Monthly Archives: November 2010

Karl Polanyi The Great Transformation – the artificial Market Economy’

Many years ago Sam Beer had us teach Polanyi’s The Great Transformation in connection with the Industrial Revolution. I have never seen an adequate rebuttal.
The ‘Market Economy’ is a fiction and a human failure, that has always required Govt to maintain it.

Stigiitz has written an intro everyone should read – both at:

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One of the twentieth century’s most thorough and discerning historians, Karl Polanyi sheds “new illumination on . . . the social implications of a particular economic system, the market economy that grew into full stature in the nineteenth century.”-R. M. MacIver
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‎”The true answer to the threat of bureaucracy as a source of abuse of power is to create spheres of arbitrary freedom protected by unbreakable rules.” Karl Polanyi

Karl Reisman ‎”If industrialism is not to extinguish the race, it must be
subordinated to the requirements of man’s nature. The true criticism of market society is not that it was based on economics–in a sense,
every and any society must be based on it–but that its economy was based on self-interest.  Such an organization of economic life is entirely
unnatural, in the strictly empirical sense of exceptional.”   Karl Polanyi

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QUANTITATIVE EASING

What the Federal Reserve is up to, and how we got here.

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Karl Reisman Bandi Amir – Bamiyan Province Agfhanistan – Richard Engel

Karl Reisman Nassim Nicholas Taleb-“There are two types of people: those who try to win and those who try to win arguments.They are never the same.”

    • Jerry McKean Garrison Keillor: “There are two types of people: the type of people that say that there are two types of people, and the type of people who don’t.

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Karl Reisman Nassim Nicholas Taleb-“we humans, facing limits of knowledge, and things we do not observe, the unseen and the unknown, resolve the tension by squeezing life and the world into crisp commoditized ideas, reductive categories, specific vocabularies, and prepackaged narratives, which, on the occasion, has explosive consequences.”

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Karl Reisman Bernie Sanders –

The very richest among us want more, and they are prepared to dismantle the existing political and social order to get it. The time is late. The stakes are extraordinary. Now is the time to roll back this orgy of greed.
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Barockfestival vom September 2007 in Schaffhausen Blockflötenkonzert mit Maurice Steger, Sabrina Frey (Blockflöte), Mauro Valli (Barockcello) und Alexander Weimann (Orgel & Cembalo) Baroque Festival Schaffhausen Switzerland, september 2007 Concert with Maurice Steger (direction), Sabrina Frey (reco
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Rehearsal in the Berlin Philharmonic Maurice Steger, recorder soloist Berliner Barock Solisten Telemann: Tempo di Minuetto from C Major Concerto Telemann: Double Concerto Recorder & Bassoon Vivaldi: Flautino Concerto C Major december 2006
    • This guy is incredible.

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Karl Reisman kiddy politicx and hick countries – the pure Disney US

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Karl Reisman “in Ireland the inevitable never happens and the unexpected constantly occurs.”
John Pentland Mahaffy

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Karl Reisman Almost 15% of US households experienced a food shortage at some point in 2009

Almost 15% of US households experienced a food shortage at some point in 2009, with single mothers hardest hit, a government report finds.
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10 centuries in 5 minutes
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Nov 10

Suzanne’s Hen of the Woods / Maitake

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Karl Reisman ‎”If a poor family falls on hard times in the woods, and there is nobody there to see it, are they really there?” Stephen Colbert

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Karl Reisman Susanne’s gig – new house in Wisconsin, mushrooms and poetry
http://suzannagig.wordpress.com/

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Karl Reisman ‎300,000 people signed the petition to put Keith Olbermann back on the air – besides all the letters and other protests, in just a couple of days. And Tuesday he will be back. Who made this whole thing up to begin with.

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Karl Reisman George Bush’s memoir – the terrible emptiness at the heart of government.

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    • Michael Dowd

      It isn’t pollution that’s harming the environment. It’s the impurities in our air and water that are doing it. — George W. Bush

      It’s time for the human race to enter the solar system. — George W. Bush

      We’re going to have the best-educated Ame…rican people in the world. — – George W. Bush

      I stand by all the misstatements that I’ve made. — George W. BushSee More

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Karl Reisman ‎300,000 people signed the petition to put Keith Olbermann back on the air – besides all the letters and other protests, in just a couple of days. And Tuesday he will be back. Who made this whole thing up to begin with.

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Karl Reisman George Bush’s memoir – the terrible emptiness at the heart of government.

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      Michael Dowd 

      It isn’t pollution that’s harming the environment. It’s the impurities in our air and water that are doing it. — George W. Bush 

      It’s time for the human race to enter the solar system. — George W. Bush

      We’re going to have the best-educated Ame…rican people in the world. — – George W. Bush

      I stand by all the misstatements that I’ve made. — George W. BushSee More

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Karl Reisman Sagrada Familia interior – from the video

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Karl Reisman Pope consecrates Gaudi Sagrada Familia or Gaudi consecrates Pope http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11705036

Pope Benedict XVI is to visit the Spanish city of Barcelona to consecrate Antoni Gaudi’s unfinished cathedral, the Sagrada Familia, as a basilica.
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Karl Reisman from the Found Photographs section of David Sapir’s Fixing Shadows website Classroom picture from Newburyport Massachusetts. (1930’s?)

