By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham
Nightfall: The epic and legendary tale of an extraordinary young man rising up from Chapter Relationships And Gossip Mr. Ceo Spoil Me Percent. Confession: I sneaked through college without taking a single mathematics course. (Well, that's not totally true. I took a "political methods" class. Harris, in contrast to Mizzy and the ghost of Aschenbach, is pretty much percent straight, as he acknowledges a few seconds after resisting.
Progress means things are getting better for humanity. Capitalism provides the means for a better eutopian life, and, according to its ideology, this better life is not restricted to the upper income brackets. Progress makes it available to all who join in pursuing the accumulationist path.
The path of progress is not utopian — it is betterment for all, even for the laboring class at the bottom of the income hierarchy. The desperate grab by the private for-profit system of wealth creation for a government welfare check and its own public safety net are leading indicators.
The problem with the mature capitalism supporting AWOL today can be seen as threefold: Many major investments routinely expect subsidization by state and local tax bases.
Cities and county are expected to ante-up, for example, in order to attract major busineses, or to keep them for re-locating. This contradictory form capital vs.
His conclusion projects the end of capitalism and its transformation into a new basis for the production of wealth: Digitally controlled production lines in the major industries turn out great quantities of needed goods, but only a few workers are employed in a supervisory or engineering capacity.
Clothing and other items requiring low-tech low-paid labor are imported from less industrially developed countries.
This advanced form of production looks like the basis for a capitalist heaven of profitability: That the paradigm bears weight today is evident in the way it shapes the thinking of those in leadership positions, even if only unconsciously. The logic of the paradigm develops out of the fact that capitalism is not just an economy, but a historically emergent, contradictory social and political formation.
The contradiction is visible in its inability to bring an end to its recurring and debilitating crises. Economically, the system solves the ancient problem of abundance by applying the advances of science and technology to industrial production.
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Because only by producing for markets can it go on growing and protecting the private money hoards called capital. Thus, because capitalist society is divided against itself capitalist interests on one side, worker and consumer interests on the other and unable to resolve its internal contradiction it obstructs its own ideological mission of progress for humanity. The ideology services the addiction money-hoard accumulationand the addiction sustains the ideology progress toward eutopia-for-all.
Repetition compulsions debilitating mental disorders though they be can attain the appearance of sanity and health when addicts set the behavioral norm of an entire society.
One of the more seductive aspects of the dominant mental disorder rationalized by capitalist ideology is its ability to induce reversal in the political or ideological orientation of its opponents, a process that Antonio Gramsci, the Italian communist leader imprisoned by Mussolini despite his parliamentary immunity called transformismo. Gramsci was most interested in the transformismo that moved from liberalism to fascism.
Prelude to Global Depression. Habermas initiated his transformismo by mistaking value for real wealth wealth in its general human form. His work and the distancing process is analyzed well by Tom Rockmore in Habermas on Historical Materialism. This example highlights the conflict between the impoverishing privatization efforts of capitalist accumulators and unrestricted wealth-creating commune-ist efforts. One of the more absurdly opportunistic post-Meltdown ploys is the attempt to re-animate the corpse of free-market fundamentalism and blame Government for the crisis.
The corpse the Tea Party carries is grotesque historical putrefaction, but the corps take no notice. They are either accomplished actors or have a genuine olfactory impairment. How the collusion of the Wall St.
Party of Capitalist-Socialism socialism for capitalists with the sociopathic Tea Party of No Socialism for anybody will play out remains to be seen. This makes his book considerably less brilliant and prophetic than it could have been. The real future blindness is a system-reinforced debilitating condition in which an entire society behaves as though the abnormal is normal and therefore fails to respond to a growing threat — in this case the negative negligent consequences of its own designing actions.
Charles Keeling and to bring us up to speed on the science that legitimates the warnings of scientists well versed in climate change theory. The device is automatic and measures continuously. Inthe year Keeling died, it measured CO2 at ppm. His successful effort led to government backing and the duplication of CO2 monitoring stations around the world.
