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LQD: Chips off the ol' block

by Cat Thu Feb 1st, 2018 at 09:40:57 PM EST

Ireland's Pink and Yellow Imperialism

Now that they have their piece of bourgeois respectability in their pocket (the marriage certificate) - why should they care about world peace? Why should they object to their hero leading Ireland into present and future wars? We can only conclude that the LGBT lifestyle - in Ireland at least - is now a firm part of the structure.

And the structure is imperialism - the western kind - the never ending, "permanently structured" kind. The western war against the world - for economic gain - that has lasted for centuries and which destroyed Ireland - now has Ireland's backing. It now has a fig leaf shaped like a shamrock and colored like a rainbow.

Varadkar didn't phrase it like this. In his deceitful words: "a Europe worth building is a Europe worth defending". And in doublespeak Orwell would be proud of - he sold the the concept of a European "army" as being anti-American.

BLM for White Folks May Mean Becoming Just Folks

In part what I'm talking about is our inherited puritanism, but I'm reluctant to call it that.  For the most part, anybody who acknowledges our puritan inheritance also shares the shallow and self-congratulatory opinion that "thank god we're beyond all that, our sexuality freed, our right to have guilt-free fun."

On the contrary.  Among the many reasons people ought to refrain from joining the hysteria of the Me Too movement is its complete acceptance of the dominant attitude towards the body and toward sex, unchanged despite the "sexual revolution," the multibillion dollar  Internet pornography industry, the almost ceaseless appeals to our sexual nature to sell us everything, saturating TV and movies, magazine covers, the Internet.  The young woman of today is arguably worse off than the maidens of pre-birth control yore who lived under the double standard that held  what was good for the gander was fatal to the reputation of the goose.

I had wondered if anyone besides myself and Bruce Dixon were at all alarmed by the latest iteration of testing that divert any doubts about surrendering to the spoils of a truly democratic civilization, one's navel.

Is it suitable for public consumption in war, if not peace?

The ol' Block: PESCO insiders, WTO work-arounds, and "de-gendered" Other Respondents
LALKAR | Brexit is maturing the conditions for Irish reunification
With the revolutionary nationalists of Sinn Féin steadily gaining in support and breathing down their necks, the Dublin government, despite being led by Fine Gael, traditionally the most pro-British party in mainstream politics in that state, has been forced to take a stand. And, with Britain heading for the exit, rather than being even-headed, the remaining 26 member states of the EU only have an obligation to back the Irish position.
It was therefore highly significant that an opinion poll conducted in early December showed for the first time that people in the north of Ireland would prefer to join a united Ireland and maintain their EU membership than stay in the UK and be outside the bloc in the event of a 'hard Brexit'. ... Duncan Morrow, a Politics lecturer at Ulster University, described the result as probably the first time a poll in northern Ireland had shown "a majority for a United Ireland in any circumstances".
It is important to also note that Sinn Féin does not give a blank cheque to the reactionary imperialist role of the EU. On 13 December, Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan condemned two votes in the European Parliament, which called for greater militarisation. Speaking from Strasbourg, she said:"Not only have the Fine Gael MEPs voted in favour of the militarisation of the EU and shown their commitment to increased defence spending, they have also voted in favour of removing the national veto on common foreign and security policy decisions. This would make small member states like Ireland virtually powerless when it comes to foreign policy decisions. "Fine Gael need to be clear with the Irish people about the militarised, undemocratic Europe that they are helping to build."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Feb 2nd, 2018 at 12:04:19 AM EST
Democracy is much better expressed by kneecapping, of course. Fuck Sinn Fein.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Feb 2nd, 2018 at 07:39:19 AM EST
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Today -100: February 3, 1918: Of reason in Ulster, the spirit of 1776, and red armies
Other than that, was Sir Edward queer?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Feb 4th, 2018 at 12:57:10 AM EST
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"bourgeois respectability" : Denial of service to same-sex and interracial couples: Evidence from a national survey experiment (USA)
In marked contrast to the couple-type and business-type manipulations, whether the service refusal is for explicitly religious or explicitly nonreligious reasons appears inconsequential.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Feb 5th, 2018 at 02:08:38 PM EST
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The ol' Block: "de-raced" normative behaviors, authority, and patronage-formerly-known-as'white supremacy'
Bruce Dixon elaborates on his skeptical treatment of "intersectional" descriptions of civil rights and their instrumentality in prescribing political revolution of any sort* and profound scope. After all, apparent changes of the guard have not much altered ideology reserve for themselves: to each s/her own, one by one.
Like intersectionality afro-pessimism is not a theory. Like intersectionality, it only describes and does not explain.
Clearly, the afro-pessimist injunction against working with non-blacks is a prescription for impotence. People of African descent are 13% of the US population. Slavery didn't end until the political moment when a plurality of white people sided with blacks to end it. Reconstruction folded only when that plurality was shrunken, disarmed and shattered. Jim Crow also ended at the political moment that a plurality of whites took the same side as blacks to kill it. But afro-pessimists, even the ones who talk about reparations, rule coalitions off the table period exclamation point. How they plan to achieve that without cultivating and working with non-black political partners is anybody's guess. But I misspoke-- Afro-pessimists do not plan. They engage, they propose, they put on a show making the point that nobody is or ever was as oppressed as they are, all in the same self-involved spirit of post structuralist intersectionality. Their shtick isn't even unique; there's a queer pessimist discourse that sounds a lot like Frank Wilderson or Ta-Nehisi Coates on whatever drug is the opposite of speed. ... "libidinal economy."

