Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Just get a job you lazy bastard

And Trump supporters didn't know it was parody

Following up on the last post, see this article where Trump supporters think "yeah, that's accurate."

Trump parody song

Grayson v. Rubio

See Grayson's FB post. Presenting the facts on actual work done in Congress, Grayson has done more in one day than Rubio has done in five years. For all their talk about personal responsibility and work ethic, and the Republicans want a slacker like Rubio for a President? Thing is, they're all talk and no action.

Obama's victories against ISIS

See this article. You won't hear the regressives talking about this, just blustering away with spin not connected in any way to reality. Obama's ISIS strategy recently killed some of the Paris bombing leaders, while it also contributed to the liberation of some formerly held ISIS cities in Iraq and Syria.

Contemporary corporate/state capitalism at work

See this article. So the rich corrupt the system to pay as little tax as possible, or even none. Which leave the rest of us struggling to make ends meet to make up the difference. And when said difference cannot be made up the paid lapdogs in Congress cut programs that are designed to help the rest of us survive when we are thrown only the crumbs of the rich. And this is the great capitalistic system that provides opportunity for all? If you buy that myth sold to us by the rich, the very ones rigging capitalism for their benefit and our detriment, and keep voting for their lackeys in Congress, then let's face it, you are a fucking idiot.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Sanders on Trump

In this interview Sanders said that Trump is smart in knowing how to manipulate the media, hence all the free airtime he gets in comparison to Sanders. Sanders blames the media for just airing extreme bloviation and bravado because it gets ratings. The interviewer admits it drives ratings and gets the time. So its also a cultural problem in that we the people, at least some of its dimmer lights, are impressed with show over substance. But then Sanders says its also because Trump's antics has to do with his playing on fear and hatred, again appealing to and inciting our lower drives to block out our higher angels. I don't think Trump is smart at all but that he is genuinely self-absorbed and narcissistic to the point that he believes everything he says. The media giving him all the attention because it's sensational and appealing to the unhealthy aspects of our most base instincts and is just plain sick and nothing to be admired.

The X-Files re-opened

The series is coming back in January for a 6 episode run. Here's the build-up video:

Which dangerous drugs?

DNC data scandal caused by DNC plant?

See this video. It's a question at this point, not an indictment based on conspiracy paranoia. It is curious though that the guy in Sanders' campaign that was fired over this was recommended to his campaign by the DNC and the company whose data was breached. While there is no evidence of this I would not put it past the DNC, since they are obviously rigging the nomination in favor of Clinton.

It didn't start with gas chambers

Remember this when you contemplate Trump:

Asshole Nation

Given Trump and his supporters, perhaps that's exactly what we should be called.

Sanders v. Trump

From Robert Reich's blog post today. Quote:

Bernie is taking on Trump. On Sunday, during an appearance on “Face the Nation,” Bernie said he’d to a better job representing the economic interests of Trump’s middle-class and blue-collar followers, because Trump opposes raising the minimum wage and supports tax cuts for higher-income earners. At a rally Sunday night in Las Vegas, Bernie noted that “there are people out there, Donald Trump and others, who are attempting to do what demagogues have always done, and that is instead of bringing people together to address and solve the real problems that we face, what they try to do is tap the anger and the frustration that people are feeling and then divide us up. So we have a message to Trump and all the others out there who want to divide us up: No, we’re not going to hate Latinos, we’re not going to hate Muslims, we are going to stand together.”

Fluid holacracy

For you holarcacy buffs, see this article. I explored holacracy quite a bit in the Ning IPS anti-capitalism thread but thought its anachronistic attachment to capitalism tainted the otherwise general shift to the neo-Commons. This offshoot might address that drawback.

"We’ve both experimented with different forms of organisational governance structures for our organisations, and we’ve systematically found that fluid, holonic structures works best. However, we felt that the traditional Holacracy model wasn’t entirely suitable for us, because it wasn’t fluid enough for the type of Decentralized Autonomous Organizations(DAO) and Distributed Collaborative Organization(DCO) swarm structures we're building. Hence, we decided to codify a 'Liquid Holacracy' governance model. We hope the open source model will be useful for organisations both inside and outside of the crypto space."

And from this post:

Monday, December 28, 2015

Frank Luntz on Trump supporters

The first 5 minutes of the video is Luntz doing Q&A with supporters. The last 5 of him and the news anchor analyzing that support. We've entered the zombie twilight zone.

Robb Smith on Mark Gafni

See his Integral Global FB post here. In one response he notes that some form of needed integral ethics has as yet been instituted. I replied: I wrote about instituting such ethical injunctions in this 2004 article. Granted it was about a different domain but applicable nonetheless. 11 years later and nothing like this has been instituted.

The faux war on Islamic terrorism

This article exposes the hypocrisy, since no US politician will bring up Saudi Arabia's explicit support of Wahhabist terrorism, not to mention its numerous public beheadings for the most trivial of crimes. Why? Oil, of course, and their control of that market. And that means money. The US jihad on Islamic terrorism is bogus because it won't confront its leading state supporter.


An interview of Layman Pascal.

"Its [capitalism's] goal is to maximize imbalances, maximize rebalancing flows and inflate the asymmetrical privilege or owners and investors" (2).

A guaranteed living wage is "a pretty standard goal of postcapitalism" (5).

"How do you get beyond state-capitalism to postcapitalism? You probably start with mild Democratic Socialism..." (9).

Work-democracy (18).  

Some Republicans are feeling the Bern

See this article:

"One aspect of this phenomenon has to do with the fact that labels such as 'conservative' and 'liberal' are gradually becoming meaningless outside of Washington D.C. The differences between 'right' and 'left' are increasingly blurry, as individual voters can hold liberal views on some issues and conservative views on others."

