weblinks, lost and found

Postby Anna » Tue Aug 31, 2010 1:25 pm

Hi
How about a placewhere you can post some weblinks with political things and blogs, if you can't find a good headline for a new topic.

There is an interesting german blog about Islam and western and european culture and similar things.
And some selections are in english, I want to share this link with you

The name is "Grenzgängerbesatz" ~ähm something like:~ "border crosser trimming" or so...
http://erenguevercin.wordpress.com/english/
sadly, some of the real interesting interviews are not in english.
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Re: weblinks, lost and found

Postby Anna » Mon Sep 27, 2010 1:50 pm

The bulgarian graphic designer Yanko Tsvetkov who lives in Great Britain has created some maps of prejudices.

http://alphadesigner.com/project-mappin ... types.html
Here is the american view on europe
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And here is his original website
http://alphadesigner.com/
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Re: weblinks, lost and found

Postby Idiot Glee » Mon Sep 27, 2010 8:39 pm

I thought Denmark was more conservative than the rest of Scandinavia.

Eastern Europe (Poland and Hungary especially) should read "Genius Production and Export".

Belgium not Switzerland gets chocolate? Must be different set of stereotypes, Belgium - Beers, Switzerland - Chocolates.

Germany is colored in brown... eww, ewwwww eww eww.... EWW!

...maybe I'm too smart by American standards to fall for the tired old "smelly French coward" stereotype. They're like the third most powerful military in the world. Someone once said that war is what the French do, and they're good at it. They won American freedom just to piss off England in an extended series of wars. Cut the France bashing out people! They have nukes, really!

The part about Americans mistaking Spain for Mexico is dead on, even near the border. I don't understand why either.
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Re: weblinks, lost and found

Postby Alfador » Thu Oct 07, 2010 1:53 pm

People still think Russia is full of "commies"? Didn't that stop like... decades ago?
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Re: weblinks, lost and found

Postby Idiot Glee » Sat Oct 09, 2010 12:10 am

Alfador wrote:People still think Russia is full of "commies"? Didn't that stop like... decades ago?


There's still communists, but now it's the oligarchs who control Russia, the well connected when the USSR fell.

That's:

Gangsters
Ex-KGB
and (CPSU) Party hacks

The same people control Russia, just wearing different lapel pins.
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Re: weblinks, lost and found

Postby Alfador » Thu Oct 14, 2010 12:57 pm

Idiot Glee wrote:
Alfador wrote:People still think Russia is full of "commies"? Didn't that stop like... decades ago?


There's still communists, but now it's the oligarchs who control Russia, the well connected when the USSR fell.

That's:

Gangsters
Ex-KGB
and (CPSU) Party hacks

The same people control Russia, just wearing different lapel pins.


Well damn, shows how much I know about the world. >.< But seriously, that just says that the people in power are the "commies" while the political ideals of the majority of the population are an as-yet unknown quantity in my equations. #_@
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Re: weblinks, lost and found

Postby Anna » Thu Nov 18, 2010 12:38 pm

I did read the german translation.
So I thought I should put the english version here into this forum.

http://inthesetimes.com/article/6615/outrage_misguided/

Outrage, Misguided
By Noam Chomsky
The U.S. midterm elections register a level of anger, fear and disillusionment in the country like nothing I can recall in my lifetime. Since the Democrats are in power, they bear the brunt of the revulsion over our current socioeconomic and political situation.

More than half the “mainstream Americans” in a Rasmussen poll last month said they view the Tea Party movement favorably—a reflection of the spirit of disenchantment.

The grievances are legitimate. For more than 30 years, real incomes for the majority of the population have stagnated or declined while work hours and insecurity have increased, along with debt. Wealth has accumulated, but in very few pockets, leading to unprecedented inequality.

These consequences mainly spring from the financialization of the economy since the 1970s and the corresponding hollowing-out of domestic production. Spurring the process is the deregulation mania favored by Wall Street and supported by economists mesmerized by efficient-market myths.

People see that the bankers who were largely responsible for the financial crisis and who were saved from bankruptcy by the public are now reveling in record profits and huge bonuses. Meanwhile official unemployment stays at about 10 percent. Manufacturing is at Depression levels: one in six out of work, with good jobs unlikely to return.

People rightly want answers, and they are not getting them except from voices that tell tales that have some internal coherence—if you suspend disbelief and enter into their world of irrationality and deceit.

Ridiculing Tea Party shenanigans is a serious error, however. It is far more appropriate to understand what lies behind the movement’s popular appeal, and to ask ourselves why justly angry people are being mobilized by the extreme right and not by the kind of constructive activism that rose during the Depression, like the CIO (Congress of Industrial Organizations).

Now Tea Party sympathizers are hearing that every institution—government, corporations and the professions—is rotten, and that nothing works.

Amid the joblessness and foreclosures, the Democrats can’t complain about the policies that led to the disaster. President Ronald Reagan and his Republican successors may have been the worst culprits, but the policies began with President Jimmy Carter and accelerated under President Bill Clinton. During the presidential election, Barack Obama’s primary constituency was financial institutions, which have gained remarkable dominance over the economy in the past generation.

That incorrigible 18th-century radical Adam Smith, speaking of England, observed that the principal architects of power were the owners of the society—in his day the merchants and manufacturers—and they made sure that government policy would attend scrupulously to their interests, however “grievous” the impact on the people of England; and worse, on the victims of “the savage injustice of the Europeans” abroad.

A modern and more sophisticated version of Smith’s maxim is political economist Thomas Ferguson’s “investment theory of politics,” which sees elections as occasions when groups of investors coalesce in order to control the state by selecting the architects of policies who will serve their interests.

