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Crt Alt Del to reboot the communist idea

November 26th, 2014 · No Comments

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/75650151/LFM_review_copy_selections.pdf

The idea of commnunism, discredited by its totalitarian legacy, suddenly shifts gear in our minds as the ominous spectacle of totalitarianism creeping up on liberal systems suggests a second coming for a classic idea, as a question mark about the salvation of democracy, and a Bill of Rights finally done right, as Lockean property rights create a new peasantry for a burnt our planet. That requires a kind of Crt Alt Del to reboot the communist idea to its start in the lead-up to 1848. A recursion as ‘communism 2.0’ as a superset both informed by but sublated from its classic marxist wrapper can show how the potential of the idea has barely been explored. The world historical classic, Capital, was significantly an unfinished ‘work in progress’.

Despite the fundamental contribution of marxists to the communist idea we should in principle at least be ready to recast the idea with an independent set of legacies, protocols, and perspectives. There is a lot of ad hoc material in marxism that speaks to the era of positivism in which it come to fruition. A larger view shows that the larger Enlightenment, and its broad spectrum, would make a better framework. Beside that the whole question of classical economics via Adam Smith tends to deflect correct criticism of the current socio-economic situation with out-of-date issues and controversies. The context of historical materialism is completely discretionary: we don’t need to be virulent proponents of scientism to tackle capitalist domination. In fact a broader perspective just might reignite interest in the core propositions of postcapitalist theory and tactics.

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The Axial Age and the Biblical muddle

November 26th, 2014 · No Comments

http://darwiniana.com/?s=demiurgic+powers
The question of demiurgic powers invokes a potentially dangerous meme, with the power to become a runaway fiction of the month. And it invokes the context of J.G.Bennett’s classic but flawed The Dramatic Universe: I should be constructing my own version of the idea, but in any case this notion can be briefly helpful in snapping out of the often unproductive god/no-god muddle that never goes anywhere because you can’t define ‘god’ and therefore refute the idea which exists in a high state of semantic confusion and conceptual nebulosity.
The issue of demiurgic entities nonetheless persists because, just to take an example, the Old Testament shows a very peculiar design argument but not the one that believers in god propose. Let’s face it, the Old Testament is a hopeless muddle of clearly mythic components, if not outright deceptions, and the account fails as a religious foundational document. But, the strange reality is that the larger context of the ‘Axial Age’ shows the way something common to sacred, secular, atheist and theistic manifestations was at work in a common synchronicity. So there is a genuine miracle behind biblical history, as there is behind the Greek, Indic, and Chinese Axial age phases.
So the verdict is that the Old Testament misses the real ‘miracle’ or ‘macrohistorical effect, no miracle at all”, and substituted a bunch of fabrications, spoiling the whole effect.

Here we must suspect that some form of spiritual agency worked behind the scenes at a level of abstraction not understood by us, at our current level of intelligence. We have to fact the fact that compared with buddhism, for example, the level of religious discourse in the Old Testament is so ill-founded as to be close to atrocious.
This is of course why so many now can no longer stomach any of it and react with such angry rejection, witness the new atheists.

Part of the puzzle is resolved in the macro model of WHEE (history-and-evolution.com) where there is a clear distinction of overall ‘macro determination’ and the lower ‘micro level’ of human realization, which is primitive by comparison: this is why the whole subject is so confusing to many people.

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Link log 2014

November 26th, 2014 · No Comments

(This log goes back to mid 2013. The sidebar page/linklog goes back further: http://darwiniana.com/link-log-recent-posts/)
http://darwiniana.com/2014/11/25/hegel-and-the-witchcraft-disguised-as-capitalist-ideology/
http://darwiniana.com/2014/11/25/evolution-as-metaphysics/
http://darwiniana.com/2014/11/25/the-vacuousness-of-theistatheist-perspectives/
http://darwiniana.com/2014/11/25/the-rights-use-of-the-id-critique-of-darwinism-to-disguise-its-own-social-darwinist-ideology/ [Read more →]

