Sublate Capital

Moreover, all progress in capitalist agriculture is a progress of art, not only of robbing the worker, but of robbing the soil; all progress in increasing the fertility of the soil for a given time is a progress towards ruining the more long-lasting sources of that fertility.

— Karl Marx, Capital vol, 1 (via revjalen)

Ohio Man's 'Botched' Execution Takes Almost 25 Minutes →


LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A condemned man appeared to gasp several times and took an unusually long time to die — more than 20 minutes — in an execution carried out Thursday with a combination of drugs never before tried in the U.S.

Dennis McGuire’s attorney Allen Bohnert called the convicted killer’s death “a failed, agonizing experiment” and added: “The people of the state of Ohio should be appalled at what was done here today in their names.”

An attorney for McGuire’s family said it plans to sue the state over what happened.

McGuire’s lawyers had attempted last week to block his execution, arguing that the untried method could lead to a medical phenomenon known as “air hunger” and could cause him to suffer “agony and terror” while struggling to catch his breath.

McGuire, 53, made loud snorting noises during one of the longest executions since Ohio resumed capital punishment in 1999. Nearly 25 minutes passed between the time the lethal drugs began flowing and McGuire was pronounced dead at 10:53 a.m.

Torture on top of torture.

I don’t have much sympathy for someone who rapes and stabs to death a pregnant woman. An unjust state killed an unjust person in an unjust way. If there was any justice in there I might start to care.

Top Five Dictators of 2013:


1. Bashar al-Assad (Syria): He made us laugh, he made us cry, and he generally made us re-think global-strategic alliances. He continued to make a splash this year when he kept up his previous plan to indiscriminately murder all of his own people, while receiving aid from those kooky Russians and Iranians. Fans were afraid he pushed the US too far, to the point of military intervention, but alas, the last laugh is on NATO! 

2. Amadou Toumani Touré (Mali): This innovative ex-general technically fell off this list last year when he was deposed by a military coup for his active involvement with Al-Qaeda and complete inability to combat the Tuareg rebellion, but we love his antics so much that he just had to put him on the list again! A big fan of lavish spending, to the point where he actively took bribes from AQIM, this fat cat seemingly just never had enough! A man close to our hearts for sure. 

3. Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi (Yemen): This greenhorn had to inherent the office from former big man Ali Abdullah Saleh, who delighted us for a staggering 33 years. But the newcomer quickly proved his worth by showing almost unrivaled loyalty to US interests by becoming quick pals with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and President Barrack Obama. The deal? The US gets to Drone everyone and he gets to stay in power. Talk about a compromise! Fearing one of those pesky “Arab Springs” he has been sure to stamp down all forms of protest. Now that’s a man who gets things done! 

4. Benjamin Netanyahu (Israel): Alright, alright, we know, the man would personally never style himself a “dictator” per say (but hey, who does these days?), but we love him so much we just HAD to put him on the list. A charmer, a heart-breaker, and a man who generally and almost always resorts to violent and xenophobic methods to ensure Israel remains for the Israelis only, what isn’t there to love about him? A real political savant, he just can’t help making offers to the US, Russia, and even Saudi Arabia! Is there anything this guy CAN’T do?! (Calling for the almost unlimited expansion of illegal settlements certainly isn’t one of them.)

5. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (Egypt): This ambitious little general certainly has a little work to do before he can officially style himself as a “leader for life,” but they always say, no rest for the ambitious. The mastermind behind one of the year’s best Coups (SEE: This Years Top Five Coups) the democratically-elected Morsi didn’t stand a chance! Sorry Muslim Brotherhood, power is only for those with the kahunas to oust a popular leader through violent and clearly illegal techniques, which el-Sisi has in spades. We predict that 2014 is going to be his year!