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|Protests, Power and Oligarchy in Hong Kong
The article in the NY times reporting statements by Leung Chun-ying, the Chief Executive of Hong Kong, have been discussed in several Diaries over the past few days. The Diaries did not discuss, ...
|The War About Women
“For at least 10,000 years or so virtually every political system, economic system and religion has been designed by men for men. There is no natural or divine law that requires any of these ...
|An attempted American Putsch
What is being attempted today in Congress by the far right is little more than an American Putsch, a secretly plotted and suddenly executed attempt to overthrow the government. By distorting the ...
|Is Geoengineering Our Future?
Recently I read an article in Climate Progress by Ari Phillips reviewing a new book by Clive Hamilton entitled, Earthmasters: The Dawn of the Age of Climate Engineering . The book investigates large-...
|The real reason why local governments often have to raise taxes or revenue or go bankrupt
I usually hate it when a post begins with something like, "I was going to write about_____ but_____." So I won't. What I was going to write and did is included at the end of this Diary. It is ...
|Chronicles of the Parasites:
According to Robin Greenwood and David Scharfstein in their article, The Growth of Modern Finance: "The U.S. financial services industry grew from 4.9% of GDP in 1980 to 7....
A few days ago the ever insightful Brad Delong published in his blog a list of what he considers, "THE SEVEN CARDINAL VIRTUES OF EQUITABLE GROWTH." Here it is in total: 1. Manage the macroeconomy ...
|Right Wing Email Attacks on Obama.
The following is a portion of an exchange or emails between me and one of my right wing friends. I am sure most of you have received similar or much worse communications, as have I. In fact as right-...
|How Moral Are You?
A few days ago a Diary appeared in Daily Kos discussing the Trolley Test, a psychological test that attempts to determine a persons moral principles. I really do not know how useful and accurate the ...
|1917 October 24:The battle of Caporetto and the beginning of the end of World War One.
1917 October 24:The battle of Caporetto begins. By that time, World War I had been slogging along in Europe for almost three years with little to show for it other than senseless slaughter of a ...
|Social Media and Mobile Communication May Change God
Previously in Daily Kos I discussed some of my thoughts on how social media and mobile communication potentially affect the physical aspects of how we live ( here , here ...
|San Francisco Bay Mystery.
While reviewing a series of emails I have written to some of my closest and not so close friends over the past four years in search of material for this and other blogs and articles, I came across a ...
|Creation myth update #3: Maybe we are not in Mr Rogers’ neighborhood anymore Toto, part II.
This is a continuation of a story begun in three previous posts. The first was " Some Fun with Human Genesis ," the second was entitled, "Creation Myth Update #2: Something New Lurks in the Bushes ,"
|Leapfrogging the digital divide: How technology was used to bring back a traditional craft
(This is the fourth [ here , here and here ] in a series of Diaries highlighting activities and organizations focused on informal ...
|Human Development Foundation Mercy Center: Helping the Poor in Bangkok
(This is the third [ here and here ] in a series of Diaries highlighting activities and organizations focused on informal communities, slums and poverty in Bangkok Thailand) Among the many ...
|Creation myth update #3: Maybe we are not in Mr Rogers' neighborhood anymore Toto.
This is a continuation of a story begun in two previous posts. The first was "Some Fun with Human Genesis," and the second was entitled, "Creation Myth Update #2: Something New Lurks in the Bushes."
|Security and informal settlements: Bangkok.
(This is the second [ here ] in a series of Diaries highlighting activities and organizations focused on informal communities, slums and poverty in Bangkok Thailand) Several sources rank Thailand ...
|Is It Time for Progressives to Join the Republican Party?
Shortly after the Goldwater election debacle many, many years ago when most of the media proclaimed the imminent death of the Republican Party, I went around to individual progressives and ...
|Urban Edginess: The times they are a changing.
A series of articles in the Los Angeles Times highlights some of the major changes in population demographics expected over the next forty or fifty years. Among other things, these changes soon will ...
|Everyone should know a little Yiddish: Ashkenazi dreams of a young Sicilian Catholic boy.
Now why, you might ask, would it be important for we goyim to learn a few words of Yiddish? Well, besides the fact that many of these words are already common and well-integrated into English, there ...
|Public Space in Informal Settlements in Bangkok: Bottom up Planning.
