Monday, October 21, 2019

Cooper mocks Dump's press secretary

Wow, scathing satire on this new press secretary's appearance on Pox and Fiends.

Giuliana paid $500k from arrested Ukranian partner

The walls are closing in quickly. Even though Giuliani won't cooperate with Congress, he will have to submit to criminal prosecution from the SDNY federal court.

Private insurance healthcare choices

This is the freedom of choice you have with these vampires. Want real freedom? Choose Medicare For All, which states under Section 103, Freedom of Choice: "Any individual entitled to benefits under this Act may obtain health services from any institution, agency, or individual qualified to participate under this Act."

Rev3 financing

Continuing the last post, the following is from the European Commission's "Clean Energy for All Europeans":

"Several examples of a risk-sharing instruments have been created under the ‘Third industrial revolution’ (rev3), which is a master plan launched in partnership with the private sector, local authorities, schools, universities and the citizens of the Hauts-de-France region. With all the possibilities offered by digital technologies, the energy transition and a new mobility, the region wanted to move towards a society and economy that are more responsible, sustainable, collaborative and better connected. Among the financial tools specific to rev3, the most important is the CAP 3RI fund, intended to finance business investment. CAP 3RI is a 'layered' fund which invests risk capital in enterprises developing 3RI projects: the region participates, using the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), providing equity financing alongside public and private investors. The EIB, supported by the EFSI, provides mezzanine debt to the fund and commercial banks provide senior debt at project level. In addition to financing, the region also offers technical assistance thanks to a grant of up to EUR 2.5 million drawn from ERDF resources. The investment projects eligible to CAP 3RI financing are in the field of renewable energies, energy efficiency, energy management and smart grids, smart transport and the circular economy (Figure 20)."

Hauts-de-France and the Green New Deal

Rifkin worked with this region in setting up the GND which they call Rev3 (after the Third Industrial Revolution). You can see the progress they've made at their website. One of the means of financing Rev3 projects is the Crédit Coopératif.

"Crédit Coopératifis a cooperative bank. If he practices all banking professions and expertise, his vocation is to put his skills at the service of the actors of a responsible economy, respectful of people and their environment. Historically cooperative bank of legal persons, its capital is brought by its customers who thus accumulate the double quality of client and member. They hold all the voting rights they exercise according to the principle of one person = one vote. Companies and their groupings, cooperatives, SME-SMIs, mutuals, associations and organizations of general interest thus constitute the base of its membership, as well as the individuals who, thanks to the numerous solidarity innovations of the Agir range, more and more people are choosing to become members of Crédit Coopératif."

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Europe's Green New Deal

The new President of the European Commission has made it a key plank in her platform. But some wonder if it is just greenwashing without a commitment to the values inherent to its goals and aspirations.

"The incoming Commission president proposes a Just Transition Fund to bolster the existing Cohesion Funds for regions and rural areas, and a Farm-to-Fork sustainable food strategy to support the 'vital work' of farmers. Under von der Leyen’s presidency, protecting the ecosystem is to become a cornerstone of all policy decisions: she promises a cross-cutting Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 that will reconcile the concerns of trade, industry, agriculture and economic policy."

However the Green New Deal for Europe said it is not enough. They call "for massive investment in sustainable infrastructure and jobs – to be financed entirely by Europe‘s public banks. Where von der Leyen proposes €1 trillion of investment in a sustainable Europe over the next decade, turning parts of the European Investment Bank into Europe’s climate bank, the Green New Deal for Europe (GNDE) goes even further. To meet the scale of the twin crises faced by Europe – economic and environmental – GNDE will mobilise public banks to issue green bonds to raise at least 5% of Europe’s GDP in funding to bankroll the green transition."

Their 68-page report is here. They're hoping to get it on the EU agenda. Note that some of the funding for the public works section will be given to private companies that "advance Europe’s economic, social and environmental goals. Firms that reorient manufacturing towards recycling and repair, extend product life-cycles and shorten the working week will be given funding to support the transition. As will firms that put workers on boards and shift a portion of their profits towards a fund that pays workers a dividend and generates additional resources for the just transition" (p. 5).

Note: Rifkin supports public green banks providing funding for the infrastructure build up as long as those loans are conditioned on providers having 50% renewable energy by 2030 and all of it by 2040 (51:50).

