The teacher for our age. 🙂 We need more of Richard Wolff.
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If you pretend to understand or favor a particular economic model, such as capitalism, then you owe it to yourself to watch this video to get a refresher course from Dr. Wolff here to ensure you know what you are voting and talking and shopping about. 🙂 Enjoy, hopefully!
First, you might want to ask yourself what the World Wide Web actually is. If you don’t know then I suggest that you look it up on Wikipedia. It is the greatest invention in communications since that fuck-face Henry Ford started turning human civilization into fascistic trash, a machine whose sole purpose was infinite growth and production and consumption. Well, we’ve done that, and we see how it goes. Now go the fuck to bed, little Nazi.
But anyways . . . ! 🙂 I want to begin this in an illuminating fashion, something that is attractive and pleasant for everyone! Because it is very important that people pay attention to it.
We need to recognize what was accomplished when the Web was devised. And we need to leverage that power. We need to learn that by connecting everyone to everyone else, we become a greater thing. And by that virtue we discover things we hadn’t even thought of discovering.
I’m out of breath now, but I hope that this starts, or continues, a conversation about how important our connectivity is. If we don’t recognize it, we will risk our total demise. We must connect, like it or not, to every living thing around us, if we are to survive this jaunt through the universe.
Some notable tidbits that caught my attention included . . .
- Discussion of evolution and rape and the rise of the jock or alpha-male concept as the epitome of sexual reward, at least for white females (my words)
- . . . I can’t remember other bits right now 🙂
BUT, this all reminds me of Island, by Aldous Huxley, a phenomenal book and arguable guide for human life on Earth. Again, people read the books, or maybe they don’t anymore, that are on the reading list, but they don’t later apply the ideas that they read to their actual lives on Earth. If you aren’t going to apply those ideas to your activities and expectations of life on Earth then why bother reading the books? Just to check a box? People go through our educational system (again, this is a guess because I haven’t been there in a long time and I don’t study the state of the “art”) and fail to apply the meager wisdom and knowledge that intelligent and well-intentioned people managed to wedge into the curriculum and slide past the evangelical idiots who monitor such things. What a waste!!! It is a tragedy. This is how we have neoliberals. This is how we have half-assed voters who think there is a binary system that is bestowed upon us by some agnostic god, a system that we cannot escape from only because we have been trained to fail to imagine a better way forward. Because we have been seduced into thinking that things have been better before, or are great now, so don’t ruin it. But that is a fallacy. Things can get so much better. But you must imagine it first. You must consider it to be a feasible proposition to consider. Otherwise there is nothing but regression. And that’s what we are staring at now.
P.S. We have to get over this cultural obsession of head-to-head match-ups. Fuck that shit already. There are a multitude of political beliefs out there, obviously, so to continue only to refer to the DNC’s chosen one and the GOP’s chosen one as the only contenders is a prescription for imminent, inevitable death of democracy. And stop saying “third party”. That is an ignorant term. It signals ignorance and stupidity. Guess what, stupid?? There are many theoretical and literal parties out there! This stupid commercialist, sports-based framing and set-up that portrays American politics as a one-on-one battle is facile and only exists to feed the minds of idiots and gives money-makers something to sell. So stop feeding the system by buying into this way of thinking. Anyone who describes the American presidential candidacy as a race between only two ideologies/people/what-have-you is a simpleton who does not deserve the ability to cast a vote.
Too bad there aren’t early ballots for write-ins. Or are there???
 . . . Regardless of whatever bullshit has already been pre-filled on the motherfucking ballot. :-)))
Especially cops, if there are any left after all of this is over. (Because an ideal society doesn’t have any use for cops.)
Violence, if it ever were to need to occur, should only be a response to violence itself. Nothing else justifies it.
Going a step further, the socioeconomic impact of what this victim did to deserve this treatment is vastly surpassed by the damage inflicted by being arrested. In other words, this isn’t something worth arresting someone for.
What a wonderful, beautiful quote. 🙂 👇
You deserve a lover who wants you disheveled, with everything and all the reasons that wake you up in a haste and the demons that won’t let you sleep. You deserve a lover who makes you feel safe, who can consume this world whole if he walks hand in hand with you; someone who believes that his embraces are a perfect match with your skin. You deserve a lover who wants to dance with you, who goes to paradise every time he looks into your eyes and never gets tired of studying your expressions. You deserve a lover who listens when you sing, who supports you when you feel shame and respects your freedom; who flies with you and isn’t afraid to fall. You deserve a lover who takes away the lies and brings you hope, coffee, and poetry.
By the way, the featured image is of a friend of mine of whom I think when I read this poem; It is not of the author, Frida Kahlo.
In fact, he is about to start anytime now! 🙂 So you had better prepare yo’ self.
Squatting is very important. It is a functional exercise that builds strength and integrity throughout the body. Without the ability to squat, where would we be? On the floor, that’s where!!!
So practice your squats daily and you will reap the benefits immediately. My squatting practice has made a huge difference in the quality of my daily life. In fact, this has led me to buy . . . The Squatty Potty! Yes, indeed! And it is terrific. And it is a wonderful metaphor for how horribly misguided our stupid Victorian ways were, having grotesquely mutated the image of what life should be like for human beings, living on our heavenly planet Earth.
So, enjoy your daily squatting practice and get yourself a Squatty Potty. That is a great habit to keep your mind off of this COVID-19 party we’ve been surprised (not) by.
