Notes oct 20, 2007

October 20, 2007 § Leave a comment

As the political landscape seems to come apart (despite that Clinton and Guliani are the likely candidates) it is important to look for clues. I like this one from Yglesias.

A Republican Party without plutocrats or white nationalists would be a more appealing political movement, but it would also be a very different one from the Republican Party we have.

We need a better Republican and a better Democratic party. So far they are both ducking the real issues. Alternative security issues, dealing with the rends in the economy and climate hat are not helpful, quality of life. There is the possibility that the trends are intractable because they are created by larger historical forces than we have any leverage on: population, technical developments, the role of capital and private property.

The very name, Blackwater, seems sinister and unbecoming.

NATO Wants Outsourced Air Force for Afghanistan

…Ironically, the most experienced contractor in providing helicopter services in combat situations, including Afghanistan, is Blackwater Aviation. With growing unpopularity at home, perhaps here’s an opportunity for Blackwater to find support in Europe.

From Asian Times this morning. On the G8in Washington.

Before we delve into the topics likely to confront you, may I ask each of you to look to your left and right, and ask whether the countries at your table actually mean anything for the global economy any more? Besides the obvious point that three countries that actually make up a bulk of global economic growth – China, Brazil and India if you were not paying attention when your economic consultant was talking – are conspicuously absent at the table,…

The crisis is of course entirely of your own making. For years now, you have focused unnecessary energy on getting Asian countries to float their currencies, whilst ignoring your own responsibilities to balance your budgets and reduce dependence on their savings. The arbiters of quality in your bond markets, the rating agencies, were allowed to flourish as corrupt business entities without any oversight whatsoever.

Citizens in other countries have smartened to the moral bankruptcy of your central bankers, and taken to purchasing billions of dollars worth of gold, oil and other real assets (3).

Then there is the ham-handed attempt by the three largest US banks to put together a rescue fund for the SIV (structured investment vehicles) sector. Among all the ideas that involved good money chasing bad, this one takes the cake. To think that none other than the US Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson chaired this effort leaves the rest of us with an astoundingly bad taste in the mouth – forgive me for being impertinent, but aren’t you guys supposed to be the policemen rather than the thieves

You see, by pulling in the sovereign wealth funds of various countries (China, Korea, Kuwait, Norway, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Singapore) for a quiet chat, you intend to signal the need for higher standards of disclosure and prevent backdoor takeovers of your largest companies. Truth is, if only you were so lucky. As I hinted in one of the preceding paragraphs, your economies are in a state of permanent decline, thus making your stock markets prone for long-term downward adjustments. In plain English, that means sell while you still can.

You want foreigners to buy your worthless debt but not your brands or your technology? Well, why don’t you look around for another group of suckers instead?

The only thing I can see to mitigate this story is the effort people will make when the pinch is felt. My guess is that the long term trends represented here are likely to hold, with real danger for a declining power to act uppity. Getting to the future gracefully is important.  guess is we will waste the opportunity on name calling and blame casting. The current presidential race is an example blame it on immigrants, abortions, race, children: all the old stuff.

from European Commission

European Commission launches new wave of development strategies with 13 Pacific Island States

The Commission signed Country Strategy Papers with 13 Pacific States in the margins of the 38th Pacific Island Forum in Tonga today. The Pacific States are the first to sign the country strategy papers in the framework of the 10th European Development Fund – allocating them €267 million for the period 2008-2013. Three priorities have been set: good governance, sustainable management of natural resources and growth.

So hard to know what this means. "Growth and sustainable" is the mantra for corporate control by elites. No? Note this sentence, "In conformity with the European Consensus on Development adopted in 2005, ownership and the effectiveness of aid are two central themes that inspire partners of the European Union on their way toward development."

Scott Horton writes more about Justice in the South. It is the kind of detailed reporting that every community in the US needs. And he finishes with this enticement.

Walker’s case has not only attracted the attention of several legal associations, but also the representation of famed appellate and constitutional lawyer, Alan M. Dershowitz. The Judiciary Committee will be taking Prof. Dershowitz’s remarks on Tuesday.

This from JohnVasconcellos via Rick Ingrasci. It is good to rbe reminded, and nudged, about this good work.

From: John Vasconcellos

HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED

WHAT KIND OF A WORLD

WE HUMAN BEINGS COULD CREATE

IF WE HUMANS WERE TO FIND OUT

THAT IN FACT,

WE ARE GOOD-NATURED?

