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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

With the passage of the 2015 federal budget bill, JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon got lawmakers to repeal a key part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law and allow banks to use the savings accounts of ordinary Americans to gamble in the stock market on behalf of hedge funds, corporations and the rich.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Reddit user topd0g: In 1967, Guy Debord wrote his seminal work, The Society of the Spectacle[1] , in which he described how the majority of society has become alienated from their own lived experiences: "The spectacle is not a series of images but a social relation among people, mediated by images." Basically, in the modern day it has become possible to manufacture the narrative that the average person uses as a lens to interpret the going-ons of daily life. The manufacturing process is some combination of mass media, socialization, careful PR management, biases, etc. in different proportions. I contend that it is much more enlightening to understand Ferguson, Missouri through Debord's theory of Spectacle. read more


Saturday, September 27, 2014

perhaps nobody consciously intended to set the world on fire, but we're on guard for ebola-carrying islamists nonetheless.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The utter lack of interest in what possible legal authority Obama has to bomb Syria is telling indeed: Empires bomb who they want, when they want, for whatever reason (indeed, recall that Obama bombed Libya even after Congress explicitly voted against authorization to use force, and very few people seemed to mind that abject act of lawlessness; constitutional constraints are not for warriors and emperors)...

Continuously creating and strengthening enemies is a feature, not a bug. It is what justifies the ongoing greasing of the profitable and power-vesting machine of Endless War.


Monday, September 22, 2014

For sheer infantilisme – the French word captures it best – I dare readers to wade through the following claptrap without a snort of disbelief...

Most immediately shocking was the Obama fantasy world which Kerry, in his clod-hopping, schoolboy way, represented. Anyone who has studied Syria from afar, let alone those who go there, know that the fictional "moderate opposition" – supposedly deserters from the Syrian government army – does not exist.


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