Archive for June, 2012

Index June 2012

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

2012-06-01: Divings at Kas,Turkey;
2012-06-01: Mighty Derringer: U.S. Nuclear Terrorism Exercise Leaves Indianapolis in Ruins;
2012-06-02: Imagining the Post-Occupy Social Movement;
2012-06-03: In a global economic system that is too big to fail, does Greece really matter?
2012-06-04: Coca-Cola and the rest of us;
2012-06-05: Anonymous Educational Series;
2012-06-06: Music by Zero Project;
2012-06-07: The Rotten Heart of Europe;
2012-06-08: Report blasts handling of Occupy Berkeley protests;
2012-06-09: Can We Get Along Without Authorities?
2012-06-10: Chris de Burgh;
2012-06-11: Blythe Masters (in french);
2012-06-12: Allegations of Bullying and Backstabbing: Discontent Grows Within Pirate Party Ranks;
2012-06-13: Should Christians be Anarchists?
2012-06-14: Occupy IOPS;
2012-06-15: Islamic Law: Playing God in the Here and Now;
2012-06-15: L’arnaque du Cholesterol;
2012-06-16: U.S. Military Suicides and Palestinian Hunger Strikes;
2012-06-16: Livre: Le Mensonge Universel;
2012-06-17: Jimi Hendrix;
2012-06-18: The other UN;
2012-06-19: VatiLeaks Puts the Pope in Publicity Hell;
2012-06-20: more Divings – Plongées – Tauchen;
2012-06-21: Art 43 Basel: Art Unlimited 2012;
2012-06-22: Greece: The Day After;
2012-06-23: Land grabs: how the law pushes people off their land;
2012-06-24: EU Parliament Sounds Death Knell for ACTA Treaty;
2012-06-25: Opinion: Assange’s appeal to Ecuador is no surprise;
2012-06-26: Preemptive Aggression: Cold War Politics Reinvented;
2012-06-27: No Local;
2012-06-28: Labor: Money, Power, and Politics;
2012-06-29: Alan Grayson: Which Foreigners Got the Fed’s $500,000,000,000? Bernanke: I Don’t Know;
2012-06-30: STAR TREK – Trekies at their own work and fun.

STAR TREK – Trekies at their own work and fun

Saturday, June 30th, 2012
  • Birth Of The Borg (MOV), 6.27 min, uploaded by deaddecaydead: I’ve heard numerous CANON-JARGIN from this video post, but you know what, I’ve stopped caring & choose to run with the hypothetical theories that are NOT set in CANONICAL stone …
  • Requiem of Borg, 4.12 min, uploaded by Belanna42: made from clips of Voyager about the Borg;
  • Star Trek Odyssey3.01: Tossed Upon the Shore, 127.22 min, uploaded by HiddenFrontier: In the exciting 2 hour series final of both Star Trek: Odyssey and The Helena Chronicles, both crews must fight to return the Odyssey home to ithaca… err The Milky Way in time to save both galaxies from certain destruction by ever expanding black holes, stop the Archein invasion and re-unite two star-crossed lovers. This movie completes the video portion of the Hidden Frontier Star Trek saga;
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Alan Grayson: Which Foreigners Got the Fed’s $500,000,000,000? Bernanke: I Don’t Know

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Watch this video, 5.12 min, uploaded by RepAlanGrayson, July 21, 2009: This is Congressman Alan Grayson questioning Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on $550B of loans to foreigners (or ‘central liquidity swaps’ in Federal Reserve-ese’) …
This video is part of the 23 Top Tracks on YouTube with Alan Grayson in autoplay;

More videos with Alan Grayson:  Read the rest of this entry »

Labor: Money, Power, and Politics

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

When it is a question of the efficacy of money in politics and workers fail to put up a fight, money prevails. The moral is: money counts — but only if we let it – Published on Worker’s Action, by Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer, June 26, 2012.

… Within the system of capitalism, the more money and power one has, the easier it is to acquire still more money and power. When the billionaire Warren Buffett recently invested $5 billion dollars with Goldman Sachs, he was guaranteed a 10 percent rate of return, meaning he will make $500 million a year without lifting a finger. Even worse, much of this money is acquired simply by the rich taking from everyone else.   Read the rest of this entry »

No Local

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Review of Greg Sharzer, No Local: Why Small-Scale Alternatives Won’t Change the World (Zero Books, 2012) – Published on New Socialist, by Valerie Zink, June 24, 2012.

Sprawling three and a half million square feet, the Packard plant on Detroit’s East Grand Boulevard boasted the world’s largest building when it was erected in 1903. The now-abandoned factory was issued a demolition order in May 2011, decades after it ceased churning out America’s leading luxury car, joining over 10,000 buildings scheduled to be razed in a deindustrialized Detroit. Read the rest of this entry »

Preemptive Aggression: Cold War Politics Reinvented

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012
- Published on Global Research.ca, by Stephen Lendman, June 24, 2012. http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=31560
(Find Stephen Lendman, USA, also on the World People’s Blog).
http://word.world-citizenship.org/wp-archive/2069
Following Soviet Russia’s dissolution, everything changed but stayed the same. US aims remained hard-wired. Today it’s back to the future. Cold War politics were reinvented. Russia’s again the Evil Empire. Today’s stakes are much greater. World peace is threatened.

