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  • Glenn commented on the diary post Why is Near Term Human Extinction Inevitable? by Robert J. Burrowes.

    2014-12-20 22:54:46View | Delete

    Humans are not confined to a narrow set of ecological niches. Even if environmental conditions changed drastically and large numbers of humans died, it’s likely that some humans, somewhere on the planet, will find a way to hold on. But eCHANomics, don’t be too quick to dismiss the possibility that AI will be developed over [...]

  • Glenn commented on the diary post Turkey: Save the People’s House by GREYDOG.

    2014-12-06 01:29:26View | Delete

    A couple of days ago, something occurred that could dramatically change the balance of power in the Middle East. President Putin of Russia announced the Russia wouldn’t build the South Stream Pipeline. Instead, the gas would go to Turkey, which would eventually be able to sell it to the Europeans through a new facility to [...]

  • Glenn commented on the blog post Obama Immigration Action is Extremely Popular With Latino Voters

    2014-11-24 13:56:25View | Delete

    Why do you assume Obama wanted to help save Senator Udall? Do you really think they were allies just because they both had a D after their name?

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/05/obama-cia-senate-intelligence-committee-torture

    “A leading US senator has said that President Obama knew of an “unprecedented action” taken by the CIA against the Senate intelligence committee, which has apparently prompted an inspector general’s inquiry at Langley.

    The subtle reference in a Tuesday letter from Senator Mark Udall to Obama, seeking to enlist the president’s help in declassifying a 6,300-page inquiry by the committee into torture carried out by CIA interrogators after 9/11, threatens to plunge the White House into a battle between the agency and its Senate overseers.”

  • Glenn commented on the blog post Congress To Vote On Keystone XL Pipeline

    2014-11-13 09:37:11View | Delete

    Unlike the US, China probably will keep their side of this agreement. Because Chinese city dwellers don’t want to choke on air pollution, there is real political pressure on the Chinese leadership to cut back on the use of coal. That’s why China has been spending more than any other country on building solar and wind generators. It’s also one reason why they agreed to buy more gas from the Russians.

  • Glenn commented on the blog post Sensible Leadership On Economics In Real Life

    2014-10-19 15:58:10View | Delete

    If Obama’s goal was to become a ‘transformational”, “great” President, then he’s failed utterly. If his goal was to get tens or hundreds of millions of dollars from the oligarchy after he leaves the Presidency, the way Bill Clinton did, then I think his plan is working quite well. Obama isn’t some weak, well meaning failure, he’s a criminal who betrayed America and the world in the pursuit of his own selfish greed and ambition.

  • Glenn commented on the diary post ISIS: Obama’s Vietnam? by David Seaton.

    2014-10-12 15:23:16View | Delete

    I’ve been watching American politics for decades, and one question I frequently have to ask myself is, “Are they stupid or are they evil?” Of course, the real answer is likely to be some combination of the two, but sometimes it’s very hard to decide what are the most likely proportions of Evil to Stupidity. [...]

  • Glenn commented on the diary post ISIS: Obama’s Vietnam? by David Seaton.

    2014-10-12 13:54:22View | Delete

    Washington came very close to dropping bombs on the Syrian government last year, when it was (probably falsely) claimed that Assad had “gassed his own people”. But then, Russian ships from the naval base in Crimea arrived on the Syrian coast, and it looked like the Russians just might get involved if Obama did start [...]

  • Glenn commented on the diary post First 13 Years in Afghanistan Big Success, Next 10 Promise Joy and Prosperity by David Swanson.

    2014-10-05 22:34:58View | Delete

    I agree with most of this post, David. But on one point you’re wrong. You give far too much credit to the US military when you write: The Taliban was very swiftly destroyed in 2001 through a combination of overwhelming killing power and desertion. Sorry, but no. The Taliban was not destroyed in 2001. It [...]

  • Glenn commented on the diary post Postcapitalist economic imagination by cassiodorus.

    2014-10-05 09:31:23View | Delete

    So you want to expand your imagination about how the world might develop over the next forty or fifty years? Are you at all familiar with the idea of the Technological Singularity, as described in the writings of people like Ray Kurzweil? If Kurzweil’s interpretation of technological trends is even approximately correct, it’s not clear [...]

