Saturday, March 17, 2018

What's Next After Capitalism ???

You've probably seen articles like this one, which promotes "an ecologically-based socialist democracy":

To get through the climate change emergency, we need the state itself to become just and scientific because justice is a climate-change technology of great power, says award-winning science- and climate-fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson. But it would require replacing capitalism with an ecologically-based socialist democracy.

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I think it's more likely that capitalism will be replaced by an off-world-controlled form of oligarchy, enabled and fueled by the riches produced by asteroid mining:

The staggering potential value of the minerals in these asteroids is expected to make scarcity a non-defining feature of human existence. While mining on Earth isn’t about to end, the reality is that mineral deposits containing non-renewable resources such as copper and zinc are finite. Some studies even suggest that if demand continues for common and precious metals like aluminum, platinum or silver, these reserves will be gone in about 15, 20 and 80 years, respectively. Likewise, sources of materials like lead, zinc, tin, and certainly gold, are expected to be used up within 50 years.

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Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and their ilk are not building space vehicles to ferry you and me to a paradise somewhere out in the solar system. They are building such craft to bring minerals to earth and to ferry THEM to an off-world paradise (perhaps an orbiting "Elysium").

Consider what the introduction of HUGE quantities of copper, zinc, aluminum, platinum, silver, lead, tin, and gold into our biosphere will do to life on this planet. All of them are toxic, and as they leach into our air, water, and soil they may very well turn this place into a lifeless wasteland.

And note well there is no FOOD out there somewhere that our brutal tech overlords have any intention of bringing down to earth to feed the rest of us. We're all going to wind up like King Midas, surrounded by riches which cannot be eaten and regardless of the lies we are being told cannot possibly improve the lives of We The People.

So, the short answer to the title question (What's Next After Capitalism ???) is "hell on earth".

Friday, March 16, 2018

Racial Justice In South Africa ???

There are many reports about what is happening in South Africa. Here is one of them: [translation required]

This really is a global issue, and I expect something similar to happen in the US. When it does, will the powers that be just ignore this part of the US Constitution?

5th Amendment
... nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

I suspect they'll do it in a manner which negates the "for public use" aspect and focuses on the "just" aspect.

And I also expect We The People to bear the cost of such redistribution, even though we were not the prime beneficiaries of the original injustice(s).

Just Following Orders ???

This article in The Intercept compares the new CIA nominee to the Nazis:

Considering how much of US foreign policy and military action is in violation of international law (and even our own laws), one has to ask the question why "just following orders" only became an issue after Trump got elected.

Our entire response to 9/11 and just about everything we have been doing in the Middle East should have been refused by everyone in the US diplomatic corps and military establishment.

And by the way, if you have never been in the military it's nearly impossible for you to understand why going against orders (legal or otherwise) is so damned difficult.

Democrats Need New Leaders

Hillary is too fragile:

Nancy Pelosi seems to be brain dead:

And Joe Biden belongs in a rest home:

I certainly applaud Joe's compassion for the homeless, but it's time for him, Hillary, and Nancy to step aside and allow new leaders to take over. They had their chance.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Do Police Control US News ???

According to this report, they do:

To my recollection this more or less started with the phony massacre at Sandy Hook. If we had an "independent press", this issue would have been cleared up long ago ... and the press would have told the police to go to hell.

I don't see ANY police rights or powers in the US Bill of Rights. Do you?