Archive for November, 2010

Seven Out of Tventy-Five Ain’t Bad

November 30, 2010

The following are elected members of the Constitutional Assembly:

Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad

Arrogant Mindset

November 28, 2010

CABLEGATE

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Thomas Jefferson
“Information is the currency of democracy”

Noam Chomsky:
WikiLeaks Cables Reveal “Profound Hatred for Democracy on the Part of Our Political Leadership”

Ron Paul
“In a free society, we are supposed to know the truth. In a society where truth becomes treason, we are in big trouble.”

John Pilger
Comments on au Radio

Is Goldman Sachs Next, or Bank of America,
or even Swedbank?

Swedish ‘Surplice’ Mockery [0] [1] [2] [3] or
Sex crimes the Swedish way
Evidence Destroyed Over and Over Again
Not the Erlander / Palme’s Sweden we respected.

Five postulates and one fundamental

November 27, 2010


One, the economy is to serve the people and not the people to serve the economy.

Two, development is about people and not about objects.

Three, growth is not the same as development, and development does not necessarily require growth.

Four, no economy is possible in the absence of ecosystem services.

Five, the economy is a subsystem of a larger finite system, the biosphere, hence permanent growth is impossible.

And the fundamental value to sustain a new economy should be that no economic interest, under no circumstance, can be above the reverence of life.

Can we compare this to the Economics out of Hell we now swear by?

Manfred Max-Neef
Right Livelihood Award in 1983
Outside Looking In: Experiences in Barefoot Economics
Economics Unmasked

“Underdeveloping”
California Dreaming [1] [2]

Constitutional Assembly Election

November 26, 2010

No need to change anything in the Constitution, – Fit For A King
(and the current Scam and Sleaze at the Top)

Vote!

40% Voter turnout. – Are we becoming like the Swiss? For the same reasons?

“The very low Swiss voter turnout rate (40 per cent) reflects citizen perception that voting has little impact on how the country is run” – political scientist Mark Franklin.

Defective By Design

November 21, 2010

Is Our Monetary Structure a Systemic Cause for Financial Instability?

“Why is the financial crisis of 2008 treated as if it were the first? The World Bank has identified more than 96 previous banking crises and 176 monetary crises since President Nixon introduced the floating exchange regime in the early 1970s (Caprio and Klingebiel, 1996). Even before this period, financial booms and bust cycles were, in Kindleberger’s words, a remarkably “hardy perennial” (Kindleberger, 1978); he inventories no less than 48 massive crashes between the 1637 tulip mania in Holland and the 1929 crash on Wall Street. In short, it may be tempting to consider financial and monetary instability as a given, as part of Schumpeter’s “creative destruction” of
capitalism.” –

320 crashes from 1637 (~ 0.86 p.a.).

For the last 370 years, there has been on average one crash every 14th month, and as recovery usually takes years this has been a history of continuous disaster. No wonder the Economic Priesthood is pleased with it self.

It is difficult to accept Economics as a Scientific Discipline with such a dismal record of “correction”. – “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”

Bernard Lietaer
The Lost Science of Money
The American Monetary Act (proposed)
Religion, not a science
Barefoot Economics
Surviving without money
The Bank of Happiness
The Shock Doctrine

Up Yours – In the Name of Progress.

November 18, 2010

Socially responsible corporations, privatized and back in the taxpayers care are retracting a service to the public for the benefit of the few.

The TV signal we got through cable is to be ‘cut’ for a new version of the same.

This means that we either have to go back to the antenna jungle or ADSL winch is good for one TV. This for an unspecified time period before the ‘new’ service is ready, which of course will come at a cost. By the way we already paid for the old perfectly good one.

This downgrade from Broadband to ADSL (one decoder for every appliance) is “sold” as an Optical fiber connection (my ass). – No wonder this company is under the watchful eye of the Consumers’ Association, and has repeatedly been fined by the Competition Authority.

Our corporations are renowned for their total inability in planning anything which benefits the people, but excellent at controlling forced consumerism.

