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Antarctica Icy Locks Are Going To Give Way: Huge Sea Level Rise

October 9, 2019

Applying Basic Common Sense To Sea Level Rise

When talking Sea Level Rise, one has to think about what it would take to melt Antarctica. The answer? Not much. One has to look at the temperature map. In the temperate zone, surface temperatures lose roughly 20 Centigrades in 30 degrees. That is, at 30 degrees in latitude represent 3,300 kilometers, one loses roughly one degree Centigrade per one hundred fifty kilometer going towards a pole.

The Drake passage separates Patagonia from Antarctica, it’s 1,000 kilometers wide. One expects a drop of 6 C, going across. In Patagonia, glaciers melt as soon as they touch the sea.  

Temperatures are rising faster in Polar regions, probably because of the decreasing albedo (less sunlight is reflected back into space as ice and snow shrink… or become dirtier, or less covered with white snow, but dark ice instead, as is happening so obviously in Greenland, one can see it from planes flying over)   – around the Arctic Peninsula temperatures have risen 2.5 degrees in 50 years (twice the overall rise).

One needs to meditate this map. Its details contains a drastic message: it will not take much to melt Antarctica.

This may not seem a lot but it actually makes a huge difference: it is equivalent of making Antarctica slide more than 425 kilometers towards the tropics (from my little computation above). It’s likely we are going at least one degree C in the next twenty years, overall Earth temp, so that would correspond to a slip northward of 1,000 kilometers… for Antarctica. A casual look at the map show that thousands of kilometers of the icy continent’s margin will then be exposed to what used to be Patagonian conditions… So the glaciers will melt, as soon as they touch the sea. Problem: these are sometimes the mouths of icy basins the bottoms of which are a mile below sea level, and whose total area is probably around half of that of the USA. At least.

The situation with Greenland is paradoxically much safer: most of the world’s largest island is covered by an ice cap the bottom of which is above sea level (there are huge canyons, though, including one going all the way to the center…)

Here is an exchange with a reader:

Erik Frederiksen

Oakland, CA Oct. 8 @Patrice Ayme 

And there’s no need to lose the Ross ice shelf to lose the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.

Thwaites Glacier in the Amundsen Sea Sector drains around a meter of sea level rise equivalent of ice, but when it collapses it will entrain the rest of the ice sheet because it gets hit from behind.

The retreat rate of Thwaites Glacier is below, about 14 km in 19 years in the main flow.  Maybe 70 km until it gets deep and starts a rapid retreat.

https://cloudfront.escholarship.org/dist/prd/content/qt0wz826xt/qt0wz826xt.pdf

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See how much of East Antarctica hugs the Polar circle? That makes it nearly as far from the Pole as Iceland is… (OK, Iceland bathes in the Gulf Stream… However…)

Agreed, Erik. Excellent remark. I was space limited. I have a more robust list of melting horrors on the essay I wrote on my site, developing that theme (of which I have spoken for more than a decade). The Ross shelf melting 400K ago is new science  (2019). The gigantic Twaites glacier has long been known to be very dangerous: as the grounding line retreats, the bottom will fall off, warm water will get below, and the whole thing could collapse in a matter of years. See details in: 

https://thwaitesglacier.org/about/science

There is so much melting there that local gravity is going down, and satellites can measure that.

Even worse: the giant Wilkes and Aurora basin in East Antarctica, four kilometers thick, are in a similar situation, with their bottoms a mile below sea level. Also their outlet are nearly at the Antarctic circle, very north, so potentially very warm. If they melted, sea level would go up 200 feet… “Experts” used to say, not before 5,000 years… But, all well considered, melting very soon is entirely plausible. Actually a French scientific panels of all top French climate experts just predicted a possible seven meter Sea Level rise by 2100…

Erik Frederiksen

Oakland, CA @Patrice Ayme 

In support of that potential for a 7 meter rise by 2100, here is the most respected glaciologist in the US, Richard Alley last year.

“If we don’t change our ways we’re expecting something like 3 feet of sea level rise in the next century, and it could be 2 and it could be 4 and it could be 20.

The chance that we will cross thresholds that commit us to loss of big chunks of West Antarctica and huge sea level rise is real. So when you start doing “Well you’re not sure,” but there’s a chance of really bad things and the uncertainties are mostly on the bad side, could be a little better or a little worse or a lot worse, but we’ll be breaking things.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2yclMcDroQ&feature=youtu.be&t=47m4s

 

Once again, it’s very simple: there are icy locks to the icy bottom of Antarctica, which would appear as an archipelago if all sea level ice melted. Those icy locks are at relatively low latitudes, just 1,500 kilometers south of tree covered Patagonia (tree covered at sea level). Those icy locks are extremely sensitive to a temperature rise of a few degrees Centigrades, which we are sure to get. Sure to get there (even if we keep the overall supplementary rise at 2C, we will get at least 4 C there).

