Tag: Politics

Reflections on Change and Continuity at the IMF

Recently I got hooked on Progressive Economics Forum and while digging through their archives and generally browsing around their site found a gem: “Reflections on Change and Continuity at the IMF“. It’s the first time since I’ve read “Shock Doctrine” by Naomi Klein that I found economist going through the tectics and strategies of IMF/WB

Century of failed experiments

Analyzing last ~100 years (only to save some time by not digging deeper) it’s hard not to come to conclusion that we can mark that last century as a century of failed experiments. We have seen large scale experiments undertaken and all of them failed. Communism building in ex-USSR and later occupied countries, Fascism, Free

#OCW

With the overabundance of information on #OCW movement one can’t help but think of it on a daily basis. People are fighting economic inequalities produced by current political/economic system. While still composing black list of current government’s deeds this idea crystallized: Society s not a function of economy, but rather economy is a function of

Fight cloud with cloud (#OccupyCloud ?)

With the advance of clouds and aggressive invasion of “social services” like Facebook, MySpace, Google* etc. it looks like there is no space left for person’s private data (Naomi Klein’s “No Space” comes to mind). As soon as information is fed to Facebook, Google or other entity it stops being the property of that person

Descending into medieval times?

So it looks like we’re descending into medieval times: http://www.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/int/news/-/news/uk-england-14794472 Group worship in this era? Looking through book of arts looks like female breasts were a must on majority of the pictures even when they didn’t belong there. Today we’ve got exact same – book won’t sell without them and movie won’t fare well without

Patents and why I hate them

http://arstechnica.com/old/content/2008/07/book-review-7-08.ars http://blogs.forbes.com/timothylee/2011/07/07/microsofts-android-shakedown/   http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/08/17/golsing_on_sun_goofy_patent_contestas/

Do no evil, see no evil, hear no evil

There was a lot of co incidents lately: me reading Slavoj Žižek, BBC quoting Marx, Adbusters quoting Marx statistics on crazy people percentile in a capitalist society going up over time and confirmed by WHO. following Slashdot’s article (http://tech.slashdot.org/story/11/09/05/1230224/Googles-Real-Name-Policy-Why-You-Are-the-Product) and reading through FreeSoftwareMagazine (http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com/columns/googles_real_name_policy_or_why_you_are_product ) which really comes as no surprise after “Google joins California Do-Not-Track opposition

Meteorological attack. Second front – Workforce

After dealing with Cloud vs Users case it’s time to take a look behind the scenes and uncover what else is impacted by Clouds and what the impacts are. We have already established that for users move to the cloud means parting with their data, it surely means the same thing to business entities, after

Democracy is dead. Long live Democracy.

Results are out – Canada elected conservative majority after it had been found guilty of contempt and never denied doing so. Democracy is overrated and naivety (stupidity) is endless. Uneducated masses elected lying, bullying, self-serving and populist government to drive this country further into the ground. History has seen it before. Everybody is free to