Archive for June, 2011

Globalization And Governance And The Rhizome Of Reality

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

As Mr Lamy says there is a lack of governance in the global economy. This is in my mind code for the need for social control or socialism. My contention is that a world government is emerging but there are key impediments, one is the persistence of the nation state, and the tendency for local interest to overwhelm the interests of the whole. This is very evident in the EU where Greece may end up leaving the body finding restrictions to be intolerable. Germany resents having to bail out Greece, after German banks were allowed to promote such great debt. The problem is the German people were not involved in generating the loans that incurred the debt but they must participate in the bailout. This is the same with the Greek people. They were not asked if they wanted the government to go into debt. They were simply told that the government had things under control and when they didn’t they were asked to pay as if it was their responsibility. Even if they had benefited from going into debt with better salaries etc., it was essentially not their choice.

That is the problem with globalization as far as I can see. There is no mechanism for a world vote by citizens. Only governments which are theoretically representing the people are represented in the UN. Economically there is the dictatorship of the capitalist class, with economic democracy limited to shareholders, similar to the 19th century concept of the vote being limited to property holders, now it is limited to proxy holders. This is obviously the next step in democratization, direct economic voting power for all workers, whether they are owners or not. With the logical development that the capitalist class becomes superfluous except as some sort of coordinating body responsible to the voting workers. This would make the executive of any corporate entity responsible to the workers who have become the voters instead of merely the stock holders, although there could be a vote for stock holders and workers.

There needs to be mechanisms that allow for both the vote of the people, and insurance that the rights of minorities are not overrun. This can’t be a winner take all system with simply majorities deciding issues. There has to be mechanisms created that incorporate decision making going in both directions. Governance needs to reflect upward and downward in the progression of authority from individual to collectivity; with rational gradations, sort of a metric system of governance. That leads one to increased democracy. How could there be a world body if portions of the world had people with no right to representation? Would all votes be equal? Theoretically but initially there will be a need for many safeguards to keep from one group dominating that would be unacceptable to the vast majority. Three-fifths would be a good number for a voting majority. It’s a thought. But what we have now, with non-representative governing bodies often having only the legitimacy of power and not popular support. Would we see world political parties? Certainly there would be a dilution of parochial bodies in individual areas in the totality of the polity.
Interesting, the Club of Rome reports back in the 1970’s predicted a decrease in democracy, something like the American security state that we have now. With political opinion manipulated by both focusing attention on fewer issues, and diffusing resistance by allowing for a multiplicity of niche’s of resistance. This is similar to concept of the Rhizome as portrayed by Deleuze and Guattari.
As they put it “Smooth space is a field without conduits or channels. A field, a heterogeneous smooth space, is wedded to a very particular type of multiplicity: nonmetric, acentered, rhizomatic multiplicities that occupy space without “counting” it and can “be explored only by legwork.” They do not meet the visual condition of being observable from a point in space external to them; an example of this is the system of sounds, or even of colors, as opposed to Euclidean space (Deleuze and Guattari 371).” This is complex but basically as I understand it, they propose a space that is more like that proposed by Spinoza than Descartes. This is a world defined by “movement and rest, slowness and speed,… not atoms, in other words, finite elements still endowed with form” (253-254). But I am wandering a bit too far into the theory of reality.

A few links.

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From Terraviva

THE MAIN PROBLEM WITH GLOBALISATION IS TOO LITTLE GOVERNANCE
By Pascal Lamy(*)
*Pascal Lamy is Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

JUNE, 2011 (IPS) - Globalisation dominates our era, but it is an increasingly fragile dominance. Even as global integration delivers enormous benefits growing wealth, spreading technology, the rise of billions of people in the developing world- it also creates new risks -financial instability, economic imbalances, environmental stresses, growing inequalities, cyber penetration that we seem to have difficulty managing, writes Pascal Lamy, Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

This is not a new concern. Since the industrial revolution, market capitalism’s power to generate both incredible progress and enormous disruption what Joseph Schumpeter called “creative destruction” has preoccupied governments. And globalisation is nothing if not the worldwide technology-driven spread of market capitalism, a process that has been unfolding, in fits and starts, for three hundred years.

(see link for balance of article).

http://ipsnews.net/newsTVE.asp?idnews=56267

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Oxford: Paper Published in later form.

Who should govern the world economy: the challenges of globalization and governance

As protesters vent their fury at international meetings concerned globalization, they
express a more widely held concern about who is governing the world economy, and
at whose behest? This article describes the ways in which the new global economy is
being managed. Using the international financial system as an example, I draw out
four emerging models of governance and discuss the implications of each for
democratic accountability. In conclusion I argue that policy-makers face a deep
challenge in respect of global economic governance today, requiring clearer thinking
as to where globalization is heading and by what processes its trajectory should be
managed.

(See link for balance of article)

http://www.globaleconomicgovernance.org/wp-content/uploads/renewal.PDF

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From Dept. of Poly. Sci. U. of Georgia

“Social Democracy, Globalization and Governance: Why is
there no European Left Program in the EU?”
Christopher S. Allen

This paper addresses globalization and governance in the EU by attempting to generate some
plausible hypotheses that might explain the policy choices of the 12 out of 15 European democratic left governments. With all of the discussion in recent years of a democratic deficit, and then need to maintain a “social Europe,” why have these governments not produced more explicit left-wing policies?

It suggests three possible hypotheses to account for this apparently mysterious outcome.

Hypothesis #1: They want to but they can’t.
Hypothesis #2: They don’t want to because they aren’t really left anymore.
Hypothesis #3: They could, but they all are suffering from a fundamental failure of imagination.

The paper explores each of these hypotheses in two ways. First it examines the initial years of the Schröder government in Germany apparently, pursuing each of these three hypotheses and different times during this period. Then it looks more systematically and comparatively and each of the three hypotheses by including analysis both of Germany and several other EU member states.

The larger goal of this work is to provoke discussion and research on what role left political
movements can actually play. Is it even reasonable to expect such a group of nation states to develop innovative forms of cross-national governance? Or are new and/or revised forms of representation and governance beyond traditional nation-state models.

