Magnum’s Black power in black-and-white

Today’s Pictures: Black Panthers  Our past coming  on surface. today’s pictures: 17  Magnum shots on Black Panthers. The greatest myth of our youth, when we (I mean the 60s-old) had the same  age as the Panthers. Also in Italy,  in the 68 movement we were in love with Angela Davies, now prominent in gender-and-race studies. Someone even fell in love for a young lady whose hair resembled Angela’s …

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riprende la sua tradizionale contro-informazione fattuale in campagna elettorale. A cura di Michela Braga (collaborate!) un poco di dati contro le  chiacchiere vanesie di Porta a Porta = la monnezza che puzza  in TV, la trasmissione comico-demenziale del “patto con gli italiani”: tu mi voti, io porto i miei avvocati corruttori fuori dalla gatta. 

Passage, orages, fromage, outrages, dommages

Concurrence dure et pure pour la belle chanteuse Carla Bruni. You Tube diffuse “Si tu reviens, j’annule tout”, cette instant-song douce et romantique crée et chantée par Jeanne Cherhal dans un impetus creatif (suis reveillée un matin avec cette phrase en tête). La musique est sympa, en tout cas meilleure du banal contenu video associé et son sujet maniacale au carré: lui il est maniacale dejà, en plus on nous le fait voir et voir et revoir …: ça suffit, eh ?!? Vous avez de la chance en France: tu change le canal et: puf! Sarko 1, 2, 3 … Le texte est celui typique d’une chanson pop; il est à noter que le ritornello change à chaque fois sa première ligne (la seconde a un auteur suspecté meme par la justice: Sarko). Le voilà: “Si tu reviens j’annule tout, nos écarts de langage, nos colères nos passions de passage Si tu reviens j’annule tout, tu sais bien, tu reviens j’annule tout (..) Si tu reviens j’annule tout, nos éclaires, nos orages, tes piments mes plateaux de fromage Si tu reviens j’annule tout, tu sais bien, tu reviens, j’annule tout (..) Si tu reviens j’annule tout, mes cafards, mes outrages, autant que possible mes dommages Si tu reviens j’annule tout, tu sais bien, tu reviens j’annule tout Tu sais bien, tu reviens j’annule tout”.

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Mc Cain (71) competing with Castro (81) to meet Marx the 1st

Paul Krugman was lamenting a few weeks ago, that Arizona sen. John Mc Cain was treated like a Saint by the media: meanwhile, some other NYT people were doing their job, working at the de-sanctification. After having turned his presumed love affair with a lobbyist in his favour at least in the short period, coagulated the GOP (the enemy of my enemy..) and collected more money, the heavily lobbyists– backed (1) warrior shows off in an Indiana speech.
He wishes Fidel Castro the opportunity to meet Karl Marx soon. That was a way (in his non-sublime intellect and propaganda), to say Cuba won’t change with compañero Fidel alive (a disputable CONJECTURE on that totalitarian régime).
Pay attention, old warrior: YOU TOO will meet sooner or later Karl Marx, the social scientist in person. He’ll be tougher than Viet comrades! Let’s imagine a tragicomic scena Dantesca: two barbudo diablos torturing private John.


(1) WashPost 2008/o2/02 updates NYT’s hypothesis: “lobbyists are essentially running his presidential campaign” and a record 59 lobbyists are raising money for him.

Mark Shields on PBS with David Brooks, 2008/02/22:

John McCain’s claim, his most convincing claim as an agent of change, is that he has been this foe of money and lobbyists and entrenched power and influence in Washington. And today’s story in the Washington Post following up on that showed that lobbyists were not only continuing in their lobbying positions on payrolls, in many cases, in running John McCain’s campaign on a shoe string, but also leading bundlers in raising money. He had three times as many lobbyists bundling donations for him as Hillary Clinton did.

Zachary Coile “Mc Cain dodges bullet, faces fiscal bombshell”, S. Francisco Chronicle, 2008/02/23:

Mc Cain on Friday found himself defending his hiring of several lobbyists for his top campaign staff, including campaign manager Rick Davis, a former lobbyist who represented telecommunications firms, and senior adviser Charlie Black, whose lobbying firm has represented drug companies, automakers, oil companies and defense contractors, among others.

“These people have honorable records, and they’re honorable people, and I’m proud to have them as part of my team,” McCain said Friday.

Ironically, the last time this charge was levied against McCain was in the 2000 campaign, when then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush portrayed McCain as hypocritical for leading the fight for campaign finance reform while raising money from lobbyists with interests before the Senate Commerce Committee, which he chaired.

