Archive for January, 2012

The Point of Life Is to Pass It Along – Watch Borgen on LinkTV

January 29, 2012

Increasingly, we need all actual humans to be stakeholders in decision making, simply to remember life is part of the equation.

"The point of life is to pass it along."

Borgen – (Tune in to Link TV for two extraordinary international series' not found anywhere else in the US: Borgen (Government), a commanding new political drama from Denmark, and Season Two of Arab Labor, Israeli TV's controversial hit comedy series.)
http://www.linktv.org/drama-comedy

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Profits Are the Core Problem?

January 26, 2012

Redonkulously Summarized:

For profit to exist, workers must create more value than they get paid for.
Weaponry, surveillance, and coercion, are increasingly being mechanized and automated to enforce this.
Either the whole Earth a slave to the hive? or each our own master and all each others' keepers?

Executive Summary:

The proportion of money that is in circulation controls the value of labor relative to product.

For profit to exist, workers must create more value than they get paid. 
Most profit is largely then removed from demand for that value.
Total value thus must consistently lose value relative to total wages.
Eventually the food producer cannot afford to eat, and the culture either collapses or it adjusts.

Collapse would make life hard to say the least, and may well remove the human element only after the slight majority of other species are destined for extinction.
Economic Democracy is the only sane adjustment for our present straights.

Corporations are social machinery, and are increasing being automated.
Weaponry, surveillance, and coercion, are also increasingly being mechanized and automated.

Either the whole Earth a slave to the hive? or each our own master and all each others' keepers?

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The proportion of money that is in circulation controls the value of labor relative to product.

For profit to exist, workers must create more value than they get paid for. 

Most profit is largely then removed from the demand for that value, often being held for purely financial manipulation, occasionally even being stockpiled for decades to no benefit for anyone. 

Total value thus must consistently lose value relative to total wages.

Eventually the food producer cannot afford to eat, and the entire culture either collapses or it adjusts.

In recent history this has been more than made up for – in the US – by ever accelerating inputs of raw material, relative to labor. This usually is widely seen as unsustainable and an artificial result of imperialism.

No means of accelerating inputs has ever been sustained without territorial expansion of the economic control of those who profit. In a global economy, confined to one planet, we are now actively courting a large number of very disastrous results by way of ignoring this simple fact.

Collapse of human culture (there really is only one – with many dialects) would make life hard to say the least, especially for other species.
It may well remove the human element, if foregone long enough, but only after the majority of other species are also destined for extinction.

Economic Democracy is the only sane adjustment for our present straights.

We have little time left to avoid hierarchy being run by electronic minds.
Indeed, to a very large degree, our current hierarchy is already dependant upon a brittle and highly artificial decision making apparatus. It is only a matter of less time than we can conceive before decision making and coercion are taken over entirely by machines.

Corporations are social machinery, and are increasingly automating important decision making, and codifying the choices the choices available in the software embodying the corporate model and culture. Increasingly major financial manipulations are directed by self evolving programs that humans can no longer comprehend.

Weaponry, surveillance, and coercion, are also increasingly being mechanized and automated.
It is only a mater of a little while before decisions of who must die must also be made as fast as only a computer can make them.

In other words, if we continue to program profit, and it's required hierarchic coercion, into our (formally solely human) processes, it will soon be as irreversibly out of human hands as it currently is beyond human abilities of comprehension and management.

For all that the apathetic rightfully feel our culture is already out of our control, and historically many always have, it is still a human dominated mechanism, with which we still can do as we collectively wish.

This will not last, someday all profit will go to the machine, and it will very likely be much sooner than we can imagine.

Either the whole Earth a slave to the hive? or each our own master?
Economic Democracy? or an end to species as we've known them?
Seems simple to me.

The stakes for Earth, and for humans, have never, ever, been higher.
All humans are stakeholders, or no really living being will be.

Monte

What’s Your Favorite Secret Ingredient?

January 17, 2012

I found it easy to list my most unusual mystery ingredient, but I have too many favorites to stop there.

Maple syrup, just enough not to taste.

It's good in anything complex, sweet-sour-hot, beefy or with sausage especially.
I like it in my eclectic chili and my mexi-talin-asian mango marinated blue corn breaded pan-fried catfish.
It's like cinnamon in spaghetti sauce, if you can recognize the taste, it's too much, but it's not nearly as unforgiving.

Other things that add mass flavor to lots of stuff:

Worcester (esp. anything with red meat)

nutritional yeast (esp. anything missing some meat or protein)

brown sugar

Tabasco Chipotle, or Buffalo Chipotle 
(with the latter, some will swear there's tomato in there even when there's none at all)

vinegar – cider, balsamic, pomegranate, wine, rice, and/or steeped with herbs, depending on specifics

liquid smoke

fresh lemon

powdered tomato

powdered sun dried wild mushrooms (can make most people swear a meatless sauce has beef in it).

oil/butter (When I was young, an old Chinese woman marveled at my stir fry, or actually it's austerity. 
She said, "No oil? No sugar? No vinegar?" – much of Chinese cuisine relies on this trifecta for taste.)

shrimp bouillon

Things I use whenever I can:

Mexican oregano (not the same species as oregano, which is my first lasting love with a spice)

fennel seed (I love fennel, like cumin, it ties so many cuisines together, making it easier to blend them)

cumin seed

coriander seed

garlic (sometimes the powder is better, but usually freshly minced is best)

Pearl River Bridge soy sauce

honey, molasses, sorghum, agave nectar, and/or sugar

apricots or apricot jam

Szechuan pepper

yellow curry powder

red curry paste

chipotle peppers

adobo

tomatillo

oyster or fish sauce (both are often mostly really krill, these have a very strong "fishy" taste, 
I prefer the high priced oyster sauces which are not.
Especially good in anything made with beef or seafood)

mango

bell peppers

sun dried tomatoes

blue corn meal

fruit juice(s)

marinade made from many of the above

The real secrets are the ones I've forgotten.
(Can't believe how many of these the spell checker says are wrong!)

Try a little red curry paste, or yellow curry powder, in your next tuna melt, 
and dust the pan or bread (the butter really) with garlic powder. 
It's best if the tuna has onions and celery in it. Cheddar works great.

A little extra cumin also goes well here, as might minced olives.

Cumin is in so many ethnic blends, from chili powder to garam masala, 
but it's often used alone in authentic versions that otherwise use these blends, 
so sometimes adding more cumin (or less) is exactly what you're really looking for.

What really matters? Top 5 deathbed regrets, and advice on avoiding them

January 16, 2012

Ms. Bronnie Ware, a woman who worked for years with the dying, wrote a list of the top 5 regrets people say aloud on their deathbed…

Elites Party

January 16, 2012

http://editorialcartoonists.com/cartoon/display.cfm/93454/

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not sure if intended to have a double meaning, but I consider it worth being pondered 3 ways.

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Occupy the Green Party

what makes us who we are?

January 15, 2012

http://editorialcartoonists.com/cartoon/display.cfm/96778/

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Monte Letourneau – Necedah WI
WIGP Corresponding Secretary, GPUS NC Delegate,

what makes us who we are?

January 15, 2012

http://editorialcartoonists.com/cartoon/display.cfm/96778/

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Monte Letourneau – Necedah WI
WIGP Corresponding Secretary, GPUS NC Delegate,