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"If a regulation only potentially cuts into the profits of a company, these companies can turn to arbitration"
Maybe the best thing would be to turn TTIP, etc. around and use them as an instrument to introduce reasonable regulation for institutions which overextend pollution. So that for instance non-profits (or, for that matter, citizens) can sue #climate destructive investors and companies under the #ISDS regime. How about that?
The European Union and the USA have been negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) behind closed doors since 2013. Negotiators kept insisting that their secret talks would work in the best interest of the public and the environment. But since Greenpeace leaked the TTIP draft negotiating documents it became clearer than ever, that this trade agreement could become one of the most dangerous weapons in the hands of the fo...
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"The digital economy is diverse not only in the sense that it includes both capitalist and non-capitalist forms, but also in the sense that there are multiple varieties of the capitalist form, many of which do not conform to the traditional models, and indeed multiple varieties of gift economy forms, as well as forms that are neither, or indeed a mixture of both. From this perspective, it becomes possible to see our economy as a complex ecosystem of competing and interacting economic forms, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, and to develop a progressive politics that seeks to reshape that ecosystem rather than pursuing the imaginary perfection of one single universal economic form."
Our failure to recognise the diversity of our existing economic systems is doubly consequential.
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"On the current course, Reince Priebus will be judged the worst GOP party chairman in history. On the current course, Ryan will be discredited as a political and moral leader. On the current course, our children will look back in confusion and contempt, asking: How did you allow such a man to get so close to such an office?"

Article by Michael Gerson, former speechwriter for George W. Bush
If he continues on his current course for the next three months, Trump will surely derail the GOP.
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"The 'idea that nukes would be used, say over Raqqa or Mosul, simply because we have no more allies and it’s a simple, easy fix is nauseating [...]. Simply signaling that you’re open to using strategic weapons as a tactical solution rewrites the rule book. Russia, China, others will respond. Nuclear deterrence is about balance. Trump is an elephant jumping up and down on one side of the scale. So damn dangerous.'”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-nuclear-weapons-disqualifying_us_57a22e86e4b04414d1f2ffc5
Even threatening a first strike would be profoundly destabilizing.
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I am just wondering what kind of psychology does Trump and the Trumpists have...
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Should we pay people not to consume?
#sustainability
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You could, but they'd take your money and continue. Their whole existence is manipulation.
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I think I've been trying biographically to build my own #learning model; I suppose many people do this, and I don't even know, if there is a lot of research on this or not. It might be, what is sometimes called implicit, or 'tacit' knowledge.

Anyway I tried to come up with a formalization for it; here you go:

A) idea and basic attitude is: by cognitive instinct getting a feeling/understanding of the building Blocks of a particular domain of knowledge
B) first looking upon the informational structures with an open mind, but without too much pidgeonholing/judgement
C) when one gets a response of not-understanding, one keeps looking
D) over time the basic cognitive capacity of the mind will automatically determine significant structures and patterns of the object/topic/field/domain
E) then you can test and harvest your possible insight by analyzing and experimenting it

//This seems to work in many cases of diegetic, pragmatic and/or idiographic knowledge, but not everywhere: for example it didn't work with musical scans. Also with very formal fields (like math, or programming) this model seems to be of lesser usefulness.
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Well, what I find really annoying is, that I didn't see a single article which describes the problems on a higher level, or even seems to ask the right questions. What we don't like in the trade deals are rather symptoms of the flaws in the embedding system. Of course corporations have and play their advantages, because they have the scalar boost. Also there is still no serious coherent ideological alternative to the ideology of free trade and the whole shenanigan of rational-behavioural-techno economy. But people (and organizations) need a coherent ideology, otherwise they can't function.
As long as there is no ideological alternative, all we can do is fine-tuning, checking and balancing. Which is not nothing, and rather substantial, and still...
 
Google support the TPP. The TPP is evil. Google are Evil.
It's no wonder the Obama administration tried to keep this secret—the corporate-friendly trade agreement, decoded.
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+Dran Fren I share many of those frustrations. The EFF's explainer on the TPP is pretty good, though limited. There's a problem in that the whole Neoliberal theology / Washington Concensus is almost entirely adopted and accepted, even by its loudest critics, implicitly if not explicitly.

Those who do argue against it sensibly rarely do so succinctly. I've tried to find and post instances in which that happens.

Joseph Stiglitz, Noam Chomsky, and Robert Reich are among the better instances I've found. Stiglitz and Reich in particular have learned to speak in soundbites and still convey actual information. Chomsky usually has to get edited down.

There are sources out there, though they're hard to find.
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I wouldn't be surprised, if this is all a Madoff style #ponzi

“My net worth fluctuates, and it goes up and down with markets and with attitudes and with feelings, even my own feelings”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/politics/2016-election/trump-lies/
For two straight days, lawyers for a reporter Trump had sued asked the businessman question after question on the same theme: Trump’s honesty.
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This is another one of the basic boundaries, whereby we distinguish civilization from open barbaric cruelty. To attack or kill the families of criminals or terrorists is also a strategy very typically used by nazis, fascists and also stalinist communists
The Nazi term for it is Sippenhaft:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sippenhaft

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/12/02/politics/donald-trump-terrorists-families/
Donald Trump said Wednesday that he would kill the families of terrorists in order to win the fight against ISIS.
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As he speaks his mind, probably the next thing he says is: Vote for me and you never have to bother with voting again...
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“People out there have their own partisan agendas and if a company is on there ... 50 demonstrators show up outside their offices because ‘XYZ bank’ invests in fossil fuels or participated in raising money for Republicans. I don't see the public interest in knowing who the donors are.”

- Yeah, that makes sense!

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-saval-democratic-convention-funding-20160725-snap-story.html
Philadelphia is gearing up for the Democratic National Convention with its signature brand of bad taste. Everywhere I look, from the doorstep of the brownstone-and-brick Union League on Broad Street to the central courtyard of the ornate City Hall, I see fiberglass donkeys, the mascot of the Democratic Party .
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The best way to provide aid is probably to establish peace.
The decision has affected the delivery of medicines, food and other vital assistance.
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