Royal Money: Charles III and the Wealth Dimension

Friday, 16 September 2022 — CounterCurrents

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Once the fixated adoration with the late Queen Elizabeth II starts cooling, the accountants of public welfare and decency will be stunned to realise the costs and wealth associated with the royal institution.  Her successor, Charles III, is continuing in that vein, a jarring note of wealth and pomp even as prices rise and the hefty bills for citizens (should we say subjects?), bite.

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1.5°C warming may trigger multiple tipping points

Tuesday, 13 September 2022 — Climate & Capitalism

Five of sixteen identified tipping points are already in the danger zone

Click to enlarge: The location of climate tipping elements in the cryosphere (blue), biosphere (green) and ocean/atmosphere (orange), and global warming levels their tipping points will likely be triggered at. Summary Map by Earth Commission/Globaïa.


Multiple climate tipping points could be triggered if global temperature rises beyond 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, according to a major new analysis published in the journal Science. Even at current levels of global heating the world is already at risk of passing five dangerous climate tipping points, and risks increase with each tenth of a degree of further warming.

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‘Quiet Quitting’ Is Rocking Corporate America

Friday, 9 September 2022 — MintPress News

The corporate media have taken up a new narrative in their constant battle to protect the business world from the demands of workers. Quiet quitting is the act of doing exactly what you’ve been hired to do at work and no more. The rich hate it and that’s why the talking heads in the media are working overtime to let the public know that it’s bad. Lee Camp is here to explain exactly how the propaganda of quiet quitting serves the most powerful people in the world and how you can help upset them even more.

Our Entire Civilization Is Fake And Stupid

Thursday, 8 September 2022 — Caitlin Johnstone

Listen to a reading of this article:

You’re not jaded; everything really is just as phony and vapid as it looks.

I say this because if you are reading this it’s likely the result of a personal quest for truth which has led to a gradual peeling away of the lies our society is made of. Your eyes probably found this text because you’re the sort of person who’s been trying to make sense of the world in a sea of propaganda and deception, which often results in a growing disgust not just with the power structures which oppress and tyrannize humanity, but with our entire civilization.

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GERMANY WHERE NEXT? Q2 DATA INCLUDING RATE OF PROFIT

3 September 2022 — theplanningmotivedotcom

The German Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) has released its estimates for the second quarter of 2022 allowing the preparation of turnover and profits for the non-financial sector in Germany. Following this fundamental analysis of the German economy comment will be made on Germany’s prospects given that it and Britain are most at risk from current market conditions

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As Europe Implodes, It Plans “Radical Intervention” Including Price-Setting, Suspending Derivatives Markets And Europe-Wide Margin Call Bailouts

Monday, 5 September 2022 — Zero Hedge

by Tyler Durden

Just when you thought the narrative couldn’t get any more idiotic, Europe shocks just about everyone.

A few days after the EU threatened commodity traders it would stage an “emergency intervention” to crush energy prices which were rising at a pace of about 20% per day (perhaps Europe can now print nat gas and electricity in addition to monetizing all deficits while injecting trillions in the process)…
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Exclusive: How Shell and BP financed Britain’s Cold War propaganda machine

31 August 2022 — Declassified UK

Formerly top secret files show how the two oil corporations bankrolled UK covert propaganda operations during the 1950s and 60s. The goal was to secure British access to key oil supplies across the developing world.

Uk shell bpBP directors meet in London, 1960. (Photo: Central Press / Getty)
“Handsome” sums were provided by BP and Shell to the Information Research Department (IRD), which was Britain’s Cold War propaganda arm between 1948 and 1977, declassified files show.

The IRD used the secret subsidies to fund British covert propaganda operations during the 1950s and 1960s across the Middle East and Africa, where Britain’s oil interests were substantial. Today, the value of the payments would be in the millions of pounds.

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The Sickness of the American Left and the Path to Recovery

Friday, 2 September 2022 — Chronicles of Haiphong

Leftists in the United States are suffering from a propaganda-induced delirium. Revolutionary discipline can get us through the winter storm.

Danny Haiphong

Vote blue

The U.S. has entered a dark period. Economic crisis wracks its capitalist system. Military instability and chaos reign supreme over its imperialist ventures. Political illegitimacy worsens by the year, at times by the month. These conditions sound favorable to the growth of revolutionary possibilities within the citadel of imperialism.

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Capitalism Created the Climate Catastrophe; Socialism Can Avert Disaster. The Thirty-Fifth Newsletter (2022)

Thursday, 1 September 2022 — The Tricontinental

George Bahgoury Egypt Untitled 2015George Bahgoury (Egypt), Untitled, 2015.