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Aikido founder a fraud?

See this article. I studied martial tai chi chuan for 7 years with a Master and his top students and the magical stories are bunk. Yes, I experienced great skill via this tradition but not magic. And it was physiologically based that required rigorous training and due diligence. I also taught it for a time and had to defend myself from challengers that had more to do with my skill than with any inherent powers of tai chi over any other martial form. Still, even within that tradition there were quite a few students enamored of the magical stories and myths, generally the less skilled who didn't practice enough to be any good.

What 'is' the differance?

From the archive. This is the opening post. See the thread for more.

It struck me that Derrida's descriptions of khora and differance sound reminiscent of Wilber's description of consciousness per se in Integral Spirituality (Shambhala, 2007). For example Wilber says in Chapter 2:

"This happens to fit nicely with the Madhyamaka-Yogachara Buddhist view of consciousness as emptiness or openness. Consciousness is not anything itself, just the degree of openness or emptiness, the clearing in which the phenomena of the various lines appear (but consciousness is not itself a phenomena—it is the space in which phenomena arise)" (66).

Compare with this from Deconstruction in a Nutshell (Fordham UP, 1997):

“But something like khora is 'indeconstructible' not because she/it is a firm foundation, like a metaphysical ground or principle... Rather her indeconstructibility arises because she is...the space in which everything constructible and deconstructible is constituted, and hence...older, prior, preoriginary. Far from being a likeness to the God of the monotheisms...[it] is better compared to...the incomparable, unmetaphorizable, desert-like place without properties or genus....which is not be to confused with the Eternal, Originary Truth...of the intelligible paradigms above” (97-8).

I went into an exploration of Wilber's use of CPS on pages 4 and 5 of the IPN thread, how I think he uses the distinction metaphysically. So let's see how Derrida might be different. “Let us then, like the fool...ask 'what' differance 'is,' in a nutshell....[it] doesn't 'mean' anything at all” (99). After that quote Caputo launches into a discussion of linguistics, about how any word can only be defined in context with other words, and how that definition will change depending on the context of different words around it. In that sense meaning is all within relative context, and yet that differential between meanings, that space or interval in which meaning takes place, is itself not part of the context or meaning. Thus there is not one “essential” meaning of any word because it is contextualized within this play of differences, the play itself being a groundless ground in which meaning takes place.

Integral tripe

LP posted this 'integral' analysis of Trump at FB. I appreciated Juma's comment: "Has 'integral' become so knotted and delusional that one could read this, nod thoughtfully, and believe something has been said? What tripe." And Tree deciding to block LP. It's why I don't much read LP anymore, or kennilingus generally. It's tries so hard to fit everything into its ideological boxes and ends up generally missing salients points. It's akin to what Zak said about the kennilingus reaction to anti-capitalism.

Hegelian dialectic and capitalism

There has been some discussion of Hegelian dialectics in the FB IPS forum, so I posted this response:

As noted at length in the Ning IPS forum, Hegelian dialectics is the basis for the kennilingus acceptance of e.g. the model of hierarchical complexity (MHC). But there is another form of complexity that doesn't require that Hegelian dialectical logic. And no, it is not just 'horizontal' complexity as reduced by the MHC. As but one example, from this Ning post, with Caputo discussing Zizek's recontextualization of Hegel's dialectic, akin to what Cameron talks about. I'd add the capitalism is part of the formal logic of Hegelian dialectics.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

The Pope's Christmas message

Similar to Cardinal O'Malley. See this article where the Pope said: "In a society so often intoxicated by consumerism and hedonism, wealth and extravagance, appearances and narcissism, this [Christ] child calls us to act soberly, in other words, in a way that is simple, balanced, consistent, capable of seeing and doing what is essential."

Cardinal O'Malley on extreme individualism

See this article on his Christmas message, denouncing Ayn Rand style self-absorbtion.

Economics After Capitalism

See this book review.

"The commons works best by consensus and, unlike capitalism, does not depend on constant growth. It provides shared access to important resources so that human needs can be met with potential equity. Anti-capitalist globalisation could be labelled positively as the movement for the commons…. Capitalism seeks to extend commodification; the anti-capitalist movement resists by conserving the commons."

Friday, December 25, 2015

Regressive misdirection

Exactly their strategy to have the 99% fighting each other over crumbs and leftovers.

Another quote from the last post article

An accurate rejoinder to the kennilingus apologists that think we must 'include' Republican and/or libertarian elements like conscious capitalism to be 'integral.' (And which will be dismissed by said apologists as mean green meme without further ado.)

"Somehow, some of the titans of tech have gotten the misguided idea that they are exemplars of libertarian self-created success. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Silicon Valley runs on government-subsidized technology, from microchips to the Internet itself. Corporations like Amazon used government-created tax breaks to build near-monopoly leverage and turn it against their suppliers.

Rise of the Techno-libertarians

See this article for much more than the following introduction:

"Nowadays the Silicon Valley is either celebrated as a hotbed of creativity or condemned as a cauldron of greed and wealth inequality.

"While there are certainly some talented and even idealistic people in the Valley, there’s also an excess of shallow libertarianism, from people who have enriched themselves with government-created technology who then decide they’re being held back by government. That’s shortsighted and vain. And yes, there are serious problems with sexism and age discrimination – problems which manifest themselves with some ugly behavior.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Ayn Rand Christmas cards

Below is one sample. See the link for 20 more.

We just need 'responsible' gun owners

Say those defenders of guns for everyone. If they are just trained and licensed properly then they'll protect us from the bad guys with guns, since police can't possibly handle it all by themselves. For those who believe this propoganda read this article about examples of good guys with guns that went horribly wrong.

