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  • Pluto commented on the diary post Pepe Escobar: Eurasian Integration vs. the Empire of Chaos by Tom Engelhardt.

    2014-12-17 02:44:57View | Delete

    That was a great article, CT. You totally got the trend and the implications, nearly two years ago when Wen Jiabao was still Chinese Prime Minister. Nice going. When Xi Jinping took over, he really put the pedal to the metal. Things are happening fast now, especially in cooperation with the BRICS allies and the [...]

  • Pluto commented on the diary post Is Obama an American Fascist? by Synoia.

    2014-12-16 16:15:06View | Delete

    Although Mussolini’s co-author, actually wrote that quote, for me it resonates the best modern definition of fascism. Mussolini did write a short and chilling paper on fascism, however, that describes the “people’s” duty to the corporate state. ::

    For Fascism, the growth of empire, that is to say the expansion of the nation, is an essential [...]

  • Pluto commented on the diary post Pepe Escobar: Eurasian Integration vs. the Empire of Chaos by Tom Engelhardt.

    2014-12-16 15:40:30View | Delete

    I love trains, too. In a couple of years, Beijing to Berlin will be all high speed rail (for passenger travel, not freight). But even slower freight trains cut 17 days off of sea shipping between Beijing and Germany. Yep, things are happening fast. Got this one across my Forex feed today: ::

    New Zealand Adds [...]

  • Pluto commented on the diary post Pepe Escobar: Eurasian Integration vs. the Empire of Chaos by Tom Engelhardt.

    2014-12-16 12:26:45View | Delete

    For anyone interested in the near future of the world, Escobar nails it in this article. I followed this epic journey:

    November 18, 2014: it’s a day that should live forever in history. On that day, in the city of Yiwu in China’s Zhejiang province, 300 kilometers south of Shanghai, the first train carrying 82 containers [...]

  • Pluto commented on the diary post Did Citibank bets on Fracking go bad is that why they pushed Congress to bail out Derivatives? by ThingsComeUndone.

    2014-12-16 11:45:36View | Delete

    There’s one thing the President can do, I believe, through Executive Order. In fact, I though he would do it on January 21, 2009: He can nationalize the big banks and reorganize them and put them in non-profit territory over the next few years. Many countries have done that periodically, which boosted both government revenues [...]

  • Pluto commented on the diary post Did Citibank bets on Fracking go bad is that why they pushed Congress to bail out Derivatives? by ThingsComeUndone.

    2014-12-16 01:32:29View | Delete

    Thanks for link, Kate. I only had the chart, which came from an unrelated piece about peak oil. The fracking time-lines on the chart (which showed all oil sources) was rather shocking, although I suppose it’s common knowledge among oil professionals. The risk, beyond land and water destruction, is toxic commercial bank debt caused by [...]

  • Pluto commented on the diary post Did Citibank bets on Fracking go bad is that why they pushed Congress to bail out Derivatives? by ThingsComeUndone.

    2014-12-15 18:52:11View | Delete

    I completely agree with the spin you put on my words @8. With one clarification. You say:

    IF the Dems had no real choice, then Pluto is that not BECAUSE they are JUST as culpable AS the Repubs for the sorry excuse AND giveaway that this ENTIRE bill IS?

    I am convinced that the Dems “could [...]

  • Pluto commented on the diary post Did Citibank bets on Fracking go bad is that why they pushed Congress to bail out Derivatives? by ThingsComeUndone.

    2014-12-15 18:22:34View | Delete

    One of the many factoids I’ve run across. I’ll have to look through my stuff for reference. I recall it coming from Suisse Bank. But since you seem drawn to these kind of odd realities, Synoia, here’s another one for you: The average fracking site produces for only 18 months, total. Imagine that. The risk in [...]

  • Pluto commented on the diary post Did Citibank bets on Fracking go bad is that why they pushed Congress to bail out Derivatives? by ThingsComeUndone.

    2014-12-14 19:39:12View | Delete

    Indeed, this is strictly about hedging derivatives based on fracking:

    Presenting The $303 Trillion In Derivatives That US Taxpayers Are Now On The Hook For The last minute passage, where government was provided a quid-pro-quo $1.1 trillion spending allowance with Wall Street’s blessing, was in exchange for assuring banks that taxpayers would be on the hook for [...]

  • Pluto commented on the diary post A Credibility Problem? by letsgetitdone.

    2014-12-09 18:38:31View | Delete

    It’s always something:

    TPP Negotiators Hit With Protests That Media Don’t Cover Shouldn’t it be a trade violation to threaten to move someone’s job to another country? Shouldn’t we negotiate trade agreements that increase people’s wages on both sides of a trade border? These are the kinds of agreements we would make if We the People were [...]

