The parasites of copyright (real copy wrong)


Some sense has to come under light in the ridiculous debate about Internet “piracy” and copyright (copy wrong). Yesterday, December 22nd 2010, the Spanish Parliament has rejected a sneaky law which would give the “creators” the right to shut down the websites which allow users to reach the URL’s of copyright protected materials. The Spanish cultural establishment woke up today with a terrible hangover. They wanted to be judges of something that is not even a misdemeanor under Spanish law and granted, decide what is allowed or not into the web. No, sorry but no.
The classic model of copyright is dead. It is based on absurd rights (70 years of benefits after the death of the author) and the cherry on the top of the pie is the fact that the financing of the absolutely majority of it is done with public money: directly or indirectly. In Europe in general and in Spain in particular, there is no right to point fingers and accuse of crime an internet user who downloads a work that was funded with taxes of the very same users. Directly subsidized or indirectly is the same. The structure of the collecting agencies which use real mafia type of pressure and benefit the well-off artists and almost never the small fishes of the ocean is rotten and must be wiped out completely to start to have a serious conversation.

Demonstrators in front of Spanish Congress

I accept the right to not have somebody’s work abused and used but thieves (plagiarism for instance which there are plenty of accusations in the industry and nobody dares to confront it) but once I write something, get a fee for it, it is not mine but public. Yet, I wish millions will read it, watch it, etc. etc. The struggle is to get people to watch good work. That is the real profit. There are plenty of possibilities to monetize content creation and audiovisual work done with subsidies or TV stations antenna rights are not eligible to complain in any instance for further compensation. The absurd argument that it represents more than 4 percent of the GNP forgets to mention that in the fallacious account it includes: newspapers, radio, TV stations, film, gossip magazines, etc. etc. Sorry but no, not with public money: get your salary and go out singing your guts out or dancing or stepping in a theatre stage (which in Spain is doing great by the way) and collect more benefits. Otherwise, Mr. and Mrs. “Divas”: strike! Will the government intervene as strong as you represent 4 percent of the GDP? I guess not. The establishment lives in five stars hotels, travels first class, first not business (some with their private jets), eat in Michelin 3 stars restaurants and charge it all to their own private LLC. I dare anyone of them to open their personal and business Income Taxes to the public. Basically nobody pays taxes and much the opposite, many collect taxes returns. Of course, the general public seeing the lavish lifestyle have no sympathy for such poor people.
As Freddy Mercury sang in “We’re the champions”: ‘you brought me fame, fortune and everything that goes with it and we thank you all’. And yes, it has been no bed of roses but you or me are no better to the world than a doctor, a scientist, the butcher or the garbage men who don’t have privileges for 70 years after our death day. Let’s ring the bells, it is Christmas and another sort of rights most be defined instead of parasites eating our turkey. Poor starving stars, the Red Cross could be of some help may your fans turn their backs to you.

Anything goes: now the financial system secrets will be rocked


As we all are seen, transparency is not the only effect that the leaks have had until now. Much the opposite who felt affected by it fought back with every single available weapon. Assange is only still alive because he is savvy enough to have established an insurance policy with much more heavy duty information. For instance the hint (the real threat of revealing Bank of America’s and other financial institutions real state-of-affairs) is not an empty threat but something that will come along… perhaps bit by bit but is in the making.

The truth of the matter is there is not a single government on the face of the planet that is not dirty and smeared with plenty of sh*t under their shoes and sometimes in their faces. Zapatero (Spain Prime Minister) in spite of his “independent and transparent” discourse has offered a gigantic military base for military operations to the U.S.A. to control North Africa from Spain; Lula brave’s anti-imperialist discourse “went to Washington for Bush’s blessing before taking office”; Berlusconi… well, why bother with him?

Governments are dirty by essence and cannot be another way. The oligarchies and the politicians are the real patriots, they love the countries in which they are powerful, above the laws (although not publicly) and hold the economic fictitious system. The middle class is oblivious to the real world we live in. The lower classes have a better sense of the real world given the dispossession of basics make real consciousnesses arise.

Financial System

Nevertheless, it is from the illustrated ranges of the middle class where the leaks and the hackers come from and with the rage which only the youth have they are shouting from the depth of the Internet world: “we are up to you and we are going to get you”. Can the U.S. or anyone as a matter of fact win the battle against an army of well educated, tech-savvy and the majority digital natives? I doubt it. As I have said some days ago, the depression started with smart asses and it is just beginning, not ending. The leaks and the tremendous outrages the government counter-actions have taken are provoking the unthinkable: hackers are up with their tools to bring down the banking system, the credit card companies and Internet fortunes that are willing to obey the central intelligence services (because they already belong to the oligarchy themselves) and try to shut the leaks out of the map. These realities are here to stay: leaks shall leaks, liars shall try to shut down the leaks (present and futures) and hackers (middle class upper echelon, never too much to remark) are going to fight back, from anywhere to everywhere.