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    • Michael Dowd 

      Newburyport MA was wonderfully redeveloped in the 70s, the planning architect was the late J. Timothy Anderson. The firm he founded, under his leadership, also did the redevelopment plan for South Beach in Miami and he was one of my best …friends. 

      The other comment I would make is that it must have been a lot easier to be a teacher when kids were as well behaved as these appear to have been.See More

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    • Karl Reisman Michael – yes. There they are with their arms crossed in perfect military or ballet drill. And those faces. Easier? Different for sure – and the borderline between well behaved and downright sadistic must have been crossed a lot. But I remember many sadisms from boarding school and the dress drill and other ‘good order’ are not really among them.

       

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Karl commented on Charles Roberts‘s photo.
Karl commented on Kevin McEneaney‘s link.
Karl commented on Gregor Shapiro‘s photo.
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Karl Reisman On the use and consequences of fictional (fantasy) prices in hospital and medical billing. In August I had an MRI scan. My insurance company paid $750 and I was asked to pay $550 copay. So the market price was $1300. But my copay was based on a listed hospital price of $5500. So my 10% copay became a 40% copay. We… cannot reform the health system unless the ability to use these aritificial prices is removed.

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November 5 at 2:10pm · ·  

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Karl Reisman Oh Florida – we weep for thee.

November 3 at 12:02pm · ·  

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Karl Reisman Within Milan itself there was conflict. Prospero, “rapt in secret studies,” entrusted the “manage” of his state to his brother Antonio (l.ii.77, 70). Prospero wished to improve himself, and that takes lime, but government has to go on now, which poses a political problem. lt is desirable for the best people to govern, …but we can’t wait-govemment must go on now. WH Auden on Government

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November 3 at 11:54am · ·  

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Karl Reisman The sad truth is most people don’t want to make a better world.

November 3 at 8:29am · · ·  

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      Gregor Shapiro Most people want the world to be a little better for themselves and a little worse for everbody they know about. 

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      Karl Reisman Really – that sounds even nastier than I did. 

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Karl commented on Michele Rose‘s status.
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Karl Reisman The Rent is Too Damn High

uspoverty.change.org
If I lived in New York, I know who would get my vote for governor. That’s right, I’d put a big fat check mark next to the name of Jimmy McMillan. Admittedly, given his appearance it is easy to dism… Read more of this post, Jimmy Mack Tells it Like it Is: Rent Is Too Damn High, at Change.org.
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Karl Reisman If the Tea Party Wins – special comment bt Keith Olbermann at Youtube 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xXObxxvYXE

Transcipt http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39875964

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Karl Reisman What came out in the Jon Stewart interview – which those in the room with him have known all along – is that President Obama is a nice guy, bright and thoughtful and caring. The kind America chews up for breakfast any morning. But not magic, except at moments. We don’t deserve him. But if we would support him the White House would be in Good Hands.

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      Michael Dowd Obama’s very seriously smart, and his heart is (mostly) in the right place, but if he won’t decide to communicate effectively to middle class people about creating private sector business jobs he is going to create some real Republican majorities. Since he wants to be a leader it’s his job to lead. It’s not to late but it’s his to do (or not). 

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      Karl Reisman Harold Lasky wrote a book at the end of the thirties called The American Presidency – showing that the President has 2 conflicting jobs – King and political administrator. Obama is doing the second but does not fully understsnd the first 

      October 28 at 7:51pm ·
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      Lydia Smiley And why should he? 

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      Michael Dowd It’s no use saying, “We are doing our best.” You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary. — Sir Winston Spencer Churchill 

      October 29 at 8:55am ·
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Karl Reisman ‎273-274 Unas Pyramid (Egyptian) ‘The Cannibal Hymn’ (or as I would put it the gods eating the gods) read and interpretively translated by the great Italian scholar of anime and Finnegans Wake, Orlando Mezzabotta [http://xoomer.virgilio.it/omezzabo]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jM7-LqTj5L8

This is the famous cannibal hymn in the east gable of the antechamber of the pyramid of Wnis. The King feeds on the gods to absorb their might. Another experiment with Ancient Egyptian vocalization.
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Karl Reisman The biggest news of the day – in these horrendous times (one billion people are going to bed hungry every night) is that President Obama is going to appear on Jon Stewart. Can you honestly tell me we have not gone crazy. Children are right to be frightened. Look what we are willing to do to them.