Last time, not first: 9 years before the Senate Ethics Commission labelled “questionable conduct” John Mc Cain getting money from cracked up Lincoln Savings, during the late 1980s Saving and Loan crisis, induced by Reaganite credit deregulation (very often cited for a deregulation “cause-effect”, basically similar to the ongoing subprime crisis). Always unlucky John! Not a good credit as a New Deal President …
For “New Deal” and “Subprime”: search the Political Economy category of this blog.


Gatão, originally uploaded by Ana Ghislandi.

Brusque, Florianopolis, Brasil on 16 Feb 08, 3.36PM PST. “Hoje no Beto Carrero….. Grandes modelos posaram pra mim!!”


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  ECONOMIA INDUSTRIALE  INTERNAZIONALE 07/o8. CdlS economia internazionale, Vicenza, Università degli Studi di Verona 

 Cari allievi, benvenuti nella pagina didattica del prof. Arcangeli !

In questa pagina appariranno via via  tutti i MATERIALI DEL CORSO, in un ordine  temporale in forma di blog: in modo che in testa trovate le ultime versioni delle dispense,  le più recenti bibliografie per i saggi, o altri suggerimenti e comunicazioni, poi via via quelli precedenti.


imminente: programma del corso 

Daniela Dessì, l’ultima diva

Su la Repubblica di oggi, p. XVII della ed. di Milano, cartacea

Daniela Dessì, l’ultima diva.

“Dopo di noi, chi canterà?”

Il soprano mercoledì atteso all’Auditorium. Paola Zonca Fosse nata trent’anni prima, Daniela Dessì, uno dei più bravi soprani in circolazione, sarebbe stata una diva, “ma senza volpi e levrieri”, scherza lei. (…) Avrebbe voluto nascere all’epoca d’oro della lirica? Beh, intanto io ho cominciato a cantare quando erano ancora in attività mostri sacri come Mirella Freni, la Caballé, Raina Kabaiwanska. Fossi nata prima, avrei dovuto competere con Callas e Tebaldi. Certamente allora si privilegiava la qualità.

Rendez vous: Auditorium di Milano

largo mahler 15, € 10 ridotto, 02-83389401, mercoledi 20 febbraio h 20.30 d dessi

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 We can! 2008 US PRESIDENTIAL elections:

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SUBPRIME SURPRISES. Today, even Paul Krugman has changed his prediction

Northern Rock branch Digg!  The world cycle has  entered a recession phase  generated in the US last summer, deeply entrenched with the highly unstable nature of current growth and institutions, money and markets (for historical reasons, plus theoretical ones Political Economy illustrated since long: the roots are in Malthus and Marx, Keynes and Kalecki).   Credit and financial markets were obviously the first ones shocked by the subprime crisis, a necessary consequence and dead end of Greenspan’s Fed easy money policy in the 1990s, again since 2003, and a “free market” social engineering experiment in enlarging financial K circulation to a new expropriation domain: stealing wealth from fresh new victims, the poor (first) and the rich all over the world, from Latin ghetto home buyers to Northern Rock clients (see 2007, Oct. 26 Krugman’s blog post A Catastrophe Foretold and my comment upon his revelations, the same day on my blog). But this was only the beginning of the Financial K “conspiracy” (K for Capital).  In October-November 2007, hyper-sensible Baltic Dry index of maritime freights (indexes do have senses, sentiments and even a soul: did you know?) got the blues, reached a cyclical peak and started to decline – you can see the weekly updated graph also by clicking here – meaning that world commodity markets and manufacturing were already affected, not just global finance.When a US report told the services sectors were also declining, Wall Street (- 3% on Tuesday Feb. 4) got also the blues, started panicking and detecting the recession, a quarter after experienced Baltic freight traders. I am not sure this might be tagged text book “globalization” and “rational expectations” alike behaviour, I suggest irrational stupidity. Mr Bernanke never thought to rebuke such irrationalities: on the contrary, he hurried up ensuring he will carry on doing the dirty-hiding dirty job for WS boyz-and-banks, everything is under control, interest rates will go further down (so what ?), after the exhibition of a mix of power-willing and sheer impotence in the base rebate 4.25 to 3. We know things are very different, no one is in control of the recession: see 2 base papers, in January 5 and 8 Prof. Nouriel Roubini’s fundamental blog, (1) and – in French – the contribution by François Chesnais in Carré Rouge – La brèche no.1, 2008, pp. 17-31. Their 3 titles carry the message:

  1. The Rising Risk of a Systemic Financial Meltdown: The Twelve Steps to Financial Disaster.
  2. Can the Fed and Policy Makers Avoid a Systemic Financial Meltdown? Most Likely Not.
  3. Fin d’un cycle. Sur la portée et le cheminement de la crise financière (End of a cycle. On the dimension and path of the financial crisis).

