It's been one hell of a year. Here's to a 2011 of peace, prosperity and freedom.
It's been one hell of a year. Here's to a 2011 of peace, prosperity and freedom.
I bet if we halved Eric Pickle's lunch expenses we could increase funding for all councils by 20%
StumbleBlogging how it should be done. Thoughtful and entertaining reviews.
You know you're corrupt when Putin starts calling you on your actions.
This morning, London lies in smoking ruin. Not from physical destruction of property, nor the violence of the coercive militaristic force of the state turned against the people, nor the suppression of people's rights; to free speech, too free assembly, to free protest. London smoulders as a generation are disenfranchised, as the undemocratic, unelected government take the self-interested, financially minded measure to privatise our exceptional institutions of higher eduction, to make them into businesses rather than palaces of knowledge, to turn a profit rather than teach our children. The right to higher education has become a privilege, a privilege for those that can afford it. The right to education, to expanding minds and nurturing a thirst for knowledge has been replaced with a grubby, dirty fixation with money. Our universities are no longer for the people, they are for the wealthy. Our government no longer govern for us, they govern over us. This is our Big Society in action, this is the reality of disaster capitalism. It is perhaps only a matter of time before "we're all in this together" becomes "you're all in this together".
The anti-corruption and fellow-Assangist sentiments are exactly what I like to see on StumbleBlogs.
Great. The only thing better than a nuclear Iran would be a nuclear Burma. Buddha must be so proud...
I feel sorry for the following, in the following order;
1. The Horses
2. The Protesters.
That's it. The horses don't want to trample people. They don't even want to be in the Police force full stop. They want to run around in fields and eat hay. They don't want fireworks thrown at them, they don't want to stampede innocent people.
Similarly, the protesters don't want to be crushed underneath a horse, they want to protest about political injustice, mostly peacefully.
The police have no sympathy from me. They are there to a do a job, admittedly, but nowhere in their job description does it include stampeding horses, riling innocent people or manhandling them for making a stand. They could easily keep the protests peaceful if they behaved in an civilised manner. Sadly, the Metropolitian Police force, as well as many others around the country have become the government's private army, a bunch of aggressive mercenaries itching for a fight and happy to oblige the odd protester who's had enough.
For the honourable, ethical police officers out there that may be reading, I would like to personally thank you for keeping me safe, making my neighbourhood a safe, and for making the world a safer place. You do a fantastic job, and sadly the testosterone fuelled steroid abusers that call themselves your colleagues do you a great diservice. Let's hope they're the ones let go thanks to needless cuts, although sadly I think those with a propensity for smashing heads will be the most secure in their jobs.
I hope for Sam's sake it's a University trust fund.
Russia are big, big fans of free speech. Well, when they can't covertly kill whoever is talking. I agree with the sentiment though, Motherland, he does deserve a Nobel prize, but Russia advocating free speech? It's like France organising a day of religious tolerance. I can't wait for more Russia related Cables so I can watch this offhand dig at the States be revoked and the death penalty proposed.
Good luck kids
Julian Assange has been arrested on spurious charges of sexual assualt, with the United States Government deeply implicit in the legal proceedings, and...what the...why is everything being crossed out? I have the right to free speech! THIS IS THE INTERNET!!! YOU CAN'T CENSOR THE INTERNET!! ATTICA!!! ATTICA!!!
Julian Assange has been arrested on unfounded allegations of sexual assault. The whole proceedings scream corruption, but when you're taking on the biggest, most corrupt institution in the world, the American Government, they'll find a way to take you down, even if it is illegal, immoral and unconstitutional. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson would be spinning in their graves.
In a world in which very little gets done on issues that actually matter, World AIDS Day 2010 took a big step in the right direction. If politicians spent less time on political infighting and more time on issues that matter, like AIDS, like Climate Change, like Human Rights, maybe when they come back to the table after making the world a better place, their petty disputes and squabbles may be that much easier to resolve.
