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Modern capitalism is squeezing people on wages and food prices, producing a populace overfed on cheap calories and undernourished, which in the U.S. case shunts them into healthcare to be privately managed, feeding the disproportionately expensive and corrupt healthcare system. …not to mention the gym memberships then paid for in a vain attempt to match the physiques pervasively marketed. Most are failing badly but perhaps succeed in feeling negatively about themselves. A constant state of anxiety and externally-induced striving in the general population is the capitalist ideal.

Equatorial Guinea Briefly Disappears Dissident

(First posted at Focal Points)

The U.S. Dog Wags the Israeli Tail

The conservative Israeli YNet News has a Attila Somfalvi op-ed reaffirming that the dog does indeed wag the tail, much as latent nationalists in the U.S. may wish to argue otherwise. Somfalvi writes:

Write to Khartoum on behalf of Rudwan Dawod

Please join me in participating in this Amnesty International Urgent Action by writing to the authorities in Khartoum to urge the release of Rudwan Dawod. He has been disappeared and may well be suffering torture at this moment. To take action and for further information, click here.

-smf

The Second Amendment and Closed Horizons

Bahrain: Tear Gas as Chemical Warfare

Links - November 4th

Below are some links of interest that came to my attention. I may try to post these sorts of general updates more frequently in the future. No promises, though.

Herero Skulls Back in Namibia From Germany

Last week, Germany returned some of the skulls in its posession for over 100 years from its genocide of the Herero people to what is now Namibia. Some 65,000 (to follow the UN; estimates vary wildly) were killed, 85 percent of the population in three years. The German government continues to reject the idea of reparations.

--smf

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