Archive for July, 2013

Index July 2013

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

2013-07-01: Good Journalism Is Measured By How Angry You Make The People You’re Covering;
2013-07-02: again about the rainmakers;
2013-07-03: Collective Stockholm Syndrome: We Love, Respect, Protect Our Abusers;
2013-07-03: John Pilger about the Invisible Government;
2013-07-04: Mohammad Mursi’s opponents have won the numbers game, but what next?
2013-07-05: Definitions for a New Age: The Dictionary of the Global War on You GWOY;
2013-07-06: French PRISM revealed: All communications tracked, metadata collected;
2013-07-07: Tear gas as a dangerous weapon;
2013-07-08: Convulsions in Egypt signal new era of world revolution;
2013-07-08: Geist und Gehirn;
2013-07-09: Let Your Life Be a Friction to Stop the Machine;
2013-07-10: Hoping for the Worst;
2013-07-11: A Toxic System: Why Austerity Still Isn’t Working in Greece;
2013-07-11: Grundlagen lebendiger Entfaltung;
2013-07-12: Two Sentences that Explain the Crisis and How Easy it Was to Avoid;
2013-07-13: Masala Dosa and Bread Rolls, Gujarati Thepla, Osmania biscuit, Street food;
2013-07-14: The democracy of the streets;
2013-07-15: Less Policy, More Culture: Doing Radical Things With Food;
2013-07-16: Sinead O’Connor;
2013-07-17: Some Thoughts on Renata Salecl’s The Paradox of Choice;
2013-07-18: Snowden in Russia;
2013-07-19: Neighborhood Watch Groups like Zimmerman’s;
2013-07-20: Detroit files for biggest US city bankruptcy;
2013-07-21: NSA Blackmailing Obama?
2013-07-22: Global systemic crisis II;
2013-07-23: Não Nos Representam: A Left Beyond the Workers Party?
2013-07-24: Putting people over profits: The fight against fracking;
2013-07-25: Russia Will Not Hand Him Over;
2013-07-25: Dr. Greer in Australia,  16 – 18 August 2013;
2013-07-26: Growing threat of radical rebels infiltrating ranks of Syrian rebels;
2013-07-27: How We Are Impoverished, Gentrified And Silenced – And What To Do About It;
2013-07-28: The Asch Conformity Experiments;
2013-07-29: Defense rests in Manning court-martial;
2013-07-30: The Cost of Hunger in Egypt;
2013-07-31: US: Glenn Greenwald Explains What Capability LOW Level NSA Analysts Have To Spy On YOU.

US: Glenn Greenwald Explains What Capability LOW Level NSA Analysts Have To Spy On YOU

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
  • Watch this video, 4.29 min, upoaded by MOXNEWSd0tC0M, July 28, 2013 (from ABCnews);
  • Low-level NSA analysts can spy on Americans – Glenn Greenwald, on Russia Today RTZ, July 28, 2013: NSA spying programs give access to US citizens’ private data to low-level analysts with little court approval or supervision, says Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, who broke the story on Washington’s PRISM surveillance system …;
  • Thousands fill German streets to protest Berlin’s NSA spying involvement, on Russia Today RTZ, July 27, 2013:
    Protesters wearing masks of U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden hold a sign disparaging the National Security Agency (NSA) outside the “Dagger Complex”, which is used by the U.S. Army intelligence services, during a demonstration against the NSA and in support of Snowden in Griesheim, 20km (12.4 miles) south of Frankfurt, July 20, 2013. (Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach) …;
  • Glenn Greenwald on en.wikipedia with it’s External Links.

The Cost of Hunger in Egypt

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Implications of Child Undernutrition on the Social and Economic Development of Egypt – Published on World Food Programme WFP, June 2013 (linked with Hunger in Africa – the Swazi Study: How Hunger stunts African Economies).

About the Study: The Cost of Hunger in Africa (COHA) study is a multi-country study aimed at estimating the economic and social costs of child undernutrition. This is done by estimating additional cases of morbidity, mortality, school repetition and dropouts, as well as reduced productivity that can be directly associated with undernutrition before the age of five, and the associated costs to an economy.    Read the rest of this entry »

Defense rests in Manning court-martial

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Published on World Socialist Web Site WSWS, by Matthew MacEgan, July 27, 2013.

