“Then there was the educated Texan from Texas who looked like someone in Technicolor and felt, patriotically, that people of means – decent folk – should be given more votes than drifters, whores, criminals, degenerates, atheists and indecent folk – people without means.” – Joseph Heller
Thomas Hardy and D. H. Lawrence: A Literary Kinship lecture notes from Victorianwebdotorg.
Covering: 2000 to 2015. While recent breakthroughs in the discovery of peptide antibiotics and other Peptidic Natural Products (PNPs) raise a challenge for developing new algorithms for their analyses, the computational technologies for high-throughput PNP discovery are still lacking. We discuss the computational bottlenecks in analyzing PNPs and review recent advances in genome mining, peptidogenomics, and spectral networks that are now enabling the discovery of new PNPs via mass spectrometry. We further describe the connections between these advances and the new generation of software tools for PNP dereplication, de novo sequencing, and identification.
Polyketides are a diverse class of compounds that are often created by a series of modular enzymes which condense and then modify chains of acetate or propionate units primarily through reduction, dehydration, cyclization, and aromatization reactions.
Also BioArchiv and ChemArchiv.
NIST Mass Spectrometry Data Center - in the Biomolecular Measurement Division (BMD) - develops evaluated mass spectral libraries and provides related software tools. These products are intended to assist compound identification by providing reference mass spectra for GC/MS (by electron ionization) and LC-MS/MS (by tandem mass spectrometry) as well as gas phase retention indices for GC. The Center is located on the NIST main campus in Gaithersburg, MD.
Emails offer look into whistleblower charges of cronyism behind potential COVID-19 drug article in Science Magazine (13-May-2020)
In the United States, this pandemic could be almost over by now. The reasons it’s still going are pretty clear.
PLURALISTIC.NET website blog for Cory Doctorow, source of useful polemics about Surveillance Capitalism and tech monopoly's existential threat present and future.
Athena - Bitcoin ATM website.
Danny Fenster CIA Journalist imprisoned in Myanmar @ Columbia College Chicago article on Alumnus Danny Fenster.
Economics: The Financial Crisis Was a Minsky Moment but We Live in Strange Times (19-Feb-2019) @ Nat Dyer article from Economic Questions website. Nat Dyer is a freelance writer based in London. He has an MSc in International and European Politics from Edinburgh University. He was previously a campaigner with Global Witness, an anti-corruption group. Twitter: @natjdyer.
The humanity switch: How one gene made us brainier article in New Scientist.
Chinese human fossils unlike any known species article in New Scientist. But why are these referred to as Chinese human fossils rather than human fossils found in China? China didn't exist until 5000-8000 years ago. Little examples of bullshit infowars propaganda training reader thinking.
Founded in 2004 to extend space for critical discussions on contempoary art, Fillip is a Vancouver-based publishing organization.
Erudite voice from the Horn of Africa @ ELIAS AMARE at blackagendareport.com website.
Who are the top international-relations specialists?Surprise! Scholars have a very different view than policymakers do @ (25-Sept-2014)WEBSITE LINK on foreignpolicy.com website.
How Iran Was Swindled Out of $3.2 Trillion article from oilprice.com
Iran’s Huge Caspian Gas Find Is A Geopolitical Gamechanger article in Naked Capitalism.
Link to high resolution image timeline of Afghanistan 2500BC to 2020AD history overview.
In a Major Blow to Vaccine Efforts, Senior FDA Leaders Stepping Down @ ENDPTS article.
SKDK Lobbying Group website.
Obama founding. Keystone pipeline. Took over flagging Biden campaign. Anita Dunn heading it up for Joe. SKDK - founder of TimesUp, weaponized corporatized branding #metoo Arbiters of who gets metoos - not big Dems. Timesup pro-bono SELECTED by politics.
Infowars: Media Deep State Trump Biden Afghan Withdrawal @ TWITTER THREAD link.
Dreamwidth Studios is an Open Source social networking, content management, and personal publishing platform. Our mission in life is to make it easy for you to share the things you make, and easy to find the people who are making the things you want to enjoy.
LINK to Richard Lynn's Wealth of Nations / IQ-Intelligence study. Essentially East Asian Chinese, Japanese, Koreans score higher IQ than Europeans/Americans, both of which are higher than Africans and Native Americans. Ashkenazi Jewish are the 'white' exception with an IQ 10-27 points higher than any other average by ethnicity including Israeli Jews. Seized upon by Conspiracy Theorists, Anti-semites, Zionists and wankers alike, to draw conclusions that fit their various confirmation biases.
Further links, typical anti-Semitic/Conspiracy Theory reflections:
Exponential growth of Ashkenazi Jews following a Medieval population bottleneck @ LINK.
A Dissident Meditation on Jewish Identity: A Review of Gilad Atzmon’s 'The Wandering Who?' @ LINK on the same site.
From Chance to Choice: Genetics & Justice @ AMAZON LINK.