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Karen Armstrong on Sam Harris and Bill Maher // Chopra: Why God Makes More Sense than Atheism

November 26th, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/23/karen_armstrong_sam_harris_anti_islam_talk_fills_me_with_despair/

http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/chopra/article/Why-God-Makes-More-Sense-than-Atheism-5914081.php

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2014 – The Highest Global Mean Sea Surface Temperatures Ever Recorded

November 26th, 2014 · No Comments

http://scitechdaily.com/2014-highest-global-mean-sea-surface-temperatures-ever-recorded/
New Research Shows Warmest Oceans Ever

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Christian stupidity and the fraudulent Old Testament as abetters of Israeli land grap fascism

November 26th, 2014 · No Comments

http://history-and-evolution.com/whee4th/chap5_1.htm: The Axial Age

The Christian community is one the worst enablers of the Israeli apartheid system with its ethnocide and war crimes against the Palestinian community. It is time for Christians to confront or be confronted with the reality that nothing in the Biblical Old Testament grants jews any rights whatsoever over modern ‘Israel/Palestine’. If Christians can’t grasp this situation it is time to deprive them of the legacy of the Old Testament altogether.
Here we should note that the new atheists (and many others) have confused the issue: the issue is not atheism but the fictitious abuse of history in the Old Testament tissue of fabrications. The idea that jews are a cultural group with a distinct population character should claim the right to a territory after a gap of thousands of years could only have happened because the idiocy of Christians, and American ethocidal ‘Christians’ at that, in the fantasy of Biblical so-called ‘religion’ given the status of Disneyland. So in this context it is time to simply ‘confiscate’ this document used to justify a series of cultural crimes.
The issue of the Axial Age puts the Old Testament in context: there is a mystery there, but not the one fabricated in the Old Testament.

These Zionists could hardly believe in their own propaganda, and they must think Christians are stupid and easy to manipulate to serve the interests of these Nietzschean nihilist cynics.

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What Will the U.S. and Israel Do Once Every Other Country Recognizes Palestine?

November 26th, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_world_/2014/11/25/what_will_the_u_s_and_israel_do_once_every_other_country_recognizes_palestine.html

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Israel’s racist apartheid state and the criminal compliance of american political lickspittles

November 26th, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/26/israeli-president-opposes-proposed-law-of-jewish-rights

Israeli president opposes proposed law to give ‘national rights’ to Jews only
Critics say ‘Jewish nation-state’ bill would diminish freedoms of minorities and give ammunition to enemies abroad
Israel’s president, Reuven Rivlin

It is hard to believe what is going on Israel could be possible, and worse that opinion and policy in the US are paralyzed on such questions. We have pointed out a dozen times here the core fallacy of the Israeli state and the contradictory and hypocritical stance of jews (and their Gentile lock-ons). No other group could get away with this kind of racist bias and discrimnation.
In the final analysis this kind of behavior will doom the Zionist project, so it is puzzling that the powers that be should act this way. Actually, there is no mystery at all: the final stages of the landgrap must be underway, and the Israelis must be gambling they can get away with.

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Animal Agriculture: A Neglected Agent of Global Warming?

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Baltimore Erupts With Protests in Solidarity With Ferguson

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Police Brutality Towards Black People Has Historically Gone Unchecked

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The new fascisms in the making

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RG mail
In Pakistan and elsewhere: The new fascisms in the making

by Farooq Tariq
International Viewpoint
Monday 3 November 2014

Mathews N Lyons, an independent researcher and scholar on reactionary movements, has defined fascism as: “… a form of extreme right wing ideology that celebrates the nation or the race as an organic community transcending all other loyalties. It emphasises a myth of national or racial rebirth after a period of decline or destruction. To this end, fascism calls for a ‘spiritual revolution’ against signs of moral decay such as individualism and materialism, and seeks to purge ‘alien’ forces and groups that threaten the organic community. Fascism tends to celebrate masculinity, youth, mystical unity, and the regenerative power of violence. Often, but not always, it promotes racial superiority doctrines, ethnic persecution, imperialist expansion, and genocide”.

