Martes, Mayo 28, 2013

Capitalism IS the Problem

First of all: there seems to be some kind of misconception among some people, of what capitalismactually is. There are some who believe that where there is a market economy, money and competition, then that’s automatically capitalism. That’s not true. In capitalism there is of course a market economy, but that can exist in other systems as well.
What characterizes capitalism is that there is private ownership of the means of productionThat’s when you know you’re dealing with a capitalist system. If this feature is absent, if it’s not the case that some individuals privately own the means of production others are using, then it’s no longer capitalism. If it instead was a system in which, let’s say, the workers themselves controlled and managed the means of production democratically at the place where they worked, and that these institutions were operating in a market system, then that would be some kind of market socialism etc, not capitalism.
And it is this private ownership of the means of production that’s a huge part of the problem. Capitalism is tyrannical, exploitative and dehumanizing; it’s intolerable
A system that allows a few individuals to have undemocratic control and power, not only at the workplace, but in society in general, is unacceptable; a system that allows some individuals to exploit and profit on other people’s misery is unacceptable; a system that allows more and more cash to be shuffled into the pockets of the owners and the wealthy, is unacceptable.
Capitalism IS the problem
Capitalism IS the Problem |

Linggo, Mayo 26, 2013

Thousands protest against Italian PM, austerity measures

Demonstrators carry a banner reading "Communists" during the left-wing Italian metalworkers' union FIOM rally in downtown Rome on May 18, 2013 (AFP Photo / Filippo Monteforte)
Demonstrators carry a banner reading "Communists" during the left-wing Italian metalworkers' union FIOM rally in downtown Rome on May 18, 2013 (AFP Photo / Filippo Monteforte)

Thousands of people gathered in Rome on Saturday to protest austerity measures and high unemployment. Demonstrators urged Prime Minister Enrico Letta to create jobs in order to pull the country out of recession.
Protesters held banners which read,
“We can’t wait anymore” and “We need money to live.”
"We hope that this government will finally start listening to us because we are losing our patience,"
protester Enzo Bernardis told Reuters.

Letta promised to make jobs his top priority when he assumed office in April. Demonstrators accused him of not sticking to his vow, instead choosing to focus on a property tax reform outlined this week.

Union leaders said they want a fresh agenda, and urged Letta to shift away from the austerity plan pursued by former Prime Minister Mario Monti, who introduced a range of spending cuts, tax hikes, and pension reforms during his
"We need to start over with more investment. If we don't restart with public and private investments, there will no new jobs,"
said Maurizio Landini, secretary-general of the left-wing metalworkers union Fiom.
But other protesters didn’t believe Letta’s government was capable of changing the country’s economic track.
"This government will last a very short time," 
said demonstrator Marco Silvani.
"What we need is a new leftist party that fights for the rights of the people."
According to a Friday poll conducted by the SWG institute, the government’s approval rating has dropped to 34 per cent from 43 per cent at the start of May.

Italy is in the midst of its longest recession since quarterly records began in 1970. Jobless rates are close to record highs, with youth unemployment hovering around 38 per cent.

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Sabado, Enero 26, 2013

Armed men cause tension in Mandaluyong mall; pursuit operations on

(Updated 8:50 p.m.) Defying a 120-day election gun ban, armed robbers staged a holdup at a jewelry establishment and caused tension among shoppers when they reportedly fired shots in a major mall in Metro Manila Saturday night.
No one was initially reported injured in the robbery at the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City, even as radio reports quoted some witnesses as saying the robbery was done in one minute.

"Hinahanap pa namin kasi sumama sa karamihan (We are looking for the suspects, who may have blended with the crowd going out of the mall)," Mandaluyong City police chief Senior Superintendent Florendo Quibuyen said in an interview on dzBB radio.

Quibuyen declined to give further details, but said they have started pursuit operations against the suspects.

When asked if there was anyone injured, he said, "negative."