The Big Short

I'm reading the book before I see the movie. So far the book though it seems the Wall Street banks that created collaterzied debt obligations (CDOs) didn't realize the housing market would fail. It's almost like the 'outsiders' were the only ones that saw the crash coming. My impression from Taibbi though is that Wall Street also not only bet on the failure but purposely engineered it.

Could "The Big Short" get Sanders elected?

Wingnut year in review

See this article for details, which explores the following bizarre and disturbing regressive events of the year: completely paranoid and fantasy no go zones; vaccination hysteria; the invasion of Texas; discrimination hiding behind religious freedom; denial of, and complicity with, white racist terrorism; Duggar family values; the Trump phenomenon. Thing is, regressives will not see them as anything but justifiable and normal.

Pine and Straw

By Bruce Alderman.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Anonymous endorses Sanders

See it here, where the hacktivists listed 10 reasons. I provide the bullet points below. Read their full statement for the details.

1) He supports a new Glass Steagall act.
2) He wants to break up the big banks.
3) Sanders opposed NAFTA and the TPP.
4) For his entire political career Sanders has stood against the for-profit prison industrial complex and the practice of over-criminalization.
5) Sanders voted against the Iraq War, and is against a war with Russia.

Religious reform

Same could be said of the kennilinguists.

Obama and the Clintons are moderate Republicans

See this FB post and the linked article therein. My response:

Which is why even the corporate Democrats (moderate Republicans) like the DNC are horrified by Sanders, while the American people are ecstatic. I've often said, and I'll say it again agreeing with Chomsky, that today's Democratic Party are what Republicans used to be. And today's Republican Party are regressive and doomed to the dustbin of history. What must emerge is a Progressive Party to replace the Republican Party, the base of which is already the Congressional Progressive Caucus. (To which Sanders belongs, btw.) Then they and the (moderately Repubican) Democratic Party can hash it out. Not for a long time, granted. Eventually the Republican Party will go the way of the Whig Party. The bigots, xenophobes and racists will still be around; they just won't, and shouldn't be, represented.

So-called third tier

Chris started a FB IPS thread on this here. My response:

I explored this question in depth in this Ning IPS thread. The short of it is that so-called third tier is actually just more integrated archaic structures via meditative or other similar methods. Therefore they are not 'above' the other stages as higher developmental levels but 'folded' over/under. Then again, neither are the so-called higher cognitive stages of meta-systemic, paradigmatic and cross-paradigmatic but rather horizontal extensions of formal logic. There is quite a bit of alternative 'integral' research in that thread to support this thesis.

The US is getting more progressive

Even if it's representatives are mostly regressive and don't listen. This article details some progressive victories in 2015. And encourages us to keep fighting to implement an agenda that moves forward, not backward. Plus we must get out the vote and change Congress to continue this evolution of our species, for as is the current Congress very well might destroy the planet if we do not. A few samples from the article:

1) A growing number of workers are earning more – thanks to local and state progressive-pushed initiatives to raise the minimum wage and new overtime rules.
2) Same-sex marriage is legal. People can marry who they want now.


The entire album is here.

Baby love your body

Very funny. And educational, I guess.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

At least one venture capitalist wants to raise the minimum wage

See this article on Nick Hanauer, who thinks it should be $15 hourly. 

"Dramatically raising workers’ wages, Hanauer argues, won’t lead to fewer jobs, as his opponents claim. It will lead to more jobs, because workers who have more money will create demand for more products and services, thereby creating a 'positive feedback loop' of prosperity. He and Liu call their theory 'middle-out economics,' a term President Obama began using during his 2012 campaign, juxtaposing it with the 'trickle-down' ideas of the right. In this, they are appealing to the self-interest, rather than the charitable sense, of the rich. 'It is not a case based on niceness and compassion; it is a case based on winning,' Liu told me."

Mad at the wrong welfare queens

Just the facts ma'am.

Reagan's daughter on the GOP

This this article. Patti Davis said of the current GOP candidates that her father "would be so appalled at these candidates." And that if her father ran today "I don't think the GOP would support him." Smart woman. You can hear the entire interview at the link.

Sanders is the best chance against all Repubicans

Is this clip they show that in polls for months Sanders beats all Republican candidates, while Clinton does not. It belies the BS spin by the Corporate Dems, and their kennilingus apologists, that only Clinton has a chance to beat them.

Fox News Presidental Poll

This is from Fox News, mind you, as of 2:36 pm EST in the US. People have to be inclined to go to Fox News in the first place, which progressives are most definitely not. I only went to see this for myself from a FB feed. If Sanders is doing this well at Fox that's astounding.

Sanders 39%, Trump 28%, Clinton 16%.

Point Breeze

Monday, December 21, 2015

Locutus of the Corporate Dems

Continuing the theme of the corporate Dems:


NY Times spins Democratic debate

In this article the NYT no longer even pretends at objective coverage of the campaign. They pretty much ignore Sanders to effusively praise Clinton, and completely ignore her unsubstantiated claims. They, like the DNC, make no pretense to back the corporate Democrat who backs their kind of faux progressivism in the name of the almighty dollar.

The super rich 'liberals' on income inequality

See this article on the topic. Joseph did a FB post on it here where he said:

"Without a strong critique of existing structures, any psycho-spiritual movement (Integral included) is prone to becoming coopted by those existing structures. Integral's main thesis (accellerationist in nature) is predicated on structural change through a developmental progression of values (red-amber-orange-green-teal..), and yet the injunctions that it seems to offer (individual meditation and psychological work) don't seem adequate to addressing the collective structural issues facing us today. OR do they?"

