J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 05-08-2018

The Good, the Bad and the Exaggerated in Michael Moore’s New Film, ‘Capitalism: A Love Story’

Michael Moore’s new movie, Capitalism: A Love Story, doesn’t pull any punches in its depiction of capitalism as the monster that is destroying America. Moore’s villains range from Wall Street bankers to Wal-Mart to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, while capitalism’s victims include those who are losing their jobs, their houses and, in some cases, their faith in a system that is supposed to reward hard work and playing by the rules. So Michael Moore scores some points there, although he was very selective in the way he did it. I don’t believe in the level of redistribution that Michael Moore would believe in – unconditional, not based on effort. At the same time, Michael Moore’s conclusion isn’t that we need to have more regulatory reform, especially to protect consumers, which is something I think we are in great need of – or that we simply need some more redistribution, which I also agree with if done smartly. 

Michael Moore was right that the mortgage area needs serious regulatory reform in order to make mortgages very transparent. A lot of people wanted something more than they could afford. So we have a lot lower prices than we had. It’s a lot cheaper to fly and there is a lot more competition. The problem is we have a lot of people who really enjoy flying. 

We all value art, but [because] a lot of people want to be artists, they don’t get paid [much]. No occupation pays well when a lot of people enjoy doing it – unless we simply tell some people that they can’t do what they love. In the mortgage field, a lot of people weren’t making well-informed decisions. 

Keywords: [“Moore”,”people”,”lot”]
Source: http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/the-good-the-bad-and-the…

Jeri Hogarth: Jessica Jones & Female Capitalist Success

I’ve loved Jessica Jones’ ruthless lawyer, Jeri Hogarth, since she debuted in the first season. I thought it was a brilliant switch to make the comics’ male Jeryn Hogarth into Jeri Hogarth, but still imbue her with all the callousness, drive, and selfish confidence that we associate with high-powered corporate lawyers. That’s because Jeri’s queerness is never the source of her evil; wealth is. Jeri is a powerful, driven career woman, but the things that make her so powerful-buying into the corporate game, shameless self-interest, and a confidence that being smart and rich gives you the right to control other people-are also the things that so often make her evil. As the second season opens, we find Jeri doing much of the same. 

Jeri is rude to the sex workers she hires; she ogles her yoga instructor. Jeri is, as she’s always been, a woman who likes a little indebtedness in her romantic partners, her associates, and her friends. Her growth here was getting back to being Jeri even in the face of something she couldn’t control-something that, in its power over her and in the way it leads to her humiliation, could have made her not feel like Jeri anymore. In all her many facets, Jeri captures my incredibly complicated feelings about women like this. With Jeri Hogarth, Netflix is exploring those contradictions of female corporate power. 

We see Jeri’s admirable tenacity, intelligence, and confidence in a world that tells her to shrink herself. Jeri is a powerful, successful queer woman in a world that makes it really, really hard to be such a thing and still be decent. 

Keywords: [“Jeri”,”power”,”she's”]
Source: https://www.themarysue.com/jeri-hogarth-jessica-jones-season-2

Why Intellectuals Hate Capitalism

Mackey, 62, continues to set the pace for what’s expected in organic and sustainably harvested food. Because of Whole Foods’ educated customer base and because Mackey is himself a vegan and a champion of collaboration between management and workers, it’s easy to mistake him for a progressive left-winger. A high-profile critic of the minimum wage, Obamacare, and the regulatory state, Mackey believes that free markets are the best way not only to raise living standards but to create meaning for individuals, communities, and society. Conscious Capitalism, the 2013 book he co-authored with Rajendra Sisodia, lays out a detailed vision for a post-industrial capitalism that addresses spiritual desire as much as physical need. Reason: You believe capitalism is not only the greatest wealth creator but helps poor people get rich. 

John Mackey: Intellectuals have always disdained commerce. You might say that capitalism was the first time that businesspeople caught a break. Mackey: It’s sort of where people stand in the social hierarchy. Mackey: I don’t know if it’s a psychological switch so much as that they weren’t necessarily grounded in the philosophy of capitalism. They’re attempting to not fall, so they try to rig the game, and we have crony capitalism. 

