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Prof Finklestein: "What's happening to Corbyn is a trial run for Bernie Sanders"

The Rise of Surveillance Capitalism, Naomi Klein an Shoshana Zuboff


Join The Intercept’s senior correspondent Naomi Klein and Harvard Business School professor Shoshana Zuboff, author of “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power,” for an engaging discussion about the unprecedented form of power called “surveillance capitalism” and the quest by corporations to predict and control our behavior.

More here in an extended interview with Democracy Now.

Trump and Netanyahu Scandals a Very Dangerous Moment - Wilkerson & Jay

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PAUL JAY:Cohen, under questioning and in his opening statement, laid out some specific things that lead one to conclude that Donald Trump broke the law. They seem to have President Trump on bank fraud and various kinds of tax evasion. There is an argument that goes that a president can’t be indicted while he’s in office. Well, here’s what Cohen suggested–that if Trump loses the election in 2020, perhaps he won’t leave office. MICHAEL COHEN:Given my experience working for Mr. Trump, I fear that if he loses the election in 2020 that there will never be a peaceful transition of power. PAUL JAY:Now joining me to talk about that, and other parts, other things that fall out of the Cohen testimony, is Colonel Larry Wilkerson. Larry is a retired United States Army soldier and former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell. Thanks for joining us again, Larry. LARRY WILKERSON:Good to be with you, Paul. PAUL JAY:So what do you make of that? He’s talkin…

A tombstone for the species

This is what’s known as the Automatic Rationality of the Free Market: tons of money for investment in products like Maple-Bacon coffee…very little for, like, creating an agricultural system that won’t kill off 2.5% of insects per year, which is literally eco-suicidal. 
Remember that the next time someone in the NYT, et al, lectures you on how anything other than the system that brought us to the brink of extinction is “utopian” or generally silly. As that twat Pelosi’s been doing recently—as expected. (Yes, if she were a man, I'd still use the term "twat"--the British connotation of a smug idiot, that is.)
Creating wants while crying needs go unaddressed—worse, are ignored and/or exacerbated while full-scale attacks occur on anyone who dares to offer something other than suicide. Because the rich want to keep things as they are, in a combo of blindness (mostly) and (in many cases) total moral depravity: fuck everyone else; I got mine. 
A mindset which is hardly limited to t…