Archive for April, 2012

Index April 2012

Monday, April 30th, 2012

2012-04-01: What’s Next for Occupy?
2012-04-02: Egypt: Not yet divorce;
2012-04-03: International Organization for a Participatory Society IOPS;
2012-04-03: Corporations for the 99%;
2012-04-04: History: Persepolis recreated;
2012-04-04: … encore pas fini, Toulouse …;
2012-04-05: Who owns your child’s school? The rise and rise of edu-business;
2012-04-06: Out in the cold?
2012-04-07: Occupy San Francisco Creates Social Center in Vacant Church Building;
2012-04-08: Where are all the women?
2012-04-09: The Fight Against Copyright Enforcement & The Fight For Civil Liberties Are The Same;
2012-04-10: Conversations with Dr. Steven Greer;
2012-04-10: Sir Ken Robinson about learning;
2012-04-11: Flirting with Islamic finance;
2012-04-12: The Black Box: Inside America’s Massive New Surveillance Center;
2012-04-12: Cabaret auf schweizerdeutsch;
2012-04-13: Energy from cash: The power of money;
2012-04-14: Democracy is no panacea for all ills;
2012-04-15: James Cameron: Expedition Bismark;
2012-04-15: As (US)-Congress Eyes Iran Diplomacy, NOW is the Time to Engage;
2012-04-16: Active citizens – the crucial factor of direct democracy;
2012-04-17: The Scorpions;
2012-04-17: Externsteine;
2012-04-18: Occupy Wallstreet: Four Ways to Support Re-Occupation;
2012-04-19: Germany’s economic model: What Germany offers the world;
2012-04-20: The Movement has neither won nor lost in Egypt;
2012-04-21: Robespierre – Bourgeois Revolutionary;
2012-04-21: La France vote demain: par exemple Jean-Luc Mélenchon;
2012-04-22: Justice-as-Truth Legal Argument;
2012-04-23: THE GLOBAL SYSTEMIC CRISIS: France, the Big Republican Earthquake and its Geopolitical Impact;
2012-04-24: The U.S. and Iran are talking, Why is the New York Times peddling Iranophobia?
2012-04-25: Disqualified Islamists: Egypt’s Search for a Leader Plunges into Chaos;
2012-04-26: The stealing of America: The incestuous relationship between government and corporate America;
2012-04-27: a good life for the 99% … videos and texts;
2012-04-28: Massive Student Upsurge Fuels Major Debates in Quebec Society;
2012-04-28: Regierung stellt Bevölkerung unter Generalverdacht;
2012-04-29: Swinging for the Fences;
2012-04-30: European economic crisis-On the Edge.

European economic crisis-On the Edge

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Watch this video with Max Keiser, 23.06 min, February 17, 2012: In this edition of the show Max interviews Constantine Gurdgiev, professor and economist. The talk is about European economic crisis and massive protest in Portugal last weekend with placards reading No to exploitation, No to inequality and No to impoverishment. Constantine Gurdgiev is a Russian economist based in Dublin, Ireland. He is a former editor of Business and Finance Magazine and a regular contributor to Tonight with Vincent Browne on TV3. Uploaded by PressTVGlobalNews, February 18, 2012;   Read the rest of this entry »

Swinging for the Fences

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Published in Chiropractic UAE /latest newsletters.

Game-changing plays in any sport and at any level are tremendously exciting. Whether we’re watching Pop Warner football, middle school recreational soccer, high school basketball, or Major League Baseball, an extraordinary athletic play makes us stand up and cheer. If our team takes the lead as a result, so much the better … //   Read the rest of this entry »

Regierung stellt Bevölkerung unter Generalverdacht

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Soziales, Kultur, Politik, News von der Piratenpartei Deutschland – auf Scharf Links, April 19, 2012.

Die Piratenpartei Deutschland verurteilt aufs Schärfste den vom Innenministerium bekannt gewordenen Gesetztesentwurf zur Vorratsdatenspeicherung (VDS), in dem es weiterhin um eine grundlegende Generalüberwachung geht.   Read the rest of this entry »

Massive Student Upsurge Fuels Major Debates in Quebec Society

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Published on Socialist Project, by Richard Fidler, April 25, 2012.

