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Professor-rat (buttdarling) wrote,
@ 2011-10-26 13:45:00
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    FUCK the Queen up the ARSE
    FUCK Karl Marx and all who sail in him

    Heartlessness brought about by a callous political system. Decades of people having no say. But enough about Cuba. Dictatorship *Lite*.

    GEREMIE BARME: I'd say that the communist system, the Marxist-Leninist-Maoist state system imposed in China for 62 years now has definitely added to the rampant capitalism that also exists in the country...'

    You've studied China for the best part of four decades, maybe more for the non-academic. What is the best way of getting a handle on the complexities of this country?

    GEREMIE BARME: Well reading a bit of stuff doesn't hurt. There's things to read. There's amazing books out there. There are amazing blogs. There are extraordinary sources of information. There's extraordinary insights and inroads into Chinese culture through Chinese music videos and VTube and YouTube. There's all ways of encountering and engaging with China that don't regard some excessive egghead like academic engagement, but rather an immediate and a direct human involvement. It's all possible. It's all so much easier than it was before...'

    we're now seeing in China a rise of what people call the red gentry. And they have a very specific range of ideas about China's place in the world. They may well be far more themselves robust about pressing China's case internationally and far more assertive about what they regard as being the basic values of their system. And even their old - reviving elements of their own revolutionary ideology. It could be a bumpy ride for the international community.

    ALI MOORE: And how will this new generation, if you like, handle - I won't call it growing dissent, but we have pockets of unrest that are not necessarily connected, and whether it's economic or whether it is freedom of speech, we are seeing that in China - how do you think they'll handle that?

    GEREMIE BARME: Well again, it's fascinating. These are people who are incredibly well-informed. There's extraordinary internal debate and discussion, very frank, about the realities of the Chinese system. Great debate about how China could perhaps transition to something more like some form of democracy, not necessarily a liberal or bicameral democracy. But there are these debates about how this is to be dealt with.

    And at the moment the leaders - and there are different factions and different groups following different philosophies. At the moment they've chosen to suppress opposition, to clamp down on dissent of all descriptions from the pro-democratic to just local uprisings and outrage over real estate deals and so on and so forth. The leadership is constantly discussing internally a future for China in a way that we should be aware of.

    How it's going to end up is very hard to say. They've seen what's happened with American politics, they've seen what's happened with the Middle East and they think, "Well, our system at least is relatively stable. Let's just go with repression."

    ALI MOORE: But I guess to end the interview where we began, they've also seen the power of the internet. That footage of that toddler has gone, well, across the world, but certainly across China, and that in itself changes things?

    GEREMIE BARME: It does and the Chinese Communist Party has just had a major meeting in Beijing last week in which they've announced a whole range of new cultural policies to try and modulate and control the internet and public information. They'll try and be more canny about it, but we know that they can't control it that easily.

    ALI MOORE: Geremie Barme, fascinating times. Many thanks for joining us.

    'The riots talk was good and packed to the rafters. Darcus Howe did ramble slightly but there was some practical proposals about legal monitoring tagged onto the end.'

    Que? Wot proposals? COP id through individual numbers? As seen at COP 15 Denmark?

    ON the need to convince the movement that our praxis is the best? Compare and contrast. Search and ye shall find. When all is said and done a lot more gets said than done. Every riot-porn pic tells a story. Works the same in any milieu.
    SOME expected change, and some hoped for change, and what they got was pretty much business as usual.
    Repression, secrecy and police crowd control actually increased. Militarism and exploitation was encouraged instead of curbed. Corporates kept conniving instead of competing. There were more profits privatized and more losses socialized than ever before. The 'Free Market' fiction increasingly clashed with the state-capitalist fact. The bureacratic reality with actually-existing reality. Government is supposed to rely on informed consent. But we haven't had much good information from them lately. This raises the possibility that we actually wipe the hard-drive and start over. That there be a new revolution for economic as well as political democracy. There is no excuse for obscene renumeration differentials. None. That alone mandates a new revolution for a democracy informed and guided by best-practise science moving forward.

