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Entries from November 2014

Won’t set foot in Walmart

November 30th, 2014 · No Comments

from counterpunch: I won’t step foot in a Walmart for that reason and a multitude of other reasons including the following: 1. Walmart funds corporate “environmental” NGOs that support neo-liberal environmental policies including fake “marine protected areas” and “catch shares” programs that devastate fishing families around the world. Don’t support any group, such as the […]

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The ‘original sin’ of Isreal is that of the American genocide…

November 30th, 2014 · No Comments

A Day to Mourn Attempted Genocide The Myth of Thanksgiving by ROXANNE DUNBAR-ORTIZ http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/11/28/the-myth-of-thanksgiving/ Thanksgiving is the favorite holiday of many US Americans; unlike the rather boring or divisive holidays that honor Columbus, Presidents, Martin Luther King, Jr., Independence, veterans and war, the birth of a religion, and a new year, Thanksgiving is centered on […]

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You want innovation? …reinventing anti-semitism….re-reinventing ‘anti-semitism’?

November 30th, 2014 · No Comments

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/11/30/Hundreds-protest-Israel-s-nation-state-bill.html The news from Israel is so nauseating that one has to wonder at the supine idiocy of american gentile complicity in this world historical calamaity. The goons of Israel form Netanyahu down are almost complacent in their calculation of american stupidity and the anti-anti-semitic mindfix that (blessedly) arose in the wake of the Holocaust. […]

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Seven bad ideas…and a puzzle to detect possible idiocy in Krugman…

November 30th, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2014/dec/18/whats-matter-economics/?insrc=toc Seven Bad Ideas: How Mainstream Economists Have Damaged America and the World by Jeff Madrick Knopf, 254 pp., $26.95 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/28/books/review/seven-bad-ideas-by-jeff-madrick.html The question of neo-classical economics eludes its critics, and in part eluded me in Last and First Men, because of the difficulty of impartial study: to learn the subject you have to study a […]

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Art in the context of ‘macro’ history

November 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Arts & Letters: The rise of cubism. What happened in Paris in 1910 can be thanked or blamed for almost everything in art that came later that century… more» Modern art is an exception to much of the discussion in WHEE (history-and-evolution.com), or at least it seems so. The sudden explosion of innovation in the […]

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Steve Jobs, thanks for nothing: the failure of innovation in a period of stalled social innovation and regression

November 30th, 2014 · No Comments

http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2014/11/29/are-we-really-living-in-innovative-times/ CNN in the background while blogging: The endless talk of innovation is very misleading. Although the factor of innovation is key to the hopes for a new and different future, the reality is that innovation in the hyped versions peddled by the economic hype machine miss completely the point that technological innovation has accompanied […]

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A Real Climate Treaty From COP20 Would Phase Out Fossil Fuels

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Ageing population will compound deadly effects of heatwaves caused by climate change

November 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Ageing population will compound deadly effects of heatwaves caused by climate change A combination of global warming and population growth means more people will be exposed to extreme weather systems, with an ageing population particularly at risk from heatwaves, says Royal Society http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/27/ageing-population-will-compound-deadly-effects-of-heatwaves-caused-by-climate-change

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The Staggering Price of the 13-Year War on Terror

November 30th, 2014 · No Comments

The Staggering Price of the 13-Year War on Terror The U.S. War on Terror campaign has done nothing to reduce world terrorism, but it has expended more than four trillion dollars in its global efforts, creating the “oligarchs of 9/11,” war profiteers who are now wealthy beyond their wildest dreams. According to a new book […]

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New Coalition Enters Global Fight For Digital Democracy

November 30th, 2014 · No Comments

New Coalition Enters Global Fight For Digital Democracy http://portside.org/2014-11-29/new-coalition-enters-global-fight-digital-democracy On November 25th more than 35 human rights and technology organizations from 19 countries announced the formation of the ‘This Is Net Neutrality’ Coalition, to define and protect ‘net neutrality’ and lead what they say is a global battle to protect online freedom. The new coalition […]

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Israel’s Jewish State Bill: Assessing the Wider Impact

November 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Israel’s Jewish State Bill: Assessing the Wider Impact Last Sunday, Israel passed the Jewish State Bill, which according to human rights activists “upgrades discrimination.” Arabic, spoken by Palestinians, a fifth of the population, will no longer be an official language, and “Jewish tradition” and “the prophets of Israel,” will be the primary source of legal […]

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Blood pressure system irreducibly complex?