  • So basically you think that the Chinese people are likely to politically cut their own throats? A lot of Americans would like to see China collapse like that, because it would eliminate one of the few countries that could stand in the way of complete American global domination. But China is on the verge of becoming the world’s largest economy, and huge numbers of Chinese have seen their lives enormously improve over the course of the last thirty or so years. There is a strong sense of nationalism among the Han in China today, and most of them are in no mood to allow their country to fall apart because of American sponsored agent provocateurs in Hong Kong and western China. They are determined to avoid another century of humiliation like the one they experienced between the Opium Wars and the rise of the People’s Republic. So if Xi decides he has to crack down hard to save China, it’s likely he’ll have a lot of domestic support. However, the Chinese will probably try to learn from the way the Russians handled the American’s attempt to use the Ukraine crisis against Russia.

  • Glenn commented on the blog post Occupy Central And Pro-Democracy Protests Shut Down Hong Kong

    2014-09-29 07:32:42View | Delete

    Just because Obama managed to break up Occupy Wall Street doesn’t mean he doesn’t like Occupy Hong Kong. Back in April 2 of this year, the National Endowment for Democracy had a briefing on “Why democracy matters in Hong Kong” to help stir up opposition to Beijing on this issue. The NED’s speaker at that event was Louisa Greve. To quote the NED’s website, “Louisa Greve is Vice President for Asia, Middle East & North Africa, and Global Programs at the National Endowment for Democracy, where she previously served as Director for East Asia, Senior Program Officer, and Program Officer. She has studied, worked, and travelled in Asia since 1980 and has testified before Congressional committees on human rights in China and democracy promotion in Asia. She was a member of the AEI/Armitage International Taiwan Policy Working Group (2007) and the Council on Foreign Relations Term Member Roundtable on U.S. National Security – New Threats in a Changing World (2002). Ms. Greve served as a member of the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA from 1993 to 1998, and was a volunteer China and Mongolia specialist for Amnesty from 1990 to 1999. She served two terms as a member of the Virginia State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (2007-2011).”

    In other words, she started her career in Asia about the same time Reagan became President, spent the Clinton years working for an American NGO that was trying to influence Chinese politics, tried to get the Bush administration to pay more attention to China while the Neocons were getting ready to invade Iraq, and spent some time in Virginia just as Obama was being so hopey and changy.

  • Glenn commented on the diary post Scotland Rejects Independence: A Victory for the Rich? by lauraw.

    2014-09-20 10:13:33View | Delete

    Interestingly enough, the BBC and all the other media organizations covering the referendum somehow failed to bother to pay for an exit poll. So there was no exit poll. That means it’s not totally clear which segments of the electorate voted for independence and which didn’t. And while it doesn’t prove there was significant vote [...]

  • Glenn commented on the blog post Because Libya Worked Out So Well….

    2014-09-16 09:12:54View | Delete

    Libya’s nuclear program was never much of a threat in the first place. But Libya was trying to increase their influence throughout Africa. There was talk of a new Libyan gold based currency to replace the use of the dollar in Africa. And Libya had gotten a lot of Chinese investment in the oil industry, which made it less profitable to Western oil companies.

  • Glenn commented on the blog post Because Libya Worked Out So Well….

    2014-09-16 08:45:59View | Delete

    Bearcountry, I agree that Obama’s a war criminal who is trying to destroy Syria in the same way he destroyed Libya. But it’s not clear to me how Obama can possibly expect events in Ukraine to “keep Russia’s attention away from Syria”. If Russia hasn’t already given Syria a better air defence system, it’s only because they didn’t want to offend the West and damage their trading relations. But American sanctions over Ukraine is making that concern increasingly pointless in Russia. America’s aggression in Ukraine makes the idea of Russian intervention in Syria far more plausible than it was last year, when the Russians were, at least according to some reports, threatening to use their Navy to help defend Syria from the Americans.