    BTW I think Wikileaks is so tarnished now so that future whistleblowers won’t be releasing information to Wikileaks. As a result, I don’t think losing wikileaks is all that big a deal. They accidentally released a password on the internet (with the help of the Guardian) and so their credibility is 100% shot. No whistleblower will want to release info to wikileaks for fear of being outed. I was never a fan of Julian Assange and his megalomania either, after 2010, when he had an especially florid episode.

    Week recap: nearly 1000 #occupyarrests this week alone! #occupysydney #occupymelbourne #occupychicago #occupydenver #occupytuscon #ows

    RC is of the opinion that since corporations are now people too, the English vocabulary is in need of a new word for identifying non-corporate “people.” He suggests the word “fleshies.”

    He wrote a wonderful diary on it:
    http://my.firedoglake.com/realitychecker/2011/08/20/fleshies/

    Carry pitchforks and scare the hell out of these corporate-slave bullies. Remember, pitchforks are farm implements, not weapons, but when sharpened, they are really intimidating.

    As to the bomb throwing incident in Maine, the movement is starting to look more and more like the early Civil Rights days. Expect more of them. I’m surprised the PTB haven’t yet brought out the dogs and fire hoses.
    I’m sure the FBI and Homeland Security will aggressively pursue this act of terrorism (sarcasm).
    The corporate media, having identified OWS as an enemy, is not going to highlight any reprehensible actions taken against OWS. The mass arrests on the Brooklyn Bridge and the pepper spray were novel and sensational, so they couldn’t resist. Now, they know it increases public support and turnout, so they are downplaying it. That’s how I see it, anyway.

    Holy shit, I guess we are moving into the, “Then they really fight you” stage. Keep the faith, be ready to really pass the ammunition.

    occupypolice.org:

    This website is for police in support of the 99% – Police in America are part of the 99 too #OccupyPolice

    'The universe is computing your tables bill'

    Richard Cox derived what amounts to information theory several years prior to Shannon...

    Interesting quote from John Wheeler who apparently advocated translating the quantum versions of string theory and Einstein's geometrodynamics 'from the language of the continuum to the language of bit.'

    GLIEKS information entertains at some depth (as do physicists today) how entropy was properly the domain of thermodynamics before Shannon gave it a newfangled interpretation: a measure of the *quantity* of information (provided the symbol stream was generated as a stationary stochastic source). Proofs of this have now been reduced to a few lines and a convex inequality.
    The far more important result of Shannon's paper was the channel coding theorem, which was counterintuitive (and hence, remarkable) at the time.

    MARXISTS and capitalists both agree - the economy needs the state to run it properly and it also demands regular human sacrifices.

    DAS KAPITAL - If you were to drop this book into a black hole, the information content of the universe would not change.

    NEWS Corpse - this is a fabulous development. Let’s hope News charges what they think it’s worth rather than what rational people think it’s worth. Hopefully ABC reporters will now stop quoting from this rag, lest they be seen to be endorsing a commercial product. Murdochistan is now a closed bunker-door to me. I hear a muffled sound of gunfire. Good riddance to “bad news”. Wendy Deng is now looking just like Canaris.

    Paywalls operate in the same way that gated fuhrer-bunker communities do: they keep undesirables IN.

    BTW, if anyone wants to get around the paywall, here is how it is done. Copy the headline, paste into your Google search space, hit enter, click on the headline (usually the first thing that comes up on the search returns), start reading.

    dear friends
    they seem to have reached an agreement with google. the new york times reached an agreement with google, too. the paywall can be got around by “slipping in” via a google result. they didn’t want to stop that convenience/faciity altogether, its good for them & good for google, but they have knobbled it. the “google shift” will only work a limited number of times per day. if its like the nyt.
    yours sincerely
    alfred venison

    If you want do it an unlimited number of times per day, clear your cache and cookies.