Written by four internationally renowned bioethicists, From Chance to Choice is the first systematic treatment of the fundamental ethical issues underlying the application of genetic technologies to human beings. Probing the implications of the remarkable advances in genetics, the authors ask how should these affect our understanding of distributive justice, equality of opportunity, the rights and obligations as parents, the meaning of disability, and the role of the concept of human nature in ethical theory and practice. The book offers a historical context to contemporary debate over the use of these technologies by examining the eugenics movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In addition, appendices explain the nature of genetic causation, gene-environment interaction, and expose widespread misconceptions of genetic determinism, as well as outlining the nature of the ethical analysis used in the book. The questions raised in this book will be of interest to any reflective reader concerned about science and society and the rapid development of biotechnology, as well as to professionals in such areas as philosophy, bioethics, medical ethics, health management, law, and political science.
India's Average IQ in 2100? (6-Jun-2008) Non-Academic Reflections @ BLOG LINK.
Ireland watchdog fines WhatsApp record sum for flouting EU data rules @ Guardian article.
Mainstream corporate journalism versus independent personality truth-reportage. Rumble video platform versus YouTube/Google. Thinktank NGO expertise for hire.
Matthieu Aikins - Writer, Journalist - Afghanistan-based - New York Times and Rolling Stone and other such MSM outlets @ PERSONAL WEBSITE. Twitter @mattaikins - useful litmus what MSM is allowing into print from warzones.
Brave New World (1931) anticipated the mechanics and the biotechnology of confident mass social regulation. 1984 (1948) depicted the totalitarianism of information and cancellation and war and ignorance control. Farenheit 451 (1953) saw the uniformity of comfort, hatred of knowledge and the fantasist plus crippling anxiety of aspiring to a world lived inside the four walled VR room. Huxley (1894-1963) and Orwell (1903-1950) are Modernists, embedded in their generation's zeitgeist. Both novels are masterpieces, smart brave idealism masquerading as fiction. The Ray Bradbury (1920-2012) novel - a better work of fiction, by a primarily fiction writer - slips into the 20th-century literary canon by a sci-fi side-door because by the 1950s/60s, the cultural gatekeepers have been replaced by postmodernists eager to marginalize individuals (especially dissenters).
See also : We (1924) an early Modernist dystopia novel by Russian writer Yevgeny Zamyatin (1884-1937). Written for younger readers but unflinching on substance is The Guardians (1970) and The Death of Grass (1956) by English writer John Christopher (1922-2012).
May the Bridges We Burn Light Our Way Home tumblr blog post.
EDUCATION DATA DOLLARS:
Indian Ghost Pipe also known as Indian Ghost Pipe, wildflower is rare, mystical and appears above ground just one week each year.
WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE on Spatial Intelligence based on the pseudo-scientific meta-ideas of multiple intelligences theory. The theory proposes the differentiation of human intelligence into specific “modalities of intelligence”, rather than defining intelligence as a single, general ability. The theory has been criticized by mainstream psychology for its lack of empirical evidence, and its dependence on subjective judgement.
Study overturns age-old theory of brain learning @ Medical News Today article.
New research to radically alter our understanding of synaptic development @ Oxford University news.
Choline. A Critical Micronutrient for Baby's Brain Development in Pregnancy @ a8h.com article from Australia.
Imaging in vivo acetylcholine release in the peripheral nervous system with a fluorescent nanosensor @ PNAS.org article.
Staphylococcal Plasmids, Transposable and Integrative Elements @ American School of Microbiology article.
CNS neurons Ependymal cells (inner lining of ventricles, make CSF) Oligodendrocytes Astrocytes @ quizlet.com flashcards on Neurology.
Synaptopathy @ DEFINITION from Wikipedia.
Ideas That Will Change The World (2018) @ Roshawn Terrell Blog post.
How Computationally Complex Is a Single Neuron? @ Quanta Magazine Article.
"AI/automation and computer aided work seems like a democratisation. But moving work to the cloud is an inevitable centralization; package libraries lead to a lumpenisation of Information Technology - a Pythonisation of Coding and Coders; corporate structures demote experts and promote managers, degenerating the quality of IT decision-makers. Meanwhile the lumpenisation and the democratisation is subordinated to the Citadel, expert labour subsumed into the working class by bad education and UBI (universal basic income) based on regulated obedience."
"So basically the only way we got a virus so pathogenic as the novel coronavirus was illegal gain-of-function escaped from the lab. Big Pharma took the opportunity to reap huge profits from a repurposed gene therapy mRNA platform and meanwhile the virus kills a few million people. Nature eventually reasserts on the virus (and populations) leading to omicron: very infectious, not very pathogenic."
"End result. The world has a new cold for everyone. Big Pharma makes billions. Dr Fauci needs to be in jail."
Vincent R. Racaniello (born 2-Jan-1953) is a Higgins Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is a co-author of a textbook on virology, Principles of Virology. Excellent insight into Coronavirus and Covid-19. See 2020 Virology lecture @ YOUTUBE.
In a major blow to vaccine efforts, senior FDA leaders stepping down @ ENDPTS.com report absent from mainstream media.
The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences - a study by the National Research Council of the National Academies (2014).