National Epidemiology Center head Dr. Enrique Tayag said the Department of Health sent medical teams to the area.

As of 8:39 p.m., Mandaluyong City Mayor Ben Hur Abalos said everything was under control.

"Walang nasaktan sa SM Megamall incident (No one was hurt in the Megamall incident). Everything is now under control," the city public information office quoted the mayor as saying, in a post on its Twitter account.

Saturday night's incident came in the middle of an election gun ban that started Jan. 13 and ends June 12.

During the gun ban, only law enforcers in uniform and on duty can bring firearms outside their houses as permits to carry firearms outside residences are generally suspended.

'Martilyo Gang'

Citing initial information reaching him, Quibuyen said the incident occurred shortly before 8 p.m. at the upper ground floor of the SM Megamall Building B.

He said they are verifying information the armed men may have been members of the Martilyo Gang, but declined to say what shop they could have targeted.

The Martilyo Gang is known for targeting jewelry shops and using a hammer to shatter the show cases.

"Ongoing ang investigation namin at pursuit operation namin," Quibuyen said.

A separate report by dzBB's Glen Juego said at least "two to three" suspects are the subjects of the pursuit operations.

SM Management said in a Twitter post that the incident was a "robbery at (a) jewelry counter SM Megamall."

"No casualties," said SM Supermalls on its Twitter account.

A separate report on dzRH radio quoted witnesses who said the robbers staged their heist in one minute.

It also said at least one woman fainted due to tension. — LBG, GMA News

Sabado, Enero 5, 2013

Marilyn Monroe, communist? LOS ANGELES — FBI files on Marilyn Monroe that could not be located earlier this year have been found and re-issued, revealing the names of some of the movie star’s communist-leaning acquaintances who drew concern from government officials and her own entourage. But the files, which previously had been heavily redacted, do not contain any new information about Monroe’s death 50 years ago. Letters and news clippings included in the file show the bureau was aware of theories the actress had been killed, but they do not show that any effort was undertaken to investigate the claims. Los Angeles authorities concluded Monroe’s death was a probable suicide. Recently obtained by The Associated Press through the Freedom of Information Act, the updated FBI files do show the extent the agency was monitoring Monroe for ties to communism in the years before her death in August 1962. The records reveal that some in Monroe’s inner circle were concerned about her association with Frederick Vanderbilt Field, who was disinherited from his wealthy family over his leftist views. A trip to Mexico earlier that year to shop for furniture brought Monroe in contact with Field, who was living in the country with his wife in self-imposed exile. Informants reported to the FBI that a “mutual infatuation” had developed between Field and Monroe, which caused concern among some in her inner circle, including her therapist, the files state. “This situation caused considerable dismay among Miss Monroe’s entourage and also among the (American Communist Group in Mexico),” the file states. It includes references to an interior decorator who worked with Monroe’s analyst reporting her connection to Field to the doctor. Field’s autobiography devotes an entire chapter to Monroe’s Mexico trip, “An Indian Summer Interlude.” He mentions that he and his wife accompanied Monroe on shopping trips and meals and he only mentions politics once in a passage on their dinnertime conversations. “She talked mostly about herself and some of the people who had been or still were important to her,” Field wrote in “From Right to Left.” ”She told us about her strong feelings for civil rights, for black equality, as well as her admiration for what was being done in China, her anger at red-baiting and McCarthyism and her hatred of (FBI director) J. Edgar Hoover.” Under Hoover’s watch, the FBI kept tabs on the political and social lives of many celebrities, including Frank Sinatra, Charlie Chaplin and Monroe’s ex-husband Arthur Miller. The bureau has also been involved in numerous investigations about crimes against celebrities, including threats against Elizabeth Taylor, an extortion case involving Clark Gable and more recently, trying to solve who killed rapper Notorious B.I.G. The AP had sought the removal of redactions from Monroe’s FBI files earlier this year as part of a series of stories on the 50th anniversary of Monroe’s death. The FBI had reported that it had transferred the files to a National Archives facility in Maryland, but archivists said the documents had not been received. A few months after requesting details on the transfer, the FBI released an updated version of the files that eliminate dozens of redactions. For years, the files have intrigued investigators, biographers and those who don’t believe Monroe’s death at her Los Angeles area home was a suicide. A 1982 investigation by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office found no evidence of foul play after reviewing all available investigative records, but noted that the FBI files were “heavily censored.” That characterization intrigued the man who performed Monroe’s autopsy, Dr. Thomas Noguchi. While the DA investigation concluded he conducted a thorough autopsy, Noguchi has conceded that no one will likely ever know all the details of Monroe’s death. The FBI files and confidential interviews conducted with the actress’ friends that have never been made public might help, he wrote in his 1983 memoir “Coroner.” “On the basis of my own involvement in the case, beginning with the autopsy, I would call Monroe’s suicide ‘very probable,’” Noguchi wrote. “But I also believe that until the complete FBI files are made public and the notes and interviews of the suicide panel released, controversy will continue to swirl around her death.” Monroe’s file begins in 1955 and mostly focuses on her travels and associations, searching for signs of leftist views and possible ties to communism. One entry, which previously had been almost completely redacted, concerned intelligence that Monroe and other entertainers sought visas to visit Russia that year. The file continues up until the months before her death, and also includes several news stories and references to Norman Mailer’s biography of the actress, which focused on questions about whether Monroe was killed by the government. For all the focus on Monroe’s closeness to suspected communists, the bureau never found any proof she was a member of the party. “Subject’s views are very positively and concisely leftist; however, if she is being actively used by the Communist Party, it is not general knowledge among those working with the movement in Los Angeles,” a July 1962 entry in Monroe’s file states.

