Daily Archives: January 3, 2023

Will GOP Voters Ever Wake Up?

Thom Hartmann Program – Jan 3. 2023

When will Republican voters figure out how badly they’re getting screwed by Republican politicians? Somehow the “conservative” base voters never seem to figure it out. Why?

Jonathan Lemire: ‘This is a humiliating moment for McCarthy’

MSNBC Jan 3, 2023

Politico White House Bureau Chief Jonathan Lemire, NBC’s Steve Kornacki, and Brendan Buck, former top communications adviser to House Speakers Boehner and Ryan, join Andrea Mitchell to react to Representative Kevin McCarthy’s apparent failure to earn enough Republican votes to become the next speaker. “Certainly this is a humiliating moment for McCarthy,” says Lemire. “We’re watching history: the first time in 100 years, once this vote goes official, that a speaker goes down to defeat like this in the open vote.”

Kevin McCarthy Fails to Win House Speakership

Free Speech TV Jan 3, 2023

It’s 2023 and The Stephanie Miller Show is back with guest Charlie Pierce. The crew is back to discuss Kevin McCarthy and his losing the House Speakership in the second round of voting. More voting is coming, and his fate is lying in the hands of some who are under criminal referral to the DOJ.

NASA Launches International Mission to Survey Earth’s Water – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches with the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) spacecraft onboard, Friday, Dec. 16, 2022, from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. Jointly developed by NASA and Centre National D’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), with contributions from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and United Kingdom Space Agency, SWOT is the first satellite mission that will observe nearly all water on Earth’s surface, measuring the height of water in the planet’s lakes, rivers, reservoirs, and the ocean. Credit: NASA/Keegan Barber.

In Brief:

Led by NASA and the French space agency CNES, the Surface Water and Ocean Topography mission will provide high-definition data on the salt- and fresh water on Earth’s surface.

A satellite built for NASA and the French space agency Centre National d’Études Spatiales (CNES) to observe nearly all the water on our planet’s surface lifted off on its way to low-Earth orbit at 3:46 a.m. PST on Friday. The Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) spacecraft also has contributions from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and the UK Space Agency.

The Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) spacecraft launched atop a SpaceX rocket from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California with a prime mission of three years. The satellite will measure the height of water in freshwater bodies and the ocean on more than 90% of Earth’s surface. This information will provide insights into how the ocean influences climate change; how a warming world affects lakes, rivers, and reservoirs; and how communities can better prepare for disasters, such as floods.

After SWOT separated from the second stage of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, ground controllers successfully acquired the satellite’s signal. Initial telemetry reports showed the spacecraft in good health. SWOT will now undergo a series of checks and calibrations before it starts collecting science data in about six months.

Deployment of SWOT Satellite’s Solar Arrays

JPLraw Dec 28, 2022

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This series of images shows the deployment of the solar arrays that power the international Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite. The mission, led by NASA and the French space agency Centre National d’Études Spatiales (CNES), captured the roughly 10-minute process with two of the four commercial cameras aboard the satellite (the same type used to capture NASA’s Perseverance rover landing on Mars). SWOT launched Dec. 16, 2022, at 3:46 a.m. PST from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, and the arrays started their deployment at 5:01 a.m. PST.

SWOT’s two solar arrays measure 48.8 feet (14.9 meters) from end to end, with a total surface area of 335 square feet (31 square meters). Extending from opposite sides of the spacecraft bus, the arrays remain pointed at the Sun via small motors. They provide 8 kilowatts of power to the satellite, which has a 1.5-kilowatt total power demand.

SWOT will survey the height of water in Earth’s lakes, rivers, reservoirs, and the ocean. The satellite will cover the planet’s surface at least once every 21 days and has a prime mission of three years. It was jointly developed by NASA and CNES, with contributions from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and the UK Space Agency. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is managed for the agency by Caltech in Pasadena, California, leads the U.S. component of the project.

For more information, see: https://swot.jpl.nasa.gov/

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/CNES

Republican McCarthy loses dramatic first vote for US House speaker • FRANCE 24 English

FRANCE 24 English

Jan 3, 2023

Republican Kevin McCarthy lost a dramatic first vote for speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday as hardline conservatives from his own party voted against him, leaving the new Republican majority in turmoil.

Debunking claims that Western media is “exaggerating” Covid-19 in Shanghai • FRANCE 24 English

FRANCE 24 English – Jan 3, 2023

As China eases its zero-Covid policy amidst international fears of a new wave, an anglophone journalist in China’s report from late December is being used online as “proof” that the coronavirus figures in Shanghai are hardly cause for concern. But is all as it seems? We take a look in this edition with Vedika Bahl.

“Brazen”: David Cay Johnston on How Trump’s Tax Returns Show He Defrauded U.S. & Enriched Himself

Democracy Now! – Jan 3, 2023

Six years of Donald Trump’s tax returns were released by a House committee on Friday after a years-long legal battle by the former president to keep them sealed. Early revelations include the finding that Trump paid just $750 in federal income tax during his first year in office in 2017, and he paid no tax in 2020. The newly released tax records give a long-overdue glimpse of Trump’s personal and business finances, which he refused to disclose during the 2016 presidential election, breaking with decades of precedent. Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter David Cay Johnston, who has covered Trump for decades, says the new documents show “absolutely brazen” tax fraud. “Donald Trump has been a criminal his whole life,” says Johnston.