(For balance of article see link below).

http://aei.pitt.edu/9301/1/ChrisAllen.pdf

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Book about:

Governing Globalization Ed. Held and McGrew.

http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=UshmkxDiAWsC&oi=fnd&pg=PR7&dq=Problems+of+globalization
+and+governance&ots=j0Wp940shZ&sig=a78UOjtMS69Dz6FgG02xRA4PhDc#v=
onepage&q=Problems%20of%20globalization%20and%20governance&f=false

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Link to Deleuze and Guattari - A Thousand Plateaus Capitalism & Schizophrenia
http://danm.ucsc.edu/~dustin/library/deleuzeguattarirhizome.pdf

Evidence Grows, Climate Heating Up

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Remember the whole climate-gate mess? Scientists had been taken out of context. It seems that the climate models are getting better. 2010 was predicted to be hotter than recent years and it was a record hot year. Is the evidence for global warming or solar cycles? It seems that the science has compensated for that. The evidence seems to be growing that global warming is caused by human activity.

Below are a series of quotes from articles and links to the balance of the articles.

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Guardian.UK

Climate sceptic Willie Soon received $1m from oil companies, papers show

Documents obtained by Greenpeace show prominent opponent of climate change was funded by ExxonMobil, among others

John Vidal, environment editor
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 28 June 2011 18.37 BST

Willie Soon received over $1m from oil companies including ExxonMobil, documents reveal.

One of the world’s most prominent scientific figures to be sceptical about climate change has admitted to being paid more than $1m in the past decade by major US oil and coal companies.

Dr Willie Soon, an astrophysicist at the Solar, Stellar and Planetary Sciences Division of the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics, is known for his view that global warming and the melting of the arctic sea ice is caused by solar variation rather than human-caused CO2 emissions, and that polar bears are not primarily threatened by climate change.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jun/28/climate-change-sceptic-willie-soon

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From NCAR

Statement on Hacking of Climate Files

Kevin Trenberth: “It is quite clear from the paper that I was not questioning the link between anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions and warming, or even suggesting that recent temperatures are unusual in the context of short-term natural variability.”

http://www.cgd.ucar.edu/cas/trenbert.html

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From Economist

The betting is that 2010 will be the hottest year on record. But understanding how the planet’s temperature changes is still a challenge to science

Jan 7th 2010
Balancing the books

Dr Smith and his colleagues are trying to predict some of the natural variability to come. Kevin Trenberth of America’s National Centre for Atmospheric Research wants to understand in detail the natural variability just seen. His quest gained unexpected prominence when one of his forcefully expressed e-mails on the subject—“The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t”—found its way into the public domain as one of thousands of e-mails from the Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia in the “climategate” furore of November 2009.

Dr Trenberth was not, he has since been at pains to stress, saying that the relatively unwarmed 2000s were particularly out of the ordinary. Instead, he was saying that, given the panoply of satellites and measurement networks that are being installed to monitor the climate, it should now be possible to identify the places and processes that hide energy from the prying eyes of climatologists. That would make it possible to determine what has actually happened to the energy trapped by increasing levels of greenhouse gases.

http://www.economist.com/node/15211377?story_id=15211377

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From World Meterological Organization.
Press Release No. 906

For use of the information media
Not an official record

2010 equals record for world’s warmest year

Geneva, 20 January 2011 (WMO) - The year 2010 ranked as the warmest year on record, together with 2005 and 1998, according to the World Meteorological Organization. Data received by the WMO show no statistically significant difference between global temperatures in 2010, 2005 and 1998.

In 2010, global average temperature was 0.53°C (0.95°F) above the 1961-90 mean. This value is 0.01°C (0.02°F) above the nominal temperature in 2005, and 0.02°C (0.05°F) above 1998. The difference between the three years is less than the margin of uncertainty (± 0.09°C or ± 0.16°F) in comparing the data.

http://www.wmo.int/pages/mediacentre/press_releases/pr_906_en.html

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From Global Warming is Real

EarthTalk: Do Sunspots Cause Global Warming?

Solar astronomer Peter Foukal of the firm Heliophysics Inc., who has tracked historical sunspot intensities at different places around the globe dating back four centuries, also concludes that such solar disturbances have little or no impact on global warming. Nevertheless, he adds, most up-to-date climate models incorporate the effects of the sun’s variable degree of brightness into their overall calculations.

http://globalwarmingisreal.com/2009/06/22/earthtalk-do-sunspots-cause-global-warming-and-how-much-potential-energy-is-there-in-u-s-oil-shale-reserves/

How Goes Age Of Aquarius?

Monday, June 27th, 2011

There is a show on the Science Channel, called “through the wormhole.” It’s got an episode on the sun burning out and humans spreading out into the universe like cancer. Since this is an approximately 10 dimensional universe, we can count on there being another dimension with an Earth just ready for us to hop on board. Sort of like the peace train in the song.

I am concerned with the reality. This is the 50th anniversary of manned space flight and there is no celebration, instead we are shutting down the American space program. No money. NASA has a website.

http://www.nasa.gov/50th/home/index.html

But I haven’t heard any kind of a big deal in schools where promotion of science and math and the space program went hand in hand back in the 1960’s. Social issues have taken precedence, that and wars. The money spent on wars could be spent on space exploration, ending hunger, etc. We have the technology. What seems to be lacking is the desire. There are plenty of scientists dreaming and tinkering, but with current budget cuts, the USA may have to give way to China, India and the EU as the main research science centers. India, Russia, China, Iran, Japan and the EU are all developing space programs. Much of it is defense related, but some, just enough perhaps squeaks through the various governments and their interest groups to fund a little basic research.

http://www.climatesciencewatch.org/2011/02/25/orbach-on-house-research-budget-cuts/

http://www.aaas.org/spp/rd/

I am no longer going to reprint whole articles. After doing some research on copyright law, there is a question as to whether fair use covers this. I don’t think I am causing economic harm, and I am sure that the spreading of knowledge more than justifies the cost to the copyright holders, but as someone who writes, and wants at some point to be compensated for my writing, I am showing a little solidarity with my fellow authors. Someday, not today, not tomorrow, but soon I hope to be at the point where I can be compensated for my writing. Hopefully it will be in some form of people’s credit exchange, and not simply reproducing capitalist means of production.

The interesting thing is that we are in a time when fossil fuels are rapidly reaching or have reached peak production. Soon there will be a state of diminishing return. What is required is a major effort in finding alternative energy sources on a large scale. There are many efforts around the world in development but again the USA lags behind. Why? Vested interests, a backward looking set of politicians with a president who has a vision of moving ahead, but who seems to be mired in the details of simply getting by. Like most Americans, President Obama seems to have hunkered down, as if preparing for another dark age instead of the birth of a new age. Remember Aquarius? All that optimism, where is it now? In school I don’t see excited youth, I see people simply trying to get by, resisting learning, defensive, wanting to know what they are going to get out of a course, what is the minimum that can be done to get a grade. It is a different mentality than when I was in school before, one that is more cynical, less willing to take risks, more calculating of the odds, seeking footholds in the status quo, wearing their hipness, not as a badge of courage and curiosity, but as a shield to ward off unwanted inspection. Individuality as a mark of indifference to what the world may throw at them. This is a generation that expects to be beaten down before it happens; they are wincing along into the future.

