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March 17, 2023 at 12:27 am in reply to: Capitalism’s animal holocaust continues. #241581
The global production of animal flesh for human consumption was 45% higher in 2020 than in 2000 as the global taste for meat skyrockets.
The carnal boom is being fed through increased farming intensity, with animals such as chicken and pigs kept in smaller, more restrictive spaces such as cages, pens and stalls.
Animal meat production is bad for the climate, producing 14.5% of all greenhouse gas emissions — roughly equivalent to the entire global transport sector…Nitrogen-rich feed given to meat-producing animals also produces manure high in toxic ammonia, which in turn produces the potent greenhouse gas, nitrogen oxideMarch 17, 2023 at 12:22 am in reply to: Russian Tensions #241580
Having succeeded in reconciling Saudi Arabia and Iran, has China’s initiative got any chance.
China’s foreign minister urged Kyiv and Moscow to restart peace talks “as soon as possible,” saying Beijing fears the conflict “could escalate and get out of control.”
Beijing “hopes that all parties will keep calm, exercise restraint, resume peace talks as soon as possible and return to the track of political settlement,” Foreign Minister Qin Gang told his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba in a phone call.
The call was the first official talks between the pair since the Chinese foreign minister took office in December.
Beijing last month published a position paper on Moscow’s war in Ukraine, calling for dialogue and seeking to position itself as a neutral mediator.
China’s Foreign Ministry said that Qin had reiterated his support for that proposal during the call, saying Beijing had “upheld an objective and just position on the Ukrainian issue, committed itself to promoting peace talks and called on the international community to create conditions for peace talks.”
Meanwhile, Kuleba tweeted that he and Qin discussed the “significance of the principle of territorial integrity” for Ukraine in a joint call.March 16, 2023 at 10:00 pm in reply to: Russian Tensions #241577
As the moderator, I have always tried to convey the need for civil exchanges and to bring an end to juvenile name-calling.
Just how many times have I evoked Rule 7, “You are free to express your views candidly and forcefully provided you remain civil. Do not use the forums to send abuse, threats, personal insults or attacks, or purposely inflammatory remarks (trolling). Do not respond to such messages.”
Such remonstrations have had little overall effect.
We are a small group, and we have never tried to hide that fact, disclosing our membership numbers each year.
But those who disparage us for low numbers when we host them on the forum, permitting them to freely express their political opinions, I find somewhat ungrateful.March 16, 2023 at 11:12 am in reply to: Another Bank in Crisis? #241557
Although very vocal on the internet, do the Modern Money theorists have any standing among the orthodox economists?
Has their policy been followed anywhere?
Even Major Douglas’s social credit movement tried and failed to implement his ideas …in NZ and some Canadian provinces.March 16, 2023 at 7:05 am in reply to: Russian Tensions #241548
April Fools Day
Russia will start a new recruitment campaign on 1 April, with the aim of recruiting 400,000, trying to compensate for its losses in specialised soldiers, such as tank drivers and artillerymen, the Vyorstka outlet has reported.
Radio Svoboda, citing several regional media outlets, has reported that the Russian defence ministry has already sent orders to regions indicating the number of people with whom military contracts should be signed. According to the plan, Sverdlovsk and Chelyabinsk oblasts will have 10,000 contractors each, it said. In Perm Krai, 9,000 individuals will reportedly be recruited.March 15, 2023 at 8:30 am in reply to: Creating Fear #241522
UK ignores Rwanda’s complicity with terrorist war crimes for the same of migrant deportations.
https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2023/mar/15/sunak-stays-silent-on-rwandas-role-in-drc-war-crimes-to-save-uks-migrant-dealMarch 15, 2023 at 8:20 am in reply to: Capitalism’s animal holocaust continues. #241521March 14, 2023 at 9:40 am in reply to: Creating Fear #241510
In the Irish Republic more right-wing anti-immigrant protests.
“The far right is a lightning rod. They are harnessing dissatisfaction in communities and blaming migrants when actually there are much bigger structural problems.” said
Brian Killoran, CEO of the Immigrant Council,March 13, 2023 at 10:34 pm in reply to: Biden is President #241504
Biden’s Green credentials?
Biden approved $8bn (£6bn) drilling project on Alaska’s North Slope
Rashida Tlaib said that “this disastrous decision to approve the Willow project in Alaska, one of the largest oil development projects in decades, will have devastating consequences on our planet, frontline communities, and wildlife.”March 13, 2023 at 10:24 pm in reply to: Chinese Tensions #241503March 13, 2023 at 12:19 pm in reply to: Russian Tensions #241501
Another Putin failure – no demilitarisation
From Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
Arms imports by European countries increased by 47%
And those by European NATO countries by as much as 65%.
https://www.sipri.org/media/press-release/2023/surge-arms-imports-europe-while-us-dominance-global-arms-trade-increasesMarch 13, 2023 at 12:09 pm in reply to: Russian Tensions #241498
One of Putin’s declared objectives was the protection of the people of the DPR and LPR.
TASS reports on that failure
“During the 382 days of escalation, 674 civilians, including 27 children, were killed in the territory within the borders existing **before** the start of the special military operation.
In the territory liberated **during** the special military operation, 3,779 civilians were killed, including 106 children. A total of 4,453 people were killed, including 133 children,”March 13, 2023 at 11:55 am in reply to: Russian Tensions #241497
BD, I am sure TS has never read Herman Gorter’s rebuttal of Lenin’s ‘Left Wing Communism. An Infantile Disorder’
I’m also pretty sure he doesn’t even know who Herman Gorter was.
It’s will be like casting pearls before swine but here is a link to further his education.
He would also learn from the likes of Erich Fromm.
“…This masochistic individual looking for dependency is in his depth frightened – often only subconsciously — a feeling of inferiority, powerlessness, aloneness. Because of this, he is looking for the “leader,” the great power, to feel safe and protected through participation and to overcome his own inferiority. Subconsciously, he feels his own powerlessness and needs the leader to control this feeling. This masochistic and submissive individual, who fears freedom and escapes into idolatry, is the person on which the authoritarian systems — Nazism and Stalinism — rest…”
https://www.marxists.org/archive/fromm/works/1957/authoritarian.htmMarch 13, 2023 at 12:13 am in reply to: Russian Tensions #241491
Just as many homophobes possess same-sex desires (https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/homophobes-might-be-hidden-homosexuals/)
Those who profess to be anti-Nazi often share the same ideological similarites with Nazis.
TD’s anti-Nazism To use Shakespeare – he doth protest too much.
It can be seen in TS falsification of history and leader-worship adulation for Stalin and other political authoritarians.
Psychologist Andrew Lobaczewski studied the relationship between psychological disorders and politics to understand why psychopaths and narcissists are so strongly attracted to power.
People with personality disorders are drawn to political power – narcissists crave attention and affirmation, and feel that they are superior to others.
BD recognised this narcissistic trait in TS long ago.March 12, 2023 at 7:24 pm in reply to: Russian Tensions #241486
Thousands of people have gathered in the Moldovan capital Chișinău at a protest organised by a pro-Russia party, with demonstrators criticising the pro-European government for a steep rise in the cost of living.
As Russia reduced gas supplies to Moldova over the past year, bills have risen up to six times in the country of 2.6 million. The energy crisis and the war in neighbouring Ukraine have also contributed to inflation hitting 30%.
With western economic help, the government has subsidised energy bills but many are still struggling.
“What can we live off?” said 70-year-old demonstrator Tamara.
Another protester, Ivan Vasile, 85 years old, said his pension was the equivalent of £100 a month. “Can I afford to buy myself cheese? I cannot,”