AUSTERITY & OPPRE...
Follow
Find
3.1K views | +0 today
AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US
GOP News, Libertarian news, Democratic News, World News and Reflections of Trends & Events that impact Austerity, Oppression or Progression of Societies.
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Monica S Mcfeeters
Scoop.it!

A Global Platform for Global Issues by Klaus Schwab - Project Syndicate

A Global Platform for Global Issues by Klaus Schwab - Project Syndicate | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
As this year's Davos meetings get underway, the need for global cooperation has never been greater, and governments, business, or civil society alone cannot meet our challenges.
Monica S Mcfeeters's insight:

What would the world be like if the "Global Forum Discussion" included more of the global citizens and not just the leaders? I'm also not sure how all these leaders are selected to be declared leaders other than many are in fact elected or royal leaders. This sort of sounds like the days in school when teams were getting picked. Now all we need is to set up the other team for those that get stuck with the role of "followers of these leaders" most not know or want to follow. We need our team and Forum if the other 99.9% of the world wasn't invited to show up at this one. This curator feels individuals choose their own path AND who leads that path. The Davos Forum feels the crisis because they have been leaving the 99.9% of individuals out of the meeting. Speaking for and planning for the 99.9% that weren't invited just screams out that these leaders think what that 99.9% have to say doesn't matter and who wants to follow or support people like that? Maybe they would not be seeing so much global crisis had they included all the world players for the last 40 years in shaping our collective future. They had some successes as Klaus Schwab mentions to make himself feel better but he might have had more reason to celebrate had they brought even 70% or 50% of the rest of the population into the discussion and thinking process.

 

Excerpt:

"For more than 40 years, world leaders have gathered annually in Davos to discuss and advance the most critical issues on the global agenda. This year, the list of problems to be discussed is a long one that includes the unresolved debt problems in the United States and Europe, the troubling global economic outlook, the turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa, and the bulge in youth unemployment."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Monica S Mcfeeters
Scoop.it!

Moctar Aboubacar - Project Syndicate

Moctar Aboubacar - Project Syndicate | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The highest-quality commentary and analysis from the world's most distinguished voices.

 

 

(Continuing curation of responses to the World Economic Forum in Davos) 

Monica S Mcfeeters's insight:
Excerpt:A Global Platform for Global Issues 1 week ago

Two things worry me about what you are saying.

1) The first objective you lay out sounds nice in theory; countries coming together to cooperate to face current and emerging global problems. But it is not so clear whose resilience is being targeted. When companies in France lay off workers and then have the remainder sign agreements to work longer hours for less pay in exchange for five years of supposedly guaranteed jobs, it is not the worker who is gaining in resilience. 
For the World Economic Forum to dabble in the 'social' is great, but not if it is to further skew current imbalances among economic actors for the sake of a nebulous economic recover.

2) The social responsibility of corporations (when it takes the name CSR) has in a lot of cases been a mixed blessing for developing economies and for the international development/aid agenda. Despite some very successful examples, it has meant in some cases less accountability, less transparency and less sustainable change. These need to be addressed not as a caveat, not as a secondary thought, but as part of the main agenda.
CSR is going on, and will be taking place even without Davos. Davos' role may be more effective if it comes down to more than simply promoting CSR and offering different successful stories and models. Davos could contribute to the growing interest in CSR by nuancing the concept, by showing people the candid failures as well as successes.Excerpt

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Monica S Mcfeeters
Scoop.it!

Philip Palij - Project Syndicate

Philip Palij - Project Syndicate | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Graduate in computer science, incorrigible world traveller. General interest in world political affairs sparked after US and UK governments told a pack of lies to the world in order to change the regime in Iraq.

 

 

(These are comments made in response to the Davos Global Economic Forum I will be curating some of the comments)

Monica S Mcfeeters's insight:

Excerpt:

A Global Platform for Global Issues  (6 days ago)

We ordinary mortals have had a good look at the effects of economic and geopolitical globalisation and to say the least we are cynical. While cooing bands of billionaires pontificate on their role as self-appointed global trustees at Davos, others of their ilk are buying up futures in grain causing mass starvation through increased prices.

We watch in ever increasing contempt vast mighty corporations avoiding taxes by exploiting weaknesses in the global fabric of the law, beyond it, deliberately so.

We watch the US and its giant corporations despoil the world unchecked, we watch its version of democracy imposed around the globe sick as it is, failing as it is a shell operated by its over mighty financial and corporate institutions.

It is possible you mean well Herr Schawb, your task is a hard one, you and your billionaires will not be able to stop drones murdering innocent civilians in lands few of us can even name.

