03/23/2011 § Leave a comment
there is a local campaign against a new whole foods in my neighborhood. whosefoods.org
03/16/2011 § Leave a comment
to acknowledge march 11, 2011 as the day of 9.0 earthquake, tsunami and now nuclear reactor failure in japan. the 5th largest earthquake in world records since 1900s. im grateful my family and friends in japan are OK, but the situation as a whole remains touch and go.
if the thing wasnt so current, i would make the point to compare japans ability to deal w the crisis as compared to developing countries like haiti. the situation in japan is heartbreaking and catastrophic, but it underscores that death and disparities from natural disasters are as much economic in nature as they are environmental. japan will probably have 10,000-20,000 killed in these events. i could only imagine the death toll if japan wasn’t the 3rd largest economy in the world and didnt have such a highly developed physical and crisis response infrastructure. on the flip, it also demonstrates the dangers inherent to nuclear power in wealthy countries and should stoke our rejection of obamas insistence on promoting nuclear options in the US.
all that being said, the situation has sapped some of my energy. talking to family members, they are experiencing rolling blackouts (up to 6 hours a day), bottled water, staple foods, batteries and gas are all gone. some people are going to work normally while others are fleeing the country. to make the comparison without trivializing the reality, it reminds me of an iraqi man who was interviewed during the war and described the surreal nature of living in a war zone.. once the immediate crisis is averted, you need to reengage in your everyday activities: go to work, take kids to school, cook dinner, get some exercise. yet, throughout the day, you are reminded by the aftershocks, the barren grocery shelves, the train stoppages and the collective news fixation etc that the existential narrative of your people was ruptured and will be forever changed.
03/12/2011 § Leave a comment
via toussaint losier FB via dailykos.com
01/30/2011 § Leave a comment
my folks in the bay going hard on plastic
01/21/2011 § Leave a comment
my homie skom goes hard on robert rubin, larry summers and the lineage of dominant dirtbags who get rich off our misery.
Monday 10 January 2011
Larry Summers. (Photo: E.T. Studhalter / World Economic Forum)
“So here is the evidence for an American plutocracy of a narrow and discrete but hardly harmless sort. Wall Street seduced the economics profession not through overt corruption, but by aligning the incentives of economists with its own. It was very easy for academic economists to move from universities to central banks to hedge funds — a tightly knit world in which everyone shared the same views about the self-regulating and beneficial effects of open capital markets. The alliance was enormously profitable for everyone: The academics got big consulting fees, and Wall Street got legitimacy. And it has kept the system going despite the enormous policy failures it has generated, not to exclude the recent crisis.”
—Francis Fukuyama, The American Interest, January 2011
Larry Summers’ path to the Obama administration, and his record within it, are symptomatic of a new American plutocracy, and his new job at Harvard will keep the gears of corruption greased.
Summers rose to power under the protective wing of Wall Street and Democratic Party mogul Robert Rubin. He aggressively advanced Rubin’s program of financial deregulation and faithfully rescued his cronies when deregulation went wrong. Despite the economic catastrophes these policies have contributed to, Summers and other Rubinites have continued their political ascendancy in recent years, filling top positions in the Obama administration.
01/08/2011 § Leave a comment
via dave jenkins by our folks at critical resistance. the video captures the attempt in new orleans to expand prison beds ($250 million tag), while core social services remain devastatingly underfunded. this model of investing in repression while letting core community infrastructure rot out feels acutely egregious, but is actually emblematic of this country’s direction for the last 40 years. we have the case for participatory budgeting and prison abolition rolled into one.