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The rest / Re: Russia, Russia, Russia
« on: July 19, 2018, 07:27:38 AM »
Now this is interesting: claim that Trump authorized timing of russian indictments b4 helsinki:

https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2018-07-17/trump-said-to-decide-russia-indictments-should-come-pre-summit

sidd

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The rest / Re: Mueller Investigation & Cohen Investigation
« on: July 19, 2018, 05:30:17 AM »
Re: "Are you seriously citing Breitbart as a news reference"

Mea culpa. The quote

“On many cases, she admits that the text messages mean exactly what they say as opposed to agent Strzok, who thinks all misinterpreted his own words on any text message that might be negative.”

is from

https://twitter.com/joshdcaplan/status/1019210520979755008

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The rest / Re: Mueller Investigation & Cohen Investigation
« on: July 18, 2018, 10:08:20 PM »
Looks like another knife fight, this time pitting Page against Strzok.

“On many cases, she admits that the text messages mean exactly what they say as opposed to agent Strzok, who thinks all misinterpreted his own words on any text message that might be negative.”

Wonder how long before Page's testimony leaks ?

https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/07/17/lisa-page-testimony-texts-contradict-strzok/

sidd

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Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: July 18, 2018, 07:27:15 AM »
Tanx. Been wondering bout that for years.

sidd

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The rest / Re: Poetry
« on: July 18, 2018, 04:40:35 AM »
Kipling: The Buddha at Kamakura

--
Oh ye who tread the Narrow Way
By Tophet-flare to Judgment Day,
Be gentle when the "heathen" pray
⁠To Buddha at Kamakura!


To him the Way, the Law, Apart,
Whom Maya held beneath her heart,
Ananda's Lord the Bodhisat,
⁠The Buddha of Kamakura.


For though he neither burns nor sees,
Nor hears ye thank your Deities,
Ye have not sinned with such as these,
⁠His children at Kamakura;


Yet spare us still the Western joke
When joss-sticks turn to scented smoke
The little sins of little folk
⁠That worship at Kamakura—


The grey-robed, gay-sashed butterflies
That flit beneath the Master's eyes—
He is beyond the Mysteries
⁠But loves them at Kamakura.


And whoso will, from Pride released,
Contemning neither creed nor priest,
May feel the soul of all the East
⁠About him at Kamakura.


Yea, every tale Ananda heard,
Of birth as fish or beast or bird,
While yet in lives the Master stirred,
⁠The warm wind brings Kamakura.


Till drowsy eyelids seem to see
A-flower 'neath her golden htee
The Shwe-Dagon flare easterly
⁠From Burmah to Kamakura;


And down the loaded air there comes
The thunder of Thibetan drums,
And droned—"Om mane padme oms"—
⁠A world's width from Kamakura.


Yet Brahmans rule Benares still,
Buddh-Gaya's ruins pit the hill,
And beef-fed zealots threaten ill
⁠To Buddha and Kamakura.


A tourist-show, a legend told,
A rusting bulk of bronze and gold,
So much, and scarce so much, ye hold
⁠The meaning of Kamakura?


But when the morning prayer is prayed,
Think, ere ye pass to strife and trade,
Is God in human image made
⁠No nearer than Kamakura?


--


sidd

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Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: July 18, 2018, 03:10:17 AM »
Contaminant from manure has H2S and sulfur oxides, the latter turn to sulfuric acid with any humidity at all. Very corrosive, attacked stainless steel milk trailer parked beside a pig manure to methane operation i am familiar with.

Landfill methane for some reason has high silicon content (?!) which requires expensive filtrations.

sidd

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The rest / Re: Mueller Investigation & Cohen Investigation
« on: July 18, 2018, 02:57:26 AM »
Paddy Power ? These guys ? They paid out to Hilary bettors early, claimed no chance of Trump win.

Wiki:

"On 18 October 2016, Paddy Power paid out $1.1M to those who bet on Hillary Clinton in the 2016 United States presidential election, citing a certainty of Clinton's victory. Trump won."

