Posted by picard578 on March 21, 2017
“We can either have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.”
–Louis Brandeis, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (1856-1941)
West is thought of as a primary example of a democratic society. Free people freely elect their representatives, who then pass policies they were chosen for. But is the truth really that rosy? Have people gotten complacent, taking for granted something that should never be taken for granted? Democracy was won after a long and difficult fight, and even the early forms of democracy were only borderline democratic. It should not be assumed that democracy will last forever, or even until tomorrow, unless it is well cared for. In fact, it should not be assumed that it still exists in the first place. Democracy is frail, and plutocracy – rule of the wealthy – was, in its various forms (oligarchic plutocracy – Sparta, dictatorship, republician plutocracy – Rome, Athens) – predominant form of government for most of human history. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by picard578 on November 11, 2016
Patrice Ayme's Thoughts
So much lying! So much naivety! Oh Blah blah! Obama! Obamacare! Obama cares not: yes, GDP of the wealthiest, the .1% has been growing. But, in truth, Clinton and Obama were the most stingy presidents of the last 66 years. Far from being progressives, they were the top two regressives and regressors. Here is the graph:
Clinton And Obama Were The Less Progressive Presidents In 66 Years
I do not expect the insulting fanatics who worship Clinton and Obama to understand the preceding graph. Let me explain a bit more for the others. The graph above looks at United States government purchases of goods and services. It looks at the purchases at all levels: local, state, and federal. Such purchases are, actually buying real stuff, and work, in contradistinction with transfer payments like Social Security and Medicare.
[Why was there a decrease around 1950? Because of super giant spending due to the Second…
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Posted by picard578 on November 7, 2016
Unfortunately, a lot of fascist mood remains in Germany. Merkel is supporting Islamofascism because she is also supporting German neoliberal fascist mood, and sees in Islam a common soul. And United States are no different. US plutocrats had long seen a common fascist mood in Germany, starting with when they gave Hitler ability to produce synthetic fuel, which allowed him to launch World War II; I wrote this post about US imperialism some time ago:
And many of them remained allied with Hitler throughout World War II, even when US res publica was fighting the Nazism, and US youth dying in war (albeit it was USSR that actually contributed most to defeat of the Nazi Germany, followed by the British Commonwealth – that is, Empire plus Dominions; despite what US national mythology wants you to think, US were comparatively a minor player). IG Farben and Vereinigte Stahlworke, produced 95% of German explosives in 1937-8, using capacity built by US loans and partly US technology. IG Farben had cooperated with Standard Oil, which gave it monopoly on German gasoline production. On beginning of World War II, IG Farben was largest chemical manufacturing enterprise in the world, with vast influence, something which was only made possible by Wall Street capital. IG Farben was also tasked by Hitler to make Germany independent from imported resources – rubber, gasoline, lubricating oils, magnesium, fibers, fats and explosives – by utilizing vast German coal reserves. Processes were developed or acquired abroad – such as iso-octane process, acquired from United States. Two largest tank producers in Germany were also Opel, a subsidiary of General Motors (which had 100% of ownership in it), and Ford A G, subsidiary of Ford company in Detroit (Ford himself was decorated by Hitler for his services to Third Reich). Bendix Aviation helped create German aircraft industry – in 1940, it supplied complete technical data for diesel engine starters to Robert Bosch, and before it it supplied data on automatic pilots to German Siemens&Halske A G.
Through German Ford, Germany imported various war materials. In late 1930s, Ford-Werke AG was transformed into German company, which exported automobiles to rest of Europe and US; any required foreign supplies were procured through American Ford Company. During war, Ford transferred modern US production and sales methods to Germany; information about that was promptly buried by Washington. French Ford produced 20 trucks a day for Wehrmacht. While US Bombing Command did not bomb European plants owned by Wall Street interests, UK Bombing Command apparently did not receive note. When RAF bombed Ford plant in Poissy in France in 1942, Vichy Government paid Ford 38 million francs as compensation for damage. Its primary function was manufacture of light trucks and spares for trucks. And it was trucks, not tanks, that enabled German blitzkrieg through France – even though tanks did play important role, army can only move as quickly as its logistical support allows it to. Germany failed in invasion of USSR partly because only few of its elite divisions were entirely motorized, while rest were entirely foot-slogging or, at best, horse-bound.