Philippines will phase-out 3.5 Million Tricycles to save EARTH & $5 Billion USD imported Gas yearly | Rebuilding for the Better Philippines

Reported in the Environmental Protection Online, Philippine government will replace the Pedi-cab or the tricycles-taxis with Electronic Trikes.

The Philippines will be introducing electronic tricycle taxis to replace its petrol-fuelled models, which could cut carbon dioxide emissions by a quarter of million tons.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide $300 million and The Philippines government will provide an additional $99 million to the project. Tricycle taxis are one of the Philippines' most widely used forms of transport for travelling short distances, but they are also responsible for more than two-thirds of air pollution.

The ADB estimates that there are 200,000 tricycles in the Manila metropolitan region alone, and about 3.5 million in the entire country. The tricycles use nearly $5 billion of imported fuel every year, produce about ten million tons of carbon dioxide, and are the biggest source of particulate pollution in urban areas. The World Bank estimates that the total economic burden of air pollution to the Philippines economy is more than $150 million each year.

The project aims to replace 100,000 petrol-fuelled tricycles with 'clean, energy efficient' electric tricycles (e-trikes) in a 'lease-to-own' arrangement.
'Every 20,000 e-Trikes that are introduced to Manila's streets will save the Philippines 100,000 liters of foreign fuel imports each day, worth US$35 million annually,' says the ADB's principal energy specialist, Sohail Hasnie

E-Trikes will use lithium-ion batteries, a form of battery widely used in consumer electronics such as mobile phones, which can be recharged 2,000 times before being replaced. A test run earlier this year showed that tricycle operators more than doubled their incomes when using e-Trikes.

'E-Trikes are a cleaner, greener transport solution for the Philippines and provide a better quality of life for tricycle drivers,' says Neeraj Jain, the ADB's country director for the Philippines. 'This project can help transform transportation in the Philippines and positions the country as a leader in electric vehicle development in Asia.'
Philippines will phase-out 3.5 Million Tricycles to save EARTH & $5 Billion USD imported Gas yearly | Rebuilding for the Better Philippines