So sad.

sidd


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The rest / Re: Economic Inequality
« on: July 18, 2018, 02:47:24 AM »
Town Hall meet with Bernie Sanders and employees of several behemoths with obscenely rich owner/management: "CEOs vs. Workers"



Very well worth watching. One hour, eighteen minutes.

sidd

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Antarctica / Re: What's new in Antarctica ?
« on: July 17, 2018, 06:33:51 AM »
Thanx for the pointers. Nice articles.

sidd

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Consequences / Re: Sea Level Rise and Social Cost of Carbon
« on: July 16, 2018, 09:19:12 PM »
Buried fiber near sea level at risk within 17 years:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-07/uow-ssb071218.php

sidd

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Taibbi:

--
The notion that Democrats need to look and act more like Republicans to win elections has been practically a religious tenet in Washington for more than 30 years.  From the embrace of NAFTA to welfare reform to triangulation to repealing the Glass-Steagall Act to slobbering over Wesley Clark (instead of opposing the Iraq war) to hiring infamous Republican media hitman David Brock, this soul-sucking drift has been sold to voters as an electorally necessary compromise.

...

Repeatedly, when asked to make policy changes favored by sizable majorities of Democratic voters (and often by majorities of all voters), party leaders said: We can’t do that: we need to win!

...

This sad-sack “wait til’ next year” routine is just a way to scare people away from voting their own interests. It’s not sexy. It doesn’t even work. It’s time to try something new.

--

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/center-is-not-sexy-698699/

sidd

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: July 14, 2018, 02:21:03 AM »
Kucinich ? Ohio boy. Fairly far out there on some things like flying saucers, but i like him.

Well, let me qualify that. He lost a lot of credibility with me after he rolled over on public option for health care after a plane ride with obama.

Scrappy democrat outta cleveland, has hard core support there.

Got screwed outta his seat with loss of population in ohio leading to redistricting after census. But he's still scrapping, threw his hat in the ring for ohio governor in democratic primary, lost to Cordray.

I think corporate democrats want to see the last of Kucinich. And who can blame em, Kucinich is quite opposed to a great deal they hold dear.

I think he should run for mayor of cleveland again. He'll win big.

sidd



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Too many Democratic candidates would rather lose with corporate money than win without. As Ocasio-Cortez points out

"knocking doors wins, phone banking wins, direct voter contact wins. But it doesn’t make people money."

sidd

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In depth interview with Ocasio-Cortez at the Jacobin:

"Because no one is going to vote for the Republican Party, but there is such tight control over who the Democratic nominee is in any given situation that New Yorkers are forced to vote for whatever Democrat is on the ballot in November. Especially because our primary system is so broken, it is so underreported on, deliberately. People don’t want attention paid to Democratic primaries."

“We’ve lost a thousand seats, we’ve lost the House, we’ve lost the Senate. We have lost the presidency in an election that we most certainly should not have lost. Are we going to continue to commit to voting for the same people, the same strategy, and the same plan?”

" “Trump is a terrifying demagogue, and he’s going to be a disaster for our democracy.” Guess what: Trump is a terrifying demagogue and he is a disaster for our democracy, but we lost the election on that narrative. "

"I’m not going to allow this movement to get hijacked by an energy of antagonism when what we are really trying to advance is a positive and progressive vision for America’s future."

"Money in politics has been so influential because there’s a lot of laziness on the ground. A lot of these “unassailable” political machines are shells — they do not have strong turnout. They’re decrepit."

"A lot of these Democratic — especially state Democratic — parties are asleep at the wheel. They’ve been kind of taken over, as, like, these little legal forms of money laundering units. "

"The story that I always told at these little living rooms was the story of The Wizard of Oz. We built our little ragtag group, and we walked down this yellow brick road, and we got to the Emerald City. We knocked down the door and we walked in, and there’s this huge intimidating behemoth, but it’s really just a guy behind the curtain. "

"A lot of consultants make 10 percent on every television ad that they place for a candidate. They’re not going to recommend things that win, they’re going to recommend things that earn commission. "

"knocking doors wins, phone banking wins, direct voter contact wins. But it doesn’t make people money."