Survey Results

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

The issue I am concerned with is basically one of user’s rights vs. creator’s rights and the mechanism to enforce those rights with regards to information flows. The constitution allowed for copyright law but did not get specific beyond its goal to promote knowledge and to temporarily reward inventors and authors with remuneration for their efforts in seeking to promote the spread of knowledge.

Three people answered out of an unknown number of potential readers. All were from Yahoo groups. The first one was short and succinct, a bit paranoid and definitely against government involvement in the media. He seems to believe that the New York Times and Washington Post are mouthpieces for the government.

The second person has a bit more involved perspective. He seems to be critical of the industry that has built up around providing a means to collect royalties from copyright. He sees these as seeking to “sponge off” of creators. He believes that capitalism is the correct mechanism for remunerating creators, and does not trust experts, party bosses, democratic or socialist control. He also interestingly doesn’t trust the marketplace, leaving a contradictory position regarding how the capitalist approach is to work.

Our third person is a believer in freedom and thinks that the invasion of privacy will be more of an issue than dissemination of information. He is not opposed to charging for information but that the source should either charge a fee or advertise but not both. I think that would mean cable TV should not have channels that have commercials once you have paid your monthly fee. He believes in royalties for posting full copies of creative works and yet does not believe in capitalism as the economic model.

Since I originally posted this more people have answered. I will let them speak for themselves. See June 24th posting for original survey.

Survey and answers from internet

1) Re: Survey: Freedom of Information, Vs. Security, Copyrights and Roy
Posted by: “LUV” jackdotcom@cox.net homedinger
Date: Sat Jun 25, 2011 3:23 am ((PDT))
I don’t want my tax dollars going to the NY Times or Washington Post so that they can spread National Security State lies and Forces of Greed lies to undermine everything I believe in
Jack
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2) Re: [R-G] Survey of Media Control or Freedom Saturday, June 25, 2011 7:00 AM
From: “Edward Craig” Add sender to Contacts To: garyrumor2@yahoo.com
Perhaps this should be on a site online?
> A) Yes. I expect the NY Times to lose readers and Rhapsody to do OK, Different media and audiences.
> B) No. Bloggers are unlikely to get subscribers to pay. Musicians are therefore unlikely to profit thereby. I can’t see the music industry recovery from alienating both their customer and the content providers they’re attempting to sponge off of.
> C) Yes. Copyright owners are rightly perceived as unnecessary intermediaries between content creators and customers especially when content creators sign over their rights in order to distribute what ought to be their content.
> D) Yes, provided authors are credited and profit thereby.
> E) No. Socialist artists lose too much revenue and control. Frequently they are not credited or fairly compensated.
> F) No. Party leaders have a bad habit of censoring art because they do not understand artists nor appreciate artistic audiences. Party leaders miss their calls because of their lack of appreciation of the aesthetics of media and inability to evaluate art.
> G) No. The marketplace has no appreciation of art nor is any market concerned about long-term value.
> H) No. I can see no valid way of determining democratic aesthetics.
> I) Yes. While technology Improves artists must take advantage of those improvements. Bad art shows its quality as it gets distributed and most especially when it is preserved by being collected and curated.
The First Amendment was adopted to encourage the dissemination of knowledge and art. There is no valid controlling authority, nor ought there be.
Edward P. Craig
“Think this through with me. Let me know your mind” Hunter/Garcia

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3) Re: [yippies] Survey: Freedom of Information, Vs. Security, Copyrights and Royalties Saturday, June 25, 2011 3:32 AM
From: “Dean Tuckerman” View contact details
A) Comment: not any site like the times which charges money and has advertising. any site which charges money should not have advertising, and any site which has advertising should be free. I know nothing about rhapsody.
B) Comment: Bloggers should either charge money or have advertising. No to both. They should pay a limited royalty to put up full creative works.
C) Comment: Yes if the companies or people being ignored are getting their survival some other way. If no to there should be a limited amount of money paid for creative work.
D) Comment: no
E) Comment: the community should support arts and literature, with no censorship except for material which demeans others.
F) Comment: see above.
G) Comment: I don’t understand what you mean by “acceptable”, or which definition of “the marketplace” you are using.
H) Comment: no.
I) Comment: how could it not. You can’† produce more than you can produce, be it cars or information.
General comment: i support free speech and free press. i think every society should have some kind of bill of rights for speech and press. I believe that with the existence of new technologies the major fight around civil liberties will turn from what people can say or publish, to a protection of their privacy both from governmental, private corporations, NGO’s and people in general.

4) See comments section of Survey posting.

5)Posted by: “dale” blue2u@whoever.com nublueshoe2
Sat Jun 25, 2011 4:36 am (PDT)
— In Hippy@yahoogroups. com, “garyrumor2″ wrote:
> Freedom of Information Vs. Copyright and Royalties
> June 24th, 2011
> A) Comment:Sure, if they choose to. But if they do, they should have to pay royalties to the original creator of any information or entertainment they publish.
> B) Comment: Same response as to (A).
> C) Comment: Not having been involved with the anarchist movement, my comments are based on this definition I found; “a theory that regards the absence of all direct or coercive government as a political ideal and that proposes the cooperative and voluntary association of individuals and groups as the principal mode of organized society.”
If this world were perfect, it would be anarchical. My life
experiences dictate to me that it ain’t never gonna happen.
Even so, I have this belief that to strive to attain the
seemingly impossible (perfection) is the most important duty
we have as individuals. So–people should be allowed to use and
distribute information or entertainment freely, if they receive
no personal benefit from it.
> D) Comment: No. My belief is that unadulterated capitalism
will devour democracy. It must always be tempered with other
ideals.
> E) Comment: To an extent, yes. Even though I self identify as
a socialist, it also needs regulation through democratic
feedback. In essence, what I’m saying is the arts are so vital
to a well functioning, balanced society that they should be
supported by the state, if they require support. Mainstream,
popular forms are able to stand on their own appeals, and
should be allowed to. But if alternative forms are not
subsidized to sufficiently allow anyone to have the opportunity
to be exposed to different views, a door has been opened for the
most organized, best networked, and most politically connected
capitalists to use the arts as a propaganda tool. What awaits on
the other side of that door is not in society’s best interests.
Of that I am sure.>
> F) Comment: Hell no.>
> G) Comment: No, individuals should be be able to determine
what is acceptable for themselves.>
> H) Comment: Same as (G).>
> I) Comment: Yes, but……. limits are something we should
always be looking to surpass.
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6) Posted by: “MJSaf” mj_saf@yahoo.com mj_saf
Sat Jun 25, 2011 10:53 am (PDT)
I think it can all boil down to fair use
____________ _________ _________ ______
http://en.wikipedia .org/wiki/ Fair_use
17 U.S.C. § 107
Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 17 U.S.C. § 106 and 17 U.S.C. § 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include:

the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;

the nature of the copyrighted work;

the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and

the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.
The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors.[1]
____________ _________ _________ _________ _________