Published on Global Research.ca, by Stephen Lendman, June 24, 2012. (Find Stephen Lendman, USA, also on the World People’s Blog).

Following Soviet Russia’s dissolution, everything changed but stayed the same. US aims remained hard-wired. Today it’s back to the future. Cold War politics were reinvented. Russia’s again the Evil Empire. Today’s stakes are much greater. World peace is threatened.   Read the rest of this entry »

Opinion: Assange’s appeal to Ecuador is no surprise

Monday, June 25th, 2012

The WikiLeak’s founder won admiration and gratitude in the South American nation back in 2010 – Published on AlJazeera, by Richard Gizbert, June 21, 2012. (Linked on our blogs with Nobel Peace Prize for Bradley Manning).

Julian Assange requested asylum in Ecuador and is sheltering in the South American country’s London embassy [EPA]. Julian Assange’s attempt to gain asylum in Ecuador is just the latest turn in one of the biggest media stories of our time. The WikiLeaks co-founder is currently in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, which issued this statement on June 19:    Read the rest of this entry »

EU Parliament Sounds Death Knell for ACTA Treaty

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

Published on The Wall Street Journal, by Jacob Anbinder, June 22, 2012.

BRUSSELS (Dow Jones)–The European Parliament’s trading committee Thursday voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, meaning lawmakers are even more likely to vote down the controversial piracy treaty when it comes before the full parliament early next month.   Read the rest of this entry »

Land grabs: how the law pushes people off their land

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

Published on Pambazuka News, by Tomaso Ferrando, June 20, 2012.

The state as an instrument of capital interests is providing cheap and disposable labour, land, and fiscal privileges to land grabbers.
Subverting the classic vision of the private-public power relationships, some African countries are repeating the same motto that an East European newspaper used on the occasion of the visit of the German chancellor in 1999: We forgive the crusaders and await the investors … //

… WHAT ‘PUBLIC’ AND WHAT ‘INTEREST’ IN THE DECLARATION OF PUBLIC INTEREST?   Read the rest of this entry »

Greece: The Day After

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Published on ZNet, by Nikos Raptis, June 20, 2012.

Let us start with some basics:

  • In 1775, a very important intellectual in the history of the Anglo-Saxon cultural world declared: “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel”. The man: Dr. Samuel Johnson; a Briton.
  • In any given population about one third (33 %) of the individuals in it are “assholes” (a.k.a. Conservatives, Christian-Democrats, Republicans, New-Democrats, Gaullists, etc.).

The Patriots:   Read the rest of this entry »

Art 43 Basel: Art Unlimited 2012

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Watch this video, 7.38 min, published on YouTube, uploaded June 11, 2012 by henrichy0205yt: Vernissage TV – VIP Opening of Art 43 Basel Art Unlimited. Art Basel is regarded as the world’s most important art fair for modern and contemporary art. The fair takes place in Basel, Switzerland. In the Art Unlimited sector, the galleries present large-scale sculptures and installations by artists such as Damián Ortega, Chris Burden, Günter Umbert, Gilbert & George, Robert Irwin, Olivier Mosset, Thomas Zipp, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Art & Language, Jimmie Durham, Phyllida Barlow, Ugo Rondinone, Franz West, Ragnar Kjartansson, Walead Beshty, Cosima von Bonin, Alicja Kwade, Ricci Albenda, Richard Jackson, Raqs Media Collective, and Michael Sailsorfer.   Read the rest of this entry »

more Divings – Plongées – Tauchen

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

VatiLeaks Puts the Pope in Publicity Hell

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Published on The Daily Beast.com, by Barbie Latza Nadeau, June 16, 2012.

Another week, another set of Vatican leaks. Barbie Latza Nadeau on how the Holy See’s spinmeister is coping with allegations of a disappeared hacker and a ‘pathological’ banker. It’s been more than three weeks since the pope’s butler, Paolo Gabriele, was arrested for allegedly stealing secret documents from the papal desk, and the details spilling from Vatican City are as murky as smoke from burning incense.   Read the rest of this entry »

The other UN

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Besides the well-known building in Manhattan, the UN has three other main HQs, one of them in Vienna, where nine important organisations do the practical work – Published on Le Monde Diplo, by Anne-Cécile Robert, June 2012.

The UN headquarters in Vienna looks like a studious village when compared with the glass-curtain-walled New York headquarters, to which the discussion of peace and security issues lends a degree of solemnity. Four thousand officers bustle down Vienna’s corridors, adorned with works of art and huge photographs of peacekeepers in action. The Viennese employees say, a little defensively, that they work for the UN’s technical agencies, unlike the political nature of the work in Manhattan. The other two main UN headquarters are in Geneva and Nairobi.   Read the rest of this entry »

Jimi Hendrix

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Livre: Le Mensonge Universel

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

interview de Nathalie Zylberman avec Pierre Jovanovic à propos de son livre, sur BethVallée FM, le 7 octobre 2007:

Ecoutez cette Audio, 41.20 min.