Bangkok Thailand is a city of gleaming skyscrapers, elegant shopping centers, spectacular temples and picturesque neighborhoods surrounded by vast urban areas teeming with those who have left ...
|How Modern Communications Technology Makes You and Your Community Safer
“Articles about advances in personal electronic devices often seem focused on frivolity–playing games, seeing where your friends are eating dinner, and watching DVDs–but the real news is that ...
|From The Bard to the Sun King: It’s Always Something
In previous posts I focused on the effects of modern mobile communication technology on how and where we live and work and how it alters our lives. I tried to show how those changes impact not just ...
|Creation myth update #2: Something new lurks in the bushes:
(This is the second installment of a post from a few days ago entitled, Some Fun with Human Genesis .) While rooting around in the bowels of the internet a few months ago, I was surprised to ...
|Conflict Resolution in the Age of Mobile Communication Technology: Can it happen?
Over two decades ago I had the opportunity to manage a governmental entity that, among other things, was charged with resolving conflicts between development, community and environmental concerns. ...
|Is Conspicuous Non-consumption America's Future?
While at the health club a few days ago, I ran into a middle-aged acquaintance, a sailor in his working life, busily engrossed in his smart phone applications. I asked him how the device affected ...
|Is a new world being created in America?
First some startling facts about life in America at the end of 2012: 1. Only 55.3 percent of all Americans between the ages of 16 and 29 had jobs. 2. There were 240 million working age people. Only ...
|The Year the Train Left the Station and We Were Not On it.
I guess if I were to give last year year a name, I would call 2012 “The Year the Train Left the Station and We Were Not On it.” Since there were too many departing trains that we missed to ...
|Some Fun with Human Genesis (Snark Alert)
The following is something I prepared and shared with friends through a small email post that I write. (I collect these posts and publish them here , just in case you have an unquenchable desire ...
|The financial industry needs more women to supervise the playpen
Antigone: No matter—Death longs for the same rites for all. Creon: Never the same for the patriot and the traitor. Antigone: Who, Creon, who on earth can say the ones below don’t ...
|Muslims in America.
A few months ago, President Obama in a well publicized speech encouraging toleration mentioned in general the historical contributions to our country of individuals, Americans, professing the Muslim ...
|The war on civil rights and on the black American since colonial times continues unabated.
A week or so ago, I published a post in which I maintained that raw racist politics emanating primarily from the Southern States are not just attacks on civil rights but are behind much of the ...
|Parasites and Plutocrats
Several times in my past posts I argued that the modern financial system, first developed in the US and the North Atlantic countries and now since 1980 spread throughout the world, has in fact ...
|Some thoughts on the debt problem
Contrary to popular belief, at least since the Korean War US Federal Government spending [including welfare and Social Security], along with budget deficits and the national debt, generally ...
|From Atchison to Atwater: What may be behind the gun control debate.
September 1854: U.S. Senator David R. Atchison (D-MO, and a good Christian) in letter to U.S. Secretary of War Jefferson Davis: "[O]ur people are resolved to go in [to Kansas] and take their ...
|Climate change, is empowerment of women the solution?
It amazes me that I continue to be inundated by personal communications from those who, for whatever reason, decided to disbelieve the overwhelming scientific consensus about the existence of human ...
|Prisons and politics
The United States has less than 5% of the world's population but 23% of the world's prison population. Of the 15 States with the largest percentage of their citizens incarcerated 13 of them are from ...
|Pill v Condom
The pill is almost exclusively a birth control device. A condom is primarily protection against STD. It also protects against conception.
|Climate change: greedy and stupid?
The battle over climate change is more often than not pictured, especially by the liberal community, as an ideological conflict between idealistic environmentalists allied with the vast majority of ...
|Call it what you will, it still sounds like racism to me.
The following two quotes have been floating around on my desktop for a few days. I finally put them together and noticed something that I thought was with considering.
|Gun nut response assistance requested
Like many of you I am sure, I receive a lot of right-wing diatribes from acquaintances and others who seem determined to convince me of the justice of their cause by insulting my intelligence with ...
|Reflections on Sergeant York
Recently, in a bar in Bangkok, I had a conversation with a friend of mine about Sergeant Alvin York. That led me to consider York’s life in the context of our era’s politics. Much of the ...
|A bad deal for the working class.
The ever insightful Paul Krugman recently observed the decidedly unholy alliance of preachers and plutocrats that makes up the heart and soul of the modern Republican Party. He wrote:
|Hewlett-Packard: An example of folly in American business management.
I have recently read in the newspapers that Hewlett-Packard, one of the US’s iconic technology companies, continues to struggle economically. The latest calamity to strike the company was the ...
|The World's First Man Of Honor
Who the hell invented the concept of honor, and more importantly why would anyone invent something that cannot be explained and probably does not exist and then encourage others (mostly young men) ...
|What happens next?
Sometimes it is amusing and now and then informative to reread what one has written after the events discussed have past. About three months ago, when the presidential election campaign was just ...
|The new American majority.