http://www.internationalviewpoint.org/spip.php?article3692

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The ‘Blue Wall’

November 26th, 2014 · No Comments

RG mail
(Given that war hawk, New Dem Hillary Clinton is likely the beneficiary of the Blue Wall in 2016, there is scant reason for joy. But we should remember the Blue Wall in 2016 when we get the inevitable panicky sounding fundraising bleatings from professional Dems like Borosage or MoveOn. Folks would be well advised to donate to other causes. SR)

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-democrats-have-a-lock-on-the-white-house-2014-11-25

The Democrats have a lock on the White House

The ‘Blue Wall’ virtually guarantees an Electoral College win in 2016
By Darrel Delamaide
Marketwatch
November 25, 2014
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has probably long since abandoned the hope he expressed in the stirring 2004 convention speech that catapulted him to national prominence: This country is not divided into red states and blue states.
But he might be comforted by the controversial analysis from a Republican analyst that there is now a “Blue Wall” block of states that virtually guarantees a Democrat will win the presidential contest in 2016 and for the foreseeable future.

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Mission Impossible: Trying to Explain the Feather Without Teleology

November 26th, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.evolutionnews.org/2014/11/mission_impossi091481.html

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Mathematician John Lennox asks, Is information evidence of something beyond nature?

November 26th, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/mathematician-john-lennox-asks-is-information-evidence-of-something-beyond-nature/

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Bats use sonar jamming to steal food

November 26th, 2014 · No Comments

https://richarddawkins.net/2014/11/bats-use-sonar-jamming-to-steal-food/

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On Evolution Day, Remember That Darwin Knew He’d Meet Resistance

November 26th, 2014 · No Comments

http://time.com/3602107/darwin-evolution-day/

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‘Scary’ centipede’s genes reveal how life evolved on our planet

November 26th, 2014 · No Comments

‘Scary’ centipede’s genes reveal how life evolved on our planet
Date:
November 25, 2014
Source:
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Summary:
Centipedes, those many-legged creatures that startle us in our homes and gardens, have been genetically sequenced for the first time. An international team of over 100 scientists today reveals how this humble arthropod’s DNA gave them new insight into how life developed on our planet.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/11/141125140807.htm

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Prehistoric conflict hastened human brain’s capacity for collaboration

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Prehistoric conflict hastened human brain’s capacity for collaboration
Date:
November 26, 2014
Source:
National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS)
Summary:
Warfare not only hastened human technological progress and vast social and political changes, but may have greatly contributed to the evolutionary emergence of humans’ high intelligence and ability to work together toward common goals, according to a new study.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/11/141126094238.htm

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Climate Change and the End of California’s Big Agriculture

November 26th, 2014 · No Comments

Follow the Cheap Water
Climate Change and the End of California’s Big Agriculture
by JOSHUA FRANK
http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/11/26/climate-change-and-the-end-of-californias-big-agriculture/
It’s bone dry in California, and as I wrote in a recent print issue of CounterPunch magazine, it’s likely to remain that way for a long, long time thanks to our warming climate. The melting ice in the Arctic is manipulating the jet stream off the coast, pushing winter storms out of California. By many accounts the California water crisis is in its infancy and we are only beginning to witness the many changes the state will face as a result.

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[Marxism] Fwd: Complex life may be possible in only 10% of all galaxies | Science/AAAS | News

November 26th, 2014 · No Comments

http://news.sciencemag.org/physics/2014/11/complex-life-may-be-possible-only-10-all-galaxies

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Legal Expert Decries Handling of Wilson Grand Jury

November 26th, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/it-officially-open-season-black-folks-legal-expert-decries-handling-wilson-grand

‘It Is Officially Open Season on Black Folks': Legal Expert Decries Handling of Wilson Grand Jury
Vine Warren, executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, opens up on the travesty of justice in Missouri.

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Ask Not What Your Planet Can Do For You…

November 26th, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/11/25/ask-not-what-your-planet-can-do-you

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