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Babylon Lives Again

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Americans are brainwashed into worshipping the very systems that use them like animals.

That statement from Umair Haque opened my eyes this week.

And now this: Publishing isn’t dying…it’s just changing.

Here is the best part: Receiving covers from more then 60 designers and being able to give advice along the way only cost me $290.

Now we have e-sweatshops. Where everyone with a spare buck to spend can sit back and dangle that dollar and watch — as fun! — desperate people claw at each other to grab it.

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Prosecute The Bankers

Why are bankers investigated in Iceland and not so much elsewhere?

Today, I was interviewed both on BBC radio 5 live and BBC radio 2 regarding bankers being sentenced to prison in Iceland. On both stations I was asked why bankers are being prosecuted in Iceland. I would rather turn that question around? Why are bankers not being investigated – and eventually charged, if there is a case against them – in other countries, for example in Britain?

Lets imagine that a huge big building crashes in the centre of London. Luckily, no one gets killed but damages run to millions, the whole area is disrupted, causing further financial damages and troubles for people and businesses for weeks and months and even years. How would this incident be treated? Would the authorities just say that this was tough luck and let it be? No, I very much doubt it. This incident would be investigated to the core and no one would rest until the cause was found. Also to make sure other buildings could not just suddenly and unexpectedly collapse. If it was then found there was willful negligence, corners cut to make more money and there would be emails and other evidence to show it those to blame would be prosecuted and their case brought to court.

The financial collapse, not just in Iceland but here in the UK and elsewhere was like a huge big building – indeed many of them – crashing. No, no one died but the financial damage has been great, shocks and after-shocks, lives and societies disrupted and upset.

That analogy nails it. That banks in the U.S. have been allowed to go on their merry, crooked ways has to be the scandal of all time.

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Animals Are Not Toys

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The Hollywood Reporter blows the whistle on the corrupt American Humane Association’s monitoring of animal welfare on entertainment productions.

“It’s fascinating and ironic: From being the protectors of animals they’ve become complicit to animal cruelty,” says Bob Ferber, a veteran L.A. City Attorney’s office prosecutor who founded and supervised its Animal Protection Unit until retiring in March.

Animals are not toys. Any owner will vouch for the fact that even their own pets can become unpredictable when exposed to unfamiliar places and people — and to other animals. This is why we always use carriers. So for professionals to wind up injuring animals is just inexcusable. And for the Hollywood machine to be uncaring about it is doubly egregious. I’m sure the value of food wasted during catering is more than the amount it would take to ensure proper animal safety.

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The Worst Kind Of Begging

Photo taken yesterday Friday November 8, 2013. Resampled and resized to VGA, click to enlarge.

Man begging on Broadway in the financial district.

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That’s four cats, five guinea pigs, and two puppies. All arranged with a basket for dropping in money.

All were clean. The cats had collars with ID. I petted the top cat. She was very upset and not liking this at all.

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Tulipmania, The Latest Edition

SEC Issues Proposal on Crowdfunding

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“If this goes wrong … there will be no survivors.”

So, here we go. We’ve found the latest thing to inflate after real estate, the dotcom bubble, real estate, the tech bubble, Bitcoin, and real estate.

What this means is the creation of new markets and new middlemen. People will want to unload their crowdfunded equity shares — and where do you go to do that when you need the cash (there’s always an emergency)?

There’s no such market. Yet. But it will be created.

Markets, plural, will be created.

And the amount of graft will be absolutely epic.

If you’ve never looked into stock graft, go buy borrow from a public library The Wolf of Wall Street. I hate the idea of putting more money into that bastard’s pocket, so, really, don’t buy it. Ahem.

If you read all of it, you’ll actually be ahead of me. That book so thoroughly disgusted me that I couldn’t even get to its happy ending — with all of the crooks going to jail.

There will be many, many more crooks now.

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2013 In Hell

Photos taken today Friday October 18, 2013. Resampled and resized to VGA, click any to enlarge.

Marred by a stupid sticker for a bar but otherwise ominously true:

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Have The Food Riots Begun?

Note: This is an autopost that was scheduled a year in advance. Usual disclaimer: Unless I add an update to it, I am probably not alive on publication date.

September 10, 2012: We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say

Pretty simple. Black dots are the food prices, red lines are the riots. In other words, whenever the UN’s food price index, which measures the monthly change in the price of a basket of food commodities, climbs above 210, the conditions ripen for social unrest around the world. CSI doesn’t claim that any breach of 210 immediately leads to riots, obviously; just that the probability that riots will erupt grows much greater. For billions of people around the world, food comprises up to 80% of routine expenses (for rich-world people like you and I, it’s like 15%). When prices jump, people can’t afford anything else; or even food itself. And if you can’t eat—or worse, your family can’t eat—you fight.

Since 2008, I have seen food prices at least triple.

A lot of this increase has been hidden by careful sales. Yet the fact that packaging has shrunk dramatically for the “same price” is obvious to anyone who pays any damned attention in the supermarket. How the hell do they expect people to be able to eat?

September 11, 2013: 9/11 on TV prevented me from updating this post before it was published. No food riots yet. But prices continue to go up and packages continue to shrink. How long can this madness continue?

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A Line Has Been Crossed

Forced Exposure ~pj

You’ll find all the laws in the US related to privacy and surveillance there. Not that anyone seems to follow any laws that get in their way these days. Or if they find they need a law to make conduct lawful, they just write a new law or reinterpret an old one and keep on going. That’s not the rule of law as I understood the term.

Bold and redfacing added by me.

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America Is No Longer On Any Map

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pressure cookers, backpacks and quinoa, oh my!

This is where we are at. Where you have no expectation of privacy. Where trying to learn how to cook some lentils could possibly land you on a watch list. Where you have to watch every little thing you do because someone else is watching every little thing you do.

Same-day update: This was not what she led everyone to believe. No Federal agents were involved and no surveillance of Google searches were done. See this: FBI denies involvement in Michele Catalano-related investigation

Kelly J. Langmesser, an FBI spokeswoman, said: “The FBI, nor the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, was involved in the action mentioned in Ms. Catalano’s blog post. The FBI respectfully defers you to Suffolk County Police Department.”

Next-day update: Big Boss, Not Big Brother, Spotted Long Island Family’s ‘Suspicious’ Google Searches. She has just made it more difficult for people to believe anyone else who is a victim of the NSA dragnet. How anyone with her credentials could have created such an error-ridden report is just scandalous. If you get a visit, ask for business cards from the law enforcement agents so you can prove who the hell they were.

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Tick Tock Tick Tock

A Brief History of Cycles and Time, Part 2

So why didn’t war break out in 1932, 1936, or for the U.S., in 1940? It wasn’t as if people didn’t see it coming, just as we see our own war and challenges now.

Because it wasn’t time. What I mean by that is, no matter how far seeing, History, as Hari Seldon would say, is made up of the aggregate, not the individual. No individual– not even Churchill chafing under Chamberlain in 1938—could change it.

It only happens slowly, when one by one the great mass of the population have changed their minds and their behavior. Only then can history unfold. You, me, even Barack Obama, Ben Bernanke, or George Soros cannot push the great Wheel of History around because it is made of all 6 Billion of us, the whole planet, the whole market, and the sum of human understanding.

When “it’s time” — it’ll also be too damn late.

You don’t “get” cancer the day you’ve been diagnosed.

You’ve had cancer for years before any clue.

When the Collapse Of All Things happens, god help us all.

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