Mackey: The impetus behind so many of these types of regulations in the workplace is, in a sense, to shackle business again-to get it back under the control of the intellectuals. It’ll stifle the dynamic creative destruction of capitalism. 

Keywords: [“Mackey”,”capitalism”,”business”]
Source: https://reason.com/archives/2015/10/27/why-intellectuals-hate-capital

Antonio Gramsci

Brecht’s key debate was class equality, where the influence of Karl Marx, Louis Althusser and Antonio Gramsci’s theories were and still are evident in Brecht’s plays. The Threepenny Opera: The Ballad Opera and the Socio-political Criticism and Change Bertolt Brecht’s aggressive political idealism and determination in using art to pose challenging questions about the conflicts between society and morality generated intense controversy throughout his lifetime. Brecht offers alternatives in life rather than Gay’s mocking characters that just make the viewer laugh 19 PDF created with pdfFactory Pro trial version www. The problems stem from the fact that when Brecht wrote the play he was only beginning to explore Marxism and he did not yet identify with the class struggle. Brecht’s final goal is that he wants the audience to leave his play with a logical desire to change society. 

Brecht is trying to make people think about the play rather than feel emotions. Brecht’s use of songs does not represent any attempt aiming at intensifying or heightening the conflict of the play. The songs in Brecht’s plays deserve some discussion because they are as famous as the play itself. Brecht exposes his understanding of death penalty in the play. The story of the play is dramatized by Brecht from an old Chinese parable. 

Brecht’s attitude towards war is derived from Marxism. Brecht should have something rather than cause and effect to connect the separate parts of his play. 

Keywords: [“Brecht”,”play”,”war”]
Source: https://www.scribd.com/doc/82102711/Bertolt-Brecht

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 03-27-2018

Dry Not White Powder – Close-Up Culture

Often with great success as evidenced by stage play Enron and film The Big Short. The latest director to cast their beady eye over the dark side of capitalism is Sarah Burgess whose play Dry Powder has just opened at the Hampstead Theatre in North London. Financial terms litter the script although buyers of the play’s programme can get to grips with them beforehand if they turn to the useful ‘glossary of terms’. The play is built around a deal that KMM Capital Management, a Manhattan based private equity manager, is trying to complete. KMM director Seth has been working on the purchase assiduously, in the process assuring Landmark boss Jeff Schrader that all will be good once the deal has been done. Everyone seems happy bar Seth’s fellow director Jenny. Jenny, a ruthless driven piece of work, believes the best return on Landmark can be made by offshoring all production to Bangladesh, sacking all bar a handful of the Sacramento staff and selling its luggage into China. The only love affair Jenny has had is with algebra as a child – and her job. The only clue I will give is that this is not a play where the moral case for private equity is advanced. The play’s opening and closing are a little underwhelming – Jenny first discussing with Rick a speech she will be making to finance students at New York University – and then at the play’s death her delivering it. Maybe Atwell’s Jenny sets the ‘bastard’ bar too high. Occasionally, the play disappears up itself in financial jargon but the set is clever and it all has an energy that keeps you watching straight through for one hour and 45 minutes.

Keywords: [“play”,”Jenny”,”KMM”]
Source: https://closeupculture.com/2018/02/02/capitalism-at-its-most…

compassion – Septisphere

The problem with political beliefs is there’s not much you can do with them. If your government offends your sensibilities there’s little you can do except complain about it and perhaps try to convince others of your point of view. You can of course try to bring about political change but this is a very large undertaking, and it brings a whole set of problems and compromises. The great thing about personal ethics is they apply to everything you control, and nothing you don’t. My ethics apply to my own sovereign self; to my actions, my habits, my goals, my relationships and my interactions with others. It’s strange that my culture places a very high value on democracy, yet has not incorporated it into day-to-day morality. At a guess, this is because democracy only appeared for us roughly 200 years ago, but our traditions of personal morality are much older, and haven’t kept up with the changes. The person who is just doesn’t care about anyone’s feelings; she seeks the outcome that is fair to all involved. The democratic person cares less about the outcome than about the process; she tries to ensure that the outcome is determined by those who are most affected by it, and not simply by those who have the most power. A democratic person would never impose a solution on others, even if that solution was kind and just. She would influence others, not by force or intimidation or manipulation, but through persuasion, negotiation and compromise. Of course it wouldn’t make sense to be 100% democratic all the time, any more than it would make sense to always be 100% compassionate or 100% fair.

