Robert Oak, an online friend of mine, has a post up….

October 31, 2008

‘Politics is distasteful…..’

Check it out. It might change your view of a few things….

Anothere take on ‘Outsourcing’…heh…

October 30, 2008

Yep, I was on the phone to India while getting ‘support’ for my installation of MS Small Business 2007 and you will never, never, believe how I finally got it ‘installed’.

Don’t forget to vote and don’t forget to stay tuned afterwards to track what is being done…

In your name.

The translation of this song, interestingly it’s about separation, is here.

This Speaks for Itself. The Message is Unacceptable to me. What Say You?

April 16, 2008

First listen to this admitted war criminal spew lies…..

Then go here to speak out…..and demand that the national media do the same!

Or prepare to live as slaves of  the corporate state.

Obama reveals a populist streak!

February 13, 2008

One of my biggest problems with Senator Obama was his heretofore weakness on taking a stand on the loss of good American jobs from such mindnumbingly stupid, for a real Democrat anyway, legislation such as NAFTA and CAFTA under the rubric of ‘free trade’. David Sirota, a Obama critic for the same reasons I have, talks about a change in Obama’s rhetoric today in his column.

Here’s the teaser quote:

‘I don’t know about a time-out, but I do know this – when I am President, I will not sign another trade agreement unless it has protections for our environment and protections for American workers. And I’ll pass the Patriot Employer Act that I’ve been fighting for ever since I ran for the Senate – we will end the tax breaks for companies who ship our jobs overseas, and we will give those breaks to companies who create good jobs with decent wages right here in America.’

Clik on thru and read more, Obama is starting to talk about issues important to progressives, and the nation, in ways that demonstrate that he is willing to act contrary to the corporatist scum who are looting and wrecking our country for their own private gain.

More of this please, Senator.

Introduction to ‘Complexity Economics’: Wherein A.Citizen discovers that his’Theory of Pie’ turns out to be valid!

December 15, 2007

I finally finished The Origin of Wealth by Eric D. Beinhocker. It will soon be available in our Brain Food section.Why did I read this book? Well, Matt Stoller mentioned it at OpenLeft and I thought it sounded interesting. And was it ever! Thanks Matt for the tip.

Many of you have heard my ‘Theory of Pie’ as it applies to differentiating between progressives and ‘conservatives’, at least if you came to the meetings you would have. It goes like this:

‘When a ‘conservative’ or libertarian sees someone about to slice up a nice juicy lookin’ pie they immediately become concerned that there won’t be enough pie for them to have a piece. The ‘conservative’ immediately calls upon government to seize the pie by passing confiscatory pie taxes and then using tax law give the pie to him, the Libertarian asserts that there must be a ‘Free Market for Pie’ not subject to any regulation whatsoever. He plans to ‘corner the market’ in pie and never be without pie again.

The progressive scratches his head wondering at the behavior of the ‘conservative’ and libertarian’s actions and sets about planning to make more pie. He has a good recipe form his mom and figures he can easily make plenty of pie for everyone.

That’s my ‘theory of pie’. Now, from very near the conclusion of Beinhocker’s book we have:

‘As agents(people) follow cultural norms they interact, and create complex dynamics. For example, let’s examine the interplay between those who believe the world is a zero-sum game and those who see it as non-zero-sum game. If your beliefs are biased toward seeing the world as zero-sum game, then our objective will be to get your slice of the pie. You will view someone else’s gain as your loss, and your proclivity to cooperate will be low. Rather than searching for new, more complex, and wealth-creating cooperative activities, people will invest their energies in finding ways to capture a greater share of the existing wealth. It is not hard to imagine that thievery, dishonesty, and corruption will be higher in such a non-zero-sum society. The moral attitudes around such activities will also be different: for example, theft might be viewed as ‘I’m just taking my fair share…’ from someone who has more than his or her rightful share.’

A certain similarity there I’d say. So far so good thinks I. I’ve been on the right track all along in my perspective on the vile, ‘conservative’ world view it would seem.. But the author goes on to set my hair on end fire with this paragraph:

‘Now imagine a (society) in which some (Conservatives) think the economic pie is fixed, while others (Progressives) have a non-zero-sum view…..When researchers model (using computers) the dynamics (of such societies), they often find there is a tipping point: once a society is past a threshold ratio of noncooperators (guess who they might be) versus cooperators (Progressives) in a population, it becomes very hard to maintain large scale cooperation (median wealth), resulting in a ‘poverty trap'(see Great Depression).

This is not the blatherings of some fringe economist. Note who published this book for one thing. The footnotes and Googling and my opinion is that this guy is the real deal and he’s talkin’ revolution. The author contends that a paradigm shift in the theory and practice of economics is upon us that will impact our lives in a manner similar to the application of the scientific method to the physical sciences.