A crowd estimated at 250,000 people or more wound its way through Montréal April 22 in Quebec’s largest ever Earth Day march. They raised many demands: an end to tar sands and shale gas development, opposition to the Quebec government’s Plan Nord mining expansion, support for radical measures to protect ecosystems, and other causes. And many wore the red felt square symbolizing support to the province’s students fighting the Liberal government’s 75 per cent increase in post-secondary education fees over the next five years. The Earth Day march was the largest mobilization to date in a mounting wave of citizen protest throughout the province.   Read the rest of this entry »

a good life for the 99% … videos and texts

Friday, April 27th, 2012
  • Brian Greene: Why is our universe fine-tuned for life, 21.48 min, on TED talks, April 2012: At the heart of modern cosmology is a mystery: Why does our universe appear so exquisitely tuned to create the conditions necessary for life? In this tour de force tour of some of science’s biggest new discoveries, Brian Greene shows how the mind-boggling idea of a multiverse may hold the answer to the riddle …  Read the rest of this entry »

The stealing of America: The incestuous relationship between government and corporate America

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

(The only difference between the Republican and Democratic parties is the velocities with which their knees hit the floor when corporations knock on their door. That’s the only differenceRalph Nader) – Published on Intrepid Report, by John W. Whitehead, April 25, 2012.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark 2010 decision in Citizens United v. FEC not only gave unfettered free speech rights to corporations but paved the way for unlimited amounts of money to be poured into election campaigns, especially those of presidential candidates. However, what really made that ruling so significant was not that the court granted First Amendment rights to corporations—formerly reserved only for individual citizens—but that in doing so, the court legitimized an incestuous relationship between government and its corporate controllers … //   Read the rest of this entry »

Disqualified Islamists: Egypt’s Search for a Leader Plunges into Chaos

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Published on Spiegel Online International, by Alexander Smoltczyk and Volkhard Windfuhr,  April 24, 2012. (Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan).

Despite their victory in parliamentary elections, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood have been weakened in the race to elect a successor to former President Hosni Mubarak, after their two most promising candidates were disqualified. Meanwhile ordinary Egyptians, who care more about making a living than religion, are looking for a strong leader for the country … //

… Desire for a Strong Man:   Read the rest of this entry »

The U.S. and Iran are talking. Why is the New York Times peddling Iranophobia?

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Published on Just Foreign Policy, by ROBERT NAIMAN, APRIL 19, 2012.

… Last Saturday – the same day the United States and Iran were having “constructive and useful” discussions on Iran’s nuclear program in Istanbul, according to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton – the New York Times published a piece titled, “Seeking Nuclear Insight in Fog of the Ayatollah’s Utterances,” over the byline of James Risen.

That piece contained the following paragraph:   Read the rest of this entry »

THE GLOBAL SYSTEMIC CRISIS: France, the Big Republican Earthquake and its Geopolitical Impact

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

A 2012 French election much more important geopolitically than the 2012 US election – Published on open salon.com, by GEAB, April 19, 2012.

… In this communiqué, we have chosen to present an extract dealing with the world geopolitical consequences of the change of power in France.

Indeed, for our team, François Hollande’s victory will start a series of strategic upheavals which will greatly affect Europe and will significantly accelerate the geopolitical changes in progress on a world level since the beginning of the global crisis in 2008.      Read the rest of this entry »

Justice-as-Truth Legal Argument

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Published on Dissident Voice, by W’Lawpsh, April 20, 2012.

  • 1. The Constitution precludes imperialism as against “foreign Nations and Indian tribes.”
  • 2. Cherokee Nation v. State of Georgia, 30 US 1, 20 (1831), settled their legal remedy for encroachment by the United States upon their territorial sovereignty is under the constitution’s original jurisdiction clause that exists for the purpose of adjudicating territorial jurisdiction disputes between the United States and other sovereign States exclusively in the US Supreme Court.     Read the rest of this entry »

La France vote demain: par exemple Jean-Luc Mélenchon

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Robespierre – Bourgeois Revolutionary

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Published on The Guardian (Australia), the workers weekly, by Bob Treasure, April 18, 2012.