My response:  

Sunday, December 20, 2015

The revolt of the anxious class

Excellent analysis by Robert Reich on what leads to the Trump phenomenon. Quote:

The great American middle class has become an anxious class — and it's in revolt. Before I explain how that revolt is playing out, you need to understand the sources of the anxiety. Start with the fact that the middle class is shrinking, according to the Pew Research Center. The odds of falling into poverty are frighteningly high, especially for the majority of the population who lack college degrees.
Two-thirds of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. Most could lose their jobs at any time. Many are part of a burgeoning "on-demand" workforce — employed as needed, paid whatever they can get whenever they can get it. Yet if they don't keep up with rent or mortgage payments, or can't pay for groceries or utilities, they'll lose their footing.

The stress is taking a toll. For the first time in history, the life spans of middle-class whites are dropping. According to research by Nobel-prize-winning economist Angus Deaton and his co-researcher Anne Case, middle-aged white men and women in the United States have been dying earlier. They're poisoning themselves with drugs and alcohol, or committing suicide. The odds of being gunned down in America by a jihadist are far smaller than the odds of such self-inflicted deaths, but the recent tragedy in San Bernardino, California, only heightens an overwhelming sense of arbitrariness and fragility.

Best way for the homeless to get donations

Scare the hell out of any sane person.

Robert Reich on dealing with regressive relatives

Over holiday meals. Even though I agree with Reich is this video, in that he counters several regressive talking points with facts, this never works with regressives. They don't accept facts, instead seeing some socialist conspiracy hiding within them. Calm, rational discussion is wasted on them. My strategy is to just tell them NO POLITICS at family gatherings, period. Let's just focus on family love. Otherwise, just write off this 20% of so of the regressive US population and focus on the rest when making fact-based arguments to sway voters.

SNL GOP debate

Not very far from the actual debate.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

9 GOP poison pills in the spending bill

See this article for more. Following are just a couple of examples. This is exactly what you get when you vote for the GOP. If you know this and do it you're evil. If you're ignorant and vote for this you're an idiot.

In addition to all of the new provisions in this year’s budget bill, one of the worst riders from the 2014 “cromnibus” bill that deregulated derivatives trading on Wall Street will remain in effect. The deregulation bill reverses portions of the Dodd-Frank financial reform act of 2010, and allows big banks to get away with the same high-risk gambling on complex financial instruments that caused the 2008 financial crisis. Wall Street lobbyists actually wrote most of the language in the bill that was snuck into last year’s budget bill.


Make your vagina great again!

US GOP only conservative Party worldwide to deny climate change

See the President's statement below, which is verified by this policy report.

JPMorgan at it again

See this article. JPM was a key player in outright fraud in the financial crises for knowingly selling the junk bonds that crashed the economy. As this article details, there were several other frauds they had to pay fines on. The most recent is a $307 million fine for selling their own mutual and hedge funds to clients without giving them an option on lower-fee funds available from other vendors. When will Congress get the obvious fact that these big banks are scumbags whose sole intent is to rip off everyone for their own profit and hold them accountable via law? Same goes for the Justice Dept., who only fine them instead of putting those responsible in jail.

Senator Warren on some small successes

Here is Senator Warren's email blast on the victories in Congress' spending Bill. She rightly credits we the people for doing our part to pass legislation that protects us from Wall Street. She said:

Elizabeth Warren for Massachusetts


Last December, Citigroup lobbyists slipped a last-minute provision into the must-pass spending bill to make it easier for the biggest banks to get bailed out by taxpayers. We did everything we could to stop that lousy provision. I gave speeches, people signed petitions, groups called Congress. But it was too late. Congress couldn’t let the government shut down.

We lost a year ago, but we did not go away quietly. Every time the Republicans have tried to sneak another terrible provision into a bill, you’ve helped us sound the alarm. You’ve signed petitions, made calls, tweeted, and posted on Facebook. When two Wall Street banks threatened to withhold their contributions to Senate Democrats because of our work, you quadruple-matched their money. You’ve made it clear that if they want to rig the system, we’re going to fight back.

With a must-pass spending bill on the table, the Wall Street banks came at us in full force but we fought them back! Yesterday, Congress passed another spending bill without a single provision to materially weaken the rules on Wall Street. No gutting the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. No tying the hands of the cops who police the big banks. No delay of a new conflict-of-interest rule for retirement advisers.

Terrorism against US Muslims increased three-fold

Since the Paris and San Bernardino attacks. See the facts here. There appears to be no evidence that these Muslim victims have anything to do with ISIS or terrorism. It's purely a matter of bigoted xenophobia incited by the likes of Trump and Fox News. And this is home-grown US terrorism afflicted on law-abiding Muslims who are US citizens.

Trump decoded

Friday, December 18, 2015

Lovelock is a more than a bit loose with the facts

Following up on this post, see this Lovelock book review. I thought Lovelock's ideas in the linked article were more than a bit off. The Guardian review reinforced my intuitions, especially this one:

"James appears to possess a profound and irrational prejudice against renewable energy. This seems to encourage him to believe almost any rubbish its opponents publish."

Which the author then, unlike Lovelock, provides some examples with legitimate evidence.

Sad but true

Racist, bigoted, xenophobic Republican base

I disagree with this article: It is not a deterioration of the regressive base that Trump manipulates. It's always been that way and Trump just exposes it for what it is, as well as how the GOP establishment has always manipulated it too. The latter just used code language, while Trump just lays it bare. He really does represent the Party as a whole and should be their candidate.

Remember your refugee savior

Next time you denounce those like him. Is that what Jesus would do? I'm thinking not.

Petition to reinstate Sanders campaign to DNC voter database

See this story, where a Sanders staffer inadvertently accessed Clinton's section of the database. The DNC promptly denied the Sanders campaign access to their own section. This access is critical with primaries right around the corner. It seems like just one more DNC tactic to derail the Sanders campaign, so fight back via this petition to restore Sanders access.

Health tip of the week

From The Onion. Need to improve your life dramatically? This tip will surely help.

