Michel Bauwens: Towards the Democratization of the Means of Monetization – The Three Competing Value Models Present Within Cognitive Capitalism

Michel Bauwens

Michel Bauwens

Towards the Democratization of the Means of Monetization: The Three Competing Value Models Present Within Cognitive Capitalism

The Problematic: the value crisis

In the 19th century, the counter-hegemonic forces of labour focused on the democratisation of the state as well as focusing on the redistribution of the surplus value created by labour. Both tasks are by no means obsolete given the evolution towards market state models which have hollowed out popular democracy, as well ans the increased role of debt in human exploitation1. However, what is now needed in addition, for and by 21st century social movements, is the democratisation of the means of monetization. In a contributive economy, use value becomes key, and undermines mechanisms based on labor value alone; value must therefore become pluralistic and diverse, and so must monetary means; while undoubtedly, demonetization will be a good thing in many sectors under a regime of civic domination, we will also need new forms of monetization, and restore the feedback loop between value creation and value capture. As we will argue, the current value regime, which we call ‘cognitive capitalism under the emergence of netarchical capitalism’ (see infra), is unable to redistribute value in a fair way, and is creating not just a crisis of social reproduction for working people, but also a crisis of accumulation of capital. In our article, value and money regimes are placed in the context of the evolution of the overall political economy toward an increasing importance of models based on peer production. We will look at what kind of social system and policy transition, that can solve this crisis of value.

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Apr 17

BREAKING: Amazon Kindle Hijacked — Now a Spam Factory Based in Pakistan and India

Robert David STEELE Vivas

Robert David STEELE Vivas

For the past several months I have been spammed by a variety of authors who have been at best indiscriminate and at worst offensive spam. Most of them are using lists of top Amazon reviewers that are being indiscriminately and probably illegally circulated by book clubs as well as spammer networks.

On further investigation I have found that an spam and variation of the Nigerian fraud industry has been built up within Amazon, especially Kindle but less so and also CreateSpace.

AMAZON DOES NOT CARE.

Repeated reports to Amazon have failed to elicit a response. What is happening is that a legion of spam authors, many based in Pakistan and India, are creating Kindle titles with hot words like “make money” or “weight loss” and then they are spamming the world to try to sell the book via kindle, starting with the unfortunately top reviewers. My examination of several of these titles show ingenious crap. Cleverly package, not worth the time to order and certainly not worth any money.

AMAZON DOES NOT CARE.

There appears to be zero interst at Amazon about the abuse of its top reviewers. There appears to be zero interest about Amazon about Kindle now being a variation of a Nigerian fraud factory. Indeed, Amazon, for all its vaunted cloud and other technical expertise, does not appear to have the brains to use data mining and filtering to rapidly identify and block spam products from being loaded and then marketed with spam reviews.

I am offering this story to WIRED but urge one and all to mobilize eyeballs. I believe that the basic cultural problem is that Bezos does not actually value knowledge — he is in the business of selling “packages” and his lack of focus on quality control on the easiest packages to “fake” is now creating a very ugly underbelly for the Amazon enterprise.

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Apr 16

SchwartzReport: California’s Net Zero Energy Building To Reshape US Construction Industry

Categories: 03 Economy,05 Energy
Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

Once again California is leading the nation. This time in green building technologies and standards. I think this is very good news.

California’s Net Zero Energy Building To Reshape US Construction Industry
CARL STERNER – CleanTechnica

California’s recent revisions to Title 24 put in place ambitious performance goals: all residential buildings must be Zero Net Energy (ZNE) by 2020, and all commercial buildings must follow suit by 2030. The code also applies to retrofit projects that pass certain thresholds. (A ZNE building produces as much energy on-site as it consumes on an annual basis.) These changes promise to reshape the construction industry in significant ways – and not just in California. Here’s how.

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Apr 16

SchwartzReport: Average American Pulling Out of US Stock Market

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

This is a major trend that has received almost no attention. Long term it has significant implications: a market without citizen investors has a very different dynamic. For myself, I gave up on the stock market in 2008 believing small investors had become basically just road kill. That view is spreading, as this report makes clear. Click through to see the graphics.

Americans Increasingly Rejecting the Stock Market, Cuts Wall Street Profits
Daily Kos

The stock market is at all-time highs, but trading volume on the New York Stock Exchange is at 15 year lows.

Quite simply, the mom-and-pop investor has had enough and is leaving the market.

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Apr 15

SchwartzReport: Obesity in Kids Costs Billions – Combination of Corporate & Government Corruption with Social & Cultural Malaise

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

We reap what we sow as a country. Much of this child obesity arises from toxins and pollutants in the environment. Whatever the source when one tracks it back to fundamentals it always gets down to profit for the few, at the risk of wellness for the many.

