The IMF sounded the alarm on excessive global borrowing, warning that with a total of $164 trillion owed, the world’s public and private sectors are deeper in debt than at the height of the financial crisis a decade ago. Global debt is now more than twice the size of the value of goods and services produced every year and at 225 per cent of global gross domestic product, it is now 12 percentage points higher than at its previous peak in 2009. The fund said there was now an urgent need to reduce the burden of debt in both the private and public sectors to improve the resilience of the global economy.
“What is at stake is not the future of capitalism, but that of civilization itself.”
If paying an insurance company in order to see a medical worker is health care, is paying a pimp in order to see a sex worker love care?
"Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power" -Benito Mussolini
“Colorful demonstrations and weekend marches are vital but alone are not powerful enough to stop wars. Wars will be stopped only when soldiers refuse to fight, when workers refuse to load weapons onto ships and aircraft, when people boycott the economic outposts of Empire that are strung across the globe. ”
― Arundhati Roy, Public Power in the Age of Empire
― Arundhati Roy, Public Power in the Age of Empire
“Confidence in an independent fourth estate is a cornerstone of a healthy democracy. Ours appears to be headed for the intensive care unit”,
Patrick Murray, Monmouth University Polling Institute.
“Sexually harmful behaviours and other aspects of rape culture can and should be denounced and deplored, without having to equate it to rape. The proclivity of the liberal set for doing so waters down and diminishes the experience of rape victims, and the seriousness of it. It seems to be yet another function of privilege, to bandy about terms such as “rape”, “rapist”, and “serial rapist” without understanding the repercussions of doing so.
Rape is an assault on all five senses. For a protracted period of time thereafter, it renders you almost unable to live inside your body, to live inside your life. Unable to preserve your sensory perceptions or restore them to how they functioned before the rape.
To falsely describe sexually problematic behaviour common amongst the entire population as “rape” belittles and undermines survivors, as does unfairly expanding the definition of what constitutes a rapist, or branding every man a rapist by affiliation. Doing so causes many men who are not rapists to recoil from confronting what does need to change. It dissuades them from meaningfully engaging on legitimate issues. It encourages an inevitable and counterproductive backlash, that needn’t have occurred.”
Financial advisers typically urge people to keep enough savings to pay six months of bills, recent research by the Pew Charitable Trusts found that about two in five households lacked the cash to cover a $2,000 expense. The Federal Reserve’s Economic Well-Being report for 2016found that 44 percent of adults either could not pay an unexpected $400 expense or would have to borrow or sell something to do so.
Latest rummaging through Trump’s
garbage makes it crystal clear that he is a homophobic anti-semitic islamophobic ca-ca-poo-poo head…he has never had sex with a gay Israeli Muslim!!!
American aid to immigrant-refugees is a rapist offering comfort to his victims.
No one created the universe and no one directs our fate...there is no god. If we want to change the world we have to change our thinking...no problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it. We must learn to see the world anew.
Goose stepping geeks vs. tip-toeing twits :
American bipartisan capitalism
Chump: a foolish, stupid or gullible person; dupe or fool
Twit: a foolish, contemptible, little person
President Trump, leader of Chump Nation?
or Twit Country?
"One does not make wars less likely by formulating rules of warfare. War cannot be humanized. It can only be abolished." -- Albert Einstein
In 1954 when the historic Supreme Court decision in Brown vs. Board was made there were less than 100,000 blacks in prison. Now there are nearly 1 million!! Is that due to Trump? Oprah? Marvel Comics? Duh?
“Email is called dark social media because Google, Facebook, Twitter cannot track or block it.”
The U.S. electorate numbers 231 million..In 2016 about 125 million of them chose the deplorable twit or the despicable twat.. more than 100 million did not bother to vote at all and combined with lesser evil votes for the terrible two that means 160 million members of the electorate chose neither one…that’s nearly 70%..How dare those Russians “meddle” with a system so gloriously democratic!!