It’s important one gives credit where credit is due. Stealing someone’s photograph,
image or exact words without giving a credit, a reference or a link is blatant thievery,
and unethical. Otherwise, I think its all fair game and access to information should remain free. If one puts something out there and it is a downloadable image one has already given access. I think as an artist, a writer or a musician, any ethical use of our work by another party on their site, newspaper, etc… only serves to help promote the proliferation of that person’s work. I certainly would not object to a painting or photograph or music of mine being used with my knowledge and with an appropriate link to my site
http://mjsaf. com
Anyone who tries to steal will be exposed over time when they fail to be able to
produce the original. Besides who could find any real satisfaction in knowing that
the work they claim is not actually their own? Therefore, I don’t worry too much about
copy artists concerning my own work.

It is nice to share ideas, and inspire each other. That is how the creative process grows and we evolve in consciousness. If we isolate everything and get to selfish about what we produce it’s hard to evolve. Besides it’s hard to come up with anything truly original these days. There is a point where we learn thru imitation, before we can arrive at a point of innovation. We can always trace an influence, whether intentional or not.

If there’s any money to be made it’s going to be in selling the actual physical painting,
a full sized high quality print of a photo, or actual performance of the music. I’m lucky
to just get people to take time out of their busy, busy, busy lives to just stop, look and listen, much less pay me for that opportunity. I don’t think there’s much money in CD sales these days, much less downloads, unless one of course is a mainstream artist, or puts in the work necessary for self-promotion, or even desires that sort of attention.

The internet is here to stay, but I think over time we will realize it’s limitations,
become hindered by it’s distraction, and could realize that the potential of our
own ‘minds’ exceeds that of any kind of electronic device. I can see myself already
getting bored and overloaded with it all. Maybe it’s time to return to simpler times,
unplug more, get back to the information contained in the air we breathe, thru just
being alive and aware and connected to 5D reality. Sometimes I think people are closing in to much on these 2D lit computer screens that just seem to be getting smaller and smaller.
We talk of having 100’s of friends and all sorts of connections, but in reality we are lucky if a dozen of those would actually be there if we called on them.

We need to look out more across a distance to accurately process information
where it can be actualized not just known. I worry people may be developing a sort
of ‘tunnel vision’. It can’t be good for the eyes.

Mike
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7) Posted by: “xeperx@gmail.com” xeperx@gmail.com setnaktschosen Sat Jun 25, 2011 8:24 pm (PDT)
My replies are below ###
—–Original Message—–
From: Gary garyrumor2@yahoo. com
To: Anti_Bush_Database@ yahoogroups. com
Sent: Fri, 24 Jun 2011 11:12 PM
Subject: [Anti_Bush_Database ] Survey: Freedom of Information, Vs. Security, Copyrights and Royalties
A) Comment: ###Yes and No. Charge a fee or show ads, like with Pandora
B) Comment: ###Yes on adds only with blogs. Royalties on Fair Use of articles, NEVER! Downloading songs or videos, a fee. But not for Fair Use or simply viewing/listening online (like You-tube).
C) Comment: ###Yes generally unless something is actually new. That’s rare in reality.
D) Comment: ###No, only with entertainment, not the arts.
E) Comment: ###Yes, the arts are for the evolved mind and will seldom be popular with the masses. Let them pay for movies, popular music. But we still need culture, the state should support that.
F) Comment: ###No, that’s censorship.
G) Comment: ###Yes, the will of the people.
H) Comment: ###Yes, like a said above.
I) Comment: ###Tec is just a medium, not a standard or what is allowable.
Priestess Jen

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8)Elephant Ass, Chiquita Says:
June 25th, 2011 at 5:52 pm
A) No, because I dont have any.
B) Yes, if they want to go for it.
C) No.
D)Yes.
E)I dont know.
F)No.
G) No.
H)Yes and No. If you have time to do that, go for it.
I)No, because it doesnt.

9) Skye Says:
July 4th, 2011 at 10:02 pm
Hey Ma’an! is the survey over? ’cause I wouldn’t mind throughing in afew cents, if you’ll fairly and unbiasingly include ‘em.

A) Should information from professional sites like NY Times and music sites like Rhapsody charge money?

Absolutely not! music’s free! Where have all the good times gone?! tell the truth I ain’t feelin’ the love when I have to pay fer it.

B) Should Bloggers charge money or allow advertising and pay royalties to reprint articles, songs and videos?
No. see comment above; info like sex AND music should ALWAYS be free dude, not unless your wish is to become a Fold and only interact with the real people on a four-second basis. With all of this mphasis on money man, sounds like this might be your bag? When was the last time you went to the “malt shop?” (Personally, am still smokin’ the homegrown — fuck the medical shiy, another semi-corporate scam.) Not to seem to judgmental, but seems like you must be some agin’ ‘cat’ who’s frame of reference is even more dated than mine. So why all this hidden agenda stuff? you some kind of conservative that’s still pissed because there are still a few social reforms around that survived the sixties? How you feel’n ’bout free music, free sex, and free drugs?! That’s a workable model I could abide by, and still do as much as I can, because its been corrupted by war-mongering conservatives that grew up in the fifties! (By the way, I did not see any Hippie comments, anyhow — where are they ?they ain’t on this blog.

C) Should copyright laws be ignored as anarchists say and distribute copy and images freely?

Yes, I am with the anarchists on this one, I do not believe that people function in a social vacum, the group has a long history of decidin’ what’s right for the individual when the power of the group reigns supreme over gubberment; this goes for the free distribution of porn — see my comment above concerning free sex — porn today is just another semi-to full blown corporate scamola. Though this doesn’t keep me from occasionally looking… how ’bout you. Yer ol’ lady cool with that, too? or is she apparently as tight-assed as you. (By the way, who is this elephant-ass chick? I liked her answers, anyone with a name like “CHkita” has got to be pretty cool.)

