Anti-Capitalist Meetup: Sustainability, capitalism, and the tendency to oligopoly by Don Mikulecky

It has been said many times that "sustainable capitalism" is an oxymoron. There are reasons why people believe this. The nature of capitalism has the need for growth built in. If there were any really strong contradictions in Tuesdays SOTU speech they rest right here. The call for economic growth and some sort of action toward addressing the climate change problem are really at odds with each other in their present context.

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Weekend Question Open Thread

Well, I did my taxes this week, yay. And recently, I was unfriended on Facebook by an old friend who got irritated cuz i said that those who purposefully do not pay their taxes - not meaning those that just don't file cuz they're lazy or scared, but those that purposefully do not pay cuz they believe taxes are illegal or they are against them or they selfishly want to keep it all - well, I said that yeah, I would count that as doing something criminal cuz they are benefiting from the taxes we all pay.

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Saturday February 16, 2013: Up with Chris Hayes Tweets

Today's show is on comprehensive immigration reform, raising the minimum wage and pegging it to inflation, and universal pre-K in regard to the recent SOTU.

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Heavy sigh

Heavy Sigh

There is a lot of television I do not watch.

Don't get me wrong. I watch too much television, but it's often cooking shows or men at work, like This Old House, or travel shows like Rick Steves. And I'm a sucker for a good mystery. Elementary currently has my attention.

But I try mightily to avoid being exposed to today's culture. So I don't watch Jimmy Kimmel or Mike & Molly. And apparently that's a good thing.

GLAAD has called out CBS for an transphobic scene in Mike & Molly. It's just not cool, dudes -- By dudes, I refer to the actor, the producer, the director, and the writers…any of whom could have stood up and said, loudly,

 

 

 

NO!!!
 

 

 

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Elections Do Not Have Consequences:Filibuster, Cloture and Broken Government

           Elections are supposed to have consequences. The vote of the people is supposed to translate into policies being enacted by the politicians they have elected. The Republican use of the filibuster has made the last two elections virtually inconsequential. During the 2012 campaign, Harry Reid vowed to enact filibuster reform that would prevent the Senate minority from blocking legislation or presidential nominees to positions ranging from federal judges to cabinet positions. Now, the Republicans are threatening to filibuster the nomination of Chuck Hagel and Harry Reid is shocked.

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A Satire: The Real Meaning of the 2013 State of the Union Speech in Plain English

The following is my own admittedly biased interpretation of what President Obama really meant in his State of the Union speech last night. I will loosely follow the transcript provided by the Washington Post,

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/state-of-the-union-2013-president...

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