Browsing All posts tagged under »poverty«

Homelessness in America’s Wealthiest Counties: Arlington County, VA

November 26, 2013

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Each year, Forbes magazine publishes its list of the United States of America’s wealthiest counties.  As usual, Arlington County, Virginia — a snake’s den of America’s most God-fearing defense contractors, CIA employees, and retired four-star generals, just across the Potomac River from DC — comes in near the top of the list.  As Forbes itself […]

Zero Hour Contracts at Buckingham Palace

September 1, 2013

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By Patrick M. Dixon How do you fancy working for the Queen?  You could even work at Buckingham Palace, rather than one of the royal family’s twenty-one other residences.  It won’t involve scrubbing the royal toilets either.  As a member of the Palace’s summer staff you will be responsible for selling likenesses of Her Royal […]

Bows and Arrows and Assault Rifles: Democratic Republic of Congo Engulfed in Triangle of Death

February 22, 2013

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By Phil Ingram The great Alexander Spirkin, one of the Soviet Union’s most brilliant philosophers, once noted that the problem of man is an eternal and at the same time the most urgent of all problems.  What is a human being?  Nothing in the world is more complex or more perplexing: “Physicists are perfectly right […]

Has Capitalism Really Come to This? – Bill Gates Declares War on Bad Philanthropy

February 18, 2013

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By Jesús Salvatore In his “Annual Letter” released on January 30, 2013, Bill Gates reports optimistically that “the lives of the poorest have improved more rapidly in the last 15 years than ever before.”  “During that time,” he claims, “the number of people living in extreme poverty has been reduced by half – extraordinary progress […]

Part Two of the Dialectic of Homelessness

September 28, 2012

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By Eduardo Dijo Why is it a crime to be homeless?  Why do so many cities severely lacking in affordable housing and emergency shelter choose to criminalize the necessary, life-sustaining activities such as sitting, lying down, and sleeping that homeless individuals have no choice but to perform in public spaces? Personal note: A few weeks […]

All Guns Pointed at Mitt Romney – The Con Man Cometh

September 20, 2012

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By Phil Ingram We’re merely 48 days away from the next great victory of American democracy, so it comes as no surprise to the scientific editors of Selecting Stones that yet another trivializing distraction from real news has been endlessly recirculating this week within the reactionary media outlets in response to an offensive slew of […]

How Come You’re Poor?

September 1, 2012

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By Phil Ingram Many influential voices nowadays are foolishly proclaiming that the predicament of our times is that we don’t know what to revolt against in a concrete way.  Actually most people are almost universally agreed that society is completely fucked, i.e. that sooner or later the whole world will be Easter Island. Question 1: […]

Gene Marks of Forbes on, “If I Were A Poor Black Kid”

December 13, 2011

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By Bruno Fournier The bourgeois press is at it again, giving the bankers and fat, balding middle managers of the world something good to feel about, as they talk amongst themselves about the everlasting American Dream.  What better place could there be, then, for an article entitled “If I Were A Poor Black Kid” than […]

Academia, the Self-Referential Exploiter

November 5, 2011

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By Frank W. Strauch The claim of academia is that it studies the world, the real existing world, in all of its richness.  In fact, however, it has no interest whatsoever in the real world.  Instead, it is interested only in itself.  The academic’s frame of reference is not the world that he claims to […]

Leah Dieterich’s THXTHXTHX: Thankful for Death

June 13, 2011

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By Larry Duvalier and Anthony Burton Leah Dieterich brings “thankfulness” to its lowest possible form.  Naturally, therefore, she got a book deal.  Her charming blog is a collection of hand-written thank you notes for, seemingly, everything.  From the horse’s own mouth: Leah Dieterich’s mother always told her to write thank you notes. So she does. […]

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