D) Generally should the capitalist model be retained with regards to the arts and literature?

Not on yer life pal, money and property have long been the root evil. Its whats brings us down. If technology doesn’t save us soon, the Fourth Mill will, probably will anyway, unless we can get back a bit more to nature and spend more time doin’ what we want, like smokin’ dope and… whatever. The question bums me out.

E) Would a socialist model work better with the arts and literature supported by the state or community?

Whatcha mean by state, is that the community, if so, cool, so long as the drugs, sex (porn), art, music, and money are free. Know what I mean?

F) Should experts or party leaders determine what is acceptable for publication, or release?

Boy, this survey is takin’ way too long. You shoulda thought about cuttin’ back on these serious questions. Did your professor think this was a “good survey,” or is this something ya came up with on yer own. Whew! Like I said before, see now I am repeating myself — you coulda got the point by now — the group decides man! If they dig your shit, then it should be distributed, for free, ’cause there’s no need for money, everyone pitches in what they can, and as they like/need to. Worked great in the sixties. Don’t need no expert to tell ya that, right? Oh, I forgot, this must not have been your trip. You just finally comin’ to Jesus, dude, and figurin’ this all out?

G) Should the marketplace determine what is acceptable for publication or release?

see above, I’m loosin’ strength in da hands…you got the gist of it what I tryin’ to say, or am I bein’ misunderstood?

H) Should some form of democratic decision making determine what is acceptable for publication or release?

ya, see above.

I) Should technology and its limits set the standard for what people can produce, publish, or release?

see ya

10) From mitchell@mitchellhalberstadt.com

June 24th, 2011
A) Comment: No, but my answer might vary according to what the traffic will bear. I might pay for the Times, but not for the NY Post. Then again, the Times has started charging, but they give enough free access to have made it unneessary for me to pay for additional access privileges.

B) Comment: It’s up to them.

C) Comment: Yes. “Intellectual property” is an oxymoron. Ideas have value only when shared. Impeding the free flow of information is not freedom.

D) Comment: No

E) Comment: No

F) Comment: Of course not

G) Comment: No.

H) Comment: No. “Democratic” processes? Why should there be any limits on what constitutes “acceptable” discourse?

I) Comment: Yes. The only limits on what’s possible should be what’s possible. Each of us has a right to determine for ourselves what’s acceptable, and to act accordingly.,

I don’t have time right now to explain my previous answer, except to say that I believe each individual is responsible for his/her own ethics, which in turn (I believe, as a matter of my own ethics) are acceptable (to me) to the extent that they manifest empathy and compassionate awareness. Concentrations of power and mandatory participation in collective decision-making systems (whether based on politics or ownership) only interfere with this.

MH

11) See Comments section of original Survey post for further comments.

Freedom of Information Vs. Copyright and Royalties

Friday, June 24th, 2011

The internet is a wonderful way to get access to information. Yet news media and the record industry have been imploding because of an inability to figure out how to make a profit on the internet or to control access to information and entertainment in a manner that allows them to survive financially. There have been suggestions that the government subsidize print media.
Many conservatives want to end all subsidies of the arts and public journalism claiming a liberal bias or using tax dollars to support aesthetic or informational viewpoints is unconstitutional. Organizations such as BMI and ASCAP have been accused of skimming too much money from music outlets and giving too little to the artists and composers. Record companies and newspapers have been called antiquated with websites and U-tube being adequate sources of information and music. U-tube may be the wave of the future for all video also with the networks and cable channels disappearing and being replaced with all locally produced home movies and television. Or the networks, cable and government might legislate so that access is limited to those who can afford to pay royalties and obey copyrights.

I am conducting a survey and would like to know what you think is more important, Ability to make a living or freedom of information.

A) Should information from professional sites like NY Times and music sites like Rhapsody charge money? Yes or No. Comment:

B) Should Bloggers charge money or allow advertising and pay royalties to reprint articles, songs and videos? Yes or No. Comment:

C) Should copyright laws be ignored as anarchists say and distribute copy and images freely? Yes or No. Comment:

D) Generally should the capitalist model be retained with regards to the arts and literature? Yes or No. Comment:

E) Would a socialist model work better with the arts and literature supported by the state or community? Yes or No? Comment:

F) Should experts or party leaders determine what is acceptable for publication, or release? Yes or No? Comment:

G) Should the marketplace determine what is acceptable for publication or release? Yes or No? Comment:

H) Should some form of democratic decision making determine what is acceptable for publication or release? Yes or No? Comment:

I) Should the technology and its limits set the standard for what people can produce, publish, or release? Yes or No? Comment:

Each of these approaches has different social impacts and if you look around the world there are different models in different countries. I want to know which you would prefer or if you have a different notion of how things should be done, how would you do it? Some approaches are constitutional in the USA and some would demand a change the legal system as well as the economic and political system.

Summer School

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

I am back in school. Getting my ass kicked. This is summer school and they are not slacking off, they are jamming 18 weeks into 6 weeks. I am going to have to drop one of my classes but I can’t decide which one. I am leaning to the English class. The teacher doesn’t let me talk. I guess it’s because the time is short and I have discovered that there are a lot of his students from a lower level class there and they seem to know what he likes, young females as far as I can tell. I guess that is normal. I certainly am entertained by all the nubile creatures, especially in my Math class. We have a perfect nerd teacher, an Iranian guy with more degrees than I knew was possible. So why is he teaching math at a community college? The economy is tougher than I thought.

I have to go back to study. What an idea, go to summer school and get a jump on a degree. Brilliant!

Fathers Day

Monday, June 20th, 2011

I went with my dad to a fish diner in Banning. I should have known it would be tough to get decent fish in Banning. The place was full of real Americans, men who looked like they had worked all their lives at shitty jobs, with vacant looks on their faces, and women who looked either, bored, defeated or trapped, their children who were misshapen, oversized or mongoloid. This was the American dream. My dad started singing some kind of patriotic song from that James Cagney movie “Yankee Doodle Dandy”, the song was Grand Old Flag, when we passed one of those giant American flags as we drove down the I-10. As usual I said it was just another flag, and on some levels that is true, but on others, such as when I am in Europe, I feel pretty patriotic, right after someone makes some unjustified comment about the US based on some stereotype. But I get pissed off when people say they don’t like the French, usually people who have never been over there expressing opinions that some right wing pundits expressed on TV or on talk radio.