  • Pluto commented on the diary post Moving From Protest to Constitutional Proposals by Daniel Marks.

    2014-12-08 20:00:42View | Delete

    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave an interview to Egyptian television discussing the drafting of a 21st century constitution. Ginsburg stated:

    I can’t speak about what the Egyptian experience should be, because I’m operating under a rather old constitution. The United States, in comparison to Egypt, is a very new nation; and yet we have [...]

  • Pluto commented on the diary post A Credibility Problem? by letsgetitdone.

    2014-12-07 23:15:55View | Delete

    Meanwhile, across the EU:

    Over a million people in Germany signed a petition against the controversial free trade agreement between the European Union and the United States, according to the Citizen’s Initiative Stop TTIP, which also includes other German and European organizations like Attac and Friends of the Earth. :: The coalition said that with every [...]

  • Pluto commented on the diary post A Credibility Problem? by letsgetitdone.

    2014-12-07 17:24:07View | Delete

    There will never be an arena for the American people to discuss the agreements. No opportunity for transparency has been scheduled. The counter-party states, however, seem to have access to working drafts of both trade agreements — and special interest groups are mobilized. Trading partners will lose state sovereignty to global corporations, which remains an [...]

  • Pluto commented on the blog post What to do about Enhanced Marijuana Buds?

    2014-12-07 17:05:50View | Delete

    Not to mention the fact that altering one’s consciousness is a Human Right.

  • Pluto commented on the blog post What to do about Enhanced Marijuana Buds?

    2014-12-07 17:03:26View | Delete

    Concentrates such as Cannabidiol, are the basis for the medical use of Marijuana. Most states where pot is legal require a medical marijuana card. For most medical users, concentrates are vital. As per Washington Post:

    How pot helped shrink one of the most aggressive brain cancers

    Widely proscribed around the world for its recreational uses, cannabis is being used in a number of different therapeutic ways to bring relief for severe medical conditions.

    Products using cannabinoids, the active components of the cannabis plant, have been licensed for medical use. Now, in a study published in Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, we’ve also shown that cannabinoids could play a role in treating one of the most aggressive cancers in adults.

    There are more than 85 cannabinoids, which are known to bind to unique receptors in cells and which receive outside chemical signals. These receptors feed into signalling pathways, telling cells what to do. Recent studies have shown that some cannabinoids have potent anti-cancer action. For example, both THC and CBD have been shown in a number of laboratory studies to effectively induce cell death in tumor cells by modifying the faulty signalling pathways inside these cells. Depending on the cell type, this can disrupt tumor growth or start to kill it.

    The psychoactivity associated with some cannabinoids, principally THC (which gives people a cannabis high), is also mediated via the same receptors. Because these receptors are found in the highest abundances in brain cells, it follows that brain tumors also rich in these receptors may respond best to cannabinoids.

    Some hemp oil concentrates have the THC removed, so there is no psychoactive effect. There is a tsunami of hemp-related medical research and patents going on around the world. It’s the new black.

  • Pluto commented on the diary post Why Jane Curtin Hates Me by ek hornbeck.

    2014-12-07 16:47:14View | Delete

    Truth. The lunch boxes haven’t changed much.

    Hey, ek. Thx for the linx.

  • Pluto commented on the blog post Late Night FDL: Uptown Funk

    2014-12-06 20:59:49View | Delete

    Hi Suzanne. Thanks for posting that Bruno Mars vid. I got lost down the rabbit hole of his Wikipedia entry. Which was a reminder that it only takes a decade or so to become an “overnight success.”

  • Pluto commented on the diary post Healthcare open thread by marym.

    2014-12-04 16:43:24View | Delete

    That Saker article is terrific. The most lucid and satisfying discussion yet of the blowback that comes to nations that topple a Democratically elected government for the sake of Empire.

  • He’s a mixed bag. Who knows? But with Neocon harpy, Susan Rice, micromanaging the DOD, anything is possible. Word has it, she’s behind Hagel’s departure. Her, and a complete lack of any strategic goal, plus no global allies and an ever-shifting disloyal alliances in the region.

    I should say, I am sure there is a “strategic goal.” But not one that has been shared with President Obama

  • Pluto commented on the diary post Healthcare open thread by marym.

    2014-12-03 18:44:19View | Delete

    Before national health care can come into existence, Americans must first agree that health care is a Human Right. Thirty-nine of the top 40 developed nations have ratified this in the UN Declaration of Human Rights, in 1948. And they all made it happen. Only the US has refused to recognize health care as a human right. [...]

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