J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 08-27-2018

Interview with “Compassionate Capitalist” Dr. Charlotte di Vita MBE

Actual engagement was a weakness as people tended to ignore the passionate subculture with a rigid gospel prohibiting use of any and all animal products. The vegan movement’s brain finally outgrew its heart, and in less than two decades the pragmatic vein of the movement has morphed into one of the biggest disruptors of the American food system. Instead of throwing red paint at the fashion industry, picketing outside McDonald’s, and creating spectacles in the street, the small group devoted their energies to behind-the-scenes farm animal welfare policy, pressuring companies to improve housing conditions for pigs and hens while also drafting legislation and ballot measures to get the issues in front of voters. Friedrich leads The Good Food Institute, a lobbying shop in DC that represents the interests of meat-alternative food products; Shapiro helped mastermind a cage-free ballot initiative in Massachusetts that will reshape how food animals are produced across the country; Prescott has made inroads into major investment banks; Meier leads undercover investigation efforts to expose the poor living conditions of many farm animals; and Tetrick, who as a college student would travel from West Virginia to DC to hang out with the pragmatists, was a founder of Hampton Creek, the well-known eggless condiments company. By picking on farm animal production techniques that appeal to consumer emotions, the group forced companies with so-called factory farms into the difficult position of defending practices that can seem draconian. 

That measure prohibits the in-state sale of eggs, veal, or pork from farms that confined their animals in spaces that prevented them from lying down, standing up, extending their limbs, or turning around. There aren’t many egg farms in Massachusetts, but if egg farmers in Iowa want to sell their goods to the 6.7 million people living in the northeastern state, they’ll have to re-outfit how they house and manage their flocks. Voters who empathize with farm animals were much more likely to buy into Shapiro’s measure. If sales data show consumers care about animal welfare, Matthew Prescott can use-and has used-it to convince investment banks to pressure companies, such as McDonald’s, to change their practices. Companies such as Perfect Day, Beyond Meat, and Hampton Creek are developing meat and dairy products marketed as better for the environment and the animals. 

From the absolutist point-of-view, the pragmatists diminished the importance of fighting for animal lives by concentrating their energies on farm animal welfare. A commitment to reducing animal suffering, argues Gary Francione, a Rutgers University law professor, was an abdication of the bigger mission of freeing animals altogether. 

Keywords: [“animal”,”farm”,”movement”]
Source: https://qz.com/829956


Political analysts frequently consider what it means to be a libertarian. Almost no one ever discusses what it feels like to be a libertarian. It feels bad. Being a libertarian means living with an almost unendurable level of frustration. Imagine spending two decades warning that government policy is leading to a major economic collapse, and then, when the collapse comes, watching the world conclude that markets do not work. 

Imagine continually explaining that markets function because they have a built in corrective mechanism; that periodic contractions are necessary to weed out unproductive ventures; that continually loosening credit to avoid such corrections just puts off the day of reckoning and inevitably leads to a larger recession; that this is precisely what the government did during the 1920’s that led to the great depression; and then, when the recession hits, seeing it offered as proof of the failure of laissez-faire capitalism. I remember attending a lecture at Georgetown in the mid-1990s given by a member of the libertarian Cato Institute in which he predicted that, unless changed, government policy would trigger an economic crisis by 2006. Libertarians spend their lives accurately predicting the future effects of government policy. Their predictions are accurate because they are derived from Hayek’s insights into the limitations of human knowledge, from the recognition that the people who comprise the government respond to incentives just like anyone else and are not magically transformed to selfless agents of the good merely by accepting government employment, from the awareness that for government to provide a benefit to some, it must first take it from others, and from the knowledge that politicians cannot repeal the laws of economics. For the same reason, their predictions are usually negative and utterly inconsistent with the utopian wishful-thinking that lies at the heart of virtually all contemporary political advocacy. 

For the sin of continually pointing out that the emperor has no clothes, libertarians are attacked as heartless bastards devoid of compassion for the less fortunate, despicable flacks for the rich or for business interests, unthinking dogmatists who place blind faith in the free market, or, at best, members of the lunatic fringe. If you add to that curse that she would be ridiculed, derided, and shunned for making her predictions, you have a pretty fair approximation of what it feels like to be a libertarian. Trust me, it won’t feel any better five or ten years from now when everything you have just said has been proven true and Obama, like FDR, is nonetheless revered as the savior of the country. 

Keywords: [“libertarian”,”government”,”feel”]
Source: http://faculty.msb.edu/hasnasj/GTWebSite/FeelsLike.htm

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 08-15-2018

Don’t be so hard on yourself! Study on first-year student stress

Researchers from the faculty of education’s school of kinesiology found students who reported higher levels of self-compassion felt more energetic, alive and optimistic during their first semester of university. When the students’ sense of self-compassion levels rose, so too did their engagement and motivation with life. The study was part of Gunnell’s PhD work at UBC. Self-compassion interventions can involve exercises to avoid negative self-judgment or feelings of inadequacy. One example involves writing self-compassionately about a negative experience. 

