Global Biological, Civilizational, Cultural, Political, Psychological and Sociologica Parasitism, the Old New World Evolution — 03/24/2014

“Biotrophic parasitism is a common mode of life that has arisen independently many times in the course of evolution. Depending on the definition used, as many as half of all animals have at least one parasitic phase in their life cycles, and it is also frequent in plants and fungi. Moreover, almost all free-living animals are host to one or more parasitic taxa.”
“Parasites evolve in response to the defense mechanisms of their hosts. As a result of host defenses, some parasites evolve adaptations that are specific to a particular host taxon, specializing to the point where they infect only a single species. Such narrow host specificity can be costly over evolutionary time, however, if the host species becomes extinct. Therefore many parasites can infect a variety of more or less closely related host species, with different success rates.”
“Host defenses also evolve in response to attacks by parasites. Theoretically, parasites may have an advantage in this evolutionary arms racebecause their generation time commonly is shorter. Hosts reproduce less quickly than parasites, and therefore have fewer chances to adaptthan their parasites do over a given span of time.”
“In some cases, a parasitic species may coevolve with its host taxa. Long-term coevolution sometimes leads to a relatively stable relationship tending to commensalism or mutualism, as, all else being equal, it is in the evolutionary interest of the parasite that its host thrives. A parasite may evolve to become less harmful for its host or a host may evolve to cope with the unavoidable presence of a parasite—to the point that the parasite’s absence causes the host harm. For example, although animals infected with parasitic worms are often clearly harmed, and therefore parasitized, such infections may also reduce the prevalence and effects of autoimmune disorders in animal hosts, including humans.
“Competition between parasites tends to favor faster reproducing and therefore more virulent parasites. Parasites whose life cycle involves the death of the host, to exit the present host and sometimes to enter the next, evolve to be more virulent or even alter the behavior or other properties of the host to make it more vulnerable to predators. Parasites that reproduce largely to the offspring of the previous host tend to become less virulent or mutualist, so that its hosts reproduce more effectively.
“The presumption of a shared evolutionary history between parasites and hosts can sometimes elucidate how host taxa are related. For instance, there has been dispute about whether flamingos are more closely related to the storks and their relatives, or to ducks, geese and their relatives. The fact that flamingos share parasites with ducks and geese is evidence these groups may be more closely related to each other than either is to storks.”
“Parasitism is part of one explanation for the evolution of secondary sex characteristics seen in breeding males throughout the animal world, such as the plumage of male peacocks and manes of male lions. According to this theory, female hosts select males for breeding based on such characteristics because they indicate resistance to parasites and other disease.”
“Depending on point of view, a social parasite may be one of several classes:
Socialists have described members of the upper classes as economic parasites. The lyrics of the socialist anthem “The Internationale” include a reference to parasites.
“The German Nazis viewed “races without homeland” as “parasitic races” or “Untermensch” to be eliminated. These included Romani people(sometimes called Gypsies) and Jews.”
“In the Soviet Union, which declared itself a workers’ state, every adult able-bodied person was expected to work until official retirement. Thusunemployment was officially and theoretically eliminated. Those who refused to work, study or serve in another way risked being criminally charged with social parasitism (Russian: тунея́дство). In 1961, 130,000 people were identified as leading the “anti-social, parasitic way of life” in the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic. Charges of parasitism were frequently applied to dissidents and refuseniks, many of whom were intellectuals. Since their writings were considered against the regime, the state prevented them from obtaining employment. To avoid trials for parasitism, many of them took unskilled (but not especially time-consuming) jobs (street sweepers, fire-keepers, etc.), which allowed them to continue their other pursuits.”


A New Malthusianism ?…..Megacities’ Explosive Growth Poses Epic Challenges — 03/22/2014

“A historic migration is under way around the world, from the countryside to swelling urban centers. Many of those new arrivals will find a better life. Others won’t.”

” “The urbanization that happened after the industrial revolution in the highly-industrialized countries was much, much more gradual than urbanization is now,” said Janice Perlman, an author and founder of the Mega-Cities Project“Still, there was a lot of chaos and difficulty and a lot of environmental problems. But now it’s just accelerated exponentially.””

“”It’s as much to do with the lack of opportunity in rural areas as opposed to this great magnet of cities,” said Graeme Harrison, an economist who tracks the growth of megacities at Oxford Economics. “Because everything else—such as unemployment and high cost—would normally act against people migrating to cities.””

“A hundred years ago just 2 out of 10 people on Earth lived in cities. Today more than half the world’s population lives in cities, generating some 80 percent of global economic output. By the middle of this century, 7 out of 10 people will be urban dwellers, according to Hot Spots 2025, a report prepared by the Economist Intelligence Unit for Citibank.”

