "I'm gored, inconvenient-truth" underwear pants {avoid receiving gifts others buy for you that must touch your skin like the cuckoo's, hour in and hour out, or fit your body well such as shoes} that had the so-called "extraneous" layer of cloth cut out from the front so that I became far more fertile from the near-perfect cool sperm due to the underside cooling and the exposure of my cuckoo-clock "birdie;" hmm, I wonder whether Warren Buffett's Greed made my offspring "perfect;" the pants should henceforth be marketed as no-cholesterol no-artificial-sweetener "sperm-protector" men's underwear; Want healthy and smart kids? Don't fry your sperm -- wear our "Sperm Protector!" Less cloth, more offspring; Little Peanus Finger must have caught on to this earlier than I did.) We spiked the fruit punches with it. For teenagers newly away from home at college, it was yielding 1.21 Gigawatts, absolutely electrifyingly hot. It's not surprising that some died from the flux capacitor's overflowing. Time travel using what's caught in a bottle can be dangerous so don't swill and "Garden-State park."

I exercised moderation with Dad's exorbitantly priced Johnnie-Walker-Black-Label whiskey (Mom let me use it to flavor the salted chicken, probably due to her curiosity {Red-Label whiskey was more familiar from before} as well as her lack of an alternative at the time -- "don't drench it in a [bird]bath!" -- being inconspicuous with the amount used was important for Dad not to notice; the chicken tasted Great! Ahhh, maybe the price was beside the point as long as Dad thought of it as being worthwhile -- the chicken did taste better than with just beer.)

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

''Neoliberalism: The Idea That Swallowed The World'', by Stephen Metcalf:

Thanx for your excerpt from Monbiot. Your point about 'Poor Shaming' is fundamental & that is part of the process that leads to the Stockholm Syndrome necessary to keep The 99% complicit in their own servitude!

''This is the primary job of the activist right now. To convince the masses that a. there is a problem, b. it is not their fault at all, and, c. they can do something about it.'' Or otherwise..

respice, adspice, prospice ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22997) 1 year ago

How the Fed will Trigger the Next Crash by Stephanie Pomboy. A killer article. A must read.

We have a Fed and a government that clearly doesn't give a sh-t about the American people. Beware.


She says: "The problem is that nobody is looking at: A) what’s driving that consumer spending, and B) how consumers are funding it. When you go through that kind of detail, you discover that they are buying more because they have to. They are spending more on food, energy, health care, housing, all the nondiscretionary stuff, and relying on credit and dis-saving [to pay for it]. Total retail numbers have done nothing but go down. We’ve seen the biggest increase in food and energy outlays since 2011, accounting for 30% of the increase in consumer spending in the past six months, up from 11% in the two years prior. Consumers have had to draw down whatever savings they amassed after the crisis and run up credit-card debt to keep up with the basic necessities of life."

We all feel that right? If you live in the Northeast you can hardly afford to pay your home heating bills, right? Food prices up, right? Car insurance up, right? Rents and homeowner taxes and insurance all up, right? College tuition up, right? Healthcare costs up, right?

How long does this government think the American people can sustain this, even in debt?

[-] 0 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

Solidarity For May Day! With ref. to your powerful link, excerpt and comment, consider, Prof.R.D.Wolff in conversation w/Chris Hedges ...

respice, adspice, prospice ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22997) 1 year ago

Marx predicted correctly what we are living with today.

"Marx Was Right: Five Surprising Ways Karl Marx Predicted 2014"


"Yanis Varoufakis: Marx predicted our present crisis – and points the way out"


Solidarity to you and workers everywhere this May Day!

[-] 2 points by agkaiser (2392) from Fredericksburg, TX 1 year ago

Marx predicted correctly what we are living with today.

Marx didn't think it would be this bad.

Michael Hudson: “Creating Wealth” Through Debt: The West’s Finance-Capitalist Road


[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (22997) 1 year ago

Gut wrenching article by Edward Curtin.


"The Sexual Passion of Winston Smith"

Grapes may have trouble with the title but it's about the predictions of Orwell's "1984," Big Brother and the empty, materialistic, commodified lives we are living today, worse than Orwell predicted.

Curtin proposes:

"We are now faced with the question: Can we escape the forces of propaganda and mind control that run so very deep into American life? If so, how? Let’s imagine a way out."

[-] 1 points by grapes (5232) 1 year ago

I have no trouble with the title. Scotland-Yard Bobbies "taught" me "discretion" and I'm benefiting lifelong from that lesson. If dogs can write their social-media posts at the roots of the trees and fire hydrants, why should the police harass the well-watered people coming out late at night from the closing pubs and later on bursting with golden showers? Aren't people more important than dogs? Some are even Urianoral poets when writing their golden scripts on the walls! Wall, wall, wall! Yep, the beached Walfisch wails.

Also older men generally grow their prostate glands large so what is so bad about their golden showering under pressure? The Bobbies (Dad told me that one, especially any global-culturally aware pinball, should never knock down their headwear with the Crown on it, even after having stripped them nude!) understood this -- any "old sea dog" has more human rights than any dog for an island nation (such as the British Isles, Japan, AND the U.S.A.) needing its global empire to feed it (heute zu Hause sprechen wir Deutsch nicht.) Kowtowing was considered humiliating by the British, even in the nineteenth century before the Opium Wars, when, the gang, rapists fought to the Supreme Heavenly Court for two cups of tea a day, served up in a bikini without ancient Roman propriety. Wars and revolutions originated from "Tea Time." I think both canine and human piss work rather well in making the trees grow beautifully green.

Being Homo-Urian masochists, the U.S. aristocrat-golf-course-green-lawn-wannabes love to be defaced and goldenly pissed off by the British-English-accented judges in our reality television shows. Due to our revolutionary heritage (yep, tea again! teats' secretion of milk could have averted our Revolutionary War as well as the Opium Wars) from the time of the Boston Tea Party, we in the U.S. do drink much coffee, a diuretic, so it's not like we don't have any tariff-free domestically brewed golden piss for the Trumpery show.

Why should the Bobbies break up the couples mating in the streets as long as the weaker female is pinning the stronger male to the wall? Isn't mating the most life-giving and life-creating rapacious or rapturous activity people can engage in? Of course, whose back is being pressed against the wall largely determines whether it is a rape or rapture in progress. Oh, let it be! Let it be, let it be! Let it be! I'm speaking words of wisdom, let it be! When a drop of blood squirts out as the cleaver 刀 slices a bit into a heart 心, keep cool and practise toleration: 忍

Obama had this virtue so he tended not to lose his heads (both Sir Toppenhead and Baron Untenhead) but far too many younger rulers nowadays lack it. Of course, it's not biological age which makes one "young." Smokers never get "old" because they are wrinkled and they die early as they blow smoke into people's faces.

