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Goal for Next Decade: How to Harness Capitalism

by Oui Sat Jan 5th, 2019 at 12:59:38 PM EST

Persons need to step up to the pate and take on their responsibility. Just as the New Democrats in de USA have done in de Congressional Election of 2016 ... and with success!

I have plenty of thought for a diary, but today I read the letter from a mayor send to the city council of Purmerend where he renounces his party membership of the VVD, the liberal party of Dutch PM Mark Rutte. What more needs to be said? The same position to the right of a progressive center has been taken by the Christian Democrats (CDA) under "leadership" of Sybrand Buma. Hiding under the cover of "Dutch" culture or "family" values. A farcical view which is as fake as most news read on social media in recent years. Populism is the trend to woe voters in the next election because when not in power you don't have a voice. The allmight of democracy and elections in the "Free World".

The Western world needs to go through another social revolution starting from the bottom up with support of students, teachers and professional leaders in education and the business community. The business leaders must realize their profits thrive in the future by a solid footing in the community they serve.

More below the fold ...

Mayor Bijl cancels membership of his party VVD

In his letter, Bijl, who was a member of the VVD for 50 years, is considering whether he will switch to another political party with a different vision of society in which the care for the other person is content.

Party chairman Christianne van der Wal has immediately invited Bijl for a cup of coffee after his cancellation, says the national VVD party. But that struck off Bijl because his decision was already fixed. "Of course that is a great shame, because you have to be able to talk about this kind of things. But it is his choice."

In November last year, Mayor Marco Out also stepped down from the VVD in Assen. Out then wrote in his statement that he felt uncomfortable with the party during the last period. "More and more often I read VVD positions that are too far removed from my personal values and opinions." Out was a member of the VVD for 25 years.  

Part of letter translated here ...

Subject: cancellation membership VVD

Dear members of the board,

After having been a member of the VVD for almost 50 years, I decided to cancel the membership. At the time the VVD was a liberal party in which the freedom of the individual was paramount, but the responsibility for the less strong fellowmen was never lacking. Thinking about the desired development of society was underpinned by a liberal vision with a social pillar. I recall the Liberal Manifesto. Following this, thought was given to the democratic constitutional state.

The VVD was always reluctant to hand over too many tasks to the government, but was principally in favor of a constitutional state that protected the vulnerable and gave space to the registers. The VVD has evolved over the years a large party with an increasingly pragmatic and, in my opinion, more opportunistic attitude. The government had to operate more business-like, which is something different than more efficient, let alone more effective. Neoliberalism with embrace of market thinking has not left the VVD untouched. These developments can not be written on the basis of the VVD alone, but the VVD has played a pioneering role in this.

A vision of society is now almost entirely absent. Pragmatism, market forces and individualization are the current key words. Consequences are traditional government services that are left to the market; the judicial decision that came under pressure and that is financed in a perverse manner; large companies that can grow unhindered, whereby the position of the shareholders has become dominant; to be unclear about our position in Europe without formulating a better alternative; a police organization that, under the leadership of a VVD minister, drifts away from its strength, namely connection with society.

In addition, attention can be drawn to the - in itself positive decentralization in the social domain - which, however, has been accompanied by so many cuts that the chances of success are much less than desirable. There are many more examples to give.

My earlier comment:

Eurogreen says a small spark of hope ... may I multiply his spark of hope by the number sixty?

On the right side of the chamber white men in suits and ties ... on the left diversity as the largest representation of women in the US House has been sworn in. Kids and grandkids had a grand time!! Hopefully the Democrats honor this privilege and work their butts off in the next two years.

A record-breaking number of women were sworn into the House and Senate | Vox |

The solution to balancing an inequality is well-known: taxation, distribution of profit by government.

Given: Profit > (Revenue - Cost)
        - P    =   - P

Even the ingénue, AO-C comprehends The Math, although she  alone has neither the means, "moral authority," nor ovaries to effect this operation for the USA.
Ocasio-Cortez Tax Plan Creates 82.7% Top Income Tax Rate for New Yorkers [!]

Attitudes of the populus and the representatives who they elect toward a GODDAM GODGIVEN RIGHT to accumulate "self-interest" must change before their institutions do. And it appears that is not going to happen in the foreseeable future.
House adopts rules package with few Democratic defections over PAYGO provision, Or Intersectional Self-dealing.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Jan 5th, 2019 at 03:15:01 PM EST

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Fri Jan 11th, 2019 at 08:24:38 PM EST
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Texas Republicans Reject Removal of Leader for Being Muslim
Precinct chairwoman Dorrie O'Brien, of Arlington, led the effort on social media calling for his removal.
Former Tarrant County precinct chairwoman Sara Legvold, of Keller, wore a burqa outside the meeting to mockingly oppose Shafi.
Gov. Greg Abbott this week cited the First Amendment and the Texas Constitution's ban on religious tests in appointing public officials.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Jan 13th, 2019 at 03:36:04 AM EST
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Yes I saw that ... how backward can a modern state get. tying to compete with Russia? Oh no, religion has made a comeback: Russian Christian Orthodoxy (state religion), enlarged mosque in Moscow and a Jewish house of prayer.

Building a mosque in New York city ...