The US election came and went. The President was reelected, the Democrats increased their representation in both the House and the Senate while increasing their majority in the latter. The pundits ...
|Men, Women and Rebecca Solnit: Is Ten Millennium of Subjugation enough.
Given the justifiable adverse reaction to the Missouri Republican candidate for US Senator's shocking statement and equally shocking "correction," I was pleased to come across a recent reprint in "...
|Jesus was not a Socialist
Those who accuse Jesus of Nazareth of being a Socialist are wrong.
|Can you trust these men?
Two months ago I published a Diary entitled, "Do you trust these men." In that Diary and in Trenz Pruca's Journal , I posted a photograph of several distinguished executives of the nations principle ...
|The Most Important Election of Their Lives
The 2012 Presidential and Congressional election are perhaps the most important election in our nations history – - for most white males.
|Capital Punishment in America: One State’s Experience.
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|Speculation about the imact of social media on urban living.
Previously in this blog and others I discussed some of my thoughts on how social media and mobile communication potentially affect the physical aspects of how we live ( The Urban Edge and ...
|The Sky is Falling: Do Immigrants Share American Values?
“It is not a good thing. The immigrants do not share American values, so it is a good bet that they will not be voting Republican when they start voting in large numbers. The NY Times liberals ...
|The War President
Could it be that Barack Obama has proven to be a better at handling foreign wars than at domestic politics? As a war president he has racked up a string of successes that can only be considered as ...
|Krugman on the Failure of Economics in a Crisis
Paul Krugman, although he himself has been consistently and remarkably right in his advice and observations nevertheless finally acknowledges the possibility that Economics may have failed as a ...
|Kings and Things
Here in Thailand where I spend part of the year they have a King. I like the King. As Kings go he is great. Most people here love their King. Many of the country's leaders claim they love the King ...
|The Parasite Community
Contemplation on the “Parasite” Community “[I]deals come to life in dozens of political transactions every day. Some of those transactions aren’t pretty. You can understand this and try to ...
|News from Argentina and Indonesia
Two news stories regarding the oil, gas and mineral extraction industries caught my eye recently, one involves Argentinia and the other Indonesia.
|Do You Trust These Men?
Do you trust these men? (My apologies. Try as I can I have not been able to upload the critical photograph. I guess that clicking of the question mark will bring it up. If not please try,http://www....
|Too big to fail, perhaps, but not too small to govern.
Recently I came across a quote from Justice Brandeis regarding the impact of the size of a private institution of the institutions of a liberal state.
|Let's not feed the parasite.
"[I]deals come to life in dozens of political transactions every day. Some of those transactions aren’t pretty. You can understand this and try to work with this knowledge, or you can look away. ...
A short while ago, in my blog, “ Trenz Pruca’s Journal ,” I commented on Naomi Wolf ’s observation that a certain portion of the nation’s younger generation appears intentionally choosing ...
|The ABCs of High Speed Rail
From the reports that I read recently about High Speed Rail ( HSR ) and the public reaction to it, I have been most concerned about the lack of understanding of HSR, what it is and what it can be ...
|Lest We Forget: 1938, November 12: The "Jewish Question."
'I have received a letter written on the Führer's orders requesting that the Jewish question be now, once and for all, coordinated and solved one way or another… I should not want to leave any ...
|The coming migration crisis.
In prior posts and in my blogs , I have repeatedly warned of the inevitable crises and economic and political turmoil resulting from impending mass migrations of populations displaced by war, ...
|Another Republican decides something is very wrong with his Party's leadership:
I have been accused time and time again by my more conservative correspondents of my so-called one-sided support of the Liberal-Democratic thought machine (Oh, how I wish we were so well organized ...
"[I]deals come to life in dozens of political transactions every day. Some of those transactions aren’t pretty. You can understand this and try to work with this knowledge, or you can look away. ...
|In which I sympathize with Bjorn Lomborg.
There are times when one re-examines something that at the time one originally encounters it prompted thoughts and feelings different from what one currently feels and thinks. So it was with an ...
|We've seen this before.
We've seen this before department: On November 14, 2006 the following was published on VDARE a white nationalist website: "Jewish activity collectively, throughout history, is best understood as ...
Far be it from me to suggest an answer to the media criticism of the “Occupy” protests lacking a clear message, not because I do not Know, or shy from presumption, but because I believe it is so ...
|Occupy Wall-Street - What do they want?
Faux News commentators have been justly criticized for their attempts to ridicule, demean and belittle the "Occupy" movement buy questioning not only the movements objectives but the intelligence ...
|A bit of Snark about Religion and Atheism and other things.
