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Maya Arulpragakicksam-ass

Maya Arulpragasam at the Super Bowl

Image via The New Yorker

So M.I.A. shocked and awed the conservative Parents Television Council, “the nation’s most influential advocacy organization protecting children against entertainment sex, violence and profanity”. Apparently, she even shocked the original shock and awer Madonna herself, who can’t stand being upstaged at her own show. What has become of America, whose most famous and enduring act was a gigantic bird-flip to colonial Great Britain way back in the 18th century?

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Max Keiser says…

My advice to the leaders of this movement and to the movements all over the world is that they should look at the campaign from a couple of years ago called “Stop Huntington Animal Cruelty.” This was a campaign against Huntington Life Sciences, where the campaigners targeted the stock price of Huntington Life Sciences and drove the stock price down to zero. The company had to close and shut in the UK and run to America, where they got some safe harbor for their animal cruelty.

This is the best way to stop these types of banker terrorists. You need to target their stock price and you need to try to drive it down to near zero, and with the global movement taking shape, there is a way to effect this change in the stock price down to zero.

And you get a new balance of power. Power will shift. With reverse capitalism, the fund managers and the hedge fund managers are with the protesters, because they are the ones dictating the price discovery and this is the beauty of a new reverse capitalism. I would not say this is anti-capitalism, this is about reverse capitalism. This is about taking the tools of capitalism, putting them into the hands of the people, creating new price discovery and repricing these assets around the world and forcing the banker terrorists out of the system and sharing the wealth with those who are part of the world community.

via Max Keiser

Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

Worth a repeat. Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Speech

Tablets: Before & After iPad

This is funny-sad. I actually enjoy some of these pre-iPad Windows tablets that look like Obama might be able to enter some codes to start World War 54 or whatever we are on now. It’s sad that there is not more innovation in the offing. Theft is not innovation, unfortunately. Otherwise, we would be living in a highly innovative world.

via Reinaldo Versuri @ReiVersuri

David Graeber: The History of Debt

David Graeber, author of Debt: The First 5,000 Years

“One must go into debt to achieve a life that goes in any way beyond sheer survival.”

via PBS

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Capitalism: Destroying Itself

From the man who correctly predicted the debt crisis of 2008, Nouriel Roubini (@Nouriel), Professer of Economics at Stern School NYU, some chilling words about functional deficiencies in our captilast system. What makes sense on an individual level for firms and households is detrimental, nay potentially catastrophic, on a systemic level:

Karl Marx had it right. At some point Capitalism may destroy itself. You cannot keep on shifting income from labor to Capital without having an excess capacity and a lack of aggregate demand. That’s what has happened. We thought that markets worked; they’re not working. The individual can be rational. The firm, to survive and thrive, can push labor costs more and more down, but labor costs are someone else’s income and consumption. That’s why it’s a self-destructive process.”

via Wall Street Journal Online

An Ingenious Twist

This is a smart twist on the pedestrian disposable pen. Twice as much ink. Every little bit counts, I guess. Still, one of those things that seems to make a lot of sense, and, why isn’t this available now?

via YANKO DESIGN