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Laura Flanders speaks out


Here goes a short video with plenty of good perspectives about what will come next in the whole ordeal of Assange and Wikileaks:

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And Previously:

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Assange, Wikileaks and Freedom of Speech


It was bound to happen and I am afraid it is just the start of it. Obama has decided to take stakes of the Assange’s Wikileaks matters in his own hands in a supposedly “treason” act committed by Mr. Assange. You can change colors but you cannot change essences. Julian Assange owes no allegiance to the United States of America because he is not subject to their laws neither bears the U.S. nationality. Neither do me nor 96% of the World population. Therefore he cannot be accused of treason.

What is the price of his head?

Assange’s determined to expose documents that were available according to US own accounts to more than 3 million American citizens (many of them who hate their country’s policies) and may have received the information from a myriad range of sources. Why don’t the US government start to look into their own back yard instead of looking for scape-goats abroad who did not harm, spied, killed, blackmailed neither pressured judges, politicians, human rights advocates as their diplomats have done along the whole of last century promoting “coup d’état’s” (Pinochet for instance); boycotting legitimate governments; setting up torture camps in shadowy dictatorships, etc. etc. etc. The king is naked and will have to bear with the shadow and shame of its own ineptitude. As I said before, spying is an old game, very old and we all have done it with somebody in some point of our lives: spying the girlfriend, a neighbor, your business competitor, your son or daughter. It’s all about invading private matters. The U.S. do its game so do other countries and we all know. Why to respect the U.S. as a God’s Commandment of the Universe? For the U.S. freedom is relative to the “others” and absolute for themselves. As Erich Holder Jr., U.S. Attorney General had the chutzpah to declare: “To the extent there are gaps in our laws, we will move to close those gaps, which is not to say that anybody at this point, because of their citizenship or their residence, is not a target or a subject of an investigation,” he said. Mr. Assange is an Australian citizen. Still, Mr. Holder said Monday that he did not believe that Mr. Assange’s citizenship or location was a barrier to prosecution.

Eric Holder Jr. U.S. Inquisitor


Assange probably will disappear from the face of the planet without leaving a trace behind but he will have left written his name in history as the “crazy” guy who dared to show his face and expose the ridiculous and inefficient acts of the U.S. government: a country which wasn’t able to oversee their own financial system and threw the world in chaos deserve little respect and only can impose itself by force as it’s showing now. The “open-minded” Obama, the “guy” who used openness and crowdsourcing to be elected, promising a new “world” to his people and to the rest of the world is up for Assange’s head. The eagle is hurt in its self-esteem and claims for blood as if Julian Assange was a Bin-Laden of the Internet up to blow the towers of the U.S. secret services and bring down the U.S.!!! Bad news? No, good news! Many Assanges will sprout along many countries in the world. The solution? Why not shut down the whole of the Internet? It may solve the problem.

Technological Advances and the Great Recession


A big deal of fixes has being tried and many have failed until now in order to restore the global economy to its previous growth, or at least to prevent further downslide. Nevertheless, few people stop to wonder and figure out what may be the causes of the current mess the global economy is facing. Causes, it’s basic to diagnosis and possible remedies. That happens in medicine but also in economics. Politicians work for corporations one way or the other and we (all of us) are inclined to think in a very tiny small scale: from local to regional, to national and the latest priority is to think globally about any sort of problems we face. And here I believe starts the problems: local politicians will not think globally while this crisis is global and the causes are not only a bunch of smart asses in Wall Street or the City of London who brought it about. No, it was the near light speed technological advances that produced the means to such a crisis reach these proportions.

Wall Street

Wall Mean Street


Big deeds transformed in catastrophic changes. The U.S. ignorant elite and its artificial system of values have broken the balance that was their own source of power: created money out of thin air and sold to themselves, the whole world and to the Chinese. The A.I.G. failure had to be solved otherwise would be a real “meltdown of the system” simply because the Chinese could see it as a declaration of war on their trust in the American values, read it as the “Dollar” itself and dump it in favor of its own currency sinking the U.S. and Europe in a depression that 1929 would appear a nice time. It would be real time selling orders to obedient servers instead of human brokers. Selling “values” that only exist in the book, better said, in bits and bytes.

