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Elizabeth Warren bites the dust

September 1st, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/elizabeth_warren_breaks_silence_on_israel_gaza_sounds_like_20140829: Elizabeth Warren Breaks Silence on Israel/Gaza, Sounds Like Netanyahu

One of the reasons I wrote Last and First Men, a generalized discussion of ‘New Communism’, was the realization, building since the disillusion following 2008, that conventional politics was dead, and that there is no further hope of working through the system. That’s a strong stance to take, and I would allow any number of challenges to it, that of Ms. Warren being a good example. But her prospects have vanished in record time and my position, which even I am sometimes reluctant to take, seems confirmed once again. With Warren I expected nothing, despite the hoopla. So I was fully disillusioned well before.

It is clear that we can’t have a left that compromises on Israel, nothing new there, but that in fact puts the hopes of working through the system off the table. Simple, and devastating. More generally we can’t hope for much from piecemeal activism, even on climate change, although there we will have no option but to support the single-issue activists. But if, no when, this mono-focus starts to fail we will be ready to confront a means to challenge the whole system as such. A monumentally difficult task, but one that has been done once: we can do it again. I am wary of the stale legacy of marxists here, and we should create a new framework that builds on, revises/critiques, the old, and lets a little air in the window. The issues have been posed starkly by the neoliberal globalization of the last generation. In the natural dialectic the response should be the onset of a global neo-communism, one that is free at the start from the stalinist mindset that overtook the Bolshevik derailment.

Still, I fear the point still hasn’t sunk in and we are stuck in activist jargon that is going nowhere. But I think we can begin to enter a more radical critique as one compromise after another fails. And a lot of scary realities confront us:

the usual ‘the economy is picking up’ strain is phony…the discussions of unemployment sound surreal: what of the millions thrown out of the system…the idea of a growth economy is dying/dead…the platitudes of leftish liberal economists is starting to sound toxic…the need for politicians who must compromise on Israel is past…

For politicians like Warren who have wasted a year plus of our time with rhetoric, soon pretty strong glaring, to start…from there it gets worse.

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Disruption: Premieres Everywhere September 7

September 1st, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.occupy.com/article/disruption-premieres-everywhere-september-7

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[Marxism] Israel moves closer to a single-state solution

September 1st, 2014 · No Comments

Israel’s decision, announced this weekend, to expropriate 1000 acres of Palestinian land is the largest single land grab in the past three decades of the occupation, and further evidence, in case such were needed, that it has no intention of negotiating a two-state solution.

I’ve linked below an excellent article published several months ago by the Israeli blogger Noam Shiezaf indicating what prominent figures close to the governing right-wing coalition have in mind for a single Jewish state encompassing the West Bank but excluding Gaza and the Palestinian refugees. Contrary to the fears expressed by their liberal counterparts, these right-wing Zionists do not believe they will have to choose between demography and democracy; they’re convinced they can both grant formal citizenship rights to the West Bank Palestinians while retaining a Jewish majority in their realized vision of a Greater Israel spanning both banks of the Jordan River.

http://972mag.com/what-is-the-israeli-rights-one-state-vision/90755/

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Labor Day, the Less Radical Alternative to May Day

September 1st, 2014 · No Comments

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Taking from the Many to Give to the Few

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How America’s Most Plentiful Bird Disappeared

September 1st, 2014 · No Comments

How America’s Most Plentiful Bird Disappeared

People had trouble trying to wrap their minds around how the Passenger Pigeon could disappear,. They came up with all kinds of theories to explain why it wasn’t human’s fault, like that the birds moved to South America and changed their appearance. There is a similar reaction now. There is a common human reaction that when confronted with an inconvenient truth to deny it, You can see it today with climate change.
Shannon Heffernan
WBEZ
August 28, 2014
- See more at: http://portside.org/2014-09-01/how-americas-most-plentiful-bird-disappeared#sthash.Lc6cQ2eg.dpuf

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Giant panda fakes pregnancy

September 1st, 2014 · No Comments

http://pandasthumb.org/archives/2014/08/giant-panda-fak.html

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Christianity Today online piece tries to meld neuroscience and Christian spirituality

September 1st, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.uncommondescent.com/neuroscience/christianity-today-online-piece-tries-to-meld-neuroscience-and-christian-spirituality/

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Ecotourism rise hits whales

September 1st, 2014 · No Comments

https://richarddawkins.net/2014/09/ecotourism-rise-hits-whales/

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Homosexuality and evolution

September 1st, 2014 · No Comments

http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2014/08/31/homosexuality-and-evolution/

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Ancient metal workers were not slaves but highly regarded craftsmen

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Ancient metal workers were not slaves but highly regarded craftsmen
Date:
August 28, 2014
Source:
American Friends of Tel Aviv University
Summary:
In the course of ongoing excavations at Timna Valley, archaeologists analyzed remnants of food eaten by copper smelters 3,000 years ago. This analysis indicates that the laborers operating the furnaces were in fact skilled craftsmen who enjoyed high social status and adulation. They believe their discovery may have ramifications for similar sites across the region.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/08/140828110913.htm

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Labor’s Demise is America’s Demise

September 1st, 2014 · No Comments

Thoughts for Labor Day
Labor’s Demise is America’s Demise
by PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/09/01/labors-demise-is-americas-demise/
Labor Day is a holiday that has outlived its time. Like Christmas, Labor Day has become a time-out period. As Christmas has become a shopping spree, Labor Day has become the last summer holiday.