Self-compassion emphasizes self-kindness, which means to not be overly critical of oneself; common humanity, which means to recognize failure is universal; and mindfulness, which means being present and calm in the moment. Crocker said his research group has previously shown that self-compassion interventions lower self-criticism and negative ruminations in high performance female athletes. The researchers said their findings highlight the potential for colleges and universities to enhance self-compassion for first-year students through the development of workshops or campaigns. Explore further: Self-compassion helps to cope with symptoms of menopause. More information: Katie E. 

Gunnell et al, Don’t be so hard on yourself! Changes in self-compassion during the first year of university are associated with changes in well-being, Personality and Individual Differences. 

Keywords: [“self-compassion”,”research”,”university”]
Source: https://phys.org/news/2017-01-dont-hard-first-year-student-stress.html

7 Reasons Why You’ll Never Do Anything Amazing With Your Life

Because you did what everyone else did; you studied what they studied and read what they read. Because you learned what you had to learn in order to pass their tests and you think that makes you smart. Because you think learning is only something people do in schools. Because while you were away at college, I was studying life; because instead of learning about the world in a classroom I went out and learned it by living. Because smart is not what you learn, it’s how you live. 4 :: Because You Don’t Read. 

Because you read the things you are required to read or nothing at all. Because you are probably not reading this article even though you know you should. Because the people that are reading this already know these things. Because while you’re busy playing Candy Crush, or Megalopolis, I am reading about string theory and quantum mechanics. Because you don’t understand the power of properly placed questioning in life, respectful disagreements and standing up for what you know to be right in the face of someone telling you otherwise. 

Because you refuse to admit that you don’t even know the things you don’t know. Because even if I told you everything could be different tomorrow you would wait until then to begin doing anything about it. Finally able to understand your lack of understanding, and then you would see; then you would know that the only thing holding you back from doing something truly amazing, is you. 

Keywords: [“read”,”know”,”learn”]
Source: https://raymmar.com/7-reasons-youll-never-do-anything-amazing-life

How we care for Googlers

Your family matters to you, so they’re important to us, too. Many of our benefit programs and onsite amenities are aimed at supporting you and your loved ones through life’s various stages-we offer generous parental leave policies, retirement savings plans, death benefits, and much more. In some of our offices, you can even bring your canine family members to work! All Googlers have access to excellent healthcare choices. In some locations, we also offer onsite wellness and healthcare services, including physicians, chiropractic, physical therapy, and massage services. 

Many of our offices are equipped with on-site fitness centers and classes to save you time and keep you fit. Our wide assortment of on campus cafes and micro kitchens provide nutritious meals and snacks to keep you healthfully energized throughout the day. We match Googlers’ charitable donations and add donations for hours Googlers work as volunteers. We all need time away from work to recharge, travel, take care of personal stuff, or spend time with family and friends. From our highly-rated retirement savings matches to financial advisors and planning services, we offer many resources to help keep you financially fit. 

That’s why we offer extensive opportunities for personal and professional development. Whether it’s onsite coding or cooking classes, degree programs, or the guitar lessons you’ve been meaning to take, we’ll support you in doing what you love. 

Keywords: [“offer”,”Googlers”,”onsite”]
Source: https://careers.google.com/how-we-care-for-googlers

Animal or Human Compassion

America is a rich nation with seemingly limitless compassion, partially evidenced by our $5 trillion failed effort to eliminate poverty and dependence. After 30 years of failure, we might start asking some questions about the nature of our compassion toward the poor. Compassion toward animals includes making sure the animal has adequate food and water, medical attention when needed, suitable shelter and a toy or two for entertainment. That compassion must be extended to the animal’s offspring. Animal compassion bears none of the hardships and complexities of human compassion. 

Behavior that’s compassionate toward humans may qualify as cruelty to animals. If you were to supply a human with a week’s supply of food, and he ate it in a day, letting him do without for the remainder of the week would be a good lesson as well as just desserts for his lack of foresight. Expecting an animal to defer gratification, plan for the future, and bear the burden of unwise decisions is cruelty. Today’s welfare debate should focus on our pretense of human compassion. Human compassion towards the poor cannot be engineered in Washington; it’s even doubtful at the state level. 

After all forcing people to bear the burden of unwise decisions is part of the lesson not to make unwise decisions. The most important component of human compassion is forcing, demanding and helping people to learn they can be better than animals. 

Keywords: [“compassion”,”animal”,”human”]
Source: http://capitalismmagazine.com/1996/02/animal-or-human-compassion

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 08-12-2018

The Basics of Trickle-down Economics

­Now that we have an idea of how the idea came about, let’s try to put all the pieces together to understand trickle-down economics as a whole. Tax breaks improve tax revenues, and according to Laffer’s curve, they also boost production. Giving tax breaks to the wealthy stands as a policy meant to improve the overall health of the economy. Opponents of this economic theory tend to believe that politicians who support it are in the pockets of wealthy businessmen. They often summarize trickle-down economics to something resembling Will Rogers’ definition: The policy of giving breaks to the rich first and hoping the benefits will eventually make their way to the working classes. 

