Wednesday, August 31, 2011
The division of the world into nation-state bulwarks is as historically backward as the tribe was five hundred years ago. It serves no progressive function and is a relic in the development of capitalism, for the growth of both are intertwined in history.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Libyan rebels may be indiscriminately killing black people because they have confused innocent migrant workers with mercenaries, the chairman of the African Union said, citing the fears as one reason the continental body has not recognized opposition forces as Libya's interim government.
"NTC seems to confuse black people with mercenaries," AU chairman Jean Ping said Monday, referring to the rebels' National Transitional Council. "All blacks are mercenaries. If you do that, it means (that the) one-third of the population of Libya, which is black, is also mercenaries. They are killing people, normal workers, mistreating them."(1)
I wonder what the Western 'Leftists' who gave full throated support to the uprising will have to say of this.
Interesting if they should decry the discriminatory targeting of illegal immigrants in the U.S but flick away reports of slaughter of the same in another country because it doesn't fit some half-baked notion of pan-Arab revolution.
1'AU head: Libya rebels may be killing black workers' - Ap
Friday, August 26, 2011
"The HLA genes that the Neanderthals and Denisovans had, had been adapted to life in Europe and Asia for several hundred thousand years, whereas the recent migrants from Africa wouldn't have had these genes," said study leader Peter Parham from Stanford University School of Medicine in California.
"So getting these genes by mating would have given an advantage to populations that acquired them."
The sway that poorly understood biology has in the nature-nurture debate is indicative of a society that basically doesn't give a shit about equal opportunity. If all you look at is genetics, then of course, that is the only causation you will find.
And, apparently Peter Parham of Stanford thinks that Native Americans are a different, and primitive species:
"Peter Parham suggested a parallel could be drawn between the events of this period and the European conquest of the Americas.
"Initially you have small bands of Europeans exploring, having a difficult time and making friends with the natives; but as they establish themselves, they become less friendly and more likely to take over their resources and eliminate them."
1'Neanderthal sex boosted immunity in modern humans' - BBC News UK
Monday, August 22, 2011
If this is your idea of a revolution, then so be it.
A US official was quoted as confirming reports that Qatari special forces had helped spearhead the rebel storming of Bab al-Aziziya, and that British, French and Italian advisers had played a role.(1)
1'Street fighting rages in Tripoli as Gaddafi loyalists fight rearguard action'- UK Guardian
Friday, August 19, 2011
For their part the progressives howl about Perry’s gesture towards secession. “We’ve got a great union,” he famously said in response to a reporter’s question. “There’s absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that.” Big cheers from the crowd. I don’t see what’s wrong with Perry’s stand. I’m all for the right to self-determination, hence state secession. Aside from anything else, it’s how empires fall apart. Vermont, Alaska, Hawai’i, Texas – the empire crumbling just like the Towers. What’s wrong with that picture?Secession means war. And border wars are probably the last area of potential large scale conflict because nuclear weapons are of little use. Regionalism is a luddite fantasy in a world as economically and technologically integrated as ours. The nation state is actually one of the dialetic contradictions of capitalism; global economic expansion requires greater political internationalization but capitalism is bound to the nation state structure from whence it came. Of course, this is where the working class comes in.
1'Rick Perry: One Lucky Son-of-a-Bitch' - Counterpunch
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Yes, I understand bosses want us to feel 'lucky', but that has no bearing on the ideal state of a society - only their ideal state.
1'Injunctions attack democratic rights of Verizon strikers' - World Socialist Web Site
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
With only 'experts' now playing the markets, for the most part, the experts will therefore as a group get 'average' results.
And even when rolling dice there is a 1 and 36 chance of getting snake eyes, but this does not mean the person who rolled it is especially skilled.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
In July, the U.S. State Department indicated a final decision on the F-16 issue would be made by Oct. 1. Since 2006, the U.S. has repeatedly denied Taiwan's request for 66 F-16C/D Block 50/52s, a prospective sale estimated at more than $8 billion.
The planes would replace 60 F-5 Tigers and 60 Mirage 2000-5s due for retirement within five to 10 years.
China has called the sale a "red line." A recent editorial in the state-controlled People's Daily called for the use of a "financial weapon" against the U.S. if new F-16s were released.
The U.S. decision comes as a blow to the self-ruled island's effort to counter China's growing military, whose first aircraft carrier began sea trials last week, and therefore to its independence.(1)
1'U.S. To Deny Taiwan New F-16 Fighters' - Defense News
Monday, August 15, 2011
“The franc is catastrophically overvalued,” said Blocher, a former justice minister for the People’s Party, Switzerland’s largest. “It’s almost like economic warfare -- to wage a war, you must use all measures at your disposal, and you must win.”
Note: The People's Party is a nativist , anti-immigrant party.
Friday, August 12, 2011
It reminds me when I temped for a well known Northern California HMO , and we had to call angry customers and say much the same thing - this type of apology is legally meaningless and scripted as such. It avoids any mention of real guilt or wrongdoing.
In the real world, people say 'sorry , I was wrong to say that'.
"We'd like to apologise for any offence that this interview has caused," the BBC wrote on its website. 1
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
On the other hand, it's too be expected in a society that has a generational declining standard of living and vast swaths of youth unemployment. The youth are being fucked, thoroughly and completely. It's amusing to see the hapless UK Guardian trot out aging responsible community leaders to prove to their masters how well mannered they are.
Quite a few people, especially amongst the young, just want the system to burn down - the stench of corruption , venality, hypocrisy amongst our meritocrats and their masters is overwhelming. I would just argue that wanton sacking isn't the most effective way to go about things.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
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Monday, August 1, 2011
The U.S. stock market isn't a barometer on the U.S. economy any more. The typical member of the S&P 500 already gets about half of its revenues (and almost all its growth) from overseas.This is a significant historical change that probably requires further attention than is currently given. If the U.S. consumer is no longer indispensable to the world economy, it means the middle class is in for the type of austerity that has been traditionally been doled out to periphery countries.
However, the U.S. continues to run massive current account deficits, indicating that possibly, the U.S. middle class consumer is still quite vital. It is just no longer capable of absorbing the excess aggregate production inherent in a capitalist economy. Which means the system has a mounting debt and fictitious capital problem that is increasing, not decreasing. One would be led to believe there have to be problems in the Chinese banking system in this scenario.