So a sea level rise of the order of twenty, thirty meters is guaranteed. Maybe as soon as 2100…

I am not saying it will, I am saying it’s entirely possible.

Like it should have seem entirely possible that there would be an iceberg in the way of the Titanic…

Patrice Ayme

Sea Level Rise Accelerating: A Nonlinear Consequence Of CO2 Rise

October 8, 2019

The CO2 catastrophe will entail all sorts of nonlinear reactions from nature. An example is Sea Level Rise, which is accelerating faster than so-called “experts” expected. So forests are dying: 

The New York Times describes the “Ghosts Forests” of the East Coast of the US, as sea level goes up there at the alarming clip of 5 millimeter per year. The reason for that accelerated rise was long predicated by those who understand climate nonlinearity better: as Greenland melts, its cold, sweet, lighter waters act as a lid on top of the Gulf Stream, and tend to make it back up. (Sweet Swede Greta Thunberg mentioned several nonlinear effects at the UN. That makes that 16 year old child more significantly cognizant than the top climate panel, the IPCC… of a couple of years ago; IPCC took linearity more seriously only this year. They should have read yours truly, a decade ago….)

It is nearly amusing how the soporific forecasts of the scientific community clash with reality: Greenland’s ice sheet lost 55 billion tons of water over five days in July and August — enough to cover the state of Florida in almost 5 inches of water. Nearly all of Greenland was melting over those days, as the heat wave which made Paris reach 43.6 Centigrades (108F) hit the world’s largest island. That water is not coming back as ice ever again. 

Such a rate of melting was not expected by (government fed) specialists, at least officially, for another 50 years… Overall, Greenland ice sheet lost last summer the equivalent of a cube of ice five kilometers on its side (contributing directly one millimeter of sea level rise). But these are early days (Antarctica is not yet melting.) 

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NYT: “As Sea Levels Rise, So Do Ghost Forests:

Up and down the mid-Atlantic coast, sea levels are rising rapidly, creating stands of dead trees — often bleached, sometimes blackened — known as ghost forests… Rising seas often conjure the threat to faraway, low-lying nations or island-states. But to understand the immediate consequences of some of the most rapid sea-level rise anywhere in the world, stand among the scraggly, dying pines of Dorchester County along the Maryland coast… People living on the eastern shore of Chesapeake Bay, the country’s largest estuary system, have a front-row view of the sea’s rapid advance, said Keryn Gedan, a wetland ecologist at George Washington University. Part of the reason for the quickly rising waters may be that the Gulf Stream, which flows northward up the coast, is slowing down as meltwater from Greenland inhibits its flow. That is causing what some scientists describe as a pileup of water along the East Coast, elevating sea levels locally…. The Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, where Dr. Gedan does research, lost 3,000 acres of forest and agricultural land between 1938 and 2006. More than 5,000 acres of marsh became open water.

The New York Times noted that the cities along the East Coast, some of them historically African-American, are too poor to do as the Dutch do, and build dikes. Well, OK, they have dikes, but we have plutocrats: can’t have everything… They can admire their dikes,  we can admire our plutocrats, and those wonderful millionaire athletes with thighs in tights.

“The Atlantic white cedar, abundant around the Mullica River Estuary in stands such as this one, is an unusually durable parchment on which to capture that history. Long prized for lumber, its wood is highly resistant to rot. But the tree is also very sensitive to salt. It can tolerate maybe three salty high tides before succumbing. So when the trees begin dying, it’s a trustworthy indicator that conditions are becoming more saline. It is an age-old phenomenon, now happening faster. Erosion of marshes and riverbanks has also accelerated, revealing buried cedar stumps from prehistoric ghost forests. Jennifer Walker, a frequent collaborator with Dr. Able who recently earned her Ph.D. in oceanography at Rutgers, dated one stump here to the fifth century. “Cedar cemeteries,” she calls these places.”

Many of those paid by the dominant fossil fuel industry produce doctored temperature graphs, and they actually dominate the Internet (hey, as they steal the planet, they have all the money in the world to buy themselves mouthpieces of all sorts, including scientists). The graph above is the truth. The drought around 33 centuries ago caused the collapse of all ancient Mediterranean-Near East civilizations… except for Egypt, which barely survived what Pharaoh Ramses III called the “People of the Sea Conspiracy”. So a tremendous drought, quakes, etc. caused a chain of events bringing the Bronze Age collapse (we know this from archaeology, Hittites-Egyptian correspondence, etc…). BTW, we are already at 1,1 degree Centigrade of temperature rise, higher by 30% than in the red line above…

Cedars died from salt water intrusions after centuries of a warm spell, centered around 2,000 years ago, and which ended abruptly, stressing hard Greco-Roman civilization: that Roman climate optimum occurred naturally, from Earth’s orbital mechanics. Although its end was brutal, temperature-wise, its onset was gradual, and consequences enfolded even after it passed away: so these “Cedar cemeteries’ happened, close to the end of the warm climate, showing how much inertia the climate has. After many centuries, the ongoing warming made glaciers melt, and recess, including in Greenland. So the same phenomenon was at work in Chesapeake Bay as now. However, right now the warming is from a tremendous rise in CO2, not seen in millions of years. 