Proponents of trickle-down economics object to this evaluation, calling it not just an oversimplification but a misinterpretation of what they hypothesize will happen. Thomas Sowell, an ardent supporter of trickle-down theory, argues that the popular definition gets it backward. Instead of benefiting the wealthy first, the policy actually benefits the working class first. This may sound impossible – after all, it’s the wealthy who get the tax breaks, not the poor. These wealthy investors must pay workers, thus creating jobs, before they can expect to see any profits. 

It’s the workers who receive the most immediate relief. ­While it might­ be true that some wealthy members of society seek tax breaks for self-serving purposes and might even bribe politicians into voting for these policies, trickle-down economists would consider this irrelevant to the question of whether the theory works for everyone. 

Keywords: [“wealthy”,”trickle-down”,”work”]
Source: https://money.howstuffworks.com/trickle-down-economics3.htm

An Overview of Major Frameworks

Much of what we know about societies, relationships, and social behavior has emerged thanks to various sociology theories. Some theories have fallen out of favor, while others remain widely accepted, but all have contributed tremendously to our understanding of society, relationships, and social behavior. Updated by Nicki Lisa Cole, Ph.D. The symbolic interaction perspective, also called symbolic interactionism, is a major framework of ​sociology theory. Feminist theory is one of the major contemporary sociological theories, which analyzes the status of women and men in society with the purpose of using that knowledge to better women’s lives. 

Critical Theory is a type of theory that aims to critique society, social structures, and systems of power, and to foster egalitarian social change. Social learning theory is a theory that attempts to explain socialization and its effect on the development of the self. Game theory is a theory of social interaction, which attempts to explain the interaction people have with one another. As the name of the theory suggests, game theory sees human interaction as just that: a game. Sociobiology is the application of evolutionary theory to social behavior. 

Social exchange theory interprets society as a series of interactions that are based on estimates of rewards and punishments. Chaos theory is a field of study in mathematics it has applications in several disciplines, including sociology and other social sciences. In the social sciences, chaos theory is the study of complex nonlinear systems of social complexity. 

Keywords: [“theory”,”social”,”society”]
Source: https://www.thoughtco.com/sociology-research-and-statistics-s2-3026650

Politically Incorrect: War, slaughter, and patriarchy should have ended in the cradle.

Before the Armory came into being, I was publishing Notes on my Facebook profile which I called political grenades, weapons to be wielded in the war for animal rights. In addition to regular articles, the Armory has begun publishing Politically Incorrect, an ongoing, daily stream of grenades that I hope will be shared extensively. Most will be provocative, all will be irreverent, many seditious, and each will be designed to hit people upside the head. The purpose of the Armory is to challenge people to think, to question what they believe, to weigh what they value. Its mission is to radicalize the animal movement and to advocate for socialist revolution. 

If you are a comrade you owe it to the animals to share the Armory far and wide. I am unaware of any other blog with the Armory’s mission of radicalizing the animal movement. If you know of other blogs dedicated to animal rights and the defeat of capitalism, please comment with a link. Be sure to follow the Armory and share it with your Facebook friends and email contacts, as well as on Twitter, Google, and all other social media platforms. Natasha Sainsbury, of Good Karma Graphic Design, has joined Armory of the Revolution as Editor, and is responsible for the transformation of the blog’s appearance. 

If you are not already subscribed to the Armory, please do so before you leave. Be sure to visit Armory of the Revolution’s new commissary and bookstore: The Supply Depot. You will find recommended reading on Animal Rights, revolutionary theory, politics, economics, religion, science, and atheism. 

Keywords: [“Armory”,”animal”,”right”]
Source: https://armoryoftherevolution.wordpress.com/2018/05/27/politically…

The Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary

Franklin didn’t patent any of his inventions or scientific discoveries, since he believed that everyone should be able to freely benefit from scientific progress. Despite his later fame as a scientist and diplomat, Franklin actually thought of himself first and foremost as a printer, all the way up to the end of his life. Printing is an industry with high capitalization costs, so Franklin needed support to get set up on his own. In his autobiography, Franklin noted that he often worked past 11pm to get a job done, and that if necessary, he would stay overnight to redo it. At the age of thirty, by which time his Pennsylvania Gazette was the most widely read newspaper in the colonies, Franklin campaigned to be made clerk of the Pennsylvania Assembly. 

Franklin took risks, but only very calculated risks. Franklin published all these types of material, but when his calculations convinced him that his investment in more daring ventures would be returned, he was prepared to take the risk. Franklin came up with solutions that turned potential problems into silver linings. Rather than risk one of his journeymen finding the backing to become a local competitor, Franklin came up with a basic franchising idea. Having tackled supply, Franklin moved on to distribution, spending years lobbying for the top post office job in the colonies. 

Franklin came up with America’s first political cartoon, and printed Pamela, the first novel published in the colonies. Franklin identified unmet demands, created an awareness of them, and then often stepped forward to fill them. 