But I was thinking about the radio show I had heard earlier today where Education mills were being exposed as rip-offs of the students and the tax payers. They lobby Congress to get very loose standards, con students into paying for overpriced loans and get educations that don’t prepare the students for jobs. I have a theory that the more something is promoted, the worse it must be. These for profit schools are advertised on TV all the time. They play on people’s legitimate desires to better themselves and get out of dead end jobs. Most jobs suck. Some of the only ways to improve conditions is through legislation or organizing a union or workers council that forces the ownership to improve conditions, or takes over from the capitalist and imposes workers control. That is what the dictatorship of the proletariat is supposed to be about or at least that is how I understand it.

My dad and I disagree about a lot. He thinks Jesus is lord, I find that hard to believe. We more or less agree on politics, he used to be a teamster and he doesn’t like the way the right wing radio talk jocks put down the unions. But he likes sports, and spends an hour talking about the Northern Irish guy who won the American Masters golf tournament. He is no dummy, he even bragged to me about all the A’s he got in junior high school. He also complained about the music in the restaurant. He has sensitive ears and he seemed to not be in the mood for company, or at least not the company of his less than perfect son. We talked about my sister and her son who makes more money than all of us combined working on missile systems in New Mexico and Germany. There is no talk of the politics of that, after all, he is making money and that by definition is good in my dad’s eyes. It’s a reasonably American attitude, with capitalism breaking down, with people becoming more irrational as they seek answers that don’t force them to take responsibility and work on taking charge of reality. People who have a certain amount of material comfort, no matter how minimal, will tend to cling to that security blanket of satisfaction, watching the tube in silence.

But not my dad, he reads Plato, and cheap fiction, he seems to like Michael Crichton, and was impressed with his movies and the book he wrote about global warming. Perhaps he was right, perhaps my dad is omniscient. Perhaps, but why does he cling to that Jesus thing? I gave him a book on the Dali Lama and the second Wall Street movie. His trailer smelled of old man. He listens to the radio at home and because he is cheap, as my mother would say, he watches TV at the community center where they have cable. As he put it, he spends most of his time there.

He didn’t think it was a good idea that I take Viagra. He claims to be beyond sexual desire. I find that hard to believe, my dad was a total horn dog. Last year he was bragging about all the women he had sex with as a cowboy with the rodeos, that was one of the benefits, the local girls in the small towns where they held their rodeos would pick up the cowboys and have sex with them while the husbands were, well I don’t know where they were, probably at work. But now he was against me having sex, saying I had other things to think about. He didn’t say what.

My dad is pretty intense, he invested in the stock market and now has some money, and likes to brag, a little bit, but not too much, he doesn’t want me or anyone to know exactly how much he has. I think he is paranoid I will try to take it. I don’t know why he thinks that. Maybe it is because my mom thinks he owes her money, but then she lives across the country. Well it was father’s day. Man I was glad to be headed home. I love my dad, at a distance.

My Take On The World Today

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

I like to read history. I find that being back in school, I pour my writing talent into doing papers for my classes. I don’t seem to have any energy left over for working on my books although I did read some Chinese history to get more background material for my book about the 9th century. I can’t decide if it should be a mix of sci-fi and history or if I should separate the two into different stories.

I am trying to be interested in world events, but I am suffering from information fatigue. I have switched interest to my books, right now I am reading a general history called The History of the Medieval World by Susan Bauer, that as usual focuses mostly on European history, but there are sections about China, Persia, Korea and India. This is the first general history I have read with a chapter devoted to Korea.

I should go to this Cynthia McKinney thing today but the Answer people have been pushing it so much all week that I am afraid it will be a zoo. I am not doing too good at being a pundit. I have too much personal stuff in my writing and often I simply see people posturing and pontificating when they really have nothing to say. I would rather just shut up. Perhaps there will be an uprising here, we have enough examples from around the world, Greece, Spain, Syria, Yemen for gods sake. Women in Saudi Arabia are even protesting the restrictions on driving. I don’t know if I should include Libya. It has become a testing ground for the new American approach to let multilateral organizations to take the brunt of the fighting pressure in new wars. This is both an indication of the new reality of the limits to American power and a deliberate policy of the Obama administration. Let the allies shoulder some of the burden. It also indicates how weak the left has become in Europe, no longer able to mobilize against wars of aggression, or at least unable to pierce the veil of so called humanitarian efforts that are really power grabs. But then the left has a history of complying with nationalist demands of local elites, rather than live up to the international solidarity that workers around the world are supposed to have. These elites can still conduct business while the wars rage, often with enemies through third party neutrals.

The Chinese had an old strategy called let the barbarians fight the barbarians. They would often play different groups of non-Chinese against one another to keep them from attacking the Chinese. This policy may be being played out by them on a broader scale now on the world stage. They seem to be taking the most discrete approach to capturing resources in Africa and Australia, developing markets all over the world with a minimal use of the imperialist strong arm tactics that the US and Europeans have used over the past two or three centuries. Chinese naval forces have only recently begun to push their presence in the South China Sea and participating in the anti-pirate actions around Somalia. They have just about finished their first aircraft carrier and their version of the Stealth fighter-bomber. Rather than strike like a cobra, they seem to be strangling like the python. I expect that in this decade we shall see the balance of power tip more obviously in the direction of China. The US better make its alliance with India solid if it wants to retain influence in that region.

Japan seems to have been seriously wounded by the latest disaster. It may not be much of a player in for a few years, but if it wants to counter China, it will have to replace the Americans, as they pull back from Asian commitments, perhaps the Japanese will insure the Singapore sea lanes, and Taiwan. Perhaps not, with them licking their wounds after the quake, tsunami, and nuke plant disaster.

Korea is an interesting case. The reunification will probably happen as soon as the USA pulls out, but will that happen in this decade or the next? Historically Korea has often been split into several warring states. Unified Korea is an occasional thing.

Russia is an interesting enigma, they seem to have become a third world country with all the development going to the capital, Moscow and the rest of the country slipping into a shoddy reflection, serving as sources of raw materials for the European and Chinese economic dynamos. Russia depends on exporting oil and natural gas, and now hydropower is being developed in Siberia for export to China. They still have a defense industry and are the mainstay of manned space flight now that the USA has withdrawn from the field. China and India should be moving into that arena as they assert their national technical prowess.

Ok I wrote about international affairs, like some kind of big shot pundit. Just call me Henry Kissinger, without the kiss ass to Nixon and other power addicts. I am an anti-power addict. Perhaps, but then given the opportunity I am not so sure I would be any more honorable than the rest of the pack. I may only be saved by my lack of access.