Some of you who have read my Diaries in Daily Kos, my Blog, Trenz Pruca's Journal , and even my personal communication over the past few months have ...
|Very Large Corporations (VLCS)
In a recent Daily Kos Dairy the following quote from Justice Brandeis appeared: “Through size, corporations, once merely an efficient tool employed by individuals in the conduct ...
|What's Wrong. Second Series - Rant
Economists today, in my opinion add little or nothing constructive to the debate the existence of or the solution to any of the crises we are facing in our nation. But oh how they fill up the media ...
|Economic Democracy - Economic Populism
Why would anyone be morally bound or wish to be morally bound to a civil society that does not share the goal that it’s citizens deserve a fair distribution of wealth, income and power? If the ...
|Some Thoughts on the Unrest in Britain
I have often wondered why those who most support the tooth and claw morality of the market place get so upset when it is brought out into the streets. Instead of sending representatives of ...
|Economic Democracy - Other Voices
I have written a series of posts on Economic Democracy and its applicability to the issues of our time here in a series of Diaries here in Daily Kos and ...
|Migration - People take to the Road.
We are approaching the perfect political and sociological storm caused by the undeniable impact of climate change, the continued explosive growth of population, globalization and urbanization added ...
|More from the New Candidate for the Republican Nomination for President
A few days ago, I posted a bit of campaign material from a new candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States, "Pookie". Today I have added some additional propaganda ...
|NEW CANDIDATE FOR REPUBLICAN NOMINATION
I ran across a newly announced, unfortunately under publicized, candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States of America. He clearly represents a danger to progressives ...
|Am I being too Pessimistic?
I may be overly pessimistic (However read " Year in Climate " if you really want to be depressed) but this is ...
Given the recent news regarding the spate of catastrophes that have occurred around the world one may wonder, who pays for the costs incurred from these tragedies and who recovers. Why we pay, of ...
|Hence Comes War
A Brief Excursion into War A short while ago a came across the following quote: “Christianity was the first creed in history to exterminate its adversaries ...
I was preparing to write a Diary on another subject when I was startled to receive a number of emails from several conservative friends and acquaintances of mine regarding the real story behind ...
Recently I was reading an article that appeared in the Bangkok Post containing a chart prepared by Swiss RE,
|Massive Nuclear Electrical Generation in the United States , a Road not yet Taken
The debate about the nuclear generation of electrical energy and its safety following the recent catastrophe at the nuclear power plants in northern Japan after the earthquake there, reminds me a ...
|Variations on a Theme by Herrington
Global finance, as it is practiced today, appears to me to be little more than a legalized Ponzi scheme directed not by a single ruthless mastermind like Bernie Madoff, or even the fabled Ponzi ...
This blog has many fine contributors to its diaries and articles. Often, however, the comments to them reveal to me a troubling undercurrent among the liberal community. ...
|National Defense Secrets
For the past year of so I have been studying the evolution of military dictatorships, primarily in South Asia and have stumbled upon an uncomfortable parallel with the changes I perceive occurring ...
|Brief Thoughts on Economics and Other Things
While writing a number of these Diaries and my blog ( Trenz Pruca's Journal ), I kept a list of epigrams and the like that I enjoyed creating. I thought ...
|The Problem with Economics Today - Update
I began this series of Diaries with a number of assertions ( Here) and attempted to elaborate on those ...
|The Problem with Economics Today - Second Update
A few days ago I published a Diary here in Daily Kos updating the observations regarding The Problem With Economics Today that I had made in an even earlier Diary. The first two comments back on my ...
|What's Wrong with Economics Today-Update
A short time ago, I published a Diary entitled What's Wrong with Economics Today . In that Diary I enumerated in rather dramatic language some of the reasons why I believed Classical ...
|Drunk "Here Illegally" Kills Nun
I must apologize at the outset for the tennor of Diary but sometimes the news from the right wing of this nation beggars belief.
|The Promised Republican Policies for Governing America?
Like all of you I am sure, I periodically receive emails from my friends on all sorts of subjects especially pornography and politics and at times I dutifully forward on to my other friends and ...
|Extinction, Armageddon and Evolution
I have recently, half in jest, written a few diaries ( Marching-Towards-Armageddon , On-the-road-...
Over the past month or so I have written a series of diaries on Economic Democracy and its applicability to the issues of our time (. The series was inspired by my discovery of a long lost Campaign ...
|What to do while Marching Towards to Armageddon
A few weeks ago, I posted a humorous but pessimistic Diary "Marching Towards Armageddon ". In that diary I described some of those things that appeared to me to be steps we are taking down the path ...
|What's Wrong with Economics Today?
The recent collapse of the world economy and the attempts to save it have highlighted the role played in society by classical economics and economists. Not since the middle ages has a belief system ...
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