"Don't be deceived when they tell you things are better now. Even if there's no poverty to be seen because the poverty's been hidden. Even if you ever got more wages and could afford to buy more of these new and useless goods which industries foist on you and even if it seems to you that you never had so much, that is only the slogan of those who still have much more than you. Don't be taken in when they paternally pat you on the shoulder and say that there's no inequality worth speaking of and no more reason to fight because if you believe them they will be completely in charge in their marble homes and granite banks from which they rob the people of the world under the pretence of bringing them culture. Watch out, for as soon as it pleases them they'll send you out to protect their gold in wars whose weapons, rapidly developed by servile scientists, will become more and more deadly until they can with a flick of the finger tear a million of you to pieces": Jean Paul Marat
a political pinhead leading a nation of the politically brain-dead …zombified by anti-socialization into squabbling privileged types “triggered” by college, therapy and meds to scream about identity problems suffered by all except themselves.
conservative goose stepping geeks vs. liberal tip-toeing twits = American bipartisan capitalism
“The criminalization of political speech and activism against Israel has become one of the gravest threats to free speech in the West. But now, a group of 43 senators--29 Republicans and 14 Democrats--wants to implement a law that would make it a felony for Americans to support the international boycott against Israel, which was launched in protest of that country’s decades-old occupation of Palestine. The two primary sponsors of the bill are Democrat Ben Cardin of Maryland and Republican Rob Portman of Ohio. Perhaps the most shocking aspect is the punishment: Anyone guilty of violating the prohibitions will face a minimum civil penalty of $250,000 and a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years in prison.
The proposed measure, called the Israel Anti-Boycott Act (S. 720), was introduced by Cardin on March 23. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports that the bill “was drafted with the assistance of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.” Indeed, AIPAC, in its 2017 lobbying agenda, identified passage of this bill as one of its top lobbying priorities for the year:
The bill’s co-sponsors include the senior Democrat in Washington, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, his New York colleague Kirsten Gillibrand, and several of the Senate’s more liberal members, such as Ron Wyden of Oregon, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, and Maria Cantwell of Washington. Illustrating the bipartisanship that AIPAC typically summons, it also includes several of the most right-wing senators such as Ted Cruz of Texas, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, and Marco Rubio of Florida.
A similar measure was introduced in the House on the same date by two Republicans and one Democrat. It has already amassed 234 co-sponsors: 63 Democrats and 174 Republicans. As in the Senate, AIPAC has assembled an impressive ideological diversity among supporters, predictably including many of the most right-wing House members-- Jason Chaffetz, Liz Cheney, Peter King--along with the second-ranking Democrat in the House, Steny Hoyer.” Glenn Greenwald and Ryan Grim
“The emancipation of the producing class involves all human beings without distinctions of sex and race.” Karl Marx/Frederick Engels 1880
our jails are bursting over capacity (more than 2 million), filled with people – mostly non-violent! – doing illegal things to survive..No one breaks into a car or burglarizes property in any way because Harvard was closed or Yale wasn’t open or because they couldn’t go to the Bahamas on vacation..undocumented pharmacists who sell drugs in the project don’t do it to buy real estate, bonds or stocks, but to survive! want to help undocumented or illegal immigrants? change the system and document them, legalize them..Otherwise, shut the fuck up and smell reality..
“Oppression, organized as ours is, will appear invincible up to the very hour of its fall.”
“Privileged” sectors of the population: –those able to go to college are “privileged” compared to those who not only can’t dream of going – like some children of immigrants - but haven’t a prayer of going to college unless to make deliveries, repairs or clean toilets .. these “privileged are “diverse”, of many skin tones, faiths, ethnicities, belief systems and sexual preferences as exist among Americans able to afford or have credit ratings strong enough to maintain such privilege.. It’s all relative and people with polio are privileged compared to people with cancer and as long as we allow ourselves to be divided by such nonsense about identity group privilege that remains deaf dumb and blind to the economic kind they are guaranteed profit and we will carry the loss until there’s nothing left to lose.
Argentina’s central bank stunned markets by raising its key borrowing rate to 40 per centon Friday, intensifying its efforts to defend the peso as emerging market currencies were hit by waves of selling.