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by Dan74
Sun Dec 30, 2018 4:45 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Should Capitalism be outgrown?
Replies: 206
Views: 15533

Re: Should Capitalism be outgrown?

Thanks, folks for responding. How is China Communist, Kim? Communism means everything is state-owned, there is no money, etc. It has private ownership of the means of production and exchange of money for goods and services, i.e. Capitalism. Chownah, guns are also value-neutral, they are a lump of me...
by Dan74
Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Should Capitalism be outgrown?
Replies: 206
Views: 15533

Re: Should Capitalism be outgrown?

The example with mercury is salient as it shows that without proper controls, without the essential checks and balances, Capitalism in the modern world leads to destruction of the environment as well as erosion of worker's rights, etc. It seems to be a case of wilful blindness given the examples of ...
by Dan74
Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Should Capitalism be outgrown?
Replies: 206
Views: 15533

Re: Should Capitalism be outgrown?

Perhaps Capitalism can be outgrown, perhaps it can be re-imagined, I don't know. One thing is certain - the way it runs now is causing a lot of pain both to its citizens and the planet. If Capitalism is taken in its most basic form as free enterprise plus exchange of money for goods and services, th...
by Dan74
Thu Dec 27, 2018 4:25 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: The Empire's appetite for war
Replies: 29
Views: 4000

Re: The Empire's appetite for war

In any case, argue the point, not the man. In this reply, you have not actually addressed any of my (or NYT's) points. Not one. Nada. Hi Dan, first of all, I apologize for the tone of my earlier post (not the substance) and I think I should have tried to find a nicer way to say the same thing. That...
by Dan74
Tue Dec 25, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: The Empire's appetite for war
Replies: 29
Views: 4000

Re: The Empire's appetite for war

Sometimes appeasement leads to war, emboldening an aggressor. Sometimes withdrawal leads to more bloodshed. Some considerations for the present case are outlined here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/19/opinion/editorials/trump-syria-withdrawal.html Oh, right. The NYT, who has never seen a US-led w...
by Dan74
Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: The Empire's appetite for war
Replies: 29
Views: 4000

Re: The Empire's appetite for war

As much as we can and should be critical of any military action, I find it disingenuous to frame it in these simplistic terms as war-mongers versus the peace lovers. Sometimes appeasement leads to war, emboldening an aggressor. Sometimes withdrawal leads to more bloodshed. Some considerations for th...
by Dan74
Sun Dec 16, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: "Russiagate": reality and hysteria
Replies: 52
Views: 6958

Re: "Russiagate": reality and hysteria

As far as anecdotal reports go, before leaving Australia I had the privilege to chat with a very distinguished scientist who still has many contacts with Russia (and that's why I don't want to mention his name), who shared with me how the nationalistic anti-Western groupthink had taken hold even amo...
by Dan74
Sun Dec 16, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: "Russiagate": reality and hysteria
Replies: 52
Views: 6958

Re: "Russiagate": reality and hysteria

Interesting stuff about Binney and certainly worth paying attention to, but then there is also this..

https://www.computerweekly.com/news/252 ... sian-links
by Dan74
Sun Dec 16, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: "Russiagate": reality and hysteria
Replies: 52
Views: 6958

Re: "Russiagate": reality and hysteria

Much of the evidence in the public domain. ... All of this is in the ublic domain and I have posted it elsewhere. In my opinion, this is factually untrue. Could you link us to any such evidence? 'Any such evidence'?? This is called willful blindness, unless you hold what you believe to the same str...
by Dan74
Sun Dec 16, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: "Russiagate": reality and hysteria
Replies: 52
Views: 6958

Re: "Russiagate": reality and hysteria

I've posted evidence to you before, Well, certainly not on this thread. Where is your evidence? I think it's only fair I comment on what you said here in this thread. but you choose to ignore or apply a high standard of scepticism to whatever goes against your pre existing views while readily belie...
by Dan74
Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: "Russiagate": reality and hysteria
Replies: 52
Views: 6958

Re: "Russiagate": reality and hysteria

No point.