Groundbreaking technique yields important new details on silicon, subatomic particles and possible ‘fifth force’ (21-Aug-2021) @ ARTICLE on sciencedaily.com website.
Too much free time may be almost as bad as too little - Using excess discretionary time on productive activities can help bolster well-being @ ARTICLE on Science Daily August 2021
Assessing China's Prosperity Campaign (9-Sept-2021) @ LONG ARTICLE LINK on brookings.edu website.
Hacker Lawyer Jay Leiderman Is Dead at 50 - California defence attorney known for his whistleblower advocacy and defense of political dissidents and hackers, was confirmed dead in Ventura County (8-Sept-2021) @ DEATH NOTICE ARTICLE on slashdot.org website.
Some seem sincere. Some who try to explain are unfairly hit by a lot of lazy ad hominems in these comments. Hopefully that doesn't become so disconcerting they stop trying. That said, most should be more sympathetic to concerns about these extremely new vaccines - even if the concerns come from non-medical voices.
As a useful way to frame the whole vaccine context, Pfizer and the other corporations are stakeholder profit engines with no interest in public health or acting within the law except insofar as there's a material calculation to be made: risk versus reward. It's important to ALWAYS keep corporate amorality in mind when trying to answer public health questions, even when focused on simply parsing conclusions on the science.
There doesn't need to be anything sinister or conspiracy about pharmaceutical corporations maximizing profit. But it's naive - or disingenuous - not to include suspicion of Pfizer/Moderna/AZ/J&J/FDA/CDC criminality in every credible analysis of adverse vaccine impact (or any other aspect of for-profit healthcare opportunism).
We take for granted the invasions of Iraq, Afghanistan, bombing of Libya etc led to broken states once the dust settles. The chaotic Middle East is an object lesson with its guerrilla insurgencies, endless internecine, rampant corruption, lawlessness. And Iraq is a relatively small country but the US (and the West) couldn't even make Iraq peaceful and orderly (let alone Afghanistan). OK?
So, how did post-WW2 Germany get pacified and re-civilised literally overnight? It was broken too, far worse than Iraq or Afghanistan. Its cities were flattened and it was occupied after 1945 by four different nations. A few years later, West and East Germany. Not a single insurgent? Fully functional government? Pacified populations? No guerrilla anything? How the fuck was that achieved? It is never included in popular history of post-war continental Europe. "Western" conceit simply takes for granted that Germany would've instantly coalesced into a peaceful, functional, rule of law nation. But this was by no means guaranteed. The big difference between the Muslim nations broken and the German nations pacified was more psychological than military. Enter the holocaust...
The term originates in Greek mythology. Struck by the beauty of Cassandra, daughter of Priam, Apollo provided her with the gift of prophecy, but when Cassandra refused Apollo's romantic advances, he placed a curse ensuring that nobody would believe her warnings. Cassandra was left with the knowledge of future events, but could neither alter these events nor convince others of the validity of her predictions. In psychology the Cassandra metaphor applies to to individuals who experience physical and emotional suffering as a result of distressing personal perceptions, and who are disbelieved when they attempt to share the cause of their suffering with others.
Data is a mass noun, uncountable noun, or non-count noun is a noun with the syntactic property that any quantity of it is treated as an undifferentiated unit, rather than as something with discrete elements. Non-count nouns are distinguished from count nouns. Sand, family, etc.
Recently data has been singled out for abuse. "Data is" has been inexplicably morphing into "data are" and the usual cunts absorb and proliferate this change as if Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia.
In essence, the Establishment is a dominant group or elite that controls a polity or an organisation, often an influential closed social group that selects its own members or an entrenched élite structure sharing social, economic and class bonds, often born and bred. In sociology jargon, the upper eschelons of a society is divided between insider and outsider. The Establishment is made up of insiders; far smaller than the outsiders numerically but also far more influential. The term in its modern sense was popularised by the British journalist Henry Fairlie writing in the London magazine The Spectator in 1955: "By the Establishment, I do not only mean the centres of official power—though they are certainly part of it—but rather the whole matrix of official and social relations within which power is exercised. The exercise of power in England cannot be understood unless it is recognised that it is exercised socially."
Sartre is tagged with Existentialism, Camus is tagged with Absurdism. Both too reductive but anyway: Existentialism vs Absurdism — Explanations and Key Differences of Each.
Modern usage based on the Hebrew biblical prophet Jeremiah who pronounced God's judgment upon the people of his time for their wickedness. The original Jeremiah was concerned especially with false and insincere worship and failure to trust Yahweh in national affairs. He denounced social injustices but not so much as some previous prophets, such as Amos and Micah @ University of Toronto on Judaism and Claude Mariottini Jeremiah Use of Metaphor articles.
No true Scotsman (appeal to purity) is an informal fallacy in which one attempts to protect their universal generalisation from a falsifying counterexample by excluding the counterexample improperly. Rather than abandoning the falsified universal generalisation or providing evidence that would disqualify the falsifying counterexample, a slightly modified generalisation is constructed ad-hoc to definitionally exclude the undesirable specific case and counterexamples like it by appeal to rhetoric - emotionally charged but nonsubstantive purity platitudes - like "true, pure, genuine, authentic, real" etc. In short: an "ad hoc rescue" of a refuted generalization attempt.