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      Karl Reisman ‎”(in the Nichtian glossery which purveys aprioric roots for aposteriorious tongues this is nat language at any sinse of the world”
      Finnegans Wake 83 

      October 27 at 12:04pm ·
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Karl Reisman Daily Kos from Orlando Sentinel – on two supreme court justices
Justice James Perry and Justice Jorge LaBarga, They resisted Tea Party pressure on amendment attacking Healthcare Bill – and otherwise deserve REelection

Four of Florida’s seven Supreme Court Justices are on the ballot for a merit retention (up or down) vote. All were appointed by Charlie Crist when he was a Republican. Two of the justices in particular, Justice James Perry and Justice Jorge LaBarga, are under attack by the right wing because the
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Karl Reisman Daily Kos from Orlando Sentinel – on two supreme court justicesJustice
James Perry and Justice Jorge LaBarga, They resisted Tea Party pressure
on amendment attacking Healthcare Bill – and otherwise deserve
REelection

Four of Florida’s seven Supreme Court Justices are on the ballot for a merit retention (up or down) vote. All were appointed by Charlie Crist when he was a Republican. Two of the justices in particular, Justice James Perry and Justice Jorge LaBarga, are under attack by the right wing because the
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Karl Reisman Comment on website “Well, Charles Canady is a conservative who is credited with coining the phrase “partial birth abortions” and with writing legislation to ban them. He also was a force in Clinton’s impeachment. Labarga voted against the option of having a new vote in the 2000 elections.”
Just reporting these commen…ts.

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      Karl Reisman This was meant to follow on Orlando Sentinel link endorsing Justice James Perry and Justice Jorge LaBarga, They resisted Tea Party pressure on amendment attacking Healthcare Bill 

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Karl likes SUBIRA HOUSE, LAMU KENYA (Hotel / Lodging).
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Karl Reisman Wild nature – or the American garden – purchased by private money as if for one’s estate- Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

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Karl Reisman Day’s clippings:1 Seven people have been killed in a stampede at a football stadium in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, officials say.The crush happened as a crowd tried to enter Nyayo National Stadium to watch a match between two of Kenya’s most popular teams. 2 Burundi albino boy ‘dismembered’ – Albino body parts are pr……ized… in parts of Africa, with witch-doctors claiming they have special powers.

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      Lenny W Schwartz hay karl
      thats awful… 

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Karl Reisman Mercy Oduyoye-“If I take a Bible story, I’m reading with my mind focused on the fact that this is supposed to be a message from a God of Love, Compassion and of Justice who wants human beings to behave like beings created in his own image. And so if I find a passage that doesn’t look like it has compassion, I ask mysel…f, ‘who is writing this and why?’ The Bible is a historical book.”

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October 24 at 1:01am · ·  

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Karl Reisman I have finally been convinced by Christopher Hitchens who unlike many “atheists” makes a makes a non-idiotic argument about the poisonousness of religion.

Author Christopher Hitchens discusses his book “God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything” as a part of the Authors@Google series. The author of Why Orwell Matters and Letters to a Young Contrarian, Christopher Hitchens is a Vanity Fair contributing editor, a Slate columnist, and a regular c
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Karl Reisman Alpine valley – since the Romans?

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Karl Reisman Just heard – echoing from the next room – one of the great lines of Television —
‘I’m keeping the dog.’

October 23 at 10:23am · ·  

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Karl Reisman ‎”China
itself is actually the world’s fifth-largest oil producer, at 3.7
million barrels per day, just below Iran and slightly above Mexico. In
1980, China consumed only 3% of the world’s oil. Now, its take is around
10%, making it the planet’s second largest consumer. It has already
…surpassed Japan in that category, even if it’s still way behind the US, which eats up 27% of global oil each year.” Asia Times

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October 21 at 6:11pm · ·  

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Karl Reisman It is time for Charlie Crist to step down. He offers nothing other than that he is an “independent” good man. Caught in the middle he is afraid to be specific. But he cannot be both good and a spoiler for Marco Rubio. If he is good he will endorse Meek – and if he is just a Republican he will… endorse Rubio or nobody.

October 19 at 8:55pm · ·  

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Economics was founded by moral philosophers, and links between the two disciplines remain strong. So why won’t economists make judgments on the gap between rich and poor?
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      Gregor Shapiro We cannot make the poor rich- unfortunately there is not enough wealth to go around… 

      October 20 at 9:09am ·
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      Karl Reisman With rational policies we can do a fair job of it – but who wants rational policies. But a pure scarcity view is 19th century – zero sum game –
      Malthus thinking. 

      October 25 at 7:43am ·
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Karl Reisman Oh great! Police (University police?) just shot a student,

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Karl Reisman ‎”Silent compliciity with apocalyptic rhetoric soon becomes collusion with plans
for religiously inspired genocide”
from Chris Hedges – American Fascism

October 16 at 11:15am · ·  

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The following talk was given at the opening of a conference at Harvard on October 1 to discuss the possibility of creating a National Digital Library.
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Karl Reisman If nature has made any one thing less susceptible than all others of exclusive property, it is the action of the thinking power called an idea…. He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me. Thomas Jefferson

October 16 at 9:55am · · ·  

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Karl Reisman Auden revised: In the nightmare of the dark/All the dogs of (Global) bark,/ And the living nations wait,/Each sequestered in its hate;/Intellectual disgrace Stares from every human face,/And the seas of pity lie/Locked and frozen in each eye.
from In Memory of W B Yeats

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