U.S. Military Suicides and Palestinian Hunger Strikes

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

Published on ZNet, by Richard Falk, June 13, 2012.

There is some awareness in the United States that suicides among American military personnel are at the highest level since the years of the Vietnam War. It is no wonder. The sense of guilt and alienation associated with taking part in the Afghanistan War, especially multiple postings to a menacing war zone for a combat mission that is increasingly hard to justify and almost impossible to carry out successfully, seems sufficient to explain such a disturbing phenomenon.   Read the rest of this entry »

L’arnaque du Cholesterol

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Publié dans Santé Nature Innovation, par blog owner, le 13 juin 2012.

J’ai déclenché un mini-scandale il y a quelques semaines en écrivant noir sur blanc dans cette lettre que les médicaments contre le cholestérol (les « statines ») déclenchent une telle cascade d’effets secondaires que toutes les personnes sous statines devraient prendre rendez-vous avec leur médecin pour examiner avec lui s’il est vraiment indispensable de continuer leur traitement.   Read the rest of this entry »

Islamic Law: Playing God in the Here and Now

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Review of Heaven on Earth: A Journey Through Sharia Law from the Deserts of Ancient Arabia to the Streets of the Modern Muslim World – Published on Dissident Voice, by Eric Walberg, June 13, 2012.

There are 50 Muslim-majority states in the world; 11 of them, including Egypt, have constitutions that acknowledge Islam as a source of national law. In Heaven on Earth, Sadakat Kadri, an English barrister and New York attorney, provides a much-needed and highly readable overview of Islamic legal history and an entertaining survey of the state of Islamic law today, full of fascinating anecdotes.  Read the rest of this entry »

Occupy IOPS

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Published on ZNet, by Michael Albert, June 07, 2012.

Occupy this and that – by which I mean the Occupy Movement writ large – is still, even after some depletion in some places – quite enormous. It includes countless local manifestations, sometimes around housing, other times around banks, sometimes focusing on media, other times on nukes, and so on. It also includes massive manifestations, as in Greece and Spain, among others, as well as large city gatherings, and then also smaller local town gatherings, reading groups, dinner parties, etc.  Read the rest of this entry »

Should Christians be Anarchists?

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Published on New Left Project, by Alexandre Christoyannopoulos, June 8, 2012.

In The Kingdom of God is Within You, Leo Tolstoy wrote that: “Christianity in its true sense puts an end to the State. It was so understood from its very beginning, and for that Christ was crucified.”[1]   Read the rest of this entry »

Allegations of Bullying and Backstabbing: Discontent Grows Within Pirate Party Ranks

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Published on Spiegel Online International, by Annett Meiritz, June 5, 2012.

Germany’s Pirate Party has been scoring dream results in recent regional elections but the reality of political life appears to be catching up with it. Some members are complaining about backstabbing, bullying and secret deals on appointments in the party that prides itself on transparent decision-making … //

… Decisions Based on Politics and Personal Preferences:    Read the rest of this entry »

Financial Crisis – Crise Financière

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Videos in english:

Vidéos en français:    Read the rest of this entry »

Chris de Burgh

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

Can We Get Along Without Authorities?

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

Published on Dissident Voice, by David Swanson, June 7, 2012.

… Now I’m reminded of Albert Camus lamenting the demise of religious dogma.  Oh my goodness!  If we can’t blindly believe as permanent fact whatever some ancient book or robed preacher has to say, all will be absurdity. My gosh, we’ll have to …  (oh, the horror!) think for ourselves!   Read the rest of this entry »

Report blasts handling of Occupy Berkeley protests

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Published by Associated Press AP, by Terence Chea, June 7, 2012.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A University of California, Berkeley report released Wednesday criticizes campus police for jabbing and clubbing student protesters with batons during Occupy demonstrations last fall. In its report, the campus Police Review Board committee said its members were disturbed by the repeated striking of demonstrators who tried to stop officers last Nov. 9 from removing tents they had pitched near Berkeley’s Sproul Plaza.   Read the rest of this entry »

The Rotten Heart of Europe

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Watch this video, published on YouTube, 98.57 min, by Tariq Ali, on May 15, 2012: Tariq Ali’s keynote lecture on the state of Europe presented at the annual Subversive Forum, the theme of which this year was The future of Europe, held in Zagreb, Croatia, May 13-19, 2012. He explains the evolution of the European Union and its role, and touches on the crisis in Greece …    Read the rest of this entry »

Music by Zero Project

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

The Anonymous Educational Series

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

… out of these series, watch some videos:

  • John Perkins Speaking Freely, 52.49 min: Copyright Disclaimer: Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use;  Read the rest of this entry »

Coca-Cola and the rest of us

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Watch these videos:

FLOW: For Love Of Water (Full Length), 83.33 min:

  • Irena Salina’s award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century – The World Water Crisis. Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world’s dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel. Read the rest of this entry »