Simplified rendition of the fallacy:
Appeal to purity is used here to protect/elevate a preferred group. "No true Scotsman would do XYZ" or "Only in Scotland would there be XYZ".
originating in the Soviet Union, the nomenklatura describes the loosely interconnected social group that monopolises key administrative positions in a governing bureaucracy, running all spheres of national/civic activity (government, industry, agriculture, education etc) from positions conferred by the Communist Party or equivalent. The nomenklatura forms a de facto elite of public powers, a permanent credential class unaccountable to the public but wielding power over it, comparable to the Establishment in Western countries which controls both private and public powers (media, finance, trade, industry, the state, the universities, institutions).
the philosophical worldview Non-Overlapping Magisteria places religion and science in separate domains of questioning ("magisteria") in order to avoid one contradicting the other. It's a justification for deep-rooted unchallenged cognitive dissonance - practical - for the sake of the religion and its benefits. The designation NOMA was popularised in the book Rock of Ages (1999) by Stephen Jay Gould.
Did MS spell checker recently alter the word plebs to plebES? #NoteToSelf
PLEBS used to be ubiquitous but now PLEBES is creeping into the vernacular of swathES:nerd_face: of non-academic US middle class. This demographic is also starting to actually say "pleeb" instead of "plebb". WTF? Merriam-Webster Screenshot as posted on Twitter.
Typically, an excessively or blindly optimistic person, per the Pollyanna principle which is the basis of polyanna syndrome in modern psychotherapy. Originally "Polyanna" comes from the 1913 novel Pollyanna by American author Eleanor H. Porter, making "Pollyanna" a byword for someone who – like the title character – has an unfailingly optimistic outlook through practical "look for the glad in the difficulty and sorrow". Nowadays the word has devolved into simply excessive almost unrealistic (blind) optimism.
The Privilege Walk or Power Shuffle is a diversity-training workshop activity. Participants stand together on a line, then each steps forward or backwards in response to a series of statements such as: “If you’re a white male, take one step forward. If you were ever made uncomfortable by a joke about your ethnicity, gender, appearance, or sexual orientation, take one step back.” At the end participants find themselves arrayed along a continuum of “privilege.” Thus sorted, discussion ensues.
Christian Parenti on the Privilege Walk: "The Privilege Walk relies on a methodological individualism that assumes macro-level social phenomena have micro-level causes and solutions. This fixation on individual choice and personal attitudes reproduces the epistemological fallacies of neoclassical economics and most of right-leaning social science."
Pfizer/Moderna (i.e. NIH under US President - the patent holder) aren't sharing their vaccine recipe because they need to protect the mRNA platform, quite separately from the debate over proliferating vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 in the context of saving lives in the Coronavirus pandemic.
It's possible the big pharmaceutical corporations don't object to letting poor countries make their own vaccines. The problem is with sharing the mRNA platform itself - specifically - because it is a multipurpose technology way beyond targeting spike proteins with potential for revenue streams that dwarf the billions made from SARS-CoV-2.
The mRNA platform has myriad uses as a cancer delivery drug, which is perhaps the biggest prize in medical science - a bonanza of incalculable trillions that could roll on and on for decades. This is why the patent isn't going to be shared. It won't be shared until the technology can be shared in a way that doesn't open access beyond targeted Coronavirus usage. The vaccine corporations will doubtless be working on a nerfed version. If they find it, there will be a mainstream media fanfare of "patent sharing"; and a feeding frenzy over much unearned but irresistible political capital.
The movie Awakenings is set in a sanitarium full of patients in an awake catatonic state. In the film, a psychiatrist performs a strange experiment. He throws a tennis ball at one of the long-term catatonics and despite having been frozen for decades, since childhood, the patient catches the ball. No other movement. Still catatonic after. It's like the patient borrows the kinetic energy of the ball - overcoming the catatonic state, but only for that moment.
This is how my engagement with the world works, nowadays, with social media and infowars and "neoliberal" consumerism.
There's a headline, an article, a conversation. It has a kinetics of context and a background that might animate a fleeting interest, empathy, research - usually leading to an opinion - a conclusion, a placement within the bigger picture of society and what people do.
Then the energy is spent. No more attention to be given, no natural engagement follows. Nothing lasts. The catatonic mindset returns. Nothing changes, except perhaps an imperceptible cold petrification that began years ago, at the extremities, and has been very slowly spreading inward towards the heart.
Some guys defy odds to make a difference. Most are content being more Ballerina than reformed fat slob endurance runner David Goggins. Now and then fate gives an individual the chance to challenge their inner mettle and - very occasionally - it comes with a public stage.
Cancel culture has been perverted into a wanton spectacle of coordinated hearsay, erasing anyone it touches. There's no recourse, no appeal, no end to cancellation. The smallest offence to prurient public opinion carries as severe a punishment as the most egregious.