It is fine lying again and again as long as the woman is on top -- and no euros' insertion <=€ has been used to open up the ¿coin-activated? Urianoral.

After the recent Supreme Court Justice confirmation for the Kavalry cadet to occupy the chair next to the Devil's Triangle, we in the U.S. have learnt what "the Devil's Triangle" of D.C. with the new balance of sexual predatory power is and the NYC "Canal Street" (Kanalstraße) consumer merchandising means. Wir trinken Kanalwasser gerne. "Beat around the bush. Leave out the Geez spot. Co-mit Y-ale."

Watch from @16:16 and on to "We've got to go!"@24:57. Then as "it's getting late," I, being a child deflected by the unsuitable-for-children-content-programming small hours of the night, fell asleep. I dreamt of learning to swim in a blue-water swimming pool, and finally reached escape velocity on a Boeing-747 jumbo-jet with an upper-deck bar and "first-class lunge." No, on that night I didn't get to the video's latter part with the soft-hair-entropy mystery surrounding the blackhole of Stephen Hawking's fancy. @16:57 of the video: "What're you doing?" "Nothing... I didn't take mine last night. Did you like it? I had to pee." "I know... it kept fidgeting." <=€ euro insertion by I'm F. (of "not that I've never parked before" fame) has been proposed as a fix around the OMG cracked phallus ..hmm.. "do the Bimbo-thumping Retards believe that we had all come from the sister-fuckings done by Cane, the murderer of his brother Apel?" A National Golden Shower Day for our National Greenery can satisfy Scheißkröte's love for greens: "my dad doesn't discriminate, he loves all greens." Synchronized million-man piss and/or million-woman pee on our National Mall will be a greening event remembered for ages by posterity. Barbies and Bobbies, no look! Remember discretion: to pee is human, to really foul things up requires the only still-non-Jew dodo-turd.

It's not just a legend that there were people in those silvery glittering tubes with the wings, roaring in the blue blue sky while blowing smoke, as I was looking up above the treetops while standing up from a squat (with the ants, their hills, ponds, aqueduct, spam key, sandwich, bike dynamo, broken umbrella, ...) in my neighborhood garbage dump. I said unto myself, "I can set fire to my feathers .. to fly to 'a new world somewhere, they call the Promised Land.'"

Yeah, I forgot that being a mammal (that drank the mooootherly "tea" served in the bi-parti-san-kini), I didn't have feathers there but admiring Baron Untenhead's "who put the pubic hair on my Coke?" I unterstehe. Pubic hair will burn as well as the feathery nothings for reaching the Supreme Court of the United States. Soon our downunder kangaroo justice will be advanced by leaps and bounds.

Under the Retards' mob rule, the Urian-Suck-Ass is fading, failing, ..., gegangen!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

''Neoliberalism has conned us into fighting climate change as individuals'' ... by Martin Lukacs:

Thanx for article by http://edwardcurtin.com/ ''Let's imagine a way out" of the predicament we're all in!

dum spiro, spero ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22997) 1 year ago

Planet has only until 2030 to stem catastrophic climate change, experts warn


"Governments around the world must take "rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society" to avoid disastrous levels of global warming, says a stark new report from the global scientific authority on climate change.

The report issued Monday by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), says the planet will reach the crucial threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels by as early as 2030, precipitating the risk of extreme drought, wildfires, floods and food shortages for HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE. The date, which falls well within the lifetime of many people alive today, is based on current levels of greenhouse gas emissions. The planet is already two-thirds of the way there, with global temperatures having warmed about 1 degree C. Avoiding going even higher will require significant action in the next few years.

"This is concerning because we know there are so many more problems if we exceed 1.5 degrees C global warming, including more heatwaves and hot summers, greater sea level rise, and, for many parts of the world, worse droughts and rainfall extremes," Andrew King, a lecturer in climate science at the University of Melbourne, said in a statement.

Global net emissions of carbon dioxide would need to fall by 45% from 2010 levels by 2030 and reach "net zero" around 2050 in order to keep the warming around 1.5 degrees C. Lowering emissions to this degree, while technically possible, would require widespread changes in energy, industry, buildings, transportation and cities, the report says.

"The window on keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees C is closing rapidly and the current emissions pledges made by signatories to the Paris Agreement do not add up to us achieving that goal," added King.

Consequences of past inaction:

The report makes it clear that climate change is already happening -- and what comes next could be even worse, unless urgent international political action is taken.

"One of the key messages that comes out very strongly from this report is that we are already seeing the consequences of 1 degree C of global warming through more extreme weather, rising sea levels and diminishing Arctic sea ice, among other changes," said Panmao Zhai, co-chair of IPCC Working Group I.

Even if warming is kept at or just below 1.5 degrees C, the impacts will be widespread and significant. Temperatures during summer heatwaves, such as those just experienced across Europe this summer, can be expected to increase by 3 degrees C says the report.

More frequent or intense droughts, such as the one that nearly ran the taps dry in Cape Town, South Africa, as well as more frequent extreme rainfall events such as hurricanes Harvey and Florence in the United States, are also pointed to as expectations as we reach the warming threshold.

Coral reefs will also be drastically affected, with between 70 and 90% expected to die off, including Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Countries in the southern hemisphere will be among the worse off, the report said, "projected to experience the largest impacts on economic growth due to climate change should global warming increase."

The report underlines how even the smallest increase in the base target would worsen the impact of recent natural disasters. "Every extra bit of warming matters, especially since warming of 1.5 degrees C or higher increases the risk associated with long-lasting or irreversible changes, such as the loss of some ecosystems," said Hans-Otto Pörtner, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group II.

The report cites specific examples of how impacts of global warming would be lessened with the 1.5 degrees C increase, compared to the 2 degrees C increase:

Global sea levels would rise 10 cm lower by 2100. The likelihood of an Arctic Ocean free of sea ice in summer would be once per century, instead of at least once per decade. Coral reefs would decline by 70% to 90% instead of being almost completely wiped out.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

Re. IPCC Climate Change Report, thanx for the powerful excerpt. IF The 99% in U$A & UK want to understand the very dark forces of newly monied Oligarchy & dynastic, old money de facto & actual Aristocracy .. who stand opposed to any action on AGW (Anthropomorphic Global Warming), then I VERY STRONGLY recommend this PBS, Frontline documentary to any and all who still read here..

e tenebris, lux ...

