What the Human Barbie Really Says About Us

By: Thursday April 10, 2014 6:48 pm

In a society broadly based on little besides the need for a small number of wealthy people to create continued demand for consumer goods among a much larger group of people, it is required to make people feel bad.


Lauryn Hill Released From Prison, Releases New Song

By: Friday October 4, 2013 3:05 pm

She’s seemingly emerged from her time on the inside with even more to say. In a newly released track called Consumerism – which appears to be from an album called “Part 1: Letters from Exile”- she addresses a host of “isms” ranging from hedonism to capitalism to skepticism.

Engelhardt, The Last Empire?

By: Tuesday May 7, 2013 12:10 pm

It stretched from the Caspian to the Baltic Sea, from the middle of Europe to the Kurile Islands in the Pacific, from Siberia to Central Asia. Its nuclear arsenal held 45,000 warheads, and its military had five million troops under arms. There had been nothing like it in Eurasia since the Mongols conquered China, took parts of Central Asia and the Iranian plateau, and rode into the Middle East, looting Baghdad. Yet when the Soviet Union collapsed in December 1991, by far the poorer, weaker imperial power disappeared.

Abrupt Climate Change and the Dead End of Eco-Consumerism

By: Sunday February 17, 2013 7:00 am

A number of recent written pieces have reflected actual interest in doing something about abrupt climate change. Abrupt climate change is now stalling the gulf stream. Barack Obama mentioned climate change in his recent State of the Union speech. Canada dumps its Kyoto targets, but perhaps Barbara Boxer and Bernie Sanders are now interested in climate change legislation. “John Crapper” suggests we ought to declare war on fossil fuel. Agathena tells us more about Canadian tar sands.

Generally speaking, none of the suggested solutions to have reached mainstream respectability does what it takes.

The Decline and Fall of an American Empire

By: Tuesday January 15, 2013 6:10 pm

The American Empire was not like other historical empires, for from the very first it has been made up of various different ethnic and cultural groups. Initially French and Spanish. Then Dutch and British. With other nationalities coming later. Irish and German and Russian and (in my case) Finnish.

Disposable America

By: Thursday January 10, 2013 5:36 pm

Before the industrial revolution everything you got was made by hand one at a time. There very likely were apprentices and helpers involved but it was one at a time. Each unique in some way from the the others. made by craftsman an artisans who learned and honed their skills and trade over the years.

Then the industrial revolution got underway big time.

The Show So Far ………

By: Sunday December 30, 2012 7:00 pm

Working toward the kind of society we envision is never a lost cause. And passing on this vision – even in the family structure – is what will bring about any real and lasting change. And put a halt to this sick, dark comedy we have been living for the last few thousand years. Where teachers and guides replace leaders, and wisdom and enlightenment and virtue and altruism are cherished and valued.

Live Blog for #Occupy Movement: Black Friday

By: Friday November 25, 2011 11:30 am

One person was arrested and two others hospitalized after a melee in Rome, New York. Pepper spray was used by police to break up a fight in Kingston, North Carolina. Gunfire was heard in Fayetteville, North Carolina. A shooting at 1 am injured a woman in the leg in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. A fight broke out in San Leandro, California, and a man was shot. And, a woman pepper sprayed a crowd around her injuring twenty people.

This is not an excerpt from a conservative blog post on the latest incidents of violence to occur as a result of the Occupy movement. This is what happened late last night and early this morning when shoppers were pushing their way through crowds to get the best deals from Big Box stores like Best Buy or Walmart.

Late Night FDL: When Did Black Friday Become a Holiday?

By: Thursday November 24, 2011 8:00 pm

We just want to make the world dance.

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