Someone's got to show the world how to resist; how to break the paradigm of perpetual erasure.
Someone's got to figure a way through the coruscating glare of public bloodlust, to reach those who know and support the individual.
That reconnection may have power to build new foundations, fortified against being sacrificed by the mob to feed the insatiable spectacle of cancel culture.
"Christianity is many things to billions of people but - contrary to the conservative commentariat pandering - it is not the essence of the west. Christianity had 1000 years to inspire a Renaissance but it took Medici patronage, the fall of Constantinople and the rediscovery of classical Greece and Rome to light the essential fire of European - now Western - art and rational science; an overflow of curiosity and greedy, exceptionalist ambition that encircled the world."
The ballot paper for Presidential Election 2020 offers only two tickets with any chance of winning the election: Republican Trump Pence and Democratic Party Biden Harris. Any other vote, including not voting, in this context means less than nothing. The corrupt political process has seldom been more accurately exemplified then in this woeful choice between different but equally masochistic forms of self-harm.
Trump is a vain, venal moron, too stupid to lead, too easily manipulated by the luddite Republican base to be anything but a racist dog whistle.
Polarization fight over small manageable percentages.
Bones to population mitigating excess until the full grifters get back in the saddle.
Sanders beaten by blacks and Michigan crackers. The DNC won that battle. It shouldn't have been close.
Choice is between Ted Bundy and Charles Manson. Fucked up.
Brexit (for instance) is another plutocracy snow job. Sold on inane identity wedge issues, caressed into millions of brains by concerted psychometrics. But it's really just about removing regulations, unshackling the govt/oligarchy so they can enrich without pesky rules. Wedge: "take back control" "Britain independent" "Keeping out the foreigners" etc etc. Playing up some bullshit caricature of a British identity in a world of foreigners and rivals. Wedge issues is a very popular method, for dividing populations, playing to people's worst instincts, to deliver an outcome that's actually against their own best interests.
Farage was the cat's paw. The model usually has one. Democratic Party this year used Bernie Sanders for that role, though it almost got away from them. In the end though, this IS democracy. One human one vote. If half the electorate vote to get exploited, that's the will of the people. It's up to the plutocrats to walk the line between exploiting them to get richer Vs fucking them to the point they push back.
But the push back is also handled by having a duopoly. So if the ruling elite goes too far, their favourite govt grifters lose an election and the next bunch of grifters come in. Exploitation finds its new slightly less harsh equilibrium. Then typically the favoured grifters get back into govt and the process continues.
"Trump Is A Roaming Hitler" versus "Trump Campaigns To Save America"
Pundits and propagandists love to conflate left-wing economics with identarian bullsh1t, woke feminism, BLM, vegan fascism and cancel culture; and equate right-wing economics with evangelical self-interest, ethno-nationalism, climate denial, chauvinism and militarism. BOTH WRONG.
Prediction for 2021-2024: Trump rallies start immediately after Biden's inauguration. Insatiable need for clickbait will ensure news media continues to fixate on Trump hysteria. As it happens, the Trump hysteria sharp serves the duopoly. The GOP can use Trump and rallies to evangelize their populist message, weaponizing the loss as a grand conspiracy theory to bind their base to the fundamentalist Republican agenda. The Dems get to continue using Trump as their useful bogeyman. Rallies play into the DNC-neoliberal centrists' need to whip loyalty into the progressives, as the enemy stays a visible, urgent threat. Both parties get to sell "join us, be loyal, help us to Save America" to their supporters, with the other cast in the role of corrupt anti-America evil.
And so the papers and social media and news channels will be full of the same old pantomime - which'll somehow always be urgent and polarized and complete with its own set of facts depending on your "side" in the game.
It'll keep the public busy; and irrelevant for 4 more years.
Plutocracy finds a dirty equilibrium: #Trump2024 rallies begin soon as Biden takes office. Gives media 4 years guaranteed clickbait and the GOP/Dems 4 years hysteria, ensuring polarization against an evil enemy and a "Save America" script to keep everyone busy. And irrelevant.
2021-2024 Trump rallies begin as Biden takes office. Media and GOP/Dems get 4 years clickbait and polarization to impose orthodoxy.
The great strides made in western liberal societies since the Enlightenment have been firmly based on the Greco/Christian tradition. It should be no surprise that the purveyors of consumerist agnosticism firmly reject this tradition within the western democracies. By pulling the spiritual rug out from under Euro/American culture, they have left a black hole that can only be filled by their circus and gadgets.
You're feckless if you talk about trillion dollars blah in a massive hodge podge because what do you want - universal preK, free college, senior citizen hearing and vision and dental, what?>
Donors and lobbyists aren't misdirected by bullshit slogans into the indulgent airy debate over sweeping reform or principles bolx. Feckless voters are led, in great part by media - but the latter is also responsive to what works with the former - so if they choose to argue the toss over who pays for what, how govt should tax billionaire, which squad member should veto what, how treacherous is Sinema, how big is Manchin's yacht... This is feckless voter behaviour that's the goal of red/blue ingroup oligopolies; is a win from the get go.
