Posted 3 hours ago
The big idea of ‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century’ is that we haven’t just gone back to nineteenth-century levels of income inequality, we’re also on a path back to “patrimonial capitalism,” in which the commanding heights of the economy are controlled not by talented individuals but by family dynasties.

Paul Krugman

[Thomas] Piketty suggests that the very size of inherited fortunes in a way makes them invisible: “Wealth is so concentrated that a large segment of society is virtually unaware of its existence, so that some people imagine that it belongs to surreal or mysterious entities.” 

Those mysterious entities now have the unlimited contributions needed to influence elections thanks to the right wing Supreme Court

(via liberalsarecool)

Sounds like Feudalism to me.

More like plutocratic oligarchy with the rest of us enslaved through debt peonage. We could solve this problem if the masses would stand together against them!!! Stop letting the right/left, abortion, environment, oil/solar, and all the other tiny divisions work to keep us apart. The ruling families know that if they use these wedges it keeps us apart and we can’t do anything but if we stop letting them control us through these insane paradigms, we will win. Please people, wake up to the reality around you!

(via questionall)

You can through Wolf-Pack,com or several other groups now working on a Constitutional Amendment to over turn the Supreme Court and get money out of politics and government.

Posted 3 hours ago

Dewey Lectures


A user who wrote me concerning availability of the a video or text for the Dewey Lectures delivered by Chomsky at Columbia in December, wrote to say they have been published in the latest issue of the Journal of Philosophy (December, 2013):


Posted 3 hours ago
For over a decade, Americans have been told that terrorism poses a threat that cannot be addressed by the existing legal system; that a new domain of law must be constructed to handle this new threat. What has actually been created is a new domain of pseudo-law where the roles of law making, law enforcement, and judiciary, are rolled into a single political authority. Even if there has been no coup d’etat, nor extended imposition of martial law, this is nonetheless the dawning of an insidious and piecemeal form of fascism. It does not impose itself with an iron fist but grows upon us slowly, so that painlessly freedom can be lost as it is gradually forgotten.
Posted 4 hours ago




Does this look like a good future for energy to you?

This is our Future.

It’s only our future if we don’t stand together and stop their bullshit! The fact is the government is owned by the heads of the banks and corporations and they don’t give a fuck about the rest of us. But when we stand together, they have no choice but to do what we want because they know our shear numbers could be their undoing.

Posted 6 hours ago
Good Morning, Y’all!  I had to repost a few things first, get my coffee and such. But here we are! TGIF! Yep. It’s true. :3 <3
Ummmm no it not. It’s Wednesday. >__>  I … IDK.
Get out there and make it shine!

Good Morning, Y’all!  I had to repost a few things first, get my coffee and such. But here we are! TGIF! Yep. It’s true. :3 <3

Ummmm no it not. It’s Wednesday. >__>  I … IDK.

Get out there and make it shine!

Posted 6 hours ago
Posted 6 hours ago




Good Guy Burglar

no you don’t understand.

he fully knew that he’d be arrested for breaking and entering but he still reported this.

he know he’d go to jail, but he put human decency before his own freedom and called out this disgusting sexual perversion.

and if you don’t think that’s the tightest crap ever get out of my face.


(Source: thedeathmerchant)

Posted 6 hours ago


Joseph Mallord William Turner was born in London in late April, 1775. Lauded as “the painter of light,” Turner was a British Romantic master of stirring landscape, treacherous seas, and sublime disaster.  Witnessing the terrifying event from the opposite bank of the Thames, Turner recorded what he saw in quick sketches that became the basis for this dramatic painting.

The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, October 16, 1834,” by Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1834 – 35.

Posted 6 hours ago


Erik Andersson by Alasdair McLellan

Posted 6 hours ago


Commonly available blood-pressure drug prevents epilepsy after brain injury

Between 10 and 20 percent of all cases of epilepsy result from severe head injury, but a new drug promises to prevent post-traumatic seizures and may forestall further brain damage caused by seizures in those who already have epilepsy.

A team of researchers from UC Berkeley, Ben-Gurion University in Israel and Charité-University Medicine in Germany reports in the current issue of the journal Annals of Neurology that a commonly used hypertension drug prevents a majority of cases of post-traumatic epilepsy in a rodent model of the disease. If independent experiments now underway in rats confirm this finding, human clinical trials could start within a few years.

“This is the first-ever approach in which epilepsy development is stopped, as opposed to common drugs that try to prevent seizures once epilepsy develops,” said coauthor Daniela Kaufer, UC Berkeley associate professor of integrative biology and a member of the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute. “Those drugs have a very limited success and many side effects, so we are excited about the new approach.”

