The Left-Right Political Spectrum Is Bogus It might be a division between social identities based on class or region or race or gender, but it is certainly not a clash between different ideas. The French Estates-General in 1789 (Isidore-Stanislaus Helman via Wikimedia Commons) Americans are more divided than ever by political ideology, as a recent Pew Research Center study makes clear.
the capitalist network that runs the world - physics-math - 19 October 2011 AS PROTESTS against financial power sweep the world this week, science may have confirmed the protesters' worst fears. An analysis of the relationships between 43,000 transnational corporations has identified a relatively small group of companies, mainly banks, with disproportionate power over the global economy. The study's assumptions have attracted some criticism, but complex systems analysts contacted by New Scientist say it is a unique effort to untangle control in the global economy. Pushing the analysis further, they say, could help to identify ways of making global capitalism more stable. The idea that a few bankers control a large chunk of the global economy might not seem like news to New York's Occupy Wall Street movement and protesters elsewhere (see photo).
TEDxZurich: Who Controls The World - OlsenBlog's blog Fri, 30 Nov 2012 05:04:20 GMT James B. Glattfelder – a researcher and trading model developer at Olsen Ltd – had the chance to speak at the TEDxZurich. Read more about James on the TEDxZurich website. Decoding Complexity: The Organizing Principles Behind our Economy
Global Economy Is the price of copper trying to tell us something? Traditionally, "Dr. Copper" has been a very accurate indicator of where the global economy is heading next. For example, back in 2008 the price of copper dropped from nearly $4.00 to under $1.50 in just a matter of months. And now it appears that another big decline in the price of copper is starting to happen. So far this year, the price of copper has dropped from a high of $3.40 back in January to a price of $2.95 as I write this article, and many analysts are warning that this is just the beginning. » What Cannot Be Said About Iraq Alex Jones Ron Paul Infowars.com November 4, 2013 October was Iraq’s deadliest month since April, 2008. In those five and a half years, not only has there been no improvement in Iraq’s security situation, but things have gotten much worse. More than 1,000 people were killed in Iraq last month, the vast majority of them civilians. Another 1,600 were wounded, as car bombs, shootings, and other attacks continue to maim and murder. As post-“liberation” Iraq spirals steadily downward, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki was in Washington last week to plead for more assistance from the United States to help restore order to a society demolished by the 2003 US invasion.
The macabre truth of gun control in the US is that toddlers kill more people than terrorists do This week, in my country, considered by some of its more embarrassing denizens to be the “greatest country in the world”, an outspoken Florida “gun rights” advocate left a loaded .45 calibre handgun in the back seat of her car and was promptly shot and wounded by her four-year-old child. Truly a pinnacle of human potential, much like the invention of paper in second-century BC China, or Aristotle holding forth in the Lyceum, or whoever first pointed out that Florida looks like America’s penis. What do you say about the outspoken Florida “gun rights” advocate who left a loaded .45 calibre handgun in the back seat of her car and was promptly shot and wounded by her four-year-old child? I take no pleasure in violence and pain. But I have no interest in letting Gilt off the hook. Her child could just as easily have shot himself, or a passerby, or someone else’s child.
why decline is faster than growth "It would be some consolation for the feebleness of our selves and our works if all things should perish as slowly as they come into being; but as it is, increases are of sluggish growth, but the way to ruin is rapid." Lucius Anneaus Seneca, Letters to Lucilius, n. 91 Don't you stumble, sometimes, into something that seems to make a lot of sense but you can't say exactly why?
US sells final GM stake loses $10.5 billion from automaker bailout General Motors, on life support from the Treasury Department since 2008, is finally free of government ownership -- and it only cost taxpayers $10.5 billion. Earlier today, the Treasury announced it sold the remaining shares in GM for a total of $9.2 billion. The Treasury, which began loaning GM money from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) in December 2008, eventually poured $49.5 billion into the failing automaker by the time it declared bankruptcy in June 2009. At that time, the U.S. assumed a 61 percent stake in the world's largest automaker and declared a series of restrictions, including caps on executive pay. All told, the Treasury recovered $39 billion of the total $49.5 billion outlaid to GM.
Fascism: What it is and how to fight it The Arizona massacre, the Tea Party and the capitalist state By Fred Goldstein Published Jan 30, 2011 10:05 PM The following is the first of two articles loosely based on a talk given at a Workers World Party membership meeting on Jan. 21. Read part 2 at www.workers.org/2011/us/fascism_part2_0217/ The Arizona massacre and attempted assassination of Rep. Gina Rinehart is a Bubble Last week she said: If you’re jealous of those with more money, don’t just sit there and complain. Do something to make more money yourself — spend less time drinking, or smoking and socializing and more time working.
National Debt Clock Please visit the ObamaCare page at this link to explore the latest debt generating monster, destined to wind up the way Hillary Clinton's 1993 plan was conceived, with: "maximum fines: $5,000 for refusing to join the government mandated health plan; $5,000 for failing to pay premiums on time; 15 years in prison for doctors who received ‘anything of value’ in exchange for helping patients short circuit bureaucracy; $10,000 a day for faulty physician paperwork; and $50,000 for unauthorized patient treatment. When told the plan could bankrupt small businesses, Mrs. Clinton said, 'I can’t be responsible for every under-capitalized small business in America'! - Tony Snow reporting on Hillary's health care plan"
How TPP resembles NAFTA, and why both create some of the largest health and human rights emergencies of our time Megan WeinandActivist Post “Today we say, enough is enough! We have been denied the most elemental preparation so they can use us as cannon fodder and pillage the wealth of our country. They don't care that we have nothing, absolutely nothing, not even a roof over our heads, no land, no work, no health care, no food nor education. (1)” This First Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle, published in Chiapas, Mexico by the Zapatista (EZLN) anti-neoliberal movement in 1993 sparked the “new” Mexican Revolution of the 20th century, and was in part a response to the signing of NAFTA by the Mexican government.
Cash ISAs: How banks can pinch 92% of your savings income, and the Office of Fair Trading says it's ok There are few actions under the sky that cannot be spun and woven into a tissue of good intentions. Even the most wicked action can have a benevolent reason behind it. Whipping a horse may be to prove it is still a good runner, and save it from the glue factory. 19 Facts About The Deindustrialization Of America That Will Blow Your Mind The United States is rapidly becoming the very first "post-industrial" nation on the globe. All great economic empires eventually become fat and lazy and squander the great wealth that their forefathers have left them, but the pace at which America is accomplishing this is absolutely amazing. It was America that was at the forefront of the industrial revolution. It was America that showed the world how to mass produce everything from automobiles to televisions to airplanes. It was the great American manufacturing base that crushed Germany and Japan in World War II. But now we are witnessing the deindustrialization of America.