  • Glenn commented on the blog post Obama Preparing To Launch War In Syria (Again)

    2014-09-10 10:59:49View | Delete

    No, Assad is not a maniac. He has massive support within Syria precisely because he’s fighting a war to save his country against foreign backed religious fanatics. And despite DSWright’s comment to the contrary, Assad hasn’t “disenfranchised” the Sunni majority the way the Sunni minority has been disenfranchised in Iraq, either. While Assad is an Alawite, and has given members of that sect a fair amount of power, the Prime Minister of Syria is a Sunni, as is most of the Syrian government’s army. The Baathist ideology on which the Syrian government is based is secular and is opposed to the domination of any single religious group. That’s why Assad has a lot of support from members of every religious group in Syria.

  • Glenn commented on the blog post Why Delaying Immigration Action Makes No Sense

    2014-09-08 13:02:19View | Delete

    The Legal vs Nonlegal immigrant distinction, while not irrelevant, isn’t the only factor that has to be considered here. Why do so many immigrants come to the US in the first place? Part of the problem is that the US has a long history of attacking other countries and overthrowing governments they don’t like. For example, considering the way the US has affected many of the countries in Central America, I don’t think it’s entirely helpful to demonize the people who try to escape from the various hellholes the US has helped to create there as “illegal immigrants”.
    In a larger sense, is it a wise policy to allow the rich to legally move their money to any country in the world they wish, at the speed of a computer mouse click, while placing severe limitations on the ability of workers from every nation to legally move from the country in which they were born? This fundamental legal inequality between capital and labor massively benefits the rich at the expense of everyone else. If multinational corporations are allowed to exist, don’t workers need multinational unions to negotiate with them? Is there any way to avoid having different national governments race each other to the bottom on taxes and regulations for multinationals than by having national governments agree to common, global standards?
    The problems associated with immigration won’t be solved by having more and more drones at the borders trying to kill anyone who tries to cross without authorization by the local corporate oligarchy. If current trends continue, US problems with “illegal” immigration will soon be solved when living standards and political freedoms in the US are as bad or worse as they are in the rest of the world. Then maybe the US can start worrying about illegal emigration, as Americans try to escape. Or maybe we could solve them by focusing on the real problems, and improving conditions throughout the world, including in the US.

  • Glenn commented on the blog post Why Delaying Immigration Action Makes No Sense

    2014-09-08 12:21:23View | Delete

    Do you really think poor immigrants are responsible for the fact that inequality in the US is at an all time high? While immigration has no doubt increased the size of the surplus army of labor in the US, it’s the rich who have created the real problems faced by the middle class. The rich exported millions of manufacturing jobs, opposed unions, opposed government programs like single payer, adopted automation wherever it was cost effective, and yes, encouraged the immigration of people who would work for less. And no doubt the rich are quite happy when different parts of their exploited workforce fight amongst themselves, like blacks vs whites, or immigrants vs native born Americans. But conflicts like the one over immigration won’t prevent the US from becoming a country where a few neofeudal corporate overlords exploit a population of impoverished serfs. The 99% in America have to work together if they wish to avoid that fate. That’s why progressives need to find a compromise on immigration.

  • Glenn commented on the blog post Here’s What It Costs to Invite Hillary Clinton Over

    2014-09-08 08:34:17View | Delete

    Yes, it is a horrible job, isn’t it? Can you imagine President Hillary working the window at the White House Policy and Fast Food shop?

    “You want a war with Iran? Do you want fries or a side order of Syria with that?”

  • Glenn commented on the blog post Why Delaying Immigration Action Makes No Sense

    2014-09-08 08:10:42View | Delete

    If you don’t understand why Obama is doing this, you may need to check your assumptions. Perhaps what Obama eventually plans to do on Immigration would so completely alienate parts of the Democratic base that it’s better that they not know what he plans to do before the election. Or perhaps Obama would prefer that certain Democrats with close ties to immigrants not win the election?

  • Glenn commented on the blog post Here’s What It Costs to Invite Hillary Clinton Over

    2014-09-08 07:35:14View | Delete

    “Why would Hilary want to go through the exhausting effort required to run for president?”

    Obviously this depends on how much members of the 0.01% are prepared to pay Clinton to “serve” as President. I think she’d demand more than Bill got after he left office, and probably more than Barry will get too. These $300,000 speeches she’s giving now are just job interviews to let her prospective employers get a look at her.

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