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April 23rd
12:12 AM
Via
latimes:

Since 2004, the amount of money owed by U.S. college graduates entering the workforce has more than tripled. 
Graphic: Doug Stevens / Los Angeles Times

latimes:

Since 2004, the amount of money owed by U.S. college graduates entering the workforce has more than tripled

Graphic: Doug Stevens / Los Angeles Times

April 21st
5:14 PM
Benjamin Bidder & Uwe Klussmann  |  Der Spiegel »

Russian propaganda tends to describe these groups, in blanket terms, as “fascists.” But the right-wing camp is anything but homogenous. In the western part of the country, there are three different factions. There are the civilian patriots like Ishenko, who view it as their duty to fight for their country. There are revanchist anarchists who want to challenge corrupt state authorities. And there are right-wing radicals of the ideological and dangerous variety who want to take advantage of the current vacuum to rise to power themselves. They are supporters of a totalitarian ethno-nationalism with anti-Semitic overtones…
The man who the Kherson militia would like to see become president of Ukraine can be found in a former industrial quarter of Kiev — he lives on Moscow Prospect, a somewhat ironic address for a nationalist. The 42-year-old Dmytro Yarosh founded a martial sports group in the 1990s which went on to spawn the Right Sector. In the past, he preferred to make public appearances in military uniform, but he receives us in jeans and a dark, turtleneck sweater. Yarosh, after all, has lofty ambitions. He has registered as a candidate for the May presidential elections and is lobbying for the Right Sector to be recognized as a party. He says that his movement has over 10,000 members and hopes that the current wave of nationalism will be enough to propel him to the presidency…
For years, Yarosh has been fighting for the “de-Russification” of Ukraine and has produced manifestos calling for the “spread of the nationalist ideology across the entire territory of our state.” Today, Yarosh denies that anti-Semitism is part of that ideology. But in a book, he has written: “I wonder how it came to pass that most of the billionaires in Ukraine are Jews?”
He believes that “anti-Christian” powers are afoot in the European Union and that Brussels forces people into lifestyles such as gay marriage. It is, he says, “a variety of totalitarianism.” He doesn’t see Europe or NATO as a potential partner and believes the US is also part of an “anti-Ukrainian front.” Yarosh studied linguistics, and he is almost eloquent as he explains that a Kalashnikov can be a Ukrainian’s only reliable ally.  >continue<

How do you spell Tea Party in Cyrillic?

Benjamin Bidder & Uwe Klussmann  |  Der Spiegel »

Russian propaganda tends to describe these groups, in blanket terms, as “fascists.” But the right-wing camp is anything but homogenous. In the western part of the country, there are three different factions. There are the civilian patriots like Ishenko, who view it as their duty to fight for their country. There are revanchist anarchists who want to challenge corrupt state authorities. And there are right-wing radicals of the ideological and dangerous variety who want to take advantage of the current vacuum to rise to power themselves. They are supporters of a totalitarian ethno-nationalism with anti-Semitic overtones…

The man who the Kherson militia would like to see become president of Ukraine can be found in a former industrial quarter of Kiev — he lives on Moscow Prospect, a somewhat ironic address for a nationalist. The 42-year-old Dmytro Yarosh founded a martial sports group in the 1990s which went on to spawn the Right Sector. In the past, he preferred to make public appearances in military uniform, but he receives us in jeans and a dark, turtleneck sweater. Yarosh, after all, has lofty ambitions. He has registered as a candidate for the May presidential elections and is lobbying for the Right Sector to be recognized as a party. He says that his movement has over 10,000 members and hopes that the current wave of nationalism will be enough to propel him to the presidency…

For years, Yarosh has been fighting for the “de-Russification” of Ukraine and has produced manifestos calling for the “spread of the nationalist ideology across the entire territory of our state.” Today, Yarosh denies that anti-Semitism is part of that ideology. But in a book, he has written: “I wonder how it came to pass that most of the billionaires in Ukraine are Jews?”

He believes that “anti-Christian” powers are afoot in the European Union and that Brussels forces people into lifestyles such as gay marriage. It is, he says, “a variety of totalitarianism.” He doesn’t see Europe or NATO as a potential partner and believes the US is also part of an “anti-Ukrainian front.” Yarosh studied linguistics, and he is almost eloquent as he explains that a Kalashnikov can be a Ukrainian’s only reliable ally.  >continue<

How do you spell Tea Party in Cyrillic?

April 19th
1:55 PM

Paul Krugman and Bill Moyers discusss Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century, described as “analytically beautiful”, “epiphany” inducing, and a “eureka book”. Krugman, the Nobel Laureate, goes so far as to say “the world is not as I saw it”, intimating the challenge it presents to his own thinking. Krugman continues:

“What Piketty’s really done now is he said, ‘Even those of you who talk about the 1 percent, you don’t really get what’s going on.’ He’s telling us that we are on the road not just to a highly unequal society, but to a society of an oligarchy. A society of inherited wealth.”

That is, one alien to “the very system our founders revolted against” and a significant swath of the American political/economic tradition.