[-] 1 points by grapes (5232) 1 year ago

Your "Climate Of Doubt" link is blocked in the U.S.A. due to copyrights. Different locations of it were also blocked. Although I haven't watched your version, I vaguely remember having watched this episode on PBS Frontline.

It is a definitively causal linkage of the human-induced emission of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide to global climate change. It is excellent for understanding the scientific basis of the case for anthropogenic climate change.

Aber unsere Scheußkröte versteht das nicht, denn sie immer im Sumpf schwimmen muß.

[-] 0 points by factsrfun (8230) from Phoenix, AZ 1 year ago

Before 2012 Ralph Nader opposed Al Gore, then he made this, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bu6SE5TYrCM I wonder what he could have done as POTUS? Of course Nader could do whatever he wanted to, just like people that voted for W Bush they had the right to do it,. it was just stupid and made climate change MUCH worse.

But hey I always welcome people who can learn from the past we don't have to make that mistake again, here is a good site to see what is happening with Arctic temperature if you're interested in such things.


[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

''Democrats once represented the working class. Not any more"! by Robert Reich:

multum in parvo?

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

The "Inconvenient Truth" about Al Gore, scion of an old patrician WASP family - that U won't face is that

it was HIS abject failure ... to face down and litigate the Voting Skulduggery and Stolen Election in 2000,

that paved the way for G.W. Bush because there was NOTHING that Al Gore was going to do - that was

going to upset the apple-cart of The demoCRAZY Duopoly Delusion! But sad sacks like U>frf - with your

amnesiac & partisan myopia are still fixated on Nader ... a man who has done more for USA's 99% over

the years, than any living Democrap U can mention!! U are still too busy kissing Obomber's A$$, to look

beyond it to ask WTF did he substantively do for US' 99% ... when SO fkn MUCH remained undone? As

for your predilection for HRC, the less said about that, the fkn better!!! Finally in case U are getting ready

to follow the DNC into the disaster that could be a Biden run, do try to consider Joe's RW resume' here..

  1. Plagiarist.
  2. Excoriated Anita Hill.
  3. Pro-Mass Incarceration.
  4. Helped To Destroy Welfare.
  5. Voted for the Iraq War. Twice!
  6. Voted to end Bank Regulation!!
  7. Will Support Mass Surveillance!!!

Clean as a sack of sh*t right? But it won't stop your partisan Dem arse from extolling JB's virtues for '20!

Bernie needs to learn the lessons of 2016 & "Go Independent",as he wins a 2, 3 or 4 way POTUS race!!

Another DNC/Corp.Dem insider from a Corp.CON-troll-ed Establishment'll give U another tRUMP term!!!

respice; adspice; prospice ...

PS:re.idiotic reply below see https://www.plagiarismtoday.com/2008/08/26/the-biden-plagiarism-scandal/

& nobody here "LOVED" Bush or tRUMP but U'll kiss Corp.Dem/DNC arse in a heartbeat tho' - right frf?!

IF U could "understand" anything here ... U'd "understand" how very out of touch U are with US Politics!!

U have N0THING to offer the youth and young folk in U$A, except More Corporate Controlled Duopoly!!!

U are & forever will be, an impediment to true political progress for US' 99% & the real changes needed!

U've N0THING to offer kids or anyone else - other than your "R-Bad; D-Good" simpleton's binary do U?!

Explore the three links above to see just how far U & the Democraps have got to go to inspire The 99%!

Finally, try to consider the truth here https://twitter.com/4aPeoplesParty/status/1052512060280590336 &

et temet nosce!

PPS: WTF is this - https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/412227-clinton-aide-chances-highly-unlikely-but-not-zero-hillary-will-run-for ?!!! IF true, then it's Democrap suicide for sure!! Fkn Faux-Liberal Losers!

et caveat emptor!

[-] 1 points by grapes (5232) 1 year ago

Obomber encountered severe political resistance from the Retards. Of course, he didn't do enough for the victims of the Retards because he also had a severe character flaw of compromising which had never worked with the uncompromising people such as the Retards.

He kept on drawing redlines in the Middle East and allowed Assad to trespass them repeatedly. This eventually brought about the depravities suffered by many peoples there and no longer there. Obomber should have just bombed Assad into oblivion after he had refused to leave Syria and used poison gases instead. For uncompromising people having trespassed our redlines, we could find their dead bodies cooperate very well indeed. Davy Cocker red the Bimbo every night.

Even a two-or-three-year-old toddler can understand, "one.., two.., three!" I found it amusing that I was asked repeatedly, "Is it two already?" whereas a babysitter kept on saying the same thing over and over again but there was no status request from the toddler.

If we had no intention of enforcing a redline (yes, the U.S. has many different kinds of rather formidable power alright but the Lord of the Ring must understand their natures and wield them humbly in service and wisely), we had no reason whatsoever to announce the redline.

There were and still are largely invisible cultural redlines which are quite visible to "the bridges" linking the two sides. My Dad told me that an important reason why the U.S. had dropped the two nuclear bombs on Japan was because Tora! Tora! Tora! happened while the peace negotiation was still going on. He mentioned something about Japan's naval attack task force was running on the "¿Japanese-invented?" Daylight Saving Time but the U.S. Pacific fleet in Pearl Harbor of O'ahu island was not. Since the U.S. had imposed an oil embargo on Japan due to its invasion of and aggressions in China, it's plausible that Japan used Daylight Saving Time to reduce energy consumption. Maybe the poor mutual understanding of the other country's system of time led to the nuclear revenge.