Yesterday, the team defending Private Bradley Manning gave its closing arguments, putting an end to the proceedings of his court-martial. Army Colonel Denise Lind, who is presiding over the case, will now make a decision on whether to declare Manning guilty, including on the charge of “aiding the enemy.”   Read the rest of this entry »

The Asch Conformity Experiments

Sunday, July 28th, 2013
  • Asch conformity experiments on en.wikipedia: During the 1950s, Solomon Asch conducted and published a series of laboratory experiments that demonstrated the degree to which an individual’s own opinions are influenced by those of a majority group.[1][2][3][4] Together, these experiments are recognized as the Asch conformity experiments or the Asch Paradigm. The methodology developed by Asch has been utilised by many researchers and the paradigm is in use in present day social psychology. The paradigm has been used to investigate the relationship between conformity and task importance,[5] age,[6] gender,[7][8][9][10] and culture.[5][10] …;      Read the rest of this entry »

How We Are Impoverished, Gentrified And Silenced – And What To Do About It

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Published on ZNet, by John Pilger, July 25, 2013.

… In Brave New World Revisited, Aldous Huxley describes a new class conditioned to a normality that is not normal “because they are so well adjusted to our mode of existence, because their human voice has been silenced so early in their lives, that they do not even struggle or suffer or develop symptoms as the neurotic does”.

Surveillance is normal in the Age of Regression — as Edward Snowden revealed. Ubiquitous cameras are normal. Subverted freedoms are normal. Effective public dissent is now controlled by police, whose intimidation is normal.  Read the rest of this entry »

Growing threat of radical rebels infiltrating ranks of Syrian rebels

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Interview with Edmund Ghareeb, published on Russia Today RT, July 24, 2013.

… In northeast Syria – Al-Qaeda-linked extremists are holding about 200 Kurdish civilians hostage, using them as human shields, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry. The Kurds living in the area have been trying to protect their homes, amid heavy fighting between jihadist forces and Syrian government troops:

RT: The lives of innocent Kurdish civilians are now in danger from Al-Qaeda terrorists. What do you think the hostage takers want and why would they be targeting the Kurds?   Read the rest of this entry »

Dr. Greer in Australia, 16 – 18 August 2013

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

… at Bond University on the Gold Coast, Basil Sellers Theatre – Received by e-mail, From: Newsletter Dr. Steven Greer, Date: July 23, 2013 – Website: Sirius Disclosure /Homepage, /Books, /eBooks, /CDs, /DVDs, /Trainings, /Tickets, /Donate, /Apps, /Newsletter, /Contact;

Sirius Premiere with Dr. Greer, FRIDAY AUGUST 16, 2013:   Read the rest of this entry »

Russia Will Not Hand Him Over

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Interview with Anatoly Kucherena, Snowden’s Lawyer – Published on Spiegel Online International, by Benjamin Bidder and Matthias Schepp in Moscow, July 24, 2013.

Now that Russian authorities have provided him with papers, Edward Snowden will soon be able to leave the transit zone of the Moscow airport, where he has been holed up for weeks. In an interview, his lawyer discusses the whistleblower’s plans and how Russia is testing the US … // Read the rest of this entry »

Putting people over profits: The fight against fracking

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Published on Axis of Logic, by Walter Brasch, July 20, 2013. Pennsylvanians want to put a moratorium on fracking.

  • And it’s not just a few thousand, but a majority of the state’s residents.
  • Pennsylvania lies in the heart of the Marcellus Shale, possibly the most productive shale for gas in the country.  Read the rest of this entry »

Não Nos Representam: A Left Beyond the Workers Party?

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Published on The Bullet, Socialist Project’s E-Bulletin no 853, July 18, 2013.