James Lovelock on climate change

See this article. He thinks we should give up on saving the planet from this crisis, as it's going to happen anyway. Instead we should focus our limited resources on preparing cities to adapt to the impending climate disasters.

Muslims hold anti-ISIS demonstration

See the story here. And the regressive wackos say it's a pro-ISIS rally. These xenophobes have a serious mental illness, one that leads them to terrorism.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Sanders wins Democracy for America's endorsement

See this article. DFA asked us to vote for our Democratic candidate and Sanders got a record-breaking 87.9% of the vote. We know who represents we the people.

Communication Workers of America endorse Sanders

See this article. The CWA is 700,000 strong. Sanders has always promoted unions as a means to achieve fair income distribution, worker safety, etc. It's good to see them listening to their members, unlike some other unions, and endorsing the union candidate.

Reich on Shkreli

Following up on the last post, Robert Reich's FB post shows exactly what the tenets of Wall Street operates within:

"Martin Shkreli -- the 32-year-old former hedge-fund manager and CEO of Turning Pharmaceuticals, who bought and then jacked up the price of 62-year-old critical drug used for newborns and HIV patients by more than 4,000 percent -- was arrested this morning. Not because of this greedy deal but because he allegedly defrauded investors at his hedge fund.

Borowitz on Shkreli

Shrkeli is the asshole that bought a company that makes anti-AIDS medication and promptly raised the price 5000%. Now he'd been arrested and charged with securities fraud (big surprise) so Borowitz parodies the situation (following):

BROOKLYN (The Borowitz Report)—A criminal lawyer representing Turing Pharmaceuticals chief Martin Shkreli has informed his client that he is raising his hourly legal fees by five thousand per cent, the lawyer has confirmed.

Minutes after Shkreli’s arrest on charges of securities fraud, the attorney, Harland Dorrinson, announced that he was hiking his fees from twelve hundred dollars an hour to sixty thousand dollars.

Teaching creative thinking, collaboration, interpretation, presentation

See this article, where the University of Essex has ditched exams for philosophy students. This is a lot like my BA in English at ASU:

"Exams clearly have their merits. But in the advanced study of a subject like philosophy, we need to test students’ ability to think in an original and creative way, rather than simply their power of recall. Formal exam conditions are poorly suited to testing the skills that are honed by a philosophy degree: problem-solving, independent learning, collaboration, interpretation and presentation; attributes that are prized by employers across a range of careers."

The dirty secrets of COP21

See this excellent article. Since the Pope's Encyclical made clear our spiritual duty to address climate change, what can we do to challenge COP21's misleading spin? The article has some good suggestions. The intro to the article:

"Strong, smart adults do not want to be fed false hopes, false targets or false facts. They want to know the way things really are so that they can adapt to or effectively manage what actually is there. If you would like to quickly cut through the Paris Climate Conference media spin as well as other greenwashing from the poorly informed concerning the Paris agreement and results, keep reading..."

Contradictions of capitalism

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

GOP debate all about fear

That's all these clowns have, peddling fear as the lowest common denominator. Kill the dark radical terrorists (and their families and innocent bystanders) but not a peep about guns, climate change or domestic white terrorists, all of which kill far, far more in the US than Islamic terrorists. Oh, and don't forget to fear all the Muslim refugees who are themselves fleeing for their lives from the Islamic terrorists, since this must somehow be a trick to get into the US and kill us all. This is exactly the sort of rhetoric indicative of a shift to a fascist state and exactly what the regressive GOP wants. All of them, not just Trump. Except for Paul, that is.

It's bullshit that we can't afford social programs

See this article. Just this one jet can house every homeless person. And the Congressional psychopaths say we don't have the money for food stamps or social security. We do, they would just rather have a jet that pays off their Masters.

Awesome Tonight Show a cappella Star Wars medley

The alternate Republican universe

What the 2 parties represent

More on Beck's codes

Following up on this post, Beck noted that the progressive movement is 7th code, aka yellow. And that the 8th code (aka turquoise) is emerging and more relevant, which imo is the neo-Commons. Which reminds me of this and this recent post.

Whole Foods responds to child slave labor charges

Following up on this post, and in the interest of fairness, Whole Foods has responded here and here.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Want be more like Jesus?

You sure? Read this article before you decide. An excerpt follows.

"When people say they want to become more like Jesus, they usually mean they want to become a moral person. Such morality is often defined by religious values shaped by a modern Christian subculture—not all of which is bad. My suspicion, though, is that if we look closely at Jesus without our modern moralistic filter, fewer people would want to become more like Jesus.

"Jesus was an unmarried peasant who didn’t put his 'family first.' All of his followers were mothers and brothers and sisters and children. Most of his friends were criminals or living sinful lifestyles. Jesus had hardly any friends who would be considered “religious.” He spent most of his time with drunks, gluttons, fornicators, and thieves. He was so close to “sinners” that the religious leaders thought he was one. And nearly everything Jesus said and did made religious people mad.

Making lemonade out of lemons?

Or just rationalizing a bad climate agreement? See this article. This is wishful thinking at best. So if the US reneges on its promises they get shamed? It's already been established that the psychopaths in charge of Congress do not experience shame. And meanwhile the planet dies? We need enforceable and binding laws with severe penalties to avoid catastrophe, hence the US refusal on this.

That's mighty Christian of you

This is not a satire. Something tells me this is NOT what Jesus would do.

"A Christian-run Kentucky homeless shelter, Emergency Christian Ministries, just wished homeless women and children a Merry Christmas by booting them back onto the streets, claiming that it decided to ban all women (and their children) in an attempt to stop the 'sex problem.'  The misguided effort has left dozens of women and children on the streets with nowhere to go, and the situation is bleak — as the closest shelter that is accepting women is a forty minute drive from the town where Emergency Christian Ministries is located."