Beside the fact of the fraudulent behavior of the big financial markets all over the place, technology and digital production has shifted the balance in values, production of values and reproduction of wealth. Globally without exceptions. Banking and brokerage are now I.T. programs and are widespread used to the mid to upper classes.

Silicon Valley

The map of the gold mine

The Western countries produce high-end technology innovation but at such a high price that the rest of the world is not willing to pay for it but is applying the oldest rule of humanity since the discovery of fire: to steal what you do not have and use it for your own benefit. India started being a Call Center depository for the Anglo-Saxon world and today has a huge technological park in development. Silicon Valley is full of Indians who “work” there. But when the big money in India calls them back usually they do go back. How come that? In order to earn pennies instead of dollars per hour for highly skilled work? My guess is that the causes are more profound them that. And then we have to deal with a phenomenal brain power called Russia and the old Soviet satellites. What about them? Armies of engineers and math scientists formed and updated continuously on the top of the line of digital production, theft and piracy (considering the still valid rules of copyright). There are assessments of Western secret services that rank the number of industrial spies from Russia, India and China in the West today above any number ever during the cold war. Because those are the hot processors, high speed connections re-routing the center of gravity of the production of wealth in the making. Nobody is willing to lose a minute in the fast paced new world of the digital replication.

The rest of the world will infringe copyright in every single way it can. China copies absolutely everything its commanders decide is strategic to their country and contaminates the environment without a single flaw in its consciousness simply because they have to reach where the West reached too many years before. Brazil offers raw material to the Chinese who use it to produce goods for the whole world. It also feeds them even if for that the Amazon basin will have to disappear. In the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India and China) and other peripheral countries few, very few people care about copyright laws, environment destruction and climate change. They want the “good life” Hollywood served them in the screens for a whole century (copyright protected) and they could only dream of it. Now, they can grab a piece for themselves and as humans, will steal and kill for that torch of fire that will cook the hunted veal as in the pre-history.
When Wall Street greedy men defrauded the trust in the financial system, they did it out of greed of course, but also out of ignorance without seeing far enough, not so far really, that their system is never ever again to be trusted. People talk about the destruction of the Euro and the end of the Dollar as reference currency. But have you heard anyone talking about the end of the Rubble, the Yuan or the Brazilian Real lately? Let me know where if you did, please!

Karl Marx was wrong in too many things but so was Thomas Jefferson (slaves’ owner for example) but he has said something irrefutable: “change the means of production and you change the ways of relationships.” And that is what happened: the high-end technology and the Information Society liberated forces that permeated the whole human society, from Patagonia to Bhutan, passing by England, Bombay and Jakarta. Mass media is strong still but the great infusion of free information brought about thru digital connections has made an impact that is still early to predict but certainly inevitable to occur. Washington D.C. cannot order the bombardment of Beijing because it infringes copyright materials, neither with Russia or India. A boycott against Brazil would meet an ex-guerrilla woman president that would not doubt to halt the exports exploding commodities prices and to search protection with China and Russia if need be. The “empire” is deadly sick and under internal convulsions. The silly right-wingers in the U.S. believe that the crisis will go away, somehow, when they grab the power again. I’m afraid it won’t and the world as we knew before this crisis will never return to be what it was.

Chinese Dragon after US bombardment

Parallel worlds (virtual and real) have emerged alongside governments and corporations that can be challenged by rivals in order to gain weight in the economical shift and are bound to do so. The new division is more likely to be: “I will take what I need and you cannot stop me at all”. The original “owners” surrendering under the evidence of fatality. First World unemployment is to remain high because a huge mass of laborers are not necessary anymore: machinery is highly efficient, automated and don’t complain. Emerging countries will continue to grow in spite of threat of the IMF that it is another “bubble”. It’s not! They have people, billions to serve and work cheap under inhuman conditions. As far their commanders and bosses allow some circus at the end of the day (entertainment “pirated” from the U.S. for instance); some days a year of vacation and meat, vitamins and everyday starch ration for basic energy they will continue to move on. The poor don’t care for the environment neither for international agreements on whatever subject, they care for food and expect the little pleasures that sort of development is making available to them. The rest is still to be written…

What is the price of his head?

And it is being written as I write: Wikileaks from Assange is wracking the American diplomatic world… That would not be possible without the new technologies in place. And by the way, everybody spies everybody; it’s a game from pre-historical roots. What is the big deal then?

But now WikiLeaks plans to release a U.S. bank’s documents
and that will be really dangerous trend to set. Too many disaffection and plenty of “vendetta’s” will start and nothing will be the same again.