Japan was seen by the Americans ( whose ancestors, by the way, pried open the thighs of Shogunate Japan with Y-ale cannons for "trade" so Japan learnt the rapacious Euro-Amero ways, too, and fucked Korea and China, and many more eventually... similarly for Germany under the Kaiser and more recently Israel, Iran, Afghanistan[destroyed the Great Buddha], ISIL[destroyed Palmyra], Pakistan, and other Muslim countries -- cultural siege and whiplash imposed deliberately or unintentionally by the West on these culturally medieval societies are very inflammatory leading to terrible national, religious, moral, and cultural "cleansing" allergic response -- by my reckoning, nihilistic destructions reveal deep shit in the "heart" and portend future deep shit in reality [ when the Great Buddha was destroyed in Afghanistan, I exclaimed to myself, "an ancient do-little-else except being-of-great-historical-value relic but still an excellent tourist attraction to enrich Afghan coffers. Destroying it? Holy Shit !!!" We certainly get emptied coffers and "Holy Shit" there by now, don't we? Jesus said that what pollutes the greatest comes not from what a man eats or drinks but from his "heart" ]; when a gorilla-strong adolescent grows much muscle without the modern moral superego to reign in its growing strength, wars and catastrophes ensue; the Europeans went through many wars: the Thirty Years War, Eighty Years War, Hundred Years War, etc. before discovering the Enlightenment about God-given human rights through the separation of church and state to unload their by-then-millennium-old moral shit or dodo-turd ) as deliberately negotiating in bad faith. It took many days for the attacking Japanese aircraft carriers' task force to move across thousands of nautical miles into position within striking range of O'ahu. It took special adaptations of the torpedoes to allow them to be dropped from aircraft and still have them work properly in the shallow waters of Pearl Harbor. Note the strangely bulky tailfins of the torpedoes -- wood? for buoyancy in shallow waters so that the torpedoes don't sink too deep or hit the bottom and explode ineffectively after they have been dropped from an aircraft. Didn't the U.S. expect a potential outbreak of hostilities with Japan? Didn't the U.S. detect the supposedly stealthy Japanese aircraft carriers' strike force before it had started the attack? Yes, yes!

Why was there such a catastrophic surprise then? It's no different from how 9/11 attack came about and it was manned-video-captured prior to the North Tower of WTC being hit commencing the attacks. Someone always knows but some may have been turned into "an instantaneous Christian Patriot bearing the Confederacy Cross" everywhere they go so the rest of the people are chafe! Remember the word "actionable" intelligence? What does it mean? Who determines that? If the populace has equanimity, filtering can be less restrictive.

Japan's intention was to go to war with the U.S., months ahead of the breaking-off of the peace negotiation that was used as a cover for the attacking task force. Culturally, Japan's negotiating for peace in bad faith and sneak-attacking on a Sunday morning ( on a day of rest during chaplain religious service [de facto Christian at that time; nowadays we swear a candidate into a high office by requiring them to lay their left hand on the Bimbo and raise their right hand up towards heaven so yeah... John Wayne is dead and pussy grabbers reign in a vast cloud of uncertainties; perhaps muddied waters do hold big fish, Walfisch vielleicht, but no one knows for certain what else.. Fat Boy, Thin Man, Obese Moabite, All-White Moby-Dick, Boaz Constrictor, Ruthie Baby, Little Boy, Tiny Girl, Grapefruit, Walnut, Davy Cocker, Orange U-tan, Valley Forge, Daisy Cutter, or a Soft-Haired Blackhole?] ) were extremely infuriating to the U.S. because it was unfair.

Far too many rulers nowadays forgot about the lesson from the Peace of Westphalia which allowed the rise of Europe to modern prosperity and cultural dominance. Figuratively speaking, God blessed the Europeans because they had resolved state sovereignty amongst themselves. Auferstanden aus Ruinen\Und der Zukunft zugewandt. On a smaller scale, unity, justice, and freedom yielded peace dividends to Germany for it to become the most dominant country in Europe. All who break state sovereignty shall return to long wars/nation building.

The Russian word "vodka" was derived from the word "voda," (the Australian aborigines' term "gahbeh" was not Indo-European but @36:16 the White boy bridged the communication gap -- a bridge to nowhere is still a bridge to somewhere in the ethereal touristy mind of "America Zilth" ) meaning water in English. Distilled from this year's bountiful wheat harvest, voda of pater-land captures well the grounded F-35 spirit. Is a tailless manta ray in the vodkary ocean still considered a deadly vegetarian? Anyway without the modern translation, "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak" became "the wine [probably vodka] is great but the meat is rotten." - an epic Fehler of OMG!

Enjoy vodka even if it's hidden under the bar (lawyers were historically drunkards alright, congregating inside vodkaring hóres) of the U.S. Supreme Court. Do the pyramid-building pussies romp there amongst the Walfisch-nuts to build up yet another cracked dual-sponge OMG?

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 1 year ago

The Bimbo holds the X-Words of God. X said that God gave him sheep to tend. All sheep which belong to God would all come running to X upon hearing the Words of their True Lord, God. They recognize His Voice. Whether X is God or not seems irrelevant to me because it's the Words of God which matter. Maybe X is just a transistor radio for God's sheep but the Words are what matter to the sheep. Having gone through human interventions, the Words of God have probably been garbled as all forms of communications are prone. I believe that the Bimbo had been oral history long before it was written down so it's plausible that exaggerations and fuzziness had crept in.

I have no doubt that the agricultural people largely replaced the hunters and gatherers starting from near Mount Ararat of Noah's Flood fame in Anatolia and reaching Europe. Then a much later wave of horse-domesticators became traders and conquerors sort-of "globalized" Urasia through the Indo-European expansion. There were certainly other peoples (from whom Caine's wife came) beyond the agricultural people (of Caine's derivation) who left little traces on land because they were seafaring peoples. We only see their legacies in the alphabets, languages, seaside ruins, port cities, human genomes (paternal lineage through the Y chromosomes and maternal lineage through mitochondria to probe the past fuck cones) etc. Since the ports of the world with few exceptions such as Sidon and Tyre have been inhabited continuously, ancient relics tend to be under urban areas unavailable to archeological excavations.

Since you had asked me about my Urheimat, I traced my heritage back to Europe and Asia so Urasia seems a good name to encompass both the Eur-asia and the Ur- parts. The Silk Road is the only thing with a compact label that seems expansive enough to hold my past fuck cone (analogous to physics's light cone.) My Urheimat is Urasia, traced back to the last Ice Age, perhaps even more than that to also include Africa and Americas, before the last Ice Age. Hitler could surmount the "racial" barrier because he had more respect for Jesse Owens than FDR ever did. He chose to partner with Imperial Japan in WWII so he was doomed. Yeah, allies determined fate. Keep in mind that the single state of Arizona receives enough sunlight to power the entire U.S. How many lower-latitude states ( Alaska, though huge, is unsuitable due to its high latitude [and far away from population centers using the solar electricity] so it has weak sunlight but New Mexico is low-latitude and cold, ideal for high thermodynamic efficiency, and Texas is both huge and low-latitude, then there is southern California, even Russia's cold and sunny eastern Siberia near Vladivostok has potential for Russia ) does the U.S. have? Maybe we can only see what happened to the USS Arizona with its thousands dead sailors and couldn't move on. 9/11 certainly killed a comparable number of civilians. It's all about oil. In WWII, we were so very close to turning into a German-speaking world dominated by the Nazis because of this stupid concept of race.

