A very small dose of economics, OCC = CC/VC, or where the Capitalist engine gets clogged.

This is a brief report of economic analysis, with popular features, which I made hoping to simplify one of the contradictions of Capitalism. I could have named this article “The chimera of changing what can’t be changed”, just to make clear that our efforts must go towards another direction, that of overcoming the current system of production and social control. Continue reading

Brian pays a visit to his Irish friend who is still in a comatose state from drinking too much during last night. He starts speaking with a weird train of words and concepts articulated in a weird way to match. This might as well be called “Brian and his Irish friend” but it just sounded too dull.

When I was a kid in the early ‘70’s there were those who put forth propositions, and those who had dreams. There were sunny beaches, and bright skies at night with so many stars. All that was a wonder to me.
I must strive to clean up my thoughts among the waves and the winds that blow whirls of blaze and blizzards, before my brain’s boat is capsized by the breakers. I see stairways that try to climb up to heaven, and I see waters that smoke, blurred visions while Joe is on the run. And a hose 50-foot long in the Garden of Eden, right where the sun sets, YES! Where the sun sets. Continue reading

The Wall has fallen, long live the Wall!

On November 9th celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall took place. Rivers of words, opinions— and beer—flowed to commemorate the victory of the Free World against the Communist Devil, which afflicted the Earth for over 70 years. And what about the other countries where the wonders of real socialism are still a-going? Socialism, Communism? On this planet, this one? The one with chocolate?? I should have realized!! Continue reading

Slave to no nonsensical conviction

My friend Gavin called me the other morning, he was like “Hey Bob, the bear has gone back to his den”.
He shut himself off in Ireland for a while, as he needed to meditate over “some itchy things” in his life. When Gavin does that, it means he needs to take some time for himself, leave him alone, and he will soon be back stronger and livelier than ever. Continue reading

It’s a sick sick sick sick world

Reyhaneh Jabbari

I think everybody knows the sad story of Reyhaneh Jabbari, the Iranian woman of 26 executed last Saturday, October 25th, despite an international campaign calling for a reprieve. She was sentenced to death for killing Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a former intelligence ministry worker, who was trying to sexually abuse her. Continue reading

Agriculture and its ills

Last Tuesday (Oct 7th) my colleague Howard McCoy published an article about environmental issues and agriculture on Qoobix, a project we are debugging and of which we’ve been discussing for so long now, and that it is possible with thanks to the courtesy of Planters’ Guild which has provided a lot of precious material about farming processes, agronomy and studies. Continue reading

Bitcoño, The New Kid on the Block

Bitcoño was conceived in the muddy waters of the flowing river where numbers, strings, routines and rules get together to swim upstream, gaining the worth of algorithms, a species that lives and thrives at the top.
Unlike its paper siblings, it had been born without mass, and this made it think that it was like a photon, allowed to reach the highest speed, to roam free, and to go wherever it liked.
It had been a lively newborn indeed, which, as soon as it had gained trust of the world around, had begun to jump up and up and up, actually reaching high heights, and enjoying its lightness and nimbleness. Continue reading

Scottish Loot

The Scots (55% to 45%) decided that the loot won’t be a whole apanage (the right to receive a benefit, e.g. money or other provision, granted by the government) for Scotland, but it will keep being paid out, according to what is already established with the Crown, or the United Kingdom if you prefer.
Well, as I said many times to my Scottish friends, the problem is not to gain independence from a government, but independence from the government. What’s the use of replacing a master with another one? Continue reading