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Five Part Video Series: TRNN interview with Gal Alperovitz on Corporate Capitalism's Damage to American Democracy


http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11319
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Published on Dec 17, 2016

The Twilight of Democracy by Tariq Ali


Tariq Ali discussion on the ideas outlined on his book The Extreme Centre: A Warning, during this years Festival of Dangerous Ideas.

What is the point of elections if result is always the same ??? : a victory for the extreme centre?

Since the end of the Cold War, politics in affluent Western democracies has become a contest to see who can better serve the needs of the market.

Rather than left and right parties representing genuinely different policies, they have converged to create a global economic order where deregulation, free trade, privatisation and market-driven solutions hold sway.

Whether voters agree or not, these things are a given, creating a massive disenchantment with government and a huge challenge to democracy.

Is this political wisdom or suicide?

Stan Grant (Chair)


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Agelbert NOTE: It seems that human engineering began to cause the depletion of salmon stocks centuries before the industrial age.  :(  :P


Historical rise of waterpower initiated the collapse of salmon stocks

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The collapse of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) stocks throughout North-Western Europe is generally ascribed to large-scale river regulation, water pollution and over-fishing in the 19th and 20th century.

However, other causes have rarely been quantified, especially those acting before the 19th century. By analysing historical fishery, market and tax statistics, independently confirmed by archaeozoological records, we demonstrate that populations declined by up to 90% during the transitional period between the Early Middle Ages (c. 450–900 AD) and Early Modern Times (c. 1600 AD).

These dramatic declines coincided with improvements in watermill technology and their geographical expansion across Europe
. Our extrapolations suggest that historical Atlantic salmon runs must have once been very abundant indeed.

The historical perspective presented here contributes to a better understanding of the primary factors that led to major declines in salmon populations. Such understanding provides an essential basis for the effective ecological rehabilitation of freshwater ecosystems.

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http://www.nature.com/articles/srep29269
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How Was Alexander Graham Bell Honored after His Death?

After creating the first transmission of speech by electrical wires in 1876, Scottish-born inventor Alexander Graham Bell established the Bell Telephone system only a year later. And only two years after that, Bell was able to step away from the company’s board of directors to devote his life to further invention and philanthropy. At age 32, he was rich and famous and able to pursue other interests, including optical telecommunications, hydrofoils, and aeronautics. When Bell died in Nova Scotia in 1922, aged 75, his incredible achievements were recognized across North America. All phone service in the United States and Canada was shut down for one minute at the exact time his funeral began.

A family familiar with deafness:

•Bell was named after his grandfather, Alexander Bell, but was called “Aleck” by his family and friends during his childhood.

•Both his father and grandfather were speech therapists, and both his mother and wife were deaf. As a young man, Alexander helped his father promote a phonetic alphabet known as Visible Speech.

Despite her deafness, Bell's mother was a proficient pianist. Her life and accomplishments taught Alexander Graham Bell how to look beyond people’s disadvantages and find ways to help them.

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Non-Electric Early Renewable Energy powered Car (Bennett Buggy).  ;D

Bennett buggy

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A Bennett buggy was a term used in Canada during the Great Depression to describe a car which had its engine and windows taken out and was pulled by a horse. In the United States, such vehicles were known as Hoover carts, named after then-President Herbert Hoover.[1][2]

The Canadian term was named after Richard Bennett, the Prime Minister of Canada from 1930 to 1935, who was blamed for the nation's poverty.

Cars being pulled by horses became a common sight during the Depression. During the boom years of the 1920s, many Canadians had bought cheap vehicles for the first time, but during the depression, many found they did not have enough money to operate them. This was especially true in the hard-hit Prairie Provinces. The increased poverty played an important role, as farmers could not buy gasoline. The price of gas also increased. Gas taxes were also one of the best sources of revenue for the provincial governments. When these provinces went into a deficit, they increased these taxes, making gas even harder to buy.

In Saskatchewan, badly hit by the depression, similar vehicles with an additional seat over the front axle were dubbed "Anderson carts" after Premier James T. M. Anderson.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bennett_buggy

Two Horse Power Hoover cart 


And finally, the Snazzy and Sporty Hoover Convertible!


