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August, 2017

Not the briar patch, Brer Trump!

March, 2017

A Serious Case of the DTs

January, 2017

The American Yeltsin
Sunlight Through Troubled Times
Beyond Zealots and Cold-War Warriors

December, 2016

A Vandal at the Gates of Rome

October, 2016

Are you conscious?

September, 2016

Brave New World?

August, 2016

Stop, for a moment.

July, 2016

Rupert's Coup

March, 2016

Between a Shill and a Hard Case

July, 2015

Swimming in a sea of sugar

June, 2015

Information Rich, Attention Poor
Nerds need to get out more ...

March, 2015

There is a homunculus at the end of the garden path

October, 2014

Determination, not dreams
Welcome Home
Addicted to GDP
Irony?Karma? - take your pick

August, 2014

History? Whose story?
Marketing Ebola

July, 2014

As above, so below

December, 2013

A time for tolerance

November, 2013

Thinking out of the xBox
The old ones are the best ones ...
Welcome to the Gulag

October, 2013

A timely response to spying

September, 2013

Obedience and the Machine
Ban the bible?
Fracticide - don't do it.

July, 2013

Serfing, USUK

June, 2013

Deafened by gossip

May, 2013

Who needs words...?

April, 2013

Why would they stop?
It must be true

March, 2013

Beyond belief

February, 2013

RBS: doing Fine, not Time
Pillars tumbling down
Trouble with models
A matter of perspective

January, 2013

Royal Promo
Boiling the Lance
Boson Brains Rule

November, 2012

Burning symbols

October, 2012

Charles and Jimmy's little secret
Beach bums and Magi
A Reality Check
Happy Birthday

August, 2012

A journey through riotous times

July, 2012

Caring for life
Not everyone for Tennis?
A banker lie? Unthinkable!

June, 2012

A cynical ploy
Collateral damage for The United States of Europe
Will you walk into my parlour?
Beams and motes
From one Jubilee to another

May, 2012

Perturbations
A crazy idea
The course of time
Sorry, Harry

April, 2012

Cracks in the Rear-View Mirror
A keeper of sheeple
Principled Policing
Say goodbye to Betty
Lessons learned
Causality and good news
Manufactured irrelevance
Corporate responsibility

March, 2012

Poppycock - without question
Who's pushing your buttons?
Investigate the Blair-Murdoch Conspiracy

February, 2012

In Praise of The Seven Liberal Arts
The real story
When giving is taking
Giving it all away

November, 2011

Poking a hornets nest
Wealth of Nations poured away
Squeaky and the Paedophile Prince
Boiling frogs
Death of an industry
Change blindness
What a world ...

October, 2011

Gifts
Pictures and words
Screeching to a halt.
Taxing noise

September, 2011

Hand over your money
Breeding psychopaths
Mr Fox, is the hen house safe?
A ludicrous Conspiracy Theory
Can you believe your eyes?
Getting eye contact
Partners in Crime

July, 2011

It was the Wettins 'wot won it'

May, 2011

Kevin
Heir apparently

April, 2011

Putting Emergencies in Context
Underground networks travelling First Class

March, 2011

Be careful what you ask for
Water - a tale of two countries
Newspeak
Here we go again ...
Wake up!!!

February, 2011

Priorities
The right stuff
Revolution! ... and yet, and yet.
Follow the money
Shh - don't tell the children
Does the MoD have a Cunning Plan?

January, 2011

Met Office caught in winter weather whitewash
Read between the lines
The new parable of Noah
Banking on People

November, 2010

Wettins don't say sorry
It's just not fair ...
Remember, remember ...

October, 2010

Kindness sees no crime
Pundits in the frame
Killer drones target the middle class
A tale of two Charlies

September, 2010

A failure to discriminate ...
Good Grief
A rent-boy's rent-boy

August, 2010

Size psycho-fancy
Baiting a Wikid Trap?

July, 2010

... at the gates of Rome
Monday musings

June, 2010

Guilty - but not charged
Psychopaths at the door

May, 2010

ConDemned to the Shock Doctor
Driven by metaphor
Guns and Banksters
Death of Old Conker

April, 2010

Bankster at bay ...
Nuke Iceland?
Smokescreen

March, 2010

It's how you say it ...
Bullying Manner
Quelle surprise!
Iceland - showing the way.