Maximilien Robespierre is a name still reviled in polite French society today. It is difficult to find a memorial to him, or indeed the revolution in which he was so famously identified, in contemporary France. Many on the Left regard him as a significant figure of French revolutionary struggle, but few Marxists embrace him. Even now, as Sarkozy faces expulsion at the hands of a “socialist” candidate, many rightists and “moderates” live in dread of a revival of revolution, as well as the anti-rich “Terror” which Robespierre was supposed to have inspired.   Read the rest of this entry »

The Movement has neither won nor lost in Egypt

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Watch this video: The Movement in Egypt, 23.27 min, by Prof. Samir Amin, published on ZNet, April 19, 2012:
Interview on the correlation of forces in Egypt today and identifies the current phase as the beginning of a long period of democratic change with its ups and downs. (also on YouTube).

See also / Voir aussi:

en français: Conférence – donnée le 22 février – avec (conferentie met) Samir Amir, 43.16 min;    Read the rest of this entry »

Germany’s economic model: What Germany offers the world

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Other countries would love to import Germany’s economic model. But its way of doing things is a lot less amenable to export than the wares it produces – Published on The Economist, April 14, 2012.

THE European Central Bank controls Europe’s currency from Frankfurt, Germany’s financial centre. Beckhoff Automation, in a bucolic corner of Westphalia, controls the bank. Or more precisely, its devices control the bank’s lighting and ventilation. Other Beckhoff gizmos raise the curtain and dim the lights at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala. Yet more are embedded in luxury sailboats, in dancing fountains outside Las Vegas hotels and in half the wind turbines made in China.   Read the rest of this entry »

Occupy Wallstreet: Four Ways to Support Re-Occupation

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Published on ZNet, by Occupy Wallstreet, April 17, 2012.

As the weather warms across much of the world, Occupiers are retaking public space. Even after we were violently removed from many of our home encampments last fall and winter, we never stoped organizing – and now we are back outside. With the rebirth of spring, re-occupation has begun in earnest.

For a full week, Wall Street – the original target of our indignation – has been #Occupied.    Read the rest of this entry »

Externsteine

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012
  • Externsteine, on en.wikipedia: are a distinctive rock formation located in Ostwestfalen-Lippe of northwestern Germany, not far from the city of Detmold at Horn-Bad Meinberg.[1] The formation is a tor consisting of several tall, narrow columns of rock which rise abruptly from the surrounding wooded hills …     Read the rest of this entry »

The Scorpions

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Find on YouTube:

Active citizens – the crucial factor of direct democracy

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Published on Current Concerns, April 10, 2012.

Franches-Montagnes, je m’engage Freiberge / I take a stand for you (Translation Current Concerns) – Resolution, 10 January 2012. The citizens’ movement “Franches-Montagnes, je m’engage” had assembled on 10 January 2012 in Noirmont in order to start a campaign against incorporation and it is:

  • condemning actions of Copil and the government, who try to force the population of Franches-Montagnes into a community incorporation against their will,
  • protesting against the decree on community incorporation, forced by centralistic laws,   Read the rest of this entry »

As (US)-Congress Eyes Iran Diplomacy, NOW is the Time to Engage

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

Received by e-mail, From: Just Foreign Policy, Date: April 6, 2012.

Dear Supporter, A common question people ask us is, “why engage Congress about avoiding war with Iran? Isn’t the President the one who decides these matters?”    Read the rest of this entry »

James Cameron: Expedition Bismark

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

depth: 4.700 meters on YouTube:

- in english /subtitled in norwegian, 92.32 min, uploaded by Artas1984 on Jun 20, 2011;

- in german /in 9 episodes, uploaded by technikfreak1994 on 28 Nov. 2010: Teil 1, 10.00 min;  Teil 2, 10.00 min;  Teil 3, 10.01 min;  Teil 4, 10.00 min;  Teil 5, 10.01 min;  Teil 6, 10.01 min;   Teil 7,  10.00 min;   Teil 8, 10.01 min;  Teil 9, 10.54 min.

see also Bismarck wreck: images on panoramio, place on Google Earth: 48° 43′ 11.86″ N – 11° 36′ 5.62″ W, etc … Read the rest of this entry »

Democracy is no panacea for all ills

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

Published on Intrepid Report, by Linda S. Heard, April 13, 2012.

The definition of democracy is “the government of the people by the people” but that should be redefined when so many citizens in democratic countries feel disempowered.  Read the rest of this entry »

Energy from cash: The power of money

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Published on The Economist, April 12, 2012.

