French socialists declare new Assassin’s Creed video game is right-wing ‘propaganda against the people’ for portraying revolutionary leader as a psychopath


A French left-wing MEP has hit out at the creators of video game Assassin’s Creed over their portrayal of Maximilien de Robespierre.

A slight artistic liberty from the creators sees the character of Robespierre presented as a psychopathic mass-murderer, which has enraged the French left.

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Wealth, Income, and Power by G. William Domhoff


This document presents details on the wealth and income distributions in the United States, and explains how we use these two distributions as power indicators.

Some of the information may come as a surprise to many people. In fact, I know it will be a surprise and then some, because of a recent study (Norton & Ariely, 2010) showing that most Americans (high income or low income, female or male, young or old, Republican or Democrat) have no idea just how concentrated the wealth distribution actually is. More on that a bit later.

As far as the income distribution, the most striking numbers on income inequality will come last, showing the dramatic change in the ratio of the average CEO’s paycheck to that of the average factory worker over the past 40 years.

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Why 3-hour workdays haven’t happened yet


In 1930, John Maynard Keynes made two big predictions. The first was that “the standard of life in progressive countries one hundred years hence will be between four and eight times as high as it is today.” He got that one right. It’s only been 84 years, but so far, real GDP per capita in the United States has grown sixfold since Keynes’ writing, right at the midpoint of his estimates. His second prediction, following from the first, was that this economic boom would allow for a dramatic reduction in hours worked — “three-hour shifts or a fifteen-hour week,” perhaps.

That did not happen. It’s true that average hours worked per full or part-time employee fellfrom 1950 to 2011, but from 1,908.73 a year (36.6 per week) to 1703.55 a year (32.6 per week). We’re a long way from 15 hour weeks:

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Seattle city [socialist] councilmember Sawant arrested during protest


Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant was among four people arrested during a protest in SeaTac.

Sawant was with airport workers and their supporters protesting outside Alaska Airlines’ headquarters Wednesday evening. Those protesting say they’re upset about what they say is the airline’s support of a lawsuit filed against the Port of Seattle over the port’s decision to increase the minimum wage for some workers at Sea-Tac Airport.

Alaska Airlines Senior Vice President for External Affairs Joe Sprague said: “The lawsuit is really not about wages, it is about whether a local authority has the ability to regulate the airline industry — something the airlines feel is better done by federal authorities”.

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Homeless man tried to rob bank to escape cold, ‘merica



Police say a homeless man in Orlando tried to rob a bank to escape the cold.

Police arrested 58-year-old Rodney Cameron on Tuesday as temperatures in Orlando dipped to record lows.

Police said he tried to rob Bank United on Central Boulevard by handing the teller a note that said, “This is a bank robbery. I need 5-100s 5-50s 10-20s. Give me the money. I will sit outside until the police show up.”

And he did.

He waited on a lobby chair and when cops arrived he said, “I am tired of the street life and want a warm place to stay.”

Cameron even told the teller why he committed the crime, saying he was “tired of being bothered with medical problems and he needed help.”

Homeless men and women said they’ve seen Cameron around the Coalition for the Homeless shelter, where he told police was his last address.

Orlando police spokeswoman Lt. Lovetta Quinn-Henry said, “It is very common to see people commit less offensive crimes to escape cold weather. It’s not very common to see them commit a bank robbery to escape the weather or street living.”

“It’s a bit extreme but at the same time, he did what he had to do to achieve his goal. It’s sad but that’s just the way it is, it’s reality,” said Lasonya Caldwell, who also spends cold nights at the homeless shelter. “Some people don’t have any other alternative.”

“I don’t think anyone should have to go through those extremes to have a place to rest, just to get out of the elements,” Douglas Caldwell said.

Muffet Robinson, with the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, said, “We don’t know enough to comment specifically, but it shows the desperate measures that desperate people will go to. That’s why we know how much our services are needed in our community.”

It’s unclear if Cameron has he ever done anything like this before. Records show he has never been arrested in Florida, but he went to prison previously in Indiana.

Now, he will likely face prison time again.

The Economics of Star Trek The Proto-Post Scarcity Economy


I promise this is about Star Trek. Sort of. Bear with me a moment.

I’ve been reading a lot about robots lately. When I read about robots, and the future, I can’t help but think about it in economic terms. And that inevitably turns my mind to the branch of economics called post scarcity economics. Traditional economics, of course, deals with the efficient allocation of inherently scarce materials. Post scarcity economics deals with the economics of economies that are no longer constrained by scarcity of materials — food, energy, shelter, etc.

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The Silent Success Of Cooperatives In The Bolivarian Revolution


Solidarity, cooperation, and community empowerment are socialist values promoted by the Bolivarian Revolution in contrast to the individualism and selfishness promoted by the corporate-owned mass media. Cooperatives are quietly transforming people’s values in Venezuela, and the rest of the world, though they have been mostly ignored by the mass media and by many political leaders, too.

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