Archive for December, 2011

stupid … I cannot let these questions

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Banks receive some people’s savings and pay them a very small interest. Then banks lend this money to clients and ask some more interest. Till here I understand, as the banks have to pay employees (the amount is another question). But the bank also lends only 10% (or less) of the savers money, the rest, 90% or more will be virtual money -  means created out of nothing, means:  THE BANK DOES NOT POSSESS THIS 90%.

THUS, WHY THE HELL DO WE PAY THEM INTERESTS FOR THIS 90% ?   Read the rest of this entry »

Occupation Nation: The Militarization of Police

Friday, December 9th, 2011

(They) Serve and Protect the 1%.

Watch this video: Occupation Nation: US cops serve & protect the 1%, 3.47 min., published on GR.TV, by Maria Portnaya, December 7, 2011: American anti-corporate Occupy protesters are being allowed back into a New Orleans park, after getting permission from a federal judge. A lawmaker has already called for an investigation into claims of police misconduct in dealing with activists.   Read the rest of this entry »

Anti-capitalism for absolute beginners

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Published on normblog, by Norman Geras, December 07, 2011.

Slavoj Žižek is pleased to note that behind the worldwide protests, from Tahrir Square to Occupy Wall Street, there’s a common impulse. It is not just about single-issue protest, it’s also not a simple demand for democracy. No, it’s anti-capitalism.   Read the rest of this entry »

Families are not factories

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Published on the F word blog, by Ray Filar, December 5, 2011.

My parents have been married for thirty years. I grew up in a semi-detached house in a suburb, one of three kids. The only surprise in the set-up is that we don’t have a picket fence. It was a Tory government’s wet dream of an upbringing … //

… Against all the evidence suggesting that other relationship models are also great, we are hugely invested in the ideal of marriage, in particular, in the importance of marriage to women.  Read the rest of this entry »

Slash and Burn Capitalism

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Now the government intends to strip away protection from our most treasured places – Published on George Monbiot’s blog (first on The Guardian), by the blog owner, December 1, 2011.

What sort of a world would George Osborne like to live in? I imagine him fantasising about the Republic of Gilead in Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale. Unprotected workers, assigned their places in a fixed social system, crawl over toxic waste dumps, while the upper castes, though rendered sterile by unregulated pollution, live without fear of democracy, trade unions or the minimum wage.  Read the rest of this entry »

Breaking bad publicity in the chemistry lab

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Published on swissInfo.ch, by Marc-André Miserez (from French by Thomas Stephens), Dec 4, 2011.

Flames erupt from an exploding hydrogen balloon. Don’t panic! This is part of Chimiscope, an attempt by Geneva University to attract people to careers in chemistry.   Read the rest of this entry »

Le point sur les sévices sexuels en Afrique

Monday, December 5th, 2011

… à l’occasion du 12ème anniversaire de la Journée Mondiale pour l’élimination de la violence à l’égard des femmes – Publié dans BLADA,com, enGuyane, par Lawoetey-Pierre AJAVON, le 4 décembre 2011.

… Mais, la position de la France si innovante qu’elle soit, ne doit pas faire oublier les sévices faits aux femmes dans les autres pays occidentaux, voire dans le reste du monde. D’ailleurs, d’après le rapport du Fonds des Nations Unies pour la population (FNUAP) de 2010, au moins une femme sur trois dans le monde a été maltraitée, battue ou contrainte à des rapports sexuels dans sa vie… Deux millions de filles âgées de 5 à 15 ans se retrouvent sur le marché du sexe chaque année.   Read the rest of this entry »

Heart Health: busting the saturated fat myth

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Published on The Cholesterol Truth, by editor, December 1, 2011.

Eating saturated fat can cause blood cholesterol levels to rise. This fact, as well as the belief that cholesterol causes heart disease, is at the basis of the advice we’re often given to avoid saturated fat … (full text and free newsletter).   Read the rest of this entry »

Former Mossad chief: Israeli attack on Iran must be stopped to avert catastrophe

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Published on HAARETZ, by Amos Harel, December 1, 2011.

Meir Dagan speaks out against military offensive on Iran, expresses concern that Defense Minister Barak believes Israel only has less than a year to carry out an attack … //

… “I think that engaging, with open eyes, in a regional war is warranted only when we are under attack or when the sword is already cutting against our live flesh. It is not an alternative that should be chosen lightly.”   Read the rest of this entry »

People’s Movement: There must be a referendum on ESM

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

Published on Current Concerns no. 26, by Dr phil Titine Kriesi, November 21, 2011, (Translation by Current Concerns).

People’s Movement is an Irish interest group dedicated to protecting the Irish neutrality, defending Ireland’s sovereignty and advocating for democracy and social justice. “People’s Movement” is committed to the achievement of a referendum against the European Stability Mechanism ESM, for which she has now received the support of 27 members of parliament from different parties and one member of the European Parliament. It demands for all citizens the full truth on ESM and its implications for Ireland’s financial industry for decades to come … //  Read the rest of this entry »

Cultural materialism and identity politics

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Published on the blog Lenin’s Tomb, by lenin, November 30, 2011:

If it is possible to have a cultural materialism, of the kind fashioned by Raymond Williams or Stuart Hall, is it also possible to have a materialist politics of identity?  Is it even advisable to try?  To answer the first question is to think through the meaning of Marx’s concept of the social formation as a unity in difference; to answer the second is to explicate Lenin’s thinking in saying that the person who waits for the ‘pure’ revolution will never live to see it.   Read the rest of this entry »

Muslim-Mädchen schneiden in Sporttest am schlechtesten ab

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Im Tages-Anzeiger, Zürich, von René Donzé, 29. November 2011. (Update: Atheist kids better at sports: study, on the Local.ch, Nov. 30, 2011 – La réligion influence les performances sportives, dans 20minutes, le 29 novembre 2011).

Eine ETH-Studie bei 600 Winterthurer Primarschülern zeigt: Kinder aus Südosteuropa sind im Durchschnitt weniger geschickt und weniger beweglich als ihre Schweizer Schulkollegen … // Read the rest of this entry »

The 1%’s leaders allow a million children to die every month from preventable poverty

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Published on Washington’s Blog, by Carl Herman, November 30, 2011.

Despite the investment to save a million children’s lives from preventable poverty being just 0.7% of our gross national income, despite that every historical case of ending poverty reduces population growth rates, and despite US promises to make that investment at global summits, the 1% leadership in government and corporate media renege on all promises and allow this crushing torture, these excruciating and prolonged death spirals of children.    Read the rest of this entry »