I've posted evidence to you before, but you choose to ignore or apply a high standard of scepticism to whatever goes against your pre existing views while readily believing whatever confirms them. So it's not intended for you but because this forum should not be one member's sandpit.
by Dan74
Sat Dec 15, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: "Russiagate": reality and hysteria
Replies: 52
Views: 6958

Re: "Russiagate": reality and hysteria

There is of course hysteria and vested interests in keeping an anti-Russia mood and crank up the war machine. And then there is Individual-1 and his favourite kleptocratic autocrat, VV. Following Trump's election campaign, just listing all his statements on Russia, one would have to be wilfully blin...
by Dan74
Sat Dec 15, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Gilets Jaunes : a popular uprising?
Replies: 96
Views: 11992

Re: Gilets Jaunes : a popular uprising?

I guess this as well as Kim's post above belong in the Jokes thread, but in any case, here it goes... A little boy goes to his dad and asks, "What is politics?" Dad says, "Well son, let me try to explain it this way: I'm the breadwinner of the family, so let's call me Capital. Your Mom, she's the ad...
by Dan74
Wed Dec 12, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Get involved!
Topic: (Dis)enchantment with Facebook
Replies: 15
Views: 2227

Re: (Dis)enchantment with Facebook

Jimmy and Steve no longer appear to care much about being truthful and accurate. While their portrayal of Saudi Arabia is largely accurate (with the exception of saying that women can't drive while Prince Mohammed changed that), for the sake of their narrative they call Iran a democracy and paint th...
by Dan74
Wed Dec 12, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Gilets Jaunes : a popular uprising?
Replies: 96
Views: 11992

Re: Gilets Jaunes : a popular uprising?

Screenshot_2018-12-12_02-51-01.png There's no doubt that many many people have legitimate grievances and a systemic change is called for. What is questionable is whether this will make things better and also whether or not operators like the far-right and Putin will indeed exploit it for their purp...
by Dan74
Sat Nov 24, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Gilets Jaunes : a popular uprising?
Replies: 96
Views: 11992

Re: Gilets Jaunes : a popular uprising?

Seems to be about fuel hikes not neoliberalism..

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/ ... standstill
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by Dan74
Fri Nov 23, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Social Justice Dharma
Topic: Against neoliberalism
Replies: 84
Views: 11205

Re: Against neoliberalism

An interesting book in this (and other) regards is Natural Capitalism by Hawken, Lovins & Lovins. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_Capitalism Some of the book describes case studies of how ethical and compassionate behaviour by corporations proved to be of benefit, arguing that long-term at lea...
by Dan74
Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Environmental Dharma
Topic: The War on Plastic
Replies: 70
Views: 9614

Re: The War on Plastic

Plastic bags cost roughly 5c here and I see the vast majority of people bringing their own bags. The reason may be less the cost and more the awareness. While the ban is good, the more important issue is fostering the culture where we both passively (by using less and more sustainably) and actively ...
by Dan74
Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:54 am
Forum: General Engaged Buddhism discussion
Topic: Actiwiki: a practical idea?
Replies: 4
Views: 2853

Re: Actiwiki: a practical idea?

Thank you very much for the links, chownah, will check them out at the earliest opportunity. As for think local, this line from my OP was meant to address this: "When you access it, you automatically see current projects in your area (on the basis of your IP) and also questions that relate to your a...
by Dan74
Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: General Engaged Buddhism discussion
Topic: Actiwiki: a practical idea?
Replies: 4
Views: 2853

Actiwiki: a practical idea?

So some time ago I had an idea that I would like to run by you folks here. For a while I had been thinking that millions of people spent inordinate amount of time online. Many of them feel disconnected from their communities and disempowered with no sense of purpose or meaningful engagement. I tried...