Building out the Green New Deal

Continuing this post:

I just finished reading Rifkin's Green New Deal. He talks about the success of public-private partnerships in building out its infrastructure. It is based on performance contracts by the private energy service company (ESCO). They make the start-up investments and get ROI based on their performance. However the infrastructure is owned, operated and maintained by the public (local and/or state government) with the benefits going to citizen users.

Rifkin has seen this sort of partnership work in the EU, which can be verified by going to Smart Europe. He claims it changes the capitalistic dynamic of buyer-seller to one of provider-user.
And the end result is we the people through our government own the infrastructure, not a private company. And we generate our own energy and share with each other within this energy commons.

AOC endorses Bernie at big NY rally

Bernie's back and AOC has his back. Very powerful, inspiring speech. Bernie is the one we need steering the ship, with us filling his sails with votes and the likes of AOC backing him up on the deck. Let's fight fiercely yet peaceably for this kind of humane American future. All aboard!

"We need a society that is rooted in principles of cooperation, that is participatory. [...] Our future is in public systems as publicly owned systems, because we need to take power over our lives again. I don't know about you, but I don't want Mark Zuckerberg making decisions over my life."

Roadrunner gives Dump a taste of his own bad medicine

We should learn to do the same.

Amazon is lying too

No surprise. Amazon makes a climate pledge to reduce carbon emissions and then two weeks later joins a giant fossil fuel service provider to help with developing tech "explicitly intended to accelerate and improve oil production." Amazon is part of the Orwellian nightmare that lies about protecting the environment while continuing to feed its destruction. Don't believe their lying hype.

"Boosting production will also boost the amount of heat-trapping carbon dioxide that is released into the atmosphere at a time that scientists say that most fossil fuels must be left in the ground if we are to avoid catastrophic climate change. In no uncertain terms, accelerating oil production will accelerate the advance of the climate crisis."

Dump's war on truth

Orwell was right in Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

TYT: Zuckerberg lies about free speech

Prior to the bookmark in the video below they showed Zuck giving a presentation defending lies as free speech. I started the video at Cenk discussing how the Supreme Corp ruled that even though lying in other ads is illegal, it's ok for politicians to do it.

So Dump ads as usual are full of lies which is technically legal. Yet some media outlets refuse to air them because of the lies. The discussion though points out that Zuck and FB are conservative. So the real motivation behind FB deciding to air lies in political ads has nothing to do with free speech and everything to do with promoting Repugnantan lies and making money. There is a direct relationship between those two things.

Bottom line: FB's defense of free speech is itself a lie, as is every defense of lies under the pretense of free speech. That is the truth.

Maher offers to buy off Dump

Maher is offering the first $1 million for Dump to quit. He's also starting a campaign to get other celebrities to contribute $1 million to get enough to buy off Dump, since money is Dump's only reason for existence.

The bone spurs of a coward

Behind all the bluster is a cowardly little boy.

The key difference between Sanders and Warren

From this piece. Revolution v. reform. It's the same mistake Obama made and lost.

"It is clear that Warren is attempting to please the Democratic base, its leadership, and its corporate donors. Yet this is not the way these radical — albeit common-sense — policies are best achieved. Bernie Sanders has reminded people time and time again that the fossil fuel industry, the pharmaceutical and insurance industry, and the predatory student loan industry are all working tirelessly and funneling millions to prevent these necessary changes in our society. Warren’s belief that she can achieve such goals in boardrooms and through backdoor deals is a clear misunderstanding of power and influence in the United States, and will lead us to failure."

Friday, October 18, 2019

Two effective psychological tricks Dump uses

This article explains the tricks but notes that Dump has likely never heard of or consciously uses these tricks, rather he uses them instinctively. Although it has been reported that Dump read Hitler, so maybe he is more aware of the techniques than supposed.

The tricks are being brazenly open about what is generally considered wrong or illegal as if nothing is wrong. It's similar to Goebbels' note on propaganda, that one must  confidently assert the biggest, most unbelievable lie possible, because it's got to be true being so outlandish. And it works on at least some of the people most of the time.

Dump offers freed ISIS fighters group rate at his resort

Borowitz does it again.

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Calling it a “once-in-a-lifetime incredible deal,” Donald Trump on Friday offered recently-escaped ISIS fighters a group rate at the Trump National Doral Miami.

“I am giving ISIS a group rate that entitles them to the full run of the golf course, the spa, you name it,” he said. “This is going to make the ISIS people very, very happy.”