Rate of accumulation increase is well-understood by capitalists, since as far as profits are concerned an increasing rate signals the happy outcome of rolling-in-dough success. In the case of global warming, however, it signals the exact opposite.
Ice core samples of trapped air bubbles have since revealed that over the pastyears CO2 levels oscillated between and ppm, and that at the time of the onset of the industrial revolution two hundred and fifty years ago the level was around ppm.
If his estimate is correct, a steady rate of increase would push the figure close to ppm by mid-century.
A rising rate of increase will push the figure even higher.
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Some of the consequences of human-induced global warming are already visible in melting glaciers and in the dramatic melting of Arctic sea ice, which for the first time this year opened the prospect of a commercial shipping lane across the Arctic Sea in the summer season that will save time and fuel consumption. This looks like both a commercial benefit and an environmental plus, until one factors in the albedo effect.
Albedo is the reflecting power of a surface. With the summer ice gone, so is most of the albedo effect that would return sunlight energy back into space.
Instead it is absorbed by and adds heat to the Arctic Ocean and contributes to the overall transformation of the region. Warming is higher over land and is amplified at the poles. Climate scientists estimate that as the amount of CO2 exceeds ppm, sea level rise will be calamitous, and an ominous feedback effect will have kicked in — namely, melting permafrost in what will have become bogs in the Arctic tundra regions will begin releasing massive amounts of methane into the atmosphere.
Methane is the primary constituent of natural gas and is 20 times more effective as a heat-trapping greenhouse gas than CO2. It is a considerable irony, but by no means an accident, that global capitalism, which is confronted with a planetary crisis amounting to a turning point in its dismissal and disregard of the environment, will now be forced to deal with this crisis at a time when the oil production that has fueled its global success story has peaked.
It must be acknowledged at the outset that Peak Oil science is not as sound and certain as the science that underlies Global Warming. The main reason for this has to do with the fact that the data on oil production and reserves is not open source, but is assembled and tallied by the International Energy Agency from member government data. Among three grown children, Jake is most concerned about silence that has fallen between him and his youngest, a college-aged daughter working as a waitress in Boston.
Does any sense of failure as a parent contribute to Peter's undermining? And where have all his friends gone? There is no slicing of our soul here with the pathos of the road not taken. There is no redeeming humor or chaotic scramble for modes of youth like we get from so many masters of the mid-life crises think Bellow, Updike, Russo.
Instead there is a dwelling on art. And maybe with the problems in the temptation to see people as living art. I do believe esthetics is at the core of finding balance with our being on earth and more of a key to pleasure in life than any happiness you can seek as a goal from having things or through achievements. Of course, literature, like art, bores us when it can be boiled down to a message.
There was a lot of action and suspense that kept me turning the pages. Or at least, tapping the side of my Kindle screen. With the introduction of Amy, I found Sophie's character to be more developed in this book, and I liked how ready she was to sacrifice something important to protect the people she loved, even if it meant giving in to the enemy. Biana was really brave in this book, and she went all the way to defend and protect her friends and family.
That, I'm proud of. I loved Dex in this book, as usual, but in this book, he became even braver and smarter. I really liked how Shannon wrote him in this book and I hope to see more in Book 7 where I hope he would actually be on the cover for once. Keefe was much more enjoyable to read about compared to Book 5, where I found him quite annoying. He is brave and reckless and loyal and I can't wait to read more about him. And needless to say, I loved Tam and Linh. I didn't know it was possible to love Tam even more, but now I know.
I think Linh is the wisest out of the eight, and I really liked the dynamic in this book where she changed from a person who is afraid of the water, who cannot control the water, to a person who bonds with the water and is in complete control of the water. Though she didn't appear as much as I wanted her to, as most of the book she was in the background hanging out with Wylie.
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And I don't like her with Wylie. I don't ship her with anyone, actually. Speaking of Wylie, I wished he would play a bigger role in the book. I didn't really like Marella in this book as her personality is kind of annoying, but I suppose that's to be expected, considering what had happened to her.