*See for example "the back door" privilege in Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics(1989) and "domestic violence" in Crenshaw, "Color-blind Dreams and Racial Nightmares: Reconfiguring [INSERT ATTRIBUTE] in the Post-Civil Rights Era", Birth of a Nation 'hood (1996)

source: 5 ways Americans and Europeans are different

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Feb 2nd, 2018 at 06:41:56 PM EST
Inconclusive results in a search for an algorithm to detect rational self-interested actors.
Does a narcissism epidemic exist in modern western societies? Comparing narcissism and self-esteem in East and West Germany

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Feb 5th, 2018 at 01:57:45 PM EST
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Inconclusive results in a search for an algorithm to detect rational self-interested women, females, women-females, men-females, not male or men or banks.
Boosting female entrepreneurship in low-income neighbourhoods (FRANCE)
"The idea that there is no female entrepreneurship in so-called "rough" neighbourhoods is completely false. In general, entrepreneurship is just rarer in such places, for women and for men. In regards to female entrepreneurship, it's different, as it is more cooperative and supportive, based on collectives, and with a more creative approach." ... Women think more in terms of product quality rather than the economic model, therefore banks have a hard time following them," she says.

Women's Entrepreneurship: 2017 State of Women in Business (USA)
And women aren't just starting businesses. With 7% more female entrepreneurs noting intent to grow their business by 50% and employ at least 10 people within 5 years, they're planning real growth and employment expansion.

Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs-2017 (ROW)
One of the key findings of the Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs (MIWE) is that irrespective of the wealth and level of advancement of an economy, there are unique internal market dynamics within each economy that draw out explicit entrepreneurial traits that may be very similar to, or starkly different from its regional or global peers. The results also show that markets with very supportive and favorable entrepreneurial conditions (e.g. strong SME support, high quality of governance and ease of doing business) tend to drive the progress of women business ownership.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Feb 5th, 2018 at 03:31:10 PM EST
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"women and minorities", a locution doubtless approved by AP and Chicago style editors to differentiate two groups of people by some significant criterion < reckless eyeballin' > other than gender, not sex.

Please refer to 3. Problems with the sex/gender distinction for further guidance on differential calculus of violence reported by 'minorities', not 'women'.

The corresponding unit of analysis is 'minority women'

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Feb 4th, 2018 at 12:27:37 AM EST

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