The Disturbing Reason Why Kids Don’t Play Outside Anymore


Main Source:Occupy Corporatism
Date: 30 August 2016
Author: Susanne Posel

Kid 1980 and 2010

Times change, but when it comes to parenting, it seems Americans have become obsessed with moral outrage at perceived risk to a child. So much so that leaving children unsupervised can lead to criminal charges.

In the 1980s, kids roamed the streets, road bikes in gangs, and played outdoors with their friends without pesky parents watching their every move.

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Does unrestrained capitalism restore feudalism?


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The novel “Capital” and the BBC dramatisation is a good portrait of modern London. A two class society consisting of an upper class and an insecure servant class recruited from the world’s desperate poor.  The haunting theme “We want what you have” says it all.  The old working class and middle class are going or gone.

I lived in the area where the dramatisation was filmed – Balham/Clapham/Tooting for 17 years before being priced out in 2011.  (The fictional “Pepys” road is actually Mayford Road, which I walked along every day going to work). In that time the area gentrified, the demographic changed from mixed class and mixed race to upper middle displaced from central London by foreign oligarchs to the pleasanter suburbs south of the river.  The local home owners profiting from rocketing house prices sold up and moved out, and those who rented, like myself, were forced out through unaffordable rents.  The workers replaced by transient migrants often living in sub-standard (but still over-priced) accommodation.

A two class society.  An over-class insulated by wealth from every social misery, and the world’s precariat workforce, willing to do any job, for any pay, in any conditions, unable to resist exploitation under constant threat of being sent back, vulnerable to exploitation and abuse on all sides, including the authorities as represented by the police.  Only a milder version of the third world conditions they hoped to leave behind.

CAPITAL by John Lanchester, Faber & Faber 2012

BBC 1 drama CAPITAL, 3 part written by Peter Bowker, available on DVD

How many humans can Earth support?

The Secular Jurist

According to the Worldwatch Institute, an environmental think tank, the Earth has 1.9 hectares of land per person for growing food and textiles for clothing, supplying wood and absorbing waste. The average American uses about 9.7 hectares.

These data alone suggest the Earth can support at most one-fifth of the present population, 1.5 billion people, at an American standard of living.

Continue reading:  How many humans can Earth support?

Further reading:  Alarming facts and figures about global population

Commentary by The Secular Jurist:  The current world population is roughly 7.6 billion, over five times the maximum number sustainable by Earth’s limited natural resources.  A human population greater than 1.5 billion is theoretically sustainable if living standards are reduced, but such an alternative would be logistically impractical and politically dangerous as evidenced by the populist backlash against austerity measures throughout western democracies.  So, there are at least 6 billion people…

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What So Many People Don’t Get About the U.S. Working Class via The Harvard Business Review

Just Merveilleux?

“My father-in-law grew up eating blood soup. He hated it, whether because of the taste or the humiliation, I never knew. His alcoholic father regularly drank up the family wage, and the family was often short on food money. They were evicted from apartment after apartment.”

Full text: What So Many People Don’t Get About the U.S. Working Class

A must read for anyone interested in the current dynamics of US politics and society. A number of you have been mentioning class politics lately, so I thought you might find this interesting. Joan Williams has a very interesting take- and although gentle in her phrasing she is fantastically incisive. In a nutshell let’s say the male ego has a lot to answer for. One little caveat, though- the author seems to presume there are no unpleasant alcoholics in the upper classes. LOL 😀

And if you’re visiting the Harvard Business…

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Destroying 8 centuries of rights in 3 Decades


COMMENTARY by Dennis L. Blewitt, J.D.
It has been almost 50 years since I was first introduced to the Magna Carta. And here was I, viewing one of four remaining copies of the document penned in 1215. It wasn’t until I finished law school that I was able to appreciate the significance and impact that it has had on Western civilization since its signature. It challenged the divine right of kings and was signed by a king of England at sword point. It eventually caused a schism in the Church, ending in the founding of the Anglican religion, with the King as the head of the church. It was a rebellion of the Barons which was quickly repudiated by the King. The signatory barons were promptly ex-communicated by the Pope and the document repudiated by the King. However, approximately 10 years later, another king…

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G: Gandhi (1982)

the alphabetical film blog

Gandhi (1982) directed by Richard Attenborough

When I first saw “Gandhi” during the summer of last year the previous feature film I had experienced the day before was Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises“. I concluded that the final chapter in his tour-de-force Batman trilogy ended satisfactorily but was emotionally unfulfilling. Its characters were interesting on certain surfaces but lacked the same level of emotional involvement and raw intensity that the script and cast of “The DarkKnight” (2008) had achieved previously. Where Nolan might have failed with his grandiose epic Richard Attenborough scaled and achieved the greatest heights of success with his 1982 biopic “Gandhi“.

Everything and the kitchen sink was thrown into this extremely large-scale yet inquisitively personal epic. The story of Gandhi’s life is told as he first entered into the world of law in South Africa, where he quickly becomes an easy target for…

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Putting Catholic Sex Abuse in the Spotlight


For a while, I’d been debating whether or not I should write and post this blog. It is something that is pretty heavy, and something that won’t make people feel comfortable. However, when I first decided to write up blogs, I wanted to use them as an outlet to get my frustrations off my chest. I am not saying I have all the answers, but I certainly do have a lot of questions. Therefore, I will go ahead with this piece.

So, here we go. For those of you who know me well, you will know that I am a Catholic. More specifically, I believe in God, and my faith plays a huge part in my life. It has helped me get through the darkest times, and the Gospel provides a constant source of inspiration to show love and do good to others.

Now I will rewind my life to…

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