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Sun Jan 13th, 2019 at 07:04:19 AM EST
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Completely backward.  Even by the exceptionalism standards of US states, Texas's delusions are exceptional.  My Norwegian cousins have a new slang term for when they've just experienced something wildly nonsensical: Det var held Texas (That was completely crazy.).
by rifek on Sat Jan 26th, 2019 at 07:03:51 PM EST
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And one of the leading mansplainers is Pelosi.
by rifek on Sat Jan 26th, 2019 at 06:57:37 PM EST
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Make no mistake.
International Space Station: Facts, History & Tracking
The [US] space shuttle fleet retired in 2011, leaving Soyuz as the only current method to bring people to the ISS.
This is who you are dealing with.
NASA administrator rescinds invitation to Russian counterpart after backlash on Capitol Hill
Rogozin was placed on a sanctions list by the Obama administration in 2014 response to Russia's military actions in Ukraine when he was a deputy prime minister. After the sanctions were issued, he said Russia should stop flying NASA's astronauts to the International Space Station in retaliation. "After analyzing the sanctions against our space industry, I suggest the U.S. delivers its astronauts to the ISS [International Space Station] with a trampoline," he wrote on Twitter.
NASA: Roscosmos Head's US Visit in Keeping With Historical Norms
"It absolutely sends the wrong message to lift sanctions, even temporarily, for the purpose of inviting him to speak to students at one of our nation's premier universities," said Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), one of the leading Russia hawks in Washington, according to the Politico report.

Neoconservative voices joined Warner's disapproving sentiment in yet another example of how liberal Democrats and war hawks are increasingly finding themselves on the same side of foreign policy issues. "Wow," said Heather Conley of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in comments to Politico. "What is difficult for me to understand is what is to be gained for giving a sanctioned individual a public platform."

Let me be the first to demand bucket seating in and shuttle craft from the fleet of SpaceX Big F Rockets. 2020 model year.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Jan 5th, 2019 at 11:35:25 PM EST

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Mon Jan 7th, 2019 at 01:11:41 PM EST
Remember Amy CHUA?
Amy CHUA goes back to school

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Jan 19th, 2019 at 05:11:35 AM EST
Amy Chua, in another article, writes:

"It is by now a commonplace that we are living in a period of radical global transformation. Particularly in the developing world, this transformation has had two watchwords: markets and democracy. [....]

"Marketisation and democratisation each has been the site of massive Western legal intervention in the developing world. Legal work on marketisation ranges from structuring international project finance to drafting market-oriented laws to developing legal regimes that facilitate the transition from command to market economies."

Tunisia - IMF intervention | inflation | austerity | terror | terrorism | failed uprising | pale colour |

As Tunisia's political consensus cracks, IMF austerity may hit the rocks | Middle East Eye |

View on the killing of Pawel Adamowicz: a culture war's first fatality | The Irish Times |

| Goldman Sachs | IMF | World Bank | post-WWII Instruments | Greece | Russia in Yeltsin era | USIP |

| Rumsfeld | "New Europe" | Poland | Romania | Hungary | Czech republic | Croatia | Bosnia | Baltic States |

Antisemitism, neo-Nazism and the Jewish community in modern Ukraine | JPost |

Hmmm a 'modern' Ukraine?

Kyiv declares 2019 the Year of Stephan Bandera

Role of American Evangelical Christians on foreign policy?
Role religion played in Empire building throughout the ages, modern Jesuits?

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Sat Jan 19th, 2019 at 09:27:48 AM EST
Homily, Archbishop Sławoj Leszek Głódzia

And we belong to the Lord in life and in death

We are still among those "first things" that constitute the basis of our mundane life. Our achievements, joys, failures, desires, dreams. He followed the path of his temporal dynamic, creative, forward-looking life of late Paweł Adamowicz.

Let us open our hearts and minds to this voice of eschatological hope. He sounded very much in the first reading of the Apocalypse of Saint John: "Behold, I am doing new things ... I will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more. Neither mourning, nor shouting, nor hardship will be anymore, for the first things have passed away (Revelation 21: 4).

Chwytające za serce wystąpienie żony i córki Pawła Adamowicza 19.01 [Video eulogy daughter]

Thousands pay last respects to Gdansk mayor
Poland's divisions deepen as Gdansk mourns Pawel Adamowicz

Related reading ...

Europe can save Poland from darkness | Politico EU Opinion - Adam Bodnar |
Status of the observance of human rights in Poland: a report of Commissioner for Human Rights Adam Bodnar (Sept. 2017)

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Sun Jan 20th, 2019 at 08:33:25 AM EST
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Britain is doing socialism for the rich again - this time for oil and gas | The Guardian - Opinion |

The "free market" is a creed that stirs up near religious devotion among its believers. It is in fact a con, a myth, a great deception. Take the latest striking example: according to the National Audit Office, British taxpayers are expected to cough up £24bn for tax relief given to oil and gas corporations, for the removal of North Sea wells, rigs and pipelines.


Because so many employers refuse to pay their workers a wage on which they can live - most Britons languishing below the poverty line are in work - the state has to spend billions of pounds a year on in-work benefits. Private landlords charging rip-off rents are subsidised by about £9bn a year by the state. The backbone of 21st-century British capitalism - finance - was famously bailed out by the state


Modern capitalism is based on a myth: that thriving private entrepreneurs generate wealth through their own hard work, innovation and get-up-and-go. In fact, the state subsidies the entire system, nationalising the risks but privatising the profits, while allowing its beneficiaries - our shameless, profit-obsessed elite - power without accountability. It exposes how rotten our entire social order is - and why it has to go.

Maintaining the financial stability of UK banks: Update | NAO |
£850bn: official cost of the bank bailout | The Independent - Dec. 2009 |
Reality check: how much did the banking crisis cost taxpayers? | The Guardian - Sept. 2011 |

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Sat Jan 26th, 2019 at 05:07:27 AM EST
You can't harness an F5 tornado.
by rifek on Sat Jan 26th, 2019 at 07:16:02 PM EST

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