Keywords: [“Franklin”,”print”,”way”]
Source: http://www.benfranklin300.org/etc_article_entrepreneur.htm

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 07-28-2018

The vegan movement split, and now the disruptor has the meat industry on high alert

The American vegan movement was always its own worst enemy. The vegan movement’s brain finally outgrew its heart, and in less than two decades the pragmatic vein of the movement has morphed into one of the biggest disruptors of the American food system. Friedrich leads The Good Food Institute, a lobbying shop in DC that represents the interests of meat-alternative food products; Shapiro helped mastermind a cage-free ballot initiative in Massachusetts that will reshape how food animals are produced across the country; Prescott has made inroads into major investment banks; Meier leads undercover investigation efforts to expose the poor living conditions of many farm animals; and Tetrick, who as a college student would travel from West Virginia to DC to hang out with the pragmatists, was a founder of Hampton Creek, the well-known eggless condiments company. By picking on farm animal production techniques that appeal to consumer emotions, the group forced companies with so-called factory farms into the difficult position of defending practices that can seem draconian. Voters who empathize with farm animals were much more likely to buy into Shapiro’s measure. 

If sales data show consumers care about animal welfare, Matthew Prescott can use-and has used-it to convince investment banks to pressure companies, such as McDonald’s, to change their practices. Companies such as Perfect Day, Beyond Meat, and Hampton Creek are developing meat and dairy products marketed as better for the environment and the animals. Despite the broad reach and proven efficacy of the vegan pragmatism, not everyone in the larger vegan movement is impressed. The 2001 split in the vegan movement was painful, leaving behind feelings of resentment that never healed. From the absolutist point-of-view, the pragmatists diminished the importance of fighting for animal lives by concentrating their energies on farm animal welfare. 

A commitment to reducing animal suffering, argues Gary Francione, a Rutgers University law professor, was an abdication of the bigger mission of freeing animals altogether. The absolutist tactics estrange the vegan movement from mainstream culture, the pragmatists argue. 

Keywords: [“animal”,”farm”,”movement”]
Source: https://qz.com/829956/how-the-vegan-movement-broke-out-of-its-echo…


Its primary mission is to emphasise the similarity and compatibility of the Buddhist teachings with those of Classical Marxism, and to assert that both systems of thought are motivated by compassion for the suffering of humanity, and emphasises a radical method of escape from that suffering. Buddhism and Marxism share a common philosophical grounding that is dynamic, ingenious, and transformative. Buddhism and Marxism arrive at exactly the same conclusions, but through diverse and yet complimentary pathways. The ancient Indian spiritual seeker Sakyamuni Buddha, and the modern German academic Karl Marx, were not only outstanding intellectuals of their day, but the powerful influence of their respective systems of thought has continued to influence world thinking into the post-modern period of human development. The BMA exists to provide free education about Buddhist and Marxist thought, and encourages and supports any individual or group who is endeavouring to better their understanding through the development of the mind. 

As a result of these changes in Asia, the Buddhist Sangha has led the way in making clear the fundamental compatibility of the Dharma with Marxist thought, and in so doing has made Communist education freely available to ordinary people. Through the Buddhist Sangha embracing Marxist-Leninism, Buddhism has become an important element in maintaining the stability of the Communist State. The BMA is of the opinion that many facets of Buddhism in the West have been corrupted and hijacked by the bourgeoisie, and used in its habit of continuously justifying predatory capitalism. The BMA firmly rejects this ‘pseudo-Buddhism’ and advises all the genuine seekers interested in the study of Buddhism, to find authentic teachers and reliable sources of information. Do not bring emotional or intellectual immaturity into this thought community. 

The bourgeois system claims to extol ‘freedom of thought’ – so exercise it. By all means, have your own thoughts and live your own life – but do not ‘infect’ this sacred psycho-physical space with bourgeois delusion, fetishism, and excess. 

Keywords: [“thought”,”Buddhist”,”BMA”]
Source: https://buddhistsocialism.weebly.com

The Real Reason for the Growing Gap Between Rich and Poor

The tasks most people used to do can now be done more cheaply by lower-paid workers abroad or by computer-driven machines. As a result, Americans pay more for broadband Internet, food, airline tickets and banking services than the citizens of any other advanced nation. Bankruptcy laws have been loosened for large corporations-airlines, automobile manufacturers, even casino magnates like Donald Trump-allowing them to leave workers and communities stranded. The largest banks and auto manufacturers were bailed out in 2008, shifting the risks of economic failure onto the backs of average working people and taxpayers. Today, nearly one out of every three working Americans is in a part-time job. 