Most people called that the ‘Industrial Revolution’.

Would you like to send a message to our new ‘Queen’?

October 20, 2007

Doesn’t she look radiant and wonderful in her coronation picture?

Well, she’s decreed that ‘Impeachment is…off the table…’

She said of Code Pink, more about them soon, that,

‘I had, for five months, people sitting outside my home, going into my garden in San Francisco, angering neighbors, hanging their clothes from trees, building all kinds of things — Buddhas? I don’t know what they were — couches, sofas, chairs, permanent living facilities on my front sidewalk.”

Unsmilingly, she continued: “If they were poor and they were sleeping on my sidewalk, they would be arrested for loitering, but because they have ‘Impeach Bush’ across their chest, it’s the First Amendment.’

And to ice the cake she said of Rep. Pete Stark’s recent statement about Mr. Bush and his Fascist death cult that,

‘While members of Congress are passionate about their views, what Congressman Stark said during the debate was inappropriate and distracted from the seriousness of the subject at hand _ providing health care for America’s children,’ Pelosi said.

Apparently in her haste to get down on her knees for Bush, Rush and the screamers of the ReichWing she forgot that the ‘serious subject at hand….’ got handed along with her Armani-suited ass…right back to her. Nice work Nancy…..

This post is to tell this rich, out of touch bitch that I’ve had enough. Yep, no more. To see why just go ahead and clik on her picture.Warning: If you are squeamish don’t. Don’t face the reality that this clueless member of the uber-rich doesn’t want to deal with. You see getting along in ‘The Village’ is the most important thing for her. As to the person you see, and it is a person,
when you clik on the image above? Why Madame Speaker Pelosi could care less.

And that’s unacceptable to me.

I’m going to start linking to Code Pink so that any of you who want to take direct action
against this monster, this heartless failure of a human being you can join with them.

I’m also working on creating an opportunity for direct action through B.R.A.G.

One thing I’m not going to do is let ‘Madame Speaker’ pretend everything is just fine.

‘Cause it is not.

This post is for malcontent…

September 22, 2007

Just because you happen to be a little paranoid does not mean that ‘they’ are not out to get you!

America Teaches Only Competition… Not Collaboration

July 15, 2007

I was watching a show today about the ancient Egyptians building the Great Pyramid, and the narrator explained that it was built by the greatest collaborative effort ever made by humans up to that point.

Got me to thinking…

That is what is missing in our country. We don’t teach our children or grown-up citizens how to collaborate and what great things can come of collaboration. We only teach them to compete. Is that not the very essence of “capitalism”?

Hell, even when we stress “teamwork” it is always in the greater context of sports competition where one team is trying to beat the other.

Perhaps that is why we can’t stand to see other people… we can’t stand to interact nicely with them. We avoid others (unless maybe when we are drunk or hoping to get laid). We isolate ourselves with our iPod headphones and video games. We hate public transportation, instead preferring to drive each of us in our own car (notice how empty the carpool lane is most of the time?)

Even when we are isolated in our own cars, we still compete with each other for who can get there fastest, who can turn their radios up the loudest, who has the most expensive or biggest car.

Goddam! Imagine what this great country with our 300 million citizens could accomplish if we decided to collaborate… on something other than a war (or the current illegal, immoral occupation of another country.) Imagine that.

We could build parks and promenades with fountains and statues that we could all enjoy. Instead, we mostly seem to have homeless people squating in parks (the homeless are the biggest losers in this ultra-competitive country are they not?). We have gangs killing each other over “territory” or drugs or some stupid insult. We have children neglected and left to fend for themselves in a harsh, unloving society… with no health insurance, no direction, no feeling of self-worth.

We could house and educate and feed every single person so that every American is a happy, productive, healthy member of society. We could have the modern equivalent of the Great Pyramid of Giza… what would that be?

Alternative energy that does not harm the environment? Some kind of Utopian society where there is no suffering, and everyone feels valued and cared for? World peace?

If you read this and find yourself thinking cynical thoughts about how this is pure fantasy… this could never happen… I, the author, must be some idealistic and naïve fool, then I would offer only this:

Maybe your cynicism is the proof of what I am writing about. You are, after all, the result of this competition-based culture in which we live. Take a step back. Think about what good could come of an entire society that decided to embrace the concept of collaboration and reduce competition to the fun of sport only.

Just think about it.

think about it

June 15, 2007

think about it

email Fun…at least until Fitz shows up….

April 17, 2007

Hey, no worries Karl…

The Chinese or the Russians or maybe even the Saudi’s, they only like winners Karl, have copies and I am sure they’ll be happy to turn those over to Waxman & Co.