Brazil, capitalism managed by Marxists: a history of success


In December 2003, almost one year after the labor leader Lula da Silva had reached the Presidency of Brazil I was in the V.I.P area of Sao Paulo’s Airport and I met a very cultivated man who worked in a high rank position in a Brazilian bank, owned by one of the most tradition old money families of the country and we had a nice conversation given that both flights were delayed. Typically Brazilian airport sign: delayed or cancelled.

As the conversation went on, he felt more at easy after knowing that I didn’t live there and start to speak the secrets from the guts of the new regime. Yeah, in reality a new “regime” was in the making and I knew from my student’s activist time the players, the new rulers very well: formed in the schools of Moscow, Beijing and lately in Tirana (yes, old communist Albania). Now they were the government of one of the biggest and richest countries on the planet with the most cynical, cruel and frivolous bourgeoisie I know in the world. How the country was supposed to function given the huge class gap between the poor, middle class and the rich? According to this brand new source I met the deal was done in the beginning of 2002 between the Worker’s Party (Lula’s party), the FEBRABAN (Brazilian Bank Federation) and FIESP (the powerful industrials union of Sao Paulo). Lula pledged allegiance to the establishment.

The deal was that that as long as the Worker’s Party did not move with the basics of the model: private property, banking system and the Justice (a mockery of justice itself) and Parliamentarian structure (a huge pocket of corrupted representatives) and refrain the worker’s labor unions (all them under his parties control) from more aggressive positions against the dominant class, and they would not prevent the very possible election of “the guy” as Obama referred to Lula in a recent meeting in Washington.

Real x Dollar

Real x Dollar


The “guy” was elected and inherited a brutal crisis from his predecessor but that crisis was mainly the overlap of 2001’s recession which spilled into 2002 and the banking system (national and international) did not lose the opportunity to profit from the uncertainty of the new government and speculated heavily against the real (local currency) and the stock markets. That brought them a gigantic profit as never before. The real had reached 4 to 1 US dollar. Today, ending 2010, it struggles to not go lower than 1.50 real/dollar.

Strikes were over, the “farmer’s without land” movement was appeased by some government innocuous and false promises, and mainly Lula started to elaborate a huge alliance with the opposition parties in order to have majority in the Congress and be able to govern. He didn’t touch the privatizations done by the former president neither the profit remittance of the multinationals. He bought with money thru a complicated embezzlement scheme managed by his old time companion José Dirceu, who managed the feared “Casa Civil” the necessary support in Congressmen votes. Vote by vote, billions of dollars changed hands and so the country started to “stabilize”. The Minister of the “Casa Civil” is a sort of unofficial prime minister who concentrates an enormous power in his/her hands. He gathered the majority of Congress deputies from a myriad of parties ranging from ideological peers to life time right-wingers enemies. Capitalism’s magic with a Marxist touch applied to it.

As a whistleblower brought down the scheme almost all the Ministries (all occupied by old time communists and right-wing “partners of the bribery scheme), Dilma Rousseff, elected 11/01/2010 President of the country, assumed the post of Minister of “Casa Civil” and commanded from there her way up. Plenty of corruption is administered directly inside that Ministry. All other Ministries are subordinated to the “Casa Civil”. Dilma Rousseff also comes from a terrible past of totalitarian ideology and guerrilla warfare. But who cares? Certainly not the bankers and industrials let alone the dispossessed.

Bolsa Familia

Bolsa Familia


“As never before in the history of this country…” became a popular joke because Lula used this phrase 8 out of 10 times when discoursing thru the country. He perfected a scheme of high carbs, high cholesterol and a minimum of vitamins and proteins called “Bolsa Familia”: basic ration diet distributed to 11 million families all over the country. In the miserable areas of the North and Northeast he became second to God, in some areas ranking above Jesus himself. Never before in the history of that country, had a government given out plain, disgusting rations to the poor. Never before in the history of that country had profits been so high that the 2008 crisis merely missed the country in the world map. Obama should have spent more time with that illiterate politician in order to learn how to do little and seem to do too much at the same time.
Communist Flag

Communist Flag


Corruption, disguised party control of all regulatory agencies, freedom of enterprise combined with generous subsidies to the rich and bread crumbs to the poor plus a shift in the defining standards of what is the middle class who was terribly crushed in the meantime made the dominance of the elite of the old communists the most popular government of Brazilian history and that makes me wonder. Brazil is a salvage capitalist country governed by Marxists in democratic outfits. China is a communist country governed by technocrats formed in the best schools in the Capitalist West and both countries share in common a terrific economic growth, corruption, social unfairness and divisions, crisis become a foreign concept in both lands. Meanwhile, in the USA an intellectual president (but a bad politician)and a highly self-confident educated class lost 11/02/2010 elections to the corrupted Republicans and Europe is held hostage of economical paralysis although it is governed by a highly illustrated capitalist elite. What is wrong with this big picture?
Lula Ahmadinejad