It started as a good idea. Rather than taking the path of the old Latin American left, in the form of the guerrilla movement, or the Stalinist party, Brazil’s Workers’ Party (Partido dos Trabalhadores, PT), aided by strong union and social movements, decided to try something new. The challenge was to somehow combine the institutions of liberal democracy with popular participation by communities and movements.   Read the rest of this entry »

Global systemic crisis II

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

second devastating explosion/social outburst on a worldwide scale – Published on GlobalEurope Anticipation Bulletin GEAB N°76, June 16, 2013.

The 2008 shock was certainly violent, but the reactions of the system, countries and central banks with their bailouts on an unprecedented scale, managed to hide the worst consequences:    Read the rest of this entry »

NSA Blackmailing Obama?

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Interview with Whistleblower Russ Tice, 11.49 min, uploaded by breakingtheset, July 9, 2013: Abby Martin talks to Russell Tice, former intelligence analyst and original NSA whistleblower, about how the recent NSA scandal is only scratches the surface of a massive surveillance apparatus, citing specific targets the he saw spying orders for including former senators Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Links: Breaking The Set on Facebook; Abby Martin on Twitter.

Detroit files for biggest US city bankruptcy

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

Governor says, no other way to rescue city from $18.5bn of debts after decades of decline – Published on AlJazeeraEnglish, July 19, 2013 (with video, 1.47 min).

Detroit has become the largest city in United States history to file for bankruptcy after decades of decline and mismanagement rendered the city insolvent.

Michigan’s governor, Rick Snyder, said on Thursday that there was no other option to tackle the city’s $18.5bn of debts.   Read the rest of this entry »

Neighborhood Watch Groups like Zimmerman’s

Friday, July 19th, 2013

… and in much of the Deep South are hardly different than Slave Patrols of Old – Published on ZNet (first on AlterNet  ), by Thom Hartman, July 17, 2013.

George Zimmerman kept close watch over his neighborhood. When Black men walked or even drove through the area, he alerted the police, over and over and over again Sheriff’s Office releases more 911 calls made by George Zimmerman [3]. Finally, exasperated that “they always” got away, he went out on a rainy night armed with a loaded gun and the Stand Your Ground law, looking for anybody who should not be in his largely White neighborhood. The South has a long history of this sort of thing. They used to be called Slave Patrols.    Read the rest of this entry »

Snowden in Russia

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Published on Steve Lendman’s Blog, by blog owener, Juli 17, 2013.

Traveling elsewhere’s too risky. It’s hazardous. He’s seeking temporary asylum. Odds are he’ll get it. Moscow won’t extradite him. It has no treaty obligation to do so. Washington never repatriated Russian defectors. Heavy US pressure’s exerted anyway. Few countries resist. Few push back effectively. China can do it. So can Russia. On the one hand, Putin values good relations. On the other, he won’t be bullied.   Read the rest of this entry »

Some Thoughts on Renata Salecl’s The Paradox of Choice

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

a video, 10.44 min,  published on realsociology, by Professor Renata Salecl, July 2, 2013 (also on YouTube uploaded by The RSA, June 16, 2011).

In this RSA Animate, Professor Renata Salecl explores the paralysing anxiety and dissatisfaction surrounding limitless choice.

Especially since the collapse of Communism, more people have tended to associate increasing freedom of choice with positive social change, however, psychologists have found that too much choice has negative consequences:   Read the rest of this entry »

Sinead O’Connor

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Less Policy, More Culture: Doing Radical Things With Food

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Published on New left Project, by Luigi Russi, July 11, 2013.

Feeding people is easy, says Colin Tudge[1] – the man behind the Campaign for Real Farming. What makes the subject of food harder to stomach, indeed almost intractable, is its centrality to a number of other processes beyond feeding people: food is also an incubator of superbugs,[2] a contested battleground for trade relations,[3] an unruly patient to wrangle inside the straitjacket of safety and traceability regulations (remember the horsemeat scandal).[4]    Read the rest of this entry »

The democracy of the streets

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

Published on Socialist Worker.org, by HANI SHUKRALLAH, July 8, 2013.

