Capitalism Is Toast — BS degree, $50K in debt and a $15/hr job, oh, and the tap water is poison

It’s crumbling. You know it in your heart. As Richard Wolff remarks in the below podcast, ‘Capitalism had a good run’, but it’s just about over now. Capitalism is taking us down a path of human suffering and environmental havoc on the express route now. Time to seriously think about what comes next. The podcast below is definitely worth your time. Listen to in while you’re commuting:

Capitalism vs. Socialism: Richard Wolff

Profit first, before all else, is making our lives miserable and will kill our children. Capitalism has become a form of rabies.

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Yandex Tracking Code

Kind of creepy. Seeing the Russian search engine/data company tracking code on a website may make you decide to stay the hell away from that site. Yandex code is popping up in the strangest places suddenly.

Investigators search Ukrainian offices of Russia’s Yandex

What’s the Deal With Breitbart News and Yandex? Israel? Nothing?

FBI’s Russia Probe Looks At Right Wing Sites, Breitbart, InfoWars

The Russian data, tech and media game is strong. Very. This really was an act of war. The West writ large is going to have to come up with a strong response to these cyber/info war-level attacks, soon.

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The Black Bloc

With the ‘American situation’ growing more extreme and desperate; and with the recent Russian and American Right attack on the so-called antifa, I thought it would be a good idea to review the American far Left, because we’ll definitely be seeing more of them. And although I’ve stated our position on it in the past, we’ll re-state it.

First of all, the Leftist who wear all black do so as a tactic they learned from their European cousins. It’s a protest tactic that makes them harder for the authorities to identify– it’s a tactic, not an organization identifier. So, for example, you may well see anti-globalists anarchists wearing all black; you may see antifa, or anti-fascists, wearing all black, you may see Anonymous, the hacker group, wearing all black. The all black uniform is a tactic usually employed by the far or militant left.

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Chaos Theory And The Russian Gerasimov Doctrine

Senator Mark Warner Of Virginia has a question. He says he understands that the Russians have the technical ability to effect the US political process, but how did they get such advanced political knowledge about the US system? Political knowledge that exceeded even the top political operatives in the Democratic Party during the last election?

Warner says Senate Intel needs to understand how Russians had the “political knowledge” to target ads on @facebook https://t.co/xky1BXHYPI

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White Nationalist Fever Dreams, Hurricanes And Rabid Lunacy

The DACA (Deferred Action for Children Arrivals) repeal is on our doorstep. A pure, cruel bone thrown to the GOPer’s White Nationalist base.  Slate’s Jamelle Bouie is right, I think, that the GOP is largely the party of the racist, but there’s another, powerful wing of the party: The Money Worshipers, and their goals are different from he racists, so there very well could be war. Just remember– Neither wing of the party is a friend to the Left. In fact the Money Worshipers arguably do as much racial harm as the outright racists.

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Russian Black Tech Roundup

The evidence is mounting that the Russians directly influenced vote counts and possibly worked with the GOP machinery at the state level with voter roll purges. That’s bad. Real bad.

Russian Election Hacking Efforts, Wider Than Previously Known, Draw Little Scrutiny

Evidence of Russian Election-Data Tampering Mounts as Urgency to Investigate It Does Not

This is a war level attack event, and worse, it looks and smells more and more like our own, so-called ‘fellow citizens’, in the form of the GOP, were active co-conspirators.

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Guerilla Cyber War

I have watched 4chan work in real time on open source insurgency operations. They are impressive. But all sides have become good at these operations now.

A signature tactic in the new conflict, honed on sites like 4chan and 8chan, is forensic analysis of digital imagery and geospatial data—fields specialized enough to have their own acronyms, IMINT and GEOINT, in military jargon.

Here’s an excellent article from Vice by Jacob Siegel about this new warfare frontier.

The Alt-Right and Antifa Are Waging a New Kind of Internet Warfare

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#TrumpTaxReturns

Trump and his GOPer toads are gearing up to give corporate vampires and rich zombies another tax cut.

While Texas drowns, Trump talks tax cuts for the rich

Dems hammer Trump for ‘trickle down’ tax plan

Seems like a great time for Trump to release those tax returns. #TrumpTaxReturns

Here’s an idea we should be pushing instead of another wealth transfer to the rich and corporate elite:

Study: a universal basic income would grow the economy

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Desperate Improvisation Is Probably Not Good Crisis Policy

We have this running argument. The Right says that we have to have constant economic growth even if it’s at the expense of environmental health. They say: ‘The oil pipeline will create jobs’; ‘Mountain top removal mining will create jobs and make the worker’s lives better’; ‘Taking away protected status from public lands and letting them be exploited by logging companies and mining corporations will be good for the working people’.

It’s a lie. The corporations will get more profit. A few people will add a couple more zeros to their net wealth, but the working people and middle class? No, Their going to get screwed, hard, again. The environmental degradation that follows the endless money grab game will hit them hardest, and they will be the least able to afford to escape. Again and again and again this tedious, bankrupt argument is foisted on us. And again and again and again the oil spills, the ground water is poisoned or the city floods and the poor are left crushed and desperate. All that money from the ‘economic activity’? Oh, that’s all gone. Long gone. It ran off with some rich white guys, probably. There were no serious general public investments made. The working class is living hand to mouth and that hasn’t changed. The government the Right loves to rail against is left trying to re-build after whatever new environmental catastrophe has happened. They’ll have to tighten the screws on the poor and middle class some more to pay for the re-build or repair. So much for the economic prosperity of exploitation.

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Truth Is The Breakfast Of Champions

I’m sounding more like a prophet of doom everyday. But I’m not alone and I have to call them the way I see them. Civil destabilization, violence, war, environmental or economic collapse– they’re all running neck and neck at the moment, as best I can figure, but it sure looks like one of those is coming at us sooner rather than later.

I’m just going to keep cataloguing the ‘signs and wonders’, as I’m able at this surreal pace, but also offer what ever upside I can. That’s what’s happening going forward here.

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