Patrice Ayme's Thoughts
Because the nasty don’t deserve anything else, of course. But there is much more to say, bearing on the astounding way all too many Germans, starting with their crippled, not to say creepy, finance minister find normal to treat part of Europe, even today.
Salvador Dali pointed out that Germany launched World War Two, just to lose it. The same German sadomasochism is fully obvious with all Germans who proposed to throw Greece out of the Eurozone. Indeed, violent ones, explain to me what to do next with the Greeks? Use German high tech to displace Greece east of New Zealand?
Thankfully, Germany is not Europe’s hegemon (contrarily to what superficialists believe). The French Republic leads a coalition with more economic power than Germany, and (hopefully) is determined to keep Greece under its wing. France is also flouting the restrictions on deficit (Germans can go fight in Africa and the Middle East, to…
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Posted by picard578 on July 11, 2016
Problem here is that European Union itself is ruled by plutocrats… especially Germany, which basically forces policies on the EU. Frau Merkel and co. have forced onto the EU suicidal policies of economic austerity and mass immigration. British exit will not solve the problem of German stupidity or the fact that EU is ruled by plutocrats. It might make these problems easier to solve – UK always was a plutocratic center – but will not, by itself, solve anything.
Patrice Ayme's Thoughts
Hard core Brexit idiots pontificate that they will renew their ties with the British Commonwealth and the USA. As if the quaint British monarchy imported from the Netherlands had anything in common with the hyper violent, domineering American republic, a country of immigrants, a world country, the world’s hyper power, which can purchase anything… but a soul, and a past it is ready to admit it had. The proud British are, relatively speaking, Europeans, and they don’t even know it.
Here is the European situation, the web of relationships, with the spider in the center, depicted with the most basic mathematics, set theory. I present to you the spider and the fly:
The Situation Is Even More Complicated Than That: Switzerland, For Example, Has More Than 600 “Bilateral” Treaties With The European Union, And Has To Respect Free Circulation Of European Citizens.
[Nota Bene: the GDP numbers above, due to the…
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Posted by picard578 on July 1, 2016
In Jurassic Park book, dr. Malcolm states that “large predators such as lions and tigers are not born man-eaters. (…) These animals must learn somewhere along the way that human beings are easy to kill. Only afterward do they become man-killers”. This statement is entirely true for most animals. But this is not because humans are not tasty, or caloric enough. While it is true that humans do not have many calories compared to larger prey, we are also not hard to catch or kill, physically speaking. Large land predators that suffer injury or disease which renders them incapable of hunting their normal prey turn to hunting humans for precisely that reason. Only exception to this rule are predatory dolphins and whales, for whom humans are a complete out-of-context problem; not being a water-dweller, we are not regarded as food. Further, whales are extremely intelligent, and are one of few species on the planet that actualy befriends another species. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by picard578 on April 16, 2016
NOTE: Due to the time it took to write this article, some information is outdated, or later found not to be correct. I tried to include fixes wherever possible, but something might have slipped due to the volume of data.
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Posted by picard578 on December 24, 2015
Patrice Ayme's Thoughts
Even In Science, Tribal Effects Dominate:
Human beings are tribal animals. A tribe is a small group of individuals, helping each other, cemented by deep emotions. Don’t say it’s over. A recent study demonstrates what some have guessed all along, namely that it flourished in science.
Max Planck — the Nobel Prize–winning physicist who launched quantum theory by discovering that energy radiation was quantized — once made the cynical observation that science progressed “one funeral at a time”. Said he:
“A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.”
(When Hitler started to devastate Germany, Planck visited the madman, and told that imbecile that his institute and university had been destroyed by Hitler’s racial policies. Hitler later had Planck’s son killed.)
Researchers at the…
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