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How much is that wage slave in the window?  I do hope that wage slave's for sale. I do so need her labour power.  So I can have something to sell. 
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"This is clearly linked to the human movement of honeybee colonies around the globe," she told BBC News.
The global honeybee trade is driving a pandemic that threatens hives and wild bees, according to a study.
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Why Wittgenstein was not Jewish:

"Wittgenstein's mother was Leopoldine Maria Josefa Kalmus, known among friends as Poldi. Her father was a Bohemian Jew and her mother was Austrian-Slovene Catholic—she was Wittgenstein's maternal grandmother and only non-Jewish grandparent, whose ancestry was Austrian, and so by Jewish law Wittgenstein was not Jewish.[26][27][28][29] "

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The workers of the world produce all wealth outside of what is found in Nature. I accept that. That they are divided and ruled and profited from by their own wage-slave driving ruling class, I have no doubt. That the purchaser of a commodity, other than wage-labour, exploits the producer, I reject.
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I hadn't made the connection between industrialised agribusiness, population growth, nitrogen based fertilisers and global warming until I heard this program today.
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Marx pointed to the same thing when he explained how British colonial policies in Ireland effectively exported soil vitality to England.
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I think we should only produce organic food and work on planning our parenthood to produce a reduction in world population.  "Nitrogen is the very stuff of life, and the creation of so-called reactive or synthetic nitrogen by humans has driven the boom in global food production over the past century."  The use of synthetic nitrogen fertilisers has also led to a very large increase in the population of the world, along with a significant increase in greenhouse gas emission.  

see: https://radio.abc.net.au/programitem/pglxVLY0X7
It's not just a matter of producing enough, but making agriculture environmentally friendly and making sure that food gets to those who need it. There's already more than enough food being produced for the world—low yields are not the root of hunger. Even with drought, waste and spoilage, ...
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Calment’s Secret of Longevity

Jean Calment came from a bourgeois family and never has to work.  Her husband, a cousin, was a prosperous storeowner who offered her a life of ease revolving around tennis, bicycling, swimming, roller skating, piano and opera.  In later years, Calment lived mostly off the income from her apartment, which she sold cheaply to a lawyer when she was 90.    Andre-Francois Raffray, who apparently relied on the actuarial table, signed a contingency contract  with Calment and agreed to pay a life annuity of 2,500 francs ($500) a month under a deal to make him the owner of Calment's flat when she dies.  Yet, he died at 77 and his family was still paying for more than a year unitl she died.  Altogether, they paid more than 900,000 francs ($180,000), three times the value of the house.
Internationally, researchers are fascinated with Calment for both her longevity and her vitality.  "She never did anything special to stay in good health," said French researcher Jean-Marie Robine. They attribute her longevity to her immunity to stress.   She once said “ If  you can’t do anything about it, don’t worry about it.”. 
Calment herself credited an occasional glass of Port vine and a diet rich in olive oil for her longevity. She also recommended laughter as a recipe for longevity and jokes that "God must have forgotten me." ( L'Oubliee de Dieu?).   For skin care, she recommends olive oil and a dab of make-up.  "All my life I've put olive oil on my skin and then just a puff of powder.  I could never wear mascara, I cried too often when I laughed."

She took up fencing lessons at 85 and rode bicycle until 100.   However ------

She used to ate two lbs. of chocolate per week until her doctor persuaded her to give up sweets at the age of 119. She quit smoking only at 119, but her doctor said her abstinence was due to pride rather than health — she was too blind to light up herself, and hated asking someone to do it for her.
Jeanne Louise Calment : world's oldest. Jeanne Louise Calment, the world's longest living person (who died at the age of 122) was born in Arles, France on February 21, 1875 and died on August 4, 1997 in a nursing home in Arles. She was born in the year Bizet's “Carmen” was first staged and ...
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Researchers found that in Europe, trees grown since 1750 have actually increased global warming.
The scientists believe that replacing broadleaved species with conifers is a key reason for the negative climate impact.
Conifers like pines and spruce are generally darker and absorb more heat than species such as oak and birch.
The authors believe the work has implications for current efforts to limit rising temperatures through mass tree planting.
Management issues
Europe's green canopy was dramatically thinned between 1750 and 1850, when the forested area diminished by 190,000 sq km.
Ironically the greater use of fossil fuels, particularly coal, slowed the timber rush, and from 1850 to the present day, Europe's forests grew by some 386,000 sq km and now cover 10% more land than before the industrial revolution.
However, the form and content of these new woods differed considerably from what went before.
In the distant past, these forests ran wild - but in the modern world, some 85% of Europe's trees are managed by humans. And over the past 150 years, foresters have adopted a scientific approach to woodlands - planting faster growing, more commercially valuable trees such as a Scots pine and Norway spruce.
Scientists say replacing broadleaved species with conifers over the past two centuries has increased global temperatures.
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Real GDP is growing.  That means the wealth is there to provide revenue and to stop the deficit from ballooning out much more. There is no reason to hike the GST or widen it other than the fear of taxing the upper 10% and the companies they own, the people benefitting from the ever increasing real GDP.  All raising and widening the GST will do is make the bottom 90% pay more out of their wages in regressive taxes to fund government.

What is the deficit based on anyway?

It is composed of government bonds we are selling to the upper 10% and banking institutions.   
Around 80 per cent of the collapse in Commonwealth and state government budgets over the second half of last year is due to the federal government.
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Chromebooks aren't dead. I'm using one.
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Promoting common ownership of the collective product of labour.
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  • Stanford University Libraries
    1977 - 2000
  • Stanford University
    1977 - 2000
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Perth, Australia
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Palo Alto, California - East Lansing, Michigan - Harford, Pennsylvania - Canal Zone, Panama - Hokkaido, Japan - Okinawa, Japan - Jackson, Mississippi - Fort Campbell, Kentucky - Monterey, California - Wickenburg, Arizona - San Diego, California
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Class conscious worker and writer. I am an Earthling for common ownership of the collective product of labour, not a nationalist. I want to change the mode of production and exchange. Justice is an empty abstraction under the wage system and production of commodities for sale. I'm have no class interests in common with any employing class.
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I was born in Binghamton, New York in 1945. I was raised in eight of the United States of America and two foreign countries: Panama and Japan. I served honourably in the United States Marine Corps from 1963-1967 and then took part in anti-war activities in Haight-Ashbury and Michigan State University. After graduating from MSU, I worked at the University Library and joined the Socialist Labor Party of America, running for Congress on the SLP ticket in 1974. Subsequently, I moved to Palo Alto, California to work on the SLP’s newspaper, “The People”. In the late 1970s, I was employed as a wage-labourer at Stanford University Libraries, where I was involved in union organizing activities. On May 5, 1990, I joined the Industrial Workers of the World. I quit being a member of the IWW on April 5, 2012. On December 7th, 2000, I took early retirement from Stanford and flew to Perth, Australia to write my novel WAGE-SLAVE’S ESCAPE and other short literary excursions. I now live permanently in Australia with my wife, Jennifer. We study free-style martial arts together. Both of us are engaged in the creation of literature.
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  • Michigan State University
    1967 - 1971
  • Mountain View High School
    1961 - 1963
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