SEPTEMBER 30, 2022
Sharks in the Wave Pool
BY BILL HATCH
The City Council of La Quinta CA last week unanimously cancelled the Coral Mountain project, “a wellness resort community” featuring a 16-acre surf-wave pool. The locals, who prefer “quiet, tranquility, and dark skies” as one opponent said, had more persuasive experts, better publicity, and the worst drought in 1,200 years on their side.
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SEPTEMBER 30, 2022
When will the time come when export-led irrigated agribusiness will be held accountable for the social and environmental damage it has done to California? When Forbes Magazine, not known for the warmth of its editorial heart, begins to chat about environmental injustice in the Central Valley, anything is possible. -- wmh
A note on theory: from Byung Chul Han, The Agony of Eros, pp. 50-51.
In case you thought the Ukraine War was completely insane, here are the top 20 weapons manufacturers n the world and they are turning the conflict in Ukraiane into their own private, neoliberal 30 Years War, -- wmh
The Progressive Magazine
What Germany’s Rearmament Means for World Peace
The so-called Zeitenwende is Germany’s biggest rearmament since World War II and makes its military budget the third largest in the world.
The Hartmann Report
What Will the Collapse of Neoliberalism Bring to America & Russia?
As the world watches its 40-year experiment with neoliberalism collapse, Republicans in the US and Putin in Russia are facing a crisis they once thought would be an opportunity
Analysis Shows 'Quiet Fleecing' of US Workers—Not 'Quiet Quitting'—Is the Real Problem
"Workers are more productive than ever, but their pay hasn't kept pace while top 1% wages have skyrocketed," says the Economic Policy Institute.
“The main danger that arises from machine intelligence,” according to according to philosopher Byung-Chul Han, “is that human thinking will adapt to it and itself become mechanical.” One of the characteristics of information generated by computers is that it is data and only data. It can be added to, theoretically ad infinitum, but the machine does not understand or provide the means of understanding the data it generates.
Finally, at least for the spotty reading of Badlands, a reasonable, plausible explanation for EU and NATO madness about Russia arrives. Of course, we are in the realm of Tragedy Time now, where things ring true but always too late except as a warning for future generations, assuming, of course ...Once again, we applaud F. William Engdahl for another act of profound responsibility. -- blj
New Eastern Outlook
Europe’s Energy Armageddon From Berlin and Brussels, Not Moscow
: F. William Engdahl
Another example of artificial intelligence helping us poor Americans get through our mortal rounds. -- blj