I suspect that our species Homo started out in South Africa's seashore ( whose ancestors were the East-Siders who had survived the drying up of East Africa in the rain shadow when the Rift Valley formed and later on they were driven to the seashore by intolerable inland heat [why we are so naked a great ape and sweat] and hunger, quenched by seafood, ) setting out in a small near-incestuous band of almost identical genetic clones in search of greener pastures, so race is a rather stupid expedient concept invented to justify the arbitrary rule by the vitamin-D-deficient farmers' descendants of Europe (lighter skins with cholesterol can produce more vitamin-D under the weak ultraviolet light from the sunlight of high latitudes than darker skins can; farmers tend to eat less vitamin-D rich food than others; vitamin-D deficiency causes a host of diseases including depression.) Hitler being vegetarian might have been vitamin-D deficient since vitamin-D is fat-soluble. He was surely homicidal. Maybe the rapacious ways of European colonialism arose from the homicidal depression of the farming populations of northern Europe due to their diet.

I believe that culture defines the essence of our species so I date our origin to the Cognitive Revolution when our forebears had developed the mind's eye, invented art, and imposed our will on physical objects. Pair-bonding and its associated social institution of monogamous marriage was a fundamental innovation for (promoting--we're obssessed with love and sex in our literature, at least 50% have them, and) controlling fucking Love that came with its many many legacy taboos to keep it under social control for some peace and quiet. I imagine therefore I am.

A flame is a miraculously delicate thing made possible by gravity. We couldn't even have a lit candle's flame in zero-g on the International Space Station.

Nearly everyone's artist-parents fucked. The purpose of life is to fuck and get fucked so that posterity can continue doing the same. The torch of life that gets passed on is the ejaculation and fertilization (the lighting of the electric fire) in water.

[-] -3 points by factsrfun (8230) from Phoenix, AZ 1 year ago

"plagiarist" are you fucking five years old?

I understand you LOVED W Bush and now you LOVE Trump!

[-] 1 points by grapes (5232) 1 year ago

Michael rowed the boat ashore and sister helped to trim the sails. Downunder W Bushie children's prayers have been answered (near Panama City, Florida.) Hallelujah! Florida made a huge difference in the Bushie 2000 election.

The Bimbo reached back into Myth Time so it might not be the literal truth but it's likely close to the truth albeit with some exaggerations. I think that Cane's mate was NOT his sister so we didn't come from their incestuous fuckings. Cane was a farmer so he was probably living in the Middle East where agriculture had originated. There were certainly many other peoples there thousands of years ago from whom Cane's mate had come. The Bimbo had been oral history before the farmers' descendants wrote it down.

I think that the numbers such as the numbers of years are probably fairly accurate because agriculture requires the knowledge of the seasons so farmers definitely know about years. Also the Babylonians knew of numbers so the neighboring farmers in the Middle East probably knew them well, too.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

What On Earth Are U Talking About Mr. grapes?! Especially in your reply here, immediately above:

Now maybe go try to make some semblance of sense of this article by one Professor Robert Reich ...

ipsa scientia potestas est!

[-] 0 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

200 years after Marx's birth & from your excellent "Rolling Stone" link ...

  • "Marx's ideas about overproduction led him to predict what is now called globalization – the spread of capitalism across the planet in search of new markets. "The need of a constantly expanding market for its products chases the bourgeoisie over the entire surface of the globe," he wrote. "It must nestle everywhere, settle everywhere, establish connections everywhere." While this may seem like an obvious point now, Marx wrote those words in 1848, when globalization was over a century away. And he wasn't just right about what ended up happening in the late 20th century – he was right about why it happened: The relentless search for new markets and cheap labor, as well as the incessant demand for more natural resources, are beasts that demand constant feeding.''

From Yanis Varoufakis ...

  • ''When everything is said and done, then, what is the bottom line of the manifesto? And why should anyone, especially young people today, care about history, politics and the like? Marx and Engels based their manifesto on a touchingly simple answer: authentic human happiness and the genuine freedom that must accompany it. For them, these are the only things that truly matter. Their manifesto does not rely on strict Germanic invocations of duty, or appeals to historic responsibilities to inspire us to act. It does not moralise, or point its finger. Marx and Engels attempted to overcome the fixations of German moral philosophy and capitalist profit motives, with a rational, yet rousing appeal to the very basics of our shared human nature.''

Finally, from agk's long but very good link by Dr. Hudson ...

  • ''Volumes II and III of Marx’s Capitaldescribe how debt grows exponentially, burdening the economy with carrying charges. This overhead is subjecting today’s Western finance-capitalist economies to austerity, shrinking living standards and capital investment while increasing their cost of living and doing business. That is the main reason why they are losing their export markets and becoming de-industrialized.''

  • ''In Volume I of Capital, Marx described the dynamics and “law of motion” of industrial capitalism and its periodic crises. The basic internal contradiction that capitalism has to solve is the inability of wage earners to be paid enough to buy the commodities they produce. This has been called overproduction or underconsumption, but Marx believed that the problem was in principle only temporary, not permanent.''

  • ''Marx’sTheories of Surplus Value(German Mehrwert), his history of classical political economy, poked fun at David Ricardo’s warning of economic Armageddon if economies let landlords siphon off of all industrial profits to pay land rent. Profits and hence capital investment would grind to a halt. But as matters have turned out, Ricardo’s rentierArmageddon is being created by his own banking class. Corporate profits are being devoured by interest payments for corporate takeover debts and related financial charges to reward bondholders and raiders, and by financial engineering using stock buybacks and higher dividend payouts to create “capital” gains at the expense of tangible capital formation. Profits also are reduced by firms having to pay higher wages to cover the cost of debt-financed housing, education and other basic expenses for workers.''

Also fyi ...

''Workers of the world unite; you have nothing to lose but your chains!''

[-] 1 points by grapes (5232) 1 year ago

Whence comes all this talk of German, German, German..? Marx is a Chinese comedian with Jewish characteristics.

Oh, that P=russian! "There's Gelding in them Pis." He probably mixed in his dad's wine to make the silky smooth golden polyurethane.

Meanwhile, there's action in Russia. I was frankly impressed by the Red Army being the people's army in 1989 refusing to slaughter its own people ( or was it Mikhail Gorbachev's order restraining the soldiers? Egypt's army also stood down when Mubarak was deposed; maybe it was the conscript nature of these armies making them closer to the people but how does this hypothesis explain the Chinese failure? ) unlike that People's Liberation Army which "liberated" TianAnMen Square with bullets and its people's blood, sweat, and tears leaving behind tank tracks and bullet holes despite assiduously scrubbing the aftermath in overtime. Censorship may fool people for a while but the truth leaks out in time.