Dear friends,

Greetings from the desk of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

In November 2022, most member states of the United Nations (UN) will gather in the Egyptian resort city of Sharm El Sheikh for the annual UN Climate Change Conference. This is the 27th conference of the parties to assess the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, commonly referred to as COP 27. The international environmental treaty was established in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, with the first conference held in Berlin in 1995; the agreements were extended in the Kyoto Protocol of 2005 and supplemented by the Paris Agreement of 2015. No more needs to be said of the climate catastrophe, which threatens mass species extinction. The move away from carbon-based fuel has been stalled by three main impediments:
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Climate Scientists Call For Civil Disobedience

Tuesday, 30 August 2022 — 

(Photo: FridaysForFuture/Flickr/cc)

A group of climate scientists have said: Time is short to secure a livable and sustainable future; yet, inaction from governments, industry and civil society is setting the course for 3.2 °C of warming, with all the cascading and catastrophic consequences that this implies. In this context, when does civil disobedience by scientists become justified.

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How Capitalism—Not a Few Bad Actors—Destroyed the Internet

3 August, 2022 — Boston Review

Twenty-five years of neoliberal political economy are to blame for today’s regime of surveillance advertising, and only public policy can undo it.

AP Sandberg Facebook

The race to commercialize the Internet is over, and advertising is the big winner. This is excellent news if you are an executive or major shareholder of one of the handful of companies that dominate the $600 billion global digital advertising economy. For almost everyone else, advertising’s good fortunes have meant the erosion of privacy, autonomy, and security, as well as a weakening of the collective means to hold power accountable.

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Unseen Heat: Is this the ‘End Game’ of the Climate?

Tuesday, 23 August 2022 — Global Research

By Marc Vandepitte

We are experiencing a very hot and dry summer. Some people quite like it and for our governments there is nothing wrong yet. But actually, we should sound a big alarm. According to experts, if we do not change course soon, we risk ending up in the ‘climate end game’. In the meantime, the orchestra on the Titanic is continuing to play.

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Achieving Earth for All

12 July, 2022 — Project Syndicate

Jayati Ghosh

Because the changes needed to achieve sustainable well-being for everyone are so big, they require determined social movements with wide participation. But while history shows that inertia and defeatism can become self-fulfilling, it also shows that governments ultimately have to respond to popular pressure – or be replaced by it.

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‘No Farms, No Food:’ Dutch farmers confront billionaire ‘green’ elite’s food system reset plan

Friday, 19 August 2022 — The Grayzone

Dutch farmers’ protests offer a preview of the resistance to come as transnational “green” billionaires advance a “reset” of the global food system. The elite agenda threatens to deepen an international cost of living crisis and spark unrest well beyond The Netherlands.

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Liz Truss — Fule Britannia

Wednesday, 17 August 2022 — theplanningmotivedotcom

Could there be a worse Prime Minister than the boisterous buffoon Johnson? Yes, the dull lampooned Truss. A party which is sacrificed to dumb down society by using the dream of Brexit to prevent a left-wing alternative, ends up paying a high price. First Johnson then Truss. With “no handouts” Truss, the Tory Party is about to elect its final grave digger.

Brian Green, 16th August 2022.

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How corporations are stealing the sea

Tuesday, 16 August 2022 — — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Overfishing, seabed mining, corporate greed: it’s time to take back control

by Guy Standing

For most of human history, the oceans have been seen as a global commons, the benefits and resources of which belong to us all in equal measure. But our seas – and the marine environment as a whole – are being ravaged by exploitation for corporate profit. The result is a social, economic and ecological crisis that threatens the very life support system of the Earth.

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Washington has only itself to blame for growing de-dollarization trend

Sunday, 14 August 2022 — Global Times

Washington has only itself to blame for growing de-dollarization trend

By Wen Sheng

Illustration: Chen Xia/Global TimesIllustration: Chen Xia/Global Times

After the breakout of the Russia-Ukraine conflict early this year, US-led Western governments imposed a raft of sweeping financial sanctions on Moscow including freezing its foreign exchange reserves. The thought the US may move to grab anybody’s assets who refuses to obey Washington’s dictates is truly unnerving, which is now inducing more countries to diversify their reserve assets away from US dollars.

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‘The Canary in the Coal Mine’: Sri Lanka’s Crisis is a Chronicle Foretold

Tuesday, 16 August, 2022 — Socialist Project

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Sri Lanka’s acute economic crisis and sovereign debt default, along with its people’s uprising in 2022, has drawn attention across the world. It is described as the ‘canary in the coal mine’, that is, a harbinger of the likely future for other global south countries. Eric Toussaint, spokesperson for the Committee for the Abolition of Illegitimate Debt (CADTM) interviewed via email Colombo-based Balasingham Skanthakumar of the Social Scientists’ Association of Sri Lanka and the CADTM’s South Asia network. The responses in draft were improved by Amali Wedagedera’s review and finalized on 5th August.

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