“A major challenge these cities will pose for society will be the strain on resources. Globally, cities today represent 2 percent of the Earth’s surface but use 75 percent of its resources, according to Euramet. As the urbanization trend accelerates, so, too, will issues of sustainability and infrastructure to support city dwellers.”

“The most competitive cities are also those blessed with well-developed infrastructure or the capital and political capacity to build it. That’s created a major challenge for some already congested cities in the developing world.”

“Officials in Jakarta, Indonesia, for example, have been planning to roll out a local mass-transit system for years, said Harrison.”

“”But to actually construct that metro would cause so much disruption in the short run, and the traffic congestion is so bad already, it’s almost beyond the point where you can install it,” he said. “When you have that type of problem, it’s very difficult to move forward. You’re always playing catch-up.””

“”I would be worried about the Arab spring repeating across many other parts of the World, just given the outlook for youth unemployment,” said Harrison. “A lot depends on how authorities respond to some of these challenges.”

“”Not every Chinese city can become a service hub,” he said. “So you could have some Detroits in China, given the number of industrial cities there.””

“Globalization also means megacities will increasingly compete with each other, fostering specialization in key industries or services—from finance to technology. Those changes in the economic global playing field will also shift the geopolitical balance.”

The “Infectious” Bob Marley’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” — 03/20/2014

The “Infectious” Bob Marley’s “Don’tWorry, Be Happy”

“Here’s a little song i wrote,
you might want to sing it note for note,
don’t worry, be happy

in every life we have some trouble,
when you worry you make it double
don’t worry, be happy

dont worry be happy now
dont worry be happy
dont worry be happy
dont worry be happy
dont worry be happy
aint got no place to lay your head,
somebody came and took your bed,
don’t worry, be happy

the landlord say your rent is late,
he may have to litagate,
dont worry (small laugh) be happy,

look at me im happy,
don’t worry, be happy

i give you my phone number,
when your worried, call me,
i make you happy

don’t worry, be happy

aint got no cash, aint got no style,
aint got no gal to make you smile
but don’t worry, be happy

cos when you worry, your face will frown,
and that will bring everybody down,
so don’t worry, be happy

don’t worry, be happy now…

don’t worry, be happy
don’t worry, be happy
don’t worry, be happy
don’t worry, be happy

now there this song i wrote
i hope you you learned it note for note
like good little children

dont worry be happy

listen to what i say
in your life expect some trouble
when you worry you make it double
dont worry be happy
be happy now

dont worry, be happy
dont worry, be happy
dont worry, be happy
dont worry, be happy
dont worry
dont worry be happy
don’t worry, don’t worry, don’t do it,
be happy,put a smile on your face,
don’t bring everybody down like this

don’t worry, it will soon pass whatever it is,
don’t worry, be happy,
i’m not worried”

Decommunization, The West Failed Opportunity — 03/17/2014

“Decommunization is a process of overcoming the legacies of the Communist state establishments, culture, and psychology in the post-Communist states.
Decommunization was largely limited or non-existent. Communist parties were not outlawed and their members were not brought to trial. Just a few places even attempted to exclude members of communist secret services from decision-making. In a number of countries the Communist party simply changed its name and continued to function.”

“Having failed to finish off conclusively the communist system, we are now in danger of integrating the resulting monster into our world. It may not be called communism anymore, but it retained many of its dangerous characteristics… Until the Nuremberg-style tribunal passes its judgement on all the crimes committed by communism, it is not dead and the war is not over.”

” September 2013, Bukovsky entered the controversy over Diana West‘s anti-communist American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character (2013), which had been condemned by the historian Professor Ronald Radosh as “McCarthy on Steroids” in a review for Front Page Magazine. Writing at, Bukovsky forcefully rejected Radosh’s criticisms, condemned the attempt to portray West as a deluded and historically inept conspiracy-monger, and supported her conclusions as to the infiltration of the Roosevelt government by Stalinist agents and fellow-travelers:”

“That treacherous Establishment is still there. We are still governed by a nomenklatura of collaborationists, Petains and Quislings of the Cold War. Mrs. West has reached that conclusion merely by examining the first chapters of this sad story. Sure enough, there are mountains of other and more recent evidence to support her conclusions. But of course, whatever the evidence, the “consensus” will never plead guilty. Rather, they will try and usurp the judicial seat.”

“In 2013, Diana West published her anti-communist American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character. With the fall of the Soviet Union and access to files and archives, historians have had ample opportunity to explore the scope of Soviet spying but have failed to “adjust the historical record.” West explores the extent of Soviet influence during the Roosevelt and Truman Presidencies. She argues that infiltration of the American government by Stalinist agents and fellow-travelers had significantly altered Allied policies in favor of the Soviet Union during theSecond World WarFrank J. Gaffney Jr. finds that West “painstakingly documents how America’s government, media, academia, political and policy elites actively helped obscure the true nature of the Soviet Union.” West finds there is a parallel with the failure to face the dangers ofcommunism in the 1930s and the failure to face the threat of radical Islam today.”

