things to pay attention to

Some problems

Why We Must Ration Health Care

Inside Job

The Corporation

An Unreasonable Man

Psywar – The real battlefield is your mind

Glenn Greenwald, Talk, 8 March 2011 – Video

The 11th Hour

Zeitgeist moving forward

The Quiet Coup

Reich: How Unequal Can America Get?

The Coming Collapse of the Middle Class

Jesse Schell’s mindblowing talk on the future of games (DICE 2010) « fox @ fury

Glenn Greenwald: Civil liberties under Obama

David Ray Griffin – Let’s Get Empirical

Scientist Proves Thermite Was Used in 911 WTC Controlled Demolition

What are we prepared to do?

“Yes, we are talking about a Revolution” -Tim DeChristopher

The Xtremes: Subversive Recipes for Catastrophic Times

The Relevance of Anarcho-syndicalism [text]

Epic win
Dan Nocera: Personalized Eneregy

Michael Pawlyn: Using nature’s genius in architecture

Sam Harris: Science can answer moral questions

Jeff Hawkins on Artificial Intelligence

Sean Carroll on the arrow of time

Being No One

The Flowering of Human Consiousness

David Brin – The Cato Hypocrisy 


Societal Stability

I don’t know many people bemoaning the upper middle class, but many more should be bemoaning the super rich. Of course it takes hard work to make it. But people that have made it take for granted the entire society providing the structure that allowed their success. It’s not at all surprising that people tend to just project the view of an individual onto an entire society, but it’s definitely an unjustified form of folk economics. Americans seem to be in denial of the steep class structure underlying society. We don’t live in a place where anyone has a chance of making it. Social mobility here is significantly lower than many other developed nations. You do recognize that there are limits to the levels of inequality that a society can handle right? You get what happens when society breaks down right?
You’re absolutely right. As long as you sweep under the rug that productivity continues to climb while wages continue to stagnate. And it shouldn’t concern anyone that the top 5% owns more than the bottom 95% and that that inequality is accelerating. It isn’t relevant that in the capitalist game of musical chairs there is a permanent shortage of jobs. We should also ignore the fact that major corporations like Bank of America and GE not only didn’t pay taxes last year, but between them netted $3billion in tax benefits. We should ignore the fact that the financial crisis was caused by criminal fraud (well documented in Inside Job) that has gone unprosecuted. A new study by Northwestern University economists, called The “Jobless and Wageless” Recovery from the Great Recession of 2007-2009,” found that the economic “recovery” is highly uneven: corporate profits captured 88 percent of the growth in real national income while aggregate wages and salaries accounted for only slightly more than one percent. And we should definitely ignore articles like “The Quiet Coup.” “The crash has laid bare many unpleasant truths about the United States. One of the most alarming, says a former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, is that the finance industry has effectively captured our government—a state of affairs that more typically describes emerging markets, and is at the center of many emerging-market crises. If the IMF’s staff could speak freely about the U.S., it would tell us what it tells all countries in this situation: recovery will fail unless we break the financial oligarchy that is blocking essential reform. And if we are to prevent a true depression, we’re running out of time.”