Put aside all that bs you've inculcated about divide and gaslight and whatever. It's getting in the way of understanding both what I'm saying and what you're missing about what military budget is. I'll try to be more clear. 280 character Twitter isn't good for nuance.
So. Your original point was that the USPS shouldn't be judged only by profit criteria. You identify $750B - a huge sum - as annual military budget. Taxpayer money.
While the American people don't make profit on military expenditure, we don't expect profitable because we know military is vital to the country. It defends all of us, taxpayers included.
Like military, USPS plays an essential role. If it's an expense, it's for the national good. It may be publicly subsidized by taxes but it's ultimately serving the American taxpayer, i.e. all of us. USPS profitability should be treated same as military: not what matters most.
And serving the American people matters because military budget is funded by us. Most tax revenue comes from working and middle class Americans. People like you and me give nearly 24c of every tax dollar to pay for the military. Works out at just over 60 days of the average American's working year.
OK so far?
Imagine, M_ ______, 10 million+ English lads playing and CARING about football, agonies and ecstasies, sometimes in mostly out of organised teams, from reception to teens into adulthood. England has borne the weight of their hope, fear and expectation for 90+ years.
In fact, personal connection to the ups and downs of England team long ago overflowed into the national mainstream: grannies, mothers, daughters and the middle-class. Not quite the same intensely personal link as English lads (in most cases) but nonetheless one of the most potent engines of shared cultural identity.
This past decade or so, there has been rapid growth in women football at every level, from girls in school teams to women in pro clubs. England ladies teams are not just a thing, but highly ranked in world competition and some cross-pollination with football fans in the national mainstream too.
There's a spate of recent headlines on the back of Euro2020.
She's a virtue signalling cunt.
General Miller: Subordination or Hero? (14-Sept-2021) on washingtontimes.com website.
Simple binaries: "Preventing a war is easy to determine. Did Trump try to launch one?? If yes, the general is a hero. If no, doesn't matter how suspicious Pelosi or the generals were of Trump, it's no justification for refusing to withdraw from Afghanistan. Did Trump send the memo for withdrawal? If yes, the general needs to be court martialed. If no, where is the story here? It evaporates as another smokescreen wasting everyone's time while the upward wealth transfer continues and the poor continue to get f****d."
The formula for what our governing authorities do is very simple. Their true aim, let’s not forget, is continuous upward wealth transfer – from taxpayer and treasury to the elite stakeholders and the corporate donor class (same people mostly).
Day to day the job of corporate-state government is to manage the most profitable balance of immediate, ongoing and future revenue extraction with consolidating short-term authority and long-term power - without either power or profit facing disruption by mob insurrection. The management formula includes certain precepts: minimum spending on social provision, maximum upward wealth appropriation, and a merciless exploitation of the public for as much work (precarity), as much money (austerity) and as much debt (liquidity) as possible.
Play each and every official government-CDC-FDA public health decision through the above formula. It is the ubiquitous explanation for the two years of pandemic opportunism, from the first headlines about Wuhan and cruise ships infected by a novel coronavirus in February 2020 to the latest Christmas 2021 clickbait peddling booster vaccines against hyper-infectious Omicron variants. All public policy is made to serve the same completely consistent objective.
"It's funny. Governments certainly have a path of least resistance that routes via control. At times. Guys like Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, Aaron Swartz, Chelsea Manning exposed deep state (intelligence agencies) and military (deployed into danger - however unjust the politicians doing the deploying) and information (knowledge and science hoarded behind paywalls). Couldn't these guys be good, correct and worthy of government defending their individual rights while at the same time recognising their persecution is a revenge by deep state (military, intelligence agencies, etc) for putting their colleagues into harm's way? Principles like freedom of information are for civilian public servants to parse and apply. The path of least resistance (most likely, most not unreasonable) for the deep state is to defend their team of coworkers. Team CIA, Team FBI, Team USM, Team USN, Team MI6, Team GCHQ, Team US Congress, Team DNC, etc etc. Assange, Snowden et al attacked an extended family - even if it is a sinister, shadowy, over-powerful, unaccountable bunch of bastards - so the whistleblowers are getting fucked to settle the score, to make an example, etc. It's a trite explanation but perhaps more likely than risky, fatiguing prospect of a small group of well connected corrupt conspirators puppet mastering an entire country (or world) hegemony. In any case, it's up to the public servants (judges, lawyers, government elected politicians and so on) to play their role in the social contract: defend the public interest, safeguard individual rights, fiat justitia."
Community doesn't last outside the leftovers of ethnics in immigrant neighborhoods and stubborn holdouts doing irrelevant oldworld rituals in suburbia. Even the white Christian crackers only ape a Potemkin community they'll sell out if ever they can. The real American community is not public and not recruiting. "Let them eat cake."