Keywords: [“person”,”Democracy”,”others”]
Source: https://septisphere.wordpress.com/tag/compassion

Contemplative Wicca

Due to social and infrastructure collapse brought about by war. Thanks to American economic and foreign policies, these people have had much taken away from them, even hope. I believe ISIS has more to do with economic injustice than religion; if those people did not have to suffer such deprivation, they would likely not need to turn to violence. I find it just that they are fighting back against the U.S., because we have authored much of their misery through our economic policies. Conservatives seem to prefer individual charity over just social policy. I suppose giving charity makes them feel good when they deign to provide it, but the problem is that individual charity is spotty at best, and so does not reach as far as needed. There are simply not enough people to give money or time or goods where they are needed, so individual charity does not have much effect. It certainly does not change the cause of the suffering. Perhaps this is another reason conservatives are against social justice – it reduces their opportunities for doing feel-good charity. I prefer to change society, so that suffering of the magnitude mentioned above does not occur. Although Band-Aid work such as that provided by Mother Teresa is necessary in the short term, larger change in attitudes and policy is needed. By all means, contribute to your favorite charity, but also vote properly and work to change society so that all can share in our prosperity.

Keywords: [“charity”,”policy”,”change”]
Source: https://contemplativewicca.wordpress.com/tag/compassion

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 03-13-2018

Compassionate Capitalism, the Workplace, and Social Capital

While compassionate capitalism may seem like a contradictory statement, examples of this practice suggest the power of this model. In this chapter, we review key components of capitalism and compassion. We explore governmental intervention through the Great Depression, the New Deal programs initiated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Milton S. Hershey’s groundbreaking business philosophy that was beneficial to the company and to his employees. KeywordsCompassionate capitalism Corporate social responsibility Corporate citizenship Job satisfaction Best or great places to work Benefit corporations Strategic corporate philanthropy Employee engagement.

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”business”,”model”]
Source: https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/978-3-319-33264-2_7.pdf

Ben Norton en Twitter: “There is one solution to stop fascism and it is not mythical “compassionate capitalism”; it is socialism @JoyAnnReid https://t.co/NnPj8U90zb”

¡Bienvenido a casa! En esta cronología pasarás la mayoría de tu tiempo recibiendo actualizaciones sobre lo que más te interesa. Di mucho con poco Cuando te guste un Tweet, pulsa el corazón: le hará saber a la persona que lo escribió que compartiste el amor. Infórmate de lo más reciente Consigue información instantánea sobre lo que las personas están hablando en este momento. Consigue más de lo que te encanta Sigue a más cuentas para recibir actualizaciones instantáneas sobre los temas que te interesan. Nunca te pierdas un Momento Infórmate de las mejores historias instantáneamente mientras están sucediendo.

Keywords: [“que”,”sobre”,”momento”]
Source: https://twitter.com/BenjaminNorton/status/861342459858739201

Liberalism Synonyms, Liberalism Antonyms

I was ashamed of him, and sick of Liberalism, as I sat there. A Liberalism worthy of the word should lift its head and see new paths. Even the dreadful Hamidian tyranny could not kill Turkish liberalism. They call us Rationalists; take care you don’t fall into Liberalism. The spirit of liberalism was abroad in the sons of the Puritans. I have always been inclined to liberalism, but I have wished for gradual changes only. On the other hand, there was a confident Liberalism which inspired a whole party. It is not sufficient, I think, to say that Liberalism is demanded.

Keywords: [“Liberalism”]
Source: http://www.thesaurus.com/browse/liberalism

Social Mindfulness

Here you can find lists of references about Buddhism and mindfulness in various categories. Obviously it would be impossible and unwieldy to try for complete lists on any of these areas, given the vast amount of literature. Edited collections which bring together a number of authors. For areas where there is less literature, particularly around the topic of social engagement, we’ll try to build up a more comprehensive list of references over time.