Read the whole thing:

https://jacobinmag.com/2018/07/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-interview-democratic-primary/

sidd


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The rest / Re: Mueller Investigation & Cohen Investigation
« on: July 13, 2018, 07:50:53 PM »
pdf of latest Mueller indictment

https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/4598902/DOJ-Russian-Indictments.pdf

Interesting reading. Tradecraft not very impressive, reuse of servers, bitcoin wallets, mining ops, slips on anonymized routing ...

Pity it wont go to trial, audit log evidence would be nice.

"Organization 1" is wikileaks. I was half expecting Mueller to indict wikileaks as well, but i guess he didnt want to go that route after the Baer case.

sidd

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Policy and solutions / Re: If not Capitalism... then What? And, How?
« on: July 13, 2018, 02:33:27 AM »
From 2014, an analysis of capitalism and its discontents, arguing that capitalism's victory over regulation has led to the seeds of its own demise.

"At present, I claim, we are already in a position to observe capitalism passing away as a result of having destroyed its opposition—dying, as it were, from an overdose of itself. "

"Under oligarchic redistribution, the Keynesian bond which tied the profits of the rich to the wages of the poor is severed, cutting the fate of economic elites loose from that of the masses. [37] This was anticipated in the infamous ‘plutonomy’ memorandums distributed by Citibank in 2005 and 2006 to a select circle of its richest clients, to assure them that their prosperity no longer depended on that of wage earners. [38] "

"In summary, capitalism, as a social order held together by a promise of boundless collective progress, is in critical condition. Growth is giving way to secular stagnation; what economic progress remains is less and less shared; and confidence in the capitalist money economy is leveraged on a rising mountain of promises that are ever less likely to be kept. "

"Step by step, capitalism’s shotgun marriage with democracy since 1945 is breaking up."

The list of references is very good. For example, the "Plutonomy" memos by Citigroup.

https://newleftreview.org/II/87/wolfgang-streeck-how-will-capitalism-end

sidd


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Consequences / Re: Forests: An Endangered Resource
« on: July 12, 2018, 10:06:16 PM »
This year i am seeing bark beetle damage in PA. Been a hard winter, so mebbe it will abate a little.

sidd

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The rest / Re: Article links: drop them here!
« on: July 10, 2018, 05:39:09 AM »
Fuck Kissinger. Every word out of that mouth is a lie, be it yea, or be it nay. For that man speaks not truth or falsity, but rather to enshrine his vision of the future.

Did I say, "Fuck Kissinger" yet ? Never mind, bears repeating.

sidd


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Re: Wrong thread

Mr. Buddy began the thread, i will defer to his opinion. Or, if Neven has strong feelings, to him.

sidd

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Greenwald on the bankruptcy of MSNBC:

"NBC News and MSNBC have essentially merged with the CIA and intelligence community and thus use their tactics. The network is filled with former Generals and CIA officials who are part of the community that pioneered these smear tactics of accusing journalists and critics they dislike of being traitors, spies and Kremlin loyalists. Indeed, Nance sometimes appears on MSNBC along with former CIA Director John Brennan, who MSNBC also hired as an “analyst.” This is who they are."

https://theintercept.com/2018/07/08/msnbc-does-not-merely-permit-fabrications-against-democratic-party-critics-it-encourages-and-rewards-them/

Goes on to lambast Howard Dean and the Democratic Party; includes the link to Lee Fang expose to Dean lobbying:

https://theintercept.com/2016/01/21/howard-dean-despite-denials-has-long-sad-history-of-selling-himself-on-k-street/

sidd

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The rest / Re: US intervention in foreign lands
« on: July 08, 2018, 05:03:36 AM »
NED (and others) trundle on: Elect our thugs or we will liberate you:

"they had recently helped their political allies gain political power in Malaysia, acknowledged that they have helped train thousands of activists in Nicaragua, and speculated about the potential to create new governments in China, Russia, and North Korea."

