lördag 17 augusti 2013

We\'re at the fag-end of debt-based finance capitalism


torsdag 15 augusti 2013

Debt: The First 5,000 Years

Here anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom: he shows that before there was money, there was debt. For more than 5,000 years, since the beginnings of the first agrarian empires, humans have used elaborate credit systems to buy and sell goods—that is, long before the invention of coins or cash. It is in this era, Graeber argues, that we also first encounter a society divided into debtors and creditors.

Graeber shows that arguments about debt and debt forgiveness have been at the center of political debates from Italy to China, as well as sparking innumerable insurrections. He also brilliantly demonstrates that the language of the ancient works of law and religion (words like “guilt,” “sin,” and “redemption”) derive in large part from ancient debates about debt, and shape even our most basic ideas of right and wrong. We are still fighting these battles today without knowing it


David Graeber


The Great Secret of Banking - David Graeber


David Graeber Explains Why The US Can Never Go Bankrupt Under Its Current Monetary System

Global Capitalism and the Queen of Babylon: The Seduction of the World at the End of the Age

"For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies... for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth."
(Revelation 18:3,23-24)

The history of the Self


tisdag 6 augusti 2013

Louder Than A Bomb

"When I was coming up I was a bit of a trouble maker. There are certain things I regret. I damaged a lot of things in the house but my father newer cried about that. When I got arrested my father never cried about that. The first time I made my father cry was the first time he heard me perform poetry."

Lamar "The truth" Jordan


torsdag 27 juni 2013

The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance

Dr. Sean Bourke, Co-Founder and CEO of JumpstartMD, interviews author Jeff Volek, Ph.D., R.D. & Stephen Phinney, MD, Ph.D. For more information about the top medical weight loss practice in the Bay Area, go to www.jumpstartmd.com

Jeff Volek, MD, R.D., PhD


The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance

William Davis - Wheat: The UNhealthy Whole Grain


torsdag 13 juni 2013

About the implementation of Psycohistory

Many of us who has read the SF triology "The Empire" by Aasimov are familiar with the story ablout Psycohistory and Hari Seldon:

The premise of the series is that mathematician Hari Seldon spent his life developing a branch of mathematics known as psychohistory, a concept of mathematical sociology (analogous to mathematical physics). Using the laws of mass action, it can predict the future, but only on a large scale; it is error-prone on a small scale. It works on the principle that the behaviour of a mass of people is predictable if the quantity of this mass is very large (equal to the population of the galaxy, which has a population of quadrillions of humans, inhabiting millions of star systems). The larger the number, the more predictable is the future.

Then check this out...

Did the CIA give the NSA documents to Ed Snowden?