Trump's environmental policy

Imagine what he'd do about climate change. Wait, what climate change?

If you're feeling stupid watch the GOP debate

Andy Borowitz does another satire on those with low self-esteem. His cure? Watch the GOP debates and you'll instantly feel much smarter and confident compared to that clown car.

Senate Republicans block 9/11 responders Bill

Yes they did. The Bill would have provided free medical coverage to the 9/11 first responders who got sick from that event. And the Republicans first filibustered it, saying it costs too much. These bastards are all talk about patriotism but when it comes down to actually helping those that put their lives on the line for us they back down every time. And this is what you voted into Congress?

Climate justice movement disappointed in climate agreement

See the video below from Democracy Now. Unlike major media they actually covered the event, including those who are disappointed. In this clip are some of the disappointed about targets being voluntary, the omission of specific dates to reach targets, the weakening of financial access to vulnerable nations, and no mention of military carbon emissions.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Conscious capitalism at work

Whole Foods is one of the US companies selling shrimp processed by child slave labor. Yum, more conscious capitalism please.

Privileged liberal idiots

Excellent article on those named above who would rather see a Republican President than vote for Clinton if she beats Sanders in the primary.

"It’s legitimate to debate which of the Democratic candidates would be better, but it’s dishonest and flat out stupid to claim that either is close to perfect or that either is even in the same paradigm of awfulness as the Republicans. And it is not just stupid but unconscionable to relegate others to the incomprehensible suffering another Republican president would make inevitable, just so one can pretend to be making a moral stand that is not only immoral but intellectually vacuous. The very essence of privileged idiocy."

New Thompson interview

See it here. This Q&A reminds me of my work in the Batchelor thread. (Also see my review of the book here.)

Vikram Zutshi: Have you delved into the Self/No-Self debate between Hindus and Buddhists? Some schools of Buddhism come very close to the Vedic concepts of Atman and Brahman, while others reject it outright. What is your conclusion?

Evan Thompson: This debate is fascinating. It developed over many centuries and millennia in Indian philosophy. The concepts of atman and anatman were constantly evolving. On the one hand, there’s a sharp opposition between, say, Abhidharma Buddhist philosophy, which holds that what we call a ‘self’ or ‘person’ is ultimately only a collection of impersonal and momentary mental and physical events (dharmas), and Hindu Nyāya philosophy, which holds that the self exists and is an independent thing or substance. On the other hand, the Mahayana Buddhist idea of an innate Buddha nature (Tathāgatagarbha) seems conceptually rather close to the Advaita Vedānta notion of atman or atman-Brahman nonduality. All these philosophical twists and turns provide a good example of how we can’t talk about Indian conceptions of self or non-self as if they were monolithic; we have to refer to specific thinkers and the evolving context of philosophical debate and contemplative practice.

Sanders and Clinton comparison

Their differences as noted in this Robert Reich FB post:

Bernie wants to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Hillary wants to raise it to $12 an hour.

Bernie wants a single-payer health insurance system. Hillary wants to strengthen Obamacare.

Bernie wants all public higher education to be tuition free. Hillary wants community colleges to be tuition free.

Bernie wants to bust up the biggest banks. Hillary wants to make it more expensive for banks to be very big.

Have a frightening NRA Christmas

The imperative of a carbon fee and dividend

Following up on this post, here's Hansen's chapter "The imperative of a carbon fee and dividend" in The Oxford Handbook of the Macroeconomics of Global Warming (2015).

Don Beck on Ken Wilber

See this FB post for more. An excerpt by Beck:

"I reject all of this and is yet another example of Wilber attempting to exploit the Graves model and Spiral Dynamics. He lacks, entirely, the 7th Code, and has no idea how/when/where each of the Codes have emerged. I will gladly challenge him to a public debate but he still hides out in his loft in Denver. The whole idea of "tiers" is uniquely language from our work which he "steals" in order to market his. The many lacks any ethical basis when he does so. He is nothing beyond RED-ORANGE. If he wants to develop his own system then he should do so without exploiting my life time of work which he continues to do. 

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Will Ferrell does Dubya on SNL

In the show's cold opening he parodies the pathetic GOP candidates. They're so bad that people look back with longing thinking Dubya was the smart one.

James Hansen calls climate accord a fraud

See this article.

“It’s a fraud really, a fake. It’s just bullshit for them to say: ‘We’ll have a 2C warming target and then try to do a little better every five years.’ It’s just worthless words. There is no action, just promises. As long as fossil fuels appear to be the cheapest fuels out there, they will be continued to be burned.”

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Scalia's new robe



Sanders on the climate agreement

See the article here. An excerpt:

“While this is a step forward it goes nowhere near far enough. The planet is in crisis. We need bold action in the very near future and this does not provide that. In the United States we have a Republican Party which is much more interested in contributions from the fossil fuel industry than they care about the future of the planet. That is true all over the globe. We’ve got to stand up to the fossil fuel industry and fight for national and international legislation that transforms our energy system away from fossil fuel as quickly as possible.”

Wall Street doesn't give a shit about investors

To wit, see Robert Reich's FB post here. Currently the Labor Dept. is working on a rule requiring financial advisors to give such advice to benefit the investor. But the Wall Street lobbies are working furiously to prevent it and want to continue to mislead investors so that Wall Street can continue to manipulate the markets for their benefit while screwing over their investors. This is exactly what happened in the '08 crash, leading investors, both individual and institutional, into knowingly created bad investments so that the Street could short sell them to their own greedy benefit. They're still at it, adding a rider to the funding bill that prevents them from being responsible to investors.