The portion of workers with any pension connected to their job has fallen from just over half in 1979 to under 35 percent today. Fifty years ago, when General Motors was the largest employer in America, the typical GM worker, backed by a strong union, earned $35 an hour in today’s dollars. Now America’s largest employer is Wal-Mart, and the typical entry-level Wal-Mart worker, without a union, earns about $9 an hour. The underlying problem is not just globalization and technological changes that have made most American workers less competitive. The more basic problem is that the market itself has become tilted ever more in the direction of moneyed interests that have exerted disproportionate influence over it, while average workers have steadily lost bargaining power-both economic and political-to receive as large a portion of the economy’s gains as they commanded in the first three decades after World War II. 

Reversing the scourge of widening inequality requires reversing the upward pre-distributions within the rules of the market, and giving average people the bargaining power they need to get a larger share of the gains from growth. It will be between a majority of Americans who have been losing ground, and an economic elite that refuses to recognize or respond to its growing distress. He has written 13 books, including the best-sellers Aftershock and The Work of Nations. 

Keywords: [“Work”,”American”,”more”]
Source: http://www.newsweek.com/real-reason-growing-gap-between-rich-and-poor-377662

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 05-11-2018

Compassionate Capitalism – by Sanjiv Mehta at the #India2022Exchange

The Ethics of Health Care Reform: Issues in Emergency

This paper describes the basic provisions of the PPACA of 2010 and addresses important ethical issues of health care reform, including the moral foundations of reform, the American College of Emergency Physicians Code of Ethics as a guiding document, and health care reform’s likely effects on cost containment, public health, access to care, ED crowding, and end of life issues. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a federal statute signed into law along with its amendment, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, by President Obama in March 2010.[i] It is designed to take effect in stages over the next 8 years and includes reforms such as prohibiting insurers from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions, expanding Medicaid eligibility, subsidizing insurance premiums, and providing incentives for businesses to provide health care benefits. To understand the moral dimensions of the health care reform debate, it is useful to begin by examining the fundamental goals of our health care system. Evaluation of health care reform practices according to this Code of Ethics will provide guidance to ensure the ethical delivery of emergency medical care. An accountable care organization is defined in the PPACA as an organization of health care providers that agrees to be accountable for the quality, cost, and overall care of Medicare patients for whom they provide the bulk of primary care services. 

Xvi] ACOs have been suggested as a strategy to deliver integrated health care by promoting evidence-based medicine, reporting data about quality and cost of care, and coordinating health care. Finding the balance between provision of value in health care and cost containment remains a fundamental ethical challenge for health care reform. ACEP’s policy on Medical Screening of Emergency Department Patients states that ACEP strongly opposes deferral of care for patients presenting to the ED. Furthermore, ACEP believes that deferring care for patients presenting to the ED reflects a void in the health care system. Further bolstering an expanded scope of care argument is the fact that racial and ethnic disparities may be increased by expanded health insurance coverage by the PPACA. 

Those who have difficulties in obtaining PCP care are often from disadvantaged backgrounds, and in Massachusetts health reform did exacerbate this health care disparity. This reform will invest in community health centers and pay for primary care, to give patients options to receive non-urgent care and follow-up care in settings more appropriate than the ED. Unfortunately, PPACA does not address the underlying issues that influence ED crowding. Lxx] Health care reform provisions, including the possible future adoption by law or regulation of funding for advance care planning consultations, demonstrating the value of expert symptom management in parallel with standard therapies and improving pain management, would enhance ethical care by promoting patient autonomy and well-being, avoiding harm, and matching resources with patients’ goals for medical therapy. Ethical issues of health care reform include moral foundations, cost containment, public health, access to care, ED crowding, and end-of-life issues. 

Keywords: [“care”,”Health”,”Patient”]
Source: https://www.acep.org/Content.aspx?id=80871

The American Conservative

A few years ago I began a book about cruelty to animals and about factory farming in particular, problems that had been in the back of my mind for a long while. Industrial livestock farming is among a whole range of animal-welfare concerns that extends from canned trophy-hunting to whaling to product testing on animals to all sorts of more obscure enterprises like the exotic-animal trade and the factory farming of bears in China for bile believed to hold medicinal and aphrodisiac powers. Surveying the various uses to which animals are put, some might be defensible, others abusive and unwarranted, and it’s the job of any conservative who attends to the subject to figure out which are which. A certain moral relativism runs through the arguments of those hostile or indifferent to animal welfare-as if animals can be of value only for our sake, as utility or preference decrees. If one animal’s pain-say, that of one’s pet-is real and deserving of sympathy, then the pain of essentially identical animals is also meaningful, no matter what conventional distinctions we have made to narrow the scope of our sympathy. 

Often applying felony-level penalties to protect certain domestic animals, these state and federal statutes declare that even though your animal may elsewhere in the law be defined as your property, there are certain things you may not do to that creature, and if you are found harming or neglecting the animal, you will answer for your conduct in a court of justice. Our pets are accorded certain protections from cruelty, while the nameless creatures in our factory farms are hardly treated like animals at all. If conservatives do nothing else about any other animal issue, we should attend at least to the factory farms, where the suffering is immense and we are all asked to be complicit. If we are going to have our meats and other animal products, there are natural costs to obtaining them, defined by the duties of animal husbandry and of veterinary ethics. Factory farming came about when resourceful men figured out ways of getting around those natural costs, applying new technologies to raise animals in conditions that would otherwise kill them by deprivation and disease. 