Keywords: [“list”,”literature”,”areas”]
Source: https://socialmindfulness.wordpress.com/references

Commerce, Capitalism, and Compassion

I’ve just started reading some of him in the poetry class. Way Down South in Dixie They hung my dark young lover To a cross roads tree. Way Down South in Dixie I asked the white Lord Jesus What was the use of prayer. Way Down South in Dixie Love is a naked shadow On a gnarled and naked tree. I asked around though and based on my description of you, my poet-friend came up with Langston Hughes as well, and Allen Ginsberg.

Keywords: [“Dixie”,”South”,”Down”]
Source: https://plus.google.com/communities/118018374233580962812/stream/6…

Creative Capitalism = Compassionate Conservatism?

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…. This system, [capitalism], driven by self-interest is response for the incredible innovations that have improved so many lives.

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”work”,”Creative”]
Source: https://reason.com/reasontv/2008/02/04/creative-capitalism-compassion

Laser Summer School

Understand that concerns, I did research deeply about Joomla 3.0 and would like to share with you my knowledge in this blog. I will introduce you the Joomla 3.0 demo that JoomlaShine team created for Joomla users as a playground for those who love to discover its features. Joomla 3.0 will be released in September, 2012.

Keywords: [“Joomla”,”3.0″,”users”]
Source: http://laser.inf.ethz.ch/2015/index.php?option=com_k2&view=itemlist&task=…

Delivering powerful stories of children whose lives are being changed through the Church.

Whether they live in poverty or wealth, little boys love to play. Poverty means children often have unsafe equipment or make their own toys from trash. Compassion helps to provide safe play for children, like this boy from Thailand. If you’d like to help children to have safe play equipment and toys, see the Compassion Gift Catalog.

Keywords: [“children”,”play”,”safe”]
Source: https://magazine.compassion.com

Compassionate capitalism « People Get Ready

David Bornstein, author of How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas. This entry was posted on June 30, 2005 at 10:42 am and is filed under Uncategorized. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

Keywords: [“Social”,”entrepreneurs”,”entry”]
Source: https://peoplegetready.wordpress.com/…/30/compassionate-capitalism

Capitalism – Truth Sought

Past a certain age, a human can no longer function or fight. Their cause dies and they attempt to carry on the torch by living vicariously through their children. The children grows, imprinted with the same vision and cause in their children.

Keywords: [“children”,”cause”]
Source: https://fauxcrimson.wordpress.com/category/capitalism

Minimaxing by HTML5 UP

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Keywords: [“Cras”,”turpis”,”vitae”]
Source: http://www.heathenhideout.com/compassionate_capitalism_people_helping…

‘Compassionate capitalism,’ another name for social entrepreneurship

This subreddit is a place to discuss social capitalism, an economic theory that is capitalist in it’s fundamentals but acknowledges the fact that a free society needs safety nets and government interventions in broken markets.

Keywords: [“social”,”capitalism”,”market”]
Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/socialcapitalism/comments/7cyvu5/herald…

Software Testing Training Courses

ILX Group deliver accredited Software Testing training for individuals and organisations world-wide. Our Software Testing courses are listed on this page – please select the course you are interested in.

Keywords: [“Software”,”Testing”,”course”]
Source: https://www.ilxgroup.com/usa/individual/training/software-testing

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 02-11-2018

Intercession- Changing Atmosphere- Wayne C. Anderson

Compassionate Capitalism: How Corporations Can Make Doing Good an Integral Part of Doing Well: Amazon.co.uk: Marc Benioff, Karen Southwick, Alan G. Hassenfeld: 9781564147141: Books

Here is what the Economist has to say:An unusually persuasive advocate of the view that CSR-or “Compassionate capitalism”, as he calls it-benefits shareholders, employees and the needy all at once is Marc Benioff, boss of salesforce.com, a private company that provides online customer-relationship-management services. In a new book, co-written with Karen Southwick, Mr Benioff argues that corporate philanthropy, done right, transforms the culture of the firm concerned*. “Employees seeking greater levels of fulfilment in their own lives will have to look no further than their workplace.” As well as doing the right thing, the firm will attract and retain better people, and they will work more productively. Mr Benioff advocates “The 1% solution”: 1% of salesforce.com’s equity, 1% of its profits and 1% of its employees’ paid hours are devoted to philanthropy, with workers volunteering their time either to company-run schemes or to charitable activities at their own initiative. His book describes similar projects at many other firms, always underlining their win-win character. Unlike some advocates of CSR, Mr Benioff says he opposes government mandates to undertake such activities. Compulsion would neutralise the gains for corporate culture, he points out. In any case, if Mr Benioff is right, and CSR done wisely helps businesses succeed, compulsion should not be needed. Companies like salesforce.com and the others discussed in his book will thrive, and the model will catch on by force of example.

