Thursday, November 26, 2015

The Real KXL Story

In the wake of the KXL suspension, fantasies about political power abound in liberal media, promoting false hope about the non-profit industrial complex, and serious delusions about grassroots political influence. The real KXL story is more complicated, in particular that the NGOs were all funded by Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers, and ‘bomb train’ mogul Warren Buffett, who profited handsomely from the KXL distraction while Tar Sands oil continued to flow, despite the much-hyped media charades by 350.

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Ups and Downs

MarketWatch correlates SF rent (1997-2015) with Bay Area venture capital deals.

Friday, November 06, 2015

The Ambience of Culture

Internally-displaced persons, a UN refugee category, is applied to victims of political violence. In the US, exempted from IDP consideration, refugees result from finance capital's political violence.

This displacement, that severs community ties, means these refugees are forcibly disconnected from American society. Dispossessed of the ability to participate in cultural creation, which mostly happens in high-rent urban areas, IDPs become invisible.

Massive displacement, now taking place in cosmopolitan cultural incubators like San Francisco and Vancouver, alters the ambience of culture itself.