Lula Ahmadinejad


Anyway, Dilma Rousseff was elected the first female president of Brazil (macho land where macho men dress-up in women’s clothes during carnival and behave more gaily than gays); she has never held a single political elected office; she is educated but believes firmly that only the party can guide “the people”; she is Lula’s puppet and will have some problems: Lula is a friend of Ahmadinejad (Iran’s President) and Brazil has established cooperation agreements with that country that execute women.
Lula and Dilma

Lula and Dilma

Will she bow to her old boss (Lula) and dress a Niqab veil covering her proud liberated woman’s face to receive Ahmadinejad in his next visit to Brazilian soil? She went on her whole life defending the right of women’s choice and denied in order to get religious votes… Pragmatism and dogmas. Maybe that is the exit to the current crisis nevertheless the real dose of cynicism to be applied remains a mystery few have mastered.

A big crisis with the wrong man


The financial meltdown of 2008 were brought over us, the whole world by petty, selfish and disgusting men and women devoted to cash-in fast bucks as fast as they could. No matter what it would take in order to achieve their miserable endeavor, they sure did: faked documents (crime!); bribed officials (crime!); lobbied (not a crime); embezzled funds (crime!). The list could go on far and long. It was not done in a day but the explosion of the bomb came in the best of the timings: the USA and the rest of the world were all “drunk” with an exotic Hawaiian punch called Barack Obama. No! I distrusted the hypothetically naiveté of the MTV generation slogan: “Yes, we can!”

Obama Super Star

Obama Super Star

No, he couldn’t and he didn’t. He came into the scene and got supported besides by the Internet crowdsourcing and other left-overs, by the big money. He played the clown, I wonder for what kind of pay? The Wall Street world-owners had a convenient scape-goat, the fiasco named Bush. The “new” gift of God to mankind threw sand in the eyes of the world with optimism and in his craving for power also spread mischievous lies and false hope; at least, he had plenty of knowledge that his country and the rest of the world were diving into the abyss of his predecessors.  For the salvage capitalists he was the right man in the right time. While the “democrats” and “left-wingers” were deluding themselves that a “savior” had come, a sort of black Messiah that would fix the dirty the nasty white collar/white men and women created during the 20 years prior to his arrival- the financial system went to the gutters and he, himself approved the help to these men and women and hired them, the wolves to take care of the chicken house, once he took office. He was at least a coward but more than ever an accessory to the crimes committed. Bill Clinton got an impeachment procedure for an “affair”; Bush and his employees are scot free with his blessings. And what kind of legal measures Obama has ordered against the fraudsters to the Attorney General?  He is guilty of antiethical behavior and negligence. There are analysts who say he lacks courage to undertake more aggressive attitudes in order to not inflame the opposition and diminish the stigma he bears already. But no, he doesn’t move assertively in order to not damage his own league. No one has ever reached a senator level let alone presidential command for the sake of love for the people. Politicians are employees from the big capital: ideologies are dead and cremated. Obama is a victim of the vicious racism of the ignorant majority of the American population but he is no coward, instead he is a brave warrior fighting for his own interests.

Some facts are to be called: the empire is crumbling and may fall. Why? Considering intellectual property is US main export and technology is spread with or without the inventor’s consent and without paid royalties the scenario doesn’t look good at all. We are left with a total artificial and dead end system of values:  money is only a reference in the financial system’s files; what is said to be the world’s countries’ GNP is a mere question of statistics and the cherry on the top of the cake: there is no need for governance given that the  capital (the “too big to fail companies”) are the real bosses of the game who demand, I said demand Obama, Merkel, Sarkozy and others to take this or that action in order to safeguard “their world”.

In the bottom of the stove rest a mass (ashes) of unnecessary workers who are doomed to live out of the crumbs of the powerful and rich. Proud in their misery as if such a pride could exist, therefore the need to be patriotic or nationalist.  Those feelings are not a plain stupidity anymore, something from the guts, no. They are provoked and encouraged by the mass media which at the end of the day is controlled by the big capital.

I’ve spoken with many capitalist who had laid-off workers and the main answer about re-employment of the dispensable people is that they have discovered that automation investments are paying off tremendously now: low maintenance and low human resources efforts. Meaning: with or without crisis they’ve learned to survived without the disposable work force and increase margins. What is the purpose to rehire them?

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