Similarly, although the present warming is extremely rapid, its most dreadful consequences are slow to appear: a lot of inertia is found in the climate system. Even if we stopped right away the CO2 emissions, the consequences of the present rise of CO2 would be increasingly felt for centuries (absent science fiction terra forming technologies which we do not have… yet) In other words, the nonlinear effects are starting, and we will not be capable of stopping them. And they will accelerate. 

The collapse of the Ross ice shelf in Antarctica is, for example, guaranteed: it happened around 400,000 years ago, in colder conditions than the ones we are going to reach within decades, at most (its disappearance was discovered in 2019). That particular collapse will rise sea levels 3.3 meters. But other ice formations are even more worrisome. The humongously giant ice basins in East Antarctica, such as the Aurora and Wilkes basins, are threatened too: their delicate margins are at low latitudes, close to the Antarctic circle, their bottom more than a mile below sea level. They could melt in a matter of decades (as happened to Hudson Bay at the end of the last glaciation). reading this, well paid professional specialists will feel forced to publicly chuckle, and pontificate it would take centuries of warm water. They are paid to sustain the life of their pay master, the fossil fuel economy. Only this way are they to be taken seriously, and puff their lustrous feathers, like well fed pigeons.

Conventional climate science is in denial about the imminent collapse into the sea of much of Antarctica, as professionals don’t want to sound too alarmist, lest they lose their jobs.

That’s why there are philosophers, and they live in barrels: to tell the truth.

Patrice Ayme

ATHENS: Checking, Balancing, DEBATING In REAL Democracy. LEARN From 25 Centuries Ago

October 6, 2019

It’s fashionable to claim implicitly that the present “representative democratic” regimes established first in US and France, have “checks and balances” … (Those sure are not too obvious at this point in Great Britain!… with its tradition based constitution.) [1]

A French PM is going on trial for alleged serious foreign and electoral corruption, a quarter of a century old… Several top French leaders since Mitterrand have been judicially examined (including Chirac, for corruption when he was mayor, buying favors with jobs, subsidized housing. The French “swamp” is deep ).

However, notice this check and balance by the judiciary doesn’t happen in the USA: the head of the French Constitutional Court was condemned… But never was a US Supreme condemned. Either the French elite circles are especially corrupt, or the US ones, even more so.

It’s the latter case, of course; contemplate the burning of all the documentation subsequent to seizing German property after 1918: this erasure of records enabled US plutocrats to acquire control of the German economy, foster Nazism; you will not read this in any decent history book… the definition of decency being to celebrate the establishment

Looking at civilization scale, the answer is clear: none of the dirty deals and conspiracies which top US plutocrats, with the help of the Washington swamp, set up, to help put the Nazis in power was even examined: they aren’t part of even suspected history. Some will say, that was long ago, who cares, how could it matter today.

Not true: we have forgotten a lot since, including ways and means to build a better democracy. The defeat of Athenian democracy, 2,425 years ago, at the fascist hands of Persia, Sparta and their satanic supporters, lasts until today: democracy never fully recovered. We are far from it, and closer to the system Hitler advocated.

Athenian democracy failed mostly because Athens was military vanquished by the big orange thing (the Persian empire to the east in the map above, all the way to India, south to Ethiopia, north to Crimea). Persia, the big orange was allied to the red states nasties led by muscular Sparta. Persia financed from scratch the Spartan fleet which defeated Athens in a surprise battle when the stranded Athenian fleet got caught on a huge beach. Athens would re-emerge in the following century as the pre-eminent Greek power again (after Thebes cut Sparta down to size). However not fast enough to not be vanquished by the Macedonian fascists led by senior general Antipater (who may have murdered Alexander, and certainly disobeyed him; Alexander himself, popular in Athens, which he had visited, was ambivalent about Athenian democracy…)

At some point in the 1970s, carried by the mood of Nixon’s impeachment, the acts and facts of the CIA in the Americas and South East Asia were exposed… But that didn’t last. Instead, Reaganism arose, a new form of non-self examining mild fascism, so-called “Neoliberalism (which started by closing up federal psychiatrist hospitals, releasing in the streets hundreds of thousands of the mentally deranged, while helping to balance Reagan’s federal budget). 

Ancient Greece had a few centuries of extreme mental (and engineering) creativity. Tapping on thousands of Egyptian civilization helped. But that creativity was centered on only a few city-states (the most prominent of which were Athens, Millet, etc.). Those states were democracies in the “PEOPLE POWER” sense of the term.