Actually, all of factory farming proceeds by a massive denial of reality-the reality that pigs and other animals are not just production units to be endlessly exploited but living creatures with natures and needs. Factory farming is a predatory enterprise, absorbing profit and externalizing costs, unnaturally propped up by political influence and government subsidies much as factory-farmed animals are unnaturally sustained by hormones and antibiotics. 

Keywords: [“animal”,”farm”,”factory”]
Source: http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/fear-factories

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 03-30-2018

Life Over Profits And Compassion Over Capitalism

Being vegan means you are a non-combatant in the war for Animal Rights. You aren’t doing the animals any harm, but you aren’t helping, either. If you want to help animals you need to something more than just not having them killed to order. If you aren’t vegan, you are working for the enemies of animals. If you wish to join us on the side of animals, you need to first recognize what this war is about, who are our enemies, and who are our allies. Greed is the biggest factor in animal cruelty and animal exploitation. It creates demand for animal products, drives consumption of animal flesh, makes animal cruelty profitable, and bribes governments to pass laws favorable to continued animal exploitation. If capitalism is the engine of animal cruelty, religion is the fuel. The Abrahamic religions all rely on the barbaric Old Testament teachings of human dominion over animals. To end the Animal Holocaust we must bring down the governments which allow the horrors and debunk the ridiculous religions which justify those horrors. We will not likely win Animal Rights in our lifetimes, or even in our grandchildren’s lifetimes. If Animal Rights are to be won at all, they must come under a society which values life over profits and compassion over capitalism.

Keywords: [“Animal”,”cruelty”,”religion”]
Source: https://armoryoftherevolution.wordpress.com/2014/05/31/life-over…

Capitalism VS Human Compassion

Capitalism can survive as long as there is no greed. Almost daily we read about some bank, investment broker or some con-artist scamming people out of millions of dollars. We expect banks to raise fees, we expect to lose money in our 401k, we expect to pay high interest rates on credit cards,,,,. The companies were more interested in protecting their money, then the health and safety of the employees. Look at all of the people that were conned into signing flexible mortgage rates. Get the people to sign the flexible mortgage, then hike the rates up so high the family can not pay, the bank gets the home, rinse, repeat,,,,. I think capitalism can work, but not while unbridled greed is involved. The US government established free trade with China, now we get to reap higher taxes to pay for more people on welfare. Companies looking for low wage workers sends our jobs overseas, the US economy slowly goes into a recession. I feel there is a line in the sand that capitalism should not cross. Company ABC makes widgets; highest paid employee makes $30 million a year, the lowest paid sub-contractor of a sub-contractor should make $1 million a year, give or take a few bucks. Post your comments in this forum thread about Human Compassion VS Capitalism.

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”people”,”company”]
Source: https://www.survivalboards.com/…/capitalism-vs-human-compassion

This is Compassionate Calvinism – I Am Aaron Shafovaloff

Every man has built for himself a house of mind, and holds dear the belongings which he possesses within. The foundation beneath his house-where his beloved affections, worship, treasures of joy, and sources of value and acceptance are-sustains all that which he loves in the framework of his thinking. The house is built in glory to his master, either Satan, or the God of Jacob. To the glory of God, Christians characteristically live and think. For some, this means drinking wine in thanksgiving for God’s blessings. For some, this means exercising compassion on the poor by means of supporting socialism. For others, the working of God in a person to will and to act according to His purpose. To question God’s sovereignty over our wills is rebellion. To stubbornly refuse to believe God’s word when He so explicitly describes His determining, defining, irresistible will is downright sin. To zero-in on the crux of what it means to be godly: worshipping God and loving your neighbor. This is compassionate Calvinism: not to obliterate a man’s house of mind and leave it unsupported, but rather to gently, gradually, lovingly supply a better foundation. It is to inspire acts of unseen love and obedience and prayer, all to the glory of God.

Keywords: [“God”,”house”,”means”]
Source: https://aaronshaf.wordpress.com/…/09/this-is-compassionate-calvinism

To Go from “Good to Great,” Be Endearing

The term firm of endearment is a metaphor for businesses that follow the model of stakeholder relationship management, in which employees, customers, suppliers and the community-in addition to shareholders-are regarded as true stakeholders in a business. To support companies in becoming conscious businesses Sisodia partnered with the consulting firm Axialent, which serves as the training arm of the firms of endearment process. Starting with a culture assessment, Axialent helps companies understand where they stand against each of the four pillars of conscious capitalism. From this, Axialent identifies the ‘gap’ between a company’s current state and full potential, and then supports this growth through leadership training, cultural shift and system creation. In the simplest form, the organization tackles complex business challenges by focusing on human issues. When we sync business to personal values, we find our objectives to be shared and well meaning: compassion for one another, generosity toward others, stewardship of our backyards, integrity and respect. Acting from these values, a company produces positive social change of a kind that far surpasses CSR or Secretary’s Day.