Live long and prosper,
I’m not voting for him and I hope you won’t either. Write in the candidate of your choice. Because, clearly, neither party is interested in nominating a candidate worthy of a vote.
Fuck all this.
Apparently things have to really hit rock bottom before enough people wake up. A lot of people have awakened! Obviously! And that’s fantastic! But the dead weight at the other end of the spectrum is still in deep sleep. Well, get ready, because the alarm’s about to go off and you can’t snooze it. 🙂 Go fuck yourself. You’ve held us back for far too long. Enough is enough.
At least ninety percent of women are interested in me primarily for my money, and that includes significant others and spouses.
[2020-03-11 : This is the part that I updated, below this paragraph. 🙂👍⬇️ -Ali]
And just for the record, I don’t blame women themselves for this. It’s the white male capitalist supremacist system that forces women to regard themselves in this way. Sexuality becomes necessarily a commodity rather than a human dynamic as it should be instead.
However, women could choose to rectify this if they were to feel like it. 🙂 We all have choices in life. You can either go with the flow, right or wrong, or you can do your own thing as an independent, free thinking, reasonable human being. Then it becomes your responsibility to either be part of the solution or part of the problem, as it is with virtually every other situation in life.
I’m f****** sick of hearing people talk about their strategies for voting the way that they do. F****** sick of it. That’s not what democracy is about. You look up how the candidates stand on the issues that you care about and then you vote for the candidates that reflect your values. That’s it! Doing anything else is just f****** things up even more. The truth is staring you in the face but you don’t even see it. When Donald Trump gets reelected you’ll get another chance to learn a lesson.
This is a phenomenal presentation by Dr. Richard Wolff on the long-known, glaring flaws of our capitalist system, their dire implications, and, most importantly, humane, enlightened alternatives. This is must-read material for anyone who wants to have an informed perspective on capitalism, Marxism, democracy, freedom . . . pretty much anything, actually.
Human society under urgent threat from loss of Earth’s natural life
Joe Biden’s non-apology to Anita Hill casts long shadow over 2020 run
How willing these idiotic primary voters are to hand over power to this childish fool, Joe Biden. Even after this much exposure his failures and weaknesses keep getting excused and ignored. Well, there really is no use feeling sorry for what people choose to inflict upon themselves, their poor, hapless selves, over and over again. With Trump’s election there seems no logical end to the degree of pain the suffering and ignorant are willing to inflict upon themselves.
But really the blame falls on the socioeconomic system and its philosophy or really the utter lack thereof that allows a democratic electorate to become so ignorant as to their own best interests and how to properly govern themselves as human beings or as a nation.
Check out @JKCorden’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/JKCorden/status/1093634176845139968?s=09
I love her. 💜
If you haven’t already seen this please take a few minutes and do yourself a favor.
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What a filthy piece of work this was.
I will be exhaustively annotating and updating this post going forward as it seems so important and pregnant with relevance and wisdom for our current situation and likely that for years to come.
Religious belief appears to have negative influence on children’s altruism and judgments of others’ actions even as parents see them as ‘more empathetic’
- The Princeton article in question: https://scholar.princeton.edu/sites/default/files/mgilens/files/gilens_and_page_2014_-testing_theories_of_american_politics.doc.pdf
- Same story by The Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2014/04/08/rich-people-rule/
- . . . and Business Insider: http://www.businessinsider.com/major-study-finds-that-the-us-is-an-oligarchy-2014-4
This was very enlightening. I’m interested in learning more about how my own diagnoses, proffered by others, haven’t led to this in the past.
It would be stunning to me if I were to correctly diagnose myself with schizophrenia at the age of 49, after successive treatments with multiple therapists and psychological professionals. Maybe I just kept a really tight lid on things!!! 🙂 In that case, good job, Me! I managed to muscle through fifty years of horrible, difficult, inexplicable, odd situations.
It is probably premature to declare myself as having schizophrenia since I haven’t yet spoken with a doctor about it, but it seems to fit.
Witness the spectacle of good ol’ fashioned American Imperialism versus fact-based observations! It’s very civil, at least, for those of you who don’t like yelling.
Sounds pretty timely, actually.
Two of my favorite people, on the same set! I hope you enjoy this segment.
. . . And the worst places also. Falls along the lines you might have guessed already. 🙂
Also . . .
Isn’t it amazing that such obviously beneficial changes are only now happening?? I think it points to the fact that we as a culture are finally waking up and growing up and accepting things as they are more and more instead of living in denial.
Hello, folks! 🙂
I just wanted to remind you that I am about destitute and scrambling for opportunities. There is only so much Craigslist and Facebook Jobs to go around, you know!
So if you are in the market for an intelligent, personable, friendly, skilled employee, which might be a stretch, I understand, then please contact me, Ali Nabavi, anytime at +1 503 662 2284 for a conversation. I’m sure I can give you ideas you haven’t come up with before. I will guarantee that for sure. 😉
One of them is for a new cocktail lounge in the Fondren area, called Lavender Lounge. It will have 24/7 live entertainment on at least one stage and offer exquisitely crafted cocktails. There will always be a chill vibe. The style will be sort of Mad Men, art deco.
Another one is for a general purpose meeting area that caters to non-profits and small community groups. I have found a big need for this in my work with my own non-profit, Jackson Progressive Salon.