    Plants of the Gods: Their Sacred, Healing, and Hallucinogenic Powers, by Richard Evans Schultes, Albert Hofmann (discoverer of LSD), and Christian Ratsch.
    David
    Iris Chang, in her “Rape of Nanking” mentions how Japanese Zen priests, supposedly “enlightened masters” openly cheered on Japanese troops in killing Chinese, in contests staged for Japanese newspapers. David Brazier in “The New Buddhism” (an attempt to portray the original teachings of Siddharta as a revolutionary ideology, ahistorical but a fun read) mentions similar stores of Zen teachers respected in the West who supported militarism. Brazier’s book made something of a stir in the Western Buddhist movement.

    The Buddhist Sangha has played a deeply reactionary role in Sri Lanka.

    Jaron Lanier once remarked that what Jobs took home from his trip to the east was the aim to become a Guru.

    spocko October 24th, 2011 at 11:08 am 15
    I’d just like to take a moment and point out the successful strategy that was used to defund WikiLeaks and the impact it had. And how we can use that strategy ourselves.

    Someone in the government used the Terms and conditions and Acceptable Use Policies of the credit card companies as a way to stop the funding. The government did not have to use other laws like the Patriot Act.

    This is a strategy that I used against radio station K S F O. I looked at the station advertisers’ own stated guidelines. They often had policies supporting diversity of religion, race and gender and against sexual and other harassment. They condemned the kind of violent rhetoric and threats against others in their HR guidelines. That is the exact kind of talk that is often heard on talk radio. I pointed out their own polices to them and showed them how these hosts were violating the policies. They pulled their ads. (I was sued, my blog shut down and threatened but that is another story that ended in me beating Disney in an IP case, two talk radio hosts fired and the station losing 32 advertisers and millions of dollars in revenue.)

    This same technique was used against Michael Savage and most recently against Glenn Beck by Color of Change (a group I advised.)

    When we see a right wing organization doing something that is outrageous like embracing bigots and homophobes, we can often look at their corporate funding and ask, “Do your funding guidelines include giving money to bigots, racists, and homophobes? Here is a list of your funding guidelines and here are the things said/done by the people you are funding. Are you following your own guidelines? Why not?”

    This works best on public companies and consumer oriented companies. It doesn’t work as well on private entities or privately owned companies.

    BTW, this is also why the public companies love Citizen United and funneling money via Chamber of Commerce who then can wash the money before sending it out to operatives who are nasty


    KING HENRY V

    What's he that wishes so?
    My cousin Westmoreland? No, my fair cousin:
    If we are mark'd to die, we are enow
    To do our country loss; and if to live,
    The fewer men, the greater share of honour.
    God's will! I pray thee, wish not one man more.
    By Jove, I am not covetous for gold,
    Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost;
    It yearns me not if men my garments wear;
    Such outward things dwell not in my desires:
    But if it be a sin to covet honour,
    I am the most offending soul alive.
    No, faith, my coz, wish not a man from England:
    God's peace! I would not lose so great an honour
    As one man more, methinks, would share from me
    For the best hope I have. O, do not wish one more!
    Rather proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host,
    That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
    Let him depart; his passport shall be made
    And crowns for convoy put into his purse:
    We would not die in that man's company
    That fears his fellowship to die with us.
    This day is called the feast of Crispian:
    He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
    Will stand a tip-toe when the day is named,
    And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
    He that shall live this day, and see old age,
    Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
    And say 'To-morrow is Saint Crispian:'
    Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars.
    And say 'These wounds I had on Crispin's day.'
    Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot,
    But he'll remember with advantages
    What feats he did that day: then shall our names.
    Familiar in his mouth as household words
    Harry the king, Bedford and Exeter,
    Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester,
    Be in their flowing cups freshly remember'd.
    This story shall the good man teach his son;
    And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
    From this day to the ending of the world,
    But we in it shall be remember'd;
    We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
    For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
    Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
    This day shall gentle his condition:
    And gentlemen in England now a-bed
    Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
    And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
    That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.

    All things are ready, if our minds be so.

    My lord, most humbly on my knee I beg
    The leading of the vaward.

    Take it, brave York. Now, soldiers, march away:
    And how thou pleasest, God, dispose the day!


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