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/07/06/ned-pursues-regime-change-by-playing-the-long-game/

Our thugs are the best thugs.

sidd

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Antarctica / Re: Antarctic Tectonics
« on: July 06, 2018, 05:38:36 AM »
" as pressure on magma chambers is lifted you will get more volcanic activity in the short term."

there is a paper on increased volcanic activity during deglaciations, but i have not the time to look it up. Perhaps some one will recall ?

sidd

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The rest / Re: Ukraine, Nazis and western support
« on: July 06, 2018, 05:33:14 AM »
"Israel supplying weapons to Azov neo-nazi brigade:"

We are truly in a post reality world.

sidd

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The rest / Re: Mueller Investigation & Cohen Investigation
« on: July 01, 2018, 06:10:12 AM »
I think Concord (russian company)  lawyers challenged Mueller appointment. They will get slapped down on that, but the discovery preocess will be interesting ...

sidd


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The rest / Re: Empire - America and the future
« on: June 29, 2018, 10:20:21 PM »
Fisk thinks the USA has given up on ousting Assad. I am not yet convinced.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/06/29/the-us-has-given-up-on-the-overthrow-of-assad/

sidd

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Thanks for the reference to Bons. Changing Glen's law exponent from 3 to 4 is a large change affecting a great many things. I think it figures in the Weertman instability,  and I may have posted about that before. If bases are frozen in much of Greenland, but ice is softer I wonder if that means the ice is warmer than previously thought.

I think this affects the analysis of many papers. So it is a result to be examined with care. But i must say, their fig 3 is quite convincing, so i attach it.

sidd

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Spookification of the Democratic party proceeds apace:

" Colvin spent six years in Army intelligence ...facilitated capture/kill missions ...  lethal drone program ... "

"Tracy Mitrano, is a Cornell professor and cybersecurity expert who has consulted for the national security apparatus and has a former CIA agent as campaign spokeswoman ..."

" ... 79 seats that are viewed as potentially competitive."

"For those 79 seats, at least 24 of the Democratic Party nominees have backgrounds in the national-security apparatus, making them the largest single category, ahead of state and local government officials, lawyers or businessmen."

Killers and torturers for the greater glory of Empire, running as your Democrat rep in an election near you.

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/06/28/prim-j28.html

sidd

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wsws lists senators wanting Assange's head:

"Robert Menendez, Dick Durbin, Richard Blumenthal, Edward J. Markey, Michael Bennet, Christopher Coons, Joe Manchin, Jeanne Shaheen, Diane Feinstein and Mark Warner."

Remember these names. These are creatures that support american hegemony. The cannot abide exposure of deep state evils. Hence their attacks on Assange.

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/06/28/assa-j28.html

sidd


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I am up close and personal with large loads over thousands of miles. But most people don't need to drive like that. Amazing how many people want the freedom to go 500 miles when they take that kinda trip once in a year. Sorta like how many people claim they neeeeeeeeeed that F-350 when all they ever do is haul a couple 2by4s once in five years. Almost all the commercial drivers i know, and i know a lot, have a tiny daily driver that sips gas.

Here is some data showing about 50 mile range covers 75% of all noncommercial trips in 4 metro areas in USA, Canada, Germany and Sweden. Partly or completely defossilizing just that kinda driving would be a huge win.

doi: 10.1016/j.trb.2017.04.008

open access, read all about it.

I attach table 2.

sidd

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"I'm no fan of American hegemony, but it exists and must be used to bring the world into compliance"

Whereas I think that the hegemony of the USA is being broken as we speak, and that is a necessary but not sufficient condition for action on climate change.

sidd

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: June 27, 2018, 10:42:03 PM »

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Consequences / Re: Sea Level Rise and Social Cost of Carbon
« on: June 27, 2018, 07:34:04 PM »
100 year events to come once a year: Extreme flooding events will increase sharply along coastlines.

https://phys.org/news/2018-06-extreme-sea-global-coastlines.html

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-018-04692-w

Open access. Reas all about it.

sidd

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" a consumerist culture that makes sure we do not "quit smoking, quit over drinking, lose weight, get more exercise, watch less junk TV and do something educational, invest for our retirement, get our oil changed on schedule"

it's worse than that in the USA. In the little places in the back woods and byways there's a bunch of people who have given up. They are killing themselves, sometimes with a gun, sometimes with slower means.