The fighters can qualify for the group rate by presenting proof of ISIS membership and their recently freed status, Trump said.

Trump declined to say whether he would extend the same group rate to Kurdish fighters in Syria. “I’m not a fan of the Kurds,” he said. “Where were the Kurds in 1776 when George Washington took control of the British airports?”

Shortly after Trump made the offer to ISIS, however, the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, issued a lukewarm response.

“We’ve read some not-so-great things about the Doral on TripAdvisor,” Baghdadi said. “If we wanted to go to a golf resort, we’d pick one that doesn’t have bedbugs.”

Maddow: Why Russia chose Dump

I know, Rachel drones on endlessly with the minutia of politics. But she does lay out a good case for why the Russians did it if you can bear with her. Bottom line: Oil and gas, and how these industries support despotism and destroy democracy.

Republicans for the Rule of Law ad against Dump

I'm glad there are some Republicans left who still value the law.

Mulvaney: Yes, quid pro quo

Funny meme of Mulvaney actually admitting it, but then having to walk it back later.

Know anyone like this in government?

I don't think I even need to give you any hints.

Different theories of complexity

In Jim's discussion with Bonnie he mentioned Prigogine, and that his type of complexity is different than that of the Santa Fe Institute to the point where SFI denounces him. So which theories of complexity, or at least which parts of these different theories, are applicable to postmetaphysics (or Game B or metamodernism) and which are not?

In Cilliars' book Complexity and Postmodernism he said:

"In the first place one has to acknowledge that the 'discipline' of Complexity is a house divided. There are serious differences between different approaches to complexity. After about two or three decades of work explicitly dedicated to the understanding of complex systems, it has become crucial to reflect critically on the value of these different approaches. One way of distinguishing between these approaches is provided by Edgar Morin (2007) who distinguishes between 'general' and 'restricted' complexity. Restricted complexity refers mainly to the mathematical and computational approaches to complexity, often strongly informed by chaos theory. This approach, Morin argues, acknowledges the non-linear, relational nature of complex systems, but seeks to tame it in ways which reintroduces positivism and reductionism. General complexity on the other hand, argues for the limits of all approaches to complex systems and urges that we acknowledge these limits and recognise that we need a new language in which to do this, a language which moves beyond Enlightenment ideals of neutrality and objectivity."

Also recall the "science wars" between the feuding factions of chaos theory, between Prigogine's philosophical approach, which sees correlations with postmodern cultural theory, and the more objectivist and applied approach of Mandelbrot et al. Interestingly, Prigogine is comfortable with and acknowledges that metaphor is essential to not only scientific theory but all theory, given theory's embodied root in it. Whereas the idealistic (and perhaps Platonist?) objectivists abhor such metaphoric contamination among its ranks, so much so that Prigogine has become persona non grata. Which is all the more interesting since "Prigogine is the only man to have to have thus far won the Nobel Prize for work related to non-linear dynamics" as of the writing of this article.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Warren keeps refusing Repugnantan framing

She was asked again in the recent debate if Medicare For All would raise taxes. And again she instead framed it as costs would be lowered for all but the richest Americans, which is true. Yes, MFA will incur a slight increase in personal taxes for the working class, but overall worker costs will go down without insurance premiums, co-pays, deductibles etc. The Repugs just want the frame that those evil taxes will go up while completely ignoring that overall costs will go down. And Warren wisely refuses to play their game and sticks to effective progressive framing.

Take my private healthcare insurance, please

Hartmann and Rep. Pocan discuss the false choice that proponents of private insurance claim. Yes, people want to choose their doctors, but given a real choice they don't want high premiums, co-pays, deductibles etc. And Medicare For All lets you choose your own doctors etc. and let's you choose not to pay all that BS involved in private insurance. The choice really is yours when you vote. If you like being abused by an insurance company, then by all means.

Dump sends new threatening letter to Erdogan

From Borowitz:

The real pro-life movement

Bernie wants to feed kids, Dump and the Repugs want to take food out of their mouths. It really is that simple: Care v. cruelty.

Ilhan Omar endorses Sanders

Another one of The Squad endorses. Given Bernie's authentic and long-time progressive bona fides it only makes sense that The Squad would join the team.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Sheryl Crow and Emmylou Harris - Nobody's Perfect


Dump melts down in meeting

Leaders from both Parties were called to the Blight House after the House voted 354 - 60 to condemn the Presidunce's withdrawal from Syria. From the start Dump behaved like an mentally ill child, throwing a tantrum and name calling. When asked for his Kurd and ISIS strategy he had none, just ranting some more. How can Repugnantans knowingly deny Dump's severe mental illness and make excuses for him? WTF is wrong with them?