Trump version coming soon...    :o    

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Did Anne Frank’s Family Try to Leave Europe during WWII? ???

About a year before Anne Frank began writing in her diary in June 1942, her father was fervently writing to family and friends in the United States, asking for help. Otto Frank hoped that someone could help his family escape from their perilous plight in Nazi-occupied Holland. In 2007, the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York City released 65 documents -- typed letters, handwritten notes, and a telegram -- detailing Otto Frank's ultimately unsuccessful efforts to secure visas to the United States, and later, to Cuba. By June 1940, the U.S. Department of State had toughened its visa application process. Candidates had to show "a good reason" for seeking admittance, not just a desire to leave Europe.

A family desperate for somewhere to go:

•The State Department tightened regulations in order to reduce the number of immigrant visas being granted. In the early 1940s, there were national security concerns, a fear of foreigners, and, some have argued, anti-Semitism.

•Although he was unable to get visas for his family to travel to the United States, Otto Frank did receive a Cuban visa for himself on 1 December 1941. Ten days later, Germany declared war on the United States and the visa was canceled.

•The Frank family went into hiding in 1942. They were eventually discovered and sent to concentration camps, where Anne Frank and her sister, Margot, died of typhus and their mother, Edith, died of starvation.

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Buchenwald NAZI Concentration Camp Victim Corpses

Human Inequity is directly proportional to the amount of human iniquity. - A. G. Gelbert

Don't think it can't happen here to ANY minority group. It can. And Trump, a fascist that promotes inequity BECAUSE of his iniquity, WANTS IT TO HAPPEN.


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Agelbert NOTE: This belongs here because Professor Hudson discusses the tremendously important economics tool called, "Debt Relief". It is as old as the Old Testament (see: Jubilee years) and has been the KEY to successful societies for thousands of years. When Capitalism completely eliminated the Debt Relief tool for all but the plutocratic elite, eventual massive inequality and unavoidable collapse was locked in. Simply put, societies are dysfunctional without periodic debt relief to level the economics playing field across the board.

Enjoy and learn about key historical events discussed here. Wall Street and business schools work overtime to make us think those events "never happened" with an entire doublethink vocabulary of economics sleight of hand terms.  >:(

Michael Hudson discusses "Junk Economics" at The Democracy Collaborative


Published on Feb 27, 2017

Renowned Economist Michael Hudson   joined us for lunch on February 22 to discuss his new book "J is for Junk Economics: A Guide to Reality in an Age of Deception." Hudson will be working with the Next System Project on a new initiative that revolves around money and banking. Be on the look out for more!

Hudson is a Research Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City as well as at Peking University. He is a prolific writer and author of many books, notably "Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Bondage Destroy the Global Economy."

You can learn more about Michael Hudson here: http://michael-hudson.com/

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Thomas Jefferson was a wise, if flawed, man. He was quite perceptive about the future of this nation.

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He thought that his cherished federal union, the world’s first democratic experiment, would be destroyed by slavery. 
https://www.monticello.org/site/plantation-and-slavery/thomas-jefferson-and-slavery

He didn't really understand the economics of Capitalism. Mr. Jefferson did not realize that the model of economics that extracts profit (i.e. excess value from a given activity) from the labor of a human, be it under overt slavery or subsistence wage type disguised slavery, inexorably leads to a massive underclass that resents a privileged elite that never tires of extracting as much as "the rigged free market" will bear, with a total disregard for human dignity.

Eventually the resulting empathy deficit disordered plutocracy destroys a nation.

Jefferson was right about slavery eventually destroying this country. He was wrong to think it would be limited (except as a parasitic elite divide and conquer tactic  ;)  ) to those with excessive melanin syndrome.

Elite Capitalists aren't prejudiced; they'll screw anybody. 