"That’s the point. And what’s funny is at the time, Americans used to say, ‘Oh— we should never allow ourselves to become like old Europe.’ And in fact, we have."  >continue<

12:40 PM
Via
smdxn:

The Deadly Consequences Of Income Inequality (CHARTS)

The wealthier you are, the longer you’ll live. And if you’re a low-income woman, you’re less likely than an earlier generation to make it to your 55th birthday.
That’s the conclusion of a harrowing study by economist Barry Bosworth of the Brookings Institution, analyzing data from the University of Michigan’s Health and Retirement Study which measured life expectancy at 55 across income ranges and gender, comparing a cohort born in 1920 with one born in 1940.
The findings were fleshed out into charts by the Wall Street Journal, which illustrate a growing correlation between income level and life expectancy for men and women. In the lower end of the income distribution, the story is particularly devastating for women. &gt;continue&lt;

smdxn:

The Deadly Consequences Of Income Inequality (CHARTS)

The wealthier you are, the longer you’ll live. And if you’re a low-income woman, you’re less likely than an earlier generation to make it to your 55th birthday.

That’s the conclusion of a harrowing study by economist Barry Bosworth of the Brookings Institution, analyzing data from the University of Michigan’s Health and Retirement Study which measured life expectancy at 55 across income ranges and gender, comparing a cohort born in 1920 with one born in 1940.

The findings were fleshed out into charts by the Wall Street Journal, which illustrate a growing correlation between income level and life expectancy for men and women. In the lower end of the income distribution, the story is particularly devastating for women. >continue<

April 15th
2:22 PM
"No one knows what the United States wants in this region, beyond the unacceptable ambition it has displayed since Communism’s collapse - and which now has exploded in its face - of shoving NATO membership and Western ostensibly-defensive /opportunistically-offensive missile installations right up to the Russian borders. This can only be understood in Moscow as a hostile policy."
—  William Pfaff, The Worst Mess since the 1930’s
2:02 PM
"Russia is a power in structural decline. Its economic growth is anemic, it has an uncertain demographic future, and the state budget is highly vulnerable to any shift in oil prices. That being said, for the next several years it will have the most modern and effective military it has had since the Soviet Union collapsed. Russia’s leaders realize that right now they are the strongest they are ever likely to be, economically and militarily. Conversely, the West is at its weakest point of willpower, exhausted by crises and conflicts abroad, along with the pull of domestic agendas at home. NATO defense budgets are hardly a credible threat and will continue to decline. Even some of the Baltic states, who decry Russia as an existential threat, barely spend 1 percent of GDP on their own defense. Moscow knows that nobody wants to spend more money on defense to confront them. Putin likely calculates that if now is not the time to take on the West, then it will never come. He is rolling the dice while Russia still has dice to roll."
April 13th
7:45 PM
"I have no idea where the official numbers come from; those that say that Ukraine is evenly divided between those who support the West, and those who feel their identity is closely linked with Russia. Maybe this might be the case in Western Ukraine, in Lvov, or even in the capital – Kiev. But Western Ukraine has only a few key cities. The majority of people in this country of around forty-four million are concentrated in the south, east and southeast, around the enormous industrial and mining centers of Donetsk, Dnepropetrovsk, and Krivoi Rog. There is Odessa in the south, and Kharkov ‘the second capital’ in the east. And people in all those parts of the country mainly speak Russian. And they see, what has recently happened in Kiev as an unceremonious coup, orchestrated and supported by the West."
—  Andre Vltchek, Ukraine: Lies and Realities
April 6th
1:40 AM
Via
1:38 AM
"The multitude has suddenly become visible, installing itself in the preferential positions of society. Before, if it existed, it passed unnoticed, occupying the background of the social stage; now it has advanced to the floodlights and is the principle character. There are no longer protagonists; there is only the chorus."
—  Ortega y Gasset, Revolt of the Masses
6:22 PM
It’s Not Twitter It’s The Eclipse Of Reason

An “eclipse of reason” is the current state of the Turkish government. It is not possible to articulate a rational explanation for the new regulations, including the new Internet laws, and their enforcement within a framework of governance informed by basic democratic values. We can only regard these intrusive interventions as acts of despair and a lack of intellect.  &gt;continue&lt;

Tweeps Fight Erdogan with Memes  |  Erdogan&#8217;s Mission Impossible
Alevizing Gezi  |  Turkey Media Roundup
_______________ background ______________
Madness on the Bosphorus  |  Scandal threatens Erdogan
Sultan of Istancool  |  Social Media Menace grips Turkey
&gt;more&lt;

It’s Not Twitter It’s The Eclipse Of Reason

An “eclipse of reason” is the current state of the Turkish government. It is not possible to articulate a rational explanation for the new regulations, including the new Internet laws, and their enforcement within a framework of governance informed by basic democratic values. We can only regard these intrusive interventions as acts of despair and a lack of intellect.  >continue<

Tweeps Fight Erdogan with Memes  |  Erdogan’s Mission Impossible

Alevizing Gezi  |  Turkey Media Roundup

_______________ background ______________

Madness on the Bosphorus  |  Scandal threatens Erdogan

Sultan of Istancool  |  Social Media Menace grips Turkey

>more<

3:55 PM
"Nietzsche can only be an embarrassment for atheists today. Worse, they can’t help dimly suspecting they embody precisely the kind of pious freethinker that Nietzsche despised and mocked: loud in their mawkish reverence for humanity, and stridently censorious of any criticism of liberal hopes."
—  

John Gray, The Ghost at the Atheist Feast

[an example of said mockery from the Genealogy III 25]

March 16th
1:47 PM
"I am afraid that I am interested in a cold war with the West. I was very patient. I waited for 20 years. I did everything I could so that this war would begin. I worked day and night."
—  Aleksandr A. Prokhanov, Foes of America in Russia Crave Rupture in Ties
March 10th
10:03 PM
"Now the same asshats who constantly chortled ad-phreakin-nauseum about having “won the cold war” can’t follow the the logical implication. Rather, now that it suits, they pompously drone on about how Obama is clueless when he does insist it is over."