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Index February 2014

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2014-02-01: How junk economists help the rich impoverish the working class;
2014-02-02: Eric Hobsbawm;
2014-02-03: Apostasy ban overshadows political debate in Tunisia;
2014-02-03: Zur mehr gerechten Welt;
2014-02-04: greece 3rd bailout;
2014-02-05: Popular Paul Craig Roberts Videos;
2014-02-06: G. Edward Griffin about the FED;
2014-02-07: Speaking Truth to Power: ‘Boat’ reinvents notion of human possibility;
2014-02-08: Spain: Popular Resistance Delivers Results;
2014-02-09: all these links remaning on my Dashbard;
2014-02-10: To challenge global capitalism we must first understand it;
2014-02-11: Ed Miliband: Labour will give parents power to oust headteachers;
2014-02-12: Tony Gosling;
2014-02-13: Do over?
2014-02-14: Moving beyond the corporate vision of sustainability;
2014-02-15: Ursachen der Finanzkrise;
2014-02-15: The side effects of the monetary paradigm;
2014-02-16: Online revolts can stop govt;
2014-02-17: Venezuela: A Complex Psychological War;
2014-02-18: Intercept: An Essential New Site by Greenwald, Scahill, and Company;
2014-02-19: when Old is leaving, the New is coming;
2014-02-20: Alexej von Jawlensky, Gabriele Münter, Wassily Kandinsky;
2014-02-21: The Secret History of Western Education;
2014-02-22: we in our world;
2014-02-23: more medieval music;
2014-02-24: Banks Are Obsolete: The Entire Parasitic Sector Can Be Eliminated;
2014-02-25: CELAC States: a shining example for the whole world;
2014-02-26: The Murky Politics of the $15 Minimum Wage;
2014-02-27: Playing Real-Life Monopoly;
2014-02-28: US Culture of Secrecy & Security Overreach.

All articles sorted chronologically.

US Culture of Secrecy & Security Overreach

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Interview with Daniel Ellsberg, re-published on ZNet, by AlJazeera, February 26, 2014.

In 1971, US military analyst Daniel Ellsberg leaked thousands of pages of a top-secret study on the Vietnam War to the American press. The Pentagon Papers, as the leak would come to be called, revealed previously shrouded layers of deception on the part of the US executive branch regarding decades of military involvement in Indochina … // Continue Reading…

Playing Real-Life Monopoly

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Published on Counterpunch, by Alfredo Lopez, Feb 25, 2014.

It might seem like a game of Monopoly played by real monopolies and, with a tired groan, one might be tempted to dismiss it as part of an ugly but irreversible trend. But the merger of cable-television mammoth Comcast with its runner-up competitor Time-Warner Cable is a huge piece of news whose outcome, if it goes forward, will be crippling to communications in this country … //

… The courts can stop this merger. Most analysts doubt they will.   Continue Reading…

The Murky Politics of the $15 Minimum Wage

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Published on Worker’s Action, by Shamus Coke, Feb 24, 2014.

… And although Sawant has been assured by the Seattle mayor that $15 is a done deal, she’s warning the Seattle public otherwise. Sawant recently spoke at a conference organized by the coalition “$15 Now,” and blasted the intrigue of the mayor’s committee set up to implement the new wage. Sawant knows the inner workings of the committee because she’s on it.

Sawant’s speech warned Seattle that the Seattle 1% are plotting a counter-offensive, aimed at undermining $15 by adding a variety of exceptions, loopholes, and extending the implementation time. In response Sawant demanded “$15 now, no exceptions.” The “$15 Now” coalition is staying on the offensive, going into the neighborhoods to ensure that $15 is implemented — they’ve given the Mayor’s committee a deadline and are preparing to organize a ballot initiative if necessary.  Continue Reading…

CELAC States: a shining example for the whole world

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33 Latin America and Caribbean States  proclaim their region a Zone of Peace – Interview with Prof Dr iur et phil Alfred M. de Zayas, Geneva School of Diplomacy, published on Current Concerns, Feb 20, 2014.

In December 2011, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States / CELAC Communidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños was established. This community comprises 33 American states with the exception of the USA and Canada … //

excerpt: …  Current Concerns: Professor de Zayas, how do you assess the Conference of Celac States 14 days ago in Havana? What results have been worked out by the countries of the Community of Latin America and the Caribbean States?   Continue Reading…

Banks Are Obsolete: The Entire Parasitic Sector Can Be Eliminated

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What else can we do with the $1.25 trillion we’ll save by eliminating these obsolete financial middleman parasites? A lot – Published on Washington’s Blog, by Charles Hush Smith, Feb 21, 2014.

