“Taming this beast called capitalism”

‘This is about saving capitalism’: the Dutch historian who savaged Davos elite:  Rutger Bregman never intended to take billionaires to task over tax at World Economic Forum,  Larry Elliott Economics editor, The Guardian, Fri 1 Feb 2019  What innovation remains in a rentier economy is mostly just concerned with further bolstering that very same economy…Yet it doesn’t have to be this way. Tollgates can …

Can Cooperatives Save Us From The Next Economic Crisis?

Nathan Schneider:  I think we have a tremendous opportunity to allow those kinds of financing mechanisms that we saw in the 1930s to ensure that our governments are supporting, investing in co-operative businesses locally, rather than trying to lure extractive businesses into their community, spending all kinds of money to do that. Also, in tech regulation, ensuring that our new …

Scientists say GND and AOC are spot on: “There is no scenario for stabilizing warming below 2°C that doesn’t require rapid reductions in carbon emissions over the next decade”

Scientists say Ocasio-Cortez’s dire climate warning is spot on:  Michael Mann: “There is no scenario for stabilizing warming below 2°C that doesn’t require rapid reductions in carbon emissions over the next decade.” By Joe Romm, ClimateProgress.com, 31 Jan 2019. REP. ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ (D-NY) SPEAKS AT 3RD ANNUAL WOMAN’S MARCH IN NEW YORK CITY ON JANUARY 19, 2019. SIGNS BEHIND HER …

ILO calls for universal labor guarantee, living wage, health, safety and education

The International Labour Organisation last week called for a universal labor guarantee to safeguard workers’ fundamental rights. There seems little real appetite for a new social contract among CEOs, despite the warm words.   The ILO report is the culmination of a 15-month review by a 27-member commission of senior figures from the world of business, academia, trade unions and charities. It calls …

The FBI opened a “domestic terrorism” investigation into a civil rights group in California, labeling the activists “extremists” after they protested against the KKK and neo-Nazis in 2016

The Bamn case follows numerous recent controversies surrounding the FBI’s targeting of leftist groups, including a terrorism investigation into Standing Rock activists, surveillance of black activists, and spying on peaceful climate change protesters. The justice department inspector general previously criticized the FBI for using non-violent civil disobedience and speculation of future crimes to justify terrorism investigations against domestic advocacy groups, German noted, adding that the …

More good news about healthy soil: a previously unknown strain of bacteria which is effective against four of the top six superbugs that are resistant to antibiotic

Bacteria in Ancient Irish Soil Halts Growth of Superbugs. Researchers analyzing soil from Ireland have discovered that it contains a previously unknown strain of bacteria which is effective against four of the top six superbugs that are resistant to antibiotics, including MRSA. The new strain of bacteria was discovered by a team based in Swansea University Medical School, made up …