“On September 27, 2009 Yushchenko said in an interview aired on Channel 1+1 that the testimony of three men who were at a dinner in 2004 at which he believes he was poisoned is crucial to finishing the investigation, and he claimed these men were in Russia. Ukrainian prosecutors said Russia has refused to extradite one of the men, the former deputy chief of Ukraine’s security serviceVolodymyr Satsyuk, because he holds both Russian and Ukrainian citizenship. After arriving in Russian Satsyuk was granted Russian citizenship protecting him from extradition.”

“Ukrainian prosecutors, after interviewing over 1,000 people, identified Satsyuk as being potentially involved in the poisoning of Yuschenko withdioxin. Yushchenko had attended a private dinner on 5 September 2004 held at Satsyuk’s residence, during that year’s Ukrainian presidential elections. He was accompanied by two assistants, Taras Zalessky and Alexei Poletukha, the former vice-president of the JS Bank «Ukraine». According to the Times newspaper, “Ukraine’s pro-Russian government at the time was opposed to Yushchenko, fearing his pro-western tendencies and ambitions for Ukraine to join NATO.” Satsyuk is currently in hiding in MoscowRussia, where the government has given himRussian citizenship, meaning he cannot be extradited for trial to another country.

Democracy Fundamental Systemic Failure, How to Do Election Fraud, Steal Elections or Fix a Vote — 03/17/2014

For Your Entertainment (FYE),_2014

“Autocrats like Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin understand this best of all. Having carefully studied the collapse of one-party states around the world, the Chinese Communist Party has chosen old-fashioned patriotism as the centrepiece of its strategy to rally popular support. In Russia, where the 2011 protest movement has ebbed away, members of the democratic opposition are easily typecast as lackeys of the nefarious West, slyly attempting to import alien values inimical to Russia’s treasured traditions.

Democrats underestimate the tyrants at their peril: modern dictators have proven far more sophisticated and adaptable than their opponents want to admit. The defenders of a free society need to keep this in mind in the years ahead. Complacency is not an option.”

Live and Let Them Die — 03/17/2014
For a little “attitude adjustment”…..;+)
“It’s about someone who was young and naive and went about with the open-minded idea of living their own life, being a bit of a hippy and allowing others to do the same without judgement etc. “Live and let live.” They have since become disillusioned with all the crap that goes on in the world and have developed a more hard-hearted approach, hence the idea of I’m gonna live my life and everyone can get screwed, Live and let die.”” 

“When you were young and your heart was an open book 
You used to say live and let live 
(You know you did, you know you did you know you did) 
But if this ever changing world in which we live in 
Makes you give in and cry “

“Say live and let die 
(Live and let die) 
Live and let die 
(Live and let die)” 

“What does it matter to ya 
When you got a job to do 
You gotta do it well 
You gotta give the other fellow hell” 

“You used to say live and let live 
(You know you did, you know you did you know you did) 
But if this ever changing world in which we live in 
Makes you give in and cry.”

Geronticide/Senicide, Icebergs Melting and All That Jazz/Rap — 03/15/2014

What happened to “Strike Out Swinging” ?  ;+)

“Definitely down swinging. The idea of a strike is that it theoretically is a pitch that’s good enough to hit (theoretically at least) so every strike means you got a good pitch but couldn’t do anything with it. TO strike out looking means you got a pitch that was very hittable, and you didn’t bite. It leaves you with the feeling that you could have made something happen, but you just couldn’t pull the trigger. Whereas going down swinging is more like you had a chance, and you couldn’t convert. You pulled the trigger, you just missed. There’s less to beat yourself up over.”

This is not the LENGTH of Life that counts, it is the  QUALITY! ;+)

If we reached sixty (60) years old and are still alive, we missed the opportunities life presented to us to make sense of our life in HEROISM Death……..;+)

If we are not happy, let’s leave our comfortable senior citizen life, and go spend a week in a homeless shelter, or better yet,  in a tent in the middle of winter with subzero temperatures……We will come back with the energy of a twenty (20) something…..;+)

Protection of the old, the weak, the widow and the child, the plight of the Christian Knight of the Middle Ages,  is a good “civilized” “sur-nature” decision on anyone’s part…….Remember, “what goes around, comes around”, and since most people will not die a “heroic” death, before sixty (60), they will have a vested interest, in their young age, to make sure, “someone”, will take care of them when they will be passed sixty (60) years old…….geriatric medicine improvements, or not……..;+)

We never asked for forgiveness when we did stupid things as a teenager, let’s not start now that we are getting older and scared of death, pain and disappearance, it looks so “damn” hypocritical……;+)