I think this is an excellent essay on the state of voting and voters in the election coming up. I find political ads offensive, ads in general come to that and mute the sound, maybe you do the same. But I have come to realize the truth in John Cassidy’s essay. Some very significant fraction of Americans has just tuned out or, perversely, just votes a party ticket without understanding the truth about the candidates or the issues. That is the only explanation I can see for the continuing voting that occurs in Red value states, even though the policies they are voting for are horribly damaging to their lives. This also explains I think how people like Louie Gohmert or Steve King, or Ted Cruz remain in office.
What will it take to get into the doughnut? Tackling inequality is key – and that means addressing resource inequalities in both consumption and production. Here’s why, in three messages.
From America’s CounterIntelligence hub, CounterPunch…
Will the Feds Soon be Targeting People With a “Bad Attitude”?
… independent contractors aren’t eligible for such things as unemployment benefits and they don’t fall under the National Labor Relations Act.
Studies N°03/2014. Iddri, 2014. 32 p.
Is the sharing economy a tool for ecological transition? The main objective of this report is to analyse the environmental potential of the sharing economy, considered in its full diversity, and the conditions for the realization of this potential.
Owl: Dmitry Orlov on Ebola and Five Stages of Collapse — Financial, Commercial, Political, Social, Cultural
Dmitry Orlov on Ebola and the Five Stages of Collapse
Orlov is one of the best futurists writing on society collapse, having witnessed and personally experienced the collapse of the Soviet Union. His book, Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Experience and American Prospects http://www.amazon.com/Reinventing-Collapse-Experience-American-Prospects/dp/0865716854, is one of the best ever written in the collapse genre and necessary reading for anyone who is interested in this theme.
In 2008 he came up the a taxonomy of collapse, which he says occurs in 5 stages. The full article is here, http://cluborlov.blogspot.com/2008/02/five-stages-of-collapse.html and he has a book on it too.
Below is a summary of his five stages of collapse:
The names of at least 12 public figures, including policemen and politicians, have been passed on to police investigating claims of historic sexual abuse.
Investigative reporter Mark Williams Thomas passed on the names to officers working under Operation Yewtree, the Metropolitan Police inquiry investigating sex abuse allegations in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.
Thomas, who two years ago helped expose Savile as one of the most prolific paedophiles in British history by presenting a documentary first highlighting his abuse, said the new claims involve some “very powerful” people who are alleged to have committed sex abuse crimes between the 1950s and 1980s.