Politicians as usual serve the corporations on a daily basis, the people only the day before elections.

Maybe we should just be happy to be rid of the mass media, and it’s distorted signal.

The question these geniuses forgot to ask them selfs was. – How to implement “New” Technology affecting the Whole Population and Live to Tell About It?

The Century Of The Self
Kill Your Television
The Betrayal by Technology
The Story of Stuff
They Treat Us Like Cattle (in so many ways)

Ministry of Truth

November 12, 2010

Life in a totalitarian political system, was much alike in 1984 as it is in 2010, the ruling party (with many names) achieved psychological mastery over its subjects by willfully altering the past. “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past”

The infamous Central-bank governor was as always first on the mark, when he got is Editor to translate the SIC report, and subsequently made himself the Editor in chief to ensure proper workmanship.

Having been advised to go through a thorough public relations image radiosterilization, the other players in the meltdown are now preoccupied with publishing their accounts of events. Ministers, who should have been impeached, escaped because of our stealth quality nepotism and where exonerated by their pairs.

Memorable was a blistering speech by the head jailer of the country, who feared for the “rule of law”, if her party mates should have to risk her hospitality.

It is thus understandable that all hell broke loose when a worker at one of the memory holes (squarely faithful to the party) got fired from the news manufacturing room.

No wonder that they all want to own influential media, as we are all to believe that their inherent qualities of: lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride have over night turned into: chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, patience, kindness, and humility.

The Propaganda model explains factors such as Agenda Setting which predetermines, selects, shapes, controls and restricts by the selection of topics, distribution of concerns, emphasis, framing of issues, filtering of information, and bounding of the debate.

The systemic filters, concentrate on private ownership, strict bottom-line profit orientation, over-reliance on governmental and corporate sources for news, primary tendency to avoid offending the powerful and a religious worship of the market economy, strongly opposing alternative beliefs.

Against the ruling masters of our cognitive systems, manipulating the actual experience of remembering we have: transience, absent-mindedness, blocking, mis-attribution, suggestibility, bias, and persistence. – May God help us all

Nineteen eighty-four
Propaganda model
Black, Galbraith, & Stiglitz ?
The news about the news [1], [2].
Some good stuff from the Grapevine
The Seven Sins of Memory: How the Mind Forgets and Remembers

Pagan Curse

November 10, 2010

To the 1% and their servants; left, right and center.

They may have all the power in the world, but they are still overtly superstitious and paranoid.

Reference
Saving Iceland
Our Banana Republic
The Threat is Culture
We want you all bankrupt!
If a Níðstöng worked for Iceland maybe it will work for us …

Blind spot?

November 8, 2010

In the light of the meltdown, it is interesting to see so little in what came out of the “National Assembly” which curtails the monetary and corporate powers directly.

“Permit me to issue and control the money of the nation and I care not who makes its laws.” — Mayer Amsched Rothchild,

“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.” — Thomas Jefferson

“Over time, whoever controls the money system controls the nation.” — Stephen Zarlenga

“Under the Constitution, Article I, Sec. 8, our government has the sovereign power to issue money and spend it into circulation to promote the general welfare, for example, through the creation and repair of infrastructure, including human infrastructure – health and education – rather than misusing the money system for speculation as banking has historically done; periodically causing one crisis after another. Our lawmakers must now reclaim that power!”

The American Monetary Act (proposed)
Socially responsible banking– utopia or reality?
Crowd-sourcing
National Assembly a great success!
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Hurra, wir dürfen zahlen.
Der Selbstbetrug der Mittelschicht

The results from the morning session

November 6, 2010

” So, the results are in from the discussion work at the various tables this morning. The fundamental values that participants at the National Assembly would like to see form the basis of the new constitution can be roughly divided into the following:

1. Morality / ethics
2. Human rights
3. Distribution of power, responsibility and transparency
4. Democracy
5. Iceland’s nature, its protection and utilization
6. Justice, welfare and equality
7. Peace and international collaboration
8. The country and its people ”

The National Assembly 2010
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