 Today, even Paul Krugman is changing his prediction. Still resisting the idea, because he knows very well how devastating for the US the crisis might and perhaps will be, he admits a denti stretti that  “the double-bubble nature of the underlying problem — a housing bubble and a credit bubble combined” will be tougher than the 1980 and 1991 recessions. He even talks of a new President getting to the White House (Jan. 2009) in the middle of the storm: if you follow his NYT op-eds and blog (a must), you know that his adamantine intellectual honesty is at work. Being optimistic, I counter-argue that Ms. Clinton\Obama (or Mac Cain) will have to tackle either a long recession in her\his first term, or a full depression in both. My friend and colleague Carlota Perez started the epilogue of a very useful, almost prophetic post- Schumpeterian book by saying: “In June 2002, as this book is going to press, the world is at the turning point. The decisions being taken at this crossroads will determine how long, how deep and how widespread the current recession will be and whether what lies ahead is a depression, a gilded age or a true golden age”. We are back to that point, but the total lack of political-institutional decisions and longterm management (called for by Carlota), in such a crazy world, that it is hard to believe it is still Capitalism, stole us the golden age. Now we have choices and destiny in between a shaky cyclical recession, a decade of depression in the 2010s, and re-inventing Socialism. For empirical facts and analyses, search  my blog, or excerpts from my “blog before the blog” from summer 2007: where I report and discuss how the recession has been read in real time: e.g. by Attac in July 2007, The Economist in October, etc. You’ll perhaps come to the conclusion that Bernanke bosses, the Wall Street boyz: either they are analphabet, or they have no time to read anything, nor even economic news and bulletins. If the Fed wasn’t the Fed (a purely Keynesian matter, discussed also in some comments to Prof. Roubini’s blog) Bernanke, instead of burning billion $ in “rites of winter, then spring and summer”, should have just sent them a Xmas card with a free (0 cost) yearly subscription to:  NOTES _ (1) Prof. Roubini reached a climax when, in a creative Dostò-Shakespearian mood, he described Alan Greenspan’s decision making this way.To Raise or Not To Raise? Reading into Greenspan Hamletian Mind. Aug 29, 2004As Greenspan sips through long reams of obscure economic data (are cardboard production data a good leading indicator of economic activity?) while relaxing daily in his bathtub, he is pondering whether he should increase the Fed Funds rate at the September 21st FOMC meeting. Here is what he is mumbling in his mind, in between a bubble bath and endless wonky economic statistics:”Well, the September 21st decision will be a real tough one, the last one before the elections! I thought that the economy was perking up; and then we hit this Q2 “soft patch”! But is it really a soft patch as we have been claiming in public or the beginning of a deeper deceleration of the U.S. and global economy? Japan is also slowing down (…) and figures from Europe are the usual mixed bag with overall softness and a sub-part Q2 growth of 2%. So, I am usually as Kriptic in public as Delphi’s oracle but on this one I am a bit schizophrenic myself even in private. I haven’t really figured out what to do! I feel like Hamlet: to raise or not to raise?”

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Carré Rouge et la Brèche: l’union fait la force

Du site on reproduit aussi dans notre file pdf: carrerouge_labreche la page qui annonce que les revues marxistes Carré Rouge et La brèche se sont unifiés à partir du no.1 de la nouvelle Revue trimestrielle “Carré rouge / La brèche”, qui vient de paraitre. Le formulaire pour s’abonnner est sur le site.

Au sommaire:
Pourquoi cette revue?
Les salarié-e-s s’affrontent à un changement de période qui est le résultat de la rencontre dans le temps de plusieurs développements historiques. Ce constat devra conduire la réflexion portée par cette revue.

Fin d’un cycle. Sur la portée et le cheminement de la crise financière
L’hypothèse défendue dans cet article est que l’économie mondiale se dirige vers une crise d’une certaine importance (…) au moment où les instruments mis en oeuvre par les banques centrales ont commencé à montrer leurs limites, à force d’avoir été utilisés de façon répétée depuis vingt ans.
François Chesnais

Dossier Ecologie politique

L’environnement social et naturel du capitalisme fossile
Elmar Altvater
Atteinte aux processus fondamentaux de la reproduction naturelle. L’écologie de la destruction.
John Bellamy Foster
Agrocarburants. La nouvelle panacée capitaliste