Current press reports focus on PRISM, the NSA’s relationships with the biggest tech companies in the world, and the spilled leaks of Ed Snowden.
I’ve already laid out serious questions about Snowden’s work history and whether he’s told the truth about it.
Is it likely he could have accessed and snatched thousands of highly classified NSA documents?
“Let’s see. Who’s coming to work for us here at NSA today? Oh, new whiz kid. Ed Snowden. Outside contractor. He’s not really a full-time employee of the NSA. Twenty-nine years old. No high school diploma. Has a GED. He worked for the CIA and quit. Hmm. Why did he quit? Oh, never mind, who cares? No problem.
“Tell you what. Let’s give this kid access to our most sensitive data. Sure. Why not? Everything. That stuff we keep behind 986 walls? Where you have to pledge the life of your first-born against the possibility you’ll go rogue? Let Snowden see it all. Sure. What the hell. I’m feeling charitable. He seems like a nice kid.”
Here is a more likely scenario.
Snowden never saw any of those thousands of documents on an NSA computer. Never happened.
  • A D V E R T I S E M E N T
Instead, he was either used or volunteered as a CIA operative to carry the endless turf war between CIA and NSA a new step forward. People at the CIA WERE able to access those NSA documents and they gave the documents to Snowden and he ran with them.
This was a covert op launched by the CIA against a chief rival, the NSA. NSA, the agency that’s far bigger than the CIA. NSA, the agency that’s been taking over intelligence gathering, that considers itself superior to everybody else in the intelligence field.
The CIA, of course, couldn’t be seen as the NSA leaker. They needed a guy. They needed a guy who could appear to be FROM the NSA, to make things look worse for the NSA and shield the CIA.
They had Ed Snowden. He had worked for the CIA in Geneva, in a high-level position, overseeing computer-systems security. People would later assume he had the wherewithal to get into NSA files and steal documents all by himself.
Somewhere in his CIA past, Ed meets a fellow CIA guy who sits down with him and says, “You know, Ed, things have gone too damn far. The NSA is spying on everybody all the time. I can show you proof. They’ve gone beyond the point of trying to catch terrorists. They’re doing something else. They’re expanding a Surveillance State, which can only lead to one thing: the destruction of America, what America stands for, what you and I know America is supposed to be. The NSA isn’t like us, Ed. We go after terrorists for real. That’s it. Whereas NSA goes after everybody. We have to stop it. We need a guy…and there are those of us who think you might be that guy…”
During the course of this one disingenuous conversation, the CIA is killing 37 innocent civilians all over the world with drones, but that’s beside the point. Ahem.
Ed says, “Tell me more. I’m intrigued.”
He buys in.
And what his CIA handler said, in his completely cynical self-serving way, is true. The Surveillance State isn’t about catching terrorists.
At a quite insane level, it’s about a partial science trying to become a complete science. It’s about the vision of systems engineers:
To be able to predict and control the actions of any and every human.
Can enough useful information on Human Being X be compiled, collated, and analyzed, quickly, that would enable overseers to know what Human X is going to do—and to redirect his next action?
His next action and future actions?
To put it another way, minds who are enraptured by the Matrix want to make that Matrix even tighter and more nearly perfect.
They want to play 100-dimensional chess with most difficult piece on the board as the main target: the human. They want to see whether they can operate that piece and work it and predict it and control it and win the game.
Winning the game means reducing 100-dimensional chess to a closed system.
This is what the engineers of the Surveillance State are trying to do with the global population.
Because they think they can.
Because they work for men who want to own all life.
Because they view individual freedom as a highly convincing illusion they want to invalidate and smash.
I’m reminded of a 1982 story I did for LA Weekly. I interviewed Bill Perry, who had just quit his job as head of PR for Lawrence Livermore Labs, where they do research on building better nuclear weapons.
Bill cited, as one of his defining moments, a conversations he had with a physicist there who was complaining that the Lab needed more funding.
Bill said, “Look, we can already blow up the world a dozen times. What else do you need?”
The physicist looked up from his desk and said, “You don’t understand. This is a math problem, a physics problem.”
That’s the mindset. It’s all about making a better system. Who cares about collateral human damage?
When these scientists see freedom, they shrink away from it. It disturbs them. It reminds them they aren’t free. It reminds them they don’t know what freedom is.
You can even see this in some of more astounding press comments about Ed Snowden. Yes, it was all right that he exposed NSA but…he should have stayed in America and faced the music.
A mind-boggling assessment to say the least.
However, it’s really based on a perception, true or false, that Snowden is currently running around free, uncontrolled.
And that he has no right to be, because nobody does, outside the range and reach of government.
Freedom is the wild card. “Order must take its place.” That’s what the Surveillance State is all about.
“We’ve got these biological machines called humans running around out there and it’s crazy. They’re possibly in possession of something called FREEDOM which is too horrible to contemplate, because I, an obsessive problem solver, long ago sacrificed MY OWN FREEDOM on the altar of…I’ve forgotten. Anyway, wait a minute, these biological machines don’t really have freedom, they’re running on faulty programs….YES, THAT’S IT, and the programs have to be changed, ONCE AND FOR ALL!! Yes, that feels better. There is no such thing as freedom.”
“Yes, that’s it. No one is free, it’s all a delusion. There are only good and bad programs, and these billions of human machines are running on bad programs…so we need one central program, one CENTRAL PROGRAM for everybody, and then order will prevail and coordination will prevail, and peace will prevail.”
“In order to develop such a program, we need Total Surveillance. We need to observe all these biological machines in their crazy lives, 24/7, wherever they go, whatever they do….and then we can collate that information and analyze it and come up with a solution. Algorithms. A better program. An all-encompassing program. Then we can insert it into the behavior of every human.”
The Surveillance State is based on a psychology and a philosophy that has this view of life and human beings.
That’s what we’re dealing with. Nothing less.
Mass mind control. Operant conditioning. Coercion.
In Orwell’s 1984, that’s what “Big Brother is watching you” was all about. The Surveillance State wasn’t merely curious. It wasn’t merely trying to stamp out terrorists. It was part and parcel of control.
Jon Rappoport
The author of two explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED and EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails atwww.nomorefakenews.com

tisdag 11 juni 2013

The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America

New York Times BestsellerOne of the iTunes Bookstore’s “Ten Books You Must Read This Summer”