Mass state surveillance is only feasible because of surveillance capitalism and its extremely low-yield ad-targeting systems, which require a constant feed of personal data to remain barely viable. Surveillance capitalism’s primary failure mode is mistargetted ads while mass state surveillance’s primary failure mode is grotesque human rights abuses, tending toward totalitarianism.
State surveillance is no mere parasite on Big Tech, sucking up its data and giving nothing in return. In truth, the two are symbiotes: Big Tech sucks up our data for spy agencies, and spy agencies ensure that governments don’t limit Big Tech’s activities so severely that it would no longer serve the spy agencies’ needs. There is no firm distinction between state surveillance and surveillance capitalism; they are dependent on one another.
I don't understand why educated adults in positions of public trust and/or authority are so keen to make a pig's breakfast of British culture. Last Night of the Proms simply happens to be today's target for extirpation.
I don't get why these spineless 'curators' of UK cultural heritage keep kowtowing to the demands of self-appointed identity police? Is it just for social media likes? Anything for a quiet life? Virtue signalling in the hope of winning woke brownie points? To what end?
Destroying the very traditions they're supposed to look after is a heavy price to pay, not least because their craven iconoclasm achieves nothing to actually help whichever oppressed minority is being championed by the "...haughty tyrants..." of woke outrage.
Give the decision-making power on whether to bend the knee to internet mob outrage to sometime with a backbone. I'm sure they'd stand firm on not falsely editing history or spuriously censuring the culture of this "..blest isle..." (I know I would.)
How Two British Orthodontists Became Celebrities to Incels - The Mews, a father-son team of orthodontists, have an unusual theory about the source of crooked teeth — one that has earned them a following in some of the darker corners of the internet (20-Aug-2020) @ NYT Hit Piece article. Useful both for its information and as a paradigm of current "Cathedral" propaganda tactics.
To the liberal class, every big economic problem is really an education problem, a failure by the losers to learn the right skills and get the credentials everyone knows you’ll need in the society of the future. Take inequality. The real problem, many liberals believe, is that not enough poor people get a chance to go to college and join the professional-managerial elite.
"If there is an income divide in America it is over education," wrote Democratic media strategist Bill Knapp in the Washington Post in 2012, "and this makes sense: People who are better educated should make more money."
"What I fundamentally believe—and what the president believes," Arne Duncan, Obama’s secretary of education, told a reporter in 2012, "is that the only way to end poverty is through education."
"The best way by far to improve economic opportunity and to reduce inequality is to increase the educational attainment and skills of American workers," declared Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke to the graduating class at Harvard in 2008, a group much perturbed by inequality.
Thomas Friedman, Obama’s other favourite newspaper columnist, comes back to the subject again and again. "The biggest issue in the world today is growth, and, in this information age, improving educational outcomes for more young people is now the most important lever for increasing economic growth and narrowing income inequality," he wrote in 2012. "In other words, education is now the key to sustainable power."
Every authoritarian mandate, every prophylaxis omission, every sledgehammer censorship, every single inexplicable announcement by celebrity public servants, every blatant contradiction, every one of Fauci’s weird never acknowledged lies, every hypocritical mismatch between what’s said and what’s actually done e.g. Joe Biden calling on rich countries to “share advanced vaccine technology with the world!” followed by zero sharing despite the President’s absolute right (and Bayh-Doyle authority) to do so. Pandemic handling has been totally consistent from the start.
Policy, legislation, strategy, official propaganda, media messaging, political polarizations, inexplicable yet relentless team loyalty division; everything serves the same elite power centers, enriching the same corporate stakeholders, shaking down the same working and middle class Americans, mercilessly bankrupting the same unreported cracker and ethnic precarity, etc etc.
Isn’t the game obvious to everyone? It sure oughta be by now.
Health Act (2006) passed at the start of the third Labour term of Tony Blair's government. Across England the smoking ban in (pubs, bars, offices, restaurants, clubs, private members buildings) took effect on 1 July 2007. Key dates 1962-2021 in UK Tobacco Regulation per ASH PDF document.
There was a time, some years ago, when I didn't think my outlook on the world was unusual. I took myself for a fairly standard comfortable white middle class consumer, privileged in education and freedom to live the life I wanted, with humane hopes for an improving society better balanced to help the more deprived citizens get their fair share of the opportunity pie.
I knew there were others who did more, with their day to day lives, to speed up the process of making the world a better place. And I knew there were some who's politics were inspired by a preference for society of winners and losers; themselves the winners, naturally.
Right-wing my power, left-wing our love. Right covered the class of winners who knew they had inherited power and wanted to perpetuate their privilege, generation to generation, let the best of the poor prove their worth by competing out of their brutal class handicap. Left was a spectrum when it came to how, but the what - bottom line - was equality and a better world for all human beings. Save your complacent 2021 scorn for my once simplistic outlook. Hindsight is twenty twenty, as they say, but this is how I used to think.
Anglo-Canadian, when encountering pain, wants to eliminate it or permanently evade; the best pain is pain forgetten. Protestant aestheticism.
French-Quebecois sees pain and wants to run towards it, jealous of the intensity of feeling (even though it hurts). The most beautiful pain is pain from love and loss. Catholic angelus misericordia.
