Tag Archives: Economics

Sorry no, Reich is not the resistance.

Robert Reich is great. His historical analysis is sound, though hardly radical. His economics challenge the dominant media narrative. If his illuminations work for you, fine. But sorry no, Robert Reich is not the resistance. Reich is only playing the … Continue reading

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Neuroscientist Alexandra Elbakyan designed SCI-HUB to free science from parasitic capitalism, by outsmarting it.

A US judge ordered that scientific document aggregator SCI-HUB be shut down. The site’s creator, Alexandra Elbakyan, was fined $15 million. Except the long arm of US copyright greed can’t reach her in Russia, and the 29-yr-old neuroscientist from Kazakhstan … Continue reading

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Forget Earth Day, apparently we have to save science, without which we wouldn’t have our environmental mess.

My sign read WE HAVE A POLITICAL SCIENCE PROBLEM because “science” is doing what it’s supposed to, serving its masters. By which I don’t mean politicians have coopted science. Repurposing science and technology to serve the people means an ideological … Continue reading

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I could have been an olympian

But I just don’t give three quarters of a fat rat’s rectal orifice. On the other hand, the jingoism expressed at the downtown parade celebration flustercluck whatever it was was just overbearing. Hey, watching sports is not a measure of … Continue reading

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North Korea national debt $10B, $3B being domestic.

Yeah, THAT N Korea. The N Korea who, 60 some odd years ago, faced down the armies not only of the United Imperial States but those of the United Nations.  And have kept their sovereign status ever since 1947. To … Continue reading

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Threat of Atmel plant closure prompts city council to rescind support of solar farm, on Earth Day

COLO. SPRINGS- I told the gentleman from Atmel who trolled the city council meeting, this would be my headline: ATMEL KILLS SOLAR IN COLORADO SPRINGS. Prompted by his threat to ship Atmel jobs to Malaysia if a 0.25% utilities rate … Continue reading

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Near success of delegates for Ron Paul exposes electoral college as rigged

I want to give Ron Paul supporters their due. By their determination to advance their Republican candidate by hook or by crook, Team Ron Paul’s self-deputized delegates have exposed the US electoral college nomination process to be fixed. Isn’t it … Continue reading

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Shouldn’t Mother Nature be valued and not just raped by Big Business?

It’s close to Mother Nature Day and the following is a brief Marxist answer by John Bellamy Foster to this question about the corporate value of nature under a capitalist world economy controlled by international corporations. ‘The claim that Marx … Continue reading

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Fox puts $ where mouth is, admits phone whore best career chance

In one of their many late night commercials which seem to have a lot to do with sex products. It’s a recruiting ad for women to do “phone valet” work in the “telecommunications industry”. Other ads, not as spicy, but … Continue reading

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Shocking Gag-Zette Headline!

Poverty spread in County since 2000. Oh My. The Gagzette is now recognizing that there are actual poor people in the city.And County. That’s the shocking part of the news. For those who aren’t in Colorado Springs, and don’t know, … Continue reading

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Emma Goldman on Direct Action

Yes it was Emma Goldman who said “If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.” It was no mere quip. The turn of the last century activist was a fierce advocate of every social reform and was ultimately exiled to … Continue reading

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Can a currency system be localized?

A friend of mine is studying alternative money systems in Boulder, and has solicited input from her varied professional circles. Here are the questions she poses about localizing community transactions: What is money? What does money do? What are certain properties … Continue reading

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How long before the Extremist Rightwing Conspiracy theory?

Because FOX and their subsidiaries like the “Astroturf” TeaBags, employers of Professional and Amateur Liars on a massive scale, would have somebody within their ranks who would think it a good idea to spring the notion that the recent spate … Continue reading

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Another currency scam, like the Bass Brothers pulled in the 70s

There’s an infomercial on TV right now, for the “presidential dollar coin” collector series. Seems, according to the Sellers, who have apparently bought up a huge amount of these coins… Are warning us that there’s a conspiracy run by unscrupulous … Continue reading

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Marx professor David Harvey offers take on Crises of Capitalism, illustrated

CUNY Distinguished Professor David Harvey offers a 13-part online reading of Das Capital, Volume 1. But catch this mesmerizing dry- erase presentation of Harvey’s talk THE CRISES OF CAPITALISM.

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Bob Edwards asks “We still Top Dog?”

Longtime neo-liberal shill and NPR war drummer Bob Edwards consults a soothsayer to placate his weekend audience’s fears about where their hopeful handbasket appears to be headed. To his question about the USA still being top dog, the economic clairvoyant’s … Continue reading

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We’ll all be neo-know-sumpin’ Texans

The conservative majority of the Texas Board of Education thinks school textbooks are “skewed” too much toward education. They want social studies to smile more favorably on Neoclassical Economics, America’s Christian heritage, and the legacy of today’s Neocons. Does it … Continue reading

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William Blum – Anti-Empire Report

Here’s William Blum’s latest essay, on Lincoln Gordon, Brazil, Cuba, and the 2009 Nobel Laureate, reprinted from www.killinghope.org. THE ANTI-EMPIRE REPORT By William Blum, January 6, 2009 The American elite Lincoln Gordon died a few weeks ago at the age … Continue reading

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Vaneigem on energy as commodity

NMT’s in-house Situationist has been conceptualizing a way forward well expressed in this May 2009 interview of Raoul Vaneigem: “We are being “offered” biofuels on the condition we agree to transgenic rapeseed farming. Eco-tourism will accelerate the plundering of our … Continue reading

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Armed UAS drones need no defending

I was curious about the etymology of the term “drone” applied to military (& DHS) Unmanned Aerial Surveillance aircraft, these days, mostly Armed. Obviously Armed UAS are not named after the stingless unproductive bees whose task it is to impregnate … Continue reading

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The economic quicksand that sinks us

Funny how it is that when both the Republican Party and the Democratic Party both have the same economic program, that so many of the same actors are pointing fingers at each other? But then again what could we really … Continue reading

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Stop bailing the banks out and nationalize them, Robbing Hood

$173 billions of taxpayer money given to just one financial company, AIG! Thanks, Obama, you’re really doing great here. What has the American public gotten for this travesty of economics, as Obama and Bush (the Democrats and the Republicans) have … Continue reading

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Apres nous, le Depression

If it matters what to call this financial crisis, what is it? Is America in a recession? When does a deep recession approach a depression? When is an economic crash revealed to be a collapse? Before we can rename the … Continue reading

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A fine mess you got us into, said the fat man to the little man

I’m convinced the economic “mess” we find ourselves in, is of the Laurel and Hardy variety. The iridescent definition of “mess” leads us to infer that our predicament-mess, results from a clutter-mess of options. To hear the parade of experts, … Continue reading

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Barack Obama headed to becoming America’s most disappointing President

OK, excuse time is now over as Barack Obama takes office, so what does the future actually hold for us? The Democrats can now no longer hide behind the Bush Administration and even though most Americans believe that the Republicans … Continue reading

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