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It's All About Factions

After the killing of Bin Laden, there have been a lot of questions about how much the Pakistani government knew about the situation. One thing to keep in mind is that Pakistan's political environment is riven with factions, each with its own agenda and armed supporters. Read more about It's All About Factions

Stupid, or evil, or....

Who Is IOZ notes that "stupid or evil" is reductive, binary thinking: Read more about Stupid, or evil, or....

Sociology of economists, without romance

What appears to be a belated April Fool's post at Yves' place describes the mysterious death of Prof. Outis Philalithopoulos, with the disappearance of all his work on the "theory of Academic Choice".

Yesterday's must-read! Read more about Sociology of economists, without romance

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What Is Morality?

Note: I originally posted a version of this at, only to see it flagged as spam and my account deactivated. I guess certain persons don't like having their lack of any moral foundation challenged. Oh well. Read more about What Is Morality?

Thieving Banksters scheme to get away clean on foreclosure fraud, MERS

Yves has two stories on the settlements the banks are pushing to evade accountability for their illegal actions during the ongoing foreclosure crisis, by offering token payments and gutting the court system. Read more about Thieving Banksters scheme to get away clean on foreclosure fraud, MERS

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Empirical Evidence That Proves Conservatism is Destroying America

Here is a link to a DailyKos blog in which the writer took the time to assemble the list of the states that perform worse on a number of measurable social indicators. The ten states with the lowest median household income are almost all solidly Republican / conservative states. The states with the worst health-care systems are almost all solidly Republican / conservative states. Read more about Empirical Evidence That Proves Conservatism is Destroying America

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Report from the Field: Life-and-Death Kabuki

I realize that the title of my post is a contradiction in terms, but I can't think of any other way to describe what's going on with federal Republicans and Democrats these days. Burnt Orange Boehner pulls out all the stops by demanding something outrageously batshit fucking crazy - like, the total defunding of Planned Parenthood - and then he stamps his little feet and says he'll shut down the government if he doesn't get it. The Democrats bang their fists on the table in outrage and say there's no way the Republicans will get what they want. But somehow, the deals are made, the governmental shutdown is avoided, and some horrible "compromise" is reached which, mysteriously, amazingly, benefits the top 2% of society. Read more about Report from the Field: Life-and-Death Kabuki

Pay no attention to the oligarch behind the curtain

I'm going to meander about here and end up at DanP's nine-word word platform. This is sloppy and unfinished because RL is shouting again, but maybe there are some useful questions in it. This is an inferior substitute for the big think piece I was asked for in mail (you know who you are).

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From the Barcalounger: Read more about Pay no attention to the oligarch behind the curtain

Who funds the right wing noise machine?

The methodology of disinformation

Cannonfire is the go-to blog on foil. The post is on Wikileaks, but this paragraph really leaped out at me: Read more about The methodology of disinformation

Gene Sharp links


Here are the results of the shallowest possbile online research on Gene Sharp:

Amazon's page of Sharp titles, including Waging Nonviolent Struggle: 20th Century Practice And 21st Century Potential, From dictatorship to democracy: A conceptual framework for liberation, The politics of nonviolent action, Gandhi As a Political Strategist: With Essays on Ethics and Politics, and five more.

Wikipedia's Gene Sharp page: Read more about Gene Sharp links

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Work place democracy study?

I'm trying to remember the title of a book I read entailed a study of a machine tool company that implemented work place democracy (in a limited way) during the 1960s, as part of a program to introduce computer numerical controlled machinery. Ring any bells? Read more about Work place democracy study?


Interesting idea (and Herbert Simon is an interesting man):

Herbert Simon was a remarkably fertile thinker in the social and "artificial" sciences (The Sciences of the Artificial - 3rd Edition (1969, first edition)). His most celebrated idea was the notion of "satisficing" rather than "optimizing" or "maximizing" in decision-making; he put forward a theory of ordinary decision-making that conformed more closely to the ways that actual people reason rather than the heroic abstractions of expected utility theory.


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