Globalisation without laws to regulate it or where they are selectively enforced where they already exist makes it a sham.

Globalisation that destroys a nations industry and agriculture such that it cannot feed or clothe itself in times of hardship. That leaves a nations economic decisions in the hands of suited directors in lands far far away, divorced from the cultures they destroy.

No wonder you find the global vision of happy economic families an increasingly difficult sell. To many flaws for we mortals.

You might just have to persuade you delegates to consider a somewhat modified path to enlightenment and a guilt free conscience.

Sincerely

Show more 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Monica S Mcfeeters
Scoop.it!

Israel: High voter turnout results in setback for Netanyahu - World Socialist Web Site

Israel: High voter turnout results in setback for Netanyahu - World Socialist Web Site | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
World Socialist Web Site Israel: High voter turnout results in setback for Netanyahu World Socialist Web Site Netanyahu is still expected to win a second consecutive term as prime minister, but the high rate of participation was motivated in...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Monica S Mcfeeters
Scoop.it!

Inside spending: super PACs, dark money groups dominated by political insiders - Sunlight Foundation Reporting Group

Inside spending: super PACs, dark money groups dominated by political insiders - Sunlight Foundation Reporting Group | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Inside spending: super PACs, dark money groups dominated by political insiders Sunlight Foundation Reporting Group By suppressing the speech of manifold corporations, both for-profit and nonprofit, the Government prevents their voices and...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Monica S Mcfeeters
Scoop.it!

KRUGMAN: I Missed The Fundamental Way That Inequality Changed In The ... - Business Insider

KRUGMAN: I Missed The Fundamental Way That Inequality Changed In The ... - Business Insider | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
KRUGMAN: I Missed The Fundamental Way That Inequality Changed In The ...
Business Insider
In the first part of our interview with Paul Krugman, we discussed the standard topics of the deficit and the economy.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Monica S Mcfeeters
Scoop.it!

POPVOX - Privacy Policy and Terms of Use

POPVOX - Privacy Policy and Terms of Use | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Privacy Policy and Terms of Use
Monica S Mcfeeters's insight:

This Privacy statement is very straight forward. All such statements should be put in this straight forward way.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Monica S Mcfeeters
Scoop.it!

The struggle for equal opportunity in Chicago

The struggle for equal opportunity in Chicago | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
It takes time, collaboration, and work on many levels to bring real change. But Darlene Gramigna and Jesus Palafox know that the complexity of the work ahead doesn’t mean it’s not worth struggling for a better way.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Monica S Mcfeeters
Scoop.it!

Middle Class Compete w/Super PACs? HELL NO. Money Used To Purchase Our Government Obscene #InvoicetheSuperPac

Middle Class Compete  w/Super PACs? HELL NO. Money Used To Purchase Our Government Obscene #InvoicetheSuperPac | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
It is sad that what used to be the bastion of democracy is no more. I decided to see exactly what kind of monies went into the 2012 election and decided to visit OpenSecrets.org to check what each ...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Monica S Mcfeeters
Scoop.it!

America Isn’t Working

America Isn’t Working | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The U.S. has the most creative imagination and flexibility, but unemployment is wasting our potential.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Monica S Mcfeeters
Scoop.it!

Help Preserve the Legacy of Aaron Swartz

Help Preserve the Legacy of Aaron Swartz | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
On January 11, 2013, facing decades in prison on trumped up charges, my partner, Aaron Swartz, made the tragic choice to take his own life. He was only 26.
Aaron's supposed crime?
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Monica S Mcfeeters
Scoop.it!

Veterans Suicide Rate Rises

Veterans Suicide Rate Rises | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Estimated 22 vets kill themselves every day. (Veterans Suicide Rate Rises http://t.co/9WMHv3Wh #cheatsheet)
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Monica S Mcfeeters
Scoop.it!

This Week On The Space Show - Space Fellowship

This Week On The Space Show
Space Fellowship
His dissertation focuses on the the effects of Web 2.0 social media on political participation, engagement and turnout.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Monica S Mcfeeters
Scoop.it!

Nils-Göran Areskoug - Project Syndicate

Nils-Göran Areskoug - Project Syndicate | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Professor in integrative studies, physician and musician, holding five academic degrees. Strategy adviser on organizational excellence in performance.