English culture worships potential - which means youth. French culture worships love - which means pain.
Youth worship subordinates mature, hard-won learning, that need years to acquire, to visceral fast-paced trends and fashions. Youth worship creates ephemeral personalities, cyclical rather than it evolving culture and a fear of being subjected to complexity. Worshippers of idealized youth practice luddite self-quarantined. The paradigm is cherubic, angelic, aggressively disinterested. Merciless purity.
Love worship subordinates material acquisition and the long-term attaining of sublimation. It can be invested in the drive to create other people (children) or instead pursue talent and accomplishment. Seldom both.
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This is silly estate agent clickbait. Most of London's properties (freeholds) are cut up into flats. Imagine a street lined with 20 stucco-fronted Edwardian townhouses, £4 million average house price. £80 million of real estate. Rich enough to be in this millionaire club. Then imagine the same street, exact same 20 buildings, with 8 period conversions in each, £700K average flat price. £112 million of real estate. Not rich enough to be in the millionaire's club.
"Sidebar, part of the limits we get imposed on us - quite often without us knowing - fit with Chomsky's allow very lively debate but totally constrained within acceptable bounds that ensure there's never challenge to power.
Recent Callin there was a 65 year old Indian guy who'd grown up in England, lived in the US the last 30 years. He struggled to articulate his point and seemed unusually rooted in UK culture - for a guy who's spend 3 decades in America - and eventually you had to move to the next caller so you politely reminded him you didn't know anything about England and maybe that was a "useful topic for a different podcast."
BUT then the thought occurred: that's exactly what someone a British - or American - superiority complex would've said..! I mean, the idea our local boundaries are significant enough to mark a line between we ought to know and what we can dismiss, it's the vain heart of (insert identity label) supremacy... And it's Chomsky's boundaries in a very real-world narrative limiting sense.
Maybe that's why socialists are always so hyper about internationalism. It breaks the boundaries of lines drawn by ruling elites, within which we're living in the full force of their propaganda and their control of information. Outside those lines ideas cross-pollinate, who knows but maybe solutions to impotence manufactured at home can only come from drawing on experiences from outside it...
Thomas Chatterton Williams Tweet about French stores hours. "I've lived in France too and sympathize with your frustration at this kind of 'inexcusable' inconvenience. Initially, it affirms preconceptions: typical European "siesta-brain"- bad service, bad business. But then reflect on quality of product, quality of life, quality of care."
Christopher Rowland (@PostRowland on Twitter): The Days of full Covid-19 Coverage Are Over (21-Sept-2021)
Volodin is ready to discuss the proposal of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation on a request to Putin to recognise the LPR and the DPR. Speaker of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Vyacheslav Volodin said that the draft resolution submitted by the Communist Party of the Russian Federation on the recognition of the self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk People's Republics (LPR and DPR) and the corresponding appeal to the president requires discussion. "The issue proposed for consideration is very serious and responsible. In this regard, it would be right to hold consultations with the leaders of the factions next week and discuss this initiative," Volodin wrote on his Telegram channel on Friday.
Then, according to the results of consultations, the speaker believes, the issue can be considered at the Council of the State Duma. According to Volodin, Russia cannot allow "ignoring the Minsk agreements" by Kiev and NATO's plans to "occupy Ukraine". He also stressed that Moscow should look for a way to protect compatriots in the self-proclaimed LNR and DNR. On Wednesday, the deputies of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation submitted to the State Duma a draft resolution of the chamber, in which they propose that parliamentarians officially appeal to President Vladimir Putin with a request to recognize the independence of the LPR and DPR.
Lavrov arrived in Geneva, where he will hold talks with Blinken on Friday. "I think that tomorrow we will know more. At least I hope that tomorrow we will know more about whether Russia is really committed to trying to resolve these differences through diplomacy, through dialogue, or not," he said in an interview with a German television channel. ZDF.
Blinken stressed that he does not expect any breakthroughs. According to him, the United States wants to understand what the recent talks with Russia have led to in the framework of the dialogue on strategic stability, the Russia-NATO Council and the OSCE. "I think this is an important moment to assess with Foreign Minister Lavrov where we are, to see what conclusions Russia draws from these diplomatic conversations," the American diplomat said. He added that Washington has for many years "showed good will" towards Moscow, "wishing to work with Russia." As examples of the desired cooperation with the Russian Federation, Blinken cited the fight against COVID-19, climate change, new technologies - "problems that affect all of our citizens."
"We would like nothing more than to develop a more stable, predictable relationship with Russia," the Secretary of State said, stressing that, "unfortunately, we have been constantly denied." Negotiations between Blinken and Lavrov will be held on January 21 in Geneva. Before that, the US Secretary of State visited Kiev, where he met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba, and Berlin, where he talked with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and German Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock. Western countries are concerned about the buildup and movement of Russian troops near the border of Ukraine. They believe that Russia may be planning an invasion of this country. Moscow has repeatedly stated that it is not going to attack the neighbouring state.
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