November 30th, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.uncommondescent.com/irreducible-complexity/blood-pressure-system-irreducibly-complex/

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Evidence of biological evolution still dismissed by leaps in creationist logic

November 30th, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/technology/article/1651742/evidence-biological-evolution-still-dismissed-leaps-creationist

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Turkish expectations from Pope Francis’ visit

November 30th, 2014 · No Comments

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2014/11/29/Turkish-expectations-from-Pope-Francis-visit.html

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The physics of artist Jackson Pollock

November 30th, 2014 · No Comments

The physics of artist Jackson Pollock Date: November 24, 2014 Source: American Physical Society’s Division of Fluid Dynamics Summary: Jackson Pollock, one of the greatest American artists of the 20th century, revolutionized abstract expressionist painting in the mid-20th century with his unique “drip” technique — masterpieces of densely tangled lines of color that Pollock often […]

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The Fight for $15 Shakes Awake the U.S. Labor Movement

November 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Gift-Wrapped for the National Labor Movement The Fight for $15 Shakes Awake the U.S. Labor Movement by SHAMUS COOKE http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/11/28/the-fight-for-15-shakes-awake-the-u-s-labor-movement/ Something big is happening. The union-led victories for a $15 minimum wage in Seattle and San Francisco have reverberated throughout the labor movement, spawning copycat campaigns across the country. Most notably the Service Employees International […]

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[Marxism] British neo-Nazi Nick Griffin on holiday with the Assads

November 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Another Western fascist holidays with the Assads (again) 29-11-2014: Since Bashar al-Assad attracts fellow fascists and supporters of totalitarianism like flies to…Assad, it’s unsurprising that the founder and notoriously Islamophobic former head of the UK’s neo-Nazi ‘British National Party’ is currently enjoying another Assad-funded holiday in an exclusive regime-controlled neighbourhood in the north of the […]

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John Pilger: The US plot against Assange

November 30th, 2014 · No Comments

The siege of Knightsbridge is a farce. For two years, an exaggerated, costly police presence around the Ecuadorean embassy in London has served no purpose other than to flaunt the power of the state. https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/57916

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5 Key Inconsistencies in What Happened During the Michael Brown Shooting

November 30th, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/11/inconsistencies-what-happened-during-michael-brown-shooting

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Barbed Wire and Tear Gas in Cairo as Protesters Rise After Mubarak Acquittal

November 30th, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/30/barbed-wire-and-tear-gas-cairo-protesters-rise-after-mubarak-acquittal Published on Sunday, November 30, 2014 by Common Dreams Barbed Wire and Tear Gas in Cairo as Protesters Rise After Mubarak Acquittal Police and military units used water cannons, barricades and tear gas to prevent protesters trying to march on Tahrir Square

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The need for ‘a thousand impressions’ in a semi-visual ‘scholarly comic book’..

November 29th, 2014 · No Comments

I think the new communism should be a version of the communist initiative after the style of the Second Internationale but with a completely upgraded content that will appeal to a completely different audience, e.g. the OWS group and the like. It must decamp from Stalinism, free the subject from dialectical materialism, classical economic debates […]

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Liberal arts and scientism

November 29th, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.cnbc.com/id/102111369#. The debate over college education is in many ways about eliminating liberal arts and making educational study purely functional/commercial tracks based completely on science. We should note that many sciences, like anthropology, are really in both spectra: science and liberal arts. The reality here is that the majority of scientists who overspecialize exhibit a […]

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Dialectics, and triads…

November 29th, 2014 · No Comments

http://darwiniana.com/2014/11/28/the-lack-of-scientific-status-for-the-dialectic/ My criticism of dialectic is not a narrow rejection of some form of the ‘critique of Aristotelian logic’, but the realization that there are many candidates for this and they have to be compared with, …standard logic. The world of Bennett’s Dramatic Universe contains a complete working out of the whole system of ‘triads’ […]

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Redemption Song: Playing for Change

November 29th, 2014 · No Comments

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