 

(Continued curation of comments in response to the Davos Global Economic Forum)

Monica S Mcfeeters's insight:
Excerpt:A Global Platform for Global Issues 1 week ago

This year's annual meeting has reached a closure. I watched the tenets during the week. As everyone knows World Economic Forum is a remarkable event. Not the least, it offers a unique arena for dialogue among the ones who govern our world. It brings key stakeholders from government, business and civil society together to speak out frankly on their perceptions of the destiny of the world. Some truly great moments are created when power players, more often restrained at home, feel comfortable on the Alps, and in their chairs around moderators, media, and participating public. The value of providing this informal ground for conversation is immense. I believe the "resilient dynamism" can be found more inside this warm and emotional setting than outside in the cold air. It is difficult for the persons to hide in the spotlight and discussions sometimes trigger a competition towards revealing an even better moral compass for the world to go.

This year I valued hearing a few of the most seasoned and experienced guests. All of them had messages of profound strategic implication. It is rare to encounter people like Henry Kissinger, David Cameron, Mario Draghi, Bill Gates, Jim Yong Kim, Olafur Ragnar Grimsson and Helle Thorning-Schmidt in the same place. But the “grand unifying visions” requested by Professor Schwab to overcome the crises of the world will more likely come from people who have cultivated their independence and fostered true creativity. The focus on politics and economics needs to be balanced by people rooted in more diverse layers of society, including disciplines like arts and sciences, to allow necessary cross-fertilization of ideas. Dialogues need to become more truly transdisciplinary, not merely exchanging views, and integrating knowledge across a broader variety of experiences. Even Corporate Social Responsibility needs to be driven by ingenious solutions and bold action among entrepreneurial minds. The best potential for change often arises from the greatest minds and such people are not likely to rely on thin economic theory.

Still, there is no place in the world where so many people feel committed to clarifying the prospect of humanity and where the passion for improving the state of the world is shared to that extent, in an atmosphere of global citizenship. 

I feel deeply grateful for the great service to societies around the globe that Professor Schwab and his team do provide in getting some of the best people together at one spot during the annual meetings in Davos.

Show more 
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Monica S Mcfeeters
Scoop.it!

Waleed Addas - Project Syndicate

Waleed Addas - Project Syndicate | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
-{Knowledge Development}- PhD in economics - International Islamic University Malaysia 2006 Masters degree in economics - Essex University 1988 Bachelor degree in economics (Honors) - Middlesex University 1986 -{Professional Experience}- Lead Operations...

 

(This is more curated responses to the Davos Global Economic Forum from people around the world.)

Monica S Mcfeeters's insight:

Excerpt:

 A Global Platform for Global Issues 1 week ago

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”

Excuse me Mr. Schwab, but our problem lies exactly in the above statement! 

As long as the human race keeps thinking that through its own thought-process alone (without any guidance from God) that it will be able to fix the problems of this world, it will continue to face crisis on its way. Did we create this world? No. But we surely messed it up with corruption on earth.

There is only one way for humanity to progress with minimum pain; what I coined as the three R's:

R1: Revelation.....(Complete Guidance for All Humanity)
R2: Reason........(Rational Thought fostered by R1)
R3: Reality.......(Developing the Physical and Social Worlds)

As long as you will all be always stuck between R2 and R3 at Davos, you will never reach a global solution for our global problems.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Monica S Mcfeeters
Scoop.it!

The government should act to end child poverty now

The government should act to end child poverty now | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Letters: As End Child Poverty members, we believe it would do better to look harder at how it can actually reduce child poverty now (RT @natalieben: I've got a letter in the Guardian today about food banks: http://t.co/31y8Szwb...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Monica S Mcfeeters
Scoop.it!

US Airways Reports Highest Annual Profit In Company History - MarketWatch (press release)

US Airways Reports Highest Annual Profit In Company History
MarketWatch (press release)
This helped lead to our best ever annual results in total revenue, total traffic, mainline load factor, mainline yield and mainline revenue.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Monica S Mcfeeters
Scoop.it!

TrIMet, union spar over work rule agreement - Portland Tribune

TrIMet, union spar over work rule agreement - Portland Tribune | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
TrIMet, union spar over work rule agreement
Portland Tribune
The largest selection of North Face Jackets available online. Free shipping on orders over $40.00. See the latest styles of ski jackets and backpacks from The North Face.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Monica S Mcfeeters
Scoop.it!

Can DDoS Be the New Civil Disobedience? - Motherboard (blog)

Can DDoS Be the New Civil Disobedience? - Motherboard (blog) | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Can DDoS Be the New Civil Disobedience? Motherboard (blog) Botnets literally represent a network of compromised computers that are under the control of malware, the sort of weapon used to launch millions of spam emails a day; to argue that a DDoS...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Monica S Mcfeeters
Scoop.it!

