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"It was in her unfaithful arms that he found fidelity to some strange truth of the passing nature of everything."

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China has likely sold somewhere on the order of $100 billion in US Treasurys in the past two weeks alone in open FX ops to steady the yuan.
As Bloomberg reports, "China has cut its holdings of U.S. Treasuries this month to raise dollars needed to support the yuan in the wake of a shock devaluation two weeks ago, according to people familiar with the matter. Channels for such transactions include China selling directly, as well as through agents in Belgium and Switzerland, said one of the people, who declined to be identified as the information isn’t public. China has communicated wit...
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Watch it while you can.  The private property squad will soon have it taken down.
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The World Socialist Party (New Zealand) says the criticism from the Salvation Army does not go far enough. Poverty remains a running sore incapable of remedy while capitalism lasts. After over a century of patchwork tinkering this problem is still with us. Confident declarations by politicians and enacting of palliative reform legislation has not altered the situation. Is it not high time this poverty producing system was done away with once and for all? The problem is that religious do-gooders are no answer to the problem. Patronising the poor with charity is insulting and useless.

Nowadays every youngster is constantly bombarded from all directions with the message: “You can make it if you try hard enough.” This “motivation advice” is regarded as a big advance on the bad old days when low-caste children were taught humbly to accept their place at the bottom of the pile. But the new message is actually even crueler than the old one, because it carries the clear though unspoken implication that if you don’t make it that will mean you didn’t try hard enough. “You only have yourself to blame.” Those who perform this charade of “equal opportunity” must know very well, only a few of the children before whom they “dangle” the will ever make it and is an exhortation for poor kids to hurl themselves against a brick wall – again and again and again. The remarkable thing is not that some of them commit suicide but that most of them do not. Such are the fruits of efforts at reform – undertaken in many cases with the best of intentions – that leaves intact the capitalist structure of our society.
"The increase is insufficient to address the poverty and hardship that is impacting so many families that we work with." The Salvation Army doesn't back moves to require parents to return to work when their child turns three, rather than the current age of five. Major Roberts told MPs while work ...
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Galicians have a bagpipe too.  Who'd of thunk it?  Spain.
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"slaves to the meaning we created"...good one. Exactly. We're dominated by our own creations. Oh poor things we make ourselves. But, if we can laugh at the absurdity, we can accept our advancing maturity.

Excellently done. Makes Nietzsche and Bataille relevant to our ever present continuum.
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+Mike Ballard I'm glad I was able to make it make sense. One can really understand what is being got at by the writers by means of a formal stucture that one could probably depict as a graphic. Too much truth-certainty leads us to dominate ourselves by means of our unshakeable faith in what we think we know. This overestimation of what we think we know produces such unhappy features as weakness of an untested character and (at times) gradiosity. If we can move outside of ourselves, to see the contingencies of life, we can become more whole, more resilient and more self-aware, especially as regards the real value of knowledge, which is understood as relative (not as the absolute thing we had thought it to be).
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Microbiologists have coined new terms for these collective entities – holobiont – and for their genomes – hologenome. “These terms are needed to define the assemblage of organisms that makes up the so-called individual,” said Bordenstein.
Recent microbiological research has shown that plants and animals, including humans, are not autonomous individuals but are holobionts: biomolecular networks that consist of visible hosts plus millions of invisible microbes.
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The LNP want to cut taxes for the upper 10% and the companies they own to create more of a budget deficit in order to justify cutting more from public health, education and welfare. At the same time, the LNP is arguing for increasing and widening regressive taxes like the GST, petrol excise and sin taxes e.g. beer.

Whose class interests are served by these moves? Which side of the class line are you on?
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Are you for social revolution or are you for an equality of classes within a fair wage system?
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Capital and labour, wage labour that is.  This story will not make the evening news.
Egyptian economic experts oppose an unconfirmed report in the Israeli paper Maariv that an Israeli factory might open in Egypt.
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The story of Mitterrand and his famous turn to austerity in March 1983 is very important to understand because it is used by progressives to justify their ‘austerity-lite’ stances with respect to economic policy. The New Labour politicians that are attacking Jeremy Corbyn’s policy proposals fit into this camp. The ‘left’ narrative is that the demise of Keynesian policy options was inevitable in the face of globalisation of capital and the growing importance of Transnational Corporations (TNCs). But, my argument is that there was nothing inevitable at all about Mitterrand’s poorly contrived shift into austerity. The progressives who advocate the inevitability thesis conflate the development of the TNCs with the emerging dominance of the neo-liberal ideology (which is concoction from economists intent on pushing the textbook competitive free market model with minimal state intervention). The development of the TNCs didn’t undermine the capacity of currency-issuing nation states. That has been accomplished by the imposition of the neo-liberal ideology and is reversible if the politics can be won. That is what I see as Jeremy Corbyn’s challenge – to win the politics. There is plenty of strong economic argument to help him do that.
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Chinese capitalists want their wage-slaves to work for lower wages because it will mean higher rates of profit.  The commodities produced by these wage-slaves will not be cheaper, the profit per commodity sold will be higher than if they had employed more highly priced Australian based workers.
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Promoting common ownership of the collective product of labour.
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  • Writer
  • 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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