HIGH-SPEED currency trading uses oodles of computing power to exploit short-lived price differences in international foreign-exchange markets. Jonathon Keats proposes an alternative: exploit the electrical differences between currencies to power a low-speed computer. In an exhibit which opens on April 12th at the Rockefeller Centre in New York Mr Keats, a concept artist (or, as he likes to call himself, an experimental philosopher), introduces the notion “electro-chemical arbitrage”. An engineer might call it a battery … // Read the rest of this entry »

Cabaret auf schweizerdeutsch

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

auf YouTube zusammengelesen:    Read the rest of this entry »

The Black Box: Inside America’s Massive New Surveillance Center

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Published on ZNet, by James Bamford, April 10, 2012 (Source: wired.co.uk, also view gallery).

… In 2004, as part of the supercomputing programme, the Department of Energy established its Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility for multiple agencies to join forces on the project. But in reality there would be two tracks, one unclassified, in which all of the scientific work would be public, and another top secret, in which the NSA could pursue its own computer covertly. “For our purposes, they had to create a separate facility,” says a former senior NSA computer expert who worked on the project and is still associated with the agency. (He is one of three sources who described the programme.) It was an expensive undertaking.   Read the rest of this entry »

Flirting with Islamic finance

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Published on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Sherine Abdel-Razek, 5 – 11 April 2012. /ec1.htm

With Egypt’s politics dominated by Islamists, the financial market has developed a love for Sharia-compliant products. With Egyptian newspaper headlines signalling Islamists’ increasing hold on politics, the economy pages are regularly filled with information on all kinds of investment products that adhere to Islamic principles. Sharia law bans both interest and speculative trading.   Read the rest of this entry »

Sir Ken Robinson about learning

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Watch these videos on YouTube:

  • Changing Paradigms, 55.20 minutes: Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson will ask how do we make change happen in education and how do we make it last?
  • Bring on the learning revolution, 20.57 min: … Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning – creating conditions where kids’ natural talents can flourish …
  • Creativity, Learning and the Curriculum, 29.27 min: … talk at Learning Without Frontiers …
  • Educating the Heart and Mind, 48.59 min;
  • A New Direction, 41,45 min: Bridge Building, connecting the Arts and Schools in London. A New Direction asked Sir Ken Robinson to reflect on the current challenges around creativity in education.

Conversations with Dr. Steven Greer

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

at the World Puja Network Show – Friday April 13, 2012 – (Please post and circulate widely) – Received by Newsletter, From CSETI, Date: 05/04/2012

UFO & Energy Secrecy: How it is maintained from early 1900s thru the present, Dr. Greer will be joined by Dr. Ted Loder to discuss the complex issue of UFO and Energy secrecy.  They will discuss how since the early 1920’s energy solutions have been suppressed and how the energy and UFO issues are related.  From T. Townsend Brown, to Jimmy Dolittle, the 3rd Reich, Barry Goldwater … This will be an in-depth discussion of history from a different perspective.

The World Puja Network.org (conversations), air time: April 13, 2012:
11 am Pacific/ 2 pm Eastern – and – 6 pm Pacific/9 pm Eastern.

See also: Disclosure Project.org; Orion Project.org; CSETI.org; Steven M. Greer, USA.

Inculture2: l’éducation nationale, par Franck Lepage

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Voyez cette vidéo, publié dans YouTube, 146.32 minutes / 2.26′32 heures:  … Quels sont les fondamentaux de l’Éducation Nationale? À quoi sert-elle? Y a t-il eu des alternatives? Quelles perspectives pour l’Éducation Nationale? …

… et, si vous n’avez que quelques minutes: Altergouvernement, par Franck Lepage, le 3 février 2012.

The Fight Against Copyright Enforcement and The Fight For Civil Liberties Are The Same

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Published on Torrent Freak, by Rick Falkvinge, April 4, 2012.

With the ongoing success of the world’s Pirate parties, I’ve seen the copyright industry start to push back, claiming that copyright enforcement can’t be tied to civil liberties; that they are two separate issues. That’s not a true statement from the copyright industry. The whole point of the fight for net liberties is that the copyright monopoly cannot be enforced without cutting down civil liberties. Here’s why.   Read the rest of this entry »