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Accounting for Slavery: Masters and Management: Caitlin Rosenthal

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 “Absolutely compelling.”
Diane Coyle“The evolution of modern management is usually associated with good old-fashioned intelligence and ingenuity… But capitalism is not just about the free market; it was also built on the backs of slaves.”
ForbesThe story of modern management generally looks to the factories of England and New England for its genesis. But after scouring through old accounting books, Caitlin Rosenthal discovered that Southern planter-capitalists practiced an early form of scientific management. They took meticulous notes, carefully recording daily profits and productivity, and subjected their slaves to experiments and incentive strategies comprised of rewards and brutal punishment. Challenging the traditional depiction of slavery as a barrier to innovation, Accounting for Slavery shows how elite planters turned their power over enslaved people into a productivity advantage. The result is a groundbreaking investigation of business practices in Southern and West Indian plantations and an essential contribution to our understanding of slavery’s relationship with capitalism.

“Slavery in the United States was a business. A morally reprehensible―and very profitable business… Rosenthal argues that slaveholders…were using advanced management and accounting techniques long before their northern counterparts. Techniques that are still used by businesses today.”
Marketplace (American Public Media)

“Rosenthal pored over hundreds of account books from U.S. and West Indian plantations… She found that their owners employed advanced accounting and management tools, including depreciation and standardized efficiency metrics.”
Harvard Business Review


“Examine[s] how slavery laid the foundation of American capitalism, including the invention of financial instruments, such as bonds that used enslaved people as collateral.”Parul Sehgal, New York Times

“Slavery in the United States was a business. A morally reprehensible―and very profitable business. Much of the research around the business history of slavery focuses on the horrors of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and the business interests that fueled it. The common narrative is that today’s modern management techniques were developed in the factories in England and the industrialized North of the United States, not the plantations of the Caribbean and the American South. According to a new book by historian Caitlin Rosenthal, that narrative is wrong… Rosenthal argues that slaveholders in the American South and Caribbean were using advanced management and accounting techniques long before their northern counterparts. Techniques that are still used by businesses today.”Marketplace

“Absolutely compelling.”Diane Coyle, Five Books

“[This] history of the accounting and management of slave plantations in the Americas goes a long way towards puncturing common-sense narratives of free market economics.”Martin Myers, Times Higher Education

“Valuable…Rosenthal proves that precise calculation of labor productivity took root in the slave economy. The irony is that it was more aggressively calculated there than among many Northern manufacturers of the time.”Jeremy Ray Jewell, Arts Fuse

“Looks at how sugar and cotton plantations organised and tracked production. It is a fascinating yet horrifying history of how planters saw the slaves they profited from―and how they drove up production…Challenges many dominant ideas about capitalism, class and progress.”Sadie Robinson, Socialist Worker

“Full of insights into the history of Atlantic slavery, Accounting for Slavery will force its readers to look with fresh eyes at the many freedoms and unfreedoms of the modern American workplace. This is an original book, which uniquely draws from and speaks to many disciplines, while written compellingly for a wide audience.”Jonathan Levy, University of Chicago

“By paying close attention to slaveholders’ methods of keeping accounts, Caitlin Rosenthal shows how and why they tried to reduce human beings to marks on a ledger. Anyone concerned with the sometimes dark history of management, data, and modern accounting practices needs to read this brilliant, carefully argued book.”W. Caleb McDaniel, Rice University

About the Author

Caitlin Rosenthal returned to Harvard for her Ph.D. in history after three years with McKinsey & Company. A finalist for the Nevins Prize in Economic History and winner of the Krooss Prize for the Best Dissertation in Business History at Harvard University, she was a Newcomen Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Business School and is now Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley.

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Harvard University Press; Reprint edition (October 15, 2019)

  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0674241657
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0674241657
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 9.9 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches

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Akan Weights and the Gold Trade (Ibadan History Series): Timothy F. Garrard

Bagged for protection. the dust jacket grades fine++ with a few edge blemishes and the book is very fine with 3 minute edge spots and a label having been removed from the lower inside back cover. the weight chart is still attached

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Longman Publishing Group; 1st edition (January 1, 1980)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 393 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0582646316
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0582646315
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.85 pounds

Noam Chomsky – The Political Economy of the Mass Media – Part 1 HD

pdxjustice Media Productions
Apr 1, 2012

Noam Chomsky explains “the Propaganda Model”, the central theme of his book, co-authored with Edward Herman, MANUFACTURING CONSENT: THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF THE MASS MEDIA. Noam Chomsky spoke at the Wisconsin Union Theater on the Madison campus of the University of Wisconsin on the evening of March 15, 1989. The lecture was sponsored by the Wisconsin Union Directorate’s Distinguished Lecture Series for the 1988-89 academic year.