Those states appeared because of military, and especially naval, superiority. That superiority didn’t last: four successive giant tsunamis of fascisms beat them back into submission so well, they were creatively (Athens, from first century BCE to sixth century CE), if not physically (Millet around 400 BCE) annihilated. The first wave was Spartan-Persian, the second, Macedonian, the third, Roman, and the last “Catholic Orthodox” (final closure of intellectual activity by Roman imperial order).

Demos-Kratia, People-Power, was more than having “representatives”. Actually elected “representatives” were authorities such as those Athens delegated to enforce the law in, say, its emporium island of Delos (a central, extremely overpopulated island in the Aeagan sea, were trade was centralized). Laws were not debated and passed by elected “representatives”, but by We the People themselves.   

In Athens, a quorum of 6,000/80,000 needed to be achieved to pass the most important laws (“80,000” is an estimate of the number of male citizens; female citizens didn’t vote and neither did slaves, of course; it was too difficult for females to travel to the National Assembly, it was already very difficult for many male citizens to do so; slaves had not too many rights, but many had been saved from military executions… Enslaved, but saved, the paradox of ancient slavery…)  

Isegoria, the “equal right to address the assembly” was considered to be crucial. 

All the preceding give actions items to improve democracy:

First, consider Egypt. Although politically fascist, but mildly so, Egyptian women often had rights equal to those of men. That culminated into having several of the most important leaders of Egypt to be women (including the famous Nefertiti, who tried to impose monotheism; she succeeded short term, failed medium term, succeeded long term…) A not-very sexist society means a much more equal society. And what does an equal society do? It brings more honestly debating, thus a more intelligent society. So Egyptian civilizational superiority can be greatly traced to non-sexism.

Sexism was a defect of Athens, which was particular to Athens, and probably had to do with the specifics of Athenian history. It was more formal than real: first Athena, the goddess of war and wisdom, protected Athens, and, secondly, Pericles second wife from Millet, had enormous influence. I have argued she was much more important than Socrates. She is known to have written Pericles’ best discourses, and to have taught Socrates. She invented and explained the “Open Society” concept.

Paradoxically, racist, fascist Sparta, was less sexist than Athens, and not sexist at all, in many ways (girls were trained like boys initially).

So back to our actions items: we need direct democracy: having We The People vote directly. 

The present representative system gives extravagant powers to idiots who can, and will, be bought (if they want to be elected and a fortiori, re-elected, they will be bought) Right now, a (college educated) 29 year old bartender leads the nation (into impeachment), as famous “representative” Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez is doing, is beyond silly, it’s criminally idiotic (and I write this as a far-out leftist and climate protector, and fanatical progressive, not as a frantic supporter of presidential executive powers). 

In the (apparently more honest) French Republic, the head of the National Assembly has just been indicted (for nepotism, a few years back in his hometown; the charges are nothing relative to what the Bidens should face…). He is the fourth most important authority in France (behind the President, PM, and President of the Senate). All these indictments of the French political elite are symptomatic of too much power into to few hands… and the fact that this abundance of unjust power attracts low morality type.

The attraction of vicious individuals by, and to, a vicious system is central to plutocratic theory: a vicious political system attracts vicious would-be office holders, it’s selective for the Dark Side, making itself sustainable by self-selection of the worst.

A magnificent example of this was Nazism, which filled up many of its official positions by low lives and psychopaths (I just contradicted Hannah Arendt’”Banality of Evil” thesis and explained why).

So “representatives” should NOT be the only ones to pass laws. Ideally representatives should spend lots of time, as in present Switzerland, making laws passed by referendums more palatable to pre-existing laws and the constitution (a constitutional council inspects every single law, and if found unconstitutional, rejects it; moreover laws passed by referendums can be sued for unconstitutionality by citizens and organizations, so the existing Swiss system is full of checks and balances neither France nor the US have).

Athenian democracy was direct: each citizen had the right, and duty, to attend the national assembly (ekklesia), and debate laws. At a time of their own choosing.[2]

The Athenian democratic system had other checks and balances, also found in other Greek city-states: “Archons” were elected by law and served for just one year. They constituted a sort of board of directors. After that, they stayed “Archons” for the rest of their lives, presumably helping the democratic debate. Selecting by lot meant any citizen could end up Archon, and so every citizen was motivated to know more about what was going on.

Athenian Democratic Constitution, fourth century BCE, above. The Roman Republican Constitution Was Roughly As Complicated… And much more favorable to having an aristocracy. Although it had a cap on wealth. (Roman imperial constitution didn’t really exist, as no provision existed for the legal transfer of power)

ISEGORIA was the right to address the national assembly (the ekklesia) with equal time and opportunity. It was viewed as special to Athens. The historian Herodotus even characterized the Athenian political system as isegoria, beyond democracy. Philosopher Demosthenes, desperately opposing Macedonia, a century latter, confirmed that Athens rested on those public debates, isegoria.

