"Government is the entertainment division of the military industrial complex." - Frank Zappa
"Government is the entertainment division of the military industrial complex." - Frank Zappa
"If they were to formally call for a general strike, the protesters would enjoy a number of logistical advantages. Unlike Midtown, which has longer blocks and broader streets, Lower Manhattan is built on a smaller scale and has some windy lanes and warrens. As a result, the police will find it more difficult to control and direct political protest.
From a logistical standpoint, the Wall Street area displays all kinds of advantages. Because Manhattan is narrowest at this point, demonstrators can maximise their numbers for optimal effect. In addition, nearly all New York subway lines run through the area, including the 1, 2 and 3 lines, 4, 5, and 6 lines, A, C, and E lines, J, M, and Z lines, as well as the N, R lines. Moreover, the Staten Island ferry disembarks a scant few blocks from the Occupy Wall Street encampment and the entrance to the all important Brooklyn Bridge is located just a stone's throw away."
time to split the beast into 11 smaller federal unions. everybody can keep the same constitution initially and have a president, supreme court, congress more near and dear to their heart and concerns. This empire is too large currently and nobody is satisfied.
"After seizing power in 1969, Gaddafi transformed Sirte into a showcase of his self-proclaimed revolution, carrying out an extensive programme of public works to expand the former village into a small city. After 1988, most government departments and the Libyan parliament were relocated from Tripoli to Sirte, although Tripoli remained formally the capital of the country. In 1999, Gaddafi proposed the idea of creating a "United States of Africa" with Sirte as its administrative centre. Ambitious plans to build a new international airport and seaport were announced in 2007."
Tripoli wasn't even an administrative capital. Considering Libya's population is 6.5 million every death for them hurts as much as 47 deaths would to us (310 mil divided by 6.5). So the NATO backed fundamentalists have just had 6,486 KIA and 43,757 WIA equivalent (138 killed,
931 wounded *47) trying to take the real capital.
800 civilians killed (NTC claim)
2,151 civilians killed (Loyalist claim). I dunno why but systematic destruction and total media blackout/disinfo of Libya feels even worse than what they did to Iraq and Yugoslavia.
"In Abu Hadi, NTC fighters from Misrata started looting and burning houses as a vengence act for the Battle of Misrata. Eastern NTC troops calls for an end to the looting were, however, ignored. According to humanitarian workers, the NATO bombing was sometimes doing the opposite of what it was declared to be doing, protecting civilians. One aid worker said there was "a lot of indiscriminate fire", and he had spoken to residents and doctors that complained about deaths from NATO air strikes.
During the assault, for the first time during the war, a loyalist suicide bomber blew himself up among opposition fighters, killing and wounding several, after he managed to infiltrate them."
Only a matter of time now before the prohibition on some drugs ends due to the economic depression (again). When the choice is between keeping the basics like hospitals and roads functioning or releasing hundreds of thousands of innocent people, it'll be easy. Prison industry and the international drug cartels (via the major American banks that launder their profits) can only have so much lobbying pull.
"approximately $30,000 per inmate annually. Keep in mind that this includeds Guard and staff wages, utilities, facility maintenance, legal fees, etc. The actual, physical cost is approximately $2500.00 per inmate (including a prorated portion of utilities).
Wikipedia list the cost at $22,632. But many prisons are now privatized, reducing costs by having cheap labor. A good capitalist incentive to put more people in jail for minor infractions."