Rifkin interview on the Green New Deal

Can be found here. It starts at 5:55. The blurb:

"Guest: Jeremy Rifkin, economic advisor to China, Germany and the European Union and author of the book The Green New Deal: Why The Fossil Fuel Civilization Will Collapse, and The Bold Economic Plan to Save Life on Earth."

A key point Rifkin highlights is that the old energy infrastructure of fossil fuels is not only destroying the planet but it is no longer efficient. And it is necessary to move quickly into a renewable energy infrastructure in order to avert complete disaster, which will require a revolutionary paradigm shift. Sanders is the only one willing to get revolutionary about this urgent transition, to wit, his own Green New Deal plan. Just modifying around the edges of the old paradigm is going to be far too little and too late.

He discusses how some local communities in the EU have been implementing the GND. For example: Smart Europe.

Bull(shit) in a china shop

Nothing more.

AOC on the global Green New Deal

Great speech. She addresses the bogus notion that somehow stating the scientific facts is alarmist, that there is somehow a middle ground that doesn't require the bold action necessary to avert real disaster. She also throws in an accurate dig on capitalism and how its greed has created this crisis. And that we must move toward a "cooperative, collaborative world" that operates on a different paradigm and value structure. The Green New Deal is a step in that direction.

However she is wrong that all governments are not on track to meet the Paris agreement goals. Keep in mind that in Jeremy Rifkin's new book The Green New Deal the EU has been working on it for over a decade now and it's making great progress toward meeting those goals.


Sanders' answer on Medicare For All

Good job Bernie.

TYT: Sanders wins debate, gets AOC's endorsement

Bernie proved he is healthy, challenged Biden effectively, and staked out his unique ground in arguing for a wholesale revolution. Now AOC is endorsing Sanders. All because Bernie is the one who started this people's revolution and the others are trying to ride his coattails. He's the real deal in the Green New Deal.

Joni Mitchell - Big Yellow Taxi

This one came to mind today, so appropriate for these times. Now it's democracy that is going by the wayside. "You don't know what you got till it's gone."

Jim Rutt discussion with Bonnitta Roy

The transcript is here. I appreciated the discussion of soil experiments in different environments, that each niche has its own requirements, that there is no one soil solution for all of them.

This though extends to our modeling, in that when we draw a boundary something gets left out. Hence there is no one model that covers all the bases. It behooves us to do meta-analyses of which models fit best under which conditions, how each fills in some the gaps of the others.

Which of course relates to the discussion about boundaries, how they are semi-permeable, allowing for both an cohesive entity yet how it communicates and shares with its environment and other entities. Investigating those spaces between is a study in itself.

One question I have though is when Bonnie talks about the whole and no boundary, the entire developmental field. How could we possibly ever know (or feel, whatever) such a whole? The very notion of a field implies it too has boundaries. The discussion of the computronium made it clear that we cannot fathom its entirety, that we have to limit our knowledge to models that focus on bits and pieces.

Which of course related to the discussion of the universe, noting there were a multitude of them, each with their own laws of physics, etc. Again, fields with boundaries that perhaps we can come to know at least some of its attributes and laws. But what of those semi-permeable boundaries, those spaces between universes, do they interact?
It does make for interesting sci-fi, but what about the science of that?

In line with my comments above I'm reminded of Bruce Alderman's paper on generative enclosures in Integral Review. And as to the generative space between that allows a meta-analysis/synthesis of models, see this Edwards et al piece. 

The truth about their brazen lies

As if being brazen somehow makes them true. It doesn't.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Speaking about a transformation

Sanders wants to give workers an ownership stake in big companies.

"Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday introduced a series of proposals designed to radically realign the balance of power in the American economy. The Vermont independent's agenda would guarantee workers eventually take control, through the issuance of new stock, of 20% stakes in the country's largest companies, while mandating that employees elect 45% of corporate boards of directors. The Sanders plan would also impose strict new guidelines on mega-mergers, while asking a revamped Federal Trade Commission to review deals pushed through during the Trump administration."

