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The Jehoshua Novels


The “Purple Wedding” of Geo-Politics

Sorry if you don’t watch Game of Thrones on Sunday nights, you might not get the title reference. Suffice it to say, without needing to give a spoiler alert, that there’s vengeance and there’s payback.

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Capitalism simply isn’t working- here are the reasons why

The Observer/Comment is Free, By Will Hutton, April 12

Suddenly, there is a new economist making waves – and he is not on the right. At the conference of the Institute of New Economic Thinking in Toronto last week, Thomas Piketty’s book “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” got at least one mention at every session [...]

Neoliberalism, the Revolution in Reverse

The Baffler, By Chris Lehmann, The Baffler No. 24, 2014

By any reasonable measure, the neoliberal dream lies in tatters.

In 2008 poorly regulated financial markets yielded a world-historic financial collapse. One generation, weaned on reveries of home ownership as the coveted badge of economic independence and old-fashioned American striving, has been plunged into foreclosure, [...]

Paid-For Legislature Takes Teacher Tenure From Thousands In Kansas

From FireDogLake, By kspopulist, April 7

Weekend, overnight exploits by purchased ideologues and rank amateurs in the Kansas State legislature stripped KS public school teachers of due process rights. This will require all teachers to renegotiate their contracts without any union or other support and make them subject to termination if they don’t. Or if [...]

Venezuela: A Call for Peace

New York Times Op Ed, By Nicolás Maduro, April 1

Caracas – The recent protests in Venezuela have made international headlines. Much of the foreign media coverage has distorted the reality of my country and the facts surrounding the events.

Venezuelans are proud of our democracy. We have built a participatory democratic movement from the [...]

Finally!

The day has arrived when Obamacare comes out of rehearsals and goes fully live, and guess what? It’s already outperformed expectations:

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Shopper wins 16-year credit battle over PC World laptop !

A man has won a 16-year battle over payments for a laptop computer after spending a reported £250,000 in legal fees.

Richard Durkin, 44, took his case to the UK’s highest court after claiming lender HFC Bank, now part of HSBC, ruined his credit rating after a dispute over the purchase of a £1,500 laptop. [...]

A good kickstarter in the pants?

My Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades

If a buddy of yours borrowed a few hundred bucks from you because he had a can’t miss product he was developing, would you give it to him? What would you ask for in return? Nothing?

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US Hege-Money Threatened By Vlad-the-Invader’s Russin into Ukraine

Hege-Money: Hege-money, (“leadership” and “rule”) is an indirect form of government, and of imperial dominance in which the hege-money-lender (lending institutions) subordinate states by the power of money, rather than by the threat of force.

This is an extrapolation of the behaviour of two sets of Powers. It considers the hidden agendas on both sides, [...]

Revealed: Apple and Google’s wage-fixing cartel involved dozens more companies, over one million employees

Pando Daily, By Mark Ames, March 22

Back in January, I wrote about “The Techtopus” — an illegal agreement between seven tech giants, including Apple, Google, and Intel, to suppress wages for tens of thousands of tech employees. The agreement prompted a Department of Justice investigation, resulting in a settlement in which the companies agreed [...]

Obama’s Presidential Library Announced: Details

The White House announced today that the site for the Obama Presidential Library will be built in multiple cities, with multiple wings to the library, to continue the momentum of bipartisanship started under the Obama Administration.

A White House spokesman said :

We’re providing the list of cities and wings we can identify. In keeping [...]

We Don’t Even Have to Lift a Finger

Someone buy this poor destitute man a shirt, please!

The morons in Conservativeville have been braying their lust for President Putin, the overweight exhibitionist who shoots sedated tigers and calls himself a hunter (no wonder rightwingers love him: he shoots guns at defenseless animals then calls himself a man). In turn, they call Obama [...]

The “Paid-What-You’re-Worth” Myth

Robert Reich, March 13

It’s often assumed that people are paid what they’re worth. According to this logic, minimum wage workers aren’t worth more than the $7.25 an hour they now receive. If they were worth more, they’d earn more. Any attempt to force employers to pay them more will only kill jobs.

According [...]

The US State Religion

Despite claims to the contrary, the US has a state-sponsored and supported religion.

Like all religions, it has its dogma, a group of fundamental beliefs, that are accepted “on faith,” without any physical proof. And like all religions, it has its clerics/priests, an organized structure for its support, and the priests have their own body [...]

The Vampire Squid Strikes Again: The Mega Banks’ Most Devious Scam Yet

Rolling Stone, By Matt Taibbi, February 12

Banks are no longer just financing heavy industry. They are actually buying it up and inventing bigger, bolder and scarier scams than ever

Call it the loophole that destroyed the world. It’s 1999, the tail end of the Clinton years. While the rest of America obsesses over Monica [...]