Dolphin altruism

29 09 2008

An intelligent and highly socialable species that should have the right to be free from suffering at the hands of humans.

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Huh? http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/video/2008/sep/29/dolphin

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Collapse and reconfiguration (omega & alpha)

29 09 2008

Has the recent economic crisis stemming from a lack of regulation in the financial sector opened up a new opportunity to organise society and economics in a more equitable way? Or has the new “bail-out package”, so called conservative socialism, supported the corporations and the very people who created the problem? Only reinforcing the capitalist system?

These high-level economists seem to think the current/recent capitalist configuration has reached its end (1).

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Commenting on the initial package proposal put forward by Henry Paulson Naomi Klein on Democracy Now states:

“it is in times when people are panicked, when we’ve seen again and again the [political] right push through radical pro-corporate policies, what they call “free market reforms,” precisely because it is in a crisis where the space for debate rapidly closes, and you can invoke this state of emergency to say we have no choice…and we’re seeing a very dramatic example of this tactic right now with these really extortionist kind of tactics playing out in Washington.”

The opportunity was perfect for Paulson, a previous CEO of Goldman Sachs, to support his pals back at the banks and effectively steal from US society. His original plan gave himself immunity and the banks an immediate and very large payment, which was not warmly accepted by many in Congress. The revised package sees an initial $250 billion payout to banks, with the remaining $450 billion positioned for control only by Congress ($350 billion) and The White House ($100 billion). Banks taking money will have to give shares in return, take out insurance to protect themselves from further losses, there will be no large pay-offs for bankers and four agencies will monitor the progress of the deal.

This does not sound like the end of fundamentalist capitalism to me. In this small list of conditions very little relates to the question of poverty alleviation across US society. How are these payments going to “trickle down” to all those who’ve had their homes repossessed and lost their jobs over the past 6 months?

As usual and in line with Naomi Klein’s theory of disaster capitalism, corporate elites have hijacked the political system, effectively pouncing on the space created by collapse, in a hope to maintain their staus-quo. The screams permeating from US society have surely been ringing in some Congress men’s ears. But they havn’t been sufficient to alter the trajectory of the economic system.

I have mentioned omega and alpha in this title. This is because I want to try and generate a theme throughout this blog that fits political, economic, social and ecological dynamics with Holling’s adaptive cycle of change and resilience theory (3). Interesting concepts that allow us to understand how the world changes and can be changed to improve human well-being and move away from the threshold of ecological collapse.

1).  http://americannewsproject.com/node/130

2).  http://www.democracynow.org/2008/9/24/naomi_klein_now_is_the_time

3).  http://www.resalliance.org/564.php





ubuntooooooooooooo

26 09 2008

This operating system is seriously cool. And its totally free. It cuts Leopard in half. You can have a wicked user interface (even exactly the same as leopard with a bit of loadin and customizin) and ultimate control over your computer’s affairs. Changing things as you please, adding things as you please. It’s loads quicker than windows and you can use “wine”, a piece of software that enables you to run programs written for windows. You may wonder if you can use it with other operating systems, and ye you can – I dual boot with windows xp.

Not everything is perfect but its getting better all the time, new update due late in October. Here’s a couple of screenshots to give you a visual taste.

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Open source is freedom. Only if we could have open source political system.

Could this be the anarchist’s choice?

Check it out here: http://www.ubuntu.com. You can just order a cdrom with it on.





START!

26 09 2008

Yo!!

I’ve started a blog. Woah. In fact this page has existed for about two years. I wanted it to contain pages and pages of political and environmental rants. Guess what? The idea of spending hours researching interesting topics is just too hard when you’re not getting grades or even sure people are going to look at them.

So I’m just going to use this site to spread the word about cool shit and interesting stuff I come accross on the net. To add to the millions of others that do the same. But. Have not had the enjoyment of being filtered by the mass of neurons between my ears.

Add meh to your bookMARX