Keywords: [“company”,”firm”,”endearment”]
Source: http://causecapitalism.com/firms-of-endearment

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 02-01-2018

Jobo Pooks: Capitalism isn’t a dirty word

Given the current climate in the UK regarding the corrupt establishment that operates under the name of capitalism, we have an ever increasing faction that sit on the hard left and push the ideology of a non-capitalist country and world. In the non-capitalist society that the radical left seek, we would all work cooperatively and all have the same, no matter how hard we worked or how much skill we offered up to that cooperative. In effect, communism – what else would it be? What would make one work hard in that kind of set-up? Why would one go the extra mile or take risks over and above anyone else for the same reward? It would soon end up a stagnant pond with nothing growing in it – a nation of bored robots with no drive to do better or improve. There is joy in challenge as we overcome obstacles and receive the rewards that we are entitled to for those struggles, but if we gather up that which we worked harder than others for, we are corrupt in not sharing the excess amongst those who do not share our ability to enter into the challenges through reasons of a natural inequality. This corruption is what gives capitalism a bad name because many people don’t see that the corruption and the greed and hoarding is not because of the capitalism itself, it’s through the abuse of it and it’s ultimately the abusers who are at fault. Capitalism is just another word for free enterprise. There are many good people in UK paying fair wages and giving good conditions to those they employ. Do you see how real capitalism – free enterprise, if used properly can enrich society? Socio-Capitalism could help to encourage drive and progress through reward, whilst also eliminating hunger, fear, war, suffering and feelings of inequality and inadequacy. In my nation, an independent republic run by and for the people that would embrace real capitalism, I would abolish the monarchy and strip it of it’s wealth – wealth attained via ancestral murder and theft. People are not stupid, as the current dictatorship seem to believe, and can make informed decisions. Sound like a utopia? It wouldn’t be and would take hard work and struggle to reach, but I believe it to be worth working and struggling for. The current mentality of the masses is one of selfish brainwashed apathetic self serving robots who can’t see that the Westminster system is and always has been corrupt and that voting is futile in a system where prime ministers are chosen by the elite machine – not elected by the people.

Keywords: [“people”,”work”,”hard”]
Source: http://realjobopooks.blogspot.com/2018/01/capitalism-isnt-dirty-word.html

Compassion for Farm Animals

Compassion for Farm Animals seeks to educate consumers about the cruelty that is both legal and commonplace in modern industrial agriculture. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, so-called factory farms – as distinct from the traditional small diversified family operations – directly or indirectly account for almost all of the animal products consumed each year. Social and technological change over the last century have created a Hobson’s Choice for farmers, forcing them to choose between the welfare of their animals and the welfare of their families. “Some of the things that make capitalism a good economic system – technology, specialization, low-cost production, and competition – are the very things that push farmers to adopt practices that oppress animals,” wrote Hope College professor Steven McMullen in the Journal of Animal Ethics. “In a competitive market, profit margins are extremely small, and so farmers either have to adopt the low-cost production methods or go out of business.” Given its systemic roots, the surest way to end the suffering of farm animals is to eliminate demand for those “Products” raised through inhumane technologies. “Their lives are filled with pain, confusion, and loneliness,” wrote Gene Baur, who co-founded the nation’s first sanctuary for farm animals. Saving farm animals from intense suffering is not an ideological issue. Mathew Scully, a speechwriter for President George W. Bush, called industrial farming “a serious moral problem, a truly rotten business for good reason passed over in polite conversation.” The conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer wrote that “Our great-grandchildren will find it difficult to believe that we actually raised, herded, and slaughtered [animals] on an industrial scale – for the eating.” And the former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart and wife Tracey recently turned a New Jersey farm into a sanctuary for rescued farm animals. Extending compassion to farm animals gives us the chance to be a part of something great, something historic, something far larger than ourselves. As the Greek historian Plutarch once wrote, “For the sake of a little flesh, we deprive the animals of the sun, of the light, of the duration of life to which they are entitled by birth and being.” Compassion for Farm Animals is about giving them back their sun, their light, and the quality of life that all creatures deserve.

Keywords: [“animal”,”Farm”,”wrote”]
Source: http://www.compassionforfarmanimals.org

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 01-30-2018

Capitalism Is Real

What Kind of Capitalism Should India Have?

