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Why I Hate The ISO

From Black Sun Gazette

This is an article I’ve wanted to write for a long time. I considered the subject to obscure until my special lady friend assured me that it was not. If you’ve ever been within 50 miles of a college campus you probably know who the International Socialist Organization are. They’re the obviously middle-class kids shilling a banal newspaper in really large type font who curl into a ball and start crying if you ask them a question harder than “but is socialism really possible / aren’t people naturally selfish / didn’t socialism fail in the Soviet Union?” If the ISO weren’t running around claiming to be socialists, I can honestly say that I wouldn’t have any problem with them. If they just fessed up to the fact that they’re garden variety radical liberals who want good people to do good things in the world, I wouldn’t have the same level of hate for them.… Read the rest

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Nobel Price Farce

From Nick P at Black Sun Gazette "for his extraordinary efforts to strengthem international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples" I don't really need to get into why this is insane, Orwellian, and farcical. But I'm going to anyway. The refusal to dawn down troops in Afghanistan, the continued threads against Iran, the expansion of the War on Terror Truth into Pakistan (using tactics at home in Pinochet's Chile) and Somalia (while simultaneously cutting food aid), continuing Bush-era police state operations, defending Bush-era torturers while leaving the framework of their policies in place, attacking health care for working class Americans, offering no relief to unemployed workers while giving the bankers who caused the crisis whatever they want at the expense of you and me, and generally fiddling while Rome burns. Yeah. Dude is really doing his bit to increase the peace. Read More at Black Sun Gazette
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Final Word: Democrats Are WORSE Than Republicans

Nick P at Black Sun Gazette

I know. You’re totally flabbergasted and think that I’ve gone off the deep end. Well, I haven’t. You’ve just stomached so much blue covered propaganda throughout your life that the title of this entry sounds insane. But I assure you that it is not. Once again, this isn’t a question of “playing radical” and trying to be the most arch. It is an important political question. I’m not advocating that people start voting Republican, nor am I endorsing their politics. What I am advocating is that people make a clear break with both corporate parties and stop pretending that one is the nicer face. It isn’t. Keeping progressive, radical, and working class forces chained to the Democrats is the main impediment to social progress in America.

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Great power conflicts overhang G20 summit in Pittsburgh

As political leaders and central bankers gather for the Group of 20 summit of major economies, to be held today and Friday in Pittsburgh, they face the task of papering over increasingly open and embittered conflicts over policies to revive the world economy and prevent another financial disaster.

One year after the near-collapse of the global financial system, mutual pledges of multi-lateral coordination and rejection of protectionist policies proclaimed at last November’s G20 summit in Washington and the April summit in London are being overshadowed by divisions over economic policy. These differences correspond to the national interests of the ruling elites of the US, Europe and rising economic powers in Asia and Latin America—above all, China.

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Who Will Harness the Rage?

Ever since the economy crashed and the government paid hundreds of billions of dollars to bail out the fat-cats who were responsible, a populist rage has been seething away across the country.

Home values have collapsed, more than two million homes have been foreclosed on, retirement nest eggs are decimated, seven million jobs have been lost. Hard-won feelings of financial security now seem like a distant memory. The economy is turning around, they say, but where are the jobs? And what about all the money that’s been lost?

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Russell Simmons: Twenty-Seven Million Slaves

Human trafficking, otherwise known as child labor, migrant smuggling, sex worker trafficking, debt bondage, or good old fashioned slavery, adds up to one inescapable reality. An estimated 27 million human beings worldwide today are living lives of exploitation and humanity stripped bare beyond the bone of basic human rights. This is a bigger number than at any point in documented history.