Tank Man is known all around the world. He's the most courageous man I'd ever watched on television standing up to a column of tanks holding what looked like a shopping bag and his coat. Where's he now? Have his human rights been violated?

[-] 1 points by grapes (5232) 1 year ago

Bush-it invaded Iraq despite the advice of the Saudis being against it. Let's take a look at the blooming star of human rights and democracy there fifteen years after Bush-it's invasion. Aside from oil companies having made some money from the Kurds' oilfields, what have we gained?

The U.S. strengthened Iran greatly by taking out both of its enemies in Afghanistan and Iraq. Additionally, the U.S. just let Syria fester and kept on shrinking back from what it had said it would do and let Assad grow into a monster. Geoduck drew many redlines in Syria with NO consequences meted out when Assad trespassed them. Assad got the message alright that he could get away with using artillery shellings, aircraft bombings, chemical weapons, etc. against Syrians, all of which geoduck had prohibited.

Now Rustia got its wish conflagrating the Middle East with Iran as the pawn. What can I say for the Palestinians? Only Israel and Saudi Arabia together has a chance of stopping Iran's expansion into Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen. If the Palestinians had read the news that Israel had expelled Human Rights Watch, they might have acted more circumspect, having known Israel's intention.

Palestinians of Hamas are the rare Sunnis supported by Shia Iran. Israel could see that Iran's proxies are closing in all around it. A Shia land bridge from Iran through Iraq through Syria through Lebanon is nearing completion so Hezbollah in southern Lebanon and western Syria, a terrorist group recognized as such by Israel, the U.S., and Saudi Arabia in common is about to be easily supplied by Iran with weapons (U.S. troops had experienced these while being in Iraq; yep, Iran was meddling and killing U.S. soldiers even when they were killing Iran's enemies for Iran under Bush-it's command.) Iran also supplies Hamas in Gaza on the southern flank of Israel with weapons (if Gaza is in such dire conditions, why does it still have rockets to shoot at Israel?) Hamas is on our terrorist list, too. What do you expect Israel to do when the Palestinians agitate? Iran is closing in on Israel on multiple fronts. Israel had even attacked its powerful ally, the U.S., when it felt greatly threatened by the mobilizations near its borders in 1967's Six-Day War. Thanks to Bush-it's effort in Iraq and geoduck's non-effort in Syria, a fistula is developing next to Lebanon and Syria. Another one is developing next to the Gaza Strip. Israel has a record of poking at unwelcomed eyes when it plans to do things which might be deemed to be unbecoming. It's why the U.S.S. Liberty was attacked. It's also why Human Rights Watch had been expelled before the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. Hamas learnt from Israel what the U.S. had learnt in 1967. Hamas may benefit from studying history.

I admit that our Orangutan was fuckingly idiotic in moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem igniting the long-simmering issue of the capitals of the states of Palestine and Israel. However, who chose the Orangutan? Rustia certainly had a preference for it and Orangutan has a business interest for it, too, generally as well as specifically relating to Rustia. Now the U.S. government is truly being run like a corrupt business. My young kid spinning around on the big tall-back black-leather executive chair pointing index finger at us and the store clerk, shouting, "You are fired! And you. And you!" aptly portended the state of our union.

Our Retards have been clamoring for the U.S. Government to be run efficiently like a business. Now their wish is being fulfilled. By not staffing the administration and centralizing power to Orangutan, it's being run economically (but ineffectively so efficiency is moot) and highly profitably for the gravy-train-linked businesses of Orangutan's but it's very much like the Harvard MBA who was running Apple, Inc. into the dirt.

Hey, the guy came with the experience of running a sugar-water company. Transitioning from corn chips to silicon chips is supposedly a cinch for him! Crunch, crunch. Is it Apple or silicon chips? It's both but not Frito-horn chips. It sounds like silicone ships--"though I had sailed through the Valley of Boobs, the Lord was with me..." Yikes! I guess six bankruptcies are also great experience qualifying Orangutan for running the U.S. but where is the International Bankruptcy Court in which it can exercise its "Great expertise?" It doesn't exist--wars "settle" disputes.

Yeah, living through the Kultural Re-voluption, our doughnut Emperor knows the classics of Confuse-us, "Fried-rich Angels," and Groucho Marx. Rus Amerika has lost its moral Kultur.

[-] 0 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

''On U.S. Imperialism, Capitalism and Fascism" by David William Pear:

From which ... ''U.S. foreign policy is the domain of the elites. The public busies itself with domestic issues, just trying to make a living and raise a family. Sometimes the elites of foreign policy let their masks slip to reveal their true nature. When Zbigniew Brzezinski said in 2009 that “today it is infinitely easier to kill a million people than to control a million people” he was not just intellectualizing, as if teaching a Harvard course on political science. Brzezinski was admitting to his personal responsibility for policies that have killed millions of people.

A fantastic article - that totally warrants reading more than once & placed here in reply to your US Exceptionalism oozing & Imperialism accepting hubris above that I may (or may not) have time to deconstruct paragraph by paragraph later. Also fyi, a 4m vid. that explains much more than I can!

e tenebris, lux?

[-] 1 points by grapes (5232) 1 year ago

The U.S. is definitely exceptional! Nikki Haley is surely future Presidential material. She, representing the U.S. single-handedly pushed through at the U.N., with a resounding vote count that will resonate through the ages, for an investigation of the alleged human rights abuses in Gaza by Israel. The U.S. is the Star of Freedom for the World. Our children and our children's children will stand up in awe whenever "Nikki Haley" is uttered anywhere.

Ascrew Jerksome was absolutely a great Presidential model for Nikki Haley. Her Indian heritage surely contributed the great success of her leadership of her Indian tribes to resettle in "The Promised Land" of global connections. Umm, it should be "The Wall of Tears," NOT "The Trail of Tears."

The U.S. is winning bigly, greatly, and repeatedly. Orangutan swinging out of the jungles of Queens ( "though I've sailed through the Valley of Boobs, the Lord {Shiva?} was with me" ) to the Whitewash Haus seeking holes to hide in ( from press covfefe and probes; yeah, brother, is there any urinal nearby? I told you that it's absolutely stupid to break away from the BoBBie jewisdickzion of the only-insane-for-a-little-while British Empire { which generally only leaves if and only if the people (such as of Northern Ireland, Scotland, Falklands, and Brexit) vote for it to go away } ) and whores to make it whole creates moans and groans never ever heard before in these united states.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

''Orientalism: An Exchange'' by Edward W. Said and Oleg Grabar, reply by Bernard Lewis - who just died & who was a malign influence on US/UK Foreign Policy, disguised in the guise of a doyen & sage:

respice, adspice, prospice ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22997) 8 months ago

Islamophobia, hate crimes and white supremacy on the rise.