INSTEAD OF OUR BEING

BURDENED & DONE IN BY OUR

ORIGINAL SIN

WE ARE BY NATURE

BLESSED & CALLED INTO OUR

ORIGINAL GRACE

SUCH WAS THE MOST PRECIOUS

OF ALL THE MANY DISCOVERIES

OF OUR RECENT 20TH CENTURY

LED BY NOTED PIONEERS

CARL ROGERS, ABE MASLOW, ROLLO MAY

JAMES BUGENTAL, VIRGINIA SATIR, SIDNEY JOURARD, STANLEY KELEMAN

THAT WE ARE INNATELY INCLINED

TOWARD BECOMING

LFE-AFFIRMING

CONSTRUCTIVE

RESPONSIBLE

TRUSTWORTHY

(CARL ROGERS)

THAT WE CAN AFFORD TO PROBE

THE FURTHER REACHES OF OUR HUMAN NATURE

OUR HIERARCHY OF NEEDS, PEAK EXPERIENCES & SELF-ACTUALIZATION

(ABRAHAM MASLOW)

THAT THE UTTERLY FREE HUMAN BEING

WILL BE/COME

SPONTANEOUSLY RESPONSIBLE

(ROLLO MAY)

WE CAN AFFORD TO BECOME AUTHENTIC

(JAMES BUGENTAL)

WE CAN AFFORD TO BECOME TRANSPARENT

(SIDNEY JOURARD)

WE ARE POSSESSED OF & DESERVING OF

SELF ESTEEM

(VIRGINIA SATIR & BOB REASONER)

WE FEEL THEREFORE WE ARE

(FRANKLIN MURPHY)

WE ARE OUR BODIES

(STANLEY KELEMAN)

THAT THE PERSON

WHO HAS LIBERATED & INTEGRATED

EACH & ALL OF HER/HIS INTELLECT + EMOTIONS + BODY

INTO HIS/HER BECOMING A WHOLE PERSON

WILL BE POSSESSED OF

A DEMOCRATIC CHARACTER STRUCTURE

(ABRAHAM MASLOW)

HOW DEEPLY & PROFOUNDLY

OUR MOST BASIC CHOICE OF VISIONS

REGARDING OUR SELVES

OUR HUMAN NATURE & POTENTIAL

LEADS TO OUR BECOMING

A SELF-FULFILLING PROPHECY

DURING THE 1960’S WE RECOGNIZED THAT EVERY BODY

OF WHATEVER AGE, GENDER, RACE, ORIENTATION, DIS/ABILITY

IS WORTH-WHILE

NOW WE ARE RECOGNIZING THAT EVERY BODY

OF WHATEVER AGE, GENDER, RACE, ORIENTATION, DIS/ABILITY

IS TRUST-WORTHY

WHHAT A TRULY RADICAL & REVOLUTIONARY

SUBVERSIVE & INSPIRING, HEALING & HOPEFUL

VISION THAT PROVIDES EACH/ALL OF US

ALTOGETHER LEADING ALL OF US

OUT OF THE DEPTHS OF CYNICISM & DARKNESS

SHAME & GUILT & FEAR & REPRESSION

ALTOGETHER LEADING EACH OF US

NTO THE LIGHT & HOPE OF FAITHFULNESS

LIBERATION & HEALING & INTEGRATION & LOVING

WHEREIN TRUST BECOMES

THE ORDER OF THE DAY

PARTNERSHIP & COLLABORATION OUR WAY OF OPERATING

TRUSTING OUR SELVES

LEADING EACH OF US INTO OUR HEALTHY SELF ESTEEM

+ ON INTO OUR PERSONAL & SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

TRUSTING EACH OTHER

LEADING ALL OF US NTO INCLUSION & DIVERSITY

NO MATTER OUR AGE, GENDER, RACE, NATIONALITY, ORIENTATION, DIS’ABILITY

TRUSTING OURSELVES TOGETHER

LEADING ALL OF US INTO OUR PARTNERSHIPS

COLLABORATING IN EFFECTIVE PROBLEM-SOLVING EFFORTS

AH, YES, AFTER (BEFORE) ALL,

WE HAVE THE POWER WITHIN US

TO CREATE A VASTLY DIFFERENT WORLD

FAR MORE PEACEFUL & GENEROUS & SUSTAINING

IF/WHEN WE GROW TO REALIZE

THAT WE ARE IN FACT BASICALLY GOOD-NATURED

FOR ONCE THE TRUTH IS RECOGNIZED,

AS TAUGHT US BY THE WOMENS’ MOVEMENT,

‘THE PERSONAL AND THE POLITICAL ARE ONE!’

SO WE OWE IT TO OURSELVES & TO OUR GRAND/CHILDREN

TO CREATE RIGHT NOW A WHOLE NEW POLITICS

BEFITTING WHO WE ARE BECOMING AS HEALTHY WHOLE PERSONS

CHALLENGING CYNICISM

DEVELOPING A SENSE OF OUR OWN INNATE TRUSTWORTHINESS

CREATING A WHOLE NEW POLITICS

SO LET US NOW MOVE TO OUTGROW OUR INHIBITIONS

TURN LOOSE OUR PASSIONS & OUR ACTIONS

AND MAKE OUR WORLD CONDUCIVE FOR GROWING HEALTHY HUMAN BEINGS

NOW WE HAVE WONDERED

WHAT KIND OF A WORLD

WE HUMAN BEINGS COULD CREATE

IF WE HUMANS WERE TO FIND OUT

THAT IN

FACT

WE ARE GOOD-NATURED

SO NOW WE OWE IT TO OURSELVES

AND TO OUR GRAND/CHILDREN AS WELL

TO BRING THAT KIND OF WORLD TO LIFE FOR ALL OF OUR FUTURE WELL-BEING

WE HAVE NOT

ANOTHER MOMENT NOR ANOTHER CHILD

TO LOSE

john vasconcellos

Oct 11, 2007

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