When the ice all melts

See this article for details. Here are some pictures of what the US will look like if that happens.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Scalia better off in less advanced court

Following up on this post, Andy Borowitz parodies that Scalia would be better off in a "less-advanced" court. He wrote:

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—A new study conducted by legal scholars indicates that Justice Antonin Scalia would fare better if he served as a judge at a court that was “less advanced” than the United States Supreme Court. According to the study, Scalia’s struggles to perform his duties in a competent fashion stem from his being inappropriately placed on a court that is “too demanding” for a person of his limited abilities.

70,000 Muslim clerics issue fatwa condeming terrorism

See this article, which you won't see on Fox, let along even major media, who are smug in criticizing Muslims for not condemning terrorism when they in fact do. Sorry, I know, those pesky facts again.

Colbert on the Presidential campaign

He adds his humorous spin on Trump's asininity and protecting Clinton with the debate schedule, among others.

Naomi Klein & Jeremy Corbin on the Paris climate talks

Klein starts by noting that the Paris talks take as given the gross crossing of scientific, financial and legal red lines that will lead to the dreaded 3-4 degree increase in global climate. Plus there are no penalties for crossing the limits the talks will merely suggest, thanks to insistence by the US. It's starting to more than seem like the talks are fluff to appease people rather than to actually do what needs to be done. So Klein notes that there will be demonstrations on Dec. 12 in defiance of the ban on demonstrations, the latter yet another indication that this meeting is a sham. There is far more in the video by Corbyn and labor union reps on energy democracy via local community control, trade agreements for labor and the environment, renewable energy jobs, etc., all indicative of the rising neo-Commons.

Darth Trump

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Scalia is the Supreme Corp's Trump

Here are Scalia's blatant racist remarks in an affirmative action case before the court. For him affirmative action is about allowing black's of inferior intellect into schools that are over their heads. Meanwhile of course the facts from the National Science Foundation show that blacks in such prestigious schools do just fine, apparently of equal or better intellect. Ooops, sorry, Scalia doesn't rule based on scientific fact but prejudice.

US Senate workers live in poverty

Per Senator Warren's FB post:

"Nobody who works full time should live in poverty – especially people who work in the US Senate. But Senate cafeteria workers earn so little that many work multiple jobs, some rely on public assistance, and at least one has been homeless. This is shameful. Today I joined the Senate cafeteria workers for their Wednesday ‪#‎brownbagboycott‬ – to stand in solidarity with workers fighting for a union and higher wages."

The horse's (elephant's) ass

Can't apply the same logic to Muslims

This cartoon though is being generous by just yelling "get out!" These gun nuts would shoot first in this situation justifying it with the paranoid rhetoric we hear from the likes of Trump. And like the white cops that unjustifiably shoot and often kill black men for basically being black, that same sort of lawlessness would apply to those who might shoot Muslims these days.

World Happiness Report 2015

Speaking of metrics that measure "alternative hierarchies of value," see the World Happiness Report 2015. Scandinavian countries dominate the top 10. Recall Maalouf here that these are the democratic socialist countries moving toward functional democracy, aka the neo-Commons.

The revolutionary class today

David Harvey was cited in the last post. See his video on the revolutionary class today. 

"Harvey emphasizes the importance of thinking up new territorial strategies for class struggle – a terrain more explored by the anarchist tradition than the classical Marxist one. He then, paraphrasing Murray Bookchin, insists that the future of the left depends crucially on our capacity for putting together the best of Marxism with the best of anarchism."

Post-capitalism & the neo-Commons

Following up on the last post, more from Stein's paper. This is exactly what the neo-Commons is all about:

“Alternative currencies and time-and-skill sharing cooperatives are only the first wave of the emerging post-capitalist, post-money economy (Harvey, 2014; Eisenstein, 2011). Without money as the dominant metric governing society, what alternative hierarchies of value might emerge?” (41).

Stein on economic metrics

From the economic section of this Zak Stein paper:

"One important thing missed by summary indices of economic systems (like GDP, or simple calculations of profit) is intra-systemic inequalities—the differences between the most well off and the least well off are disguised. Highly profitable companies and nations with rapidly rising GDP often house staggering inequalities of wealth. In fact, in many organizations the rate of profit and the rate of exploitation (and thus increasing inequality) are correlated (Bowles & Gintis, 1998; Harvey, 2006). The less you pay workers, the more you skim off the top, and the more profits go up. GDP is similar, in that it is the perpetual expansion of the economy that drives numbers up. GDP goes up as things that used to be free are brought into the market and given a price. This means that we would be lowering GDP, for example, by teaching people to grow their own food, or treat simple aliments with herbs they grow themselves, or start a free neighborhood parent group that shares childcare. On the other hand, opening a childcare center, herbal company, or commercial farm expands the economy and makes the GDP go up. Take something people can do or get for free and sell it back to them, that is what makes for economic value according to simplistic growth-oriented measures like the GDP (see Eisenstein, 2011)."


Mapping the new economy

See this link to join in. From their blurb:

Please join the Real Economy Lab, the Next System Project and the New Economy Coalition on December 14 at 9am PT, noon ET, 5pm GMT for an interactive webinar discussion on mapping the next system.

The inability of traditional politics and policies to address fundamental challenges has fueled an extraordinary amount of experimentation, generating increasing numbers of sophisticated and thoughtful initiatives that build from the bottom and begin to suggest new possibilities for addressing deep social, economic and ecological problems. Thus we encounter the caring economy, the sharing economy, the provisioning economy, the restorative economy, the regenerative economy, the sustaining economy, the collaborative economy, the solidarity economy, the steady-state economy, the gift economy, the resilient economy, the participatory economy, the new economy, and the many, many organizations engaged in related activities.

