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How Should We Think About Economics Today ?

Note that the scientific approach (like the aristocratic one) is a quest for power for its own sake; in other words, it is the practice of black magic. Science transforms white magic into black when it turns the young childa€™s paranoid fantasy for total control into the real world. The bounds of the expanse of total power (and of black magic) is the economic requirement of performing a valuable service for others. This is the humility that the capitalist market expects of us so that the white magic of economics might deploy its beneficial effects.

Contrary to customary opinion, money is not an idol, it is instead the tempest that upsets idols. Unpredictable and uncontrollable, money is on the side of liberty because it does not recognise borders and it threatens all governments. It is spiritual because it tears us away from materialism.

To sum up, the subject matter of economy is simply the Soul of the world.

read the complete analysis at liberalia


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what mugs like Prince Waleed drives


Somebody please tell me, what the chuck is going on with this vehicle! Goodness mercy. That would be the worst fenderbender ever.


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Posted: March 22nd, 2007
at 10:15am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: bling,whips

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Tanzania: A Second-Hand Economy?

Used clothing is by far America’s largest export to Tanzania. Tanzanian cities are full of clothing markets selling Mitumba a€" used clothing from Americans and Europeans a€" which fetches a tidy profit for local vendors. Pietra Rivoli, international business professor at Georgetown University, explores how small Tanzanian entrepreneurs clothe the country with cast-off Western garments.

The most stunning scenery in Tanzania is not the savannah landscape, but the African women. They stand taller and prouder than women anywhere, perhaps from years of carrying bananas and flour on the tops of their heads, perhaps from years of holding the country together.

The white women a€" European backpackers, lunching diplomatic wives, missionary aid workers a€" fade away in comparison, graceless and silly in the shadow of the African queens.

Many of the African women in Dar Es Salaam are draped in the brilliantly colored native cloth, graceful folds wrapping their strong bodies and stronger spirits. They are brilliantly colored splashes across the poverty and grief of Tanzania.

The men are a muted background to this scenery. They work, or they sit under shade trees a€" not as proud, not as strong, not as busy. There are some men in Muslim skullcaps and a few in Indian dhotis, but none at all in traditional African dress.

Almost all of the men and boys in Dar Es Salaam wear mitumba-clothing thrown away by Americans and Europeans, and many are in T-shirts.

excerpt from theglobalist

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Posted: March 18th, 2007
at 10:16pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: myninjaplease,bling,web,clothes

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Brondell Breeza Anti-Stench Toilet Seat Wafts Those Stinky Sins Away

"It’s toilet gadget time again, and here’s the Brondell Breeza, a deodorizing toilet seat that’s available in two different models. The Basic Breeza is battery operated and just keeps that stench down to a manageable level, while the Breeza Warm (pictured above) plugs into the wall and actually has a heated seat (which I can tell you from personal experience is well worth the trouble and expense). Both have that delightful gentle closing seat and lid that can help you at least keep some of those obnoxious bathroom noises to a minimum.

Both models have an automatic quiet fan that draws odors into a replaceable activated carbon filter, and then there’s some sort of fragrance that you can place into the works as well. The Breeza battery operated seat can be installed in just 15 minutes according to the company; of course the heated seat’s installation might be more complicated if you don’t have an outlet nearby."


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Posted: March 14th, 2007
at 12:55pm by Pheezatron

Categories: myninjaplease,bling,too good to be true,design,fo' real?

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a€oeThe Monkey’s Pawa€A

Y2K plugs into the fears that have haunted Science Fiction since its inception, confirming anxieties that, as technological integration increases, human control lessens, and the possibility of something crashing the entire system grows. Here, SF disintegrates into cyberpunk. Where Science Fiction can be defined as the implementation of the project of Progressive Technology a€" a vision of uninhibited technological growth spreading out into a far future that has been speculatively planned a€" cyberpunk lurks in the near future, building itself out of the unanticipated consequences of technical development. It is essentially improvisational, feeding on glitches, interference and coincidences: as the runaway AI Wintermute tells Case in Gibson’s Neuromancer, a€oeplanning’s not my thing.a€A