The holiday originated in 1887 to celebrate the contribution made by American workers to the strength and prosperity of the United States. The first Monday in September was chosen by President Grover Cleveland to avoid a May date that would keep alive the memory of the previous year’s Haymarket Massacre in which workers striking for an eight-hour day suffered casualties from the Chicago police.

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Return of the Evil Empire

September 1st, 2014 · No Comments

The U.S. Owns the Narrative on Ukraine
Return of the Evil Empire
by JASON HIRTHLER
http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/09/01/return-of-the-evil-empire/
You have to hand it to them. The United States media machine is unequaled at producing and disseminating misinformation. It begins in the bowels of the State Department or White House or Pentagon and is filtered out through the government’s front organizations, otherwise known as Mainstream Media (MSM).

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[Marxism] Ecuador: WikiLeaks cables show US how used ‘democracy promotion’ to push corporate interests

September 1st, 2014 · No Comments

Second part of ongoing series on US intervention in Ecuador based on about
1000 WikiLeaks cables never reported on in English before.

https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/57240

Ecuador’s pro-US neoliberal president Lucio Gutierrez was ousted in 2005.
Since then, relations between Ecuador and the United States have
deteriorated, with the Andean nation’s increasing rejection of US hegemony.

Diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks show how hard the US fought to
control Ecuador’s future post-Gutierrez.

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[Marxism] Israel moves closer to a single-state solution

September 1st, 2014 · No Comments

Israel’s decision, announced this weekend, to expropriate 1000 acres of Palestinian land is the largest single land grab in the past three decades of the occupation, and further evidence, in case such were needed, that it has no intention of negotiating a two-state solution.

I’ve linked below an excellent article published several months ago by the Israeli blogger Noam Shiezaf indicating what prominent figures close to the governing right-wing coalition have in mind for a single Jewish state encompassing the West Bank but excluding Gaza and the Palestinian refugees. Contrary to the fears expressed by their liberal counterparts, these right-wing Zionists do not believe they will have to choose between demography and democracy; they’re convinced they can both grant formal citizenship rights to the West Bank Palestinians while retaining a Jewish majority in their realized vision of a Greater Israel spanning both banks of the Jordan River.

http://972mag.com/what-is-the-israeli-rights-one-state-vision/90755/

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Labor History: The First Factory Strike

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http://inthesetimes.com/article/17050/the_mother_of_all_strikes

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The True Meaning of Labor Day

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http://www.alternet.org/labor/true-meaning-labor-day

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The Mother of All Blowback

September 1st, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/31/mother-all-blowback

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Gadgets Turning Me Into an Idiot!

August 31st, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/08/29/gadgets-turning-me-into-an-idiot/

We all know that this is how the ‘market’ works, that this is how ruthless, self-serving ‘entrepreneurship’ is shagging us. We are all bitching about it, but there seems to be nothing that can be done. We have simply become slaves of those vicious, greedy and twisted capitalist companies. We know that they only care about their profits and nothing about the advancement of society and humanity. They are clearly and determinedly robbing creative people, of both time and resources.

Often it feels that we are defenseless and unprotected.

The more time and money we spend playing their games, satisfying their gluttony by buying and buying, continuously learning absolutely useless new concepts about ‘operating systems’ or electronic menus, the less time and resources we have left for thinking and working on the improvement of life on our planet.

Of course that is most likely one of the essential parts of their grand design.

The logical conclusion of thinking people would be, “Let’s get rid of capitalism, corporatism and market fundamentalism,” if they had more time to read, study, concentrate and analyze the world that surrounds them.

Therefore, they should be kept busy and confused with indigestible manuals, forced to give up their old gear, to buy new and newer things, and kept constantly occupied with form, instead of substance.

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LFM changing expectations of a post-marxism

August 31st, 2014 · No Comments

Toward a new left: the attempt to create a new post-marxism is a hard sell, at first sight, but I think that Last and First Men has changed the debate because a huge number of underground readers of the online text have new expectations with respect to the idea of communism.
The left could greatly increase the appeal of its labors if they recognized the general center of gravity of opinion that no longer recognizes hard-marxism as anything but a road to stalinism.
The best thing would be to start over, but the more realistic approach in LFM is to create a larger framework that can both accept and debate canonical marxism. The latter is filled with liabilities that are unnecessary: take Marx’s views on morality, and the general tenor of scientism that seems so narrow to us now. The issues of communism need to remain intact, and we are talking about evolving to a system beyond capitalism. Given these fundamentals, it is often hard to justify all the extra baggage Marx/Engels brought to the subject. It seems a long shot now, but as the US system deteriorates the mood of radical change will confront an unprecedented crisis. At that point it is necessary to be ready with something that won’t simply repeat the old Bolshevism. The public will balk, and the new opportunity will lost: the ‘new communism’ must have populist appeal and be careful not to make the mistakes of Marx/Engels

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The Interests behind Taxing & Incarcerating Black Communities

August 31st, 2014 · No Comments

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Fearsome Cambrian Predators Became Gentle Giants

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[rad-green] Washington is committed to its financial and corporate elite to achieve Full Spectrum Dominance

August 31st, 2014 · No Comments

RG mail

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article39540.htm

Undoing Lies in Defense of Russia

“Russian Invasion” – How long is screaming ‘Wolf!’ having an impact of the Western Populations? – Until Full Spectrum Dominance has been attained?

By Peter Koenig

“The separatists are backed, trained, armed, financed by Russia. Russia determined that it had to be a little more overt in what it had already been doing, but it’s not really a shift.” Obama, 29 August 2014.
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