House Debate Over Agriculture Bill

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

The House is debating the new Agriculture bill H.R.2112. Democrats are complaining about the cutting of funding for the poor and the Republicans are saying we owe debt to the Chinese. They both seem to be sticking to talking points. It seems that the administration is unhappy with the bill. Subsidies of Brazilian cotton farmers are still in the bill, but there is funding cuts for food aid for Americans and the Food For Peace program as Rep. Rosa DeLauro Democrat of Connecticut, notes. She notes that the choice is between tax breaks for the rich vs. nutrition for the poor. Rep Jim McGovern Democrat of Massachusetts says the faith based groups cannot step up to fill in the gaps, they are already over extended. He says we have a hunger problem in the USA.

Rep Dan Burton, Republican of Indiana is saying we want jobs. He claims Keynesian economics doesn’t work, free enterprise does. He believes that Americans don’t want handouts but jobs.

Rep. Jack Kingston Republican of Georgia, is saying that obesity is the main problem not hunger, and he things that perhaps people are ignorant of programs available.

That is the old right wing song. Feed the rich and the wealth will trickle down. The Democrats are not much better, feed the rich, and then bleed them a little to feed the poor. The Republicans expect the rich to piss it out, the Democrats want to suck a little out, but they are both feeding the rich. They believe that wealth and its interests is the goose that lays the golden eggs. They believe that wealth grows from capitalist investment on the macro level. They totally discount the fact that it is the collective labor of the people that creates and consumes the wealth. By focusing on the interests of a small minority and giving them all the benefits of a system that should benefit all more or less equally, presents a situation that attempts to justify things that are morally unjustifiable such as cutting off funding for aid to the jobless and poor.

Republicans argue that government sucks up wealth that should be in the economy. But the government just gave banks $700 billion dollars in TARP funds to induce them to continue giving out loans to give impetus to economic growth. The banks haven’t done that. They are sitting on the money and collecting interest on it and paying back the government from that interest. As a banking industry professional said in an article in Seeking Alpha, if the government wanted the money in the economy they would have stipulated that the money would not gain interest or the government could have put a penalty on holding the money and not investing it in loans. Therefore it was never really meant to be spent on new loans. It was meant to stabilize weak banks, especially in Europe.

There are lots of games being played in Washington due to the various interests who have their fingers in the Pie. The Tea Party attempted to create a populist base to support the Republican agenda. t worked to an extent but already the Tea Party has disappeared from the main stream media, they have achieved their goal, to put the Obama administration on the defensive regarding cutting the budget and putting Keynesian economics in disrepute, equating it with socialism. Thus all the economic planning since the mid 1930’s has become suspect. If the right wing agenda succeeds they will have rolled back regulations and government to what it was under Calvin Coolidge.

Rep Kingston is claiming that the Democrats cut $560 million from WIC.

Rep Steve Cohen Democrat of Tennessee says that the reason why these benefit programs have increased demand is because the middle class is disappearing in the US as jobs are shipped overseas. He says it is not appropriate to save money on the backs of the poor.
Rep. Cynthia Lummis Republican of Wyoming says that there are good hearted people who will cover the difference in these cuts of 13% as she put it in federal aid. She wishes that farmer subsidies that violate WTO regulations would be ended. That is why we are subsidizing Brazilian cotton farmers. She says this is not within the purview of the appropriations committee.
Well, I have other things to do and the debate goes on. I hope the administration veto’s this bill if it passes in Congress. Do you doubt the need for socialism? We have a distribution crisis. The wealth is jammed up at the top, the middle has too little to spend to prime the pump of industry through consumption and the poor pay the consequences.

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For Seeking Alpha article

http://seekingalpha.com/article/274561-so-where-did-all-that-qe-money-actually-go?source=email_the_daily_dispatch
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This is the Administration view.

From Dept. of Agriculture

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20503

June 13, 2011

(House Rules)

STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY

H.R. 2112 — Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012

(Rep. Rogers, R-KY)

The Administration has serious concerns about the content of H.R. 2112, making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2012, and for other purposes. The Administration is committed to ensuring the Nation lives within its means and reducing the deficit so that the Nation can compete in the global economy and win the future. That is why the President put forth a comprehensive fiscal framework that reduces the deficit by $4 trillion, supports economic growth and long-term job creation, protects critical investments, and meets the commitments made to provide dignity and security to Americans no matter their circumstances.

While overall funding limits and subsequent allocations remain unclear pending the outcome of ongoing bipartisan, bicameral discussions between the Administration and congressional leadership on the Nation’s long-term fiscal picture, the bill provides insufficient funding for a number of programs in a way that undermines core government functions and investments key to economic growth and job creation. Programs adversely affected by the bill include:

Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). The Administration strongly objects to the level of funding provided for nutrition programs that are critical to the health of nutritionally at-risk women, infants, children, and elderly adults. The proposed funding levels would lead to hundreds of thousands of participants being cut from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, and reduce Federal support for food banks. These cuts would undermine efforts to prevent hunger and support sound nutrition for some of the most vulnerable members of our society.

Food Safety. The Administration is concerned with the funding provided in the bill for the Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) which will significantly hamper USDA’s ability to inspect food processing plants and prevent food borne illnesses and disease such as E. coli and Salmonella from contaminating America’s food supply. The Committee’s recommendation may require the agency to furlough employees including frontline inspectors which make up over 80 percent of FSIS staff. By reducing FSIS inspections, food processing plants may be forced to reduce line speeds, which could lead to decreasing product output and profits, as well as plant closures.

Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI). The Administration is concerned that the bill does not support HFFI, which is a key initiative to combat childhood obesity. HFFI will expand USDA’s activities to bring healthy foods to low-income Americans and increase the availability of affordable, healthy foods in underserved urban and rural communities by bringing grocery stores and other fresh food retailers to “food desert” communities where there is little or no access to healthy food.

Research. The bill provides insufficient funds for USDA research programs, which are needed to help solve food production, safety, quality, energy and environmental problems. By reducing funding for the Agricultural Research Service to its lowest level since 2004 as well as inadequately funding the Nation’s competitive grant program, the bill will hinder the Department’s ability to develop solutions to address current as well as impending critical national and international challenges.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Administration is concerned that the funding level in the bill and resulting staff reductions will severely limit the FDA’s ability to protect the public’s health, assure the American consumer that food and medical products are safe, and improve Americans’ access to safe and less costly generic drugs and biologics.

Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). The Administration strongly objects to the funding level for CFTC, as it would cause a cut in staffing levels and seriously undermine CFTC’s ability to protect investors and consumers by effectively policing the futures and swaps marketplace through its current market oversight and enforcement functions. Moreover, the funding level would significantly curtail the timely, effective implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, including new CFTC responsibilities to regulate the $300 trillion swaps derivatives market.

International Food Aid. The Administration opposes the level of funding provided for the Food for Peace Title II international food aid program as it would severely limit the United States’ ability to provide food assistance in response to emergencies and disasters around the world. Given a statutory floor on non-emergency development food aid, a reduction would be borne entirely by the emergency component of the program, and would prevent distribution of emergency food aid to over 1.1 million beneficiaries.

In addition, the bill includes the following problematic policy and language issues:

Restrictions on Finalizing USDA Regulations. The Administration opposes the inclusion of section 721 of the bill, which effectively prevents USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration from finalizing a rule on conduct that would violate the Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921. The final rule has not yet been published and any concerns about the rule are better addressed through the standard rulemaking process than through an appropriations rider.

Restrictions on FDA Regulations and Guidance. The Administration strongly opposes section 740 of the bill, which would undermine or nullify FDA statutory standards that have been in place for decades and that are essential to protect the health of Americans. The provision would unduly limit the factors that FDA considers in determining the best ways to protect the public from unsafe foods; protect the safety of the blood supply from HIV, West Nile Virus, and other infections; ensure the safety of infant formula; protect patients from drugs and medical devices that have not been shown to be safe and effective; assure that food labeling and health claims on foods are accurate; and reduce youth use of tobacco products and otherwise reduce illness and death caused by tobacco use.

WTO Trade Dispute. The Administration is concerned by a provision in section 743 that would eliminate payments that are being made as part of the mutually agreed settlement of a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute regarding U.S. domestic cotton supports and the export credit guarantee program. The framework serves as a basis to avoid trade-related countermeasures by Brazil that are authorized by the WTO until the enactment of successor legislation to the current Farm Bill. Under the agreement, the United States is committed to fund technical assistance and capacity-building support for Brazil’s cotton sector. The bill’s provision preempts the resolution process and would open the door to retaliation negatively affecting U.S. exports and interests.

The Administration strongly opposes inclusion of ideological and political provisions that are beyond the scope of funding legislation.

The Administration looks forward to working with the Congress as the fiscal year 2012 appropriations process moves forward to ensure the Administration can support enactment of the legislation.

http://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/USDAOC-8d534

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Text of Bill from Library of Congress

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:H.R.2112:

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Hunger Statistics in USA

http://feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/hunger-facts/hunger-and-poverty-statistics.aspx

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Hunger Statistics for World

http://www.worldhunger.org/articles/Learn/world%20hunger%20facts%202002.htm

Computer Viruses, Cable TV Problems, Cell Phone Scams, And Evolutionary Psychology

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Things were screwing up today. My computer got a virus; it came in when I was applying for a job on line through Monster Jobs. It was a nasty one, it pretended that my hard drive had crashed and my ram was out of memory and that it was a Microsoft patch. Then it tried to get my money, at that point I realized this was a virus. I turned on the malware detector, it cleaned it up but in the meantime the nasty virus had hidden all my files. Luckily my local computer service guy knew their tricks and retrieved my data. Whew.

Some of my channels dropped out of my cable. Service has been here twice, nobody wants to deal with it. The guy yesterday flat out lied and said I didn’t have access to those channels. Today the guy didn’t have the right box. This is irritating, mostly because of the time they are taking up. Fortunately I am not working and have time flexibility. My roommate, who works for the cable disconnect service, yep, he is one of those guys who comes when you can’t afford your cable bill, anyway he told me that the cable guys are probably telling one another that I am a hard ass, because I didn’t buy that guy’s story yesterday and complained. I really don’t like the fact that the cable company uses out of state services to tell you about appointments and then doesn’t even use an 800 number. Every call to update me about when the next cable guy is coming costs me minutes on my cell. They are trying to get me to buy one of their land line connections through the cable, another $30 or $40 a month that I can’t afford.

They came, and failed again to figure out what was wrong. They are going to try again tomorrow. Cable guys strike out but at least they didn’t lie about it.

Add to the scams, I used up my message allotment for the month on my cell phone and had to pay an extra $10 for unlimited messaging. This service already charges more than they should for the privilege of using a phone company that is supposedly politically correct. As soon as this damn contract ends I am going for one of those month to month cheap networks, or I am going to get an old fashioned land line and forget about using cell phones, they cause brain tumors and are dangerous according to health experts.

Article on Health effects of Cell phones.
http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/cancer/articles/2011/06/10/heavy-cell-phone-use-might-raise-risk-of-brain-tumors

A bunch of stuff from the Post Carbon Institute.
http://www.postcarbon.org/

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Today I was on a yahoo site where one of the participants was advocating a view that evolutionary psychology supported the view that agricultural societies from before about 10,000 years ago were cooperative and non-hierarchical. I mentioned that in the 1990’s there was much discussion of these matters in some of the more theoretical Anarchist literature. I decided to take a look at what some articles had to say. I found both left wing and right wing views, using evolutionary psychology to justify them. I personally don’t think you can use psychology of current humans to determine how ancients thought, at least not to until we are able to dig up and examine the brains of the long dead. Perhaps we will soon enough be able to revive frozen Neanderthals or Cro-Magnon men and get some brain activity going, or mimic patterns in ancient brains and reproduce their thought patterns. Then we might be able to make conclusions. The closest we come to recreation is to find current humans who have been untouched by agriculture and modern technology. That is impossible as far as I can tell; even the most isolated Amazonians or Bushmen have been in contact over the centuries. It might be possible to isolate some humans and watch how they develop after a few generations in a reproduced pre-agricultural state; sort of a Biodome for primitives. There was a movie about that called “Iceman.” I have become more skeptical of ideological co-opting of science, especially when the science is speculative at best. I am more of a fan of evidence based social science, anthropology or history, even behavioral neural science, is more scientific, but I may simply not as informed on the research as I would like to be.

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This is an interesting article, although it is from a depressing perspective on what socialism can be

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-scientific-fundamentalist/200805/capitalism-is-polygyny

Interview with Peter Singer and his Darwinian Leftist views

http://cogweb.ucla.edu/Debate/SingerPM.html

Evolutionary Psychology and social inequity

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/~ucbtdag/bioethics/writings/ineqpoli.html

Pro-capitalist evolutionary psychology
http://www.evoyage.com/BillsEssays/Capitalism.htm

Wikipedia and evolutionary psychology a mostly conservative perspective
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolutionary_psychology


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