Before Mr. Jefferson died, he wrote something that predicted the sad future of our time rather well:

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"The coincidence of a marked principle, moral and political, with a geographical line, once conceived, I feared would never more be obliterated from the mind; that it would be recurring on every occasion and renewing irritations, until it would kindle such mutual and mortal hatred, as to render separation preferable to eternal discord. I have been among the most sanguine in believing that our Union would be of long duration. I now doubt it much, and see the event at no great distance, and the direct consequence of this question; not by the line which has been so confidently counted on -- the laws of nature control this; but by the Potomac, Ohio and Missouri, or more probably, the Mississippi upwards to our northern boundary. My only comfort and confidence is, that I shall not live to see this; and I envy not the present generation the glory of throwing away the fruits of their fathers' sacrifices of life and fortune, and of rendering desperate the experiment which was to decide ultimately whether man is capable of self-government. This treason against human hope will signalize their epoch in future history as the counterpart of the medal of their predecessors." --Thomas Jefferson to William Short, 1820. ME 15:247

http://famguardian.org/subjects/politics/thomasjefferson/jeff1800.htm
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Was Trump's Civil War Remark Racist or Clueless?


Published on May 2, 2017

Big Picture Panel: Sam Sacks, The District Sentinel News Co-op & Bryan Pruitt, RedState. Trump gets Andrew Jackson and Civil War all wrong. Panel also looks at Trump’s strange behavior and the looming shutdown.

Agelbert NOTE: I agree with Thom that Andrew Jackson was a genocidal maniac who ignored the Supreme Court when he FORCED the Cherokees, loyal U.S. Citizens, out of Georgia at gun point (Trail of Tears). Perhaps that is why Trump admires Jackson so much.
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What Was the Subject of the World’s First Photographically-Illustrated Book?

English botanist Anna Atkins was the first person to publish a book illustrated with photographic images, but she didn’t use a camera. In 1843, building upon the recent discovery of cyanotype photography, she produced detailed scientific images by placing objects on light-sensitized paper and exposing them to sunlight. Her main interest at the time was algae -- in particular, seaweed -- and she made hundreds of cyanotype photograms that were contact-printed for her self-published 1843 book Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions.



Seeing nature in a different light:

•Some call Atkins the world’s first female photographer, but others dispute that accolade because she didn’t actually use a camera.

•Sir John Herschel invented the cyanotype photographic printing process in 1842. Also known as "sun prints," the process involves exposing a mixture of ammonium iron citrate and potassium ferricyanide to ultraviolet light. The exposed paper turns Prussian blue, similar to a blueprint.

Botanist Algae Scientist Anna Atkins 

•Atkins produced three volumes of Photographs of British Algae between 1843 and 1853. Only 17 copies are known to still exist.

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Agelbert NOTE: The FOX "NEWS" method is exposed here by Keith Olbermann way back in 2006 when O'Reilly flipped history on its head to DEMONIZE AMERICAN TROOPS IN WWII.  THIS is how the  FOX Republican Fascist Propaganda Network ended up suckering so many into voting for Trump.


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Agelbert NOTE: The FOX "NEWS" method is exposed here by Keith Olbermann way back in 2006 when O'Reilly flipped history on its head to DEMONIZE AMERICAN TROOPS IN WWII.  THIS is how the FOX Republican Fascist Propaganda Network ended up suckering so many into voting for Trump.

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Fox news Climate change coverage
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I agree with this take on Fox News, which has done a great deal of harm. Imho though, it started with Rush, even earlier. The popularity of these horrible people and shows says a lot about how delusional most Americans really are.


Well said. When it started has been documented. It began shortly after the Powel memo was written. The Powell memo is the root of the Orwellian mindset that takes the responsibility of the government (see U.S. Constitution capitalized Welfare clause) to provide for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness the social programs that benefit the entire populace (SS, Medicare, Anti-Trust laws, unemployment compensation, maternity leave, sick leave, LIVABLE minimum wage, progressive taxation, collective bargaining rights, etc.) as an attack (rather than the actual and proven BENEFIT that all these improvements have brought to our nation) on "business", which they cleverly give the Orwellian label of "Free Enterprise". What these fascists wanted was a government they could control to control the workers (selective law enforcement) and allow monopolies to be formed and crush all competition in order to concentrate wealth in fewer and fewer hands AND make sure the elite crooks and liars doing this nefarious nation destroying and pulverizing of individual freedom and liberty of the people have TOTAL FREEDOM TO EXPLOIT WITHOUT CONSCIENSE THE PEOPLE AND THE  PLANET.

The Capitalist Oligarchs that planned this attack on we-the-people to rip away from us all of our freedoms have pretty much succeeded.     

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