Keywords: [“Benioff”,”advocate”,”salesforce.com”]
Source: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Compassionate-Capitalism-Corporations-Doing-Integral/dp/1564147142

The Karen Rands Interview

As many of you know, I write novels and a few weeks ago I did an email promotion with an author services company to get the word out about my first mystery Uncorking a Murder. You’d think that writing a book is the hardest part of being an author, but that’s actually the fun part. For me, marketing and getting the word out are really the most challenging aspects of being a writer – and this is coming from someone who has worked in marketing professionally for over two decades! Even when you are published through one of the big publishing houses, the weight of marketing for most authors is on our shoulders. Karen Rands is the founder and CEO of Kugarand Capital Holdings. She’s also the author of Inside Secrets to Angel Investing. Karen’s new book is geared towards teaching potential angel investors the ins and outs of growing their wealth through what she calls Compassionate Capitalism. Compassion isn’t something you ever hear alongside capitalism. Karen bridges the divide between the terms by redefining compassion, which she believes is formed from the idea that entrepreneurs have passions for their ideas and build companies around them. In Compassionate Capitalism, we have an environment where money makers enable others to bring innovation to the market and, by doing so, create jobs and wealth for all involved. When investors use their money and talents as compassionate capitalists, it’s Karen’s belief that they will feel an emotional abundance existing alongside the wealth they’ve created.

Keywords: [“author”,”Karen”,”Capitalism”]
Source: http://vertigopartners.com/the-karen-rands-interview/

Compassionate Capitalism, the Workplace, and Social Capital

While compassionate capitalism may seem like a contradictory statement, examples of this practice suggest the power of this model. In this chapter, we review key components of capitalism and compassion. We explore governmental intervention through the Great Depression, the New Deal programs initiated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Milton S. Hershey’s groundbreaking business philosophy that was beneficial to the company and to his employees. We then look at the present-day examples of business models that do not sacrifice the community and environment for profit, provide examples of companies that are implementing these models, discuss the business case for doing this, discuss new regulatory support for the concept of compassionate capitalism, and explore how companies are rated by their employees and the community on their “Giving back” practices. KeywordsCompassionate capitalism Corporate social responsibility Corporate citizenship Job satisfaction Best or great places to work Benefit corporations Strategic corporate philanthropy Employee engagement.

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”Corporate”,”Employee”]
Source: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-33264-2_7

Audio Book – Compassionate Capitalism

What is the Christian view on this subject? What economic system does God want us to have? This book is a look into history to see where and how capitalism was born and developed through the centuries. What you will learn is how capitalism first developed as God worked among the Hebrew people in Old Testament times. The resulting economic principles then transformed Western society as they spread with Christianity. What remains is for us to apply the principles with compassion. HOW TO SAVE YOUR FILE: After purchasing, you will receive a download link. If you click on this link, your computer will likely automatically start to play the audio file. Or, after the file starts to play, choose FILE, SAVE AS and that should work as well. You may have to play with the options a bit as they vary from browser to browser.

Keywords: [“FILE”,”play”,”how”]
Source: http://worldcastministries.com/audio-books/audio-book-compassionate-capitalism/

Audio Books

What is the Christian view on this subject? What economic system does God want us to have? Thi…. Audio Book – Hell: Gods Justice, Gods Mercy. The traditional view of hell tells us that wicked people will suffer forever and forever. A Fresh Look at the Nature of Humanity for the 21st Century Reformation: It is time for Christians to come out of darkness…. Audio Book – Thy Kingdom Come. The gospel Jesus and His disciples preached is not what we preach today. Here it is – a biblically-based, optimistic view of the future. Challenging the traditional Western view of God, Harold R. Eberle presents God as a Covernant-maker, Lover and Father.

Keywords: [“God”,”view”,”Audio”]
Source: http://worldcastministries.com/audio-books/