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"convergence culture"

a€oeConvergence does not depend on any specific delivery mechanism. Rather, convergence represents a paradigm shift a€" a move from medium-specific content toward content that flows across multiple media channels, toward the increased interdependence of communications systems, toward multiple ways of accessing media content, and toward ever more complex relations between top-down corporate media and bottom-up participatory culture.a€A (243) thesis statement

a€oeWe are in a critical moment of transition during which old rules are open to change and companies may be forced to renegotiate their relationship to consumers.a€A (243)

a€oeRather than talking about personal media, perhaps we should be talking about communal mediaa€A (245)

a€oeJust as studying fan culture helped us to understand the innovations that occur on the fringes of the media industry, we may also want to look at the structures of fan communities as showing us new ways of thinking about citizenship and collaboration.a€A (246) BIG THESIS

a€oeThat is why it is so important to fight against the corporate copyright regime, to argue against censorship and moral panic that would pathologize these emerging forms of participation, to publicize the best practices of these online communities, to expand access and participation to groups that are otherwise being left behind, and to promote forms of media literacy education that help all children to develop the skills needed to become full participants in their culture.a€A (248) ADVOCACY THESIS

a€oeA politics of confrontation must give way to one focused on tactical collaboration.a€A (250)

a€oeConcentrated power is apt to remain concentrated. But we will see adhocracy principles applied to more and more different kinds of projectsa€A (256-7). Yes, but what about sabotage?

a€oeparticipation becomes an important political right.a€A (257). Yes. Why isna€™t there more of this in the book?

a€oeThe ideal of the informed citizen is breaking down because there is simply too much for any individual to know. The idea of monitorial citizenship depends on developing new skills in collaboration and a new ethic of knowledge sharing that will allow us to deliberate together.a€A (259). ok

a€oeOne of the ways we can shape the future of media culture is by resisting such disempowering approaches to media literacy education. We need to rethink the goals of media education so that young people can come to think of themselves as cultural producers and participants and not simply as consumers, critical or otherwise.a€A (259). Call to rethink media literacy

MESSAGE: rules redrawn. Negotiation. Resurgence of communal culture. Political implications. Key prescriptions = advocacy. Not sure how his corporate readers would react. Focus on negotiation, but doesna€™t jive with hardline advocacy. Convergence will save us all. We just need to help it happen.

too much information for one post at aramsinnreich.typepad

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"Fury at croc-skin trainers"

ANIMAL rights groups were fuming last night after Nike unveiled A£1,400 trainers made from CROCODILE skin.The sports shoes a€" with 18-carat gold lace tags a€" went on display at the companya€™s flagship store in Londona€™s Oxford Circus at the weekend.

The trainers were made to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Nikea€™s iconic Air Force 1 line.

Shoes are also being made from the skin of the worlda€™s largest snake a€" the anaconda.

Stores around the world are exhibiting the croc shoe in a glass case while stocking only one pair in each size.

But Nick Rudge, of the National Animal Welfare Society, said last night: a€oeWhat a horrific and objectionable way of making money a€" they are croccy horrors.

a€oeIt is fashion gone mad and no different to wearing fur.a€A

Clifford Warwick, a reptile biologist with the Animal Protection Agency, said: a€oeWild crocodiles are hacked up alive for their skins, while farmed animals are treated equally barbarically.

a€oeIf people knew, it would put a lot of them off buying these shoes.

a€oeIt is distasteful consumer excess.

a€oeNike has crossed the line.a€A

Poorva Joshipura, of ethical animal treatment group Peta, said: a€oeAnyone buying them is supporting cruelty.a€A

Andrew Tyler, director of campaign group Animal Aid, dismissed the shoes as a€oethe height of decadencea€A.

No one from Nike was available to comment last night.


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Posted: March 13th, 2007
at 9:59am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: bling,not ninja-worthy,gear

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Throwback yachts

Admittedly, it’s not really a throwback… in fact it’s a might bit cutting edge.AA This is from 2004, but the pictures are so 2007.AA I want a Yacht that looks like a stealth bomber, don’t you?



If the Gotham City branch of Ikea ever gets into designing flat-pack boats, this is what theya€™ll look like. But this first foray into motoryachts by Luca Bassania€™s Wally Yachts is not just an exercise in styling. Far from being a marketing exercise, it is in fact driven by some of the most demanding technical challenges ever taken on by a boatbuilder.



Luca Bassani and the Wallypower 118 from Power & MotorYacht

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Posted: March 5th, 2007
at 1:45pm by black octagons

Categories: bling,weaponry,design

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og goldeneye


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Posted: February 21st, 2007
at 11:10am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: hood status,myninjaplease,bling,fo' real?

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