Many millionaire Republican senators, including walking prometheus Mitch McConnell have decided cooperative nuclear disarmament between the United States and Russia is worth sabotaging so that they can continue to pay less taxes than average Americans. As if their poltical salaries and modest proposed tax rates weren't enough, the GOPs ties to big business means not only will the Republican congressmen themselves reap the rewards of these tax breaks, but also their CEO buddies across the country, that will likely use their extra income to relocate their business to Mexico or Guatemala so they can pay lower wages, even though the Republicans argue tax breaks will "create jobs" for Americans.
Don't worry too much, America, if you do happen to lose your job thanks to Republican tax breaks, at least the threat of nuclear war is still there, so you may not have to suffer too long after all. Thanks Mitch McConnell, the threat of nuclear destruction makes getting through my shitty day that much easier.
It's difficult not to laugh, as a non-American, at middle America's pervasive fear of communism, when they've allowed their capitalist system to evolve in such a way that will ultimately leave them in the exact same situtation as Soviet Russia 20 years ago. In the Soviet's corrupt form of communism, the majority did all the work, whilst the people at the top reaped all the rewards. Phew, I bet you're glad you don't have a system like that, America. You see, they allowed oligarchies to seep into their communist system in much the same way that America has into their capitalist system. Whatever system you have, once ologarchies begin to form, if you're not part of it, you're on the very cold and very bleak outside.
Whilst your average Soviet didn't have the oh-so-coveted liberty, at least not economically, to pursue whatever conception of the good life they wanted to follow, they had a house, they had food, they had healthcare, they had a job. Is freedom in those respects worth forgoing the freedom of being able to set up a prosperous business, and maybe pack a little heat to protect it? I suppose it's a matter of necessity. For a middle income business graduate that never need concern him or herself with the harsh reality of long term unemployment or homelessness, I suppose it isn't. I would suppose if you were to ask a citizen of Flint, Michigan, or Detroit, Michigan, working people, manufacturers by trade, that have been left out in the cold without any kind of prospects, whether they'd prefer a house, a job and some food over the ability to take the capitalist market by storm with a new business venture or startup, the answer may be slightly different.
This isn't so much a commentary on the ridiculousness of America's right-wing, nor is it advocating communisn as a viable political system. What it's adovocating is the political system that many Democrats and Independents are aiming for, social capitalism, social democracy, a system that enables people to prosper, to amass great wealths, but a system that, like the Marines, leaves no man behind.
I hope this is the catalyst for copycat conservationalism. I would love to see a load of Tanzanian researches coordinating themselves into a giant elephant costume, or some marine biologists in Monterey building a Humpback Whale subaquatic propulsion vehicle.
The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
I can hear it already. The cries of "socialist!", "communist!", "fascist!" from the Western world's brainwased neconservatives. It's not hard to understand why rich neconservatives would hate Naomi Klein, as she systematically disintegrates the economic models of Milton Friedman, eloquently exposing the role of military oppression and forcible subjugation of resistance in order to enforce disaster capitalism in the modern world.
It all starts with General Pinochet in Chile, then onto Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, then we find ourselves in the Northern Hemisphere, with the Thatcher Administration in the United Kingdom and the Reagan Administration in the United States. We are able to watch the meticulous destruction of the working class for the benefit of the social elite. We see unemployment skyrocket, poverty skyrocket, clashes with law enforcement skyrocket, wages stagnate, and essential public services like education, healthcare, social security demolished.
What's most important about the Shock Doctrine is not just the economic terrorism inflicted upon the average working American, or Brit, or Chilean or Argentinian, but the devestating ease with which it is accomplished. Whilst at first, military dictatorships were the only means by which these disasterous economic systems could be enforced, the intelligence and guile of its proponents gradaully became able to instill in the minds of the people that a system that benefitted such a small portion of the populus was in fact in the best interests of everybody.
If you're a devout liberal, yet you're not quite sure why it is that disaster capitalism does nothing for you, watch this film. If you're a neoconservative that works all day for little to no pay, and are starting to question why life has to be so difficult, watch this film. Also, Naomi Klein isn't just mad smart, she's a total hottie as well.
The First Amendment of the United States Constitution
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
The US government's attempts to silence Julian Assange and Wikileaks will only lead to greater revelations of the magnitude of global political corruption, sources argue.