This seemed a fitting place to put this since Edward Said first explicated how white people "orientalize" those from foreign lands, be they Indian, Chinese or Arab, etc. When white people orientalize foreigners they see them as less than white people, and when they feel these people have taken something from them it is convenient to see them as not fully human, or not human at all, and thereby not deserving of the things white people have. Hence, the disgusting ideology of white supremacy that we see on the rise today which is rooted in greed, low self-esteem and pure hate.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 7 months ago

That "Edward Said first explicated how white people "orientalize" those from foreign lands, be they Indian, Chinese or Arab, etc. When white people orientalize foreigners they see them as less than white people, and when they feel these people have taken something from them it is convenient to see them as not fully human, or not human at all, and thereby not deserving of the things white people have. Hence, the disgusting ideology of white supremacy that we see on the rise today which is rooted in greed, low self-esteem and pure hate.'' ... is really a very important & a revealing rear window that shows us why we are where we are in U$A. Thanx for your important reply. +

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[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 7 months ago

The USA is NOT the only place in the world suffering the rise of ethno-nationalism or white supremacists!


[-] 1 points by grapes (5232) 1 year ago

All foreign policy is domestic in our age of connectedness. Ashes/soot will be a great future (after nuclear detonations, such as those at Hiroshima and Nagasaki that had licensed the Japanese Miracle stimulated by the mayhem of the Korean Conflict close-by). Having lived through the shithole inflationary 1970's decade, I'm just one who was woken up earlier than others by this sequence: orange juice, Tang, and then no more Sunday family brunches (initially with Both milk and orange juice.)

WTF did Israel, Saudi Arabia, and later on Iran have to do with me being many thousands of miles away? Via addiction to oil, Everything! Elohim, Jews, Allah, Arabs, Sunnis, Shah, Shias, Ayatollahs, etc. are still here fighting, raping, and killing every day even after millennia. They can endure because they live in and through us who fuck each other for immortality. Christianity's persecutions silenced the worship of the Olympian gods. Weren't they gruesome?

Where are you located? No matter, the contagions ( reruns of the 1918 influenza pandemic, 1929 Great Panic, 2008-2011 Great Recession, West-Nile Disease, Zika virus, Ebola, .. ) will be there for you. Reportedly after @21:28, Tom Bodett promised, "we'll leave the lights on for you," so that you can see the cockroaches and do a "Michael Jordan."

I had once walked through a graveyard near a tailing pile on a flattened mountaintop before a winter storm came through, thinking of the ages of the deceased and buried--"geez, people died young back then," I thought. Only much later did I make the connection: they ALL ended in 1917, 1918, and 1919 !

WTF happened? Where were all of my uncles and aunts? As titled, "Angela's Ashes."

When will they ever learn?

[-] 1 points by elf3 (4068) 1 year ago

Agreed it is Stockholm Syndrome with an abusive husband. This economy is abusive....And the name of the game is to convince people they are crazy for feeling it is like this (Gaslighting). "It is you who has the problem...if you aren't doin well it is your own problem so suck it up whiners we provide you with everything you need so if you fail to take the brass ring the fault lays with you snowflake". The work environment reiterates this theme...status quo more work and micromanaging longer hours no raises even as the company profits and ceo pay skyrockets on our labor and support and productivity. We are supposed to forget about the last meltdown and hits and abuses like robo signing...inaccurate forclosures...excessive bank fees, school closures, cutting of college aid and sky high loan rates, outsourcing, insourcing, job loss while prices still soared and rents didn't budge, stresses and inadequate or no healthcare, 30 job interviews and hundreds of resumes (call backs and actual group tryouts and interviews (to cashier petfoood) yes that actually happened, massive oil spills and polluted drinking water. It all did happen, we are not crazy and life isn't fun anymore...the struggles aren't being caused by our own failures and stupidity. They constructed a lack of upward mobility to keep us frozen in place in our station of serving wallstreet, building their wealth while they build massive extreme mansions in New Zealand and buy flashy toys and golden wall outlets and hideous architectural add ons ( like plane wings hauled by helicopter to remote locations to make a patio) just sick obsessing to extremely sick degree on things that don't matter and can't take with you while children around the world go hungry and BLIND from malnourishment. Planning all the while to bail in next time stealing our bank accounts outright then abandoning us to ...destitution (and probably takeover by another country). When we let narcissists run our country...we get narc abuse. Pretty simple. The people ( mostly men) running our country and jobs are mentally ill. The only life purpose they have is to subserviate all others and flaunt that in our faces. A steak dinner in front of a starving man...and that gives them a sick little thrill. Trump, Putin, the majority of Congressmen. Wallstreet and most every CEO.

[-] 0 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

Chris Hedges & Prof. R. D. Wolff ...

Thanx for your strong and heartfelt reply. Try to link up with locals who are organized.

per aspera ad astra ...

[-] 1 points by TIOUAISE (2526) 1 year ago


[-] 0 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

Thanx & long time no see. Come visit occasionally & help to contribute to the spread of news, views & info for The 99%, US & Global. Please consider the video in reply to elf above + FYI:


[-] 0 points by factsrfun (8230) from Phoenix, AZ 9 months ago

Will you be coming out in support of Bernie Sanders in his pursuit of the Democratic Nomination?

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 9 months ago

The DNC is going to load up the field with candidates, so that no one will be able to secure the majority

required in the first round & then in will come the super delegates, in the 2nd round and they'll pick The

Establishment Candidate! When that happens folk like U>frf will then forget all about Bernie Sanders &

revert to your usual Corporate ass kissing type!! Nevertheless U can try to consider these links below ..

my support for Bernie is not now .. nor ever has been - contingent on his being The Democrap Nominee

and IF Sanders has the wit & wisdom to run as a 3rd Party Independent, he'd be free of the RW, DNC &

be able to represent USA's 99% much more effectively! Of course, your dumb partisan arse just can not

compute this clear calculus, 'cause U are happy to be a GOP-lite Dem partisan and willing DNC stooge!

temet nosce ...

[-] -2 points by factsrfun (8230) from Phoenix, AZ 9 months ago

So that's a no? The forum is here you can post or not we will see and remember, will you support Bernie in his attempt to win the nomination or not?