Obesity in Kids Costs Billions
SALYNN BOYLES – MedPage Today

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Apr 9

Berto Jongman: John Whitehead Reviews the the US Budget and What It Says About America and Americans

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

Why Are Americans Paying to be Searched, Spied On, Shot At, and Robbed Blind by the Government [and the Oligarchs Behind the Government]?

John Whitehead

OpEdNews, 7 April 2014

The State Department wants $400,000 to purchase a fiberglass sculpture of a camel looking at a needle for its new embassy in Pakistan. They’ve already spent their allotted $630,000 to increase the number of “likes” and fans on their Facebook and Twitter pages. The NATO ambassador for the U.S. needs $700,000 for landscaping and gardening, the National Science Foundation would like $700,000 to put on a theatrical production about climate change, and the Senate staffers need $1.9 million for lifestyle coaching. Also, Yale University researchers could really use $384,000 so they can study the odd cork-screw shape of a duck’s penis.

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Apr 8

SchwartzReport: Autism of the Poor Linked to Pollution for the Rich

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

We are literally crippling and killing our children so the few can become richer. It is a form of national insanity. Click through to see video.

Growing Evidence That Autism Is Linked to Pollution
ALEXANDRA SIFFERLIN – Time

A new study offers strong evidence that environmental toxins play a role in the disorder. The report looked at birth defects associated with parental exposure to pollution and found a 1% increase in the defects corresponded to a 283% increase in autism

Several studies have shown a link between air pollution and autism, but a new study published in the journal PLOS Computational Biology is one of the largest to put the two together.

Researchers studied insurance claims from around 100 million people in the U.S., and used congenital malformations in boys as an indictor for parental exposure to environmental toxins. ‘Autism appears to be strongly correlated with rate of congenital malformations of the genitals in males across the country. This gives an indicator of environmental load and the effect is surprisingly strong,” study author Andrey Rzhetsky from the University of Chicago said in a statement.

Every 1% increase in malformations corresponded to a 283% increase in autism in the same county.

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Apr 8

Berto Jongman: America’s Homegrown Nuclear and Fracking Terror

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

America’s Homegrown Terror

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The U.S. security complex is up in arms about cyberhackers and foreign terrorists targeting America’s vulnerable infrastructure. Think tank reports have highlighted the chinks in homeland security represented by unsecured ports, dams, and power plants. We’ve been bombarded by stories about outdated software that is subject to hacking and the vulnerability of our communities to bioterrorism. Reports such as the Heritage Foundation’s “Microbes and Mass Casualties: Defending America Against Bioterrorism” describe a United States that could be brought to its knees by its adversaries unless significant investments are made in “hardening” these targets.

But the greatest dangers for the United States do not lurk in terrorist cells in the mountains surrounding Kandahar that are planning on assaults on American targets. Rather, our vulnerabilities are homegrown. The United States plays host to thousands of nuclear weapons, toxic chemical dumps, radioactive waste storage facilities, complex pipelines and refineries, offshore oil rigs, and many other potentially dangerous facilities that require constant maintenance and highly trained and motivated experts to keep them running safely.

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Apr 7

Jon Rappoport: US Pharma Kills More Than All Wars — US Medical Systems Kills 225,000 People a Year

Jon Rappoport

Jon Rappoport

Shocker: Comparing deaths from medical drugs, vitamins, all US wars

People want to believe medical science gives us, at any given moment, the best of all possible worlds.

And of course, the best of all possible worlds must have its enemies: the quacks who sell unproven snake oil.

So let’s look at some facts.

As I’ve been documenting for years, the medical cartel has been engaged in massive criminal fraud, presenting their drugs as safe and effective across the board—when, in fact, these drugs have been killing and maiming huge numbers of people, like clockwork.

I’ve cited the review, “Is US Health Really the Best in the World?”, by Dr. Barbara Starfied (Journal of the American Medical Association, July 26, 2000), in which Starfield reveals the American medical system kills 225,000 people per year—106,000 as a direct result of pharmaceutical drugs.

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Mar 31

Eagle: Charles Hugh Smith on the Failure of the Keynesian Cargo Cult

300 Million Talons...

300 Million Talons…

Dear Keynesians: Your Sad Devotion to Your Failed Religion Hasn’t Conjured Up a Recovery–Here’s Why

That any schoolkid could predict eliminating feedback and consequences will lead to a series of disastrously poor choices by speculators and imprudent borrowers doesn’t register with the Keynesian Cargo Cult.

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Mar 28