A riveting examination of a nation in crisis, from one of the finest political journalists of our generation
American democracy is beset by a sense of crisis. Seismic shifts during a single generation have created a country of winners and losers, allowing unprecedented freedom while rending the social contract, driving the political system to the verge of breakdown, and setting citizens adrift to find new paths forward. In The Unwinding, George Packer, author of The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq, tells the story of the United States over the past three decades in an utterly original way, with his characteristically sharp eye for detail and gift for weaving together complex narratives.

The Unwinding journeys through the lives of several Americans, including Dean Price, the son of tobacco farmers, who becomes an evangelist for a new economy in the rural South; Tammy Thomas, a factory worker in the Rust Belt trying to survive the collapse of her city; Jeff Connaughton, a Washington insider oscillating between political idealism and the lure of organized money; and Peter Thiel, a Silicon Valley billionaire who questions the Internet’s significance and arrives at a radical vision of the future. Packer interweaves these intimate stories with biographical sketches of the era’s leading public figures, from Newt Gingrich to Jay-Z, and collages made from newspaper headlines, advertising slogans, and song lyrics that capture the flow of events and their undercurrents.

The Unwinding portrays a superpower in danger of coming apart at the seams, its elites no longer elite, its institutions no longer working, its ordinary people left to improvise their own schemes for success and salvation. Packer’s novelistic and kaleidoscopic history of the new America is his most ambitious work to date.


Snowden checkar ut

Edward Snowden, 29, som avslöjat USA:s enorma övervakningsprogram Prism, checkade på måndagen ut från hotel Mira i Hongkong. Det är oklart var han nu befinner sig.
I den brittiska tidningen Guardians tv-intervju som av allt att döma genomfördes på Edward Snowdens hotellrum syns delar av interiören. Det tog därför inte lång tid förrän hotellet identifierades och uppgiften publicerades på internet. Möjligen är det skälet till varför den 29-årige visselblåsaren vars avslöjanden blivit förstasidesstoff över hela världen valt att checka ut från hotellet


NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden: 'I don't want to live in a society that does these sort of things'

Vad är det eg som pågår nu bakom kulisserna?

måndag 10 juni 2013

What Are Chicken Nuggets Made Of?

This is mechanically separated chicken. Chickens are turned into this goop so we can create delicious chicken nuggets and juicy chicken patties. It's obscenely gross and borderline alien but it's not going to stop me from eating nuggets. They're too good.

The process works a little something like this:

There's more: because it's crawling with bacteria, it will be washed with ammonia, soaked in it, actually. Then, because it tastes gross, it will be reflavored artificially. Then, because it is weirdly pink, it will be dyed with artificial color.

Read more at: http://articles.businessinsider.com/2...



tisdag 2 april 2013

måndag 11 februari 2013

Pope Benedict XVI in shock resignation

Pope Benedict XVI is to resign at the end of this month after nearly eight years as the head of the Catholic Church, saying he is too old to continue at the age of 85.
The unexpected development - the first papal resignation in nearly 600 years - surprised governments, Vatican-watchers and even his closest aides.
The then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger became Pope after John Paul II's death.
The Vatican says it expects a new Pope to be elected before Easter.
Tom Horn and Cris Putnam have discovered an ancient secret they're calling "The Prophecy of the Popes. This document identifies the soon-coming Pope, the successor to Pope Benedict, as Peter the Roman, the long awaited False Prophet! Aging quickly at 85, will Benedict step down?

torsdag 17 januari 2013

How Goldman Sachs Helped Mask Greece's Debt

Nick Dunbar, author of 'The Devil's Derivatives', reveals how the country turned to investment bank Goldman Sachs for help getting around the deficit rules.

In his report for Newsnight, some of those who did the deal, talk publicly for the first time.

The Devil’s Derivatives

The Devil’s Derivatives
Abby Martin talks to with historian, Webster Tarpley, about the looming fiscal cliff and the ongoing crisis in Syria. 

Max Keiser on the Middle Class