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Historians used to argue that the regulatory state began not with public-minded statesmen cracking the whip and taming big biz, but just the opposite—with business leaders deliberately inviting federal regulation as a way to build barriers to entry and give their cartels the protection of...

Is the lab leak hypothesis valid, i.e. novel coronavirus SARS-COV2 escaped from Wuhan Institute of Virology after years of dangerous gain-of-function research? Is it an unforeseeable natural virus - some latent coronavirus, perhaps an evolution of SARS-COV1 - that moved from animals (bats, pangolins) to...

The best independent journalists and academics - plus many non-professional commentators - have done a great job of laying bare the reality of corrupted government, institutions captured by corporate power, compromised disingenuous politicians, mainstream media selling fearporn at such a scale it is atomizing society...

The American Civil War (1861-1864) was the bloodiest conflict on American soil, in history. It was a comprehensive victory for the federalized North over the confederated South, an end to de facto states rights - except in wedge issues that don't impact big picture economics. Bibble.   FOOTNOTES [boldgrid_component...

"Dirtbag" Left - Progressive - former Bernie Sanders campaign activists - socialists - non-corporate Millennial podcast - direct authentic no-bullshit style - marginalized? Chapo Trap House progeny. "Capitalists have the tendency to move toward those countries in which there is plenty of labor available and at...

The population of the United States is five times that of the United Kingdom. No surprise therefore that the two countries media output tends to see American output pushing the envelope on big budget Hollywood blockbusters and seasons of highly produced television shows while Britain...

What The Fuck? 200 YEARS AGO DEAFNESS MEANT ISOLATION. THEN CAME SIGN LANGUAGE — A COMMUNICATIONS SUPERPOWER?   Deafness was an isolating disability - excluding the deaf person from everyday conversation - as little as two hundred years ago. It wasn’t until the early 19th century that a comprehensive working...

"Anti-Semitism is the fundamental litmus both for an individual's moral compass and a society's trajectory (i.e. is it progressing or is it degrading)." 01 Hyman Minsky (1919-1996) "Any (economic) unit can create money. The problem is getting it accepted." Britain did it with gunships. America does it with bombs. Why doesn't...

The story of Coronavirus has been heap big fun. Informative, also, insofar as learning a lot about the way the world works - and how it's presented, to the world, through national media, by liberal and conservative politicians, by the government and the medical communities,...

The Free Market as a Universal Solution "Capitalist markets are neural networks of human need, labour and multi-variable value, at scale."   Current representative democratic models with their biannual or every-four-year elections end up lowest common denominator by default. Witness bullshit populism (woke symbols or ethnic conflict) dominating...

 Independent Anti-Oligarchy Voices: David Allen Green (UK Lawyer and Blogger) Chris Hedges (US Activist Educator and Writer) Extinction Rebellion (Environmentalist Collective and Activists) Dirtbag Left: Useful Idiots (Katie Halper, Matt Taibbi) Secular Talk (Kyle Kulinski) Bad Faith Podcast Chapo Trap House cumtown Jimmy Dore Show Glenn...

Security in stores. Keeping an eye on my safety if watching me, that's a white privilege. Not offended by the scrutiny, Who cares what's in their brains? Trump is just the last echo of the Industrial Age and the installation of a senile grifter, the triumph...

America is a nation of people fucking each other over for an artificial scarcity (money). Food pumped full of shit creates allergies and intolerance and diabetes, which pharma products mask. Right now it's only costing on average five years longevity versus other healthier first world...

Science. Benefit not a priori, evolutionarily. Except it is, by a thousand cuts. Infant mortality. Longevity. Fertility. Less painful existence. Feeding the world. Not being bored. Etc etc. Practical reality beats fantasy, whenever a choice must be made. Humans like to have that cake and...

There is a power struggle in the world that goes largely unnoticed by the general public. It's not a fight between countries nor a battle of left versus right. It's a struggle as old as civilization: the interests of the few versus the lives of...

What's wrong with the bloody world anyway? Marginalization of ideas, pushing their proponents outward from the mainstream (core), reducing their impact, relevance and revenue. Which means there are less proponents as time goes by and soon enough less ideas, more orthodoxy, more fascistification of everything. ...