They are objects of ownership, forgotten as children in need of love, nurturing and protection; forgotten as flesh and blood creatures that bruise and bleed and are more than vessels for sex; forgotten as individuals with the desire for purpose and peace and protection from the violence and intimidation they face every day. If they are not a source of revenue for those who own them, they are a useless, expendable tool. The physical pain and the psychological scars that result are indelible. Globally, some 24 percent of victims of human trafficking are children, and 66 percent overall are women.… Read the rest

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Open Thread: Race in America

The subject of the alleged racism of the Obama “Joker” poster associated (I believe- though please correct me if I’m wrong) with the Alex Jonesephiles came up at a PDX0 BBQ recently. A friend asked me if I thought it was racist. I said that I hadn’t even seen the poster, but that my intuition told me that it probably is. I’m still not really sure what I think of it, other than that it seems stupid, irritating, and vaguely fascistic. I’d reproduce the image here, but I’m really kind of grossed out by it for reasons that I can’t articulate.

Then comes Jimmy Carter’s assertion that Joe Wilson’s recent outburst worthy of the NSDAP (who were always ready to disrupt parliamentary procedure in the Reichstag and then cry out that “democracy doesn’t work”) was “racist.” The common thread is the disruption of normal democratic forms in favor of goonism. From the health care town hall disruptions to the recent display of blatant breach of parliamentary decorum, the ripe stink of fascism seems to be in the air.… Read the rest

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Open Thread: Race in America

The subject of the alleged racism of the Obama “Joker” poster associated (I believe- though please correct me if I’m wrong) with the Alex Jonesephiles came up at a PDX0 BBQ recently. A friend asked me if I thought it was racist. I said that I hadn’t even seen the poster, but that my intuition told me that it probably is. I’m still not really sure what I think of it, other than that it seems stupid, irritating, and vaguely fascistic. I’d reproduce the image here, but I’m really kind of grossed out by it for reasons that I can’t articulate.

Then comes Jimmy Carter’s assertion that Joe Wilson’s recent outburst worthy of the NSDAP (who were always ready to disrupt parliamentary procedure in the Reichstag and then cry out that “democracy doesn’t work”) was “racist.” The common thread is the disruption of normal democratic forms in favor of goonism. From the health care town hall disruptions to the recent display of blatant breach of parliamentary decorum, the ripe stink of fascism seems to be in the air.… Read the rest

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Verner Vinge Again Says: ‘A.I. Will Surpass Human Intelligence By 2020′

Luke McKinney, Daily Galaxy: “It seems plausible that with technology we can, in the fairly near future,” says scifi legend Vernor Vinge, “create (or become) creatures who surpass humans in every intellectual and creative dimension. Events beyond such an event — such a singularity — are as unimaginable to us as opera is to a flatworm.”

“The Singularity” is seen by some as the end point of our current culture, when the ever-accelerating evolution of technology finally overtakes us and changes everything. It’s been represented as everything from the end of all life to the beginning of a utopian age, which you might recognize as the endgames of most other religious beliefs.

While the definitions of the Singularity are as varied as people’s fantasies of the future, with a very obvious reason, most agree that artificial intelligence will be the turning point. Once an AI is even the tiniest bit smarter than us, it’ll be able to learn faster and we’ll simply never be able to keep up.… Read the rest

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Obamaphilia Deconstructed

Every four years (constantly, actually, as people attempt to argue away their shame between elections with this line) I am forced to listen to hysterical liberals, craven reformist leftists, and nervous anarchists lecture me on the relative merits of corporate sponsored politicians.

This hit an arguable peak in the last election as white guilt, media distortions, and eight years of Bush added up to the perfect storm of prostration before the Democratic Party. Even to this day, friends of mine, intelligent friends who ought to know better, take the tone of a frightened child when referring to John McCain bleating without thinking “but at least he was better than McCain.”

Not getting scared into voting for the puppet on the left hand of our corporate masters every four years is precisely why I am proud not to be a liberal. As a helpful guide to all BSG readers on precisely why they shouldn’t believe the Hope — not now, not four years from now, not twelve years from now — I present the following review of the more egregious sins of the Obama Administration.… Read the rest

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