Nowadays, the Internet could be used for debating and passing laws, achieving ISEGORIA at a level never achieved in Athens (that would be progress). Instead of now being the fief of a few plutocrats, wealthy enough to buy all politicians from Mongolia to Patagonia, and Washington to Paris, some of these plutocrats are not even college educated, and still speak and behave as if they were the rulers of the world (Gates, Zuck being examples of that; by contrast Bezos and Musk have graduate engineering education).

Improving democracy from what we have now, demands new structures. Many of those existed 25 centuries ago, and have not be reproduced, but should be: history can be a guide. Without the full panoply of Athenian level democracy, People-Power is illusory. But history is not enough. Technology unthinkable in the times of Solon, makes it now possible to go much further. In particular, we don’t need to walk to a particular building to debate: we can debate on the Internet (in properly encrypted with maximum legal force). So we can debate much more.

How many individuals know we could run pretty much the society we have now, without net emissions of CO2? Very few people know this, even among those who professionally represent the subject. Why so much ignorance even on such a crucial subject, even among the advising leadership? Lack of debate and concomitant tribal effects.

We do not need a revolution. We can keep representative democracy as it is, but introduce Direct Democracy by referendums, little by little, a referendum at a time, and ever more. Each referendum will help to free us from the tyranny of representative democracy.

Involving the entire citizenship into the leadership of the state will motivate all to become more cognizant, wise and attentive to what really matters. Thus general intelligence and wisdom will grow, as needed. Nothing less will do. It’s a matter of survival, and not just of civilization.

Patrice Ayme

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[1] The French and US Constitutions are written down, the British one is just a set of habits. The informality of the British system enfolded from the way the England was created by a succession of invasions, and recesses of the state, dating from Roman times. In the Eleventh century alone, English power was swept by Viking power (Cnuth), and then the French invaders, after 1066 CE set up an increasingly complex system involving many entities, and concepts, some even coming directly from Toulouse  where a Greco-Roman like assembly had survived (thus increasing the powers of the London Parliament through Montford).

The present day French constitution has recently morphed into the EU representative democratic system as European institutions and government, like the European Parliament, or the European Supreme Court, etc., act often in… Archon-like role…

To make the EU more democratic, continent sized referendums should be held (say after 4 million signatures overall, on top of mandatory quota country by country). And then the EU Parliament and Supreme Court should synchronize them as done in Switzerland.

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[2] The Ekklesia was meta-controlled by another assembly, the Boule, which was formed of elected representatives. As I already hinted, this is basically what the Swiss system is evolving into.

How F***book Censors Civilization

October 5, 2019

Facebook Censors ME, When I talk About Elizabeth Warren! Example of Facebook censorship:

There are two F words: the one alluding to the act which brings procreation, and the one alluding to Fac*book. Senator Warren has called for the dismantlement of the large tech monopolies, and that should be done. Even more urgent is to revert Patent Law to the pre-Obama state. Nowadays, small inventors have to prove that they have been injured economically, not just that their Intellectual Property has been stolen, by the giant tech monopolies. (Those who promoted that are now super wealthy…)

I was exchanging ideas with some far left groups involving many thousands of people, when I discovered (indirectly) that some of my comments had been removed from others to view. I could write and send them, but my interlocutors had not seen them, so the conversations were disjointed.

Finally Facebook fessed up,

Picasso Pablo (dit), Ruiz Picasso Pablo (1881-1973). Paris, musée Picasso. MP210.
The Montreal Museum Of Fine Arts was censored by Facebook for this painting. Paintings ordered by the Popes in the Middle ages have been censored by the savages at Facebook. Civilization should be removed from their brutal, greedy, uneducated hands, while it’s still alive!

…and Facebook admitted the following about comments linking to my own site (which is non-commercial, and to which I have linked thousands of times): 

“This comment goes against our Community Standards on spam. Learn more about this comment and see what you can do

ACTIVITY

About your comment Today No one else can see your comment. @ [687765402:2048:Rowan Campbell Millar] If you try to evoke Marine Le Pen, for some obscure reason, you have obviously not read…”

It gets better than that. 

Among the comments blocked and censored by Facebook, unbeknownst to me (because I could see them but others couldn’t) were several containing the word “Warren”, as in “Elizabeth Warren”:

Example, this essay of mine comparing favorably Warren to Biden from last May 2019 (5 months ago) was actively censored multiple times by Facebook:

https://patriceayme.wordpress.com/2019/05/29/warren-progress-survival-of-the-republic-biden-more-plutocratization-death/  

So while the treacherous “Democratic” leadership is all in huff and puff about whether the US president can talk BS to foreign leaders, and threaten them a bit for the good of justice (as is his prerogative, and I hope the same for Warren), the Facebook monopoly is trying to bar my approval of Senator Warren to be disseminated further… even among far left groups. (I was long ago barred from other US far left groups, some founded by… the CIA, like the Daily Kos… Leftists writing at the Daily Kos do not realize they have been railroaded carefully where they can be controlled by the CIA and the like… apparently it’s the same with Facebook left groups) 

I support Warren (known to Trump as Pocahontas) because she plans to enact many ideas which I have championed for decades. 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday that the company will be impartial toward Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign despite his pledge to fight her plan to break up the company if she takes the White House.

