Tuesday, May 31, 2011
1'Jerry Brown: California, Country Facing ‘Regime Crisis’ Similar To The Civil War' - CBS, Los Angeles
2'Gov. Rick Perry: Texas Could Secede, Leave Union' - Huff Po
Saturday, May 28, 2011
From the the National Association for Music Education website:
"For today's students to succeed tomorrow, they need a comprehensive education that includes music taught by exemplary music educators."
What about the intrinsic beauty of music in developing the human spirit ? Does everything in education have to be about becoming a good factory worker or systems manager ?
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Scientists have found that a gene linked to diabetes and cholesterol is a "master switch" that controls other genes found in fat in the body, and say it should help in the search for treatments for obesity-related diseases.Americans are getting fatter by the generation not because of genes, but because their diet and exercise regimen is atrocious. Highlighting poorly understood DNA influences obscures environmental influences, or even creates the mindset to ignore environment, i.e. nurture, which of course is politically convenient.
1'Scientists find "master switch" gene for obesity' - Reuters
From the Guardian:
"The IMF under his stewardship has been more flexible with Greece than its other creditors, the EU and ECB," said Theodore Pelagidis, professor or economic analysis at the University of Piraeus. "He was much more understanding of the nature of the crisis. This now makes the situation more complex because one of the principal negotiators is out of the game and people are asking who is next and what should we expect?"
1'Greece fears Strauss-Kahn arrest will prolong ongoing debt crisis' - UK Guardian
And yes, I think the U.S. would back another junta if it meant getting control of the widespread resistance to austerity. The financial oligarchy wants to get paid.
Friday, May 13, 2011
This is what these sociopaths who 'get to the top' in capitalism do when their backs start getting pressed to the wall.
'Pakistani community spokesman Irfan Tamur Mohammad — himself an attack victim — said 17 migrants have been hospitalized and dozens of immigrant-owned shops attacked or looted, while police allegedly did little to stop the violence.
Authorities were unable to provide any figures on injuries.
"There were racist attacks before, but Thursday's events were something else, really terrifying," Mohammad said. "It all happened very suddenly, we didn't expect something that extreme."
Events involving large number of people acting with unified violence do not happen 'suddenly'. They are a result of organization and sponsorship. This was not random, but planned.
And the Greek government says the violence might be understandable in a way:
'The spectacle of knifed immigrants in hospital cannot be accepted by Greek society," he (Government spokesman George Petalotis) told state TV. "Citizens who live in the center of Athens and in areas with a big (crime) problem are right to be frustrated...'
1'Greek officials urge calm after racist attacks' - AP
2'In Greece, austerity kindles deep discontent' - Washington Post
Friday, May 6, 2011
Monday, May 2, 2011
April 19th : 1"Pakistan fails to get IMF assurance on $11.3 bn loan release"
April 27th : 2"US likely to release $981m by June-end: Hafeez Shaikh"
Well, it's one conspiracy theory at least, and not a bad one.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
I can see him winning, and am only surprised hard-line nationalism hasn't erupted sooner. And the root of his critiques, the fact the U.S. can no longer support an open market to absorb global overcapacity or afford to be global hegemon without exacting greater tribute, are accurate.