There are calls for a Great and Just Transition, or for reclamation of the Commons. Many of these approaches already have significant constituencies and work underway. Creative thinking by researchers and engaged scholars is also contributing to the ferment. Although they vary widely in emphases and approaches, there is a good deal of commonality. These movements seek an economy that gives true priority to people, place, and planet.

Lady Liberty is next on Trump's list

Regressive agenda

History has proven time and again this is exactly their agenda. If you can't see that then you are an idiot. If you can see it and support it then you are a complete idiot.

Sanders wins Time's voter poll

And yet he is not on Time's short list for Person of the Year. Time, like all big media, refuse to acknowledge Sanders' popularity, or at all, because he challenges their oligarchic narrative. Trump, on the other hand, is in the finals for this category and he received less than a fifth of Sanders' votes. Surprise, surprise.

Sanders on Trump

On the Tonight Show last night.

The GOP's Frankenstein monster

See this article. While a few Republicans denounce Trump's latest call to prevent all Muslims from entering the US, they are the ones that created Trump's popularity. Their decades old southern strategy was to use code-words to incite prejudice. Now they play on the fear and anxiety of most middle class people who are suffering from job loss and/or lower wages.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Muslims raise $ for San Bernardino victims

While Trump and his followers hates all Muslims. See this story which lays bare the Trumpeters' rampant and bigoted fascism in the face of Muslim reality.

Radical Christians

What you'll never see from the vacuous Republicans.

Exploring integral educational programming

In this FB IPS thread Zak Stein asked for examples of integral training programs. When a few offered criticism of those programs Zak noted there'd be time enough for that later, as his thread was just to find out about those programs in existence. This FB IPS thread is to explore that criticism. See it for the ongoing discussion.

How about forums such as this as legitimate integral educational programming? We have several academics here that share their knowledge to many that cannot afford institutional tuition. Plus there are quite a few bright and highly self-educated folks here that are not institutional academics who add astute analysis and innovative systhesis to the integral database.

There is a marked difference in educational approach between the standard academic degree credentialing model and the P2P peer credentialing model, the latter being an example of the emerging neo-Commons worldview where peers value each other on the actual merits of their contributions without requiring institutional degree authority. Which is not to say that any old view is of equivalent value. But smart folks, institutional or not, can tell when someone's views are intelligent, relevant, sound and make a contribution to a project or not. To just ignore or dismiss non-academics though, as if that is the only authority worth attention, is part and parcel of a rapidly defunct educational model as widely documented BY academics on the emerging neo-Commons and P2P movements.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Who is the PC pussy hypocrite here?

The wealth bubble

Reich talks about how much money they have and what they do with it. They are so divorced from the reality of everyone else and the environmental world that their only concern is making even more money. Reich makes clear the costs of such an attitude on the economy and the climate. He offers some policies to remedy this situation.

Sanders' climate change plan

See this article. He's going to institute a carbon tax on oil companies to pay for reducing carbon emission 40% by 2030 and 80% by 2050. He's also going to repeal oil company subsidies and create 10 million clean energy jobs. He'll provide retraining to oil workers for these new jobs. He will also "outright ban offshore drilling, ban Arctic drilling, block natural gas exports, stop attempts to lift a decades-old ban on crude oil exports, support states trying to ban natural gas fracking, and ban mountaintop removal coal mining." See the article for more.

Democracy for America endorsement

Here's their email asking you to vote for your candidate:

Starting today, you -- and other DFA members nationwide -- have the opportunity to decide if our people-powered organization will make an endorsement in the Democratic Party presidential primary race.

This endorsement decision is entirely in your hands and VOTING STARTS NOW! Click here to cast your vote for (in alphabetical order) Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley, or Bernie Sanders -- or for no endorsement at all.

You know that primaries matter -- and when it comes to the future of our country and the world, presidential primaries matter exponentially. Our presidential nominee will set the tone for the entire Democratic Party in this extremely pivotal election year.

DFA was founded out of the presidential primary in 2004, and our members have voted on whether or not we should get involved in every contested presidential primary since then. While we've always done powerful and effective work in presidential campaigns, DFA has never actually endorsed a specific candidate in a contested presidential primary before. But that could all change this year, IF one candidate receives the support of a super-majority of DFA's members.

The very first votes in the 2016 election will be cast on February 1 in Iowa. This means that, if we endorse, we will immediately hit the ground running, devoting real resources -- people, time and money -- to helping your chosen candidate win the nomination.

DFA is a people-powered organization. To maximize your opportunity to vote and to rally your friends and family to vote too, we're keeping this poll open until 11:59pm Eastern Time on Tuesday, December 15.

In this important endorsement poll, EVERY VOTE MATTERS. Let us know who -- if anyone -- you want DFA to endorse, then Get Out The Vote by sharing our poll with your friends and family.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Moyers on the current GOP

See this article for many more details. A brief excerpt:

"For reasons hard to fathom, the Republicans seem to have made up their minds: they will divide, degrade and secede from the Union. They will do so with bullying, lies and manipulation, a willingness to say anything, no matter how daft or wrong. They will do so by spending unheard of sums to buy elections with the happy assistance of big business and wealthy patrons for whom the joys of gross income inequality are a comfortable fact of life. By gerrymandering and denying the vote to as many of the poor, the elderly, struggling low-paid workers, and people of color as they can. And by appealing to the basest impulses of human nature: anger, fear and bigotry. [...] Donald Trump is just the most outrageous and bigmouthed of the frothing wolf pack of deniers and truth benders."

An example for the US

Continuing from the last post, look at this chart from Maalouf's IW article. Note how Germany and northern Europe are entering functional democracy from social democracy. And how the US is just entering social democracy, with a big setback of course by Wall Street oligarchy. Hence Sanders agenda is on the cusp of healthy social democracy leading to functional democracy. Note his use of FDR as an example of the former and Scandinavia as an example of the latter for where the US could be.