In the face of growing inequality, we need not just compassionate and creative capitalism, but also one which recognises the ethical core of reciprocity. Though the term ‘compassionate capitalism’ has been a part of public discourse outside India for some years now, the current spotlight on it in India is largely due to N.R. Narayana Murthy, the co-founder of Infosys. Describing his philosophy of compassionate capitalism, Murthy said it was capitalism in mind and socialism at heart, a creed which looks at fairness and at ensuring that everyone is better off. According to him, if we have to make capitalism acceptable to a majority of Indians who are poor and to create jobs, “Every senior management person of an Indian corporation has to show self-restraint in his or her compensation and perquisites. He or she has to fight for maintaining a reasonable ratio between the lowest salary and the highest salary in a corporation in a poor country like India. The board has to create a climate of opinion for such a fairness by their actions.” Senior leaders should, he felt, consider taking cuts instead of laying off youngsters and encourage these employees to reskill so that companies can take advantage of new emerging opportunities. In FY16, at least 27 directors earned at least 100 times more than an average employee, whereas under a saner capitalism the ratio between highest compensation in the firm and the median salary should ideally be 50-60. Compassionate capitalism as a term became a part of public discourse globally largely after the economic crisis of 2008 and Thomas Piketty’s seminal publication, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, which highlighted the growing disparity between the haves and the have nots of this world, and movements like Occupy Wall Street. Picketty confirmed that though capitalism is central to the innovation and entrepreneurial risk-taking needed for economic growth, inequality does not naturally or automatically decline under capitalism and that capitalist growth leads to greater inequality because of the higher rate of return on capital compared with the low overall growth rate of the economy, or to put it another way, income from investments rises faster than wages. Several economists like William Easterly, professor of economics at New York University and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, have argued in favour of traditional capitalism because it helps the poor; others believe that insisting on greater equality will distract businesses from their primary goal of making profits. A laissez faire capitalism which embodies an ‘I am alright Jack, and the devil take the hindmost’ attitude will no longer do. Apart from communism, reform advocacy has ranged from welfare capitalism to Gandhi’s theories of decentralised production by small individual owner producers, along with trusteeship of the wealthy; corporate and individual philanthropy; mandatory corporate social responsibility contributions from companies, to variations of compassionate capitalism such as ‘inclusive capitalism’, the ‘humane capitalism’ of Muhammad Yunus and the ‘creative capitalism’ of Bill Gates. Gates’s creative capitalism would be one “Where governments, businesses and non-profits work together to stretch the reach of market forces so that more people can make a profit or gain recognition doing work that eases the world’s inequities”. Compassionate capitalism must also emphasise conscious reciprocity, a concept which implies that the giver gets as much as the receiver.

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”company”,”profit”]
Source: https://thewire.in/219054/capitalism-inequality-india

Beasts of Burden: Capitalism

In the paper edition, this article appears on page(s) 195-198.Beasts of Burden: Capitalism – Animals – CommunismReview. Beasts of Burden: Capitalism – Animals – CommunismPublished by Antagonism Press, c/o BM Makhno, London WC1N 3XX, UKPaperback / 32pp / Free / No ISBN. Whether you liked the music or not, the anarcho-punk scene was undoubtedly a major force in the radical politics and culture of the 1980s. While Beasts of Burden is mainly addressed to these people and seeks to repair the rift by making the communist case for animals – it is of more than just historical interest or as an exercise in movement marriage guidance counselling. BoB effectively demonstrates how “The animal industry was the starting motor of primitive accumulation” – primitive accumulation being the embryonic stage of capitalism around the world, the means by which control of the means of production is wrested from the ‘producer’ by trailblazing capitalists with hordes of livestock. Apparently Henry Ford admitted that “The idea for the automobile assembly line ‘came in a general way from the overhead trolley that the Chicago packers used in dressing beef.'” In this sense animals are a testing ground for cutting edge capitalism; topically, in relation to advances in biotechnology and the current furore over whether manipulative techniques already applied to animals should be applied to humanity. Having established that capitalism is rooted in animal abuse, BoB examines the extent to which modern-day capitalism still depends on such abuse – responding to those critics who maintain that since “Capital has no imperative to exploit animals… opposition to animal exploitation offers no threat to capitalism.” While “a consistently ‘cruelty free’ capitalism” is indeed extremely unlikely, this does not automatically mean that animals remain indispensible to the continued functioning of capitalism, and that without them the whole minging edifice would collapse. As BoB points out, “The basis of working class concern about animals is… empathy arising from a shared condition as beasts of burden”. PULLQUOTE] “The basis of working class concern about animals is… empathy arising from a shared condition as beasts of burden”. BoB talks of the rebels and revolutionaries throughout history “Who have fought for their own liberation and that of other human beings whilst also denouncing the abuse of animals.” It also quotes Do or Die No.5’s comment that “The fact that people are moved to confront the state by the suffering of animals at least gives us hope that… [they] are not completely alienated”. On a more positive note, BoB is right to say that the act of liberating animals from farms and laboratories “Directly confronts the logic of capital, abolishing their status as products, commodities and raw materials by reinstating them as living beings outside of the system of production and exchange.” By uncovering the torment that lies behind one category of product, and beginning to appreciate ways in which animal exploitation intersects with other underpinning interests, campaigners may then begin to revolt against ‘products’ more generally. Are animals incidental to the wider social insights to be gained from animal liberation? Unfortunately at the end of it I am left with the conclusion that animal liberation needs communism more than communism needs animal liberation.

Keywords: [“animal”,”BoB”,”Capitalism”]
Source: http://www.eco-action.org/dod/no9/beasts_review.htm