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was ousted by the military on July 3 in the wake of demonstrations against him that were perhaps the largest in world history. Yet Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood–along with the Western media–question whether he was removed “legitimately.”    Read the rest of this entry »

Masala Dosa and Bread Rolls, Gujarati Thepla, Osmania biscuit, Street food

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

Two Sentences that Explain the Crisis and How Easy it Was to Avoid

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Published on It’s Our Economy (first on New Economic Perspectives), by William K. Black, July 10, 2013.

Everyone should read and understand the implications of these two sentences from the 2011 report of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC):  Read the rest of this entry »

Grundlagen lebendiger Entfaltung

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Bernd Senf über Wilhelm Reich, von EvolutionReport an diversen Daten im Jahre 2012 hochgeladen – Siehe BERND SENF.de (also in en/es/ru/hu):

A Toxic System: Why Austerity Still Isn’t Working in Greece

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Published on Spiegel Online International, by Anne Seith, July 9, 2013 (Photo Gallery).

Despite drastic austerity measures, a new Greek debt haircut looks unavoidable. The old system has proven resistant to reform and billions in emergency aid hasn’t been enough to turn things around … //

… Yet Another Debt Haircut?   Read the rest of this entry »

Hoping for the Worst

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Interview with Sasha Lilley, published on New Left Project, by Samuel Grove, July 4, 2013.

Catastrophism: The Apocalyptic Politics of Collapse and Rebirth is a collection of essays published by PM Press that explores the politics of apocalyptic thinking across the political spectrum. In her essay, ‘Left Catastrophism’, Sasha Lilley focuses on the left’s peculiar attachment to disasters. Recently she spoke to Samuel Grove about why a politics of impending doom should be avoided.   Read the rest of this entry »

Let Your Life Be a Friction to Stop the Machine

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

ClassWarFilms Presents: Let Your Life Be a Friction to Stop the Machine, 22.51 min, on Dissident Voice, by ClassWarFilms, July 6, 2013; (also on YouTube, 22.51 min, uploaded by ClassWarFilms, February 13, 2012: a brief and crucial history of the United States;

Links for ClassWarFilms: see them on Economy and Society.

Links for the guy who stops the machine: Read the rest of this entry »

Geist und Gehirn

Monday, July 8th, 2013

001 Ein halbes Gehirn, 14.20 min,  von basalEDU am 30. Sept 2012 hochgeladen: Es vergeht kaum ein Monat, in dem nicht wichtige, neue Erkenntnisse zu Tage gefördert werden. Prof. Dr. Dr. Manfred Spitzer, Direktor der psychiatrischen Uniklinik in Ulm, erklärt in der Sendereihe “Geist & Gehirn”, wie das Wunderwerk in unserem Kopf funktioniert;    Read the rest of this entry »

Convulsions in Egypt signal new era of world revolution

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Published on World Socialist Web Site WSWS, by David North and Alex Lantier, July 5, 2013.

This week’s convulsive events in Egypt, culminating in the military coup that ousted President Mohamed Mursi, have immense significance for the working class all over the world.

The most striking feature of these events is the sheer scale of the outpouring of social opposition to Mursi’s Islamist regime. The crowds flooding city centers numbered not in the tens or hundreds of thousands, but in the millions. Across the whole of the country, tens of millions participated.   Read the rest of this entry »

Tear gas as a dangerous weapon

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

The aftermath of the unrest in Turkey – Published on The Economist, July 5, 2013.

THE mass anti-government demonstrations that have rocked Turkey over the past month are dying down and only now is the full horror of police abuse against protestors beginning to emerge. Human-rights groups say the use of tear gas as a weapon marks a new chilling trend among Turkey’s notoriously nasty riot police … // Read the rest of this entry »

French PRISM revealed: All communications tracked, metadata collected

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

Published on  Russia Today RT, July 4, 2013.

(Again first my question about this schizophrenia: 1) Europe is furious about NSA spyings; 2) Europe submits to American stoping an airplane which maybe could transport Edward Snowden … THIS ist the proof that Europe’s elite is crashing … mentally, morally, politically … and that the crash line goes between the worldwide black gov and the official govs, Heidi).   Read the rest of this entry »