The team, led by Kaufer; neurosurgeon Alon Friedman, associate professor of physiology and neurobiology at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev; and Uwe Heinemann of the Charite, provides the first explanation for how brain injury caused by a blow to the head, stroke or infection leads to epilepsy. Based on 10 years of collaborative research, their findings point a finger at the blood-brain barrier – the tight wall of cells lining the veins and arteries in the brain that is breached after trauma.

“This study for the first time offers a new mechanism and an existing, FDA-approved drug to potentially prevent epilepsy in patients after brain injuries or after they develop an abnormal blood-brain barrier,” Friedman said.

The drug, losartan (Cozaar®), prevented seizures in 60 percent of the rats tested, when normally 100 percent of the rats develop seizures after injury. In the 40 percent of rats that did develop seizures, they averaged about one quarter the number of seizures typical for untreated rats. Another experiment showed that administration of losartan for three weeks at the time of injury was enough to prevent most cases of epilepsy in normal lab rats in the following months.

“This is a very exciting result, telling us that the drug worked to prevent the development of epilepsy and not by suppressing the symptoms,” Kaufer said.

Breakdown of the blood-brain barrier

Kaufer and Friedman have been collaboratively investigating the effects of trauma on the brain since Kaufer was a graduate student in Israel 20 years ago. Throughout a postdoctoral position at Stanford University and after joining the UC Berkeley faculty in 2005, she maintained her interest in the blood-brain barrier, which normally protects the brain from potentially damaging chemicals or bacteria in the blood and prevents brain chemicals from leaking into the blood stream.

She and Friedman showed earlier that breaking down the barrier causes inflammation and leads to the development of epilepsy. They pinned the effect to a single protein called albumin, the most common protein in blood serum.

In 2009, they showed that albumin affects astrocytes, the brain’s support cells, by binding to the TGF-β (transforming growth factor-beta) receptor. This initiates a cascade of steps that lead to localized inflammation, which appears to permanently damage the brain’s wiring, leading to the electrical misfiring characteristic of epilepsy. The current paper conclusively demonstrates that blocking the TGF-beta receptor with losartan stops that cascade and prevents the disorder.

Drug’s side effect proves crucial

Coauthor Guy Bar-Klein, a doctoral student at Ben-Gurion University, searched a long list of drugs before discovering losartan, which is approved to treat high blood pressure because it blocks the angiotensin receptor 1, but which incidentally also blocks TGF-β. It worked in the rats when delivered in their drinking water, which means that it somehow gets into the brain through the blood-brain barrier. The experiments suggest that the drug is unable to cross an intact blood-brain barrier, but reaches the brain through a breached barrier when it is most needed, Kaufer said.

Friedman developed a protocol to use MRI to check whether the blood brain barrier has been breached, allowing doctors to give losartan as a preventive treatment, if necessary, after trauma. Kaufer said that the barrier may remain open for only a few weeks after injury, so the drug would not have to be given very long to prevent damage.

“Right now, if someone comes to the emergency room with traumatic brain injury, they have a 10 to 50 percent chance of developing epilepsy, and epilepsy from brain injuries tends to be unresponsive to drugs in many patients.” she said. “I’m very hopeful that our research can spare these patients the added trauma of epilepsy.”

Posted 6 hours ago

NASA Completes LADEE Mission with Planned Impact on Moon's Surface



NASA - Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) patch.

April 18, 2014

Ground controllers at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., have confirmed that NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft impacted the surface…
Posted 6 hours ago


"The problem isn’t that the rich spend too much of what they earn. It’s actually, paradoxically, that they spend too little. They’re not generating enough economic activity.

Somebody earning $10 million a year doesn’t spend $10 million. They save it. And those savings go…

Posted 6 hours ago

Poe’s Law: That moment when a Fox Business commentator sounds just like a Disney villain.

This is precisely the Conservative attitude on the Poor, Disadvantaged and Disenfranchised. If it were that simple, and that easy, then we would all be Kochs. This attitude is venal, vile and misanthropic.

(Source: azurish)

Posted 15 hours ago
Good night, Everybody! Have a great evening with many happy dreams. :3 &lt;3
Nighty, night.

Good night, Everybody! Have a great evening with many happy dreams. :3 <3

Nighty, night.

Posted 16 hours ago


"Dude! They fell all the way down! Shall we call an ambulance?"

"Nnnnn… yes."