Objectification appears to be a key component of successful domination. Where not only does one view, use, and treat the dominated as tools but the dominated themselves begin to self objectify and view themselves as tools of others. The sooner people stop thinking of themselves as their professions (most designed as tools to make the rich parasite corporate shareholders even richer) the sooner we'll loosen the oligarchy's domination over us
interesting concept, I wonder if its possible to integrate maglev into it
The capitalist mafia pigs (who rule us like cattle) periodically give children a treat (like gay marriage legalization). We can do what we want as long as it is unimportant and doesn't affect corp interests. 3 years later: "1 type of drug has been legalized! now go back to your corporate plantation lol"
Finally people are waking up to the fact that the Capitalist dictatorship that we live under is a very advanced system of slavery with an incredibly tiny ruling class that doesn't work, yet sucks all life, soul, and resources upwards like a cancer on the face of humanity
Brilliant critique of the libertarian fad sweeping US
"The essence of any utopianism is: Conjure an ideal that makes an impossible demand on reality, then announce that, until the demand is met in full, your ideal can't be fairly evaluated. Attribute any incidental successes to the halfway meeting of the demand, any failure to the halfway still to go. "
A perfect illustration of how planned obsolescence found within the capitalist system is gradually killing us all. We have the technology and can easily mass produce items that last 3-4 times as long (from cars to computers to clothing). The way the items are designed and put together in the future will also allow them to be easily disassembled and recycled.
We need mass scale reindustrialization drive to build powerful new machines that can help us clean up the place and make large swaths of the earth livable again. We can prob even put giant molecular water filters on entire rivers with todays tech.
Oh and the fact that 50%+ of all US recycled copper goes to China speaks volumes about the state of our real industrial economy.
"More and more prominently there emerges, as one of the tendencies of imperialism, the creation of the âoerentier stateâ, the usurer state, in which the bourgeoisie to an ever-increasing degree lives on the proceeds of capital exports and by âoeclipping couponsâ. It would be a mistake to believe that this tendency to decay precludes the rapid growth of capitalism.
On the whole, capitalism is growing far more rapidly than before; but this growth is not only becoming more and more uneven in general, its unevenness also manifests itself, in particular, in the decay of the countries which are richest in capital (Britain)."
"little clusters of wealthy aristocrats drawing dividends and pensions from the Far East, with a somewhat larger group of professional retainers and tradesmen and a larger body of personal servants and workers in the transport trade and in the final stages of production of the more perishable goods; all the main arterial industries would have disappeared, the staple foods and manufactures flowing in as tribute from Asia and Africa. . . .
We have foreshadowed the possibility of even a larger alliance of Western states, a European federation of great powers which, so far from forwarding the cause of world civilisation, might introduce the gigantic peril of a Western parasitism, a group of advanced industrial nations, whose upper classes drew vast tribute from Asia and Africa, with which they supported great tame masses of retainers, no longer engaged in the staple industries of agriculture and manufacture, but kept in the performance of personal or minor industrial services under the control of a new financial aristocracy"
Texas stands up to the TSA rat bastids
So I came across a 2009 "report card" from American Society of Civil Engineers which gives a letter grade for each key infrastructure sector (pg 2 of the report). As suspected the financial calamity we're in the middle of is maybe 20% of the "collapse"(moral/psych being the other 20%). Things are literally beginning to break down and fall down as things like levees and bridges are way past their expiration date
Good beer = (loaf of bread + 1 ounce of alcohol recommended daily to stimulate heart rate and toxin removal systems) = completely compatible with caloric restriction longevity diet
"A brief historical recap that may provide some clues about the current North American hegemon"
"The freedom of a human being is lacking if his or her needs are controlled by others, for need may lead to the enslavement of one person by another. Furthermore, exploitation is caused by need. Need is an intrinsic problem and conflict is initiated by the control of one's needs by another. "
"Housing is an essential need for both the individual and the family and should not be owned by others. Living in another's house, whether paying rent or not, compromises freedom. Attempts made by various countries to solve the housing problem did not provide a definite solution because such attempts did not target the ultimate solution - the necessity that people own their dwellings - but rather offered the reduction, increase, or standardization of rent, whether it went to privately or publicly-owned enterprise. In a socialist society, no one, including society itself, has the right to control people's needs. No one has the right to acquire a house additional to his or her own dwelling and that of his or her heirs for the purpose of renting it because this additional house is, in fact, a need of someone else. Acquiring it for such a purpose is the beginning of controlling the needs of others, and "in need freedom is latent". "