Sanders on a difference with Warren

In this clip he quotes Warren as being a "capitalist in her bones." Bernie thinks that capitalism is part of the problem and that we need a total transformation of the system away from capitalism. Warren instead wants to work within that system. It's really a difference between transformation and reform. The capitalistic system at this point is so grievously unequal and unfair that we really need to go beyond it. Sanders takes steps in the direction. Warren, while her reforms are good, doesn't go all the way to the root of capitalism itself.

Reich: 5 ways to reform the Supreme Corp

Given how it has become a completely partisan organ of the Repugnantan Party, how do we reform it? Reich offers 5 ways, bullet points below. Watch the video for the details.

1. Impose term limits.
2. Reinforce ethics standards.
3. Disclose finances online.
4. Add more seats.
5. Rotating panel.

Compare and contrast who gets what welfare

There really is no comparison.

The collective computation of reality in nature and society

At the Santa Fe Institute. As always, after the presentation it will be available at their YouTube page (also live streaming). Another example of how semi-autonomous parts operate interdependently and synchronously with others in relation.

"The first computers were not invented by humans but by nature. The mantra of complexity science—that complexity arises from interactions among simple components—is wrong. The parts—whether cells, neurons, bees, or humans—are often wonderfully complex themselves but operate under many constraints and are prone to failure and myopia and, consequently, errors in information processing that can lead to a profound misunderstanding of the nature of reality. In this public lecture, Jessica Flack will discuss how nature computes. She will build on the above points to argue collective computation—computation by the parts together—evolved as a solution to imperfect information processing, sometimes resulting in recovery of the 'ground truth out there in the world' and sometimes resulting in a collectively constructed reality that takes on a life and meaning of its own. Flack will also discuss how an understanding of computation in nature challenges us to broaden our understanding of computation’s theoretical foundations."

Interpersonal synchrony feels good but impedes self-regulation of affect

The abstract of the above article:

"The social benefits of interpersonal synchrony are widely recognized. Yet, little is known about its impact on the self. According to enactive cognitive science, the human self for its stability and regulation needs to balance social attunement with disengagement from others. Too much interpersonal synchrony is considered detrimental for a person’s ability to self-regulate. In this study, 66 adults took part in the Body-Conversation Task (BCT), a dyadic movement task promoting spontaneous social interaction. Using whole-body behavioural imaging, we investigated the simultaneous impact of interpersonal synchrony (between persons) and intrapersonal synchrony (within a person) on positive affect and self-regulation of affect. We hypothesized that interpersonal synchrony’s known tendency to increase positive affect would have a trade-off, decreasing a person’s ability to self-regulate affect. Interpersonal synchrony predicted an increase in positive affect. Consistent with our hypothesis, it simultaneously predicted a weakening in self-regulation of affect. Intrapersonal synchrony, however, tended to oppose these effects. Our findings challenge the widespread belief that harmony with others has only beneficial effects, pointing to the need to better understand the impact of interaction dynamics on the stability and regulation of the human self."

The conclusion:

Monday, October 14, 2019

Whitney Cummings on love and sex

From a recent stand up routine.

Hen National Convention

Good one depicting the fake argument against legitimate criticism of candidates, even our own.

SNL: Giuliani and Associates

If you want to make your case worse, call today!

Fake video of Dump shooting and stabbing media and opponents

Dump did not put this out according to the Blight House. Apparently it was put out by a disturbed Dumpster (is there any other kind?) depicting violence against those who criticize the Presidunce. Which of course is incited by Dump's own hate speech at every one of his rallies. I choose not to show the video but just the report on it below.

SNL: CNN Equality Town Hall

Their cold open last Saturday night. A funny cavalcade of candidates on gay rights.

Indigenous People's Day

Forget that white guy's story; honor the original Americans.

World Freedom Rankings

You can explore more here. It's ironic for a country that is so hung up on the notion of freedom.

Lady Gaga - The Edge of Glory

I'm was reminded this morning of this liberating classic, another iteration of pushing the boundaries of liberation art, philosophy and theology. Sophia incarnate.

Dump's Executive Executions

Impeachment is the proper procedure for one who has executed our entire cultural and legal heritage. Followed of course by criminal prosecution after he's removed from office.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Where are the jobs?

And this according to Dump's own Department of Energy.

Kasparian nails it on Millennials

She's responding to a report that blames Millennials for saving money instead of spending it as the cause of a financial crisis. Ana as usual flips the script on the real cause: People aren't getting a fair wage to have spending money in the first place.

AOC's haircut response

As usual, she wins the Twitter war.