TRANSLATED FROM THE GERMAN ORIGINAL Despite the seemingly tumultuous events of the past two weeks, we have not heard much from us. But we were by no means inactive. In the last few days we have been laying new power lines with many skilled friends, exchanging old doors...

January 6th 2021 was a busy day at the American Capitol. The electoral college of the United States was scheduled to formally present the general election results to the Senate through the Senators of each of the fifty states, to the outgoing Vice President Mike...

Umberto Eco in his 1995 essay, Ur Fascism defines fascism in 14 points. cult of traditionalism. rejection of modernism. cult of action for its own sake and a distrust of intellectualism. disagreement or opposition is treasonous. fear of difference.Fascism is racist by definition. appeals to...

Trump rallies will start with Biden’s inauguration. He will foment his base to keep their anger on the boil, playing a risky game. Typical Trump. Perhaps he’ll schedule rallies to begin the very day of the inauguration – for maximum media and maximum momentum. His...

Totalitarian countries encourage cult of the personality around leaders like Hitler, Stalin, North Korea's Kims, blah. Despite there being no freedom in those countries, there's plenty of devotees to the leader, hero-worshipping him as if he's superhuman. The hero-worship is a sign of authoritarianism, i.e....

Welcome to another vomit from the bullshit spigot. Today's rooting through the detritus has revealed a pile of different coloured pills. Most are red, blue, white and black but occasionally new colours pop up. What are these pills, then?...

Admission about Coronavirus being wet market or lab leak is splitting hairs. Doesn't matter if virus got out of the CCP/DARPA funded Institute via escaped mice, bats, or pangolin-loving Chinese scientists. The novel coronavirus itself originated in the lab's gain-of-function research. Its evolution from earlier...

The practical ideal of democracy consists in the self-government of the masses in conformity with the decisions of popular assemblies. But while this system limits the extension of the principle of delegation, it fails to provide any guarantee against the formation of an oligarchical camarilla....

Regular crises perpetuate the past by reinvigorating cycles which started long ago. In contrast, (capital-C) Crises are the past's death knell. They function like laboratories in which the future is incubated. They have given us agriculture and the industrial revolution, technology and the labour contract,...

Development of the modern democracy allowed the formation of organization like political parties. Paradoxically, any such organization, when growing in size, also grows in complexity. And inevitably with this growth gradually become less and less democratic. This process is immanent, objective, and does not depend...

All these conspiracy theories, fueled and amplified be - apparently - narcissist disorder. Fine. "Making Sense of Conspiracy Theorists as the World Gets More Bizarre" - Jon Ronson (The Guardian, 11th April 2021) Why's there no heightened visibility for the other side of this conspiracy of them against...

We experience the world outside our bodies through our senses (VAKOG): vision, sound (auditory), touch (kinesthetic), taste (gustatory) and smell (olfactory). We also have the capacity to recreate ‘models’ of our sensory information, that is, we can think in pictures and words and mentally recreate...

Right wing or left wing, socialist or capitalist, technologist or libertarian, oligarch or plutocrat: nepotism beyond a very limited point is a slow suffocation of national vitality, neoliberalism's universally acknowledge Achilles heel. China, India and Russia - in different ways - ringfence neoliberalism with ideological...

"For the great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie--deliberate, contrived and dishonest--but the myth--persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the clichés of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the...

Establishment domination of the national reward system is impressively omnipresent. Mass legacy media and almost every institutional gatekeepers of important credentials is subordinated to the service of an aging plutocracy. Consent is manufactured. Dissent is silenced - or marginalized out of sight. Wealth continues to...

Cryptocurrency has a lot of potential. Blockchain is wonderful. Functionality. Making the bullshit bureaucracy of life simpler, faster, less of a waste of time. More of that, please! Non-Fungible Tokens. Shards of NFTs. Buyers clubs. Art marketplaces. Modern art. Store of value. Corporate lobby displays. Boardroom...