… This entire parasitic middleman sector could be replaced with automated digital clearing houses and crowdfunded or non-bank loans. Why do we need banks to pay bills online? We don’t; any clearing house could charge a small fee for the transaction.

Why do we need banks when loans can be crowdfunded? If we can invest money in start-ups via Kickstarter, Indiegogo, RocketHub, AngelList, etc., why can’t we own a piece of someone’s auto loan or home mortgage?   Continue Reading…

more medieval music

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we in our world

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The Secret History of Western Education

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Videos with Charlotte T. Iserbyt – The Scientific Destruction of Minds:

Charlotte Thompson Iserbyt served as the head of policy at the Department of Education during the first administration of Ronald Reagan. While working there she discovered a long term strategic plan by the tax exempt foundations to transform America from a nation of rugged individualists and problem solvers to a country of servile, brainwashed minions who simply regurgitate whatever they’re told.  Continue Reading…

Alexej von Jawlensky, Gabriele Münter, Wassily Kandinsky – der Blaue Reiter

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Find Alexej von Jawlensky:

  • in Artikeln: Das Leuchten in der Welt: Freie Presse, 19. Februar 2014: Wer Farben liebt, der muss auch diesen Jawlensky lieben. Dem Russen, der vor vermutlich 150 Jahren zur Welt kam und in Bayern zum Weggefährten von Wassily Kandinsky und Gabriele Münter wurde, widmet das Museum Gunzenhauser derzeit eine Ausstellung. Sie ist Genuss und Lehrstück gleichermaßen (die Ausstellung “Jawlensky. Neu gesehen” im Museum Gunzenhauser in Chemnitz /Germany, Falkeplatz, ist bis 27. April, dienstags bis sonntags und feiertags 11 bis 18 Uhr zu sehen);
  • on Google Images-search;    Continue Reading…

when Old is leaving, the New is coming

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Sealed files reveal US hunt for WikiLeaks associates, on Russia Today RT, Feb 17, 2014;   Continue Reading…

Intercept: An Essential New Site by Greenwald, Scahill, and Company

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Published on The Contrary Perspective, by blog owner, Feb 15, 2014.

In an age when many journalists are corporate-owned or are reduced by various pressures into stenographers for the powerful, it’s encouraging to hear of new journalistic ventures that promise to be critical of those in power. Glenn Greenwald, who’s established a reputation for outspoken journalism at and The Guardian, and Jeremy Scahill, an investigative reporter and bestselling author of Blackwater as well as Dirty Wars, have established a new online magazine known as The Intercept (it’s available here: The NSA’s Secret Role in the U.S. Assassination Program).   Continue Reading…

Venezuela: A Complex Psychological War

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Published on ZNet, by Tamara Pearson, February 15, 2014.

… On top of this, we have the media constantly lying about what is going on here (in Venezuela) and about what the government does, as well as the verbal abuse towards Chavistas on social networks. Then, over the last few weeks, in some parts of Venezuela, the most violent sectors of the opposition have been active. Here in Merida it started off with a few “students” blocking the main road; burning tires and garbage on it, and throwing rocks at anyone who tried to get close. They had no placards. From last Friday those protests escalated, both in terms of violence, people involved, and roads closed. It has been hard to get to school, work, and the hospital, and the frustration, inconvenience, and fear that comes with these sorts of actions combines with the aforementioned economic insecurity. The cacerolas (pot banging protests) that started last night in my barrio and in a few others here and in other cities also cause anxiety.   Continue Reading…

Online revolts can stop govt

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Yesterday we defeated SOPA, today we battle NSA – Interview with Josh Levy, published on Russia Today RT, Feb 12, 2014.

Properly mobilized people can become a massive online force capable of blocking ‘dangerous bills’ and changing government policies, Josh Levy of the Free Press told RT. The participants of The Day We Fight Back campaign say their call to action is simple.

RT: What are the protesters trying to achieve? How exactly are they supposed to ‘fight back’?

  • Josh Levy: This day of action [Wednesday, February 11] is the next stop on the continuum of action that has taken place since Edward Snowden first revealed the extent of the NSA surveillance program back in June. It follows mass protests that took place in Washington DC in October, the huge online protest that took place in June after we’ve found out about all of these things. And what we have seen is that it has really changed the debate not only here in the US but around the world. And more and more people every day have turned away these programs and have tried to find the ways to stop them.   Continue Reading…

The side effects of the monetary paradigm

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Published on Neues, Interview Professor Dr. Dr. Wolfgang Berger, economist and philosopher, by Lars Schall, Translation into English by Lucy Streng, Feb 14, 2014 (Verbunden mit Ursachen der Finanzkrise).