Zuckerberg in an audio recording surfaced from the swamp to predict Facebook would challenge and beat back efforts by a would-be Warren administration to split up the company. Now I know one way they do it already: censoring me.

Zuckerberg quipped that the company would “try not to antagonize her [Warren] further.

Absolute power is absolute hell. Facebook should be dismantled and a service like it turned into a public utility of some sort (especially as it’s sucking up most advertising media).

Power is great, but only if it is provided to us all equally enough that the right of equal speech is respected. The Ancient Greeks called the right to equal speech in the public forum as isegoria (which means equal public speech, related to “agora” the public forum). Zuck thinks he owns the public forum. Well, sure, in the plutocracy he dreams to lead some more, all the way to hell.

Trump was supposed to break the tech monopolies, we are still waiting.

Time to vote right (which means left).

Patrice Ayme

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P/S 1: Warren fired back at Zuckerberg after his earlier remarks surfaced, writing later: “We have to fix a corrupt system that lets giant companies like Facebook engage in illegal anticompetitive practices, stomp on consumer privacy rights, and repeatedly fumble their responsibility to protect our democracy…. Elizabeth is committed to protecting our democracy from Silicon Valley overreach — but she needs your help to do it. Can you chip in for the first time today to help break up Big Tech?”

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P/S 2: “Community Standards. Facebook. We work hard to limit the spread of commercial spam to prevent false advertising, fraud, and security breaches, all of which detract from people’s ability to share and connect. We do not allow people to use misleading or inaccurate information to collect likes, followers, or shares.” 

But we do allow ourselves to have a world monopoly of hyper power.

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P/S 3: Ukraine named a new general prosecutor today (October 4) and reopened the inquiries that Biden as VP had closed by having the prosecutor fired by threatening to withhold US aid. As Biden said on tape talking about his firing of the general prosecutor, by giving the Ukrainians just 6 hours:”... son of a bitch!” Biden’s son got more than three million dollars from Burisma, an Ukrainian energy company ($83,000/month). The son of Biden Jr. had no experience in energy, nor did he in finance when he organized a giant financial transaction in China… by dealing with a government company… The Biden-Obama administration loved Facebook… And Zuck loved them back. At civilizational distance, Facebook, as installed, is just a spy agency.

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[1] before the ridiculous impeachment madness, several committees and efforts had been launched against the tech monopolies by White House and Congress. No doubt that was a factor in the launch of the presidential impeachment! Trump will NOT be impeached, obviously (not enough votes in Senate), but the inquiries against the tech monopolies already are impeached! I know so many good insider stories about Zucks and Goo…

 

 

  

Plutocratic Media Hates Wealth Tax, Censors Critics, Ignores Theft Of Intellectual Property By Monopolies. Save the Republic, Tax Pluto!

October 3, 2019

Too Much Corruption makes worlds collapse:

Forgive them, for they don’t know what they do. 2,000 year old wisdom from the crucified, completely obsolete nowadays in light of, say, Nazism. The first thing miscreants do, nowadays, is to make sure that they know nothing.

The swamp has investigated itself, and found itself clear as a mountain brook. Studying the Roman Republic shows the corruption was all over. Caesar’s main assassins, Brutus and Cassius were astoundingly corrupt. More than a decade before the assassination, Brutus and Cassius were exploiting to death (literally) Greece, Asia.

Thus now we have the world similarly teetering on the verge of collapse, in great part because of the corruption of our political leaders, who are in hock with the world plutocracy.

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The New York wrote an article critical of the Wealth Taxes proposed by Warren:

… and now Sanders. It contained gems such as:”Progressive Democrats are advocating the most drastic shift in tax policy in over a century as they look to redistribute wealth and chip away at the economic power of the superrich with new taxes that could fundamentally reshape the United States economy…

But the idea of redistributing wealth by targeting billionaires is stirring fierce debates at the highest ranks of academia and business, with opponents arguing it would cripple economic growth, sap the motivation of entrepreneurs who aspire to be multimillionaires and set off a search for loopholes.”

… as if there were no loopholes now! The IRS code is a vast loophole, hundreds of pages long… 

What is hidden behind this graph. The wealthier the family, the more augmentation of wealth and income it got.

