Hannah Blog

September 3, 2014

On subsistence farming.

Filed under: Economy — hannah @ 9:12 am
Economists used to inveigh against subsistence farming, especially in the so-called third world, and blame occasional drought and famine on the practice. It was supposed to be solved with the advent of industrialized agriculture toward which much of U.S. foreign aid was geared. But really, what was underway was economic colonialism. People and property were to be inducted into industrial agriculture to generate profits for traders and other kinds of middlemen.

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August 31, 2014

Lousy businessmen

Filed under: Economy — hannah @ 7:52 am

Why are Republicans, members of the party of business, such lousy businessmen? If business involves trade and exchange, is it because they have nothing to trade, so they resort to inflating expectations and practicing deception?
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August 30, 2014

Republican Henchmen

Filed under: Down the drain,Economy — hannah @ 8:11 am

In the Republican mindset, the public/private partnership means that public assets and resources, including public employees, are convertible to private purposes at will. Public appearances can turn into private events and invitations can be rescinded whenever an office holder’s convenience demands.
Nydia Tisdale provides evidence of an assault taking place.

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August 27, 2014

Limited resources are a good.

Filed under: Down the drain,Economy — hannah @ 1:36 pm

Indeed, one might even say that limited resources, including limited financial resources, are a summum bonum. Why? Because “not enough” is a handy excuse for imposing deprivation. Why would anyone want to do that? Because to deprive any organism, including particularly members of one’s own species, of the necessities of life is the ultimate high. What could be more significant than deciding who gets to live and who dies prematurely?
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August 19, 2014

Privatization for profit = the predator in ulterior mode

Filed under: Cost/benefit,Down the drain,Economy — hannah @ 7:33 am

From a strictly practical perspective, capitalism is an intellectual designation for assets that are set aside for future use. Capital is surplus — whatever is not needed and consumed right away. Awareness of the future is, of course, an intellectual act that is, apparently, not accessible to all humans. Some people can’t think ahead. So, the consume as the spirit moves them and waste the rest, leading to the common sense perception that “one man’s waste is another’s treasure.”
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August 12, 2014

Burning at the stake as an anti-usury strategy.

Filed under: Cost/benefit,Economy — hannah @ 5:07 am

The mode of the argument was obviously not successful.
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August 5, 2014

Lake Erie Algae Bloom

Filed under: another perspective,Down the drain,Economy — hannah @ 6:55 am

It happens every year. This year the water company was not prepared with adequate filtration. Nitrogen fertilizers going to waste continues. We could say the algae are cleaning up the water, but their waste product happens to be toxic to humans, if they ingest it.
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July 20, 2014

Couldn’t Say It Better

Filed under: Down the drain,Economy — hannah @ 7:55 am

Than this.
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July 19, 2014

Just Part of a Long Line

Filed under: another perspective,Cost/benefit,Economy — hannah @ 5:06 am

In response to reports that Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Texas is going after the license to practice of doctors whose care of their patients represents a drain on insurance company profits, I responded on Dailykos:
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July 18, 2014

BRICS Bank

Filed under: Economy — hannah @ 1:18 pm

Underdeveloped countries are setting up a new investment bank to counter the insufficiencies of the World Bank and the IMF. One rationale is that China is sitting on three trillion dollars in reserves which could be used to greater advantage than trading them in for Treasury bonds. What they’re not addressing is that this new endeavor maintains the myth that U.S. Dollars have value — more value than, for example, Arabic as compared to Cyrillic script. Certainly, the notational system is important and valuable to the extent that it is widely understood and accepted. But that’s all.
The BRICS Bank dealing in dollars makes it vulnerable to being boycotted or undermined by the issuer of that particular currency. What they don’t seem to have understood is that the quantity of dollars is not determinative when it comes to investment. Third world nations are being shunned because they have become resistant to exploitation.
At what point is China going to realize that the widespread pollution resulting from its industrialization was/is not a happenstance?

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