Greece, Methane, Germaine Greer
Property... prices here have dropped to as little as one quarter of what they were five years ago. The Greeks who could afford to have left. For rent signs are plastered over almost every one of the area's shabby five-storey apartment blocks. On the side streets among the North African-run mini markets and Nigerian internet cafes, newcomers from West Africa push shopping trolleys full of scrap metal stripped from deserted buildings. Large-scale drug dealing has overtaken an entire street in the neighbourhood. Violent crime has rocketed.
..fourth year in recession, Greece now outstrips even Spain for youth unemployment yesterday ... under-25s at 51.2%. The headline .. is 21.7% while the real rate 25%">..
Somewhere around 25-35% unemployment, wage-salvery becomes untenable, even to those repressively tolerant.. independent ______________________________________________________
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The Fongoli Chimps - How to Grow a Planet - Episode 3 - BBC Two youtube ______________________________________________________
methane from AQUA satellite Looks like methane is coming from the ocean?? (see south atlantic) also siberia, china? Not equatorial regions. SCIAMACHY satellite is now lost (6Apr12) - seemed to be source of a bunch of science-Methane papers - is AQUA adequate ? Is there a giant burp coming from Arctic? Was there a flat level pre-2007? Is CO2 even well mixed? ______________________________________________________
n methane concentration, we estimate that sea–air fluxes amount to around 2 mg d-1 m-2, comparable to emissions seen on the Siberian shelf. ggpht ______________________________________________________
Marx doesn’t use the word ‘capitalism’. The term never occurs in the finished first part of Das Kapital he never talks of Kapitalismus.... The terms he preferred were ‘political economy’ and ‘bourgeois political economy’, which he saw as encompassing everything from property rights to our contemporary idea of human rights to the very conception of the independent autonomous individual. I think he didn’t use the word ‘capitalism’ because that would have implied that capitalism was one of a number of competing possible systems – and Marx didn’t believe that. He didn’t think it was possible to move past capitalism without a fundamental overturning of the existing social, political and philosophical order. ______________________________________________________
Paper Promises: Money, Debt and the New World Order by Philip Coggan 2011, ISBN 978 1 84614 510 0
Debt: The First 5000 Years by David Graeber Melville House, 534 pp, £21.99, July 2011, ISBN 978 1 933633 86 2 99
Credit arrangements organised by religious authorities, like the differential schedules of interest for separate castes in India, could still lead to steep inequality. Elsewhere, however, Confucian strictures against extraordinary profits or the Islamic prohibition of usury allowed markets to run on credit without indenturing one portion of the population to another. Graeber’s account of medieval Muslim commerce has warmer words for the institution of the market than are usually heard on the left: By abandoning the usurious practices that had made them so obnoxious to their neighbours for untold centuries before, [merchants] were able to become – alongside religious teachers – the effective leaders of their communities … The spread of Islam allowed the market to become a global phenomenon … But the very fact that this was, in a certain way, a genuinely free market, not one created by the government and backed by its police and prisons – a world of handshake deals and paper promises backed only by the integrity of the signer – meant that it could never really become the world imagined by those who later adopted many of the same ideas and arguments: one of purely self-interested individuals vying for material advantage by any means at hand. Notwithstanding some equivocations on the role of the state (‘Markets were never entirely independent from the government. Islamic regimes did employ all the usual strategies of manipulating tax policy to encourage the growth of markets’), here is a glimpse of the anti-rentier but pro-market conception of economic life that must surely count as an intermediate necessity for radical politics today. lrb longnow youtube crookedtimber thenewinquiry _______________________________________
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Shakespeares wife. Germaine Greer Wgtn Festival March 2012 Social History The women of Stratford backfilledhe trenches dug for the enclosure of the ancient commons. Was Ann amongst them? William was aligned with the enclosers, fiscalisation, privatisation . It was surely Ann that was buying and selling malt. 1/3 of Stratford were on poor relief Hathaways were successful in America, GG hails Covendales Psalms, the Geneva bible, 1599 the first commonly available.. .. the Authorised version " a nasty piece of work" ?? radio national
My soul waiteth on the Lord more than the morning watch watcheth for the morning. (Psalm 130 Geneva 1599)
"Kissing the Rod" GG in Tulsa.. (C17 womens poetry) "they that have power to hurt and will do none" Women of the later tragedies are impotent... Ophelia incapable ofhonesty, sets up Hamlet to be murdered... - its advisable to attend GG, despite her silly Australianness, she is lively on literature