Your bullshit don't mean shit now Shadz its put up or shut time!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 7 months ago

"Your bullshit don't mean shit now" & "its put up or shut up time!" See what I did there?!! Read wtf I

wrote to U above 1 month ago and then either address the points raised in these two links here ...

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[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 9 months ago


Let's ALL watch Michael Cohen's testimony first, now live @10a.m. Eastern Standard Time (UT -5).

讓我們首先觀看邁克爾科恩的證詞,現在是@上午10點。 東部標準時間(UT -5)。

让我们首先观看迈克尔科恩的证词,现在是@上午10点。 东部标准时间(UT -5)。

Lassen Sie uns ALLE zunächst Michael Cohens Zeugnis ansehen, jetzt live um 10 Uhr. Östliche Normalzeit (UT -5).

Давайте ВСЕ сначала посмотрим на показания Майкла Коэна, теперь в прямом эфире в 10 часов утра. Стандартное восточное время (UT-5).

Michael Cohenの証言を最初に見てみましょう。今は午前10時です。 東部標準時(UT-5) 우리 모두 마이클 코헨의 간증을 먼저보고, 지금은 @ 오전 10시에 라이브를 보자. 동부 표준시 (UT -5).

Veamos a TODOS el testimonio de Michael Cohen primero, ahora en vivo a las 10 a.m. Hora estándar del este (UT -5).

Vamos todos assistir ao testemunho de Michael Cohen primeiro, agora ao vivo @ 10 a.m. Horário Padrão do Leste (UT -5).

Regardons TOUS le témoignage de Michael Cohen d'abord, maintenant en direct à 10 heures. Heure normale de l'Est (UT -5).

Lasciateci TUTTI guardare la testimonianza di Michael Cohen prima, ora live @ 10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (UT -5).

دعنا جميعًا نشاهد شهادة مايكل كوهين أولاً ، ونعيش الآن في الساعة 10 صباحًا. التوقيت الرسمي الشرقي (UT -5).

בואו נסתכל כולנו על עדותו של מיכאל כהן, עכשיו חי @ 10 בבוקר. זמן תקן מזרחי (UT -5).

بگذارید همه اول شهادت مایکل کوهن را ببینند، اکنون زندگی می کنند @ 10 صبح. زمان استاندارد شرقی (UT -5).

Mari kita SEMUA menonton kesaksian Michael Cohen dulu, sekarang tinggal @ 10 pagi. Waktu Standar Timur (UT -5).

നമുക്ക് ആദ്യം മൈക്കൽ കോഹന്റെ മൊഴി രേഖപ്പെടുത്താം, ഇപ്പോൾ ജീവിക്കുന്നത് @ 10 മണിക്ക്. കിഴക്കൻ സ്റ്റാൻഡേർഡ് സമയം (UT-5).

ให้เราทุกคนดูคำให้การของไมเคิลโคเฮนก่อนตอนนี้อยู่ที่ @ 10 เวลามาตรฐานตะวันออก (UT -5)

Trước tiên, chúng ta hãy xem lời khai của Michael Cohen, bây giờ trực tiếp @ 10 giờ sáng. Giờ chuẩn miền đông (UT -5).

"Shall we play a game?" It will be fun; Tic-Tac-Toe is better than Monopoly!

Solid-state rocket fuels save time (for pumping in the otherwise liquid-state fuels; gaseous-state fuels are too diffuse to provide the energy needed) before the rockets' launches but there will be NO recalls in flight. Our Minuteman land-based ICBMs use solid-state fuels for achieving very fast launches within minutes before the enemies' ICBMs land. If the rockets had been aimed correctly, there would be sure kills at the targets, barring early warning systems' detections (Russian Blackjack strategic bombers were probing NORAD readiness to scare the shit out of the LOTUS of Enlightenment.) In decades past, a Soviet person did not defend against a mistaken nuclear attack from NATO.

Global Plutonium Association Lesson 5: There are lots of nuclear weapons lost around the world but We the pee-dude buddies will ALL be sick of winning except for the answer 42 -- from the no-body of the Made-In-Taiwan Texass-Connection-Machine, Deep Ai.

Note @3:54 that a nuclear explosion's light/flash comes earlier than its sound/shockwave. The difference in their arrival times may let one move away from the sharp flying shattered glass of the windows. Knowing physics lets one see (using the mind's eye for retrocognition) how far this room was from the nuclear detonation. Based on the video, how far was it situated? Note that the video segment of the room's destruction has been slowed (down - U.S. English, up - British English) from realtime using high-speed photography so one needs a calibration. The flying debris offers a clue from gravitation if one assumes that the room was on Earth's surface which it most likely was, knowing how difficult and expensive it is to get things up into space (both the Soviet and U.S. Space Shuttles never reached their objectives although the U.S. ones did help construct the International Space Station. Russia's powerful legacy rockets are BIG shots albeit ¿aged perhaps? {hopefully not deliberately by sabotage or terrorism} to unreliability.)

The Univision journalists got into trouble (previously one pissed off our well-deserved Shittoad-in-Chief) with Venezuela's dictatorship for recording Venezuelans eating the discarded foods retrieved from the back of a garbage truck. Based on my preschooler experience playing fun and games in our shantytown neighborhood garbage dump, these people were certainly in a pretty well-fed neighborhood. It's far scarier if a neighborhood is squeaky clean. I felt safe (from being eaten) when the red and black ants were fighting each other over a discarded turkey sandwich. There always comes a time for the garbage truck to haul away the garbage because this Venezuelan neighborhood is definitely not a shantytown where the garbage stays being roasted in the sun. Before a fancy wedding banquet, I had to run quickly to my baptismal hall equipped with ¡the Bidét! in it because the hosting bartender had treated me so well to a bottle of Coca-Cola, some water, and a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. Liquids are almost incompressible!

The ants' Tiber will be filled to overflowing with liquid gold (Warmbier + disinfecting chlorine bleach.) It's about time that the Father of the King of Kings be served with Apfel/Apple's roasted fatty portions of the firstborn boars. With this aroma, He will be well pleased.

Our Shittoad-in-Chief still doesn't get it that it must insert the scrod into the VirChina in order to beat the depth of the hot wet Soviet/Russian near-arctic (heart-shaped) borehole to reclaim the ultimate triumph of the American Mohole Project. Make America Deep Ai to hide the tungsten from leubhing VirChina! Another option is to drill into Europa as Zeus did. New life may be found.

Made-in-Taiwan, Deep Ai:《真鎢不怕火, 怕火不真鎢。》