Professor Dr. Dr. Wolfgang Berger is among the critics of an absolute basic prerequisite of today’s financial system: interest. In the following interview he reveals present conditions, risks and alternatives. “Interest is part of the system and it has side effects which therefore also belong to the system – terrible side effects.”  Continue Reading…

Ursachen der Finanzkrise

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Link: Die Schweiz sagt Fuck the EU.

Moving beyond the corporate vision of sustainability

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Published on Intrepid Report, by Rajesh Makwana, February 12, 2014.

… The green economy vs. the greed economy:

Invariably, the big business lobby advocates for market-based solutions to environmental problems and the ‘greening’ of economic growth, and essentially works to safeguard opportunities for private sector investment and shareholder profit. But environmentalists and civil society organisations have long argued that there is something deeply misguided about putting corporate profits and market-based solutions at the forefront of our response to climate change and the wider environmental crisis. Continue Reading…

Do over?

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Published on Real-World Economics Review Blog, by Peter Radford, Feb 11, 2014.

You would have thought that, after all this time, economics would change. Or be changing. Or even be hinting at the possibility of changing. However, while there are a few encouraging signs, there is precious little sign of said motion inside the citadels that dominate the discipline. We still have a profession stuck in a most unprofessional rut, pursuing thinking that reflects not the world around it, but itself.   Continue Reading…

Tony Gosling

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Ed Miliband: Labour will give parents power to oust headteachers

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Proposed public service overhaul includes education hit squads to boost performance of failing schools or teachers – Published on The Guardian, by Patrick Wintour, Feb 9, 2014.

Parents are to be given a new power to call in a specialist team to boost the performance of failing schools or teachers, under a set of wide-ranging public service reform plans to be laid out on Monday by the Labour leader, Ed Miliband.

The improvement team, working separately from Ofsted, will have powers to set out school improvement plans, order greater collaboration between schools or even remove failing headteachers. The body would have powers to intervene with academies, free schools and community schools.  Continue Reading…

To challenge global capitalism we must first understand it

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… an interview with Leo Panitch – Published on red pepper, January 2014.

Globalisation and Imperialism: … //

  • … Is it really the case that other states have not also assumed the responsibility for promoting and protecting global capitalism?
  • That’s a good question, one that’s not fully resolved. The US is a new type of empire that only rules in conjunction with other states, especially G7 states. It’s not merely an imposition. It requires a lot of institutional coordination and interpenetration. That said, the Germans in particular have been recalcitrant in taking responsibility for ‘failure containment’ in light of financial volatility. Neither has Japan been very forthcoming. By contrast, the relationship between UK and US Treasury is particularly close in playing this failure containment role, although the UK accepts that the US is the senior partner, if for no other reason than it has greater capacity. Continue Reading…

all these links remaning on my Dashbard

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Spain: Popular Resistance Delivers Results

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Published on The Bullet, Socialist Project’s E-Bulletin No. 934, by Esther Vivas, February 7, 2014.

Resisting is pointless,” we hear endlessly repeated. “So many years of protest but the crisis continues, why bother?” insist others, inoculating us with apathy and resignation. “Protests could lead to something that’s even worse,” whispers the machinery of fear. They want us submissive, heads bowed. Dreams of change are forbidden. However, history rebels, indomitable. And it shows us, despite the naysayers, that struggle is worth it. The victories against the privatization of Madrid’s public health system, of the Gamonal neighbourhood standing up to speculators and the corrupt, of the cleaners in their battle for jobs in the capital and the struggle against evictions and the banks, are good examples … // Continue Reading…

Speaking Truth to Power: ‘Boat’ reinvents notion of human possibility

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Published on Journal, by Sonja James, Feb 6, 2014.

Christopher Merrill’s “Boat” is an extraordinary and complex collection of dissident poetry.

Merrill’s gift lies in the laser-like precision with which he dissects memory, love, politics and faith. The poems assume forms as diverse as traditional narrative and prose poems as well as translations. His human rights message is simple and direct. Our highest ethical imperative as human beings is to question injustice and the abuse of power no matter where it occurs … //

poem-reviews …  Continue Reading…

G. Edward Griffin about the FED

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If America Doesn’t ABOLISH The FED, The FED Will ABOLISH AMERICA, 24.06 min, uploaded by uploaded by, Dec 23, 2013.

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