The Crises of Civilization

The 2011 book and video entitled: “Crises of Civilization…” by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed

http://www.crisisofcivilization.com/

When considering the end…

“There is a place where we are always alone with our own mortality, where we must simply have something greater than ourselves to hold onto – God or history or politics or literature or a belief in the healing power of love, or even righteous anger. Sometimes I think they are all the same. A […]

Battle continues for the CFPB

Trump keeps giving in-kind contributions to Elizabeth Warren’s 2020 campaign-in-waiting

The battle for control of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

via WaPo 202 – BY JAMES HOHMANN with Breanne Deppisch and Joanie Greve

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In 2007, a small quarterly journal published an article by a little-known bankruptcy professor at Harvard Law School […]

Bread & Circuses

The term is a phrase meaning a diet of entertainment or political policies on which the masses are fed to keep them happy and docile. It historically refers to actions by prelates and politicians at the degeneration period of the Roman Empire; but can easily be assigned to the declining years of any historical […]

On knowing

Excerpts from the book: “Civilization at a Crossroads” by Gennady Shkliarevsky

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“There are few traumatic experiences that can compare to loss of reality, that is, “situations when people get a feeling that they can no longer understand reality or interpret it correctly. For a consciousness that experience such situation, reality becomes a void, an […]

Everything must go – by George Monbiot

Everything Must Go

Economic growth will destroy everything. There’s no way of greening it – we need a new system.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 22nd November 2017

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Everyone wants everything – how is that going to work? The promise of economic growth is that the poor can live like the […]

Going in the wrong direction

by Richard @ Flexible Reality – Nov. 23rd, 2017

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The FCC was charged by Congress in 1999 with developing a plan which “include a detailed strategy for achieving affordability and maximizing use of broadband to advance consumer welfare, civic participation, public safety… and other national purposes.” Eighteen years later and America’s broadband speed ratings […]

We’re With Stupid – by Timothy Egan

We’re With Stupid by Timothy Egan via N.Y. Times – Nov. 17, 2017

Credit Timothy A. Clary/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

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It would be much easier to sleep at night if you could believe that we’re in such a mess of misinformation simply because Russian agents disseminated […]

Traits of NPD

Note: The following are typical traits exhibited, and used by those afflicted with Narcissistic Personality Disorder:

Woman taking selfie while boyfriend is kissing her

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Abusive Cycle – This is the name for the ongoing rotation between destructive and constructive behavior which is typical of many dysfunctional relationships and families.

Alienation – The act […]

The Middle East: It will only get worse

The Middle East – a continuing ethnic battle zone By James M. Dorsey

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Flexible Reality Editors Note: Please read this report carefully, for insight into regional machinations, biases, and propaganda

** “As Saudi Arabia reels from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s frontal assault on the kingdom’s elite, indications are that the Saudi-Iranian proxy war […]

What makes people vote Republican – a socio-psychological explanation

What Makes People Vote Republican?

Jonathan Haidt [9.8.08]

…the second rule of moral psychology is that morality is not just about how we treat each other (as most liberals think); it is also about binding groups together, supporting essential institutions, and living in a sanctified and noble way. When Republicans say that Democrats […]

Where we are

*********************** We have at least 4,500 existing Federal Laws, but in the period 2000 through 2007, Congress created at least 450 new crimes, the State & Federal authorities have rules, regulations, and laws covering almost all human activities, with more lawyers than any other country on Earth – but for some unexplained reason we […]

American Hyper-Capitalism Breeds the Lonely, Alienated Men Who Become Mass Killers

Despair, rage and lack of human connection among white men are key culprits in America’s mass shooting epidemic.

By Harriet Fraad, Richard D. Wolff / AlterNet November 6, 2017, 10:56 AM GMT

Photo Credit: FabrikaSim / Shutterstock.com

Economically, he was one of the growing millions without a secure, meaningful, socially approved, well-paid […]

Fake populism & off-shore money

The ‘Paradise Papers’ expose Trump’s fake populism

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President Trump entered the White House on a platform of populist rage. He channeled ire against the perceived perfidy and corruption of a shadowy world of cosmopolitan elites. He labeled his opponent Hillary Clinton a “globalist” — […]

Another worthy commencement address – by Tim Minchin

Transcript of Tim Minchin address: UWA 2013 graduation ceremony.

http://www.news.uwa.edu.au/201309176069/alumni/tim-minchin-stars-uwa-graduation-ceremony

Ladies and Gentlemen please welcome Mr Tim Minchin

(applause)

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“In darker days I did a corporate gig at a conference for this big company who made and sold accounting software in a bid, I presumed, to inspire their salespeople to greater heights. They’d forked […]

Becoming unstoppable – by George Monbiot

Becoming Unstoppable

Posted: 02 Nov 2017 10:40 AM PDT

“We do not need to change human nature. We need to reveal it.”.

Interview by Mark Karlin with George Monbiot, published by Truth Out, 22nd October 2017

 

You begin your book with the importance of the stories we accept as our personal narratives as members […]

Obama’s legacy

A Facebook Stream regarding Obama’s legacy **********************************************

Richard Pressl A somewhat common feature that distinguishes Democratic vs Republican Administrations is the former is faulted for the things they DIDN’T do, while the latter is despised for the things it DID. Recent examples follow that pattern precisely.

Wayne Fuller Yes, of course you’re correct. My […]

Libertarian perspective: “Were America’s “Early Wars” as noble as we are told?”

Did they defend freedom, or were they wars of conquest?

Render your verdict on four early U.S. wars. By Perry Willis @ Downsize DC blog – Oct. 28th, 2017

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Randolph Bourne claimed that “War is the health of the state.” If true, this suggests that our state schools have a natural incentive to […]