1,500 comments were authorized, my first and main comment was censored (as it alluded to precisely what happened, namely the Pluto media don’t like anti-Pluto comments, when those comments are not of an officially authorized type). This New York Times article had no content, except for the hare-brained cliché always evoked by plutophiles, namely that taxing wealth kills innovation. Actually it’s the other way around: plutocracy kills thinking, hence innovation. 

In an orgasm of dishonesty, an article in the NYT pretended that two university professors said the opposite of what they truly said in their original paper, by careful sampling of them… quoting others. That’s a type of dishonesty which should be publicized. Professors Sarin and Summers actually proposed to tax wealth more broadly than Warren and Sanders proposed, and thus, even MORE!… The exact opposite of what the NYT pretended. I agree with broad taxation of wealth (and there should be no cpaital gains tax on little guys, just like in Switzerland… which has a wealth tax, BTW… The Swiss economy is the best functioning in Europe.) 

Here is my comment censored (or delayed so much nobody would read it) by the plutocratic New York Times (I repeat, New York Times, pay attention, such censorship should be illegal, it breaches the US First Amendment, and you fiduciary duty as official press):

“Elitist US universities depend upon plutocratic money, and extreme inequality: this is what pays tuition and advertises them as the “best” schools on Earth. So one would expect wealthy economists therein plutocratic universities, feeding at the rich trough of plutocratic flattery, are all for extreme wealth and against taxing it

Plutocratic drift sucks society into a dark hole where not just the wealthiest individuals, but the basest, most cruel instincts, come to rule. One can already see this in media owned by plutocracy: an effect is Brexit. Wealthy British based plutocrats wanted to keep paying no or little taxes, they knew the EU’s new law that it is illegal to do so becomes effective December 31, 2019, so they made it so to create a cognitive bias against the European Union thanks to their control of British media.

People are not going to stop wanting to be even more wealthy, just because 2% of their wealth will be taken out above 50 million (if Warren proposes 2% it will probably end with 1%). Whereas right now small inventors cannot, thanks to pro-plutocratic, pro-monopolistic laws, exert their Intellectual Property rights in the USA. Instead, they have to file in the EU, or China! Indeed, they now have to prove they were economically injured by the stealing of their IP by powerful monopolies. So, right now, monopolies make it difficult for inventors to become millionaires. That is really a huge problem for the innovation system upon which a growing economy depends. This violation of IP and Patent Laws happened at the behest of present plutocracy, thus blatantly all too powerful already.

When billionaires reinvest billions in their own enterprises, they should be allowed to do so, after said enterprise have been determined to be of “public utility” (so part of Bezos wealth going to his rocket company, or energy investments of Gates, should be exempted, case by case, year by year).”

That was it. Hateful and racist comment of mine against the established order and its plutocrato-philanthropic, Trump hating class, was censored. Let me repeat with more detail: tech monopolies, that is, billionaires friendly with the NSA and Deep State, and Bush-SCOTUS-Obama-Biden, made it difficult for inventors to become millionaires (so that they, and only them and their friends and servants would become filthy rich, and inventors such as yours truly, dirt poor). The Supreme Court Of US decision of 2006 was the beginning of the end, but Obama is the guy who came out fiercely against little inventors, calling them “TROLLS” and “NON PRACTICING ENTITIES”. (He would know a troll, being the biggest of them all!) Only those who gave millions and services worth even more to the Biden-Obama families, and their puppett masters are “practicing entities” (I observed).

Just to compare, having sent my enlightened comment in the dark bowell of its Pluto conspiracy, the NYT got very excited by insipid remarks, the following one by “Ned” from Truckee being typical:

“Ned”, from Truckee, Times Pick:

“If an entrepreneur or inventor creates a huge amount of value for society, they deserve rich rewards – billions if that’s what it is. But, you can’t take it with you, and ultimately, external rewards are meaningless.

Warren and Sanders ought to refrain from vilifying the ultra-wealthy, and instead extol the virtue of those who create wealth and then return it to society, either through philanthropy or by paying workers more.”

Ned has spoken! In his gutter wisdom! And except the latter “extolled virtue” is not happening (without the threat of revolution).

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Wealth in California augmented, but not as much for REAL INVENTORS as for plutocrats…

In truth, the REAL INVENTORS started to be shut down in 2006, and the Obama presidency finished shutting them off:

… big time, with Obama attacking IP “trolls” on TV. Ignorant semi-wits such as “Ned” don’t know little guys Intellectual Property has lost value, enormously, thanks to the pseudo-left, SCOTUS and super troll Obama. Nor does he know that most entrepreneurs are highly fungible: if Zuck didn’t exist, another 1,000 Zucks could rise. Same for Jobs, Gates, etc. All these guys exploited other individuals’ inventions. The guy who invented optical pumping, hence the laser, Kastler, got the Nobel, but that was it. Others, many others, made billions from the laser.