"the fruitless years behind us, the hopeless years before us" as Kipling once said, tho in a very different context.

Not just in the back hollers.  I would estimate that about a tenth to a quarter of the off ramps of the freeways near the big cities that i go thru, (i go thru a lot) have homeless encampments under them. The fraction seems to depend on how hard core the town administration is and how tough the cops are.

sidd

 

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The rest / Re: Empire - America and the future
« on: June 27, 2018, 06:46:35 AM »
This would be funny if it were not so sad.

"We call on the government of Cuba to release all political prisoners immediately,"

Where's Guantanamo, again ?

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2018-06-26/united-states-urges-cuba-to-release-two-prisoners-of-conscience

sidd

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: June 27, 2018, 06:42:27 AM »
Supremes call this one for Trump:

" By a vote of 5-4, the justices rejected a challenge to President Donald Trump’s September 2017 order – often referred to as the “travel ban” – restricting immigration to the United States by citizens of eight countries, most (but not all) of which are predominantly Muslim."

http://www.scotusblog.com/2018/06/opinion-analysis-divided-court-upholds-trump-travel-ban/#more-272060

took him three versions, but he finally got one thru.

sidd

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Policy and solutions / Re: If not Capitalism... then What? And, How?
« on: June 27, 2018, 05:35:02 AM »
I posted similarly over in the thread entitled "The problem of Corporate Democrats and how to kick them out"

an included a link to your post

https://forum.arctic-sea-ice.net/index.php/topic,1937.msg160957.html#msg160957

sidd

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Well, hello there. Crowley out, Ocasio-Cortez in. Unseated party supported incumbent on small dollars.

Now she needs help for the big game. Send her some love.

Mr. Wili posted this elsewhere, i see.

https://forum.arctic-sea-ice.net/index.php/topic,1102.msg160954.html#msg160954


sidd


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"I think we've reached a majority decision that there are no workable "push this button", non-incremental solutions.  "

Who is "we" ? And what is "workable" ?

I see a discussion here among a  very few, privileged people, probably in the upper 10% in global income. What we consider workable is probably not what the 90% consider "workable"

For example, the average drowning farmer in Bangladesh would cheerfully vote to cut the throats of the upper 10% if it would buy his children a decade in the face of watery death.

sidd

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1) there is a difference between income and wealth

2)From Pew, global middle income is defined as " upper-middle income on $20.01-50, and high income on more than $50; " These numbers are income/day in 2011 US$

http://www.pewglobal.org/interactives/global-population-by-income/

For chapter and verse on distribution of wealth and income, see the thread on Economic Inequality.

see, e.g

https://forum.arctic-sea-ice.net/index.php/topic,2143.msg131254.html#msg131254

 There is data in that thread for many different countries.

Defining the middle class at upper 10% of income is ... quite wrong.

But i suggest discussion of this topic move to the quoted thread.

sidd


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The rest / Re: The Dems blow the election again
« on: June 26, 2018, 10:42:40 PM »
Here's one Democrat willing to take on AIPAC.

http://mondoweiss.net/2018/06/outspokenness-massacre-democratic/

AIPAC gonna come after him.

sidd



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The rest / Re: US intervention in foreign lands
« on: June 26, 2018, 10:39:44 PM »
They're our headchoppers, dammit. Of course we need to keep up support.

"The Americans operate on a “don’t ask, don’t tell” basis with regard to FSA-Nusra cooperation. In a 2015 interview with this reporter, CENTCOM spokesman Lieutenant Commander Kyle Raines was quizzed about why Pentagon-vetted fighters’ weapons were showing up in Nusra hands. Raines responded: “We don’t ‘command and control’ these forces—we only ‘train and enable’ them. Who they say they’re allying with, that’s their business.” "