February, 2010

Small steps to a far place
Seeds of silence

January, 2010

Liar
So who needs people?
Late and censored
Freedom for life

December, 2009

Patterns
Testament
Boy-friendly!

October, 2009

Fools served by Zombies
Webs
BBC dogs that didn't bark ...

September, 2009

Taken Hostage

August, 2009

Have a good weekend ...
High Frequency Trading ...
Money money money
Fit for a politician

July, 2009

Inside clouds

June, 2009

Fond thoughts of Tony Blair ...
A good day ...
Midnight musing

May, 2009

aaah diddums
Zal may ...

April, 2009

Echos of a dark past
Sharks in the Shadows
Worlds Apart

January, 2009

Money Matters
Killing History
Magic

December, 2008

Home improvements
Get the Picture?

November, 2008

Barak - the movie

October, 2008

Won't get fooled again
Bankers, all of them!

September, 2008

And The Winner is ...
Light relief
A Financial 9/11
That's Lucky!
On this day

August, 2008

Mark My Words

July, 2008

The Management Myth
Sense Making Questions

June, 2008

Beware this Griffin
42 Day Folly
A Tortured Silence

May, 2008

A new Dawn needed
Is Justin Webb A Neo-Con?
The Puppy, the Mountain and the Fascists

April, 2008

Attention Pays

March, 2008

Fat Cats and Pork Pies
Fed up Darling?
Swearing - it's just not British!

October, 2007

TsarkoMania

Good Grief   September 10, 2010
This morning I noticed how the material of my lightweight summer work trousers has thinned and developed a small hole. It reminded me of how the quality and durability of goods has deteriorated over the last few decades. Growing up in the sixties, I am still amazed at how quickly modern jeans wear out. I use leather gloves when I am cutting and stacking wood – they only last one season, I have to get a new pair each year.

How come? New industrial practices, new technologies and rising standards of education mean that goods can be manufactured more and more cheaply. We could have the same quality and durability at a lower price. Post WW2 economics was concerned about how we would cope with all the leisure time progress would bring.

Through the sixties, seventies and into the eighties, there was a sense of things improving, surely we were approaching a golden age as the world became a better place. Suddenly communication meant more than talking on the radio, people were coming together, there was hope. The notion of liberatory technology was inspiring – soon machines would do all the boring routine stuff, freeing up humans to be creative and have fun.

But it has not turned out like that, liberatory technology has liberated corporations, not people. As it became cheaper to make things businesses were faced with a choice: distribute the benefits as higher wages or retain them as profit. What did they do? - they kept them for themselves, of course. But there were two problems. The first was that people would not buy new products because the old ones still worked, the second was how would people pay?

The first took a while but is now with us every hour of the day. Advertising and PR are about making us feel we are missing something; about manipulating 'wants'. By the 1920s they were already moving from creating products that people needed to creating human needs for products. For instance in 1927 Charles Kettering of General Motors wrote an article entitled 'Keep the consumer dissatisfied', in which he said: " If everyone were satisfied, no one would buy the new thing because no one would want it ".

The second has also taken time. The solution was not to give us more pay, but credit - with interest. Credit for everything: refrigerators, cars, houses, computers, on-line gambling ... you name it. The bankers have used this credit to gamble in their officially sanctioned casinos (otherwise known as investment banks and transnational corporations). They have created trillions of dollars worth of debt, while they skimmed off personal fortunes through mega-salaries and bonuses.

They have moved us back into a new form of serfdom - economic slavery. Money is no longer related to the value of work - it has no fixed worth, most of it is not even paper, but simply digital bytes, an illusion. An illusion with a powerful hold on our imagination such that consumerism has persuaded us to give up our leisure and quality of life for it. (The average Briton or American works 300-400 hours more each year than their French of German counterpart, that's up to ten 40hr weeks each year!)

Now this unsustainable Ponzi scheme is collapsing in a great depression - credit is disappearing faster than they can print more 'money'. Underneath the surface, the world is changing as global economies implode. We have massive, global pollution, deterioration of the environment and the destruction of the middle classes.
 
What has the last century of progress created?  An enormous inequality of wealth distribution: the few have the money while the many have the debt. And squeaky little Osborne exhorts us to embrace austerity, because 'we are all in it together'!

Feeling angry yet?
Posted by Nicholas Moore    1:36:29 PM
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