Ferguson’s theory turns out to be a very good predictor of policy over long periods. That should hardly be surprising. Concentrations of economic power will naturally seek to extend their sway over any political process. The dynamic happens to be extreme in the U.S.

Yet it can be said that the corporate high rollers have a valid defense against charges of “greed” and disregard for the health of the society. Their task is to maximize profit and market share; in fact, that’s their legal obligation. If they don’t fulfill that mandate, they’ll be replaced by someone who will. They also ignore systemic risk: the likelihood that their transactions will harm the economy generally. Such “externalities” are not their concern—not because they are bad people, but for institutional reasons.

When the bubble bursts, the risk-takers can flee to the shelter of the nanny state. Bailouts—a kind of government insurance policy—are among many perverse incentives that magnify market inefficiencies.

“There is growing recognition that our financial system is running a doomsday cycle,” economists Peter Boone and Simon Johnson wrote in the Financial Times in January. “Whenever it fails, we rely on lax money and fiscal policies to bail it out. This response teaches the financial sector: Take large gambles to get paid handsomely, and don’t worry about the costs—they will be paid by taxpayers” through bailouts and other devices, and the financial system “is thus resurrected to gamble again—and to fail again.”

The doomsday metaphor also applies outside the financial world. The American Petroleum Institute, backed by the Chamber of Commerce and the other business lobbies, has intensified its efforts to persuade the public to dismiss concerns about anthropogenic global warming—with considerable success, as polls indicate. Among Republican congressional candidates in the 2010 election, virtually all reject global warming.

The executives behind the propaganda know that global warming is real, and our prospects grim. But the fate of the species is an externality that the executives must ignore, to the extent that market systems prevail. And the public won’t be able to ride to the rescue when the worst-case scenario unfolds.

I am just old enough to remember those chilling and ominous days of Germany’s descent from decency to Nazi barbarism, to borrow the words of Fritz Stern, the distinguished scholar of German history. In a 2005 article, Stern indicates that he has the future of the United States in mind when he reviews “a historic process in which resentment against a disenchanted secular world found deliverance in the ecstatic escape of unreason.”

The world is too complex for history to repeat, but there are nevertheless lessons to keep in mind as we register the consequences of another election cycle. No shortage of tasks waits for those who seek to present an alternative to misguided rage and indignation, helping to organize the countless disaffected and to lead the way to a better future.

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Re: weblinks, lost and found

Postby Anna » Tue Dec 21, 2010 6:14 am

Yes we did heard that in Germany too.
Sadly, the guys who are responsible for the mess in our country didn't heard it.
http://www.heise.de/tp/r4/artikel/33/33839/1.html
(Please use Google translations or, similar.)

And if you lost the youtube link, here are some.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6pa-QdL4Wo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5OtB298fHY
and the link from NY-Times
http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/ ... socialism/
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Re: weblinks, lost and found

Postby Anna » Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:23 am

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politic ... right.html

I'm starting to think that the Left might actually be right
What with the the phone-hacking scandal, the eurozone crisis and the US economic woes, the greedy few have left people disillusioned with our debased democracies.
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Re: weblinks, lost and found

Postby Anna » Wed Aug 17, 2011 12:41 am

Another conservative article

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/15/opini ... .html?_r=3
Stop Coddling the Super-Rich
By WARREN E. BUFFETT
Published: August 14, 2011

OUR leaders have asked for “shared sacrifice.” But when they did the asking, they spared me. I checked with my mega-rich friends to learn what pain they were expecting. They, too, were left untouched.

While the poor and middle class fight for us in Afghanistan, and while most Americans struggle to make ends meet, we mega-rich continue to get our extraordinary tax breaks. Some of us are investment managers who earn billions from our daily labors but are allowed to classify our income as “carried interest,” thereby getting a bargain 15 percent tax rate. Others own stock index futures for 10 minutes and have 60 percent of their gain taxed at 15 percent, as if they’d been long-term investors.

These and other blessings are showered upon us by legislators in Washington who feel compelled to protect us, much as if we were spotted owls or some other endangered species. It’s nice to have friends in high places.

Last year my federal tax bill — the income tax I paid, as well as payroll taxes paid by me and on my behalf — was $6,938,744. That sounds like a lot of money. But what I paid was only 17.4 percent of my taxable income — and that’s actually a lower percentage than was paid by any of the other 20 people in our office. Their tax burdens ranged from 33 percent to 41 percent and averaged 36 percent.

If you make money with money, as some of my super-rich friends do, your percentage may be a bit lower than mine. But if you earn money from a job, your percentage will surely exceed mine — most likely by a lot

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Re: weblinks, lost and found

Postby Anna » Fri Sep 23, 2011 12:17 am

You heard and read about Egypt, you heard and read about Spain, you heard and read about Israel.
People on the streets.
No, we germans don't have that, ahm, well Stuttgart, there were protest because of a new to build train station, and these people were not the typical protesters.
But nothing against bankers or other high ignorant politicians.

And what about the USA?
Here
https://occupywallst.org/
Was new for me too.

Our media did also ingnore it.

Internet is a funny thing, no wonder that they want to censor it.
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Re: weblinks, lost and found

Postby Anna » Wed Oct 05, 2011 11:13 am

http://wearethe99percent.tumblr.com/

I wonder if in Germany something like this blog will come.
Untill now we germans are all still quiet, silent, because our press is well organised, better than Fox News, more subtle.
Well, we've got some experiences in propaganda.
It's "Ruhe im Karton" as we say.
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