Under Bush (starting in 2006) and Obama, the Intellectual property system got gutted in the USA, thanks to the enormous tech companies and the Deep State’s little plan to connect them to intelligence/surveillance agencies: to prove that they had been wronged, small investors needed not just to demonstrate that they had been stolen. Now they also had to demonstrate to have been economically injured (which they couldn’t, as they made no money from their stolen inventions). Such laws were passed under the influence of tech monopolies. I am personally familiar with a case were a federal judge decided of a very important case in the morning, and then resigned and accepted five million dollars from Facebook in the afternoon (names can be provided on legal request).It was the case of a small electronic company which had won, thanks to a jury, yet its enormous legal fees from its defense were not paid by its giant attacker, thanks to the 5 million dollars judge.

Now Zuck, head of Facebook, and minder of the world, art expert banning Middle Age art, declares he will fight Senator Warren’s wealth tax OK, another time!). I declare Zuck has too much power. He is just a glorified high school drop-out, and the fact that he drops in presidential palaces, worldwide, aggravates his case… I replied to @Ned:

Ultra wealth kills the Republic. Money is power. Too much money in too few hands means too much power in too few hands.

Ultra wealth wants to gut the country of employment and and any other power from We The People (Demos-Kratia = People-power). Because removing power from We the People prevents revolution. This is exactly how the Roman Republic went down, and it was said at the time (read the Gracchi brothers). This is exactly the scheme in place today: ultra wealth has escaped taxation and law, by going overseas (“China”). Then it got so wealthy it can mold the minds of entire countries.

An example is Brexit. The plutocrat owned media in Britain wanted out of the EU for (new) tax reason. So it made it so that people would hate “Brussels”. That some people have a thousand times more power than others can be tolerated. But a million times? At some point, in Rome, the hyper wealthy started to own not just judges, but armies…

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Obama’s guru Summers has evolved: he is now FOR taxing wealth and lobbying, BROADLY:

I read the article from Larry Summers and Natasha Sarin which the New York Times refers to. It doesn’t mainly say what the NYT claims the article mainly says, just the opposite (the article sort of says it a bit, but it’s not its main point). What professors Summers and Sarin mostly say is the opposite.

The best way to reduce power from oligarchs and plutocrats is by first broadening the tax base. Indeed. Sarin and Summers want to close tax loopholes for the rich, first. Basically the professors point out that the wealthiest and powerful can invest, tax free into all sorts of consultancies and foundations (let alone universities) which are used to influence voters, media and politicians (they give the example of the mighty NRA). If taxation doesn’t strike this system of influence peddling first, a wealth tax will have the opposite effect: the mental control oligarchs exert through these tax evading loopholes will drive public opinion against taxing the wealthiest!  

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Summers & Sarin truly said: “We have sympathy with complaints that economic policy decision-making gives too much weight to the interests of affluent elites. But we are skeptical that large rate hikes or wealth taxes are the right way to address this problem.

First, these proposals do not get at the main ways in which the wealthy exercise influence. The whole apparatus of think tanks, research institutes, advocacy groups — organizations like the Federalist Society, which has transformed the judiciary — are supported by tax-deductible contributions that tax hikes will not discourage. Indeed, increases in tax rates or broad wealth taxation would make it cheaper in terms of forgone personal spending to support advocacy efforts or to create elite enclaves.

Second, even draconian tax hikes will not have a major impact on the ability of very wealthy Americans to be politically influential. For a few tens of million dollars, an individual or interest group can become a major political player. Even if you took away half the wealth of a billionaire, that person would still be able to invest $50 million a cycle in political activity without dipping into capital…

Third, many of the areas of special interest concern that seem most serious do not involve players who would be substantially impacted by recent tax proposals because they are not hugely wealthy. Think about the way the NRA distorts gun control debates or how community bankers resist consumer financial reform.

If the concern is with the excessive power wielded by wealthy elites, there are more effective strategies. Consideration should be given to limiting the deductibility of lobbying expenditures; restricting the ability of political organizations to have allied 50(c)(3) organizations that can receive tax-deductible contributions; and tightening the rules on donor-advised funds that enable the wealthy to get essentially all the benefits of foundations without any of the requirements to pay out resources or provide any public transparency.

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So Summers and Sarin, far from criticizing the principle of a wealth tax as lowering the innovation and animal spirits of society, advocate a generalization of the concept of wealth, and of taxing that first, instead. They say this guarantees thrice the tax revenue, and will avoid the backlash from the wealthiest by cutting first the very organs they use to transmit their influence on society. 

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The next day, the NYT allowed my comment (safe: nobody would read it now!) and then ran later an article saying: “A Wealth Tax Is Pro-Growth. Don’t believe the scaremongering.” (By David Leonhardt.)

Well, more importantly, only with a wealth tax We The People can afford to have a republic. The Roman Republic lasted five centuries, in full, because it had a wealth tax. And it was confiscated, when the army had enough of civil war and inequality caused by the ultra wealthy.

Patrice Ayme

 


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