"When somebody has devoted every day of their life to their craft (e.g. standup comedy) anyone trying to take that away without there being - literally - criminal cause is either a dishonest scumbag or an unthinking moron." The artificial schism of capitalism (free market commerce...

Significant amounts of time get wasted by people in the advocacy of a particular sweeping ‘solution’ – like ‘give everybody secure housing and UBI’ or ‘nationalize the means of production’ or ‘close the borders’ – yet these ideology-over-practicality suggestions may sound strident and compelling, like...

Narrative blah blah narrative yadda yadda narrative-narrative-narrative. It’s almost worse to be sceptical about a world full of competing narratives - perceiving them everywhere - without trying to cut through any of them, than taking everything the media says at face value. Unless you get...

On February 10, 2020, President Donald J. Trump sent Congress a proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget request of $740.5 billion for national security, $705.4 billion of which is for the Department of Defense (DoD). The FY 2021 budget supports the irreversible implementation of the National...

"The vast, profitable, citadel-backed industry of content creation for the absorption of public excess attention (and time). Mainstream is as crowded with content as it is limited on free ideological expression. Mainstream media guides the rump of public opinion, day to day, to entertain and...

Over the past two decades, an alternative approach to monetary theory has developed that integrates the insights of Knapp’s (1924) state money approach (also called chartalist and adopted by Keynes (1930; 1914)), the credit money view of Innes (1913, 1914), Lerner’s (1943, 1947) functional finance...

It used to be an axiom of liberalism that freedom meant inalienable self-ownership. You were your own property. You could lease yourself to an employer for a limited period, and for a mutually agreed price, but your property rights over yourself could not be bought...

Identity politics, cancel culture, wokeness, echo-chamber media, tribalism, data science profiling of individuals into big data demographics; the latest evolutions of the world's hegemonic force - consumer capitalism. It's creating a monopoly on customers, same as its corporations create a monopoly on industry and product....

Control of thought is more important for governments that are free and popular than for despotic and military states. The logic is straightforward: a despotic state can control its domestic enemies by force, but as the state loses this weapon, other devices are required to...

Back in the 1920s, world-renowned writer Aldous Huxley summarised his visit to Hearst Castle - guided through the unparalleled collection of priceless art, sculpture and unique historical artifacts filling the home of the world's first billionaire media mogul -: with the simplest conclusion: "It was...

Carbon capture will be necessary to reverse the atmospheric build-up of carbon dioxide, even if the Earth reduces its emissions to reasonable levels. Biomass, like fast-growing forests, being classed as a renewable energy source same as wind or solar is a grift by big business....

It might be a sad truth of human thinking (human connections) that as a person lives longer and knows more, other people listen to them less. Maybe it's an age thing, in our younger-facing culture. Maybe it's a potential calculus, like no old human can...

Boris Johnson and his Brexiteer organ grinders have two goals: Exit Day and a Parliamentary majority. They go hand in hand. Winning a majority in the House of Commons will hand the new government absolute control over when and how Exit Day happens. It is...

The 20th Century was an individualistic century on the whole and we live in the shadow of its expectations and its cultural habits today in 2019. What’s worth thinking about, however, is the standout exception from the last century; the first sociologically mature manifestation of...

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According to Steven Pinker, the world is actually getting better. Pinker uses history and statistics to outline world trends that position progress within a broader context. With all of the data Pinker has collected, he suggests the world is actually getting better. The world...

Sure I get it: Jacob's Room. Eventually we all have our own experience of Jacob's Room in life. Because one day, Jacob stops coming back and all that's left is his room, his dispossessed possessions, and what's left in me as memory echoes like the...

Regulations that had built up over the decades following the Second World War were gradually dismantled – disconnected from government’s direct authority and placed into “independent” regulatory bodies. This deregulation liberated the full spectrum of corporate profiteering. It consolidated lobbying – including purchasing political influence...

At the height of young Miss Nina Simone’s involvement in the early 1960s Civil Rights Movement in America, she released an unassuming record into the world: Pastel Blue. The coda of Pastel Blue is an impassioned version of Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit” (a song about lynching and racism...

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