Mission, Vision, and Values

Mission The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action.
Monica S Mcfeeters's insight:

I thought many would find this mission, vision and values statement worth thinking about even if they are not part of the Friends ("Quakers").

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Monica S Mcfeeters
Scoop.it!

American Friends Service Committee

American Friends Service Committee | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Monica S Mcfeeters
Scoop.it!

(VIDEO) Col Lawrence Wilkerson On Republican Party: My Party Is Full Of Racists

(VIDEO) Col Lawrence Wilkerson On Republican Party: My Party Is Full Of Racists | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Today on the Ed Show, Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former General Colin Powell Chief of Staff decided to get tough and frank about the current state of the Republican Party.He was responding to John...
Monica S Mcfeeters's insight:

Click on some of the links in this article for a fuller view of this topic and it's well worth your time. There is a much-needed inner look within the Republican Party finally starting. Some of the lost ground during the election has caused this refreshing change. The lock step, unthinking, negative unity of the New Libertarian Republicans seems to be loosing it hold which allows some Republicans to again dare to think and speak truth or at least their minds even when they differ from the "given dictate" of far, far right.

 

This doesn't mean people have to change their own true values and accept the values of someone else. This change of your neighbor’s heart and mind really just means accepting the fact other individuals didn't grow up in "that" young Senator's experience of America or his home. We have been allowed to co-exist as a multi-cultural society with no one being allowed to force everyone else to do it his or her way. There are some rules we have agreed on so far such as two people marriages rather than multiple simultaneous marriages, that people are no longer property and cannot be sold. The children are the responsibility but not property of adults and are not to be left in the street to fend for their selves or starve. Women and diverse races have the same rights as everyone else.

 

The change of heart we need to see is a willingness to allow people to be whom they choose as long as they do not break major laws and when they do the punishments should fit the crime that occurred. Three strikes no matter what you did gets you locked up as long as murder is not punishment fitting the crime nor does it make sense in a free country to lock up for months or years those willing to risk arrest during sometimes needed citizen dissent for staying too long in a parks or blocking bridges as long as they remained peaceful. Agreeing on where those limits are can be tricky when it comes to issues like faith, abortion, sexual preferences, and government direction, schooling of our young and care and respect of our elders whether they deserve it or not, how to share and how much, fair labor and human rights vs. profits, stewardship of mankind’s declared treasures, wealth, time, nature, life and death.

 

Open expressive discussion and access to true, open information and people caring to get involved in the debate can go a long way on agreeing to the best solutions. The days of it’s my way or the high way in this country and the world are days of the past and really only hold until a bigger bully comes along anyway. Forced behavior is fake behavior and only serves to make people feel oppressed and worthless and eventually that negative energy kills a society one way or the other and saps the productive passions, love, and creative energy of most people.

 

M. S. McFeeters

 

 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Monica S Mcfeeters
Scoop.it!

To Honor Aaron Swartz, Let Knowledge Go Free

To Honor Aaron Swartz, Let Knowledge Go Free | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Bringing knowledge to the public--not restricting it--should be the central mission of academia.
Monica S Mcfeeters's insight:

This is an exellent article about the main cause of Arron's activism. He worked to make recorded collective human knowledge, information  and thought as available as possible to all humanity. He believed from a very early age this sharing would eventually bring out the best thinking, action and innovations in people and make the world a better place. The article describes some basic barriers to availability of access to that knowledge.

 

Excerpt:

"He stood for the open sharing of knowledge for all. Among the questions he left us is this: Is this what academia stands for? Do the academy's actions actually support this stance?

The academy's goal is, supposedly, to pursue knowledge and advance science in order to affect the larger world. The first peer-reviewed journal, Philosophical Transactions, published in 1665, came from the Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge. Hundreds of year later, our academic systems put limits on who in the world can read and use that knowledge.

Aaron Swartz opposed those limits to his core."

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Monica S Mcfeeters from Social Art Practices
Scoop.it!

Creating Resilient Community, Through Design And Advocacy - Your Olive Branch

Creating Resilient Community, Through Design And Advocacy - Your Olive Branch | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Creating Resilient Community, Through Design And Advocacy
Your Olive Branch
We believe that a community is strong and resilient when the people of that place are informed and effectively engaged in local decision-making.

Via Jules Rochielle
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Monica S Mcfeeters
Scoop.it!

Economist Debates: Offshoring & outsourcing

Economist Debates: Offshoring & outsourcing | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Do multinational corporations have a duty to maintain a strong presence in their home countries? (Our debate on offshoring and outsourcing has reached its conclusion.
more...
No comment yet.