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/are-al-qaeda-affiliates-fighting-alongside-u-s-rebels-in-syrias-south/

sidd



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The rest / Re: US intervention in foreign lands
« on: June 26, 2018, 10:37:56 PM »
An earlier attempt at pulling US troops out of South Korea by Carter was blocked by warhawks who put together a report indicating that North Korea was much stronger than assumed. Like the "team B" CIA report on the USSR under Ford and Bush the earlier.

https://thediplomat.com/2018/06/how-the-deep-state-stopped-a-us-president-from-withdrawing-us-troops-from-korea/

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

sidd

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Policy and solutions / Re: If not Capitalism... then What? And, How?
« on: June 24, 2018, 07:42:11 AM »
Great conversation between Chomsky and Varoufakis from the new york public library from a couple years ago: 1 hour 43 minutes.



transcript at

https://www.yanisvaroufakis.eu/2016/06/28/full-transcript-of-the-yanis-varoufakis-noam-chomsky-nypl-discussion/

"Remember, Roosevelt made sure that in the Bretton Woods Conference, which designed the postwar—the first postwar phase between the 1940s and 1971, 1973. He had stipulated that one kind of person should not be allowed into the Bretton Woods conference. You know who these people were. Bankers. Not one banker attended the Bretton Woods Conference and that was at the explicit order of FDR."

"So you had boring banks between 1944 and 1971, but after 1971 and we can discuss why that is, suddenly banking was unleashed and their capacity effectively to mint private money became unlimited and essential to the second postwar phase of global capitalism, of American capitalism, of American hegemony. "

" “You’re right, it can’t work. What we are trying to impose on your nation [Greece] can’t work. But, Yanis, you must understand we have invested so much political capital in this program, we can’t go back, and your credibility,” my credibility, “depends on accepting it.” I think that answers your question. "

"NOAM CHOMSKY: Well, how do they—how do the participants in the troika deliberations react to the technical papers that are coming out from the IMF economists saying, their own economists, Blanchard, others, saying, these policies of austerity under recession are just destructive.

YANIS VAROUFAKIS: It’s very simple. They ignore them. "

" Varoufakis: “Would you sign this?” And he[Schauble] turned around and said, “As a patriot, I wouldn’t.”  "

"Schauble: We have discipline to look after, and I want to take the troika to Paris. "

" his [Greenspan] testimony to Congress where explained how magnificent the economy was that he was administering. He said it was based on growing worker insecurity."

"Alan Greenspan and the Fed under Alan Greenspan indulged in autolobotomy regarding these structural aspects of global capitalism"

"I[Varoufakis] grew up in the dictatorship that the CIA managed to create before the Pentagon had its own coup with the generals."

Re: Marshall plan:

"Europe would be dollarized, so that Europeans could buy the gleaming cars and the gleaming aircraft and washing machines from Westinghouse and so on and so forth that America would not be able to absorb on American soil. Europeans were in ashes after the war, so they needed to be dollarized. So they would be allowed to recreate all their own currencies, but their currencies would be pegged to the dollar, effectively they would have the dollar in different form. And that was a fixed-exchange-rate regime."

"The Greek economy is fading, all business plans are going haywire, in a sense remember “liquidate, liquidate, liquidate” under President Hoover, Mellon, I think was the name of the U.S. treasury secretary that said that. That is what’s happening. Complete liquidation of Greek business, the Greek state, and the Greek people. And all that is happening in the context of the nineteenth-century gunboat diplomacy, the purpose of which is not so much Greece, it is how to keep France, Spain, Portugal."

"You are going to have the liquidation of households with foreclosures and foreclosures in Greece are worse than here, because here you can take the keys to your house and go to the bank and say, “Take it. Bye.” In Greece, you can’t do that. Even if you lose your house, you still have the debt, you carry it with you, like Mephistopheles walking around with hell around him, you are walking around the world with that same debt, even though you no longer have the house."

"For the same very simple reason, I think we are in a 1930 moment. Shortly after the collapse of Wall Street, the great financial crisis, and just before the slide into a postmodern abyss of xenophobia, misanthropy, failed economic policies, austerity, debt deflation that will become a major source of uncertainty, of misanthropy, of pain and unnecessary not just for Europe but for the rest of the world. "

Schauble: "“Elections cannot be allowed to change the economic policies of any country.”

"The notion that Europe is split between north and south and that north is populated by all the ants whereas the grasshoppers have congregated to the south and to Ireland is a very strange idea. There are ants and there are grasshoppers everywhere. What happened before 2008 was the grasshoppers of the south and the grasshoppers of the north got together into a splendid alliance of debt-driven frenzy. They were the bankers. They were the spivs, they were those who predicated their growth on transfers from the European Union budget to create motorways that went to nowhere, Olympic Game sites in Greece, and so on and so forth, and they became fabulously rich. This was the alliance of the grasshoppers. The ants were working very hard and were finding it very hard to make ends meet during the good times. And then when the grasshoppers’ empire collapsed, it was the ants of the north and the ants of the south that had to bail them out, and it’s time for the ants of the north and the ants of the south to unite in Europe to change that crazy regime."

Watch the whole thing. And then, read the transcript carefully.

sidd

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Medialens contrasts UK coverage of the world cup with that of 2012 olympics:

http://medialens.org/index.php/alerts/alert-archive/2018/873-enlightened-corners-the-russia-2018-world-cup.html

sidd

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Policy and solutions / Re: If not Capitalism... then What? And, How?
« on: June 24, 2018, 05:42:20 AM »
Disagreed that "Capitalism is a description of how people operate"

That is, as Varoufakis has pointed out, one school of thought. That sets all against all, leading to the famous Thatcher argument: There are only individuals and families acting in their own best interests, there is no society.



Perhaps some of us only know people who act in their own self interests. That is a very sad world they live in.

sidd



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Policy and solutions / Re: If not Capitalism... then What? And, How?
« on: June 24, 2018, 12:57:51 AM »
I posted a link to an interview with Wolin in another thread, as well as a link to the transcript. The whole thing is rather good, but there is a great deal of discussion of capitalism, in fact the title of the interview is "Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist ?"

http://www.activatingdemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Sheldon-Wolin-interviewed-by-Chris-Hedges.pdf

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Some excerpts:

"Weber's critique of capitalism is even broader. I think he views it as quintessentially destructive not only of democracy, but also, of course, of the sort of feudal aristocratic system which had preceded it. Capitalism is destructive because it has to eliminate the kind of custom /ˈmɔːreɪz/, political values, even institutions that present any kind of credible threat to the autonomy of the economy. And it's that--that's where the
battle lies. Capitalism wants an autonomous economy. They want a political order subservient to the needs of the economy."

" ... the ruling groups, the capitalist groups, were very conscious of what they had and what was needed to keep it going. And that's why figures like Alexander Hamilton are so important, because they understood this, they understood it from the beginning, that what capitalism required in the way not only of so-called free enterprise--but remember, Hamilton believed very, very strongly in the kind of camaraderie between capitalism and strong central government, that strong central government was not the enemy of capitalism, but rather its tool, and that what had to be constantly kind of revitalized was that kind of relationship, because it was always being threatened by populist democracy, which wanted to break that link and cause government to be returned to some kind of responsive relationship to the people."

"we go through these periods of sleepwalking where we have to relearn lessons that have been known almost since the birth of the republic, or at least since the birth of Jeffersonian democracy, that capitalism has its virtues, but it has to be carefully, carefully watched, observed, and often controlled."

"inverted totalitarianism, certainly a species of totalitarianism, can often be the product of a strong democracy.

WOLIN: It can, in the sense that that strong democracy can do what its name implies. In the pursuit of popular ends, it develops inevitably powerful institutions to promote those ends. And very often they lend themselves to being taken over and utilized, that--for example, that popular means of communication and news information and so on can become very easily propaganda means for corporate capitalism, which understands that if you gain control of newspapers, radio, television, that you're in a position to really shape the political atmosphere."

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Sheldon Wolin died a few years ago, but here is a three hour interview with Chris Hedges. Well worth the time.



And for those who prefer, here is the transcript.

http://www.activatingdemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Sheldon-Wolin-interviewed-by-Chris-Hedges.pdf


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